Texas Trails Council | Boy Scouts of America

2018 Abilene Gives! One-Day Only

One-Day Only, Tuesday May 1st. Learn More

Learn to Sail
  • 5 Week Sailing Course
  • Begins Wednesday, May 2 at 6:00 PM
    Texas Trails Council Service Center, 3811 N. 1st, Abilene, TX 79603
  • Only 10 Spots Remaining
  • Subsequent lessons will be at the Abilene Sailing Association on either Wednesday's or Friday's
  • Youth under 20 are free - Adults are $50 each or $50 per family
  • Reserve your spot with Mark Sutphen at (325) 665-6945 or msutphen@batjer.com

Face to Face Youth Protection
  • Thurs, May 10 - Wylie Baptist Church, Abilene
  • Thurs, May 17 - First Baptist Church, Eastland RSVP
  • Thurs, May 24 - First United Methodist Church, Goldthwaite RSVP

BSA revised the youth protection course in February. ALL registered adults MUST complete the new curriculum (online) by October 1st. All adults who will participate in Residential Summer Camps must complete the new material in a Face-to-Face class prior to Camp. Learn More about these changes. Face-to-Face YPT is required by the State of Texas and the BSA for all adults participating in activities lasting 72 or more hours.

20th Annual Sporting Clays Classic - April 21, 2018

View Team and Individual Scores

View Team Photos on Facebook

Thank You to our Sponsors and Volunteers

  • STAR Dodge/Hyundai
  • Rentech Systems
  • Rentech Services
  • Harris Acoustics
  • Wolfe & Co
  • Ben E. Keith Beverages
  • First National Bank, Abilene
  • Atmos Energy
  • Bluff Cree Petroleum, LLC
  • First National Bank
  • Crop Production Services
  • John & Carolyn Beckham
  • Stephens Wild Game
  • H. Miller Richert, M.D., F.C.P.A.
  • Robert Grimes
  • CBS Insurance, LLP
  • County Waste Services
  • Dean Hagler, LTD
  • Stone Fest Shooters
  • Dearing Veterinary Clinic
  • Austin King, M.D.
  • West Texas Rehab
  • West Texas Mobility
  • Retrievers Sporting Clays
  • Knights of Columbus Council 2163
  • Volunteers from
    • David Gabrielle, CMSgt, Fire Chief, 7 CES/CEF, Dyess AFB, TX
    • Dyess We Care
    • Cisco Fire Academy
    • Members of Texas Trails Council, BSA

Nuts for Scouting - Pickup on Friday
If your unit participated in Nuts for Scouting, you may pickup your order at the Council Service Center on Friday, April 27.

Local Scouts Attend Concave

29 members of Penateka Lodge attended Conclave at Sid Richardson Scout Ranch, April 20-22 near Bridgeport, Texas. 16 youth and 12 adults participated in a great weekend of training, fellowship, and fun. Highlights included the
  • F-16 Flight Simulators
  • Blacksmith Shop
  • Civil War Re-enactment
  • Pow-Wow
  • Ceremonies Competitions
  • Shooting Sports
  • Climbing Tower
  • Vigil Rededication Ceremony
  • Patch Trading
  • Leadership Training

Elections were held Sunday for the 2018-2019 Section Officers. New officers are: Connor Schee, Chief; Brody Humphries, Vice Chief; and Nate Humphries, Secretary. These officers will lead Southern Region Section 2 at the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC), October business meeting, January TRIAD, and the 2019 Conclave.

The Council of Chiefs voted to have the 2019 Conclave at George W. Pirtle Scout Reservation on the banks of Lake Murval southwest of Carthage, TX.

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Scouts Meet BSA Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh
5 youth from Penateka Lodge had the pleasure of eating lunch with Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh at the Very Important Arrowmen lunch. Pictured here are

  • Michael Surbaugh (seated)
  • Slade Young, 2017-2018 SR2 Section Chief (standing behind Mr. Surbaugh)
  • Cameron Taylor
  • Riley Bilbrey
  • Hadyn Johnson
  • Leif Johnson
  • Clayton Dement (not pictured)

Mr. Surbaugh addressed adults and other youth members later that day. Arrowmen in attendance received a special Chief Scout Executive patch.

Summer Camp Fees Deadlines

Please remember the following dates:

  • Space Day Camp - $75 - Due May 31 (late fee of $15 due after May 31)
  • Boy Scout Summer Camp
    • $245 - Due May 31 (late fee of $50 applies after May 31)
    • 50% Deposit Due Friday, April 27
  • Webelos and Cub Scout Resident Camp - $125 - Due May 31 (late fee of $50 applies after May 31)


Boy Scout Summer Camp

  • June 3-9 - Staff Week
  • June 10-16 - Boy Scout Camp Week 1
  • June 17-23 - Boy Scout Camp Week 2
  • June 24-30 - Boy Scout Camp Week 3

Learn More

Camp Tonkawa

  • June 11-15 | Day Camp @ Camp Tonkawa
  • June 17-21 | Webelos Resident Camp @ Camp Tonkawa
  • June 24-28 | Resident Camp @ Camp Tonkawa

Old Comanche Trail District

  • June 10-12 - Old Comanche Trail Eastland
  • June 14-16 - Old Comanche Trail Stephenville

Pecan Valley District

  • June 17-19 - Pecan Valley Brownwood
  • June 21-23 - Pecan Valley Lometa

Learn More

Penateka Lodge Spring Fellowship
May 18-20 | Camp Billy Gibbons

Please join us as we prepare Camp Billy Gibbons for the 2018 summer camp programs. This will be the last opportunity for the 2017 Ordeal Candidates to become members of the Order. Brotherhood will also be available. Learn More

The lodge will provide lunch to those who come out for Donkey Day on Saturday.

Nuts For Scouting
Thank you for your participation in this successful fundraiser. 14 units participated for a combined total of $12,275 (total sales).

Congratulations to the top sellers from each district:

  • Buffalo Mountain - Troop 206 - $860 total sales
  • Old Comanche Trail - Pack 23 - $2,635 total sales
  • Pecan Valley - Pack 14 - $1,625 total sales

Camp Billy Gibbons Alumni Weekend
May 4-6

Contact Burton Phillips or Larry Smith for more information.

Kiwanis Pancake Day - April 28
8:00 AM to 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Abilene Convention Center

Volunteers are needed to help bus tables, serve drinks, refill syrup bottles, and other duties. Please contact Mark Young if you or your unit are interested in volunteering - (325) 672-1712 or markabgc@yahoo.com.

Also, tickets are available for $5 each. You may purchase tickets from the Council Service Center.

Den Leader Specific Training - Saturday, April 28 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Training will be held in Clyde at the James Beard Scout Hut, 300 Forest Rd (across the street from the Elementary school in Clyde). Training will be available to anyone in the council that wants to attend. Please contact James Whitehead if you are interested in this training. Call or text (325) 829-7808 or email jrwhitehead223@gmail.com.

NEW - Hazardous Weather Training
BSA has released a new online Hazardous Weather Training (SCO_800) that replaces WS81. Effective April 30, 2018 new direct contact leaders must complete Hazardous Weather Training to be considered position trained.  Please review this website for more information.

Uniform Updates - Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos
Beginning in 2018, several rolling uniform transitions will begin taking place within Cub Scouts. To streamline the uniform process for parents, the rank insignia, neckerchief, hat, and Handbook/Leader Guide will begin to color coordinate for each rank.

Learn More

Lion is transitioning from a Pilot to an official Cub Scout rank and program beginning with the 2018-2019 program year. Recognizing the success of the national Lion pilot program, the Boy Scouts of America’s Board of Directors have approved integrating Lions into the Cub Scout program. This will empower chartered partners with packs to offer the experience to kindergarten-age children nationwide.

Learn More About The Transition

Other Reference Material

Dyess AFB "Eyes Above The Horizon" Outreach Event
On Saturday, May 5th from 7:45 AM to 5:00 PM, LFA will be hosting its unique 1-Day Outreach and Flight Introduction Program, “Eyes Above The Horizon,” for students ages 10-17.
Eyes Above the Horizon is an outreach and flight orientation program designed to inspire youth to reach beyond their familiar circumstances. This program gives under-represented and minority youth an opportunity to develop and foster an interest in aerospace careers through flight introductions, mentorship, and immersion into the rich history and LEGACY of the Tuskegee Airmen. No previous aviation experience is necessary and space is limited. Learn More

Adult Adventure Weekend @ Summit Bechtel Reserve
June 20-24

Attention adult leaders! Unleash Your Inner Scout! Programs Include Aerial, Wheels, Water, Shooting, Biking, Rafting, Evening Workshops and More.

Reserve Your Adventure

Southern Region Week @ Philmont
July 8-16

The Southern Region invites all council, district & unit volunteers to join them for a special week of training. They will present several courses including:

  • Council Key 3
  • District Key 3
  • Welcoming Girls – Family Scouting
  • Leading Diversity
  • Visual Storytelling-Marketing the Stories of Scouting
  • Strengthening Leadership Teams

Unable to attend Week 5? Philmont has many options to fit your schedule.

Learn More

NEW - Philmont Family Adventure
The new Philmont Family Adventure is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the Philmont Scout Ranch like never before. This adventure is open to all registered members of the BSA and their families. Activities include hiking, rock climbing, crafts, shooting sports, and horseback riding

Learn More

Family Scouting - What Do I Need to Know?
The Cub Scout program is now available for Boys and Girls. In 2019, a program will be available for older Girls, allowing them to earn the Eagle Scout Rank. By welcoming both boys and girls to the program, even more youth will have access to the character development and values-based leadership that Scouting promises and be better prepared for future success.

How will the new programs work? How can I prepare? Check out the Family Scouting website for more information.

Learn More About Family Scouting

VenturingFest 2018 - July 1 to 6 - Summit Bechtel Reserve
VenturingFest is a special Scouting event open to registered Venturers, Scouts and adult leaders across the U.S. This six-day high-adventure festival invites participants to explore the Summit. Activities include rock climbing, skateboarding, BMX biking, water sports, shooting sports, zip lines, challenge courses, and so much more!

Learn More

Summit Adventure Leadership Training
The Summit Adventure Leadership Training (SALT) provides an opportunity for Scouts and Venturers to enjoy the adventures available at the Summit Bechtel Reserve and learn how to be a high adventure champion in their units, district and council. Several dates are available.

Learn More

July 22 to August 9, 2019
Summit Bechtel Reserve - West Virginia, USA

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New Scouting Mobile App

BSA recently released the new Scouting App for Android and iPhone.


  • Track a Scout’s advancement
  • Track logs like service hours, hiking, and camping
  • View parent and/or Scout profile
  • Provide parent access to your Scouts’ accounts

Learn More


Wolfe Family Scout Service Center

   3811 North 1st St.
   Abilene, TX 79603
   Phone (325) 677-2688
   Fax (325) 677-2923

Scout Shop Hours
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Upcoming Events

May 5
Camp Billy Gibbons Alumni Weekend

May 18-21
OA Fellowship @ Camp Billy Gibbons

May 19
Donkey Day @ Camp Billy Gibbons

Jun 10-16
Boy Scout Camp

Jun 10-12
OCT NORTH Cub Day Camp

Jun 11-15
BM Cub Day Camp

Jun 14-16
OCT SOUTH Cub Day Camp

Jun 17-23
Boy Scout Camp

Jun 17-19
PV NORTH Cub Day Camp

Jun 21-23
PV SOUTH Cub Day Camp

Jun 17-21
Webelos Resident Camp

Jun 24-30
Boy Scout Camp

Jun 24-28
BM Cub Day Camp

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