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   2013 National Scout Jamboree   Official Boy Scout Channel



Information is available for the following event(s). Click on the event for more information.


     Promotion Brochure
PDF File
     Adult Leader Application
PDF File


     Information Flyer & Requirements PDF File
Introductory Letter PDF File




A new website has been set-up to register your troop this summer at Camp Sol Mayer

  Leaders can also register their scouts for Merit Badges.

  Parents or adult leaders can also register a scout as a Maverick Scout.

  All resources needed for summer camp are also available on the webiste.

2014 Summer Camp - Camp Sol Mayer (link)



Texas Southwest Council is pleased to announce the first annual “Camp Card” fundraiser. This initiative is designed to help Scouts earn their way to a Summer/Day Camp program. Units participating in the 2014 program will earn up to 50% commission, ($5) of each $10 Camp Card they sell. Units may begin selling cards as soon as they obtain them. The Camp Card “Leaders Guide” with campaign details will be included with your unit’s cards. The sale will end on May 2nd giving units 6 weeks to sell. This program is a NO BRAINER – the cards sell themselves – let’s sell them all!!

2014 Camp Card Registration Form PDF File


Two new videos have been added to the Marketing Toolbox to showcase the role faith plays in Scouting. Separate versions for the Baptist and Catholic faiths are available now on

These videos can be used in “Together We Plan luncheons,” a broad-based appeal to churches of the same denomination to consider Scouting as a program for their youth and a way to attract new families to their congregation. You can also use them with volunteers and potential donors to highlight community support of Scouting or to inform parents of the positive influence of Scouting in their children’s lives.

Watch the Baptist Church version:

Watch the Catholic Church version:

In addition to the two versions available now, a Methodist version is currently in production, and additional versions are planned for future release.



National Youth Leadership Training is returning to the Texas Southwest Council and will be held this summer at Camp Sol Mayer.  The NYLT course starts on Monday July 21, 2014 and concludes on Saturday July 26, 2014.  Registration will begin in January.

What is NYLT?

NYLT is fun filled in-camp experience where our youth members will participate on many games and activities that enable them to be great leaders in youth led programs.  NYLT is five and a half days of non-stop activity.  NYLT is a program for youth which is run by experienced youth leaders.

Who can attend NYLT?

The NYLT program is open to BSA youth members from 13 to 20 years old.  If you are in a Boy Scout Troop, a Varsity Team, a Venture Crew, an Explorer Post or even Sea Scout crew you can join us at NYLT!  The successful participants will go back to their troops, teams, crews bringing with them the knowledge and skills to be a success in both their units, schools and communities. To see if you meet all of the attendance requirements visit

Mark your calendars now!

If you want to attend NYLT, you should ask you families and scouting units to make sure that this time is available to you.  If possible, families plan travel at a different time.  Troops should plan outings at a different time. Space is limited.  Early registration price is only $200 and will be available through June 6th, 2014. After that date, registration will be $220.

Need more information?

See us on the web at or contact John Wells, course director at  for more information.  



Effective January 1, 2015:
A unit that has not reregistered by its expiration date, will be considered separated and immediately dropped from BSA’s membership reporting. This is a change from the current lapsed period where a unit’s membership continues to be counted for 60 days in council membership totals.


The new definition will begin with units that have an effective date of January 1, 2015.  This means that units with a December 31, 2014 expiration date will be included.


Volunteers will retain access to MyScouting, MyScouting tools, Internet Rechartering and Internet Advancement for 30 days after their unit has become expired and become separated.


A separated unit has 12 months to reregister as a separated-reregistered unit.


Once a separated unit has been reregistered in the ScoutNET PAS system, the unit will be included on membership reports starting in the business month the recharter was posted.



In preparation for the summer camp season, the Boy Scouts of America is rolling out a new, simplified annual health and medical record effective March 1, 2014. Thank you - volunteers, parents, and unit leaders for providing constructive feedback on how we could make the record easier to use while still collecting the information needed to make sure our Scouts are ready for their experience.

Some of the key updates are:

  • The primary version will be English. The existing bilingual version will remain available.
  • Part A (Informed Consent, Release Agreement, and Authorization) will contain no medical information and will be shorter by one page.
  • Part B (General Information/Health History) will include only the most important information needed.
  • Part C (Pre-Participation Physical) will be reduced to one page with expanded sections for allergy explanation.
  • Supplemental Risk Advisory (former Part D) will be shortened and be location specific. This is designed to take to physicians so they will better understand what activities their patients will participate in.
  • A redesign of the landing page for the annual health and medical record website so participants and parents will be able to download only what they need.

The form can be downloaded at:



Over the coming years The Summit will be providing a wide variety of programs and events for the Scouting community. In the summer of 2013 The Summit hosted the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. 2014 will see the first summer of program at The Summit's Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base. In the years to come The Summit will host a Training Center and a Scout Camp Program as well as a series of Centers of Excellence programs on topics like STEM, leadership development and wellness.

Staying up to date with what is happening at The Summit is simple. Just send your e-mail address to and you will be added to our mailing list and you will be sent program, event and general Summit information as soon as it becomes available. This mailing list is for anyone who would like to stay abreast of what's going on at The Summit.

In the next few months we will be releasing information on:

  • 2015 High Adventure Program details and registration
  • The Mountaineer Weekend program for Troops and Crews
  • Scouting Family Saturdays
  • 2015 James C. Justice National Scout Camp Program
  • 2015 National Training Center courses

There are lots of exciting programs and events coming to the Summit and we wantyou to be a part of the excitement. Sign up now and stay informed as The Summit grows!



Texas Southwest Council, BSA Council Executive - Rick Reeve will highlight scouting across the council on  KGKL 97.5 FM; KKCN 103.1 FM; KNRX 96.5 FM at  8:10am on the 2nd Thursday of every month!


We’re Looking for a few good men

Do you Qualify?

The directors of Camp Sol Mayer 2014 Summer Camp are looking for Merit Badge counselors, adults, youths, and CIT’s (Counselors in Training), to help staff Summer Camp 2014.

To make this an exciting and worthwhile venture, incentives have been put in place for those accepting the challenge. These are:

* Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and other adults teaching 1 merit badge will have a camp registration fee of $50.00

* Youth under the age of 18 who assist with 1 or more merit badges, will be allowed to take merit badges during the other class periods, and receive a credit at the Trading Post  $$

* Youth 15-18 applying for Staff positions (merit badge counselors, kitchen staff, waterfront staff, shooting staff) will have no camp fee, will receive a Trading Post Credit,  and a gift from the Camp Directors $$

* Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and other adults teaching 2 or more merit badges will have a camp registration fee of $ 0.00

This is an excellent opportunity to “give back to Scouting.” So, if you accept our challenge, please contact the Council for more information.

Texas Southwest Council
P.O. Box 1584
San Angelo, Texas 76902


The Directors and Staff hope to see you there!!

Merit Badges for 2014 are: Archery, Rifle, Shotgun—Canoeing, Rowing, Kayaking, Life Saving, Swimming—Astronomy, Archaeology, Chemistry, Energy, Environmental Science, Fishing, Mammal Study, Nature, Reptile & Amphibian, Sustainability, Weather—Backpacking, Camping, Climbing, Cooking, Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, Hiking, Orienteering, Pioneering, Search & Rescue, Wilderness Survival—Basketry, Chess, Communication, Fire Safety, Geocaching, Indian Lore, Law, Leatherwork, Space Exploration, Welding, Wood Carving
Quest for 1st Class
Adult Leader Classes-Leave No Trace, Boards of Review, Scoutmaster Conference, Outdoor Leadership Skills, Climb On Safely, Cooking Without Utensils


Texas Southwest Council, Boys Scouts of America

Scouting, through its various programs, provides year-round positive experiences, activities, and fellowship for youth ages 7 to 21. From education to high adventure, the Boy Scouts of America provides unique growth opportunities at a great value.

In order to support the delivery of the nation's foremost youth development program, occasionally it is necessary for the Boy Scouts of America National Council to increase its membership fees to offset rising costs and prepare for the future. For this reason, the Boy Scouts of America is increasing its membership fee from $15 to $24 per year for all registered youth and adult leaders including Exploring effective January 1, 2014.

These funds are used to:

  • Provide liability coverage for all registered volunteer leaders
  • Develop program materials and resources
  • Deliver training for professional Scouters and volunteer leaders
  • Maintain and develop four year-round national high-adventure bases
  • Provide a safe environment for Scouts with the most effective youth protection policies and systems
  • Maintain infrastructure support for local Council's such as membership and advancement databases

The Boy Scouts of America National Council last increased membership fees in 2010. When the fee was increased in 2010, the organization estimated that rising expenses would dictate a review and potential increase in the fee in three to five years. This change comes four years after the last increase.

All youth and adults who wish to become a member or leader of the Boy Scouts of America must pay the annual membership fee that goes to the Boy Scouts of America National Council. Beyond that, families incur additional costs related to uniforms, the activities of their individual units, a $5.00 per youth member facility charge to Texas Southwest Council for the use of our facilities, beginning January 1, 2014 and participating in the local council's Family Friends of Scouting Campaign.

The annual membership fee is the only direct cost from the National BSA to youth and adult members. The local council collects, and forwards the membership fee to the National Council. The local council also pays an annual service fee to the national council, the basis for which has not been increased since 1993. All other services from the National BSA are without additional charge. Scouting remains the best value among the many activities your family could choose to take part in.

As always, our focus is to build the leaders of this country by combining adventure, educational activities, and lifelong values. This fee increase ensures that the National BSA will be able to continue providing the excellent services you and your family count on - and will make sure that we can continue doing great things for the young people and communities we serve.

For questions about the National BSA membership fee, please consult with the volunteer Scouter that serves as your unit commissioner or District Professional



Many of you may have heard at this year’s Top Hands that a second version of the new MyScouting Tools was recently released to our Key 3 unit and district volunteers on This release moves toward our vision of volunteer empowerment.

The new tools provide more intuitive functionality and improved navigation. It's made easy and transparent so that volunteers can focus more on Scouting.

To become familiar and learn more about the new tools, select a link below to download instructions.



Dashboard view of Trained Leaders and Youth Protection Training status and counts


Add adult training information – not just YPT, for members in their organization structure


View member’s training history and YPT status


Print training certificate(s)


Print Youth Protection Aging Report (lists those who have not taken YPT, those whose YPT expired and those that will expire in 30, 60, 90 days)



Assign members to functional roles in sub organizations


View unit roster details


Edit/update certain member profile information


Print membership cards for each registered position


Print Youth Member Age Report



Create sub organizations in their unit


Maintain unit’s organizational details (social media information)

MY DASHBOARD (enhancements)


Update additional profile information (education, employer, civic & professional associations)


View personal training history


Print training certificate(s)


Print membership card(s)



Supported browsers:


Best experienced with Google Chrome 14+.


Firefox 21+ also supported.


Safari & Internet Explorer are not fully supported at this time.

To access their Key 3 role in a district, District Executive must be registered at the district, rather than the council. You may “multiple” a D.E. currently registered to the council, into the district for Key 3 access. Non Key 3 members will only have access to the My Dashboard tool.

For questions regarding these new tools, please contact the National Support Center.



The national committee of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) is pleased to announce a new award that goes into effect January 1, 2011. The NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA) will be awarded by local council NESA committees. The requirements and procedures are presented in the linked document (below).

NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (pdf)



Today, Scouts in dozens of countries are working for peace by solving conflicts in their schools, building links between divided communities, teaching their peers about health and wellness, and repairing environmental damage. Now, when you join them, you and your Scouts can earn international recognition and a special patch.



Lowes recently established a National Eagle Scout Project Impact Grant program and provided the Boy Scouts of America with a number of $100.00 Discover gift cards for candidates working on their Eagle Scout project. The Texas Southwest Council received seven $100 Discover gift cards.

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If you haven't joined the Scouting Alumni Association yet, you're missing out on some great benefits, including an opportunity to help the Boy Scouts of Americat build better youth.

The Scouting Alumni Association is the best way to stay connected to what's happening in Scouting. For instance, do you want the inside scoop on the new "Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?" TV show being developed for the National Geographic Chanel? New Scouting Alumni Association affiliates get exclusive details about the show. Don't miss out !

Join the Scouting Alumni Association Now



 • New Youth Protection Policy FAQs (pdf)
Statement of Dr. Janet I. Warren RE: BSA's Ineligible Volunteer Files (pdf)
 • Child Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention in America
 • 100 Years of Enhancing Efforts to Protect Youth
"Youth Protection Begins with You" - Infographic (pdf)
Council Youth Protection & Camp Rule Expectations
BSA Youth Protection Policy (pdf)
 Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse (pdf)
 Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse (pdf)
 Youth Protection Training Policy Changes



2011-2015 Strategic Plan (pdf)
Boy Scout Survey (pdf )
Cub Scout Parent Survey (pdf )
Adult Leader Survey (pdf )


MyScouting allows registered Scouters to view their Personal Information.  A BSA ID Number is required for access.

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