Scouting in Texas has a long history, from the 1910s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the environment in which they live. Scouting, also known as the Scout Movement, is a worldwide youth movement with the stated aim of supporting young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development, so that they may play constructive roles in society.
Scouting for boys in Texas is primarily represented by the Boy Scouts of America, or BSA. Texas is home to the BSA National Headquarters in Irving, Texas. The Boy Scouts of America in Texas are organized into 20 local councils.
The Alamo Area Council, BSA, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, serves a 13 county area in Texas.
The Buffalo Trail Council comprises five Districts serving West Texas.
The Caddo Area Council is headquartered in Texarkana, Texas, the council serves Scouts in Northeast Texas and Arkansas.
The Capitol Area Council serves Scouts and Scouting volunteers in 15 Central Texas counties surrounding Austin. The Council currently serves 24,000 youth, and is led by the current CEO (Scout Executive), Jon Yates.
The Circle Ten Council serves BSA units in North Texas and a portion of Oklahoma. Its service area encompasses all or parts of Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall and Van Zandt Counties in Texas as well as Bryan County in Oklahoma. Founded in 1913 and based in Dallas, approximately 50,000 youth and 15,000 adults participate in Scouting through the council each year.
The council has four camps - Camp Wisdom, Camp James Ray, Clements Scout Ranch / Camp Trevor Rees-Jones and Camp Constantin / Jack D. Furst Aquatics Base. The Order of the Arrow is represented by Mikanakawa Lodge.
The Conquistador Council, with its office in Roswell, New Mexico, primarily oversees BSA units in southeast New Mexico. However, Parmer County, Texas is included in the council territory because of its proximity to Clovis, New Mexico. There are currently no units actually chartered in Parmer County. The area is part of El Llano Grande District. The Kwahadi Lodge #78 of the Order of the Arrow serves local Arrowmen.
The East Texas Area Council was formed in 1930 through the merger of the Davey Crockett Council, the Pine Tree Area Council, and the Tejas Council. It serves 17 counties in Texas.
The Golden Spread Council serves Scouts in the Panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma. Its service area includes all or part of 23 counties in Texas and three counties in Oklahoma.
The Longhorn Council serves Scouts in a 23 county area of North Texas and Central Texas. Its headquarters is in Hurst (near Fort Worth), with an additional service center in Waco.
NeTseO Trails Council serves Scouts in northeastern Texas (neT) and southeastern Oklahoma (seO) and has the Council Office in Paris, Texas on the west side of Loop 286.
Based in Wichita Falls, the Northwest Texas Council serves almost 100 units in 12 Texas counties (Archer, Baylor, Clay, Cottle, Foard, Hardeman, King, Knox, Montague, Throckmorton, Wichita, and Wilbarger).
The Rio Grande Council was formed in 1927 as the Lower Rio Grande Valley Council. It changed its name in 1947 to the current name. It covers 5 counties, including Cameron, Hidalgo, Willacy, Starr & Zapata and it serves a membership of approximately, 4,000 youth and 1,500 adult leaders in the southern most parts of Texas.
Sam Houston Area Council serves youth in 16 counties in southeast Texas. The council office is in Houston.
South Plains Council serves Scouts in the area of Lubbock, Texas.
The South Texas Council of Corpus Christi, Texas, was renamed from the Gulf Coast Council in 2003.
The Texas Southwest Council was formally known as The Concho Valley Council but was renamed in February 2011.
The Texas Trails Council was formed in 2003 by the consolidation of the Chisholm Trail Council and the Comanche Trail Council.
The Yucca Council serves Scouts in Texas and New Mexico
Lastly there is the Bay Area Council and the Three Rivers Council that round out the rest of the Texas area.
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