Troop 201 Austin TexasWe are Boy Scout Troop 201 in Austin, Texas. Our scouts live in Steiner Ranch, Riverplace, Grandview Hills, Westminster Glen, Long Canyon, Glenlake, Marshall Ford, 4-Points and the Mansfield Dam area but we are open to any BSA-registered youth that wants to be part of an active and exciting troop. Come join us!

Summer Camp Fundraising Dinner

Get your dinner tickets now for our summer camp fundraiser. We’ll be serving tasty lasagna with all of the fixings accompanied with sweet ice tea provided by our friends at Chicken Express. Put on by scouts, your support will help cover the cost of camp. An opportunity to attend summer camp allows scouts to enjoy the great outdoors while building character, learning new skills and developing values-based leadership. All are welcome!  

 

Friday May 23rd, 2014

6 – 8 p.m. 

St. Luke’s on The Lake Episcopal Church

5600 Ranch Road 620 N, Austin, TX 78732

 

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Sure, Scouts spend a lot of time on familiar things like camping and earning merit badges, but you might not know that they also put a lot of time and effort into helping their communities.  In 2013 alone, Boy Scouts of America spent 9.3 MILLION hours in service to their communities, just on Eagle Scout Service Projects alone! 

Likewise, the Scouts in Troop-201 undertake several community service projects each year, both Eagle projects and more routine community service events. Our Eagle Scout projects are usually designed to create something new, like Addison’s elaborate project to build a rainwater collection system for the Mobile Loaves and Fishes homeless housing project that is currently underway. But, for our routine service projects, we like to join in with other organizations, like Brown Santa or Coats For Kids to amplify the "good turns" we can accomplish on our own. 

Read more: Rockin' the Armadillo RV'ers

Each year, Troop 201 makes the trek to the Lost Pines Scout Ranch shooting range for some experience with shotgun and rifle. It was a busy campout and we didn't get many photos as a result. But, here's one of Dylan just minutes before he took his first shot with a shotgun...and hit the clay! Mason, in the foreground, is an old pro.

Later several boys explored the woods with the camp master's dog whie others worked on some of those hard-to-get rank requirements.

 

Read more: Shootin' & Campin'

Ed Viesturs, the first man to climb all eight of the world's tallest peaks said it this way: "Getting to the top is optional, climbing down is mandatory."

Thoughts of how to get down didn't cross the minds of any of the Troop-201 scouts as they ascended the sheer cliffs of Enchanted Rock this weekend. Why did they climb all the way to the top of a 100-foot rock wall? Well, as another famous mountaineer said, "Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing."

And, it wasn't just the Scouts that put on the harness and climbed finger-hold by finger-hold up the back side of this 1 billion year-old pink granite dome. The adults joined in the fun as well. Just like the first Texans from 12,000 years ago, one-by-one each scout reached the top, slowly but surely. Then the really fun part came next: rapelling down! After two nights of camping and a fun day of climbing, the scouts returned to share these great photos for all of us to see.

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Penelope is only 130 miles north of Austin, but it is like stepping into another place and time. This is real rural Texas where the county roads are just mud trails and where it's important to have a buddy with a big tractor when some city slicker thinks he can go "mud-hogging" in his little Japanese hatchback. That cool afternoon breeze down in Austin will feel like an Artic blizzard up here in the prairie. After dark, the cayotes and owls will serenade you to sleep as you watch your breath crystalize. In the morning, you can smell the hot coffee brewing from a mile away as the roosters rustle you out of your ice-encrusted tent.

 

Read more: A compass and a can-do attitude

Here's the group of Troop 201 scouts that attended the recent Hornaday weekend. Hornaday is a great way to earn a bunch of merit badges!

Meeting with the Webelos

Four scouts from Troop 201 attended a cub scout meeting tonight. The future scouts from Pack 203 were invited to attend our 15-17 November campout to learn more about our troop. Our scouts did a great job as ambassadors!

Camp TexLake camp site

It was a typical (read hot, humid) September weekend but that didn't stop the scouts and leaders from Troop-201 from having a wonderful campout at Camp TexLake this weekend.  The foocus of this campout was on rank advancement, especially for the younger scouts that needed those hard-to-get requirements like hiking, fire-starting, cooking and first aid.

This campout was sponsored by the Aztecs Patrol and managed by Zack M., Colin B., Andrew H. and Will R. What a joy to see this patrol show wonderful leadership skills!

Read more: Advancement Campout at Camp TexLake

In July, Zack Mayo, a life scout in Troop-201 attended the 2013 National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. He was the hometown news correspondent for one of the three troops assembled by the Capital Area Council for this event.  He had two articles published about the trip.

Read more: News from from the Jamboree

Luke Peterman discussing flagpole locationLuke Peterman, Mark Peterman, Justin W. and Chad Jones from troop 201 installed a flag pole at one of the oldest fire stations in Austin. The station opened in 1932 and did not have a flag pole until the scouts lead by Luke Peterman installed one for them, as part of his Eagle Scout project, on Memorial Day.

Read more: A Flag Pole for Austin's Finest

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Troop 201 of Austin, Texas is chartered by St. Luke's on the Lake Episcopal Church 5600 Ranch Road 620 N, 1.4 miles west of RR-2222 between Comanche Trail and N. Quinlan

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