The Texas Trails Council is a non-profit community based, youth serving organization that serves Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Erath, Fisher, Haskell, Jones, Lampasas, Mills, Nolan, North Runnels, San Saba, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, and Taylor counties in North Central Texas. The council provides programs in each community for boys in the first grade through age 20 and co-ed programs for youth through various Scouting Programs. The Texas Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America, issues charters to community organizations to operate local Scouting Units. We have a rich heritage of having served Scouting in many of these Counties since 1929.
The Council supports Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Venture Crews which are operated by chartered organizations. The Council trains adult volunteers, provides insurance protection, operates Camp Billy Gibbons and Camp Tonkawa, provides council wide programs and activities and raises funds necessary to maintain the organization.
United Ways in our area provide part of the operating budget. The balance is raised from donations, Friends of Scouting, popcorn sales, endowment income, special events and user-based fees.
Our Council Service Center is located in Abilene, Texas at 1208 North 5th St. You can contact us at (325) 677-2688 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
United Way organizations in our area provide part of the operating budget. The balance is raised from donations, Friends of Scouting, popcorn sales, endowment income, special events and user-based fees.
The Council Key Leadership of the Buffalo Trail Council, Midland, TX, Concho Valley Council, San Angelo, TX, Chisholm Trail Council, Abilene, TX, met on May 14, 2002 at the Sweetwater Country Club in Sweetwater, Texas to explore the possibility of joining together to form one council. Comanche Trail Council, Brownwood, TX, was not part of this meeting. Following the meeting, the Executive Board of the Buffalo Trail Council turned down the offer to consolidate into one council.
A second meeting was held June 19, 2002 at the First Coleman National Bank, Coleman, TX and Comanche Trail Council was invited this time to participate in the meeting along with Concho Valley Council and Chisholm Trail Council. Following this meeting the Concho Valley Council’s Executive Board voted, by only one vote, not to participate further into discussions about consolidating the three councils into one.
A third meeting was then held on August 6, 2002 at Hendrick Hospital in Abilene, TX. Ten Scouters from Chisholm Trail Council and Comanche Trail Council were selected as a “Program Review Study Task Force” to look into the pros and cons of the two councils consolidating into one council with a new name. The three task study groups reported back on Finance, Program and Administration. That group voted to proceed with further studies and to have Town Hall Scouter meetings in several different communities in the two councils with representatives of both councils present to answer questions and give the pros and cons about consolidation.
As reported in the Brownwood Bulletin, August 29, 2002, from the meeting held at the Council Service Center in Brownwood, “Some scout leaders expressed concern that being included in a huge council would cause area Scout leaders to lose a voice in council decisions. The prospect of aligning with a big city council (Ft. Worth) also brought concerns to the forefront that Comanche Trail Council and Chisholm Trail would lose their distinct West Texas culture.”
Following the Town Hall meetings held in seven communities of the two councils, their respective Executive Boards and charter organizations voted on October 29, 2002 to combine the two councils into one council. A transition team of 20 members from both councils met on October 30, 2002 in Brownwood to discuss the upcoming changes. As Pat Leatherwood, stated at that meeting, “The decision was an emotional one.” The new council would be based in Abilene.
The Texas Trails Council was officially organized on January 1, 2003 following several months of meetings between the former Chisholm Trail Council and the Comanche Trail Council. The boards of the two former councils elected Pat Leatherwood to serve as the first Council President and a special selection committee selected Ken Brown to serve as the first Council Scout Executive. The question about whether or not to unify had been considered for 20 years. At least twice in the previous 15 years, the two councils had met and rejected the opportunity to combine into one council.
In the fall of 2010 the council recognized that due to changing demographics, the current four district alignment, based largely upon the districts of the previous councils, was not serving the youth effectively. Several re-alignment proposals were submitted and each district as well as the Executive Board discussed the pros and cons of each one. It was finally agreed upon that the council would be made up of three districts instead of four. As a “fresh start” the new districts would have new names and as a result Brazos Forks, Buffalo Mountain, and Pecan Valley districts were formed.
Council Shoulder Patch
Following a contest to name the new council, held until November 15 2002, the name “Texas Trails” was selected. Another contest was held to select the shoulder patch for the new council and that selection was done in 2003. This new patch had two ghost symbols in the background. One of a buffalo head and one of the longhorn head. Some features of the former shoulder patches of the Chisholm Trail Council and the Comanche Trail Council patch was incorporated into the design. The first patches of 1,000 were made by Sunshine Emblems in Florida. The new council budget was to be about $750,000.