History of the Longhorn Council
With over 100 years of Scouting in North and Central Texas counties it has served, the Longhorn Council has a rich history to share. Here are some of the key moments that led to who we are today.
The Fort Worth YMCA establishes Troop 1 in the Fort Worth Council.
The first Eagle Scout within what is now the current region of the Longhorn Council is awarded to Edwin Snead of Waco, Texas.
The Fort Worth Council is chartered and later changes its name to Fort Worth Area Council.
The Fort Worth Area Council opens Camp LeRoy Shuman, where the total camp fee is only $7.50 for 10 days!
The Waco-McLennan Council is chartered and later changes its name to Heart O’ Texas Council in 1927.
The Boy Scout Foundation purchases Worth Ranch in Palo Pinto County for its first official summer camp.
James E. West, Chief Scout Executive of the BSA, visits Worth Ranch to see construction progress.
Camp Spicewood Springs, now known as Camp Tahuaya, is gifted to the Heart O’ Texas Council and opens for summer camp. The property contains the largest natural spring in Texas!
The Fort Worth Area Council changes its name to Longhorn Council.
The Sid Richardson Foundation donates 2,600 acres on Lake Bridgeport for Sid Richardson Scout Ranch (SR2) with the camp first opening in 1969.
The National Sea Explorer Sailing Championship is held on Eagle Mountain Lake.
The Heart O’ Texas Council and the Longhorn Council merge.
2018 - 2019
The BSA begins its emphasis on Family Scouting. The Longhorn Council welcomes girls into Cub Scouting and the traditional Boy Scout program is renamed Scouts BSA.
The Longhorn Council celebrates 100 Years of Scouting in the North and Central Texas counties it serves with a Centennial Council Camporee at the Texas Motor Speedway.
Wendy Shaw is named the new Longhorn Council Scout Executive and is the first woman to lead the region. She is recognized for her experience as a leader who excels in volunteer engagement, community partnership and fiscal accountability.
The Longhorn Council envisions and begins a new Program and Property Transformation focusing on recruitment through family camping, known as Family Adventure Camp.