2021-22 Department Initiatives

A Pack in Every Post

COVID was particularly hard on elementary-aged scouts. For this reason, we are encouraging every post home to also become the home for a Cub Scout pack. Scouting’s program for elementary school children is a vibrant and flexible program that enriches the lives of our youth (boys and girls) to become better citizens and students. Contact the Department Scouting Chairman, Eric Mayer, for more information. This is a wonderful opportunity for every post to engage with their local community in a way that is both relevant and necessary.

Eagle Scout of the Year

Last year (2020-21), applicants for the Eagle Scout of the Year program were down nationwide. This is the year for us to bounce back. Spread the word that our Eagle Scout of the Year program is one of the best opportunities for merit-based college scholarships. Our goal is at least one applicant per division. Applications will be available on the national website later this year and due to department headquarters no later than March 1 to be considered for the current year. Hardcopies of the application (complete) and all necessary supporting documentation must be sent to:

American Legion Department of Texas
ATTN: Scouting Committee, ESOY
PO Box 140527
Austin, Texas 78714

Elevate the Legion’s Scouting Profile

The American Legion, at its first convention in 1919, passed a resolution supporting the then- fledgling Scouting movement in the United States. That relationship has grown stronger through the years. This is the year for us to reaffirm our partnership with Scouting by contacting local Scouting units and councils and getting involved in making this program a world-class program for all youth – girls and boys.

Scouting Programs

Quotes and images from the official website of the Boy Scouts of America.

Becoming a Chartered Organization for a pack or troop is rewarding and enhances our Legion family.

Cub Scouts

Grades K through 5 Supervised and run by adults.

“Cub Scouting is fun for the whole family. In Scouting, boys and girls start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life.”

Each Cub Scout unit is known as a “Pack” and may consist of boys and girls.

Scouts BSA

Grades 6 through 12. Supervised by adults. Run by youth.

“Scouts BSA is the traditional Scouting experience for youth in the fifth grade through high school. Service, community engagement and leadership development become increasingly important parts of the program as youth lead their own activities and work their way toward earning Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.”

Formerly known as “Boy Scouts,” Scouts BSA units are known as “Troops” and may consist of either boys or girls. Organizational structure allows for a boy troop and girl troop to exist under one adult- run committee. This is the premier scouting program that allows scouts to earn the coveted Eagle Scout award.

Scouting Adult Knot Recognition

The American Legion recognizes adult legionnaires who have dedicated their time to leading scouts. The brochure may be obtained here, and all supporting documentation must be sent to the department scouting committee for verification and preparation for awarding.

American Legion Department of Texas
ATTN: Scouting Committee, Adult Knot
PO Box 140527
Austin, Texas 78714

Department Scouting Chairman

For any questions related to our department’s support for Scouting, please contact the Scouting Chairman.

Eric Mayer