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Powder Horn: Bring the Adventure Home

Providing a vibrant outdoor program for your unit isn’t easy. Experience the solution at Texas Powder Horn where we help you deliver on the promise of Scouting: Adventure!

At Texas Powder Horn, you “learn by doing” as you try each activity first-hand so you know how much fun your unit can have. You’ll have fun outside learning from experts on how to arrange equipment, facilities, guides, instructors, and other aspects of outdoor fun for your unit.




You will leave Texas Powder Horn with exciting memories, an increased network of contacts and resources, implementation ideas, and access to activity-specific online communities to help “Bring the Adventure Home” to your unit.




Capitol Area Council and Longhorn Council sponsor this acclaimed training opportunity by bringing together a diverse team of experienced Scouters and experts from all over Texas to guide you through the adventure at Longhorn Council’s beautiful Camp Tahuaya, just south of Belton, Texas.



Powder Horn is for Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scout Leaders and older youth leaders!

Powder Horn is open to all registered adult and youth leaders. Youth must be 14 or older (or 13 and have completed eighth grade, if a member of a venturing crew).


See all qualification requirements below.

Participant Qualifications:

  1. Registered member of BSA.
  2. Adults must have completed youth protection [YPT] and training for their position.
  3. Youth must be age 14 or older; youth must have completed his/her unit’s version of leadership training (ie. ILST, ILSC, ILSS). We highly encourage youth participants to attend with a parent or adult leader from their unit.
  4. Meet BSA physical requirements. Bring a current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (parts A, B, C).

Next course dates: September  8-10 and 22-24, 2023



Contact the 2023 Texas Powder Horn Course Director, Paula Church, at [email protected]


What will I learn at Powder Horn?

Sample Powder Horn topics include:

  • Archery
  • Astronomy
  • ATV
  • Backpacking
  • Canoeing
  • Caving
  • C.O.P.E.
  • Dutch Oven Cooking
  • Ecology
  • Equestrian
  • Expedition Planning
  • First Aid
  • Fly Fishing
  • High Adventure Bases
  • International Scouting
  • Kayaking
  • Land Navigation
  • Lifesaving/Aquatics
  • Living History
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Man Experience
  • Outdoor Ethics
  • Rappelling
  • Scuba
  • Sea Scouting
  • Shooting Sports
  • Wilderness Survival
  • And more . . .

Note: Powder Horn is “challenge by choice”; this means no one has to participate in any activity which he or she may feel uncomfortable doing.