Kittan Chapter Rebuilds Warbonnet

posted Jul 25, 2016, 4:05 PM by Humberto Torres

Several members of the Kittan Chapter of Wahinkto Lodge built 30 beautifully handcrafted feathers for the Lodge's regalia.

Sanderson Boy Scouts of June 11, 1965

posted Jul 9, 2015, 11:05 AM by Humberto Torres

A half-century ago on June 11, 1965, an early-morning flood swept through the streets of Sanderson, TX, carrying away houses, railroad cars and children, claiming 26 lives, destroying 75 homes and ripped up 16 miles of RR track. 
July 4, 2015 a Memorial service was held in remembrance.

Called into service were young men of Boy Scout Troop 166 and Boy Scout Explorer Post 160, which was detailed in Boys Life Magazine in 1965. Scouts carried vital messages on bicycles through flooded streets, treated the wounded and carried people from flooded homes.

This was the time that the town of Sanderson looked like the Mississippi River. Shortly after 7:00 am on June 11 a wall of water engulfed Sanderson and did not start subsiding until around 11:00 am.

Danny Hodgkins was a 17-year-old high school student and an Explorer Scout when the flood hit. With the water still rising, he and a buddy quickly jumped into action.
“We started going door to door, screaming and hollering for people to get out,” he recalled.
When the water dropped, he and other Scouts started taking orders from Sheriff Cooksey at the courthouse, helping people get out of their homes and retrieve their belongings.
“They were completely mentally and physically exhausted, so we pitched in and helped were we could,” he said.
In the weeks that followed, Hodgkins and the other Scouts did whatever was necessary.
“We were walking Sanderson Creek, looking for bodies. We did find some. Children with their clothes completely ripped off and two other bodies from the cemetery. Not a memory I relish, but something that happened,” he said.
“Unidentifiable. And once I did find them, I didn’t want to know a name,” he added.

L-R: Danny Montalvo, Carlos Munoz, Jimmy Davis, Marvin Davis, Curtis Schroeder, Don Deaton, Condie Rogers, Danny Hodgkins - Not shown is John Stutes and Rick Marquez.

In uniform L-R: Hector Garza Winter Garden District Executive and Larry Lee Permian District Executive, both with the Texas Southwest Council, Boy Scouts of America

55th Annual Sahawe Summer Ceremonials

posted Jul 3, 2015, 11:18 AM by Humberto Torres

The 55th Anual Sahawe Summer Ceremonial are kicking off this July and we are inviting all troops, packs, and crews to participate in this event. Scouts who attend the event in their scout uniform will be allowed to attend the event for FREE. Units that are traveling from outside Uvalde can also make plans to camp at Camp Fawcett.

The Sahawe Dancers are a unique performing group from Uvalde, Texas. For more than sixty years the Sahawe program has been an exciting combination of Scouting, lore, leadership development, and performance. In addition to their Summer and Winter performance held in Uvalde, their colorful performance has entertained audiences throughout the United States and internationally at conventions, musuems, church gatherings, scouting functions, and community events. Their performance is the product of hundreds of hours of planning,  preparation, craftwork, and rehearsal,  as the youth learn valuable life skills such as leadership, teamwork, dedication, and cooperation.

For more information please visit the following websites:

Eagle Pass Pack Plugs Into Pinewood Derby Action!

posted Feb 5, 2015, 11:15 AM by Humberto Torres

The pinewood derby is one of the most popular and successful family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. Then they race the cars in competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a track. Most packs have a pinewood derby every year. It can be run indoors or outdoors. Every boy can design and build his own "grand prix" car to enter in the race.

The pinewood derby is one of the most popular and successful family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. Then they race the cars in competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a track. Most packs have a pinewood derby every year. It can be run indoors or outdoors. Every boy can design and build his own "grand prix" car to enter in the race.

Scouts from Eagle Pass, Texas are getting an educational presentation from Lowe's personnel in how to build a pinewood derby car with appropriate tools kits. They will be earning several belt loops from their experience.



posted Jan 22, 2015, 10:32 AM by Humberto Torres

On January 23rd-25th,
Wahinkto Lodge will hold its' annual Fellowship & Banquet at HEB Camp north of Leaky. Eluwak Chapter will host the event this year and they have many fun activities planned.  We will be staying at the beautiful Singing Hills again that has an occupancy of 173.

The cost is $20 per person which includes all meals from Friday supper through Sunday breakfast.  The first 150 people to sign-up will be guaranteed a free event Lodge Centennial flap.

Any person wishing to do their Brotherhood conversion can do so this weekend.

All members and candidates (including those who were called-out at Winter Camp) are encouraged to attend.


posted Jan 22, 2015, 10:26 AM by Humberto Torres

Wahinkto Lodge is introducing a limited number of collector's NOAC patch sets that are available to the public. This 3 patch set is sure to be a collectors' item.  The cost is $35 for the set and is available at the Council Office. Call the Council Office at 325 655-7107 or stop by 104 Veterans Memorial Drive in San Angelo to secure your set. All proceeds go towards NOAC transportation and activities along the way, as well as other Lodge functions and activities.


Frontiers Day 3: Three-peat Is Sweet!

posted Nov 17, 2014, 4:19 PM by Humberto Torres   [ updated Nov 17, 2014, 8:01 PM ]

Not once, not twice, but in 2014  marks three years in a rows for Frontiers Day, a mountain man experience. In the summer of 2012, several members of the Winter Garden District committee meet to develop a high adventure event weekend that would increase participation with older scouts.

After several ideas were circulated the idea of a Mountain Man camp was decided. After the decision was made Beto Torres Jr., Program Director, began researching other districts/councils to see possible ideas for a Mountain Man camporee. During the next several months countless hours of research went into developing this camporee.

Over the years, the Frontiers Day concept proved to have unique opportunities and challenges that the Frontiers Day staff would face. However, amongst all the obstacles, the hard-working volunteers of the WInter Garden District found a way to find a solution and improve the quality of Camp Fawcett and outdoor programs. 


posted Nov 17, 2014, 4:17 PM by Humberto Torres   [ updated Nov 17, 2014, 4:55 PM ]

On November 7, 2013 the Winter Garden District launched a website,, as a tool for leaders within the district. celebrates its one year anniversary this year. Many leaders in the Winter Garden District have expressed their gratitude and satisfaction in having a website dedicated to the local Scouting units within the district. 

The Winter Garden website has many features that any Scouter would enjoy, but what please most leaders are the Gallery and Resources section that show case events and provides quick access to Scouting literature that helps leaders improve their meetings, camp outs, and other Scout-related activities. 

A big thanks goes out to Beto Torres Jr., the webmaster behind Beto remembers and recalled his experience when he was first approached about creating a website for the Winter Garden District. "I've never done something like that!", was Beto's first remark when asked at monthly district meeting. Jim Maixner responded to Beto's response with, " That hasn't stopped you in the past before...has it?" Shortly after that meeting, the Winter Garden district was proud to connect on the world wide web, which is what you are now a part of by reading this article. 

We encourage leaders to share this website with their friends, family, and members of their unit. Today's Scouting movement has connected electronically and the Winter Garden District hopes to continue staying connected as long as possible. 

Frontiers Day Staff Sets The Stage

posted Nov 17, 2014, 4:17 PM by Humberto Torres   [ updated Nov 17, 2014, 5:20 PM ]

A big thanks goes out work crew who a week before Frontiers Day was to begin went out to Camp Fawcett and set the stage for a weekend of "Surrounding Yourself With The Outdoors". 

The shooting range, which included Tomahawk Throwing, Knife Throwing, Archery, and Black powder shooting were to occur took a majority of the work day. The staff set the targets, cut the grass, prepared the guns, and checked the equipment. 

Outside the range, the other staff set up the dutch-oven demonstration, Wells-Fargo games, Caber & Cannonball, Primitive Fire-Starting, and Fork-A-Mule areas. 

Don't assume that amongst the work there was no room for fun or jokes. Jim Maixner, Winter Garden Camping Chair, provided the laughs for the day and jokes that kept the staff smiling while offering cheerful service. 

David Pena, OA Chapter Advisor, said, "The boys are in for a treat when they arrive!" Once again we thank the efforts of all the staff who help set the stage for a lifetime of memories for the scouts of our community. 

Outdoor Leader Training

posted Nov 17, 2014, 4:16 PM by Humberto Torres   [ updated Nov 17, 2014, 4:39 PM ]

Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouting movement, once said that,  “Scoutmasters deal with the individual boy rather than with the mass.” 

Sam Shimp, Winter Garden District Training Chair, recommitted leaders during this year's annual Outdoor Leader's training for Cub Scout and Boy Scouts leaders at Camp Fawcett. 

A dozen leaders from across the district participated for the first time, as well as several leaders returned for re-certification. Sam Shimp is also the Scoutmaster for Troop 277 of Uvalde, and he firmly believes that in order for a leader to be successful he/she must master the basics of Scouting. 

Throughout the course of the training leaders experienced what a Scout would typically experience from Scout to First Class. A working knowledge and understanding of these Scouting skills have proven to be beneficial as new leaders work with younger scouts. Beto Torres Sr., Winter Garden Advancement Chair, enjoyed the training and shared his thoughts by saying, "The things Sam is teaching to these leaders are Scouting skills that I use everyday". 

The Winter Garden District will be holding the indoor part of Scout Leaders Essentials in the spring, so save the date. EVERY BOY DESERVES A TRAINED LEADER!

Check out the photos from this event by clicking the following link Gallery 

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