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Spring Campout

Registration and signups coming soon.

Fri, Feb 28, 2020 6pm to

Sun, Mar 1, 2020 10am

Where: Smilin V Scout Ranch

Camp Details

  • 91 acres of improved Hill Country ranch land – 8 campsites
  • Men’s/Women’s restrooms, shower facilities
  • Magnificent pavilion with picnic table seating for 200, with serving kitchen


Near Liberty Hill, Texas
Directions: Google
Map of camp:
Click Here (syncs with Google Maps app on your phone)

NOTE: The above map links direct you to get to camp from Liberty Hill primarily using RR 1869.

Please use this route, noting the following:

  • After leaving Liberty Hill on RR 1869 continue about 6 miles until you see the blue Smilin V Ranch sign, and turn left on CR 285. Then follow the remaining blue Smilin V signs until you see camp on your right.
  • This is the second intersection with CR 285. DO NOT TURN AT THE FIRST CR 285 INTERSECTION. This route is quicker, safer and more respectful to our neighbors.

FAQ on Joining Scouts

Who can join?

Cub Scouts is open to boys and girls in Kindergarten through fifth grades.

How often do you meet?

Each grade level will form a ‘Den’.  Dens typically meet once a month to work on badge requirements together.  Together, all the Dens form a Pack.  Pack 165 meets once a month on Monday evenings at 7pm in the OTE Cafeteria.

What Den will I be in?

Each Den is named after a rank, represented by an animal.  Scouts are assigned to the Den aligned with their grade level in school.  Lions = Kindergarten, Tigers = First Grade, Wolves = Second Grade, Bears = Third Grade.  Older boys are in a Patrol unit.  Webelos I for Fourth Grade and Webelos II for Fifth Grade.

What happens at a Pack meeting?

Scouts execute a flag ceremony to open and close each meeting.  Fun skits are performed and hilarious jokes are told.  Awards are granted to scouts!  Important announcements are made.  Prizes are won!

Where do I buy a Uniform?

The local Scout Shop is located at the Frank Fickett Center, off I-35.  Pack 165 uses the ‘half’ uniform, which requires all pieces worn above the waist.  A Scout needs a cap, uniform shirt, neckerchief and slide, scout emblem, council shoulder patch, den number patch, and belt.  Don’t forget the belt as all awards come as a belt loop badge!

Is there a guide to help me put on all the patches?

Yes, there are many guides online.  HERE is a link to a good one.

How often do you go camping?

Pack 165 schedules an overnight camping trip once per semester.  Scouts are not required to spend the night.  Campouts are open to the entire family.  Saturday is typically the big day with activities scheduled the entire day, ending with a Pack potluck dinner.  Click this link for FALL CAMPOUT info.

When can I join?

Pack 165 is hosting ‘Join Scouting Night’ on Thursday August 29 at 7pm in the OTE Cafeteria.  Come fill out an application and pay your dues!  If you cannot make it that night, please come to any of the upcoming Pack meetings and ask for an application.

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EARLY BIRD Pricing for Summer Day Camp Ends May 1

Don’t miss out on four fabulous days of fun at Old Settlers Day Camp! Get registered now for the EARLY BIRD price of only $100!  That includes a FREE CAMP SHIRT!

  • Fun with your FRIENDS
  • Earn rank requirements for next year!  Most boys will earn 50% or more!
  • Shooting Sports nearly every day!
  • Rockin’ R Waterpark adventures!
  • Woodworking!

Mom, Dad…want to join the fun?  Volunteer and bring all siblings over 3 for practically free.  🙂

Old Settlers Day Camp will be Tuesday-Friday June 5-8 from 8am to 430pm each day.

CLICK HERE for registration!


WEEKEND OVERNIGHT CAMP for Cubbies is back at Camp Tom Wooten!

Two Sessions only!  Friday thru Sunday.  June 22-24 and Jun 29-July 1

Cost:  $130 per Scout before May 1.  $150 per Scout after May 1.  $40 per Adult

Are you and your buddies excited about overnight camp?  If we register as a Pack, then we only need to send two adults.  Otherwise, each Scout will need one parent to attend camp with them.  Talk to your Den Leader if you are interested in one of these sessions.

CLICK HERE for Overnight Camp registration!




Click HERE to see a list of other Day Camps in our area


Pinewood Derby Race Schedule

Scouts…Start your engines!!!

It is time for the annual Pinewood Derby.

What: Pinewood Derby Race Day

When : Saturday, January 14th 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Where: Round Rock Presbyterian Church

Race Schedule

WEBELOS: 9:00 am

BEARS: 9:45 am

OPEN RACE: (siblings, parents, and scouters) 10:20 am

WOLVES: 10:50 am

TIGERS: 11:25 am

FINALS: (top three finishers from each Cub Scout rank) 11:45 pm

Additional Information and rules can be found at Pack Web site

Pinewood Derby 2017

Scouts…Start your engines!!!

It is time for the annual Pinewood Derby.  Don’t be left out.

What: Pinewood Check-In

When : Friday, January 13th 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Round Rock Presbyterian Church


What: Pinewood Derby Race Day

When : Saturday, January 14th 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Where: Round Rock Presbyterian Church

Additional Information and rules can be found at Pack Web site

Pinewood Derby


Ready for the Pinewood Derby?  Come to the Tune-Up sessions for help and advice on making your card as fast as possible.  Assistance will be available, but you need to bring your Pinewood kits!!

What: Pinewood Tune-Up Session #1

When : Saturday, December 17th 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Where: 1712 Possum Trot

What: Pinewood Tune-Up Session #2

When : Saturday, January 7th 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Where: 1712 Possum Trot

Additional Information and rules can be found at Pack Web site


Are you Scout Prime?


The recharter season is on us and the deadline is fast approaching.  This is the time that all returning scouts sign up and pay their dues for the year.

As an incentive to get re-charted now, Pack 165 will have a raffle for all scouts that have completed and paid their recharter paperwork (on-line) and paid their fees.  Must be completed by October 16th to be eligible for the drawing. The prize will be an Amazon Gift Card to be presented at the Pack Meeting on October 17th.  Must be present to win!



Join Scouting Night Sign Up

thNZA8WDL4Pack 165 Join Scouting Night Thursday Sept 8, 2017 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Old Town Elementary. We are looking to have great 2016 to 2017 Scout Year and that starts with our Join Scouting Night. We are looking for your help in making this a great on this year. We are looking for a pack leaders, some parents and some scouts to help with the event. Below is a Signup Genius to sign up for items and/or to help out.

Please contact me if you have questions or any ideas to help with JSN.

Thank you,

P165Eric Rabago

Popcorn 2016

popcorn-kernel-popcornkernellargeA message from the Kernel:

Popcorn sales have started!! As a reward, we will repeat last years challenge, if we sell $6000 of Popcorn, everyone who sells popcorn through a show and sell, or take order will get to hit yours truly in the face with a cream pie. Good times….

The earlier slots always sell better so grab them while you can! We even have a few last minute ones for today and tomorrow if you are the adventurous type.

Here is a link to sign up and reserve locations:

You can pick up supplies at my house, prior to your time: 2301 Falcon Dr, Round Rock TX 78681 (Please email or text to coordinate)

I will have take order info for you at the first pack meeting. Thank you again for all that you do, it is going to be a great year!


David Branscum

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