1934 - 1983
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Bull Creek and Lake Austin, will be remembered by
thousands of Scouts as
their "summer camp." The land was purchased by
Dr. Goodall H. Wooten,
an Austin physician, for $5,000, and presented to
the Capitol Area Council
in 1934 for a Boy Scout Camp. The original
purchase was for 125 acres
but he later gave more land. The council
constructed cabins, buildings
and a water system. The camp was named Camp
Tom Wooten after Dr.
Wooten's only son who had died at the age of
The camp was south of FM 2222 just across Bull Creek from the Bull Creek Lodge, a favorite watering hole for hamburgers, drinks, and renting canoes. Bull Creek Lodge is now known as "The County Line on the Lake." The Lone Star Trail started at the camp and went all the way to Mansfield Dam. Later, in the late 1950s, a Pack and Paddle program was started whereas one group of Scouts would hike on the Lone Star Trail to the dam and canoe back, while another group canoed up to the dam and hiked back. Jack Swenson was in charge of the program when it first started. He later became Camp Director of Camp Tom Wooten.
The most prominent feature on the camp was a log cabin with a dog run. In front of the cabin was the flag pole on a rock base. The log cabin, having two sides, over the years has been used as an office, a First Aid Station, a Trading Post and sleeping quarters. The outside pay phone was located at the cabin. Pictured on the right is Dan West and Ross Corker III folding the U. S. Flag.
Many different activities and events were held at the camp. It was the site of Tonkawa Lodge, Order of the Arrow, Inductions and Fellowships, OA Area Conclaves, Junior Leader Training Weekends, and Scoutmaster's Training. When the camp was new, the BSA National Aquatic School was held there.
The camp property was sold in 1983 to the developer of "The Courtyard Tennis Center" as part of the Loop 360 construction. The new Loop 360 went right near the rifle range. The money went into a trust and was later used to help purchase in 1998, the 562 acre property at it's present-day summer camp, LCRA Lost Pines Scout Reservation, from the Lower Colorado River Authority. The log cabin, known as the "A" building, was moved by the Tonkawa Lodge #99, Order of the Arrow, to the Lost Pines Scout Reservation in Bastrop, and can be seen on your left as you drive into that camp property. The "new" Camp Tom Wooten, which makes up about half of the Lost Pines Reservation, is used primarily for weekend camping and Cub activities and has eight campsites.
NOTE: Thanks goes out to Dan Hemingson, Don Lee, Leo Lee, Mike McMinn, Phil Pegues, Paul Snider, Richard South, Tim Tarr and Mary Walker for their help. We are still looking for more photos of the camp especially of the Wolf Ring and the Entrance to camp. If you have any remembrances of the camp or material on the camp, please get in touch with the webmaster shown below. Enjoy your trip back in history!
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