GATESVILLE — The Leon Valley District of Boy Scouts of America, Longhorn Council, serves about 1,300 youth including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Varsity Scouts and Explorers in 42 units including Packs, Troops, Crews, Teams and Posts.

The district’s current year funding allocation from the United Way of the Greater Fort Hood Area is $11,925, said John Coyle, Scout executive for the Longhorn Council.

“It takes an investment of $200 per youth each year or $260,000 to deliver the Scouting program,” Coyle said.

“United Way of Greater Fort Hood Area makes one of the more significant contributions that we receive in that area,” he said, “so their support is meaningful to Leon Valley District and Longhorn Council.”

The district includes programs in Gatesville, Hamilton, Copperas Cove, Killeen, Harker Heights and Fort Hood, said Devon Langford, senior district executive.

While the United Way of Greater Fort Hood Area funding represents “just a tip” of spending for the Leon Valley District, all local money stays in the area, said Donald F. Ledsworth, campaign coordinator for the United Way.

The Leon Valley District includes programs ranging from Cub Scouts for boys ages 7-10, Boy Scouts for boys ages 11-17 to Venture Crew for young men and women ages 14-21, Langford said.

For information about a Scouting program in Central Texas, go to and search by ZIP Code.

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