E-NEWS 22nd Edition ~ April 2015

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Pearls of Wisdom

"We should love each other - that means caring for your neighbors...where those in mourning are comforted...where the hungry are fed...where the poor hear good news..."

~ Jack Richmond, Good Scout Award 2015 Honoree


Parents, Volunteers, and Scouts of all ages,

As we begin to go about our days in this new month of May, please join me in acknowledging how fortunate we are for the privilege of doing good through Scouting with our families within this great community.  It's hard to watch news or read the newspaper filled with many negative stories.  But, we must acknowledge two huge recent crisis - Nepal's earthquake impacting millions, and Baltimore police actions and other misconduct that reminds us of how fragile human life and daily life really is.

Even if we are not personally affected, the Scouting community must continue to be advocates for positive causes.  It's in the Boy Scouts of America's slogan - "Do A Good Turn Daily" - which means to do a special act of kindness, big or small. There is a need for change.  Scouting can help be a part of that positive change.  Now's the time. It's in our Scout Oath - 

On my honor I will do my best 
To do my duty to God and my country 
and to obey the Scout Law; 
To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, 
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Ten Things You Can Do To Support the Community through Scouting

  1. Enroll your children in Scouting.
    They will love it and thank you for it! Read more about joining >>
  2. Become a BSA volunteer.
    With the enormous time pressures in their lives, America's youth need time well spent. Whether you volunteer as a den leader, Scoutmaster, or merit badge counselor, Scouting will be worth your time and effort because of the benefits it provides to youth.
  3. Tell your neighbors and friends about Scouting.
    Youth love Scouting and its activities, but they love it even more when their friends are involved.
  4. Get your place of worship involved in Scouting.
    Churches, synagogues, and mosques are great places for Scouting activities. The Boy Scouts of America supports the strong ideals and values that families are looking for today.
  5. Write a letter to your local newspaper.
    The Boy Scouts is a great organization that builds character and values. Tell other people about it!
  6. Write a letter to your United Way.
    The Boys Scouts of America is one of the founding organizations of the United Way. The Boy Scouts of America and United Way have a long relationship. Many of the more than 1,400 local United Way chapters support the BSA. Let them know what a great job Scouting is doing in your community.
  7. Write your local school board president and principal.
    Thank them for the opportunity to use their facilities for Scouting activities, for the use of their bulletin boards to get information to youth, and for the access their school provides to help get information to parents of Scouting-age youth.
  8. Call us, your local Boy Scout council.
    Tell your District Executive and other leadership how much you appreciate what the organization is doing in your community to build tomorrow's leaders. Contact the Council Service Center.
  9. Organize a Scout color guard for local athletic events or city council meetings.
    It is important for people to see Scouting as a meaningful and vital part of the community.
  10. Financially Invest in Scouting.  Support a youth in need.
    Everyone who shares BSA's strong values should be able to participate in Scouting.  Your investment will change a life.  Read about financial support >>

Yours in Scouting,

Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive


Alamo Area Council-Statement of Services Newly Added Content

Support of Council Keeps the Campfire Alive for Youth. To support activities and strengthen your son’s Scout unit, your Council maintains two service centers and three camp properties, along with a list of services. Read on...

El curso Insignia de Madera -Spanish Wood Badge Newly Added Content

¿Es Ud. líder de una unidad Scout? ¿Quiere mejorar las habilidades de liderazgo y campamento, y muchas otras? El curso Insignia de Madera (Wood Badge) se llevará a cabo del 22 al 27 junio 2015, en puro ESPAÑOL. Read more...

Jack and Laura Richmond 2015 Good Scout Award Recipients

Every year the Alamo Area Council honors a citizen who best exemplifies the goals, traditions, and values of Scouting through their service to our community. Jack and Laura Richmond are those citizens for 2015.

Scouts Carry US Flag in Battle of Flowers Parade 2015

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council supported The Battle of Flowers Parade on Friday, April 24th by having several Boy Scouts walk a 20x50 foot “United States Flag” along the 2.6-mile route of San Antonio’s largest day parade. READ ON...

Southern Region Director Receives Key to City

Responsible for 90 Councils in 13 states, the Southern Region Director for the Boy Scouts of America, Ponce Duran, began his career as a District Executive in the Rio Grande Valley over 35 years ago. On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, the Mayor of the Rio Grande Valley City of Harlingen, Texas, Chris Boswell, recognized the leadership and multiple accomplishments of a man well respected. READ ON...


Merit Badge University Spring 2015 Newly Added Content

Boy Scout Merit Badge University on May 9, 2015. A one day event hosted by the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council, for Boy Scouts in the 6th-12th Grade or ages 11-17 to earn up to four merit badges to help with their path to earn their Eagle Scout rank and serve our community.

MBU Public Safety Spring 2015

Boy Scout MBU Public Safety event on May 9, 2015. A one day event hosted by the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council, for Boy Scouts in the 6th-12th Grade or ages 11-17 to focus on learning about merit badges concerned with public safety.

Boy Scout Shoot Out 2015 sponsored by Valero 

Join us on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the National Shooting Complex for a fun filled afternoon of friendly and fun competition. Teams of five will compete at various stations, accommodating all skill levels, to shoot 100 targets. READ ON...

San Antonio Missions Scout Night 2015

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council and your San Antonio Missions bring you two opportunities for outdoor adventures with Missions baseball in 2015. Watch a great game then campout afterwards on one or both dates at Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium: Saturday, May 23rd or June 13th. Read on...

3rd Annual SCORP-OREE plus 2nd Scout Night Newly Added Content

Camp out under the stars on May 30th with the Scorpions after watching an exciting soccer game as they take on Ft Lauderdale Strikers. Or, another Scout night without camping is available on September 12th. Join the pre-game fun on either date in the Scorpion Fun Zone then get autographs and photos in the post-game Meet and Greet. There will also be many evening activities!

Alamo Area Council invites all Cub Scouts to Attend Our Space Day Camp!

This summer, Alamo Area Council is having 10 Day Camps at 5 different locations starting from June 8th until July 27th. Read on....

Flags at Fort Sam Houston 2015

Members of the Boy Scouts of America nationwide are spending Memorial Day weekend showing appreciation for our men and women who served our nation by placing American flags at the headstones of fallen service members.

Boy Scout Summer Camp 2015

Since 1957, Bear Creek Scout Reservation has been a summer home to thousands of Scouts. Project Oso Camping Program enhancements will make your Boy Scout Summer Camp experience in 2015 even better. Learn more and Register now! Read on...

USS Lexington Scout Night 2015

All Scouts invited to the USS Lexington Scout Night 2015 on August 7-9th in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The Trip of a Lifetime - Hike Philmont in the Summer of 2015!

Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier High Adventure base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, training and service programs offer many ways to experience this legendary country. Alamo Area Council has contingents for the summer of 2015. Transportation on a bus is provided.

Join the Scout Strong Patriot Run - Saturday, June 13, 2015

Support patriots, fitness, and Scouts in this returning Council special event. The "Scout Strong Patriot Run" is a 5k race and 1k kids' fun run held annually on Flag Day to honor our Armed Forces with event proceeds benefiting the programs of the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council. This years event will be held at our own McGimsey Scout Park.


What is a Unit Commissioner? What training is offered for Commissioners?

Commissioners are district and council leaders who help Scout units succeed. They coach and consult with adult leaders of Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews. Commissioners help maintain the standards of the Boy Scouts of America.

Wood Badge Training 2015

Wood Badge is Scouting's premier training course providing in-depth training in leadership skills and group dynamics. It is designed to meet the needs for all Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing leaders as well as Council and District leaders and Scouting professionals. Join us

Climbing Instructor Training - 2015

Are you ready for an Adventure in Climbing in 2015! SAVE these DATES for Climbing Instructor Training to get you Prepared. For Life

...Read On



WIN a GoPro HERO during 1st Annual Alamo Area Council Marketing Award of Excellence

WIN a GoPro HERO! The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council will recognize Scouting units within the Council for outstanding efforts in documented positive public relations within the local, regional, national, or global media. Submission deadline is Friday, July 31, 2015, for award presentation at Council wide Roundtable on Thursday, August 13, 2015. READ ON...


3rd Annual Alamo Area Council Fire Exploring Competition

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council in conjunction with the Helotes Fire Department proudly host the 3rd Annual Alamo Area Council Fire Exploring Competition on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Read on...


Join the OA at Texas State for the 2015 Section Conclave

The 2015 Section Conclave will again be held at Texas State University in San Marcos. This is the premier OA event where all 9 lodges in our Section meet for a weekend of fellowship, competition, and training. ATH will be looking to five-peat by winning the Spirit Award again. July 17-19th.


Alamo Area Council Service Center

2226 N.W. Military Hwy, San Antonio, Texas 78213-1894

Email: Info@AlamoAreaBSA.orgExternal Link

Office: 210-341-8611

Alamo Area Council Staff Directory

Scoutreach Service Center

8503 S. Zarzamora St, San Antonio, TX 78224

Office: 210-341-8611 ext 113

Council Service Center Hours

The Council Service Centers are open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.

The Council Service Centers are closed all Holidays.

Scout Shop Hours

Camping Properties

McGimsey Scout Park 

10810 Wedgewood, San Antonio, Texas 78231


Bear Creek Scout Reservation

125 Bear Creek Scout Road, Hunt, Texas 78024



Mays Family Scout Ranch - (Coming Soon in May 2015)

3445 Fest Rd, San Antonio, Texas 78264

About the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council

The Alamo Area Council, BSA, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, serves a 13 county area imparting the Scouting program to over 28,500 youth and 7,500 volunteer adults in South Texas.  The Boy Scouts of America continue to prepare young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training utilizing outdoor activity, citizenship, and sports fitness.  For more information on the Alamo Area BSA, visit http://www.AlamoAreaBSA.orgExternal Link.

The counties served by the Alamo Area BSA include Bexar, Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Frio, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, La Salle, McMullen, Medina, and Wilson.


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