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e-News 31st Edition ~ April 2016


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Pearls of Wisdom:

"As you put into practice the qualities of patience, punctuality, sincerity, and solicitude, you will have a better opinion of the world around you."

- Grenville Kleiser   

Dear Scouters,

We are well into Spring and the weather is perfect to kickoff improvements at the Alamo Area Council’s Outdoor Adventure Properties. Several projects have recently been completed and new ones are on the horizon. All of our properties (Bear Creek Scout Reservation, McGimsey Scout Park, and the Mays Family Scout Ranch) are important to the success of Scouting. These camps provide opportunities for your children to spend time outdoors; enjoy nature; exercise their minds and their muscles; and learn new skills—all of which are things they cannot get from video games.

Our biggest project this year will be improving the roads at McGimsey Scout Park. Many of you are aware of the current conditions of our roads, some of which are impassible by car. It is essential that our roads be repaired in order to ensure the enjoyment and safety of our Scouts. We have secured a contractor and Martin Marietta ( has agreed to provide all the aggregate and concrete for the project. This project alone is a $90,000 investment in our youth and would not be possible without your support of the Friends of Scouting (FOS) fundraising campaign going on right now. During the next month you will see heavy machinery coming in and out of the park. Please pardon our dust as we prepare for the next wonderful and exciting outdoor experience for you and your child!

Thank you for giving the Boy Scouts of America the opportunity to help mold and strengthen your child’s future.

Yours in Scouting,

Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive


"How Are We Doing?" Customer Service Survey - Spring 2016

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council Marketing and Communications team has launched the Spring 2016 “How Are We Doing?” Customer Service Survey. We highly encourage all of our members, volunteers, parents, and donors to take a few minutes to complete the survey.

Musselman Scout Shop Camping Clearance

Currently we are running a huge camping clearance. Some items are up to 65% off **

April FAQ Newly Added Content

Here are some frequently asked questions the Alamo Area Council has received for the month of April

Website Restructure Newly Added Content

Over the next few weeks you will begin to see a reconstruction of the Council website. In the effort to organize and simplify, a focus group made up of your District and Committee webmasters was conducted.

Upcoming Events

APR - Scouting for Food 2016 (NEW DATES)

Scouting for Food is the largest one-day food drive in the Boy Scouts of America. READ ON...

APR/SEPT - Backpacking the Back Country at Bear Creek Scout Reservation!

This is the one time you get to see parts of Bear Creek Scout Reservation that you don't see during summer camp!

APR/DEC: Cub Scout Shooting Sports 2016

Registration opening soon for Cub Scout Shooting Sports Day!

APR - Scouts Support 2016 Battle of Flowers Parade

Every April, downtown San Antonio becomes the site of a citywide celebration – the Battle of Flowers® Parade. Since 1891, the women volunteer members of the Battle of Flowers® Association have produced a parade to honor the fallen heroes of the Alamo and to commemorate the victory at the battle of San Jacinto.

APR-DEC: 2016 Mays Cub Scout Adventure Programs

In 2016 the Mays Family Scout Ranch (MFSR) will be offering 8 Cub Scout Adventure programs to serve Tigers to Webelos. The MFSR will complete certain requirements for all Cub Scout ranks, but not all elective requirements that show within the new Cub Scout handbooks. Please review details on the calendar of which requirements will be held prior to the event.

MAY - Merit Badge University Spring 2016

Boy Scout Merit Badge University on May 7, 2016. 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.

MAY/JUL - San Antonio Missions Scout Night 2016

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council and your San Antonio Missions bring you two opportunities for outdoor adventures with Missions baseball in 2016. Watch a great game then campout afterwards on one or both dates at Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium: Saturday, May 14th or July 23rd. Read on...

MAY - Cub Scouts Examine, Explore and Explain at Bear Creek

Cub Discovery Camp 2016 is open to all Cub Scouts who want to break secret codes, study ballistics, forensics and field agent training. The theme of this camping event is: CSI (Cub Scout Investigation). Read on for more details...

MAY-JUL: Swim Checks and Swim Lessons offered by Alamo Area Council

Alamo Area Council is offering Swim Lessons at McGimsey Scout Park Pool this summer. In addition, if the Scout Camp you are attending requires a swim check in order to attend, we offer many opportunities to complete your swim check prior to going to camp...

JUN/JUL - Check out the New Plans for Bear Creek Summer Camp 2016!

Still deciding on Summer Camp? Click here to find out what Bear Creek will have in 2016!

JUN-JUL: Alamo Area Council invites all Cub Scouts to Attend Our Day Camp!

Read on for more information about the Cub Scout Day Camps offered by Alamo Area Council....

JUN - The 2017 Council Contingent to Philmont Registration Opens January 1, 2016

Don't miss your opportunity to go to Philmont in 2017! Follow this link to register...

JUN - All Families are Invited to the Great American Campout (GAC)

National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout is a summer-long celebration of camping as a way to connect with 

nature and wildlife. The Alamo Area Council is hosting a Public Event in support of the Great American Campout.

JUL-AUG: Are You Interested in VenturingFest 2016?

VenturingFest 2016, the first national gathering of Venturers at the Summit Bechtel Reserve – a new Scouting experience unlike any other before – is coming your way this summer from July 31 to August 5.

JUL - Tiger Cub Day Camp 2016

Tiger Cub Day Camp - July 9 10, 2016 Tiger Cub Day Camp is for all Tiger Cubs (going into the 1st grade in fall) and their adult partner to come and enjoy two days of camp designed for Tigers!

JUL - Webelos Outdoor Adventure Camp 2016

Camp Akela is now Webelos Outdoor Adventure Camp! Read on for details...

JUL - Join us for the First Ever Alamo Area Council Cub Scout Resident Camp!

Read on to see if you can SURVIVE a two night/three day Cub Scout Resident Camp with Alamo Area Council....

Training / Resources

APR - More Facilitator Youth Protection Training (YPT) - For Training Facilitator ONLY

This course is available for any adult leader who is interested in facilitating Face to Face YPT.

APR-AUG: NRA Certifications Offered for Adult Scouters in 2016 - UPDATED!!!!

Our shooting sports committee has put together a smorgasbord of training available for adult scouters. Please read on for all the opportunities...

APR-NOV: BALOO Training for Cub Scout Leaders Who Want to Camp!

BALOO Training is a one day introductory course for Cub Scout Leaders and parents to learn the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping. It is required to have on BALOO trained leader in the pack (and at the event) to be able to conduct an overnight activity at the pack level.

APR-NOV: Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) for Scout Leaders

This course is an outdoor training experience designed to teach the skills it takes to be a First Class Scout and is put on by the Council and District training teams. Read on to find out more....

APR - Climbing Instructor Training - 2016

Are you ready for an Adventure in Climbing in 2016! SAVE these DATES for Climbing Instructor Training to get you Prepared. For Life

MAY-JUN: Day Camp Staff Volunteer Training

If you are interested in being a staff volunteer for the 2016 Summer Cub Scout Day Camp, please read on....

MAY - Why would anyone need CPR/AED or Wilderness and Remote First Aid Training?

Read on to find out what CPR/AED training and Wilderness and Remote First Aid Training is all about!...

JUN - NYLT 2016 Summer Course - Lead the Way!

Register now for NYLT 2016 (Summer)!

District News:

Cimarron Freeze o ree. Great participation, a lot of fun activities and recognitions!

The weekend of February 27 - March 1st, 2015 various Troops from the Cimarron District went camping and participate of the fun competitions at McGimsey Scout park. From the freezing weather to the fun activities, everything went super!. We had each one of the Troop wining recognitions and the boys had a blast. Thanks to all the volunteers that make this happen.

Learning for Life / Exploring Honor Patriot of the Year 2016

Learning for Life, a character and career education program affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council is proud to recognize Bexar County Sheriff Susan L. Pamerleau, as our Inaugural "Patriot of the Year". This recognition and fundraising event for the Exploring program will be held at 12 noon on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at the Oak Hills Country Club. READ ON...

Now Hiring Scoutreach Program Leaders

The Alamo Area Council, Boy Scouts of America has immediate openings for youth program leaders working within our Scoutreach In-School and After-School programs. Read on...

In 2016 Texas Hills Seeks to Recognize Service to Scouting

The January 7, 2016 District Banquet will be held at the Bandera United Methodist Church at 7:00 pm. All units throughout the district are invited to bring all their families to recognize the leaders for their service to Scouting and to recognize our Eagle Scouts of 2015. Submit your nominations at the December 3 Roundtable or by email to

Alamo Extreme 2016

The Boy Scouts of America Alamo Area Council, in collaboration with the San Antonio Police Department, invite your Exploring Law Enforcement post to the newest competition in Texas. Read on for more information...

Order of the Arrow:

2016 OA LEC Schedule

This article lists the dates, times and locations of the 2016 LECs scheduled for 2016...

2016 Lodge Dues Renewals for Units Newly Added Content

It's time to pay your 2015 Order of the Arrow membership dues. Our OA Lodge offers dues renewals for the entire unit in just one registration. Individuals looking to pay their dues must access the registration through the link on the Order of the Arrow home page.

Other Communication News:

Another way to support your Scouts in the Scouting Program

It is the time of year that boys move from being Webelos to becoming Boy Scouts. These youth are very rapidly becoming young men. It is also the time when adult scouters move with their sons into a troop from their pack.

Council Staff Updates - March 2016

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council staff announcements as of March 2016...READ ON...

Alamo Area Council Offering Camperships to Scouts In Need to Attend Summer Camp!

Please follow the links below to submit a campership application or an endorsement for a Scout who has applied for a campership.

NEWS RELEASE- Scouting for Food 2016 Feeds Area Youth Newly Added Content

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will deliver thousands of empty paper bags donated by H-E-B and sponsored by USAA throughout their local neighborhoods on Saturday, April 9th with instructions on them for community supporters to fill with nonperishable items and leave on their doorsteps early Saturday morning, April 16th. Please support Scouting for Food 2016. READ ON...

Council Information:

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 600

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

Bear Creek Scout Reservation- 125 Bear Creek Scout Road, Hunt, Texas 78024


McGimsey Scout Park 10810 Wedgewood, San Antonio, Texas 78230

Mays Family Scout Ranch- 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 18,000 youth and 6,500 volunteer adults in South Texas.  With Learning for Life, an in-school character education subsidiary of Boy Scouts of America, the Council serves over 25,876 youth.  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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