E-NEWS 24th Edition ~ Aug / Sept 2015 

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Pearls of Wisdom

"“Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry.” ~ Author unknown

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing it is stupid.” ~ Albert Einstein


Parents, Volunteers, and Scouts of all ages,

If you are new to Scouting, welcome to the family! First, I want to sincerely thank everyone for supporting your Scouting organization and program.

Summer 2015 has seen a successful run of outdoor adventures like the day camps at McGimsey Scout Park, the summer resident camps at Bear Creek Scout Reservation that featured the new zip-line and BMX track, and the completion of the new Mays Family Scout Ranch.

The Council continues to strive to improve the program support structure and to focus on promoting the opportunity for all youth to be able to take advantage of the Scouting experiences in the outdoors, skills and leadership development, service to the community, and helping others at all times.

Scouting’s members and parents continue to select local units, chartered to organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families.

By focusing on the goals that unite us, we are able to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve. The Alamo Area Council will continue following the policies and procedures as a unified Boy Scouts of America with a unified focus on youth. We will not deviate from the Boy Scouts of America’s mission.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

The Vision is for the Boy Scouts of America to prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

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.

Scout Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Finally, please allow me to share with you a quote from a dedicated adult volunteer, Rough Rider District Chair Robert Brady, who said, “My passion is in those boys achieving good things.”

We all should find our joy and place in this world!  It seems Robert has found his.  So please join me in focusing on the many things that continue making the Scouting movement unparalleled to any other youth development program.


Yours in Scouting,

Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive


Scouting Updates From The Director Of Scouting Services - September 2015

Scouting Updates From The Director Of Scouting Services - September 2015

6" Catfish Added to McGimsey Pond

The McGimsey Scout Park pond welcomed 150 catfish this past February. The catfish were donated by volunteers to the pond so the Scouts could enjoy their fishing experience.

Mays Family Scout Ranch 2015 Merit Badge Guide

The Mays Family Scout Ranch is happy to announce we will be offering Merit Badges here in the fall at the camp facility. We welcome boys and parents to come take part in our program and leave with new experiences, take home projects, and skill sets to build upon.

Mays Cub Adventure Programs Guide

The Mays will be hosting sessions of the New Cub Scout Adventure Program at our facility. We welcome cubs and their parents to come join us for programming at our new facility.

Displaying the Flag of the USA

The Boy Scouts of America is pleased to share the following suggestions—adapted from Your Flag, published by the Boy Scouts of America—to help you properly display and care for your symbol of our nation's unity, glory, and resolve. READ ON...


Merit Badge University Fall 2015

Boy Scout Merit Badge University on November 7, 2015 at St. Phillips College. 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.

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER - New Cub Scout Adventure Days 2015

Saturday, September 19; Saturday, September 26 and; Saturday, October 31 from 8:30am to 2:30pm. All newly registered Cub Scouts can come for their first outdoor adventure with archery, BB guns, swimming, nature, crafts and games.

Winter Merit Badge University 2015 Newly Added Content

Boy Scout Winter Merit Badge Extravaganza December 28 - 30, 2015 at McGimsey Scout Park Winter Merit Badge University (MBE) is an annual event hosted by the Alamo Area Council, Boy Scouts of America that gives Boy Scouts, ages 11-18, the opportunity during the Holidays to earn merit badges ranging from recreational activites to Eagle Scout merit badges.

Catholic Scout Retreat

The Catholic Committee On Scouting invites all scouts and adult leaders to participate in the annual Retreat, Saturday, October 10th,

2016 is Your Year to take a Trek at Philmont!

It's your year, you've been waiting for this your entire scouting career...sign up now to go on your Trek to Philmont in 2016

Cub Scout Shooting Sports 2015

Registration is open now for both Cub Scout Shooting Sports Days!

Fall Cub N One 2015

Attend the Fall Cub N One this Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the McGimsey Scout Park. Special activities for Cubs include: camping in tents, archery, BB’s, and many other skills and activities!

Council Web-O-Ree 2015

A WEB-O-REE is an exciting opportunity for WEBELOS Scouts, their Parents and Adult Leaders to sample the experiences that lie ahead on the trail to Boy Scouting. WEB-O-REE provides an introduction to Camping, Cooking, Scouting Skills, Working Together as a Patrol, Games, Events, Demonstrations, Companionship and above all FUN.

Spook-O-Ree 2015

The Spook-O-Ree is a family Halloween event for everyone! Either come evenings, November 6-7, 2015 or November 7-8, 2015, at McGimsey Scout Park for Halloween fun in a safe, family friendly environment. The Spook-O-Ree is packed with activities including hayrides, storytelling, carnival games, the haunted trail, a pumpkin decorating contest...


Venturing Challenge Cup and Open House 2015

All Council Venturing Crews and invited guests will compete in fun games of skill, adventure, and teambuilding for the Venturing Challenge Cup at the McGimsey Scout from 9am - 2 pm on Saturday, October 24, 2015. Invited participating guests are FREE and should be Venturing program age eligible. READ ON...


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.

OCTOBER - Calling all Commissioners!

Please read the article for detailed information on Training...

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER - Unit Fiscal Management Training

Alamo Area Council is offering a new training to assist leaders with running their units....

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

SEPTEMBER - 2015 Fall Council Wide Training

Training volunteers is an important responsibility of the Council. On Saturday, September 19, the Training Committee will host Council Wide Training for all Unit volunteers and parents. NEW SESSION THIS FALL - Unit Fiscal Management Training.

Unit Fiscal Management Training

Alamo Area Council is offering a new training to assist leaders with running their units....

Cub Scout Pow Wow 2015 Training Newly Added Content

Cub Scout Pow Wow is a one-day training with new ideas and resources for Cub Scout leaders and parents. Classes are offered on topics such as awards, crafts, games, songs, skits, outdoor cooking, derbies, den meetings, pack committee, pack meeting ideas and more. Leaders and parents can increase their knowledge, improve their skills, and gain enthusiastic attitudes about Cub Scouting.


MEDIA ADVISORY: Grand Opening of Boy Scouts New Scout Camp

Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council’s (BSA) newest Scout camp, The Mays Family Scout Ranch (MFSR), will have its Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. READ ON...

NEWS RELEASE: Cub Scouts Sell Popcorn To SA Mayor Taylor

Alamo Area Council kicks off their annual Trail’s End Popcorn Fall fundraiser on September 11, 2015, with standout Cub Scout salesmen, Benton Ward, age 10, Nathaniel Schechter, age 9, Michael Calloway, age 12, and Timothy Young, age 9, selling the first popcorn bag of the season to San Antonio City Mayor, Ivy R. Taylor. READ ON...


Will We See You on the Zip Line at Bear Creek Summer Camp 2016?

Since 1964, Bear Creek Scout Reservation has been the premier camp of the Alamo Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Registration is open for 2016....

Follow the Trail to Eagle at the 2015 Texas Hills District Scouting Expo!

The public is invited to participate in the journey a boy makes on the Trail to Eagle from Tiger Scout to Eagle Scout through Venturing and the Order of the Arrow. Scouts of all ages will demonstrate skills and lead activities that are specific to each program and rank. Join the fun at the Bandera City Park on Sep. 25-27, 2015. Events open for the public are from 9am-2pm, Saturday.

Two Rivers District News August/September 2015

Hello Two Rivers District Volunteers and welcome to our district page. Please check back here monthly for news and updates in our district. Thanks for all you do for our youth!

Alamo Extreme 2015

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...

Armadillo FREEZE-O-REE 2016

Armadillo FREEZE-O-REE 2016 theme is "It's a Mystery to Me!"



The annual Fall Fellowship for Aina Topa Hutsi will be held at Bear Creek on October 23rd. Registration OPEN NOW.

OA Support for Bear Creek Adventure

All OA members, youth and adult, are invited to help support the Council Bear Creek Adventure held twice a year at Bear Creek. BCA is an event open to everyone to learn or improve their backpacking skills. The OA member help with training, cooking, and organizing and running activities for the participants.

Order of the Arrow Centurion Award

For nearly 100 years, the Order of the Arrow has purposefully recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives....


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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