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e-News 34th Edition ~ August 2016


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Hello fellow Scouters!

Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of Scouting, once said, “A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room.”

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council (BSA) is pleased to provide the bi-annual Adventure Guide to help plan your Pack, Troop, Team, Crew, and Post’s Outdoor Adventures throughout the year. I'd also like to share some important reminders and new information:

First, we need to encourage each other to get trained today! Our youth, male and female alike, need to experience 100% of Scouting. What makes this possible is having all registered adults in the BSA receive training for the position they hold within their respective unit. Your training can even be fun! Visit my.Scouting.orgExternal Link today!

Second, the Alamo Area Council has been chosen as one of only 24 Councils piloting the new online membership registration system to more efficiently signup new youth and adult leaders. Visit

Finally, we are excited that over 2500 of our Scouting members are using! This advancement tracking mobile web app in the cloud helps capture Scouting experiences from Tiger to Eagle.

In addition to our standard communication platforms such as the Adventure Guide, social media sites, monthly e-newsletters, and Council website, the Alamo Area Council will begin utilizing Scoutbook's Council Messaging Feature. This allows us to reach all of our membership (volunteers and Scouts) securely with Youth Protection Training features built in!

As our youth are continuously challenged by the world around them, let us stand together as a positive force to point them in the right direction so they can experience all the opportunities that this world offers. Let’s also remember to never take the OUTING out of Scouting!

Why does the Boy Scouts of America continue to exist after 106 years? Because we are a family. We are a life-changing movement. We are a way of life.

Yours in Scouting

Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive


SALSA e-News

SALSA - San Antonio League of Scouting Alumni... Remember... Rekindle... Reconnect... Reinvest...

Boy Scouts Offers Online Membership Registration for New Families

The Alamo Area Council has become a BETA Council for a new process of assisting families in joining our great program. Beginning August 1, 2016, we will offer online membership registration to new youth and adults wanting to join a unit with the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council (BSA). Can You Help Us? READ ON...

Bass Pro Shops Announces September as Boy Scout Month

Bass Pro Shops is proud to announce Boy Scout Month; “Providing a Compass for Life!” during the month of September!! Boy Scout month benefits our Council with donations, popcorn sales, and offers Fishing and Rifle Shooting Merit Badge workshops throughout September.

Scoutbook Introduces Administrative Tools for Councils

Besides our other communication platforms like the Adventure Guide, Council social media sites, and the Council website with monthly newsletter emailings, the Alamo Area Council will begin utilizing the BRAND NEW Scoutbook Council Messaging Feature. READ ON...

Upcoming Events

AUG - ScoutNight with SAFC 2016

Join the San Antonio FC on August 20th as they rally against the Seattle Sounders 2, complete with Players' Meet-and-Greet, Autographs, and Campout.

AUG-DEC: Venturing Forum / Venturing Officer Association VOA

Every month Venturing leaders and youth from the Council and the Venturing Officer Association from the Alamo Area Council meets to discuss up coming activities, training, service project and outdoor adventure opportunities. Join us every last Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Council Service Center. We hope to see you there!

AUG - Scout Night with the San Antonio Stars

Exclusive Scouting Offer! This summer we are having 4 Scout Night options to choose from. The package includes some pretty cool photo ops: Pictures with all 5 Spurs Championship Banners, Photos in the Interview Room (take pictures where the Spurs do their post-game interviews), Meet and Greet Star Players, and a Tour of the AT&T Center.

SEPT-OCT: Let's Do Some High Adventure at Powder Horn!

What are you doing in September and October? How would you like to do some Shotgun shooting, Rifle/Pistol shooting, Archery, Black Powder shooting, Tomahawk throwing, BMX/Mountain-Biking, Scuba, Snorkeling, Log-rolling, Fly Fishing, Canoeing/Kayaking and lots more?....

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!

SEPT - Cub Scout Law Enforcement Night with Bexar County Sheriff's Department

The Bexar County Sheriff's Office is sponsoring this event to provide an opportunity for Cub Scouts to complete rank specific electives.

SPET-OCT: New Scout Adventure Day

Newly registered Cub Scouts can come from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm for their first outdoor adventure with archery, BB guns, nature, crafts and games.

OCT - Boy Scout Night at the Dome - 2016 UTSA Football

Join the adventure with UTSA Football Roadrunners as they take on Southern Miss, October 8, 2016 at the Alamodome. Scouts receive a limited edition "Boy Scout Night at the Dome" Patch (While Supplies Last) and Stay after the game for special events and the opportunity to learn the INS and OUTS of Football from a surprise guest speaker!

OCT - Catholic Scout Retreat

The Catholic Committee On Scouting invites all scouts and adult leaders to participate in the annual Retreat, Saturday, October 1,2016, McGimsey Scout Park.

OCT - Interested in trying out Climbing? Come to Open Climb

One of the most exciting experiences you can have with your Boy Scout Troop is taking them to a personal challenge of perseverance. Alamo Area Council offers an open climb at our tower at McGimsey Scout Park.

SEPT-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.

SEPT-DEC: 2016 Mays Merit Badge Programs

In 2016 the Mays Family Scout Ranch (MFSR) will be offering 8 Merit Badges. The MFSR will complete certain requirements for all merit badges, but not all elective requirements that show within the booklets. Please review details on the calendar of which requirements will be held prior to the event.

Training / Resources

AUG-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....

AUG-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 one BALOO trained leader in the pack (and at the event) to be able to conduct an overnight activity at the pack level.

AUG - Trainer's EDGE, This is How You Become a Trainer!

Join the Alamo Area Council's Training Team as they assist you in perfecting your training skills. A team of top notch Trainers will work with you to put a sparkle in your training. You won't want to miss it!!!

Merit Badge Counselor Training Offered at Alamo Area Council

Interested in being a Merit Badge Counselor? Training is required but it is offered through the Alamo Area Council, read on for more details...

SEP - 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

Interested in being a Den Chief?

A den chief is a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer assisting a Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos Scout den.

AUG-DEC: NRA Certifications Offered for Adult Scouters in 2016

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

SEPT-NOV: CPR/AED and Wilderness and Remote First Aid Training Offered This Fall at AAC.

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

Wood Badge Training 2016

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 on March 4-6, and April 1-3..Read On

District News:

Jackson Becomes Diamondback District Executive

Tanisha Jackson, a native of San Antonio and graduate of Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville, has been names the new Diamondback District Executive, effective July 20, 2016. Please help us in welcoming her into the Scouting family! READ ON...

Exploring Honors Explorer of the Year 2016

Exploring, the coed career education program of the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council is proud to recognize Bexar County Sheriff Susan L. Pamerleau, as our Inaugural "Explorer of the Year." This recognition and fundraising event for the Exploring program will be tentatively held at 11:30am - 12:45pm on Thursday, October 27, 2016, at The Veranda. READ ON...

2016 Powderhorn is fast approaching! Register now!

Powder Horn 2016 is fast approaching and if you have not already attended a Powder Horn course, I'd like for YOU to seriously consider it! The course dates are Sep.23-25, 2016, and Oct. 7-9, 2016. Spaces are filling fast, so don't delay - you can register at!

Training Is An Important Part Of Being A Scout Leader!

Scout leaders are considered trained when they have completed Fast Start, Youth Protection, This Is Scouting, Leader Specific training for their position, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (for Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster only).

Order of the Arrow:

Candidates for 2016-2017 ATH Lodge Office.

As per the Lodge bylaws this article presents the approved candidates running for Lodge Chief, Vice Chief of Chapters, Vice Chief of Administration, Vice Chief of Programs and Vice Chief of Inductions.

2016 LODGE DUES Renewals for Units

It's time to pay your 2016 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.

2016 OA LEC Schedule

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

Other Communication & News:

Nominate an adult leader for the Silver Beaver Award

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest council level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council.

Scouting Serves Unique Communities Field Day at McGimsey Newly Added Content

Youth members enjoyed a special Field Day at McGimsey Scout Park on Friday, August 12th. Forty members participated in activities 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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