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e-News 38th Edition ~ December 2016


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Dear Friends,

As 2016 comes to an end let us remember that we are Scouts and what that means!

We all come from different backgrounds, different families, and different communities. But, we have one thing in common: we are Scouts. Our guiding principles are simple, yet powerful. They are reflected in our Scout Oath and 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.

Scouting is more than experiencing the outdoors and offering leadership opportunities for Scouts both young and old. It is a way of life. It is a way of treating others. It is a way of treating ourselves.

As we go about our business throughout this holiday season, let us remember that we are Scouts and lend a hand to someone who may need it. Share a smile, a friendly greeting, a handshake or hug, an invitation. Share the peace and joy of the season with strangers and neighbors alike.

As Scouts we must not only leave our campsite better than we found it, we must also leave the world better than we found it.

May you and your family enjoy the blessings of the season and from the Alamo Area Council family to yours, best wishes for a wonderful 2017!

Yours in Scouting,

Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive


Council and Scout Shop Extended Hours of Service for 2017 Newly Added Content

The Alamo Area Council and Musselman Scout Shop are pleased to announce our new extended hours of service for 2017 in order to better accommodate our customers’ needs. READ ON...

Advancement Tracking from Scoutbook to Internet Advancement

Since the release of the advancement tracking tool, Scoutbook, the Alamo Area Council has had 4,763 Scouts, 1,724 adults and 167 units sign up. With so many families and units engaging in we are striving to make the learning process easier.

Verdict was Not Guilty at the 23rd Annual Mock Trial of Santa Claus on December 10 Newly Added Content

Following his December 8 arrest at James Bonham Academy for handing out gifts to the school children, Kris Kringle (aka Santa Claus) was tried before U.S. District Court Judge Henry Bemporad on charges of violating the separation of church and state. The 23rd annual mock trial took place at John H. Wood Jr. United States Courthouse, 655 César E. Chávez Blvd. on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

2017 VFW Scout of the Year Program Newly Added Content

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States awards three individuals who are: Eagle Scouts, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, Venture Summit Award recipients and/or Sea Scout Quartermasters who have risen above their peers in exemplifying the qualities of the rank.

Council Staff Updates - December 2016

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

Upcoming Events:

DEC - Merit Badge Extravaganza Registration Open

Register now for the big Merit Badge Extravaganza. Click for more information and registration!

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.

JAN - Shooting Sports University 2017

Shooting Sports University is an archery and shotgun merit badge weekend overnighter. Parents are welcome and encouraged to come or be a part of this event. This will allow boys to begin working on merit badges and work to complete partials.

JAN-FEB: Cub Scouts: Have You Earned the Texas Badge?

The Texas Badge may only be earned by Cub Scouts in Texas. Visit a historical site in Texas then come learn more about our great State.

JAN-DEC 2017: Mays Family Scout Ranch Programs

The Mays Family Scout Ranch is offering the new Cub Scout Adventure programs and Boy Scout Merit Badges for the 2017 year. We are offering 16 programs this year for Cubs and Boys Scouts to come out and participate in. Please review details on the calendar and sign up before it fills up. Please register online and come enjoy your time with us out at the Mays!

FEB - Report to State 2017 for the Alamo Area Council

On Saturday, February 4, 2017, a delegation of Scouts and leaders from the Alamo Area Council will attend the event called "Report to State" held annually at the Capitol Building in Austin, Texas. REGISTER Today for the limited slots to attend...

FEB - Register Now for 2017 Mountain Man Rendezvous

Registration is open now for the Council Wide Mountain Man Rendezvous...

FEB - ScoutNight at the Rodeo 2017

Join us at one of the largest and most prestigious single events in the city of San Antonio... the Stock Show and Rodeo! Attractions include Carnival, Buckaroo Farms, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Live Band Performances, Texas Wildlife Expo, Animal Adventures, and many more!

McGimsey Day Camp 2.0 - New Camp Staff Structure

The Knight’s Quest Day Camps held at the McGimsey Scout Park in 2017 will feature an updated staff structure. The McGimsey Day Camps will be led by a paid staff assisted by volunteer Boy Scouts. The new leadership structure will free parents to attend as observers and remove the 1:5 ratio of adult:scouts for attending Scouts/units.

Training / Resources:

JAN - Council Now Accepting Applications for NYLT Summer Courses Staff

Please read on for more details on how to apply for staff for either or both of the Summer Courses for NYLT...

JAN-MAY: CPR/AED and Wilderness and Remote First Aid Training Offered in 2017.

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

FEB-JUN: National Youth Leadership Training 2017

Read on for more information about NYLT 2017!

MAR - What is Wood Badge?

Wood Badge registration is filling up, don't miss your chance to attend our premier leadership training....

Give the GIFT of High-Adventure: Powder Horn 2017!

Powder Horn 2017 is an action packed training for you and your unit. Read on to learn more about it....

JAN - Range Safety Officer Training Available at Shooting Sports University

Adult volunteers have the opportunity to be trained in being Range Safety Officers while their Scouts partake in Shooting Sports University. Read more to find out how!

District News:

Come out to the Armadillo District Freeze O Ree in 2017

Each year the Armadillo District holds a weekend camping adventure where Troops can fellowship and test each other's Scouting skills. Activities will promote inter-patrol cooperation. Teams will have fun solving mysteries while achieving advancement requirements.

Cimarron District Recognition Dinner 2017

We value the volunteers in our District because we recognize that each one of you has a special talent and takes the time to inspire, coach, and teach the youth in our District.

You Are Invited to the 2017 Diamondback District Recognition Dinner

Read on to find out more information about the Diamondback District Recognition Dinner...

Alamo Area Fire Exploring Competition 2017 -TENTATIVE DATE

The Helotes Fire Department proudly sponsors the Alamo Area Fire Exploring Competition on April 8, 2017, and invites all interested Fire Exploring Posts. TENTATIVE DATE -Read on for more details...


Karina Miller, Scouting Relations Executive over the Council’s Exploring / Learning for Life (LFL) programs since February 16, is no longer with us. Mrs. Miller moved on to other endeavors and we wish her the best. Any of her responsibilities will temporarily be handled by Angel Martinez, Director of Scouting Relations and Communications for the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council. READ ON

Memorial District Recognition Dinner

Read on for more information on the Memorial District Recognition Dinner....

Your are invited to the 2017 Rough Rider District Recognition Dinner

Read on for details about this annual volunteer recognition event....

Texas Hills Recognizes Outstanding Leadership

The Texas Hills District Recognition Dinner will be at the Bandera United Methodist Church in Bandera, at 7pm, on January 5, 2017. All Cub, Boy Scout, and Venturing leaders and their families are invited to attend this special occasion to celebrate the service of our leaders to the district. Cost is $5 per person online registration and $10 at the door.

2017 Victory District Recognition Dinner

We value the volunteers in our District because we recognize that each one of you has a special talent and takes the time to inspire, coach, and teach the youth in our District. At our Annual Banquet we will recognize all the effort and time you have given to scouting. You will have fun, eat, and be recognized.

Order of the Arrow:

2017 LODGE DUES Available Online

The 2017 Lodge Dues are now being collected online. Read on for more details.....

Come Out to the 2017 Order of the Arrow LODGE BANQUET

Aina Topa Hutsi Lodge is proud to announce our annual Lodge Banquet. Join us as we celebrate the past year and plan for an even better upcoming year of fellowship and service within Alamo Area Council.

2017 OA LEC Schedule

This article lists the dates, times and locations of the Lodge Executive Committee meetings scheduled for 2017...

Other Communication & News:

Webelos to Scout Transition 2016-2017 Resource

Boy Scouting is at the very core of what we as the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) do. It is in this program that boys ages 11-18 years gain the most impact from the values that Scouting aims to instill in them. Often times Cub Scouts do not make the transition to the Boy Scouting program. Learn how you can help! READ ON...

Changes to New Cub Scout Program add Flexibility for Fun

National Boy Scouts of America launched new enhanced programming thru updated handbooks for Cub Scouts this year. Listening to Scouting family feedback, some added program requirements are now optional to open up space in den meetings for more flexibility and fun. READ ON...

Merit Badge Counselor 2017 Renewal

Renewals are now open for Merit Badge Counselors of 2017. The renewal period for 2017 will be October 1, 2016, to December 15, 2016. Read on for the requirements and application process.

When Do I Need Face to Face Youth Protection Training?

Confused about when Face to Face Youth Protection Training is required or when the Online Version is Sufficient? Read on to find out...

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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