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e-News 40th Edition ~ February 2017


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Dear Scouts, Parents and Volunteers,

A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.


Why do parents seek out and register their children in the Boy Scouts of America? It’s no secret.... it’s the youth character development foundation within the Scout Oath and Law! Many of you may know by now that all of our programs (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts, and Venturing) are reciting these powerful, unifying words at every meeting and every event in order to instill these values into the hearts, minds, and souls of our members at every age and at every stage. I am flattered and grateful that parents find value in our program.


Scouting is and will continue to be a safe place for our children.  It is up to us, as adults, to help our children to grow and work together with all of their peers, today and in the future.  You never know who their boss or cubicle-mate will be.  What we demonstrate through our programs is key to making the world a better place, not only for us, but for generations to come.  


We need respect, honor, and continue the many traditions that make Scouting great, but we are not raising our children in the world that existed 25, 50, or 100 years ago, just as our parents did not raise us in the world that they experienced as children. We live in a very diverse world that is intertwined in so many ways.


Recently, I lost a close friend from my childhood.  It was a difficult moment for me.  And, it opened my eyes to the fact that life is precious and short. The Catholic priest who conducted my friend’s service said it best, “Love is a powerful word, and what we choose to do with it up to us.”


As we go about our day, we must always remember that we are Scouts both when we are in and out of uniform. The community that we live in has always and will always hold us to a higher standard. We are representatives of all that is good in this world.  Let us teach our children to love and not hate.


Please Remember, a Scout is Friendly, Courteous, and Kind.

Keep on Scouting,  

Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive


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

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council Marketing and Communications team has launched the Fall 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.

SALSA at the Rodeo

Everyone in San Antonio knows February is Rodeo time, so SALSA took the opportunity to go out to the grounds to spread the word about Scouting in the Alamo Area Council and the great opportunity to reconnect alumni to Scouting today.

2017 National Law Enforcement Exploring Leadership Academies

During the summer of 2017, select Law Enforcement Explorers will have the unique experience of participating in the National Law Enforcement Exploring Leadership Academies. The National Law Enforcement Exploring Academy Committee will select thirty Explorers for each academy.

Eagle Scout Project to Benefit Entire State

COLLEYVILLE, Texas, February 14, 2017. Michael Kinsey was an energetic A and B student in the sixth grade enjoying basketball and camping with his buddies in Boy Scouts. After being bitten by a tiny tick, a few days later a classic bulls-eye rash developed.

2016 Alamo Area Council Successes Reported at Texas Capital Newly Added Content

"Greetings from the 22,331 Scouts and the 5,900 adult volunteer Scouters of the Alamo Area Council, headquartered in San Antonio," announced life Scout, Patrick Roca, from behind the state podium. "I am honored to be here today to report that the Alamo Area Council continues...

UGRA 14th Annual River Clean Up

The Upper Guadalupe River Authority has scheduled the 14th annual River Clean Up for Saturday, July 22, 2017 starting at 8:00 AM. The headquarters for the River Clean Up will be at Flat Rock Park in Kerrville and volunteers will....READ ON

All Unit Recharters Moving to December

As the majority of other Council’s across Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have done to better serve youth, all Alamo Area Council unit recharters will move to the month of December. READ ON...

Upcoming Events:

REGISTER TODAY - 5th Annual Camp Card Sale Starts February 24, 2017

It’s that time of year for the Alamo Area Council's 5th Annual Camp Card Sale and hopefully our best yet. Over the past four years the participating units have sold 226,673 cards and earned OVER $1.1 Million for Scout camping, activities, and Council programs. Is your unit ready to join in on this extremely easy money-earning opportunity?

FEB-DEC: 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!

MAR: Air-Powered Cub N' One

Cub N’ One Air Powered March 25-26, 2017 Mays Family Scout Ranch

MAY: Learning for Life Field Days 2017

The Learning for Life Field Day 2017 (LFL) is free to South San ISD 5th graders who participate in the Learning for Life program of the Alamo Area Council. LFL Field Days will be held this year at the Mays Family Scout Ranch located at 3445 Fest Rd, San Antonio, TX, off Highway 16, south of Downtown SA during the last 3 Fridays in May from 9am-2pm. READ ON...

MAY: Battle for Texas Scout Night 2017

All Scouts invited to Journey Back in Time during this immersive adventure at Battle for Texas Scout Night. Click here for more details...

MAY: 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.

APR: Scouting for Food 2017

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

APR - 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: Cub Scout Law Enforcement Night with the Bexar County Sheriff's Office

The Bexar County Sheriff's Office is sponsoring this free event to provide an opportunity for Cub Scouts to complete rank specific electives. The event is limited to 45 Cub Scouts per rank and will be held at the McGimsey Scout Park Sport Court April 5, 2017, 6-8pm.

JUN-JUL: San Antonio Missions Scout Night 2017

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: Saturdays, June 10, 2017 or July 8, 2017. Read on...

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.

NOV: Troops: Save the Date, Serve as an Example - Web-O-Ree 2017

Troops are needed for the 2017 Web-O-Ree at McGimsey Scout Park. Boy Scouts will demonstrate Scouting skills and the Patrol Method to Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts. Save the dates on your Troop calendar: October 17-19, 2017.

JUL: Alamo Area Council Cub Scout Resident Camp

Wolves and Bears, along with a parent, are invited to attend the Second Annual Cub Scout Resident Camp at the Mays Family Scout Ranch. Two sessions will be led by the staff from Bear Creek Boy Scout Summer Camp.

Training / Resources:

Powder Horn Reunion 2017

Have FUN at our first-ever Powder Horn REUNION! If you ever attended or staffed a Powder Horn Course (or are scheduled to staff PH2017),YOU are invited! Read on for details...

FEB-JUN: National Youth Leadership Training 2017

Read on for more information about NYLT 2017!

FEB/APR: BALOO Training for Cub Scout Leaders Who Want to Camp!

Not a required training for all adult leaders, but is required for any Cub Scout Pack that wants to go camping on their own. Read on to learn more...

FEB/APR: Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) for Scout Leaders

Not only is this training required to be considered a trained leader in Troops and Teams, but it is an excellent training to have to help your scouts succeed. Read on and register here....

MAR-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!...

APR - Climbing Instructor Training - 2017

Are you ready for an Adventure in Climbing in 2017! Register for Climbing Instructor Training to get you Prepared. For Life

Outdoor Ethics Trainer Course

This 16-hour, overnight training course is designed for adult and youth members of Scouting 14 years of age and older, who value the land and want to teach others how to protect and preserve it. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive an Outdoor Ethics Trainer certificate, a trainer pin and will be qualified to teach Outdoor Ethics skills to all levels of Scouting.

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!!!

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.

C.O.P.E. Facilitator Training

C.O.P.E. Facilitator Training is open to registered Scouters ages 16 and above. Facilitators will be trained to facilitate Council C.O.P.E. events.

This 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 2018!

JUN-JUL: Boy Scout Counselor-In-Training Opportunities

Boy Scouts are needed to fill 50-70 Counselor-In-Training positions during Cub Scout Day Camps at the McGimsey Scout Park.

District News:

Armadillo Article Requests

There are many great things happening around Armadillo District. We would like to showcase them here. What we are looking for: Pictures and brief articles about your exceptional pack or troop meeting, Blue and Gold, Court of Honor, Service Projects, Eagle Projects, Campouts...

Alamo Area Fire Exploring Competition 2017

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

Memorial District Recognition Event

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

Victory Pinewood Derby 2017

Bring all your family to a fun day of racing pinewood derby cars and prizes. We will have competition for Cub Scouts (including Webelos 1 and 2), siblings and parents. The rules are under resources. We would love to have you there! See you at the RACE!!!

Order of the Arrow:

Aina Topa Hutsi Invites You to Attend our TWO ANNUAL FELLOWSHIPS

Read on for more information and dates of the events....


The Honor Society of Boy Scouting, the Order of the Arrow, will hold multiple INDUCTION WEEKENDS to allow the newly called out candidates to become members.

2017 LODGE DUES Available Online

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

2017 OA LEC Schedule

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

Other Communication & News:

MAR: 2017 VFW Scout of the Year Program

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.

Scouts of Troop 118 and Troop 137 Properly Retire U.S. Flags 

Boy Scouts with Troop 118 and Troop 137, under the supervision of Commander Marvin Roemer of Poth VFW Post 8555, retire U.S. flags by incinerating them on the Wilson County Courthouse law during a February 4th ceremony

MAR-MAY: In-Person Cub Scout Day Camp Registration Opportunities

Registration for all 2017 Day Camps will be made online; several opportunities for in-person registration are available for those with limited online access. Council Staff will be available at several locations to enter online individual and unit Day Camp registrations. Computers and assistance will be available.

NOV: Troops: Save the Date, Serve as an Example - Web-O-Ree 2017

Troops are needed for the 2017 Web-O-Ree at McGimsey Scout Park. Boy Scouts will demonstrate Scouting skills and the Patrol Method to Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts. Save the dates on your Troop calendar: October 17-19, 2017.

Camperships Available for 2017 Summer Camps

The Alamo Area Council provides Camperships, up to 50% of the Early Bird Registration Fees, for Scouts in need who wish to attend summer camp. Confidential Campership requests may be submitted on line.

McGimsey Day Camp 2017 Staff Applications Now Being Accepted

The Alamo Area Council Outdoor Adventure Center is now accepting Cub Scout Day Camp Staff applications for the McGimsey Scout Park. The McGimsey Day Camps will feature a new staff structure in 2017. Boy Scouts and Adults are encouraged to apply. Application Deadline is January 15, 2017.

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 ext. 100

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 Center is open from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on Friday, and open the 1st Saturday of every month 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

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 6,000 volunteer adults in South Texas. With Learning for Life, an in-school character education subsidiary of Boy Scouts of America, the Council serves over 22,500 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.  Learn more at 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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