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e-News 28th Edition ~ January 2016


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Pearls of Wisdom:

"Every child has the right to an adventure. Life is about grabbing opportunities. The prizes don’t always go to the biggest, the best and the strongest – they go to those who persevere. These are simple life lessons that Scouting teaches." Bear Grylls, British Explorer and the UK's youngest Chief Scout

Hello fellow Scouters! As we celebrate 106 years of Scouting on February 8th, we need to thank the man that brought Scouting to America, Chicago Publisher William D. Boyce. Why did he bring Scouting across the pond from London?

In 1909 Boyce lost his way in a dense London fog. A boy came to his aid and, after guiding the man, refused a tip. He explained that as a Scout he would not take a tip for doing a “Good Turn”. This gesture by an unknown Scout inspired a meeting with Robert Baden-Powell, the British founder of the Boy Scouts. Boyce was inspired by the Scouting program’s focus on teaching self-reliance, citizenship, resourcefulness, patriotism, obedience, cheerfulness, courage, and courtesy in order “to make men”.

As a result of these encounters, Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) on February 8, 1910. In some ways, 2016 is no different than 1910. Americans today—just as they did then—continue to believe that our children need positive influences in their lives. The BSA is the perfect tool to accomplish that. Those of you who are involved with your children understand the magic of Scouting.
The BSA program teaches positive attitudes and actions toward God, family, country, community and peers. While participating in seemingly ordinary, sometimes challenging, and often exciting activities, Scouts learn timeless values; decision-making and leadership skills; and how to form positive relationships. Hidden within the merit badges, camping trips, and pinewood derby races are lessons that will serve Scouts for their entire lives.
In today’s busy world, we must refocus our efforts and purpose before it is too late because there are too many distractions—often with negative consequences. The time that we have with our children is finite: we only have 18 years to build citizens of strong character. If we are unsuccessful, our children may struggle once they are on their own.
So please join me in continuing to spread the program that Boyce started 106 years ago. Every child deserves Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing and Exploring. May this e-newsletter be a support to that endeavor. Let’s work together “to make men and women” of strong character. Happy 106th Birthday, Boy Scouts of America 

Yours in Scouting,

Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive


Does Scouting's Fundraising Efforts Called 'Friends of Scouting' have Value? Newly Added Content

If you are a mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, or another supportive member of a Scout youth's family, every one of you has this in common - you care about your Scout kid! And, it's pretty cool to be a part of the Scouting family that is both local and worldwide. So, what is Friends of Scouting? Does giving money to this fundraising effort have value? READ ON...(WATCH NEW FAMILY FOS VIDEO)

APR - Scouting for Food 2016 (NEW DATES)

Scouting for Food is the largest one-day food drive in the Boy Scouts of America. PLEASE BE AWARE OF NEWLY UPDATED DATES (Now Scheduled for April 9th and April 16th instead of in February) READ ON...

Faylor Family Quintuplets Celebrate at Unique Eagle Court of Honor

It's a special moment for a Boy Scout when he is recognized for all his hard work and dedication towards his achievement of Scouting's highest rank - the Eagle Scout Award. But, it is even more unique for three boys from the Faylor family quintuplets earn the rank together. READ ON...(WATCH THE VIDEO)

Camp Card 2016 Details are Here!!!

Are you ready to sell some awesome Camp Cards and earn money to pay for even more awesome adventures? Well, read on to get all the details and register!

Now Accepting Ford Motor Company Fund Applications

The Council is now accepting Ford Motor Company Fund Applications. They can only be submitted online through the council website at

ArchBishop Garcia-Siller Expounds Scouting Values at Catholic Retreat Newly Added Content

The Alamo Area Council was proud to welcome all Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and their family and friends to the Catholic Committee on Scouting's 2015 Retreat on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at McGimsey Scout Park. Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller led a closing mass with a message entitled "Encountering Christ" that also expounded the values of Scouting in his life. READ ON (WATCH VIDEO)....

Upcoming Events

You are invited to the Annual Scout Mass of Recognition Newly Added Content

Everyone is invited to the Annual Scout Mass of Recognition, no registration required, please read on for more details...

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!

Report to State 2016 for the Alamo Area Council

On Saturday, February 6, 2016, 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.

FEB 2016-San Antonio River Cleanup

Scouts and Leaders have been participating in this unique community service project for many years...... Welcome Basura Bashers! Basura Bash is a one day, all volunteer event to clean the San Antonio Watershed. For the past 20 years you helped us clean area waterways and we are glad to see you back for the Annual Basura Bash Waterways Cleanup.

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....

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....

All Cub Scouts are invited to earn the Cub Scout Texas Badge

This is our chance to offer the Cub Scouts and opportunity to earn the Texas Badge. 

FEB - Scout Day at the RODEO!!

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is proud to partner with the Boy Scouts of America to host the first Scout Day on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

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...

Steampunk CubNOne

A camp inspired by the fantastical technology behind the Steampunk genre. Camp will focus on different aspects of Victorian tech: electricity, steam power, early flight, etc. Who: Parent/Cub Team. This event is not open to siblings Camp ends with an “Invention Convention” where the kiddos show off their creations with the folks. 

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.

APRIL 2016 - Scouting for Food 2016 (NEW DATES)

Scouting for Food is the largest one-day food drive in the Boy Scouts of America. PLEASE BE AWARE OF NEWLY UPDATED DATES (Now Scheduled for April 9th and April 16th instead of in February) READ ON...

Training / Resources

College of Commissioner Science 2016

College of Commissioner Science is on Saturday, February 21 from 8am to 4pm.

MAR/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

FEB-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....

FEB-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.

FEB/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!!!

SEPT - OCT 2016 Powder Horn Training 2016

Powder Horn is a hands-on, intense, early-morning-to-late-night training course, which takes place at Bear Creek Scout Reservation over two weekends (Sep.23-25, 2016 and Oct. 7-9, 2016).

National Youth Leadership Training 2016

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) provides standardized, in-depth training covering a number of leadership ideas and skills for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Venturers. Several Courses offered including Spring Break, Sunday, March 13 - Friday, March 18, 2016, Summer, Sunday, June 5 - Friday, June 10, 2016. READ ON...

District News:

Cimarron District Freeze-O-Ree 2016

All Troops are invited to come participate. We will have different competitions. Some of them are; flipping pancakes, first aid rally, tying knots and much more. Give the youth the opportunity to test their skills and have fun on Feb 5-7th.

Armadillo District Recognition Dinner and Pinewood Derby

Each year the Armadillo District holds a Recognition Dinner and a Pinewood Derby separately, but this year the events are combined into one fun-filled day on April 9th

Come out to the Diamondback District Freeze-O-Ree 2016

This is promised to be a spectacular event, come on out on Feb 19-21st

4th Annual Alamo Area Fire Exploring Competition Newly Added Content

The Helotes Fire Department proudly sponsors the AAC Fire Exploring Competition and invites all interested Fire Exploring Posts. Read on for more details...

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...

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...

Longhorn Banquet

Come join us for fellowship and fun at the Longhorn District Banquet! The date is Saturday, February 6th at the Lytle Community Center. We'll start gathering at 5:30 p.m. and our Opening Ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. See you there!

2016 Memorial District Pinewood Derby

Saturday, March 26th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm Rev up those engines!, maybe there are no engines....Spit shine those wheels and get ready to race! The Memorial District invites you to show of your Pinewood Derby Cars at the District Pinewood Derby Races on March 26, 2016 at The Home Depot at the corner of SW Loop 410 and 151. Cost is only $3.00.

2016 Summit Recognition Dinner Newly Added Content

Alamo Area Council, Summit 2016 District Recognition Dinner will be held on Wednesday, February 17th at the McGimsey Dining Hall. Please contact Ann Specht 210-275-8305 - with questions.

Texas Hills Returns to Bear Creek for 2016 Winter Rendezvous

Each February Scouts gather to celebrate Boy Scouts of America's birthday. This year the Scouts of Texas Hills will gather at Bear Creek Scout Reservation to enjoy fun, food, and fellowship.

Order of the Arrow:

Aina Topa Hutsi's 2016 Lodge Banquet!

The banquet is quickly approaching and we want all member's to attend! Read on...

2016 OA LEC Schedule

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

Order of the Arrow 2016 SPRING GATHERING at Mays

The Honor's Society of Boy Scouting, the Order of the Arrow, will hold it's Spring Gathering on March 4-6, 2016, at the Mays Family Scout Ranch.

Order of the Arrow 2016 SPRING FELLOWSHIP at Bear Creek

The Honor's Society of Boy Scouting, the Order of the Arrow, will hold it's Spring Fellowship on April 8-10, 2016, at Bear Creek Scout Reservation.

Other Communication News:

Council Staff Updates - January 2016 Newly Added Content

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council staff announcements as of January 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 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

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 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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