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e-News 39th Edition ~ January 2017


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Hello Scouters!

I recently attended a United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County meeting where there were other nonprofit organizations present. The topic of discussion was our future: specifically, OUR CHILDREN. The Chairman of the Board for United Way, Harvey Najim, asked us the following questions: What are we going to do to fight youth obesity? What are we going to do to fight diabetes in our youth? What are we going to do to stop abuse of our youth? What are we going to do to make a difference?


In listening to the discussion that ensued, I kept thinking about the fact that the Boy Scouts of America has a lot to offer the youth of our communities. Our programs work to engage youth in constructive activities, teach positive values, and help them develop new interests. I am a firm believer in our programs and think the world would be a different place if every child was involved in them and other similar programs.


Our youth are special. Overcoming negative outcomes will continue to be a never-ending battle if we do not come together and take action. There are thousands of kids in San Antonio who are available to join Scouting and it’s our job to recruit them. The more children who are involved, the better—for them, for us, and for our country. Invite one of your child’s friends to the next meeting. Talk with his or her parent(s). Share your favorite Scouting story with your co-workers. We can’t be complacent.


The Alamo Area Council’s Volunteer Board of Directors and I challenge each and every one of you to go out this year and double the size of your Pack, Troop, Team, Crew, or Post—because every child deserves Scouting! Together we can guide our children to an optimistic and bright future!

Keep on Scouting,  

Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive


San Antonio League of Scouting Alumni

Let Scouting continue to make a positive difference in your life and pass on that passion to a youth or family member. Once a Scout, always a Scout.

Scouting with disABILITIES

A new Council committee is being formed to support Scouting with disABILITIES...

'R' for Religion Turns STEAM to STREAM

Catholic Schools Add 'R' for Religion to Turn STEAM to STREAM. For Roman Catholic schools seeking to differentiate themselves from the pack, STREAM's the word. READ ON...

My Scouting Adventure - What's your story?

Ten years ago, when my son Jacob was in first grade, he excitedly waved a flyer about Cub Scouts in my face while I was making dinner in our tiny apartment. I looked at it and questioned him. “You really want to join Cub Scouts?

Ruggedizing Youtube

Michael and David Sifuentes, Eagle Scouts from San Antonio, Texas have embarked on producing videos focused on the outdoors. The topics will include yet are not limited to survival skills, living history, and archeology.

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.

Upcoming Events:

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...

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 - 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!

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

APR: Scouting for Food 2017

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

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.

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: Learning for Life Field Days 2017

The Learning for Life Field Day 2017 (LFL) is free to South San ISD 5th graders that 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 Hwy 16 South of Downtown SA during the last 3 Fridays in May from 9am-2pm. 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.

JUN-JUL: Parents: What is your Cub Scout doing this Summer?

Do you want to focus some of your Cub Scout's energy towards positive activities? Do you want him to be outdoors and come home dirty and tired? Would you like him to have fun while making friends and developing quality character traits? If you answered "Yes!" to any, or all, of these questions then your Cub Scout needs to attend Day Camp 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:

MAR: Register Now for Spring Woodbadge!

Want a New Years resolution that you can feel good about? .....

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.

NEW YEAR’s RESOLUTION: Go to Powder Horn 2017!

Here’s a simple, fun way to better yourself & your unit in 2017 – Register and go to POWDER HORN!....

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

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!!!

FEB-JUN: National Youth Leadership Training 2017

Read on for more information about NYLT 2017!

Interested in being a Den Chief? Newly Added Content

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

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....

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...

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!...


District News:

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...

Memorial District Recognition Dinner

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

International Scouting - Roundtable Presentation

International Scouting was the January 2017 Roundtable breakout session presentation for Boy Scout leaders in Memorial District. Stimulate your Scouts' imaginations, encourage them to be part of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

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:

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.

Aina Topa Hutsi Invites You to Attend our Two Annual Fellowships

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

Order of the Arrow GATHERING and INDUCTION WEEKENDS 2017

The Honor's Society of Boy Scouting, the Order of the Arrow, will hold multiple INDUCTION WEEKENDS to allow the newly called out candidates to go 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:

Scouting For Life: My Beginning to Professional Scouting

Working in Florida brought my perspective into the sense that it takes an incredulous amount of energy, and an eccentric outgoing person just to put on a whole week at a High Adventure Camp for a crew of scouts. Now I am beginning to see... READ ON!!!

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.

FEB-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.

Council and Scout Shop Extended Hours of Service for 2017

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...

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 6,500 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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