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e-News 44th Edition ~ July/August 2017


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“The code of the knight is still the code of the gentleman today.”

- Baden Powell

Dear Scouting Families,

Sometimes it’s the little things.

The other day I was looking out of my office window and I saw a Scout in his Class A Uniform getting out of a van. He stood there waiting patiently for the driver to get out of the car.  I sat there at my desk and watched as a woman who appeared to be his mom came out from around the car. The Scout was about a foot taller than his mom and stood there with a notebook—perhaps his Eagle notebook—in hand. His mom looked up at him and tightened his neckerchief tie slide with pride. As they walked into the Scout Service Center, I smiled. The fact that this mother was so proud of her son made my day.

I suspect that this scene repeats itself over and over, day after day, here and around the country. The work that you and thousands of volunteers and employees do every day as members of the Boy Scouts of America is important and worth-while. Helping shape the lives of young people is a monumental task, but the results are seen in both large and small ways: a Scout’s first camping trip, the excitement at earning a merit badge, the formality of an Eagle Court of Honor, and a simple look of love and happiness shared between mother and son. We are also thankful to Scouting fathers, grandparents and extended family that is supportive of a successful Scouting community. It’s those smaller moments that are sometimes most meaningful and I would like to thank that Scout Mom for starting off my day with a nice reminder and a warm feeling inside.

For all you do each and every day to share Scouting with our youth, I thank you!

Writing to you from the 2017 Jamboree in a green wall tent surrounded by a 1,000 Scouts in Subcamp Delta 4.

Yours in Scouting,  

Michael de los Santos,Scout Executive


Room to Roam: Take That Hike! Newly Added Content

Camps are over and it is so Hot, but I remember some great hikes as a youth and with cooler weather a few months off I will be ready to hit the trail. The Flaming Arrows, my patrol back in Troop 66 in Oklahoma decided to earn the Hiking Merit Badge. Four of us completed the four, ten mile hikes together, and one of the highlights was

Successful Scouting Expo Night 2017 Newly Added Content

2017 Scouting Expo was a huge success! The Alamo Area Council would like to thank all those who attended and the vendors who participated. We look forward to next years expo!

Our Perspective on the Presidential Visit at Jambo

For all the controversy that has surrounded our movement in recent years, I keep coming back to the vision that guides the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council. This Council theme is a resounding reminder of what we offer, a "Unified Focus on Youth!" We must maintain our focus on this goal. READ ON...

Upcoming Outdoor Adventures:

AUG: Solar Eclipse Viewing at McGimsey Scout Park

The McGimsey Scout park will be open for all Scouts and Units to view the Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21. The area around the lake will be open to all Scouts and Units.

SEPT/OCT: New Cub 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.

Want to Earn the Swimming Merit Badge?

The Alamo Area Council Aquatics Committee is offering the Swimming Merit Badge, read on to learn more...

SEPT-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!

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!

OCT: 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 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

NOV: Troops: 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.

NOV: Merit Badge University Fall 2017

Boy Scout Merit Badge University on November 4, 2017 at St. Phillips College. A one day event hosted by the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council, for Boy Scouts in the 6th-12th Grade or ages 11-17 to earn up to four merit badges to help with their path to earn their Eagle Scout rank and serve our community.

NOV: Leave No Trace at McGimsey Scout Park

This is an Introduction to including Leave No Trace in your personal lives and in your scouting programs. This event is open to all registered scouts and scouting units.

Scout Nights and Special Events:

SEPT: Battle for Texas Scout Night Helps Cub Scouts Earn the Texas Heritage Badge

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

Training/Scouting U:

AUG: In-Person Popcorn Training

In-person Popcorn Training will be offered Monday, August 7, 2017 and Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Registration is free, but required.

Council Wide New Leader Training for All Leaders to be Trained!

Saturday, September 16th, the Council Training Committee comes together to offer all the training needed for new leaders. Read on for more information.....

Let's Do Some High Adventure at Powder Horn 2017!

What are you doing in September and October? Powder Horn is an opportunity you won't want to miss. Read on for more information....

SEPT-OCT: 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

SEPT: Fundamentals of Training Classes Offered in 2017

This is the first step in the training continuum for the BSA. Read on for more details.....

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....

BALOO Training for Cub Scout Packs 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...

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.

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.

CPR/AED and Wilderness and Remote First Aid Training Offered at AAC.

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

Order of the Arrow:

National Order of the Arrow Conference 2018

The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the premier event of the Order of the Arrow and is Scouting's second-largest national event. Over 10,000 Arrowmen from across our nation gather for an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and fun!


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


This training is offered for all leaders in the Lodge. 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:

NEWS RELEASE – “The 49th Annual Ford River Race through the San Antonio’s Downtown River" Newly Added Content

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (August 4, 2017) - The Alamo Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Paseo del Rio Association will host a race down the San Antonio River on Saturday, August 5th from 7-11 A.M. The registration check-in will be located at...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 6,000 volunteer adults in South Texas.  With Learning for Life, an in-school character education subsidiary of Boy Scouts of America, the Council serves over 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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