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e-News 43rd Edition ~ June 2017


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Dear Scouting Families,

“It’s not the worlds job to interpret me, it is up to me to define who I am.”

For 107 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been molding our children to become great citizens. I believe that through all the opportunities Scouting has to offer--camping, hiking, archery, merit badges, swimming, and more—developing leadership is a key outcome. Not only does Scouting build leadership, I believe its goal is to build “leadership with credibility”. What builds credibility? Honesty, forward-thinking, competence, inspiration, and communication. A leader who is honest has integrity and is worthy of trust. A leader who is forward-thinking knows where they are going and can communicate that so others willingly join them on the journey. Competent leaders demonstrate capability in many areas and lead others to do what is needed to get the job done. Inspiring leaders are dynamic, uplifting, energetic, positive, and, most importantly, optimistic. (Remember that enthusiasm is contagious!)  A leader must also possess communication skills in order to share his or her vision and motivate others to follow that vision.

We must model the Character Traits outlined in the Oath and Law in order to help our Scouts grow into upstanding adults. The only way we can achieve this is to have consistent and continual training at the top. A volunteer at Bear Creek asked me last week, “What can we do to help you?” My response to him was, “Please make sure your training is up-to-date and please encourage your adult leadership to also take advantage of the most current training opportunities. Our children deserve the best!”

The Alamo Area Council staff and I undergo continual training as well. Everyone has something to improve upon and to learn. I was recently blessed to be invited to participate in a five-year Leadership Cohort training program through the National Boy Scout Office which started last week. Even though I have been in leadership positions for most of my career, I found the opportunity to participate last week to be humbling and inspiring. I look forward to implementing what I learn and sharing key ideas with the Council’s staff and volunteers in the future.  

I look forward to seeing some of you at the Jamboree! Wishing you all a fun, safe, and adventurous summer!

Yours in Scouting,  

Michael de los Santos,Scout Executive


2016 Eagle Scouts Celebrated by National Eagle Scout Association

The San Antonio Chapter of the National Eagle Scout Association held its newly recommissioned council-wide Eagle Scout celebration on Saturday, June 17th at the Mays Family Scout Ranch.

Room to Roam - William D. Boyce to attend Day Camp at the Mays Family Scout Park

William D. Boyce, founder of the BSA, will make an appearance at the Day Camp being held at Mays Family Scout Ranch. The camp will be held July 17-21. Registration is open so your members will not want to miss it!

Council Staff Updates - June 2017

Today's professional Scouters are a diverse group of men and women sharing a dynamic career offering independence, achievement, and stability. This is work that makes a difference . . . work that calls one to continual learning and challenge.

Fitness Success Found at Scout Strong Patriot Run

Valero Sponsored the 2017 Natural Terrain 5k Race at the McGimsey Scout Park on May 20th. WATCH THE COOL AERIAL VIDEO FOOTAGE OF RACE AND READ ON...

Upcoming Outdoor Adventures:

Reserve Your WaterSlide Adventure at Bear Creek Summer Camp 2017

Since 1964, Bear Creek Scout Reservation has been the premier camp of the Alamo Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. NOW FEATURING WATERSLIDES! Registration is still open for SESSIONS 4 AND 5. WATCH THE VIDEO

JUL: Cub Scout Day Camp Advancement

Cub Scouts attending this summer's Knight's Quest Day Camps will earn portions of their rank advancement.

JUL: Alamo Area Council-Bug Hunters- 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.

Webelos Can Ride the New Water Slide at Bear Creek

Webelos Scouts attending Webelos Outdoor Adventure Camp will have the opportunity to ride the new Water Slide at the Bear Creek Scout Reservation.

JUL - Webelos Outdoor Adventure Camp 2017

Click here for more details on Webelos Outdoor Adventure Camp 2017...

JUL: 2017 Swim Checks and Lessons

The swim classification of individuals participating in water activities is a key element of the BSA’s Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat. Swim classification tests (swim checks) should be renewed annually at the beginning of the outdoor season and are required for any Scout attending Boy Scout Camp. The Alamo Area Council offers swim lessons to Scouts (ages 6+) as well as swim checks.

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!

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!

Scout Nights and Special Events:

USS Lexington Scout Night 2017

All Scouts invited to the USS Lexington Scout Night 2017 in August 12-13th in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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...

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

Sat. Aug, 5 - Ford River Race 2017

Join the Boy Scouts of America and Paseo del Rio Association on Sat., August 5th from 7-11am for a race down the San Antonio River. The Ford Canoe and Kayak Challenge includes a Scouting competition encouraging outdoor adventure. The challenge is also open to the public, corporations, and celebrity teams with special pricing for the Scouting community. READ ON...

AUG - Scout Night with the San Antonio Stars 2017

Join us on August 1st as we support our San Antonio Stars as they face-off against the New York Liberty at our annual Scout Night program with the WNBA. Bring everyone to this family-fun event.

Training/Scouting U:

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.

AUG/NOV: 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....

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!!!

AUG-DEC: 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.

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.....

SEPT-OCT: Go to Powder Horn 2017!

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

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-NOV: 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!...

NOV - 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...

Order of the Arrow:

Come on out to the OA Section Conclave 2017

Please read on to see more details on the Section Conclave....


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

Aina Topa Hutsi Invites You to Attend our TWO ANNUAL FELLOWSHIPS

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

2017 OA LEC Schedule

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

Other Communication & News:

Richard Coffin as New Advancement Chairman

Richard Coffin will be serving as the new Advancement Chairman for the Alamo Area Council. Richard will be working with all of the District Advancement Chairman helping to ensure there are opportunities for all youth to advance in rank and...

Merit Badge Counselor Orientation Training is Now ONLINE!

The Merit Badge Counselor Orientation Training is now offered online at

Dr. Charles Rockwood honored with Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

One of San Antonio’s Medical Pioneers, Dr. Charles A. Rockwood was honored at the UT Health Science Center in the Holly Auditorium on Saturday, April 15th. The ceremony was held at 2:00 P.M. and featured a film about his professional life, before being presented with the

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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