Material Design

e-News 33rd Edition ~ June/July 2016


E-NewsExternal Link signup to join our mailing list.

Scouts, Scouting Volunteers and Scout Parents,                           

Cub Scout Day Camp and Boy Scout Resident Camp are off to a great start! We also sent off boys and adult leaders from across the Council to Philmont Scout Ranch on June 14th so that they could begin their 10-day adventure on the trails. The summer is the highlight of our program and the activity that every boy and girl is preparing for throughout the year (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Venturing). We should never take the OUTING out of ScOUTING!

My experiences over the last 22 years with the Boy Scouts of America have exposed me to so many wonderful stories. One of those stories is about a Cub Scout while I was serving as a Day Camp Director in Puyallup, WA back in 1994. The weather was great: sunny and 80 degrees. We had roughly 145 Cub Scouts in camp that week and the kids were having a blast. While I was visiting one of the program areas on day three I had a Cub Scout come up to me with a big smile and put his arms around me. Of course, I didn’t know what to do or how to react. My first response was to put my arms in the air and make sure other adults were nearby, which of course there were. I put my arms around him and patted him on the back. He then went along his way. The rest of the week I saw this Cub Scout having so much fun during his Outdoor Adventure. On the last day we had an egg drop and invited parents and family to come out and join their boys for the fun. I remember this part like it was yesterday. I was walking through the parking lot over to the fields where the firemen were getting ready for the egg drop by extending the ladder on the fire truck when I was stopped by a lady. She said, “I would like to talk to you about my son”, at which point her son came out from around the car. I could not tell if she was happy or upset. She then said, “I don’t know what you all have done with my son this week, but all he talks about when he gets home is camp and Michael the Camp Director and Pam the Program Director. Thank you. You all have impacted my son’s life and I’ve seen him grow this week.” All I could say was, “You’re welcome.” At that point I realized that Scouting is a magical program that can make a world of difference in the life of a young person.

Please do not deny your Scout the opportunity to have his/her own Outdoor Adventure. It will change their life. It will also help them fall asleep early that week from sheer outdoor adventure exhaustion! All of us at the Alamo Area Council look forward to seeing you and your kids at camp!  It’s not too late to sign up!!! As the founder of Scouting, Sir Baden-Powell, said, “A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room.” Go online today at www.alamoareabsa.orgExternal Link and Build Your Adventure!

Yours in Scouting

Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive


Boy Scout Shoot Out Broke Numbers Not Just Clays

“The Boy Scout Shoot Out sponsored by Valero Energy Foundation was a total blast; and, although there was 100% chance for rain that day, we were definitely blessed by the big Scout in the sky!” exclaimed Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive/CEO for the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council. READ ON...

Council Staff Updates - June 2016

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council staff announcements as of June 2016...READ ON...

June/July FAQ Newly Added Content

Here are some frequently asked questions the Alamo Area Council has received for the months of June and July.

Upcoming Events

JUN-AUG: Scout Night with the San Antonio Stars

Exclusive Scouting Offer! This summer we are having 4 Scout Night options for them to choose from. The package include some pretty cool photo ops: Pictures with all 5 Spurs Championship Banners, Photos in our Interview Room (take pictures where the Spurs do their post-game interviews), Meet and Greet Star Players, and a Tour of the AT&T Center.

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: 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....

JUL - Tiger Day Camp 2016

Tiger Day Camp - July 9 10, 2016 Tiger Day Camp is for all Tigers (going into the 1st grade in fall) and their adult partner to come and enjoy two days of camp designed for Tigers!

JUL - Webelos Outdoor Adventure Camp 2016

Camp Akela is now Webelos Outdoor Adventure Camp! Read on for details...

JUL - 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....

JUL - 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...

SEPT-DEC: 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.

SEPT-DEC: 2016 Mays Cub Scout Adventure Programs

In 2016 the Mays Family Scout Ranch (MFSR) will be offering 8 Cub Scout Adventure programs to serve Tigers to Webelos. The MFSR will complete certain requirements for all Cub Scout ranks, but not all elective requirements that show within the new Cub Scout handbooks. Please review details on the calendar of which requirements will be held prior to the event.

Training / Resources

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.

Come Learn About the Council Membership Plan for Fall 2016

Come Learn About the Council Membership Plan for Fall 2016. This training is being offered twice...

AUG-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....

AUG-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.

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!!!

LNT - 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 a Leave No Trace Trainer certificate, a trainer pin and will be qualified to teach Leave No Trace skills and ethics to all levels of Scouting

Wood Badge Training 2016

Wood Badge is Scouting's premier training course providing in-depth training in leadership skills and group dynamics. It is designed to meet the needs for all Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing leaders as well as Council and District leaders and Scouting professionals. Join us on March 4-6, and April 1-3..Read On

District News:

Put your special events on the District Calendar!

Let everyone in Texas Hills know what your pack, troop, or crew is doing to "Keep the Campfire Lit". Send your events to the Texas Hllls District Webmaster.

Two Rivers District News June 2016

Hello Two Rivers District Volunteers and welcome to our district page. Please check back here monthly for news and updates in our district. Thanks for all you do for our youth!

Brianna Brings Excitement as Rough Rider Executive

Please welcome Brianna Ibarra to the Alamo Area Council team. Many of you may have met Ms. Ibarra, a San Antonio native, when she served successfully as our Fall 2015 Marketing Intern. READ ON...

Fitness Exploring Open House

Boy Scouts of America - Alamo Area Council is excited to be partnering with Jake Porter, an Eagle Scout, of Camp Gladiator to mentor students who are 14 (and in 9th grade) to 20 years old and interested in Physical Fitness careers.

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...

Order of the Arrow:

SUMMER GATHERING and Induction Weekend

The Summer Gathering is the second opportunity for Candidates elected in the fall of 2015 to become members of the Order of the Arrow and for Ordeal Members with at least 10 months service to seal their membership in the Brotherhood. The canceled June event has been re-scheduled to two events - July 8 to 10 at McGimsery Scout Park and August 12 to 14 at Mays Scout Ranch.

2016 LODGE DUES Renewals for Units

It's time to pay your 2016 Order of the Arrow membership dues. Our OA Lodge offers dues renewals for the entire unit in just one registration. Individuals looking to pay their dues must access the registration through the link on the Order of the Arrow home page.O

2016 OA LEC Schedule

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

Other Communication & News:

Alamo Area Council Offering Camperships to Scouts In Need to Attend Summer Camp!

Please follow the links below to submit a campership application or an endorsement for a Scout who has applied for a campership.

JUN-JUL: Swim Checks and Swim Lessons offered by Alamo Area Council

Alamo Area Council is offering Swim Lessons at McGimsey Scout Park Pool this summer. In addition, if the Scout Camp you are attending requires a swim check in order to attend, we offer many opportunities to complete your swim check prior to going to camp...

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 600

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 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.

Follow Us


If you enjoyed this issue, please don't keep it to yourself. Share our stories with your family and friends.