E-NEWS 21st Edition ~ March 2015

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Pearls of Wisdom

"Those who tell the stories rule the world." ~Hopi American Indian proverb

Parents, Volunteers, and Scouts of all ages,

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council is an organization that sits among the few that have been serving this community for over 100 years.  The wonderful volunteers of the Alamo Area Council have changed the lives of thousands of youth in our programs over the years. I am sure that each one of you has a great story or two to tell.

There are times when we can get caught up in something that may go wrong or not how we would want it to go. That is understandable, but there are far more positive and wonderful things going on in our Scouting Community. We need to tell the positive stories that we find after overcoming our struggles...and the stories that make us feel good and warm inside.  We must tell the stories that keep us all committed to moving forward in Scouting.

Some folks may say, "Nobody really cares about figure-eight knots," but everyone would probably listen to a great story of how this useful knot made a difference in the survival of a Scout and his patrol as they were sailing or rock climbing.

Storytelling is critical (just ask the movie business), but often overlooked.  Great stories will keep a new parent and their son coming back for more: more Scouting!  

Some of you reading this may be new to Scouting and some of you may have been around for 50 years. For those of you that have been around for 50 years, what keeps you coming back for more Scouting? I am guessing that it’s for the LOVE of Scouting, for what it has done for you and your children. Let us share those stories with the newcomers. We need to remain strong to the purpose of Scouting found in the Scout Oath and Law, and keep our SCOUTING FAMILY STRONG! So join me in telling YOUR Story!

P.S. To have your story considered for publication in our newsletter, website, or on our social or new media platforms, please email your 200-750 word write-up or video clip to Enews@AlamoAreaBSA.org.  To have our marketing team consider covering your unique story at your Scouting event, send your news release to PR@AlamoAreaBSA.org.   

Yours in Scouting,

Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive


Scouting Wire - BSA’s New Online Content Hub

Scouting Wire (www.ScoutingWire.org) takes the idea of sharing news and information and multiplies it in scale, functionality, and reach. Essentially, it will be THE source for BSA news and information for employees, volunteers, and parents, all the way down to the unit level. READ ON...

Centennial Legacy Profile -Brig Gen Duke Distinguished Eagle Scout

His name is Brig General CHARLES M. DUKE born October 1935 in Charlotte, NC. He is a Distinguished Eagle Scout that believes in the "Importance of Character" a young man can obtain from Scouting. Learn more about this amazing Eagle Scout that was an Apollo 16 lunar module pilot in 1972 and established the Duke Ministries for Christ, a worldwide Christian outreach ministry. Read on...

Camperships: Insuring Every Scout has the Camping Opportunity. Newly Added Content

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council (BSA) does provide Camperships for those in need so that every Scout can have a camping experience. The opportunity to make application for a Campership is open until May 1, 2015, but what does it mean? Why do we offer Camperships, and are they necessary? by Pastor Gene Horne...Read on

Scout Respects Horse Hero at Fort Sam for Eagle Project Newly Added Content

Troop 23 Life Scout Michael Harger, 13, spoke during a memorial service for Pat the military horse at his grave site at Fort Sam Houston. The service, held on the 62nd anniversary of Pat’s death, was part of Michael’s Eagle Scout project. more...

Eagle Scout Reports Accomplishments of Scouting Movement Newly Added Content

Eagle Scout Jesse A. Fehr of Boy Scouts Troop 194 of Pleasanton, presented the Boy Scouts of America’s report at the Commissioners Court meeting on Monday, Feb. 23. It took place at the Atascosa County Courthouse, in Jourdanton. February 2015 marks the 105th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Read on...

Bird's Eye View of the Mays Family Scout Ranch Newly Added Content

Check out this video of the soon-to-be-open Mays Family Scout Ranch shot using the Alamo Area Council's GoPro Hero 3 mounted on a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter as it flies at a bird's eye view.

New Cub Scout Program in 2015

With the new Cub Scout Program starting in June, 2015, here are a few links to help understand the program and get acclimated to it. Read on...

Scoutbook- BSA’s Next Generation Scout Unit Advancement Software Newly Added Content

Scoutbook (www.Scoutbook.com) is the Boy Scouts of America's next generation Scout unit Mobile-friendly Advancement Software. Say goodbye to your old tracking software and say hello to a whole new way of thinking about Scout advancement. READ ON...


Merit Badge University Spring 2015 Newly Added Content

Boy Scout Merit Badge University on May 9, 2015. 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.

MBU Public Safety Spring 2015

Boy Scout MBU Public Safety event on May 9, 2015. 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 focus on learning about merit badges concerned with public safety.

San Antonio Missions Scout Night 2015

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council and your San Antonio Missions bring you two opportunities for outdoor adventures with Missions baseball in 2015. Watch a great game then campout afterwards on one or both dates at Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium: Saturday, May 23rd or June 13th. Read on...

3rd Annual SCORP-OREE plus 2nd Scout Night Newly Added Content

Camp out under the stars on May 30th with the Scorpions after watching an exciting soccer game as they take on Ft Lauderdale Strikers. Or, another Scout night without camping is available on September 12th. Join the pre-game fun on either date in the Scorpion Fun Zone then get autographs and photos in the post-game Meet and Greet. There will also be many evening activities!

Alamo Area Council invites all Cub Scouts to Attend Our Space Day Camp!

This summer, Alamo Area Council is having 10 Day Camps at 5 different locations starting from June 8th until July 27th. Read on....

Flags at Fort Sam Houston 2015

Members of the Boy Scouts of America nationwide are spending Memorial Day weekend showing appreciation for our men and women who served our nation by placing American flags at the headstones of fallen service members.

Scouts Support 2015 Battle of Flowers Parade

Every April, downtown San Antonio becomes the site of a citywide celebration – the Battle of Flowers® Parade. Since 1891, the women volunteer members of the Battle of Flowers® Association have produced a parade to honor the fallen heroes of the Alamo and to commemorate the victory at the battle of San Jacinto.

Boy Scout Summer Camp 2015

Since 1957, Bear Creek Scout Reservation has been a summer home to thousands of Scouts. Project Oso Camping Program enhancements will make your Boy Scout Summer Camp experience in 2015 even better. Learn more and Register now! Read on...

USS Lexington Scout Night 2015

All Scouts invited to the USS Lexington Scout Night 2015 on August 7-9th in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The Trip of a Lifetime - Hike Philmont in the Summer of 2015!

Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier High Adventure base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, training and service programs offer many ways to experience this legendary country. Alamo Area Council has contingents for the summer of 2015. Transportation on a bus is provided.

Join the Scout Strong Patriot Run - Saturday, June 13, 2015

Support patriots, fitness, and Scouts in this returning Council special event. The "Scout Strong Patriot Run" is a 5k race and 1k kids' fun run held annually on Flag Day to honor our Armed Forces with event proceeds benefiting the programs of the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council. This years event will be held at our own McGimsey Scout Park.


What is a Unit Commissioner? What training is offered for Commissioners?

Commissioners are district and council leaders who help Scout units succeed. They coach and consult with adult leaders of Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews. Commissioners help maintain the standards of the Boy Scouts of America.

Day Camp Staff Volunteer Training

If you are interested in being a staff volunteer for the 2015 Summer Cub Scout Day Camp, please read on....

Wood Badge Training 2015

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

Climbing Instructor Training - 2015

Are you ready for an Adventure in Climbing in 2015! SAVE these DATES for Climbing Instructor Training to get you Prepared. For Life

...Read On



WIN a GoPro HERO during 1st Annual Alamo Area Council Marketing Award of Excellence

WIN a GoPro HERO! The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council will recognize Scouting units within the Council for outstanding efforts in documented positive public relations within the local, regional, national, or global media. Submission deadline is Friday, July 31, 2015, for award presentation at Council wide Roundtable on Thursday, August 13, 2015. READ ON...

Campership Applications Available Online Now!

The Campership Fund has been established by donors to provide financial assistance to deserving Scouts who would be otherwise unable to afford to go to Camp. Click here to find out more...

COMMUNICATION NEWS -Confused about My.Scouting.org vs. MyScouting.org vs. Council Website?

As a parent, Scout, volunteer, or other Scouting supporter, you will surely come across conversation about or the need to access several online Scouting sites. This can be very confusing. This article strives to explain and clarify some things between the different main Scouting websites and their function. READ ON...


Cimarron Pinewood Derby 2015

Bring all your family to a fun day of racing pinewood derby cars, food and prizes. We will have competition on April 18, 2015, at South Park Mall for Cub Scouts, siblings and parents.  Read on...

3rd Annual Alamo Area Council Fire Exploring Competition

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council in conjunction with the Helotes Fire Department proudly host the 3rd Annual Alamo Area Council Fire Exploring Competition on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Read on...


OA Spring Fellowship 2015

Plans are underway for a spectacular and unique weekend celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow at McGimsey Park April 17-19th.

Join the OA at Texas State for the 2015 Section Conclave

The 2015 Section Conclave will again be held at Texas State University in San Marcos. This is the premier OA event where all 9 lodges in our Section meet for a weekend of fellowship, competition, and training. ATH will be looking to five-peat by winning the Spirit Award again. July 17-19th.


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

McGimsey Scout Park 

10810 Wedgewood, San Antonio, Texas 78231


Bear Creek Scout Reservation

125 Bear Creek Scout Road, Hunt, Texas 78024



Mays Family Scout Ranch - (Coming Soon in May 2015)

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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