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e-News 41st Edition ~ March/April 2017


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Start children off on the way they should go and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

-Proverbs 22:6

Hello Scouters!

One of our great Scoutmasters, Lance Hirsch, recently shared this proverb with me. I was reminded of it after a recent visit to Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary School located in the Edgewood Independent School District. The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council provides an in-school Cub Scout Program for the boys there during their physical education period. Principal Mario Goff told me, “All the boys in my school—all 220— participate in this wonderful program. Because of Scouting, my discipline problems over the last two and a half years have pretty much been eliminated.”
He was excited to tell me that he wants Scouting in his school!
The Council is able to provide programing to these boys twice a month and 100% the boys advance in rank. When I was there the boys were attentive, smiling, and enjoying what they were learning that day: the ten essential items for a camping trip. It was great to see all of them recite both the Boy Scout Oath and Law in unison. Their engagement in the program was clear. And though they do not realize it now, the lessons they are learning will stay with them throughout their lives.
You may already know that Henry B. Gonzalez served in the Texas Senate from 1957-1961 and in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1961-1999. But did you also know that H.B. Gonazalez was also the Scoutmaster for Troop 90 right here in San Antonio where his son Charlie was a Scout? I am pleased to see that his interest in and commitment to the Scouting Program are being continued at the school that bears his name.
We serve 5,000 youth in our SCOUTREACH programs, both in school and after school. We are able to touch and change the lives of these Scouts with the help of your Friends of Scouting (FOS) financial support. We underwrite rank advancement, registration fees, program supplies, program staff, and camping experiences so that no one has to be turned away. On their behalf, I thank all who volunteer and donate to support this valuable program—because the positive impact we are making now on the lives of these boys will resonate far into the future.   

Yours in Scouting,  

Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive


2016 Eagle Scout Recognition BBQ

The San Antonio League of Scouting Alumni, specifically the National Eagle Scout Association would like to hold it’s first annual Eagle Recognition event for the Eagle Class of 2016—the event will be on June 10, 2017 at..

Council Staff Updates - April 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.

Kevin Chappell as 2017 Valero Texas Open Champion Newly Added Content

Help us congratulate Kevin Chappell on his 1st win as the 2017 Valero Texas Open champion. It’s a clear sunny Sunday, April 23...READ ON

Southwest Airlines Tickets for Time Program Newly Added Content

Southwest Airlines is a major U.S. airlines and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The airline has been a low-cost airline since 1967 and started as a way...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

Upcoming Outdoor Adventures:

MAY: Cub Discovery Camp Schedule Released

The 2017 Cub Discovery Camp Schedule has been released. The Camp Out will be held at Bear Creek Scout Reservation May 6-7, with registration closing on May 4.

MAY: Hands On Camping and Learning for Cub Scouts

Cub Scouts of all ranks will have fun while experiencing a hands on camping experience during the 2017 Cub Discovery Camp.

MAY: Learning for Life Field Days 2017

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

MAY-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.

MAY: Cub Scouts: Have You Earned the Texas Badge?

The Texas Badge may only be earned by Cub Scouts in Texas. Visit a historical site in Texas then come learn more about our great State.

MAY-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!

JUN - JUL: Knight's Quest Day Camp Early Bird Pricing Ends April 30

Early Bird pricing for all Knight's Quest Cub Scout Day Camps ends April 30, 2017.

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.

JUL - Webelos Outdoor Adventure Camp 2017

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

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.

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!

This is your year to take a Trek at Philmont!

It's your year, you've been waiting for this your entire scouting career...sign up now to go on your Trek to Philmont in 2018!

Scout Nights and Special Events:

ScoutStrong Patriot Run 5k

You’re are invited to participate in the 4th annual Scout Strong Patriot 5K Trail Run on Saturday, May 20th at McGimsey Scout Park! We look forward to seeing you there!

Boy Scout Shoot Out 2017 sponsored by Valero - (Fundraising Event)

Join us on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the National Shooting Complex for a fun filled afternoon of friendly and fun competition. Teams of five will compete at various stations, accommodating all skill levels, to shoot 100 targets. (FUNDRAISING EVENT) READ ON...

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...

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...

Training/Scouting U:

Scoutmaster/ASM Leader Specific Training Now ONLINE!

The Scoutmaster/ASM Leader Specific Training required to be considered a "trained leader" is now offered online. Read on for more details....

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.

MAY: Training Offered for Chartered Organization Representatives (COR)

This is the Leader Specific Training for Charter Organization Representatives.

MAY-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.

MAY-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!...

JUN: National Youth Leadership Training 2017

Read on for more information about NYLT 2017!

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/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...

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....

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.....

District News & Events:

Meet New Exploring Service Executive Misty Green

Misty Green, a recent graduate of the University of Texas San Antonio with a BA in Criminal Justice, serves as the new Exploring Service Executive for the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council. READ ON...

Online Explorer Renewal Overview -Recharter Tools

Want less paperwork and easier recharter steps? Explorer Renewal is a web-based software application designed to make the renewal or recharter process more efficient and accurate. Explorer Renewal is available through This is only available to Explorer adult leaders who serve in post leadership. READ ON...

Roundtable Awards and What You Need to Know

At our awards Roundtable in April, we gave out two Awards of Merit and passed out a Scouting resume. If you missed RT, check out the attachment: a template for your resume (needed for awards and some staff applications).

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:

McGimsey Day Camp 2017 Staff Applications Now Being Accepted

The Alamo Area Council Outdoor Adventure Center is now accepting Cub Scout Day Camp Staff applications for the McGimsey Scout Park. The McGimsey Day Camps will feature a new staff structure in 2017. Boy Scouts and Adults are encouraged to apply. Application Deadline is January 15, 2017.

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.

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 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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