E-NEWS 23rd Edition ~ May / June 2015 

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Pearls of Wisdom

"I've got a dream too, but it's about singing and dancing and making people happy. That's the kind of dream that gets better the more people you share it with...Life's like a movie. Write your own ending." ~ Kermit the Frog

Parents, Volunteers, and Scouts of all ages,

Life can be simple or it can be hard.  We cannot avoid challenges, but we can choose to be prepared and make complex problems more simple.  For Kermit the Frog, it was 'making people happy' through singing and dancing.  For us, it's about our kids becoming leaders by us utilizing the key methods of Boy Scouting:

  • Ideals - as spelled out in Scout Oath and Law, Motto (Be Prepared), and Slogan (Do a Good Turn Daily)
  • Patrols - experience in group living, leadership, and personal growth
  • Outdoors - adventures outside that helps us appreciate God's handiwork and our place with nature.
  • Advancement - experience in overcoming obstacles, builds self confidence, and exposes youth to careers and useful life skills
  • Adult Association - role models provide mentorship and encouragement to youth...help set the example.
  • Uniform - shows Scouting is an action program with positive image that unifies a brotherhood of youth around the same ideals.

Our founder of Scouting, Baden Powell, believed that the simplicity of our movement was for us to be focused on our youth and instill in them the concept of a 'Good Turn'.  “We must change boys from a ‘what can I get’ to a ‘what can I give’ attitude," said Baden Powell.

A simple goal is upon us in the coming months - It's up to us to see that Scout youth have a good time this summer!

I recently surveyed a large group of Boy Scouts on their video game playing habits.  Of the 50 plus Scout youth in the room, 100% agreed to playing video games as a regular part of their lives and 50% admitted that they believed they play too many video games

Some youth figure out the Scout spirit early on and some will take more time to realize what is going on inside of them.  As both adult and youth leaders, we are here to serve and not be served.   

This message is applicable to all of us whether we are 7 or 70 years old. 

So, control your own destiny.   Write your own ending to your movie.  Let it be the happiness of our kids this summer through the values of Scouting.  And, life is better when you share it with friends!  

Yours in Scouting,

Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive


Scouts Zip Lining for Speed, Adventure, and Self Esteem

Fast Zip line is New Adventure at Bear Creek Scout Reservation

Centennial Eagle Scout - Frank Mahan Newly Added Content

"Scouting gave meaning to Life," said Centennial Eagle Scout, Frank Mahan. A Korean War army veteran and career photographer, Frank found value in Scouting that shaped his 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...

Gates Open Up for Youth at McGimsey Scout Park Newly Added Content

Summer has officially started at McGimsey Scout Park as Scout youth have fun at day camp. Activities such as archery, BB shooting, swimming, and hiking give Scouts the chance to work their best and earn belt loops and pins. READ ON...

Scout Strong Patriot Run Toughest 5k in San Antonio

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council teamed up with Pulmonair in bringing our local communities together to promote fitness and honor Scout youth and country during the Scout Strong Patriot Run on Saturday, June 13th at McGimsey Scout Park in Castle Hills. READ ON.

Clay Shooting Strikes Fun and Adventure in Adults for a Younger Cause

The sky was cloudy as people poured into the National Shooting Complex to celebrate Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council Annual Clay Shoot. Having this event be my first, I was rather excited and determined to weather through any obstacles that may permit the clay shoot from not happening.

Scoutbook- BSA’s Next Generation Scout Unit Advancement Software

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...


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....

Ford Canoe Challenge 2015

Join us on Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 7:00am to 11:00am for the 47th Annual Paseo del Rio Association FORD CANOE CHALLENGE. It is the only time anyone ever gets to canoe the beautiful River Walk! READ ON...

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.

Council Wide 2015 Roundtable Rolls into ATT Center

Alamo Area Council Wide 2015 Roundtable at the AT&T Center on Thursday, August 13, 2015, from 6 to 8:45 p.m.

Camp Akela at Bear Creek Will be Fun for Webelos

The 2015 Camp Akela will once again be held at Bear Creek Scout Reservation, Hunt, Texas. Each session will only be allotted 200 Webelos (1st & 2nd year) and their adult leaders. Only two sessions will be held.

3rd Annual SCORP-OREE Moved to 2nd Night

The camp out on May 30th with the Scorpions was moved to the second Scout night on September 12th. Join the pre-game fun on Sept 12th in the Scorpion Fun Zone then get autographs and photos in the post-game Meet and Greet. There will also be many evening activities and of course the SCORPOREE camp out! READ ON.

Merit Badge University Fall 2015

Boy Scout Merit Badge University on November 7, 2015 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.


Venturing Challenge Cup and Open House 2015

All Council Venturing Crews and invited guests will compete in fun games of skill, adventure, and teambuilding for the Venturing Challenge Cup at the McGimsey Scout from 9am - 2 pm on Saturday, October 24, 2015. Invited participating guests are FREE and should be Venturing program age eligible. READ ON...


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.

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


NEWS RELEASE-Boy Scouts Zip Lining for Speed and Adventure Newly Added Content

Fast Zip line is New Adventure at Bear Creek Scout Reservation

NEWS RELEASE- Pulmonair Continues to Run for Wellness

Natural Terrain 5k Honoring Scout Youth and Country

Council Staff Updates - June 2015 Newly Added Content

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council staff announcements as of June 2015...READ ON...


Are You an ALERT Explorer?

Alamo Law Enforcement Response Training brings together area Law Enforcement Explorers to develop ...

Will We See You on the Zip Line at Bear Creek Summer Camp 2016?

Since 1964, Bear Creek Scout Reservation has been the premier camp of the Alamo Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Registration is open for 2016....


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.

OA Support for Bear Creek Adventure

All OA members, youth and adult, are invited to help support the Council Bear Creek Adventure held twice a year at Bear Creek. BCA is an event open to everyone to learn or improve their backpacking skills. The OA member help with training, cooking, and organizing and running activities for the participants.

Order of the Arrow Centurion Award

For nearly 100 years, the Order of the Arrow has purposefully recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives....


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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