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e-News 32nd Edition ~ May 2016


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Dear Scouting Families,

Please join me in saying Happy 104th Birthday to the Alamo Area Council! Today in 1912, over at the St. Anthony Hotel in Downtown San Antonio, the National Boy Scouts of America granted us a charter to operate and we began to offer wonderful memorable outdoor adventures for the youth in our community. Thank you to all who have supported us over the last 104 years and blessing to the next 104 years.

So as we all get ready for the summer, I know many of you may be traveling with your Packs or Troops for your Outdoor Adventures. Please be mindful and safe and keep the safety of your Scouts top of mind. I felt that it was important to remind you of the Boy Scouts of America Policy when it comes to transporting Scouts as found in the Guide to Safe Scouting. Which states it is essential that adequate, safe, and responsible transportation be used for all Scouting activities. Because most accidents occur within a short distance from home, safety precautions are necessary, even on short trips. 

Effective September 1, 2015, the use of 15-passenger vans manufactured before 2005 will no longer be allowed in connection with Scouting programs and activities. Any 2005 or later 15-passenger vans may be used if equipped with Electronic Stability Control and seat belts for all passengers including the driver. This applies to all vehicles, regardless of ownership. To find the full list of general guidelines visit

Yours in Scouting

Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive


"How Are We Doing?" Customer Service Survey - Spring 2016

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council Marketing and Communications team has launched the Spring 2016 “How Are We Doing?” Customer Service Survey. We highly encourage all of our members, volunteers, parents, and donors to take a few minutes to complete the survey.

Why is online event registration different for events?

Each online event registration is setup differently based on directions from the committee leadership over each event. The event committee leadership can be made up of one or several volunteer event chairs, staff advisors, and possibly a community event partner like...


Here are some frequently asked questions the Alamo Area Council has received for the month of May

Eagle Scout Recognized on News 4 San Antonio

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, News 4 San Antonio featured Eagle Scout Hunter Beaton, 15, after he was recognized for his Eagle Project where he raised $10,000 for a Boerne non-profit that helps foster families.

Cub Scout Day Camp FAQ

Frequently asked questions for Cub Scout Day Camp 2016.

Upcoming Events

Flags at Fort Sam Honors Our Fallen Heroes Friday, May 27

Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, Young Marines, American Heritage Girls, Trail Life, Veterans, Soldiers, Corporate and Community Volunteers, other Military and Youth Service Organizations, and their Families Honor Fallen Heroes by placing American Flags at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Popcorn Sneak Peek and Date Night - THIS THURSDAY, MAY 19

REGISTER TODAY and then come check out what's in store for the 2016 Popcorn Sale, have some dinner on us, and then watch The Jungle Book movie all for FREE.

MAY - Second Chance for your Cub Scout to Earn the Texas Badge!

We are offering a second iteration of the Texas Badge Workshop on May 21st.

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-AUG: Are You Interested in VenturingFest 2016?

VenturingFest 2016, the first national gathering of Venturers at the Summit Bechtel Reserve – a new Scouting experience unlike any other before – is coming your way this summer from July 31 to August 5.

Scout Strong Patriot Run to be held Flag Day Weekend - Saturday, June 11

Natural Terrain Trail 5k Honoring Our Armed Forces to Support Scouting will be held Saturday, June 11, 2016 at McGimsey Scout Park.

JUL - Bear Creek Summer Camp is Open to Venturers Session 4 and 5

All venture crews are invited to come to Bear Creek Summer Camp Session 4 and 5....

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 - Tiger Cub Day Camp 2016

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

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

JUN - NYLT 2016 Summer Course - Lead the Way!

Register now for NYLT 2016 (Summer)!

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.

MAY-JUN: Day Camp Staff Volunteer Training

If you are interested in being a staff volunteer for the 2016 Summer Cub Scout Day Camp, please read on....

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.

District News:

Crew 1 Members Take Part in Search and Rescue Training

Crew 1 members taking part in the Search and Rescue training at Bear Creek Scout Reservation in February 2016

2016 Leader Training Opportunities

District Training Chair, Jay Torres, has put together a convenient, easy-to-read list of training available to leaders in 2016. Training is addictive. The more you get, the more you want!

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!

Flag Detail on Memorial Day

Scouts performing a Flag Detail with the Knights of Columbus Council 5262 on Memorial Day.

Learning for Life / Exploring Honor Patriot of the Year 2016

Learning for Life, a character and career education program affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council is proud to recognize Bexar County Sheriff Susan L. Pamerleau, as our Inaugural "Patriot of the Year". This recognition and fundraising event for the Exploring program will be held at 12 noon on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at the Oak Hills Country Club. READ ON...

Order of the Arrow:

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.

2016 OA LEC Schedule

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

The Flame 2015 Q4 Newsletter

The 2015 Q4 Flame is now available for reading.

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....

Other Communication News:

Photography Knowledge and Tips 101

Here are 7 photography elements you should know as reprinted from WIKIPEDIA and 4 Tips to help you Shoot Like the Pros as presented by Jason Little of READ ON...

Troop 10 Celebrates 100th Birthday

Troop 10 celebrates 100th birthday on Sunday, May 1, 2016...

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.

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.

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