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e-News 42nd Edition ~ May 2017


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Sir Baden-Powell, Founder of the Scouting movement said, “A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room.”

Dear Scouts, Volunteers, and Parents,

Are you ready for summer? I know I am! While I have many activities planned throughout the next three months, including working at the Jamboree and taking a 40-mile week-long hike in Colorado, one of the things I look forward to most is visiting with you at our Council’s camp properties. We have many adventures waiting for you at Bear Creek, McGimsey Scout Park, and the Mays Family Scout Ranch. A summer without camp is a boring and who wants that?

In addition to all the usual camp experiences—cookouts, archery, and swimming—we also have been hard at work continuing to build new and upgrade current features at our camps. Bear Creek has a brand new 35-foot tandem Wet Willie Water Slide and a new Cowboy Action Shooting Range. McGimsey Scout Park will have updated restrooms in Cub Country and the Pool House and a brand new Gateway to welcome Cub Scouts to their escapades. New opportunities are continually updated and added as well—especially at our newest property: the Mays Family Scout Ranch.

So, leave your video games at home and come enjoy what a Scouting Life has to offer. Learn a new skill, make new friends, and, most importantly, make memories that will last a lifetime!!!

See you at camp or on the trail,

Yours in Scouting,  

Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive


Many have heard that 3/4 of ‘Scouting’ is ‘outing’ Newly Added Content

In Scouting we shoot BB guns rifles and shotguns, we learn how to handle a pocket knife, and we learn how to make a proper campfire. I would tell these boys that if they joined Scouting...

Room to Roam "When did they do this?" Newly Added Content

“When did they do this” was my thought recently as I was driving on the road in the campsite area at McGimsey Scout Park. The twelve years prior my drives were always on a bumpy “outback” road.”

Richard Coffin as New Advancement Chairman Newly Added Content

Richard Coffin will be serving as the new Advancement Chairman for the Alamo Area Council. Richard will be working with all of the District Advancement Chairman helping to ensure there are opportunities for all youth to advance in rank and...

Scouting for Food- Success

In the early morning hours of Saturday, April 8th, hundreds of Boy Scouts across Alamo Area Council went out into their neighborhoods to drop off grocery bags. They returned a week later in hopes of finding them on their neighbor’s porches filled to the brim with food.

Corey Haines 2017 Dean's Honored Graduate Neuroscience Newly Added Content

Corey Haines is a Dean’s Honored Graduate in Neuroscience. He is graduating with a B.S.A. in Neuroscience with a Business Foundations Certificate and an Applied Statistical Modeling Certificate...READ ON

Upcoming Outdoor Adventures:

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-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: Parents: What is your Cub Scout doing this Summer?

Do you want to focus some of your Cub Scout's energy towards positive activities? Do you want him to be outdoors and come home dirty and tired? Would you like him to have fun while making friends and developing quality character traits? If you answered "Yes!" to any, or all, of these questions then your Cub Scout needs to attend Day Camp 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.

JUN-JUL: Cub Scout Day Camp Advancement

Cub Scouts attending this summer's Knight's Quest Day Camps will earn portions of their rank advancement.

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.

JUL - Webelos Outdoor Adventure Camp 2017

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

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!

Scout Nights and Special Events:

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...

Flags at Fort Sam Honors Our Fallen Heroes Friday, May 26

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. READ ON...

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 date is June 17th at..

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...

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

Training/Scouting U:

JUN: Second Training Offered for Campmasters, Sign Up Now!

Have you met one of our Campmasters? Want to join the Campmaster Corp and help provide an amazing experience for Scouts and families at our properties? Read on for more details and to find out how to apply to be on the Campmaster Corps...

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.

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!

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-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.

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....

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...

SEPT-OCT: Go to Powder Horn 2017!

Here’s a simple, fun way to better yourself & your unit in 2017 – Register and go to POWDER HORN!....

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-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!...

District News & Events:

Memorial District Recognition Ceremony 2017

Memorial District honored volunteers, units, and youth at this year’s recognition ceremony held on Thursday, April 6th. It was held at Roundtable and also included a Troop Chili Cook Off.

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...

Two Rivers Mourns the Loss of Michael Zapata

The Two Rivers District is saddened to learn of the passing of a long-time advocate, supporter and volunteer of the Boy Scouts of America.

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:

Eagle Scout as State Board of Education Student Hero Newly Added Content

Boerne, Texas, Eagle Scout Hunter Beaton was announced as State Board of Education - Student Hero for 2017! From 150 nominations Hunter was...READ ON

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....

When Do I Need Face to Face Youth Protection Training?

Confused about when Face to Face Youth Protection Training is required or when the Online Version is Sufficient? Read on to find out...

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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