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e-News 26th Edition ~ November 2015


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Pearls of Wisdom:

"A Scout smiles and whistles under all circumstances." ~ Robert Baden Powell, founder of the Scouting movement.

“Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will.” -- President Franklin D. Roosevelt


Good day Scouts, Scouters and Parents,

As we prepare to spend quality time with our families and friends around the traditional turkey and all the fixings, let us be thankful together to God, for our freedoms, and for Scouting.

I had the opportunity earlier this month to witness over a thousand Boy Scouts and Scouting adults come together for learning, leadership and career training during the Fall Merit Badge University at St. Philip’s College.  

It was energizing and encouraging to see all these kids laughing and talking with each other about which classes they were taking and even whether they would find the right building on the path to their classroom.

This is what success looks like for me.  To help our youth find and be prepared for their future is our future.  Every time I see our Scouting kids enjoying outdoor adventures, it gives me comfort.  These youth will be our future Presidents, heads of state, scientists, explorers on Mars, inventors, and doctors finding cures for many illnesses.  Let us be thanking for the Scouting movement and for the opportunity to pour into the future.  Thank you also to all our wonderful Scouting volunteers and parents that make it possible for our youth to ‘find the right buildings’ and the right path in this life.

Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S.  If you are thankful for the benefits of Scouting in your life, please pass it along and share it with you neighbors, family, and friends.  Invite them in to be a part of our Scouting family, today.

Yours in Scouting,

Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive


Boy Scouts Host Project Aguila Field Day

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council hosted a Project Aguila Field Day at the Mays Family Scout Ranch on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cub Scouts enjoyed a Minecraft themed day where they participated in archery, sling shots, an obstacle course, a Legos station and crafts.

Learning Fest at Fall 2015 Merit Badge University Newly Added Content

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council hosted Merit Badge University (MBU) on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at St. Philip’s College. Scouts explored 43 career fields ranging from Chemistry and Robotics to Communications and Radio where many earned merit badges on their path to reach the highest rank in Scouting – the Eagle Scout. READ ON...

Zombies Dont Fight Real Scouts on the Big Screen

And sure, we’d want Scouts on our side if a zombie apocalypse ever sent the living dead knocking on our doors. After all, we know Scouts are lifesavers in times of crisis. But we want to be clear: we have no affiliation with the film Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. READ ON TO LEARN WHY

Mays Family Scout Ranch Prayer Dedication

On September 11, 2015 the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council hosted a kick off for the grand opening of the Mays Family Scout Ranch. Many people gathered to celebrate this new south side location, located on 3445 Fest Road

Legality of Buy-Outs in BSA Newly Added Content

We've had recent inquiry from some units regarding legality of Buy-Outs in BSA. Hope this news article helps clarify most questions on the topic. READ ON...

Bullying and Scouting

Article on the Bullying and Scouting by Council Chaplain, Pastor Gene Horne...Read on

Report to State 2016 for the Alamo Area Council

On Saturday, February 6, 2016, a delegation of Scouts and leaders from the Alamo Area Council will attend the event called "Report to State" held annually at the Capitol Building in Austin, Texas.

JULY 2017 - Boy Scouts of America 2017 National Jamboree

Every four years Scouts from across the nation gather for the ultimate scouting experience at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. It's a gathering of approximately 45,000 Scouts, Leaders, and Staff for 10 days that showcases everything that is great about Scouting...

FEBRUARY 2016 - Scouting for Food 2016

Scouting for Food is the largest one-day food drive in the Boy Scouts of America. READ ON...

Upcoming Events

NOVEMBER - Boy Scout Night at the Dome - 2015 UTSA Football

Join the adventure with UTSA Football Roadrunners as they take on the RICE, November 21, 2015 at the Alamodome. Scouts receive a limited edition "Boy Scout Night at the Dome" Patch (While Supplies Last) and Stay after the game for special events and the opportunity to learn the INS and OUTS of Football from surprise guest speaker!

DECEMBER - Winter Merit Badge University 2015

Finalization of facilities is occurring. Once this is done, more information will be published around Nov. 20, 2015. Boy Scout Winter Merit Badge Extravaganza December 28 - 30, 2015 Winter Merit Badge University (MBE) is an annual event hosted by the Alamo Area Council, Boy Scouts of America that gives Scouts, the opportunity to earn merit badges.

SEPT. - DEC. - Mays Family Scout Ranch 2015 Merit Badge Guide

The Mays Family Scout Ranch is happy to announce we will be offering Merit Badges here in the fall at the camp facility. We welcome boys and parents to come take part in our program and leave with new experiences, take home projects, and skill sets to build upon.

DECEMBER - Cub Scout Shooting Sports 2015

Registration is open now for both Cub Scout Shooting Sports Days!

DECEMBER - Council Web-O-Ree 2015

A WEB-O-REE is an exciting opportunity for WEBELOS Scouts, their Parents and Adult Leaders to sample the experiences that lie ahead on the trail to Boy Scouting. WEB-O-REE provides an introduction to Camping, Cooking, Scouting Skills, Working Together as a Patrol, Games, Events, Demonstrations, Companionship and above all FUN.

DECEMBER - 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, December 19, 2015. Invited participating guests are FREE and should be Venturing program age eligible. READ ON...

Training / Resources

DECEMBER-Mandatory Internet Advancement Rollout 2016 Unit Training

Mandatory Internet Advancement Rollout 2016 Unit Training offered starting Monday, December 7, 2015 thru December 10th. Register FREE for one of four dates offered.

Charter Organization Representative Training 2015

Learn about BSA's charter partner process in this essential training for charter partners (Head of the Institution, Charter Organization Representatives, Scout Unit Committee Chairs) in preparation for the upcoming charter renewal process in January 2016. There are two dates offered either Thursday, October 29th at McGimsey Scout Park OR. READ ON...

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation 2015 - BALOO

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. READ ON...

College of Commissioner Science 2016

College of Commissioner Science is on Saturday, February 21 from 8am to 4pm.

SEPT - OCT 2016 Powder Horn Training 2016

Powder Horn is a hands-on, intense, early-morning-to-late-night training course, which takes place at Bear Creek Scout Reservation over two weekends (Sep.23-25, 2016 and Oct. 7-9, 2016).

Other Communication News:

NEWS RELEASE - Merit Badge University 2015

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council will host Merit Badge University (MBU) on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at St. Philip’s College.Scouts will explore 43 career fields ranging from Chemistry and Robotics to Communications and Radio where they can earn a merit badge on their path to reach the highest rank in Scouting – the Eagle Scout. READ ON...

District News:


Come on out to the Victory District Freeze-O-Ree 2016

Read on for more information about this exciting event!

Two Rivers District News October/November 2015

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!

In 2016 Texas Hills Seeks to Recognize Service to Scouting

The January 7, 2016 District Banquet will be held at the Bandera United Methodist Church at 7:00 pm. All units throughout the district are invited to bring all their families to recognize the leaders for their service to Scouting and to recognize our Eagle Scouts of 2015. Submit your nominations at the December 3 Roundtable or by email to .

2016 Rough Rider District Recognition Dinner

Rough Rider District will be honoring Rough Rider and District Award of Merit Recipients at our Rough Rider District Recognition Dinner....

2016 Memorial District Freeze-O-Ree

Friday, January 22, 2016 to Sunday, January 24, 2016 The Memorial District Freeze-O-Ree 2016 will be held at McGimsey Scout Park from Jan 22-45th.

You Are Invited to the 2016 Diamondback District Recognition Dinner

Read on to find out more information about the Diamondback District Recognition Dinner...

2016 Cimarron District Recognition Dinner

We value the volunteers in our District because we recognize that each one of you has a special talent and take the time to inspire, coach, and teach the youth in our District. At our Annual Banquet we will recognize all the effort and time you have given to scouting. Go to resources to get the list of Awards. See you all there!

Cimarron District Freeze-O-Ree 2016

All Troops are invited to come participate. We will have different competitions. Some of them are; flipping pancakes, first aid rally, tying knots and much more. Give the youth the opportunity to test their skills and have fun!

Armadillo FREEZE-O-REE 2016

Armadillo FREEZE-O-REE 2016 theme is "It's a Mystery to Me!"

Order of the Arrow:

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....

OA End of Centennial All Night Party

Come out and join your fellow OA members on Dec 5-6, 2015 at a fun-filled overnight party at McGimsey Park to celebrate the end of the Centennial year.

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 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

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 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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