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e-News 37th Edition ~ November 2016


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Many business people can tell a story of a special mentor who influenced them or an incident that acted as a turning point on their journey to success. I am no different.

Dr. Margaret Langford is currently a Professor of Management at the Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s University. Dr. Langford called me into her office in the Fall of 1993 while I was attending the University and asked me if I would be interested in an internship with the Boy Scouts of America. At the time she was my Human Resources Professor. She gave me a little information on the internship and told me who I should contact at the Alamo Area Council office. I made the call, learned the ropes, accepted a job upon graduation, and 22 years later here I am, the Scout Executive for the Alamo Area Council—the same place where I began my career as an intern. I recently had the opportunity to re-connect with Dr. Langford, learn more about her story, and give her an update on mine. I had the chance to say a special thank you to her and let her know that my career was very meaningful and that I appreciated the opportunity she gave me.

Many of us take our teachers and professors for granted. As the son of a retired high school teacher of 40 years, I would once again like to say thank you to all of my teachers and professors that helped push and challenge me along the way into adulthood. God bless each and everyone one of our educators who sacrifice, work countless hours, shed tears, and endure stress to make our lives better. We couldn’t do it without you.

Keep on Scouting,

Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive


SALSA Is Active and Growing Newly Added Content

The San Antonio League of Scouting Alumni is active and growing – all committed to serve and expand the base of Scouts, Scout alumni and their families who support the awesome programming which Scouting brings to the youth and families of America.

My Experience as an Intern

As my internship with Boy Scouts Alamo Area Council is winding down, here are my final thoughts on the experience.

What is Scoutbook? Get Your Code Today!

Have you started using Scoutbook yet? If you’re unfamiliar with it, Scoutbook is a new web application provided by the National Council of the BSA which helps with advancement tracking, unit communications, calendar keeping and more.

Who is the Friendly Scout Park Manager at McGimsey? 

Learn all about Chris Silvey, the McGimsey Scout Park Manager, and the work that does for the council. Click here to learn more.

Giving Tuesday 2016

Giving Tuesday is a worldwide event that kicks off the holiday season by promoting a spirit of generosity, to encourage everyone to donate to their favorite charities. We invite you to be an ambassador to help promote the Boy Scouts through social media platforms; to raise awareness and money for our cause.

Upcoming Events:

DEC - Merit Badge Extravaganza and Winter Camp Registration Open

Register now for the big Merit Badge Extravaganza. For even more fun, camp out all week while attending MBE at our Boy Scout Winter Camp! Click for more information and registration!

DEC - Cub Scout Shooting Sports 2016

Registration is NOW OPEN for Cub Scout Shooting Sports Day!

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.

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.

JAN - Shooting Sports University 2017

Shooting Sports University is an archery and shotgun merit badge weekend overnighter. Parents are welcome and encouraged to come or be a part of this event. This will allow boys to begin working on merit badges and work to complete partials.

FEB - Register Now for 2017 Mountain Man Rendezvous

Registration is open now for the Council Wide Mountain Man Rendezvous...

FEB - Report to State 2017 for the Alamo Area Council

On Saturday, February 4, 2017, 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. REGISTER Today for the limited slots to attend...

Training / Resources:


Not sure what Wood Badge is all about or what it can do for you, your scouts and your unit? Read on to find out....

SEPT-OCT: Register NOW for Powderhorn 2017!

Registration for Powderhorn 2017 is now open, please read on for more details.

FEB/APR: 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....

FEB/APR: 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...

District News:

Come out to the Armadillo District Freeze O Ree in 2017

Each year the Armadillo District holds a weekend camping adventure where Troops can fellowship and test each other's Scouting skills. Activities will promote inter-patrol cooperation. Teams will have fun solving mysteries while achieving advancement requirements.

Cimarron District Recognition Dinner 2017

We value the volunteers in our District because we recognize that each one of you has a special talent and takes the time to inspire, coach, and teach the youth in our District.

You Are Invited to the 2017 Diamondback District Recognition Dinner

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

Memorial District Recognition Dinner

Read on for more information on the Memorial District Recognition Dinner....

Redd Ready for Storytelling Role in Memorial District

Mitzi Redd becomes PR Chair for the Memorial District of the Alamo Area Council. The role allows Mitzi to publish stories submitted to her from the District that features all the fun outdoor adventures and recognitions involving all Memorial Scouting youth.

Your are invited to the 2017 Rough Rider District Recognition Dinner

Read on for details about this annual volunteer recognition event....

Texas Hills Troops and Crew Gather for Fun and Fellowship

On October 14-16, 5 troops and 1 Crew from the Texas Hills District met at Bear Creek Scout Reservation to participate in some friendly competition and a great camping weekend.

2017 Victory District Recognition Dinner

We value the volunteers in our District because we recognize that each one of you has a special talent and takes 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. You will have fun, eat, and be recognized.

Order of the Arrow:

Come Out to the 2017 Order of the Arrow Banquet

Aina Topa Hutsi Lodge is proud to announce our annual Lodge Banquet. Join us as we celebrate the past year and plan for an even better upcoming year of fellowship and service within Alamo Area Council.

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.

Other Communication & News:

The Alamo Area Council is Reviving the Campmaster Corps

What is the Campmaster Corps, you ask? Read on for more details and to find out how to apply to be on the Campmaster Corps...

Nominate an adult leader for the Silver Beaver Award

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest council level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council.

Fall Merit Badge University 2016 Photos on Flickr

Almost 1,000 were in attendance at the Boy Scout Merit Badge University (MBU) this past Saturday, November 5, 2016 at St. Philip's College.

DEC - Council Now Accepting Applications for NYLT Summer Courses Staff

Please read on for more details on how to apply for staff for either or both of the Summer Courses for NYLT...

Cub Scout Day Camp 2017 Theme Announced

The Alamo Area Council announces the Cub Scout Day Camp theme for 2017: Knight's Quest.

Merit Badge Counselor 2017 Renewal

Renewals are now open for Merit Badge Counselors of 2017. The renewal period for 2017 will be October 1, 2016, to December 15, 2016. Read on for the requirements and application process.

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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