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e-News 25th Edition ~ October 2015


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Pearls of Wisdom:

"Good Habits formed at youth, make all the difference" and "Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work." ~ Aristotle, Greek Philosopher and Scientist

Good day Scouts, Scouters and Parents,

As the month of October starts, let us extend a hand to our neighbors and friends with boys and invite them to join Scouting!  Every boy deserves a program like the Boy Scouts of America!  I'd also like to take the time to highlight another Scouting program so we don't forget about the young ladies in our families….Scouting has a place for them as well…it’s called Venturing.

What is Venturing?

Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 13 and have completed the eighth grade, or age 14 through 20 years of age.  Venturing's purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Venturing is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders, and organizations in their communities. Local community organizations establish a Venturing crew by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens. Venturing crews can specialize in a variety of avocation or hobby interests.

To Learn more, Go to and

And, if our young ladies join soon, they can participate at this upcoming Venturing event,

Have a wonderful October!

Yours in Scouting,

Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive


Displaying the Flag of the USA

The Boy Scouts of America is pleased to share the following suggestions—adapted from Your Flag, published by the Boy Scouts of America—to help you properly display and care for your symbol of our nation's unity, glory, and resolve. READ ON...

Scouting Updates From The Director Of Scouting Services - October 2015 Newly Added Content

Scouting Updates From The Director Of Scouting Services - October 2015

Internet Advancement Tracking 2016 Updates

As many other councils across America have done to better serve youth, the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council will move to an online-only Advancement tracking system beginning January 1, 2016, called “Internet Advancement”.

Can Units Solicit Gifts and Money?

We've had recent inquiry regarding unit solicitation of gifts and contributions. Hope this news article helps clarify most questions on the topic. READ ON...

How Do I Make Sure I Receive Important Scouting Emails

If you want to make sure you’re receiving all the important emails you’re being sent (especially ours from the Alamo Area Council) you can add certain email addresses to a ‘”Whitelist”, which means all emails from that sender will bypass your spam filtering and be delivered directly to your inbox. READ ON...

Upcoming Events

OCTOBER and DECEMBER - Cub Scout Shooting Sports 2015

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

OCTOBER - Fall Cub N One 2015

Attend the Fall Cub N One this Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the McGimsey Scout Park. Special activities for Cubs include: camping in tents, archery, BB’s, and many other skills and activities!

OCTOBER - 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.

Travel in Time With Us at the Fall Cub N One!

Come Time Travel with us October 3-4, 2015 at McGimsey Scout Park for the Fall Cub N One!

OCTOBER - Catholic Scout Retreat

The Catholic Committee On Scouting invites all scouts and adult leaders to participate in the annual Retreat, Saturday, October 10th,2015, McGimsey Scout Park.

NOVEMBER- Scout Night with the San Antonio Spurs v 76ers

Join the Scout Night with San Antonio Spurs vs. 76ers on November 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM Order Deadline is Oct. 18, 2015, thru Spurs Group Director, Nancy Gonzalez, so get your order in TODAY! Special Package offer for Scouts and their families!

NOVEMBER - 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.

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!


OCTOBER - 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...

Training / Resources

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....

Charter Organization Representative Training 2015 Newly Added Content

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 22rd at the Mays Family Scout Ranch or October 29th at McGimsey Scout Park. READ ON...

Cub Scout Pow Wow 2015 Training

Cub Scout Pow Wow is a one-day training with new ideas and resources for Cub Scout leaders and parents. Classes are offered on topics such as awards, crafts, games, songs, skits, outdoor cooking, derbies, den meetings, pack committee, pack meeting ideas and more. Leaders and parents can increase their knowledge, improve their skills, and gain enthusiastic attitudes about Cub Scouting.

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...

Other Communication News:

NEWS RELEASE -Cram Roofing Continues Sponsorship of Boy Scout Golf Classic

The Boy Scout Golf Classic, sponsored by Cram Roofing, takes place on Monday, October 5th starting at 11:15 am with the Cram Roofing Ball Drop held at the Oak Hills Country Club. Scout supporters and sponsors compete in four-player scramble, longest drive, closest to the pin, a hole-in-one WIN A CAR contest, and a $10,000 putting contest while benefiting local scouting programs. READ ON...

MEDIA ADVISORY: Grand Opening of Boy Scouts New Scout Camp

Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council’s (BSA) newest Scout camp, The Mays Family Scout Ranch (MFSR), will have its Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. READ ON...

NEWS RELEASE: Cub Scouts Sell Popcorn To SA Mayor Taylor

Alamo Area Council kicks off their annual Trail’s End Popcorn Fall fundraiser on September 11, 2015, with standout Cub Scout salesmen, Benton Ward, age 10, Nathaniel Schechter, age 9, Michael Calloway, age 12, and Timothy Young, age 9, selling the first popcorn bag of the season to San Antonio City Mayor, Ivy R. Taylor. READ ON...

District News:

Armadillo FREEZE-O-REE 2016

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

Lions and Tigers and Warrior Tree Pigs?

There are a lot of things going on in the scouting program. Rank requirement changes for Boy Scouts, a zip line from a 120 foot cliff at Bear Creek and even a new council-owned camp. Come out to our District's monthly informational / training event called Roundtable. READ ON...

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....

Texas Hills Returns to Bear Creek for 2016 Winter Rendezvous

Each February Scouts gather to celebrate Boy Scouts of America's birthday. This year the Scouts of Texas Hills will gather at Bear Creek Scout Reservation to enjoy fun, food, and fellowship.

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!

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

Read on for more information about this exciting event!

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....

Order of the Arrow FALL FELLOWSHIP 2015

The annual Fall Fellowship for Aina Topa Hutsi will be held on October 23-25, 2015 at Bear Creek Scout Reservation. Registration is OPEN NOW. READ ON...

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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