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e-News 36th Edition ~ October 2016


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Hello Scouters,

On Wednesday, October 12, 2016, I was about to have lunch at the San Antonio Downtown Rotary Club and listen to General Gordon R. Sullivan (U.S. Army Retired) provide insights on the new Army National Museum being built by the Army Historical Foundation at Fort Belvoir, VA when a young man in dress blues walked up to me. He was way too young to be active military. Then I noticed that he had a single silver diamond on each of his shoulders which looked very familiar to me.

He was with the U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (JROTC) at a local high school.  He noticed the fleur-de-lis brand on my shirt and instantly recognized it.  “Are you with the Boy Scouts?” he asked.

I said yes and that was the beginning of our conversation. I learned that he is a new Eagle Scout and a Major and Battalion Commander in charge of three companies within his JROTC Unit.  Very sharp young man!

I wasn’t a Scout, but my time as a cadet in JROTC, as a Colonel and Battalion Commander, is how I started my leadership experience as a youth. I began to think back and realized that I had not reflected on my time with the JROTC in over 25 years! Below is the JROTC creed.

I am an Army Junior ROTC Cadet.

I will always conduct myself to bring credit to my family, country, school and the Corps of Cadets.

I am loyal and patriotic.

I am the future of the United States of America.

I do not lie, cheat, or steal and will always be accountable for my actions and deeds.

I will always practice good citizenship and patriotism.

I will work hard to improve my mind and strengthen my body.

I will seek the mantle of leadership and stand prepared to uphold the Constitution and the American way of life.

May God grant me the strength to always live by this creed.

I was surprised to realize that it is amazingly close to the Scout Oath and Law! Common values from two different origins. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and JROTC are programs that help guide our youth to become responsible adults and involved citizens. Learning skills that can be used for a lifetime and principles they can stand by, today’s youth need these types of positive influences. 

I share this story with you to thank you and to ask for your help. I truly believe in the mission and values of the BSA, but, more than that, I believe in making our community better by setting the bar high and sharing that bar with as many young people as we can.  Every day thousands of volunteers for the BSA do just that. And I am grateful. The one other thing you can do? Share your Scouting story with as many people as you can. You never know who it will impact. In this uncertain world, that is worth a lot.

Keep on Scouting,

Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive


SALSA News Update

SALSA - The San Antonio League of Scouting Alumni - membership is growing, but someone is still missing...YOU!

October FAQ

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

Council Staff Updates - October 2016

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council staff announcements as of October 2016...READ ON...

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

OCT - Troops Invited to Demonstrate Outdoor Skills for Webelos

Boy Scout Troops are invited to participate in two upcoming Web-O-Rees to be held October 28-30. The WebORees are designed to connect Webelos with outdoor skills and the Troops they may join when they crossover.

2016 Web-O-Ree Events Combined for Maximum Effect Newly Added Content

The two Web-O-Ree events scheduled for October 28-30 at the Mays Family Scout Ranch and McGimsey Scout Park have been combined to maximize the benefit to Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts. The combined event will be held at the McGimsey Scout Park.

OCT - Interested in trying out Climbing? Come to Open Climb

One of the most exciting experiences you can have with your Boy Scout Troop is taking them to a personal challenge of perseverance. Alamo Area Council offers an open climb at our tower at McGimsey Scout Park.

NOV - Spook-O-Ree 2016 - Cub Scouts Visit Sleepy Hollow

The Spook-O-Ree is a family Halloween event for everyone! Take your pick of evenings, November 4-5 2016, or November 5-6 2016, and join the many families that will venture out to McGimsey Scout Park for Halloween fun in a safe, family friendly environment.

NOV - Merit Badge University Fall 2016

Boy Scout Merit Badge University on November 5, 2016 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.

OCT-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.

DEC - Cub Scout Shooting Sports 2016

Registration is NOW OPEN for Cub Scout Shooting Sports Day!

FEB - AAC Releases the Leader's Guide for the Mountain Man Rendezvous

The Leader's Guide is released! Read on for more details.....

Training / Resources

NOV - CPR/AED and Wilderness and Remote First Aid Training Offered This Fall at AAC.

Read on to find out what CPR/AED training and Wilderness and Remote First Aid Training is all about!...

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....

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 one BALOO trained leader in the pack (and at the event) to be able to conduct an overnight activity at the pack level.

Merit Badge Counselor Training Offered at Alamo Area Council

Interested in being a Merit Badge Counselor? Training is required but it is offered through the Alamo Area Council, read on for more details...

OCT-MAR: Council Now Accepting Applications for NYLT Spring Course Staff

Please read on for more details on how to apply for staff...

MAR - Got Beads?

Wood Badge registration is filling up, don't miss your chance to attend our premier leadership training....

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.

Exploring Honors Explorer of the Year 2016

Exploring, the coed career education program of the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council is proud to recognize Bexar County Sheriff Susan L. Pamerleau, as our Inaugural "Explorer of the Year." This recognition and fundraising event for the Exploring program will be tentatively held at 11:30am - 12:45pm on Thursday, October 27, 2016, at The Veranda. READ ON...

Your are invited to the 2017 Rough Rider District Recognition Dinner

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

It's time to nominate your Adult Leader for the Rough Rider Award 2016

Nominations need to be in no later than the December Round Table, read on to find out what, who, why, when, and how...

It's almost time to renew your Merit Badge Counselor application

If you are a 2016 Merit Badge Counselor, you will need to renew your application between October 1 and December 15 to maintain your MBC status. For more information, read on...

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.

2016 OA LEC Schedule

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

Other Communication & News:

Alamo Area Council Hosts a Council Coordinated Meeting to Prepare for 2017

The Council Coordinated Meeting is an annual meeting to plan and prepare Key District Leadership for the following calendar year. Please read on for more details....

Philmont Advisor Workshops (PAW)/Philmont Advisor Skills Schools (PASS) Offered in San Antonio

Please read on for details about the classes offered here in San Antonio.

Hunting Season Opens Soon at Bear Creek Scout Reservation

Rifle Hunting Season begins at Bear Creek Scout Reservation November 5, 2016. Read on for more information and pricing...

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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