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e-News 46th Edition ~ October 2017


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August was time once again for my annual backpacking trip. This year’s trip took me to the Rocky Mountain National Park for a 40-mile hike. I kept a journal to remind me of the experience and share part two of my experience below. Part one can be found HERE.

August 11, 2018

Good morning! The early sunrise was welcomed with smiles and gratitude based on what happened the day before. The three of us crawled out of our tents and sat on a log and just looked at each other. I said, “I hope it doesn’t rain today.” We started up the Jetboil and enjoyed a warm breakfast while our tents were laid out to dry before we packed them up. We hit the trail and headed back to our pickup point. It was a beautiful morning and there was awesome scenery! So much of it was hidden the day before due to the rain. The pack felt heavier than the day before and it was still a little damp, but the prize at the end of the trail was a great motivator: a big juicy Bison Burger for lunch!!! I took my time and I was the last to arrive at the pickup point, but I made it was just on time. Just as we were driving off, the afternoon storm clouds rolled in and the rain let loose. Someone was looking out for us.

We headed off next to the other side of the Rockies towards Estes Park, CO. We had made arrangements to stay at Camp Tahosa to get a good night’s sleep and a hot shower. The drive back was so AWESOME…we have so many beautiful places in the USA. The Ranger and his wife were great hosts. They put out some fishing poles for us and prepared one of the cabins for us. We were able to get some fishing in before dinner. Boy, the trout were amazing (catch and release)! We laid out our gear in the dining hall to dry out and went off for a hot meal. We got back to camp early, took a hot shower and got into bed early. Had a great night’s sleep. The next morning we went back into the dining hall to look at our gear and evaluate what we really needed for our next adventure on the trail. We went through our stuff and reduced the weight. I was able to get my pack from about 45 pounds down to 25 pounds with water…..WOW!!! Sand Beach Lake Trail here we come!!!!

As we drove off to Sand Beach Lake trailhead I was stoked! A lighter pack after 2,200 foot elevation change, feeling rested, and a perfect weather outlook made me optimistic. Sand Beach Lake is at 10,350 feet. I can do this! We hit the trail at 9:45 AM and arrived at campsite at 12:45 PM. I pulled in about 30 minutes after the first guy, Scott. He was greeted by a moose at our site, but was able to chase her out. WOW, what an awesome lake view we had! We sat for a few to rest and ate some lunch. Just like clockwork, the afternoon rain started around 2:30 PM. We all crawled into our tents to nap and wait out the rain. Well it rained, and rained, and rained, and then the hail started. Oh my!!!! It was about pea size hail, but I was just waiting for it to get bigger and tear up our tents….luckily it didn’t.  It stopped about 5:30 PM. We came out of our tents to a heavy, dense fog. The lake was only about 50 yards away, but it disappeared with the fog.  We sat around the Jetboil (no fires allowed in the national forest so we made do) and ate some dinner. Off to bed early—at 9:00 PM—so we were able to get up early and head back to the car at 8:00 AM. All downhill on the way back, oh yeah! On our way back to Estes Park for a piece of pie and lunch at “You Need Pie” before we head back to Denver. Great place for pie. YUM!

It was a great week, a great experience, and a great opportunity to have what I always say is the best part of Scouting: a real Outdoor Adventure. It was a week of challenges shared with good friends and new friends; a chance to create great memories; and a chance to get new stories to tell around the campfire.  And, just like our hike, sometimes we carry extra weight in our lives that we do not need. Lighten your load. Once I shed a few pounds on my back, I found that I had a much nicer hiking experience. Life is like that, too. Let go of old grievances. Forgive. Set aside nagging concerns. Share a kindness. You’ll find that you enjoying life much more as well.

Up next: 2018! Our next Outdoor Adventure experience is schedule for the Wind River in Wyoming in August. In the meantime, I’ll see you on the Scouting trail!

Yours in Scouting,  

Michael de los Santos,Scout Executive


ROOM to ROAM - How's the fishing! Newly Added Content

Where, what kind, what are they hitting on? Very common fishing questions, but the ultimate gamble is “it was how big”   I am not sure I can answer all of those, but maybe some generalities of things going on and a few hints.

2017 Recharter News and Updates Newly Added Content

Recharter season is upon us and we would like to make you aware of some of the changes that are happening this year with the online system.

Scouting Youth Share Their Leadership Voice About Family Scouting

Eagle Scout and OA officer, Michael Chunat, 17, from Boy Scout Troop 650, and Venturing Associate advisor, Alle Wolfer, 21, from Crew 804 were interviewed this past Thursday about BSA's family scouting decision by Emmy award winning anchor, Deborah Knapp, and featured on the front page of SA Express News Monday edition in a story by education reporter Alia Malik, a former girl scout. READ ON...

Lion program for Kindergarten age boys - FAQ

The Lion program is a Boy Scouts of America program that is designed to introduce kindergarten-age boys and their families to the fun of Scouting. Here is an FAQ for your review. READ ON...

Upcoming Outdoor Adventures:

OCT: Here's a Chance for Boy Scouts and Venturer Scouts to Try Climbing!

One of the most exciting experiences you can have with your Boy Scout Troop is taking them to a "personal challenge of perseverance"

NOV: Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts are invited to the Council Web-O-Ree!

This is the perfect opportunity to come out and see how a Boy Scout Troop works. Meet some troops from your area and participate in some fun scouting activities....

NOV: Troops: Serve as an Example - Web-O-Ree 2017

Troops are needed for the 2017 Web-O-Ree at McGimsey Scout Park. Boy Scouts will demonstrate Scouting skills and the Patrol Method to Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts. Save the dates on your Troop calendar: October 17-19, 2017.

NOV: Merit Badge University Fall 2017

Boy Scout Merit Badge University on November 4, 2017 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.

DEC: Cub Scouts Shooting Sports Registration Open

Registration for Cub Scouts Shooting Sports Day is open now. Read on for event details and to register..

DEC: 2017 Venturing Cup Challenge and Open House

All Crews and invited guests will compete in fun games of skill, adventure and team building for the Venturing Challenge Cup at the McGimsey. Invited participating guests are FREE and should be Venturing program age eligible. Venturing is a youth development program for young men and women who are 13(completed 8th grade) thru 20 yrs of age. Youth guests can register to join a crew at this event.

DEC: Venturing Forum Party

The Venturing Officer Association invites all Ventures and family members in the Alamo Area Council to the VOA Christmas Party. Come celebrate with us this year's accomplishments and the magic of the holidays.

DEC: Campmasters Needed!

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...

NOV: Leave No Trace at McGimsey Scout Park

This is an Introduction to including Leave No Trace in your personal lives and in your scouting programs. This event is open to all registered scouts and scouting units.

DEC-FEB: 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 programs this Fall/Winter 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!

MAR: Come on Out to the Second Council Wide Campout!

Our first Council Wide Campout was amazing! Why not do it again? Read on for details of the upcoming, 2018 Council Wide Campout....

JAN - MAR: NRA Training Courses Offered

NRA training and certification is available for adult scouters. Please read on for all the opportunities in the Spring...

Scout Nights and Special Events:

DEC: Valero Alamo Bowl 2017

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council and Valero Alamo Bowl have teamed up to bring you an opportunity for adventure at their 25th Anniversary! Read on...

NOV: Friends of McGimsey 2017

Friends of McGimsey provides Scouts with an opportunity at completing service projects for service hours. We are inviting the community supporters that would like to help us Beautify this wonderful piece of history for future generations to enjoy.

Training/Scouting U:

NOV '17-NOV '18: 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....

NOV '17-NOV '18: BALOO Training for Cub Scout Packs 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...

NOV: 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!!!

NOV-MAR: CPR/AED and Wilderness and Remote First Aid Training Offered at AAC.

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

NOV: Alamo Area Council Hosts a Council Coordinated Meeting to Prepare for 2018

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....

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.

Order of the Arrow:

National Order of the Arrow Conference 2018

The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the premier event of the Order of the Arrow and is Scouting's second-largest national event. Over 10,000 Arrowmen from across our nation gather for an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and fun!

2017 OA LEC Schedule

This article lists the dates, times and locations of the Lodge Executive Committee meetings scheduled for 2017...

2017 LODGE DUES Available Online

The 2017 Lodge Dues for OA Members are now being collected online. Read on for more details.....

2017 OA Unit Election Instructions

All your election information is here! You can download all your forms, find Chapter Election Team contact information, even submit your election results all from this one page! Don't miss out on having an OA election this year!

Other Communication & News:

NEWS RELEASE - Alamo Area Council Welcomes New Chapter in History

In response to the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously voting to approve girls into its iconic Cub Scout and Boy Scout program, the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council releases the following statement: (Resource links also found on page) READ ON...

2017 BSA Membership Fee Increase

While delivering the nation’s foremost youth development program, the National Boy Scouts of America must remain vigilant in controlling costs. Although we have been successful in reducing our expenditures in many areas, it has become necessary to evaluate our annual membership fees. READ ON...

BSA Expands Programs to Welcome Girls from Cub Scouts to Highest Rank of Eagle Scout

Today, the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously approved to welcome girls into its iconic Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. READ ON...

Scouts Sell Golden Corn to SA Mayor Nirenberg

The Alamo Area Council kicked off their annual Trail’s End Popcorn Fall fundraiser with standout Cub Scout salesmen Clayton Kerlick, Kaiden Dorsey, Jose George-Diaz, and Caleb Linn from Pack 51, who helped their unit reach 10th in the nation for sales of the golden corn. The Scouts knocked on the door to City Hall to sell the first popcorn bag to Mayor Nirenberg on August 31st. READ ON...WATCH VID

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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