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e-News 35th Edition ~ September 2016


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Hello Scouting Families,

I just returned from another Great Outdoor Adventure. There were 8 adults in our group (Patrol), and one of those individuals was your very own volunteer Board President, Mike Crownover. The group consisted of people from Texas (2), Arizona (3), California (1), Oregon (1) and Washington (1) – three of whom are Eagle Scouts. This year’s journey took us to the Eagle Cap Wilderness located in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest located in Northeast Oregon.  It is known as Oregon’s “best kept secret, with high alpine lakes and meadows, bare granite peaks and ridges, and beautiful valleys carved out by ancient glaciers.” And, oh, what an awesome experience it was!

My journey began with 45 pounds strapped to my back. Day one was the longest day. We traveled 7.5 miles and had an elevation gain of 2500’, which was the most gain in the 6-day adventure. The highest elevation that week was 8542’ and overall we had an elevation gain of 10,098’.

Once again Mother Nature challenged me with freezing temperatures, snow, sleet, rain, adjusting to the altitude, and sore muscles. However, in spite of that it was great to disconnect and get to know her--and myself--better.  Last years’ experience prepared me for this year, but nothing could prepare me for the beauty and the vastness of the Great Outdoors and the scenic views that she unveils at every switchback. A few of the nights the sky was crystal clear and the stars were plentiful. We had fun tracking the satellites as they flew by crisscrossing in the darkened sky. It was so quiet and peaceful! At times I could hear the Elk bugling in the distance.

Strapping on a backpack with all of the essentials that will keep you alive for the week can never be replaced by sitting in a classroom. If you peel away the layers of Scouting, you will find that at the heart/core of the program is the Outdoor Adventure, which is about letting yourself be vulnerable, grow spiritually, and gain independence. Our youth need to share in these experiences. Where will you lead them to?

I know I’m looking forward to next September when I will put on my backpack and do it all again! Don’t let your Troop or Crew miss out. I would love to hear about your experiences and recommendations.   Maybe next year I will run into your Troop/Crew on the trail!!! 

"A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room." - Lord Baden-Powell

Keep on Scouting,

Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive


Top Scouts Sell First Bag of Popcorn to Successful Businessman Najim

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council kicked off their annual Trail’s End Popcorn Fall fundraiser on September 8, 2016, with standout Cub Scout salesmen, Benjamin Schechter, Nathaniel Schechter, and Evan Simmons, ages seven, ten, and ten, respectively. The brothers and Scouting friend made the first sale of the season to successful businessman and philanthropist, Harvey E Najim. READ ON...

Jamboree-on-the-Air 2016

JOTA is an annual event in which Scouts of all ages utilize Amateur Radio to communicate with other Scouts throughout the United States and other countries. Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is the largest Scouting event in the world. It is held annually the third full weekend in October.

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.

Upcoming Events

SEPT-OCT: New Cub Scout Adventure Day

Newly registered Cub Scouts can come from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm for their first outdoor adventure with archery, BB guns, nature, crafts and games.

SEPT-DEC: Venturing Forum / Venturing Officer Association VOA

Every month Venturing leaders and youth from the Council and the Venturing Officer Association from the Alamo Area Council meets to discuss up coming activities, training, service project and outdoor adventure opportunities. Join us every last Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Council Service Center. We hope to see you there!

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.

OCT - Boy Scout Night at the Dome - 2016 UTSA Football

Join the adventure with UTSA Football Roadrunners as they take on Southern Miss, October 8, 2016 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 a surprise guest speaker!

OCT - Catholic Scout Retreat

The Catholic Committee On Scouting invites all scouts and adult leaders to participate in the annual Retreat, Saturday, October 1,2016, McGimsey Scout Park.

OCT - WEBELOS Meet and Learn from Boy Scouts at the Web-O-Ree

The 2016 Web-O-Ree at will provide WEBELOS the opportunity to interact with Boy Scouts while gaining valuable Scouting Skills and experience.

OCT - Cub Scouts Explore Our American Indian Heritage

Alamo Area Council Cub Scouts will explore the American Indian Heritage and its relation to the values of Cub Scouting. The Fall 2016 Cub-N-One will include Scouting activities which tie Native American culture to the values of the Cub Scout Program.

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.

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.

OCT-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.

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.

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 - Mountain Man Rendezvous 2017

Want to be a part of one of the largest campfires you will ever attend? Come out to the Mountain Man Rendezvous at Bear Creek Scout Reservation, read on for more details.....

Training / Resources

SEP - Climbing Instructor Training - 2016

Are you ready for an Adventure in Climbing in 2016! SAVE these DATES for Climbing Instructor Training to get you Prepared. For

OCT/MAR: Got Beads?

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

SEPT-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!...

SEPT-DEC: NRA Certifications Offered for Adult Scouters in 2016

Our shooting sports committee has put together a smorgasbord of training available for adult scouters. Please read on for all the opportunities...

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...

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.

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...

2016 Powderhorn is fast approaching! Register now!

Powder Horn 2016 is fast approaching and if you have not already attended a Powder Horn course, I'd like for YOU to seriously consider it! The course dates are Sep.23-25, 2016, and Oct. 7-9, 2016. Spaces are filling fast, so don't delay - you can register at!

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:

Order of the Arrow FALL FELLOWSHIP 2016

The annual Fall Fellowship for Aina Topa Hutsi will be held on October 21-23, 2016 at Bear Creek Scout Reservation.

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:

Eagle Scout Gives Back to Hospital Where He Was Treated

Christopher, a recent Eagle Scout, fundraised and made over 200 teddy bears for sick children at the same hospital where he was treated for a rare disease. Read more...

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...

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

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

Bass Pro Shops Announces September as Boy Scout Month 

Bass Pro Shops is proud to announce Boy Scout Month; “Providing a Compass for Life!” during the month of September!! Boy Scout month benefits our Council with donations, popcorn sales, and offers Fishing and Rifle Shooting Merit Badge workshops throughout September.

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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