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Jun 3-4, 2017
Great American Campout 2017

JUN: All Families are Invited to the Great American Campout (GAC)

Why Camping Matters


National Wildlife Federation Great American Campout, Photo by Jay Rosenberg

Pitch a tent and campout for wildlife!

National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) Great American Campout is a summer-long celebration of camping and is a way to connect with nature and wildlife.

Take the pledge to camp and be a part of a nationwide event!   Everyone should get outside at least once this summer and reconnect with nature and wildlife.  The body, mind, and spirit benefits from outdoor play.  These benefits are well-documented and create a lasting connection to nature and wildlife that will result in a happier, healthier family.

National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout is also part of Great Outdoors Month® in June; a month designated to highlight the many kinds of outdoor activities that strengthen our bonds with nature.  NWF celebrates getting outdoors and camping and we encourage you to re-live the camping experience all summer long.

Alamo Area Council is Hosting a Public Event!

On June 3rd,  come out to the Mays Family Scout Ranch in San Antonio, TX and camp with us! This is the first time we are hosting a PUBLIC event designed to get people out doing what Scouts love best, CAMPING!  **Note:  You will need to provide your own Food. 


$25 - Rent a Mays Tent and Cots and camp in our Homesteads

$15 - Provide your own Tent and Camp in our Primitive Campsites



This is backpacking in with your gear. Igloos of water will be in each campsite and they will be refilled as they empty.  

Please read the following about Back Country Rules of Camping:

The goal is to keep the wild in wilderness--to keep everything as if it had never been seen or touched by man. Listed below are guidelines for eco-camping, or low-impact camping, which helps eliminate evidence of passage and preserves the character of the area. To leave wilderness areas and backpacking trails unspoiled for others to enjoy, please follow these very important wilderness hiking guidelines:

  1. Hike in small groups and stay on the trail. Large groups of people make a greater impact no matter how well-intentioned they are. This impact can take the form of physical damage to the resource or damage to another hiker's experience of solitude. It is also very important to stay on the trail when available. Trails are built not only to make your travel into the backcountry easier, but also to confine the impact of foot travel to a limited corridor. Cutting switchbacks and hiking off trails increases soil erosion creating ugly scars in once beautiful areas.
  2. Pack out your trash and pick up any litter left by others. If everyone carried out additional debris left by others, litter problems would be quickly eliminated.
  3. To dispose of human waste, use established latrines. The use of cat-holes is not acceptable on the Mays trail systems.
  4. Be careful not to contaminate any water source. Try a soapless cleanup for yourself and your dishes. If soap is necessary, use biodegradable soaps; however, even these can put a significant strain on the resource. Do not wash anything in main waterways. Pour water that is soapy or contaminated with food particles into provided sump containers. 
  5. Observe and enjoy wildlife and plants but leave them undisturbed. Removing plants, rocks, fossils or artifacts is illegal. 
  6. Never damage a standing tree for a campfire. Use only dead and down wood for fires. Cutting standing trees is prohibited. Only make fires in provided fire containers in campsites. If you must have a wood fire, keep it very small and use the fire pit. Burn all wood to ashes. With continuing popularity of backcountry and wilderness use, campers are encouraged to refrain from building a wood fire and cook on a lightweight backpacking stove. This will greatly lessen any user impact and make your cooking chores much easier.
  7. Above all, be aware that you are not alone in the woods. Other wilderness hikers and campers also enjoy the solitude. Make as little noise as possible while hiking. Camp far off the trail and away from water sources. When you leave your campsite, make sure you have left behind no signs of your having been there.

Thank you for following our hiking guidelines

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