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Alamo Area Council Places a High Value on Providing High Quality Adventure Camps

Have you noticed that the older you get, the faster time seems to fly by? Spring is well underway and summer is nearly here, and along with it, some of the highest points of a Scout’s adventures. 

The Alamo Area Council exists to provide the best opportunities for young people to get involved and have high quality Scouting adventures. One of the places that your council can have the greatest impact on your Scouts’ adventures is at summer camp. The Alamo Area Council owns and operates three facilities that are available for the use of Scouts year round, but are especially impactful during the summer adventure season. Each year, a significant portion of the council’s $4.5 million budget is set aside to maintain and improve the program offerings at each of these sites. Below is a listing of some of the latest improvements at your local Scout camping facilities. 

Bear Creek Scout Reservation

  • The brand new Compton climbing center - Thanks to a generous gift from the Boerne YMCA and the Alan Compton family, this summer, Scouts will be able to climb up a 20+ foot three lane climbing. This new facility is located at the north end of the lower program valley and will be available for both merit badge classes and evening free time climbing.
  • Remodeled Starlight Ridge restroom – The last of the three restroom facilities on the Friedrich side of camp to be remodeled, this newly renovated facility includes toilets and showers that will ensure clean campers (or at least the possibility of them) and fully operational, nice looking and clean restrooms.
  • Rickenbacker well replacement – The council was able to replace the failing Rickenbacker side well to ensure free flowing and clean water for campers on that side of camp
  • Basketball hoop – The old flimsy basketball hoop in the sports pavilion has been replaced with a new professional quality hoop for Scouts to utilize during their downtime

Mays Family Scout Ranch

  • New Kitchen Equipment – After several years of delays, the council has been able to purchase and install new kitchen equipment in order to make the kitchen fully functional and able to be used to support many Scouting events in the future
  • New land and tractor – Thanks to a generous from the Mays family, the council was able to purchase 65 acres of land to the west of Mays Ranch along with a tractor to maintain the land. This new land will be integral to the Outdoor Education programs now being offered at the ranch. Long term plans for the space include program pavilions, dormitory structures and demonstration farming areas.

McGimsey Scout Park

  • Thanks to a donation from the Chuck Brown family, the council was able to remodel the aging archery range, expanding its capacity and improving its overall functionality and ‘curb appeal’. The newly expanded range includes 6 additional shooting positions and a shade awning to protect Scouts and leaders as they wait for their turn to shoot.
  • Newly re-painted Alamo Pavilion and remodeled Cub Country Pavilion – These facilities were dated and in much need of renovation. The newly painted and remodeled structures will provide years of use for Scouts and leaders alike
  • Newly replaced roofs throughout the park. All of the roofs in the park (as well as the one on the Service Center) have been replaced and will protect the structures in camp for many years to come.

All of these projects have been completed since last summer and even more are planned for next year and the years after. As you can see, the Alamo Area Council places a high value on providing high quality adventure camps to the Scouts of central Texas and their families and leaders. 

If you would like to get involved and help out with future projects, feel free to reach out to Sean Magnuson, the council’s Director of Scouting Operations, at [Click for member's page]

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