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Campfire Alive for Scout Heroes at Friends of Scouting 2015 Breakfast

Scout Youth are Honored, Share stories, and Highlight Outdoor Adventure at Alamo Area Council’s Annual Fundraiser

by Angel Martinez for the Alamo Area BSA: March 6, 2015 

Community leaders and Scout supporters gathered Thursday, February 19, 2015, to hear youth members of the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council share their stories.  Others were honored for their outstanding achievements and saving lives.  An update on the Alamo Area Council’s Outdoor Adventure camps, including the new Mays Family Scout Ranch, was presented.  Valero hosted the event at their facility.

“Events like our Bexar County Community Breakfast provide our supporters insight into our youth leadership programs in South Central Texas, and supports funding that continues this tradition of adventure and character development that keeps the campfire alive for years to come,” says Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council.  Youth will perform a patriotic flag ceremony and share stories of their experiences in Scouting. 

Robert Mancha, Eagle Scout with Troop 132, chartered through Jefferson United Methodist Church and Ashlynn York, member of Venturing Crew 226, chartered through Community Bible Church emceed the breakfast, announcing several special honorees.  Eleven-year-old Boy Scout, Danny Elsner of Troop 228, was recognized for his life saving achievement.  Eagle Scout, Ricardo Noel Navarro of Troop 110 was honored for his support of a drug rehabilitation program and the Lutheran House of Prayer Church that earned him the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award.

Law Enforcement Explorer, Jason Pena, shared his story of finding vision and value in the program, while inspiring others to do the same.  First Lieutenant Robert Belz with the United States Air Force shared that he credits most of his success from the experiences he received during his time with the Aviation Exploring program.  The Explorers program is an Alamo Area Council career-oriented program for young men and women 13 through 20 years of age.

The annual event, chaired by Scott Spendlove, former CFO, Tesoro Corporation, and hosted by Mike Crownover, President of the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council, and Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Valero Energy, helps support Scouting programs and camps council wide.  The opening of the Mays Ranch in 2015 will be an important milestone for Scouting to serve more youth.  To support local Scouting, donate online today at www.AlamoAreaBSA.org/SupportScouting.

“The Mays Family Scout Ranch will bring so much energy to get more kids involved and is the most promising and strongest initiative that the Alamo Area Council has had in decades.” ~ Jack Richmond, Distinguished Eagle Scout, Alamo Area Council advisory board member

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 28,500 youth and 7,500 volunteer adults in South Texas.  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, please visit www.AlamoAreaBSA.orExternal Linkg

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