June/July FAQ

 Monthly Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions the Alamo Area Council has received for the months of June and July.

1. Has Alamo Area Council applied to be part of the Lion pilot program?

The Lions program, targeted to kindergarten boys, will be piloted in select councils across the country.  The Alamo Area Council has recently been made aware of the application process to be considered a part of the national pilot site for fall 2016.  At this point the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council has not applied to participate in the pilot.  The program is still under review for consideration.  We will share more details as we get them.

2. How do I know which youth protection training I need to take?

The state of Texas requires a face-to-face YPT training for all adults who attend summer camps which includes any camps like Cub Scout Day Camp or Bear Creek Summer Camp. The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council requires that every adult to be either face-to-face or online YPT trained. Adult applications or charters will not be processed until every adult is YPT trained. For an upcoming list of face-to-face youth protection training course please visit www.AlamoAreaBSA.org/YPT.

3. How many youth protection trainings are there?

There are 3 youth protection trainings courses; YPT 01 is for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Varsity leaders, YPT 02 is for Venturing leaders and youth members that are 18 years of age, and YPT 03 is for Exploring leaders. In order to be YPT trained you must take the correct course. 

4. What is the Exploring program?

Exploring is a part of the Boy Scouts of America's affiliate called Learning for Life, and is a co-ed career oriented program of the Alamo Area Council in Bexar and the 12 surrounding counties. The Exploring program has 5 areas of emphasis including career opportunities, leadership experience, life skills, citizenship, and character education. Exploring provides Scouts with real-world career experience, social and career networking, and is a leadership development program. Exploring is delivered through mentoring, internships, and community service in partnerships with thousands of businesses, organizations, state, local, and federal agencies.

Please contact Karina Miller, Scouting Relations Executive, at Karina.Miller@scouting.org, for more information. 

5. Why does my district not hold RoundTable during July?

Many district do not hold RoundTable during July because it interferes with the July 4th holiday. Also, the Alamo Area Council holds the Alamo Area Council Scouting Expo (formerly named Council Wide RoundTable) in August. The Scouting Expo gives our Scouting community the opportunity to have all Council and District staff at one location at one time; to meet with local vendors, purchase Musselman Scout Shop merchandise, to participate in Cub Scout and Boy Scout Leader Trainings, as well as the Popcorn Training. Pre-registration online enters you in a drawing to win fabulous door prizes.

6. How do I update information on my www.AlamoAreaBSA.orgExternal Link account?

All information including personal biographies, email, subscription preference, and involvement is changed under your MyCouncil settings once logged in. MyCouncil can be found in the top right hand corner of your screen next to your name only after you have logged in. For more information on how to alter your profile settings, please email webmaster@alamoarebsa.org.

7. When does the popcorn sale begin?

The popcorn sale begins September 9, 2016. For full details and questions visit www.AlamoAreaBSA.org/popcorn or email popcorn@alamoareabsa.org.

8. Why is Council no longer accepting Ford Eagle Scout Service Project applications?

The Ford Foundation funding has been depleted for the 2016 year, therefore, applications are no longer being accepted. If the Ford Foundation continues funding in 2017 only online submissions will be considered. All paper applications will be denied until submitted online. For full detail, including updates, please visit www.AlamoAreaBSA.org/EagleScout/Ford.

9. Which training am I required to have in order to be registered as a leader with the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council?

Starting in 2016, before an adult leader can be registered or added to a recharter, they are required to be Youth Protection certified and they are required to complete the respective leader specific training. Find a listing of available leadership trainings at www.AlamoAreaBSA.org/Training