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May FAQ

Monthly Frequently Asked Questions 

Here are some frequently asked questions the Alamo Area Council has received for the month of May

1. Why is the online event registration for one event like the Missions Scout Night different than other events like Merit Badge University (MBU) or Day Camp?  Can they all be the same and simple?

Each online event registration is setup differently based on directions from the committee leadership over each event.  The event committee leadership can be made up of one or several volunteer event chairs, staff advisors, and possibly a community event partner.

The eRegistration team many times does suggest “best practices” to the event committee leadership to ensure the best online event registration solution. Sometimes, there are certain tracking or other restriction reasons as to how or why an event is setup online a certain way. Read more at http://www.alamoareabsa.org/News/RegistrationDifferences.

2. How long does it take to get Council certification on Eagle applications?

The council Registrar is the only employee that can certify Eagle application, as stated in the Alamo Area Council Guidelines for Completing Eagle Rank Requirements, the Registrar has 2 weeks to certify applications. Scouts, Leaders, and Parents should plan accordingly and be respectful of the 2-week time frame.

3. How long does it take to process The Ford Eagle Scout Service Project Grant?

The approval process can take up to 4 weeks with an additional 1-2 weeks to receive a check if approved. Please plan accordingly. You will be notified via e-mail of the status of your application, prior to this please do not call the council office regarding the status. Remember that this is a grant and not all grants are approved and awarded.

4. How do I apply for a Campership?

The Alamo Area Council offers Camperships of up to 50% of the early bird registration fee for Bear Creek Summer Camp, Camp Akela, NYLT, Tiger Cub Day Camp, Cub Scout Resident Camp and Cub Scout Day Camp. To submit a Campership application, please visit http://www.alamoareabsa.org/Camping/Campership

5. How often do Swim Classification test (Swim Checks) need to be renewed?

The swim classification of individuals participating in a Boy Scouts of America activity is a key element in both Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat. The Swim Classification tests (Swim Checks) should be renewed annually, preferably at the beginning of each outdoor season and are required for any Scout attending a BSA Scout Camp (Boy Scout Summer Camp or Camp Akela). To register for swim checks and swim lessons, please visit http://www.alamoareabsa.org/Events/Swimming2016.

6. Why do you need proof for merit badge patches or replacements?

It is BSA policy that all rank advancement and merit badges must be reported in order for them to be purchased.  This is explained in the Guide to Advancement in topic 4.0.0.2.

Advancement is one of the most important measures of success in Scouting.  If reporting is not required, then advancement is under-reported.  Unreported merit badges also cause difficulties in verification of the Eagle Scout Rank Application. 

Units may report advancement through Internet Advancement.  To learn about Internet Advancement, contact the council office. "Proof" that a merit badge or rank has been earned comes in the form of the printed report generated by Internet Advancement.

7. Can I still submit an Application for Merit Badge (“Blue Card”) to the Council office?

As of January 1, 2016, all advancements are done through the online Internet Advancement Tracking System by each individual unit. Internet Advancement makes it easy for unit leadership to record awards, ranks, and merit badges to youth via an online process. For more information, please visit www.AlamoAreaBSA.org/Advancements.

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