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State of Scouting in this Country

On Monday, February 8, 2016, Clayton Gillen presented the Kerr County Commissioners Court with a presentation on the “State of Scouting in this Country”.

Gillen is a member of Troop 111, in the Texas Hills District, where he holds the Start Rank and is currently working toward the Life Rank. He is also a Patrol Leader for his Troop.

“He did a great job representing Troop 111, the Texas Hills district and the Alamo Area Council,” said A.J. Channing, Texas Hills Scout Service Executive.

State of Scouting in the Country  

February 8, 2016

Greetings from the 18,130 Scouts and the 6,500 adult volunteer Scouters of the Alamo Area Council, headquartered in San Antonio. With Learning for Life, an in school character education subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America, the Council serves 25,876 youth. I am honored to be here today to report that the Alamo Area Council continues to successfully make forward progress in accomplishing its mission of instilling values in our youth - the leaders of tomorrow by always following the local council theme of Unified Focus on Youth

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council earned the Journey to Excellence Bronze Award status based on our performance in membership, program, unit service, district leadership and governance, and finance. Most importantly we impacted more lives in 2015.

Counted among our 2015 successes include:

  • Camping – 6,142 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venture Scouts attended summer and year round adventure programs. 
  • Eagle Scouts - 351 Boy Scouts achieved Scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout, contributing over 60,560 service hours with a value equaling $1,397,119.20 (million) invested into our local economy and community. That is 6.82% of eligible Scouts within the Alamo Area Council.
  • Advancements: Total Cub and Boy Scout advancements grew to 11,934.
  • Mays Family Scout Ranch - Alamo Area Council completed a new 75 acre camp in the Southern most limits of San Antonio that now serves not only the youth within the southern part of the council boundaries but also provides outdoor adventure for all youth across the great state of Texas!
  • Good Scout Award – In 2015 we had the pleasure of honoring entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Jack and Laura Richmond, owners of Pizza Hut of San Antonio, and founders of the Richmond Family Foundation. They received the Good Scout Award that is in recognition of the importance that their leadership plays in our mission and community. 
  • Popcorn / Campcard Sales Camp Cards grossed $298,398 from 52,440 cards sold last spring with $149,198 retained by 225 Scouting units. San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor purchased our first bag of Trail’s End Popcorn to kick-off the sale in September grossing nearly $1.5 million with $540,000 going directly to Scouting units. Both annual fundraising programs provide the necessary funds for Scouting youth to enjoy outdoor adventures.
  • Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year ADAMS award

For his work building a flag pole in the city of Cibolo’s newest park, Schlather Park, local Eagle Scout, Alexander Putman, of Troop 512, was recognized as the recipient of the 2015 Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scouts Service Project of the Year Award. The Adams Family Award is a National BSA honor for outstanding Eagle Scouts service projects throughout the country.

  • Scouting For Food efforts of over 1,000 Scouting youth and adults collected 15,150 pounds of food.This represents 11,836 meals that helps feed food insecure youth and families in our local community.

Finally, the Alamo Area Council continues to receive the support of our volunteers and community leaders as we are able to continue this tradition of adventure and service, keeping the campfire alive for ALL youth for years to come.

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