Alamo Area Council Partners with St. Philip’s College for Path to Eagle Scout and Future Opportunities for Area Youth
by Angel Martinez for the Alamo Area BSA: November 12, 2018
In continued partnership with St. Philip’s College, The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council (BSA) offers the opportunity at Merit Badge University (MBU) for Scouts to explore a career while earning a badge on their path to reach the highest rank in Scouting – the Eagle Scout. Over 950 Scouts were in active learning this past Saturday, November 3, 2018 at St. Philip’s College located at 1801 Martin Luther King Dr., San Antonio, Texas 78203.
MBU is a bi-annual event hosted by the BSA that gives Boy Scouts, ages 11-17, the opportunity to earn merit badges ranging from recreational activities like photography and movie making to Eagle Scout required merit badges like communications and citizenship in the community. Held in the months of May and November, MBU regularly draws over 900 Scouts and 400 parent leaders. In 2017, the Alamo Area Council produced over 351 Eagle Scouts providing over 57,000 service hours into the local community with an economic impact of over $1.44 million dollars.
“The Alamo Area Council is proud of the five-year partnership with St. Philip’s College to encourage Scouts to explore areas that interest them and to learn valuable skills which influences career aspirations and lifelong hobbies…It’s also cool we get to expand this program in 2019 to include the whole family,” said Angel Martinez, PR Director with the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council.
Using the same curriculum as the current Boy Scouts program, the organization is also scheduled to launch Scouts BSA in February 2019, which will serve boy troops and girl troops, enabling all eligible youth to earn the Eagle Scout rank (Scouts BSA troops will be single gender – all girl or all boy). This unique approach allows the organization to maintain the integrity of the single-gender model while also meeting the needs of today’s families. Currently, girls can join the Cub Scout program.
“Experts from the various Merit Badge disciplines were recruited so that real-life experts could provide instruction to our Scouts; and, this is what makes our program unique and provides an exceptionally rich learning environment,” said John Haines, volunteer MBU Chairman.
There were over 45 Merit Badges offered to Scouts at each past event which ranged from Chemistry, Engineering, Robotics, Climbing, Railroading, Law to Citizenship in the Community, Family Life, Chess, and Emergency Preparedness to name a few. In addition, for the 400 adults, there is leader training to allow them to grow and enhance their knowledge and experience in working with our youth.
Key facts about MBU at St. Philips in the last 5 years show over 4,500 Scouts in 150 Troops participating with the support of over 300 volunteers. For more information about St. Philip’s College or to learn more about their commitment to education and communities in which they operate, visit www.alamo.edu/spc
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 18,000 youth and 5,000 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. Learn more at www.AlamoAreaBSA.org.
About St. Philip’s College
St. Philip’s College provides an educational experience that stimulates leadership, personal growth, and a lifelong appreciation for learning. For more information about our mission, vision, and values, visit our website at http://www.alamo.edu/spc/mission-vision-values/.