On February 6, 2021, the 72nd annual Report to the State of Texas helped kick-off the 110th anniversary celebration of the Scouting movement!
A “Report to the State” is presented each year to highlight and share the benefits Scouting provides in the state of Texas. It provides an opportunity to build the Scouting brand and image as well as increase the awareness and visibility of Scouting’s service. Within our Alamo Area Council, the report to the state provides a source of pride and morale boost. Historically Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturers, Sea Scouts and Explorers from all over Texas march up Congress Avenue to the Capitol. Scout Delegates from each council in Texas, including the Alamo Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, are seated in the House of Representatives and report to a member of the state government about Scouting accomplishments in their council from the past year.
This year’s Report to State happened virtually:
An Updated Script of the Alamo Area BSA’s Report to State:
Greetings from the 13,975 Scouts and the 3,056 adult volunteer Scouters of the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.
I am Eagle Scout and Patrol leader, Michelle Bourland, of Scouts BSA Girl Troop 496, chartered by St. Mary’s Hall. I am fortunate to be both a Gold award recipient from the GSUSA and also celebrate being part of the Inaugural class of Female Eagle Scouts with the Boy Scouts of America. The Alamo Area BSA currently serves 192 female Scouts in 17 all-girl Troops. Within all program offerings, over 2902 female Scouts were active in 2020 in the Alamo Area BSA’s 13 county service area.
I am honored to report that the Alamo Area Council continues to accomplish its mission of instilling the values of the Scout Oath and Law in our youth by utilizing outdoor adventure, citizenship, and fitness. Most importantly, we continue to serve more youth. In fact, over 1.3 Million youth have been served by the Alamo Area Council since our chartered date of May 16, 1912.
2020 successes include:
- Recruiting more kids than any other council in the country.
- Successfully offering a safe in-person summer camp experience to 439 Scouts. We were 1 of only 3 Councils in Texas to do so.
- Camping activity reached 2,052 with Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Sea Scouts, and Venturing Scouts attending summer and year-round adventure programs.
- Pivoted from in-person to Virtual Cub Scout activities and rank advancements by producing educational videos for over 5,000 at-risk youth within our Scoutreach program.
- We provided 30 Cub Scout classes online as well as over 140 Facebook Live programs to entertain and educate.
- Scouting for Food efforts of our youth and adults collected over 12,170 pounds of food. This represents 14,000 meals for food insecure youth and families in our local community.
- We offered 320 Online Merit Badge Classes with an additional 126 classes through our Virtual Merit Badge Universities. This helped Scouts earn 6,857 merit badges in our Council and across the nation, including Europe and the Middle East.
- Cub Scout Rank Advancements totaled 5,897.
- Scouts BSA Rank Advancements totaled 1,611, not including our Eagle Scouts.
- 200 achieved Eagle Scout out of 3,139 Scouts BSA youth, contributing over 31,525 service hours with a value of over $801,000 invested into our local economy and community. (based on value of 2019 volunteer time $25.43/hr. by independentsector.org).
Besides seeing the success of four Inaugural Female Eagle Scouts, being Angel Gonzales, of Troop 2222G, Medwyn Guajardo of Crew 360, Gayle Hende of Troop 346G and myself, we’d like to highlight:
- Harry Quint Bowers, of Troop 119 – Recognized for the 2020 Adam’s Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year for his work creating comforting mittens for youth cancer patients.
In closing, the Alamo Area Council proudly manages 1,500 acres of outdoor adventure for boys and girls from 5-20 years of age at three premier camps – Bear Creek Scout Reservation, Mays Family Scout Ranch, and McGimsey Scout Park. So, please join us! We’d love to include you within our 2021 Scouting adventures!