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The 62nd Jamboree on the Air
Please join us for the 62nd Annual Jamboree on the Air (J.O.T.A.) event and enjoy worldwide communications via Amateur Radio and the internet. J.O.T.A. is the largest Scouting event in the world with over 1.8 million Scouts participating across 150+ countries.
Scouts of all ages and their families are welcome to come and participate.
This year’s event will be held at McGimsey Scout Park, in the Cub Pavilion area. The event starts Friday, October 18th from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, continues Saturday, 9:30 AM – 10:30 PM, and concludes on Sunday, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM.
Participants may camp out Friday & Saturday nights, providing their own camping equipment and food for the weekend.
If you are interested in participating, please register so we can track our numbers. The event is free to attend, so registration is just to help us better plan. Click HERE to register to attend, please. There are patches from National available for participating in this event. You can order them through the Musselman Scout Shop for a small fee.
Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people together globally. People use radio to communicate across town, across the country, around the world, and into space using the “Air Waves”, satellites, repeaters and the internet. It’s fun, social, educational, and provides the ability to speak with fellow amateur operator’s globally, thereby, creating friendship’s and spreading international goodwill.
It can be used as a lifeline during times of need, and fosters good communication development for the Scout.
Contact: John Douglas W5NZK@yahoo.com or (210) 887-8317
Day Camp is the best part of summer where a kid gains independence, confidence, builds new friendships and creates new memories. The ‘Game of Cubs’ Day Camp has flown by and the Scouts have been creating everlasting experiences and for some, completely new experiences! From passing swim test for the first time to watching the Camp Director accidentally flip his canoe in the McGimsey pond. Our Cub Scouts have cheered, laughed and gained the confidence to embrace new challenges. With only one week left of day camp our staff has brought the excitement and is looking to make this week an everlasting week of fun times!
HERE ARE THE TOP 5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SEND YOUR CUB SCOUT TO OUR DAY CAMP.
1. Day Camp makes Cub Scouts BRAVE
Day Camp gives our Cub Scouts the opportunity to be brave and step out of their comfort zone. We teach them new skills and give them the opportunity to learn new hobbies and passions, that other places don’t. Our Cub Scouts have learned new games such as 9 square and gained the confidence to help friends with minor first aid.
2. Day Camp makes Cub Scouts FRIENDLY
Day Camp gives our Cub Scouts the opportunity to build new friendships and develop new social skills. It’s always exciting to watch Scouts work together on team building activities and learn to work together in order to complete a task or new skill. We love watching Cub Scouts walk in nervously on the first day, not knowing a single person and on the last day running around with their new best friend!
3. Day Camp makes Cub Scouts CHEERFUL
Everyday Cub Scouts are faced with new challenges and with that comes the feeling of accomplishment and confidence. Scouts learn to cheer their buddies on and help each other when the hard lessons of failure come along. Our Cub Scouts are taught to always do your best and always be willing to try something new.
4. Day Camp makes Cub Scouts CLEAN
Walk through McGimsey during a Day Camp and you might just see the kids cheering with pride for their 5th trash bead that day or witness our Cub Scouts picking up their buddies cup so it doesn’t get left behind. While these accomplishments are still a stretch from a spotless bedroom. We are teaching our Scouts to take pride in our camp, respect the great outdoors and leave no trace.
5. Day Camp makes Cub Scouts REVERENT
Our Cub Scouts get to demonstrate their reverence everyday by participating in afternoon grace, reciting the Scout Oath and Law and participating in opening and closing flag ceremonies. Our Cub Scouts demonstrate their reverence for their community and country by participating in flag retirements; learning the process and respect for our flag.
Mostly importantly the main reason we want our kids to go today camp is because that’s what we promised them! Every time we sign a kid up for Cub Scouts we tell them all about the swimming, fishing and canoeing we will be doing but if we can’t get them to camp we can’t fulfill that promise. Bring your kids to camp. Let them make some memories. Let them get a little dirty. Let them live the Scout Oath and Law and let them HAVE SOME FUN!!!
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
|Why did the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County (UWSA) make this decision to no longer fund the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council (AAC)? |
UWSA changed their funding model to a RFP (Request for Proposal) allowing non-partner agencies to apply. As an 80-year partner agency, the Alamo Area Council complied with the new grant application process but was not among the agencies selected for funding. We no longer strategically align with how UWSA views its relationships; and, with their move toward supporting agencies that most strongly align with UWSA’s ‘Community Impact’ priorities.
Is this a National United Way decision or a local one?
This is a decision of the local United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. The Alamo Area Council still submits grant applications and is awarded funding from other local United Ways that serve Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall and Kerr counties for a total of $24,250 in 2018.
What is the allocation amount to the Alamo Area Council received from United Way last year (2018)?
$659,748 was received from UWSA last year (Fall 2018-Spring 2019). This comprised 16% of the Alamo Area Council’s budget for 2018. Funding is split over our budget year; $330,000 for Fall 2018 and $330,000 Spring 2019.
Will the Alamo Area Council receive any money from UWSA this year (UWSA funding period Fall 2019-Spring 2020)?
The Alamo Area Council will only receive monies from donor designated gifts through workplace campaigns. That projected designations from donors for the 2019-2020 funding period is $106,693; $53,000 for Fall 2019 and $53,000 for Spring 2020. The Alamo Area Council will have to find additional $520,000 to equal funding in 2018.
Were the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council the only organization to lose funding?
No, the Alamo Area Council was not the only organization to lose funding. Some organizations received less than requested, some received more, and others received nothing. For a full list of these organizations, please see the attached PDF of UWSA’s 2020 investment recommendations.
Can I still give money to the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council through my United Way workplace campaign?
Yes, our agency number is #310.
UWSA does take administrative fees from any donor designation. You may prefer to give directly to the Alamo Area Council by going to www.AlamoAreaBSA.org/Give, where 100% of your gift goes directly to local Scouting.
What does this mean for the Council? How will this affect the Scouting program, including the operating budget, scholarships and support for youth needing financial assistance?
The Alamo Area Council will have to find new sources of funding to support its one-of-a-kind, proven successful, proactive youth program serving over 18,250 boys and girls ages 5-20.
The Alamo Area Council offers the highest quality program available to area youth.
If new funding is not found, we will be forced to cut expenses, such as:
- Loss and/or reduction in Scouting programs, especially its ‘Scoutreach’ and ‘Project Aguila’ programs which are the Council’s outreach efforts to families in lower income communities, currently serving 5,000 youth.
- Reduction of ‘Camperships’ (Scholarships) for youth and their families who need financial support to join Scouting and attend camp.
- Property maintenance and improvements to Council Camps – Bear Creek Scout Reservation, McGimsey Scout Park, and Mays Family Scout Ranch – and two service centers.
- Further reduction of vital staff to the stability and growth of the Scouting movement.
What can I do to help?
The Alamo Area Council will do everything possible to reduce the impact on youth and family. We ask for your support and action on the following THREE items:
FIRST, please designate your gift to the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council during the next United Way campaign, agency number 310! If you do not participate in a UWSA campaign, please give to the Alamo Area Council directly:
Text GIVEADVENTURE to 41444
NEXT, please let your United Way representative know how much you believe in this one-of-a-kind, proven successful, proactive youth program.
FINALLY, please share this message with colleagues, friends and family. And, invite them to invest in Scouting, today!
For additional questions, please email us at LiveScouting@AlamoAreaBSA.org.
To hear about additional ways to give to us directly (such as noncash gifts) visit www.AlamoAreaBSA.org/WaysToGive.
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For more information contact:
(210) 394-9915 Cell/Text
SCOUT YOUTH HONOR FALLEN HEROES DURING FLAGS AT FORT SAM
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (May 24, 2019) – Nearly 1,000 local Scout boys and girls will spend Memorial Day Friday showing appreciation for men and women who served the nation by placing American flags at the headstones of fallen service members. Scouts, Young Marines, active, reserve and retired servicemen and women, VFW and American Legion members, corporate citizens like HEB and USAA, and anyone else wishing to pay their respects are invited to join the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council at this annualcommunity event. Mediais invited to see Scout boys and girls in action from 5-6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24th atFort Sam Houston National Cemetery located at 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209.
“The Alamo Area Council is proud to see our youth do a ‘good turn’ and pay respects to the armed forces as part of our duty to the community,” said Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council (BSA). “Duty to God and Duty to Country play essential roles in the traditions of the Boy Scouts of America.”
“The term ‘good turn’ comes from the Scouts BSA slogan “Do a Good Turn Daily,” and means to do a special act of kindness, big or small towards an individual or the community,” said Angel Zuniga Martinez, PR Director for the local Boy Scouts of America.
Every year, Boy Scouts of America youth and volunteers across the country do service projects together as one way to keep their promise to help other people. While a Scout youth should do his or her best to help other people every day, a group service project like placing flags at Fort Sam Houston help youth learn to work together and do something that’s good for community.
The opening ceremony will begin promptly at 5 p.m. at the Assembly Area located on the east side of the cemetery near the administrative offices. Plan to arrive by 4 p.m. due to high attendance and heavy traffic.
For details or to register your participation, visit www.FlagsAtFortSam.orgor contact the Alamo Area Council staff advisor for Flags at Fort Sam by emailing FlagsatFortSam@AlamoAreaBSA.org.
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. The Alamo Area Council manages over 1,280 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. Learn more at www.AlamoAreaBSA.org.