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Alamo Area Council Partners with St Mary’s University and Community Sponsors for Path to Eagle Scout and Future Opportunities for Area Youth
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (May 17, 2019) –
In continued partnership with St. Mary’s University, The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council (BSA) offers the opportunity at Merit Badge University (MBU) for youth to explore a career while earning a badge on their path to reach the highest rank in Scouting – the Eagle Scout. Media is invited to see the Scouts in action on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s University located at 1 Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, Texas 78228.
The organization launched Scouts BSA in February 2019, which serves boy troops and now girl troops, enabling all eligible youth to earn the Eagle Scout rank (Scouts BSA troops are single gender – all girl or all boy). MBU is a bi-annual event hosted by the BSA that gives Scouts BSA youth, 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 2018, the Alamo Area Council produced over 355 Eagle Scouts providing over 52,000 service hours into the local community with an economic impact of over $1.28 million dollars. MBU is also a drop off location for our youth participating in Scouting for Food, the largest one-day food drive for the BSA.
“The Alamo Area Council is proud of the partnership with St. Mary’s University and our community sponsors 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 got to expand this program in 2019 to include the whole family,” said Angel Zuniga Martinez, PR Director with the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council.
The USAA Foundation, Inc., is the official sponsor of the ‘Personal Management’ Merit Badge. CPS Energy is the ‘Presenting Sponsor’ of the ‘Sustainability’ Merit Badge. And, The Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992 has become the ‘presenting’ sponsor of the ‘Photography’ Merit Badge.
“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.
For more information on MBU events, visit the Alamo Area Council MBU page at www.AlamoAreaBSA.org/MBU or email MBU Chairman, John Haines and his team at MBU@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. Learn more at www.AlamoAreaBSA.org.