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Friends of Scouting

It's Friends of Scouting Season
It's the time of year when district friends of scouting volunteers and district executives visit parents across our great Council and talk about Friends of Scouting. The campaign is in full swing, and the objective is to reach our goal early so that all of our focus can shift to bringing our awesome program to as many kids as possible.

If you have not yet renewed your Friends of Scouting gift for 2016, please take a moment to visit this link. Your contribution is 100% tax-deductible and will be credited to your unit's goal for summer camp or Scout Shop discounts.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your district leadership or email Kevin McClelland.
Other News
It was Mom...a Scouts tribute on Mother's Day
Throughout Scouting's more than 100 year history, it's Mom that has given light and life to a Scout's journey. From Den Mother to Eagle Scout mentor and beyond - Mom has been a vital part of many a Scouts adventures and accomplishments. She's been a patient leader, role model, coach, motivator, teacher, and constant source of inspiration. Just when you thought Scouting had gotten the best of you Mom was there with a hug and soft whisper, "I love you son."

The Great Southwest Council wants to celebrate your mother with you on May 8th.

Tell us how your mom helped mold your path through Scouting. We want to hear your stories of how mom's love and support made your journey wonderful and memorable.
Send us your story, photo and mom's name and address. We'll send a card especially designed for mom from The Great Southwest Council on your behalf to the first 20 entries. One lucky mom will receive a spa treatment for a day! You may even get your story published in our newsletter!

Send stories to Chris Shelby by April 25th 2016 to be included in this special tribute. 

Join the Gorham Scout Ranch Staff!

Looking for a way to earn money this summer while having fun? Is one week of summer camp not enough? Let Gorham Scout Ranch be your home this summer! A Summer Staff position at Gorham Scout Ranch is an experience that you will always remember. We have something for everyone. Are you a nature enthusiast? Do you consider yourself the master at scout skills? Have a knack for teaching new scouts? Have a love for creating? Than we have a    position for you! Lets not forget that summer camp means Merit Badges! Staff who are scouts themselves will have the opportunity to earn any of our merit badges during their spare time.
Positions available include:
Climbing Director (21+)

Aquatics Director (21+)

Archery Director (18+)

Trail to First Class Director (18+)

Nature Director (18+)

Scoutcraft Director (18+)

Handicraft Director (18+)

Business Manager (21+)

Trading Post Manager (21+)

Cooks (18+)

Climbing Instructor (18+)

COPE Instructor (18+)

Aquatics Instructors (16+)

Trail to First Class Instructors (15+)

Nature Instructors (15+)

Scoutcraft Instructors (15+)

Handicraft Instructors (15+)

Assistant Wranglers (16+)

Kitchen Staff (15+)

Staff in Training (15)

Please encourage your best Scouts to apply for a position this summer! An electronic copy of the application can be found here.

For more details, please visit the Gorham Scout Ranch staff page by clicking here.
Use Your Smith's Rewards Card to Give Back to Scouting

Give back to Scouting with the gas and groceries you already purchase every week! Follow these simple instructions to enroll you Smith's Rewards Card and begin earning dividends to help grow Scouting in the Great Southwest Council. Enrollment in the Smith's Community Rewards program will not affect the fuel points you earn while shopping. Don't have a Smith's card? No problem! You can register a digital rewards card when you enroll at

March 8, 2016
Lions Program Coming to Town!
Great Southwest Council Vice President-Membership Karen Rutledge is pleased to announce that our Council has been approved to participate in the Lion Cub Pilot program.

Beginning in August, your Pack will have the option to recruit Kindergartners to participate as Lion Cubs with your Pack! Your Pack is encouraged to try out this program, but it is not required. Over the summer, the High Desert Scout Shop will begin to stock Lion Cub parent guides and participant activity books.

Over the next couple of months, the Council membership committee will be assembling training opportunities and support materials for your Pack.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this program, please email Kevin McClelland.
2017 National Jamboree

July 19-28, 2017 

Over 40,000 Boy Scouts, Venturers and leaders will gather for the ultimate Scouting extravaganza in July 2017. Located at the BSA's Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, the 2017 National Scout Jamboree will feature program elements including rock climbing, mountain biking, challenge courses, zip lines, skateboarding, BMX, shooting sports, fishing, kayaking, scuba diving, and swimming. There will also be activities such as STEM high-tech exhibits, conservation, pioneering, Buckskin games, and white-water rafting. 

The Great Southwest Council has openings for only 18 Scout youth and 2 adult leaders to attend this once-in-a-lifetime Scouting experience. Our contingent will fly from Albuquerque to the east coast, tour interesting and historical sites for a few days, attend the National Scout Jamboree at the Summit, then fly back to New Mexico. 

To be eligible to participate in the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, a Scout must be currently registered as a BSA member with a Troop, Varsity Team or Venturing Crew, be at least the rank of First Class Scout, be 12 years old by the first day of the Jamboree (or 11 years old and graduated from the sixth grade), and not reached their 18th birthday by the last day of the Jamboree, and meet the medical and body mass index requirements. Adult leaders must be currently registered as a BSA member with a Troop, Varsity Team or Venturing Crew, be at least 21 years old by the first day of the Jamboree, complete necessary training courses, and meet the medical and body mass index requirements. 

Cost for this experience is approximately $3,200. This fee includes the Jamboree fee ($975), tour package ($1,000), airfare ($600), and misc. contingent costs - shirts, bags, patches, etc. ($625). 

To make a reservation, a deposit of $300 is due with registration form. Send form and deposit to: Great Southwest Council, BSA 5841 Office Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 

Questions? Contact Randy Saunders at (505) 503-2386 or

To learn more, please visit the Jamboree website here.

Yah-Tah-Hey-Si-Kess Lodge #66, Order of the Arrow is pleased to make available scholarships for Great Southwest Council Scouts to attend summer camp in 2016 - otherwise known as camperships. The Order of the Arrow promotes camping, and in this spirit does not want any Scout to miss the opportunity to attend a summer camp or training program offered by the Great Southwest Council or the National BSA.  

The deadline to apply for camperships is April 1. Please review the following documents and share with families in your unit who might need a little help.

If you have any questions, please contact Council Program Director Randy Saunders at (505) 503-2386 or

Gorham Scout Ranch 2016

Winter is upon us, but it is never too soon to think about Summer Camp. If your unit has not committed to a summer camp in 2016, Gorham Scout Ranch should be one of your top contenders. Gorham Scout Ranch is located 45 minutes north of Santa Fe, New Mexico in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and offers a sense of seclusion that is hard to find at other camps. Our program has something for everyone. 

Boys that are new to the program have the opportunity to learn and master skills necessary for their rank advancement at our Trail to First Class Program while your older scouts have the opportunity to take advantage of our COPE and Horsemanship Programs. We even offer IOLS and Adult Leader Specific training for our adult leaders. 

Let us not forget about merit badges! This summer, we will offer nearly 30 merit badges including 7 eagle required  merit badges. Units in the Great Southwest Council have the opportunity to save by taking advantage of our Early Bird rate and those units that meet their Friends of Scouting goals by April 15th will be eligible to receive a 10% rebate on their camp fees.
We want to make this the best summer for you and your boys. We have a lot of troops that have called Gorham Scout Ranch their troops summer home, and we want to have you feel the same way with our incredible program.
To find our 2016 leaders guide or to make a reservation, please visit
If you have any questions, comments or need assistance, please feel free to contact our Camp Director, Rob Wright, at any time.
Office: 505-503-2387
Cell: 505-216-6413
Cub Scout Day Camps

Can you believe it? Summer camp is just around the corner! Summer experiences are some of the most memorable for a Scout each year!

This year's Day Camp team has put together a series of camps in each district that will be AMAZING! For more details and to get your Pack started signing up, please navigate to www.gswcbs a .org/ daycamp  and select the day camp that's right for you!

If you have any questions, please contact your day camp director, district executive, or Randy Saunders at
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

National Youth Leadership Training is a six-day outdoor experience for youth leaders. It supports the Scout leader responsibility to train youth leaders. Participants sleep in tents, prepare their own meals by patrols, learn life skills, and live by the Scout Oath and Law.

When: June 5-11, 2016. Check in will be at 11 am on June 5th.

Where: Gorham Scout Ranch

Cost: $290 until 5/2/2016
         $340 after 5/2/2016
A non-refundable $50 deposit is required to hold your spot. This can be payed online, or at the Council Service Center at 5841 Office Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Registrations will not be considered complete until the $50 deposit is received.

For more information and to sign up, please click here.
Brownsea 22

It is an outdoor adventure for individual boys based upon the original Scout camp conducted by Lord Baden-Powell in 1907 on Brownsea Island.  The methods he tested at this camp became the core of the Scouting program. 

Individuals are placed into patrols of six to eight Scouts from many different troops who are of varied backgrounds and experience levels.  The program is carefully organized and led by a staff of experienced adult Scouters and a youth leadership corps of older Scouts selected because of their experience and dedication.  

During the week, each Scout will learn the Patrol method, along with the history of Scouting and some of the original games, skills and stories that provided the spark that became the largest youth movement in the world.

While Brownsea 22 is a great program for any Scout, it is most beneficial for Scouts that are in the first 1-3 years of their Boy Scout career and are First Class or lower in rank.  The idea of Brownsea 22 is to teach Scouts the Patrol Method and their outdoor Scout skills all while having fun and playing games, just as Baden-Powell intended.  

Scouts will also get their first tastes of leadership as in the Patrol, each Scout has the opportunity to see how the patrol operates by serving in different leadership roles throughout the week.  Brownsea 22 builds great Scouts so that later on National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) can build on those foundations to build great leaders.

When: June 6-11, 2016. 
Where: Gorham Scout Ranch

Cost: $290 until 5/15/2016
         $340 after 5/15/2016
A non-refundable $50 deposit is required to hold your spot. This can be payed online, or at the Council Service Center at 5841 Office Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Registrations will not be considered complete until the $50 deposit is received.

For more information and to sign up, please click  here .



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Upcoming Events
District Operations Meeting
Saturday March 19, 2016

  10:00 am - 1:00 PM

  LDS Woodmont Chapel

  7100 Woodmont Ave NW


This meeting will be led by Council Vice President-District Operations John Merson. The purpose to provide all district leadership with information related to upcoming events, key priorities, and a state of the Council.

ALL SCOUTERS are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information, please email Kevin McClelland.

District Committee Workshop (Training)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

LDS Woodmont Chapel

7100 Woodmont Ave NW



This training fulfills the basic training requirement for a district committee member to be considered fully trained.


Whether you are already serving in a district committee role, have an interest in serving in the future, or are just curious what a district is and why we have them, this training is for you!


For more information, please email Kevin McClelland.

Commissioner Basic Training
Saturday, March 19, 2016
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
LDS Woodmont Chapel
7100 Woodmont Ave NW

This training fulfills the basic training requirement to be fully trained as a Unit Commissioner.

Led by some of the most experienced and talented Commissioners in the Great Southwest Council, you WANT to be at this training. Learn how to be the best friend a unit could ask for!

For more information, please email Kevin McClelland.
University of Scouting

April 22-23, 2016

2016 Tri-Council University of Scouting - including -
- College of Commissioner Science
- College of Scouting and District Studies

This event is a joint effort betwenn the Conquistador, Yucca and Great Southwest Councils

Cost is $25 if registered by April 18.  

After April 18, you can pay $30 at the door.

Check-In is Friday Night from 7:30PM - 8:30PM.

Friday night cracker barrel, 8:30PM - 9:30PM

Late Check-In on Saturday morning begins at 7:15AM with opening at 7:45AM.

For ALL of the details, click here.
Do you love Venturing?
Are you a Venture leader who wants to share your knowledge and learn more about delivering an outstanding program?

Do you know a Venture Scout who would like to take part in one of the best youth leadership opportunities available?
If this describes you or someone you know, you are invited to join us for the monthly Venturing Officers Association (youth) and Venturing Forum (adult) meeting!
Next Meeting: Thursday, March 10th - 7:00 PM at the Council Service Center
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Great Southwest Council Holiday Schedule
In observance of the upcoming Good Friday holiday, the Great Southwest Council Service Center will be closed on:

Friday, March 25
Saturday, March 26
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