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Family Scouting

The BSA’s mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

Our priority is to bring the benefits of Scouting to more youth while remaining true to our mission.

We are excited to announce beginning in 2018, our Cub Scouting program will be open to boys and girls. By welcoming both girls and boys into the program, even more youth will have access to the character development and values-based leadership that Scouting promises and be better prepared for future success.

Read more here.

2018 Friends of Scouting

Donate NowPlease take a moment to support the Great Southwest Council through our annual giving campaign. All donations stay locally to support Scouting in the Great Southwest Council!

Read the Current Trailmarker HERE


Other Announcements:

Trail's End Popcorn Sale 2018!!!

The 2018 Trail's End Popcorn Sale is just around the corner. The information about this year's sale, including commission, prizes and timeline is available HERE. It is not too late for your Pack, Troop, or Crew to take part in this year's sale.


The deadline to place Show & Sell product orders is Sunday, August 12. Place your order online at the Trails End website:


Make sure your Pack, Troop, or Crew is signed up to sell this year. Click HERE for the Unit Commitment Form. Complete and return to the Scout Office or email to Randy Saunders at

Employment Opportunities with the Council

The Great Southwest Council has several employment opportunities. For more information or to apply, contact Randy Saunders at

  • District Executive: Albuquerque Metro area, full-time position with competitive salary and excellent benefits. Must have a college degree.
  • District Assistant: Farmington/Durango area, part-time position, must have reliable transportation. Will be compensated with hourly salary and reimbursement for mileage.

Interested... or know someone that would be an excellent candidate??? Contact Randy Saunders at

We're Expecting Company
So, Let's Help Clean Up Albuquerque

September 29, 2018, 9:00am to Noon

Company's Comin' is a popular fall community service opportunity for everyone. Scouts from the Great Southwest Council are asked to pitch in and help with this community service project.

For more information, click HERE.

2018 Silver Beaver Award

The Silver Beaver Award is a Council-level award presented to volunteers with distinguished service. Nominations are due to the Council office by October 5, 2018. Click HERE for the Nomination form (Nominations must be made using this form), and HERE for the Writing Guide (a tool helpful for putting together a nomination deserving of the candidate).

Training!!! Training!!! Training!!

September 28-29 @ Trailhead Park, Rio Rancho

BALOO Training: This overnighter training will prepare Cub Scout leaders to deliver a dynamic and outstanding outdoor program to their Pack. Click HERE for more information and to register.

October 19-20 @ Gorham Scout Ranch

IOLS Training: Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills training for Scoutmasters and other Troop leaders. Click HERE for more information and to register

Partnership for Scouting

Click HERE for the updated 2018 report. This report has post-rechartering youth membership data, Friends of Scouting donations data, and camping data from this summer.  If there are any questions about the data listed, please contact Randy Saunders,; or Dale Balmer,"

Check HERE for the 2017 results (FINAL report updated April 2018).

Thank you to our Packs, Troops, Crews, and Wards that qualified in 2017 as Partnership Units.


Gorham Scout Ranch Summer Camp

We're taking reservations for 2019!
Click here for more info!

2019 Summer Camp Leaders Guide coming soon!

Summer Camp Staff Needed - Apply Today
Gorham Scout Ranch provides the best summer camp program in the Southwest. The reason the camp's program is so great is because Gorham has an amazing, talented camp staff. We want you to become a member of our team for the 2019 season. Click HERE for the application.

Commissioners College & Leader Training Day

Saturday, November 3, 8:00am to 4:00pm @ LDS Seven Bar Loop Stake Center, Albuquerque.

Click HERE for more information... details coming soon.

Please Support Businesses in our Community that Support Scouting!

BSA Gift Plan

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Just Serve

Just Serve connects volunteers with opportunities to care for others and improve our community. is provided as a service by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.






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