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Great Southwest Council Opening Timeline

May 18   The Great Southwest Council will be open by appointment only through May 31. Appointments can be made by calling 505-345-8603 and leaving a message.

June 1   The Great Southwest Council will operate on normal business hours Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through September 7th.. Appointments can be made for Tuesdays and Thursdays if necessary.

September 8  The Great Southwest Council will resume Monday through Friday operations. 

TBD  Gorham Scout Ranch will open for weekend camping.

Notes:  District Executives will continue to work from home and can be reached by calling their cell numbers:

Mary Mazza-Andersen  575-209-9004

Ethan Crisp 208-965-1224

Council meetings, committee meetings, and district meetings will be conducted via ZOOM through the end of August.

Office visitors will be asked to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer, and we may ask to limit the amount of visitors in the lobby at any given time. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

The 2020 Popcorn Season is upon us! 


Just because it's been a challenging year doesn't mean we can't have a successful season of Popcorn selling! Now, more than ever - Popcorn can bring your units a successful year of Scouting programs. We will help get your Scouts all the resources for a great selling experience! 

Packs and Troops are encouraged to start selling now! Our traditional "Storefront" or Show & Sell will be delayed until October, we'll announce the date that the orders are due soon. Take order forms are available at the Council office now. Outlying districts can email to get their take order forms mailed. 

If your unit has been able to make arrangements for earlier Show & Sell opportunities - GREAT! Just let Caryl know the quantities and date of your first showing. We'll place your order through Trail's End as the system isn't set up just yet. There are so many resources to help you have a great year of selling, even through the challenges. We're here to help!

We encourage every Scout to download the Trail's End app and start selling through Online Direct. It's the safest way to earn points FAST! 

Partnership units have the potential to earn up to 48% commission!




Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Great Southwest Council! 


Merit Badge Counselors - Special Qualifications


BSA Restructuring Information and Updates

The national organization has established a dedicated restructuring website,

This site includes a helpful Resources pagewhere you will find a short video explaining what Chapter 11 means for Scouting, as well as a FAQ. The site’s Milestones page will be your best source for the latest updates throughout this process. 

Support Scouting - Give ONLINE Today...

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!

Returning for 2020... the Gondola Patrol! The Gondola Patrol is the Great Southwest Council's recurring gift club. Become a member by contributing $15 per month via your credit or debit card. Click HERE to complete the pledge card. Send to or drop off to the Scout Office to join today.

We need your help!

Council President, Dr. Stephen Christiansen requests our members to let us know if you are aware of potential Scout supporters in the community.  Please click here for more information

2020 Governor's Charity Ball

We are sad to announce that the 2020 Governor's Charity Ball is cancelled. 

Information on next year's date will be posted here as it becomes available. Thank you for your support!


Cub Scout Day Camp - Cancelled for 2020

Plans are being made for Adventure Days later in the fall. Any activities will depend on the Governor's updates regarding COVID-19 and CDC recommendations. Thank you for understanding. 

STEM Scouting!

The Greater Albuquerque Housing Partnership is home to STEM Lab 1.618 - a group of Scouts learning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math topics. Through fun and engaging experiments and modules, Scouts stretch their knowledge while learning the principles of the Scout Law and Oath. 

STEM Merit Badge Fair Click Here for information and registration: STEM Merit Badge Fair

This event has been temporarily postponed. Everybody with a current paid registration will be given first consideration when we reschedule. Thank you for your understanding.


STEM Merit Badge Fair

Please Welcome our Merit Badge Sponsors!

New to the Great Southwest Council are Merit Badge Sponsorships. These businesses and groups are Scouting supporters that will also provide opportunities for Scouts to earn merit badges related to their occupational field or interest(s). 


Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad - for Railroading Merit Badge

DKD Electric - for Electricity Merit Badge

Davis Kelin Law Group - for Law Merit Badge

Facebook - for Digital Technology Merit Badge

McCormack Consultants - for Entrepreneurship Merit Badge

Dr. Steven Komadina - for Horsemanship Merit Badge

Albuquerque ER & Hospital - for First Aid Merit Badge

Jiffy Lube - for Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge


TLC - Plumbing Merit Badge


Riverpoint Family, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry - Dentistry Merit Badge

If you or your company would like to become a Merit Badge Sponsor, contact your district executive for more information.

Thank you to these Scouting supporters!!!

Scouting for the Whole Family... Scouts BSA Girl Troops Launched!!!

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.

As of February 1, there are now Scouts BSA Troops open for girls ages 11-17 to join. Contact us to find a nearby Troop or to get assistance starting one for girls in your neighborhood (505) 345-8603.

Click HERE to learn about exciting summer programs available for Scouts BSA girls at Gorham Scout Ranch.

Read more here.

Safe Scouting: BSA Incident Reporting

Timely, clear, concise, and complete incident reports allow for an appropriate response and an opportunity for analysis while promoting continuous improvement of our programs. You can now report incidents, near misses, and youth protection / membership infraction incidents to your local council or enter them yourself.

For information on reporting an incident, including report forms, click HERE


Read the current Trailmarker HERE


Other Announcements:


Partnership for Scouting

Click HERE for the Final 2019 Partnership Report, current as of January 31st, 2020.  The report has been updated from the December version to include any JTE forms received, and the latest Popcorn sales, Friends of Scouting contributions, and year-to-date totals for any Gondola Club donations connected to a specific unit.  Congratulations to the 54 units in the Council that achieved Partner status!  


The initial report for 2020, looking at membership data, will be posted in March or April, depending on the progress of the annual rechartering effort.


Be sure to plan to become a Partnership unit in 2020 in order to take advantage of the benefits you earn for 2021, including the insurance fee rebate and pinewood derby cars for Packs. If there are any questions about the data listed, please contact Dale Balmer,


Click HERE to see a list of benefit units have actually received this year from their participation in the Partnership program!


Click HERE to open an Excel spreadsheet that allows you to calculate the value of different Partner benefits to your unit.


Please Support Businesses in our Community that Support Scouting!

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