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To see our 2023 Membership Strategic Plan and Challenge, follow this link:




Congratulations to Our Award Recipients!

 The Great Southwest Council held its Annual Awards Celebration on Jan. 28th, and here are the volunteers who were honored:

Mark Dietrich and Catherine Walker Grobler, Silver Beaver

Todd Sandoval, North Star Award

Gwendolyn Marsalis and David Zenger; Venturing Leadership Awards

Richard Jones; Alumnus of the Year

Kristin Ackerson, Joe Balestri, Ana Figueroa, Alison Martin, Christy McMullan, Phil Rowe; District Award of Merit Recipients

Denette Dabling, Mark Dietrich, Eric Ferdig, Kathy Ferdig, Charles Fuller, Bruce Gustin; Distinguished Commissioner Service Awards

Daniel Bailey, Hunter Case, Simon Ruybalid, Antonio Unsworth, Matthew Unsworth; Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor Recipients

Daniel Bailey, Dennis Howard; Order of the Arrow Founder's Award Recipients

Please join us in congratulating these amazing Scouters! 


If Scouting volunteers wish to make a recommendation for service to the Council Executive Board, please send your nomination to Tim at Thanks!


Join Scouts!

See our Recruitment Events tab for the address and contact information for these events,




New Youth Protection Training Policy

Adult leaders and youth members share the responsibility for the safety of all participants in the Scouting program, including adherence to Youth Protection and health and safety policies. To that end, effective Oct. 1, 2022, any leader that is not current for Youth Protection Training (YPT) will have their membership Suspended until they are current.  Suspended is a new BSA membership category that removes any access to a leader’s my.scouting tools as well as access to Scoutbook, and requires them to cease all Scouting activities until they have completed YPT.  A leader can still access my.scouting to complete YPT.  Individuals and their unit Key 3 will be notified when their membership has been Suspended due to expired YPT.  Unlike the previous process, where returning to active membership required completion of YPT, submitting a new application, and paying a pro-rated membership fee, the new category of Suspended requires completion of YPT only.  Any questions can be addressed to the Council’s YPT Champion, Dale Balmer,




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




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



Vaughn A. Johnson Orthodontics - Dentistry Merit Badge



McCormack Consultants - for Citizenship in the Community 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 2020 Partnership Report


Please Support Businesses in our Community that Support Scouting!

BSA Gift Plan

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