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The Gift of Scouting Online Auction

Welcome to the 6th annual Great Southwest Council Gift of Scouting Online Auction. This year's auction is focused on general support for the Great Southwest Council, with nearly 11,000 Scouts and Scouters throughout much of New Mexico and parts of Southern Colorado and Eastern Arizona. Please visit the Gifting Section to donate much needed support for our council.

We appreciate your generous support. Auction runs November 23 - December 8, 2018.

Many of our donations have come from local businesses and artists. Please show your support and appreciation by patronizing these generous small businesses.

To access the auction site, click HERE.


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.

2019 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!

New for 2019... 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, Ross Crown requests our members to let us know if you are aware of potential Scout supporters in the community.  Please click here for more information.

Read the Current Trailmarker HERE


Other Announcements:

Recharters Due in December: Recharter Turn-in Day on Dec. 15


Remember, your unit's annual recharter must be completed and submitted by December 15, 2018. 


There will be a Recharter Turn-in Day at the Scout Office on Saturday, December 15 from 10am to 4pm. Bring your completed paperwork or come by for help from our staff. no appointment needed. For assistance, contact your Unit Commissioner or Randy Saunders at


Summer Camp 2019 @ Gorham Scout Ranch

There is lots be excited about for the 2019 summer camp season at Gorham Scout Ranch. ATV Adventure, NEW Cowboy Action Shooting, High Adventure Treks, merit badges, and so much more.


Check out the LEADERS GUIDE for information about the 2019 season.


Click HERE to make your Troop's reservation today.

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.

Youth Protection Training... Take it Live at the Scout Office on Saturday, December 15

Youth Protection Training will be taught live on Saturday, December 15 @ 10:00am. The course will be taught at the Scout Office (5841 Office Blvd NE, ABQ).

There is no fee to take this course. ALL registered Scouting volunteers, including committee members and merit badge counselors, must take have taken this training since February of 2018, when the newest version debuted. If you have not, you need to take this course soon or your membership will become expired.

You can also take Youth Protection Training online at

Purchase your tickets today. Click HERE

How to Report Service Hours

As your unit completes the recharter process, please take the time to complete the Journey to Excellence scorecard. You can submit this form with your recharter to the Scout Office.

One of the Journey to Excellence measures is to complete service projects and report the service hours. This can be done so online. Click HERE for instructions.


Council Annual Business Meeting & Silver Beaver Awards Celebration

The Silver Beaver Award is a Council-level award presented to volunteers with distinguished service. The award celebration and the Council Annual Business Meeting will be on Saturday, January 26, 2019.


Click HERE for more information and to register for the event.  


Partnership for Scouting

Click HERE for the updated 2018 report, as of November 29. 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.


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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