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Great Southwest Council Opening Timeline

The Great Southwest Council will operate on normal business hours Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Appointments can be made for Tuesdays and Thursdays if necessary. Appointments can be made by calling 505-345-8603 and leaving a message. The Great Southwest Council will resume Monday through Friday operations September 8, 2021.

Gorham Scout Ranch will be available for Troop Weekend reservations on a very limited basis. Troops may be asked to help with a conservation project while at camp. If interested please call Caryl Sharpe - 505-503-2385  or email  

Notes:  District Executives will continue to work from home and can be reached by calling their cell numbers, which can be found under "About Us."

Council meetings, committee meetings, and district meetings will be conducted via ZOOM through August 2021 unless otherwise announced. 

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. 


Cub Scout Day Camp 2021

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All Day Camps: Fee is $70 for incoming Wolves through Arrow of Lights (incoming 2nd through 5th graders).

For Metro and Sangre de Cristo Camps, incoming Tigers (incoming 1st graders) are invited with their parent to the last day of camp. Their fee is $25. For San Juan Mountains Camp, incoming Tigers are invited with their parent for all three days.


June 17-19 - Old Fort Lewis College, San Juan Mountains District

Camp Director, Rick Petersen,


June 23-25 - Los Alamos Sportsmans Club, Sangre De Cristo District

Camp Director, Skye Sandborgh,


June 24-26 - All Saints Lutheran Church, Albuquerque Metro

Camp Contact, Kathy Ferdig,


For more information and to register, visit our Day Camp page.




Get Back To Gorham! Support your LOCAL CAMP!  

Find out more details here: 2021 Gorham Scout Ranch Leader's Guide


Webelos Week in the Woods

Webelos Week in the Woods is HAPPENING! SIGN UP YOUR PACK ON TENTAROO OR USE THE FORMS BELOW. The 2021 Leaders Guide will be available soon. We'll post the link here. 


Webelos Week in the Woods Registration form

Webelos Week in the Woods Registration form page 1






Attention Scouts ages 11 to 13 – are you looking for an adventure this summer? Are you looking forward to spending a week following in the footsteps of Lord Baden-Powell and the original 22 Scouts who attended camp at Brownsea Island in 1907? Then the Great Southwest Council has the camp for you! This week-long course packs in leadership training, pioneering projects, navigation skills, challenging outdoor skills and a great experience of the Patrol method just to name a few.

Attending this course followed by National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) the following year will give you some of the best training opportunities that Scouting has to offer!

So if racing fellow Scouts in knot relays, competing for a coup feather, and making new friends from around the Council sounds like fun to you, then join us at Brownsea – you will never forget it!


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 Scouts BSA 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.


Advancement is not formally a part of the Brownsea 22 program however, throughout the week, Scouts will be learning skills in nature, rope work, first aid, orienteering and the patrol method.  At the end of the week each Scout will be given a summary of the skills that were covered in the course and how they match the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class.  Scouts may use the list to discuss what they have learned with their Scoutmaster and once they demonstrate the skills at their troop, their troop may sign them off.


Brownsea-22 is an experience. The methods of teaching that Baden-Powell suggested are all used in this program; demonstration, practice, and application through games and contests.  Advancement is a byproduct of these methods.  But more than the teaching of Scout skills, Brownsea provides the Scout with a model patrol and troop experience to share with their home troop; it provides understanding of Scouting’s history; it provides each Scout with an opportunity to practice patrol leadership; it provides teamwork and social development.  Furthermore, the adult and youth staff provides valuable role models in terms of Scout Spirit.

The dates are July 18-24, 2021. For more information, contact Sven McNeil at

Registration is open:



National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

Come join us for a leadership changing experience at the Great Southwest Council’s National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). Our Council has been chosen as one of eight Regional Pilot courses for the new NYLT Curriculum that will be the standard starting in 2022.

Goals of NYLT:

For the Scout: A Scout will be walk away from NYLT with:

  • Confidence and knowledge to lead the unit program

  • Basic knowledge of the eleven skills of leadership and help them relate these skills to their unit’s responsibilities including Communication, Goals and how to set Plans to achieve them and Ethical Decision Making

  • Introduction to the Leaders who set the foundation for the Scouting movement

  • Opportunity to make friends, share ideas and experiences with Scouts from other units

  • Create an atmosphere in which Scouts will experience the patrol method

  • Prerequisite for attending National Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) – Scouting’s premiere youth National Training Program at Philmont.
We have updated our dates to July 18-24, 2021.
Requirements for joining us at NYLT this summer are ...
Scouts BSA: 

Be registered with a Troop 

Be at least 13 years old (and have not turned 18 before the last day of the course)

Be at least a First Class Scout

Have a current BSA Health and Medical Record form parts A, B, and C

Have taken Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST)

Have Unit Leader approval 

Attend one of the mandatory virtual orientations prior to the course**

Venturers/Sea Scouts: 
Be registered with a Crew or Ship 
Be at least 14 years old (or 13 and have completed the eighth grade) 
Have taken either Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews or Ships (ILSC or ILSS)* 
Have Unit Leader approval 
Attend one of the mandatory virtual orientations prior to the course**
There is no longer a rank requirement for attending NYLT.
Please feel free to reach out to either our SPL (Molly Hairston) or our Scoutmaster (Michael J. Allen) at

**Details for the required meeting will be sent once a Scout has completed registration.


Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Great Southwest Council! 


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! Click HERE to donate online.

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



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. 




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



Facebook - for Digital Technology Merit Badge



McCormack Consultants - for Entrepreneurship Merit Badge



Dr. Steven Komadina - for Horsemanship, Medicine, Public Health and Reading Merit Badges



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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Gorham Scout Ranch Video

Tufts Study Video

Brownsea Video