Sandia District
Sat, Jul 2nd 2011 by Council News
For almost a century, Scouting has instilled in young men the values and knowledge that they will need to become leaders in their communities and country.
Tue, May 24th 2011 by Council News
Submit your outdoor recipes to be included in open one of three new outdoor cookbooks for the BSA. These books will include a Dutch oven, a large groups, and a backpacking cookbook.
Sun, May 22nd 2011 by Council News
View some short biographical sketches highlighting each of the 2010 Silver Beaver Award recipients.
Sun, Feb 20th 2011 by Council News
Rio Grande District Scout Scott Yarbrough was one of 112 students across the nation to receive the Prudential Spirit of the Community Award recently and was featured on the front page of the local newspaper.
Sat, Feb 19th 2011 by Council News
In 2009, Colorado & New Mexico created and issued a special commemorative Scouting registration plate celebrating the centennial of the Boy Scouts of America. These plates are still available.
Fri, Jan 21st 2011 by Council News
Local Scout featured in February 2011 issue of SaltWater Magazine
Mon, Jan 10th 2011 by Council News
Additional scholarships and recognitions available through various service organizations.
Fri, Nov 12th 2010 by District News
Detailed packet for the January 2011 Klondike Derby is now available for download.
Mon, Oct 18th 2010 by Council News
Read the correct information about President Obama's signature on Eagle Scout certificates.
Sat, Oct 16th 2010 by Council News
The 2011 NESA Scholarships are available. Please read more to find out about the application process...
Mon, Sep 6th 2010 by Council News
Eight Eagle Scouts in one Family? Read on....
Sun, Apr 18th 2010 by Council News
Experience the History of Scouting!
Sun, Apr 18th 2010 by Council News
You won't need your GPS unit to find the Geocaching merit badge requirements - We've got them right here!
Sun, Apr 18th 2010 by Council News
Information about one of the newest merit badges is here.
Sun, Apr 4th 2010 by District News
Mark your calendar for this unique opportunity for Cub Scouts - The Sandia District Cub Scout Camping Day! Read more...
Sun, Apr 4th 2010 by District News
Wanted - about 8 Boy Scout Troops to help with the upcoming Cub Scout Camping Day on May 8, 2010.
Tue, Mar 9th 2010 by District News
Download the flyer for all the details on the Sandia District "Life to Eagle Conference" to be held on Thursday, March 25th.
Thu, Mar 4th 2010 by District News
Training flyers are now available for the upcoming March 23,24th Cub Scout Training as well as the March 27th Boy Scout, Varsity, and Venturing Leader Specific training.
Fri, Feb 19th 2010 by Council News
ScoutCast podcasts for Cub Scouting, the values of Scouting, and for Commissioners have been added to the website.
Wed, Feb 17th 2010 by District News
Details are now available on the upcoming Sandia District Spring Camporee.
Thu, Feb 11th 2010 by Council News
Read about and view pictures of one of the council's newest Scout...
Thu, Feb 4th 2010 by Council News
The most current information for Brownsea 22, the National Youth Leadership Training, and Wood Badge is available.
Tue, Feb 2nd 2010 by Council News
The phone system has changed and there are now new extensions! Read on to note the changes.
Mon, Feb 1st 2010 by District News
Photos have been uploaded from our District Klondike. Enjoy!
Sun, Jan 24th 2010 by Council News
The 2010 Summer Camp Leader's Guide is now available. To see where, read more...
Fri, Jan 22nd 2010 by Council News
Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Haiti. Many members of the BSA family want to provide assistance to the people affected by this horrific earthquake. FInd out how you can help in the disaster relief.
Wed, Jan 13th 2010 by Council News
This year, COPE Facilitator/Instructor and Adult Rock Climbing Courses will be held at Gorham Scout Ranch. Read more...
Mon, Jan 11th 2010 by Council News
Scholarships are available for Eagle Scouts planning to go to college.
Mon, Jan 11th 2010 by Council News
This year's popcorn sale was a big success!
Mon, Jan 11th 2010 by Council News
February 8, Scouting Anniversary Day is also Scout Sunday.
Wed, Dec 23rd 2009 by Todd Giles
For those of you who are on facebook - feel free to join our new Sandia District stomping grounds on facebook:
Fri, Dec 18th 2009 by Todd Giles
All registered users of the District Website (and registered members of the Sandia District) now can upload photos of their Scouting Adventures on our website.

After you've logged into the website, simply click on the "Photos" link in the menu above to get started. From the photo gallery, click on "Your Album" in the top right of the gallery to get to your own photo album to upload pictures.

Also - only validated users that have logged in can see the photos in full resolution (others can only see thumbnails).
Thu, Dec 17th 2009 by District News
Download the registration forms and all other details for our Sandia District Pinewood Derby to be held on March 12, 2010. Adults can compete too!
Tue, Dec 8th 2009 by District News
Register now for the 2010 Klondike Derby to be held on January 29th and 30th.
Wed, Nov 25th 2009 by Todd Giles
To jump start the celebration, we're bringing together Scouting enthusiasts from coast-to-coast for a nationwide 100th Anniversary Kick-Off Rally. Hosted by AT&T CEO and Chairman and 100th Anniversary Chair Randall Stephenson, National President John Gottschalk, National Commissioner Tico Perez, and me, Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca, we'll recognize your important role and the difference you make - everyday. Through this live audiocast, we'll share important information about how you can be part of the 100th Anniversary. We'll also answer some of your questions (submitted in advance through the link below). Our goal is to rally more than a quarter of a million Scouting enthusiasts - the largest single gathering of its kind in BSA history.
What:        100th Anniversary Kick-Off Audiocast Rally
Date:        Thursday, December 10, 2009
Time:        6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Mountain
How:         RSVP by clicking on "100th Anniversary Kick-Off Rally" at

You are the reason this great movement works - the passionate supporters and boots on the ground serving youth across America. The 100th Anniversary celebration is meant to inspire, excite, and engage the entire Scouting family. Join us as we embark upon this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Save the date! And, tune in on December 10th.
Mon, Nov 23rd 2009 by Council News
The council Wood Badge course information flyer and registration form is now available.
Fri, Nov 20th 2009 by Council News
Attention Scouters! This will be the final Cub Scout Leader Specific Training for this year.
Sun, Nov 8th 2009 by District News
Save the dates for the upcoming 2010 "Super" Sandia District Cub Scout day camps!
Sat, Nov 7th 2009 by Council News
Announcing the new Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award.
Sat, Nov 7th 2009 by Council News
"Scouting for Food" is Scouting's community stewardship project aimed at addressing the problem of hunger in the community in which we live and work.
Wed, Oct 14th 2009 by Todd Giles
You can now update your account information by clicking on the "My Account" link in upper right after you have logged into the website. You can use this to keep your email address up to date, as well as any other information associated with your account (e.g. username and password).
Wed, Oct 14th 2009 by Council News
The Fall 2009 edition of the Trailmarker is available on-line in two parts.
Tue, Oct 13th 2009 by Todd Giles
It is time to nominate those leaders that deserve some recognition for all the great work they are doing for the youth in our District. Please submit them to Andy Braman or Mike Cox, by the close of Round Table on December 10th. Easiest way is to bring them to Round Table, or to the Council Office before December 10th. The awards will be presented at our District Banquet to be held on January 23rd. And now, for the nomination forms themselves:

Adult Award Nomination Sheet ( |)
District Award of Merit (|)
Tue, Sep 29th 2009 by Council News
Training is going on-line!! "This is Scouting" has been added to BSA's on-line Learning Center. Read more...
Tue, Sep 29th 2009 by Council News
Camp projects are going well, but could be going better with some much needed tools. Please view the list of needed tools below, and any tools that you can provide will be greatly appreciated!
Tue, Sep 29th 2009 by Council News
Check this out - On-one tour permits can now be obtained on-line!!
Tue, Sep 1st 2009 by Todd Giles
Metro training is coming up for Boy Scouts, Varsity, Venturing, and also for Den Chiefs on September 19th. Click Here for a flyer with all of the details. Get trained, you'll be grateful you did!
Thu, Aug 6th 2009 by Todd Giles
Please take the time to download, print, and share with your Unit Committee this guide for preparing an Eagle Candidate for his project, and board of review. It is located in the resources section of the website.
Mon, Jun 1st 2009 by Todd Giles
Merit Badge Counselor listings are now available on the District website. You'll need to first create an account using your BSA Membership ID to gain access. Once you have access you'll be able to view up-to-date information Merit Badge Counselors in the District, as well as in your own Unit. Make use of this new resource, and provide any feedback you may have as you use it.
Wed, Apr 15th 2009 by Todd Giles
We have create mailing lists (email lists) in hopes to increase the effectiveness, and timeliness of communication between Sandia District Scouters. You can subscribe to the lists here on the website, or by sending an email address to the list you wish to subscribe:

Take advantage of these new lists, and get up to date announcements on the latest Cub, Boy, Varsity, and Venturing events going on in the district!
Wed, Apr 1st 2009 by Todd Giles
Please take a look at our spring newsletter - the Sandia Benchmark (). You can also download the Trailmarker () (our council newsletter) directly from the council website.
Fri, Mar 6th 2009 by Todd Giles
Wood Badge for the 21st Century has been developed for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing Leaders, as well as Council and District Leaders. Its focus is on Leadership, not outdoor skills.

Registration forms are now available for this years course to be help the weekends of August 28-30, and September 11-13. Sign up early - slots will fill fast!

Download Registration Form: doc | pdf
Thu, Feb 26th 2009 by Todd Giles
The registration packet is available for downloading for the upcoming Sandia District Camporee on May 1st and 2nd. Download Registration Packet
Mon, Feb 16th 2009 by Todd Giles
A climbing tower is being erected, as well as a new COPE site at Camp Frank Rand. Here a few pictures of the work going on at camp. Looking great!

Many more pictures can be found on the council website here and here.
Mon, Jan 12th 2009 by Todd Giles
Calling all units. We need help in February for Scouting for Food. This is an excellent service project for all scouts, from cubs to crews. The food is gathered in bags and will go to the Road Runner Food Bank. Because of the economy this year, more and more New Mexicans are going hungry, so our help is greatly appreciated.

Guildelines and Instructions
Map (Used to locate and pick area)

To set up and area, please call 505 291-9203 or email or
Fri, Jan 9th 2009 by Council News
Please note that the following training courses will be required starting January 1, 2009.
Thu, Jan 1st 2009 by Todd Giles
Come join us for an evening of fun, fellowship and great desserts as we celebrate the 2008 year of scouting! Return your registration form to the Scout office today. (Click here for form)
Wed, Dec 17th 2008 by Todd Giles
The January to March issue of the Sandia District Trailmarker (our newsletter) is now available.
Thu, Dec 4th 2008 by Todd Giles
Status of the improvements at Camp Rand:
  • * The pool has been renovated and winterized. It is now covered with the new cover.
  • * The shower house has been demolished and the site is ready for new construction.
  • * The sites for the COPE course and the climbing tower have been cleared and are ready for construction to start. Construction should start mid-December.
  • * The bid has been awarded for the new roofs for the ranger house and the lodge. This construction is slated to be finished by the end of the year weather permitting.

The following work is not scheduled and needs to be completed by the time summer camp starts:
  • * Grade all roads and build a new road to the maintenance yard.
  • * Construct shade shelters in the horse corrals. The metal roofing was salvaged from the shower house. If anyone can help provide poles and purlins or trusses, please contact Andy Mumma.
  • * The horse corrals need to be expanded to accommodate additional horses. 1200' of horse fencing has been donated. Supplies needed are posts or old power poles, railroad ties or other treated posts, and staples.
  • The men's urinal in the lodge needs to be removed so that the drain pipe can be repaired.
  • * The decking outside the lodge overlooking the parade grounds needs to be stripped and recoated to keep the water from leaking into the QM and trading posts. Materials and expertise to get this done are needed.
  • The latrines need to be rebuilt. New seats will be installed and new siding and doors are to be installed.

Other items needed are hay mangers for the corrals; culverts, minimum of 12" diameter up to 6' elliptical.

Anyone interested in helping can contact Andy Mumma at 505-410-8146 or at If anyone has experience with a skid steer (Bobcat) or would like to learn, there is plenty to do.

Please pass this along to your friends and fellow Scouters. Thanks for your help on this.
Thu, Nov 20th 2008 by Todd Giles
District award nominations are due by Thursday December 11th, 2008. Please return them to Andy Braman at the Council Office. Forms are available here:

District Award of Merit ( xls | pdf)
District Awards ( xls | pdf)
Tue, Nov 18th 2008 by Council News
Check this out for the latest 2010 Jamboree status.
Sun, Oct 26th 2008 by Council News
Wondering what that "MyScouting" link is on the homepage of the Council web site? Read on...
Wed, Sep 24th 2008 by Todd Giles
The Sandia Trailmarker for October - December 2008 is now available.
Wed, Sep 24th 2008 by Todd Giles
[Download Flyer] All new Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Webelos, and their Families are invited to attend this SPECIAL EVENT just for our new members who have signed up during the Fall Roundup. Boys may attend individually or as part of their new den.
Wed, Sep 24th 2008 by Todd Giles
[Download Flyer] Participants will have the opportunity to learn about daily life in the 1840s and develop an appreciation for the hardships that were considered routine in those days. (
Wed, Sep 24th 2008 by Todd Giles
[Download Flyer] Join us on Thursday, October 30th at 6:30pm for Cub Scout Leader Specific Training.
Tue, Sep 2nd 2008 by Todd Giles

Flyers have been prepared with details, registration forms, etc... for the upcoming Metro training.

September 20, 2008: New Leaders Essentials, Cub Scout Leader Specific Training, Boy Scout Leader Specific Training, Boy Scout Troop Committee Basic, Troop Junior Leader Orientation, Den Chief Training, Venturing Leader Basic Training (download flyer)

September 26,27: Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills / Outdoor Skills for Webelos Leaders (download flyer)

September 27th: Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (for Cub Scout Leaders) (download flyer)

Sun, Jun 1st 2008 by Todd Giles
Details for the Sandia district cub scout day camps can be found on the council website. Maps: East Mountain Day Camp - Elk's Lodge / Eisenhower Middle School
Thu, Apr 17th 2008 by Todd Giles
After a little exploration, I was able to take advantage of the council calendars for both our district and the council - and am now displaying those calendars here on our site, rather than an independant one. Hopefully this will reduce confusion as to which calendar is the proper one - as they are now one and the same!
Wed, Apr 16th 2008 by Todd Giles
For all of those who live in the East Mountains - Roundtable is coming to you this month. It will be held at the LDS Chapel in Edgewood on April 24th at 7pm. Click here for a Map
Wed, Apr 2nd 2008 by Todd Giles
The June Wood Badge course is filling up. Please pre-register at the council offices before May 5th to get your place in this great training opportunity!

Important Links:

Click here for Registration Form
Find out more about Wood Badge at the council website.
Website for the June Course

Wed, Jan 30th 2008 by Todd Giles
There is a new district calendar available on the council website. I'm not sure if this will become the official calendar or not - I'll keep you updated. As for now - I'd check both the calendar on this website, and the one on the council site to make sure you don't miss any upcoming events:
Thu, Jan 24th 2008 by Todd Giles
The council website has a new and improved look. I've found that things are generally easier to find on the site, and it has an overall cleaner look and feel to it. Take some time to get familiar with the new website:
Tue, Jan 15th 2008 by Todd Giles
The great Southwest Council will be conducting a Scouting for Food Drive during the week of February 2 through 9, 2008  Rob Suminsby is the Council Chair for this event and Senator Jeff Bingaman is the Honorary Chairman for Scouting for Food.

Many Scout Units will be placing one of 80,000 Smith's pre-printed plastic grocery bags on every door in their neighborhoods, and then will pick up the bag full of non-perishable foods on Saturday, February 9.

More information is available by viewing the Scouting for Food Information page

View the Scouting for Food Video.

For further inquiries, please contact Andy Meyer at
Mon, Aug 13th 2007 by Todd Giles
Thanks goes out to Mark Bastian on compiling a list of backpacking locations from members of our Boy Scout Roundtable. I've posted the list here for all to take advantage of: Download Backpacking List
Fri, Aug 3rd 2007 by Todd Giles
I'd like to show off our units by sharing photos of "Scouts in Action" - i.e. Scouts out doing what Scouts do. Please send in a photo or two of your unit (Cub, Boy Scouts, Varsity, Venturing) in action - and I'll put it in a random rotation on the front page. If you could also send in a caption you'd like to go with the photo - that would be great. Send them to me via email -
Thu, Aug 2nd 2007 by Todd Giles
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Wed, Aug 1st 2007 by Todd Giles
Our new website is taking shape. We have a new webmaster who is furiously working on getting things up and going as fast as possible, and enjoying every bit of it! Feedback is appreciated - send it on in.

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