Golden Empire Council News - February 2017


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It's a Great Day for Scouting!

Great Stocking Stuffer!!
2017 JTE

2017 Brings a New Journey to Excellence Year

The Golden Empire Council is indeed Gold! The Council is being recognized for its Scouting program delivery and improvement with a Journey to Excellence Gold measure. This is the first time in 5 years the Council has earned Gold and this places the GEC in the top 30% of Councils nationwide. This measure comes from the hard work of the many volunteers in the Council's 836 units, 12 Districts and on the many Council committees. A very large thanks to them all for the work on council finances, membership recruitment, program delivery and overall leadership.   Read more     

Journey to Excellence Website

Meeting Notice

Council Connections - A quarterly meeting for Scouters that volunteer at the District or Council level.

Meeting Format: A 15-20 minutes general session which is followed by breakout groups for District Chairs, Commissioners, Program & Council Committee Chairs. Anyone interested in helping out is welcome to join us!

Time: 7 PM

New Location:   5505 Hackberry Ln., Carmichael, CA 95841-2917 

  • Wednesday, March 1
  • Wednesday, May 3
  • Wednesday, August 2
  • Wednesday, November 1
Commissioner's College

Calling all Commissioners and those who want to be Commissioners. Plan on attending the 2017 Golden Empire Council Commissioner Conference.

Woodland LDS Stake Center
850 Pioneer Avenue

Woodland, California 95695

Registration starts at 7:15am
Opening Ceremony at 8:00am
Classes from 8:30am – 3:00pm

Register now online at Commissioner Conference 2017 For further details please contact your District Commissioner or Scott Graves at

Come one, come all commissioners!! Join us in progressing your College of Commissioner Service training, networking with other commissioners, learning what Commissioners do to further Scouting in our Community and just having an overall great time!!

There will be new classes as well as some old favorites, something for everybody, Commissioner or not!!

Join us for a lunch hour ceremony for the newest Doctorate of College of Commissioner Service graduate followed by a keynote address by Western Region Commissioner Bob Johnston!! Bob is a distinguished Scouter, an excellent speaker and a retired judge from Las Vegas.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2017 Commissioner Conference!!

Wild, Wild West Summer Camp

Join us at Camp Lassen this summer for a Wild, Wild West action-packed adventure! Activities will include BB Guns, archery, wrist rockets, camp craft, climbing, boating, swimming & more. Special Webelos activities will be offered. Plus, Bears and Webelos can earn their Whittling’ Chip. Let’s build memories at the campfires, during camp wide events, and stargazing fun.

Be sure to secure your spot and register today!! Then get your Pack ready for camp by developing Wild, Wild West theme-oriented skits, songs, flags, and attire.

CHECK AVAILABILITY Cub Scout Resident Camp
Fees: $200 Youth, $200 Adult
Session 1 – July 5-8       15 spots left
Session 2 – July 16-19   Full
Session 3 - July 19 - 22  Full
Session 4 – July 23-26   Full
Session 5 – July 26-29   25 spots left

Look for additional program information to be posted on the Summer Camp webpage in the coming months. Questions, email:

Boy Scout Summer Camp

Boy Scout Summer Camp at Camp Lassen this summer will be SPECTACULAR!  Activities and Merit Badges will include Guns (Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol (Venturing only), archery (Stationary & LaPorte), Cooking, Horsemanship, Metalworking, Welding, Scoutcraft, COPE & climbing, boating, Nature focused Merit Badges, swimming & more. Let’s build memories at the campfires & skits, during camp wide events, and building bonds while keep watch over the eternal flame.

Be sure to secure your spot and register today!! Then get your Pack ready-for camp by developing Wild, Wild West theme-oriented skits, songs, flags, and attire.

CHECK AVAILABILITY Camp Lassen Boy Scout Resident Camp
Fees: $385 Youth, $200 Adult
Week 1 – June 19-24        open
Week 2 – June 25-July 1   open
Week 3 – July 9-15           open
Eagle Merit Badge Week

Summer Camp Registration at Camp Winton is closed. All new units will be added to the wait list.

Camp Winton Boy Scout Resident Camp
Fees: $385 Youth, $200 Adult
Week 1 – June 18-24         Full
Week 2 – June 25 - July 1  Full
Week 3 – July 9-15            Full
Week 4 – July 16-22          Full
Week 5 - July 23-29          Full

Look for additional program information to be posted on the Summer Camp webpage in the coming months. Questions, email:

Camp Staff

Summer Camp Staff

Interested in earning money this summer? Consider joining Camp Staff at Camp Lassen or Winton this summer! Complete the on-line or paper application. Interviews will be in late February and early March.

Camp Physicals

Summer Camp Physicals
Sponsored by CSU School of Nursing

Back again by popular demand! The nursing faculty and nursing students from the School of Nursing will provide camp physicals for Scouts and Scouters in Golden Empire Council. This type of clinic has been done in the past to accommodate those attending GEC Summer Camps (BSA Medical ABC), High Adventure Camps (each base has it's own form-Click here) or National Jamboree -(Print out your form before you come).

Only 30 spots left!!  Sign-up today!

Summer Activities

Twilight / Day Camps
Sponsored by Golden Empire Council Districts

Cub Scout Twilight (Day) Camp is a multi-day, rank based program for Tigers through Webelos.  Activity stations typically include archery, BB guns, sports, games, crafts, cooking, and Scout skills.  In addition to fun activities, boys have the unique opportunity to meet Cub Scouts from across their district.  Check the link below for the dates of day/twilight camp in your area.  Attend your district roundtable and watch for emails or newsletters for location and registration details:

Webpage            Flyer

University of Scouting

THANK YOU to all the staff and particpants that made our 2017 University of Scouting a success!

If you would like to help plan our 2018 event, please contact Ed Cargile! We're looking for more volunteers to expand our class offerings. Can you help us move to a larger location? We'd love to hear from you!


There are still patches available!

Scout, Leaders, siblings can also participate! Help grow the Golden Empire and receive a Free co-branded patch *SIGN-UP TODAY!!

ATV Rider Course Training

ATV Rider Course Training

1/2 full ...don't delay

The Golden Empire Council is offering an ATV Safety Institute (ASI) RiderCourse Training for Scouts 14 years and older and adults 18 and older. The ASI RiderCourse provides a fast-paced, half day, hands-on training which includes pre-ride inspection, starting and stopping, quick turns, hill riding, emergency stopping, swerving and riding over obstacles. You'll also learn about protective gear, local regulations, places to ride and environmental concerns.

Location: Yuba County Leadership and Adventure Camp, 15356 Oregon Hill Road, Dobbins, CA 95935

4 half-day classes opportunities available!

When: Saturday, March 25th or 26th

Cost: $50 per attendee

Wear/Bring: High Top Shoe, Long Pants and Long Sleeve Shirt or Long Sleeve T-Shirt

Class size is limited to a maximum of 10 people (8 youth and 2 adults). ATV, helmet, gloves and goggles will be provided.

Registration now open

Questions:       Contact Johnie Pennington; or 916 361-7739


Basic Training - Leadership Specific

"Every Scout derserves a Trained Leader!" - Nearly every registered scouting position has some form of training to help you undersstand your role. Check out the latest training calendar (updated frequently) and most trainings are also available online at

High Adventure Training (HAT)

Class List

Registration Links

Wilderness First Aid

Leadership, Patient Assessment System, Traumatic Injuries, Environmental Emergencies

Medical Emergencies, Urban Protocols, First-Aid kit suggestions

Don’t be the one standing there in an emergency, be the one to step in and HELP.

Feb 11-12 Camp Pollock

March 18-19 Live Oak

April 29-30 Camp Pollock

Basic Backpacking Awarness

Don’t be an Amy Racine, Geraldine Largay, or Cody Michael… (google to learn more)

Take Basic Backpack Awareness Training

March 10-11 - Indoor

March 25 - Navagation

April 7-8 Outdoor - Yuba

Paddle Sports - Sacramento Area
Must attend all session to receeive credit
May 3 - Indoor
May 21-22 - Outdoor
May 31 - Indoor

Registration Opens  February 15

Leadership Training

Young men and women (Scouts 13+ and Crew 14+) are invited to develop their leadership skills by practicing team building, ethical decision-making, and problem solving skills during an exciting 6-day outdoor workshop. Two courses are offered in 2017.  The first course will be held over two 3-day weekends, April 21-23 and May 5-7 at our Yuba property.  The second course will cover six consecutive days, Monday through Saturday, July 31-August 5 at Camp Lassen. Participants will learn the same valuable skills, based on the National NYLT syllabus, no matter which of the two courses attended. Registration is coming soon. The registration fee is $250. If you have questions, please email and a course director will contact you.

NYLT Webpage   Learn more about the NYLT Advanage

Wood Badge 2017  

  • What is Wood Badge? It is an adult leadership training put into scouting context.  It will strengthen the scouting programs for the youth you serve.  The leadership skills you learn will support youth that attend NYLT and you will have the experience of a lifetime with passionate scouters around the council like yourself. 
  • When? Sept 21-23 & Oct 5-7 - Sunday friendly (Two weekends - 6 days in all)
  • Where? Camp Lassen
  • Register Now - For more details checkout the council website Wood Badge Fall 2017  page  - Flyer

WANTED:  Venturing Youth to help out on Oct 5 & 6 please check out the Venturing Registration with details and contact info if you're interested. 

National Jamboree

Be one of the nearly 180 scouts and scouters attending!

Check out our webpage to learn more!

Special Gift

James E. West Fellowship Award

There is no finer way to honor an Eagle Scout, a Silver Beaver recipient, Council, District or unit Scouter, or in memory of a departed loved one than to be named a James E. West Fellow.  This indicates that the nominee is in the same spirit and dedication to Scouting as was James E. West, the 1st Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. Those who are recognized by the James E. West Fellowship Award will cast their own "lengthened shadow" as they help ensure the Scouting legacy by helping create the financial stability needed to carry Scouting in the next century. Read More

Endowment Webpage
Community Partners

Bring Your Scouts to Events at the New Sacramento Kings' Arena

We are happy and proud to be community partners with the Sacramento Kings and there growing number of world class events taking place at the new Golden One Center.  Through this partnership we have access to exclusive Scout pricing for numerous events including Professional Bull Riding, Monster Jam, Cirque du Soleil and more.  And of course, special pricing to Sacramento Kings games!

Visit our Community Partner page on our website for more details and an order form.  Don’t miss out of these incredible opportunities!

Get Your Organic Produce from a Scouting Supporter

Do you want your family to eat healthier by getting the freshest, seasonal greens fruits and vegetables delivered right to your door step? Well, one of our newest community partners does just that!  Farm Fresh to You delivers fresh, pesticide free organic produce right to your doorstep on a weekly basis.  And they are offering all of our Scouting families $15 off your first box.  Visit their website at to learn about their farm in the Capay Valley and then use promo code: BSAGEC2 to get your $15 off!

Council Calendar

Click here to download the current Golden Empire Council Calendar

Golden Empire Council Quick Link
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Product Sales Community Partners
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