Golden Empire Council News - August 2017


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Eclipse - August 21st; Earn the Patch

On Monday, August 21st, all of the United States will experience an eclipse of the sun.  Those in the path of totality will experience a total eclipse.  The Golden Empire Council will experience an 86 percent eclipse at the north end of the Council, reducing to about 76 percent to the south.   For our area, the eclipse will start at 9:06am and end at 11:41am.  The last time the United States saw a total eclipse was in 1979.

The Boy Scouts of America has developed a patch for the eclipse.  To earn the patch, Scouts will view the eclipse using safe viewing practices outline in the patch requirements.  Please remember, it is not safe to look directly at the sun without proper protective glasses.  For more information click here.

Rivercats Boy Scout Campout

The Rivercats are hosting a Boy Scout Campout on Friday, August 11th.  Scouts will be able to watch the Rivercats play against the Salt Lake Bees and then camp out on Raley Field.  The deadline to register is Friday, August 4th.  Contact James Collins at 916-376-4867 or to register. (flyer)

Sacramento Kings - Boy Scout Program

The Boy Scouts have partnered with the Kings and Golden1 Center to offer exclusive Scout discounts for upcoming events.  In addition Scouts can take advantage of exclusive Fan Experiences such as Color Guard, Post Game Photos and more.  (More information.)


Popcorn Sales


It’s time to submit your commitment form for the 2016 Popcorn sale.  There is no easier way to fund your Scouting program than the no-risk, council approved and supported annual popcorn sale. We have some great enhancements in store for this year’s sale. 

There is an updated calendar, a new prize program, new above and beyond incentives, new technology, AND a brand new partnership with the Sacramento Republic FC. With all of these exciting additions, it’s a slam dunk! Visit our Popcorn website for updates, more information and tools to make your sale the best it can be! (Webpage)


Scouting Clays Classic

The Scouting Clays Classic is right around the corner!  Held on Saturday, September 17th at Camanche Hills Hunting Preserve in Ione.  This event is the premier corporate sporting clays tournament for experienced and novice shooters alike!

Test your skills against your buddies and compete against some of the area’s best shooters!

Challenges This Year Include: 

  • Scout Archery Competition

  • Tomahawk Throw!

  • Black Powder Rifle

  • White Bird Competition


    All in addition to:

  • 10 Station Sporting Clays Course

  • Gun Raffles

  • Exciting Silent Auction Items


    Visit our Website for more information and a registration form!


Swing a Club for Scouting

A memorable and fun golf experience awaits at the Morgan Creek Country Club's premier private golf course. The beautiful rolling terrain and wonderful sloping greens are kept in pristine condition.  Here is an opportunity to test your skill and at the same time, benefit Scouting, the character development program for youth that is needed more now than ever before!

We will have special contests through-out the day; on-course refreshments and food along with a closing bbq lunch.  Not to mention fabulous raffle prizes and auction items.  This is a tournament you shouldn’t miss out on!

Visit our Website for more information and a registration form!

Ad Altare Dei Award Retreat

October 13-15, 2017

Camp Trinity Pines - Colfax, CA

Hey Scouts and Venturers!  Want to earn your religious emblem award?  The "Ad Altare Dei" (to the altar of God) will accelerate your personal and spiritual growth by exploring what it means to actively live out your Catholic faith. Come learn more about fulfilling your "Duty to God" with other scouts, during this fun and rewarding weekend.  The retreat is open to Catholic youth registered in the Boy Scouts of America, 13 years and above.  Visit, or email for more information.



Are you using Smile when you shop at Amazon?  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organizaiton every time you shop, at no cost to you.  When you shop at, Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.  The Golden Empire Council is listed as "Golden Empire Council - Boy Scouts of America Trust Fund".

Annual GEC Calendar

At a recent Council Connections meeting which is quarterly meeting that all district leadership and council committee leadership attend to keep our Council on track for GOLD, our volunteers developed the 2018 Golden Empire Council Calendar. We hope you plan to attend many of these exciting activities and use it to plan your unit activities.

2018 Golden Empire Council Calendar


Save the Date - 2018 ScoutExpo

The Council Program Committee is pleased to announce that ScoutExpo 2018 has been calendared and a location has been secured - we are confirmed for Gibson Ranch (in Rio Linda) October 19, 20, & 21, 2018.  

Venturing - Overdrive

Hey Venture Scouts!! Now is the time to register to attend the 2017 Overdrive.  Event tickets are $60 per person.  Time is running out so make sure you don't miss out on all the action.  There will be lots of cool activities including COPE activities like zip lining and climbing as well as shooting sports, arts and crafts, ATVs , and so much more.   Register here.


Norcal Property

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Leadership Training

  • What is Wood Badge? It is an adult leadership training put into the conext of Scouting. 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, and Oct 5-7, Sunday friendly (two weekends, 6 days in all)
  • Where? Camp Lassen
  • Register Now - $225
  • For more details checkout the council website Wood Badge Fall 2017 page. Flyer

WANTED: Venturing Youth to Help October 5-6 

Please check out the Venturing Registration with details and contact info if you're interested. 

Talent Search
Scout Talent Search

The Golden Empire Council is currently looking for Scouts (ages 9-20) to represent and showcase the Council's "Best of Scouting." This is your chance to shine! Sign-up today. Click Here


Are you a NEW leader? Need help getting organized for your meetings? Nearly every registered scouting position has some form of training to help you understand your role. Check out the latest training calendar (updated frequently).

Boy Scouts of America is pleased to bring the learning closer to home with the launch of ScoutingU with eLearning content. So far, 19 modules, each ranging from 4-12 minutes in length, were designed to be viewed on a computer or tablet any time of day–from anywhere.  If you are already position-trained, it will not affect your "Trained" status. Access the content by logging into Read more.


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