Golden Empire Council News - October 2017


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Volunteer for the Polar Express

   Volunteers Needed – Help with the THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride this Holiday Season!

The California State Railroad Museum Foundation is seeking 16-year-old and older Scouts and Scouters to volunteer for the popular 11th annual THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride in Old Sacramento. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride runs Wednesdays-Sundays, November 24-Decebmber 21, with departures each operating day at 3:30, 5:00, 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. Each day, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ requires about 60 volunteers.

The Scouts will work in the Central Pacific Passenger Station as line monitors, greeters, pre-board agents, and more.  Scouts may also work as servers delivering cocoa and cookies to passengers under the direction of a Museum Docent who works as a Car Attendant for one of six train cars.

To sign-up, please complete and submit the Availability Survey ONLINE here: Polar Express Availability.

All participants need to complete a California State Park Volunteer application and attend a preliminary training. To download, click here or visit 

This is an opportunity for Scout families to participate in a magical Sacramento Christmas tradition.

For more information, contact Steve Doris at

ATV Safety Training

ATV Safety Training


On October 21 or 22 at Camp Lassen, the Golden Empire Council is offering an ATV Safety Institute (ASI) RiderCourse Training for Scouts 14 years and older and adults 18 or older. While training is open to youth and adults, only two adults can register per training session.


The ASI RiderCourse provides a fast-paced… read more.

Silver Beaver

Silver Beaver Nominations - Deadline extended to October 15

Do you know a Scouter who dedicates a lot of time and talent to giving Scouts the program they deserve?  Give that person the recognition they deserve by submitting a Silver Beaver Nomination.  Silver Beaver is the highest award a Council can give an individual to recognize their involvement in Scouting. Recipients must be currently registered volunteers and be involved in providing District and Council program for our youth members.  Recipients receive their award at the Annual Council Dinner held each February.  Plans are underway to make a special video program to honor the recipients.

To provide sufficient time to make this a very special event we must receive all nominations by October 15th.  Nominations should be sent to the attention of Michelle Pisias at the Council office. The nomination form is available here.

Jamboree on the Air

Jamboree on the Air

Saturday, October 21st, 10AM to 5 PM

Lauppe Hall, Placer County Fairgrounds, Roseville

Jamboree on the Air is the biggest Scout event of  the year with over 1.3 million participants around the World.  Scouts will be able to talk to scouts all over America and the World via Ham Radio.  Scouts may also complete Radio Merit Badge requirements 7 and 9a at the event.  Read more.

Are you a trained leader?

Are you a trained leader?


Are you a new Scout Leader? Or perhaps you have recently changed your leadership position within your unit. Or maybe you have moved from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts (or Boy Scouts to Venturing). Maybe you are a new Merit Badge Counselor. Or, maybe you are thinking about it but haven’t made the jump yet. If you fall into any of these groups, please make the time investment to attend a training session so you will be best prepared for your new role in coaching and mentoring the youth you will come in contact with in your role as a Scout Leader. Every youth deserves a trained leader so they can experience the full potential of the scouting program.  (Read more to find out how to become a trained leader.)


Venturing Shooting Sports Day

Venturing/Sea Scouts Shooting Sports Day

ElDorado Rod N GuClub

December 2, 2017

This is your chance to experience what no other Scout gets to do.You will be shooting a variety of firearms only available to Scouts in the Venturing programs.  Registration is limited to 100 participants.  al youth must have a parentsigned shootingsports permissionfor and a GECwhitetraining card.  Onsite training is available.  All equipment will be provided.  (Flyer) (Registration)

Pick your campsite now!

The Golden Empire is Now Accepting

Summer Camp Reservations

TWO Amazing Camps to chose from, ONE Great Council!

Camp Lassen is well rounded camp offering everything from a 1st-Year Scout Program to off-the-charts High Adventure (ATV, High rope COPE, Welding & Metalworking and so much more!). Located 45 minutes from Chico, this 4200ft high camp has all the comforts of home! With warm showers and an array of campsites to chose from, you'll want to get your choice locked in now. Learn more about Camp Lassen by visiting our webpage.

Programs available for Troops, Crews and Packs.

Cub Scouts - Session #2 SOLD OUT & Session #3 93% Full

Camp Winton has sold out for the last three years! Troops come back year after year for the beautiful mountain scenery, refreshing Bear Valley Reservoir, extensive waterfront programs which include Sailing, Water Skiing, Kayaks, Canoes, Rowing, Paddle boards and so much more! Winton is known for its spectacular evening campfires and wonderful camp entertainment. Visit Camp Winton's webpage to learn more.

Programs are for Boy Scouts and Venturing

Weeks # 2 & 4 - SOLD OUT  Week 5 - 89% full

Reserve your spot now and select your favorite campsite before it's gone!

Swing a Club for Scouting

On Monday, October 23rd, a memorable and fun golf experience awaits at the Morgan Creek Country Club, a 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!

Scouting Clays Classic

The Scouting Clays Classic is right around the corner!  Held on Saturday, October 7th 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

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Duty to God

Religious Emblems Programs

Available to Members of the Boy Scouts of America

A Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion.

To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed the following religious emblems programs. The Boy Scouts of America has approved of these programs and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform. The various religious groups administer the programs. Read More


Register now for the Catholic Ad Altare Dei Retreat

October 13-15, 2017     Register By Sept. 20th

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.

Sacramento Kings

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.)


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 Dates in 2018 - highlights

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. webpage

 University of Scouting

UOS is an established tradition of training new and existing leaders with the skills they need to lead our Scouts. Come on Saturday, January 27 - webpage

Sportsman EXPO

Scouts and non-Scouts alike are invited to the Sacramento EXPO Center for the Sportsman EXPO and Youth Fair. Starts Friday, January 19th  and runs through Sunday, January 21st. Don't miss it. - webpage


Three new dates announced for 2018. Registrations coming soon. Review the NYLT webpage for more info

Wood Badge

Two courses in 2018: April or September courses. Please review the Wood Badge webpage for all the details.

Norcal Property

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Leadership Training

  • What is Wood Badge? It is an adult leadership training put into the context 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? new 2018 dates ..... April 2018 & Septeber 2018, For more details checkout the council website Wood Badge Fall page.

2017 Wood Badge Course WANTED: Venturing Youth to Help October 5-6 

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


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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