Golden Empire Council News - July 2018


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Eagle project

Eagle Scout project benefits community observatory

The first Eagle Scout Project at the Community Observatory in Placerville was recently completed thanks to the dedication and hard work of Thomas Ridgeway.  Thomas constructed two benches and an information kiosk for the observatory.  He has now graduated from Ponderosa High School and is on his way to San Diego State University to pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering.

Full Article (Mountain Democrat)

Observatory information


World Jamboree


Don’t Miss WoJam 2019

There is still time to register for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree that will be held at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia  If you are a scout with a birthdate between July 22, 2001 and July 21, 2005, you do not want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. The last World Scout Jamboree that was held in the United States was in 1967, and the last one held in North America was held in Canada in 1983.  (read more)



Scouting for Families

Scouting for Families



Girls Kindergarten to 11 eligible to join Cub Scouts in girl-only Dens with 'OK' from chartered partner

Feb. 1, 2019

Girls 11 thru 18 eligible to join new girl-only Scout Troops with 'OK' from chartered partner


Packs should contact their District Executive to complete the set up requirements. (staff directory)Once set up, the unit pin will indicate that the Pack has dens for boys and girls. 


For information on all things ‘Family Scouting’ visit the council info. page (here or www.GEC-BSA.Org\girls) which is routinely updated and includes articles, videos, links to national’s ‘Family Scouting’ resources, and more


***NEW*** Family Scouting Frequently Asked Questions ***NEW***


Scout Expo

Scout Expo - Registration now open

Register now for the biggest Council Event of the year.  Scout Expo will be held on October 19 - 21, 2018 at Beale Air Force Base.  Register now to take advantage of early bird pricing.  (more info) (Flyer)


Whitewater merit badge


Whitewater Merit Badge Opportunities

The Golden Empire Council is partnering with River Runners


River Runners has been providing high quality whitewater rafting adventures on the American Rivers near Coloma, California since 1974. Over the years their trained Merit Badge Counsellors have awarded countless Scouts with both the Whitewater Merit Badge and Kayaking Merit Badge. The Golden Empire Council and River Runners are now creating a partnership to teach more scouts how to navigate whitewater.

From March through September River Runners offers adventures and whitewater merit badge courses that keep your Scouts feeling challenged and connected with nature in a meaningful way. There is always plenty of time for Scouts to just play and experience the simple joy of being on the river too. With hassle free catered camping and high-quality meals it’s also a treat for scout leaders and chaperones.

For more information, visit River Runners’ website at:

Call: 530 622 5110



Cycle Trek Awareness

Cycle Trek Awareness

Do your scouts like to go backpacking?  Have they gone on a 50-miler? A week on the trail carrying everything you need to survive on your back.  Ever though to try the equivalent on a bike??? The High Adventure Training (HAT) team has a course to help you do just that.

Cycle Trek Awareness

When: August 18, 2018, 8am to 5pm

Where: Cordova Church of Christ

            10577 Coloma Rd

            Rancho Cordova CA 95670

(register here)   (flyer)

Wood Badge Reunion

Wood Badge Reunion

All wood Badge Participants, either beaded or in the process of being beaded are invited to attend the second annual Wood Badge Reunion. Registration is $20 per person if you register be July 6th.  Funds will be used toward Wood Badge Scholarships.  Bring your own camp chair.

When: August 25, 2018 11:00am to 2:00pm

Where: 407 Kirby Court, Vacaville, CA 95687

(register here)   (flyer)


National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) Is an exciting, action packed, hands-on program designed to provide youth with leadership skills and experiences. The skills learned at NYLT can be used by your youth not only at the unit level but in their daily lives. This six day course centers around what a leader must be, What a leader must know, and what a leader must do.  Each participant will leave with a “toolbox of leadership skills”!

This year there are three NYLT courses with only 48 slots available for each course. the course dates are below. The cost of the Training is $275, Courses are filling up fast so Register now at !

Summer II - August Course

August 3-5 & August 10-12


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?  September 2018, For more details checkout the course websites.

Norcal Property

Watch our building progress at the Nor Cal Adventure Area.

Visit the Blog or website for more information.


Pick your campsite now!

The Golden Empire is Now Accepting

 2019 Summer Camp Reservations

The Golden Empire Camps are ready for the 2018 season!  Camp sessions have just begun but to continue our camp improvement plans, we are already looking towards 2019.  Don’t miss out on your chance for the experience of a lifetime at Camp Lassen or Camp Winton for summer 2019 by signing your Unit up NOW!  You will also have an opportunity to sign up during your stay at camp over the 2018 summer, but we didn’t want you to miss out on your chance to attend in 2019.  WE WILL SELL OUT – so get your reservations in early! Contact the Camping Department with any questions at  or at 916-333-5434.  We look forward to seeing you over the next two months at Camp Lassen and Camp Winton.


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.

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 

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

2019 Summer Camp


Annual GEC Calendar

At a recent Council Connections meeting which is a 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 Beale AFB.  October 19, 20, & 21, 2018. webpage


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

Wood Badge

One course left in September for 2018. Please review the Wood Badge webpage for all the details.


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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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