Golden Empire Council News - September 2018


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Capital Cup

Incoming Chairman of the Board and Partner at Genovese Burford & Brothers, Kelly Brothers, will be a proud participant in the 2018 Sacramento Capital Cup on October 5-7th. Kelly Brothers will be playing and raising money for the Boy Scouts of  America! The Capital Cup is a golf tournament featuring 28 executive leaders from around the Sacramento area, competing in the historic Ryder Cup format. The tournament promotes community pride, healthy competition, and raises money for some of Sacramento's most deserving charities.

“The Capital Cup gives me a chance to show support for the Boy Scouts of America. I believe Scouting programs have never been needed more. Scouting allows boys and girls the opportunity to put down their digital devices and engage in a program where expertise is learned, character is developed, and collaboration is encouraged; all in the great outdoors.   Scouts learn life skills, management skills, coping skills, and how to work as a member of a team. One of my sons earned his Eagle and the second hopes to be an Eagle. Through their experiences, I have witnessed Scouting’s impact on young people’s lives and future prospects. Boy Scouts of America: Prepared. For Life."   ­- Kelly Brothers

Donate to support Kelly Brothers’ participation and the Boy Scouts of America here:

Welcome to the Cub

This year, we’re excited to officially welcome girls and boys into the Cub Scouts and invite even more families to take advantage of the life-changing experiences provided through Scouting. After all, the values that Scouts are known for – being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent – are as relevant for girls as they are for boys.

To celebrate this, we want to introduce a new video that we affectionately call “Welcome to the Cub,” which we hope you’ll join us in sharing. It offers a chance to hear from Cub Scouts themselves, boys and girls, about why all kids will love Cub Scouts.

Their perspective is refreshing, thoughtful, and priceless! We loved hearing from them, and we know that the Scouting community will celebrate them, too.

BSA Today

BSA Today is a new series of short videos featuring information and updates on timely topics in Scouitng. Each installment will provide you with news you can use.

Why is the BSA inviting the whole family to join Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA?  Watch this conversation with Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh and find out.

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)


Bass Pro/Cabelas Boy Scout Month

September is Boy Scouts Month at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's

Join us in celebrating more than a century of Scouting.  Together, let's continue the tradition. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's are offering three merit badge classes for Scouts.  The badges offered are Fishing, Rifle Shooting, and Fish and Wildlife Management.  (click to learn more)

Silver Beaver

Silver Beaver Nominations

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 September 30th.  Nominations should be sent to the attention of Michelle Pisias at the Council office. The nomination form is available here.

Free River Cats- BSA patch

Limited Supply - sign up now

The Sacramento River Cats have partnered with the Golden Empire Council to kick-off our 2018 Fall Membership Recruiting Program! Can you…………. Hit a Home Run for Scouting?











How do you Hit a Home Run for Scouting?  All someone has to do to Hit a Home Run is promote Scouting as a fun and exciting program to their friends, neighbors or online… and then they get to wear the special Sacramento River Cats/Golden Empire Council Scout uniform Shoulder Patch (or add it to your patch collection).  And best of all: IT IS FREE!

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Cub Scout badge night

Cub Scout Badge Night at Fairytale Town

Bear Cubs - You can earn your Fur, Feathers and Ferns Adventure Loop at Fairytale town. On Wednesday, November 7th, Fairytale Town is hosting a 2.5 hour workshop which will fulfill all the badge requirments and include a snack break.  Scouts will receive a certificate and their badge or belt loop at the conclusion of the event.

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Scouting Video Contest

Scouting Promotional Video Contest

Does your unit have what it takes to make the best Scouting Promotional Video?  Here’s your chance to find out! Golden Empire Council is excited to announce it’s first ever Unit Scouting Video Contest!  The contest will run from August 1st through November 15th.  The video must be under two minutes long and showcase Scouting in your home unit.  Post the video to YOUR UNITS Facebook Page, The video with the most likes and shares by Midnight on November 15th wins a Pizza Party for their unit!  Click the link below form more info!

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Polar Express











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

The California State Railroad Museum Foundation is seeking 18-year-old Venture Scouts or 16-years-old and over Scouts to volunteer for the popular annual THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride in Old Sacramento. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride runs Wednesdays-Sundays, November 23-December 20, with departures each operating day at 3:30pm, 5:00pm, 6:30pm and 8:00pm. Each day, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ requires about 100 volunteers.

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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***

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)

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



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.

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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


Visit 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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