Golden Empire Council News - November 2018


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Giving Tuesday


To honor our ‘Friends of Scouting’ including many who do a good turn by investing in Golden Empire Council - Boy Scouts of America programs…

We’re preparing for this #GivingTuesday by planning to focus on other ‘Good Turns’ that happen all the time with a …

Good Turn’ picture and video contest:

For details, rules, prizes and more see our Facebook page ( and Twitter ( posts in the coming days while we prepare for the GIVING TUESDAY on
November 27, 2018.

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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


Scouts BSA poll

Did you see the poll?


Recently an online poll on ‘Family Scouting’, ‘Linked Troops’, and ‘Girls Dens in Packs’  attracted a number of responses.  The online pole results from a limited audience of participants are not statistically valid.  But what is interesting is that they track with a comprehensive survey conducted by the council last Spring and sent to all top ‘chartered partner’ and ‘unit’ leaders.

Last Spring 66% of 126 Scout Troops were in favor of, or still deciding on a ‘Linked Troop’ and 80% of 92 Cub Packs were in favor or still deciding to add a ‘Girls Den’.

Here are results from similar questions last month:

The Golden Empire Council is developing a webpage to list all Scouts BSA Troops by district.  This list currently lists all existing Boy Scout units.  As the February 2019 launch date approaches we will update to show the Troops for Girls that are forming.  (web page)


Philmont 2020

Registration for the lottery for 2020 treks are now being accepted. In December, the Lottery determines trek date assignments. We strongly recommend that units register for the lottery to have the best chance of receiving their desired trek date, and to have adequate time to prepare for their trek.

Click here to download the 2020 Registration Packet!


Committee for Accessibility

Committee for Accessibility 

Since its founding in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has included fully participating members with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. Youth with disabilities want to be, and can be, treated and respected like every other Scout in their unit. Though it is possible to form a troop consisting solely of Scouts with disabilities, experience has shown that scouting is most successful for Scouts, with and without disabilities, when every Scout is fully included in regular patrols and The Troop.

This is where the newly-formed Golden Empire Council Committee for Accessibility can be beneficial as a resource to help a Scout and unit navigate the unique challenges and opportunities that they may encounter.  Our mission is in line with the BSA mission to "...prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible,  partcipating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law."

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Free River Cats- BSA patch


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 Pack camping tips

How to plan the perfect pack overnighter for new Cub Scout families

October 19, 2018 Bryan Wendell CampingCub ScoutsScouting Tips 4 Comments

Keep it simple, make it fun and remember that some of the families in your pack will be sleeping in a tent for the first time.

That’s just a sampling of the handy advice you’ll find in “Pack Overnighter for New Cub Scouts,” a free BSA resource that’s been revamped for 2018.

A pack overnighter is an essential moment in the life of any pack.

It’s not quite make-or-break stuff, but it’s close. The success of this event will motivate families in your pack to remain involved for years to come.

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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***

River Runners

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



Norcal Property

Watch our building progress at the Nor Cal Adventure Area.

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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 2019 Golden Empire Council Calendar. We hope you plan to attend many of these exciting activities and use it to plan your unit activities.

2019 Council Calendar


Save the Dates in 2019 - highlights

Sportaman's Expo

January 17-20. Located at Cal Expo.  Visit the Golden Empire Council exhibits including the climbing wall. 

University of Scouting

January 26th

Visit the University of Scouting web page for more info.

Council Dinner

February 9th

Dinner to recognize the work of our volunteers to provide Scouting programs.  Silver Beaver recipients honored.


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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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