Golden Empire Council News - January 2019


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Silver Beavers

Council Annual Recognition Dinner

Each year the Golden Empire Council holds an Annual Recognition Dinner to celebrate the Council accomplishments and the volunteers who bring the Scouting program to the youth of Northern California.  This year's dinner will be held on Saturday, February 9th at the Randy Peters Event Center in Roseville. Registration is open.  Come join the celebration and meet our newest Silver Beaver recipients.

Scoutbook is Now Free

Scoutbook is FREE Starting January 1st

It’s here! Remind your unit leaders, parents, and Scouts that Scoutbook– our suite of online unit-management tools– will be completely free starting January 1, 2019. A helpful new Bryan on Scouting blog post will go live January 1 to aid volunteers and parents.

Scouting Packs, Troops, and Crews already using Scoutbook will not be charged renewal fees when they renew their subscriptions.  If your Pack, Troop, or Crew is not yet using Scoutbook, you can sign up for free.




Sportsmen's Expo

Sportsmen's Expo

January 18-20, 2019

Youth Fair Starts at 3PM on Friday

Free Admission for Uniformed Scouts and Scouters (youth under 16 are free)

Your unit can help promote Scouting by helping at Sportsmen's Expo. Help is needed to run Scouting activities at the Youth Fair.   If your unit is interested in helping, please visit the GEC website or contact Chas Murphy.  Youth Fair activities include: Climbing Wall, BB guns, Pinewood derby track, Robotics and STEM activities, Laporte Archery, Scavenger Hunt, Life-size Jenga.

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University of Scouting

University of Scouting

January 26, 2019

Warren T Eich Middle School

1509 Sierra Gardens Drive.

Roseville, CA 95661

University of Scouting is an excellent training opportunity for Scout leaders and Scouts throughout the Golden Empire Council. UOS is the only place where you will find such a wide variety of training opportunities. Whether you're new to the program or a veteran of many years, UOS provides valuable courses, leadership training, and elective courses applicable across the Scouting programs.

New this year - Youth Merit Badge Classes. This year we will be offering a selections of Merit badge classes.  Your Scout can work on Merit badges while you become a trained leader.



Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food is a nationwide Boy Scouts of America community service project in which Scouts canvas their local communities collecting food for their local food pantries.  All Units, Scouts, leaders parents, siblings, family members, and friends in the golden Empire Council are invited to Help!  Scouts obtain satisfaction and demonstrate how they may serve others by providing a valuable and needed service to the less fortunate in their communities.

The Scouting for Food website for the Golden Empire Council has been updated with all of the tools needed for the 2019 Scouting for Food campaign. Please click the link below to find information to share with your unit for our March Scouting for Food event.

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New Online Training Is Here

Every Scout deserves a trained leaders.  Trained leaders help make the Scouting programs the best they can be.  Scouts who have the best programs are more engaged and more likely to stay in Scouting.

Position-specific training courses for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts (Scouts BSA) will be available on January 2nd.  Log on to to view and take the new training.

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Training information


Sportsmen's Expo

National Scouting Historian Summit at Philmont

Success impacts everything around it, and that is what Scouting has done for over a century. Yet Scouting’s proven track record for positively impacting the lives of millions of young people is not acknowledged as frequently as it should be.

How do we get the message out where it counts the most?
Empower the next generation of Scouting storytellers!

Next summer, the 2019 National Scouting Historian Summit at Philmont will help equip Scouts and Scouters with the tools and skills needed to do just that. This is a joint program at the Philmont Training Center sponsored by the Order of the Arrow and the National Scouting Museum. In addition to bringing attendees to Philmont Scout Ranch after a challenging year, this Summit is designed to engage historians of all ages so they can learn how to promote the importance of our Scouting heritage in their councils, camps and OA lodges by sharing our “Scouting Story,” a program with over a century of success. Our story reveals why Scouting remains relevant today, and aids councils with membership recruitment and retention.


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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Scouting for Families

Scouting for Families

Did you see our Facebook poll on
sisters of Cubs?

It’s not scientific but interesting to see that among 25 responses,
two-thirds of these Cub Packs with a Girls Den have NEW GIRLS in the den.

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!   WE WILL SELL OUT – so get your reservations in early! Contact the Camping Department with any questions at  or at 916-333-5434.  


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







NYLT Staff Interviews

We are “scouting” for our 2019 National Youth Leadership Youth Trainers/Mentors! Did you enjoy your National Youth Leadership experience? Make a difference and become a youth mentor/trainer who is willing to share their knowledge, personal experiences and excitement about what learning and then practicing  servant leadership skills looks like. It can make a huge difference in the life of a youth member for their troop and/or crew and their life.  Interviews will be held January 19th 2019 from 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM at 1101 51st Street in Sacramento at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Please go to our NYLT page for more staff information, to download an application and to sign-up for an interview time! We look forward to meeting you! 

National Youth Leadership Staff Game Night and Potluck 

Calling ALL NYLT Staffers, past and present, Alumni and current staffers, young and old and older! We are excited to announce our first ever Council NYLT Staff Potluck and Game night and we want to see you there! Mark your calendars for January 19th 2019 from 5:00-9:30 PM for a night of laughter, shenanigans, camaraderie, food and fun!   E-mail Claralyn Sant at to RSVP with your name, phone number, the years you served as well as the SPL and CD’s you served under and positions you held! Please bring board, card, and/or team building games of your choice! It won’t be the same without you so plan early to attend! 

National Youth Leadership Training Registration! 

There is more than holidays coming in December! National Youth Leadership Training registration opens too!  Sign up on our on our National Youth Leadership Training page for instant notification when the registration link drops so you can register early before all the slots fill!  Think about giving the gift of leadership  to your youth; there’s not another program in the US like National Youth Leadership Training! Find more info on our NYLT page! 

National Advanced Youth Leadership Training Could Be Your Next Step 

Have you already attended National Youth Leadership Training? That’s great! Don’t forget you are now qualified to take your leadership to the next level at National Advanced Youth Leadership Training! It’s an opportunity you will talk about for a lifetime so don’t miss out! Register early as slots fill quickly! More info at this link:

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is a council-run, six-day advanced leadership training for all adult Scout leaders.  On course, you will learn valuable leadership skills, you can apply not only in Scouting, but in other community organizations, at work or in business, and in your family or personal life.  Wood Badge is the very best adult leader training that the council offers, and mot importantly, Wood Badge helps units succeed!

Follow the link to register for the 2019 Spring and Fall Wood Badge courses.  (register)


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!


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.

Visit the Blog or website for more information.


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. (Flyer) 

University of Scouting

January 26th

Visit the University of Scouting web page for more info. (Flyer)

Council Dinner

February 9th

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

2019 Cub Spook-o-ree

October 18th - 20th


October 25th - 27th

NorCal Adventure Area


Guide Star

     Golden Empire Council – BSA was recently recognized for our transparency with a 2018 Gold Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile! GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations.

More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits. In order to get the 2018 Gold Seal, GEC-BSA shared important information with the public using our profile on

Now our community members and potential donors can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world. Check out our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile and tell us what you think:


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".


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.


Council Calendar

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Golden Empire Council Calendar

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