Golden Empire Council News - February 2019


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Welcome to Scouts BSA


Welcome to Scouts BSA

With the launch of the Scouts BSA program on February 1, we are at a historic milestone as we make our iconic program available to young men and young women.


Scout Me In - Scouts BSA Event

     Scout Me In - Scouts BSA Event

Scouts BSA Troop 1625 would like to invite our fellow female Scouts BSA members and prospects for a weekend of Camping, Camaraderie, and Advancement.

When: Friday, February 15 - Sunday, February 17, 2019

Where: Grasslands Regional Park, Davis CA

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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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Scouts BSA Tool-kit


Just released:

TOOL-KIT / Check-List



For starting
A Scouts BSA Troop



All in-one-place, a downloadable PDF with all the links, applications, presentations, logos, guides and more needed to start and get running a new Scouts BSA Troop of girls or boys! (Click above link or here)


Online Training


New Online Training Is Here

Every Scout deserves 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) are now available.  Log on to to view and take the new training.

Access training

Training information



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.


Pick your campsite now!

The Golden Empire is Now Accepting

 2019 Summer Camp Reservations

The Golden Empire Camps are ready for the 2019 season!  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








National Youth Leadership Training Registration! 

Registrations for all three NYLT are open!  Don't miss this opportunity to provide your Scouts with the best leadership training available.  Find out more on our Training Page.  (link to training)

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 most 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

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 earned the 2018 Platinum Seal of Transparency late in December 2018, from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing these metrics, we’re helping the nonprofits like ours to move beyond simplistic financial ratios to assess nonprofit progress.


We chose to display quantitative metrics such as…

  • Number of Campers enrolled
  • Number of youth receiving services, and
  • Number of youth-lead community service projects

…to represent how hard Golden Empire Council – BSA is working to achieve our mission.


We’re proud to use GuideStar Platinum to share our full and complete story with the world. To reach the Platinum level, we added extensive information to our Nonprofit Profile: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; quantitative information about goals, strategies, and progress toward our mission.   More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data at to grow support for nonprofits.


Now Golden Empire Council – BSA members, supporters 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. Please check out our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile and tell us what you think:



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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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