Golden Empire Council News - May 2019


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Day/Twilight Camps

Day/Twilight Camp

Adventure "Beneath the Sea"

Adventure awaits "Beneath the Sea" at day camp and twilight camp.  Our Camp Directors and Program Directors have been working hard to plan fun and exciting activities for this year's "Beneath the Sea" theme.  Cub Scouts will have fun with lots of theme based activities along with the traditional favorites of Archery and BB guns.  There are 10 locations throughout the Council.  Register for one or more near you.  To find the location nearest you follow the link below.  Register now.  Sessions are filling up fast.

Day camp information


I Sold 20!!!

Camp Cards - I Sold 20!!

Hey Scouts!!!

Congratulations to the April winners of the Free Camp Weekly Drawing!!

There is still time to register for the “I sold 20” promotion and receive a limited-edition River Cats Ball Cap and a free ticket to a River Cats game. Deadline to register is May 24.

Click here to register.

I sold 20!!

View list of winners


Big Day of Giving

Make your gift to support Scouting on Thursday, May 2nd.  Click here to make your donation.


Cub Resident Camp


Family camping is just another timeless outdoor experience that involves Cub Scouts and their families. Our 2019 Cub Resident Camp is just around the corner and we want you, your Cub & the rest of your family to join us.  Adventures at Camp Lassen include kayaking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, archery, BB guns, wrist rockets, arts & crafts, bouldering wall, scout craft and more!! Additional activities available to family members 14 & up include upper and lower COPE courses, ATVs and our 3-story climbing & repelling wall. We hope to see your family at Camp Lassen this July!

For more information or to make a reservation email Mark Buschmann or call 916-333-5434.

Summer Camp FAQ

Family Scouting/Scouts BSA

2019 Summer Camp FAQ

With the full implementation of the Family Program this year, your sons *and* daughters can attend GEC Summer Camps!  You probably have a lot of questions, but the good news is that there really isn’t too much change – other than we hope to be serving more youth this summer.  We have compiled a list of some Frequently Asked Questions.  Read more.

Capital Woodcarving Assoc.

Capital Woodcarving Assoc. invites Scouts to the 2019 Annual Wood and Gourd Show

When: Saturday May 18, 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, May 19, 9 am to 4 pm

Where: Scottish Rite Masonic Center

Scouts are invited to visit the show and enter in the woodcarving competition.  The competition includes 70 categories and includes all levels of skill from novice to world class carvers.  The members of the Capital Woodcarving Association are working on developing a group of merit badge councelors who hope to keep the art of woodcarving alive by passing on their skills to a new generation of carvers.

More information

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 a 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


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.

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NYLT Changes Age Minimum to 13

Great News! Boy Scouts of America has just recently announced a rollback of the age of Scouts BSA youth to attend National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)! A youth must be 13 years of age by the course date. Your youth can take the next step to improving their troop/crew/ship leadership skills for their unit and for their life! There is nothing that compares to National Youth Leadership Training! For more information go to   

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Wood Badge


The first Wood Badge weekend is in the record books. Don’t miss your opportunity to Register for the Fall 2019 Wood Badge course. Wood Badge is a council-run, advanced leadership training for adult leaders.  On course, you will learn leadership skills, that will prove to be invaluable during your Scouting adventure’s. Wood Badge is the very best adult leader training that the council offers, and most importantly, Wood Badge helps units succeed!

You can register or learn more about Wood Badge at the links below: 

Wood Badge 1

April 26-28 & May 3-5

In progress

Wood Badge 2

September 20-22 & October 4-6

We look forward to seeing you on course!

-Wood Badge Team


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.


Norcal Property

Watch our building progress at the Nor Cal Adventure Area.

Visit the Blog or website for more information.



Support Scouting while your Shop

Are you using Smile when you shop at Amazon?  Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization 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".  

So far Golden Empire Council participation in Amazon Smile has resulted in over $2300 in donation.  Imagine what that might become if more Scouters Council-wide choose to do the same.

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

District Cub Scout Day/Twilight Camps

Multiple dates and locations in June and July.  Follow the link for more information.

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Shooting Sports Weekend - Camp Lassen September 13 -15, 2019

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:


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




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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