Golden Empire Council News - August 2019


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New Scoutbook features for Den Leaders Now Available

Scoutbook is making it easier than ever to prepare for den meetings and ensure consistent program delivery through new features for den leaders! These tools streamline content and advancement processes so den leaders can focus on making Scouting come to life for Cub Scouts. Get the details on these exciting new features in the one-pager linked below.

View New Scoutbook Features



Shooting Sports Weekend

Shooting Sports Weekend

Join us for the 2019 GEC Shooting Sports Weekend, September 13-15 at Camp Lassen.  Limited to 300 participants, this event is a full day of shooting activities with Ranges including * Shotguns * .22 Rifle * Archery * 3D Archery * BB Guns * Black Powder Rifles & Pistols * LaPort Archery * Air Soft (rifle, pistol, shotgun) * Air Pellet Guns * Pistols (for Venturers) evening shooting and much more! We have added Chalk Ball so register today for a fun time with great drawing prizes and goodie bags.  The fee is $75 per person and you can register as a family or as a unit.  Price includes Friday night cracker barrel, Saturday meals, Saturday night cracker barrel, Sunday breakfast, ammunition, T-shirt, patch, camping, goodie bags, prizes, great food and lots of fun! 


Silver Beaver

Silver Beaver Nominations Due September 30th

The Boy Scouts of America relies on volunteers to plan, produce, and run many of the programs and events for our youth members.  Some volunteers are extremely dedicated to making sure our youth members have the best program possible.  They are the volunteers who dedicate many hours and days to the Day Camps, Camporees, Scout Expos, Scout-o-ramas and the many other events produced by the Golden Empire Council.  Most of these volunteers do this without any expectation of recognition outside of the thank yous they may receive during the events.

Each year the Golden Empire Council holds a a recognition dinner to honor our volunteers.  During this dinner we present a few of our most dedicated volunteers with the Silver Beaver Award.  This is the highest adult volunteer award that can be given by the Council.  

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the Golden Empire Council.  We are planning to make the Council dinner a very special event.  You can help by nominating the most dedicated volunteers to receive the Silver Beaver Award.  Nominees must be currently registered Scouters.  Nominations are due by September 30, 2019.  Don't wait to the last minute.  Submit your nominations now.

Silver Beaver Nomination Form

University of Scouting

Special Fall University of Scouting November 9, 2019 

Golden Empire Council is going to have a special Fall University of Scouting to kick off the 2020 celebrations of 100 years Scouting in our area. You'll want to mark your calendar for Saturday, November 9, 2019 so you can be a part of this fantastic training event. Feedback has been received on how UoS can be improved with registration, opening, lunch and much more.   

Please contact Kim Perry-Reed at 916-203-5711 or if you want to attend the meeting, help with planning or even if you have more feedback on how to take UoS to the next level.  



Scout-Me-In Too

Golden Empire Council's Family Scouting Task Force would like to invite Scouts BSA members and their families to join us for a weekend of scout skill development and camaraderie.

When: Friday, August 16th, 4:00pm through Sunday, August 18, 2019, 12:00pm

Where: NorCal Adventure Area - 15356 Oregon Hill Road, Dobbins, CA

Who: All Golden Empire Scouts BSA Troops, Webelos Cub Scouts, Their Families and friends.  A special invitation is extended to experienced female and male Scouts BSA members interested in helping to teach basic scout skills or to help run an event.


Register here


Golf Tournament

Save the Date:

45th Annual

Swing a Club for Scouting

Benefit Golf Tournament

Monday, October 14, 2019 - Morgan Creek Golf Club

A memorable golf experience awaits at the Morgan Creek Country Club's premier private golf course. The beautiful rolling terrain and wonderful sloping greens are kept in pristine condition.  Here is an opportunity to test your skill and at the same time, benefit Scouting, the character development program for youth that is needed more now than ever before!

Your participation fee supports the Golden Empire Council; which serves approximately 17,000 members in 16 Northern California counties.


Register Today


Cub Resident Camp


Did you attend our 2019 Cub Resident Camp – Adventures in Time?  We sure hope you had a chance to experience all the fun, family time, advancement opportunities, and beauty that Camp Lassen offers for the families of Northern California.  Don’t miss your chance to join us in 2020 for Americans of the Early Frontier as we celebrate Louis & Clark, Paul Revere, the gold rush and more.  Register now to save your Pack’s spot for 2020.  We will fill up for this great experience.  We cannot believe how amazing the reviews were in 2019 – trust us, you don’t want your chance to slip away.  Click here to register now

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

Pick your campsite now!

The Golden Empire is Now Accepting

 2020 Summer Camp Reservations

The Golden Empire Camps are ready for the 2020 season!  Don’t miss out on your chance for the experience of a lifetime at Camp Lassen or Camp Winton for summer 2020 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 four 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 now. Week 5 is already full.  

Reserve your spot now and select your favorite campsite before it's gone!

2020 Summer Camp


Social Media


Have you visited lately?

There’s something of a ‘Buzz’ you may want to check out?

Or better become part of it yourself!  If you have content to share please send it to SocialMedia@GEC-BSA.Org!

Talk to a Successful Cub Scout Leader


Talk with a successful Cubmaster or Den Leader in a pack with 
three (3) or more girls dens

The GEC-BSA Task Force to Implement 'Family Scouting' is very fortunate to have leaders of up-and-running Cub Scout Packs with three (3) Dens for girls.  They include these Cubmasters and Den leaders who are ‘also’ involved in helping to make the council’s ‘Family Scouting’ efforts successful

You are invited to email them with questions or concerns, and our entire team of 'Task Force' members is available to back them up as needed

They include:



Ron Byrd

Girls Den Leader

Pack 191

Yolano Dist.

Brenda Washington

Cubmaster/Den Leader

Packs 191 / 897

Yolano Dist.

Robert Rhymes


Pack 255 
(also P-143 & T-007)

Soaring Eagle Dist.



Online Training


Are You a Trained Leader?

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 available online.  Log on to to view and take the new training.

Access training

Training information

Do you prefer the interaction of live training session?  We still do live training in addition to the online classes.  Click here to see our training schedule.





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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Letter to parents

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 Fall Course

September 20-22 & October 4-6

We look forward to seeing you on course!

-Wood Badge Team

Journey to Excellence

Scouting’s Journey to Excellence

Scouting’s Journey to Excellence (JTE) is the BSA’s planning, performance, and recognition program designed to encourage and reward the success of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.

Golden Empire Council is very proud to have been recognized by the National Council for achieving it’s ‘JTE’ goals in each of the last three calendar years.


Norcal Property

Watch our building progress at the Nor Cal Adventure Area.

Visit the Blog or website for more information.



Support Scouting while you 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 $2,300 in donations.  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

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

Guide Star


Golden Empire Council – BSA earned the 2018 & 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency, 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 also secured enough recommendations from volunteers to earn the ‘Top Rated’ designation form GuideStar’s partner organization Great Nonprofits.

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:

And our Great Nonprofits profile at:


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



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