Golden Empire Council News - October 2019


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Cub Scout Saves Mom

Cub Scout Lion Saves Mom

Trevor, a Cub Scout Lion form Pack 513 was able to administer an Epipen for his mother when she suffered an allergic reaction to wasp stings.  Trevor was able to remain calm and help his mother remain calm.  Trevor received the Medal of Merit for his actions.  

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University of Scouting

Something for most every Scout & Scouter:

University Of Scouting &

1920 to 2010 on 11-9-2019




  • Basic Leader Training
  • Cub Scouts
  • Scouts BSA
  • Venturing
  • General Scouting
  • Den Chief
  • Merit Badges
  • Order of the Arrow
  • Commissioners
  • The climbing wall
  • OA Dance & Drums demo
  • Sea Scouts
  • Scouting Comm./Progs
  • Community resources that support scouting

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Help as staff:            Kim Perry Reed
(ß EMail Event Chair)


Council Dinner

100th Anniversary Council Dinner

Save the date

Saturday, February 8th

Sacramento Memorial Auditorium

Featuring Terry L. Fossum


Golf Tournament

45th Annual Invitational Golf Tournament and Gathering of Eagles

The Golden Empire Council, Boy Scouts of America will be holding its 45th Annual Invitational Golf Tournament and Gathering of Eagles Ceremony at Morgan Creek Country Club on October 14th, 2019. Through the proceeds, Scouting will be able to expand its programs to serve the youth of the Northern California Region more effectively. Presently, we serve over 16,000 youth, but with your support and the outstanding participation of the community, we can reach more!

This annual event features two distinct components: the Annual Invitational Golf Tournament in the morning, and the Gathering of Eagles ceremony in the afternoon. Registration and Check-In for the Golf Tournament begins at 7:30 am with a 9:00 am shotgun start.

You don’t have to play in the Golf Tournament to attend the “Gathering of Eagles!” We will be hosting this special reception and celebration at 3:00 pm for all adult Eagle Scouts and their guests. On the Golden Empire Council website, you will see an option to register for the Golf Tournament and the Gathering of Eagles, or simply the Gathering of Eagles ceremony. We would enjoy your attendance at either or both!

At this year’s Gathering of Eagles, we are privileged to honor three leading community members with the 2019 NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. The Honorees will be Steve Tharratt (1971), Paul Helman (1962) and Bob Smith (1966).

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Register for the Golf Tournament (includes Gathering of Eagle reception)

Register for the Gathering of Eagles ONLY

Your participation will assure the continued success of the Scouting program. If you have any questions, please call David Hagar at (916) 494-3460.

King of the Empire


    The Sacramento Kings has partnered with the Golden Empire Council to kick-off our 2019 Fall Membership Recruiting Drive!     Will you be the next KING OF THE EMPIRE ?

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Video Contest


2nd Annual Golden Empire Council Unit Video Contest


Every Pack, Troop, Crew and Ship can enter the Video contest.  Anytime after August 31st, 2019, post a Scout appropriate video, no more than 2 minutes in length, that showcases all the great things your unit does on your unit’s Facebook page.  Tag @gecbsa when you post (this will make sure your entry is submitted).  The video that has the most likes and shares by October 31st is the contest winner and will receive a pizza party for their unit.  

So get those cameras out and let’s showcase all the great things our units do in Scouting.


Solar Regatta

Solar Regatta

Team TLAR wants YOU!

Lots of people talk about STEM*, but in the Boy Scout tradition, Team TLAR DOES STEM!

We are building the GEC BSA team to compete against other teams from high schools across Northern California in the May 2020 SMUD 9th Annual California Solar Regatta.  The competition involves designing, constructing and racing a solar-powered boat in three different races using only solar or battery power.  In the process we learn about solar panels, electricity, boat design, mechanical design, computer sensing and control, and whatever the team decides is needed to create a winning boat - a couple years ago it was composite materials and construction.

You may have seen our successful 2019 boat and Scouts on the KCRA Channel 3 News.  Last year we finished 2nd, 3rd, and 4th (out of 20 teams) in the 3 on-the-water events and took “Best Drive Train” honors. We are aiming even higher this year.

We are starting in October by working on three applicable STEM merit badges from a solar- powered boat design perspective:

  • Engineering
  • Electricity
  • Electronics

We are looking for interested Scouts, Venturers and adult mentors to join our team in this adventure.  For more information or to arrange a presentation to your troop, please contact one of our team leaders/mentors:

* STEM: Science Technology Engineering and Math


Philmont Scout Ranch

High Adventure Base

2021 Lottery Opens Soon!

The 2021 Philmont Trek Lottery will be open October 29th through December 3rd. The Lottery is your units chance to select your preferred dates for your Philmont Adventure.


Jamboree 2021


National Jamboree 2021

Save the date!  National Jamboree is July 21 – 30 in 2021 but we are planning now!  If you have interest in serving as one of the adult leaders, being on the committee to help our youth get to the Jamboree or think that your Scout might be interested, please send an email to to be put on our list.  We expect our travel quotes to be in soon and are ready to get started. 

What is Jamboree?  The National Scout jamboree is a gathering, or jamboree, of thousands of members of the Boy Scouts of America, usually held every four years and organized by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  Scouts from all over the United States will come together for 10 days of fun and fellowship at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.  The Summit is bursting with so many Scout activities, that it is almost impossible to do them all.  Scuba, zip lines, BMX Bikes, Climbing and Rappelling, Shooting Sports, Arena Shows, and more await your Scouts, so be on the lookout for more information as the registration process goes live in the next few months.  The Golden Empire Council contingent will consist of 220 Scouters, Venture Scouts, and both Boy and Girl Troops from Scouts, BSA.  Remember to email to be added to our interest list for both Scouts and Leadership positions for the 2021 National Jamboree GEC Contingent.


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.

Week 1 open.  Week 2 limited availability.

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. Camp is filling fast.  Week 1 is available.  

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

2020 Summer Camp


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.

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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.

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

2020 Council Calendar


Save the Dates in 2019 - highlights

Swing a Club for Scouting

Benefit Golf Tournament

October 14, 2019
University of Scouting November 9, 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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