Golden Empire Council News - April 2020


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Scouting at Home - GEC

GEC- Scouting at Home

The Golden Empire Council has developed a website just for Scouting at Home.  This page contains our latest information, resources for all levels of Scouting, and guidelines for participating in Scouting via the internet.  Scouting can continue via activities in the home and through virtual meetings.  View the website for more information.


Scouting at Home

Across the country and around the world, Scouts are continuing to find ways to continue their Scouting journey from home.  The Boy Scouts of America has created a web page to help you with activities, rank advancement, and merit badges you can do at home.  Scouting Continues...

Scouting at Home


Jamboree on the internet

Special Edition of Jamboree on the Air/Internet

April 3-5, 2020

Scouting continues in the comfort of your own home!

Many Scout activities have been cancelled or postponed. Schools are closed.  We miss our friends.

Join a special edition of the largest Scouting event in the World from the comfort of your own home.  

World Scouting is doing a special edition of its annual digital jamboree (JOTAI -- Jamboree on the Air Internet) which will allow youth to connect to others, learn new skills, bring Scouting online, and build new friendships during this challenging time.  This jamboree is intended to foster teamwork and intercultural interaction while enhancing safe social engagement and well-being.

Scouting Continues...




You can now find almost two dozen websites, resources, documents, etc. to help leaders and parents with making scouting happen even if it’s for one-scout-at-time!

Here are just a few







More Ideas?

We’ll keep adding to the list and you can use this hashtag #GECBSAScoutingAtHome on Facebook any time to find a list of all the ideas we’re accumulating.  Our intention is to help you keep your Scouting experiences going alone or online until we can get back to all the great ‘regular’ Scouting activities that our Golden Empire Council Packs, Troops, Crews, Ships and Posts routinely offer to our Scouts.


If you have suggestions, ideas, questions, problems or concerns about our efforts to keep Scouting working in challenging times please don’t hesitate to let us know.

You can begin right now by sharing them online at or in an EMail message to SocialMedia@GEC-BSA.Org.

Merit Badge Madness


Join us at…..


On 4-1-2020 we’re 9 merit badges into selecting semi-finalists among the 16 merit badges pictures above.  Help select the final 7 entries and then keep watching to see the winner!

Golden Empire Council’s ‘Favorite Merit Badge’.

Don’t like the results?
Stage a Merit Badge Madness 'e'-Coup with friends. Your 'Likes' and 'Loves' will be counted and maybe even reverse the 1st round qualifiers, until we identify all the 2nd round finalists.

Eagle Project of the Year

Golden Empire Council Eagle Project of the Year

The Eagle Project of the Year for the Golden Empire Council has been selected. Jacob C. from Troop 29 of Discovery District was selected for the 2019 Eagle Project of the Year. This selection goes on to the Regional and National level. They will make their selection before the National Meeting in May. Jacob’s project was the Breen Elementary School Wellness Pathways. He and his team painted pathways in the hallways and blacktop at the school. The purpose of the activities is to help a student self-regulate emotions when stressed at school and is intended for use by all students. The pathways were designed to fit into certain areas. The project included developing the elements of the pathway, planning the layout, designing the stencils, coordinating the construction, and leading other Scouts in the implementation.

KCRA Television did an article on the project at:

Centennial Patches

Centennial Patches


Part of our celebration of our 100th Anniversary of Scouting in the Sacramento Area and Golden Empire Council is a special set of Council Shoulder Patches.  Buy yours now!  Only 1000 of these sets were produced and they are going quickly.  
Camp Cards

While our staff is working from home, we are working hard to make sure the Camp Cards are ready to go when the Stay at Home Orders are lifted.  When it is safe to do so, the cards will be ready to issue to units.  Because of the delay we will also be extending the time frame for the Camp Card Sales.  We will work with our families as needed to use the Camp Card sales to go to camp.


Although all in-person training events have been cancelled or postponed, this is a wonderful time to get caught up on the wonderful online courses that have been provided by the National Council. You can see what courses are available by visiting: On this site, you can register for courses and learn more about your position in Scouting and how Scouting works!  

As we get more information about our in-person training events we will be updating our training page at


Day/Twilight Camps

Day Camps and Twilight Camps

Day camps and twilight camps provide summer program activities for Cub Scouts from Tiger rank through Webelos.  Camps are held in each district and run from three to five days.  This year the theme is "Down on the Farm".  Our camp directors are planning lots of fun activities for your Cub Scouts.  Follow the link to find the dates in your community.  Registration will also be posted to the link.

COVID-19 update.  We have made no plans for any changes to summer camp and day camp programs.  Please know that if it becomes necessary, we will work with our families for everyone's benefit.  If we make any decisions that will impact our summer camp participants, they will be made with time for families to make decisions to meet their own needs.  We suggest that families do not worry about that right now and focus on staying healthy and positive in our corrent environment.

Day camp webpage

OA dues

OA Members - have you paid your dues for 2020?

Did you get your dues paid for this year? Pay them now at the Amangi Nacha Lodge Website!  Also, please note all of our great activities and dates for the year on our postcard that recent and current members received.  If you didn’t get yours, make sure you pay your dues to be on our current mailing list. We hope to see everyone in 2020! Click for more information.

Also, if you have an interest in patches, don’t forget to check out our fundraising patches for our National Order of the Arrow Conference this summer at Michigan State.  Click here for more information.


Council Committees

Council Committees

Golden Empire Council has a variety of committees, with representatives from each district, responsible for planning and carrying out aspects of the Council program. We need your expertise and interest!  Read more to find out about our program committees.


National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) 

Registration for all three of our NYLT courses is coming in January! National Youth Leadership Training is a comprehensive hands on training and leadership experience! Participants develop a working knowledge of advanced leadership skills and how to implement them in their their home, school and troop responsibilities. Scouts also have a wide range of opportunities to share ideas and experiences with those from other troops. Leadership requires vision, goals, planning, and team work. These are taught along with at least 18 other skills throughout the week in various settings including presentations, games and hands-on experiences!  For more information check out

National Youth Leadership Training Course Dates:     

NYLT 2020-1 (Summer) July 27-August 1                  

NYLT 2020-2 (Fall) September 11-13 and September 25-27 

Are you a past NYLT staffer and would like to staff again or  have attended NYLT and would like to interview for a 1st year staff position?  Please email 

NYLT and Wood Badge

2020 Wood Badge and NYLT Dates

The Golden Empire Council Training team is happy to announce the 2020 Wood badge and NYLT Dates. Don’t let the leaders and youth of your unit miss out on these amazing training opportunities.  These advancement training courses are designed to take your units leadership from good to great. Online registration will be available soon, Please encourage your unit to start planning today.


September 18-20 & October 3-4

Camp Lassen

Russ Erickson

April 2020

NYLT 2020-1 Summer

July 27 – Aug 1

Nor Cal

Mr. Sant

Register now

NYLT 2020-2

Sept 11-13 & Sept 25-27

Nor Cal

Mr. Berg

Register now

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 click here to go to our National Jamboree webpage.  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.  

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!  Two sessions are full.

For more information or to make a reservation email

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


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 is filling fast.

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 Scouts BSA and Venturing   

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

2020 Summer Camp


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.

2020 Council Calendar


Save the Dates  - highlights

Duck-o-ree (weekend 2) May 15 - 17, 2020

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:


Council Calendar

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Golden Empire Council Calendar

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