Golden Empire Council News - August 2020


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Centennial Quest

Centennial Quest


Plan to be a part of the BSA Golden Empire Council Centennial Quest, to be held from September 9 until October 24, 2020, both online and throughout the Council.

While the Council originally planned for a significant, community-based Rally to be held at the California Railroad Museum in Old Town Sacramento, the COVID-19 restrictions have caused us to rework how we celebrate. In this Centennial Quest version, there will be a series of online resources that will support self-directed, local activities, including things like a Unit History project, photo “scavenger hunts”, creation of a time capsule, historic hikes and a decade by decade overview of what we now call Golden Empire Council. Participation will be recognized with a commemorative patch.

We are also still planning a celebratory event in the March 2021 timeframe where our Scouting community can come together and celebrate the future of the next 100 years of Golden Empire Council.  This will likely be a Scouting only (versus open to the public) event at the NorCal Adventure Area, but no final decision on that will be made until later this summer.

Let's keep the enthusiasm going for our celebration of Golden Empire Council's 100 years of serving our communities!  Stay tuned for more announcements on how you can participate.

The GEC Centennial Committee


David Grundler, Chair

Trish Shurtz, Communications


Family Fun Fest

August 8th on Facebook Live

If you like funny pets, rockets, astronauts, and Pinewood Derby® cars, then you’ll love Family Fun Fest! It’s outdoor adventure you can have online!

This very special online-only event is just for families like yours! There will be cool hands-on activities, interviews with amazing people, and opportunities to make your community better with a service project.

Join in on the fun with activities like designing a Pinewood Derby car and baking homemade treats for your pets with a trained chef. We’ll post items you’ll need for each activity, here and on Facebook, so you can build your own adventure!

If you’re already a Cub Scout, you’ll love it! If you’re not a Scout but want to find out about all the fun and cool things Scouts do – this is your chance! And, it’s always more fun with friends, so invite some of yours to join you online for the Family Fun Fest!

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Bag Sale

Bag Sale

Just for you for 2020 and our 100th Anniversary Celebration!  We are offering Urban Xplorer HalfPack and Backpacks for only $30 including a special luggage tag to show your support of Scouting!  These bags normally retail for almost $200 each and we had hoped to sell them at our summer camps and 100th Anniversary celebrations, but are now offering them for sale via the Council Office.  Prepay or pick one up on your next trip into the office.  These rugged bags will last for years so get one now while they last!

Family Camping

Family Rentals Available – Camp Winton and Camp Lassen  

We have weekend rentals available for both Camp Winton and Camp Lassen on a limited bases for same household (family) groups.  Small numbers of campsites are available and this is a great opportunity for your family to get outside.  Open for select weekends through October, make your reservations now for your family to get outside!

Click here for more information on both camp opportunities as well as links to register for specific weekends



We were looking forward to having our Nor Cal NYLT Fall course, but with Covid 19 restrictions in place, this year's 2020-2 NYLT Course has been postponed until 2021.  As soon as we have the dates we'll post on our social media sites! A BIG THANK YOU goes out to our youth and adult staffers who have been preparing for a great fall course already via Zoom meetings!  We look forward to having GEC's outstanding youth leadership from your units on next year's NYLT courses!  The Course Director has e-mailed participants/parents/troop leaders who registered for the course regarding the postponement.

Details of the 2021 NYLT courses will be announced once dates are set.  If you have questions about the NYLT program, feel free to contact the NYLT Training Team at


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 patches

Camp Patches

Get a piece of 2020 Summer Camps while they last.  Purchase a Camp Winton or Camp Lassen 2020 Summer Camp patch for only $3.50 (shipping included).  We hate that we didn’t get to use the patches but we wanted you to have an opportunity to add them to your collections.


Click here to order:          Camp Lassen Patches

                                         Camp Winton Patch



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

Winter Camp

2020 NorCal Arctic Adventure

The Golden Empire Council is hosting Northern California’s only premiere winter camping experience with two opportunities for fun in 2020.  Come join us in our innagural year for fun, fellowship, and a unique winter camp experience.  We will have daily merit badge opportunities along with evenings with lots of hot chocolate, fun and games.  It will be hosted at the NorCal Adventure Area and is limited to the first 150 Scouts that register. 

We will have opportunities around both Thanksgiving and Christmas for your Scouts to get outside and do some cold weather camping.  Camp will be help November 21 – 25 and December 27 – 31st.  Get it on your Troop Calendar now and we look forward to seeing you at NorCal.

Please click here for more information.  (


Univ. of Scouting


2020 Course Catalogue
Available soon at

We are still looking for people to join the planning team and to be instructors. We are expecting an awesome program.  Please EMail Kim Perry-Reed at if you want to be a part of this historic GEC-BSA 100 Anniversary year Event! #GECBSAat100


NorCal Blog

Watch our Building progress at the Nor Cal Adventure Area.

Vitit the Blog or website for more informaiton.



Facebook Famous?


These units are…


Packs:          22, 29, 37, 49, 112, 160, 281, 380, 465, 499, 513, 611, 1119, 1592

Troops:        2, 8, 24, 44, 107, 115, 118, 134, 139, 144, 152, 161, 219, 228, 232, 253, 380, 389, 418, 506, 523, 633, 807, 1110, 1119, 1855

Crews:          66, 152, 1119

During the last year we're delighted that the above units choose to share their Scouting stories by:

  • Posting pictures and comments to their unit's Facebook pages that note "Golden Empire Council'
  • Clicking 'Like' at GEC-BSA's page at:
  • EMailing notes and pictures to SocialMedia@GEC-BSA.Org
  • Participating in Council and District events where event reporting included them!

IF YOUR UNIT is not yet listed? Please include it soon!

Social Media Check-In

Enduring COVID-19?



While enduring the current COVID-19 crisis it’s a good time to CHECK-IN at and where you will find an active community of scouters and some scouts that recently averaged over 2,200 a day.

Watch for our GEC-BSA Facebook promotions:

  • Merit Badge Madness
  • #ScoutingAtHome
  • #GECBSAat100

Contribute your Scouting message, notes, pictures and videos in a comment online or by sending to SocialMedia@GEC-BSA.Org.  And, join us online and see what the ‘Buzz is about!