Golden Empire Council News - January 2021


Do you have news, video, or photos to share? Email them to our editor.



Pinewood Derby

How to Host a Virtual Pinewood Derby

The Pinewood Derby is one of the biggest and most popular events in Cub Scouting.  It is also an event that is well suited to being held virtually.  Cars may be turned in ahead of time and a little work will need to go into setting up the track and a camera system.  The event can be held via Zoom or other web-based meeting platform.  Follow the links to learn how to host a great Pinewood Derby Event.

Bryan on Scouting – Get ready for Pinewood Derby with these Virtual Events

Bryan on Scouting – How to host a Pinewood Derby event safely this year


National Outdoor Achievement Medal

Eagle Scout Earns National Outdoor Achievement Medal

Antonio Scanzano, an Eagle Scout from Troop 185 in Lincoln has earned the National Outdoor Achievement Medal.  This award is the highest recognition a Scout can earn for exemplary achievement, experience, and skill in multiple areas of outdoor endeavor.

Antonio has been working on the requirements for this medal since the age of 13. He completed the requirement in the middle of 2020.  Here are some highlights:

  • Philmont – hiked 105 miles.
  • Seabase – Crewed a sailboat in the US Virgin Islands
  • Northern Tier – canoed and portages 125 miles in 8 days
  • Camped 150+ nights since joining the Boy Scouts
  • Completed 78 merit badges including all compulsory merit badges for the medal.
  • Became certified in Wilderness First Aid
  • Became certified in First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Became a certified Leave No Trace Trainer
  • Completed nearly 100 hours of conservation volunteer hours
  • Attained a silver device in Camping, double gold in Hiking, double gold in Adventure.
  • Earned the National Outdoor badges in Conservation, Camping, Hiking, Aquatics, and Adventure.

Antonio is a Senior at Jesuit Hight School and is pursuing a career as a Submarine Warfare Office with the US Navy.  He currently holds the rank of Petty Office 2 with the Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

To learn more about the National Outdoor Award Program follow the Link:

National Outdoor Awards Program


Summer Camp

Sign up for Summer Camp


Let's put the OUTING in SCOUTING! The Golden Empire Council has some of the best camps in the country and first class programs to match the faculties. Visit our camping page to check out the countless camping opportunities we offer. And if at anytime you have any questions about our camping properties or programs, please contact the Camping Department at 916-333-5434 or Happy Camping!


Camping Webpage



2021 Wood Badge Dates

The Golden Empire Council Training team is happy to announce the 2021 Wood badge Dates. Don’t let the leaders 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 is available now, Please encourage your unit to start planning today.


April 23-25 & May 1-2

Camp Lassen

Paul Helman

Open Now
Click to register


September 24-26 & October 2-3

1st Weekend Camp Lassen

2nd Weekend Nor Cal Adventure Area

Russ Erickson

Open Now
Click to Register



Photo Contest *PRIZES*




Photo competition

***WIN*** Amazon gift certs. of $5.00 up to $50.00
Post your photo in a comment or send it to SocialMedia@GEC-BSA.Org. Please include your Scout's first name, rank, Council, unit type and number. Every 'Living Room Fort' picture should feature a 'Scouting At Home' theme, include a uniformed Scout with readable left arm insignia, and include our #GECBSAScoutingAtHome hashtag.
Winners will be awarded in seven (7) categories including 1=Top prize overall, as well as prized in sub-categories including 2=Cub Scouting for Lions & Bobcats, 3=Cub Scouting for all other ranks, 4=Scouts BSA, 5=a combination Crew/Ship/Post sub-category, 6=out-of-state Scout and 7=out-of-country Scout.
Contest rules, resources, details, etc. at:
New Scout Shop Hours

Effective November 1st, the River City Scout Shop hours will be:

Tuesday - Friday open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed for lunch 1:00 to 1:30)

Saturday open 10:30 am to 3:00 pm

Closed Sunday and Monday



Help Navigating at

  • Do you know what county you’re in, but not what ‘Scouting District’? 
  • Ever wonder what areas your GEC-BSA ‘Scouting District’ includes? 
  • Would you like to be able to pick out your ‘District Executive’ in a crowd?

We’re pleased to invite you to try out some new features to help answer these and similar questions.

If you visit:, you will find a following ‘click-able’ map of Northern CA counties.

In each case clicking on a county will take you to a ‘Scouting District’ or to a Sacramento County map to pick one or four (4) ‘Scouting Districts’ for your area of the county.

Also each ‘District’ home page now has ‘new’ District Executive’ and ‘District Map’ choices to help you navigate and connect!




We are excited to announce  two weeklong National Youth Leadership Training courses for 2021! Make your calendars for either June 7-12  or  July 26-31 at Nor Cal Adventure Area! What is National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) ?  It’s a premier intensive leadership course conducted in the outdoors. As members of an NYLT patrol, Scouts and Venturers learn the tools of leadership -- experiencing the patrol method first-hand as they camp, cook, eat, work, and learn to play the "Game of Scouting” and learn to become a model Troop! More information can be found at will open in December!  Feel free to e-mail us with any questions at  We can’t wait to meet our youth participants! 



NYLT youth staff Interviews are just around the corner! Becoming an NYLT staff member is an amazing opportunity for youth who have already attended NYLT To further their leadership skills by mentoring youth and taking advantage of the  opportunity to make new friends, and gain valuable experience that will help ensure success in future relationships,  work, college, sports and civic opportunities.  Course Directors  will be conducting youth staff interviews on the following dates; Friday November  20, Saturday November 21  or Friday December 11th.  Please send you name, phone number,  year you attended NYLT , and your e-mail address to and you will be sent the sign up link and interview times.   The interviews will be conducted via Zoom as of this newsletter.   To find out what being on staff entails and to print an application go to


Membership Fee Structure

BSA Membership Fee Structure

From Scoutingwire:

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has worked to keep the membership fee as low as possible. Unfortunately, operating costs have continued to rise and COVID-19 has compounded the need to increase the fee to maintain the program.

To ensure we have the resources to fulfill the promise of Scouting, the updated national membership fee is

  • $66 for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts participants
  • $42 for Exploring participants
  • $30 for council-paid memberships
  • $42 for all adult volunteers (includes cost of background check)
  • $75 for a unit charter fee

The membership fees will take effect August 1, 2020, for new members in the 2020-2021 program year. For renewing members, the new fee will take effect on October 1, 2020. The updated unit charter fee will take effect August 1, 2020, for all new and rechartering units.

Starting August 1, 2020, there will also be a one-time $25 joining fee for new program participants in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts; however, there is no joining fee for Exploring participants, participants previously registered in any BSA program, those transferring from one program to another, council-paid memberships, or adult volunteers.

View complete document

Prorated fees for Fall 2020

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!

OA Patches


Order of the Arrow Patches

Last Chance

The Order of the Arrow is selling a fundraising patch for raising funds for the National Order of the Arrow Conference.   This is the last chance to buy this set.  The patch is available with three different border colors.  Follow the link for the color your want.

Red Border

Purple Border

Yellow Border


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

Items for Sale

For Sale at GEC-BSA

Patches, Gear, Gifts, etc. that Scouts and Scouters can use!


See Facebook comments on this post for more background on these items.



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

Platinum, Top-rated, Reviewed

GEC-BSA is investment ready....


Golden Empire Council recently  became a ‘2020 Top-Rated’ nonprofit.  That status is tied to our previously qualified-for rating of transparency as a ‘2020 GuideStar Platinum’ nonprofit.

If we add these recognitions to our local ‘Reviewed’ status with the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, and the BSA’s own Council Journey to Excellence GOLD (For 2016 thru 2019) it’s a powerful endorsement to donors that we are worthy of their investments.

So thanks again for all who helped
in getting us to here for 2020!


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.