Golden Empire Council News - April 2021


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Cub Extravagana


CUB LEADERS: Could you use some help in preparing to attract not just the youth, but also their parents, into our amazing program? Have you heard about our “Cub Extravaganza” coming on April 10th? Check out our VP of Membership’s personal invitation to you!  #cubx2021

BE PREPARED! These virtual sessions will help you prepare your Pack for what we hope to be in-person recruiting in the Fall:

• Member Manager 101

• Social Media for the Pack

• Restarting Scouting

• Ideal Year of Scouting

• Get parents involved with your Pack!

• Scoutbook for Parents

DON’T MISS THE GIVEAWAYS!  Attendance means you get a “Pack/Den Meeting-In-a-Box” package that can be a great help for Cub Leaders! We also have a recruiting patch program to recognize youth that invite friends to join them in cub scouts.

REGISTER NOW ONLINE  Come, learn, and have FUN at this no-cost virtual event.

NEXT 50 people that register get a FREE Leader’s Guide!


Scouting Odyssey


Set your sights on Scouting Odyssey, a Council wide adventure opportunity for Scouts and Scouters of all levels. After the opening ceremony on May 1, participants have a month to explore locations throughout the Council or their neighborhoods, do outdoor activities, play new games, or learn about nature before closing ceremony on May 31.

All of these activities can become the basis of future den, pack, patrol or troop activities as units move to more relaxed summertime schedules.

Registration will be up within the week—$5/participant gives registrants access to all of the instructions to complete any activities.  Every registered participant will receive a patch and a fillable certificate to commemorate his or her achievements.



Electrician and Plumber wanted


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It is our number one priority to keep camp safe and fun for our campers. In order to do this, we need your help. We are looking for skilled electricians, plumbers, and contractors that would be willing to help us maintain our camps and properties. There are several projects that we are hoping to accomplish before the summer camp season starts. If you can help or know someone who can, please call Greg Anderson at 435-799-5308 or email

Merit badge counselors wanted


While we are planning on holding an in-person camp experience, we understand that some of our families won't feel comfortable attending those this summer. We will be holding a virtual camp the last week of July and are asking for any merit badge counselors that would be willing to help with that. For each of the badges, we will be pre-filming some of the requirements at camp but we need someone to teach the interactive requirements. If you are interested, contact Greg Anderson at 435-799-5308 or We will be teaching the following badges but if you would like to add something we don't have on the list, let us know. Here are some of what we are looking for:

  • Movie Making
  • Communications
  • Personal Management
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Mining in Society
  • Inventing
  • Geocaching
Merit Badge Madness



What will be Golden Empire Council’s TOP MERIT BADGE?

On 3-22-2012 we began by celebrating the 2020 tie between 'Archery' and 'Camping’.  They tied even after a ‘final four’ round-robin double elimination. 

As you read this newsletter we’re just completing the initial round of Merit Badge Madness parings for 2021.  Several merit badges have advanced to round two!

Join us online and look for any of our social media with daily links to the currently open and about to close Merit Badge Madness polls!



Save the Date

47 Annual Golf Classic for Scouting

Date: Monday, June 21, 2021

Location: Empire Ranch Golf Course - Folsom, CA







Spring is coming, and with it the start of outdoor Scouting adventures!

Some districts are starting to plan in-person spring Camp-O-Rees with closing campfires:  American River, Northern Rivers, Placer, Three Rivers, and Yolo.  All are aware of the changing restrictions and the possibility of changing from camping to a day-only to a lower contact version or to postpone to the Fall.  Your district could use help with its event, check with your district leadership.

There is a Council level committee starting to work on a Camp-O-Ree program that can be done by Scouts and their families, or in den and patrol groups if restrictions allow.  It will be a menu of options for outdoor adventures in areas throughout the Council.  This will not be a set of ZOOM meetings but rather challenges to be done outdoors, like the Camptober and Centennial Quest programs.  If you would like to help with the planning, email Kathy Neuburger,  

Summer Camp


After a hard year indoors, it's time for us to get back out into the great outdoors! Unless things change drastically, we are still planning on holding camp in person at both Winton and Lassen. In cooperation with local health guidelines, we've built great programs that will be both safe and fun. Our staff are really excited to see your Troop up at camp this summer. There are still spots available at each camp but they are filling up quick! Join us for a memorable time hiking, fishing, shooting, and having a great time in the mountains! Sign up now!
Scout Shop



New Scout Shop Hours


Starting April 12th the Scout Shop will now be open:

                Monday – Friday 9:00-5:00 closed 1-2 for lunch

                Saturday 10:30-3:00

                Closed Sunday



 The Scout Shop is looking to hire two part time employees 10-15 hours per week at minimum wage.

 Send all inquiries and resumes to,  put PT job in subject line.


Camp Staff


Looking for an adventure that will change the way you look at summer? Leave indoor life behind and spend your summer fishing, hiking, sailing, and shooting! Most importantly, when you work summer camp staff, you'll have the opportunity to make the difference in the lives of other Scouts. Apply online today and have the best summer of your life!

 2021 Summer Camp Application

Camp Cards

Pay for Camp by selling Camp Cards!!!!!!!

The Golden Empire Council Is providing Camp Cards to sell to help pay for your summer adventures.

Scouts earn 50% profit from every $5.00 sale.

Weekly Drawings for free Camp.

Sell Camp Cards using the Trails End Sales app and receive Amazon points.

Go to the GEC Web Site for details and dates:

Metro Card (Example)

Card versions also available in Yolano, Eldorado-Folsom, Chico, Redding, and Foothill Areas.


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Contact: David Hagar, Development Director, Email:


Range Master Training

BSA Range Master Training

2-year certification for volunteers who run shooting sports ranges at twilight camps district and council Cub Scout events.  

Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021

Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Location: Nor Cal Adventure Area

Download Flyer for more information

Day/Twilight Camp

Our Day Camp and Twilight Camp directors are planning an awesome program for you.  This year's theme is Weird Science and promises to be a lot of fun. Camps will be in person following the State COVID Guidance for Day camps.  Registration coming soon.


Golden Empire Council

Cost Savings Promotion for both 2021 Wood Badge Courses

Fall (September 24-5-6,  October 2-3)

The Golden Empire Council is pleased to offer a cost saving promotion to encourage attendance at and participation at a GEC Wood Badge course in 2021. The normal cost for the course is $200 if registered by March 1, $250 if after. The council is offering a $100 reduction for GEC scouters who meet the following criteria:

  • Registered to a unit that had a scouter attend either GEC Wood Badge Course in 2019
  • Registered to a unit chartered to a Chartered Organization that had a scouter from  any of its chartered units (Pack, Troop, Crew) attend either Wood Badge Course in 2019
  •  A GEC scouter, from any unit, who receives a recommendation to attend Wood Badge from any participant who attended either GEC Wood Badge Course in 2019

If a scouter meets any of these three conditions and is verified by Tyler Bonino, the total cost becomes $100 if signed up by March 1st and $150 if after.

For Further information and verification of eligibility, contact:

Tyler Bonino, GEC Professional WB Staff Advisor,, 530-908-1879


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.


September 24-26 & October 2-3

1st Weekend Camp Lassen

2nd Weekend Nor Cal Adventure Area

Russ Erickson

Open Now
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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


Join us online!

Be part of GEC-BSA online!


Recent social media features include:

  • In March 2,000+ are begin 'Reached' and amazingly...
  • Almost 2,000 are 'Engaging'
  • 'Page Likes' are building to new all-time highs

Have you noticed what's happening?
It's a little like an 'always updated' Council newsletter with fresh posts EVERY DAY at: and .

Join the discussion with your own Scouting message, notes, pictures and videos in a comment online, or by sending to SocialMedia@GEC-BSA.Org !

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


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.

Navigating GEC-BSA history

Help Navigating GEC-BSA History?

We’re pleased to invite you to try out some new features including over 50+ recent months of GEC-BSA newsletters dating back to 2017 available here.

If you visit:, you will find the following ‘click-able’ map of Northern CA counties linked to GEC-BSA districts.

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

Platinum, Top-rated, Reviewed

GEC-BSA is investment ready....


Golden Empire Council is 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 2021!