Golden Empire Council News - May 2021


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Big Day of Giving

INVEST in Scouting!
It's 'BIG DAY OF GIVING' on 5-6-2021

During this past year of turmoil, it’s easy to get distracted from the BIG picture. Specifically - focusing on our future and what we can do about it. A most vital part of our future is building our youth.

Scouting is one of the best ways for youth to obtain values that builds strong individual character, strengthens families, and sustains peaceful communities.

Our values-based leadership program of Boy Scouts is more important than ever. Please consider making an investment in our Scouting youth.

Scouts of all ages continue to live by the Scout Oath and Law, to “help other people at all times” and to “Be Prepared.”

Even with the 2020 commotion - we have expanded our programming to include virtual events like: Day Camp in a Box, Camp It Out, and Merit Badge Madness. All these modules are online and currently available. Many Cub Scout, Scouts BSA and Venture Units are conducting Zoom meetings and are enjoying small activities, where allowed. All of which complies with the state & local guidelines for safe gatherings. Most importantly - Our girl troops are growing! We even have our first group of Girl Eagle Scouts receiving their awards.

Your gift will help scouting "Be Prepared" as we get through COVID and can begin to offer our outdoor programs. All donations stay right here in Northern California area and will be used to help keep our programs, camps and youth secure. Scouting needs you now -- more than ever.

Thank YOU for your heartfelt consideration and unwavering support of the Golden Empire Council, Boy Scouts of America!

To INVEST in Scouting click: [Donate Now] -or- visit our Big Day of Giving Page 'here' -or- download and complete off-line -or- via text at: .



Hello Scouters – 

Are you feeling that you have a great recruitment plan that continues to work?  Then join us to share.

Are you feeling overwhelmed by recruitment, and feel that whatever you try does not work.  Then we may have the answer.

Are you somewhere in-between?  Then you have ideas and could use ideas and we need you.

Please come to the Golden Empire Council Recruitment Preparedness Session. Where we can learn and brainstorm for “The Ins and Outs of the Recruitment Maze” hosted by the Buttes District via Zoom.

Who: All Scouters involved in recruitment

What: The Ins and Outs of the Recruitment Maze

Where: The comfort of your home via Zoom

When: Monday Night, May 10, 2021, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Why: Because every youth deserves the best unit possible

How. Just register at   Recruitment - Learning & Brainstorming Session Registration (      Cost is free.  Log in on Monday, we will open the room at 6:50pm, and gain and share insight into recruiting.

Scouting Odyssey


Extended by popular demand!! Scouting Odyssey, a Council wide adventure opportunity for Scouts and Scouters of all levels, has been extended from the month of May through the end of August! After May 1, registrants will have access to the opening ceremony and list of adventures throughout the Council, outdoor activities, new games, and nature activities to experience before closing ceremony on August 31.

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

Registration is up now—$5/participant gives registrants access to all of the instructions to complete any activities.  Every registered participant will receive a patch after the August ending and a fillable certificate to commemorate his or her achievements. Follow this link:


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 is available now.  Visit our Council Day Camp webpage for more information.


Plumbers 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 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

Unit Camping







JUNE 4-6 AND JUNE 11-13




  • $5/person/night

JUNE 4-6, Camp Lassen

JUNE 4-6, NorCal

JUNE 11-13, Camp Lassen

JUNE 11-13, NorCal

For more information, contact the Camping Desk—

(916)333-5434 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



Is the 2021 Merit Badge of the Year

Thanks to all who were involved to help make FIRST AID
Golden Empire Council’s TOP MERIT BADGE?


The Golden Empire Council, Boy Scouts of America will be holding its 47th Annual Invitational Golf Tournament at Empire Ranch Golf Club, Folsom Ca. on June 21st, 2021. The Challenges of the COVID 19 pandemic have made many events impossible. The Golf Tournament, however, is a chance for supporters of Scouting to get together in a safe and open environment. 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 6,000 youth, and with the support and the outstanding participation of the community, we can reach more!

 Register online:  Register Today

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:



Golden Empire Council

Cost Savings Promotion for the 2021 Wood Badge Course

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
Click to Register




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


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

GEC-BSA Counties?

If you visit:, you will find the following ‘click-able’ map of Northern CA counties linked to our seven (7) 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!