Golden Empire Council News - July 2021


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VOA events

Calling all Venturers, Scouts, and Sea Scouts!

Escape the great indoors and join the GEC Venturing Officers’ Association (GEC VOA) for some fun!

GEC Venturing River Trip - July 9-11, 2021

Spend the weekend paddling down the Russian River!

Register at:


Council Venturing Movie Night - August 21, 2021

Movie under the stars while getting to meet other Crews, Troops, and Ships in GEC!

Questions? Contact the GEC VOA at

Eagle Scout

Troop 888 Announces their First Eagle Scout since Reviving the Troop

Troop 888 in Amador County did not exist 6 years ago.  They dissolved sometime in the 1990's and started again in 2015.  Their most recent accomplishment is their first Eagle Scout, 16 year old Declan M. 

Declan refurbished an outdoor area at Pine Grove Elementary School.  Declan had attended Pine Grove Elementary School and wanted to "pay it forward" to the school.  For his "Bear Corner" project, Declan cleaned up and improved an often-used outdoor area at the school.  

To read more about the project follow the link to an article from the Ledger Dispatch.

Read More  


New Feature Photo

Be sure to check out our new 'Scouting
Photo of the Month'
feature at the end of this newsletter.

Work at Camp Lassen

Summer Camp Positions Available at Camp Lassen

Looking for something to do this summer?  Do you like working with young Cub Scouts?  Camp Lassen is open for Cub Scout Resident Camp and has CIT and camp staff positions available.  For more information, contact the Camping Desk.

Cub Resident Camp


Looking for something to do with your family? Come to Cub Resident Camp

While the world is finally starting to open up, vacation planning has still been difficult.  Many vacation spots will not be running at full capacity or travel options may be limited.  We have an answer that will be fun for the whole family.

Our Cub Scout Resident Camp program is returning this summer.  This year we are opening our Cub Scout resident camp program to both families and Packs. Space is still available for Cub Scouts and their families to experience this awesome program.  This year’s theme for resident camp is “Explorer Camp”.  Get ready for a fun time exploring the outdoors.  Families are encouraged to register even if your Pack has not made plans to attend as a Pack.  For more information contact the camping department at


COVID Updates

COVID  Updates

Resident Camp: The State and the CDC have recently updated their guidelines for resident camp.  If you are going to resident camp please follow the link to find the latest information.

Camping COVID updates

Unit and Family Camping: Effective June 1st, The state has provided guidance for overnight youth and family camps to re-open.  Units should follow the state guidance and check with their counties for any requirements the counties may have added to the requirements.  Please follow the link to download the State Guidance.

State Guidance for Overnight Camps

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

Silver Beavers

Silver Beaver Nominations Due September 30th

Each year at the Council Dinner we honor our most dedicated volunteers with the Silver Beaver Award.  Recipients are nominated by fellow Scouters to receive this award.  During the past year, many of our volunteers have gone above and beyond to find ways to provide creative program opportunities to our Scouts.  Others have spent years planning Day Camps, Camporees, and other major activities.  Please take a few moments to think about these special volunteers and thank them by nominating them for a Silver Beaver Award.  All nominations must be received by September 30th.  The dinner will be held in February.

Nomination Form


University of Scouting 2021


GEC-BSA's Training Dept. is preparing to help make this event THE ONE that our Scouts need it to be! Please consider joining upcoming planning meetings...

Contact Event Chair Kim Perry-Reed at

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
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 will be closed on July 5th for Independence Day.

The Scout Shop will be closing at 1:00 pm July 17th for inventory.


 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.


Letter to Supporters

A letter to our Supporters

During these unique times, it’s often easy to forget that as Scouts and Scouters we belong to a larger Scouting community. These families, much like yours, believe in the Scouting program and continue to donate their time, talent, and treasure.

Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America continues to instill young people with the values of loyalty, honesty, integrity, a deep love for the outdoors, and respect for our country. Friends of Scouting is the annual giving campaign to support the Golden Empire Council. Even during these unprecedented times, the cost of the Scouting program has not changed. $250 is still the cost of providing the scouting program to 1 Scout for 1 year. Please know that your direct support allows us to continue our mission and grow Scouting in our community.

There are several ways to donate now.

  1. Mail your donation to Po Box 13558 Sacramento, Ca 95853
  2. Text gecfos2021 to 844-615-4269     
  3. Scan this code to donate online:


Please consider giving all that you can. While much of the world has stopped, our mission of scouting will not and has not paused. We hope that you can find peace knowing that scouting continues because of your generosity.  Your contribution allows us to bridge the gap and continue our mission. The world needs scouting now more than ever. 

If you have already made a contribution to the Golden Empire Council, we thank you for your support.

Yours in Scouting,


Golden Empire Council



Golden Empire Council

Updated - 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 August 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.

All pandemic related safety protocols will be followed to ensure a safe experience for all.

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

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.

16 NorCal Counties?

16 NorCal Counties?

If you visit:, you will find the following ‘click-able’ map of the 16 Northern CA counties we serve 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!

Scouting Photo of the Month

Scouting Photo of the Month

We're very pleased to offer this as a new newsletter feature:

Here is a photo of three scouts who bridged over together into our Troop. The first picture tells the story of three friends. Years later, a portrait of the same three boys tells a greater story."

"I have been asked to share my photographs and thoughts on our program with the GEC-BSA. What I want to do is teach and encourage others to use photography as a tool to reinforce their Scouting Program. I found during my time as Scoutmaster, that a scoutmaster can use photography to help model the 'Ideals of Scouting'. As a Scoutmaster you may observe something that you think might be a teachable moment or an example of a virtue of the program. Shoot it! Share it, on your website on a slide show to the troop, in emails or Troop Social Media and to SocialMedia@GEC-BSA.Org . The power of a good photograph is that you don't have to say a lot of words about it, it will tell the story itself."
-- Gerry McIntyre - GEC-BSA Chief Photographer & Owner Gerry McIntyre Photography