Golden Empire Council News - October 2021


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Spooky Cub Camping

Spooky Cub Camping!

Join us October 15th and 16th for a spooky fun time at NorCal Adventure Area! There is going to be shooting, fun crafts, and crazy games for Scouts of all ages. This will be a great camp for new Scouts and their families, as well as those who have been part of the adventure for a while. While the majority of the event will take place Saturday morning, families are welcome to join us Friday night for a campfire program and a family-friendly movie. Families will be responsible for bringing their own food, though we will have sack lunches available for those who would like them. It will cost $25 per Scout, $5 per sibling, and an additional $5 for a sack lunch. This is going to be a lot of fun. We Look forward to seeing you there! Register online at

NYLT Youth Staff


NYLT Youth Staff Interviews

  • Have you been to NYLT?  Have you considered being on staff?  If you answered yes to both of these questions we would like to meet you. 
  • Interview Dates
    • Oct 10th from 2-5p at the Grange in Rancho Cordova
    • Oct 23rd from 10a-3p at the Davis Community Church in Davis
  • For more information, the application and to sign up for an interview go to the NYLT page on the Council Website
New Marketing Team & Web Updates

New Marketing Team & Web Updates

Our Golden Empire Council, BSA in Sacramento is excited to announce with the assistance of our new Marketing Department, we’ll be building a brand-new website! We’re working creatively and collaboratively to design a website that’ll meet our scout’s current and future needs. We are working harder than ever to create a site that’s compatible on any device and user friendly! Please be patient with us during this new and exciting time. Furthermore, be on the look out for new things happening with our social media platforms Facebook and Instagram. As our new Marketing team steps up, they will be working to promote the council in new and better ways. Change is good and necessary to expand into new territories! Remember we are all in this together! The future is bright, and we cannot wait to see what is around the corner!

Training sessions

Council Basic Leader Training 

Introduction of Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) 

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

  • Nov 19 - 20th (overnight 5p-5p)
  • Location TBD will in the Sacramento Metro Area
  • Cost $25
  • Required for Cub Scout Packs to camp
  • Registration coming soon


Univ. of Scouting 2021

University of Scouting
Nov. 13, 2021 – Virtual

Reserve now through 10-31 for just $15 

We are Resilient!

Start planning what classes you want to take at this year's University of Scouting by downloading the Course Catalog. We have around 100 unique classes with many being offered more than once and no prerequisites required. There’s something for all Adults and Venturing Youth.

VIP Speakers: Hear from Experts across the county talk about Northern Tier, Aerospace Career as an Eagle Scout and Council Support with the new National Service Areas.

Cub Leaders: Learn about Advancement, Songs, Outings, Camping and FUN!

Scouts BSA: Hear from experienced Scouters about First Year Scouts, Merit Badges, Hiking and High Adventure to add spice to your program.

Venturing: Youth Training classes offered by National & Territory Youth Leaders, find out about Sea Scouts, the Ranger Award and there’s a Crew Advisor session to help Adults be more effective.

Commissioners: Classes are those offered in standalone Commissioner Colleges, but you don’t have to be a Commissioner to take these classes, anyone is welcome.

Note: Class sizes are limited and all are on a first-come first-served basis so be ready as registration opens on September 1st at 7:00 AM PST.

Dates to Remember:

  • Tuesday, October 5th - Staff planning meeting
  • Wednesday, October 26th - Staff planning meeting
  • Sunday, October 31st - Last day to register for University of Scouting
  • Saturday, November 13th 8:30a – 4p Pacific Time University of Scouting

More information


VOA Fall Fest

VOA Fall Fest

All Scouts BSA units, Venturing Crews and Sea Scout Ships are invited to join the Golden Empire Council Venturing Officers Association sponsored Fall Festival at McFarland Ranch, 8899 Orr Road in Galt on October 29-31, 2021. 

Scouts are welcome to arrive on Friday evening and camp through Sunday morning.   Share this flyer with all your scouts.

Activities will include chalk ball, tomahawks, pellet guns, Sea Scout activities, fishing and casting games, and lots of other activities and booths such as scuba diving demonstrations, based on high adventure scouting.  All Scouts will have the opportunity to make their own t-shirt at our t-shirt station.  The United States Coast Guard will also be joining us with a rescue/first aid activity and K9 demonstrations.

Saturday night there will be a movie on the big screen.  Bring a blanket for the lawn, the popcorn is on us. Experience a fun weekend of what Venturing and High Adventure Scouting has to offer you!



Lassen Work Weekend

Lassen Work Weekend!

Camp Lassen needs you! Due to the nearby fires, we weren't able to get camp put to bed like we normally do. Join us November 13 as we work to keep this wonderful property beautiful for the years to come. We'll be taking down tents, cleaning program areas, and inventorying gear. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided. If you would like to arrive early, feel free to come up and camp the night before. It's going to be a lot of fun and will really make a difference!


We Want YOU!  
Calling All Scouters to the GEC Fall Membership Drive

Do you know a youth that should be in a Scouting Unit but hasn’t found us yet?

As part of the Golden Empire Council’s Strategic Plan, we have set an ambitious goal around increasing our membership and the number of units we serve. This will allow us to bring the Scouting program to more families within our communities.

While the Council Membership Team is working hard on providing webinars, appearing at Rountables, and connecting with District leaders in this important recruiting season, we also need your help.

What Can YOU Do?

Read More


New Feature Photo

Be sure to check out October's 'Scouting
Photo of the Month'
 at the end of this newsletter.


Camp Registrations opens October 15


Camp Registration Opens October 15!

Reserve your unit's spot at Camp Lassen or Camp Winton as soon as you can. With all the exciting things happening at camp this next year, we expect spaces to fill up quickly. It's just a $250 deposit to sign your unit up for camp. This year, we will be accepting online paperwork and deposits, as well as the physical copies of the paperwork. For the online version, go to . You can also find the paper version at the Sacramento Office at 251 Commerce Circle. 

Popcorn Sale

Last Chance to sell Popcorn to support your Scout and earn Amazon Gift Cards

Support Scouting by setting up your sale today.

Raise Needed Funds for Your Scout’s Unit’s program by Selling Popcorn!!!!!

Earn Amazon points for amazing prizes!!!!!

If your Unit in not registered to sell There is still time to register for the 2021 popcorn sale!

Order Deadline Oct 22nd delivered for your sale by November 11th.

Use the link below to register your unit to stay up to date on current promotions and the best opportunities to fundraise!

We want You!

We want you!

Have a passion for Scouting? Love customer service? We are looking for someone to join our team part-time at the Sacramento office as part of our Camp Desk team. This is a great opportunity to be able to impact the lives of Scouters from around the Council while doing important work. If you're interested, please contact

Want to be a part of things but don't have the time to work here full time? We can also use some help to put on the many events that are held each year! Contact Greg Anderson if you are interested in helping out with any of these!


'GECBSA1' on Facebook!



THANK YOU... for finding us!

You might recall that On 8-1-2021 we announced our 'replacement page

We're pleased to report that as of 9-29-2021 that new page has accumulated 134 'Likes' with over 1,500 engagements during the last month.  That's back up to our 'normal' level.  Our previous page (e.g. without the '1') had accumulated almost 3,000 likes over many years, so while we have a ways to go to get back to where we were, so far we're catching up fast!

So, please ...

  • Look for the new 'replacement page' named GECBSA1 (<-- Click to visit now)
  • [Like] it, and
  • Help us to make it and our other social media 'vibrant' places to visit!

What other social media?  You can continue to find us at all of:

If you have questions, contributions, or want to assist please contact us at SocialMedia@GEC-BSA.Org . We're anxious to hear from you!



National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an 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."

2022 NYLT Course Dates

  • NYLT 2022-1  June 6- 11, 2022 Course Director Mr Chris Fisher
  • NYLT 2022-2  June 27 - July 2, 2022 Course Director Ms Kim Perry-Reed

More Information

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


Items for Sale

For Sale at GEC-BSA

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




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!     
Scouting Photo of the Month


"I think a Scout leader can use photography to help his or her mission of modeling for success.  And what I mean by that is use photography to document the behaviors you are trying to instill and reinforce.  Treat your volunteers with respect and show them what they accomplished.

The photo below was taken a few years ago while I witnessed the power of the Scouting program in how powerfully the older Scouts influence the younger ones.  Our older Scouts were asked to volunteer to helping out at Twilight Camp for Cub Scouts.  Now mind you, the older Scouts don't naturally want to go and spend their Saturday and Sunday with a bunch of young Cubs Scouts, but with proper leadership credits and recognition they did volunteer to help out.

Much to my surprise and certainly to the older Scouts surprise they really got a lot out of it.  Not only did they mentor to the young Scouts but they were worshiped by the young Scouts.  Their affections were evident in the group poses I had each patrol do with their mentor Scout.  Photographs like this, treating the older Scout volunteer leaders as hero's, makes it easier to recruit for the next year when you need a new crop of mentoring older Scouts."

"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

Platinum, Top-rated, Reviewed

GEC-BSA is investment ready....


Golden Empire Council just re-qualified for it's '2021 GuideStar Platinum' rating of transparency, and hopes to soon earn '2021 TOP-RATED' status with 'Greatnonprofits'.

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 and now discontinued for Councils) it’s a powerful endorsement to donors that we are worthy of their investments.

Thanks again for all those who have helped
and are helping us re-qualify for 2021!