Golden Empire Council News - November 2021


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Summer Camp 2022

It’s time to get ready for the summer of 2022!

Cub Scouts are invited to “Join the Lassen Super League:  Unleash the Hero Within” at resident camp.  Experiences in nature, handicraft, campcraft, aquatics, fitness, archery, BB gun shooting, and showmanship are scheduled around delicious meals and free time activities. Get your youth and adults busy honing their superpowers and gathering the outfits, decorations, pack flag, and song or skit that goes with them.  

Scouts BSA will encounter a new set of challenges and some old favorites at Camp Winton, from merit badges to free time activities.  

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2022 Camp Directors

Announcing our 2022 Camp Directors

We are excited to announce our camp directors for the 2022 camp season! Kathy Neuberger will be leading the superheroes at Camp Lassen. Bill Whitton is going to be our director at Camp Winton. Both of these wonderful people have a ton of great experience that will help both of our camps rise to new heights this year.

Please join us in welcoming them to our camping team!


PUSH Dinner

Please join the Golden Empire Council in giving young people the opportunity to join Scouting! The Boy Scouts of America PUSH Dinner is one of the premier fundraising events in the Sacramento area. The 2021 “Pop Up PUSH” is planned for Thursday November 18th at the Arden Hilton. The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00 P.M. followed by dinner at 7 P.M. We respectfully request your attendance and support as a donor or corporate sponsor of Scouting. 


We’re excited to announce that this year’s theme is Superheroes. Often when we hear the word hero we think of Individuals with capes and superhuman strength. However, the truth is that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. A true hero is an ordinary person who finds the strength to preserver, endure overwhelming obstacles, and a desire to do good unto others. 

Be a hero to Scouting today by pledging your support and attending the 2021 Pop Up PUSH Dinner. Please RSVP by November 11th using the link below. For more information, contact Justin Hernandez at . Thank you for all you do for Scouting and your consideration, I will see you November 18th.

Registration for PUSH Dinner


Holiday Hours



Please note that the Council office will be closed the week of Thanksgiving, November 22 - 26. 

The River City Scout shop will be closed Thursday, November 24th through Saturday, November 27.

Both the Scout Shop and the Council office will return to normal hours on Monday, November 29. 

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 


Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

  • Nov 19 - 20th (overnight 5p-5p)
  • Location  - Rancho Cordova
  • Cost $25
  • Required for Cub Scout Packs to camp
  • Register here


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?

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Scouting Photo of the Month!

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

HINT"Scout's Own" in a unique setting

Camp Registrations open


Camp Registration Is Open

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. 


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.

Scouting Photo of the Month

"Scouts's Own"
in a unique setting

"The Scoutmaster (Or any unit leader) should never waste the opportunity to let leadership spawn in each of the leadership positions. When our troop was on a weekend outing, Sunday Morning’s “Scout’s Own” turned out to be a most powerful time, given the unique setting.

The outing was a trip down the American River with an overnight camp at River Bend Park, and we had just such a special situation. That morning our Chaplain’s Aid put together a plan to hold our Scout’s own while afloat in the middle of the river. While the boys held all the canoes together, we exchanged our reflections on the trip. One boy eloquently related the whole arc of his Scouting story, since this was to be his last outing before aging out. He had also just earned his Eagle Scout rank. Without that unique opportunity, we may not have heard his story and what it meant to him to be there at that moment. Everyone was silent and respectful, listening with great interest and reverence."

"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 (and other Scout leaders too!) 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 also earned '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
helped us re-qualify for 2021!