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National Jamboree 2023

2023 National Jamboree

The National Jamboree is a one-of-a-kind gathering of Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. Typically held every four years, the Jamboree is an amazing opportunity for participants, volunteers, and visitors to experience the best of Scouting, all in one place.

The Golden Empire Council will be organizing a contingent to attend this amazing event at the Bechtel Summit Reserve in West Virginia.  Scouts BSA members ages 12 – 17, Venturers, and adult leaders can sign up to be part of the troops and crews headed to the National Jamboree. 

Look for more information on the council contingent soon. 
here for more information!


Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday!!!

Giving Tuesday was a HUGE success! We made over $3,000 due to our generous donors! We couldn't be more grateful. It is never too late to give!! If you want to give there is still time!!! Click the link below NOW to give!

Giving Tuesday Link


Sportsmen's Expos 2022

International Sportsmen’s Expo...RETURNS in 2022!

The International Sportsmen’s Expo has invited the Golden Empire Council and Scouts to participate in their annual show returning to Cal Expo on January 20-23, 2022.

Click here to learn more.


Resident Camp

Bert Adams Scout Camp | Scouts BSA Summer Camp | Bert Adams Scout Camp |  Atlanta Area Council | 92

Staffing, Signups, and Updates

2022 will be here right after the holidays!

As families begin looking ahead to summer, we want to make sure you consider these exciting options!

Summer jobs - Camp Directors Bill Whitton (Winton) and Kathy Neuburger (Lassen) are starting staff selection now!  We are looking for knowledgeable, well-rounded, Friendly, Courteous and Kind older Scouts-BSA members and young adults to share their expertise and help make unforgettable camp memories that promote Scouting and personal advancement for younger campers.  Camp Winton offers 7 weeks of merit badges and challenging activities for Scouts BSA, while Camp Lassen features 5 ½ weeks of an exciting Cub Scout program with a superhero theme. The application is on the GEC website:  Summer Camp Staff Opportunities ( After responses are received and reviewed, candidates will be contacted for in-person or virtual interview appointments.  We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Click here for more information!


Summer Camp 2022

Get Ready for SUMMER 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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Council Dinner

How writing a white paper is like attending a dinner party 

Council Dinner

Save the date Saturday, February 5th, 2022 for the Golden Empire Council Dinner, celebrating volunteers for their special efforts. Our event will be held at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West, 2200 Harvard St., Sacramento, just off the Capital City freeway. The program features the 2021 Silver Beaver awards, the highest volunteer recognition in the Council. We will also honor the 2020 recipients who could be celebrated virtually last year. The Venturing Officer Awards and Order of the Arrow Founders’ Awards will also be recognized.

Look for an email later this month announcing the Silver Beaver recipients and more details about the dinner. Hope to see you there!



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 Roundtables, 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 Registration

Camp Registration Is NOW 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


University of Scouting


We just wanted to thank the 166 Scouters from GEC-BSA as well as 14 states (including Puerto Rico, Hawaii & Colombia) and 22 councils for joining us at another successful and ‘virtual’  University of Scouting 2021.

We were delighted to offer 100+ course offerings during the day, to have many highly-rated sessions and to welcome our VIP guests as shown in the picture.  We also want thank everyone that helped make it happen (Instructors, committee members, staff and more!)

Patches were delayed and haven't been mailed out yet.  Please expect them mid/late December, if you didn't get yours by the end of December please email so we can get it to you. Sorry for this inconvenience.

Please accept our Best Wishes for a great Scouting year and make plans to join us again at UoS-2022!  SAVE the DATE: October 29, 2022 University of Scouting 2022

PS: We are looking for a new chairperson and anyone that would like to help planning & instructing.  If you are interested please reach out to Justin Hernandez at or Kim Perry-Reed

Kim Perry Reed
UoS-2021 Event Chair

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 clicking this Link. 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 GEC Training.


Amazon Smile

Support Scouts 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 Smile Amazon, 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

Brotherhood or Biker’s Gang?
(Time for a photo before descending to the campsite fad down the valley below them to the top left of the photo.)

“At least once a year our troop would do a bike outing….
An overnight at a location that allows for a safe yet fairly long bike ride without traffic concerns. This shot is from the Black Canyon Mines area near Mt. Diablo. Nice long backcountry dirt bike paths. Bikes are a great way for the scouts to have an adventure doing something new and with great exercise and great bonding opportunities.”

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 this email. 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 for all who those helped us re-qualify for 2021!