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Ranchero West






Welcome to the

Ranchero West District

 of the

Golden Empire Council Boy Scouts of America 

   Proudly Serving

 Glenn, Butte and parts of Tehama County


Chico Scout Office & Store Address:

1311 Mangrove Ave
Chico, CA  95926

Ph: (530) 895-0638



The 2015 District Calendar is updated

and ready to go...


...or download your copy here!!


Calendar Updated 2/27/2015*

* Twilight Camp - Date Changed






Ranchero West

Upcoming Training Dates!!


~ Leader Specific Training (Cub, WEBELOS & Boy Scouts) -  March 21st


~ Scoutmaster/Asst. Scoutmaster Outdoor Training - March 27-28th


~ Wood Badge I - Sept. 24-26th


~ Wood Badge II - Oct. 8-10th






Ranchero West District Dinner 2015

Date:  March 6th


Time:   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Location:  LDS Alamo Building - 735 W East Ave. Chico




Each year, Ranchero West District gathers together for our annual District Dinner. 

A celebration of our year of Scouting and way to recognize some of Ranchero West's outstanding Volunteers.

This event is designed for everyone associated with Scouting in Ranchero West District: District-level Scouters, Unit-level Scouters, Eagle Scouts, Scouts, along with their families and friends are invited. In the past, often the case has been that Award Winners from Units are either not in attendance or attend by themselves. Wouldn't it be great if our Award Winners were surrounded by friends, other Leaders, Scouts, and families from their Unit? Make sure everyone knows they are invited! Better yet buy them a ticket! It is important everyone knows how much we appreciate their hard work and take this opportunity to say THANK YOU by attending!

Grill Master Steve Estes will be back again lending his cooking prowess to the evening, it is sure to be OUTSTANDING!

Come join in on the fun and help us celebrate our 2014 achievements, Silver Beaver, Training, Spark Plug, District Award of Merit Award Winners, and our Eagle Scouts!

You can register online buy clicking HERE, or at the Scout office.

$12 per person, please register by March 1st!

Questions? Call Bob Geiser at Cell - (530) 321-1591 or Home - (530) 894-8184












Ranchero West District Pinewood Derby 2015


Mark your calendars for...

March 14th at the LDS Alamo Building

735 W East Ave. in Chico


More details to follow!


Questions?? Contact Cindy Stickney
(808) 927-8877




Help your son do his best!!




Pinewood Derby® Rules

All cars must pass the following inspection to qualify for the race:
  1. Width shall not exceed 2-3/4 inches.
  2. Length shall not exceed 7 inches.
  3. Weight shall not exceed 5 ounces.
  4. Axles, wheels, and body shall be from the materials provided in the kit.
  5. Wheel bearings, washers, and bushings are prohibited.
  6. No lubricating oil may be used. Axles may be lubricated with powdered graphite or silicone.
  7. The car shall not ride on any kind of spring.
  8. The car must be free-wheeling, with no starting devices.
  9. No loose materials of any kind are allowed in the car.






The NEW 2015 Golden Empire Council

Camp Cards Sale is here! 

What's New this year? 

5 regional cards with valuable discounts to

exciting new vendors! 


Chico Promotion

Davis Promotion

Sacramento Metro Promotion

Redding Promotion

Yuba City Promotion

Prizes include: Scout bag for 20 cards sold and and choice of free week
at ourcouncil camp, iPad Touch, or iPad Air for qualifying sales. 
Order pick-up at March Roundtables

Check out our Camp Card Website for all the Amazing Details!









Camp Staff Wanted Are you looking for a job this summer?

Do you want to work in the mountains?
Do you know someone else who does?


Golden Empire council resident camps are accepting applications now! There are a variety of positions available for varying lengths of time at each of the Golden Empire Council Camps.  

Interviews on-going until filled. Don't delay!  




Come to Camp Lassen Cub Resident Camp 2015 Adventure

Lassen Timberland!


The Cub Program Committee is busy planning an exciting summer of fun-archery, BB guns, nature, handicraft, scoutcraft, showmanship, climbing, bikes, and waterfront. Some areas will have separate programs for Cubs (Wolves and Bears) and Webelos so we will be asking you for a breakdown by rank soon.


Golden Empire's Summer Camp Locations

60% FULL - Don't delay - Get your reservations in today! 


Golden Empire Council has a variety of programs and locations for your 2015 Boy Scout and Cub Scout residence camp experience.
Click here for Golden Empire Summer Camp descriptions

Click here for updated Camp Schedule with prices.   
All 3 camps accept provisional Scouts-boys attending camp without their unit-for whom the camp will provide adult leadership.

Leader Guides for all camps are located here  GEC Summer Camp. The guides will provide more details about regular and special programs.
For help with camp questions contact us at Camping@gec-bsa.org








Ranchero West District Needs your Help!


Ranchero West District has several district positions available

and we need people to fill those vacancies!  Some are small

positions that are once-a-year responsibilities

and we have very important large positions too. 


For a list of positions and responsibilities...


If you would like to help!!

Please contact RW District Chairman

Steve Kelsey at thekelseyfam@gmail.com


 Thank you!!





Scout Expo 2015



April 17-19, 2015

(Early Bird Sign-up starts December 1st 2014)


Save the date!


If you would like to be on the committee planning this event, please attend the next 2015 Scout Expo meeting on Wednesday, November 12 at 7pm. This meeting will be held at the 2 Cultural Hall, 751 Rio Tierra Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95833.




Click Here For More Details



The program for 2015 is under development now and will be posted here soon.  Please check back for updates!

  (as of October 16, 2014)



Yes, there is a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GEC2015ScoutExpo


Questions? Sending an email to: ScoutExpo2015@gec-bsa.org





Support the local Scouting Movement in several ways

As you may know, the Golden Empire Council chartered through the Boy Scout of America,

is an independent non-profit organization. We rely on regional fundraisers,


local businesses, grants, the Golden Empire Council Endowment fund and our members,

Scouters like you, in order to conduct business through the year.


The PUSH Logo
James E West



Please Join Us Each Month for

District Roundtable!




Have you been to District Roundtable lately??


Find out what going on in the Ranchero West District.  Enjoy some peer-to-peer interaction and learn a trick or two to make your Troop or Pack just a little bit better and to get to the next level.  If you are a regular attendee to Roundtable, invite a friend or two to attend with you!


Join us on the 1st Thursday of every month (except July)


1450 E Lassen Ave, Chico in the LDS Building between Ceres and Eaton Rd.


Questions?  Contact...

Steve Frediani for Boy Scouts @ spodaco@sbcglobal.net

Elaine Nilsson for Cub Scouts @ menilsson@aol.com





Looking for opportunities


to serve our community?

(Updated 1-11-15)


Check out the newest addition to the


RW Distinct Website Menu Bar!


"Requests for Service"


Just click on the link above or the Website Menu and see who would like help from the Boy Scouts of America!


If you hear of any opportunities to serve the community,  let us know!

Just email service requests to...







Upcoming Council Training

National Youth Leader's Training
Spring Apr. 10-12 & Apr. 24-26
Flyer        Sign-up today
Sept. 25-27 & Oct. 9-11
Flyer         Sign-up today
Basic Backpacking Awareness
Feb 28- Mar 1 & Mar
Flyer        Sign-up today
Commissioner Conference
Sat., Mar 7th  7:30-3 PM
Flyer          Sign-up today
Council Calendar
3 months at a glance
3           STEM & Aquatic Committee Meetings 7pm Council Service Center
8           Scout Sunday    Boy Scouts of America turns 105 years old!
8           NRA Range Safety Officers Training
14         Scout Sabbath
21         Council Volunteer Recognition Dinner - Present Silver Beavers
21-22   Wilderness First Aid - Live Oak- Full Wait list available
27         Scout Night with the Kings 
4 -        Eagle Scout and Outstanding Youth Recognitions Dinner 7PM
10        Sporting Clays - Ione 





Ranchero West's Featured Pic!


 Troop 3 - A Scout is Confident??

Zach from Troop 3
Scouting for Food 2014




 Do you have a Scouting picture you want to see featured?  Email it to thekelseyfam@gmail.com