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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


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Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Training!!

Sponsored by Ranchero West District


~ Free of Charge

~ September 12th from 9am - 3pm

~ Held at the LDS Alamo Building



For More details, please see the attached flier!








2015 Ranchero West Twilight Camp Forms











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!!






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!!




~ Wood Badge I - Sept. 24-26th


~ Wood Badge II - Oct. 8-10th










 2nd Annual Camp Lassen Shooting Sports Weekend

Enjoy an exclusive weekend of shooting at Camp Lassen. This event sold out last year... don't delay. View Flyer              

Register Now




Ad Altare Dei Retreat - Catholic Religious Award for Boy Scouts

Save the date!!! The Annual Ad Altare Dei Retreat is October 2-4, 2015.
Cost is $50 per Scout. Minimum Age is 13 year old.
We are limited to 40 Scouts.
For more information contact scouting@scd.org or to Register (begins in July), check out

Catholic Committee on Scouting - Sacramento Diocese


To learn more about other Religious Awards click here.





Both the BSA Adult and Youth Application forms have changed. Please attend your District Rountable, stop by the Service Center or contact your District Executive. Membership Applications are also available online click here: BSA on-line Applications. Please throw out the old forms.






Unit Membership Plan

The Golden Empire Council is committed to helping your unit be successful and reach out to new youth! Your District Executive and district leadership will be working with you very soon to create a Unit Membership Plan. Review our membership webpage often to to stay up to date on FREE recruiting flyers and other membership items.

Why Does my pack need to recruit?

Check out this great resource:

Scouting Forms from the National Council





The 2015 Popcorn Sale

is just around the corner! We want to make this sale the most successful it can be for your Scouting families.

We have put in place a few changes that we believe will improve our sale.

Click here for additional details about the sale!

GEC Council Popcorn Webpage




Wood Badge

Sept. 25-27 & Oct. 9-11

Flyer    Sign-up today
Wood Badge is an experience like no other... Its 6 days of Scouting that will help take your leadership skills to the next level.
Read "What Wood Badge did for these Scouters..."





Overdrive - SAVE the DATE - August 21-23, 2015

Sponsored by the Venturing Officer's Association

Happy Summer GEC Ventures! As we approach Summer, we also approach the most awesome event of the year: our Council's annual spectacular Venturing event called Overdrive. Come experience the power of Venturing with Ventures from across the Council on August 21-23 at Camp Winton.  Keep your eyes open, more details and registration will be emailed to you very soon.   
 GEC Venturing Webpage







2017 National Jamboree Interest List Now Forming

Additional details will be forth coming regarding the Golden Empire Council's Contingent to the 2017 National Jamboree. To get the inside scoop, please consider signing up for our periodic emails by completing this form.

To learn more about 2017 National Jamboree's check out this Brian on Scouting's Blog.




Support the local Scouting Movement in several ways

As you may know, the Golden Empire Council chartered through the Boy Scouts 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 throughout the year. Thank-you for your support! 






Council Committees - Hard At Work!



Staff Advisor     Contact Look-up


Robert Mowers

Dan Garvin


Robert Sherry

Bill Roe

Camping & Outdoor Program

Kathy Neuburger

Bill Roe

Catholic Committee on Scouting

Nick & Soli Garcia


COPE & Climbing

Tim Camuti

Bill Roe

Cub Scout Day Camp


Michelle Pisias

Eagle Scout & Youth Recognition

Sheriff Edward N. Bonner

Steve Croff

Enterprise Risk Management

Gary Gotow

Bill Roe

High Adventure Training (HAT)

Bruce Somers

Ann Kantola

National Camp Accreditation Program (NCAP)

Kathy Neuburger

Bill Roe

National Youth Leader Training

Phil Haley

Ann Kantola

Order of the Arrow

Mike Chinn

Bill Roe

Outdoor Ethics

Larry Kelso

Bill Roe

Philmont Ambassador

Sharon Harder

Bill Roe


Dan Cole

Bill Roe

Shooting Sports

Dennis Weise

Bill Roe

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

Joesph Jacobs

Bill Roe


Sharon Jonas

Ann Kantola

Venturing Officer's Association

Jahna Carlson

Jared Williams

Wood Badge

Chuck Elton

David Hagar

2017 National Jamboree

Roberta McLaughlin

Ann Kantola

New committees forming soon include: Conservation, Campership, Disabilities, High Adventure Bases, International Scouting, World Jamboree & University of Scouting. If you are interested in more information or serving in some capacity on these committees, please contact our Program Director, Bill Roe at William.Roe@scouting.org

Council Calendar

3 months at a glance




       3-6       Soaring Eagle Twilight/Day Camp - Elk Grove

5-7       Order of the Arrow Ordeal Camp Winton 

9-12     Pony Express Twilight/Day Camp - Citrus Heights
10-12   Gold Country Twilight/Day Camp - Nevada City 

10        Council Advancement Committee meeting 7PM (Council office)

10        Shooting Sports Committee meeting 7PM (Council office)
13        Cub Scout BALOO Training

13-14  Leave No Trace - 16-Hour Train-the-Trainer Camp Nauvoo

15-19  Sierra Gateway Twilight/Day Camp - Penryn
15-19  Pioneer Twilight/Day Camp - Citrus Heights
17-20  Yolo Twilight/Day Camp - Woodland
22-26  Buttes Area Twilight/Day Camp - Yuba City
23-26  Northern Rivers Twilight/Day Camp - Anderson
23-27  Iron Horse Twilight/Day Camp - Citrus Heights
25-27  Trailblazer Twilight/Day Camp - Vacaville
25-27  Capitial City Twilight/Day Camp - Rancho Cardova 

27        Council Training Committee meeting 7PM (Council office)

        5 - ArrowTour
        8-11  El Dorado Twilight/Day Camp - Pollock Pines
        13-18 Rancho West Twilight/Day Camp- Chico
        13-18 National Youth Leadership Training - Camp Nauvoo, Placerville
        3-8    National Arrow of the Arrow Conference, Lansing Michigan
        8-11  El Dorado Twilight/Day Camp - Pollock Pines
        21-23 Venturing Officers Association - Overdrive, Camp Winton
        28-30 Order of the Arrow Conclave - Sonoma Raceway

^^^ NEW this year Cub Scouts are invited too ^^^ 

Save the date.... Shooting Sports Event - Camp Lassen on Sept 11-13

Golden Empire Registration  

All Day Camp Schedule and Registration 

National Youth Leader Training - Summer Session





Special Aquatics Contingent - Camp Winton   

Special Rate - New youth registrations only - June 28-July 4, 2015
$100 off for first 100 youth slots! That's $240 per scout!

Camp Winton Boy Scout Camp Camp Winton webpage

Situated on the Bear River Reservoir off highway 50, Winton is home to every aquatic activity you can imagine: water skiing, sailing, rowing, canoeing, swimming and a whole lot more. Winton is secluded and only accessible by foot or the camp boat which transports the gear. Each unit has its own campsite but must provide its own tents and camping gear. Scouts eat cafeteria style on picnic tables under whispering pines near the lake. Winton is known for its spectacular evening campfires and wonderful camp entertainment.
You don't want to miss it!
Don't delay - Get your reservations in today!

Contact the Camping desk at 916-333-5434 to receive this special offer.





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