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STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can't help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.

What Are the Nova Awards?
The Boy Scouts of America developed the Nova Awards program to excite and expand a sense of wonder in our Scouts. By working with an adult counselor or mentor, the various modules allow them to explore the basic principles of STEM and discover how fun and fascinating STEM can be. The Supernova awards are offered for those who enjoy a super challenge. See Nova Awards Program and discover how the Nova Awards program can help youth become "Prepared. For Life."

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Date:      Monthly, 3rd Wednesday
Time:      7:00pm
Location: 251 Commerce Cir, Sacramento, CA 95815
Contact: Charity Atwell

STEM Activities Handbook

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Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!!

August 21, 2017 - The Great American Eclipse  ~9:10 a.m. - 1:10p.m. PST
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People across the United States will see the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilightcausing the temperature drop rapidly and revealing massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon. On that day, America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse .  For four hours surrounding the eclipse, NASA will host an Eclipse Megacast providing unique broadcast coverage across multiple phenomenon programming, and allow NASA to interact with the scientists and member of the public across the country as they watch and study the eclipse. The Megacast will be picked up by NASA TV as well as many other local and national TV stations. In all, hundreds of millions, worldwide, will be able to experience and learn about the eclipse through NASA programming.  The so-called Great American Total Solar Eclipse will darken skies all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, along a stretch of land about 70 miles (113 kilometers) wide. People who descend upon this "path of totality" for the big event are in for an unforgettable experience.  REMEMBER: Looking directly at the sun, even when it is partially covered by the moon, can cause serious eye damage or blindnessNEVER look at a partial solar eclipse without proper eye protection . See our complete guide to find out how to view the eclipse safely.   Did you know there is an official BSA 2017 Solar Eclipse Patch for Cubs, Girl Scouts, Scouts, Crews, Sea Scouts, Varsity, and Scouters?.  These patches will be available by PREORDER ONLY. National is only producing 5,000 patches so they are limited.  Get involved and help yourself and the Golden Empire Council achieve a National 

October 6-8, 2017 - Introducing the 2017 Order of the Arrow Hackathon

Contact Mike Boggs at 916.293.1250 or

Are you an Arrowman interested in computers, web development, or technology? Then you will probably be interested in the 2017 Order of the Arrow Hackathon taking place in sunny California this upcoming October. But what exactly is a Hackathon?

The use of the word “Hackathon” in mainstream culture has skyrocketed due to its increasing popularity in the world of technology. Simply put, a Hackathon is an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming and create something new.

The Order of the Arrow will be holding its first Hackathon the weekend of October 6-8, 2017, and is inviting any youth or adult Arrowmen interested in technology to come contribute. Arrowmen from around the country will converge onto the Intel Office in Sacramento, CA, joining forces with Intel Engineers armed with the latest technology to create new and innovative solutions. Whether you are interested in web development, mobile development, database infrastructure, mobile apps, or anything else, the Order of the Arrow is interested in your help in shaping our technological resources.

As an attendee, you will have 24 hours to hack together new tools for the Order of the Arrow, including (but not limited to) the national registration system, LodgeMaster, and the OA Mobile App. 2016 National Vice Chief and aspiring Electrical Engineer Tyler Inberg commented on why an Arrowman should attend this event: "If you've been looking for opportunities in the Order of the Arrow to expand your technological experiences, provide groundbreaking technological advances around the organization, or create the next big thing to be used across the nation, here's your chance! The National Technology Committee is putting on an OA Hackathon that will allow you to put your skills and ideas to the test and work with brand new software and hardware! This is an event unlike anything the OA has ever put on so if you're interested, you'll definitely want to check it out and sign up fast so you can be a part of the innovation and drive that pushes our technology into the next century!"

To reserve your spot at this exclusive event, simply register by clicking here. The prices range from $175 (fold out sofa bed), $200 (double bed), and $225 (king bed) and include transportation provided from the Sacramento International Airport (SMF). REDUCED PRICING AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL ATTNEDEES. Sign up now and be sure to book your plane ticket soon. Contact Mike Boggs at 916.293.1250 or

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251 Commerce Circle
Sacramento, CA 95815

phone: (916) 929-1417

Hours of Operation:
8:30am - 5:00pm (M-F)
Closed Saturday & Sunday

River City Scout Shop

251 Commerce Circle
Sacramento, CA 95815

phone: (916) 649-1800

Hours of Operation:
9:00am - 6:00pm (M,T,TR,F)
9:00am - 6:30pm (W)
10:00am - 4:00pm (Saturday)
Closed Sunday

NorCal Scout Shop - Chico

3881 Benater Way, Suite D
Chico, CA 95928

phone: (530) 809-0400

Hours of Operation:
11:00am - 6:00pm (W-F)
10:00am - 2:00pm (Saturday)
Closed Sunday, Monday & Tuesday

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