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2015 Major Member Dinner

For a printer-friendly copy for yourself or to share with others, click here.
To register and/or pay online for this event, click here.


Following are the dates for the 2016 Summer Camp Season at Rancho Alegre.  For more information, please contact Scott Oldenburg at (805) 686-5167 or

Lifeguard Academy - June 12-June 17, 2016

Boy Scout Summer Camp - July 10 - July 16, 2016

Cub Scout/Family Resident Camp - July 17-20, 2016

Staff Training Week:  July 5 - July 9, 2016

NYLT - August 1 - August 6, 2016



Memo - Council Reestalishes Partnership with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)

To:         All members, volunteers and Staff
From:    Carlos Cortez, Scout Executive/CEO
Date:     10/18/2015
Re:        LPC and PG&E relation

It is with great excitement that I inform you of the reestablishment of Los Padres Council’s relationship with Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Thanks to the efforts of our Council President, Randal Moos, along with our Council Board members, PG&E has agreed to partner with our council on several future projects that will help us serve our youth and our families in an even greater way.

The first step in our reconfirmation of our relationship is to inform PG&E of how many Scouters are employed with PG&E. You can help by assigning Los Padres Council as your charity of choice during PG&E annual employee campaign for the community. Not only will this make PG&E aware of the number of employees that support Scouting but they will now match your donation.

Our council has some great programs and activities planned for 2016 in conjunction with PG&E. We will keep you informed of these exciting events as they are scheduled.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and our 3,662 youth members, I personally thank you for your ongoing commitment to changing the lives of our young people and improving our communities.


To:        All Board of Directors, Volunteers and Staff

From:    Carlos Cortez, Scout Executive/CEO
              Los Padres Council Staff

Re:         Mark Stickley

It is my pleasure to announce the hiring of Mark Stickley to serve as District Executive with the Camino Real District – Los Padres Council effective November 2, 2015. Mark has a long history with our Council dating back to his youth as Scout in Troop 164 from which he received the Eagle Scout award. Mark has followed the Scout Oath and Law through his adulthood and believes deeply in our program.

Mark has a strong belief in educating our youth, believing that “the idea of being able to help mold and lead our next generation is exhilarating”. Mark has been a volunteer for youth soccer as both a coach and referee. Mark graduated from Monterey Peninsula College with an Associates of Science degree in Foreign Language in 1997; from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology in 1994; and from Cuesta College with an Associates of Arts degree in General Studies in 1992.

With over eighteen years of experience in management operating a corporate Security and Investigations Firm and a retail sales location, Mark’s education and experience covers a breadth of topics including organizational management, program development, planning, budgeting and instructional development.

Please join me in welcome Mark and his family on their new adventure in Los Padres Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Memo Regarding Our Scout Service Centers and Trading Posts

To:        All Volunteers and Staff
From:    Carlos Cortez, Scout Executive/CEO
Date:     10/18/2015
Re:        Update on Los Padres Service Centers

In an effort to best serve you, I am pleased to announce that we are making improvement to all of our service centers.

The Atascadero Service Center has new fall and winter hours! Starting Monday, October 19, 2015 the Atascadero Trading Post will be open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, on Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturday by appointment! We are here to help and look forward to serving you.

Thanks to a generous donations from the Kiwanis Club of Santa Barbara we have been able to take care of some much needed maintenance at our Santa Barbara Service center including new windows and the replacement of the Council sign. Come by take a look and post a selfie with it.

In efforts to help your recruitment efforts we are also running a special fall recruitment campaign sale. For every new youth application you bring in we will give you a FREE day camp T-shirt (limited quantities subject to availability).

In addition, if you check in your great experience at any of our trading post on your social media page you will receive 10% off any of our outdoor/camping equipment.

Please stop by any of our 3 service center as we have a lot of new merchandise and gift items in stock from both the fall and Holiday catalogues that will add Scouting fellowship to your family’s holiday. The store is stocked with great gear including Camelback Boy Scout bottles, lunch kits, water bottles with BSA logo, backpacking chairs, and Eagle Scout gifts just to mention a few great gifts.

Please let us know how we can keep serving you better and hope to see you soon!

2015 Fall SE Corner

Summer is wrapping up in Los Padres Council. Another camping season has passed as Scouts are coming back from their summer adventure. As we look forward to the fall and winger we have a lot of things to get excited about. Courts of Honor to present the many merit badges that were earned, Cub Scouts are ready to kick off a new adventure with our new Cub Scout program, fall recruitment set to share the adventure with more families, and Popcorn is geared to have a strong year and help your unit finance another year in Scouting.

Looking at my calendar and planning ahead I realize we all are busy, and parents today are busier than ever — constantly pressured by the challenge to balance work and home. Even as we are working harder, it’s important for parents to spend quality time with their children. Studies show that parents report feeling rushed and stressed by juggling work and home — finding it increasingly difficult to balance these responsibilities. Parents place significant emphasis on spending quality time with their kids. They find caring for and engaging in activities with their children make them happy and are far more meaningful than work. Youth today are spending less time outside and more time in front of screens.

  • The average American boy or girl spends as few as 30 minutes in outdoor play each day.
  • Youth ages 8-18 devote an average of more than seven hours a day or 53 hours a week to using entertainment media.
  • Parents are increasingly concerned that screen time is robbing their kids of real-world experiences.

Within this atmosphere of constant time pressure for parents and mounting screen time and decreasing outdoor playtime for kids, Scouting makes the most of the little time parents have to make a positive impact on children. For the rest of the year, let us get re-energized on our mission of serving more youth and getting them into Scouting Outdoor Adventures. We have the best youth program, a great team of Scouters, and such an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of so many kids that need us.

Remember, there IS a need for Scouting’s values and positive impact within our community. Kids need Scouting, and we will do our part to help. Take a look at the videos below and share your Scouting story with us.

Yours in Scouting,
Carlos Cortez | Scout Executive


Troop 105 Flag Retirement Ceremony - Veterans Day 2015Troop 105 in Goleta along with Cub Scouts from several South Coast Packs assembled on a cold evening, November 11th, at Dos Pueblos Ranch Beach for a Flag Retirement Ceremony. With the waves breaking on shore only several yards away, over 50 flags which had served our community proudly were respectfully retired amid patriotic music, poetry, and history. Webelos Scouts and Parent Leaders were guests of the Troop for this event. During the service tribute was paid to veterans-living and deceased with particular emphasis on family members, friends, and Troop 105 Scout Alumni. This was one of several events featuring Scouts in the Los Padres Council on Veterans' Day.


NEW WEBSITE FEATURE: Scout TV Link of the Week

A new feature of the Los Padres Council website is the Scout TV Link of the Week. You will find the near the top of the left-side blue column of Scout Departments. It is our intent to rotate different YouTube Scout related videos at the normal rate of one per week. Currently there are three videos on the web page:

  • A Cub Scout Mom's Comments on Why Scouting Is Important for Her Webelos Son
  • The address of Dr. Robert Gates, National President of the BSA, at the Annual Conference last month
  • A Guide for Parents and Scout on what to pack for Summer Camp

Readers who scout YouTube are encouraged to send suggestions for future video presentation. Send to the webmaster at


Donate Now to Friends of Scouting


To download the 2015 Friends of Scouting Brochure, click here.

To make an on-line donation to Friends of Scouting, click here.

Fearless leaders,

Thank you all for your continued support!

Yours in Scouting,
Carlos Cortez| Scout Executive

Campaign Goals and Results
updated November 23, 2015

2015 Friends of Scouting Campaign
District/Unit Campaign 2015 Goal 2015 Pledged % of Goal Average Donation No. of Donors
Cachuma District $20,000 $14,670 73.4% $282.12 52
Camino Real District $40,000 $20,731 51.8% $191.95 108
Del Norte District $41,000 $14,929 36.4% $135.72 110
Live Oak District $36,000 $26,093 72.5% $153.49 170
South Coast District $100,000 $67,453 67.5% $310.83 217
District Sub-Total $237,000 $143,874 60.7% $218.99 657
Direct Mail Campaign $20,000 $3,565 17.8% $60.42 59
Board Campaign $122,500 $17,500 14.3% $1,750.00 11
TOTAL $379,500 $164,939 43.5% $226.88 722

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Check out the revised Training Matrix for trained leaders and the change in Youth Protection Training to an annual requirement on our Council Training Policy web page.



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2016 OA Dues
Still only $15

Online Registration - Offline Registration Form

There is a special rate for those individuals who have not paid
2015 Dues.  For $20 you can pay both years.  
Deadline:  December 1, 2015


Council Annual Adult Recognition Dinner

Save the Date:  January 23, 2016

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Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016

St. John's Luthern Church
Arroyo Grande

Informational Flyer - Online Registration




Scoutmaster Specific Training

Sunday, December 6, 2015 (2-6:30 pm)

Grace Church, SLO

Online Registration

Introduction to Outdoor Leader
Skills and Outdoor Webelos Leader Training

February 26-27 - Rancho Alegre

March 5 & 11-12 - Santa Maria

May 6-7 - Rancho Alegre

Scout Leader Training Day

Santa Maria LDS Church
March 5, 2016

Online Registration

Wilderness First Aid

Rancho Alegre
April 7-8, 2016

CPR/AED Class - Wilderness First Aid - Informational Flyer

National Jamboree 2017

Click on picture to go to National Jamboree 2017 website for more details

Philmont Arrowhead

2017 Philmont Registration
Opens October 28th to Nov. 15th


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Florida Sea Base

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The Summit




Upcoming Council Scouting Events

Below you will find a list of the next 40 upcoming Council-wide events for Los Padres Council. To register and/or pay for any of these events, click on the line and it will take you directly to the registration page. For events beyond the last date, click on the link to the calendar.

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Council News

Check here for news releases and stories about upcoming Scouting events and changes. After each title is given a short synopsis of the article. Click on the title to read the entire article. Additional stories may be accessed by using the bottom link.

    PRAY is doing a Bible Basics Program for Scouts. Check out how you can earn these Scouting patches in this exciting new program
  • New Membership Applications Now In Use
    The BSA has introducted new membership applications for both youth and adults. Please toss out any old forms and use these forms from March 2015 forward.
  • New Scouting Professionals Take Charge
    Carlos Cortez has been named the new Scout Executive/CEO of the Los Padres Council. Scott Oldenburg is the new Council Program Director.
  • Strategic Plan Adopted
    STRATEGIC PLAN ADOPTED -- At the annual meeting on January 20, 2015, the Los Padres Council adopted a new Strategic Plan to cover the Council for the future.
  • Scout Executive Departs after 6 Years
    Scout Executive accepts new position with the Boy Scouts. In her farewell address Becca Fields extends thanks to all.
  • Safe Meeting Environment
    The beginning of a new school year is a good time to check out the physical location of your meeting to make sure that they comply with safety rules and requlations.
  • Free Snake Bite Poster
    The American Association of Poison Control Centers is offering free-of-charge to Scout units a poster on identifying and treating snake bites...
  • Fiscal Policies and Procedures for BSA Units
    A handout detailing financial requirements of a unit and the handling of money.
  • Scoutcast Podcast
    BSA has introduced a Boy Scout podcase equivalent to its long-standing Cub Scout Podcast. Read more...
  • International Spirit Award
    Learn how Scouts of all ages and Scouters can earn this Award.
  • Cyber Chip: New Tool for Internet Awareness
    Age appropriate requirements to earn the new Cyber Chip - a tool for Internet Awareness.
  • Ten Weeks of Summer
    Prior week activities for Ten Weeks of Summer are detailed here.

Additional news releases

Training Information

Every Scout is deserves a trained leader
Check out these courses!

Los Padres Press (Council Newsletter)

Stop BullyingFor a BSA prepared Powerpoint presentation on bullying -
Scout Version -
Leader Version


For a BSA prepared Powerpoint presentation on bullying - Scout Version - Leader Version Scouting’s values make it clear that bullying is not tolerated—both inside and outside of our organization. Our position on bullying—coupled with our commitment to serving America’s youth with a quality Scouting experience—provides Scout leaders a unique opportunity to teach respect and acceptance of others. --Wayne Brock, Chief Scout Executive


Youth Protection and Risk Management Information

To report a suspected case of child abuse in Scouting, download this form with instructions.


Promoting Scouting Events on the Website and in the Newsletter

Los Padres Council will only promote approved Scouting events on its website, in its newsletter, and in social media. If you have any question about approval, contact either Carlos Cortez ( or Scott Oldenburg (

Copy, fliers, forms, and photographs should be sent to volunteer Webmaster ( Please send this material well in advance of the event.

Los Padres Council
Serving Scouting in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties

4000 Modoc Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

(805) 967-0105; fax: (805) 967-5094


Council Service Centers

Santa Barbara Service Center
Main Administrative Office
4000 Modoc Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Office: (805) 967-0105
Fax: (805) 967-5094
Hours:  10:00 am - 5:00 pm
   Monday thru Friday

Closed Saturday & Sunday

Santa Maria Service Center
Santa Maria Town Center Mall
229 Town Center Mall (2nd Floor)
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Office: (805) 925-1955
Fax: (805) 925-9206
Hours:  10:00 am - 5:00 pm
   Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Hours:  10:00 am - 6:00 pm
   Tuesday and Thursday

Hours: 10 am to 1:30 pm;

Closed Sunday

Atascadero Service Center
7350 El Camino Real, Suite #201
Atascadero, CA 93422
Office: (805)461-4018
Fax: (805) 461-4021
Hours:  10:00 am - 5:00 pm'
   Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday

Hours:  10:00 am - 6:00 pm Thursday
   Saturday hours are by appointment

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