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FRIENDS OF SCOUTING - 2015

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

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Campaign Goals and Results
updated March 2, 2015

2015 Friends of Scouting Campaign
District/Unit Campaign 2015 Goal 2015 Collected % of Goal No. of Contributors
Cachuma District $20,000 $5,860 29.30% 22
Camino Real District $40,000 $2,535 6.34% 15
Del Norte Distric $41,000 $863 2.10% 7
Live Oak District $36,000 $2,765 7.68% 18
South Coast District $100,000 $10,474 10.47% 39
District Sub-Total $237,000 $22,497 9.49% 57
Direct Mail Campaign $20,000 $497 2.49% 6
Board Campaign $122,500 $13,000 10.61% 7
TOTAL $379,500 $35,994 9.48% 114

Los Padres Council, Boy Scouts of America Names New CEO/Scout Executive

 

Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, February 18, 2015 — Los Padres Council of the Boy Scouts of America is pleased to announce that Carlos Cortez will fill its top position of CEO/Scout Executive. Mr. Cortez has twelve years of professional service, having served in urban, suburban, as well as rural areas. “We are excited to have the opportunity to hire a CEO of Mr. Cortez’s background and experience” said Randal Moos, Los Padres Council Board President. “For Mr. Cortez, it is a homecoming, as he was raised in Santa Maria and has a deep connection to the youth of this area”, continued Moos.

Scout Executive Carlos Cortez and FamilyHe is a results-oriented, high-energy, hands-on professional, with a successful record of accomplishment in program development, membership, and fund-raising. Mr. Cortez is fluent in Spanish and has tremendous experience working in diverse communities. During his time in Scouting, he has significantly increased fundraising support in two California Scout Councils.  Mr. Cortez has also been actively involved in forming new Scout Units, which has allowed more youth to participate in Scouting. “I am excited about the chance to help get more Central Coast youth involved in Scouting”, said Cortez.  “Given today’s societal challenges, parents are looking for quality programs for their children. Scouting offers that opportunity, and more”, Cortez finished.

Mr. Cortez was recently recognized with the National Award for Marketing Excellence in several categories including Best Website and Best Annual Report. Prior to accepting his position with Los Padres Council, Mr. Cortez worked for the Western Los Angeles Area Council.

Carlos and his wife Martha have 3 children Elysha, Noah, and Nathan. Mr. Cortez will assume his new responsibilities for the Los Padres Council beginning March 9, 2015.

Serving over 4,000 young people between 7 and 20 years of age in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, the Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s foremost youth programs of character development and values-based leadership training. If you would like more information about the programs available through the BSA, please contact Los Padres Council’s Service Center at (805) 967-0105.

 
 

NEW COUNCIL PROGRAM DIRECTOR NAMED

Settling in at Rancho Alegre is the Council's new Program Director, Scott Oldenburg.  Scott comes to us from his most recent assignment at Long Beach (CA) Area Council. He replaces long-time Program Director Ron Walsh who is retiring effective February 28th. Scott's duties include management of the Council's primary asset - Rancho Alegre. He will be over the Outdoor School Program as well as the many activities and events that are held at Rancho Alegre througout the year Following is a short biography of Scott's extensive career in Scouting.

Scott Oldenburg became council program director for the Los Padres Council and on-site administrator for Rancho Alegre on February 1, 2015.  Scott has served the Boy Scouts of America for over 37 years in eleven different professional Scouting assignments.

His background includes extensive work in field and program service areas.  He has served councils in Detroit MI, Racine WI, San Jose CA, Fresno CA, Santa Rosa CA, Las Vegas NV, San Diego CA, and Long Beach CA prior to coming to Los Padres.

Scott is an Eagle Scout from Troop 7 in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, and holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND YOUR FRIENDSHIP

 

Ron Walsh

Council Program Chairman retired officially on February 28, 2015.  His BSA email has been disconnected in accordance with National Policy. Ron's replacement is Scott Oldenburg. Scott's email is scott.oldenburg@scouting org. Please be sure to update your email contact list to show this change. Phone number at Rancho Alegre remains as (805) 686-5167, ext. 2222.

Ron Walsh and his wife Kathy were feted at a dinner at the Santa Maria Country Club on Friday, February 27th.  Many friends of Ron from this Council attended to honor this man who has given so much to Scouting in his 45 year as a professional.  We thank you Ron for all that you have done to help the Los Padres Council.  You will be truly missed.

 


Revised Youth and Adult Applications

Last year, the National Executive Board approved a resolution to ensure that moving forward, participants who are 18 but not yet 21 register as adults. This does not affect their eligibility to participate in programs such as Venturing and Sea Scouting.

The primary purpose of the change is to ensure that all persons legally considered adults meet adult membership requirements, including undergoing a criminal background check and meeting the BSA’s Youth Protection requirements and membership standards. The changes are required to allow the performance of criminal background checks in connection with the registration process.

New Venturing and Sea Scouting participants 18 but not yet 21, must complete an Adult Application and Criminal Background Check Disclosure/Authorization form.  To support this change, the youth and adult applications have been revised. The new Youth Application, No. 524-406 (SKU 619506), and the new Adult Application, No. 524-501 (SKU 619504), should be used starting March 1, 2015. Spanish versions of the Youth Application, No. 524-423 (SKU 619507), and the Adult Application, No. 524-502 (SKU 619505), are also available. All new youth and adult applications can be identified with the number 115 located at the bottom right corner on the cover of the application. An announcement regarding system changes and frequently asked questions will be made soon.

In addition, unit adult applications will no longer require council approval, unless the applicant has answered “yes” to any of the background questions.  Council approval will still be required for adults in district and council-level positions. This change is documented on page 2 of the Adult Application under the section titled APPROVAL REQUIRED-UNIT ADULTS.

For more information, please contact the Member Care Contact Center at Myscouting@Scouting.org or call 972-580-2489.


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. To download and or read a copy fo the Strategic Plan and the future of this Council, click here. During the Chat with the Officerson Saturday, January 24, questions and comments were accepted and answered by the Council Executive Leadership Team and Scouting Professionals. If you were unable to attend that event, you are invited to submit comments and/or questions to Justin Jepsen at jjepsen@bsamail.org and they will be directed to the appropropriate individual to reply.

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To learn more about these opportunities, click on the graphic

 

Order of the Arrow Logo

2015 OA Dues

Online Registration

Offline Registration Form
 

Cub Scout Archery

Webelos Woods
Rancho Alegre
Save the Date
May 1-2, 2015

 

NEW DATE

Cub Scout Archery

Scout-O-Rama
Santa Maria Town
Center Mall
March 28, 2015

Unit Info Packet
 

Show Some STEAM


 

Baloo Training
BALOO TRAINING
Rancho Alegre
April 11, 2015

Silver Beaver Award
Leader Training
in conjunction with the
Live Oak District

Merit Badge Pow Wow

March 14, 2015
Santa Maria LDS Stake Center

NO Charge for this Training

 

Wilderness First Aid Cours
Rancho Alegre
April 10-11, 2015


Brochure
Registration

Philmont Arrowhead

Philmont
2015 Trek

 

  Sea Base Logo
Florida Sea Base

The Summit Logo
 

The Summit

 

 

 

REVISED 2015 SAFETY RESOURCES

Fellow Scouters:

Risk Management LogoA number of BSA Safety Publications have been updated for 2015.  Please review the list below and download these publications for your unit's safety program planning:

AND, a relatively new publication, to assist you as a UNIT leader, in planning fun and safe UNIT sponsored aquatic activities – “Aquatic Supervision” (BSA No. 34346 / 2013 Printing) – which you can purchase at your local Service Center. This is an excellent publication to support your Unit activities.

Attached are some of the superb resources from this new publication.

 


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.

  • April is Youth Protection Month
    April is Youth Protection month each year in schools, in churches, and in Scouts. The BSA is committed to the youth we serve. Learn what your unit should be doing to protect your youth.
  • 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.
  • New LDS Scouting Handbook Issued
    The LDS Church has issued a new handbook on Scouting in the LDS Church. May be downloaded. Also check out resources for LDS Units
  • Memorial Day Honor Roll
    Memorial Day Honor Roll being established for Scouts and Scouters of Los Padres, Mission, and Santa Lucia Councils.
  • Hot Air Ballooning Activity
    From the official BLOG of Scouting Magazine, BSA announces that certain forms of Hot Air Ballooning are now permissible activities. Read the details to find out what is permissible.

Additional news releases

Training Information

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

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.

  • April is Youth Protection Month
    April is Youth Protection month each year in schools, in churches, and in Scouts. The BSA is committed to the youth we serve. Learn what your unit should be doing to protect your youth.
  • 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...
  • Cyber Chip: New Tool for Internet Awareness
    Age appropriate requirements to earn the new Cyber Chip - a tool for Internet Awareness.
  • Hot Air Ballooning Activity
    From the official BLOG of Scouting Magazine, BSA announces that certain forms of Hot Air Ballooning are now permissible activities. Read the details to find out what is permissible.
  • Social Media and Scouting
    Your Unit, your Scouts, and social media
  • Guide to Safe Scouting Revised
    An updated version (edition March 2011) of the Guide to Safe Scouting was issued. Download your copy now.
  • Youth Safety is the Number 1 Concern
    Youth Safety is the Number 1 Concern of the BSA and our Los Padres Council.
  • Important Insurance Information for Volunteers
    REVISED INSURANCE POLICY FOR VOLUNTEER and SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS: The Boy Scouts of America has revised its fact sheet on insurance coverage provisions for volunteers and sponsoring organizations.
  • Working with Scouts with Autism
    Most units have Scouts with learning challenges and leaders are not prepared. Prepared as a Woodbadge project, this article may help the leader with extending the Scouting experience to Scouts with autism.


CAMPOREE DATES - 2015

  • April 17-19 Camino Real at Camp French
  • April 17-19 Live Oak at VAFB
  • April 17-19 South Coast at Rancho Alegre
  • April 24-26 Del Norte at TBD


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 (Carlos.Cortez@scouting.org) or Scott Oldenburg (SOldenbu@scouting.org).

Copy, fliers, forms, and photographs should be sent to volunteer Webmaster (RanchoAlegre@cox.net). 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

 

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