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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.

Congratulations to David Brown and the Cachuma TEAM/district and to Lynn Johnson and the Live Oak TEAM/district for being over 40% on their FOS campaign goal.

April and May are crucial times in FOS as units are getting ready to take on their summer adventures and we have to be “Prepared” for the remainder of the year. As we keep supporting our youth and units please keep in mind that your financial support is needed to keep Scouting strong for the youth in your unit. If everyone committed to $5 per week towards Friends of Scouting, FOS, every district would make its goal and we will be able to provide the best program available. Please keep the Scouts in mind and commit to helping more youth achieve their dreams.

Yours in Scouting,
Carlos Cortez| Scout Executive

Campaign Goals and Results
updated April 24, 2015

2015 Friends of Scouting Campaign
District/Unit Campaign 2015 Goal 2015 Collected % of Goal No. of Contributors
Cachuma District $20,000 $8,590 43.0% 46
Camino Real District $40,000 $3,285 8.2% 21
Del Norte District $41,000 $4,333 10.6% 33
Live Oak District $36,000 $15,062 41.8% 74
South Coast District $100,000 $29,593 29.6% 129
District Sub-Total $237,000 $60,863 25.7% 303
Direct Mail Campaign $20,000 $552 2.8% 8
Board Campaign $122,500 $15,500 12.7% 8
TOTAL $379,500 $80,994` 21.3% 267


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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 out Council Training Policy web page.


Attention All Cub Scout Leaders and Parents!

Please be patient with me as the timeline for the Cub Scout transition has changed.

According to a rep from National, the three Trading Posts should be getting all of the new Cub Scout merchandise in by the first week in May. This means all new Cub Scout handbooks, leader handbooks, Tiger neckerchiefs/slides/belts/hats, Adventure loops, and Adventure Pins. As far as the old Academic and Sports program, I will keep those in stock until July 1st. The cubs can continue to earn them until the end of 2016, but I will only order them in the exact quantities given to me by the awards chair by the 5th of each month. Packs are expected to buy what they order. All three stores will keep a very low stock of the Webelos Activity Badges. Some units have decided to buy anticipated awards for the remainder of the year. This is fine, but packs will NOT be able to return them to the store after July 1st. If your unit has an excess of belt loops and pins, please do not hesitate to come bring them in by July 1st. I will only accept belt loops that are still in their plastic packaging and pins that are not tarnished. If your pack has any leader materials, new CS handbooks, Tiger slides, Tiger hats with tags, or unwrinkled Tiger neckerchiefs they need to be returned to one of the three stores no later than April 27th. I will not accept them any later.

Please pass this message along to the parents in your pack. If you are interested, please check out the links below to get a glimpse of the new Cub Scout Program.

Thank you for your patience in this transition,


Hello All:

We want to know what YOU want to see in the Santa Barbara Trading Post! Whether you come into the Trading Post once a week or once a year, your input is greatly appreciated. Follow the link below to fill out the survey.

Please circulate this email to your adult leaders, parents, or anyone else who may be interested.

Thank you,

Kendahl Trull | Trading Post Manager


Come Share the Excitement at Rancho Alegre!
Cub Scout-Family Resident Camp - July 26-29, 2015

Check out this cool YouTube Video on Rancho Alegre's Cub Scout-Family Camp.  Click here to go web page with more information and forms for camp


Boy Scout Resident Camp - July 12-18, 2015

There are still plenty of openings for Units and Lone Scouts who want to attend another weekj of camp.

To go to the web page with additional information and forms ,click here.



To learn more about these opportunities, click on the graphic


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2015 OA Dues

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National Youth
Leadership Training

Rancho Alegre
August 3-8, 2015

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Woodbadge for the 21st Century

Wood Badge 



Ventura County Council is hosting Wood Badge in 2015.  

Information Flyer/Registration Form

September 17-19, 2015

October 15-17, 2015

(Thursday thru Saturday)

Attendance is required all six days.

Rancho Allegre

Camp Three Falls


Check out Scouting's premier leadership program for adults being offered at Rancho Alegre and Camp 3 Falls this September and October.  This training will not only help you as a Scout Leader, but also in your professional and personal life as well. 


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Join us on Saturday, May 9th at the Santa Maria LDS Stake Center (938 Sierra Madre Way) from1 1:00 to 5:00 pm for a workshop on the porgram and advancement changes occurring in the Cub Scout Program beginning on July 1st.  The program presenter served on the National Task Force that developed and is implementing these changes. There is no charge for this event, but we do request that you sign up online by clicking this link so that we have adequate seating and handouts for all. For additional informaiton, please contact Council Program Chair Lynn Johnson at  

To download a flyer regarding this special event, click here.

Got your attention that the Cub Scout program is changing?

Now read the article by clicking here.

Presentation of Council Charter for 2015

BSA Area 4 Director C. Brad Allen presents the Council's 2015 Charter to Council Leadership: Scout Executive Carlos Cortez, Council President Randal Moos, and Council Commissioner Rick ter Borch at the April Board Meeting.


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.

    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
    TRATEGIC 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


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