FRIENDS OF SCOUTING - 2015
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Campaign Goals and Results
updated March 2, 2015
2015 Friends of Scouting Campaign
||% of Goal
||No. of Contributors
|Camino Real District
|Del Norte Distric
|Live Oak District
|South Coast District
|Direct Mail Campaign
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.
He 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
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 email@example.com and they will be directed to the appropropriate individual to reply.
To learn more about these opportunities, click on the graphic
REVISED 2015 SAFETY RESOURCES
A 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.
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.
Additional news releases
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Youth Protection and Risk Management Information
To report a suspected case of child abuse in Scouting, download this form with instructions.
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