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Don’t miss out on the fun!

Join us on Saturday, May 10th for the Spurs & Spice Local Celebrity Dutch Oven Cook-Off!

Who will be named “CAST IRON CHEF”?!

To download a copy of this flyer for yourself or to share with others, click here.

Important Information Regarding Camp French

March 13, 2014

Update on Camp Mabel French

The Los Padres Council, Boy Scouts of America has operated, improved, and maintained Camp Mabel French located near Lake Lopez in Arroyo Grande, for over 40 years. While we have been the operator, the County of San Luis Obispo owns the property and gave us a long-term lease to provide a youth camping opportunity for Scouts and other youth on the central coast.  While we have appreciated having this wonderful resource, it has posed a continuing challenge to operate it in a financially stable manner. For the last year, the Los Padres Council Board of Directors has had discussions and community forums on how to operate Camp French in a manner that does not place a financial drain on the Council’s limited resources. After these forums and discussions with many volunteers, the Los Padres Council’s Executive Board concluded that it could no longer afford to operate Camp Mabel French at the significant operational losses that we sustained on an annual basis. (To read rest of this letter, click here.)


Registration for the 2014 Summer Camp Season at Rancho Alegre is now open. Check out any one of our three great summer programs by clicking on the link below to learn about the brochure and download a brochure.

Boy Scout Summer Camp - Traditional Boy Scout Camp offered for two weeks during the summer. Week 1 is July 6 - 12 (Sun-Sat). Week 2 is July 14-19 (Mon-Sat). New elements have been added to our Low COPE Course. New Merit Badges such as Sustainability, Automotive, and Kayaking are beginning this year. Over 30 merit badges as well as our Trail to First Class Program are available for attendees.SOARIN' HIGH!

Cub Scout AND Family Camp - This is a new version of our Cub Scout Camp in which the whole family is invited to participate over the July 4th holiday (July 2 - 5; Wed thru Sat). Cub Scouts can work on traditional Cub Scout advancements. Families can camp together. Boy Scouts can work on Trail to First Class Advancement items in Scoutcraft.

Lifeguard Academy - A program for older youth (male and female) who want to become Life Guards.  This is an intensive program running a whole week in June in which participants receive Basic First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer as part of becoming a certified Life Guard. Open to adults and non-Scouts. Every unit should have a certified Life Guard on a water outing.  Life Guard participants must be at least 15 years old.  Participants stay in the dorms and eat all meals in our dining hall.

Staff Applications - Applications are now being accepted for Summer Camp Staff. Click on the link to download an application and mail it to Ron Walsh at Rancho Alegre. Deadline is January 31st.

Webelos Woods

To download this flyer and a sheet of items needed to be brought to Webelos Woods, please click here.
We ask that you share this information with other interested Cubs Scouts in your Pack.

Cub Scout Day Camps

Here’s your opportunity for your Cub Scout to attend a week (or more) of Cub Scout Day Camp. This summer there are 6 Day Camps being offered and your Cub can attend any one of the camps. Please go to the Council website, and from the calendar section select your particular district, and then click on the dates for day camp and you will be directed to a page to download an application to attend, as well as volunteer opportunities for you to assist with this great summer experience for your Cub!

SANTA BARBARA (South Coast District):
Information Page - click here ;  Registration Page -click here

Date:  June 23 – 27
Location:  Santa Barbara LDS Church, 2107 Santa Barbara Street
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:30 PM Monday- Thursday; Friday 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Contact:  Eve Giroux, 964-4098,
                  Kara Rocque, 705-0545,

ARROYO GRANDE (Camino Real District)
Information Page - click here; Registration Page - click here

Scout Registration Form - click here; Volunteer Application - click here
Date:  June 23-27
Location:  Camp Mabel French, 1925 Upper Lopez Canyon Road
Time:  9:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday –Friday
Cost - $150; only $125 if paid in full by May 23rd

Contact:  Cat Keith,

SAN LUIS OBISPO (Camino Real District)
Information Page - click here; Registration Page - click here
Scout Registration Form - click here; Volunteer Application - click here

Date:  July 7-10
Location:  LDS Church, 651 Foothill, San Luis Obispo
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Monday - Thursday
Cost - $100; only $80 if paid in full by May 23rd

Contact:  Cat Keith,

PASO ROBLES (Del Norte District)
Information Page - click here; Registration Page - click here
Date:  June 16-20
Location:  LDS Church, 1020 Creston Road, Paso Robles
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Monday-Friday
Contact:  Nicole Hider,

SANTA MARIA (Live Oak District)
Information Page - none provided; Registration page - click here

Date:  July 21-23
Location:  Pioneer Park, Santa Maria
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Monday-Wednesday
Contact:  Jeff McCann, (805) 260-5382;

LOMPOC (Live Oak District)
Information Page - none provided; Registration Page - click here
Date:  June 16-20
Location:  Ken Adams Park
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Contact:  Sue Schuyler, (805) 736-7472;

Cub Scout Day Camp Rangemaster Training will be held on Saturday morning, May 10, 2014 at Rancho Alegre.  Reservations and approvals are required. All adult supervision in a Cub Scout Shooting Sports Area of Day Camp must complete this training. To register for this training, click here.

Digital Technology Merit Badge Requirements Released

On April 16, 2014, BSA released a press release and the requirements for the new Digital Technology Merit Badge.  The Digital Technology Merit Badge replaces the Computer Merit Badge.  The last day to earn Computer Merit Badge is December 31, 2014.  To read more about these changes and the requirements for the new merit badge, click here.

Merit Badge Counselor Registration Now Due

It's time for the annual registration of our Merit Badge Counselors. If you are a counselor for any merit badge, please accept our sincere gratitude for all the hard work to do through out the year. To continue providing this wonderful service to the young men of the Los Padres Council, please fill out the attached form and return it to your District Advancement Chair (South Coast needs to go to Jim Bartlett, Cachuma needs to go to Vickie Sorenson, Live Oak needs to go to Rob Wasserman, Camino Real needs to go to Lee Lorance,and Del Norte needs to go to Craig Culp).

What needs to be turned in to these folks is the attached completed form, and a copy of current Youth Protection Training that will not expire until after April 1, 2015.

Yours in Scouting,
Lynn Johnson
Council VP - Program

Applications Now Being Accepted for NYLT Staff

Have you attended a previous session of National Youth Leader Training (NYLT)? Did you consider that being on staff could be valuable reinforcement to the training that you received during that memorable week.  Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Summer NYLT Course at Rancho Alegre.  Get your application and submit it right away.

Learn more about this year's week-long course for participants at Rancho Alegre.  For more information, contact Ron Walsh at 686-5167 or

Last year's course director Ron Harmon has prepared a short Parent's Guide for NYLT Graduates. This is a valuable tool for continuing your learning experience. Download a copy of this handout.


2014 NYLT Flier

To download a copy of the Participant Application Form for this year's NYLT Course, click here.
To download a copy of this flyer for yourself or to share with interested Scouts and parents, click here.


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Become a Friend of Scouting



Each year, our Scout parents, leaders and community friends are asked to support some of the hidden costs of Scouting. The Los Padres Council, which serves more than 9,000 youth and adults within San Luis and Santa Barbara counties, provides numerous benefits and annually spends in excess of $150 per youth to provide the Scouting program.2014 Friends of Scouting Campaign2014 Friends of Scouting Logo

Friends of Scouting (brochure) provides for our Scouts and to numerous others. Our goal this year is to have 100% of our Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity teams, and Venture crews to hold a Friends of Scouting presentation. Each units full participation will guarantee that our Scouts and the thousands other Scouts across the central coast will receive the Scouting program in 2014.

Click on the 2014 Logo and it will take you directly to a page in which you can make your donation.

Please contact your District Executive at your local council service center to schedule your Friends of Scouting (FOS) presentation today!

2014 Friends of Scouting Goals and Achievement

March 23, 2014

District Campaign Actual Goal Percent
Cachuma $5,781 $25,000 23%
Camino Real $1,497 $38,000 4%
Del Norte $4,623 $45,500 10%
Live Oak $1,207 $44,000 3%
South Coast $14,406 $100,000 14%
Board Campaign $11,000 $25,000 44%
Direct Mail Campaign $1,124 $25,000 4%
Council Total $39,638 $302,500 13%

Donate Today!


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World Jamboree 2015

Have you ever thought about attending a World Jamboree? We are in the process of identifying individuals that would like to serve as unit leaders for the 2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan. Interviews will be held in various locations in each region during the months of February and March, 2014.

To download a brochure on the Jamboree, click here.

To obtain a LEADER registration form for the Jamboree, click here.

The World Scout Jamboree website and online registration site will be available soon.

Philmont 2014

Troop 60 in Paso Robles has several openings for a Philmont Expedition leaving in the summer of 2014. If you are interested in one of these openings, please contact David Athey at

For more details on this July 2014 trip, click here for an informational sheet.


Philmont 2015

See the graphic below if you or your unit would be interested in going to Philmont in July 2015. To download a copy for yourself or to share with others, click here.

Florida Sea Base 2015

Units interested in applying for a 2015 adventure at the Florida Sea Base should participate in the lottery that is occurring in January-March 2014. For more information download this informational flier.



Stop Bullying


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


Money for Eagle projects: Lowe’s grant program back for 2013-2014

Eagle Scout projects make a visible difference in the community, but they aren’t cheap to complete.

So that’s why Lowe’s, the home-improvement giant with more than 1,700 stores, has teamed up with the BSA and local Scout councils to give selected Eagle Scout candidates $100 grants for their projects.

The grant program debuted in 2012 to great success. Last year, more than 3,000 Life Scouts received $100 each toward their Eagle projects. That’s a generous gift of $300,000 from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.

Well, there’s good news for future Eagles and their parents. The BSA announced this week that the grant program will continue beginning this month. And it’s grown, as well. This time, Lowe’s is offering 3,600 grants to deserving Eagle projects.

In 2012, councils received and distributed the cards. This time, however, things will run a little differently.

For 2013-2014, $100 Discover gift card grants will be mailed directly to Eagle Scout candidates instead of to councils.

Local councils select the Scouts to receive the cards, and then, through a council-designated volunteer, follow up to see that participating Scouts submit their required reports.

Local councils will not receive the cards and will have no responsibility to record or distribute them. Each council may reserve as many as 25 gift cards by sending a message to, notifying the BSA National Advancement Team of the council’s intent to participate.

This notification of participation must include the council name, Scout executive’s or staff designee’s name, the name and email address of one council-designated follow-up volunteer, and the number of Scout-recipients the council is confident can be identified.

Upon receipt of a notification of participation that includes all of the information mentioned above, the Advancement Team will send a link to the council’s designated follow-up volunteer that will allow electronic submission of the names and addresses of the Scouts who are to receive the gift cards.

As the Scout-recipients are submitted the advancement team will send the gift cards directly to the Scouts.

To learn more and make sure your council takes Lowe’s up on this incredible offer, please visit the new Lowe’s project website at

If after your visit to the site, you need more information, email

Reprinted from Bryan on Scouting Blog.


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Progress at the Summit
In High-Definition Video

Construction and planning are buzzing along at break-neck pace in the largest project ever in Scouting history.
Here are 3 videos to get you up to date:


Top-notch mountain biking trails for all abilities

How will the national jamboree teach sustainability?

Even the Summit showerhouses are cutting edge design!

Do you know someone else who could use this news update from the Summit? Forward this message to the Scouts and Scouters in your address book!

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.


Additional news releases

Training Information

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

A Time To Tell

April is Youth Protection Month

Is Your Unit Prepared to Show the
age appropriate Youth Protection video?

Cub Scouts - It Happened to Me
Boy Scouts - A Time To Tell
Venturer - Personal Awareness

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 Rebecca Fields ( or Ron Walsh (

Copy, fliers, forms, and photographs should be sent to volunteer Webmaster ( Please send this material well in advance of the event. During 2013 we plan to issue our Bi-weekly Council Newsletter on the 1st and 15th of each month.

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
            Tuesday thru Friday
            Closed Saturday, Sunday & Monday

Santa Maria Service Center
228 Town Center East (2nd floor)
Santa Maria Town Center Mall
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Office: (805) 925-1955
Fax: (805) 925-9206
Hours:  10:00 am - 5:00 pm
            Monday thru Friday;
            Saturday: 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'
            closed for lunch 1:30 pm to 2 pm
            Tuesday thru Friday;
            Saturday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
            closed Sunday and Monday


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