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Boy Scouts of America Amends Adult Leadership Policy

by Newsroom Blog

On Monday, July 27, the National Executive Board ratified a resolution that removes the national restriction on openly gay adult leaders and employees. Of those present and voting, 79 percent voted in favor of the resolution. The resolution was recommended for ratification by the Executive Committee earlier this month. The resolution is effective immediately.

Chartered organizations will continue to select their adult leaders and religious chartered organizations may continue to use religious beliefs as criteria for selecting adult leaders, including matters of sexuality. This change allows Scouting’s members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families. This change also respects the right of religious chartered organizations to choose adult volunteer leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own.

Moving forward, we will continue to focus on reaching and serving youth, helping them grow into good, strong citizens. By focusing on the goals that unite us, we are able to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.

Also, today the Boy Scouts of America shared this video of National President Dr. Robert M. Gates speaking on the policy change.

READ: National President Robert M. Gates Statement on the July 27th Policy Change

For additional information, please visit and contact for media inquiries.


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.

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 July 27, 2015

2015 Friends of Scouting Campaign
District/Unit Campaign 2015 Goal 2015 Pledged % of Goal Average Donation No. of Contributors
Cachuma District $20,000 $8,750 43.8% $186.17 47
Camino Real District $40,000 $12,029 30.1% $245.49 49
Del Norte District $41,000 $7,794 19.0% $147.06 53"
Live Oak District $36,000 $20,696 57.5% $153.30 135
South Coast District $100,000 $44,276 44.3% $254.46 174
District Sub-Total $237,000 $93,544 39.5% $204.21 458
Direct Mail Campaign $20,000 $2,957 14.8% $82.14 36
Board Campaign $122,500 $16,500 13.5% $1,833.33 9
TOTAL $379,500 $113,002 29.8% $224.66 503

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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.



To learn more about these opportunities below, click on the graphic


Order of the Arrow Logo

2015 OA Dues

Online Registration

Offline Registration Form

Order of the Arrow Logo

Order of the Arrow
Summer Ordeal

Rancho Alegre

August 28-30, 2015

Online Registration

Registration Form
Required from all participants

National Youth Leadership Training Logo

National Youth
Leadership Training

Rancho Alegre
August 3-8, 2015

Online Registration

Registration Forms



Introduction to Outdoor
Leader Skills
Fri-Sat, August 21-22, 2015
Rancho Alegre

Online Registration

Offline Registration Form

Cub Camping

Outdoor Skills for
Webelos Leaders
Fri-Sat, August 21-22, 2015
Rancho Alegre

Online Registration

Offline Registration Form



Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness First Aid
Saturday, October 3, 2015
and October 10, 2015
Must attend BOTH dates
Atascadero Lake Pavilion

Online Registration

Offline Registration Form



Venturing Logo

Venturing Leader Specific Training
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Goleta LDS Church

Online Registration

Offline Registration Form

Varsity Team Logo

Varsity Leader Specific Training
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Goleta LDS Church

Online Registration

Offline Registration Form

National Youth Leadership Training Logo

University of Scouting
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Orcutt LDS Church

More information coming.


National Jamboree 2017

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


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 Alegre

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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Philmont Arrowhead

2015 Trek


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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.

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
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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
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'
              closed for lunch 2:00-2:30
   Monday and Thursday

Hours:  10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Closed  Sunday,  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday




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