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Rancho Alegre Marks
50 Years of Summer Camping

Open House Planned for October 24th

The place to be on October 24th for the big celebration of Rancho Alegre's 50 years of Summer Camping. Activity areas will be open for all to see the growth of the camp over the past 50 years through the effort of the community, the alumni, and the Scouts of today.

Relive all those days of swimming in the pool; shooting at the Rifle, Archery, or Shotgun Ranges; handicrafts; and nature walks. 

More information on this gala event will be forthcoming. Please mark your calendars to be there.  You might even run into an old friend from years ago. Isn't that what Scouting is all about?


2015 Fall SE Corner

Summer is wrapping up in Los Padres Council. Another camping season has passed as Scouts are coming back from their summer adventure. As we look forward to the fall and winger we have a lot of things to get excited about. Courts of Honor to present the many merit badges that were earned, Cub Scouts are ready to kick off a new adventure with our new Cub Scout program, fall recruitment set to share the adventure with more families, and Popcorn is geared to have a strong year and help your unit finance another year in Scouting.

Looking at my calendar and planning ahead I realize we all are busy, and parents today are busier than ever — constantly pressured by the challenge to balance work and home. Even as we are working harder, it’s important for parents to spend quality time with their children. Studies show that parents report feeling rushed and stressed by juggling work and home — finding it increasingly difficult to balance these responsibilities. Parents place significant emphasis on spending quality time with their kids. They find caring for and engaging in activities with their children make them happy and are far more meaningful than work.

Youth today are spending less time outside and more time in front of screens.

  • The average American boy or girl spends as few as 30 minutes in outdoor play each day. 
  • Youth ages 8-18 devote an average of more than seven hours a day or 53 hours a week to using entertainment media.
  • Parents are increasingly concerned that screen time is robbing their kids of real-world experiences.

Within this atmosphere of constant time pressure for parents and mounting screen time and decreasing outdoor playtime for kids, Scouting makes the most of the little time parents have to make a positive impact on children. For the rest of the year, let us get re-energized on our mission of serving more youth and getting them into Scouting Outdoor Adventures. We have the best youth program, a great team of Scouters, and such an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of so many kids that need us.

Remember, there IS a need for Scouting’s values and positive impact within our community.  Kids need Scouting, and we will do our part to help. Take a look at the videos below and share your Scouting story with us.

Yours in Scouting,
Carlos Cortez | Scout Executive


Due to the overwhelming number of applications we received in 2014, the NESA scholarship committee has voted to move the NESA scholarship window up two months. The new deadline for submissions is October 31, 2015. Applications will go online during the first week of August and applicants will have three months to fill out and submit their application by October 31, 2015.

All NESA scholarship applications must be submitted online only. Paper copies from previous years are out of date and will not be accepted, follow the link below for further details.

These scholarships are not available to students attending any of the U.S. military academies, because at these academies expenses covered by NESA scholarships are already paid by the United States government.


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 August 12, 2015

2015 Friends of Scouting Campaign
District/Unit Campaign 2015 Goal 2015 Pledged % of Goal Average Donation No. of Contributors
Cachuma District $20,000 $9,220 46.1% $188.16 49
Camino Real District $40,000 $15,644 39.1% $226.72 69
Del Norte District $41,000 $13,124 32.0% $142.65 92
Live Oak District $36,000 $23,211 64.5% $153.72 151
South Coast District $100,000 $45,957 45.3% $253.13 178
District Sub-Total $237,000 $106,756 45.0% $197.14 539
Direct Mail Campaign $20,000 $2,982 14.9% $80.59 37
Board Campaign $122,500 $16,500 13.5% $1,833.33 9
TOTAL $379,500 $125,738 33.1% $214.94 585

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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

Zombie Camp - October 17


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2015 OA Dues

Online Registration

Offline Registration Form

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Order of the Arrow
Fall Fellowship and
Lodge Banquet

Rancho Alegre

November 14 2015

Details Coming







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



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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

Download Course Catalog
and Registration Forms


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
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
   Monday thru Friday

Closed Saturday & Sunday

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, Thursday, and Friday

Hours:  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
   Saturday and by appointment

Closed  Sunday,  Tuesday, and Wednesday




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