A gift to support Scouting may be the most rewarding gift you give this year. The good character that our young people develop through Scouting carry over to every area of their lives as they become adults. This is where your support will go if you make a gift to Scouting during this season of giving. It is our belief that every youth deserves a chance to be a Scout and enjoy the same great, personal rewards that those involved in the program have been so fortunate to realize.
With a little less than a month left in 2013 and today being Giving Tuesday please join us in helping the young people in our communities this holiday season by clicking here. This is truly the gift that keeps on giving as it provides a greater future for our youth and our community. For gifts made online in December we will add a new ornament to our Holiday Display, every dollar raised allows us to continue to serve the youth of the Central Coast.
If you feel strongly about the values provided by the Scouting program, please feel free to share this same email with your friends and family, and ask them to make the same commitment to the youth in the Los Padres Council.
Thank you for your commitment to Scouting.
We wish you and your family a wonderful Holiday Season!
Prefer to donate by mail? Please send a check to the Los Padres Council, Boy Scouts of America,4000 Modoc Road, Santa Barbara,CA 931010. For any questions, please call Rebecca Fields at (805) 967-0105. And to learn more about our programs, please visit www.lpcbsa.org.
Special Eagle Scout Family Discount Announced for 2013 Major Member Dinner
For over 40 years, the Major Member Dinner has raised much needed funds to support Scouting programs our communities and celebrated the best and oldest youth program there is - Scouting!
Former columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, the Economists and Fortune Magazine, Eagle Scout Michael Malone is keynote speaker for this year’s dinner. Sharing compelling profiles and surprising facts about the history of the Eagle Scout rank from his award winning book “Four Percent: The Story of Uncommon Youth in a Century of American Life”, the evening program is guaranteed to be a great Scouting experience complete with a book signing during the reception.
In light of the special Eagle Scout message of this year’s Major Member Dinner, Chair and Rabobank Regional President, Steve Harding would like to extend a special offer to our Scouting family. For individual ticket buyers ($150) who have an Eagle Scout son under the age of 21 years, your son may attend free.
We hope you can join us for the 2013 Major Member Dinner to support local Scouting programs! If you are interested in attending, visit www.lpcbsa.org to purchase tickets or contact Jillian Shumate at (805) 461-4018 for more information.
To download a copy of either one of these documents for yourself or to share with another supporter of Scouting, click on the image. For online registration, click here.
YPT Made Easy
Does your unit have trouble getting adults to complete Youth Protection Training and other BSA required trainings for outings. You might try what Pack and Troop 105 did at their annual Christmas Party. Four computers with wireless routers were set-up. Parents could go to the computer during the evening and complete the YPT course. A guide was nearby to assist parents in establishing accounts, if necessary, and getting them logged in. Innovative thinking like this helps these units be ahead of the game in completing rechartering and having their adults trained. There were only brief moments when all four machines weren't occupied by involved parents.
Become a Friend of Scouting
“Scouting Builds Future Leaders"
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.
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, For the special LDS unit borchure, click here. 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 2013.
Please contact your District Executive at your local council service center to schedule your Friends of Scouting (FOS) presentation today!
The Los Padres Council is pleased to once again offer a Wilderness First Aid Course. This course is now required for all units that attend one of the National High Adventure Base Programs (Philmont, Sea Base, Northern Tier). It is also a great course to take for all units that are going on a backcountry trip this summer and beyond.
Wilderness First Aid is invaluable to you, the unit or trek leader, as it goes well beyond your basic first aid. When you are hours from available emergency medical services, you will be really thankful that you took this course! This course is 18 hours in length, but invaluable in the resources you will learn to use.
The course will be held at Rancho Alegre on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 3 PM to 10 PM and Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 8 AM to 9 PM. Yes, these are long hours, but will not impact your Sunday obligations. You will stay overnight at Rancho Alegre (in our dorms, so just bring sleeping bag and personal gear), have dinner on Friday evening, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday.
A pre-requisite for the course is current (within the past two years) certification in Adult CPR and AED (automatic external defibrillator). You will need to bring a copy of your card to the course. Not currently certified? No problem – we will be offering CPR and AED beginning at 12 Noon on Friday
Costs for the Wilderness First Aid course: Los Padres Council Scouters $160 per person; Non Los Padres Council Scouters: $175; Non-scout community members $200. Costs include the course, course materials, certification card, lodging and meals. (Thanks to a grant from our National Office, we are able to offer this course at this greatly reduced price.) PLEASE NOTE THE MINIMUM AGE FOR THE COURSE IS 16.
There is an additional cost for the CPR/AED training: Los Padres Council Scouters $45 per person; Non Los Padres Council Scouters $55; Non-Scout community members $60.
THE COURSE IS LIMITED TO 10 PARTICIPANTS. PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO LOS PADRES COUNCIL SCOUTERS FIRST, THEN OTHER COUNCIL SCOUTERS, THEN NON-SCOUT COMMUNITY MEMBERS
REGISTRATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 8, 2014
You must attend all course sessions and participate fully - this is a physically demanding course. You must pass the final exam with a score of 80% or better.
During this summer's Jamboree two new merit badges were released, one merit badge received a new option, and a fourth merit badge was announced for release next year.
Sustainability Merit Badge will become the newest Eagle-Required Merit Badge. It can be earned in place of Environmental Science. To download requirements and poster, click here.
Programming Merit Badge is a new Merit Badge that can be earned now. To download the requirements and a poster on this badge, click here.
A Mountain Biking option was added to the Cycling Merit Badge. Now a Scout has a choice of the classic touring option or the mountain biking option to complete this merit badge. To see the requirements and download a poster, click here.
Finally, in 2014, the BSA will release the new Mining in Society Merit Badge. General details are available on this badge in a Bryan on Scouting article.
Additional merit badges will be announced shortly, including the new requirements for the Eagle Required Cooking Merit Badge.
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
2014 NESA scholarship window opens; this year’s application online only
Eagle Scouts, get your typing fingers ready.
The application window for the prestigious and highly competitive National Eagle Scout Association scholarships is officially open.
For the first time, NESA will only accept applications submitted online. So forget the printer and stamps and switch on the laptop.
Also new this year is a minimum SAT or ACT score for academic scholarship applicants (1800 SAT or 28 ACT). Like last year, applicants must be members of NESA to apply, but it’s easy to purchase or renew a membership.
NESA will award Eagle Scouts more than 200 academic and merit scholarships, ranging in value from $1,000 to $50,000 each. As always, many will apply but only a select few will receive scholarships.
Before you send the 2014 scholarship application link to Eagle Scouts in your family, troop, team, post, ship or crew, read the following requirements carefully. Some of these have changed from previous years.
2014 NESA Scholarship Requirements
These scholarships are not available to students attending trade schools, two-year colleges or any of the U.S. military academies, because at these academies expenses covered by NESA scholarships are already paid by the U.S. government.
Academic scholarship applicants must apply during their senior year in high school unless the Eagle Scout board of review was held after Dec. 31, 2012. In those cases, the applicant must apply by Dec. 31, 2013, even if he is already attending college.
All academic scholarship applicants must have a minimum 1800 SAT or 28 ACT score to apply. A “superscore” may be used to meet the minimum 1800 SAT requirement
All applicants must be current members of the National Eagle Scout Association to apply. Applicants with memberships that expire on Dec. 31, 2013, are still eligible to apply and invited to renew.
Application deadline: Dec. 31, 2013. Winners can expect notification in summer 2014.
Find more by sending your Eagle Scouts to this link.
Money for Eagle projects: Lowe’s grant program back for 2013-2014
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 email@example.com, 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 www.scouting.org/trailtoeagle.
Do you know someone else who could use this news update from the Summit? Forward this messageto 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.
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.
Hot Air Ballooning Activity From the official BLOG of Scouting Magazine, BSA announces that certain forms of Hot Air Ballooning are now permissible activities. Read the details to find out what is permissible.
California's New Child Safety Seat Law Effective Jan. 1, 2012, the definitition of children having to use a booster seat was increased to the 9th Birthday and even further for smaller children.
Important Insurance Information for Volunteers REVISED INSURANCE POLICY FOR VOLUNTEER and SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS:
The Boy Scouts of America has revised its fact sheet on insurance coverage provisions for volunteers and sponsoring organizations.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ron Walsh (email@example.com).
Copy, fliers, forms, and photographs should be sent to volunteer Webmaster (RanchoAlegre@cox.net). 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
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 - 6:00 pm
Monday thru Friday
Closed Saturday & Sunday
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 - 6:00 pm
Monday thru Friday;
Saturday: 11 am to 5 pm;
Atascadero Service Center
7350 El Camino Real, Suite #201
Atascadero, CA 93422
Fax: (805) 461-4021
Hours: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday thru Friday;
Saturday: 10 am to 2 pm
closed Sunday & Monday