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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 Campaign
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!
Deciding which version of the BSA’s Annual Health and Medical Record you need shouldn’t raise your blood pressure.
And starting today, you’re getting a streamlined version of the BSA health forms and an easier-to-use website to accompany them. The site is the result of several BSA teams (professionals and volunteers) joining forces to make this process a painless one for you and other Scouters.
The Annual Health and Medical Record (hereafter AHMR) comes in several flavors, and until now some Scouters and parents found it a little difficult to determine which version of the AHMR they or their Scout/Venturer needed.
Taking your Cub Scouts on a local tour or your Boy Scouts on a two-night camping trip? The forms you’ll need are different from those required on a camping trip lasting more than 72 hours.
Visiting the Florida Sea Base, Northern Tier, Philmont or the Summit? Be sure to print off some additional information to give your doctor.
It’s all spelled out for you on the new site. Figuring out which forms you need is a snap thanks to logos, clear language and so-big-you-can’t-miss-’em buttons you’ll click to download the proper form.
Speaking of, you’ll know you’re using the right form if it says “2014 Printing” in the lower right corner.
If you’ve already gotten your physical using the old form, though, don’t fret.
"The No. 1 concern/question I got this weekend relates to, ‘Are my current valid medical records still valid?’” says Richard Bourlon, BSA health and safety team leader. “It’s most likely folks concerned we are going to make someone fill out a new physical exam when they planned to use one they just had done in December, for instance.
"We want to assure them they are still good — the old versions will be phased out over the next year, and everyone will basically have a new one in place next summer.”
Answers to this question and others are found in the FAQs section of the AHMR website. Click the “Have Questions? Get Answers Here” button at the bottom of the page and read the FAQs. Your question may have already been answered.
AHMR live webinar
Mark your calendar for the afternoon of Friday, April 4. That’s the date of a live webinar on the AHMR. You’ll hear from David Berry, the volunteer who serves as chairman of the BSA’s medical team. He led the updates and website transformation, and you can ask questions and hear him describe the changes in his own words.
Just by glancing at the new AHMR website, it’s easy to see how much better it is than its previous iteration. The previous version had good content, but it featured an intimidating block of text. The new version makes navigation a breeze.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details on this July 2014 trip, click here for an informational sheet.
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.
Wilderness First Aid Course in April
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 16 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.
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
Mining in Society Merit Badge Launches in Salt Lake City
The BSA’s newest merit badge, Mining in Society, launched this week at the annual meeting of The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc., which was instrumental in the development of the merit badge.
The latest in a series of merit badges on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics, Mining in Society focuses on mining’s key components of exploration, permitting, excavation, processing, production, safety, and reclamation. From communications, transportation, power, construction, agriculture, and medicine to education, entertainment, and recreation, nearly every aspect of society relies on mining.
“Whether it’s the source of the metal in a Dutch oven or the key components in a smartphone, mining affects Scouts both in their Scouting activities and in their everyday lives, making this Mining in Society merit badge a great way for Scouts to gain a better understanding of some of the key building blocks of commonly used items,” said Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock. “There are some important STEM lessons to be learned through earning this badge, and that focus may lead some Scouts to develop an even greater interest in the vastly important fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.”
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.
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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 2014 we plan to issue our monthly Council Newsletter in the middle 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 - 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;
Atascadero Service Center
7350 El Camino Real, Suite #201
Atascadero, CA 93422
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