Year 2013, No. 11  --  June 15, 2013

Calling ALL Cub Scouts!!!

How does four days and three nights camping in the wilderness sound? While you are there you can swim, shoot arrows and bb-guns, and complete rank requirements or earn pins or belt loops. Parents: Join your son in a great adventure at Rancho Alegre Cub Resident Camp from July 21-24. Do some fantastic things during your stay and watch your son grow and mature.

Resident Camp is a once a year opportunity to bond with your son in the outdoors. Cost is only $255 which covers both the Scout and one parent. See Registration Page for rates for additional adults or a sibling.

For more information, visit our Resident Camp web page. If you want to come, here are some links to forms you will need.



Rancho Alegre Summer Camp Has Openings for Provisional Scouts

Missed going to Summer Camp with your unit?  Do you still need more merit badges to make Eagle? Would you like another week in the great outdoors? Are the parents driving you crazy (or vice versa) and you just need to get away?

If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, why not attend Rancho Alegre Summer Camp as a Provisional Scout. We supply your unit leadership, and you work and live with Scouts like yourself who are there for the experience. One of the nice things at Rancho Alegre is that we offer all the Eagle Required Merit Badges (except Cycling). What would one week at camp mean? We even our offering two sessions of the newly Eagle-required Cooking Merit Badge.  Make a big leap on becoming Eagle! Cost is $350 which includes your food and activities for six days in the outdoors. We have two sessions: July 7-13 (Sun-Sat) and July 15-20 (Mon-Sat). Call Camp Director Wayne Rascati at 686-5167 (weekdays) or check out the info on the Council website.


WANTED - Lifeguard Trainees

Are you a better-than-average swimmer? Have you ever considered that being a Lifeguard is a rewarding and challenging summer employment opportunity? Are you at least 15 years old?. Rancho Alegre has the program for you at our annual Lifeguard Academy from June 24-28. The program is strenuous and challenging. You get to sleep in the dormitories and have meals served to you in our dining hall. There will be classes certifying you in Basic First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. This program is open to youth (at least 15 years old) and adults; male and females; Scouts and non-Scouts (slightly higher fee). Cost is $300 for all this. Check it out on our webpage; then register online.

Thinking About Summer 2014

Northern Tier High Adventure Camp is one of the hidden pearls of the Boy Scouts of America. There are always openings for units wanting to do canoe portages in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota and Manitoba Canada.  Check out this opportunity or check the Northern Tier website for other treks for your older Scouts.

Northern Tier – Bissett, Manitoba - Canada
An Unsurpassed Wilderness

Northern Tier provides epic wilderness canoeing trips in remote Manitoba Canada. Trips feature a float plane ride, unsurpassed freshwater fishing and hundreds of thousands of acres of virgin wilderness to explore. This is one trip that will change your life.

Every summer, hundreds of Scouts head to the most remote Boy Scout High Adventure base for a once in a lifetime wilderness canoeing expedition. Trips begin by meeting your “Interpreter” who is a trained Northern Tier staff member that will accompany you on your trip. Northern Tier provides full outfitting for your trek. A float plane ride to the canoe cache begins your trip. After that, you can decide which of the less traveled trails you want to follow. Crews typically paddle a mixture of lakes and rivers. It is common for crews in Bissett not to see anyone other than their crew for their entire trip. There are also lots of fish to catch. After your trip, you will return by float plane to the base to enjoy a cleansing sauna.

To download a flyer of this opportunity, complete with pictures, click here.

Bryan on Scouting

Here are some recent notices that will make your Scouting information up-to-date as more and more Scout Leaders are subscribing to the blog of the Editor of Scouting Magazine, Bryan Wendell, to obtain up-to-date information on the Scouting world. One popular feature Bryan started last month was Ask the Expert. He has been inundated with questions from the readers like you. Check out the next two installments below. Bryan recently published these articles which might be of interest to many of our Los Padres Council readers:

In addition to these articles such as Ask the expert or special offers for Scouts, there are articles and contests with interests for all. To make this blog part of your personal reader go to this url and sign up for some very interesting and informative reading -

Friends of Scouting

Have you made your 2013 commitment to Scouting? If not, please do it today online at the Council's website

In addition to any money that you pay to your unit, it takes at least $150 annually to support your Scout and keep our facilities open. FOS makes this all possible. Your donation is tax deductible, and we will work with you if your employer has a matching contributing program.

To download a special brochure about FOS, click here. For the special LDS unit FOS brochure, click here.

Remember "Scouting Builds Future Leaders."

Camp French Sustaining Committee

Camp French LogoIt's not too late to support the drive to keep Camp French open. Contributions may be mailed to the Council Office at 4000 Modoc Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110, or online the Council's website:  ( For years the Council has been operating this camp at a financial loss which is now established to be at $65,000 annually. This is impacting other program areas of the Council's operations. Please make your contribution soon as the Executive Board needs to make a decision soon.

Cub Scout Day Camps

Three of the Districts plan on holding Cub Scout Day Camp during June this year. Below are the locations and dates.  This year's theme is Galactic Trek. So get your rocket ship fired up and blast over to the site near you. Please click on the link to obtain more information and registration forms.

South Coast District - June 17 - 21 - Bishop Garcia Diego High School, 4000 La Colina Road, Santa Barbara
Camino Real District  - June 24 - 29 - Camp Mable French, Lake Lopez
Del Norte District - - June 17 - 21 - Paso Robles LDS Church (Creston Road)

New Year Program Kick-offs Scheduled

Four of the five districts have already held their Annual District Kick-off. Live Oak District will hold their Kick-off on Thursday, June 20. At these sessions there have been Information Booths on Training, Camping, Advancement, Unit Fundraising, Activities, and Finance.  Program materials were distributed, such as program helps; pocket calendars; training dates; membership materials; district calendar; and information on upcoming council/district activities and events for the coming year. The calendar for next year can be viewed on the Council website. Calendar

District Program KickoffLIVE OAK DISTRICT
WHEN: Thursday, June 20, 2013
WHERE: Santa Maria LDS Stake Center, 908 E. Sierra Madre, Santa Maria
RSVP TO: Angel Ortega;

 Jillian Shumate;




Order of the Arrow

OA LogoThe next OA Ordeal will be on August 16-18 at Camp French.  Register today to attend the Summer Ordeal.

Have you paid your 2013 Dues yet? Still only $15. Click here to go online for a form or make the payment.

Schedule the Date

Summer Camp and Programs - Check out our different Summer Camps and Training Activities coming up later this year. Click here to go our camp web page for any of these events.

  • Lifeguard Academy - June 24-28
  • Staff Training Week - June 30 - July 6
  • Boy Scout Camp (Traditional) - July 7 - 13
    • Applications now being accepted for Provisional Scouts and Day Campers
  • Boy Scout Camp (LDS) - July 15-20
    • Venturing Days (LDS) - July18-20
    • Cub Scout/Primary Day (LDS) - July 19
  • Cub Scout Resident Camp - July 21-24

Aug 3 - Trainer’s EDGE: This course is intended for those with good presentations skills and is the second part of the “train the trainer” set of courses. The first part is new, “Fundamentals of Training”, which will be offered on January 11th.

Aug 5 - 10 National Youth Leadership Training: Rancho Alegre (coed course). Applications for participants are now being accepted. For more information and to enroll your youth leadership, click here.

Aug 10–11 - Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) Sat-Sun: This is a hands-on course for adult Boy Scout leaders, and will prepare you to take scouts through advancement up to the First Class rank.

Aug 10–11 - Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OLS-WL) Sat-Sun: This is a hands-on course that is combined with IOLS; Webelos Leaders will receive credit for both OLS-WL and IOLS.

Aug 17 - Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO): Larsen Meadow. Hosted by the South Coast and Cachuma Districts. The course equips Cub Scout adult leaders to carry out outdoor activities, including pack family camping.

Sep 14 - Varsity & Venture Leader Specific Training: This is the classroom training for these adult unit leaders, and is full of helpful tips.

September 26-28 and October 17-19. Woodbadge: The first weekend is at Rancho Alegre; the second is at Camp Three Falls in this course hosted by Los Padres and Ventura County Councils. Woodbadge is the ultimate Scout training leadership program. Fee is $240 if paid in full at least 30 days prior to the start of the sessions.

Oct 12 - Skills Workshop for Cub Scout Leaders and Parents: Cub Scout Leaders mainly have on-line training (except for BALOO). This is the opportunity for face-to –face training on a variety of topics that will help you work with Cub Scouts. Now is the time to request classes on the topics of your choice, or to volunteer to teach a class, so that we can adjust the program to your needs.

Below you will find a list of some 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. Included in the calendar are major civic and religious activity dates as well as dates of college testing for college students. This enables units to plan activities around these events. For events beyond the last date, click on the link to the calendar.

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