Year 2013, No. 12  --  July 1, 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.

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.

My Scouting Tools Upgrade Coming

In addition to the functions currently available, did you know that as a unit and district Key 3, you also will be able to perform the following new tasks on the new MyScouting Tools?

  • View, update and print training certificates for members of your unit or district – not just YPT.
  • Update additional profile details without going to your council or calling the National Support Center.
  • Grant 3 additional registered leaders the authority to perform administrative functions.
  • Create and manage your unit’s organizational structure (i.e. packs – dens; troops – patrols; crews – groups; ships – crews; teams – squads; and committees).
  • Assign member’s to functional roles within a unit’s organizational structure.

These great tools will be available within the next few weeks. To see what you can currently do, log in to access MyScouting Tools.

Eagle Item Website Created

A new website has been created to order new and replacement Eagle credentials along with replacement award items for the George Meany Award, Vale la Pena Award, Lifesaving or Meritorious Action Award, and Wood Badge wallet card.

Also, effective immediately, the fee for expedited shipping has been increased from $25 to $40.

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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.

  • 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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