Year 2013, No. 19  --  October 25, 2013


It is my honor to serve as the chair of the Los Padres Council Scout Service Center Task Force and work alongside six outstanding representatives from across the council – Jim Bartlett, Ron Harmon, Kat Keith, Alan Munch, Daun Putney and Trey Pinner. Our goal is to gather input from our Scouting families and develop a strategic plan for the Scout Service Centers for the next five years.

With input from Scout Store Managers, we have compiled a brief survey through Survey Monkey to be emailed out to all registered Scout leaders and have provided the following link for anyone interested to provide input

Our task force will continue to meet to discuss and develop operational strategies for the service centers. And, we welcome your continued input. Please feel free to forward your thoughts to our email box at

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours in Scouting,
Paul Viborg, Chair
Scout Service Center Task Force

On Line Charter Renewal Opens in November

Shortly you should be receiving from your Unit Commissioner or District Executive the Charter Renewal Package for 2014. In addition to the paperwork and instructions necessary for completing the renewal and Journey to Excellence Process are some great handouts with dates of upcoming events and information about safety in Scouting. Remember that all charter renewals are due in early December. For more information about the process and the increase in the registration fee for 2014, to our special webpage.

A Century of Honor

"A Century of Honor: Celebrating 100 years of service to God and Country." Please join us on Wednesday, November 13 at one of six below locations for a celebration of the virtues and values of Scouting. The evening will begin with an open house at 6 pm including food, displays and activities by scouting units from our community. The program itself will begin at 7pm and will be a spectacular event—one of the best the scouting shows ever put on.  Everyone is invited—current scouts and their families, former scouts, friends and their families, everyone who loves the young people. This will be a magnificent event to share scouting with the community we hope everyone will come and invite their friends and neighbors.

November 13, 2013 6 p.m. Open House 7 p.m. Program

Six Locations:

  • 2107 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara
  • 2627 Janin Way, Solvang
  • 1312 West Prune Avenue, Lompoc
  • 938 Sierra Madre, Santa Maria
  • 651 Foothill Blvd., San Luis Obispo
  • 2600 Ramona Rd., Atascadero

Zombie Survival Camp

Zombie Survival Camp has been a gigantic registration success. Because of this we have been forced to stop accepting registrations for this event. If you find that your plans have changed and that you will be unable to attend this event, please contact Rancho Alegre at 686-5167 or so that another Scout may attend.


Date: Saturday November 2, 2013
Time: 12 Noon – 6pm
Location: Rancho Alegre Scout Camp
More Information at Zombie Survival Camp

Boy Scout and Adult Leadership Help Needed for Zombie Camp!!!

Face Painters Needed:  We are in need for several face painters to help turn Cub Scouts into ZOMBIES at Zombie Survival Camp on November 2. If you know of someone who is interested in volunteering to paint Cubs faces please have them contact the Scout Service Center – 805-967-0105. Thanks!

Boy Scout Unit Participation:  Also, if any Troops or Boy Scouts want to help at Zombie Survival Camp please contact the Scout Service Center – 805-967-0105 or email Andrew Royster – Andrew.Royster@Scouting.orgThere are still a few activities that could use some extra help: Campfire, BB Gun Range, assisting with parking & directing vehicles, Hike Tour Guides, Carnival Type Games, Relays, Obstacle Courses, Face Painting, Knot Tying, Crafts, etc.

Last Call for these Activities!

Spurs & Spice is the major fund-raising event for the Live Oak District. This year's event is on Saturday, October 26, in Santa Maria. For more information, click on the registration page.

College of Commissioner Science is on Saturday, October 26, at St. Louis de Montfort Church in Orcutt.  Fore more information, go to the registration page.

Popcorn Campaign

2013 popcorn patch

Is your unit selling popcorn? If not, why? This is one of the best fundraisers for Scouting. Trails End Popcorn is a quality brand with different types of popped and unpopped popcorn. Units who have participated with this program in prior years have Scouts who are able to attend Cub Resident Camp, Summer Camp, Philmont, or National Jamboree with little out-of pocket cash. To find out more about this year's Popcorn Campaign, go this link on the Los Padres Council website.  Check out this information, and if you still have questions, contact LPC Field Director Justin Jepsen at

Get Trained!

We have some great training coming up! Here's a list with a few comments. See the links on the LPC calendar for more information.

Wilderness First AidCourse cancelled for insufficient attendees.  Another course is planned for April.  For more information, contact instructor George Brown at 459-4225.

Nov. 9           Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO). This is a one day course for Cub leaders at Rancho Alegre's Larsen Meadow. Cost is only $10.

Nov. 23 & 24  Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills and Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders. Changed from Nov. 1st and 2nd. Both courses are offered during this overnight camping experience at Rancho Alegre. Cost is $45. For more information contact Joe Bauer at or Brad Ross at

Do you have any questions or requests regarding training? Please contact Brad Ross, the Council Training Chair, at We would like to implement High Adventure Training in the council. Please contact Brad if you are interested in helping put the courses together and staff the training. It’s great to be a trainer because you are learning along with the participants, and helping them to help the scouts.

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. 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 -


Ever Thought About Your Unit at Philmont?

Philmont will soon begin taking registration for unit attendance during the 2015 Summer. The window is coming up quickly and reservations go quickly. If you are interested check out the registration details and the short promotional video.

Reservation Process:

Promotional Video:

Order of the Arrow

Put the afternoon and evening of November 9th on your calendar for the Lodge Leadership Development (LLD) Training Session at Rancho Alegre. That evening at 6 pm the Lodge will have its annual banquet with installation of officers. Online Registration for the Banquet can be done at Cost is only $15.

Thinking about attending the Centennial Anniversary NOAC in two years? Now is the time to make your intentions known and learn about this opportunity.

Upcoming Council Scouting Events

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. For events beyond the last date, click on the link to the calendar.

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