April 2012



April 2012 A newsletter for all valued Scouters. Volume 2, Issue 4

Into the Jungle

Join us at one of our District Day Camps this summer for a great week of Cub Scouting outdoor activities. Click on your specific day camp below to gain more information about local activities and to register for that event.

Early Bird DiscountCost:
Early Bird Rate is $105 if fees are paid in full 30 days before the start of your camp session.
Standard fees are $135 if not paid early. Rates for South Coast Day Camp are different.

There is a first come, first served policy on registration. Some camps fill up early. Fees include a T-shirt and patch. Read brochure for full details and registration form.


District Day Camps

Del Norte District

June 18-22
LDS Church, Paso Robles
For more information, contact
Samantha Dole, 461-0863

Camino Real District

June 25-29
Camp French, Arroyo Grande
For more information, contact
Melanie Bryant or Cat Keith or Alison Fleming

Live Oak District

One Day Sessions

June 9 - Nojoqui Falls Park
(below Buellton off Hwy. 101)
For more information, contact
Paul Rodarte, 925-1955

August 11 - Lompoc (exact location TBD)
Contact District Office, 925-1955

July 23-27
Pioneer Park, Santa Maria

South Coast District

June 25-29
Bishop Diego High School
For more information, contact
Andrew Royster, 967-0105


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Council President
Laurie Tamura

Council Commissioner
Rick TerBorch

Scout Executive
Rebecca Fields

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Los Padres Council, #53
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Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Office: 805-967-0105
Fax: 805-967-5094
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Office: 805-461-4018
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Webelos Woods

May 4 & 5, 2012

Webelos Woods is one of the most popular Cub Scout events of the year and it is being held this spring at Camp French. This is a Council sponsored outdoor experience for all Webelos Scouts and their adult partners.

Please register early; we need to plan food, patrol and campsite assignments, and remember, this very popular campout is limited to 100 boy and adult partners.

WebelosProgram activities includes:

  • Archery
  • BB Guns
  • Songs & Skits
  • Nature hike
  • Indian Lore
  • Scout skills
  • And more

Check-in will begin at 4 p.m. Friday in the dining hall. Each Webelos Scout and his adult partner should register together. Dinner will be served in the dining hall at 6:00 p.m. After dinner, a campfire will be held at the campfire bowl (or in the dining hall if it rains!) The Boy Scouts of America is a uniformed organization. Accordingly, all Webelos Scouts, leaders and staff should wear uniforms.

Camp French is located near Lake Lopez in Arroyo Grande. Vehicles are not allowed in the campsites. Pack lightly, for in the Scouting tradition, we carry our gear to the campsite.

$70.00 one Webelos Scout and one adult partner, $35 per adult, $35 per Webelos includes event patch for first 100 participants, and a special surprise kit for the Webelos.

Additional Information:

Family Friends of Scouting Weekend

May 25 - 27, 2012 & September 1 - 3, 2012

FOS WeekendTwice each year Los Padres Council opens Rancho Alegre and its many activity areas to our great Family Friends of Scouting (FOS) Donors who made a gift of $150 or more this year. On Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends FOS families come together for swimming, archery, rifle shooting, nature hikes, handicrafts, campfires, and other Scout type activities.

The weekend program is staffed by our Scouting professionals, Rancho Alegre Summer Camp Staff and members of the Order of the Arrow. The Friends of Scouting Weekends at Rancho Alegre have always been a popular family event, plan now to attend.

If you cannot come for the whole weekend, consider coming up just for the day on Saturday. Bring a picnic lunch and take advantage of the many activities going on at the pool, the ranges, and the nature center.

Additional Information:

Spring Ordeal - Order of the Arrow

Order of the ArrowThe Order of the Arrow is recognized as Scouting’s National Honor Society. Youth members are elected only from Boy Scout troops and Varsity teams. Once elected, candidates subsequently participate in an Ordeal induction, intended to emphasize service and self-sacrifice. During the Ordeal candidates are then welcomed as Ordeal members in a formal induction ceremony.

The Los Padres Council's Chumash Lodge 90 will be conducting their Spring Ordeal on

May 18-20 at Rancho Alegre

The Journey to Excellence criteria for an Order of the Arrow lodge includes these membership accomplishments:

  • Experience positive growth in membership over the previous year (required)
  • Complete induction of elected Ordeal candidates
  • Convert eligible Ordeal members to Brotherhood (required)
  • Improve retention rate of lodge members.

Chumash Lodge 90For those attending the Ordeal at Rancho Alegre, be sure to bring appropriate work clothes and footwear. There may be some painting going on. We will be working on adding new elements to the Low COPE Course which Chumash Lodge 90 has adopted as its own project and gift to the Council. We are also asking Scouts to save and bring empty large tyvek dog or cat food bags to the Ordeal. These make excellent bags for site clearance without the bag ripping and besides it is the “green” thing to do in recycling them.

Additional Information

NYLT2012 National Youth Leadership Training

June 18-23, 2012 at Camp Mabel French

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is the Los Padres Council's advanced leadership training course for Scouting's youth leaders. NYLT is a course staffed and led primarily by Boy Scouts.

The leadership skills taught in NYLT can be applied to all aspects of a Scout's life, not just his Scouting leadership. Through activities, events, games, and adventures, participants will work hard and play hard as they put into action the best Scouting has to offer.

If you can SEE it, you can BE it!

Early BirdCost:
The Early Bird Rate is $250 if fees are paid in full and all required forms are submitted by April 30. Standard fees are $270 if not paid early.

Additional Information

2013 Jamboree
It's going to be here sooner than we think!
Will you be ready for the adventure?

The 2013 National Jamboree is being held at the Boy Scouts of America's new Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. For the latest information on the Los Padres Council, 2013 National Jamboree contingent, click here

If you are interested--

Please contact Ron Walsh (rwalsh@bsamail.org) at the Rancho Alegre Program Office, or call him at 686-5175.

You may also contact Steve von Dohlen (svondohlen2@yahoo.com), who will be serving as the Scoutmaster for our 2013 Council Contingent Troop. Mr. von Dohlen was one of the Assistant Scoutmasters for the Council's Contingent Troop for the 2010 National Jamboree, and has attended several National Jamborees and a World Jamborees as a youth.

SUmmit logoThose planning on attending the 2013 National Jamboree should read this Be Prepared document and watch the Be Prepared video (Be Prepared video) to ensure you physically prepared for this outstanding adventure.

The application process has already begun. Read here about how it works.

Prepared. For Adventure. - Go Big. Get Wild.

Summer Camp at Rancho Alegre

Is the Best Deal on the Central Coast - Offering 30 Different Merit Badges!

It's Not Too Late to Reserve Your Troop's Campsite!

Summer CampIt's only few short months away, and we are planning for the Summer Camp activities at Rancho Alegre during the 102nd year of Scouting. Your unit's early camp reservation helps us better plan our food, equipment and staffing needs. Please register early!

Click on the appropriate heading for more information about each program.

2012 Boy Scout Advancement Trail Camp

Week 1 - July 15 (Sunday p.m.) - July 21 (Saturday a.m.)

Week 2 - July 23 (Monday a.m.) - July 28 (Saturday p.m.)

Campership Funds

The Los Padres Council is pleased to offer assistance to Scouts that need financial aid to attend our council long term camps.

The campership fund is limited, and as a policy, we do not offer 100% camperships. Scouts will be considered for camperships based on family circumstances and fund availability.

Please fill out the “Request for Campership” and return it to the Rancho Alegre Program office, 2680 Highway 154, Santa Barbara, 93105, or you may fax it to (805) 686-5175. The deadline for submission is June 1, 2012.

All information is confidential, and you will be notified of the Council’s decision within 10 days of the submission deadline.

Rancho Alegre Scoutmaster's Guide to Summer Camp

Theme: Medieval Times. Knights, Minstrels, Bards, jousting, and some old games will make this a fun activity.

Special Rate: Attend both Boy Scout weeks at Rancho Alegre this summer and we'll take $75 off your total bill. Take advantage of this special offer.

Rancho AlegreNew Merit Badges for 2012!

  • Disability Awareness
  • Fingerprinting
  • Crime Prevention

Back by Popular Demand!

  • Public Speaking
  • Public Health
  • Low COPE course

We also have planned two afternoon Shotgun Shooting Sessions which will enable us to accommodate more participants.

Lifeguard Academy - There are still spots available for the Lifeguard Academy but filling fast!

This five day program for Scouts, Scouters, and community members (non-Scouts) is normally held in mid-June each year. Although this year's session is completed, you can check with Aquatics Director Jim Gutierrez through the Rancho Alegre Office (686-5167) about future year programs. Advanced Aquatics develops candidates to become BSA/Red Cross Certified Lifeguards. Participants must be at least 15 years of age. Every Troop should have at least one certified lifeguard for troop outings. The fee for 2012 is $275 includes dorm accomodations, food, Basic First Aid/CPR and the training.

Woodland Discovery - One five day session offered June 18-22 at Rancho Alegre by the Council's Learning for Life Program "The Outdoor School." Not Scouting in the traditional sense as participants stay in dormitories and learn about nature from the naturalist at the Outdoor School.

Additional Information

Are You Properly Pinned?

Map PinThe new "Be a Scout" recruiting program can only help your unit recruit new Scouts if your unit is pinned properly. Someone from your unit leadership (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster or Crew Advisor, Unit Committee chair or Chartered Organization Rep.) will need to go into MyScouting and update your unit PIN information to ensure it is current and correct. (If you have not already done so.)

The "Be a Scout" program is designed to help your unit grow in membership. Through the "Be a Scout" program families looking for a local Scout unit for their son can find your unit contact information and become new members. Growing unit membership helps make our Scouting program stronger.

Should your unit need help with updating your unit's "Be a Scout" information in MyScouting, please contact your district commissioner as soon as possible.

Your District Commissioners are:

  • Cachuma District Commissioner - Chuck Sorensen (Serving the communities of Santa Ynez, Solvang, Buellton, Los Olivos, Ballard and Gaviota.)
  • Camino Real District Commissioner - Brian Hascall (Serving the Communities of San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande/5 Cities Area, Los Osos, Morro Bay, and Nipomo.)
  • Del Norte District Commissioner - David Hix (Serving the Communities of Paso Robles, Atascadero, Cambria, Templeton, Santa Margarita, and Creston.)
  • Live Oak District Commissioner - John MacKinnon (Serving the Communities of Santa Maria, Lompoc, Guadalupe, Orcutt & VAFB.)
  • South Coast District Commissioner - Lani Collins (Serving the Communities of Carpinteria, Goleta, Montecito, & Santa Barbara.)

Or, contact Council Commissioner Rick TerBorch

Tips for deducting Scouting-related expenses on your income tax return

From Bryan on Scouting, a blog for BSA's adult leaders.

TaxesUPDATED for 2012 with 2011 tax season info:

When Baden-Powell said “Be Prepared,” I’m pretty sure he wasn’t talking about income tax returns.

But still, there’s no better advice than that two-word phrase during tax time.

Scouters who heeded the Scout Motto last year remembered to track and document their Boy Scouts of America-related expenses. And now, they know that they can include those expenses if they plan to itemize their deductions.

But what if you didn’t know that BSA expenses were deductible? Or what if your “filing system” is really your glove compartment that’s stuffed with gas receipts and crumpled-up napkins? And what qualifies as an eligible expense, anyway?

Your fellow Scouters and I are here to help. Along with other Scout leaders on Facebook, I’ve collected some tips to help you track and deduct your BSA-related expenses.

And with the April 17 deadline approaching fast, there’s no better time than now to get started.

Before we go any further, let me tell you that I’m no CPA, and I can’t help you file your return (for the best advice, find a professional, use tax-preparation software, or check out the IRS Web site).

What I do know is this: You give your time and money to the Scouting program, and Uncle Sam wants to give you credit—at least for the money part.

The rest of Bryan's Blog - on deducting Scouting related expenses

The information and worksheet in Scouting Expenses and the IRS will help determine your tax deductible Scouting expenditures.

Opinions Wanted: From Scouts, Parents & Leaders

Opinions wantedTo provide the best youth program, the Research & Program Innovation Department surveys our membership from time to time to learn their opinions on various Scouting issues. Please encourage your youth members (over 14 years old), volunteers, and Cub Scout parents to join our research panel by including the suggested blurb and link below on official council websites, newsletters, or e-mail communications.

WANTED: Scouts 14 years of age or older, volunteers, and parents of Cub Scouts who want to give their opinions! The Research & Program Innovation Department is looking for people to be a part of our research panel. As a member of the panel, you will receive surveys (no more than three per year) regarding new programs or proposed changes to existing
Scouting programs. To register, click on the Opinions wantedlink below:

Join our Scouting Research Panels

To sign up for a panel:

Voice of the Scout

Voice of the ScoutWhat a wonderful initiative! Scouters in the Los Padres Council have begun receiving Voice of the Scout surveys. Initial feedback on the process of completing the survey is very positive. Make sure the council has your current e-mail address on file so you can receive the surveys.

The Voice of the Scout program will capture the experiences of our members and volunteers during a 10-week survey period in both the spring and fall. Surveys will be sent to leaders, chartered organization representatives, parents of Scouts, and Scouts over age 14. To receive a survey, someone in the Scouting household must have their current e-mail information on file in the BSA computer system. The survey results will be collected and made available to council-level volunteers, commissioner staffs, district committee members and some council employees.

The end goal of the Voice of the Scout initiative is to discover what needs to be done to make sure every unit is a great unit while maintaining the values of Scouting.

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Voice of the Scout Factsheet

Texting and Driving: It Can Wait

When you take just a minute to look at the last text message on your wireless device, consider whether it would be worth causing a serious accident, possibly one that could take a life … or several lives. When you look at it this way, there’s no text that can’t wait.

To drive this point home, the BSA and AT&T have teamed up to offer Scouts and leaders the opportunity to take the “It Can Wait” pledge to not text and drive. And, by encouraging at least 10 friends to do the same, they can earn a limited-edition “Txting & Drivng” patch (while supplies last).

Here's How YOU can help:

  • Visit the Boy Scouts of America "It Can Wait" Facebook page
  • Take the "It Can Wait" Pledge
  • Share the pledge with your friends


Learn more about this initiative (and watch an “It Can Wait” video) on Scouting magazine’s Bryan on Scouting bloghtml.

trainedWhat Makes a Trained Leader?

A leader in Scouting is considered fully trained and entitled to wear the Trained leader emblem when he or she has completed the training courses for their position.

What makes a trained leaderAdult leaders in units are considered trained, and eligible to wear the official Trained emblem, once they have completed Youth Protection Training and the training courses outlined below, or have completed Youth Protection Training and a previous basic training course when it was current.

Youth Protection Training* is a joining requirement for all registered adults and must be retaken every two years!

Cub Scouting
Leader-Specific (by position)

Boy Scouting
Leader-Specific (by position)**
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills***

* E-Learning page at www.myscouting.org
** Troop Committee Challenge* is position specifics for troop committee members
*** Not required for committee positions
+ Chartered Organization Representatives take This Is Scouting*, and Chartered Organization Representative Training

Varsity Scouting
Leader-Specific (by position)**
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills***

Adults in Crews: Venturing Leader Specific
Adults in Ships: Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic

More Information:

Newly Established President's Cabinet


EagleThe Executive Board of the Los Padres Council is excited about the creation of our new President’s Cabinet, which is designed to address the needs of our districts. Composed of Members at Large of the Council, Operating Committee Chairs, and District Chairs, the cabinet advises and recommends program direction to the Executive Board and serves as a forum for representation and analysis.

Each member of the President’s Cabinet is expected to be knowledgeable and to participate fully in active discussion of program areas to move the Scouting program forward in the council. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every other month. At each meeting, committee reports are reviewed briefly and the better half of the meeting is spent addressing four topics selected by the operating committees of the council. Members of the President's Cabinet are asked to select a topic to participate in during group discussions. The results of the discussion are then incorporated into the council’s strategic plan to support districts and strengthen units. When necessary, motions are presented to the Executive Board for approval.

We look forward to sharing with you recommendations from the President’s Cabinet!

JOTA2012 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)

Did you participate in Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) last year? It takes place on October 20-21 this year. Here's a sneak peek at the official USA JOTA patch design!

The Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is an annual Scouting event that uses amateur radio to link Scouts around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. Held on the third full weekend of October each year, this worldwide jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby radio amateur’s ham shack. Many times the hams will come to you by setting up at a Scout camporee, or perhaps they already have a ham shack at your council’s camp. There are many ways to get your Scouts involved in JOTA.

More information:

Quotation of Month

"Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work."

- Peter Drucker

Web Site of the Month

xParents - What to Expect
When you join the Boy Scouts of America, Scouting is like an extension of your family: It follows your values, it sees to the overall care and well-being of your child, and it’s always there for you. It’s not an either/or choice you have to make for your child. It works with you to let you manage your time and other activities and will always be there when you return.

What to expect - Maturity, Flexibility, Adaptability and Transferability

Video of Month

2011 BSA Report to the Nation

2011 Report to the Nation
2011 Report to the Nation Infographic link

2011 Report to the Nation

2011 Report to the Nation Playbook

The printed BSA annual Report to the Nation is presented to the president of the United States, both houses of Congress, and other government officials each February by a selected delegation of youth members and their advisers.

Click on the blue Infographic to the right to see the key facts from the 2011 Report to the Nation. We thank you once again for all you do to help the Scouting program have an incredibly positive impact on this great nation!

This video dramatically highlights the key aspects of the 2011 Report to the Nation.

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