January 2012

January 2012 A newsletter for all valued Scouters. Volume 2, Issue 1

Merry Christmas


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Council President
Laurie Tamura

Council Commissioner
Rick TerBorch

Scout Executive
Rebecca Fields

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Los Padres Council, #53
4000 Modoc Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Office: 805-967-0105
Fax: 805-967-5094
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Santa Maria
228 Town Center East
(2nd floor)
Santa Maria Mall
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Office: 805-925-1955
Fax: 805-925-9206

7350 El Camino Real,
Suite #201
Atascadero, CA 93422
Office: 805-461-4018
Fax: 805-461-4021

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Council Annual Recognition Dinner

The Los Padres Council, Boy Scouts of America cordially invites you to attend our Eighteenth Annual Recognition Dinner. Silver Beaver Presentations and Veterans Awards will be presented following the dinner.Silver Beaver

Saturday, January 21, 2012

5:30 p.m. No Host Reception

6:15 p.m. Dinner & Program

$35 per person for a great Santa Maria style BBQ

Santa Maria Elks Lodge 1538, 1309 N. Bradley, Santa Maria

To find out more about this event, click here

To register online, click here

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Order of the Arrow Vigil Honors Awarded

Vigil sashCongratulations to the Los Padres Council's newest Vigil Honor Members. In a ceremony conducted at Camp French on December 9-10, six OA Members received this coveted honor. Recognized for their contribution to Scouting were

  • Kevin Hays, Lodge Chief
  • Casey Zuchelli, Section W4N Secretary
  • Jamie Rosenberg, Canalino Chapter Officer

Three adults, all serving as Chapter advisers in their respective area, were also honored:

  • Andrea Mesko
  • Robert MacKenzie III
  • John Zuchelli

Construct CharacterConstruct Character Day

Thanks to our Council President, Laurie Tamura, and the Santa Maria's Contractor's Association Executive Director, Robin Hayhurt, and Jerry Bunin, of the Homebuilder's Association of the Central Coast, Rancho Alegre got some much needed improvements.

Halsell Builders, Sahara Construction, Lahr Industrial Welding, and Cal Portland Cement and their employees spent the the day at the Ranch. Improvements that were done included a much needed repair to the deck of the Dining Hall, a concrete walkway from the parking area to the front porch of the Rancho House in Larsen Meadow, new steps leading tot he cargo container that is now at the Shotgun Range in the meadow, framing for a shade structure over the tables outside of Friendship Lodge, painting the deck at Friendship Lodge, painting the deck at the Health Lodge, and installation of two sets of doors under the Dining Hall to secure that area for storage.

ConstructPlease see the photos for a look at all the great work that was done. Nearly 25 volunteers helped out with the projects, which translated into over $15,000 worth of improvements to the camp.

If you are looking for some great contractors to do improvements, new construction, or repair to your home or business, please consider using one of the firms listed above. They are true professionals, and great supporters of Scouting! We can't say enough for their investment of time and dollars in our camp.

To see additional pictures about the fine work done by these contractors, click here.

Council Receives Lifesaving AED'sAED

Thanks to a great local Scouter, the council has received 3 state of the art Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s). Two of the devices are now installed at Rancho Alegre (one in the dining hall and one in the health lodge) and one is located in the Santa Barbara office. Our friendly Scouter has requested we not use his name, but he happily accepted the donation of these Automatic External Defibrillators from an organization that was not going to use them any longer.

These lifesaving devices are a great safety addition to our council, and complement the one we already have in use at Camp Mabel French. We are also very proud of the fact that every member of our Council Staff has been trained in CPR and in the use of the AED.

Your Guide to Summer Adventure - and Beyond

Guide to Summer AdventureWe are pleased to present this Summer Adventure Planning Guide to assist your unit in planning the most exciting and fun summer for your Cubs, Scouts and Venturers. Inside you will find information on the Los Padres Council's Cub Scout Day Camps, Cub Scout Resident Camp, Boy Scout Summer Camp, Lifeguard Academy, National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) course, and much more. All of these programs are planned and conducted by our council's volunteers and staff so that our local youth members can enjoy the promis of the outdoor program that we made to them when they joined!

New Los Padres Summer Camping Guides

BSA 2011 Review- News Video - The Buzz

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Irving BerlinIrving Berlin's gift of 'God Bless America'

By Bob Greene, CNN Contributor
updated 4:37 AM EST, Monday December 12, 2011

(CNN) -- Who walks away from $10 million?

Who creates something beloved and beautiful that will eventually earn him well in excess of $10 million, and says he doesn't want the money?

The answer is a story of generosity and grace that seems fitting for this season of giving.

I was doing some research on the great songwriter Irving Berlin, who, with his family, fled oppression in Russia when he was 5 years old and came to the United States. He knew no English; he grew up in poverty on New York's Lower East Side. He taught himself music. He wrote the lyrics and melodies to more than 1,500 songs, including some of the most popular in history: "White Christmas," "Easter Parade," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "This Is the Army, Mr. Jones," "Cheek to Cheek." His feel for the sound of words was close to perfect; if you want to learn the craft of writing, not only music, but any kind of effective writing, study the lyrics -- the precision, the economy, the playfulness, the respect for language and cadence -- of Berlin's "There's No Business Like Show Business." There is not a wasted syllable.

The rest of the story . . .

Pinewood Derby

Pinewood DerbyLike many popular Scouting programs, the pinewood derby began at one unit and spread nationwide like wildfire. The grass roots program—because of its very nature, its inherent merit, and the fact that it is just plain fun—went from one father’s idea at a California Cub Scout pack to sweeping the nation in the early 1950s.

Cubmaster Don Murphy of Pack 280C, Manhattan Beach, California, had a son who was unable to compete in a local gravity-powered car competition. Murphy came up with a way for his boy and his pack to make and race miniature gravity-powered cars on a small indoor track, and the pinewood derby was born. That first derby was held May 15, 1953. By 1955, the pinewood derby was part of the official Cub Scouting program and, while always optional, has become a key part of many Cub Scout packs’ annual programs.

Variations of the pinewood derby have been developed over the years, including the rain gutter regatta and the space derby, both of which demonstrate the worth (and the fun) of the pinewood derby in a slightly different form. The basic elements of the How to Conduct a Pinewood Derby Training can be used in any of these variations.

Pinewood Derby races will be part of the 2012 Scout-O-Rama on February 4, 2012 at the Town Center Mall in Santa Maria.


Pinewood Derby Resources

The Official Pinewood Derby Website!

How to Conduct a Pinewood Derby Training
The purpose of this unit of supplemental training is to train Cub Scout pack leaders (Cubmasters, assistant Cubmasters, pack committee members, den leaders, and others) in:

  • Purposes and methods of the pinewood derby.
  • How to provide an effective derby for Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts.
  • How to maximize the fun for all.

Cub Scout Corner: Pinewood Derby WorkshopCub Scout Pinewood Derby® Pamphlet, Item: 33721 Retail: $2.49
Here's a book filled with everything you need to know about BSA® derbies! It covers the history, rules, and regulations of running a pinewood derby, along with step-by-step instructions for creating a winning derby car. Guidebook includes coaching hints.

Host a Pinewood Derby Workshop
When 90 percent of your Cub Scouts show up at an event, you must be doing something right. That was the case last February when Pack 402 in Urbana, Ill., held its first pinewood derby workshop. Offered a few weeks before the pack’s annual race, the Saturday workshop offered apartment dwellers, single moms, and not-so-crafty dads access to the tools and expertise some Cub Scout families take for granted.

“Parents were sort of frustrated because they didn’t know where to start,” says Cubmaster Tori Exum. “It was like, ‘You’ve given me this block of wood; what do I do with it?"

Down and Derby Theatrical Trailer
Down and Derby
is a fun and entertaining comedy about a small-town Pinewood Derby®competition that transforms an average group of dads into an awkward bunch of competitors. This family-friendly satire combines brilliant acting performances and smartly familiar scenes to expose the desperate behavior of parents who compete with one another through their children — a social dynamic seen in everyday activities ranging from little league to science fairs to pageantry.

Pinewood Derby Stuff available on Scout Stuff web site

Pinewood Derby Track Instructions

New Online: Theme-Based Pack Meeting Plans


To help Cubmasters and roundtable commissioners develop rewarding, theme-based Cub Scout pack meetings each month, the National Council has created a series of meeting plans centered around the program’s 12 core values that use various themes to enhance the meeting environment.

The plans—which contain several pages of program suggestions, stories, puzzles, and more, compiled into a downloadable PDF file—are being rolled out between now and next May. The first three, centered around the values of cooperation, responsibility, and citizenship, are already online at the Pack Meeting Plans site on scouting.org/cubscouts.

When all the meeting plans are developed, there will be a total of 48 theme-related resources—four for each core value. The Cubmaster can simply go online and choose which theme he/she would like to use for the pack meeting that focuses on that core value. Cub Scout roundtable commissioners also will be able to select a theme to present each month to help prepare Cubmasters.

Please send all questions or comments regarding Cub Scout resources or program delivery to program.content@scouting.org.

Next up: Welding Merit Badge

by Bryan on Scouting - November 16, 2011. The official blog of Scouting magazine, a publication of the Boy Scouts of America.

weldingWant to spark some passion in your Scouts?

Tell them about Welding, the next new merit badge from the Boy Scouts of America.

When it debuts in the next month or two, it will become the BSA’s 128th current merit badge, joining fellow newcomer Chess, which made its move onto the list during the summer. (See a complete list of merit badges here.)

Some merit badges are all about enjoying the outdoors — White water, Camping, Backpacking. Those active subjects are an essential part of a boy’s involvement in Scouting.

But those merit badges that focus on career exploration are just as important. I’m talking about subjects like Architecture, Graphic Arts, Home Repairs, and — my personal favorite — Journalism.

Welding fits right in with those.

Where else but Scouting can a young man learn from industry practitioners in real-world fields? It’s the perfect, hands-on way to explore a subject that a Scout may one day make his career.

And in this time of job uncertainty, welding would be a smart career choice. It’s one field where demand for workers exceeds supply, says David Landon, vice president of the American Welding Society.

That’s because, as he told Scouting magazine in our latest issue, almost everything in our industrial society is connected to welding.

“People are building race cars and all kinds of construction equipment,” he told us. “Then there’s welding robotics, where you’re programming robots to do the welding for you.”

While you’re spreading the word about Welding to your Scouts, BSA representatives are in Chicago this week talking up Welding merit badge to professionals at the FABTECH Expo, North America’s largest welding event.

Uniformed Boy Scouts led the flag ceremony, and Jack Compton, who helped write the merit badge pamphlet, led hands-on demonstrations with his two grandsons, who are Scouts.

Another big goal at the expo: Recruiting professional welders to serve as merit badge counselors in their communities.

You can help there, too. If you know someone in the welding field, ask them to teach the merit badge to your troop.

There’s no exact release date or finalized list of requirements just yet, but stay tuned right here as I get that information.

In the meantime, let’s all cheer everyone’s three favorite words: New merit badge!

Those Who Victimize Children Are Usually Not Strangers

National Center for Missing & Exploited ChildrenBy Ernie Allen, President and CEO
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

The recent events at Penn State University and Syracuse University serve as reminders that the sexual abuse and exploitation of children is an all-too-present fact of modern life. Yet, millions of Americans do not believe that this problem exists at all. Why?

Overwhelmingly, the child victims do not tell. Leading scholars and researchers tell us that at least 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys will be sexually victimized in some way before they reach the age of 18, and just 1 in 3 will tell anybody about it. These are America’s hidden victims. We have made progress as a nation in attacking this problem but even today, two out of three child victims suffer in silence. They don’t tell Mom, they don’t tell Dad, they don’t tell anybody.

The rest of the story . . .

Quotation of Month

"Courage is the door that can only be opened from the inside."

- Terry Neil

Stop BullyingWeb Site of the Month

Bullying is a Serious Problem

Bullying can happen anywhere: face-to-face, by text messages or on the web. It is not limited by age, gender, or education level. It is not a phase and it is not a joke. Bullying can cause lasting harm.


The Troop Bully - From the September-October 2010 issue of Scouting magazine


Video of Month

Cub Scout wins Honor Medal

Honor MedalWritten by WKYC Web Staff

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Meet 8-year-old Daniel Green.

He has a lot to be proud of and has quite the story. Daniel saved the life of a girl who was drowning at Silver Lake.

He tells us his story and is our guest at tonight's @ The Table.

WKYC-TV, Akron Ohio

Saving a life at Silver Lake


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