March 2012

March 2012 A newsletter for all valued Scouters. Volume 2, Issue 3

2012 Scout-O-Rama

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Life Scout, Fritz Mora of Troop 105 sings the Star Spangled Banner as local Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers salute our flag during the opening ceremonies. Fritz gave a wonderful performance!

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This picture has Reg Ginter, Exalted Ruler for Santa Maria Elks receiving a plaque of appreciation from Los Padres Council President, Laurie Tamura for the Elks sponsorship of the 2012 Scout-O-Rama. She was assisted in the presentation by Nathaniel Menezes, Webelos Scout of Pack 2103.

In 2010 Scout-O-Rama was a new activity for the Los Padres Council. It was part of the 100th Anniversary celebration for the Boy Scouts of America. The 2010 event was a very big success. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers were busy presenting the activities of Scouting to the community members visiting the Santa Maria Mall. It was a busy day at the mall and increased foot traffic impressed the mall management. Soon after the Scout-O-Rama the Los Padres Council moved their Santa Maria trading post to the mall, which is a much better location.

The 2012 Scout-O-Rama is our third year for this very busy community event. The day was full of activities for members of the community and Scouts, both young and old.

The activities included:

Community Pinewood Derby
Lego Derby
Neckerchief slides
Toy crossbow shooting darts
Raingutter Regatta (2)
Model campsites
Backpacking information
Jousting rockers
Straw gliders
High Adventure SCUBA exhibit
Panning for gold
Scout History exhibit
Sailboats (2)
Space Derby
Scar makeup
Monkey Bridge
Jamboree and camping info
Order of the Arrow display with crafts
Climbing wall
Rope Making (2)
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) display

The 2012 Scout-O-Rama was a fun day with great attendance and lots of participation. Will you and your unit be at the 2013 Scout-O-Rama?


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Council President
Laurie Tamura

Council Commissioner
Rick TerBorch

Scout Executive
Rebecca Fields

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Central Coast Boy Scout troops celebrate 102nd anniversary

By Gina Potthoff/Staff Writer | Posted: Sunday, February 5, 2012 12:15 am

Pinewood Derby
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Ethan Bryant, 5, left, of Cub Scout Pack 42 in Arroyo Grande; Zachary Gerber, 10, of Pack 91 in Orcutt; and Owen McManus, 8, of Pack 2103 in Lompoc, race Lego cars Saturday at Scout-O-Rama, a celebration of the Boy Scouts of America’s 102nd anniversary, at Santa Maria Town Center mall.

Jacob Hensley doesn’t enjoy being high off the ground, so taking a turn walking across a suspended rope in front of fellow Boy Scouts at the Santa Maria Town Center on Saturday was no minor task.

The 9-year-old from Lompoc took tentative steps at first, then gained the confidence to reach the other side where his mom waited to share in his victory.

“I wanna do that again. That was fun!” said Jacob, who has been a member of Lompoc Cub Scout Pack 2103 for just three weeks.

Jacob was one of many experiencing new activities and learning new skills at the third annual “Scout-O-Rama” to celebrate the 102nd anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.

The public was invited to see what Scouting is all about from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the event for troops and packs from the Los Padres Council, which serves more than 9,000 youth in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

A climbing wall, rain gutter regatta and pinewood derby races drew some crowds, along with a station staffed by Arroyo Grande Boy Scout Troop 26 where Central Coast Scouts took turns shooting plastic darts from plastic crossbows.

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"Strength Of An Oak" Recognition

Paul LadwigThe true strength of the Los Padres Council exists in our outstanding group of volunteers. The oak tree has long been a symbol of strength and endurance in many cultures. It makes an ideal symbol to reflect the strength and endurance of special volunteer leaders in Scouting. As a way to recognize these outstanding individuals, the Executive Board of the Los Padres Council has created the “Strength of an Oak” recognition.

During the Blue & Gold dinner of Pack 2103 in Lompoc, Los Padres Council President, Laurie Tamura presented Cubmaster Paul Ladwig the "Strength of an Oak" recognition. Paul was selected for the Strength of an Oak recognition because of his 20 years of outstanding service as Cubmaster for Pack 2103 and his leadership of council activities such as Cub Leader Pow Wow and Scout-O-Rama.

April is Youth Protection Month!

Youth Protection begins with You!April is youth protection month and youth protection begins with you!

The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed: numerous procedural, leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with youth protection resources for the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing programs. Youth Protection resource page.

Reference Material:

Youth Protection of the Boy Scouts of AmericaNew

Know the Facts: BSA Youth Protection

BSA Youth Protection page

Youth Protection Training Facilitator's Guide

2012 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 course material 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.

NYLTIf you can SEE it, you can BE it!

NYLT is a fantastic experience! Check out the program brochure and submit your participant application to attend today. For more information and a Scout Application Form, click heres. To obtain a Scoutmaster Guide to NYLT and Nomination Form, click here.

For additional information about the 2012 National Youth Leadership Training course contact Tim Collins, Course Director at

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.

Campership Funds

The Los Padres Council campership fund has limited resources, and as a policy, we do not offer 100% scholarships to attend Camp. However, if a Scout needs assistance we will consider the family circumstances and offer what help we can.

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.

2012 District Camporees

CamporeeThe Language of Scouting defines a camporee as:

"camporee Derived from two words: camp and jamboree. A camporee is a district or council troop activity that demonstrates the techniques of living in camp. Involves a one- or two-night camping experience and may include outdoor skills competition. Capitalize only when referring to a specific district's or troop's event: "Hiawatha District Camporee.""

Spring time is Camporee time!

Here is additional information on the camporees of the Los Padres Council:

South Coast Camporee
4/20/2012 - 4/22/2012 at Rancho Alegre

Tri-Valley Camporee (Cachuma & Live Oak Districts)
4/20/2012 - 4/22/2012 at Camp French

Dual District Camporee (Camino Read & Del Norte Districts)
4/27-4/29, 2012 at Camp French

Venturing Officer Association

VOAAll Venturers are given opportunities to learn and apply proven leadership skills. A Venturing crew is led by elected crew officers. The officers work closely with adult Advisors and other adult leaders. The Los Padres Council has created its own Venturing Officer Association to help foster the development of our youth leaders.

The Venturing Officer Association, or “VOA”, is a group open to all Venture crew youth officers and adult leaders. Our VOA officers help plan and promote council wide Venturing training and activities for our council.

This year, the Los Padres Council VOA will be holding many fun, exciting activities that will teach leadership and other useful skills to its members. April 7-8 we will be having an overnight camp out intended for VOA officer team building, but is open to other Venturers as well. On April 28 we will have our next VOA meeting during Camp-O-Ree being held at Camp French. At this meeting the Venturing Officer Association will plan the activity calendar for the next year or so. We will also be having competitions between all of the crews that attend the Camp-O-Ree.

LPC Venturing Officer Association officers
Pictured above (left to right) are the newly elected officers of the Los Padres Council Venturing Officer Association: Austin Gasbarra, VP Program (Ship 41); Bridget Van Beek, President (Crew 60); Laura Kudija, Treasurer (Crew 60); Shelby Warren, Secretary (Crew 60) and Fiona Avery, VP of Administration (Crew 105)

Then on May 6-8 we will be hosting Introduction to Leadership Skills Course (ILSC) at Rancho Alegre. The purpose of the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews course is to teach crew members with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. It is intended to help Venturers in leadership positions within their crew understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities. Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews is the first course in the series of leadership training offered to Venturers and is a replacement for the Venturing Leadership Skills Course.

Completion of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews is a prerequisite for Venturers to participate in the more advanced leadership courses National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE). It is also required for Kodiak.

Submitted by Shelby Warren, Venturing Officer Association Secretary

Venturing Resources:

Los Padres Council Venturing Officer Association on Facebook

VenturingNational BSA Venturing Officer Association on Facebook

National BSA Venturing web page

Venturing Standard Operating Procedures

New Tour and Activity Plan to Be Unveiled

Tour PlanBSA Internal Communication - February 29, 2012

The new online tour and activity plan has been developed and will soon be ready for use.

When compared to the former tour permit process, the new plan will no longer require signatures or approvals. Rather, as the plan is completed online, the required prerequisites for that type of trip or activity will be displayed. (The rest of the story.)

Popcorn2012 Popcorn Sale!

The 2012 Popcorn Sale is just around the corner with the return of chocolate and introducing Caramel Cheese Crunch and Sour Cream Cheese Corn! Look for the new campaign guidebook on soon!

2012 popcorn

Visit the Los Padres Council Trails End web page.

Wood Badge 2012

Wood BadgeEach year Los Padres Council and Ventura County Council offer a joint Wood Badge Course.

2012 Course Date & Locations:
Sept. 27-29 at Rancho Alegre, Santa Barbara, CA and
Oct. 18-20 at Camp Three Falls, Frazier Park, CA
(Thursday thru Saturday and attendance at all six days is required.)

Cost: $240 (increases to $270 if paid less than 30 days prior to the course). (Includes all training materials, meals, course cap and T-shirt.) Sponsored jointly by Los Padres and Ventura County Councils, BSA

Space is limited to the first 48 fully paid participants for the course!

The Objectives of Wood Badge

Wood Badge has four specific objectives: As a result of attending Wood Badge, participants will be able to: View Scouting globally, as a family of interrelated, values-based programs that provide age-appropriate activities for youth.

To download the 2012 Wood Badge flier, go to

For course information, contact:
Larry Basham, Course Director at 805-967-8995 or
David Gulbransen, ASM - Program at 805-493-1943

Wilderness First Aid Course Offered

Wilderness First AidThe Los Padres Council is pleased to once again offer a Wilderness First Aid Course.

May 4 -5 at Rancho Alegre

This course is now required for all units that attend one of the National High Adventure Base Programs (Philmont, Sea Base, Northern Tier). It is also a great course to take for all units that are going on a back country trip this summer and beyond.

Wilderness First Aid is invaluable to you, the unit or trek leader, as it goes well beyond your basic first aid. When you are hours from available emergency medical services, you will be really thankful that you took this course! This course is 18 hours in length, but invaluable in the resources you will learn to use.

"When an emergency occurs in the wild, the goal must be to provide the greatest good for the greatest number in the shortest time, and do no harm in the process.”

The course will be held at Rancho Alegre on Friday, May 4, 2012 from 3 PM to 10 PM and Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 8 AM to 9 PM. Yes, these are long hours, but will not impact your Sunday obligations. You will stay overnight at Rancho Alegre (in our dorms, so just bring sleeping bag and personal gear), have dinner on Friday evening, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday.

A pre-requisite for the course is current certification in CPR and AED (automatic external defibrillator). You will need to bring a copy of your card to the course. Not currently certified? No problem – we will be offering CPR and AED beginning at 12 PM on Friday

Per person costs for the Wilderness First Aid course are:

  • Los Padres Council Scouters $160
  • Non Los Padres Council Scouters: $175
  • Non-scout community members $200

Costs include the course, course materials, certification card, lodging and meals. (Thanks to a grant from our National Office, we are able to offer this course at this greatly reduced price.) Please note the minimum age for the course is 16.

If you plan on attending the CPR and AED training on Friday there is an additional per person cost:

  • Los Padres Council Scouters $45
  • Non Los Padres Council Scouters $55
  • Non-Scout community members $60

The course is limited to 20 participants. Priority will be given to Los Padres Council Scouters, the Scouters from other councils, then non-Scout community members.

Registration must be received by April 20, 2012

To sign up, download and fill out this form, or click on this link to the Wilderness First Aid Course where you can register and pay by credit card. If using the form, mail to Rancho Alegre Program Office, 2680 Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, or fax to (805) 686-5175. For more information contact Ron Walsh at 686-5167 or or e-mail George Brown at

Scout’s Participation: How to measure it for BSA requirements

rank badgesBy Mark Ray
From the March-April 2012 issue of Scouting magazine

To earn each of Boy Scouting’s top three ranks—Star, Life, Eagle—a Scout must “be active” in his troop and patrol for a specified number of months and “serve actively” in a position of responsibility such as patrol leader or quartermaster. So what exactly does “active” mean and how can troop leaders measure participation? Read on to find out.

Why is active participation important? Scouts best achieve the aims of Scouting (character development, citizenship training, and personal and mental fitness) when they participate in meetings, outings, and service projects, and hold positions of responsibility.

What constitutes active participation? To meet the requirement of active participation, a Scout must be registered in the unit and be in good standing, meaning he hasn’t been dismissed for disciplinary reasons. In addition, he’s expected to meet the unit’s “reasonable expectations.”

Guide to Advancement 2011 (33088) Advancement Committee

Can a troop set a standard such as attendance at 50 percent of meetings and outings? Yes, so long as the standard is reasonable and recognizes the many worthwhile opportunities beyond Scouting. A Scout who falls short of the unit’s expectations must be given the chance to offer an acceptable explanation. Certainly there are medical, educational, family, and other issues that may prevent higher levels of participation. If the Scout would have been more active if he could have been, then he is deemed active. A board of review must also provide the Scout an opportunity to demonstrate how non-Scouting activities have contributed to his growth. (However, this option is only available if the board of review members can agree that the young man has already exhibited Scouting values.) For example, he might have missed a campout to attend a church youth retreat. Remember, the advancement program isn’t about what a Scout has done; it’s about what he’s able to do and how he has grown.

Read the remainder of this story here.

2011 Guide to Advancement

Guiding the Future with Feedback

Voice of the ScoutBeginning in March 2012, youth over 14 years of age and all adult leaders with e-mail addresses in Scoutnet will be surveyed once every six months to determine how we can better deliver the Scouting program. We would like to hear from as many Scouters as possible.

So, if you would like to be included in an upcoming surveys, you may either contact any of the council service centers and provide your current e-mail address or update your e-mail address through rosters that will be distributed at all district meetings and activities. We look forward to hearing from you!

Through the Voice of the Scout surveys your feedback will help guide our future Scouting programs. Please participate in this very important new communications program!

Voice of the Scout - Factsheet overview

JOTA-JOTI Logo Contest 2012

JOTA-JOTI Logo Contest 2012The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) announces the launch of 'JOTA-JOTI Logo Contest 2012'. This contest is to design the Logo of 2012's edition of the Jamboree-On-The-Air - Jamboree-On-The-Internet (JOTA-JOTI). The theme for this year is "How Big is Your World?".

Scouts from around the world are invited to submit their logos and vote for their favorite designs on the Facebook page. The rules of the contest are available there.

The winning entry will become the official logo of JOTA-JOTI 2012. This logo will also be used by the World Scout Shop to design the official badge that will be worn by Scouts taking part in the 55th JOTA and 16th JOTI (20-21 October 2012) around the world.

'JOTA-JOTI Logo Contest 2012' Resources

JOTA-JOTI Logo Contest 2012

Rules of the Contest

Eagle Scouts 1912-2012

Centennial Eagle ScoutThe fact that a boy is an Eagle Scout has always carried a special significance not only in Scouting, but also as he enters higher education, business or industry, and community service. The award is a performance-based achievement in which standards have been well-maintained over the years. Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank; only about 5 percent of all Boy Scouts do so. The aims of Scouting—citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness—remain important for all Scouts, whether or not they attain the Eagle Scout rank.

  • Total Eagles awarded in 2011: 51,473
  • Total Eagles awarded since 1911: 2,151,024

10 Things You Want To Know About Eagle Scouts

Shooting Sports

National Shooting Sports Manual

The Shooting Sports Task Force in 2011 completed production on the new Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Sports Manual, No. 30931 (SKU 430029), for Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing. Reference material for all levels was put into one publication. All councils should make this available to their shooting sports committees, camp leadership, and unit leaders. The manual will help provide a safe environment for youth participating in shooting sports activities.

For manual changes made in January 2012, click here .

Shooting Sports Program FAQs

Click here for information about shooting sports in all levels of Scouting.

Shooting Sports Program FAQs

Other References

Venturing standards for use of firearms
Safety should ALWAYS be the primary concern when using firearms.

Quotation of Month

"You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life."

- Winston Churchill

Web Site of the Month

In less than two years, the Summit Bechtel Reserve will open as the BSA’s new jamboree home and fifth high-adventure base. But until then, construction continues and progress is being made on the ground in West Virginia. If you doubted such an amazing place could be ready by 2013, well, you’re in for a surprise.

Summit Bechtel Summit

Video of Month

PhilmontIndividual Treks at Philmont Scout Ranch

In addition to regular expeditions for crews of seven to 12 members, Philmont offers several special programs that are available to individuals and smaller groups.

Roving Outdoor Conservation School (ROCS) individual trek video

OATC - Order of The Arrow Trail Crew video

Trail Crew Trek video

Philmont NAYLE - National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience video

Philmont Scout Ranch Information Resources

Philmont Scout Ranch Individual Treks web pageweb link

Individual Treks at Philmont Brochurepdf

Tooth of Time Traders - Official store of the Philmont Scout Ranchweb link or

Los Padres Council Web Site

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