June 2012



June 2012 A newsletter for all valued Scouters. Volume 2, Issue 6

Revised Tour and Activity Plan

Tour and Activity Plan Revised Again

Scout units and councils have been using some form of tour-planning document—a local or national tour permit, or a tour plan—since the 1960s. On May 10, 2012, the newest version took effect and replaces all previous iterations.

The new tour and activity plan is simply a planning tool to help leaders be prepared for a safe and fun adventure. It can help you ensure trained leadership is in place, equipment is available, and there is safe and appropriate transportation to and from an event.

Please use the online version of the plan whenever possible. It is a unit-level tool when you sign into MyScouting.org x. Find a printable version for your Scouters without Internet access on the tour and activity plan FAQ page. Please review all of the information on the page and the hyper links.

If you use the online version, you no longer have to collect signatures or council approval. Complete the plan and certify that any missing requirements will be completed before the trip begins. When you submit the plan online, an e-mail will be sent to your council, chartered organization, committee chair, and your designated emergency contact.

Please forward a copy of your completed Tour and Activity Plan to the council Program Director, Ron Walsh at rwalsh@bsamail.org to ensure that your plan was processed properly.

This video shows you how to submit a tour and activity plan.

Tour and Activity Plan Video


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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
Contact Council

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Santa Maria Mall
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Office: 805-925-1955
Fax: 805-925-9206

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Atascadero, CA 93422
Office: 805-461-4018
Fax: 805-461-4021

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Lowe's National Eagle Scout Project Impact Grant

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Home improvement retailer Lowe's has teamed with the Boy Scouts of America to provide the Lowe's National Eagle Scout Project Impact grant for candidates working on their Eagle Scout project.

Please use the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927, as documentation. Submit copies of pages 6 through 10 with the grant application to your local council.

Submit any questions regarding the Lowe's National Eagle Scout Project Impact grant to lowes.grant@scouting.org .

About the Grant

A generous contribution from the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has made it possible for local councils to present selected Eagle Scout candidates with a $100 prepaid Discover gift card to be used toward their service projects.

Life Scouts who are planning a construction-based project may apply.

The Los Padres Council was awarded 10 awards to be distributed.  The Vice President of Program, Lynn Johnson and the council grant selection committee will review which projects qualify for a Lowe's National Eagle Scout Project Impact Grant prepaid $100 gift cards. Cards must be used to purchase building materials and equipment for the Eagle candidate's service project. The Discover gift card may be used at any place the Discover Card is accepted.


To qualify for a Lowe's National Eagle Scout Project Impact grant, the individual must

  • Be a registered Life Scout.
  • Complete and submit the Lowe's grant application .
  • Be sure the Eagle Scout service project has all approvals before the work begins.
  • Use the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook to document the results of the service project. Make photographs and all documentation available to the BSA for sharing with Lowe's.

Things You Should Know

  • If you plan to spend your gift card at a Lowe's location, you should consider speaking with the local store manager when you arrive. This will help Lowe's track how well the program is being received.
  • Document your project with "before" and "after" photographs. Be sure photographs show how the materials and equipment purchased with the gift card were used for your service project.

Our Thanks to Lowe's

The Boy Scouts of America thanks the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation for its generous support of Scouting across the country. Through this unique program, thousands of Life Scouts who are hard at work on their Eagle Scout service project will benefit from the contribution. Communities and organizations will benefit, too.


Stories to share

Transport Scouts Safely

Risk ZoneDriving is one the most dangerous forms of travel. Motor vehicle accidents can lead to costly property damage, serious injuries, and fatalities for not only the driver but to unsuspecting others.

What are some reasons to practice safe driving skills while we drive during Scouting activities?

  • Parents expect their children to be transported safely
  • A Scout is obedient and obeys traffic laws and Scouting guidelines regarding Scouting transportation
  • leaders and parents are role models


Video: Scouting Safety … Begins with Leadership

The vast majority of accidents are caused by poor decisions or indecisions. Today, many of the poor decisions that lead to accidents are caused by distracted driving or drowsy driving.

Motor vehicle accidents are among the most serious and costly accidents in the Boy Scouts of America.

There are three main types of distraction

Visual —taking your eyes off the road.
Manual —taking your hands off the wheel.
Cognitive — taking your mind off what you are doing.

Texting and smart phone use is extremely hazardous because it combines all three forms of distraction. Visit the Boy Scouts of America "It Can Wait" Facebook page for more information.

You don’t want to get caught in “The Risk Zone”—that is, distracted and drowsy driving.


  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 16 people are killed and more than 1,300 people are injured each day by distracted drivers.
  • The CDC reports the proportion of drivers reportedly distracted at the time of a fatal crash increase from 8 percent in 2004 to 11 percent in 2008. (As reported in 2011)
  • 20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • NHTSA estimates that 100,000 crashes are a direct result of driver fatigue each year.
  • Each year more than 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in monetary losses are caused by driver fatigue (NHTSA).

Summit Grace

For this time and this place,
For Your goodness and grace,
For each friend we embrace,
We thank Thee, O Lord

Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, BSA

District Program Kickoff

Attention All Scouting Units!

Recruitment EventsIt is time to start planning your 2012-2013 program year!

This is an important event that all Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Advisors, Committee Chairs and all district and unit leaders should plan on attending.

Join your district at the annual program kickoff. District kickoff dates and locations are:

  • Cachuma – June 5, 7:00 p.m., Mother Hubbard’s, Buellton
  • Camino RealMay 30 (Date Change!), 6:30 p.m., Elks Lodge, San Luis Obispo
  • Del Norte – June 7, 7:00 p.m., Paso Robles, Veterans Hall
  • Live OakJune 13 (Date Change!), 7:00 p.m., LDS Stake Center, Santa Maria
  • South Coast– May 24, 6:00 p.m., Living Faith Center, Santa Barbara

2013 Jamboree Patch

Merit Badge Counselors

Click on a merit badge below to see the individual requirements for that badge.
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Scuba Diving

Recently the BSA has released a number of brand new merit badges. We need volunteers to serve as merit badge counselors for the new merit badges listed to the right.

To qualify as a merit badge counselor, you must

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be proficient in the merit badge subject by vocation, avocation, or special training.
  • Be able to work with Scout-age boys.
  • Be registered with the Boy Scouts of America.
    • Youth Protection Training is required for all BSA registered volunteers.
    • Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.

As a merit badge counselor, you agree to:

  • Comply with all BSA Youth Protection Policies
  • Follow the requirements of the merit badge, making no deletions
    or additions, ensuring that the advancement standards
    are fair and uniform for all Scouts.
  • Have a Scout and his buddy present at all instructional sessions.
  • Renew my registration annually if I plan to continue as a merit
    badge counselor.

It is important to have completed Youth Protection Training prior to submitting a Merit Badge Counselor application. Submitting a copy of your Youth Protection Training certificate with your Merit Badge Counselor application makes it much easier to complete your registration as a Merit Badge Counselor.

If you or someone you know might be interested in serving as a volunteer merit badge counselor please contact your district Advancement Chair.

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
NYLT LogoCamp French, CA - Los Padres Council
June 18-24, 2012 (Monday - Saturday)

Orientation Meeting:

  • Date: June 9 at 12 p.m. (noon)
  • Location: Santa Maria LDS Stake Center, 908 E Sierra Madre

If you can SEE it, you can BE it!

Participant Requirements

  • Be at least 13 years of age, but not yet 18 by the June 15, 2012 and be at least First Class rank.
  • Completion of troop level Troop Leadership Training (TLT) is highly recommended.
  • You are expected to attend the Orientation Meeting June 9 at 12 p.m. (noon)
    Location: Santa Maria LDS Stake Center, 908 E Sierra Madre
  • The National Youth Leadership Training is June 18-23, 2012 at Camp French.
  • Check-in at Camp French is Monday, June 18th between 11:30 AM and 12 Noon.
    We recommend eating lunch prior to arrival in camp.
  • Course Fee is $270. A $50 deposit is expected to accompany your application. The total course fee is payable no later than May 31, 2012. (The course fee is non-refundable after that, but may be transferred to another Scout from the Troop) If a financial hardship exists contact the course Scoutmaster concerning limited campership availability.

Scout Application Form .

Scoutmaster Guide to NYLT and Nomination Form 

2012 Course flier pdf

For additional information about the 2012 National Youth Leadership Training course contact Tim Collins, Course Director at TimothyBCollins@hotmail.com.

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE)
NAYLECamp Tamarancho, CA - Marin Council
July 10–14, 2012 (Tuesday-Saturday)

This camp is designed to provide you with a back country-based wilderness encounter that applies the skills learned at your council-level National Youth Leadership Training course. It will motivate you to follow a life of servant leadership by helping others succeed based on the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Law.

NAYLE will equip youth leaders to be better leaders, NYLT staff members, and/or superior camp staff. It will help guide a Scout’s journey in leadership service to others with the ability to develop all members of whichever team they lead. It provides life skills for now and the future.

Participant Requirements

  • Be 14 years of age by the first day of your course, but not yet 21 years old from Boy Scout, Varsity, and Venturing units.
  • Successful completion of National Youth Leader Training or The NYLT to NAYLE Bridge for Venturers (can be self study).
  • Be in top physical condition; meet the part D requirements of the BSA annual medical form

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience Flier

Philmont Leadership Challenge (PLC)
NAYLECamp Tamarancho, CA - Marin Council
July 10–14, 2012 (Tuesday-Saturday)

PLC will provide you with a wilderness encounter that motivates you to follow a life of servant leadership by helping others succeed based on the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

This camp is designed to provide you with a back country-based wilderness encounter that applies the skills learned at your council-level Wood Badge for the 21st Century course and that motivates you to follow a life of servant leadership by helping others succeed based on the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Law.

PLC will equip you to be a better Unit, District, or Council Leader. It will help guide your journey in leadership service to others, able to develop all members of whichever team they lead. It provides life skills for now and the future.

Participant Requirements

  • Be a registered volunteer
  • Successful completion of Wood Badge for the 21st Century
  • Be in top physical condition

Philmont Leadership Challenge Flier

The Bauer Family

BauersIn August 2011 Zea Bauer and her husband Joseph were traveling to Colorado to visit family members. While traveling through New Mexico Zea and Joe Bauer were in a terrible car accident. They both suffered significant injuries. Joe sustained the most serious injuries. Zea is well known by many in Scouting as a devoted trainer, commissioner and the 'Council Store Lady' in Santa Barbara.

Zea and Joe are well on the road to recovery from the injuries they sustained last year. The couple can often be seen at Scouting functions these days. We are so very thankful they are both doing well. The photo at right of Joe and Zea Bauer was taken at the Los Padres Council Annual Dinner in January.

The Bauers would like to share this message with all those who expressed concern and prayers during their difficult time of their recovery from the August accident,

"Thanks for all your prayers over the past year! Smiles to all of you! Happy Spring!"

Pack CommitteePack CommitteePack Committee Resources

Cub Scouting's volunteer leaders work with boys and their families to improve their communities by enriching the lives of the families who live there. Cub Scout leaders support the family. They take an active part in helping to strengthen families and their boys by providing a fun-filled, worthwhile program that teaches values.

The pack includes not only the boys in the dens but also their families and leaders.  The BSA National web site has an excellent selection of pack committee resources.

Every pack is under the supervision of a pack committee. This committee consists of a minimum of three members.

Qualifications: Is at least 21 years old, subscribes to the Declaration of Religious Principle, and agrees to abide by the Scout Oath or Promise and the Scout Law. Possesses the moral, educational, and emotional qualities that the Boy Scouts of America deems necessary to afford positive leadership to youth. Is selected by the chartered organization, and is registered as an adult leader of the BSA. One of these members is designated as pack committee chair.

Obviously, with a committee of three, members must assume responsibility for more areas of service than with a committee of seven or more, where the responsibilities can be divided among the members. Although packs can and do operate with a minimum of three committee members, experience has shown that a larger committee generally ensures a stronger, more stable pack and is better able to perform all the required functions to ensure a successful pack program. It is also a way of involving more pack families in meaningful service to the pack.

Responsibilities: Regardless of the size of the pack committee, these responsibilities must be performed:

  • Make recommendations to the chartered organization for final approval of pack leadership.
  • Recruit the Cubmaster and one or more assistant Cubmasters, with the chartered organization's approval.
  • Provide adequate and safe facilities for pack meetings.
  • Coordinate the pack's program and the chartered organization's program through the chartered organization representative.
  • Help with pack charter renewal.
  • Help stimulate the interest of adult family members through proper programming.
  • Supervise finances and equipment.
  • Work closely with the Cubmaster.
  • Ensure that all Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts receive a year-round, quality program.
  • Complete pack committee Fast Start Training and Basic Leader Training for the position.
  • Conduct, with the help of the Cubmaster, periodic training for parents and guardians.
  • Cooperate with other Scouting units.

A strong pack committee will have individual members assigned to such areas as record keeping and correspondence, finances, advancement, training, public relations, and membership and reregistration. The pack committee chair decides how the responsibilities should be divided and gives committee members assignments

Pack Committee Resources

A blast from the past—in code

Morse Code keyFrom Bryan on Scouting, a blog for BSA's adult leaders.

Get ready to dot-dot your I’s and dash your T’s.

Today, the Boy Scouts of America released the Morse Code Interpreter Strip, an official patch for Scouts and Scouters who can demonstrate their ability to “speak” this special language.

Morse Code joins languages like Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Sign Language, and several others as interpreter strips available for wear on Scout uniforms (above the right pocket).

Morse Code Interpreter Strip
The interpreter strip spells the message M-O-R-S-E

To get a typical interpreter strip, you must carry on a five-minute conversation, translate a two-minute speech, write a letter in the language, and translate 200 words from the written word.

But Morse Code, a vital communications tool during World War II, doesn’t really work with those requirements. So Jim Wilson and the BSA team crafted new ones:


Gold StarGold Stars (memorial)

Gold stars may be affixed to the unit flag indicating members of the unit who died in the service of their country. The stars should be placed along the staff edge of the flag, parallel to the staff, with the bottom star 6 inches from the staff edge and 6 inches from the bottom edge; subsequent stars to be placed proportionately on that line, up to the place assigned to the veteran insignia, No.11117.

Training Team Tip

Training Team TipUse the Language of the Learner – “The SPL was elected to the OA and wants the PLC to attend NYLT this summer. He is going to NAYLE at PTC.” We know that many new leaders are reluctant to ask when they hear a term or acronym they do not understand or the training does not relate to them, so they begin to “tune out.”

TLA's and FLA's often hinder communication, it is best not to use them. If you must use them, define your TLA or FLA when it is first used. Then everyone will know what your Three Letter Acronyms (TLA) and Four Letter Acronyms (FLA) stands for without having to ask.

When TLAs and FLAs are used in self study training material trainees can’t ask what they stand for. If we teach in terms or concepts that they are familiar with, we can help them get off to a better start and a new Scouter will soon “speak Scouting,” and be more comfortable in Scouting.

The BSA web page Language of Scouting is the Boy Scouts of America’s definitive resource on terms and style specific to the Scouting Movement. Language of Scouting (LOS) web page.


Quotation of Month

"What you risk reveals what you value."

- Jeanette Winterson

Web Site of the Month

USSSPU.S. Scouting Service Project (USSSP)

The U.S. Scouting Service Project (USSSP) is one of the largest online collections of Scouting resource and reference materials. USSSP is organized as a non-profit corporation founded in 1998 named "The U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc." and is maintained by volunteer Scouters. While the Project supports the programs of the Boy Scouts of America (www.scouting.org) or the World Organization of the Scout Movement (www.scout.org), neither organization contributes financially or provides direction to the USSSP.

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Web site areas/sections

The USSSP website has several areas of interesting resources, being mostly a combination of file servers and sites with links to other sites.

In addition, other member sites (for instance, several branches of Mike Walton's Tree; Mike Kauffmann's Merit Badges.org; and Don deYoung's Cub Scouting website) are elements of this "largest community of reference and resource materials geared to the American Boy Scouting programs found on the Internet's World Wide Web".

U.S. Scouting Service Project (USSSP)

Video of Month

The Rev. Dr. Terry Grove owns the largest collection of Eagle Scout award medals in the world. But that's far from his only contribution to Scouting. Watch this video, and meet a great Scouter whose lifelong dedication to the movement will inspire you.

Video by Tom Fiorini.
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