May 2012


May 2012 A newsletter for all valued Scouters. Volume 2, Issue 5

Scouting: A Celebration of Youth

Karl Haws
Mr. Karl Haws,
Outstanding Eagle Scout

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Santa Barbara Club
1105 Chapala Street • Santa Barbara, CA

Reception at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner & Program
at 7:00 p.m.

Help support the Boy Scouts of America programs through the only major fund raising event for south Santa Barbara county!

Join us in recognizing an exceptional local businessman, leader and Outstanding Eagle Scout Award recipient – Karl Haws. After earning the rank of Eagle Scout over 60 years ago, Karl continued to provide extraordinary service to his country in the U.S. Army, Scouting, his church and community. A leader within the dental profession, he continues to practice on a part-time basis when he is not spending time as Assistant Scoutmaster on trips with his five Eagle Scout sons, nine Eagle Scout grandsons or his wife and entire family.

Sponsorships available from $5,000 to $1,600.

Individual tickets are $160.

Space is limited, so send your reservation soon!

Reservation Reply or visit to register.


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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

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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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% scholarships. 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.



2011 Journey to Excellence Gold Units

"Scouting's Journey to Excellence" is the BSA's new council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is replacing the Centennial Quality Awards Program as a means of encouraging excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.

The following Los Padres Council Units earned Gold Unit status in the Journey to Excellence Award (JTE) for outstanding program during 2011.

Gold Unit
2011 Gold Packs  District
Pack 0036 - Gold South Coast
Pack 0065 - Gold Del Norte
Pack 0092 - Gold Del Norte
Pack 0093 - Gold Live Oak
Pack 0105 - Gold South Coast
Pack 0122 - Gold South Coast
Pack 0125 - Gold Del Norte
Pack 2103 - Gold Live Oak
2011 Gold Troops  District
Troop 0001 - Gold South Coast
Troop 0020 - Gold South Coast
Troop 0026 - Gold South Coast
Troop 0037 - Gold South Coast
Troop 0042 - Gold Cachuma
Troop 0046 - Gold South Coast
Troop 0050 - Gold South Coast
Troop 0060 - Gold Del Norte
Troop 0087 - Gold Live Oak
Troop 0091 - Gold Live Oak
Troop 0111 - Gold Del Norte
Troop 0123 - Gold Del Norte
Troop 00126 - Gold South Coast
Troop 0155 - Gold Del Norte
Troop 0176 - Gold Del Norte
Troop 0226 - Gold Del Norte
Troop 2103 - Gold Live Oak
2011 Gold Venturing Crew  District
Crew 0060 - Gold Del Norte

Congratulations to all the 2011 Los Padres Council Gold Units. Silver and Bronze units, we hope to see you in the list of Gold Units for 2012!

District Program Kickoff

Recruitment EventsAttention All Scouting Units!

It 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. The 2012-2013 program planning packets will be available for units attending the kickoff that include:

  • pocket calendars
  • training dates
  • membership materials
  • district/council activities calendars

Interactive information booths on Training, Camping, Advancement, Unit Fund raising, Activities, and Finance! 

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 Real – May 23, 6:30 p.m., Elks Lodge, San Luis Obispo
  • Del Norte – June 7, 7:00 p.m., Paso Robles, Veterans Hall
  • Live Oak – June 14, 7:00 p.m., LDS Stake Center, Santa Maria
  • South Coast– May 24, 6:00 p.m., Living Faith Center, Santa Barbara

Cub & Webelos Scout Overnight Resident Camp

Cub Scouts Invade Rancho Alegre for a Medieval Times Experiences

July 11 -14, 2012 at Rancho Alegre

Cub camp logoLast year Cubs and Webelos who attended our Overnight Camp at Rancho Alegre carried away many happy memories. These young Scouts were able to accumulate a number of rank requirements, Archery and BB Gun belt loops, and thousands of memories.

Our Scouts and their parent partners had a great time rotating between activities such as swimming, boating, archery, BB guns, handicrafts, and Scoutcraft. There was a great nature hike and a lesson on Indian sign language.

In 2012 we are going to have specific programs that Webelos Scouts can qualify on their pins for Archery and BB Guns.

Cost is only $250 and covers both the Scout and a parent.

Additional Information:

Aquatics GuyNew Tour & Activity Plan - Active May 1

Beginning May 1, a new unit Tour and Activity Plan will be active online.

Once the new Tour and Activity Plan goes live, any tour plans that are not acted upon will cease to exist, and volunteers must resubmit their trip via the new Tour and Activity Plan application.

For more information, you can view the Tour and Activity Plan training video and the Tour and Activity Plan FAQ page

60 Stress Busters for Scouters

by Dr. CK Andrade

Stress BusterAre you headed to burnout?

YES? You may be experiencing the negative effects of chronic stress. Too much stress, or stress that lasts for too long, can lead to “burn out” and giving up Scouting activities. The good news is that you can stop burnout from robbing you of the rewards of being a Scouter.

60 Stress Busters for Scouters will show you:

  • How to tell if you may be on the road to burnout;
  • Sixty mental, physical, emotional, organizational, personal, spiritual, and diversionary Stress Busters that you can use to control your stress levels; and
  • Easy first steps that you can take to burnout-proof your life.

60 Stress Busters for Scouters

FYI, this article was part of Dr. Andrade's Wood Badge ticket!

New study shows 46 ways Eagle Scouts are different

Eagle Scout info graphic
This Eagle Scout infographic pretty much says it all!

Eagle Scouts Merit Beyond the Badge
Click here (PDF) to read the complete, 74-page study.

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

Eagle Scouts are a different breed. You know it; I know it.

And today, we've got independent, scientific proof to back up our claim.

At last, the results are in from the 2010 Baylor University study, Eagle Scouts: Merit Beyond the Badge, conducted by the university's Program for Pro-Social Behavior under a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

The researchers found statistically significant differences between Eagle Scouts, former Scouts who didn't make Eagle, and men who were never in Scouting. The differences were grouped into seven areas: Health and Recreation, Connection, Service and Leadership, Environmental Stewardship, Goal Orientation, Planning and Preparedness, and Character.


With the help of the Gallup Organization, Baylor University researchers contacted 81,409 potential respondents. From those who were contacted, 2,512 adult males agreed to be re-contacted for the survey. Of that group, 134 are Eagle Scouts.

Researchers asked the men 55 questions, touching on topics such as well-being, civic engagement, and character development.

They sought to answer these questions: Do youth participating in Scouting receive character-building advantages over youth that have not participated in Scouting? More specifically, do Eagle Scouts, because of the additional commitment and effort required to reach this rank, experience additional positive attributes that provide advantage and benefits to them over non-Scouts as well as other Scouts who never attain the rank of Eagle?


Analysis of the nationally representative survey reveals significant differences between Eagle Scouts and other Scouts as well as non-Scouts. Eagle Scouts consistently indicate their experience in Scouting contributed to positive and prosocial development as measured by responses to a wide range of issues and subjects, including the following:

  • Eagle Scouts exhibit an increased tendency to participate in a variety of health and recreational activities.
  • Eagle Scouts show a greater connectedness to siblings, neighbors, religious community, friends, co-workers, formal and informal groups, and a spiritual presence in nature.
  • Duty to God, service to others, service to the community, and leadership are traits that are especially strong in Eagle Scouts.
  • Eagle Scouts are more likely to engage in behaviors that are designed to enhance and protect the environment.
  • Eagle Scouts are more likely to be committed to setting and achieving personal, professional, spiritual, and financial goals.
  • Eagle Scouts show higher levels of planning and preparedness than do other Scouts and non-Scouts.
  • Eagle Scouts are more likely than other Scouts and non-Scouts to indicate they have built character traits related to work ethics, morality, tolerance, and respect for diversity.

In sum, when compared to Scouts and non-Scouts, Eagle Scouts exhibit significantly higher levels of health and recreation, connection, service and leadership, environmental stewardship, goal orientation, planning and preparedness, and character.

The timing's perfect with the 100th anniversary of the Eagle Scout Award this year. But what were the findings? How did Eagle Scouts rate? Read on for my complete analysis.

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Newest Merit Badges — Next Up

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

Estimated release: May 2012
Requirements: Coming soon!

Description: A basic-level merit badge for flat-water kayaking — white water kayaking will still fall under White water merit badge.

Search and Rescue
Estimated release: June 2012
Requirements: Coming soon!

Description: Scouts won’t fly helicopters, but they’ll get practice in finding and rescuing people in case a real emergency ever happens.

game designGame Design
Estimated release: 2013
Requirements: TBD

Description: Slated to include both traditional games and video games, this sure-to-be-popular merit badge will test Scouts’ creativity, computer skills, and planning abilities.

More on New Merit Badges and Major Merit Badge Updates in the Works

Recruitment Events

Recruitment EventsThere are many simple activities that districts or units can run to encourage new families to join Scouting, to increase involvement, and to spread the word that Scouting is in the area. This web page contains recruitment activity sheets and links to online resources to help districts and units with membership recruitment.

Recruitment Events

May is National Water Safety Month

Aquatics Guy National Water Safety Month is a joint effort of the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP), the American Red Cross, the National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA) and the World Waterpark Association (WWA).

Scouting has a long history of promoting safe aquatic/water activities. Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat provide the basis for conducting safe aquatics activities in Scouting. May being National Water Safety Month makes it a good time to focus on aquatics safety.

Many units are taking advantage of the summer weather to participate in aquatics activities. Swimming in the backyard pool, at the nearby lake, or at a municipal swimming pool are all fun summer activities. Some units may also be taking boating trips on lakes and rivers. When participating in aquatics activities, unit leaders are reminded that they must follow the principles listed in Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat. Online training is available for Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat.

Aquatics Supervision: BSA Swimming & Water Rescue and BSA Paddle Craft Safety. These training courses will help train unit leaders in the skills needed to conduct swimming and boating activities that are safe as well as fun, exciting, and rewarding. Contact your local council aquatics committee to find out how you can take one of these courses.

National Safe Boating Week: Wearing a life jacket can dramatically decrease your chances of drowning while boating. During National Safe Boating Week (May 21-27, 2011), you learned about steps you can take to protect yourself and those you love from drowning while boating. Wear a life jacket! More than 90 percent of people who have drowned in a boating incident were not wearing a life jacket.

You can stay safe while on the water and reduce the risk of drowning for yourself and those you care about. Tips from the CDC’s Injury Center can help you ride the wave to safe boating: National Safe Boating Week .

Finally, a common question received is: "Do we have to have a trained adult leader if we are at a commercial or public pool or when using an outfitter?" The answer is yes. A current Safe Swim Defense and/or Safety Afloat commitment or training card (less than two years) is required even when a unit is swimming at a public pool or when using a guide service.

Water SafetyMore Information:


Where is the Summit?

So you’ve been hearing all about the Summit Bechtel Reserve, but do you know where it is?

We’ll give you a hint! It has a mean altitude of 1,500 feet, giving it the highest average altitude east of the Mississippi. The capital city is Charleston. And its motto is “Montani semper liberi” or “Mountaineers Are Always Free.”

If you guessed West Virginia, you’re right!

And to be more specific, the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve is in Fayette County, the heart of the Mountain State, and neighbors 70,000 acres of the famous New River Gorge.

This means your new jamboree is home to some of the best white water rafting, hiking, biking, and rock climbing in the United States!

Baloon Tethered Balloons?

The BSA unauthorized activities were recently updated along with the flying plan to allow Scouts to experience flight in a tethered balloon. The flying plan can be found on the forms page of Scouting Safely,and links are included to the PDF of the flight plan and the FAQ for tethering.

Tethered Flight Resources:

The Scout Leader

Lord Baden-PowellI would like to contradict the usual misconception that, to be a successful Scout Leader, a man must be a know-it-all. Not at all. He simply has to be a Man-Boy, which is:

  1. He must have a young spirit; and must be able to adapt and complement the boys as a first step.
  2. He must realize the needs, perspectives and desires in relation to their age,
  3. He must try and understand each boy as an individual rather than as an entire group.
  4. He then needs to promote a spirit of cooperation to gain the best results.

With regards to the first point, the Scout Leader is to be neither schoolmaster nor commanding officer, nor pastor, nor instructor. All that is needed is the capacity to enjoy the outdoors, to the boys’ interests and to find other men who will give them instruction in the desired directions, whether it be signaling or drawing, nature study or pioneering. He has got to put himself on the level of the older brother, that is, to see things from the boy’s point of view as well as to lead, guide, and give enthusiasm in the right direction. Like the true older brother he has to realize the traditions of the family and see that they are preserved, even if considerable firmness is required. That is all. The Movement is a jolly fraternity, all the jollier because in the game of Scouting you are doing a big thing for others; you are combating the breeding of selfishness.

Regarding the second point, the various handbooks cover the successive phases of adolescent life. Thirdly, the business of the Scout Leader, and a very interesting one it is, is to draw out each boy and find out what is in him, and then to catch hold of the good and exclude the bad. There is 5 percent good even in the worst
character. The sport is to find and then develop the good to about an 80 or 90 percent basis. This is to educate but not instruct the young mind.

Fourth, the training system gives the Scout patrol the corporate expression of the individual training, which brings into practice all that the boy has been taught. The Patrol System also has great value in shaping the character if it is used properly. It leads each boy to see that he has some individual responsibility for the good of his Patrol. It leads each Patrol to see that it has definite responsibility for the good of the troop. Through it the Scout Leader is able to pass on not only his instruction but his ideas as to the moral outlook of his Scouts. Through it the Scouts themselves gradually learns that they have considerable say in what their Troop does. It is the Patrol System that makes the Troop, and all Scouting for that matter, a real cooperative effort.

Robert Baden Powell

Many people think that “pleasure” is the same thing as “happiness”. That’s where they take the wrong turning.

Best Practices Portal

Best PracticesThe BSA’s new Best Practice Portal allows you to share good ideas with other Scouters and to find ideas to help you be more successful. When you share your good ideas with other Scouters using the Best Practice Portal your idea could become the key piece to an important puzzle for another Scouter anywhere in the Boy Scouts of America. Or, their idea could become your key puzzle piece!

Your MyScouting link will give you access the Best Practices Portal on the BSA National web site. (

The Best Practices Portal is simply a resource for ideas related to the broad categories of Journey to Excellence, Council/District operations, Boy Scout, Venturing, and Cub Scouts! Within each of these broad categories the range of topics covered is broad in scope:

  • Journey to Excellence
    • Finance, Membership, Program, Unit Service, Leadership and Governance
  • Council/District
    • Alumni Relations, Commissioners, Development, Eagle Scouts, Enterprise Risk Management, Finance, Health and Safety, Human Resources, Information Systems, Marketing, Membership, Outdoor Programs, Program
  • Cub Scout
    • Activities, Behavior, Boy Scout Transition, Ceremonies, Cub Scout Advancement, Cub Scout Religious Awards, Parent Involvement, Pinewood Derby, Recruitment, Unit Finances
  • Boy Scout
    • Activities, Behavior, Boy Scout Advancement, Boy Scout Religious Awards, Boy Scout Scholarships, Eagle Scout Projects, Leadership & Development, Order of the Arrow, Parent Involvement, Patrol Method, Recruitment, Unit Finances, Youth Leadership Training
  • Venturing
    • Activities, Behavior, Coed Dynamic, Parent Involvement, Recruitment, Finance, Venturing Advancement, Venturing Religious Awards, Venturing Scholarships, Youth Leader Development, Youth Leader Training

Best PracticesWhen you visit the Best Practices Portal (and we hope you will) you will notice that many of these topics currently do not contain any best practices ideas. This is because the Best Practices Portal is so very new and too few Scouters have yet to share their best practice ideas. You and the Scouters you know have the opportunity to submit the best practices that your council, district and unit leaders have developed. Sharing your ideas is just "A Scout is helpful" thing to do!

You can help make the Best Practices Portal a success! Do a simple good deed for your fellow Scouters and submit a best practices idea to the portal! Over time the ideas you share on the Best Practices Portal could make it a very important knowledge base of proven solutions and best practices.

My Neighborhood Forest Service Photo Contest

swearingThe U.S. Forest Service challenges you to get outdoors and take photos of your urban or community forest. You could win $200 in outdoor gear from the National Forest Foundation!

About the Challenge

America is home to more than 100 million acres of urban and community forests. These are the forests that line our streets, shade our buildings and burst with color every fall. Did you know that these trees also clean our air and help prevent pollution and flooding? That's one of the reasons we like to call our urban trees 'the hardest working trees in America.' Take a picture of your neighborhood forest and send it to us. You'll have fun outside, and could win cool prizes for your photo!

Urban and community forests broadly include urban parks, street trees, landscaped boulevards, public gardens, river and coastal promenades, greenways, river corridors, wetlands, nature preserves, natural areas, shelter belts of trees and working trees at industrial brown field sites. Don't forget to tell your friends and family to vote for your submission - there will be one Popular Choice prize winner.

Merit Badge

The U.S. Forest Service is active in more than 7,000 communities across America, working to keep our urban forests healthy.

Founded by Congress in 1991, the National Forest Foundation works to conserve, resto, re, and enhance A, m, er, ica, ’s 1, 93-million-acre Nation, al Forest System in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.

Enter a Submission

Family Camping

Family CampingFamily camping is an outdoor experience, other than resident camping, that involves Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, or Venturing program elements in overnight settings with two or more family members, including at least one BSA member of that family. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children, and Youth Protection guidelines apply.

Recreational Family

Camping Recreational family camping occurs when Scouting families camp as a family unit outside of an organized program. It is a non structured camping experience, but is conducted within a Scouting framework on local council-owned or -managed property. Local councils may have family camping grounds available for rent at reasonable rates. Other resources may include equipment, information, and training.

Additional Information:

information hoseVolunteer Training Team Tip

When training new Scouters think like a new Scouter – Remember what it was like when you first joined Scouting. You probably had a thirst for knowledge about Scouting. Help the new Scouters drink up all the knowledge they can.

Don’t use the fire hose, help them drink from the water fountain.

Quotation of Month

"So it is really about getting the right people in the right places and the best people in the best places."

- Rex Tillerson, President Boy Scouts of America

Web Site of the Month

The Scouting magazine web site is a a great tool for unit, district and council leaders looking for good information to help them solve a problem. The search engine on the Scouting magazine web site is good and quickly provides your search results. As an example, go to the Scouting magazine web site and type the word "uniform" into the search window. You will get: About 996 results (0.26 seconds). Not only is the search engine fast, it is quite accurate. Use Scouting magazine to help you find answers to your important Scouting questions.Scouting Magazine

Scouting magazine is a five-times-a-year publication of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The target audience is adult leaders of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. It carries news on Scouting events, articles on aspects of Scouting such as service, outdoor skills and activities, and features about Scouting activities. It has been in publication since April 15, 1913. A subscription is included in the registration fee for all volunteer leaders registered with the BSA.

Recurring content includes: Feature articles, Boys' Life Preview, What I've Learned, Advancement FAQs, Cub Scout Corner, Nature of Boys, What Would You Do?, Merit Badge Clinic, Ethics, Great Gear, Fitness, Survive This!, Fuel Up, Dutch Treat, and Cool Camp.

Video of Month

Watch Eagle Scout, Pip sing ‘When You Were Young’

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

Long before he turned judges’ chairs on The Voice, Eagle Scout Phillip Arnold turned heads on a much smaller stage.

Phillip, who goes by the stage name Pip, sharpened his singing skills at Boy Scout courts of honor as a member of Marietta, GA., Troop 287.

Young Pip delivers a crowd-pleasing "When We Were Young."

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