This Scouter Weekly is brought to you by your Friends of Scouting contribution.                           Issue 4      January 27, 2017



    Honor them for their service at the Volunteer Recognition Dinner, February 4

          Florry Dekovic
                Louis Harrison
                       Scott Rodgers

                             David Rodriguez
                                  Larry Seymour
                                        Joyce Wilson

These special Scouters who dedicate much of their time, talents and resources to the youth of our communities will be recognized at the Council Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Saturday, February 4.   Join fellow adult Scouters and friends to honor them.   Sign up at (click here)

Those attending the dinner will receive a blue bordered Anniversary Shoulder patch and have the opportunity to purchase more, as well as the opportunity to purchase full patch sets.  



Cub Scout Camping guide books for parents and leaders have been sent out!!!   If you have new Cubs in your Pack be sure you have a couple of extra on hand to give them at Blue & Gold in February.  They can be obtained at the YLTC or from your District Executive.  



Our Council's Order of the Arrow Lodge, Achewon Nimat, is hosting a KLONDIKE DERBY!   This fun weekend will feature competitions in the snow between patrols to see what patrol can win this gold rush themed event, February 24-26 at Camp Hi-Sierra in Long Barn.  Klondike Derby's are a highlight for those troops who live in snow country, and a BIG adventure for our Scouts who only get up to the snow periodically!  Attending Winter Camp Awareness Training (see article under Order of the Arrow below) is highly recommended.  Each year we have a few Scouts who experience hypothermia due to lack of knowledge of how to take care of themselves in the snow.  Winter Camp training helps our Scouts know how to prevent cold weather challenges.  

All information about pricing, meal plans and how to build a sled for Klondike Derby is available at (Click Here)



National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) Registration now open – 3 Sessions in 2017

The San Francisco Bay Area Council is offering 3 sessions of National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). Two are in June and a new one is being introduced for the Fall of 2017. The 3 sessions are:

  •          June 12-17, 2017 – Monday Morning Start; Saturday Evening End
  •          June 18-24, 2017 – Sunday Morning Start; Saturday Noon-time End
  •          Sept 16-17, Sept 22-24, and Oct 6-8, 2017 – Attendance at all 3 weekends required.
    •     Sept 16-17 – Saturday Morning thru 5 PM on Sunday
    •     Sept 22-24 – Friday evening thru 5 PM on Sunday
    •     Oct 6-8 – Friday evening thru 8 PM on Sunday

The weekend course in the Fall covers everything covered in the other two sessions. This is not a condensed course; it is broken up over 3 separate weekends. It does NOT require that the participant take time off of school to attend.

What is NYLT?

NYLT is the number one training course for personal leadership development. The course is youth led and simulates a complete month in the life of a youth-led scouting unit in six-days.  Through the fast moving and fun packed program, you will develop valuable skills for event planning, effective communication, team development, teaching, setting goals and problem solving. The program includes team games and other activities that give you a chance to apply and practice these new skills. You will learn about different leadership styles and how they relate to the stages of team formation and how to be an effective leader by putting others' needs first. You and your team will create a vision of success and through program activities, set goals and make plans to achieve it.  The culmination of the course is the Quest for the Meaning of Leadership, a chance for you and your team to present your new found skills and knowledge to the rest of the course.

How to sign up for NYLT

To register, go to the site. Read the information there about NYLT before registering.  Boy Scout participants must be First Class before the Session’s Orientation date. They must be thirteen years of age by the beginning of course OR must have completed 7th Grade. They should have taken part in an ILST course at their home unit. Venturer participants should have taken part in an ILSC course at their home unit. Both male and female Venturers are welcomed and encouraged to apply for NYLT. The SFBAC-NYLT course accepts youth from all Councils. Both Scouts and Venturers must have the approval of their unit leader/advisor.



American Red Cross First Aid & CPR Training

San Francisco Bay Area Council
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 8 AM to 5 PM (Check-in at 8)
Cost:  $85 – course cost includes all Red Cross fees/certification for First Aid with CPR- Infant and CPR/AED- Adult and Child. Lunch will be provided.
Location:  SFBAC Office, 1001 Davis St. San Leandro

This course is being offered in partnership with East Bay Regional Park’s Lifeguard Service and is open to any registered older Boy Scouts and Adult leaders. Registration is open to troops and individuals. Troop leadership must be provided for troops and individual scouts must be accompanied by a paying adult. Register online (click here)

*Participants must be at least 14 years old if attending this class.



Don't delay registering - only 16 spots left for this year's Wood Badge


Feb 18-20 and Mar 25-27, 2017

Course Director:  Debbie Fallehy

Wood Badge was originally presented by Baden-Powell as a means of strengthening and preserving the Scouting movement in every country in the world.  Today, in the U.S., Wood Badge is a patrol-based, advanced leadership training program.  Scouters learn to view Scouting globally, as a family of interrelated, value based programs for youth.  Wood Badge combines the best of scouting tradiings with contemporary leadership concepts and recognized in leading buisiness and goverment organizations.





The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls before February 8 (Scouting Anniversary Day) as Scout Sunday. This day serves as a great opportunity for your unit to participate in services at your place of worship, and demonstrate reverence in Scouting. Start your planning today to celebrate this special occasion.

Click here to get some ideas for your unit.



  Troop 58 of Golden Gate district in San Francisco was able    to watch an informative video at their troop meeting.

Did your Pack have a great outing at a local park?  Did youir Troop find a great new place to camp?  We are accepting photos from Packs or dens, Troops or patrols, Teams, Crews, Posts ... well any Scouting unit, of activities and Scouts having fun to feature in this newsletter!  Please include a brief description and be sure to include your unit, number, and district.   Email to 


What is Friends of Scouting (FOS)?   FOS  is the annual giving campaign to the San Francisco Bay Area Council.  It provides Scouting’s families, volunteers and friends with the opportunity to financially support the operations of their local council. The San Francisco Bay Area Council provides many important services to your pack, troop or crew, its leaders and the young people. These services are necessary to provide a high-quality experience for all of our Scouts and families for Scouting to be made available for local youth to join.

The Friends of Scouting Campaign for packs, troops and crews are done through presentations to families of Scouts. Presentations are typically conducted at unit meetings during the months of January, February or March and are most effective when most families will be in attendance, such as at a Pack Blue and Gold Banquet or a Troop Court of Honor.

The Friends of Scouting campaign is one of the largest sources of income generated by the Council to support units to have a quality program throughout the year.  We ask families like yours to help support the costs that the council incurs to keep Scouting strong for all boys.  That $24 yearly registration fee you pay goes directly to the National Boy Scouts of America for program development – none of it stays local to help pay for any of these costs.

All contributions are used by the San Francisco Bay Area Council provide support and service to your unit and other Scouting units in Alameda and San Francisco counties.





Join advisor Laura Priest each month at Epiphany Lutheran Church* to be a member of the Dance/Drum team (meets 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)  Native American dancing is fun and you can compete at events such as Conclave.  It’s only once a month practice and we’ll teach you all you need to know to sing or dance and provide the dance outfit.  Help us show how talented our lodge is – we meet one Saturday each month.

The Ceremonies Team meets same day, same location from 1-4 p.m.  Be a part of this great team planning an conducting ceremonies at all events.  Ceremonies are an important part of our lodge  so all Scouts in Achewon Nimat are invited to help out.

* 16248 Carolyn St, San Leandro, CA 94578, (164th St. and Caroline right off foothill)


VISIT THE EAST BAY SCOUT SHOP TODAY!!!!!!   Conveniently located in the San Francisco Bay Area Council Youth Leadership Training Center at 1001 Davis Street, San Leandro.  (510) 633-2005


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