This Scouter Weekly is brought to you by your Friends of Scouting contribution.                           Issue 6      February 10, 2017


What is Friends of Scouting (FOS) and Why Should Your Family Participate?  

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.

The Scouts in this photo could be yours.  Without Friends of Scouting contributions they wouldn't be smiling as much.  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.




Celebrate the Birthday of Scouting with a Blue & Gold Banquet

 February is Scouting Anniversary Month!  Throughout the month, Packs celebrate the birthday of Scouting with their annual Blue & Gold Banquet! Check out these top 6 tips  to making your Blue & Gold the highlight of the year!

Have a Blue & Gold Organizer. -This is a great role for a new volunteer to take on since it has a definitive timeline. It takes some weight off the Committee and gives a parent a chance to help out in a fun way.
Have a plan! - Planning ahead will save you lots of headaches and prevent last minute scrambling . Check out this post with 6 different planning guides.
Have a great theme. - A theme can liven up traditions and help Scouts have a blast. Read 8 themes your Cub Scouts will love & visit our local Scout Shop for lots of decorations and supplies! 
Don't reinvent the wheel. - There are lots of great resources just a google search away. Check out the Cub Scout Pinterest Page for lots of ideas.
Schedule Presentations. -  Make sure to let your District Executive know when your Blue & Gold will be so they can help schedule your FOS presentation. Not sure who to contact? Give us a call at 510-577-9000.

Keep it Simple, Make it Fun! - Most importantly, the Blue and Gold should be fun for adults and the Scouts! 

(article reprinted from Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council newsletter)


Swimming Merit Badge Days

This Merit Badge Day will provide the opportunity for Scouts to work on completing swimming Merit Badge Requirements.
Scouts should attend either the morning or the afternoon session on either Saturday or Sunday.
Class limit of 20 Scouts per session.

Where: Robert's Pool/Recreation Area., 10570 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619
Cost: $45 per Scout.   Snack will be provided.

Spring Sessions: April 22 or 23, 2017
Morning Session 8 AM - 12 PM (Check-in at 8 AM)
Afternoon Session 1 PM - 5 PM (Check-in at 1 PM)
Click here to register NOW!

Fall Sessions: September 23 or 24, 2017
Morning Session 8 AM - 12 PM (Check-in at 8 AM)
Afternoon Session 1 PM - 5 PM (Check-in at 1 PM)
Click here to Register Today!

Note About Requirements being covered during sessions:
Boy Scouts will be able to attempt each requirement (as time allows), but there is no guarantee they will pass each requirement.   Also, if scouts cannot pass requirement 2 (the swim test) they will not be allowed to participate in the rest of the session due to safety reasons.  (See additional notes on website).



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.


To register, go to the site. Read the information there about NYLT before registering.  



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.





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 



Part-Time Sales Associate Position Available

The East Bay Scout Shop has an outstanding opportunity for a motivated, experienced Sales Associate in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.

Job Overview: Contribute to the successful daily operation of the East Bay Scout Shop by transacting sales, accurate and on-time ADI records, receiving orders, stocking shelves, and maintain a clean customer friendly environment.

The individual in this position will:

*  Provides excellent customer service in the store and on the phone.

*  Processes customer orders through the POS system.

*  Maintains a stocked, organized, and clean store.

*  Opens and closes the store as directed by management using the prescribed policies and procedures.

*  Safeguards BSA monies and merchandise.

Qualifications/ Experience: The qualified candidate must have:

*  Prefer retail experience

*  Knowledge of Scouting Program

*  Good Communication Skills

To Apply: Qualified applicants should apply in person at the East Bay Scout Shop 1001 Davis Street, San Leandro, CA. Please contact Linda Gentile, Store Manager, with questions: 510-633-2005. 


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