This Scouter Weekly is brought to you by your Friends of Scouting contribution.                           Issue 9      March 2, 2017



The SFBAC is committed to introduce new IT improvements to enhance the user experience for our scouts, parents and volunteers in 2017.  The first such offering will be online registration of all new youth and adults.  There is an important role in making online registration useful for your unit.  Unit Key 3’s should be on the lookout for emails from National BSA beginning March 7th to help you get your unit prepared for a live online registration on April 3rd.  Administration of new online applicants will be conducted on  Part of our councils commitment is to provide continued training for My.Scouting and the introduction of a new BSA Web application called ScoutBook.   Yes, "there's an App for that!"

The SFBAC Technology Committee is keeping a close eye on the efforts to develop these new user applications and tools at the national level.  We will roll out new applications when (and only when) products appear to be stable and training has been prepared.  We do not have a schedule for these roll-outs above online registration.  However, we have a member from our council on the Scoutbook User Advisory Council and we are optimistic for a Scoutbook roll out by Jamboree.  Updates will be communicated through the Scouter Weekly and Council Facebook page, if you are not yet a subscriber to both of these news feeds please log onto Facebook and “like” our page or send an email to to subscribe to Scouter Weekly.  



1. noting or pertaining to a conference, discussion, or deliberation in which each participant has equal status, equal time to present views, etc.  roundtable-table discussions.

All leaders are invited to COME TO ROUNDTABLE!   Each month great ideas are generated and shared for upcoming unit meetings and themes.  Informational flyers are available for local events that will excite your youth, experienced leaders will share what works and what might not work so well in their units so you can learn by experience, get up to the minute info on events like district camporees, spring and summer camp programs .... Roundtable is THE place to be.  One evening a month jam packed with informational goodies that can help your unit grow and be a place your youth want to be. At least one adult from your unit should attend Roundtable - you'll be glad you did!







This year the San Francisco Bay Area Council will be hosting our 2nd Annual Friends of Scouting Kick-Off Breakfast on Friday, March 24, 2017 at the Double Tree Newark-Fremont, 39900 Balentine Dr., Newark CA.  All Scouters, alumni, friends and community members are welcome to attend and help support Scouting.  The cost of the breakfast has been generously underwritten by our sponsors and we ask you the donor to please be prepared to make a Friends of Scouting gift of at least $250 at the breakfast.  All donations will be counted towards your unit goal to receive the incentives for your Pack or Troop.  Troops achieving their goal will be offered a free 2 night camping experience at either Wente Scout Reservation, Camp Royaneh or Rancho Los Mochos to be redeemed in 2017.  Packs will receive neckerchief slides for all members to be presented at the bridging in May 2017. 

We invite you to join us that morning and to help us support Scouting and some of the great youth in our council.  We do have additional Sponsorship opportunities and Table Host opportunities available.  Please contact Joe Barton 510-577-9227 or for more information on the breakfast and to learn how to participate.



TIGER CUB SAFARI - April 22-23 or 29-30, Wente Scout Reservation

Join fellow Tigers for an exciting weekend of Safari activities!   Archery, swimming, arts and crafts, and tons of fun!!!  Tigers who are completing the end of their Tiger year (end of first grade) are eligible to attend.  Only 120 Tigers and their partners at each weekend.  Basic cost is $135. per Tiger and adult partner.  Check out our website for more details, costs, what to bring, etc.  at [click here]



Mom & Son - Camp Royaneh - May 5-7 or 19-21

Day Camps - Check our website for more information

Wolf/Bear Weekend Journey - Rancho Los Mochos - July 14-16 or 21-23

Resident Adventure Camp - Camp Royaneh Wolf/Bear Adventure -  July 31-Aug 2 or Aug 7-9

                        Webelos Adventure - July 31- Aug 5 or Aug 7-12



Keeping your Pack active during the summer helps keep the Scouts interest in Cub Scouts and assures that they will return in the fall.  A minimum of one activity per month during the summer can help accomplish this and will earn your Pack the Summertime Pack Award.   This award is presented to Packs who have one activity in each month, June, July and August.  They will receive a streamer for their flag.  Dens with 50% of Scouts participating in all 3 activities can earn the den ribbon.  And Scouts who participate in each of the three activities can earn the appropriate pin.  It's not too early to start planning your summer now - it will be here before you know it!   (an application is attached to this newsletter).




Exploration Camp is a fun and exciting daily program that provides the opportunity for boys and girls ages 11-18 to explore hobbies, educational interests and useful social and personal skills during the school breaks.  Trained and qualified adult supervision is provided during all program hours at the local Youth Leadership Training Center in San Leandro, a safe learning environment for all ages.

The program utilizes the various Boy Scout Merit Badge topics as its "curriculum" for program activities.  Merit Badge requirements can be technical and challenging, so we do not necessarily expect a day-long program to be able to complete a full merit badge.

Location:  YLTC, 1001 Davis St., San Leandro CA Program:  9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (check in at 8:45-9 a.m.) Cost:  $65 per full day Exploration.   Lunch and a water bottle included.

Information about requirements not being covered, as well as prerequisite needs for each merit badge session are included in the registration and on the website.  Go to

Exploration Choices for Spring session are:
   Monday, April 3:  Personal Management, Communications
      Tuesday, April 4:  Environmental Science, Domestic Citizenship
         Wednesday, April 5:  Emergency Preparedness, Geology
             Thursday, April 6:  Automotive Maintenance; Signs, Signals and Codes
                Friday, April 7:  Climbing, First Aid



      These articles have been in previous Scouter Weekly editions.  You can find further information on them at the links provided.

      Click here to register NOW!

SCOUT AND VENTURE TRAINING at NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training)
        Details at





How do our camps stay in tip top shape?  We have great camp Rangers first of all, then we have great volunteers who give of their time and talents to keep our faciliites in great repair. Don't feel like you have a special skill in repair?   There are always projects at camp that need helpers to be accomplished.   And YOU and your unit could be those helpers!   Upcoming work weekends and ranger contact to get information is below.  Sign up today to help out, you'll have a great time!

March 10-12  Wente Scout Reservation, Ranger Mike Hanna 707-459-2110

March 17-19  Camp Royaneh, Ranger Scott Griswold 707-632-5291








HAT CORE 2017: Basic Backpack Awareness
This course provides the foundation for all other HAT courses.  It is open to all registered Scouting adults who have completed the Position Specific Training for Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster (including the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills).  It covers the common skills and techniques required for any High Adventure activity and focuses on the skills and knowledge required for planning and leading a successful, safe and enjoyable backpacking trek.  Course topics include:  Planning & Leadership, Basic Equipment and First Aid, Wilderness Navigation, Food, Wilderness Safety, and Leave No Trace.  A HAT (High Adventure Team) number will be issued to adults upon successful completion of this course.  

Contact the course director Dick Smith at Date: Saturday & Sunday, March 11 & 12, 2017

Cost: Early registration: $60 
Start Date/Time: 3/11/2017 8:00:00 AM 
End Date/Time: 3/12/2017 12:00:00 PM 
Online Registration Accepted Until: 3/10/2017 3:00:00 PM
To register: 
click here 
Contact Email: 
Cost: $60.00 per Participant 
After 2/25/2017 a fee of $20.00 will apply. 
Activity Location: 2253 Fifth Street, Livermore, CA 94550 US 
Directions can be found at: Location Map



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.



   The circle with the dot in the center has long been Scouting's trail sign        to indicate that one has Gone Home.  Lord Robert Baden-Powell's resting    place is marked by just such a symbol.


During the two year hiatus of our newsletter a number of Scouters had Gone Home.  They are missed by their families and Scouting families. 

Ken Parker
Troop 702 TR
Tres Ranchos District Eagle Coordinator

ValGene Black
Troops 936 and 906
Twin Valley District

Chappy Lindsey
Troop 106 MP
Mission Peak District

Wayne Veatch
Golden Gate District

David Dunakin
Director of Camping, retired

Alan Marples
Tres Ranchos District
British Queen’s Scout (Eagle equivalent)

Karla Ramirez-Segovia
Police Explorer Associate Advisor

Audrey Sherwood
Twin Valley District

Terry Watanabe
Troop 818 TR
Tres Ranchos District


Stories and Photos WANTED!  

Did your Pack have a great outing at a local park?  Did your Troop find a great new place to camp?  Did someone in your unit save a life or help someone selflessly?  Scouting is filled with many true stories of Scouts and Scouters in Action.  Stories with or without photos may be submitted all year long.    We cannot guarantee publication of any story or photo.     If sending only a photo please include a brief description and be sure to include your unit, number, and district.   Email to 




Mission Peak Spring Camporee - Rancho Los Mochos, March 31 - April 2

Test your Scout Skills against all the other troops in the area.   Only ONE troop can reign supreme in skills competition!  Sign up today - deadline for signup is received by March 24.  Download application and submit with payment TODAY!!!     Application will be attached to this issue.

Other district camporees scheduled so far are as follows.  More information will be provided as it becomes available.

                         Twin Valley  May 19-21




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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