STEM Encampment

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What is STEM?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

STEM in Scouting:

The Boy Scouts of America has created a new emphasis that incorporates elements of STEM within our current advancement programs. The BSA’s STEM initiative gives Scouts an opportunity to explore relevant skills and experiences, and for their achievements to be recognized through the development of the STEM NOVA and Supernova awards. Working with an adult counselor or mentor, the various modules allow them to explore the basic principles of STEM and discover how fun and fascinating STEM can be.

STEM Encampment program:
Advance registration is required for this event since individual Scouts or groups of Scouts are required to select one of the four STEM components [letters] that they will explore in depth at the STEM Encampment. Based upon their selection, on Saturday, their schedule will follow a predesigned program that has been developed for that component [letter] taking into consideration their current age and Scout program [Pack, Troop, etc.]

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About the Event


For Scouts and Non-Scout Youth in the San Francisco & Alameda Counties


Saturday, October 11, 2014
Day Activities/Program for all Ages

Friday-Sunday, October 10-12, 2014-
Overnight Camping for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venture Scouts Sea Scouts and Explorers

When: October 10-12, 2014
Where: Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA
Why: To encourage participation, foster interest, and increase knowledge in the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathamatics, while at the same time, providing some of the traditional elements of a large scouting activity.

$45.00 per person - Weekend camping for troops (Webelos 2 with troop) and crews.
$25.00 per person - Saturday STEM program (Presentations, labs, and evening show)

$15.00 per person - Leaders & Parents

  • Food will be available for purchase on Saturday.
  • Additional parking fee per car.

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-Earn requirements toward the BSA NOVA awards
-See first hand some of Silicon Valleys newest technologies
-Meet and learn from scientists, engineers, technology specialists, and mathmaticians from real businesses and industries.
-Discover, build, create, experiance hands on activities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Detailed Time Schedule:
Friday, October 10: Gate open at 4:00 PM (for campers)
Saturday, October 11: Events from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM and Evening Show 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Sunday, October 12: Religious Service 7:30 AM, Campers check-out by 10:00 AM

Scouts will need to choose which STEM track they want prior to registering.

The study of the world through experiment. The world is composed of animal, water, soil and plants among others all of which are being studied in science.

A particular method of soving practical problems that comes out of research in science and technology.

The practical application of science to commerce or industry.

The study of measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols.

Click here to register

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To make the 2014 STEM encampment a sucess, we need you! Please consider volunteering for this amazing event. Volunteers are needed for staffing program areas, including Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing NOVA station activities, set-up, clean-up, facilities, security, administration/check-in and many many more. Volunteer staff will recieve an event staff only t-shirt, patch and snack. No experience is needed for program area volunteer positions as a training will be conducted to provide volunteers with all the information for running program stations.

Sign-ups for volunteering will be availible soon.

STEM E-list

To receive up to date information on this great event, click the link below,
create a profile and sign-up for the STEM Encampment E-list!

STEM Encampment E-List

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Companies/Organization Participation

There are several ways that companies and organizations can participate in this STEM event. Interested groups should fill out our Presentation/Display Information Sheet to provide information about the company, a breif description of the display or presentation, the potential capacity, needed physical space for the booth and/or other pertinent information.

Return completed form to Tim Buchen.

Display/Presentation Information Sheet

Would you like to sponser or donate to this wonderful event? Donations of any kind are welcome.
Click here to make your donation!


Is this event only for scouts?

The STEM Encampment may be attended by anyone. The program that is offered to the youth is structured around the BSA's STEM / Nova program. For more information on that program, please visit the Boy Scouts of America STEM / Nova page.

STEM Encampment Committee Members

Volunteer Event Chairman
Event Staff Advisor

David White
Tim Buchen

Volunteer Chairman
Staff Advisor

Steve Armstrong
Tom Kenney

Risk Management
Volunteer Chairman
Staff Advisor

Dan Walters
Michelle Rodriguez

Volunteer Chairman
Staff Advisor

Chad Hamilton
Tim Buchen

Volunteer Chairman
Staff Advisor

Paul Andrus
Michelle Rodriguez

Volunteer Chairman
Staff Advisor

Steve Rodriggs
Jason Lewis

Volunteer Chairman
Staff Advisor

Frank Mellon
Tim Buchen