This Scouter Weekly is brought to you by your Friends of Scouting contribution.           Issue 15    Apr 20, 2018


Youth Protection Training

The NEW Youth Protection Training (YPT)
is ready to go!

Attached to this newsletter is the How-To Guide to Taking Youth Protection Training.   This guide to the NEW YPT makes the process simple and easy!


Adult Registration Requirements 2018

The BSA's new adult registration requirements - mandating that all registered adults must complete a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training.

The BSA's new adult registration requirements - mandating that all adults accompanying a Boy Scout troop to a resident camp or other Scouting activity lasting 72 hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training.  This will go into effect June 1, 2018, at the start of the BSA summer camp season. Requiring registration, background checks, and YPT for adults on Boy Scout extended activities adds another dimension of protection for Boy Scouts.

  • The new requirement applies to any adult accompanying a Boy Scout group on a single Scouting activity where they are present for three or more nights (not necessarily consecutive)
  • These adults must be registered as leaders, including the completion of a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training before the activity (CBCs cannot be expedited) Please note that under normal circumstances it can take up to 3 weeks for a CBC to be completed – with many new adult registrations all across the country at that time, it will take longer - BE PREPARED by registering and completing your YPT and CBC early so as not to be told you cannot attend camp because it did not come back yet.

Why is this happening?

  • This is meant to enhance the "safe space" for overnight Boy Scout activities.
  • While incidents are rare, this will serve as an added layer of protection for our highest risk activities.

How do I get a background check?

  • A background check is done by the BSA when the adult signs the front inside portion of the adult application, completes the application and it is processed properly by your local council.

Please inform your troop’s leaders and parents of this change to allow time for everyone attending summer camp to be in compliance with these new requirements.


Hazardous Weather Training

Effective April 30, 2018 new direct contact leaders must complete Hazardous Weather Training to be considered position trained. And here is one story about why this is so important.

Imagine as a leader with a group of excited Scouts you arrive at a council camp for a camporee on a rainy Friday afternoon. Saturday morning is filled with the sounds of Scouts participating in the scheduled activities, only to have the weather turn blustery with sustained winds of about 30 mph and gusts up to 48 mph. The trees of the heavily forested area start swaying madly back and forth.

As a leader, what would you do? Would you continue with the camporee or evacuate the camp?

This was exactly the situation experienced earlier this year at Pacific Harbors Council’s Klondike Derby held at Camp Thunderbird. According to the National Weather Service, sustained winds of about 30 mph with gusts up to 48 mph were recorded near the camp between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. It soon became apparent to leaders that conditions had become unsafe and, around midmorning, with input from the council representative and Camp Thunderbird’s ranger, leaders decided to evacuate the camp.

“We made sure that we followed the Boy Scout Guide to Safe Scouting and our hazardous weather training to ensure that all scouts and adults made it home safe,” said Barb Dyer, Klondike committee chairwoman. “It was the right decision to cancel Klondike. While it’s disappointing that the boys couldn’t have the fun-filled weekend that was planned, I’m eternally grateful that safety is first with the BSA.”

A good decision it was, as several large trees and branches dropped on or near Scout campsites during the storm. No injuries were reported, but it could have turned out differently. Rebecca Ledford, an adult leader with Troop 4100, shared a photo of her son’s tent, which had been impaled by a heavy fallen branch — right where his pillow was.

On Sunday morning the “all clear” was given for scouts and leaders to return to retrieve their belongings and break down their campsites.

This course is available around-the-clock in the BSA Learn Center by logging in to your account on .


Keep Your Eyes Open for Adventure on the High Seas!!!

The 2018 Cub Scout Camping Season is in motion - Register today for your Scouts to participate in all of these fantastic age appropriate programs.  Some of the camps are already filling up so make sure you reserve your space today!

Camperships are available for your family should you need it.  To complete the form click here


Cub Scout & Family Camping Programs


 Tiger Cub Safari 


Deep in the rolling wilds of Wente Scout Reservation live fearsome creatures that no one can tame!  They wander the forest howling and yelling with sheer delight; these adventurous creatures are TIGER CUBS! Tigers on Safari shoot bows and arrows for bulls-eyes, run obstacle courses most people would never dare try, and explore Nature and go fishing by the lake! But most of all, Tigers have FUN


Click on the dates below to join us for an overnight adventure of Tiger Cub spirit!

April 21-22, 2018 @ Wente Scout Reservation

April 28-29, 2018 @ Wente Scout Reservation


Wolf/Bear Weekend

Ahoy Matey's!  Climb on board all ye Wolves and Bears to set sail for a weekend of skills and adventure at Rancho Los Mochos in the Livermore hills.   Tis is a weekend of camping for Wolves and Bears and their adult partners.  The cost includes all meals, activities and materials.  Scouts will receive a T-shirt, walking staff and a patch.  Adults T-shirt will be available to order for an additional cost.
July 20-22, 2018
Cost  $ 165
More detailed information and packing lists will be sent with sign up.   Sign up TODAY, space is limited!  Registration can be found at [click here]


 Local District Day Camps  


For ALL Cub Scouts and Webelos!  Get out your maps and join us on a daily adventure full of fun, excitement, and advancement.  You will arrive each morning for a day of thrilling activities, and each afternoon you’ll return home and tell stories to all those who did not join you on your Summer quest!

Cub Scouts may attend ANY of the following local District Day Camps; sign-up NOW!

Peralta District Day Camp - Oakland (June 18-22, 2018)

Tres Ranchos District Day Camp - Castro Valley (June 18-22, 2018)

Mission Peak District Day Camp - Newark (June 25-29, 2018)

Twin Valley District Day Camp - Shadowcliffs (July 9-12, 2018)

Golden Gate District Day Camp - San Francisco (July 23-26, 2018)





Be a Volunteer for the

Levi's Presidio 10 benefiting The Guardsmen Camp & School Partners

Sun, April 22, 2018: 5:00 AM – 1:30 PM PDT
Event Address: Crissy Field across from the Sports Basement
610 Old Mason St., San Francisco, CA 94129

Aren’t runners but want to help out at a great fundraiser?   Volunteers are always needed!

The Guardsmen are an organization who generously provide needed funds for Scouts to go to Scout camp, as well as providing camperships for other youth to attend other camps.

Join the volunteers who help make their fundraising race a success!  You’ll get a cool “Crew” shirt, breakfast, and an opportunity to help put on an event for 4,000 people!  They normally have over 200 volunteers to help put the event on so you’ll meet lots of people and support a great event while hanging out on Crissy field all morning.  After your sign up you will be contacted with further information.

Here’s the sign up link:


Great Strides – Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
5k Fundraiser Day of Event Volunteers Needed
May 19, 2018  Crissy Field

Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundations largest national fundraising event.  A fantastic opportunity to come together and make a difference.  Volunteer contact is Rachel Hershberg,  415-989-6500    Volunteer location:  Little Marina Green, Chrissy Field, 3950 Scott st., San Francisco.

Volunteers are needed for Set Up, Registration, Greeters, Route Monitors, Route marking and clean up and Rest Stops.   



Saturday, May 26, 2018

The 2018 Flag Planting to honor our fallen veterans is scheduled for Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Presidio of San Francisco.  All leaders and Scouts should be in full uniform for this event.  425 Scouts participated in the 2017 event.

DATE:  Saturday, May 26, 2018

TIME:   9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (we start promptly at 9:00 a.m.)

LOCATION:   1 Lincoln Blvd, Presidio of San Francisco

Cub & Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Venturing

This event is an official community service project for all Scouting units.  Please register your service hours at

[click here for registration]








VenturingFest 2018, the second national gathering of Venturers at the Summit Bechtel Reserve - a Scouting experience unlike any other before - is coming your way again from July 1 to July 6! VenturingFest is a special event that's open to registered Venturers, Scouts and adult leaders across the U.S. This six-day high-adventure festival invites participants to explore the best the SBR has to offer. We're talking rock climbing, skateboarding, BMX biking, water sports, shooting sports, zip lines, challenge courses, and so much more!

[click here]


NYLT – National Youth Leadership Training

NYLT – National Youth Leadership Training for youth that want to become great leaders

A youth starts out in the unit as a new kid who knows little and is taught and coached by older scouts/venturers. He progresses in the unit and eventually is given a position of leadership. He is often told what his duties as a leader are but not how to be an effective leader. That is where NYLT comes in. This week-long course teaches the youth how to be a better leader, how to handle patrol interactions, how to teach more effectively, how to plan, and how to develop and set a vision for success.

Many parents have said: “The changes in him, after NYLT, were remarkable, not only in his ability to be a leader in scouts but also in his ability to plan and organize his school work. He returned with much more confidence in himself.” The leadership skill set from NYLT are applicable in scouts/venturing, in school, and at work, now and into the future. Learning the NYLT leadership skills helps the youth to be a better leader and helps the unit by providing a youth trained in what it takes to lead.

Registration is now open but fills quickly. The San Francisco Bay Area Council offers a total of 3 sessions, all at Rancho Los Mochos - two 6-day sessions in June as well as one session spaced out over 3 separate weekends in September. Participation is open to Boy Scouts, Varsity, Venturing, and Sea Scouts from all Councils. For further information or to register, visit


Scoutmaster Specific Training & IOLS

The Peralta District Training Team will be conducting a Scoutmaster Specific Training course on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a 30 minute lunch break.  You can either bring your lunch or eat at one of the local take out restaurants.   This course is open to Scouters from any district.

The course will be held at the Youth Leadership Training Center located at 1001 Davis St., San Leandro.  The cost of the course will be $25.   The deadline to sign up for this course is Tuesday, April 24, 2018.   

The Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) is scheduled for Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to Sunday May 20 at 12:00 Noon.  This course will take place at Chabot State Park in Oakland.  The cost of the IOLS is $30.

If you have any questions please contact Gary Baysmore at (510) 428-2289.


The Philmont and Summit Leadership Challenge is what comes next after someone has attended Wood Badge. It uses all the Wood Badge leadership skills and puts them to the test in a back country setting. It is so fun to be with Wood Badgers from across the country!  You will return  home  a servant leader with new friends, new skills, stories and an energized shinning Scout Sprit.

I am lucky to staff the July course at Philmont. We have 33 folks already enrolled but can take some more but my advice is don't delay. No matter which course you choose it will be awesome!    --Janis Tipton-King




Part time positions available at East Bay Scout Shop!

Part Time positions are available!  The East Bay Scout Shop is looking for helpful and friendly employees.  Contact Linda Gentile at (510) 633-2005


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