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Briones District

Briones District is in the Golden Gate Area Council and covers the communities of Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, and Walnut Creek

Briones District Leaders

Roundtable

December 2, 2021

Roundtable – 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In Person

Our Saviors Lutheran Church

1035 Carol Lane

Lafayette

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Briones District Commissioners Meeting

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

In Person

Our Saviors Lutheran Church

1035 Carol Lane

Lafayette

Page Updated 11/19/21

Please see the updates sent to our Unit Leaders below. 

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All GGAC adult volunteers must be registered with the BSA and be Youth Protection Trained (YPT) to ensure that all adults know how to recognize and correctly report behaviors suspicious for grooming and abuse. On May 19, 2021 the GGAC Executive Board adopted a YPT policy to reinforce our awareness of Youth Safety. GGAC now requires that all registered adults 18 and over maintain YPT compliance for their entire registration period. As it is currently possible for YPT to expire during that period, this will require adults to refresh their YPT training on an annual basis.

GGAC has a new YPT Policy for Rechartering. The policy is as follows: All adult leaders MUST be trained in Youth Protection for the full length of their current registration period. Basically, that means that for our 2022 recharters, every adult’s YPT certificate must expire in 2023 or 2024. If you have adults who need to complete YPT, Mark Woodman would be happy to do an in-person or Zoom YPT training for your unit so that every adult gets trained at the same time. Please reach out to him to set up a time.

My Scouting sends reminders at 90, 60, and 30 days prior to YPT expiration. The BSA updated its YPT course materials effective June 1, 2021. If your YPT training is not current or will expire before December 31, 2021, you should complete the course as soon as possible. If your YPT training is current, you do not immediately have to take the updated course, but you will need to ensure compliance with GGAC policy.

Learn more about YPT training here.
Check your YPT status via My Scouting here.

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Fee breakdown for 2021-2022 for National and Council. Pack Budget Worksheet to help you determine your Pack dues, etc. Troop Budget Worksheet to help you 

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BSA has added a new position to our District Committee. We are looking for several Short-Term Camp Administrators to get trained so that they can help with the future of Briones District Camping Events! A Short-Term Camp Administrator will make sure that all overnight events that our district holds meets the standards set forth by National Camp Accreditation Program. Register for this training here: https://scoutingevent.com/023-shorttermNCAP. The next opportunity for this training is Saturday, October 9th at the Alameda Outdoor Program Office. National charges $55 to take this training, but our Council is offering it for free!

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Please use the information here: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safety-moments/pre-event-medical-screening/ for pre-event medical screenings.

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Make sure that you are logging your unit’s service hours through the Activity Log on Schoolbook. Reporting these hours is very important so that the National Council can tabulate the total number of hours our organization gives as service nationwide.

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The new Guide to Advancement 2021 is available. Go to: https://www.scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement/ to learn more or download a copy.

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Make sure that you are keeping up with your Invitation Manager and Application Manager on www.my.scouting.org! That is where many potential Scouting Families reach out to us.

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The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek has some great opportunities for Eagle projects or conservation service hours. We will also be working together in the near future to offer rank advancement at the garden. Please reach out to Marie Gelin, Children’s Education Manager at marie@ruthbancroftgarden.org if you are interested in those opportunities.

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Check out the new User Support page from our council at https://ggacbsa.org/support/. This page has support for passwords, Scoutbook, BeAScout Pins, and lots of other issues.

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Does your Scout Unit have a Chaplin? If so, please have them reach out to Andrew Dale. Our council has formed a new Religious Committee and they are looking for representation from each district.

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Please check out: https://campwolfeborocaliforniascoutsbsa.shutterfly.com/pictures/1088. These pictures are most recent one taken at Camp Wolfeboro. Your FOS donations directly help to fix and maintain our properties.

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Certificates of Insurance for 2021 are now available from Council. Please let Andrew Dale know if your Scout Unit needs one and who needs to be listed as the property owner.

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Thank you to those who have made their 2021 Friends of Scouting Gift! We really appreciate your commitment to our program! We are at over 100% of our total goal as of September 1st. For those who have not yet contributed, you can still do so today at www.ggacbsa.org/donate . Gifts of $240 or more will receive our first patch in our new Scout Law series. Thank you for your consideration!

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The Covid page on the Council website is updated regularly! Be sure to check it to see the latest on what activities are allowed. http:/www.ggacbsa.org/covid

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Our Council International Scouting Committee has released their 2021 patch to help Scouting organizations in Australia after the devastating wildfires they experienced in 2020. If you would like to purchase a patch, the suggested donation is $10. Click here: https://ggacbsa.org/international/ for more information.

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The attached pdf is from an organization called BeingwellCA. It was formed in honor of a Scout from our district who we lost to suicide in 2013. Their mission is to raise funds to provide mental health counselors in schools. Please read the letter and if you feel led, pass it on to your Scouting Families and friends, to show support for this great cause.BSA Support Letter

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If you did not get to watch the great celebration of BSA’s Inaugural Class of Female Eagle Scouts, check it out here: https://www.scouting.org/bethechange/

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The latest Golden Gate Area Council E-Newsletter was sent out this November 15th. *****

The latest Briones News was sent out this October 31st. 

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Reservation forms for short-term camping at Wente, Royaneh, and Rancho Los Mochos will be available soon! Service hours are requested while camping at these facilities to help the summer camping preparations. Camping at Wente is free, in exchange for at least four hours of service from each person attending. More information to come!

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Make sure that you are keeping up with your Invitation Manager and Application Manager on www.my.scouting.org! That is where many potential Scouting Families reach out to us.

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Later this year, we will be holding some in-person Council-level Events to support our programs. Please save these dates! They are the following:

  • Council Distinguished Citizen Dinner: December 1, 2021 Blackhawk Country Club
  • Gala & Auction: December 8, 2021 Virtual

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The Pleasant Hill Scout Shop is now open 508 Contra Costa Blvd. Suite K2:

Tuesday-Friday: 10am-5pm

Saturday: 10:30am-3pm

Sunday-Monday: Closed

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Briones Cub Scout Leaders,

Here are your updates for this week!

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Now is the time to schedule your Fall Joining Events! Start with this website: https://ggacbsa.org/recruitment-countdown/. On here, there are many resources to use for recruitment! If you would like to request recruitment materials from our council, please use this form: https://fs10.formsite.com/svmbc/c8qpzrhip8/index.html.

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Now is the time to schedule your Fall Joining Events! Start with this website: https://ggacbsa.org/recruitment-countdown/. On here, there are many resources to use for recruitment! If you would like to request recruitment materials from our council, please use this form: https://fs10.formsite.com/svmbc/c8qpzrhip8/index.html.

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In the next couple of weeks or so, Andrew Dale will be connecting with each Scout Unit individually will be requesting to meet with each Cub Scout Pack individually to complete the “Adopt Your School” Worksheet. More information about these meetings will be available soon.

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Cub Scout Day Camp registrations are now open at https://ggacbsa.org/cub-scout-camping/. There are some great camps happening all over our council. Please share the link with your Scouting Families and let them know to sign up!

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Briones Scouts BSA and Venturing Leaders,

 Here are your updates for this week!

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In-person Eagle Boards of review held at St. Monica’s  will now be held on the first Tuesday of the month instead of the second Monday. In addition Scouts working with Mr. Lederman should arrange to drop their binders off with Bruce McGurk for pre-EBOR processing (brucemcgurk@comcast.net ).

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New Order of the Arrow Yerba Buena Lodge Flaps have arrived! All Arrowmen who are current with their dues will receive a new lodge flap when they attend an in person event.. You will also be able to purchase them at our Scout Shops. Please contact the Order of the Arrow for more information!

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Beth Smith with City of Walnut Creek CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is looking for a Scout to take on an Eagle Scout Project.  The project involves setting up a completely self-contained communication system that will transmit emergency messages from laptop computers at CERT command posts via radio to the city’s Emergency Operations Center at city hall.  The Scout should have a basic understanding of computer networking, ham radio communications and electronics. If you have a Scout who would be interested in this, please have them contact Beth at smith.beth3428@gmail.com or 510-508-7702.

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GGAC’s Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner will happen on October 27th at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville. Registration and more information for this event can be found here: https://scoutingevent.com/023-50230

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Our council is introducing a three-part patch that can only be earned by attending a weeklong summer camp at Royaneh, Wente, and Wolfeboro! More details will be available soon!

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The Council Communications Committee has created a map to mark local Eagle Scout Projects! Please share the link with your Leaders who earned their Eagle Scout Rank locally so that they can participate: https://eagles.ggacbsa.org/eagle-projects-map/. If you earned your Eagle Scout Rank locally, please also add your information to this map!

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Our National Council has a great website highlighting available scholarships for current and past Scouts. Please share this link with your Scouting Families: https://www.scouting.org/awards/scholarships/.

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Please use the information here: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safety-moments/pre-event-medical-screening/ for pre-event medical screenings.

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Andrew Dale will be seeing a lot of Eagle Scout Rank Applications being emailed to him by a Scout without a second adult on the email. Please remind your Scouts that including a second adult is required in all digital communication in Scouting. Also, many of these same Eagle Scout Rank Applications are difficult to read due to poor handwriting. Please encourage your Scouts to use a fillable form: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-728_WB_fillable.pdf

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Briones Roundtable Dates & Themes

2021

September 2nd – Recruiting Basics for Cub and Scouts BSA Leaders (Zoom)

October 7th – YPT and Recharters (Zoom with in person help a location to be determined)

November 4th – Den Chiefs “Why troops need them as much as packs” (Zoom)

December 2nd – Advancement in Packs, Troops and Crews (In Person – Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Lafayette)

2022

Jan 13th – Snow Sports for Cubs and Scouts BSA (Zoom)

February 3rd – Blue & Gold, Pinewood Derby (Cubs), High Adventure for Scouts BSA (Zoom)

March 3rd – Succession planning for all positions (Zoom)

April 7th – “What makes a successful outing for Cubs and Scouts BSA, Why, and Where to go” (Zoom)

May 5th – “What makes a good campfire, planning end of the year events for all” (Zoom)

June 2nd – Calendar planning for Cub Packs and Scouts BSA Troops (In Person – Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Lafayette)

July 7th – No Roundtable

August 4th – No Roundtable

August 11th – Kickoff Scouting BBQ (In Person – Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Lafayette)

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Briones District Roundtable

Roundtable is a district monthly meeting normally held the first Thursday of every month at the St. Mary’s School  in Walnut Creek (1158 Bont Lane) at 7:00 pm to help unit leaders plan and carry out their own program. In this time of Covid19 Roundtables are being held virtually via Zoom. Roundtable is a form of supplemental training for volunteers. The objective of Roundtable is to give leaders program ideas; information on policy, events, and training opportunities; and an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders. As a result of the Roundtable experience, unit leaders will be inspired, motivated, informed, and able to provide a stronger program for their Scouts.

Eagle Scout Information

Scouts looking to advance to the Eagle rank have the choice of dealing with whichever area is most convenient for them.

For Eagle project approval  Scouts may work with Ed Isely ekisely@comcast.net or work with Mark Paulson eagleworkbook@gmail.com. Mr. Isely meets with the Scouts at his residence by appointment on Monday evenings. Mr. Paulson will work with the Scouts via email and will set up an appointment when the project is ready for District approval.

For Eagle Boards of Review  Scouts may work with Herb Lederman herblederkop@gmail.com or Scouts may work with Gordon Bell gordon.ed.bell@gmail.com. Gordon Bell’s Eagle Boards of Review are held on the second Tuesday of each month on Zoom or at a location to be determined. Herb Lederman‘s Eagle Boards of Review are held on the second Monday of each month at St. Monica Catholic Church in Moraga.

Venturing

Sea Scouts

Exploring

International

Highlander

Shooting Sport

STEM

Scouting for Food

Order of the Arrow