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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,

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 may require the adult to refresh their YPT training on an annual basis.

My Scouting sends reminders at 90, 60, and 30 days prior to YPT expiration. The BSA is also updating 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 you started the training, but do not complete it by May 31, 2021, you will have to retake the course.

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.

For registered adults who lack current YPT certification, you will have 30 days to complete YPT, or your registration will be revoked. GGAC is sending a courtesy email reminder to those adults whose YPT certificate has lapsed.

Beginning June 1, 2021, all adults with expiring YPT certifications will have their registration revoked if the training is not completed by the end of the month in which the certificate expires.

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

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Cub Scout Day Camp with cubs in a campsite area and four pictures in the the picture showing various activities.
 
Wolf & Bear Adventure Camp July 16-18 @ Rancho Los Mochos
 
Cubs who will be Wolf or Bear (in the Fall) and their Adult Buddy. Cubs and their adult partners are invited to an exciting weekend camping experience at rustic Rancho Los Mochos Scout Camp. This two-night camping program with Archery, BB guns, Nature, Crafts, and so many more fun activities!
 
Cub Resident Adventure Camp August 2-7 @ Camp Royaneh
 
Pull on your hat for adventure around every turn. The Thunderbirds await you to join them to have fun in the sun at Camp Royaneh!
 
Mom & Cub Camp September 24-26 @ Camp Royaneh
 
Moms and their Cub (Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos). Located in the beautiful coastal redwoods of Camp Royaneh. The staff will guide you through a weekend of fun and adventure especially designed to reinforce that mother-child bond. A great escape for Cub Scouts and their moms (or another adult female partner like grandmothers, aunts, etc.).
 
Tiger Cub Safari October 2-3 @ Wente Scout Reservation
 
Tiger Cubs from April 2020 to April 2021 and their Partners (new Tigers will have their very own event in 2022). Come to Wente Scout Reservation and catch up on all the Tiger Cub Camping you missed due to COVID
 
Cub Camping Connection October 23-24 @ Rancho Los Mochos
 
All new scouts and their Adult Buddy. This is the overnight campout for you! Bring along your family for a special introduction to Cub Scout Camping. Registration is pending.

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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 Mark Woodman. 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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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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Certificates of Insurance for 2021 are now available from Council. Please let Mark Woodman 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 60% of our total goal as of March 26th. For those who have not yet contributed, you can 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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There are two Wood Badge Courses that will be offered this fall!

“Autumn” Course will be held September 10th-12th at Camp Herms & September 24th-26th at Rancho Los Mochos. Register at: https://scoutingevent.com/023-Woodbadgeautumn2021

“Fall” Course will be held September 17th-19th & October 9th-11th at Camp Herms. Register at: https://scoutingevent.com/023-woodbadgefall2021

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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 May 1st. Please forward it to your Scouting Families using this link https://conta.cc/3aTJL2O

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The latest Briones News was sent out this July 1st. Please forward it to your Scouting Families using this link https://conta.cc/2QN3Y3x.

Our Council’s E-Newsletter has changed due to our current Covid-related situation and is only being sent to our Unit Key-Three Members at this time. Please remember to forward that email to your Scouting Families. The newsletter is released at the beginning and middle of the month. See above for the link to forward to your Scouting families. If your Scouting Families would like to receive it directly, please forward them this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe4VMuIyaej6fYFEKAZe8wGGSOnSdcoBULzTyqP2wj8mylNIA/viewform.

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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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Popcorn Kick-Offs will be in August this year, more information will be available soon.

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Save the Date: Scouting for Food 2021 November 7th and 14th. More information to come…

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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:

  • Sporting Clay Shooting Event: 9/18
  • Construction Lunch-o-ree: 10/8 (for those of you in the construction business)
  • Harvest at the Vineyard Wine Auction: 11/6 at the Culinary Institute in St. Helena
  • Council Distinguished Citizen Dinner: 12/1
  • Gala & Auction: TBD

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Thank you!

Mark Woodman

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The Pleasant Hill Scout Shop has updated their hours of operation:

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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Summertime Cub Scout Camping Activities including Day Camps, Resident Camps, and Family Camps 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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In the next couple of weeks or so, Mark Woodman 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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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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This summer, 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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If your troop or crew is attending one our three Council Summer Camps this summer, please check out https://ggacbsa.org/summercamp/. There, you will find the Leader’s Guide, registration for the upcoming Pre-Camp Leader Meeting, and much more!

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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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Scouts BSA Summer Camps in GGAC are almost at capacity for 2021! If your Scout Unit still has not registered for summer camp, please do so asap. Contact melissa.yarns@scouting.org for details.

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Lately, Mark Woodman has seen 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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If your troop or crew is attending one our three Council Summer Camps this summer, please check out https://ggacbsa.org/summercamp/. There, you will find the Leader’s Guide.

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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 Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Herb Lederman’s Eagle Boards of Review are held on the second Monday of each month at St. Monica Catholic Church in Moraga.LeaderCommitteeRoundta

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Exploring

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Order of the Arrow