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 Leader Check-In

Here is the log-in information for our District Check-In Meeting on Thursday at 7pm.

Topic: Briones District Leader Check-In
Time: Feb 25, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

The link for our District Leader check-in on Thursday at 7pm is: https://zoom.us/j/96965154964?pwd=NGRFUmpxMk80b3R1VGZDNng4TG5XZz09

 

Briones District Leaders,

Please see the updates sent to our Unit Leaders below. Feel free to join us in the District Check-In Meeting this Thursday.

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As of Feb 22, 2021, Purple Tier activities have been modified at the state-level to include day activities! If you can do activities outside, it is a go! Please have each person bring their own food and mask. Individual tenting or family tenting is also now allowed! More information to come…

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If you did not get to watch the great celebration of our 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 Feb 16th. Please forward it to your Scouting Families using this link https://conta.cc/3ppSEWg.

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Our Council is building a webpage at www.ggacbsa.org/covid for all of the latest Covid-related information that is important to you. This webpage should be live very soon!

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Our Briones District Annual Recognition Event will happen on Sunday, March 7th online at 7:00pm. We will be celebrating all of the great things that happened in our district in 2020 along with awarding the District Award of Merit and other awards. You will be contacted soon by a member of the event committee to choose your 2020 Unit Scouter of the Year. More information about this event will be available soon

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If you have not completed your Recharter, please complete it this week. There are several units that have completed the online process, but have not turned in all of the necessary paperwork. Please do so this week.

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Our Council’s E-Newsletter is changing 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 and the beginning and middle of the month. 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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With recharter, comes changes in leadership in Scout Units. Please let me know if there are any Scout Leaders who you would like me to add to our distribution list.

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The San Jose Sharks are hosting a Virtual Scout Night on Thursday, February 25th! The registration fee includes a ticket to a game in the 2021-2022 season, a patch, and access to the Virtual event! More information and instructions on how to register can be found here: https://am.ticketmaster.com/sharks/scouts#/. Please share this information with your Scout Families!

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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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There are several opportunities to earn STEM/NOVA Awards in the coming weeks! Check out the fun activities here: https://stem.ggacbsa.org/

 

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!

Check out this one-stop-shop for great Cub Scout related resources on our Council Website that one of our own District Committee Members put together for you: https://ggacbsa.org/adventures-in-cub-scouts/. Its full of great resources for Cub Scout Ranks and beyond!

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The Cubmaster of Lafayette Pack 645 would like to know if you would like to partner with his pack to do a virtual pinewood derby event! He also has extra trophies that could be used for your pack. Please let Mark Woodman know so that he can connect you!

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This year, we will be having a Patch Design Contest for Cub Scout Day Camp! All information is on the attached GGAC 2021 Day Camp Patch Design Contest Flyer. The winning Cub Scout will get to attend Day Camp for free in 2021! Please share this with your Scouting Families. The deadline is Monday, March 1st to enter.

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Our District is looking for a Day Camp Director and Day Camp Program Director. They will work closely with me to create and carry out a fun and informative Day Camp experience in 2021! Please let me know if you would like to help or if you know someone who would! If no one fills those positions, we will not have Day Camp in 2021.

Here are the key responsibilities:

  • Develop and coordinate plans for the District’s Cub Day Camps.
  • Identify and obtain appropriate location for Day Camp.
  • Design day camp layout and arrange for necessary equipment and supplies.
  • Recruit and train Day Camp planning and operating staff as required.
  • Notify Day Camp Program Director of plans and needs on a timely basis.
  • Help promote Day Camp throughout the district.
  • Be the on-site leader to run Day Camp.
  • Work to see that Day Camps operate within budget.

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This March, we will be partnering with Trail’s End for a fundraiser. More information about this will be available via social media.

 

Briones Scouts BSA and Venturing Leaders,

 Here are your updates for this week!

 

Culinary Kids Academy is partnering with our district to offer the Cooking Merit Badge virtually starting on March 4th! Check out the attached CKA – Scouts BSA Flyer Spring 2021 for more information. Please share the flyer with your Scouts who need to complete the badge! Please note that there is a cost for this event.

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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Our efforts to prepare for Scouts BSA summer camps are ramping up and we need your help in filling the remaining spots of our Camp Staff at Wente Scout Reservation, Camp Royaneh, and Camp Wolfeboro. Please send the link below to any exceptional Scout that is over the age of 16. We are looking for Crew Leaders, ASPLs, Junior ASMs, and Patrol Leaders who show great potential. https://ggac.workbrightats.com/jobs/497268.html

In addition, please send the below link for any Scout between 14 and 17 that you believe has the potential to be a Staffer in future years. This is for our Counselor in Training Program where a Scout will volunteer with us for two weeks of the summer. They will attend rigorous training and development, all while earning leadership skills and even a few merit badges. This is vital to the continuation of our strong Staff that you experience year after year. https://ggac.workbrightats.com/jobs/497250.html

Final interviews will be held in mid-February.

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The Leader’s Guide for all three of our Scouts BSA Summer Camps will be available in the coming weeks. Please look for that in your email.

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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.LeaderCommittee

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