Briones District

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

No Briones District Check-In Thursday May 14, 2021 7:00 pm

Briones District Leaders,

News from our District Chairman:

The recent Friends of Scouting letter is rolling out, and presentations are starting to be made at Unit & parent meetings. For some, this seems inappropriate given the Council Program Fees we recently paid as part of re-chartering. Our FOS goal this year is about half of what it was at the start of 2020, and we have shifted over to efforts to get more business and “community” giving, and away from as much “family” giving. Yes, we hear you that this seems too much, but our Council and District still need money to run the camps and the program, and for those who are able and wish to give, it is important that we ask.

The BSA bankruptcy is in the news, and as your District Chair who sits on the Council Board, we are meeting, hearing information, and participating. The Councils have been included as contributors to the plaintiff’s trust, along with BSA National and our insurance companies. All I can say at this time is that our key properties – the National high adventure camps and our District camps – are not in jeopardy, and we as a Council are able to meet our current estimated contribution. Exact amounts and details are not known or settled. When I know more and am permitted to pass the information out, I will do so. Contact me directly if you have questions, but I am not sure I will be able to answer them.

A final comment. ALL FOS CONTRIBUTIONS STAY LOCAL. NOT ONE FOS DOLLAR WILL GO TOWARDS BANKRUPTCY FUNDING. Please take what you read or hear on the news with several grains of salt.

Bruce McGurk

District Chairman

Please see the updates sent to our Unit Leaders below. 

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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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Family Camping and a Webelos Resident Camp will be offered towards the end of summer this year! Look for more information on those opportunities soon!

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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 May 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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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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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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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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Camperships are due to melissa.yarns@scouting.org by 5/15.

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Canoeing Awareness and Paddlecraft Safety Training is open for adults here: https://scoutingevent.com/023-HATPaddleCraftSafety. This training spans four days and has some classroom and practical components.

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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. 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 Wolfboro! More details will be available soon!

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To pre-order your Royaneh, Wente, and Wolfeboro camp apparel, go to www.councilstuff.com/023-summercamp. Now through May 15th, you will get flat rate shipping! Personalization of items is also available, but only if you order online.

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Wilderness First Aid Training registration is now available at: https://scoutingevent.com/023-WFRA2021. Registration priority will be given to those units who are attending High Adventure Bases this summer.

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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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Two of our three 2021 National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) courses still have openings for Scouts. Please forward this registration link to your Scouting Families for consideration: https://scoutingevent.com/023-NYLT2021

Summer Course Week 2: June 13th-19th at Rancho Los Mochos

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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

Venturing

Sea Scouts

Exploring

International

Highlander

Shooting Sport

STEM

Scouting for Food

Order of the Arrow