Boy Scouts of America - Golden Empire Council
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Description
CUB SCOUTS ARE AWESOME.
For more than 80 years, Cub Scouts has provided fun for millions of children around the country and that fun awaits your son or daughter today!

From launching their own model rocket to roasting the perfect marshmallow, your daughter or son will love being a Cub Scout. And the adventures that he will embark on are endless! Camping, swimming, climbing, archery, sports, you name it, Cub Scouts offers it. Get more involved with your kids in a way that puts the fun first.

SO WHAT IS BSA CUB SCOUTS?
Cub Scouts is an active program for small groups we call 'dens' that include only-girls or only-boys in the first through the fifth grade. It encourages learning, friendship, and most of all fun! Boys and girls learn by doing things with their families, Cub Scout Packs, and at special events. Cub Scouts might camp under the stars, tie knots, visit a police station, or even shoot a bow and arrow. There is no limit to the fun things your Scout will do.

BUILDING A STRONG FOUNDATION...WITH FUN!
Girls and boys want to join Scouting because it is fun. But you'll love it for all the other benefits your child receives. Scouting teaches leadership and character. It builds confidence and social skills. It teaches the value of service and citizenship. And it brings families closer together.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
HOW DOES SCOUTING WORK?
Each Scout is a member of a Pack which is broken up into Dens. Dens are groups of 6-10 with only-boys or only-girls around the same age who meet each week at a local school, place of worship, or other community location. Dens go on fun trips, play games, do service projects, and learn new skills. Parents take leadership roles in the Den and help Scouts earn badges for learning fun, new things. The whole Pack gets together about once a month and attends larger activities together such as a weekend camping trip.

HOW MUCH DOES SCOUTING COST?
Scouting has fees for membership and activities. The annual membership fee is $24 (Boys' Life magazine is an optional $12 plus tax per year). When joining, both of these fees are prorated by month. Other costs vary depending on the activities of your local Pack and typically range from $40 to $80 annually. One of the key values of Scouting is that Scouts should help earn their own way. That's why we offer multiple opportunities throughout the year for your son or daughter to earn the money needed to camp and participate in other activities.

We believe that every girl or boy should have the chance to be a Scout! Because of the generosity of local families, businesses and leaders, the Atlanta Area Council can offer assistance to support local families in need.

IS SCOUTING IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD?
Absolutely! There are tons of organizations in neighborhoods throughout Northern California that sponsor Cub Scout Packs. Cub Scouts meet at service organizations, places of worship, schools, and more, all within a comfortable distance to your home. To find a Pack near you, go to https://beascout.scouting.org/.

WHO WILL LEAD MY SCOUT'S PACK?
Cub Scouting is a family activity! You will have the opportunity to take a role in leading your child's experience - and we're here to help you become the best leader you can be with training, online resources, and support from our Program Center.

Every volunteer leader is required to go through a rigorous background check and Youth Protection Training process that ensures your son or daughter will be in a safe and fun program. The Golden Empire Council provides many training opportunities for our leaders to enhance the program they deliver, and increase the skills they can pass onto our Scouts.

WHAT ABOUT OTHER ACTIVITIES LIKE SPORTS?
Lots of boys and girls take part in Scouting along with a variety of other activities like sports, music, academic interests, and more. These programs all work together with Scouting to provide your daughter or son with a balance of adult role models and experiences!

HOW CAN MY SON OR DAUGHTER BECOME A BSA CUB SCOUT?
Joining Cub Scouts is easy. Our helpful staff will connect you with a local Cub Scout Pack and volunteer leader. Call us at (916) 929-1417 ext 0 (zero) to find out more about Cub Scouts or click here (https://beascout.scouting.org/) to fill out a form and we'll contact you.
Budget
$1,000,000
Program Successes
- Golden Empire Council BSA serves over 16,000 youth
- Achieved 2.5% growth in overall scouting
- Achieved 13% growth in Cub Scouts
- Established 24 new units
- Recruited 3,000 new families into scouting
- Recruiting efforts made us 12th in the nation, 3rd in the region, and 1st in the state
- Broke ground on our premier Northern California Adventure area and completed the first building
- Achieved 'Gold' rating for the second year in the BSA's national bench-marking effort called "Journey to Excellence"
Description
Scouts BSA Troops are an outdoor program designed to develop character, citizenship, leadership, and fitness for young men and young women ages 11 through 14. Scouting's gender-specific Troops help a young-man or young-woman develop into a well-rounded person, both are encouraged to work toward earning The Eagle Scout Award, the highest rank in Scouting, which is recognized around the world as a mark of excellence.

Scouts BSA Troops can take part in many camping opportunities within their troop, at one of the Golden Empire Council's camps, or at one of the Boy Scouts of America's National High Adventure Bases. In Scouts BSA Troops, youth members take responsibility for the activities of the troop. By planning and organizing activities, they develop teamwork and learn to lead as well as follow. After a Scouting experience, young men and young women can choose to transition into the 'Co-Ed' Venturing program or become a volunteer leader in their BSA Scout Troop.
Budget
$1,000,000
Program Successes
- Golden Empire Council BSA serves over 16,000 youth
- Achieved 2.5% growth in overall scouting
- Achieved 13% growth in Cub Scouts
- Established 24 new units
- Recruited 3,000 new families into scouting
- Recruiting efforts made us 12th in the nation, 3rd in the region, and 1st in the state
- Broke ground on our premier Northern California Adventure area and completed the first building
- Achieved 'Gold' rating for the second year in the BSA's national bench-marking effort called "Journey to Excellence"
Description
BSA Venturing is a youth development program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age. Venturing's purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.

BSA Venturing is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders, and organizations in their communities. Local community organizations establish a Venturing crew by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community.

The result is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens.

For more information about the Venturing program in the Golden Empire Council, including how to join or start a Venturing Crew in your area, please Tyler Bonino at (916) 929-1417 ext. 121 or tyler.bonino@scouting.org. Additional information about the Venturing program is available at http://venturing.org.

Venturing Oath: "On My Honor, I will do my best to do my duty to god and my country and to obey the scout law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight."

Venturing Law: "A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent"

For additional information about Venturing:
National Venturing Website - http://venturing.org
Western Region Venturing Website - www.wrventuring-bsa.org
Budget
$250,000
Program Successes
- Venturing Crews are a 20+ year old program for young men and women age 14 to 18 (including several hundred young women)
- Golden Empire Council BSA serves over 16,000 youth
- Achieved 2.5% growth in overall scouting
- Achieved 13% growth in Cub Scouts
- Established 24 new units
- Recruited 3,000 new families into scouting
- Recruiting efforts made us 12th in the nation, 3rd in the region, and 1st in the state
- Broke ground on our premier Northern California Adventure area and completed the first building
- Achieved 'Gold' rating for the second year in the BSA's national bench-marking effort called "Journey to Excellence"
Description
BSA Sea Scouts is a specialized segment of the Venturing program, which was organized to address members' boating skills and promote knowledge of our maritime heritage.

Sea Scout units, called "ships," focus on sailing and cruising either sailboats or power vessels. During the boating seasons, Sea Scouts learn to maintain and operate then vessel, with a focus on learning the safe and proper methods of handling boats. Sea Scouts also learn the meaning of buoys and lights, how to take advantage of wind and tide, and how to drop anchor or approach a dock.

Most ships hold formal meetings conducted in either full dress or work uniforms. Swimming, lifesaving, first aid, Coast Guard Auxiliary Sailing and Seamanship, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation courses are taught with the ship by their own officers. The state safe boating course is also offered by many ships. Occasionally movies are shown, contests between crews are held, or internship visits are arranged.

For more information about the Sea Scouts in the Golden Empire Council, including how to join or start a Sea Scout ship in your area, please Justin Hernandez at 916 929-1417 ext 213.
Additional information about the Sea Scout program is available at http://seascout.org.
Budget
$250,000
Program Successes
- Sea Scouting is a program for young men and women age 14 to 18
- Golden Empire Council BSA serves over 16,000 youth
- Achieved 2.5% growth in overall scouting
- Achieved 13% growth in Cub Scouts
- Established 24 new units
- Recruited 3,000 new families into scouting
- Recruiting efforts made us 12th in the nation, 3rd in the region, and 1st in the state
- Broke ground on our premier Northern California Adventure area and completed the first building
- Achieved 'Gold' rating for the second year in the BSA's national bench-marking effort called "Journey to Excellence"
Description
BSA Exploring is a premier career education program the Golden Empire Council offers for young men and women who are at least 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) and not yet 21 years old. Exploring is all about helping young adults make more informed decisions about future careers and determining if a particular career is right for them. Through our program, youth will take part in hands on career experiences in fields they are interested in learning more about.

Our program involves the following career fields: Science, Technology Engineering, Mathematics, Business, Heath Sciences, and Public Safety.

Come Join the Fun!

If you are interested in joining Exploring, please call Justin Hernandez at 916 929-1417 ext. 213 for more information.
For more information, visit the Exploring program at http://www.exploring.org.
Budget
$250,000
Program Successes
- Explorer Posts are a nearly 50 year-old program for young men and women age 14 to 18 (including several hundred young women)
- Golden Empire Council BSA serves over 16,000 youth
- Achieved 2.5% growth in overall scouting
- Achieved 13% growth in Cub Scouts
- Established 24 new units
- Recruited 3,000 new families into scouting
- Recruiting efforts made us 12th in the nation, 3rd in the region, and 1st in the state
- Broke ground on our premier Northern California Adventure area and completed the first building
- Achieved 'Gold' rating for the second year in the BSA's national bench-marking effort called "Journey to Excellence"