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Congratulations to Chief Solano and Meridian District Volunteers and Families for leading the way in attaining your  FOS goal!

Council Raised to date:

$662,313
77% of our
2018 Goal of $856,000

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Serving, Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Northern Alameda & Southern Solano counties
Pleasant Hill Service Center will be closed Dec. 23-26 and Dec. 31, Jan. 1
December  2018  
Words of Wisdom
Local Council-MDSC

This week, the Wall Street Journal published an article stating that the Boy Scouts of America National Council has hired a bankruptcy attorney in an apparent reaction to the high costs of defending sexual abuse lawsuits. We want to address concerns about the potential impact on Scouting and the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council.

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has not declared bankruptcy. The BSA National Council is working with internal and external experts to explore all options available to ensure that the organization has a long and bright future while keeping our children safe, supported, and protected. All potential paths under consideration will ensure that all local and national programming will continue uninterrupted. If the BSA should decide to pursue a restructuring, you can be assured that the life-changing Scouting program will continue. Our Scouts and leaders will not be impacted by this decision.

Nothing is more important than the safety and protection of children in our Scouting programs- It is our top priority. Many years ago, the BSA adopted some of the strongest barriers to child abuse that will be found in any youth serving organization. We take the responsibility to uphold those barriers seriously. From completing our youth protection training, to adhering to policy, and by reporting the suspicion of abuse, we all are vital in helping keep kids safe.

The BSA is also committed to helping abuse victims heal. We have always taken care of victims - we
believe them, we believe in fairly compensating them, and we have paid for unlimited counseling for
abuse victims and their families by a provider of their choice, regardless of the amount of time that has
passed since an instance of abuse.

The Mt. Diablo Silverado Council (MDSC) is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit incorporated in the state of California. We solely own and control our properties and bank accounts, including the Pleasant Hill Service Center and Camp Herms. These assets are not endangered, regardless of what happens to the national organization. Our endowment funds are held within the BSA Asset Management, LLC. It is important to understand that the structure of BSAAM was specifically designed to ensure that council investments remain ours, regardless of what happens to the national organization.

The nature of the relationship between MDSC and the BSA National Council is that we hold a charter to conduct the Boy Scouts of America programs within our defined territory. MDSC receives no funding from the national organization; in fact, we pay fees to the BSA National Council as a part of our charter agreement for specific services. Councils receive value back from the national organization, but we operate as a financially independent not-for-profit organization.

We partner with the national organization for shared services, including several insurance programs, services for information technology, and expertise related to camping, youth protection and so on. Importantly, employee benefits such as healthcare and retirement are funded by each council, but through programs offered by the national organization.

It is important to understand that while the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council is chartered with the BSA National Council, whether the BSA decides to restructure or adjust its organization will have little to no local impact. We have an important duty and an incredible opportunity to continue to focus as an organization on preparing youth for their futures through our nation's foremost program of character development.

Professional Staff
The Mt. Diablo Silverado Council welcomes,Brian Cole as our new Herms District Executive. Brian is an Eagle Scout from Livermore, CA. Brian will join us January 1, 2019.


Yours in Scouting
 
John C. Fenoglio
Scout Executive   
Membership 
 Recharter Paperwork is Due
 All unit recharter is due now. Units must have their online completed recharter paperwork and any new application into the Pleasant Hill Service Center, this month. 
Contact your Unit Commissioner or District Executive for assistance.
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Arrow of Light and Crossover Ceremonies-
The National Order of the Arrow Committee. 
 Ut-In-Selica lodge and it's chapters are offering to conduct Arrow of Light or crossover ceremonies for Cub Scout packs will only be permitted to conduct them using the new, approved official ceremonies.
These ceremonies are to be conducted in a Scout uniform and are no longer permitted to be done in American Indian regalia. 

If your Pack would like to have your OA Chapter perform one of these ceremonies, please contact your
Activities

2018 Scouting for Food-Thank you!

90,801 lbs Collected!
 
The Scout Oath tells us "...to help other people at all times..." and this year we, along with so many others in Northern California, put this commitment to the test. The Scouts of MDSC and their supporters worked through many challenges to organize this annual "Good Turn". Together we collected the food for four Bay Area Food Banks. These Food Banks then distribute this food to families and others in need
 
 
   

Ground Transportation for collection day provided by:
Republic Services & CC/S Food Bank

STEM:

Congratulations to Noah Hance of Pack 30 for earning his Dr. Luis Alvarez Supernova Award for Cub Scouts by investigating topics in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  Thank you to Daniel Martin of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for helping Noah earning this prestigious award.
 
Are you a Boy Scout looking who is looking for something to do over holiday break?  You may earn the newest Nova award by investigating the liquid of life-Water!  Join in the fun on Saturday, December 29th.  Earning this award and get started on the path for earning the Boy Scout-level Supernova Award. Details for Splash Camp 




World Scout Jamboree- July 22-August 2, 2019

Our Area 3 Contingent to the 24th World Scout Jamboree a t the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia still has space!
Participation is open to eligible youth (ages 14-17), unit leaders (18 and older), and International Service Team members (IST, aka Staff, 18 and older).

Fundraising
2019 Friends of Scouting
U nits need to schedule their 2019 Family Presentations for the Spring of 2019. Our goal is to complete the 2019 Family FOS campaign by June 30th.  Contact your District Family FOS Chair or District Executive.

7th Annual Sporting Clays 
Fundraiser-Sat.May 4, 2019

You are invited to a day of shooting sports to support MDSC!  Birds Landing Hunting Preserve and Sporting Clays
2099 Collinsville Rd,  Birds Landing

Training

Hazardous Weather Training

Boy Scouts of America is now making the NEW Hazardous Weather Training (still an online course - Code SCO_800) a mandatory course for all direct contact leaders. 

New Youth Protection Training
All registered leaders are required to have completed the new training to recharter.   No one will be able to recharter without the new YPT .

YPT can be done online by logging in to   
www.my.scouting.org. 
Scout Camping
Greetings Scouters!
Can you believe we're only 6 months away from our 91st Season at Camp Wolfeboro?  I can't either!  This summer we're excited to build on our successes from last year and to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Wolfeboro Pioneers.  The most important component of a successful summer at Camp Wolfeboro is you!  We need you to join our staff and change the lives of all of our campers.

The staff makes the difference and is what brings history and tradition to life and for that we need the very best and you are receiving this email because you have been identified as someone we would like to have on our staff. 

Camp Staff Interviews will be on January 26th at Diablo Valley College 321 Golf Club Rd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.

Cheers!
 
Theo Wirt
2018 Camp Director
Camp Wolfeboro
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ORDER OF THE ARROW:
Congratulations to Kyle Van Hoesen, Oskar Hurst, David Looney, and Wende LaBerge for completing their requirements for the Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor in Ut-In Selica Lodge. This award recognizes exceptional service and personal effort through the BSA Honor Society.


2019 Philmont Trek Contingent- June 28-July 10
Space available for Youth and Adults, $1,700/participant. 


Our 90th season at Camp Wolfeboro was fantastic! It was so great that space is rapidly filling up for 2019 already.

We are running special pricing for all new troops with special gear incentives and rewards when you register for Camp Wolfeboro. To take part in this special program reserve your site today (even if your Troop isn't chartered yet) then email Joe Barton at joe.barton@scouting.org to discuss your unique situation with your new troop so we can collaboratively make sure your Scouts, Leaders and Troops have everything you need to get started! 

This offer is for all Troops with an initial Charter date of September 1, 2018 through April 30, 20
19.

Join us for our Special SPL Week at Camp Wolfeboro during Session 3 (June 30 - July 6, 2019.) 

This week is geared for you, we will put you into a special super troop for the week where two summer camp staff members will be your Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster. You will participate in every camp program and activity and while working on your special badges. 

T hank you very much for taking the time to catch up with our monthly newsletter.  For comments and/or questions, please email us!

Sincerely,
Mt. Diablo Silverado Council, Boy Scouts of America