Mt. Diablo Silverado Council E-News
Issue: #010
February 9, 2018  
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Raised to date:

$26,800
3% of our
2018 Goal of $856,000

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Transfer of Arrow of Light (Webelos II) Scouts

If you have Arrow of Light (Webelos II) Scouts transferring into your troop, please use the printed BSA Youth Application (https://goo.gl/QZLLzw) for the transfer.  
Do NOT use the BSA online registration system.  

It is currently for NEW scouts only.  If you have questions or have used the online system already for this, please contact your District Executive.


 

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Words of Wisdom
 
Your Council-Backwards and Forward
 
2017 was a pivotal year for Mt. Diablo Silverado Council, although we missed growing our membership in 2017. We continue to have excellent youth retention at 81% which is well above the Nat'l avg. of 71%
 
We balanced our budget, thanks to your Friends of Scouting donations that grew by 5% over last year's giving, generous foundations and individual gifts, and an outstanding unit popcorn sale which had a 15% increase in sales.
 
Your Council's endowment grew to over $9.6 million, due to great investment returns, plus the proceeds from the sale of Camp Lindblad were placed in the endowment fund, to support our programs, Camps-Herms/Wolfeboro and future Capital projects at both camps.
 
We also saw an increase in the number Scouts at Wolfeboro (even with 64 Scouts attending the National Jamboree), building up to this summer and our 90th Anniversary! Over 300 participants at Webeloree, double the number of Webelos at Wolfeboro Webelos weekends and 135 youth attending NYLT.
 
Our adult training courses continue to teach and excite our unit leadership. In January, L.E.A.D eclipsed 500 people for the first time (last month, we blew past 550!), Wood Badge taught over 40 adults advance unit leader training and our Direct Contact Leader trained percentage inched closer towards 50%!
 
In 2018, your Council is focusing on the following three priorities:
 
GROW MEMBERSHIP IN CORE PROGRAMS
      Improve unit retention
      New Units
      New Youth Recruitment
SUPPORT MEMBERSHIP GROWTH THRU GREATER ENGAGEMENT
      Train unit leadership
      Improve communications to all customers
      Extend marketing reach to families
      Launch "Family of Scouting" Program
      Utilize the 90th Wolfeboro Anniversary to engage alumni
 
CREATE RESOUCES TO SUPPORT GROWTH THRU FOS/FOUNDATIONS
      Improve FOS process; leverage new Development Director
      Generate new Major Gifts for Operations and Endowment
      Generate 2018 net operating surplus
 
We believe that 2017 was the tipping point for Mt. Diablo Silverado Council. With everyone's support and determination, we can continue to improve our Scouting programs and increase our capacity on being a positive youth development organization.

Yours in Scouting

John C. Fenoglio
Scout Executive   
 


Saturday, March 3, 2018   8:00a.m.  at Quail Point Hunt Club in Zamora, CA

Mt. Diablo Silverado Council, Boy Scouts of America presents its annual Sporting Clays.  Fun for both experienced and novice shooters, Sporting Clays provides a day of unique shooting opportunities, great food, good fellowship, and helps a cause important to our youth and community.
 
Your support of the 6th annual Sporting Clays will help fund our youth shooting sports education, training, shooting facilities and scholarships for disadvantaged youth in Scouting throughout the Greater Bay Area.
 
You can register online  and signup here or for more information contact Anne at Anne.Herriage@Scouting.org   / 925-674-6154 or Julie at Julie.Graham@Scouting.org /            925-674-6105
  
Sponsorship Opportunities are also available for individuals, unions, companies or organizations on the registration website .
Mt. Diablo Silverado Council is bringing back the Camp Card in 2018.

The 2018 Mt. Diablo Silverado Council's Camp Card Sale will begin on March 15, 2018 and end May 25, 2018. This $10.00 camp card will help Scouts earn their way to camp by earning a 50% commission on every camp card sold!

We are not just selling Discount Cards, we are selling Camp! While the camp card discounts are a plus, what you are really selling is character and a better community. You are making sure that every Scout can benefit from an unparalleled camping experience.

What are Camp Cards?
Camp Cards are discount cards to various businesses in our Mt. Diablo Silverado Council service area. This FUNdraiser allows Scouts to earn up to $5 for every card sold for themselves or their Unit.
How do I sign up?
If you are interested in participating in this fundraiser and sending more Scouts to camp, please contact Steven Dunn at steven.dunn@scouting.org

Why Sell?
Allows Scouts a spring fundraiser to generate funds in preparation for summer camps
Relieves pressure for units to conduct a spaghetti dinner, car wash, Sees Candy sale, etc..
The card sells for $10.00 and is a great price point for someone to support Scouting

How do I sell camp cards?
Think of creative places to sell camp cards. Scouts can sell camps cards to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, storefront sales (make sure you ask permission from the establishment), door-to-door, church, sporting events.


Camp Wolfeboro
90th Anniversary
2018 Site Reservations

 
We are celebrating 90 years of Camp Wolfeboro all summer in 2018 and we have ten more troops than last year! So, hurry to make your troop's resevation before all the campsites are gone!

Spaces are filling up fast. Reservations for your campsite are open. Follow this link to the reservation site and find your unit's spot for 2018.
 
We are excited to have a great piece of the Sierra to have our camp and to share in its beauty. If your troop or crew has not been to Camp Wolfeboro or have not been to Camp Wolfeboro in awhile, this is the time to make the trip. We are always looking for ways to improve the adventure. Please feel free to contact us with your thoughts and ideas.
 

Camp Wolfeboro
90th Anniversary Weekends
July 13-15th
August 3-5th
2018

Come to camp for our 90th Anniversary Celebration! There will be several activities taking place that weekend. Wolfeboro Challenge, the main event, will be a series of skills challenges held in each program area. The Pioneer Tour will be hosted by the Wolfeboro Pioneers and will give Scouts and Scouters an opportunity to hear old camp stories and learn about the history of Camp Wolfeboro. A 90th Anniversary Time Capsule will be created, and everyone will have an opportunity to donate an item to be placed into the time capsule. Scouts will vote on which items will be sealed in the capsule for a future generation of Boy Scouts to discover. Activities fun for all ages!

Plan to arrive at the top of the hill by 11:00am on Saturday. The camp truck will be leaving from the top of the hill at 11:45am to bring down camping equipment only. Camp cannot provide shuttles up and down the hill. This event is open to individuals, families and Troops. Dinner will be served on Saturday night and breakfast on Sunday. The truck will leave for the top of the hill at 10:00am sharp on Sunday morning.


Camp Staff Positions
Aquatics Director- Must be 21yrs old, strong swimming skills, available to attend BSA Camp School Certification, May 25-June 1

Business Mgr.- Must 18 yrs. old, trading post inventory ordering, reconciling weekly camp funds with units.

Contact Camp Director, Theo Wirt  

Okpik 1 and Okpik 2 Training
Cold weather & snow camping - High Adventure Training
Okpik - Cold weather camping
Learn the skills and techniques for planning and leading cold weather outings. Camping in the snow can be fun, safe, and comfortable - if you are trained and prepared!
 
Okpik 1 covers camping in the front country ("car camping").  Class room sessions on 2/23 & 2/20 and outing on 3/03-3/04

Okpik 2 covers advance camping in the back country.  Class room session on 3/07 and outing on 3/31-4/01More info & register.
2018 Philmont Contingent

There is still time to register for one of the remaining 3 youth spots on the Council Contingent 2018 Philmont Trek, so come join with fellow Scouts on this amazing adventure.  

Trek dates are Friday, June 29th, 2018 - Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 (not including travel to and from Philmont) and the contingent will hike through Philmont's rugged wilderness, summiting peaks and participating in staffed programs along the way.  

The cost is $1700, including air transportation and one night's lodging in Albuquerque, NM, with $700 payable at time of registration. Youth must be 14 years of age OR 13 years of age and completed 8th grade by date of participation, and must be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America. 

To register, and for more information, please follow the link: http://www.mdscbsa.org/events/philmont-trek-june-29-july-11-2018/



 
SPECIAL MDSC PATCH



 
To mark our Council's centenary milestone, we have produced a special limited-edition council patch to celebrate over 100 years of service and adventure in the Mount Diablo Silverado Council area. This patch may be used to replace the standard shoulder patch on your uniform, or you may simply like to add it to your patch collection.
 
Cost is $11 per patch (includes S&H).  Order online at: http://www.kintera.org/autogen/home/default.asp?ievent=1178346
All proceeds will go towards the Friends of Scouting funding in your District.

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

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