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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:

71% of our
2018 Goal of $856,000

Scouting Changes Lives!  Please invest in keeping Scouting strong and join Friends of Scouting.

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Muir and Herms District Executive positions available: 

We are looking for
  • Strong marketing, fund-raising and program development background is highly desired.
  • Non-profit, fundraising or sales experience is a plus.
  • Must be comfortable with public speaking and interacting with diverse audiences. Excellent people skills, enthusiastic, punctual, responsible and creative.
  • Self-motivated individual with solid time management skills and strong organizational skills in management, budgeting, and planning.
  • Committed to personal and professional productivity, while maintaining high ethical and professional working standards.
Four degree is required
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Serving, Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Northern Alameda & Southern Solano counties

November  2018  
Words of Wisdom
Professional Staff

MDSC Professional Staff has many new faces this fall.  Lew Sission is our new Director of Field Service as of October 1st. Lew joins us from the Atlanta Area Council Staff.  

Andrea Knowles joined our Staff November 1st, as the new Silverado District Executive. Andrea served the Central Georgia Council in Macon, GA. 

Steven Dunn, Silverado & Briones District Director has taken a promotion to Albany, NY. Also, Chenal Godette, Herms District Executive is moving to the Los Angeles area. 

Please welcome Lew and Andrea to the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council!

We are currently searching for a Herms and Muir District Executive positions. See the left column for position details, please contact DFS, Lew Sisson, if you know of a candidate. 

Yours in Scouting
John C. Fenoglio
Scout Executive   
Scouts BSA Program Kickoff Webinar!
Dial-in Number:
(712) 775-7031
Meeting ID:
Preparing for Scouts BSA
Do you have questions about Scouts BSA and Family Scouting in preparation for the 2/1/19 launch?
Are you looking for information about starting a Scouts BSA Troop?
Join us for this webinar opportunity to take a look at the timeline leading up to Scouts BSA, learn more about the program and resources available to you, and find out what will be new for not just girls, but all Scouts, next year!

Who should attend:

Program Leaders

Committee Members
Charter Organization Reps
District Leadership
Anyone Interested in Learning More About Scouts BSA

Email questions before webinar to:
VP of Membership, Tom Santos, 
Program Resource:

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Arrow of Light and Crossover Ceremonies-
The National Order of the Arrow Committee, after months of collaborative work with ceremonial teams and lodge leadership representatives, announce the following policy change. 

This policy change will apply to ALL Order of the Arrow lodges and chapters.  Beginning January 1, 2019, lodges and chapters that are asked 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, which can be found in the OA Inductions Portal.  

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 Chapter Advisor

2018 Scouting for Food
" help other people at all times..."
Food Collection- Saturday, November 17th
Call: Jim Mattson 925-408-4065 ~Alan Young 925-674-6102
Go to our Blog at
Thank you to our 2018 Partners

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

Silver Beavers Nominations
The Silver Beaver is the highest award a Boy Scout council can bestow upon a volunteer. The nominees are considered in three main areas; record of service in the Boy Scouts of America; the nominee's standing in the community, citing activities in which the individual is most active in business, professional, civic, religious, educational, fraternal, veteran, rural, and other fields exclusive of Scouting and record of noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth within the territory under the jurisdiction of the council.

Everyone is encouraged to nominate a worthy fellow Scouter for this prestigious award. Nominations must be resubmitted and updated annually. 

Silver Beaver nominations are due December 1, 2018 to the Council Service Center.

Silver Beaver recipients will receive their recognition Saturday, February 9, 2019, Boundary Oaks G.C, Walnut Creek.

World Scout Jamboree- July 22-August 2, 2019

Our Area 3 Contingent to the 24th World Scout Jamboree, still has space!
The 24th World Scout Jamboree will take place at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia from July 22, 2019, to August 2, 2019. USA Contingent Units will arrive on July 21, 2019.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).

Giving Tuesday-11/27/18
Join MDSC GIVING TUESDAY by texting a gift to GT023 to 41444  Help us share the Scouting message by encouraging others to participate on Giving Tuesday. 

We ask for your help to promote this care of your social media networks.  Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and emails to encourage your friends, contacts, neighbors, and anyone you know to support Scouting. 

Thanks for helping us share the message and launch our GIVING TUESDAY message! 

For more information contact or

7th Annual Sporting Clays Fundraiser-May 4, 2019
Area Shooters are invited to a day of shooting sports at  Birds Landing Hunting Preserve and Sporting Clays
2099 Collinsville Rd,  Birds Landing

39th Annual 
Harvest in the Vineyards Wine & Gift Benefit Auction
T hank you to everyone who attended and volunteered for the 39th annual "Harvest in the Vineyards Gift & Wine Auction".
There were 200 guests in attendance who helped us raise $115,000 for Scouting. WOW! Thank You! Great work to all our committee members and volunteers who made this a great night for Scouting. Special thanks to Marcus Lampley our honorary Chairman for his leadership this year; Napa Troop 832, the opening ceremony; Eagle Scouts Isaac Hanson, C.J. Poloka and Euan McManus who each shared a personal story of how Scouting has positively changed their lives and Troop 516 for helping with event closing.
Please add Saturday, November 2, 2019 to your calendar to join us again next year for the 40th!

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 

Chief Solano's Answer for Continuing Leader Training - P-TAGS
Chief Solano District Leadership recognized these training challenges and set out to find a remedy. We wanted to develop a training opportunity that provided a convenient, low cost, quarterly training venue that was welcoming to any adult leader. The curriculum was designed to be a follow-up of Roundtable breakout sessions, and customizable to the needs and wants of the District leaders. Knowing that a solid program was the path to success for any unit, our answer was P-TAGS. Come join us 

Winter Course in February 2019
The BSA NYLT Conference presents what a leader
must BE, what a leader must KNOW and what a leader
must DO, by applying modern leadership and team
development theories in a co-ed environment.
Participants camp, work, play and learn - living a month
in the life of a model troop/team/crew condensed into
an intense week long or two weekend conference. 

Click  this link for information on the Winter Course at Herms and mark your calendars:
Two weekends - February 16-18 and February 22-24, 2019

Scout Camping
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 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

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!

Mt. Diablo Silverado Council, Boy Scouts of America