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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

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October  2018  
Words of Wisdom
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.

Annually in the last quarter of the year, the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council convenes a committee of past Silver Beaver recipients from all districts, to choose the next Silver Beaver class.

I encourage all Scouters to nominate a worthy fellow Scouter for this prestigious award. Nominations must be resubmitted and updated annually.
Silver Beaver Nomination Form  Silver Beaver nominations are due December 1st.

Silver Beaver recipients will receive their recognition Saturday, February 9, 2019, Boundary Oak Golf Club, Walnut Creek.  
New Council Website

On October 15th, MDSC will release a new and improved website that is a significant upgrade from our prior site. The new website works well across a variety of platforms - smart phones, tablets, and computers.  The URL  ( ) will remain the same.  Thanks to Nick Hall, our web designer, and the MDSC Communications Committee for their input in developing a truly comprehensive one stop - fits all online Scouting experience. 

In addition to enhanced content, the council has invested in a new calendar app, Team-up, that improves functionality and allows for easy use by our districts and program committees.  Check out the Team-up Video Tour Link on the main page to preview some of its features.  Team-up has a separate phone based app for Android and iPhone that allows for personal calendar customization.  We are in the process of finalizing policy and procedure to allow for more hands on maintenance by our volunteers and council staff; look for further updates in the near future. 

Yours in Scouting
John C. Fenoglio
Scout Executive   

2018 Scouting for Food
" help other people at all times..."
Door Hanger Distribution- Saturday, November 10th
Food Collection- Saturday, November 17th
Unit Check List:
  • The name of your Unit SFF Chair
  • Maps and collection areas assigned
  • Collection sites identified
  • Pick up door hangers at Oct. Roundtables
  • Plans for distributing Door Hangers
  • The "Three Simple Steps Plan" to more food!
  • Plans to use SFF as part of a recruitment effort...
  • "Be a Friend...Bring a Friend"
Call: Jim Mattson 925-408-4065 ~Alan Young 925-674-6102
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Thank you to our 2018 Partners

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

J.O.T.A. / J.O.T.I. 2018

Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) is the largest Scouting event in which Scouts and Guides all over the world speak to each other by means of amateur radio. Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared, via the radio waves. Each year about half-a-million Scouts and Guides "get together" over the airwaves for the annual JOTA. JOTI is a similar event but uses the Internet.

Date:   Saturday, October 20, 2018; Come anytime between 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Typical time onsite is 1-3 hours.
Place:   PACIFICON, San Ramon Marriott, 2600 Bishop Drive, San Ramon, CA
Cost:   $10 includes JOTA patch and general admission into Pacificon for Scouts in uniform.

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).


October 19th-Last Day for product returns
October 22nd-Take orders and prize order due online
November 8-9 Popcorn Pickup

Units who are selling if you need more product please contact Steven Dunn via email.                     

39th Annual 
Harvest in the Vineyards Wine & Gift Benefit Auction
Join us Saturday,November 3, 2018 at the historicCharles Krug Estate Winery in St. Helena, California! Help support Boy Scouts in our region with top vintner guests by sponsoring a portion of this event and attending our spectacular wine country fundraiser! 

Several local chefs are providing the food from among their best recipes, and local wineries will be pouring select wines paired with these scrumptious servings.

Questions? Contact Anne Herriage, Sr. Development Director at or 925-674-6154

On February 1, 2019, the Boy Scouts of America will begin admitting girls into Scouts BSA.

One of the characteristics of Scouting-for over a hundred years-is that no matter when you join, however long you stay, or the rank you attain, the Scouting experience prepares you for life. And for some, the pinnacle of their Scouting experience is achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

The policies of the BSA indicate that, except in extraordinary circumstances, a youth desiring to achieve the rank of Eagle must do so before the youth's 18th birthday. This will continue to be our policy.

It is in the interests of the entire BSA, and in fact our nation, that all girls who join the BSA in 2019 should have an opportunity to earn their Eagle Scout rank should they diligently and promptly complete all requirements.

Accordingly, after carefully considering recommendations from stakeholders, including feedback from volunteers and professionals at the 2018 Top Hands Meeting, the National Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America has approved   temporary transition rules regarding extensions for youth over 16 but not yet 18 years of age on February 1, 2019 to complete the requirements for the Eagle Scout award.

To preserve the integrity of the Eagle Scout Award, no exceptions to or waivers of any of the requirements for the Eagle Scout Award are permitted under this limited exception, and all requirements must be completed while the individual is a registered member of Scouts BSA, or after achieving the First-Class Rank in Scouts BSA (as specified in the BSA Guide to Advancement).
Shooting Sports
If you need to finish your partial merit badges for rifle shooting, shotgun shooting, or archery (or start from the beginning) the MDSC Shooting Sports Committee has opportunities for you. 
A Cub Scout Marksmanship class will be added for the fall, most likely in September or October.
HAT Core/Basic Backpacking training
Sat. Oct 27,8:00am-Sun. Oct. 28,1:00pm-Skyline Park, Napa

Course topics include: Planning & Leadership, Basic Equipment and First Aid, Wilderness Navigation, Food, Wilderness Safety, and Leave No Trace. 

New Youth Protection Training
District Training Committees  will be hosting group Youth 
Protection Trainings this Fall.  You can attend any of these upcoming sessions listed at
All registered leaders are 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
You may also contact your District Executive at (925) 674-6100 to find the date and time of a group training in your area.  For more information please check out the BSA Youth Protection Site:

  Adult Leader Training
Every Youth Deserves a Trained Leader! Start off the new Scouting year on the right foot by getting your new leadership trained so they can run a fantastic program for our Scouts! The following Leader Trainings will be offered in the upcoming months.  If you don't see the training you need please reach out to your district Training Chair and let them know what you need.
The following Leader Trainings will be offered in the upcoming months:

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

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Cub Scout Camping

Webeloree at Camp Herms: Oct. 13-14
The Webel-o-ree is a fun overnight outing for Webelos and their parents.  Working with Boy Scouts, Webelos will have fun earning four adventure pins from the updated Handbook plus the Shooting Sports Award Patch (BB guns). 

The event is open to all 4th & 5th graders (Webelos & Arrow of Light).  All Webelos and their parent/guardian will receive a custom Webel-o-ree patch, the sports patch and pins and see the Astro Wizard!  

Oct 13-14 at Camp Herms.

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

Reserve your Campsite for 2019

Our 90th season at Camp Wolfeboro was fantastic! It was so great that space is rapidly filling up for 2019 already. Make sure your troop gets its preferred site and week. You can reserve your site by completing this form. Or you can do it all online including payment here. Your reservation will not be completed until your deposit is received. 

If you are curious about Fees for Camp we have great news! Camp Fees for Camp Wolfeboro will be at least $70 cheaper per Scout than our neighboring camps, your Scouts deserve a High Sierra experience, reserve today! For questions contact Joe Barton at

New Scout Troops

Are you starting a Scout Troop? If so, we have the deal for you! Summer Camp is the pinnacle of the Scouting year and we know how important it is for every youth to get to camp their first summer. 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

Senior Patrol Leader Week at Wolfeboro!

Calling all Senior Patrol Leaders! How would you like an extra week at Summer Camp? Even better how would you like an extra week where you're not in charge and you can work on your badges? We have the week for you. 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. Does this sound too good to be true? 

It gets better... you will receive special discounted pricing if you are already going to a different week of camp this summer or have never been to Camp Wolfeboro! Your Scoutmasters will be receiving more information about this special week at camp later this fall. If you or your leaders cannot wait, then please reach out to for more details.

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Arrow of Light and Crossover Ceremonies-
The National Order of the Arrow Committee, after months of collaborative work with ceremonialists 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
Build Your Merit Badge Libraries

The Mt. Diablo Silverado Council has a special opportunity to help you build your Merit Badge Libraries. We are selling off our Merit Badge books from summer camp at cost to help you build your libraries! The regular retail on Merit Badge Book is $4.99 plus tax you can buy them from Evelyn at the front counter for $4.00 tax included that's over a 20% discount to you for your Scouts. The books are first come first served and once we are out of them they're gone. Stop by and get your merit badge books today!

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

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