SCOUTING NEWS YOU CAN USE
Week of November 22, 2021 
Pacific Skyline Council
Boy Scouts of America
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NEWS
Giving Tuesday is Nov 30
For Everyone
The first Tuesday after Thanksgiving (after Black Friday and Cyber Monday) has officially become Giving Tuesday – a worldwide day of giving that kicks off the Holiday Season! Like many non-profit organizations, the Pacific Skyline Council depends on your generous financial support to continue its mission of providing the Boy Scouts of America’s values-based, outdoor-oriented leadership program to our Peninsula youth! Donate here.
NESA Scholarship Application Window Opens Soon
For Everyone
Beginning Dec 1, the National Eagle Scout Association will be accepting applications for its annual scholarships. Click here for full details and updates once the application window opens, and encourage your Eagle Scouts to apply. Full details here!
Recharter is Now Open!
For Unit Key 3 Leaders
Recharter is now open and can be accessed thru either my.scouting.org or Scoutbook.com. In the menu for either website, look for Internet Advancement. No access code is required and unit Key 3 members are granted automatic access. Unit Key 3 may also delegate this task to another registered member of the unit. Recharters are completed fully online this year, including full payment and approvals. They are due December 17. Visit our recharter page here for full details.
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A Meaningful Way to End the Year
For Everyone
The end of the year is in sight. An extended CARES Act provision, expiring on Dec 31 of this year, allows you to deduct charitable gifts of cash up to 100% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). This makes it possible for donors to consider certain gifts that ordinarily would not be tax-wise, such as donating the proceeds of commercial annuities, some life insurance policies, as well as retirement assets that would not otherwise be eligible for treatment as a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from an IRA.

You can also save taxes now with a gift of stock by receiving a charitable deduction and no tax on the capital gain. And, if you’re over 70½, you can potentially save taxes by lowering your AGI with a gift directly from your IRA through a QCD.
 
It is your last chance to maximize your giving in 2021.
Tax time is around the corner and the extended CARES Act benefits are scheduled to soon expire. As you make or review your plans, meet with your advisor to ensure you have made the most of your giving options this year and plan for next year. The CARES Act includes:
  • An expansion of the universal charitable deduction for cash gifts. The new deduction is $300 for single filers and $600 for married couples filing jointly. This is available to taxpayers who take the standard deduction. This tax incentive is available for cash gifts to qualified charities (but not to supporting organizations or donor advised funds).
  • An extension of the cap on deductions for cash contributions. The CARES Act lifted the cap on annual contributions for those who itemize, increasing it from 60% to 100% of adjusted gross income. Any excess contributions available can be carried over to the next five years. (For corporations, the law raised the annual limit from 10% to 25% of taxable income.)
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Online Applications Fee Collection
For All Unit Leaders
All new members, youth and adult, that join a pack or troop in the month of November, December, or January via the online system will automatically pay fees for the remainder of this year and all of next year. There is no need to collect national or council recharter fees from new members that register via the online system! This is just one more reason your unit should be using online registration!
2022 BSCR Camping Registrations Now Open
For All Units
2022 in-council unit camping reservations for Boulder Creek Scout Reservation are now open. Out-of-council and reservations for other groups open later. Remember, if your unit paid the GTA fee before Jan 31, 2021, you have a coupon for a free weekend of unit camping at BCSR (unless you've already used it). These coupons have had their expiration extended until Dec 31, 2022. Learn more about BSCR and make a reservation (beginning Nov 1).
Now Hiring Staff for 2022 Oljato Summer Camp
For Everyone
We are now taking applications for staff positions and the Counselor in Training (CIT) program at Camp Oljato's 2022 Summer Camp! Opportunities available for age 14+. Click here to learn more about the CIT program, the staff positions, and to apply.
Units Should Book Now for a 2022 Trek at the High Adventure Bases
For Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouts
The Scouts BSA troops, Venturing crews, or Sea Scout ships in your council should register now to attend one of the BSA’s four National High Adventure Bases in 2022. The Open 4 Adventure website is for unit leaders and interested Scouts, and will help them learn about incredible opportunities like catching your dinner off a sailboat in the blue water of the Keys, dipping your paddle into a crisp Canadian lake, climbing a rock face in a West Virginia gorge, or cowboying down a path cut by Kit Carson in the New Mexico backcountry. Learn more here!
NEW Merit Badge: Citizenship in Society
For Scouts BSA
On November 1, 2021 the Boy Scouts of America launched the Citizenship in Society merit badge. The merit badge is designed to help Scouts learn about the diverse, unique identities and characteristics we each possess; understand different perspectives and experiences; and learn how to encourage an inclusive and welcoming culture in Scouting and in society. Scouts will learn why these qualities are important in society and in Scouting, as well as how to help other people at all times and serve as a leader and someone who recognizes when something is wrong and acts to make it right. Registered merit badge counselors who would like to be a Citizenship in Society Merit Badge counselor will need to be approved by the Council Advancement Committee. To learn more, download the PDF.
Thorlos Sock Sale
For Everyone
Buy 2 or more pairs of Thorlos socks and get 25% off. Nov 22, 2021 thru Jan 1, 2022. Store locations.
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Stores and Service Centers
For Everyone
Both service centers and Scout shops will be CLOSED Thu-Fri, Nov 25-26, for Thanksgiving. Store locations. Service center locations.
Foster City Store's New Hours:
Sun CLOSED
Mon-Fri 10:00am–5:00pm (closed 1-2pm for lunch)
Sat  10:30am3:00pm
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This Year "Scouting for Food" Will Be "Good Turn for America" (like last year) - Nov 1-30
For Everyone
During the month of November, units are asked to complete a service project of their choice to benefit their charter organization, their meeting location, or their immediate community. The need across the Peninsula is great, so be creative and work to fill a need in your community. Some possible ideas include: mask drives, clean-up projects, toy drives, cards for the elderly, cards for service members, food drive for a local pantry, etc. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Be sure to record your service hours in Scoutbook. For non-Scoutbook-using units, find instructions here on how to record your service hours.
Later, we will have a patch available to order.
2022 Come On to Cub-ON! - May 13-15, June 10-12
For Cub Scout families
Registration for the May and June, 2022 Cub-On registrations open Nov 1! Cub-On is a weekend family camping event for all Cub Scouts and their families. Boulder Creek Scout Reservation is located in the Santa Cruz mountains in a lush redwood forest. Program areas are open throughout the weekend. Meals are provided; trained staff on duty for all areas of camp; “Bobcat Trail” program for brand new Scouts; and “Spirit of the Arrow” for Webelos. Registration now open. Learn more & register. 2022 Cub-ONs will be held at Boulder Creek Scout Reservation.
2022 Council Camporee - Apr 29-May 1
For Scouts BSA and Venturers
Learn and practice your fire building, first aid, and a host of other wilderness survival skills. Enjoy campfires, games, and field events. Registration now open. Learn more & register here.
Scout Day at Hiller Aviation Museum - Jan 9
For Everyone
On Sunday, Nov 7 any Scout (Cubs, Scouts BSA, Venturers or Sea Scouts) or Scout leader in uniform will be admitted to the Museum at no charge. Our Museum is open to the public under the current health rules. Please see the Hiller Aviation Museum website for details and more dates. (This is not a council event. All questions should be directed to Hiller Aviation Museum.)
Earn the Aviation, Weather, or Astronomy Merit Badge at Hiller Aviation Museum's One-day Workshops!
For Scouts BSA
Scouts BSA can earn the Aviation, Weather, or Astronomy Merit Badge with the Hiller Aviation Museum! Learn more and register at hiller.org. This is not a council event--please direct any questions to the Hiller Aviation Museum.
NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Training - Dec 4-5
For All Adults
The students will learn the knowledge, skills and attitude to become a basic rifle shooter. Skills learned are shooting positions, body positions, shot mechanics, sight picture, parts of a rifle, ammunition, Winchester marksmanship program, shooting activities, practical exercises, cleaning and care of rifles, safe gun handling, shooting skills development. Additionally this course is required to take a Rifle Instructor course. Is a prerequisite for the NRA Rifle Instructor Training course. Learn more and register.
Snow Camping Training - Starts Jan 8, 2022
For Scouts BSA and Venturing Leaders (and senior Scouts)
Conduct fun and safe snow trips for your troop or crew! Learn about appropriate clothing and equipment, cooking techniques, weather considerations, shelter construction and much more! Bring back to your troop or crew the experience of the hands-on winter outdoor training for Scouts BSA or Venturing trips and a weekend camping in the snow! 2 Classroom sessions and one Field sessions. Learn more and register.
Rifle Instructor Training - Starts Jan 14, 2022
For Scouts BSA and Venturing Leaders (and senior Scouts)
Teaches the knowledge, skills and attitude essential to organizing, promoting and teaching NRA’s Basic Rifle Shooting course. Learn more and register.
Online Training
For Everyone
If you haven't already taken the required courses for your Scouting position, log on and get trained. There are several Required training opportunities available online, as well as Extended Learning. 
  1. Log on to my.scouting.org
  2. Click on "Menu"
  3. Click on "My Training"
  4. Select YPT (Youth Protection Training) if you need to update it (every 2 years)
  5. All other classes, go to "Training Center" and select the courses needed by program.
  6. Take any Trainings needed for your leadership position in Scouting.
This way, you will be ready to hit the ground running when quarantine restrictions are lifted.
- Monthly Training -
Life-to-Eagle Class
For Life Scouts
Help your Life Scout get to Eagle! Learn more. (click then scroll down)
Merit Badge Counselor Training
For Everyone
Become a merit badge counselor! Learn more. (click then scroll down)
District Roundtables
For Everyone
Roundtables provide leaders with program ideas; information on policy and events; and training opportunities. Learn more (click then scroll down)
- Other Training -
Philmont Training Center - Cimmaron, NM
For Everyone
PTC is a National volunteer training center for the Boy Scouts of America. Learn more.
Summit Bechtel Reserve - Glen Jean, WV
For Everyone
SBR is a National volunteer training center for the Boy Scouts of America. Learn more.
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Looking for More Training Courses?
For Everyone
Check with our neighboring councils:
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