Week of November 3, 2020 
Pacific Skyline Council
Boy Scouts of America
"Be Prepared" to Vote with These 10 Election Day Essentials
For Everyone
As millions of Americans are voting, the BSA continues its tradition of helping others “Be Prepared" to vote. Check out the 10 essential items to bring with you as you vote in person: state-approved identification, face covering, hand sanitizer, water bottle, etc.
Join us for Venturing Roundtable Next Week!
For Venturing Leaders
Calling all Venturing leaders! Join us for Venturing Roundtables! Mark your calendars, we'll meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7pm online. Zoom link.
I want YOU to get Youth Protection Trained poster
Renew Your Youth Protection Training
For Everyone
Is your Youth Protection Training about to expire? YPT is required even when Scouting remotely. And all leaders in your unit must be up-to-date before recharter. Please check your status at Learn more about YPT here.
New High-Adventure Base ‘Find Your Adventure’ portal launches
For Everyone
The BSA’s Outdoor Adventures team is gearing up to welcome Scouts and Scouters to high-adventure bases for the 2021-2022 seasons. To help you manage registering for these life-changing experiences, you can log on to a new Find Your Adventure info portal. Through the new portal, you can review and register for any of the BSA’s high-adventure bases all from one site. Different from the previous system, you will be required to log in with your My.Scouting credentials. See the rest of the article on Bryan on Scouting.
Popcorn Ace of the Day! Contest - Oct 31-Nov 15
For Everyone
With The Daily Ace contest, sell the most popcorn online in a day and win a $20 Amazon gift card! We will report the top 3 online popcorn sellers, by total dollars, each day at 5pm on the Pacific Skyline Council’s Popcorn Facebook Group page. Scouts must sell at least $100 to qualify for that day’s reward! Each day’s top winner will be emailed a $20 amazon gift code. The Scout with the highest cumulative sales during the contest time period will receive an additional $50 amazon gift card! We will continue to offer free shipping on all orders of $30 or more until at least November 15. We congratulate our very first three Daily Aces: Calvin L., Adam S., Dashiell P-H. Great work! Questions? Contact Tom Kenney at
Why Should We Sell Popcorn?
For Everyone
A leader in our Council recently sent out a total of 3 emails and 2 Facebook posts and raised close to $2,000! All in less than 20 minutes and no extra work for the unit! With minimal effort, units can make enough to fund their program and help pay for the new program fees!
• No extra work for unit leadership! Especially true in 2020 when most Scouts are only selling online.
• Popcorn can help pay part of, or even all the dues for your Scouts! With the new membership fee structure, units may be finding it a little difficult to leverage those fees.
• A pack in Northern California has sold over $100,000 this year!
• Can also help pay for your unit’s program, outings, equipment, advancement, etc.
• Scholarship additions for those who previously enrolled into the Trail’s End scholarship program.
• There are fewer units selling right now, so there is more opportunity to make more sales.
• Get involved today to join this easy fundraiser!
Contact Tom Kenney to join today!
Does Your Unit Accept Online Applications? Has Your Unit Updated Your Pin?
For All Unit Leaders
Attention Unit Leadership: As we go back to school, families up and down the peninsula are looking to join Scouts! And the Number One way they find your unit is through This is also the preferred way to have new members join your unit! When families see your unit on the map, they have the option to contact you And APPLY TO YOUR UNIT--but you must have your BeAScout pin updated AND online applications turned on. Please take five minutes and update your pin at Instructions can be downloaded here. COR's can now designate a registered member of the unit to approve adult applications. The online system will collect all national and council fees. This means you will not have to bring any paperwork or fees to the office. We encourage every unit to use this functionality as the only way for new members to join! Full details here.
Let Volunteers Know About the New Scouting Magazine App!
For Everyone
The print version of Scouting magazine ended with the May-June 2020 issue, however resources for volunteers and parents have been made available in the Scouting magazine app. The latest issue, September-October 2020, is online in a digital format, free to all adults registered with the BSA. Instead of waiting months for fresh content, the Scouting magazine app will be updated every day with something new. The Scouting magazine app is available now in the Apple App Store and Google Play store. More info here!
New Webinar About Recruiting Any Time of Year - Nov 4
For Everyone
This webinar will address ideas on how to invite families to join Scouting no matter what season it is. Register here.
Wood Badge Virtual 2020 Annual Reunion, South Coast Cluster - Nov 14
Here’s a chance for “Wood Badgers”(beaded or not) to gather and meet up with friends old and new, across the US and around the globe! There will be contests, games a beading ceremony, and of course, a very cool patch! Download the flyer. Questions? Contact Wayne Cunningham, Wood Badge Reunion Coordinator, (408) 210-5358, It’s FREE to register! Order a patch for yourself and your friends at the registration link for $5 each.
Key Steps Packs and Troops Can Take Right Now to Help Return to Scouting Activities
For Everyone
Many Scout units have a desire to return to Scouting activities, but they have questions about how to do so safely. Additionally, with some traditional meeting locations unable to be used because of the pandemic, units may need additional options. During the recent recruiting webinar on how to hold meetings safely during COVID-19, attendees received tips on the key steps they can be taking right now to find a safe way to return to their meeting activities. More information on those key steps is included in this article. Read it to answer your questions about how to move forward with Scouting right now.
2020 Scouting For Food is now Good Turn For America - Month of November
For Everyone
Second Harvest Food Bank is unable to accommodate the Scouting For Food drive this year, due to COVID-19. Because of this change, we are excited to announce the return of “Good Turn for America!” 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. 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! We will have a patch available to order at the end of November. Learn more.
Silver Beaver Award Nominations - by Dec 20
For Everyone
Don't let a worthy Scouter go unrewarded! The new 2020 Silver Beaver Application Form, which is a fillable pdf, makes the nominations that much easier. Eligibility and Deadlines:
The Pacific Skyline Council, with the approval of the BSA National Court of Honor, may present the Silver Beaver Award to a Scouter who has given Noteworthy Service of Exceptional Character to Youth and is currently registered in this Council. The nominee must be 21 years of age or older and a volunteer Scouter. The award may not be presented posthumously. Former professional Scouters will not be considered within 5 years of their leaving employment with the BSA. The nomination must be submitted on the Silver Beaver Award Nomination Form complete with original signatures. Out-of-date forms will not be accepted for evaluation. All sections of all pages should include as much information as possible for best consideration of the nominee. The nomination form must be submitted to the PacSky office on or before Dec 20. The Silver Beaver Selection Committee will meet early January 2021 to review nominations and make selections on a “blind” basis. Forms submitted without the district committee chair's signature will not be accepted. Please send all applications to Steve Smith at
Cutter and Oljato ranger Don Hartline
Help Us House Our Ranger - In Need of an RV
For Everyone
Don Hartline is our camp ranger for both Cutter Scout Reservation and Camp Oljato. While he was able to evacuate Cutter during the wildfires with many of his personal possessions, we are working to get new housing established for him. We are asking for anyone who owns an RV (e.g., trailer, 5th-wheel, motorhome), who would be willing to donate its use to the council for this purpose, to please contact our Director of Outdoor Programs, Davey Warner, at

If you are interested in donating money to support our camps or volunteering to help with recovery projects, please click a button.
Your Support is Needed Now More Than Ever!
For Everyone
"Be Prepared" is our motto and there is no better time to financially support Pacific Skyline Council and help live out the motto. This is the time of year that our families typically participate in the annual Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign. FOS is our Council's single largest direct source of income. 100% of the money raised through our Friends of Scouting campaign benefits the Scouts and Leaders right here locally in PacSky. We know these are unique and challenging times for many, but please help if you can. If you have already given to Friends of Scouting this year, thank you! If not, please consider making your online FOS gift right now. $250 supports one Scout for one year in the program but a gift of any amount is very much appreciated. There has never been a time in the history of the Boy Scouts that a monetary gift will be so impactful and so critically needed. Thank you for your kind consideration!
3 Easy Ways to Support Scouting:

  1. Make a Friends of Scouting 2020 donation (button below).
  2. Check with your employer about a Matching Gift, or click here.
  3. Make sure that you submit your Scouting Volunteer hours if your employer has a "Dollars for Doers" program.
Advancement items belt loop and merit badge
Order Advancement Items Online!
For Everyone
You can have your order pulled & be ready for pickup at our Foster City location or have it shipped to an address of your choice. To start fill out this advancement order form.
Our Shops are Open!
Shops Now OPEN, Office Staff Working from Home
For Everyone
Our offices are closed during the shelter-in-place order. We are working from home--find our contact information here. Our shops are open! Locations & guidelines.
Camp Oljato 2021 Registration is Open!
For Scouts BSA
We've been working hard to make 2021 the best summer yet! The Pacific Skyline Council is gearing up for summer 2021 at Camp Oljato. Though we were not able to operate in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been able to make great progress on improving the camp thanks to the work of volunteers and staff. Units attending in 2021 can look forward to: a new arrival dock, a new boardwalk to Hopi campsite, new sheds at the shotgun and archery ranges that double as inclement weather shelters, and more! Learn more and register your unit!
5K Walking Challenge! - Late Oct-Nov
We challenge you to walk 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from late October to Thanksgiving! Why 5 kilometers? Because this year we celebrate Cutter Scout Reservation’s 50th Anniversary (1970-2020). Walk one kilometer for each decade Cutter Scout Reservation has served as a fantastic camp for thousands of Scouts and families. Many of us would love to spend multiple weekends up at Cutter Scout Reservation or Boulder Creek Scout Reservation this month, and hopefully one day we can again but for right now get outside and walk! So, over the month of November we not only want you to stay Mentally Awake participating in our Reading Challenge we started in September, but also stay Physically Strong by tracking your steps every day to see if over the course of the next 30 days you can walk 5 kilometers! 5K not enough? Try walking 50K, one kilometer for each year. Or try for the number of years Boulder Creek Scout Reservation has been with us and do 54K! Learn more. Submit your daily mileage! (Feel free to include any mileage from late October.) Learn more.
Virtual Cub Scout Den Meetings! - Month of Nov
For Cub Scouts
We want to lend a helping hand to those families and packs that are struggling and finding it hard to run den meetings lately for their sons and daughters. We don't want your Cubs to miss out on a year of this great program. We invite your Cubs to come online and join us for Virtual Den Meetings by rank twice a month! Sign up now if your Cub Scout pack is struggling with doing their own den meetings and you want to keep your Cub Scout progressing through this program during difficult times. Learn more & register for November meetings. November sched: Tigers - Nov 2 & 16, Wolves - Nov 4 & 18, Bears - Nov 9 & 30, Webelos & AOLs - Nov 11 & Dec 2.
1-Day Aviation Merit Badge Workshop with Hiller Aviation Museum - Nov 7, Dec 12, Jan 9
For Scouts BSA
Scouts BSA can earn the Aviation Merit Badge online with the Hiller Aviation Museum! A one-day virtual program includes facilitated instruction, hands-on flight activities, live-streamed exploration of aircraft inside the Museum’s collection and much more! Advanced registration is required. 9:30am-3:00pm. $42. Learn more and register at
2020 National Outdoor Ethics Virtual Conference
- Nov 13-14
For Everyone
Join us for the virtual Outdoor Ethics Conference! Register here.
Virtual Leave No Trace Trainer Course - Nov 16-21
For Everyone
There are still some spots open so register here. Course offered by Crossroads of America Council.
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
  2. Click on "Menu"
  3. Click on "My Training"
  4. Select YPT 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)
Venturing Roundtables
For Venturing Leaders
Calling all Venturing leaders! Join us for Venturing Roundtables! Mark your calendars, we'll meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7pm online. Zoom link.
- 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.
Trained patched
Looking for More Training Courses?
For Everyone
Check with our neighboring councils:
Fleur de Lis (knock out)