Week of September 21, 2020 
Pacific Skyline Council
Boy Scouts of America
Council-wide Zoom Recruiting Nights
For Everyone
We’re hosting an online recruitment open house for every unit in the council in September. We need your help to promote the events on social media. Click here for PDF of details and links.
  • Scouts BSA night: Sep 23, 7pm – 8pm
  • Sea Scouts night: Sep 29, 7pm – 8pm
  • Venturing night: Oct 1, 7pm – 8pm
Earn Money for Your Unit, Support Your Council with Trail's End Popcorn
For Everyone
A Scout is Helpful. This year, more than ever, we must all do our part to support Scouting through popcorn. Each unit is asked to set their unit up to fundraise with popcorn by contacting Tom Kenney. The popcorn sale this year needs little oversight as most units are selling Online Direct which means Trail’s End makes fresh product and ships directly to your customer, and you don’t have to fill your home with unsold product! Best thing is, on orders over $30, shipping is paid by Council! Once your unit is set up to fundraise with Trail’s End, your Scouts can start earning money for your unit and also support the Council. Keep in mind that with Covid restrictions, Trail’s End has enabled a way to fundraise without touching product or having to be face to face with a customer! Learn more about popcorn at the Council’s popcorn page. Contact Tom Kenney at to get started today!
Does Your Unit Accept Online Applications? Has Your Unit Updated Your Pin?
For Everyone
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 found 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.
Cutter and Oljato ranger Don Hartline
Help Us House Our Ranger - In Need of an RV
For Everyone
We have received an outpouring of support in the wake of the fires for both our camps and our ranger, Don Hartline. Don is our camp ranger for both Cutter Scout Reservation and Camp Oljato. He has been uniquely impacted by these fires by having had to evacuate three times. In fact, the Visalia Times Delta recently covered his experience. As many know, Don’s residence at Cutter Scout Reservation was destroyed in the CZU Lightning Complex Fire. While he was able to evacuate all three times with many of his personal possessions, the Pacific Skyline Council is 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.
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.
Scouting magazine app graphic
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!
Renewal and Rechartering Now Have PayPal Functionality in Scoutbook
For Everyone
BSA Members and Volunteers: The world we find ourselves in today has prompted our organization to provide you with the right tools to continue Scouting in your communities. As part of this effort, we are now providing a way for your units to accept and make payments for renewal/rechartering and other items for unit operation in Scoutbook through PayPal. See the FAQ here, regarding this new feature.
You can use your Apple or Google Login ID to Login to Scoutbook, Internet Advancement, the BSA forums or
For Everyone
NOTE - You have one login choice: BSA credentials, Google or Apple. For example, when you set up login with Apple ID, your BSA credentials no longer work but your Apple ID will. And, yes, you can switch back to the BSA Single Sign On if you wish using the same tool. Learn how here.
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.
Ohlone Fall Ordeal - Oct 2-4 or Oct 9-11
For Order of the Arrow
All candidates within the last 12 months may participate in the Ordeal Induction Weekend. All Ordeal members who have been active in the Lodge for the last 10 months may complete their Brotherhood ceremony. Register here.
Order of the Arrow, Ohlone Lodge pocket flap
Ohlone Lodge Elections
For Order of the Arrow
Here at the Ohlone Lodge we are striving to achieve safety while maintaining productivity. That's why we are not going to let the current quarantine shut down our election season. We are currently holding elections virtually, through existing unit meetings. Scheduling can be done through our election request form here. We will give a short presentation and then conduct the election through a private Google form which will be created by a lodge representative prior to the election. We are looking forward to visiting each and every unit virtually within the upcoming months!
Fall Uniform Promotion is Here!
For Everyone
Save 25% on uniform bottoms (pants, skorts, and/or shorts) with the purchase of any uniform shirt. Boys' and men's centennial uniform shirt styles (poplin and micropoly) are being phased out and prices have been reduced by 25-30%, so now is a great time take advantage of the double-deals and buy! Complete Uniform Order Request Form
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.
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.
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!
Cub Scout Adventure Boxes
For Cub Scout Leaders and Families
We want to make your life a little easier keeping your Cub Scouts earning Adventures and moving forward through this great program. To do this, we have created the Cub Scout Adventure Boxes--this is a curated collection of materials and instructions that can be ordered and picked up at your local Scout Shop as a parent or den leader, on a monthly basis. It is designed to cover all the required Adventures for your Cub Scout's current rank to get him or her prepared for their next year's rank in Cub Scouting. Register now!
September-in-Place Merit Badge Midway - Weekends in Sep
For Scouts BSA
Join us for a month full of virtual weekend Merit Badge classes! It's all based on not only your Scout's earning a new merit badge but also possibly finding a new hobby! We know being stuck at home for another month or more is hard, so why not make the best of it and earn some merit badges while possibly finding a new hobby along the way? We will be offering merit badges every weekend in September such as Movie Making, Collections, Photography, Railroading (just opened!), and more! More merit badges still being added. Learn more and register.
Happy Mom and Cub Scout using laptop
Virtual Cub Scout Den Meetings!
For Cub Scouts
We here at the Council 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. Not only are we offering new and exciting programs every week for Scouts of all ages, we are also trying new activities to keep your children learning and having fun in exciting ways. And now we want to 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 these difficult times. September spaces are FULL. October Virtual Den Meetings registration starts September 28, sign-up link is coming. Spaces are limited so sign up quickly.
Summer of Gaming Patch - Earn by Sep 30
For Everyone
To earn this patch participants must participate in at least 3 different council video game events sometime during May-Sep 2020. Video game events include: Minecraft-o-rees; Kahoot! weekly challenges; Rocket League Tournament of Champions; Minecraft Building Competitions; Microsoft Virtual Scouting Activities; and more. Learn more.
Make Your Own Story with PowerPoint and Word - Sep 25
For Cub Scouts
A Microsoft Virtual Scouting Activity, students age six and up will learn how to create a story using Microsoft PowerPoint and Word. They'll explore the latest version of these Office apps, including using drawing tools, selecting and sizing images and icons, creating backgrounds, and changing fonts. Activities will focus on collaborative learning and hands-on guided experiences. A Free event. Register for the 4:30pm session (capacity 40), 6:00pm session (capacity 40)
1-Day Aviation Merit Badge Workshop with Hiller Aviation Museum - Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 12
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
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.
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)