SCOUTING NEWS YOU CAN USE
Week of September 7, 2020 
Pacific Skyline Council
Boy Scouts of America
NEWS
Join us for Venturing Roundtable Tonight!
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. (Use the same Zoom link each month.)
Retention Webinar - Sep 9, 5:00pm
For All Leaders
To help you strengthen membership retention during these challenging times, the leadership of BSA's Area 3 (Northern California and Nevada) will be presenting an exciting and fact-filled webinar focused on membership retention. The webinar will provide examples of retention best practices from councils within Area 3, and at least one example from outside the area. During this very challenging time of virtual meetings and social distancing, keeping our Scouts involved and interested presents unique challenges, and this webinar will be filled with ideas to help. All involved adults are invited to join us Wednesday, September 9, 2020 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Zoom link.
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.
  • Cub Scout night: Sep 16, 7pm – 8pm
  • Scouts BSA night: Sep 23, 7pm – 8pm
  • Sea Scouts night: Sep 29, 7pm – 8pm
  • Venturing night: Oct 1, 7pm – 8pm
2020 Fall Auction - Sep 10-17
For Everyone
This year, the Pacific Skyline Council's Fall Auction (formerly known as "The Phantom Auction") will be held in conjunction with this year's Distinguished Citizen Award! Please join us for an exciting variety of limited edition memorabilia, Scouting items, and one-of-a-kind gift baskets that will delight you and your friends! Shop early and shop often - it's the perfect time to be prepared for the upcoming Holiday Season! There is NO cost to join the auction - to register and receive your bidder number, please register here, it's free!
2020 Distinguished Citizen Award, a Free Virtual Community Event - Sep 17
For Everyone
"New Leadership for a New Century"
Please JOIN US ONLINE on Thursday, September 17, at 5:00-5:45pm. We are pleased to honor as our 2020 Distinguished Citizen Judy Kleinberg, the President of the Chamber of Commerce and former Mayor of Palo Alto. For over 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been teaching youth to lead, accept responsibility for their actions, and to think about causes and concerns bigger than themselves. Our annual Distinguished Citizen Award honors special members of our community who, through their actions, serve as prime examples of Scouting Spirit. Learn more & register!
Good Turn for America logo
2020 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. This means their warehouses will not accept donations of food from the community. 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. The need across the Peninsula is great right now 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, record your hours here. We will have a patch available to order at the end of November.
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!
Does Your Pack Accept Online Applications? Has Your Unit Updated Your Pin?
For Cub Scout Leaders
It's more important than ever that your pack update their pin on BeAScout.org and accept online applications! This functionality is easily turned on by a member of the Pack Key 3 at my.scouting.org by clicking on the Organization Manager. COR's can now designate a registered member of the pack 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 pack to use this functionality as the only way for new members to join! Full details here.
TEMPORARY Time Extension Eagle, Summit or Quartermaster Ranks
For Scouts BSA, Venturers, and Sea Scouts
Local councils are now authorized by the National Council to grant an additional three-month extension if a youth working on his/her Eagle, Summit, or Quartermaster rank is delayed beyond their 18th/21st birthday solely by circumstances caused by COVID‐19. This authority expires on December 31, 2020. Learn more about advancement guidelines 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.
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 https://my.scouting.org. 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.
ACTIVITIES
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!
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, and more! More merit badges still being added. Learn more and register.
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 a 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. Spaces are limited so please 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.
Code Your Own Video Game! - Sep 9
For Scouts BSA
A Microsoft Virtual Scouting Activity, students use block-based coding to create a video game with MakeCode Arcade. Students learn fundamental game and coding concepts like sprites, variables, and coordinates, and use their new skills to create and customize a playable game. 5:00pm. A Free event. Register now.
Hour of Code: Minecraft - Sep 11
For Cub Scouts
A Microsoft Virtual Scouting Activity, join us for this free, one-hour virtual workshop to take part in the global Hour of Code movement. Using the power of code, students aged 8 and up will explore aquatic worlds and uncover hidden treasure with the 2018 Minecraft Voyage Aquatic tutorial. A Free event. Register for 4:30pm (capacity 30). Register for 6:00pm (capacity 30).
Family Fun Fest - Sep 12
For Cub Scouts
It’s outdoor adventure you can have online! If you like funny pets, rockets and astronauts, Pinewood Derby cars, movie make-up artists and backyard camping then you’ll love Family Fun Fest! This very special online-only event is just for families like yours! There will be cool hands-on activities, interviews with amazing people, opportunities to make your community better with a service project. If you’re a Cub Scout you’ll love it! If you want to find out about all the fun and cool things Scouts do–this is your chance! It’s always more fun with friends – so invite your friends to join you online for Family Fun Fest on Facebook Live! All day starting at 8:00am. A Free event. Learn more and register!
1-Day Aviation Merit Badge Workshop with Hiller Aviation Museum - Sep 12, 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 hiller.org.
Bing Virtual Travel: Journey to Africa - Sep 16
For Scouts BSA
A Microsoft Virtual Scouting Activity, with the power of Bing and Microsoft tools, discover the beauty of Africa as you explore the continent on a larger-than-life virtual adventure in this Bing Virtual Travel workshop. Document your travels with fun and engaging activities as you as you virtually visit the historical, biological, and ecological wonders Africa provides. A Free event. 5:00pm. Learn more and register.
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U.S. Road Trip with Bing - Sep 18
For Cub Scouts
A Microsoft Virtual Scouting Activity, plan your perfect American road trip! During this free virtual workshop, students will choose three national parks or monuments to explore in Bing maps and then put together an exciting PowerPoint presentation showcasing their virtual road trip. A Free event. Register for the 4:30pm session. Register for the 6:00pm session.
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)
TRAINING
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 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)