October 1, 2021 Volume 68
Your monthly news & updates
Roundtable this month via Zoom!

October 7, 2021
7:00 PM

Rechartering &
Youth Protection Training

Everyone attending the Youth Protection Training will meet the new GGAC YPT requirement. YPT training will start after announcements around 7:15 and run until completed. We can have up to 300 participants on the Zoom YPT training.

Don't miss important information! Be sure to scroll all the way down! There's a lot of important information in the newsletter this month!!!! Detailed articles so you do not have to look for links.
Upcoming Training, District or Council Events

Saturday - Oct 2-3 - Tiger Cub Safari - Wente Scout Reservation, Willits
Tuesday - Oct 5 - Eagle Board of Review - St. Monica Catholic Church, Moraga - See Eagle info below
Wednesday - Oct 6 - Eagle BOR Binder Check - Contact Gordon Bell for time and method
Thursday - Oct 7 - Briones Commissioners Meeting - 6:30 pm - Zoom
Thursday - Oct 7 - Roundtable - 7:00 pm - Zoom
Sunday - Oct 10 - Troop Challenge Planning Meeting - 2-4 pm - 1070 Larch Ave., Moraga
Monday - Oct 11 - Indigenous People Day/Columbus Day
Tuesday - Oct 12 - Eagle Board of Review - Contact Gordon Bell
Thursday - Oct 14 - Kchinkwehlak Village Meeting - Contact Mr. Stanton
Friday - Oct 15-17 - JOTA/JOTI - Location to be determined
Friday - Oct 15-17 - Outdoor Program Conference - Camp Royaneh, Cazadero
Friday - Oct 22-23 - Baloo Training - Rockville Hills Regional Park, Fairfield
Wednesday - Oct 24 - Las Aguilas Annual Recognition Dinner - Blackhawk Auto Museum, Danville
Saturday - Oct 30-31 - Leave No Trace Trainer -Skyline Wilderness Park, Napa
Saturday - Oct 30-31 - Webeloree - Camp Herms, El Cerrito
Tuesday Nov 2 - Eagle Board of Review - St. Monica Catholic Church, Moraga - See Eagle info below
Wednesday - Nov 3 - Eagle BOR Binder Check - Contact Gordon Bell for time and method
Thursday - Nov 4 - Roundtable - Zoom
Saturday - Nov 6 - Scouting for Food Flyer Distribution
Saturday - Nov 6 - 42nd Annual Harvest in the Vineyard - Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, St. Helena
Sunday - Nov 7 - Daylight Savings Time Ends
Tuesday - Nov 9 - Eagle Board of Review - Contact Gordon Bell
Check www.ggacbsa.org/covid for latest info.

For more information regarding the stay at home order please visit the state website:
The Jamboree-on-the-Air and Jamboree-on-the-Internet are the largest Scouting events in the world with more than 1.5 million Scouts from more than 160 countries annually participating. If you’ve never experienced the digital or amateur radio events before, this might be the perfect time to attend, especially with many of us Scouting at home.

These events will be held concurrently Oct. 15-17, and will allow Scouts to connect with other Scouts, locally, nationally or globally.

For the Jamboree-on-the-Internet, all you need is an Internet-enabled device, like a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. If you have a ham radio, you should be good for the Jamboree-on-the-Air, too. However, many Scouts opt to visit a local amateur radio operator’s ham shack or a ham shack at a council camp. If you’re planning to do that, make sure to comply with local and state COVID-19 guidance.

JOTA/JOTI is tentatively scheduled for the ARRL Pacificon held at the Marriott Hotel in San Ramon. This is subject to change depending on COVID restrictions. The alternative location is Camp Herms in El Cerrito.
Cub Scout Day Camp with cubs in a campsite area and four pictures in the the picture showing various activities.
Tiger Cub Safari October 2-3 @ Wente Scout Reservation

Tiger Cubs from April 2020 to April 2021 and their Partners (new Tigers will have their very own event in 2022). Come to Wente Scout Reservation and catch up on all the Tiger Cub Camping you missed due to COVID

Cub Camping Connection October 23-24 @ Rancho Los Mochos

All new scouts and their Adult Buddy. This is the overnight campout for you! Bring along your family for a special introduction to Cub Scout Camping. Registration is pending.
If you have already signed up for a project, THANK YOU! If not, it only takes a couple of minutes. These projects could really use your help.

We are planning to have a traditional Scouting for Food event this year. We will drop off door hangers on November 6 and pick up food on November 13. Please verify that your group is participating by SFF Sign Up HERE

If you do not want to do it, please reply to Diane and she will take you off the map so someone else can do your map area.


Diane Appel
Briones Scouting for Food Coordinator/2021

Briones Scouting for Food Website: Click HERE
Internet Rechartering Webinar

Did you miss it? You can watch the recording!

You will find more information on Internet Rechartering as well as a link to this webinar at https://www.scouting.org/resources/internet-rechartering. The Boy Scouts of America offers an online charter renewal process for units. Recently, this process was moved to improve systems and increase speed and efficiency in processes. Located at https://advancements.scouting.org, the new Internet Recharter system provides a more simplistic approach to the rechartering process and can be completed from start to finish without a single piece of paper changing hands.

The next Leave No Trace Trainer Course is scheduled for October 30-31, 2021 at Skyline Wilderness Park in Napa. Registration is now open at https://www.scoutingevent.com/023-LNTTOct2021. Click here for a flyer!

Lillian Remer
GGAC Outdoor Ethics Advocate
 Briones Troop Challenge 2022
Saturday April 30 – May 1 with Setup on Friday April 29
(On the graphic you have to count the claw marks)
Camp Herms
Next planning Meeting
Sunday Oct 10 2-4PM
1070 Larch Ave Moraga, CA
Please RSVP to Wendell Baker at wendell@able-baker.com. Please let Wendell know if your troop is interested in attending.
New “Welcome to Cub Scouts” One-Pager Is Exactly the Info New Families Need

Units should provide this easy-to-use document to new families to make sure they know key details and feel welcomed. 

The data is in! New Scout families want to feel welcome and a sense of belonging in their new unit. And when they do, these Scouts will stay in Scouting programs for a long time.

So what does this mean for Cub Scout leaders? Of course, being welcoming and kind to newcomers is at Scouting’s core. But there is one tool you can start using right now to get families the info they need to feel welcomed right off the bat.

Check out the new “Welcome to Cub Scouts one-pager” and fill in the blanks for your unit. Then, make handing, mailing, emailing or texting this info sheet to new parents part of your welcoming process.
See the Recent Updates to FAQs for Youth Protection and Barriers to Abuse

The updates include answers to recent frequent questions and a new section on maintaining program integrity.

The latest edition of Advancement News is now available. You'll find updates and information on advancement topics, awards, policies and much, much more. Click below to view it on the website, or download a copy to print out now. View On Website
Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasant Hill & Walnut Creek Eagle Scouts
September 2021
Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scouts
   Are you wondering where some of the Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda Eagle Scouts are? PARENTS: In this time of Sheltering in Place, please send pictures of your Scout in uniform to Norman Gee with the information of the date and the unit the Scout earned their Eagle Scout rank. We want to make sure EVERY EAGLE SCOUT receives recognition for their achievement! Contact Norman normgee50@gmail.com or Bonnie Hazarabedian bonzai@flash.net.
Grayson Cole - Troop 1811
Aidan Sunbury - Troop 226
The 2021 Guide to Advancement, the official source for administering advancement in all BSA programs, is now available. 

Boardwalk Fall Scout Overnight
Friday, October 8 - Saturday, October 9, 2021

Enjoy camping under the stars and a whole lot of Boardwalk fun at this epic overnight event!

Event will operate in compliance with any State or local COVID‑19 safety guidelines.
Reminder of several aspects of the Eagle Scout Rank process that have been missed by many of our Scouts lately. Please read them below and share the information with your Unit Leadership and Eagle Scout Candidates.
If the Scout needs to have an extension of time, please have them complete the form found here: https://www.scouting.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/GTA- This form then needs to be emailed to our Briones District Advancement Chair Mrs. Bonnie Hazarabedian (bonzai@flash.net), our Council Advancement Committee Chair Mr. Merl Nygren (nygreme@att.net), and our Council Advancement Committee Advisor Mr. Michael Charlesworth (michael.charlesworth@scouting.org) for review.

Please note that our council can only grant up to a six-month extension. Any time beyond that needs to be approved by our National Office. Also, our Council Advancement Committee only meets once per month to discuss extensions, please make sure to have your Scout complete the extension form and turn it in at least a few weeks before their 18th birthday. They are to continue to work towards completing their Eagle Rank even if they have not heard back from the committee about their extension.

Eagle Scout Project Proposals need to be reviewed and approved by either Mr. Ed Isley (ekisely@comcast.net) or Mr. Mark Paulson (eagleworkbook@gmail.com) prior to any work being done on the project. They will sign in the “Council or District Approval” section on Proposal Page H in the Workbook (https://www.scouting.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/EagleProjectWorkbook2021c-v2.pdf).

If the Scout needs to complete an Eagle Scout Project Fundraising Application (Fundraising Application Page A in the Workbook), the “Authorized Council Approval” is for only Andrew Dale, as District Executive, to sign after signatures of the Beneficiary and Unit Leader are received. Please have the Scout email him at andrew.dale@scouting.org and make sure to include at least one other adult in that email.

Once the Scout has completed their Scoutmaster Conference for Eagle, they need to send their completed Eagle Scout Rank Application to Andrew (andrew.dale@scouting.org) to review the application before it gets verified at our Council Office. The latest this step can be done is the day before the Scout’s 18th birthday, or the final day of their approved extension. If the Scout has an extension, please have them let Andrew know that final date of their extension at this time.

A few notes on the Eagle Scout Rank Application (https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-728_WB_fillable.pdf):
An Eagle Scout Rank Application can be downloaded from ScoutBook with all of the dates preloaded into the correct fields, by using the information provided on the attached PDF.

Each line on the application must be completed through the signature of the Unit Committee Chair on page two. With the exception of the employer reference, if the Scout is not employed.

All information for each reference must be included: name, address, telephone, and email. If the Scout does not have a religious reference, they must include a parent or guardian in that field.

The Grand total of hours under Requirement 5 on page two is the total number of hours the project took to complete, counting everyone’s involvement, not just the Eagle Candidate. Please encourage your Scouts to start this tally of hours as they are starting to research project ideas.

If even one number on a completion date is incorrect from the Scout’s official records, Andrew will send the application back to the Scout to be corrected.

If there are missing dates for items that have not yet been entered into the Scout’s Advancement Records, please include a BSA Advancement Report (https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34403.pdf) with the application. This report authorizes our Council to enter in the missing dates. If Andrew finds a missing date on an application, Andrew will reach out to you individually for this report.

Once the Eagle Scout Rank Application is correct, Andrew will then send it to our Council Registrar Mrs. Masouda Ibrahimi (masouda.ibrahimi@scouting.org) for the Council Verification step on page two. This process may take a day or two, depending on workload, vacation schedules, etc.

After the verification has been complete, Mrs. Ibrahimi will email a scan of the application back to the candidate, cc’ing Andrew and our Council Advancement Committee Chair Mr. Merl Nygren (nygreme@att.net).

Scouts can then schedule their Eagle Scout Board of Review with Mr. Herb Lederman (herblederkop@gmail.com) for the Lamorinda Area, or Mr. Gordon Bell (gordon.ed.bell@gmail.com) for the Walnut Creek/Pleasant Hill Area. Scouts working with Mr. Lederman for their Board of Review need to send their workbook to Mr. Bruce McGurk for pre-board processing. After the Board of Review is complete, paperwork is sent to our National Office for final verification and certification. About 3-4 weeks later (sometimes up to 6 weeks), the Eagle Scout’s National Certificate and final paperwork is mailed back to our Council Office. Once they are received, the Scoutmaster or Committee Chair will be notified that the Eagle Credentials and Award Kit is available for pick up. Since the office is closed at this time, we will arrange a pick up time, or Andrew would be happy to drop off the items at your home or place of work.

Please remind your Scouts to always include at least one other adult while emailing any of the people mentioned above. This keeps everyone within Youth Protection and CyberChip guidelines. If a Scout forgets to do so, Andrew will kindly remind them of this policy in his email reply, in which he will include you.
We know that this is a long and complicated process. It can go smoothly by following these few steps.

 Thank you and please let Andrew know if you have any questions.
How to Print Membership Cards and Charter Certificates
For Unit Leaders

Now that rechartering is done, you may want to print membership cards for your members or a charter certificate to present to your charter organization. Click a link to download the how-to PDF: Charter CertificateMembership Cards.

Briones District Troops & Scouts on the Trail to Eagle

Starting now and until the Bay Area Health Officers end the Shelter in Place ruling that is now in place, the following guidelines are in effect for Life Scouts who are following their Trail to Eagle.

  • We will continue to offer Zoom-based review boards for Project Proposal reviews. Check the District website for the procedure. 

  • We will continue to offer in person or Zoom-based review boards for Rank Advancement reviews. Check the District website for the procedure.

  • Scouts may work on developing proposals and preparing the planning section of the Workbook for approved projects. For Scouts who have finished their project, they are encouraged to complete the Report section of their workbook. And, if they have met all the other requirements for Advancement, they should forward their Application to our District Executive to get Council's verification signature . . . again, check the District website for how to do this.

  • Eagle projects can now be done with small fixed groups with masks and distanced as much as possible. 
Briones Eagle Boards of Review

   EBORs are available for Scouts who have completed all their requirements. Scouts can then schedule their Eagle Scout Board of Review with Mr. Herb Lederman (herblederkop@gmail.com) for the Lamorinda Area, or Mr. Gordon Bell (gordon.ed.bell@gmail.com) for the Walnut Creek/Pleasant Hill Area. Scouts working with Mr. Lederman for their Board of Review need to send their workbook to Mr. Bruce McGurk for pre-board processing.

Eagle Project Ideas

Eagle project ideas can be found in the Conservation section of this newsletter or on the Briones District webpage.
20 ideas for unique Eagle Scout service project beneficiaries

Has your Eagle Scout aged out? Wondering how you can help?

The District is in desparate need of additional volunteer commissioners to help units. While the job may seem large Mark Weyland, our district commissioner, has picked out the 6 key functions a commissioner.

The unit commissioner is a friend to the unit, but what does that mean:

1. They check in with the unit's adult leadership and committee at least 5 times a year to gauge the success of the unit's program and offer suggestions for improvements or praise for their work.

2. They help the unit as needed to interact and engage with online BSA resources, and live or virtual roundtables

3. They help the unit recruit and maintain youth 

4. They help the unit recharter

5. They help the unit resolve issues that may arise that the unit may not be able to solve on their own (act as a diplomat for the district and the council)

6. They set the example in action and in presentation
To commemorate the agency’s 50th anniversary last year, the Boy Scouts of America and EPA signed a memorandum of understanding to create a special award, encouraging those in the Scouts BSA program to strive to protect the environment. The award, which features a patch, requires Scouts to earn environmental and community health-focused merit badges and participate in a service project.

   Did you know that your units need to record their hours spent volunteering service to others? Every unit has a unique id number that they can use to record the hours. In order to make it easier for units, the District has set up an email address where you can report your hours, what the service was, and the number of Scouts that worked on it. Send an email listing the service, location, the total number of hours (# of Scouts x number of hours) to Briones.service.hours@gmail.com. Recording service hours affects everyone's Journey to Excellence scores (units, districts, councils, sections, etc...).
SAR Eagle Awards Contest

  Information can be found at www.californiasar.org under programs/youth programs, or they can email me directly.

California Society Sons of the American Revolution (CASSAR)
You too can help!
   Your District Committee needs your help, we have many openings. While we're listing only the primary position, every position can use additional help even those not mentioned. The more folks who volunteer the easier the work. Let Bruce McGurk or Mark Weyland know if you're interested in helping.

   We are in desperate need of a Roundtable Commissioner (their job is coordinate the Roundtable meetings from September thru June).

Scouts BSA Roundtable
   We are equally desperate in our need of a volunteer to coordinate and present programs for troops each month.

Cub Scout Roundtable
We are equally desperate in our need of a volunteer to coordinate and present programs for packs each month.

Conservation Chair
   We are in need of someone to be our Conservation Chair. You will be responsible for keeping track of conservation related opportunities in the District and sending the information to the newsletter editor.

Day Camp Directors
   Will you miss not having day camp for your Cub Scouts? We need at least two people to step up and start planning next years day camp. Planning will start in September for 2022.There will be no day camp if no one steps up to chair it.
Unit Commissioners
   This is a rewarding fun job for those who have stepped down from working with their units. It's a great opportunity to share your knowledge with units who need help or just a little advice on the best way to do things.

This forum has a treasure trove of great info – Scouters helping Scouters! Just a heads up, though - all content, information, and opinions shared on this forum are those of the author, not the BSA.

A blog for BSA's Adult Leaders

The Official Blog of the Scouting Movement
Conservation Corner

Gardens & Landscape
  • Pleasant Hill Instructional Garden: Learn about native, drought tolerant and wildlife gardening. Work parties on Sunday, check their website for dates https://phig.webs.com/. Eagle Scout Projects available. Inquire with Monika Olsenphigarden@gmail.com.
  • Rodgers Ranch Urban Farm: Learn about permaculture and biodynamic gardening at a historic farm in Pleasant Hill. Work parties every Saturday. http://www.rogersranch.org/rodgers-ranch-urban-farm.html.  For Eagle Scout projects, contact  Marian Woodard,  marian@thequantumbusiness.com
  • Friends of Wagner Ranch Nature Area: Join in every Sunday from 9 am - 1 pm to help out with gardening, general maintenance and light construction. Eagle Scout projects are also available. Contact them at https://fwrna.org/contact/
  • John Muir National Historic Site: Garden and landscape volunteers assist with manual labor in the park's fruit/nut orchards and the Mt. Wanda open space areas. Biological internship also available. Contact the Volunteers In Parks Corps at 925-228-8860.

Reduce Reuse Recycle
  • The Crayon Initiative: More than a half million pounds of crayons are discarded every year, turning into a waxy sludge that clogs our landfills and never biodegrades, and is also a waste of resources. The Crayon Initiative collects donated crayons from restaurants, schools and homes across the country, then melts them down and remanufactures them, reducing waste. Better yet, the recycled crayons are distributed to art programs at children's hospitals across the US, brightening the lives of young patients during their stay. Get your troop involved collecting crayons! Learn more with this guide for Scouts: http://thecrayoninitiative.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/170604_TCI_Scouts_Program_Guide.pdf
  • Volunteer with RecycleSmart and Republic Services! Multiple Farmers Markets in Orinda, Moraga, Danville and Walnut Creek- Scouts can assist with waste sorting stations and the RecycleSmart booth. Annual events like Pleasant Hill's Art Jazz & Wine can also use help with waste sorting stations. For more information, contact Ashley LouisianaAshley@recyclesmart.org 
  • Any troop can participate in a Vermicomposting (Worms!) and Bin Building Workshop with RecycleSmart. It's $20 per family and includes all bin supplies, two hours of instruction and worms! It's a great deal and such a fun experience. For more information, contact Ashley LouisianaAshley@recyclesmart.org

  • Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation: Work parties most weekends; minimum volunteer age is 14, but can be opened to younger children by prior arrangement with a leader (see link below). Eagle Project opportunities include site prep and planting of native plants, as well as invasive species removal. Other projects depend on scout interest. http://www.wcosf.org/calendar/events.html
  • Save Mt. Diablo: Join the Diablo Restoration Team (DiRT)! Dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of natural resources in Contra Costa County, volunteers meet monthly to get DiRTy and contribute to the stewardship of habitat for sensitive and endangered species. Contact Jim Cartanjcartan@savemountdiablo.org
  • Volunteers of Outdoor California: Trail work and camping. Visit www.v-o-cal.org
  • Friends of the Creeks: Help transform a weedy area of creek bank in Civic Park in Walnut Creek into a meadow of wildflowers and native grasses. Restoration days monthly on the second Saturday. Email contact@FriendsoftheCreeks.org.

Water Conservation and Wastewater Treatment
  • Residential Recycled Water Fill Station: Monday-Friday, 9 am - 4 pm. (During wet weather and holidays, please call 925-335-7717.) http://www.centralsan.org/index.cfm?navId=1348
  • EBMUD Resources: In 1978, EBMUD began an education outreach program so that students can learn about water conservation, pollution prevention and watershed stewardship. EBMUD offers classroom materials in English and Spanish at three grade levels, outdoor classroom programs from November to April, and participates in regional education outreach programs. http://www.ebmud.com/recreation/teacher-resources/
  • Rotary Rain Harvesting Project: Get involved with installing rain barrels and other rain harvesting and water conservation techniques. 
  • Central San Student Programs: CCCSD is pleased to offer the following education programs to teachers and schools to help students learn about protecting their environment.  http://www.centralsan.org/index.cfm?navid=161


  • Contra Costa Transfer & Recovery Station Tours: Ever wonder what happens to trash after it's whisked away from the curb? Gain an eye-opening glimpse into the world of garbage on these free tours.  
  • Mt. Diablo Recycling Tours: Learn what happens to recycling after it leaves your curb! Contact Adriana MedinaAdriana.Medina@garaventaent.com
  • Central San Treatment Plant Tours: Central San offers free virtual tours of its award-winning wastewater treatment plant. https://www.centralsan.org/virtual-plant-tour

Here are links for teachers::

Other Local Organizations
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   The Briones newsletter is sent out around the first of each month to those on the Briones email distribution list. If you wish to have something published in the newsletter, please send it to Norman Gee at normgee50@gmail.com and put Briones News in the subject line.