July 1, 2021 Volume 65
Your monthly news & updates
No Roundtable this month!

Save the date of August 12 when we will kick off the new Scouting year with a BBQ at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lafayette.
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

Wednesday - Jul 7 - Eagle BOR Binder Check - Contact Gordon Bell for time and method
Wednesday - Jul 7 - Dr. Charles Townes Supernova Award - Summer 2021
Wednesday - Jul 7 - Dr. Luis Alvarez Supernova Award - Summer 2021
Monday - Jul 12 - Eagle Board of Review - Contact Bruce McGurk
Tuesday - Jul 13- Eagle Board of Review - Contact Gordon Bell
Wednesday - Jul 14 - Dr. Charles Townes Supernova Award - Summer 2021
Wednesday - Jul 14 - Dr. Luis Alvarez Supernova Award - Summer 2021
Friday - Jul 16-18 - Wolf Bear Adventure Camp - Rancho Los Mochos, Livermore
Sunday - Jul 18 - 2021 Silverado Golf Classic - Chardonnay Golf Course, American Canyon
Wednesday - Jul 21 - Dr. Charles Townes Supernova Award - Summer 2021
Wednesday - Jul 21 - Dr. Luis Alvarez Supernova Award - Summer 2021
Monday - Jul 26-30 - Nature & Environment Day Camp - Camp Herms, El Cerrito
Wednesday - Jul 28 - Dr. Charles Townes Supernova Award - Summer 2021
Wednesday - Jul 28 - Dr. Luis Alvarez Supernova Award - Summer 2021
Wednesday - Aug 4 - Dr. Luis Alvarez Supernova Award - Summer 2021Wednesday - Aug 4 - Eagle BOR Binder Check - Contact Gordon Bell for time and method
Thursday - Aug 5 - No District Roundtable
Saturday - Aug 7 - Dr. Charles Townes Supernova Award - Summer 2021
Thursday - Aug 12 - Kickoff BBQ - Back to Scouting - Our Savior Lutheran Church, Lafayette
Saturday - Aug 28 - Cub Scout Field Day - Camp Herms, El Cerrito
Check www.ggacbsa.org/covid for latest info.

For more information regarding the stay at home order please visit the state website:
BSA Membership fee to change beginning Aug. 1, 2021

The Boy Scouts of America has worked to keep the annual membership fee as low as possible, but with rising operating costs, the fee will be increased to maintain the program.

Starting Aug. 1, the membership fee for Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouting participants will be $72, a $6 increase from the $66 fee enacted last August.

The fee for Exploring participants will be $45, up from $42.

The one-time $25 joining fee for new program participants in Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouting will still be required. There is no joining fee for Exploring, participants previously registered in any BSA program, those transferring from one program to another, council-paid memberships or adult volunteers.

Fees for all adult volunteers will be $45, also up from $42. That includes the cost of a background check. Council-paid memberships will remain at $30 and the unit charter fee will stay at $75.

Scouting remains a valuable investment. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, when Scouts were forced to stay home, they still learned skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. They still helped those in need. They still became leaders in their units and communities. Scouting is needed now in America, just as much as it was in 1910.

Your questions answered:
Why are the fees increasing?
The national annual membership fee is increasing because the costs associated with Scouting, including liability insurance, continue to increase. The organization is not able to subsidize the increased costs as it had in the past.

When will this increase take effect?
The updated membership fees will take effect August 1, 2021. To recap, the updated fees will be:
  • $72 for Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouting participants
  • $45 for Exploring participants
  • $30 for council-paid memberships
  • $45 for all adult volunteers (includes cost of background check)
  • $75 for a unit charter fee

Does the fee increase apply to council-paid memberships?
Council-paid memberships will be $30 annually for youth members in fully funded council-paid units for low-income communities.

What will the money be used for?
The annual national membership fee and new-member joining fee help pay for the cost of essential services, including program resources, liability insurance, youth protection and other local council resources. It will not be funding a victims’ compensation trust. The cost of background checks is paid for by the national organization, but it is not the driver of this increase.

In addition to the national membership fee, my council is implementing a council fee. Is that allowed?
Starting August 1, 2021, councils can also choose to charge a fee up to, but no more than, the national membership fee. The council fee can include local insurance costs, as well as the cost to administer unique local programming. Units can continue to assess activity fees.

What measures has the national organization taken to offset its financial challenges?
The BSA has continued to make efforts to streamline and simplify the organization, which included reductions last year as well as the consolidation of departments and elimination of some significant vendors. You can watch this year’s National Annual Meeting business meeting here, which includes a financial report.

Will the national membership fee continue to increase?
Although no decision about future increases has been made, the cost of operating our organization and services increases every year. Should it be necessary to increase fees in the future, the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America has agreed to evaluate the needs and make such decisions, whenever possible, at the National Annual Meeting so that decisions can be announced with as much lead time as possible to allow councils and units to plan accordingly.
On August 12th at 6pm we will have a BACK TO SCOUTING outdoor gathering in person.

Where: Our Saviors Lutheran Church lower parking lot (1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette)
When: August 12th 6-8pm
What: Kick off BBQ, food will be served and face to face fellowship is expected!

Theme: Briones is Back to Scouting. We will discuss the Roundtable schedule and themes for the year, special events, council business, international patches, LEAD, Wood Badge, etc.

Join with your fellow Scouters to kick off a new year of Scouting!!
Look for the sign up coming out soon,

Mark Weyland
Briones District Commissioner
Cub Scout Day Camp with cubs in a campsite area and four pictures in the the picture showing various activities.
Wolf & Bear Adventure Camp July 16-18 @ Rancho Los Mochos

Cubs who will be Wolf or Bear (in the Fall) and their Adult Buddy. Cubs and their adult partners are invited to an exciting weekend camping experience at rustic Rancho Los Mochos Scout Camp. This two-night camping program with Archery, BB guns, Nature, Crafts, and so many more fun activities!

Cub Resident Adventure Camp August 2-7 @ Camp Royaneh

Pull on your hat for adventure around every turn. The Thunderbirds await you to join them to have fun in the sun at Camp Royaneh!

Mom & Cub Camp September 24-26 @ Camp Royaneh

Moms and their Cub (Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos). Located in the beautiful coastal redwoods of Camp Royaneh. The staff will guide you through a weekend of fun and adventure especially designed to reinforce that mother-child bond. A great escape for Cub Scouts and their moms (or another adult female partner like grandmothers, aunts, etc.).

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.
Escape the great indoors! Join in Cub Scout fun at Camp Herms in El Cerrito on Saturday, August 28.

Morning and afternoon sessions are available.  

Launch a rocket, learn some useful knots, practice pocket knife skills (8-10 year-olds only), learn sign language, race a Pinewood Derby car, set up a tent, and more.  

Also, current Cub Scouts can choose archery or BB gun marksmanship, as space permits.  

Current Cub Scouts, as well as boys and girls aged 5-10 who are not yet Cub Scouts, are welcome to attend. Which of your friends will you invite?

Each youth, Cub Scout or not, must have a parent or guardian in attendance.
Register by August 21 to get in on the fun! 

Prices are:
$15 Cub Scout with Archery or BB gun marksmanship
$10 Cub Scout without Archery or BB marksmanship
$ 5 prospective Cub Scout (boy or girl aged 5-10)

(No Archery or BB gun marksmanship is available for non-scouts.)

Questions? Contact Janet McDonald at janetmcdonald5000@sbcglobal.net.

Plan now to complete your Annual Health and Medical Record for this summer

There aren’t any exemptions for 2021, so now is the time to make sure you and your Scout’s records are up-to-date and complete.

To participate in Scouting events, campouts and high-adventure trips, Scouts and Scouters must complete the Annual Health and Medical Record. Now is the time to make sure your and your Scout’s records are up-to-date and complete, especially if your unit has summer activities scheduled.

The Annual Health and Medical Record has three different parts:

  • Part A is an informed consent, release agreement and authorization that needs to be signed by every participant (or a parent and/or legal guardian for all youth under 18).
  • Part B is a self-reported general information and a health history.
  • Part C is your pre-participation physical exam completed by a certified and licensed health care provider.

Parts A and B must be complete for all activities; Part C is required for events lasting longer than 72 hours. Again, this year, all parts must be current through the end of the adventure in order to participate. Review and complete the AHMR fully and carefully; take a look at this instruction page. If you have more questions, refer to this BSA Safety Moment or look at these frequently asked questions. Remember, these completed forms must be secure, so they are not to be digitized, scanned, emailed or stored electronically by unit leaders.

Because the pandemic is not over, it might be a good idea to schedule an appointment soon for the pre-participation exam rather than waiting until summer. When you meet with your medical provider, bring the AHMR form, and it’s advised, especially if you or your Scout will be attending a BSA high-adventure base, to bring the risk advisory associated with that base. That way, your medical provider can better understand any strenuous activities involved. Council-run high-adventure camps might also have required risk advisories to review and complete. Check with the camp you are attending for any additional forms, such as COVID-19-related forms for high-risk individuals, that are necessary this year.

You should also alert Scout adult leaders of plans to address individual risk factors or medication use. When filling out the AHMR, include all medications; you can include a separate sheet if you run out of room.

The Annual Health and Medical Record must be completed every year. It serves many purposes, but primarily, it’s to help keep Scouts and Scouters safe. Click here for the AHMR main page.
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.

Join Scouts Nationwide to help all corners of our communities!

As we have throughout our history, Scouting families have answered the call to work together in service of the greater good. From public health drives…to caring for the environment…to assisting neighbors in need…Scouts have always been a force for positivity and goodness in our communities.

The Summer of Service is a broad initiative for individuals, families, units, districts and councils to participate, share, and report the amazing impact of serving the community.

Check out more about The Summer of Service at www.scouting.org/summerofservice

MERIT BADGE COUNSELORS

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Effective July 12, 2021 all merit badge counselors who are not officially approved by their council to counsel a badge will have that badge removed from their approved list of badges to counsel in Scoutbook. If a merit badge counselor is connected to a Scout to counsel an affected badge that connection will be removed. The only changes to Scouts would be to drop the merit badge counselor connection for the affected badges. Scoutbook will not remove any MB progress approved by the affected merit badge counselors.

Merit Badge Counselors can check if the badge they are counseling in Scoutbook is approved by their council by going to My Dashboard, Administration, My Account, My Positions: their positions and if the badge has a blue checkmark it is approved; if the badge has a green checkmark it is not approved and you should contact your council to continue counseling that badge.
NorCal USAFA Day 2021
I'm Major Harper and represent the United States Air Force Academy. We are hosting an event on 31 July 2021 and would like to invite Boy Scouts in the High School age range who are highly motivated to join the Air Force or Space Force in Northern California to Travis AFB Student day!

NorCal Student Day is a glimpse into the United States Air Force Academy's admission process! It will include briefings from the USAFA admissions office, a practice Candidate Fitness Assessment, briefings for parents and educators, USAF active duty career presentations, and an aircraft static tour. Additionally, each student will have the opportunity for 1 on 1 feedback from local Academy Liaison Officers, where you will be given a personalized strategy to maximize your chances for admission to the Air Force Academy.

Register by emailing NorCalAcademyDay@gmail.com. The registration deadline for this event is 9 July 2021.

Jeri-Lynn Harper, Maj, USAF
Admissions Liaison Officer

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-11.2.0.0-form-2021.pdf. 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 Mark Woodman, as District Director, to sign after signatures of the Beneficiary and Unit Leader are received. Please have the Scout email him at mark.woodman@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 Mark (mark.woodman@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 Mark 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, Mark 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 Mark finds a missing date on an application, Mark will reach out to you individually for this report.

Once the Eagle Scout Rank Application is correct, Mark 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 Mark and our Council Advancement Committee Chair Mr. Merl Nygren (nygreme@att.net).

Scouts can then schedule their Eagle Scout Board of Review with Mr. Bruce McGurk (brucemcgurk@comcast.net) for the Lamorinda Area, or Mr. Gordon Bell (gordon.ed.bell@gmail.com) for the Walnut Creek/Pleasant Hill Area.
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 Mark 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, Mark 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 Mark 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.
2021 Scouts BSA Requirement Changes

Recently, BSA announced changes to First Class (4b) to require demonstrating GPS unit proficiency while on a campout or hike and modified wording on Life rank regarding earning the 3 additional merit badges from the list required for Eagle rank. In addition, the COVID-19 FAQs update on 01/14/2021 continues to allow Second Class (5b) and First Class (6a) swimming requirement to be deferred until each Scout’s next rank, as necessary, through Life rank, but the requirements must be completed by Eagle rank. When conditions warrant, BSA will reinstate these requirements and communicate via BSA sites such as Bryan on Scouting and Scouting Wire with 30 days’ notice. Units will be responsible for tracking deferred requirements. The current release of COVID-19 FAQs can be found here.

Changes to the following Merit Badges also have been made: Archaeology, Collections, Digital Technology, Disability Awareness, Electricity, Electronics, Fish and Wildlife Management, Fishing, Fly-Fishing, Lifesaving, Motorboating, Photography, Public Health, Rowing, Sports, Theater, and Woodwork. Please see this article
 which identifies the updated requirement number and the revision in the merit badge.

BSA also announced that they will no longer publish the annual Scouts BSA Requirements book with current year rank requirements and merit badge requirements. All Scouts BSA rank and merit badge requirements, including changes, will be listed here.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SCOUTS ON TRAIL TO EAGLE

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 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. Boards may be done virtually or socially distanced and masked in person outdoors. Briones Scouts who need their EBOR should contact Gordon Bell at gordon.ed.bell@gmail.com, or Bruce McGurk at brucemcgurk@comcast.net.

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
Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasant Hill & Walnut Creek Eagle Scouts
June 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.
Avery Cole - Troop 1811
Cody Phalen - Troop 405
Jonathan Raffel - Troop 200
Kenny Webb - Troop 832
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.

President
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.

Roundtable
   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.
USEFUL SCOUTING LINKS


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.

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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

Restoration
  • 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

WIldlife

Tours
  • 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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