Year 2013, No. 17  --  September 20, 2013

Zombie Survival Camp

Would your Cub Scouts be able to survive a zombie apocalypse? Come to ZOMBIE SURVIVAL CAMP at Rancho Alegre on Saturday November 2 to learn zombie apocalypse survival skills. Some of the survival skills the Cub Scouts will be learning are zombie first aid, zombie tracking, anti-zombie fortresses, fire building, cooking, and pioneering.

      This is a Scouting event and before a Cub Scout can participate in all the fun activities he will have to be certified as a prepared for Zombie Apocalypse Scout.  Once they complete their training, they will receive their ZOMBIE SURVIVAL patch and can then participate in all the fun activities – like BB guns, archery, sling shots, face painting, and more!

All Cub Scouts are encouraged to bring their friends to ZOMBIE SURVIVAL CAMP. ZOMBIE SURVIVAL CAMP is meant to be a fun recruiting activity for Cub Scouts to invite their friends to. ZOMBIE SURVIVAL CAMP will showcase all the fun things Cub Scouts get to do – BB guns, archery, fire building, leatherwork, a closing campfire, and more!


Date: Saturday November 2, 2013
Time: 12 Noon – 6pm
Location: Rancho Alegre Scout Camp
Costs: $15 for current Cub Scouts.
          $10 for any Cub Scouts that bring a friend or any new Cub Scouts that have joined fall 2013.
Included in the costs are participation in Zombie Survival Camp, hot dog dinner, and a Zombie Survival Camp Patch.
Registration & More Information at Zombie Survival Camp

Cub Scout Shooting Sports Day

As if Zombie Survival Camp isn't enough fun for Cub Scouts, our semi-annual Shooting Sports Day is another great activity. Scheduled for Saturday, October 19th. Cost is only $12 for a half day session that includes BB Guns, Archery, and Wrist Rockets.  Morning Session starts at 9:00 am and ends at Noon.  Afternoon Session begins at 1:00 pm and ends at 4:00 pm. Registration opens a half hour before the start of each session. Fee includes the Archery and BB Gun belt loops.  All registration and payments are done online, so please do NOT go to your Scout Store and expect to sign-up. All participants must have a form mandated by the State of California for the shooting of a bb gun. Please download, complete, and bring with you.

Attend as a unit or come individually, but either way, the number of available participants is limited to 40 Cub Scouts each session. Many units like to come out and make this an overnighter. If you are interested in staying overnight, contact Dana at our Rancho Alegre Program Office ( or 686-5167.)  Next session is Saturday, February 22nd.


Help Support Scouting! 

Please plan on joining Chairman, Steve Jordan and local community leaders for a fun night filled with great food at the Spurs & Spice Local Celebrity Chef Dutch Oven Cook-Off on Saturday, October 26! Local community leaders will be paired with Boy Scout troops to compete to see who will be named the “Cast Iron Chef”. Tickets start at $80.  Please contact Angel Ortega at (805) 925-1955 for more information.

Spurs & Spice Poster

To download a copy and print of this form for either yourself, or use for mail-in registration, or to share with others interested in supporting Scouting, please click here.
To go directly to the web page for online registration and payment, click here.


Jamboree on the Air

Jamboree-on-the-Air and Jamboree-on-the-Internet will be held October 19 and 20, 2013. JOTA and JOTI are annual World Scouting events that provide an opportunity for Scouts to communicate with other Scouts from around the world!

Visit JOTA’s webpage,, and JOTI’s webpage,, for how to participate, download participation certificates, order this year’s patches, and MUCH MORE!

We hope you have lots of fun and success during these exciting events!

These are the official BSA designs for the 56th Jamboree-on-the-Air and the 17th Jamboree-on-the-Internet:

Stand Up Paddleboarding Award

The new BSA Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) award—which introduces Scouts to the basics of SUP on calm water, including skills, equipment, self-rescue, and safety precautions—was rolled out just in time for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. It has quickly become one of the favorite activities at the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base as well as many Scout camps around the country.

The emblem (No. 618632) and certificate (No. 618552) are both available from National Supply, and the award codes in ScoutNET PAS are as follows: youth (850) and adults (851). For more information, go to:

  • SUP flier (basic information for Scouts and counselors, plus an award application)

Popcorn HeaderPopcorn Campaign

2013 popcorn patchIs your unit selling popcorn? If not, why? This is one of the best fundraisers for Scouting. Trails End Popcorn is a quality brand with different types of popped and unpopped popcorn. Units who have participated with this program in prior years have Scouts who are able to attend Cub Resident Camp, Summer Camp, Philmont, or National Jamboree with little out-of pocket cash. To find out more about this year's Popcorn Campaign, go this link on the Los Padres Council website.  Check out this information, and if you still have questions, contact LPC Field Director Justin Jepsen at

Get It Done and Get Rewarded!
You'll Have Your New Uniform at a Discount, Plus a Bonus Patch!

Cub Scout Uniform Sale

If you've got a brand-new Cub Scout - or just the fast-growing kind who's advancing to the next level - we're making it easy to complete his official look and grab some welcome extras in one shopping stop.

Cub Scouts... when you buy a complete uniform now through October 27, you'll SAVE 10% and get a FREE PATCH (while supplies last) with your purchase! And the discount applies to all uniform components except for insignia, so it's a great time to gear up. Visit your local participating Scout Shop to purchase and save. For the list of qualifying uniform items go here or pick up the list at a participating Scout Shop.

If you prefer the convenience of buying online, visit our promotional product page to place your order. You must use this link to qualify for the online discount. A discount notification will appear at checkout and a free patch will automatically be added to your cart.

Offer is valid August 15-October 27 online and at participating Scout Shops . Patch supplies are limited, so shop early! Limit one patch per complete uniform purchase. The 10% savings offer excludes insignia but applies to all other required uniform components. Insignia is part of a complete uniform, although not discounted for this offer. Not valid on previous orders; may not be combined with any other offer.

Please share with parents - old and new - in your Pack!

ATTENTION: All Commissioners

The California Central Coast College of Commissioner Science will be held Saturday, College of Commissioner Science PatchOctober 26, 2013, at St. Louis de Montfort Parish in Santa Maria. All registered Commissioners are strongly encouraged to participate in this advanced training program. Earn your Bachelors or Masters in Commissioner Science or begin working on your Doctorate. Additionally, it is planned that Commissioners from Southern Sierra and Ventura County Councils will be participating thereby providing a unique opportunity to network with Commissioners from three Councils. Cost is $30 which includes continental breakfast, lunch, and all materials. Registration starts at 7:45 am and the program runs from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Complete and submit the attached application or register online. For further information, contact Assistant Council Commissioner Jim Snowdy at

Get Trained!
We have some great training coming up! Here's a list with a few comments. See the links on the LPC calendar for more information.

Oct 12          Skills Workshop for Cub Scout Leaders and Parents: Cub Scout Leaders mainly have on-line training (except for BALOO). This is the opportunity for face-to –face training on a variety of topics that will help you work with Cub Scouts. Now is the time to request classes on the topics of your choice, or to volunteer to teach a class, so that we can adjust the program to your needs. If you are interested in attending and/or instructing, please contact Brad Ross (see below) so that we can get your input during the planning process.

Oct. 19/20    Pistol Instructor Training (Offered in Western Los Angeles County Council)

                           Jim Overman, an NRA training counselor and member of the shooting sports committee for WLACC, is offering a one/two day class to Scouters interested in being certified as NRA pistol instructors (only to be used by Venture Scouts). Future classes will be offered for Range Safety Officers (required now)  Rifle-pistol- shotgun and black powder rifle instruction for those scouters who have had NRA basic instructor classes within the last two years are not required to take them again. Others will need to be certified for basic and pistol, hence the two day class. The class is booked at Angeles Ranges (in Lakeview Terrace for October 19/20). Also there is a shooting requirement prior to taking the class. Cost for the two day class $100 and $50 for the one day class. All queries need to be directed to the instructor via e-mail for registration and remittance. Class(es) need to be locked in by September 28.

Oct. 26 & Nov. 2  

                     Wilderness First Aid: A great course for any unit that does backpacking, but if you are attending one of the four BSA High Adventure Camps, you need to have at least one certified individual on the trip (and a back-up is really recommended.) Participants must attend two all-day sessions at Camp French (note this is a correction to earlier posting) on October 26 and November 2 (8 am to 5 pm). Prior to the course, the participant must hold current certification in Basic First Aid and CPR/AED. Limited to 10 individuals, and each individual must be at least 15 years old.  Cost is $120 for LPC registered Scouts and Scouters. For more information, contact instructor George Brown at 459-4225.


Nov. 1 & 2   Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills and Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders.  Both courses are offered during this overnight camping experience at Rancho Alegre.  Cost is $45.  For more information contact Joe Bauer at or Brad Ross at


Nov. 9          Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation  (BALOO). This is a one day course for Cub leaders at Rancho Alegre's Larsen Meadow.  Cost is only $10.


Do you have any questions or requests regarding training? Please contact Brad Ross, the Council Training Chair, at We would like to implement High Adventure Training in the council. Please contact Brad if you are interested in helping put the courses together and staff the training. It’s great to be a trainer because you are learning along with the participants, and helping them to help the scouts.

Bryan on Scouting

Here are some recent notices that will make your Scouting information up-to-date as more and more Scout Leaders are subscribing to the blog of the Editor of Scouting Magazine, Bryan Wendell, to obtain up-to-date information on the Scouting world. Bryan recently published these articles which might be of interest to many of our Los Padres Council readers:

In addition to these articles such as Ask the expert or special offers for Scouts, there are articles and contests with interests for all. To make this blog part of your personal reader go to this url and sign up for some very interesting and informative reading -

WAY POINTS - High Adventure Base Quarterly Newsletter

The four BSA High Adventure Bases at Philmont, Sea Base, Northern Frontier, and The Summit have banded together and put out a great quarterly electronic newsletter.  The latest edition just arrived and you can check out the different activities and registration information for each of the bases.  To check out this newsletter which has a link for your own subscription, go to Way Points.

Order of the Arrow

Put the afternoon and evening of November 9th on your calendar for the Lodge Leadership Development (LLD) Training Session at Rancho Alegre.  That evening at 6 pm the Lodge will have its annual banquet with installation of officers.

Thinking about attending the Centennial Anniversary NOAC in two years? Now is the time to make your intentions known and learn about this opportunity.

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For a BSA prepared Powerpoint presentation on bullying - Scout Version - Leader Version
Scouting’s values make it clear that bullying is not tolerated—both inside and outside of our organization. Our position on bullying—coupled with our commitment to serving America’s youth with a quality Scouting experience—provides Scout leaders a unique opportunity to teach respect and acceptance of others. --Wayne Brock, Chief Scout Executive

Upcoming Council Scouting Events

Below you will find a list of  some upcoming council-wide events for Los Padres Council. To register and/or pay for any of these events, click on the line and it will take you directly to the registration page. For events beyond the last date, click on the link to the calenda

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