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Visit Our New - Golden Gate Area Council (GGAC) Website!

The newly formed Golden Gate Area Council (GGAC) officially started serving youth on June 1, 2020 for Mt. Diablo Silverado Council, San Francisco Bay Area Council and Alameda Council.

This  website is NOT actively updated or maintained. We have switched over to a new website: www.ggacbsa.orgExternal Link

 

Alameda Council To Become Part of the New Golden Gate Area Council

The Alameda Council voted to become a part of the new Golden Gate Area Council on April 27, 2020. This historic vote will lead to the merger of Alameda, Mt. Diablo Silverado and San Francisco Bay Area Councils beginning on June 1, 2020.

We look forward to the expanded resources, greater membership and extensive volunteer spirit that will make the Golden Gate Area Council - the best in the west! As the Alameda District, we will continue to provide the best possible Scouting experience to the youth of our community.

More details to follow - including a council wide kick off event on June 1st.

 

Council Patch Design Contest - Golden Gate Area Council

 


Your Support is Needed Now More Than Ever! 

This is the time of year that we’re hoping to be at full speed on our annual Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign. FOS is our council's most important direct source of income. 100% of the money raised through FOS benefits the Scouts and Leaders right here locally in the Alameda Council. Registration fees go straight to National BSA to cover membership and insurance costs and we receive none of those funds locally.

We know these are unique and challenging times for many, but please help if you can. We're hoping that Global Giving Tuesday - May 5th, 2020 - can be our best FOS fundraising effort yet!

While we shelter in place, our volunteers and staff are still working remotely providing service and preparing for a full return to Scouting. If you have already given to Friends of Scouting this year, thank you! If you have not yet made a donation or would like to make an additional contribution, please consider making your online FOS gift right now. Our goal is 100% participation from our Scouting families - if everyone contributed, it would make all the difference!

There has never been a time in the history of the Alameda Council that a monetary gift will be so impactful and so critically needed. Thank you for your kind consideration!

 

The Alameda Council Service Center is closed in compliance with the current shelter in place order in Alameda Country.

National Statement on COVID-19

To our Scouting community,

In Scouting, we vow to help other people at all times. Now, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Scouting community must do its part to slow the spread of the virus, which will save lives and avoid overwhelming our local healthcare infrastructure.

The safety of Scouts, volunteers, employees and our communities is our top priority.

With safety in mind and based on guidance from national health officials, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is strongly advising that in-person meetings, activities, events and gatherings of 10 or more people be suspended through the end of March. Please also follow any restrictions outlined by your state and local health department or other state and local authorities. This applies to youth and adults out of an abundance of caution.

In accordance with national guidelines, please focus on the following through the end of March:

  • Avoid in-person gatherings; instead, utilize available digital and online resources, such as video conferencing, to continue Scouting meetings, projects and advancement, adhering to the current youth protection guidelines already in place for digital communications.
    • If you must meet, limit participants to fewer than 10 people and remain at least six feet apart.
    • Follow BSA blogs and social channels, as well as #ScoutingAtHome, for great examples and ideas of how to continue Scouting.
  • If you or any member of your family feels sick, DO NOT go into the office or attend any gatherings. Contact your health professional to get care and notify your supervisor so they can take the appropriate measures while you focus on recuperating.

We will continue to evaluate the ongoing situation and prioritize the safety of everyone involved in Scouting – youth, families, volunteers, employees and our communities – is our number one priority.

We realize these decisions are not without their challenges, and we thank you for helping meet the needs of our communities in difficult times.

The steps we are taking reinforce the many ways – big and small – that Scouting empowers character and leadership today and for generations to come.

Boy Scouts of America

Link to the BSA site regarding Cover 19: https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/External Link

 

Alameda Council Merger Discussion - FAQs From Town Hall Meeting

Alameda Council hosted an important "Town Hall" meeting on Thursday, March 12 to discuss the next century of Scouting in Alameda. Thanks to all the Scouting leaders, volunteers and supporters who joined us for a critical conversation about a potential consolidation with Mt. Diablo Silverado and San Francisco Bay Area councils. There has been NO decision made to move ahead with a merger and that action will require a vote of the Executive Board and Chartered Partner Representatives in April.

There were a number of very important and thoughtful questions brought up at the Town Hall meeting. Answers to those questions can be found above in the "Top Stories". Please review for additional information and insight to the possible council merger. Once again, there has been NO decision made to move ahead, and we encourage all voting members to use the above info to make an informed decision.

For more information, please contact Alameda Council Interim Scout Executive Jason Lewis at (925) 759-0848 or via e-mail at Jason.lewis@scouting.org or Council President Benjamin Reyes at btr2esq@berkeley.edu.


2021 National Jamboree - Registration is Now Open!

The Alameda District is currently accepting applications for the 2021 Jamboree. Scouts will be joining the newly formed Golden Gate Area Council contingent and will have a limited number of spots available for youth participants. Register now!

Qualifications for Scouts (Boys and girls):
• Scouts must be at least 12 years of age by July 21, 2021, but not yet 18 by July 30, 2021.
• Be approved by your Scoutmaster and the local council Jamboree committee. 
• Participate in pre-Jamboree training experience and submit a current BSA medical form.
• Make all deposits/payments as scheduled with final payment submitted by January 2021.

Financial Details:
Reserve your place now with a $250 Non-Refundable Deposit. The total cost, estimated, for youth participants will be $2950. This fee includes transportation, meals and lodging to and from West Virginia and Jamboree costs. A payment schedule will be announced with installments due beginning April 2020, and the final payment due January 2021.

Registration Here: https://mdscbsa.org/jamboree-2021/External Link

Additional Information:

Contact the Alameda District service center and visit the 2021 National Jamboree website:     www.jamboree.scouting.org for additional information.


 Annual Crab Feed A Big Success - Thanks to All Who Participated!

The Alameda Council crab feed was a terrific success and an excellent kick-off to our 2020 Friends of Scouting fundraising campaign. Thank you to all who attended, stuffed themselves on delicious crab and walked away with spectacular silent auction items. A huge pat on the back to Special Events coordinators - Jeri Morgado and Julie Pond for pulling together another great event to support Alameda Council Scouting!

 

2020 National Registration Fee Increase

The National office has announced that it will increase its registration fees for the 2020 registration year. The fee increase will be announced  in the November 1st time frame. We know most units have already planned their budget and ask that all units take the appropriate steps now to prevent future issues

Click here for: A Message from the Chief Scout Executive

 

New Criminal Background Check Procedures

Beginning with the 2020 Unit recharters all Adults will be required to submit the attached criminal background check disclosure from. NO other form will be accepted- NO previous years regardless of a persons current registration . There is no exceptions to submitting this form. 

Copies will be provided at Round-table and the Council Service Center

CA Disclosure  Form

 

 

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