In and around the Council…

Scouts and Scouters from all across the Council collected non-perishable food items for the needy during the annual Scouting for Food in November.

This year the Council provided door hangers that could be handed out prior to collection giving specifics on what food items are most needed and when to leave out their bags for pick-up.  Folks even donated used glasses that will be distributed to those in need.

Pack 14 participants gather before hitting the neighborhoods to collect the bags they'd distributed the week before.

Most Sierra Valley units brought their donated items to the Modesto Scout Service center..  Wooden crates were filled and then loaded onto Salvation Army trucks.

Scouts from Pack and Troop 50 of Stockton participated in the 15th Annual Stuff the Bus drive, organized by the San Joaquin Regional Transit District.

Leaders and Scouts gathered on Saturday, November 23rd for the Council’s annual University of Scouting training day.

Boy Scouts were trained to be Den Chiefs, Venturing Crew members completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews, and Scout Leaders at all levels took classes ranging from Ultralight Backpacking to Cub Scouts Academics & Sports Program.

The lunch hour festivities included Wood Badge beadings along with specially decorated cupcakes paying homage to the critters of those receiving their beads.

Cub Scouts Academics & Sports Program was a popular class at this year's University of Scouting.

David Bakken receives his “Staff” bead for his involvement in NYLT.

Wood Badgers Mark Clemens, Naoki Miyakawa, Mike Cummins, Jenni Long, Cameron Smith and Alex Garcia all receive their beads.

2012 Course Director Tim Long hands over the kudu horn to 2014 Course Director, Tony Tirre.

Beavers, Eagles & Owls!

Spreading the Holiday Cheer!!

‘Tis the season for Christmas Parades, Caroling, and Service Projects!

Merced’s Pack 96 and Troop 88 join forces for the Merced Christmas Parade.

Riverbank Pack 10 lights it up for the annual parade of lights, taking the trophy home for “Best Walking Group” for the second year in a row!


Scouts from Pack and Troop 50 singing Christmas carols and giving out handmade ornaments to O'connor Woods residents.

Troop 451 and Troop and Crew 21  combine forces to make up boxes that will then be filled with food for the needy as a part of the Annual Turlock Together Food Drive.

Behind the Scouts are some of the 2200 boxes put together at the Turlock Fruit Company.