Rio del Oro District News February 2014

Message From your District Executive

Friends of Scouting Family Unit Presentations

What is Friends of Scouting, and why is it so important to contribute to the annual Friends of Scouting Campaign?

Two great questions! Friends of Scouting (FOS) is the annual giving campaign of the Greater Yosemite Council and provides the necessary funds to ensure a quality Scouting program for youth. More specifically, by supporting FOS, you help keep:

· The cost of Council camps affordable

· The Council Service Centers and camp facilities in top condition

· The promise of a quality Scouting experience to your son or daughter and others in Scouting

There are three FOS campaigns each year: the Family Campaign, the Executive Board Campaign, and the Business Campaign. Each is vital to the programs and services of the Council. The money raised through the annual FOS campaign offsets the cost of training Scouting leaders, operating the Council camps and service centers, and providing other resources to Cub Packs, Scout Troops, Varsity Scout Teams, Venturing Crews, and Sea Scout Ships throughout the Council – 436 units in all.

It costs the Greater Yosemite Council approximately $160 to provide a quality Scouting experience for one registered Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer, or Sea Scout per year. Parents of Scouts and other neighborhood and community members play an invaluable role in the annual FOS campaign by contributing money that reflects their respect for what the program can achieve and their ability to give.

Help keep Scouting strong by participating as a Friend of Scouting. Thank you for your generous support!

If you would like to donate go to

To schedule an FOS family presentation email me: .

Product Sales

Great news!! The Rio del Oro units had a record year in popcorn sales: 16 units sold $75,541 in gross sales. I want to personally thank all those leaders and parents for making your unit sales a successful one.


The Camp Card is designed to help units fund their way to 2014 Camp programs. The intent of the Camp Card sale is to allow Units to raise funds so all Scouts can earn their way to Day Camp, Resident Camp, Philmont, Sea Base, Northern Tier, other activities, or simply support unit program and supply needs. This program is completely RISK FREE, because any unsold Camp Cards can be returned to the Council office.  For more information visit the Camp Card page on the Council website:



This month we focus on Webelos to Scout Transition…..

The passage from Cub Scout pack to Boy Scout troop should be smooth, with no time lost in between. By the time Webelos Scouts are ready to cross over, they and their families should be familiar and comfortable with the youth and adult leaders of the troop, their role in the troop and troop activities, and feel excited about beginning this new adventure. The Webelos Scout's graduation ceremony should clearly signify his transition to a new level of Scouting, and could include the presentation of his Arrow of Light Award, a Boy Scout Handbook, and a troop neckerchief.

A Webelos Scout who has earned the Arrow of Light Award has now completed all the requirements for the Scout badge and may join a Boy Scout troop.

The key factor to improved Webelos transition is the ongoing working relationship of the leaders of a Cub Scout pack and a Boy Scout troop. Ideally a community organization would have both a pack and a troop with leaders who work together to help move Webelos Scouts into a Boy Scout troop the same way schools move students from elementary school to middle school.

For more information on Webelos to Scout transition visit

or email with any questions, concerns or requests regarding membership.

Rio del Oro District Pinewood Derby

Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014

Cost: $5.00 per racer (prepaid only)

Location: Smith Chevrolet

Smith Chevrolet Cadillac, Inc. 1601 Auto Mall Drive, Turlock, CA 95380

Check-in: 11:30AM Race Starts: 12PM

Because names need to be entered into the computer and nametags made, all registration forms are due on March 28, 2014.  Mail to Greater Yosemite Council 4031 Technology Dr Modesto, 95356 or fax to (209)545-6321.  For additional information contact Adan Barajas 566-7709.

Awards Night

Rio del Oro Awards night is going to be on May 3, 2014. Nomination paperwork has gone out in the mail.  Please submit your nominations for your leaders to be considered. Deadline to submit nominations is March 7, 2014. If you need more information please contact Onis Lentz, Rio del Oro Program Chairman at

What have Our Units Been Up To???

Troop 9 11 at the Hickman Harvest Festival.

The Scouts of Troop 451 at Scout Island in Merced (shown here conducting US flag retirements following their Court of Honor).

Upcoming Trainings coming to the Rio del Oro area:

March 8thLeader Specific Training for Cub Leaders and Boy Scout Leaders to be held in Turlock.

Register online: 

Cub Leader Training Boy Scout Leader Training

March 13th and 21st—22nd Webelos Outdoor Leader Skills Training — new this year, this training will be held simultaneously with Boy Scout Leader Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills.

Register online: 

Webelos Outdoor Leader Skills

Download registration flyer or reserve a spot online now!