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2013 Camp Noyo Leaders Guide
The Leaders Guide for the 2012 Boy Scout Summer Camp at Camp Noyo has been released.
REC Board Membership Policy Vote
At a Redwood Empire Council Board of Directors meeting March 21, a vote was taken regarding the proposal in front of the BSA to change it's policy barring membership for openly gay scouts and adults. The vote by the board was 20 members for changing the policy, 1 member against, and 1 abstention.

The Board is still accepting feedback regarding the proposed change. Send your comments to RECVP@redwoodBSA.org. All comments must be submitted by March 28, 2013
Participant Consent Form
This participant consent form is required for most council or district activities.
Redwood Regional Challege is Live!
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Everything is in place to begin the hiking portion of the Redwood Regional Challenge. The service project portion will begin June 1, 2012. See the RRC Website for more information.

New Online Tour Permit Available May 1st
A new ONLINE Tour Permit will be available May 1st. Check out the Information Flyer for more information.
Tahoe Rim Trail Association Youth Camps
The Tahoe Rim Trail Association offers Youth Back country Camp opportunities to Scout aged youth. See their website for more information.
Scout Friendly Vendors List
Redwood BSA Scout friendly vendors.
Retiring Old Glory
Local scouts help with retire flags in Windsor. [Press Democrat Article}
Updated Scouting Safety Alert
The electronic version of the Winter Sports Safety section (item #3) in the Guide To Safe Scouting reads as follows: APPROPRIATE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED FOR ALL ACTIVITIES. THIS INCLUDES THE RECOMMENDED USE OF HELMETS FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS ENGAGED IN WINTER SPORTS SUCH AS SLEDDING AND OTHER SLIDING DEVICES. THE USE OF HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES: DOWNHILL SKIING, SNOWBOARDING, AND OPERATION OF SNOWMOBILES (FULL FACE HELMETS).

Currently the District of Columbia has a helmet requirement which states that it is unlawful for any person under 16 years of age to ride roller skates, a skateboard, sled, coaster, toy vehicle, sidewalk bicycle, scooter, or any similar device without wearing a protective helmet of good fit, fastened securely upon the head with the straps of the helmet. Other states including Pennsylvania are engaged in discussions with various groups regarding similar legislation. Massachusetts is considering the requirement that children 12 and under wear a helmet during sledding, snow boarding and ice skating.

A task force of the Health & Safety Team has been tasked with reviewing this topic further.

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BSA National Hall of Leadership Induction
Nearly 300 Scouts and Scouters from all over the United States were named to the Boy Scouts of America's 100th Anniversary National Hall of Leadership for making a "significant difference in the life of another by the extraordinary service they have given … and the Scouting virtues they have modeled," according to a BSA release about the event.

Miwok District’s Sonoma-area Commissioner John Neville was named as Redwood Empire Council’s inductee.  John’s involvement in scouting spans over 65 years! So he’s been involved in scouting for about 2/3rds of BSA’s history! After raising 15 children of his own, he could have easily retired. But his continued involvement in scouting has been an inspiration to everyone John interacts with.  When asked if he has any words of wisdom for the rest of us scout leaders, he says, "It is all about helping young boys to become responsible adults. But, they already know that, which is why they are involved."

Mandatory Youth Protection Training
Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the BSA.
To increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist today in Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America is implementing several important changes to further enhance its Youth Protection policies.

Effective June 1, 2010:
-- Youth Protection training is required for all registered volunteers.
-- New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before they submit an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.
-- Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer's Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.

For more information, see:

Recruitment Guide
Download this Methods of Invitation recruitment guide for some great ideas on how to get more kids to come to your recruitment evenings.
To order materials for your Recruitment Event, download the Recruitment Materials Order Form.
Note Concerning Medical Forms
Chiropractors may not sign medical forms.  (Click on link to read more.)

Bike Safety
Click here to download the County of Sonoma's Bike Safety Resource Guide.

Paintball Activities
Scout units who wish to participate in paintball activities should know that this is not permissible for a scout unit.  Please see the attached letter from National regarding restricted activities for scouts.