Serving the communities of Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro & San Lorenzo

District Newsletter:
October 2022
This newsletter is a transformation of the Roundtable Resource Page that was published once a month for Cub Scouters.  Now this will be distributed to all leaders in the district in our desire to improve communication between the district and its units.  We hope you find this information helpful.  If you have comments, suggestions or an item for the newsletter, please send to our Vice Chair Program Michael Wrenn at [email protected]
  • Interested in working as Professional Scouter?  The GGAC has several posts available.  Here is a job description. Click Here.  Contact Director of Field Services, Brian McGuire, [email protected] for more information.
  • Updated Covid Information is now available from the GGAC.  Click Here for More Information
  • The National Jamboree will be held in July 2023 at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.  Our local council is currently forming a contingent to travel to the jamboree.  Click here for more information
  • NYLT Winter 2023 Course Registration is now open.  Click here for more information

Scout Shop, Trading Posts & Service Center
The Council Service Center in Pleasanton is open, 6601 Owens Drive, Suite 100, Pleasanton 94588. The main phone number and professional staff extensions are unchanged.   Click Here for GGAC Council Website
Scout Shop: 508 Contra Costa Boulevard, Suite K2, Pleasant Hill 94523:
Monday – Friday 10:00 am- 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Pleasanton Trading Post: 6601 Owens Drive, Suite 100, Pleasanton
Monday – Wednesday – Friday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday – Thursday – 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Alameda Trading Post: 1714 Everett St., Alameda
Monday – Friday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
2nd Saturday of Month – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

From our TR District Commissioner, Rose Godfrey:
What is a Unit Commissioner?
Simply, a Unit Commissioner is a friend to a unit—a Pack, Troop and/or Crew.  The Commissioner is trained for the position and must make a minimum of 6 visits per year and file the visit using  S/He is there to help the unit succeed by offering information, ideas, best practices to help identify and solve various challenges.
At this time, Tres Ranchos has 5 active commissioners serving 14 of the 29 units in our District.
One of the most important tasks for a Unit Commissioner is to support the on-time charter renewal of a unit.
Please let me know if you would be interested in serving as a Unit Commissioner!
Phone: 510-886-5177

The Tres Ranchos District Committee is a group of committed volunteer Scouters who often come from the units, where they have served as unit leaders or on the committee. However, any Scouter can be part of our team!  Our District Key leadership: District Chair, District Commissioner and District Vice Chair-Program will end their terms of office in June.  We are looking for volunteers to serve on the Nominating Committee as we seek new leadership to continue the work of Tres Ranchos District.  If you can help, contact Michael Wrenn at [email protected] or Rose Godfrey at [email protected]
NEXT MEETING: NOVEMEBER 3, 2022.  Contact Michael Wrenn if you need a link.
TR District Awards Night and Eagle Scout Recognition Event
Thursday, December 8, 2022, 6:30 pm
Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church, 20104 Center St, Castro Valley
Come join us for an evening of celebration followed by a festive dessert reception to celebrate Scouting in Tres Ranchos District as we recognize:
  • All youth earning Eagle Scout rank during 2021 and 2022
  • Recipients of the District Award of Merit
  • Recipients of the District Recognition Plaque
  • District Commissioner and District Chairman’s Awards
  • All leaders earning training awards and knots
  • The Unsung Hero Award for unregistered supporters
  • Veterans Awards
  • Wood Badge recipients
  • Certificates of Appreciation
Let us all come together to celebrate our accomplishments of our Eagle Scouts
and the efforts of our devoted Scouting volunteers

Recharter time is upon us.  Start doing the preparation work by making sure all your unit volunteers have Youth Protection Training (YPT) that will be valid for the entire charter period (Calendar Year 2023).  Also follow up with those leaders who haven’t completed AB 506 training.  Scouting volunteers who are not in AB 506 compliance will be dropped from your roster, which can delay the rechartering process for your whole unit.  Click here for more rechartering resources from GGAC

This year’s efforts are headed up by Yoshiko Bertetta. She will be assigning areas for door hanger distribution and bag pick-ups. Do not assume you have the same area as last year without checking with our coordinator first.  Door hangers will be available within the next two weeks.  Our main drop-off point for grocery bags will be in Castro Valley at Rite Aid on Castro Valley Blvd.  More information on the overall campaign is available from the Council Click Here for More Information   Contact Yoshiko at [email protected] or call 415-290-0712.

Remember that training is available for all pack and troop  leaders online at With newly-registered leaders, it is essential that they immediately take Youth Protection Training, and the training relevant to their specific position.
Upcoming training courses:
Looking for in-person training?  Silicon Valley-Monterey Bay Area Council is offering a live course for key unit leaders.  Click here for more information

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)
For Scouts BSA Leaders:
Scoutmasters, Asst Scoutmasters, Troop Committee
Chief Solano District Course, October 9-10:  For More Information, Click Here
For Cub Scout Leaders:
Cubmasters, Webelos/ Den Leaders, Pack Committee
 All pack overnighters require at least ONE leader with BALOO training
Chief Solano District Course, October 22-23:  For More Information, Click Here
Silicon Valley-Monterey Bay Area Council Course, Oct 8-9: For More Information, Click Here
Save the Date!  LEAD January 28, 2023
Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill
LEAD is an all-day long Training Extravaganza for all adult leaders in every program: Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Sea Scouts, Venturing and Exploring. There is something for everyone.  This is a DO-NOT-MISS opportunity!
REGISTRATION OPENS SOON!  For More Information, Click Here

Cub Scout Roundtable Format is changing.  Tres Ranchos District will be offering RT through a new GGAC program:  A weekly, drop-in Virtual Roundtable on Mondays 5-7 pm.  Drop in any Monday for help with your pack.  Click Here for Zoom Details and More Information
Scouts BSA Roundtable with RT Commissioner Roger Doering will continue on Zoom on 2nd Thursdays at 7pm as usual.  This is monthly training and support for Scoutmasters, Asst Scoutmasters and Troop Committee.  Attend Roundtable! Stay Informed!
Meeting ID: 428 249 408
Password: 620569


GGAC Spring 2023 Course Now Open for Registration
Wood Badge is an advanced training experience for Scout leaders in all programs.  This is a two weekend course.
Friday, March 24, 2023 – Sunday March 26, 2023 AND
Saturday, April 22, 2023 – Sunday, April 23, 2023

It is NOT too early to start thinking about the 2023 Camping Season.  Stake-a-Claims are available for Camp Royaneh, Wente Scout Reservation and Camp Wolfeboro Click Here
Save the dates for our exciting Cub Scout Weekend and Resident Camp programs.

Patch for Citizenship in Society merit badge.
Citizenship in Society Merit Badge
NOW Eagle Required
Scoutmasters: Thank you for helping your Scouts in their journey through Scouting. The new merit badge, Citizenship in Society, is now “Eagle Required.” The Advancement Committee has adopted a process focused on serving those youth who will “age out” this calendar year. Both Scouts and Counselors participating in National’s pilot reported that results were enhanced working with a group of 6 to 8 high school aged Scouts who were within 2 years of age.
The process prioritizes 17-year-old Life Scouts who will not complete the Eagle Scout requirements (less an Eagle Board of Review) prior to June 30, 2022. Participation will be expanded for other Life Scouts (and other ranks) as the demand by 17-year-olds diminishes.
Review the Citizenship in Society requirements.
Review the Scout’s record of completed merit badges.
Discuss cohort participation with Scout and parent. Determine readiness.
Complete the on-line form:
Please assure the parent is connected to Scout in Scoutbook as all communication and Merit Badge sign-offs will occur through Scoutbook
What will happen:
Parent will be sent coupon code and instructions for Scout to:
Review Available Citizenship in Society Cohorts
Select Cohort with compatible schedule
Register using a one-time Coupon Code or pay $1,000 (this is there to ensure scout has a coupon code!).
Scoutbook will be used for all communications.
Virtual meetings such as Zoom, Goggle Teams, etc.
GGAC NEEDS COUNSELORS FOR THIS MERIT BADGE.  PLEASE CONSIDER SERVING IN THIS CAPACITY.  Contact our Advancement Chair Diane Riggs, [email protected] for more information.

The Golden Gate Area Council needs your help!  While we are dependent on our volunteer Scouters to help deliver the program, the council also is reliant on donations from individuals and local companies to help fund our efforts.  Council properties, program administration, and professional staff salaries are just some of the expenses.  The approximate cost per Scout is $240, and as you know the program fee is only $66.  Will you consider a recurring donation of $20 a month to support Scouting?  One time gifts are also welcome.  Please inquire with your employer about matching gifts.  Pledge today and help Golden Gate Area Council remain financially strong.   Pledge to the 2022 Friends of Scouting campaign

Sunday, December 4 vs. Miami Dolphins

Order of the Arrow News
Elongomats Needed at Camp Royaneh Oct 14-16
Our next induction is coming up fast, and we need elangomats!
When: October 14-16, Arrive between 6:30-7:00 Friday night, leave around noon on Sunday
Where: Camp Royaneh, Cazadero
Elangomats (or friends) will serve as guides for the candidates as they complete their induction. As an elangomat, you will work alongside the candidates as they complete their service, and answer any questions they have during the Induction. You will also need to attend a training meeting the evening of 10/9.
This is a chance for you to help the future generations of Arrowmen and attend an outdoor OA event. You’ll get to meet new people and provide service to the lodge. No experience is required and you will be trained over zoom and receive further instructions upon arrival at Camp Royaneh.
Please fill out both forms:
If you have already registered, please make sure to fill out this form if you haven’t already:
If you have any questions, please email indu[email protected] or ping @henry Johnson in Discord.

 Our annual Lodge Banquet is coming up on December 3rd, 2022 from 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM at Elks Lodge in Alameda! (2255 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94501)
 All members of Yerba Buena and parents are invited to join us for a nice dinner to wrap up the year’s successes. This banquet is an opportunity to catch up with your fellow Arrowman and meet some new ones! Doors for registration will open at 5 PM and the program will start at 6 PM.
Along with dinner, we will have:
  • – Auctions
  • – Silent Auctions
  • – Trading Post
  • – Award Announcements
  • – Swearing in of the 2023 Lodge Officers
The registration link will be released at a later date. Please mark your calendars now!
If you have any questions please contact:
Jessica Stevens (Youth) – [email protected].
Craig Leighty (Adult) – [email protected]

Wekenmayon Village meets on the 3rd Monday of every month. Our meeting takes place at Creekside Community Church, San Leandro: 951 MacArthur Blvd, San Leandro, CA 94577. If you are unable to attend in person please join virtually via zoom. Everyone is encouraged to participate!
Please come dressed in field uniform (Class A) including your OA sash and face mask. Feel free to your village officers with questions or concerns (such as assistance organizing transportation).

Opportunity for Civic Engagement:
Light up the Season Returns to City of Hayward
December 3
Light Up the Season, the annual downtown Hayward winter-time celebration and lighting ceremony, is returning to the City Hall rotunda and plaza the afternoon and evening of Saturday, Dec. 3, and local organizations, businesses, associations and school groups are welcome to participate.
After two-years of virtual and scaled-back Light Up the Season programs due to COVID-19, the City of Hayward is reintroducing the event with the goal of creating a time and place for Hayward residents to come together in a spirit of inclusion, and to share and celebrate winter-time traditions of our diverse communities. How do you celebrate Twin Luminaries, Mawlid al-Nabi, Chalica, Bodhi Day, Las Posadas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Lohri, Pongal, or other occasions that have the common theme of remembering that there is light even during the season of long nights?
With the 2022 edition of Light Up the Season, the City seeks to partner with community organizations, local businesses and associations, and school groups to recognize and to honor the sense of pride, togetherness and belonging shared by Hayward residents and interrupted by the pandemic. We invite you to present music and dance from these various winter traditions and to decorate homes and businesses in ways that recognize and embrace our commonalities as well as our wealth of cultures and traditions.
During the event, the City will continue its tradition of holding a lighting of a tree and other decorations just after sundown at approximately 5 p.m., as well as displays of fire engines and other apparatus, police officer- and firefighter-led seasonal toy and donation drives, an appearance by Curbie, the Hayward Public Library bookmobile, and other offerings.
Local organizations, businesses, associations, school and other groups interested in participating through performances, the sharing of winter-time traditions and other cultural practices, and in other ways are encouraged to contact Community Programs Specialist Zach Ebadi, of the Hayward City Manager’s Office, at (510) 583-3911 or by email at [email protected].

Adult Leader Awards
While advancement is for Scouts (youth only) there are some awards and recognition that adults can earn.  Other awards are presented and cannot be earned.  Most adult awards have an associated square knot that is worn on the uniform. Click below for more information on training awards and other recognition for leaders.


JOTA-JOTI (Jamboree-on-the-Air-Jamboree-on-the-Internet) is the world’s largest digital Scout event taking place on the Internet and over the airwaves. Held every year in October, the event connects millions of young people around the world for a full weekend of online activities that promote friendship and global citizenship. JOTA-JOTI enables young people and volunteers to participate in fun and engaging group activities over the Internet and amateur radio focused on developing 21st century skills through Scouting.
JOTA-JOTI takes place from October 14-16, 2022. The dynamic program comprised a variety of non-formal education activities, including webinars, global campfires, talent shows, live shows, fun challenges and more through an interactive 3D campsite. JOTA-JOTI aims to support young people of all ages to learn about communications technology, the values of global citizenship, and their role in creating a better world.
To learn more about how your unit can be involved in JOTA/JOTI, please visit the following link:
Cub Scouts enjoying the dining hall at Camp Royaneh
The Golden Gate Area Council needs your help!  While we are dependent on our volunteer Scouters to help deliver the program, the council also is reliant on donations from individuals and local companies to help fund our efforts.  Council properties, program administration, and professional staff salaries are just some of the expenses.  The approximate cost per Scout is $240, and as you know the program fee is only $66.  Will you consider a recurring donation of $20 a month to support Scouting?  One time gifts are also welcome.  Please inquire with your employer about matching gifts.  Pledge today and help Golden Gate Area Council remain financially strong.   Pledge to the 2022 Friends of Scouting campaign

Virtual program resources

A variety of resources are being developed not only by the National Council but other local area councils around the country.  Volunteer Scouters have been busy this year.  You don’t have to have endless imagination, there is a considerable amount already done for you.
From the National Council:   National Council Den Meeting Resources   National has assembled videos from councils all over the country to put together videos for each level and adventure.  A great resource when you don’t have time to plan your own meeting or you’d rather spend your time on other things.   This is very comprehensive.
From Cascade Pacific Council in Oregon, some excellent resources for conducting online/virtual den meetings including presentations, scripts, and guides for the Scouts.  Best of all there is no charge for these resources, and everything is done for you.

We are here to serve:
Your District Key 4
  • District Chairman: Justin Bosl                         Email: [email protected]
  • District Commissioner: Rose Godfrey                    Email: [email protected]
  • Vice Chairman- Program: Michael Wrenn                Email: [email protected]
  • District Executive: Jesse Barush                        Email: [email protected]
We are looking for your photos of Scouts at your meetings, campouts and activities for inclusion in this monthly publication.  Send photos or articles about the great things your unit is doing to [email protected]