Golden Empire Council - Boy Scouts of America

Be Prepared - Do a Good Turn daily

aka GEC-BSA   |   Sacramento, CA   |  http://www.gec-bsa.org

Mission

Our mission is to instill values in young people and prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetimes, to take leadership roles as adults, and to reach their full potential. Those values are based on character, citizenship, personal fitness, and are found in the Scout Oath and Law. We accomplish our mission in partnership with chartered organizations and chosen, well-trained leaders, as we:
• Offer young people responsible fun and adventure.
• Instill in young people life values and help them develop ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law.
• Train young people in citizenship, service, and leadership.
• Serve America's communities and families with quality values..

Ruling year info

1965

Scout Executive/CEO

Mr. James Rhodes-Dreyer

Asst. Scout Executive

Mr. Justin Hernandez

Main address

PO Box 1355

Sacramento, CA 95853 USA

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EIN

23-7627152

NTEE code info

Boy Scouts (O41)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Mission Statement To instill values in youth and prepare them to make ethical choices, take leadership roles, and reach their potential. Those values are based on character, citizenship, personal fitness, and are found in the Scout Oath and Law. We do this by partnering with chartered organizations and well-trained leaders, as we: - Offer youth fun and adventure - Instill in youth life values and help them develop ethical character - Train youth in citizenship service and leadership - Serve community and families Background Statement In 2018, GEC-BSA is serving over 6,000+ youth and 2,500+ adult members in the central and northern CA region including 16 counties, it also operates three highly-regarded youth camping facilities. To do this this GEC-BSA maintains a professional and support staff that manages a ,multi-million annual budget, that oversees it's programs, and that provides services in 7 community-focused districts.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Cub Scouting (with Dens for Girls and Dens for Boys 'K' to 11)

CUB SCOUTS ARE AWESOME.
For more than 80 years, Cub Scouts has provided fun for millions of children around the country and that fun awaits your son or daughter today!

From launching their own model rocket to roasting the perfect marshmallow, your daughter or son will love being a Cub Scout. And the adventures that he will embark on are endless! Camping, swimming, climbing, archery, sports, you name it, Cub Scouts offers it. Get more involved with your kids in a way that puts the fun first.

SO WHAT IS BSA CUB SCOUTS?
Cub Scouts is an active program for small groups we call 'dens' that include only-girls or only-boys in the first through the fifth grade. It encourages learning, friendship, and most of all fun! Boys and girls learn by doing things with their families, Cub Scout Packs, and at special events. Cub Scouts might camp under the stars, tie knots, visit a police station, or even shoot a bow and arrow. There is no limit to the fun things your Scout will do.

BUILDING A STRONG FOUNDATION...WITH FUN!
Girls and boys want to join Scouting because it is fun. But you'll love it for all the other benefits your child receives. Scouting teaches leadership and character. It builds confidence and social skills. It teaches the value of service and citizenship. And it brings families closer together.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
HOW DOES SCOUTING WORK?
Each Scout is a member of a Pack which is broken up into Dens. Dens are groups of 6-10 with only-boys or only-girls around the same age who meet each week at a local school, place of worship, or other community location. Dens go on fun trips, play games, do service projects, and learn new skills. Parents take leadership roles in the Den and help Scouts earn badges for learning fun, new things. The whole Pack gets together about once a month and attends larger activities together such as a weekend camping trip.

HOW MUCH DOES SCOUTING COST?
Scouting has fees for membership and activities. The annual membership fee is $24 (Boys' Life magazine is an optional $12 plus tax per year). When joining, both of these fees are prorated by month. Other costs vary depending on the activities of your local Pack and typically range from $40 to $80 annually. One of the key values of Scouting is that Scouts should help earn their own way. That's why we offer multiple opportunities throughout the year for your son or daughter to earn the money needed to camp and participate in other activities.

We believe that every girl or boy should have the chance to be a Scout! Because of the generosity of local families, businesses and leaders, the Atlanta Area Council can offer assistance to support local families in need.

IS SCOUTING IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD?
Absolutely! There are tons of organizations in neighborhoods throughout Northern California that sponsor Cub Scout Packs. Cub Scouts meet at service organizations, places of worship, schools, and more, all within a comfortable distance to your home. To find a Pack near you, go to https://beascout.scouting.org/.


WHO WILL LEAD MY SCOUT'S PACK?
Cub Scouting is a family activity! You will have the opportunity to take a role in leading your child's experience - and we're here to help you become the best leader you can be with training, online resources and support from our Program Center.

Every volunteer leader is required to go through a rigorous background check and Youth Protection Training process that ensures your son or daughter will be in a safe and fun program. The Golden Empire Council provides many training opportunities for our leaders to enhance the program they deliver, and increase the skills they can pass onto our Scouts.

WHAT ABOUT OTHER ACTIVITIES LIKE SPORTS?
Lots of boys and girls take part in Scouting along with a variety of other activities like sports, music, academic interests, and more. These programs all work together with Scouting to provide your daughter or son with a balance of adult role models and experiences!

HOW CAN MY SON OR DAUGHTER BECOME A BSA CUB SCOUT?
Joining Cub Scouts is easy. Our helpful staff will connect you with a local Cub Scout Pack and volunteer leader. Call us at (916) 929-1417 ext 0 (zero) to find out more about Cub Scouts or click here (https://beascout.scouting.org/) to fill out a form and we'll contact you

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Scouts BSA Troops are an outdoor program designed to develop character, citizenship, leadership, and fitness for young men and young women ages 11 through 14. Scouting's gender-specific Troops help a young-man or young-woman develop into a well-rounded person, both are encouraged to work toward earning The Eagle Scout Award, the highest rank in Scouting, which is recognized around the world as a mark of excellence.

Scouts BSA Troops can take part in many camping opportunities within their troop, at one of the Golden Empire Council's camps, or at one of the Boy Scouts of America's National High Adventure Bases. In Scouts BSA Troops, youth members take responsibility for the activities of the troop. By planning and organizing activities, they develop teamwork and learn to lead as well as follow. After a Scouting experience, young men and young women can choose to transition into the 'Co-Ed' Venturing program or become a volunteer leader in their BSA Scout Troop.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

BSA Venturing is a youth development program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age. Venturing's purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.

BSA Venturing is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders, and organizations in their communities. Local community organizations establish a Venturing crew by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community.

The result is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens.

For more information about the Venturing program in the Golden Empire Council, including how to join or start a Venturing Crew in your area, please Tyler Bonino at (916) 929-1417 ext. 121 or [email protected] Additional information about the Venturing program is available at http://venturing.org.

Venturing Oath - On My Honor, I will do my best to do my duty to god and my country and to obey the scout law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Venturing Law - A scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent

For additional information about Venturing
National Venturing Website - http://venturing.org

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

BSA Exploring is a premier career education program the Golden Empire Council offers for young men and women who are at least 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) and not yet 21 years old. Exploring is all about helping young adults make more informed decisions about future careers and determining if a particular career is right for them. Through our program, youth will take part in hands on career experiences in fields they are interested in learning more about.

Our program involves the following career fields: Science, Technology Engineering, Mathematics, Business, Heath Sciences, and Public Safety.

Come Join the Fun!

If you are interested in joining Exploring, please call Justin Hernandez at 916 929-1

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

BSA Sea Scouts is a specialized segment of the Venturing program, which was organized to address members' boating skills and promote knowledge of our maritime heritage.

Sea Scout units, called "ships," focus on sailing and cruising either sailboats or power vessels. During the boating seasons, Sea Scouts learn to maintain and operate then vessel, with a focus on learning the safe and proper methods of handling boats. Sea Scouts also learn the meaning of buoys and lights, how to take advantage of wind and tide, and how to drop anchor or approach a dock.

Most ships hold formal meetings conducted in either full dress or work uniforms. Swimming, lifesaving, first aid, Coast Guard Auxiliary Sailing and Seamanship, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation courses are taught with the ship by their own officers. The state safe boating course is also offered by many ships. Occasionally movies are shown, contests between crews are held, or internship visits are arranged.

For more information about the Sea Scouts in the Golden Empire Council, including how to join or start a Sea Scout ship in your area, please Justin Hernandez at 916 929-1417 ext 213.
Additional information about the Sea Scout program is available at http://seascout.org.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Accreditations

Boy Scouts of America - Journey to excellence GOLD council 2016

Boy Scouts of America - Journey to excellence GOLD council 2017

Boy Scouts of America - Journey to excellence GOLD council 2018

Boy Scouts of America - Journey to excellence GOLD council 2019

Great Nonprofits - Top Rated 2018

Great Nonprofits - Top Rated 2019

Great Nonprofits - Top Rated 2020

Sacramento Region Community Foundation - REVIEWED 2018

Sacramento Region Community Foundation - REVIEWED 2019

Sacramento Region Community Foundation - REVIEWED 2020

Affiliations & memberships

National Council Boy Scouts Of America 1910

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of campers enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adolescents

Related Program

Scouts BSA (With Troops for boys and Troops for girls 11 to 17)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers reflect Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts attending Camp Winton and Camp Lassen. In 2017 -18 reduced attendance is largely due to attendance limitations imposed by the US Forest Service.

Number of youth receiving services (e.g., groups, skills and job training, etc.) with youths living in their community

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Cub Scouting (with Dens for Girls and Dens for Boys 'K' to 11)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers represent new Cub Scouts who are joining the Scouting program for the first time. Many will progress though the Cub Scout program to become members of Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts)

Number of youth-led community service projects

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

Scouts BSA (With Troops for boys and Troops for girls 11 to 17)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is our count of new 'Eagle Scouts' who as part of their final advancement are required to plan and conduct a preapproved service project. (See http://bit.ly/2UF6Sob)

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To be recognized within the communities we serve as the premiere youth organization, carrying out the mission of the Boy Scouts of America. We will make first-class programs available to all youth within the Central Valley communities of Northern California. Program results will have dramatic, positive effects on the youth, leaders, and families we serve, building strong communities with caring citizens.

Our vision for the Golden Empire Council is to accomplish the mission of the BSA in such an exemplary manner as to be recognized by our public as the premier youth organization in the communities we serve and by other councils and the National Council as second to none in all our endeavors.

The Golden Empire Council is committed to the following functions in fulfilling its chartered responsibilities:
- To extend the program to as many youth as possible.
- To ensure the program has quality trained leaders.
- To ensure the program is delivered in a safe environment.
- To build relationships with community institutions.
- To attain goals and objectives in outreach and quality.
- To involve as many volunteers as possible for the total program.
- To maintain and operate camps.
- To ensure a quality program through balanced activities.
- To finance the operation of the council and maintain accurate financial records.
- To employ an approved professional staff to give direction to the program.
- To ensure that all National Council policies and regulations are carried out."

The Golden Empire Council is well positioned for continued success:
- Iconic programs that are widely known, supported and understood.
- Growing membership at in all programs and in the our critical 'entry-level' Cub Scouting program
- Well developed properties with strong traditions of supporting our programs.
- Healthy financial status that allows us to be focused on and investing in the future
- A long history of identifying leaders at all levels.

Program Successes and Plans for the Future
- Golden Empire Council BSA serves over 16,000 youth
- Achieved 2.5% growth in overall scouting
- Achieved 13% growth in Cub Scouts
- Established 24 new units
- Recruited 3,000 new families into scouting
- Recruiting efforts made us 12th in the nation, 3rd in the region, and 1st in the state
- Broke ground on our premier Northern California Adventure area and completed the first building
- Achieved 'Gold' rating for the second year (2016 & 2017) in the BSA's national bench-marking effort called "Journey to Excellence"
- Continue to look for and selectively develop properties that help to deliver and improve our porgrams.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Golden Empire Council - Boy Scouts of America

Board of directors
as of 7/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sonja Herne

Teichert Construction

Term: 2022 - 2021

Bobby Tanaka

David Ishikawa

Edward Harris Jr. Middle School

Larry Taylor

Clifton Larson Allen

Shawn Murphy

Kelly Brothers

Genovese Burford & Brothers

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/25/2021,

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Leadership

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/11/2020

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.