Fully Trained (Training Link)

We often fall into the trap of calling a Scouter "fully trained" when he or she completes "basic" training. It leads some to think that they have done all of the training they can do.

Of course, no person is ever "fully trained." even the most tenured Scouter can learn something by attending or instructing a course. The Five Levels of the BSA Training Continuum discussed in the Guide to Leader Training provide a wealth of opportunities for a progression of learning for all of us to learn more about program, leadership, and other important skills. Do not fall into the trap of using the term "fully trained"! (www.scouting.org)

In January 2015 Orange County Council announced that this year they are requiring any registered leader to be fully trained for the position they hold. We absolutely hope to fully deliver the incredible program of Boy Scouts of America with fully prepared and trained volunteers. Being a trained leader has just become easier than ever with the majority of the required training on line at My.Scouting.Org. Units are required to have all registered leaders, trained for their registered position (this includes committee members) when re-charters are turned in at the end of this year 2015 for the charter year 2016.

The El Capitan District training team is hard at work identifying who still needs training in the district for their current assigned/registered positions, based on the current records from the council or national. Once the needs are clear the training team members will be contacting the unit commissioners, unit committee chairs and in some cases contacting individuals directly to let them know what training they need. They then can work together to either update the records or direct them to the appropriate training. If you know who already needs training go to or send them to MyScouting.Org and/or the El Capitan district website as the winter training dates have been posted for January and February and sign up. You can also request training based on your unit or individual needs from the district training team if it's not already offered by going through one of the avenues below.

Training Reference Links

Training Code Definitions
Leader training Requirements
What makes a trained leader Trained Leader Model
National Training Updates National Training Updates

Greg Dubois, El Capitan District Training Chair
El Capitan District Safety and Risk Management Chair
Member OCC BSA Risk Management Committee
Committee Chairman, Pack/Troop/Crew 167

Online Tools

If you are looking for a great article explaining the online tools available to help scouters in their training, please check out What's the Difference between MyScouting.org and Scouting.org as suggested by our training chairman, Greg DuBois.

District Dinner 2016

Greeting Scouters, hope everyone had a joyous Thanksgiving break. It is that time again, District Dinner Nomination. Please reflect on your unit, all the volunteers and select a person that stands out among their peers and fill out the "Extra Miler" form. If you have an Amazing "Cub Master, "Scout Master", or "Crew Advisor" please let us know. Let's not forget the District Merit Award, the highest honor the district can bestow on an individual for his/her efforts not only in the unit, also in the district. Please elaborate and give specific examples when describing your nominee. "He is nice" or "She is good" are very vague. For example: Mr. Jones is very giving as he gives up his one week personal vacation time each year to take all the boy scouts to summer camp.

In addition, please download those pictures of your units activities and outings and put it on a flash drive and get it to me so I can include it in our district slide show. I will be at the December Roundtable on 12/10.

Have a Fabulous Week.

Linh Terry

District Dinner Flyer
Extra Miler Award
Cubmaster of the year nomination 2015
Scoutmaster of the year nomination 2015
Crew Advisor of the year nomination 2015
District Award of Merit nomination

El Capitan District Facebook Group

Rub electronic shoulders with other members of the District, keep abreast of the most up-to-the-minute discussion, and take the opportunity to network with other Scouters by joining our Facebook Group.

If you still hase not joined the El Capitan Networking Facebook Group, please consider doing so. It is the best way to be in contact with fellow Scouters in the District, ask questions, bring news, post events in your Units or Community, post pictures, etc. This group was created to facilitate open, up and down communication among the adult leadership of El Capitan District's Cub Scout, Boy Scout, OA and Venture Crews. It is a place to ask questions, gain knowledge, make suggestions and promote what
your units are doing in Scouting.

El Capitan District Facebobok Group

Scouting Reads

Scouting Magazine Online
Boys' Life Online


It is time again to be challenged at this years Camporee - "Baden-Powell 101"
The dates are April 29 through May 1 2016 at Camp Firestone. We will have the camporee packets at round table so please make sure you will send someone that represents your unit and ask any early questions that you might have. So see you at the round table this week.

Creg Reitzel
Baden-Powell 101 Camporee Chairman

Camporee Flyer
Camporee Packet

Journey to Excellence

We encourage all units to strive for Scouting success by use of the Journey to Excellence program to make sure your unit is doing everything it needs to do in order to be an exciting, thriving unit. Please check out this Scouting Magazine Article for ways JTE can help your unit.

District Positons

There are still district positions available! If you would like to nominating candidates or to apply for the open positions on the Commissioner and Program Staff please contact Jorge. With your help, we can lighten the load on the current staff and improve our support of the Units within our District. Please bring your nominations to Roundtable or e-mail them to jorger@ocbsa.org.

Most Recent Updates

2016-Feb-10, Home: 2016 Camporee information posted, added information on Journey to Excellence
2016-Feb-10, Training: Links added for Guide to Safe Scouting, Wilderness First Aid
2016-Feb-10, Newsletters: Added February 2016 newsletter
2016-Feb-10, Eagles Nest: Added links for Eagle Service Projects and Applications
2016-Feb-02, Training: BALOO Training Cancelled
2015-Dec-09, Contacts: Contact List updated (new email for Advancement Chair)
2015-Dec-09, Home: 2016 District Dinner information posted