Contra Costa County, with six other Bay Area counties, has extended the “Shelter in Place” directive through May 3.  Click this for details.

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Scouters and Scouting Families:

I hope you and your family members are safe and healthy. We’re following California’s and Contra Costa Counties Shelter in Place directive, as well as following other important guidelines established for public safety. Our staff is safe, healthy and learning more about Zoom, every day!

With the most recent order to close all non-essential businesses, our Council Service Center and camps will remain closed through Sunday, May 3, 2020.  If we reopen on Monday, May 4, 2020, we will follow all prescribed safety protocols of social distancing. When our Council Service Center reopens, we anticipate our National Scouts Shops will too and I will write you again when we know more.

During our closure, our employees are working at home and being paid, and their healthcare and other benefits have continued.  We are also current with our vendors and have processed many refunds for programs already cancelled. We have been able to do this because of the generosity of many people and exceptional stewardship of council leaders.

Scouting is at its best when others are in need and it is inspiring to see so many innovative ways Scouters are delivering program through virtual meetings and other At Home Scouting methods. Popular links getting updated regularly are www.scouting.org/scoutingathome and www.mdscbsa.org. We have a great staff working hard to provide leaders as many resources as we can.

Even in these unique times, our Scout Oath stills resonates, “to help other people at all times”.  There are ways Scouting can help now and in the future. Food and blood banks are in great need, but don’t forget your neighbor who may be living with pain and loneliness and need an uplifting word or a good deed. Also, please don’t forget Mt. Diablo Silverado Council. I know many of our families have been hurt with loss of income, so if you can help us keep Scouting strong, please make a gift at https://www.mdscbsa.org/donate2020/

We need to care for our families and each other. It is going to take some new approaches to Scouting, but we are all going to learn new ways to provide Scouting to our youth. They deserve our innovation and tenacity to deliver the promise of Scouting.

Thank you for all you do for Scouting and our youth in the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council.

Yours In Scouting

John Fenoglio, Scout Executive/CEO

Scouters and Scouting Families:

I hope you and your family members are safe and healthy. We’re following California’s and Contra Costa Counties Shelter in Place directive, as well as following other important guidelines established for public safety. Our staff is safe, healthy and learning more about Zoom, every day!

With the most recent order to close all non-essential businesses, our Council Service Center and camps will remain closed through Sunday, May 3, 2020.  If we reopen on Monday, May 4, 2020, we will follow all prescribed safety protocols of social distancing. When our Council Service Center reopens, we anticipate our National Scouts Shops will too and I will write you again when we know more.

During our closure, our employees are working at home and being paid, and their healthcare and other benefits have continued.  We are also current with our vendors and have processed many refunds for programs already cancelled. We have been able to do this because of the generosity of many people and exceptional stewardship of council leaders.

Scouting is at its best when others are in need and it is inspiring to see so many innovative ways Scouters are delivering program through virtual meetings and other At Home Scouting methods. Popular links getting updated regularly are www.scouting.org/scoutingathome and www.mdscbsa.org. We have a great staff working hard to provide leaders as many resources as we can.

Even in these unique times, our Scout Oath stills resonates, “to help other people at all times”.  There are ways Scouting can help now and in the future. Food and blood banks are in great need, but don’t forget your neighbor who may be living with pain and loneliness and need an uplifting word or a good deed. Also, please don’t forget Mt. Diablo Silverado Council. I know many of our families have been hurt with loss of income, so if you can help us keep Scouting strong, please make a gift at https://www.mdscbsa.org/donate2020/

We need to care for our families and each other. It is going to take some new approaches to Scouting, but we are all going to learn new ways to provide Scouting to our youth. They deserve our innovation and tenacity to deliver the promise of Scouting.

Thank you for all you do for Scouting and our youth in the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council.

Yours In Scouting

John Fenoglio, Scout Executive/CEO

How COVID-19 Impacts MDSC & the BSA

In this unprecedented time the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council (MDSC) wants each one of you to know that you, your families and your extended network of colleagues and friends are of our utmost concern. Under the order of the Health Officer of Contra Costa County we are asking all units to cease its meetings and activities through May 3, 2020.

The Council Service Center will remain closed to the public through that date as well. The professional staff is still here to serve you and you may contact them through their office lines and they will receive it as their desk phones are all set to forward to their cell phones. The staff will also be available to respond via email to your needs. Please subscribe to our Facebook page and check out our website MDSC for the latest information from your council.

All applications and Eagle paperwork we assume will be approved for an automatic extension from our National Office and will work with them to make it so. If you are able to make a Friends of Scouting donation to keep the essential services of Scouting running. Click here to DONATE  

Further, MDSC will honor requests for refund for Camp Wolfeboro and Day Camp. We also will be postponing the deadline for Camp Wolfeboro Payments until April 30th.

Additionally, Day Camp late fees are waived for those who wish to register for the summer. After this drastic change in our youth’s lives this Spring it is imperative, we do what we can to give them a fun
and safe summer. Districts are encouraged to reschedule their activities currently scheduled through May 11, 2020 to this fall. Camp Herms will also have its drive-in gate closed at least through April 7, 2020.

As Scouts we are expected to be leaders in our community, we need to obey the laws and
regulations that have been put in place to protect our community. Utilize virtual methods to conduct your business – Facebook Live can be used through unit and District web pages to communicate. You are also able to correspond with Merit Badge Counselors or your Den Leaders to earn achievements. While the current situation represents a change from or normal operations standard it presents an opportunity for us to break out of our comfort zone and embrace new ways of delivering the promise of  Scouting to one another.

Thank you all for what you do to support our community through Scouting. We all benefit from your involvement

Activities

Click HERE to open a treasure chest of activities you can do at home

Click HERE to find great ways to keep your skills sharp without leaving home

Click HERE to find great ways to keep your skills sharp without leaving home

Click HERE to sign up for online merit badges earned while you shelter in place. Be quick, there are a limited number of badges being offered and p;aces go fast!

Click HERE for a list of Merit Badges that Scouts may complete at home – no social distancing required.

Click HERE for 25 fun projects you can do at home

Click HERE for ideas about how you undertake acts of Scouting service from home.

News & Events

Click HERE for information about the pending merger of Mt. Diablo Silverado, San Francisco Bay Area, and Alameda Councils.

Click HERE for rank advancement information for all ranks – Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing & Sea Scouting

Click HERE for rank advancement information for all ranks – Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing & Sea Scouting

Click HERE for  a video showing an online Troop meeting as they prepare for a trek.

Click HERE for  links to review Position Specific training. And, don’t forget about YPT and Hazardous Weather training.

Click HERE to sign up for an entire year of Boys’ Life for free on your mobile device.

Click HERE to find out how to make your purchases online

Home Scouting Ideas

Click here to open an amazing treasure box of activities at home.

30-Day Challenge

A great way to keep your skills sharp for Cub Scout scouts without leaving home.​

30-Day Challenge

A great way to keep your skills sharp for Scout BSA scouts without leaving home.

Merger Info

Information on the pending merger of the Mt. Diablo Silverado, Alameda, and San Francisco Bay Area Councils.

Scout Shop Purchases

Scout Shops purchases may be made online. Here's how.​

Eagle Extension

BSA message Life Scout trying to complete their Eagle rank before their 18th birthday: Don’t worry; we’ve got your back

IBadge Online Classes

iBadge is a place for online merit badge sessions, earned while you sheltered in place.

Merit Badges

Here's a list of 58 Merit Badges Scouts can complete at home - no social distancing.

Virtual Troop Meeting

Here's a good example of an online Scouts BSA troop meeting as they prepare for a trek.

More to come . . .

Stuck at home? You can still have fun. Here are some easy games, activities and projects that you can do indoors.

A Year of Boys’ Life for Free

Bored? Well guess what! We just released an entire year’s worth of Boys’ Life issues for free on the app!

More to come . . .

Good Turns

Acts of Scouting service Scouts can do from home

Are you Fully Trained?

YPT? Hazardous Weather? Position Specific? Be sure you are fully trained for your adult position.

Suspension of Meetings & Activities

Click here to learn more about how COVID-19 impacts MDSC and BSA​ operations.

BSA Advancement Update

Rank Advancement and COVID-19, Eagle extensions, and more​.

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