May 17th, 2021                   


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Don Townsend 




Don Townsend (11/12/48 - 5/1/21)


On May 1, 2021 Scouting lost a tremendous Scouter and a wonderful human being ... Don Townsend. He is survived by his wife (Mary) of more than 48 years.

He served Scouting as a professional in councils throughout this country as well as on the national staff. At national he was the professional charged with coordinating Scouting with every ‘relationships committee’1 Those who knew Don, and who got to work with him, inside and outside of Scouting, had their lives enriched beyond description.

Anyone who has been to Wood Badge may recall a graph which paired ‘Getting the Job Done’ with ‘Keeping the Group Together’. Don was a master of this balance. He was a consummate people person. Throughout his tenure as the California Inland Empire Council (CIEC) Scout Executive (SE), he would take the laboring oar and gather people to him to accomplish wonderful things for the council. The upshot ... always ... was that Don gave credit to the volunteers. He never took credit for himself. As a result, people in general, and scouting volunteers in particular, wanted to be around him.

As the CIEC SE for 13 years (1995-2008), he led the charge in remaking the executive board into a functional and operational business entity. On his watch (1) a substantial debt owed to national supply was paid off in three years, (2) nearly 12 consecutive years of continuous membership growth was achieved, (3) a series of 13 years of balanced budgets took place, and (4) for at least 12 years, the CIEC was a National Quality Council (the highest recognition which the National Council gave to a local council). In one of those years, the CIEC and its included organizations (e.g., the Order of the Arrow lodge, Exploring) received every national quality award which could be bestowed by the National Council. Few councils in the country achieved such recognition.

During each summer camp, Don would BBQ steaks for the Scoutmasters of troops at Camp Emerson for Wednesday dinner of each week of camp. He would sit and talk with them about Scouting in general and their experience at Camp Emerson in particular. One Scoutmaster, from outside the CIEC, said that it was the first time he had ever met a Scout Executive at a summer camp. To say the least ... he was impressed with Don ... and therefore ... the CIEC.

On Don’s watch registered Scouters of the CIEC were honored with the Silver Buffalo and the Silver Antelope. During his stewardship attendance by CIEC Executive Board members at more than ten National Annual Meetings ranged from 11 to the mid-20s ... not including spouses. During his tenure at least five Eagles who had distinguished themselves in their chosen fields of endeavor and who had received their Eagle at least 25 years prior to nomination were recognized ... nationally ... as Distinguished Eagle Scouts.

1 For example, Catholic Committee on Scouting (CCoS), Lutheran Committee (LCoS), Protestant Committee (PCoS), Jewish Committee (JCoS).

Don recognized that executive board meetings at the end of the day were problematic for many reasons. As a result, with the approval of CIEC leadership, CIEC Executive Board meetings were held at lunchtime. There were 56 members to the executive board. With regularity, there were 50-54 members in attendance, i.e., no problem with a quorum.

Lunch began about 11:30/11:45 AM and the meeting began at Noon. The meeting was over anywhere from 1:00 to 1:15 PM. With Don setting the tone, all members of the executive board wanted to be attentive and respectful for each other’s time and to reduce any unreasonable interference to the work day. To this end, Don BBQd steaks, chicken and salmon for each executive board meeting. No one wanted to miss Don’s cooking. He was a master ... always sensitive to everyone’s time ... and kept everyone happy, satiated, and productive.


      May the Great Master of all Scouts bless and keep Don, Mary and the whole Townsend family




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Provisional Scouts



Come to camp by yourself or with your friends!

  No adults required!


Scouts is your Troop signed up for summer camp, but you cannot attend that week?

Or would you like to attend a second week of summer camp?

You can attend Camp Emerson as a Provisional camper.

Provisional Scouts are grouped together in a Troop and can experience all the camp activities that Camp Emerson offers.

Leadership is provided by the camp and is a combination of trained adults and youth camp staff members whose main purpose is to ensure a safe, exciting, and fun week at camp.

Camp Emerson Week 1

June 13th to June 19th

Camp Emerson Week 2

June 20th to June 26th

For additional information please contact:

California Inland Empire Council

 at 909-793-2463



Summer Camps Leaders Meetings



Join us for this year’s pre-camp leader meetings! Meet with the Camp Director and Program Director to learn what to expect this summer and get your questions answered. We’re looking forward to having you at Camp Emerson, and these meetings will help you make sure your unit is prepared to make the most of the experience!


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Monday, May 24th

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Meeting ID: 842 5715 9573

Password: Emerson


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Wednesday, May 26th

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Meeting ID: 843 4517 6032

Password: Emerson

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Day Camps





Summer Camps Scholarships




Camp Scholarships Application Extended
Apply through May 31st


Membership for Troops





















It's a Membership Workshop for Troops! Two more opportunities this month! Come get strategies and good practices for retention and recruitment! Contact with questions or for more information.

Wed, May 19, 2021
Topic: Membership Workshop for Troops #2
Time: May 19, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 898 8600 9140
Passcode: 081403

Thu, May 27, 2021
Topic: Membership Workshop for Troops #3
Time: May 27, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

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Meeting ID: 848 5004 3117
Passcode: 792782


Webelos to Scout transition




Cub Leaders & Parents - Bear and Webelos Leaders & Parents!! You're Invited - This workshop is especially for you!!
Webelos Transitions! Preparing for the Transition from Cubs to Scouts BSA - How to find the right Troop for your Scout - Do you know the "Magic Number"? Join us for this Workshop - Pick the date that fits your schedule best! Contact the for questions.


Tue, May 18, 2021
Topic: Webelos Transition Workshop #1
Time: May 18, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 860 6021 9900
Passcode: 867569 

Thu, May 20, 2021
Topic: Webelos Transition Workshop #2
Time: May 20, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 851 6457 1613
Passcode: 973314 

Wed, May 26, 2021
Topic: Webelos Transition Workshop #3
Time: May 26, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 863 4349 8493
Passcode: 070190



High Desert Camporee




May 1, 2021, High Desert District held their first in-person Scouting event in over a year.  Camporee Skills Day was designed to replace the traditional overnight campout.  In a jam-packed day of events, the Scouts were exposed to several skills competitions including knot tying, wilderness survival shelter building, cooking, orienteering, first aid and yes, archery.  Thanks to our hosts, the Lucerne Valley Lions Club, they opened the use of the archery range to our scouts with the assistance of their NRA certified range masters and safety officers.  Despite the warm temperatures, blazing sun and sustained 20 mph winds, the Scouts from a dozen units established campsites and tested their skills.  A good showing was made by all.  Every Unit earned at least one award.  The event closed with a retirement of the Club's tattered and worn American flag.  A moving ceremony conducted by the Troop 357 Honor Guard.  A big thank you to Troop 357 adult leaders and Life Scouts for organizing and staffing this event!




2021 NYLT


NYLT  National Youth Leadership Training

Three session to choose from, register below

NYLT #1 July 19th to 24th

NYLT #2 July 26th to 31st

NYLT #3 December 28th to January 2nd


NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) is advanced leadership training for youth troop, teams, ships, and crew leaders. National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action packed program designed to provide young men and women members of the Boy Scouts of America with leadership skills and an experience they can use in their home troops, teams, ships, or crews.   NYLT teaches lifelong leadership skills. The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW and what a leader must DO. NYLT provides youth leaders with the HOW-TO skills they need to be strong youth and strong youth leaders

Registration fee $350.00 (Due no later than the participant orientation date)


  • Be 13 years of age

  • Be a First-Class Scout or Venture Scout

  • Have his/her Unit Leader recommendation

  • Complete ILST - Introduction to Leadership Skills (Troops, Teams). Previously known as Cedar Badge or

  • Complete ILSC - Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (Venturing).

During the course scouts will learn how to use the following leadership skills:

  • Vision – Goals -Planning

  • SMART Goals

  • Problem Solving

  • SSC-Start Stop Continue

  • Stages of Team Development

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Making Ethical Decisions

  • Communication

  • Valuing People

  • Teaching Edge

NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) is advance leadership training for youth troop, team and crew leaders. NYLT is leadership training for young men and young women. National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action packed program designed to provide youth members of the Boy Scouts of America with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops, teams or crews. NYLT teaches life long leadership skills.

NYLT uses the patrol method to teach team leadership. The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW and what a leader must DO. NYLT provides youth leaders with the HOW TO skills they need to be strong youth and strong youth leaders.  


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