Fully Trained (Training Link)

List of Unit Leaders that still need training

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 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.

Recent District Newsletters


Older newsletters may be downloaded from the Newsletters link in the menu at the top of the page.

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

Lutheran Camporee (September 25-27, 2015)

Crew 526 attended the Lutheran camporee on September 25-27 and won the following awards:

First place in Knot event, First Place in First Aid event, First Place in Ski race, First Place in Spiderweb event, First Place in Spirit, First Place on Patrol flag, Second Place in Bible, First Place in Campsite Insp, Second Place in Feeding the 5000(Cooking completion) and First Place overall.

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

El Capitan Calendar of Events

The consolidated District calendar of events is available Microsoft Word Document Format (click to download). This is a great tool to allow your unit to know "what's going on" so that you can join in on District-wide events.

Last Revision: May 14, 2015

El Capitan District Honored

Good day El Capitan,

It is my pleasure to share with you that for the year 2014 we earned 2nd Place for the most Unit Visits by Unit Commissioners, 2nd Place for the most Trained Leaders, and 2nd Place for the Highest Youth Protection Percentage. Additionally, Tung Nguyen, pictured below, earned his Doctorate Degree from the Commissioner College and received the Distinguished Commissioner Award for the El Capitan District. Commissioner of the Year for El Capitan District was Michael Mannix.

I know you are excited about the awards we received. It is impressive by them selves. But putting them in prospective, we were very low in the number of Unit Visits by Commissioners. That means the other eleven District were even lower. We can do a better job of recording our Unit Visits and have an outstanding representation of the good Commissioners can do to help Units earn their Journey to Excellence Award, have On Time Rechartering, improve our Roundtable attendance, and recruit more Unit Commissioners to reduce or Unit Ratio. As for Trained Leaders, 1st Place was 43.1%, 2nd Place was 38.8% and 3rd Place was 38.0%. Our Scouts deserve trained leaders. If you are not trained in your BSA Registered Position, please look on the El Capitan District Website and schedule yourself to be trained.

Speaking of training, the National Office has set a goal to have all Tiger, Wolf/Bear, and Webelos/Arrow of Light Den Leaders trained before Recharter for 2016. We are pleased to say that only a small percentage of Den Leaders have not been trained. You may now, effective 10/26/2015 go online to take the Den Leader's 22 modules, the Member of the Pack Committee's 22 modules, and the Cubmaster's 26 modules. However, in total there are only 30 modules for all of Cub Scout Leader Training. Many of the modules apply to all three categories. To take the online training go to my.scouting.org, sign in, Home, My Dashboard, Training Center, Cub Scouting, Den Leader Position - Specific Training, Take Course, pick the Tiger or Den Leader or Webelos they are all the same training modules. This online training will take you a few hours, but you will learn a wealth of information that will allow you to be a more effective Den Leader, Cubmaster, and or Pack Committee Member. If you have issues with doing this training online, please sent me an email and we will find a way together to solve the problem.

Yours in Scouting,
Michael Mannix
El Capitan District

Most Recent Updates

2015-Dec-09, Newsletters: Updated through December newsletter
2015-Dec-09, Training:Added dates and registration flyers for Winter 2016 Scoutmaster Training, IOLS, and BALOO.
2015-Dec-09, Contacts: Contact List updated (new email for Advancement Chair)
2015-Dec-09, Home: 2016 District Dinner information posted
2015-Dec-09, Eagles' Nest: Eagles' Nest updated through Dec. 4, 2015
2015-Nov-27, Home: El Capitan District Honored article posted
2015-Nov-27, Home: Crew 526 awards won at Lutheran Camporee posted
2015-Nov-27, Home: Link to MyScouting.org vs Scouting.org article posted