Pacifica aRTie's Mailbox

Scouters can "Ask Artie" questions that are on their minds by posting a note at Roundtable, asking your Unit Commissioner, or emailing District Commissioner Nancy Hodgkiss at nancy.hodgkiss@pacificabsa.org.


aRTie's Hot Topics

We will be posting "Hot Topics" every few days for the next few weeks, so please bookmark our site and follow us on Facebook


Can we start meeting in person?

July 15, 2020

No. In the interest of keeping our Scout families safe, and to comply with County Health Orders that prohibit gatherings, units cannot hold in-person activities. The Council's re-opening plans are laid out on our Scouting at Home website. Conditions may allow small unit groups to meet in the future, but re-opening protocols will include required leader training, which has yet to be released. You should defensively plan to continue with virtual programming well into the fall.


How do I request a refund for a Council event that was cancelled?

June 13, 2020

Council personnel are working through the backlog of refunds due and are making progress despite the furloughs. If you have any questions about a refund, contact Director of Support Services, Charlie Wilson, at charlie.wilson@scouting.org


With so many of the Council professionals on furlough, who's checking references on adult applications?

June 9, 2020

Fortunately, checking references is a role for the Chartered Organization Representative, so that task has been unaffected by Council furloughs. For more information, refer to the BSA Registration Guidebook.


How can we jazz up our Virtual Meetings?

June 4, 2020

Try some of these games at your next Den or Patrol meeting for extra fun and fellowship!


Does "Virtual Camping" count for the Camping Merit Badge? What about OA eligibility?

May 23, 2020

It depends.  Camping Merit Badge Counselors should read BSA’s COVID-19 FAQ and the discussion of Merit Badge requirements in the Council Scouting at Home guide (around page 14) to determine whether the proposed virtual camp meets the intent of the requirement.  Contact Advancement Chair Jim Matsushita if you have further questions.  You can find the OA's temporary eligibility standards HERE.  Contact our OA Chapter Adviser, Bob Hodgkiss, for more information.


How can we support a Scout with no Internet access?

May 17, 2020

First and foremost, make sure the Scout doesn’t feel left out!  Stay connected with phone calls or notes.  Get creative—can you drop by care packages with suggested activities and materials?  Provide recordings on a thumb drive?  Your area’s servicing Commissioner and District Commissioner Nancy Hodgkiss would be happy to brainstorm with you. 


Are Camperships Still Available?

May 12, 2020

Yes!  Go to the Council Camping website (glaacbsa.org/camping) to download an application.  Camperships are generally awarded first come, first served, so don’t delay!  By the way, if your unit was planning to attend an out-of-council camp, and that camp is now closed, there's no need to miss summer camp altogether.  Slots are available at Cherry Valley and Circle X, and Pacifica has a Provisional Troop reservation for the Circle X the week of July 19th.


Camp Card Sales are Available Online!

May 9, 2020

We now have a completely touchless way for Scouts to participate in Camp Card sales!  Even if your unit hadn't signed up for the "traditional" sale, you can join the campaign now.   Many retailers on the Camp Cards are still open, so whether customers buy cards for personal use or to support hometown heros, your unit still can earn a whopping 50% commission.  For more information, see this instruction page or contact District Camp Card Captain Carlos Bernal at carlosebernal966@gmail.com


Need Help Setting Up a Virtual Meeting?

May 5, 2020

Check out the tips in our Council Scouting at Home guide!

If you follow the recommendation to use Zoom, the guide includes contact information for volunteer Heath Row, who has kindly offered to coach units in its use.  If you’re still struggling, contact your area’s servicing Commissioner or District Commissioner Nancy Hodgkiss and we’ll practice with you until you’re comfortable.


How do we submit membership applications for youth and adults now that much of Council staff is furloughed?

May 2, 2020

Here are your options, starting with the fastest:

  1. For new members, use online registration!  Your area’s servicing Commissioner and District Commissioner Nancy Hodgkiss can help you set it up. 

  2. For transfers, scan and email applications to District Commissioner Nancy Hodgkiss and District Chair Tim Shank.  For security’s sake, please DO NOT email an adult application with a Social Security Number.  The Council Registrar will call the applicant to get the SSN when she is ready to process the form.

  3. You can mail hard copy applications to GLAAC (Attn:  Estela Chicas) 2333 Scout Way, Los Angeles CA 90026 or, for faster processing,