Pinewood Derby is (almost) Here!

Bellflower Bethany is again hosting this year’s Council Pinewood Derby on Saturday, March 24th.

Registration will be open from 11:00 – 12:00 on Saturday morning. Please do your best to be there on time so we can get the cars registered and the race line up printed as quickly as possible.  Racing will begin at 12:30.  We will also have a snack shack that will open at 12:00 so please have your boys bring money for lunch.

We are looking forward to a great day of racing, but we can’t have a great race without help from our Counselors.  We will need volunteers for the following positions:

  • Start Line Organizers (6 volunteers) we will need 3 men on each lane helping organize the line so we can keep the races moving.
  • Finish Line Managers (4 Volunteers) we will need to keep kids away from the finish line (except for those racing)

 Also, there will be NO GRAPHITE allowed at Bellflower Bethany.  We are very grateful that Bethany is allowing us to use their facilities and we need to do our best to keep those facilities looking nice.  We are also asking for you to not use Graphite in the parking lot.  If Graphite is going to be used please use it at your Church before you come to the race. 

Registration form is available on the Pinewood Derby page (dont’ worry about last year’s date).


Council Meeting Minutes and Treasurer’s Report

Good Saturday morning!

The latest council meeting minutes and treasurer’s report are available.  Just go to the “Council News” page.

Please pay particular attention to the Pinewood Derby needs, as well as the upcoming West Coast Regional Counselors’ Conference.  The Derby will be held at Bethel Bellflower and the Regional at Sun Valley!

2018 Southwest Region Counselors’ Conference Information Available

Check out the Events/Counselors Conference page for up-to-date information and registration for this March 2nd and 3rd, 2018 conference!

Topics include: Dutch Oven Cooking, Leathercraft, Learning the Leadership Guide Trail badge, Computing for Cadet Ministry and more.

Registrations are due to your DCE by February 20th (but if you miss it, you can still come to the conference).  RSVP anyway so we know how many to expect.  After all, we wouldn’t want you not to have meals available for you.  The counselors of Bethel Sun Valley appreciate it.

February Council Minutes / Treasurer’s Report Available

The minutes for the February 16th Council meeting are available on the Council News webpage.

Head Counselors should take note of the latest Treasurer’s Report and remit balances to Dave at the address provided.  If you need a copy of the invoice, contact George Bell and he can provide it to you for what is owed.

The next council meeting will be held on April 27th at a location to be determined.

Don’t forget our next council event is the Pinewood Derby on March 25th at Bellflower Bethany.

Camporee Certification will be hosted by Long Beach CRC on May 20th.

Camporee Certification Available

Long Beach CRC has volunteered to host a Council Certification day for any counselor and/or cadet on Saturday, May 20th 2017.  Start time will be announced.  Lunch will be available, similar to Pinewood Derby and Field Day.  The church address is 5559 East Wardlow Road in Long Beach.

Having this certification is a requirement for attending the summer Cadet International Camporee so if you are planning on going to Camp Elk Run this summer, this certification is a MUST.  If you want to read ahead and get a jump on the certification, the Camporee Certification Course is available from your Quartermaster, George Bell

Presently, the following events will be led by:

  • Firebuilding – Bill Mulder, Artesia Trinity
  • Shelter Building – Brad Peterson, Bethany CRC, Bellflower
  • Camp Cooking and Associated Skills – Jerry Sterk, First URC Chino
  • Axemanship – Craig Doty, Bayview OPC

Calendar Updated

Our Council Calendar has been updated with events finalized at yesterday’s council meeting.  Event pages will be updated as more information comes available for the Pinewood Derby, next council meeting (April 27th), Camporee Certification, Council Rocket Shoot and the Cadet International Camporee.

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Current plans are for a group of SOCAL counselors and cadets to drive to Camp Elk Run.  Plans are to leave on Friday, 7 July and return on the Sunday, 23 July.  There will not be any coordinated air travel for clubs/counselors/cadets wishing to fly.

The Southwest Regional Cadet Conference will be on March 3 and 4 in Visalia.  The counselors in Visalia came up with a cool idea to not have the conference at a Church like we typically do, but to have a campout.  Tents and food will be provided and we will have a campout and bonfire on Friday night and then some training seminars in the morning.  It sounds like it will be a lot of fun so I want to encourage everyone to attend.”
For information on the Regional Cadet Conference, check out the events page and scroll down to the Regional Cadet Conference page.

Field Day Results!

We have a winner!

Congratulations to the Cadets and Counselors from “The Bridge”, club number 1520 for winning the 2016 Field Day and receiving the Field Day trophy on Saturday, December 3rd.

Field Day was hosted by First URC and held at Ontario Christian High School.  Check out the Field Day Event page for more information, and the official score sheet.

Field Day is a’comin!

Field Day Entry Form 2016

Sorry for the delay in getting this out to everyone.

Field Day for 2016 will be hosted at Ontario Christian High on Saturday, December 3rd.  There will be a sleepover on Friday, December 2nd.  Clubs interested in spending Friday nigh should inform Bernie Gabrielse as soon as possible.

On Saturday, clubs are encouraged to arrive early on Saturday with registration forms already filled out in triplicate.  One for the registrar (Dave Lewis) and one for the Archery and Marksmanship events validating which boys in your club have earned the merit badges.


There will be a counselor meeting prior to the official start of Field Day (normally at 8:30am).  Please listen for the announcement.

Clubs will receive their event packets from Dave Lewis when they check-in.

Council Minutes are Available

Our council met this past Thursday at First URC in Chino.  The meeting minutes are available on the Council News page.

In addition to the three workshops, the council nominated and elected Jerry Sterk as our second Congressman who will speak for our Council at the annual Cadet Congress meetings.

Other items of interest and note are provided in the minutes.  Please read them and begin preparing now for our annual Field Day in December, and to attend the next council meeting on October 18th at Artesia Trinity.  Calvinist Cadets Executive Director Steve Bootsma will be attending and leading our workshop training.