Hollister Airshow 2014

I just finished up helping out at the Hollister Airshow, Fathers Day weekend. I had a great time. If you were there, did you see the rocket car? My Grandson said it was spitting out fire. Show PlanesThe planes were amazing. The pilots made them seem like they were floating while doing some intricate and dangerous maneuvers. The salute to all lost Airmen and Eddie Andreini was also very moving.Old Glory The Boy Scouts of Troops 777, 787 and 486 did a wonderful job, during the tribute with all the flags. boy scouts with flags Some wonderful people helped out volunteering their time and efforts. My wife Cathy and I were working with the SBCARA group. It is a wonderful family type venue. and made for a great family afternoon.Red BiPlane I hope you can join us there next year and if you attended this year please comment on what you enjoyed doing while you were there.

2014 Hollister Airshow on Father’s Day weekend June 14-15

Hollister Airshow Poster – Final Version (1)

Once again with Ray Rojas of Realty World-Cornerstone Properties and Kirk Hamrick of KION Television, I am leading the advertising and promotion of the 2014 Hollister Airshow as a volunteer. There will be Planes, Motor Cycles and a Jet Car – By-plane race. It will be a great Father’s Day Weekend activity. Check out the attached flier or go to www.HollisterAirshow.com or Facebook.com/HollisterAirShow for more detail and to purchase tickets.

In addition to helping to promote the show I also with my wife, Cathy, will assist in providing radio communication at the Airshow through my association with SCBARES, San Benito County Amateur Radio Emergency Service. Look for me in my bright yellow vest and my radio communication ear phones.

See you there, Jack Kirk

Boy Scouting – Santa Clara Council

I support the Boy Scout Program. I have many wonderful memories of trips with my son’s and their friends on scouting activities. My three son’s are Eagle Scouts. My wife Cathy has served as a Den Mother besides being a major influence in helping our son’s obtain their Eagle Scout awards.Currently I am serving as a Unit Commissioner in the Monterey Council. It is very important to be a BSA Trained Leader if you plan to be a volunteer. I have attended most on the online training as well as leader Specific and Outdoor Training. Check out the Training offered in this article.
The following has been provided by the BSA Santa Clara County Council. For questions about this information, I would refer you to them. This is posted as a community interest article.
Has your Cub Scout decided when and where they want to go to camp?  Registration opens on April 5, 2010!
Cub Day Camp is truly the best part of a Cub Scout’s summer!  Each camp is 5 days long and filled with activities including games, archery, BB guns, sports, and Scout skills. 
To sign up your Cub Scout please click HERE.  Don’t wait either, get the early registration discount if you sign up between now and April 15.
Don’t miss Northern California’s biggest event this year, the NorCal Jamboree on April 14, 15, 16.
Program Volunteers Needed

  • Arts & crafts 2 more each for Friday, Saturday morning and Sunday
  • Raingutter Regatta- 3 people for Fri, Sat and Sun–I have NO confirmed volunteers
  • Gold Panning Need at least one to cover all Friday and Saturday morning
  • Mountain Boarding (snowboarding on dirt) Youth needed
  • BMX – 10 for Fri/Sat/Sun; 4 for construction Wed/Thurs
  • Disability Awareness Challenge – 2 more needed Fri/Sat/Sun
  • Stage Managers – 1 needed for Park Bandstand Fri/Sat/Sun
  • Scout’s Own –  9-11 needed Sunday morning only
  • Friday night Campfire – (acts needed)
  • Memorabilia Security (minimum needed)Friday – 6 ;Saturday – 10 ;Sunday – 6
  • Geocaching  – Fri/Sat/Sun
  • Kim’s Game – 2 Needed Fri/Sat/Sun
  • Action Castle – 2 Needed Fri/Sat/Sun
  • Order of the Arrow –  10 minimum must have people


  • Display Cases
  • two person saws
  • tables
  • folding chairs
  • Scrap Paper

To volunteer, please click HERE.
Click on Program Overview
Click on Volunteer to help out
Put PROGRAM VOLUNTEER and specific activity in your comment line!
Leaders Guide is now online.
Don’t miss out on being a part of our largest Good Turn for Silicon Valley!  Please visit the Good Turn for Silicon Valley web site to view the many service projects available for Scouts to participate in.  As part of celebrating our 100th anniversary, we hope to accomplish more than 100 service projects over the course of this year.  Please take a look at the Web site by clicking HERE.
Are you artisiticand passionate about Scouting?  We are looking for someone to design our 2011 Friends of Scouting patch!  The Patch Design Contest will run from April 2 through April 20 and is open to anyone with a passion for design and art.  We are very fortunate to have the 2011 FOS patch flown in space by Eagle Scout, Gregory Chamitoff, who was also keynote speaker at the 2010 Council Dinner.  Dr. Chamitoff has graciously offered to take the patch design on his mission, which is scheduled to launch July 29, 2010.  It would be good to incorporate the 2011 theme in different ways (for example…”To Bravely go where no Scout has gone before…”).
Here are the contest guidelines:

  • You must incorporate the 2011 theme – A Scout is Brave – in the design
  • The patch should have our council name on it
  •  Design must be within the patch dimensions listed on-line
  • Detail should be minimal as the design will be on a small patch

Please visit us online for more details by clicking HERE.  All finished designs should be sent to Shannon Shaffer at shannon@scccbsa.org.
April 3 – Venturing Leader Specifics Training
April 23-24 – Outdoor Webelos Leader Training
April 23-24 – Outdoor Webelos Leader Training
May 1 – Cub Scout Specifics

We are looking for a volunteer that can help us update our unit locator map.  We need this volunteer to provide JAVA script code to our Webmaster.  We will supply the locations and unit information as it is available by e-mail.  Please contact Victoria Esquivel at victoria@scccbsa.org or              408.280.2154  408.280.2154    408.280.2154  408.280.2154      408.280.2154  408.280.2154    408.280.2154  408.280.2154        408.280.2154  408.280.2154    408.280.2154  408.280.2154      408.280.2154  408.280.2154    408.280.2154  408.280.2154          408.280.2154  408.280.2154    408.280.2154  408.280.2154      408.280.2154  408.280.2154    408.280.2154  408.280.2154        408.280.2154  408.280.2154    408.280.2154  408.280.2154      408.280.2154  408.280.2154    408.280.2154  408.280.2154 x36 for additional information.
The Boys’ Life television show the action-packed, original series “Scouting for Adventure” – is back on the Outdoor Channel in reruns, Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. Eastern and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.  All-new episodes for season three will kick off this summer coinciding with the 100th Anniversary celebration and the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.
Season three will continue the adventure, taking viewers on spectacular treks to the BSA’s national high adventure bases and giving them an inside peek at “the best, most exciting, fun-filled safest jamboree ever.”

Scout Shop Hours
During the NorCal Jamboree – April 14-16, the Scout Shop will be closing 1 hour earlier, at 5:00 PM.  See you at the Jamboree!

The Historic Merit Badge program is back!
Four vintage merit badges that will count toward rank advancement are being released for the centennial year only, giving Boy Scouts a hands-on opportunity to experience the exciting past of the Boy Scouts of America!  For more information and to view each merit badge, please click HERE.
New Merit Badges coming!
Scout Heritage – April 19
Inventing – June 8
If you have any questions, please contact our Scout Shop at      408.279.2086  408.279.2086    408.279.2086  408.279.2086      408.279.2086  408.279.2086    408.279.2086  408.279.2086        408.279.2086  408.279.2086    408.279.2086  408.279.2086      408.279.2086  408.279.2086    408.279.2086  408.279.2086          408.279.2086  408.279.2086    408.279.2086  408.279.2086      408.279.2086  408.279.2086    408.279.2086  408.279.2086        408.279.2086  408.279.2086    408.279.2086  408.279.2086      408.279.2086  408.279.2086    408.279.2086  408.279.2086 .
Stay in the know about council news by following Jason Stein’s tweets!  Click HERE to log onto his page and press the ‘follow’ link.

Scout Out the Boy Scouts of Santa Clara by joining our own private social network, www.scoutnow.org.  Whether you are a new member or returning one, this is the place to stay connected!  Start your own blog, comment on someone else’s blog, join or start discussions, post information about your Eagle project or read about someone else’s, and post and check out upcoming events.  Whatever you decide to do, Scout It Out and don’t forget to get your badge!
Click HERE to join.

If you have Scouter’s in your units who are not receiving our Weekly Scouter Update or Santa Clarion Newsletter, please have them sign up at our council homepage www.scccbsa.org. The e-list sign up is located in the lower right corner of the screen.

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How to obtain an Amateur Radio (HAM) License

My wife Cathy and I have enjoyed obtaining our Technician Class Amateur Radio (HAM) license. I am KJ6AMZ and Cathy is KJ6AMY. In April we will attempt to obtain our General Class Amateur Radio (HAM) license which will allow us a wider radio experience.

A great way to obtain your Amateur Radio License, many times referred to as HAM Radio, is by visiting the following site: http://baears.com/info.php  We attended a  Baers license class and in one Saturday were able to obtain our Technician Class License. After obtaining our license we were mentored by many helpful and friendly local “HAM’s”.

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Ham Radio is Fun and provides Public Service

In June of 2009 my wife Cathy (KJ6AMY) and I (KJ6AMZ) obtained our Amateur Radio License also referred as HAM Radio License. We have enjoyed connecting with other Ham’s in the Morgan Hill, Gilroy, San Martin, Monterey and Hollister areas. We hold a Technician Class license and will be testing for a General Class license in April 2010. I originally obtained my Novice Class License (WN6HXV) when I was 15 years old but later allowed my license to expire. Things have changed technically since my days as a Novice transmitting CW.

Through the use of a local repeater and IRLP I was able to take to my son in Provo, Utah with my YAESU FT-60.

HAM Radio operators, besides being experimenters, provide communication service during emergencies. They work closely with the Red Cross Emergency services.

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