Monday, December 28, 2009

Crew 513 Avon fundraiser

Hello, all --

I have organized Crew 513 this month and I would like to appeal to your generosity if you would be so kind to place an order via one of our moms...  The Crew will earn 10% of every sale for the next 3 months.  Make sure you mention that you are purchasing for Crew 513.

We are trying to raise funds for uniforms and upcoming activities, as well as community services and Merit Badge clinics that we will have this upcoming year.

Thanks so much for your support!

- Jocelyn Reyes
Scoutmaster - Troop 513

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

2010 High Adventure Awareness Courses

WLACC High Adventure Team invites you to the 2010 High Adventure Awareness Courses

The WLACC High Adventure Team appreciates the support of the Scouting community and wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

January 9, 2010 - Malibu Lodge Leadership Development and Awards Banquet

Malibu Lodge Leadership Development and Awards Banquet
Time: January 9, 2010 from 1pm to 7pm
Location: Church of Jesus Christ, LDS
Organized By: Malibu Lodge

Event Description:
Training, Panda Express banquet, awards, and bestowing the Vigil Honor... Who could ask for a more fun-filled and glorious event to transition into the new year?

This event has two portions:
  • 1pm-4pm (free): Lodge Leadership Development - required for Arrowmen who wish to run for 2010 Heyoka Chapter Officership.
  • 5pm-7pm ($15): Awards Banquet catered by Panda Express.

Lodge Leadership Development: Members of the Order of the Arrow are trusted leaders and mentors within the BSA. There is always something new to learn about how we lead and inspire others, and hands-on, interactive training is one way the LLD aims to hone your leadership ability and keep your technique sharp. You will receive wise counsel from seasoned Youth Officers who are already walking the path that now lies before you. It is only right that those who plan to take their leadership to the next level, and become a Chief or Vice Chief within the Order, attend this event.

Awards Banquet: The beginning of the new year signals the time for reflection and renewal. The words of the East Wind, the Medicine Man, will always ring true: "He who serves his fellows is, of all his fellows, greatest." This reflection represents a time for us to recognize and praise those Arrowmen who have not only been active with and offered service to their home Unit, but also to those who have gone above and beyond what is required to offer distinguished service and exemplary leadership to their fellow Arrowmen and Scouts throughout the District, Council and beyond. Awards to be presented to these honorable, selfless individuals include the Quality Arrowman award, Silver Shark award, Founder's Award, and, the highest honor bestowed by the Order of the Arrow, the Vigil Honor.

For renewal, we will nourish our bodies with a great banquet. We will also rededicate ourselves to the high ideals and purpose of the Order of the Arrow, as well as congratulate and welcome the new Malibu Lodge Officers for 2010.

Note: The Awards Banquet is a very formal event, so Class A+ OA Uniform is required.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Troop 2379 Christmas tree lot

Please support Boy Scout Troop 2379

Christmas tree lot
Freshly cut Noble Pines and Douglas Firs
Opening Dec. 4th
Elks' Lodge 2379
11776 Sierra Hwy.

8 am - 9 pm weekends
4 pm - 9 pm weekdays

All purchases are tax deductible
Cash sales only

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Congratulations and thank you to the 2009 Silver Beaver recipients

To: All Scouters
From: Janice Druez, VP Program (volunteer), Max Clark, Advancement Chair (volunteer)
Re: 2009 Class of Silver Beaver Recipients

It's with great honor and humility that we provide the announcement of our most recent additions to the honorable roll of Silver Beaver Recipients. The awards will be presented at the Annual Council Recognition Dinner on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at The Odyssey Restaurant, 15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills. Open reception is from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., with the 100th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Program beginning at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $70 per person, or $650 for a table of 10 (names must be provided with the reservation). Please join us in our 100th Anniversary kick-off event that night, where we honor the volunteer efforts of these Silver Beaver recipients, those who have helped our council go in 2009 and get pumped up for another great year of Scouting in the Western Los Angeles County Council.

With thanks to our Council Advancement and Recognition Committee for the receipt, review and selection of our honorees, and for sponsoring the dinner, we salute the following for their enormous donations of time and talent for the youth of today:

  • Anett Abrahamian
  • April Barr
  • Russ Erman
  • Richard Fleming III
  • Michael Henderson
  • Theresa Jeensalute
  • Tamber Johnson
  • Eric Miele
  • James Montgomery
  • Gregory Small
  • Matthew Wood
  • Rod Zalunardo

The flyer should be distributed widely! Congratulations and thank you to each and every one of you.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Silver Beaver awards

It is with great pride I announce the 2009 Silver Beaver Recipients from our Balboa Oaks District.

  • Theresa Jeensalute
  • Tamber Johnson
  • Eric Miele

All are most deserving of this award which is the highest our Council can bestow. Plan on joining us in celebration of their awards at our Council Recognition Dinner on January 28th, 2010. Please save the date and we will have more complete info to follow along with all award winners from our Council.

January 9, 2010 - Scout Day with the LA Kings

LA Kings vs. St. Louis Blues
January 9, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Staples Center

Tickets are only $23.00!
(Upper 300 Level – Center/Corner)

Along with the exciting Kings hockey game, every ticket will include:
  • An exclusive LA Kings Scout patch
  • Participation certificate

For more information or to order, please contact Jocelyn Reyes at

Since this is a very popular event, payments must be received on or before December 20th, 2009.

Make checks payable to Jocelyn Reyes and mail to:
23062 Conde Drive
Valencia, CA 91354

Once reservation is confirmed via email, tickets are non-cancellable / non-refundable and would have to be paid even if you are unable to attend the event. Thanks for understanding!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Outstanding neighborhood council member receives Leaders of Character Award

Our heartfelt congratulations goes out to Joe Vitti for receiving the Leaders of Character Award from Learning for Life, Western Los Angeles County Council in recognition of his contributions to the Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council and the community.

Some of Joe's contributions include working on the formation and certification of Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council (GHNNC), serving on the Board and several committees for GHNNC, serving as our Council District 12 appointee on the Neighborhood Council Review Board, serving as the GHNNC representative and working on the Department of Water and Power-Neighborhood Council Memorandum of Understanding in 2005, representing GHNNC at the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition, and many others.

Joe also serves on the Boards of the Granada Hills Chamber, Los Angeles Mission College Foundation, Mid-Valley Family YMCA and is a member of Valley Vote.

Congratulations Joe!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Adult religious recognition

Honor your Scout Leaders on BSA's 100th Anniversary!

Have your leaders been active in Scouting for 5 years or more? Are they also active in their faith community? Perhaps they're eligible for an Adult Religious Recognition. The adult awards are joint recognitions by local BSA councils and congregations. These awards are by nomination only. The process involves filling out a nomination form, writing a letter of nomination, securing signatures, and planning the presentation ceremony. Please note that each award has its own eligibility requirements so you need to review them carefully. Several nomination forms are available at the P.R.A.Y. web site. Scout Sunday is coming up quickly. Plan now to submit a nomination!

Your leaders are giving their time to serve young people. Salute your leaders and encourage them in their service by nominating them to receive a national recognition!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

December 19-20, 2009 - Troop 371 Webelos Weekend

Join Troop 371 for a Webelos 1 and 2 camping weekend!

When: December 19 and 20

Vasquez Rocks
10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road
Agua Dulce, CA 91390

Troop 371 is a boy run Troop. That means the boys plan their meals and adventures. The parents act as guides and ensure the safety of their adventures. The Webelos will be assigned patrols and help plan the meals with the scouts. Each scout is assigned food to bring for the meals. The Webelos parents will plan meals with our scout parents.

We will be training the boys on orienteering at Vasquez Rocks, along with some hikes and nature studies. We will also be discussing plans for our upcoming backpacking trips and our long term summer backpack. So, please join us for our Vasquez Rock camp out and see what Troop 371 has to offer your scout.

If you have any questions please contact our Troopmaster Michael Solymar at (818) 832-1036.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Troop 104 Christmas tree lot

This year, we are continuing our 52 year tradition of selling fresh Christmas trees!

Noble and Douglas fir trees delivered fresh on December 4th and 11th.

All profits help support the activities of our local Boy Scout Troop 104 and Cub Scout Pack 104.

We offer flocking, fire retardant, tree stands and buckets. We will also be selling Survival Kits and First Aid Kits. Cash, checks, credit and debit cards accepted.

Our tree lot is located at 15305 Devonshire St., Mission Hills, next to the Post Office near Sepulveda and Devonshire.

We open Friday, December 4th at 4pm and stay open thru Sunday, December 20th.
  • Weekends: 10am - 10pm
  • Weekdays: 4pm - 9pm

Monday, December 7, 2009

December 20, 2009 - Red Cross blood drive

St. Catherine of Siena Church Blood Drive

Sponsored by St. Catherine of Siena Parish School, St. Catherine's Office Religious Education (SCORE), and the Scouts (Cub Scout Pack 328 and Boy Scout Troop 328).

18115 Sherman Way, Reseda, CA 91335
December 20, 2009 from 8AM to 2PM

To schedule your appointment online, go to and enter sponsor code stcatherine.

For more information, contact Manny Gallegos at or (818) 257-1762.

Every donation saves 3 lives! Please help us save lives today by making your life saving appointment today.

All donors will receive a coupon for a free Cold Stone Creamery Creation and a voucher for 2 tickets for the Clippers.

Identification is required.

Snow Valley Ski merit badge program

Snow Valley Mountain Resort is proud to offer the Winter Merit Badge program.

We believe this program is the best way to introduce Scouts to the fun of winter sports, not just to earn their merit badge, but also to increase their awareness and appreciation of the local mountain environment.

This program is offered to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts only. It is our goal to ensure as many children as possible are introduced to the sport of skiing or snowboarding.

We sincerely hope you will join us this season for the Winter Merit Badge program. We promise your experience with us will be fun as well as educational. For the scouts who are at the next level or have earned your Winter Merit Badge you can still sign up for the Merit Package and take an intermediate or freestyle lesson.

The prices noted on the price sheet are available to Scouts only. A minimum group size of 10 is required to qualify for the Winter Merit Badge program. For every 10 paid Scout lift tickets, we will offer one (1) free adult leader or chaperone lift ticket (rentals/lessons not included).

On the morning of your event:
  • Upon arrival please check in at the Group Sales Office. To avoid congestion in the office, please have your group members wait outside the office area until you have completed check-in.
  • Please have one of your chaperones proceed to the rental department with Scouts.
  • After the check-in process is completed, you will have one hour to return any unused tickets or make any changes to your order. One hour after you have checked in, your order will be closed and any revisions will be compensated with vouchers. Scouts should be dressed accordingly and ready to report to the rental department and then to the mandatory safety meeting. Troop leaders must be present at the safety meeting.
  • Once you have completed check in and have your rental equipment, meet on the upper deck facing the snow fifteen minutes before the lesson (8:45 and 10:45).
  • After the safety meeting, our merit badge counselor will direct the Scouts to their group lessons and location.
  • Upon completion of the group lesson, the Scouts will be released to the Troop Leader. The group is then free to spend the balance of the day skiing or snowboarding on their own.
  • The Troop Leader should arrange to leave the blue cards with Group Sales to be picked at approximately 3:00pm in the Group Sales Office.
  • The Merit Badge Counselor will sign the cards. Snow Valley does not carry blue cards.
  • Prior to departure check the weather and road conditions and remember to always carry snow chains in your vehicle. Weather in the mountain can change rapidly.
  • Refunds will not be given due to weather conditions, upon or after your arrival.
  • Follow the Scout motto and be prepared for anything! Always dress warm and in layers, especially hands, feet and head.

Contact: Kay Abrams (909) 867-2751 ext 183 or

January 1-3, 2010 - Adventure Base 100

Greetings to all Scouts and Scouters.

Here is the information on the Adventure Base 100 (AB100).

Please read the AB100 questions and answers below. It will answer a lot of the questions on how you can be a part of this great opportunity to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Boy Scouts of America.

You do have opportunities to just come in for the day and visit, or you can serve as staff.

Adventure Base 100 Questions and Answers

Q. What is Adventure Base 100 (AB100)?
A. Adventure Base 100 is a 10,000 square foot scouting experience. Adventure Base 100 will enable the Boy Scouts of America to directly connect with millions of families across the country and invite them to join us in celebrating the adventure, and continuing our journey. The18-wheeler will travel from coast to coast, telling the story of Scouting at each stop. After passing through the dramatic entrance with its rustic archway, visitors to AB100 will be greeted by a sprawling campus of BSA-branded structures and activities:

  • Traveling Lodge. This double-wide tractor’ trailer provides more than 1,000 square feet of immersive, multi-sensory Scout-related experiences.
  • Go Dome. This multi-sensory, surround-sound, surround-vision immersion dome transports visitors to environments that epitomize the Scouting experience.
  • Thrill Wall. Visitors will scale new heights on the outdoor rock climbing wall.
  • Information/Recruitment Tent. This prominently placed opportunity will encourage non-Scouts to join Scouting and recruit adults to become BSA volunteers.
  • BSA Store Tent. Visitors can purchase 100th Anniversary memorabilia and patches.

Q. What are the AB 100 Dates?
A. Friday January 1st, Saturday January 2nd and Sunday January 3rd

Q. AB100 Hours of Operation?
A. Friday January 1, 2010 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Saturday January 2, 2010 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday January 3, 2010 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Q. Is there a cost to attend Adventure Base 100?
A. Adventure Base 100 will be housed inside the Tournament of Roses Showcase of Floats. The cost for the Showcase of Floats is $7 per person. Staff will get a wristband to enter for no cost.

Q. Who can staff the event? How do I qualify to be an AB100 volunteer? Can non-Scouts volunteer?
A. Scouts in full uniform who are at least 14 years of age and have achieved the rank of First Class and Scout Leaders. Youth to Adult Child Ratio is at least 2 to 1. For youth volunteers preference will be given to high school aged Life and Eagle Scouts. For insurances reasons, all volunteers must be registered members of the BSA. BSA registration will be checked to ensure that all Scouts and Scouters are currently registered with their own council.

Q. What do Scouts/Scouters do to volunteer for AB100?
A. Contact the host council AB100 Council Coordinator.

Q. Who are the Host Council Adventure Base 100 Coordinators? If I am not from one of the Host Councils for the Adventure Base - can I still participate?
A. Yes, any qualifying Scout/Scouter can volunteer for AB100 Staff. Contact the host council coordinator listed below for the specific date that you are interested in volunteering. Only the three host councils can place volunteers into the volunteer schedule on their specific date. For Orange County Council and San Gabriel Valley Council, please use the attached volunteer forms.

January 1st - Los Angeles Area Council (LAACBSA) - Steve Silbiger (310) 251-6135

January 2nd - San Gabriel Valley Council (SGVCBSA) - Doug Owenby

January 3rd - Orange County Council (OCCBSA) - Dan Chaney (714) 309-8661

Q. What are the job descriptions for the AB100 Staff?
A. Please refer to the Volunteer Staffing Guidelines for the specific job descriptions.

Q. Will I need a tour permit to volunteer as an AB100 Staff member?
A. Yes, they are required for any unit that will be participating. An individual Scout with a parent does not need a tour permit.

Q. Location of the event?
A. Inside the Victory Park Post Parade Area

Q. Will AB100 staff members have access to the TOR Floats?
A. Yes, Volunteers will receive wristbands that provide them entrance to the venue at no cost.

Q. What is the Parking location and cost?
A. If you carpool, you can park at the Smiser Scout Service Center at 3450 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena

Q. Where are the nearest restrooms?
A. Restroom locations will be marked on the Showcase of Floats map

Q. Who will handle sanitation and security?
A. The Tournament of Roses volunteers will handle both sanitation and security.

Q. Will Food and Beverages for staff be available for purchase?
A. Yes, food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Q. What are the overnight housing options?
A. If individuals are seeking information for housing options; please contact Sue Newton of the San Gabriel Valley Council @ (626) 351-8815 ext 248 or as soon as possible

Q. What will be sold at the Scout Store?
A. National will have numerous Centennial items available

Q. Who are the sponsors of the BSA Centennial Celebration and Adventure Base 100?
A. Accenture, AT&T and ExxonMobil

Q. Who will be attending the VIP Reception on Saturday 1/2?
A. The January 2nd reception is from 9 until 11 a.m. at the Adventure Base. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for 12 and under.

Chief Scout Executive Robert Mazzuca will be speaking at 9:30.

The reception cost will get you a wristband that will give each guest the opportunity to see all of the floats on display.

Q. Who will be performing on the AB100 stage?
A. Scouts from each council will have the opportunity to share their special talents. In order to perform, please contact each host council coordinator for the date you want to share your talents.

Friday, December 4, 2009

2010 Rose Parade floats - Additional dates

Here is a great opportunity to be involved in being part of the 100th Anniversary of Scouting and being up close and personal with the Boy Scouts of America Rose Parade Float. All councils in southern California are invited to participate.

The Orange County Council, Los Angeles Council and San Gabriel Council will join the National Council in developing a Scouting float to be included in the Tournament of Roses Rose Bowl Parade on New Year's Day 2010.

A few openings for float decorating have recently been released. The ratio is one adult per child and all youth participating must be over the age of 13.

The following dates are available:
  • December 27, 8 am - 4 pm (5 groups of two)
  • December 27, 4 pm - 11 pm (11 groups of two)
  • December 30, 4 pm - finish (4 groups of two)

If you are interested in participating in any of the above dates please call Rachel Rash at (714) 546-4990 Ext. 148.

These dates will be filled in a first-come first-serve order.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

13 new topics for Cub Scout Academics and Sports program

The Boy Scouts of America is pleased to announce the introduction of 13 new belt loops and pins as part of the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program. It has been more than 10 years since new topics have been added to the program, which is supported by the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide, No. 34299. Look for the new blue cover on this new edition, available for sale starting late January 2010 in stores and online at


  • Disabilities Awareness
  • Family Travel
  • Good Manners
  • Nutrition
  • Pet Care
  • Photography
  • Reading and Writing
  • Video Games


  • Hiking
  • Hockey
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kickball
  • Skateboarding

Belt loops and pins are a great way to help Cub Scouts fulfill the aims of Scouting - building character, developing citizenship, and encouraging mental and physical fitness. Through a variety of subjects, a boy can stretch his mind and abilities by exploring the wonders of science, learning about the world around him, and expanding his skills in new areas.

The belt loops may be worn with the Cub Scout uniform on the Cub Scout belt. Webelos Scouts who have chosen to wear the khaki uniform may still wear the blue Cub Scout belt so as to display the belt loops they have earned. (The pins are not worn on the uniform.)

The Cub Scout Academics and Sports program gives leaders and youths a supplemental enrichment opportunity to earn recognition for learning and skills development. Leaders often use this program to enhance den, pack, or family participation and provide more immediate recognition opportunities.

In addition, a new feedback vehicle has been created for comments and suggestions on the new Program Guide. The Boy Scouts of America welcomes your comments and suggestions, which can be sent to academics& for consideration.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

January 10, 2010 - Los Angeles Half-Marathon

Good day Scouters -

Here's an opportunity to follow up on the positive exposure of the first ever Boy Scout Parade Float in the 2010 Rose Parade.

We can continue to show that Scouting is alive, well, and serving the community by participating in the first ever Los Angeles Half-Marathon. This seems to be open to all levels of Scouting and activities involved will be age appropriate.

The inaugural run of the 13.1 Marathon Los Angeles takes place right here in our backyard. This is a half-marathon - I guess that means 13 miles rather then 26, but it is all within Crescent Bay. Starting at Venice Beach Blvd., south to Venice Blvd., east on Venice Blvd. to just east of Motor Avenue, 180 degree turn and back west along Venice Blvd. to Main Street, and finishing at Rose Avenue.

The Half-Marathon starts at 7:15 am, on Sunday, January 10th - they want volunteers along the way starting at 6:15 a.m. The course is to be open for about 3 ½ hours which means that the whole thing is over before noon.

Depending on the number of interested volunteers - and Scout units - Scouting can claim one or more water stations along the way. There may be assistance that can be provided at the start and at the finish as well - up to each unit to make the contact, claim a spot.

Scout uniforms are the order of the day.

Your contact is:

Karen van de Laat
(888) 598-6669

This looks like a great way to show Scout Spirit, a service to the community, and positive exposure for Scouting.

Give it a thought - and then go for it.

Bob Clinco
Crescent Bay Communications

Monday, November 30, 2009

Troop 431 Holiday Wreath Fundraiser

Add some sparkle to your holidays this year with a fresh holiday wreath handmade by the Scouts of Troop 431.

These beautiful wreaths will be sold for
  • Large $25
  • Small $20
Buy now while supplies last!

For purchase please contact:
  • Lorena Bell (818) 648-3809
  • Angela Estany (818) 681-7232
Thank you for your support!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

January 3-14, 2012 - 15th Australian Venture

For those of you with an adventurous spirit, below is a little information on a Jamboree type event in Australia! Bruce is an Australian Scoutmaster I met at a recent Scout meeting. If you are interested in finding out further information email him at - from the sound of it, this would be the adventure of a lifetime. -paul

The Jamboree I was talking to the Troop about was/is the 15th Australian Venture in Tasmania in January 2012. The website is up now - I've just been looking at it, and there is some preliminary info available.

As you will remember I was raising a challenge for the older Scouts (to 12+ YOs) to consider coming to Australia in 2012 for the Venture. Wwe do have an Australian Jamboree on this Christmas, and the promo video is pretty good.

However in Aus, Scouts are 11 - 14 and a bit. So when we get to Venturer age (14 plus) Jamborees are a little different. OK, different name (Venture) but different structure. In a Jamboree troops are combined into a formal standing camp structure, gadgets, tents, archways, construction, taking care of your own cooking etc.

Ventures are different, Units are combined by their activities, so you arrive in Australia and go to the camp site (presuming you haven't joined a state contingent for a pre tour or have organised your own - and if you want some information on what's involved in that I can connect you to Gary our last Contingent Leader, who is currently running the Australian contingent to the New Zealand Venture this Christmas). Join your Venture Unit (combined by what major activity you elect to do, so, as my interest is Scuba, so I'm usually running a learn to Scuba Dive unit) get to know the 24 or so Venturers and leaders (2 leaders) and then you will go off site to where ever that activity will be based (hiking, biking, 4 wheel expeditions, horse expeditions, beach bums, surfing, diving, you name it it's probably offered). For a week or so you will be there, then you will return to the main camp site for a week on site. By that time you will have made a lot of friends, and will stay with your venture unit for the second week, but have access to the rest of the 1000 or so people involved in the venture as well.

It's all catered, we don't do our own cooking, it's far more like an adventure camp filled with Scouts than a Scout camp adventuring. On site there are usually at least 2 off site activity days (movies, swimming pool, day trips or activities - on my last trip an extra day scuba diving) as well as a leaders day out. On site there are discos, movies, laser skirmish, mud wrestling, abseiling (our word for rappelling), climbing walls, and all sorts of other activities - none of which appear to include much sleep.

My experience is you arrive, go solidly for 2 or 3 weeks then travel home and sleep on the plane. Coming home last January was bliss, not one awake Venturer in the whole aircraft (and we had all of it except 1st class.) Then spend the next 6 months or so following up on e-mails etc. In Australia some of the activities can count towards our version of Eagle Scout (Queens Scout), so it is possible that your local Council may allow such things as well. Australia also has a special belt buckle for Scouts who travel overseas and get involved in overseas programs, which may also happen in the US.

Bruce Ellis
Assistant Branch Commissioner
Victorian Venturer Scouts

Bottom line is I'm sure we it would be possible to organise to fit a few extras into one of the state contingents (maybe even ours), or if we have a few, and a leader with them, we can create an official US contingent, and be a bit more formal about the whole thing. If there is any interest I can relay that to the organising committee in Tasmania and they can connect any other US people together, or we can do something from here (probably via my good friend and champion organiser Gary).

Whichever way it goes, I'm absolutely sure we can promise anyone who wants to come the trip of a life time, Tasmania is one of the truly pristine places in the world (for example the freshest water in the world comes from there) and there are places where hardly anyone has ever been, let alone visits regularly. To the point that there are probably Tasmanian Tigers (thylacines) still in existence over there that are suspected but totally unproved, and are likely to stay that way in my life time.

And that's "only" Tasmania, coming from California, you'd have to come through Melbourne (near my home) or Sydney, and a short stay there should really add to the experience (ask Brad Smith).

A huge challenge to the Troop

Operation Gratitude

Help Operation Gratitude ship their 500,000th care package to bring the holidays to our troops overseas.

Join Operation Gratitude on Saturday, Dec. 19 at their headquarters in Van Nuys.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Scouting for Food

To all Balboa Oaks District Scouts and Leaders:

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. You all deserve congratulations, especially for Packs and Troops who participated in the Scouting for Food drive. We had a successful event and we collected a total of 5,456 lbs., which has been distributed to six different pantry locations in the Valley. Your volunteer effort is a service to Good Turn for America and makes the lives of those in need for food in the Thanksgiving time a blessing.

On behalf of the Scouting for Food committee and myself we say Great Scouting and Happy Thanksgiving.

Sami Dahdal
Balboa Oaks District
Scouting for Food Chairman

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

December 10, 2009 - Nationwide 100th Anniversary Kick-Off Rally

Join Our Nationwide 100th Anniversary Kick-Off Rally!

Just one month to go!

The year we celebrate our centennial and begin our next century of service.

One of the most exciting moments in our history.

To jump start the celebration, we're bringing together Scouting enthusiasts from coast-to-coast for a nationwide 100th Anniversary Kick-Off Rally. Hosted by AT&T CEO and Chairman and 100th Anniversary Chair Randall Stephenson, National President John Gottschalk, National Commissioner Tico Perez, and me, Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca, we'll recognize your important role and the difference you make - every day. Through this live audiocast, we'll share important information about how you can be part of the 100th Anniversary. We'll also answer some of your questions (submitted in advance through the link below). Our goal is to rally more than a quarter of a million Scouting enthusiasts - the largest single gathering of its kind in BSA history.

What: 100th Anniversary Kick-Off Audiocast Rally
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2009
Time: 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Pacific
How: RSVP by clicking on "100th Anniversary Kick-Off Rally" at - that's also where you'll find the link to the audiocast on December 10th.

You are the reason this great movement works - the passionate supporters and boots on the ground serving youth across America. The 100th Anniversary celebration is meant to inspire, excite, and engage the entire Scouting family. Join us as we embark upon this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Save the date! And tune in on December 10th.

In memory: Hoyt Pardee, 1918 - 2009

Donations in memory of Hoyt can be made to:
Salk Institute for Pancreatic Cancer Research
P.O. Box 85800
San Diego, CA 92186-5800

(November 24, 2009)

It is with much sadness that I inform you of the passing of long time board member Hoyt Pardee who died yesterday.

Mr. Pardee was the founder of the Pardee Scout Golf Classic and the Hoyt S. Pardee Eagle Scholarship. Hoyt was an Eagle Scout and has also been awarded the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to Scouting in the Western Los Angeles County Council.

Please remember Hoyt and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Congrats and Thanks re Children's Day

Today was a successful day for the Children's Day program in general and for Western Los Angeles County Council in particular.

First, congratulations and thanks to Chaplain Ken Crawford, Chief Chaplain of the Los Angeles Police Department, Leader of the San Fernando Valley Coalition on Gangs, and friend to Scouting. It was through our relationship with Chaplain Crawford that WLACC had such a tremendous presence today.

Next, thanks to the many Professionals, Volunteers and Scouts from our Council who made our presence well known through the day:

Scouts and Scouters were everywhere today at Woodley Park, from the food vending area, to the Pioneering and Pinewood Derby Displays, to the four display booths, to the parade, to the random Cub Kart kids who rode all around.

Western Los Angeles County Council gathered interest cards from more than 57 families, which translates to probably more than 80 boys interested in our programs.

80 boys translates to
  • four Cub Packs or Boy Scout Troops of 20 each
  • ten dens or patrols of eight scouts each
  • a Blue and Gold Dinner serving 350 or more people (including scouts and families)
  • etc. (you can figure this out).

We also made hundreds of children happy today in addition, with crafts at the Cub Booth, beads at the OA area, car races at the PWD display, and with many, many young people crossing the Pioneering Display's monkey bridge.

Western Los Angeles County Council served not only its own interests in potential member growth and visibility in the community, but also assisted to achieve the goals of the sponsor organization, the Coalition on Gangs, providing positive role models for youth who might otherwise fail to develop good character and citizenship.

Some of you might know that I will be retiring from the role as Council Relationships Chair at the end of the year. I can't tell you how proud I am that this Children's Day event was a success for the council, and a great finale for me.

Thanks again to everyone for going above and beyond to make this the grand success for the day, for the future, for our council, and for our community.

Yours in Scouting,

David I. Karp

Friday, November 20, 2009

January 15-17, 2010 - Troop 431 Webelos Weekend

Come see all the great things about Troop 431 at our Webelos Weekend Adventure!

When: January 15-17, 2010
Where: Point Mugu, Sycamore Canyon, La Jolla Group Site

Scouts - Wonder what thrills and excitement await you in Boy Scouts?
Parents - Got Questions about Boy Scouts?
Come find out - now is your chance!

Our Webelos Weekend is designed for Webelos on the verge of joining Boy Scouts and their parents.

This weekend will:
  • show all the fun things that Scouting has to offer,
  • show how Boy Scouts works differently than Cub Scouts, and
  • give an opportunity to meet other Boy Scouts and Scout parents.

RSVP or questions please call (old Scoutmaster's information removed by request)

Orientation meeting for Webelos Weekend
When: January 11th at 7pm
Where: St. Bridget’s Catholic Church - 7100 Whitaker Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406

Sunday, November 15, 2009

New Scuba Diving merit badge

The Boy Scouts of America is pleased to announce the release of the Scuba Diving merit badge. The official earn date of this merit badge is December 1, 2009. Pamphlets are in the NDC and available for local council service center and orders - just in time for Christmas!

The first new merit badge in over three years, Scuba Diving reflects the new direction of BSA to develop merit badges based on youth/Scout input to assure relevance and excitement around the merit badge offering. This merit badge, developed in association with PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), leverages our spirit of outdoor adventure and expands our aquatics offering. More than 84 percent of Scouts surveyed were interested in the merit badge and recommended that BSA adopt it.

Key facts you need to know about the merit badge are as follows:

  • Completing the Scuba Diving merit badge will result in the boy achieving an open water certification enabling him to dive around the world with the appropriate supervision, based on his age.
  • There are two important roles for this merit badge - the merit badge counselor and a certified dive instructor.
    • Sometimes this may be the same person.
    • More likely, the counselor will be an existing BSA adult member.
    • Always the instructor will be one certified by one of a number of instructional agencies.
    • The instructor does not have to be a BSA member.
  • Earning the Scuba Diving merit badge is open to all Boy Scout-age youth. There are, however, limitations based on age with respect to how deep and with whom a boy can dive. These limitations vary by certifying organization.
  • Completion of the Swimming merit badge is a requirement of the merit badge and must be completed prior to entering into scuba training portion of the requirements.
  • Boys with a current open water certification will not have to recertify in order to earn the merit badge. They will, however, have to have completed the Swimming merit badge, present their certification to the merit badge counselor and complete all the other requirements.
  • There are three important pieces of information which must be fully reviewed by the merit badge counselor prior to approving any Scout for the merit badge: the merit badge requirements, the notes to counselor and the scuba policy of the Guide to Safe Scouting.

December 6, 2009 - 26th Annual Granada Hills Holiday Parade

A great Valley tradition continues at the 26th Annual Granada Hills Holiday Parade, Sunday, Dec. 6 in Granada Hills Village.

The theme for this year's holiday parade is "Holidays of the Sixties."

Sunday, Dec. 6 at 1:30 pm
Chatsworth St. (between Petit St. and Zelzah Ave.)

Over 4,000 youth participants representing 150 entries will march down Chatsworth St. in the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce's annual parade.

There will be music, food, games, booths and more.

For more information call (818) 368-3235 or visit the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce web site.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

National Leadership Team Update

Today we gathered to unveil the artwork for the 2010 Celebrate Scouting stamp issued by the United States Postal Service (USPS). The design, created by Craig Frazier of Mill Valley, Calif., depicts the spirit and outdoor adventure of Scouting through a backpacking Scout and a large silhouette of a Scout surveying the landscape. The stamp, which will become available next summer, was championed by U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions and supported by a bi-partisan group of more than 300 Congressional members.

In conjunction with the announcement, we launched a new nationwide campaign. We're encouraging Scouts to send letters and care packages to veterans and military men and women serving overseas - to remind them of our support and gratitude for their service.

To make it easy, we've created an online toolkit for individuals and units. Please use these guides to ensure this is a fun, safe, and thoughtful activity for our youth:

By the time the stamp is issued next summer, let's make sure everyone knows about it! We've put a modern twist on the tradition of the stamp. As an awareness tool, you can add a Celebrate Scouting stamp to your e-mails. Learn more about all that we're doing on the 100th Anniversary Web site.

Thank you to the Scouts and Scouters of the Baltimore Area Council and National Capital Area Council that helped us launch this important initiative. We know that our service men and women will love reading your letters.

The celebration has begun!

Bob Mersereau
National Director
100th Anniversary Celebration Project

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

2010 Rose Parade floats

The 2010 Rose Parade floats need your help!

Want bragging rights on New Year's Day? Then come make lifelong memories with us and help decorate some of the most incredible floats in the Rose Parade!

Here's what you need to know:

  1. All first time participants are encouraged to come to at least one prep day (aka dry day). The available dates are 11/14, 11/15, 12/05, 12/06, & 12/13. All scouts, families, and friends who are 4th grade or older are welcome on these days.
  2. Scouts age 12 and older, their families, and friends (who are also age 12 and older) may come for the floral decorating from Dec 26 - Dec 30th. Two shifts available! 8am - 4pm and 4pm - 11pm. Jobs range from cutting roses, preparing dry materials, and applying dry materials (seeds, etc) and floral materials directly to the float!
  3. December 26th is a great day to come if it's your first time - and you'll have the best bet of getting to work directly on the float on that day.
  4. Your troop can earn money doing this!

Event location is in Irwindale (not the Rose Bowl) for all days.

National Hall of Leadership

A review of the Western Los Angeles County Council's nominees for the National Hall of Leadership shows many outstanding nominees. If the nominations were closed today we could be proud of the person selected by National as our Council's representative to the National Hall of Leadership.

However... I know there are many more individuals that deserve to be nominated.

Who do you know that fits this picture? Now go to the web site above and nominate them.

Friday, November 6, 2009

February 14, 2010 - Harlem Globetrotters

Troop 513 (Santa Clarita) invites you to

Harlem Globetrotters
February 14, 2010 at 10 am
Staples Center

Group will meet at the 11th Street main entrance (by Magic Johnson statue)

You and your friends won't want to miss one magical moment of the Harlem Globetrotters' legendary high flying, non-stop fun and excitement!

The actual game starts at 1 pm. However, our group is invited to a very special and exclusive session of Globetrotter University at 11 am. This is an excellent opportunity to learn from some of the world-class athletes. It is interactive and they request some of the guests to go to the Court and play with them. There will also be picture-taking opportunities with the Globetrotters after the University session. This is not mandatory, but it will be fun for everyone to participate in.

I brought almost 600 guests with me last February 2009 and we all had a great time! Scouts and their guests will also receive a commemorative Globetrotter Scout Patch.

Cost is only $32.00 per scout/adult (includes processing/handling/convenience/facility fees charged by Staples Center for every ticket). This does not include food or parking. Carpooling is the best way to go!

Great seats (Floor/VIP Premier) are available to my group on a first-pay, first-served basis! (I have a very strong relationship with the Staples Center)

If you are going as a Troop/Pack group - you need to obtain a Tour Permit and email me a copy. No exceptions, please - or I will not issue tickets.

These awesome tickets will make great gifts for the holidays or for Valentine's Day!

RSVP to Jocelyn Reyes at

Once reservation is confirmed via email, tickets are non-cancellable/non-refundable and would have to be paid even if you are unable to attend the event. Thanks for understanding!

Seats will be assigned when your payment is received! Don't wait until the last minute to take advantage of the great seats I have!

Payment via PayPal is now accepted and preferred, ~ for faster and more efficient tracking of payments sent/received! Please use when paying via PayPal (choose Personal option, then Payment Owed - this process avoids PayPal fees)

Or please make checks payable to Jocelyn Reyes and mail to:

Jocelyn Reyes - Harlem
23062 Conde Dr.
Valencia, CA 91354

Tickets will be distributed on February 14th, 2010 by the Magic Johnson statue at the 11th Street entrance from 10:00 to 10:30 am.

I will be sending more detailed info to all participants, including consent forms, by January 31st, 2010.

Cut-off date for ticket sales will be February 4th, 2010. All payments have to be in my hand by this date.

And remember: The Globetrotter University and the Commemorative Patch are exclusive offers to my group.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

December 5, 2009 - Las Colinas District Training

Saturday, Dec 5th, 2009
8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
at WLACC Office
16525 Sherman Way, C-8, Van Nuys, CA 91406
(Sherman Way and Hayvenhurst - behind Denny's)

Who should attend: Scout Leaders, Troop/Pack Committee Members, Cub Scout Leaders

Courses offered

  • This Is Scouting (8:00 - 11:30 AM)
  • Cub Leader Specific (1:00 - 4:30 PM)
  • Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific (1:00 - 5:00 PM)
  • Venture Leader Specific (1:00 – 4:30 PM)
  • Troop Committee Challenge (8:00 - 11:30 AM)
  • On-Line Recharter, Advancements and Tour Permits (8:00 – 11:30 AM)

Cost: $5.00 donation per course

Wear your Class A uniform if you have one - come anyway if you don't.

Please pre-register no later than Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009! If not, register at the training.

Questions: John Overton at or (818) 620-1001

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Blood donation for Scout

One of our Webelos II in Pack 727, Timothy Lee, is in desperate need of Type O blood donation and platelets to survive. We are asking for your help to spread the news throughout the BSA organization in southern California for Timothy.

Below is an email from his parents detailing his condition and how to donate both platelets and blood at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. In essence, Timothy has been in coma and requires three bags of platelets daily to survive. Platelets can only last for five days once drawn so a constant flow of donation is imperative. It takes about two hours for the donation and anyone, regardless of blood type, can donate platelets. However, due to the limited amount of equipment available at the hospital, donors must call to make an appointment.

Thank you very much for sending the information out. I will call you soon to answer any question you may have, or please feel free to call me at (626) 383-3958. Your assistance is much appreciated.

Natalie Wen

Hi Julie:

Timothy was diagnostic with ITP, which is a immune system condition with blood clotting issue, in July 2008. Recently, the issue has progressed. While being in-hospitalized at Children Hospital Los Angeles for two weeks, it took the worse turn as bleeding occurs in his brain, right frontal lobe. Emergency operation was performed to remove his spleen, attempt to quickly restore his blood plate count, for the life saving neurosurgery. However, the neurosurgery was not exactly a "success" as there were too much bleeding going on during the operation...

As he remains in the critical condition, We need lots of prayers for our son as his future is in god's hand. We are thankful for everyone who has being extremely thoughtful and caring with Tim's medical situation.

As Tim fights on for his right to survive, he requires continue and steady supply of blood plate. For detail blood plate donation process, please refer to the following link:

Please find it in your heart and help my boy, Timothy Lee, by contact and schedule appointment for donation at.

Children Hospital Los Angeles
Blood Donation center
4650 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Contact Name: George Merida

Tel: 323-361-2370
Tel: 323-361-2441

Please indicate that blood-plate donation is reserved for

Timothy Lee
Patient number: 1722652

Thank You

Alan, Maggie, and Timothy Lee

Monday, November 2, 2009

December 16, 2009 - Jamboree Troop 829 fundraiser

National Jamboree Troop 829 invites you to an awesome Family Holiday Party.
Four hours of unlimited Mountasia fun
December 16, 6-10 pm.

Mountasia Family Fun Center
21516 Golden Triangle Rd.
Santa Clarita, CA 91350

Learning for Life essay contest

Learning for Life is running an essay contest with cash prizes and we would really like it if you would encouraging your young people in your life to enter.

This contest is open to all students K-12, both boys and girls, in the greater Los Angeles area. Deadline is November 15, 2009.

This is a great contest in that grammar, spelling, and punctuation are not counted towards the score. What is important is the thought you put in to the essay. Write from the heart!

For additional information please call Brenda Bradford @ (818) 933-0121

Learning for Life is the sister program to the Boy Scouts of America. They are an in classroom programs that focus on character development and career education. It also helps youth develop social and life skills, formulate positive personal values, and it prepares the youth to make ethical decisions that will help them achieve their full potential.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

December 6, 2009 - Veterans Holiday Celebration

I am contacting you on behalf of the Veterans Holiday Celebration. On the first Sunday of every December, the Veterans Department of Voluntary Services, VA VGLA, Family of Women, Men’s Divisions International, and the community at large, along with over 500 volunteers and local businesses, come together to provide a memorable meal, gifts, and entertainment, as well as much needed appreciation to over 3000 veterans and their families. The event will be held at the Veterans Administration on Wilshire Blvd., Sunday, December 6 at 1:00 p.m.

We need volunteers for everything from making Xmas cards to go into our gift bags, to serving food, to making decorations, etc. If any of your troops would be interested in helping out, I left my contact information below. For more information about our organization or the event please log on to our website.

We are also holding a Style-a-Thon fundraiser on Monday, November 9 at Robyn Michael's Salon in Northridge to raise funds for the event. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the Veterans Holiday Celebration. Thank you so much for your time.


Carolina Chavez, VHC Spirit Manager
(661) 714-8349

Mountain High Ski Resort Scout Programs and Merit Badges

Fun and exciting activities and merit badges are available to your troops at discounted prices at Mountain High Ski Resort.

Mountain High is Southern California's closest winter resort located just 75 minutes from Los Angeles and Orange County. The area consists of three separate mountains (Mountain High East, West and North), and offers a wide variety of high-speed lifts and alpine trails, the world class Faultline Terrain Park, an outstanding Winter Sports School, and the region's largest tubing park for those wanting a winter adventure, but do not want to ski or snowboard.

We look forward to seeing you on the slopes!

Keri Calder
Group Sales
Mountain High Ski Resort
(760) 316-7837

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Thank you for Stoney Point 2009 Clean-Up

Kind Neighborhood Councils, Scouting Supporters and Volunteers:

On behalf of Troop 921, I want to thank all of you for your support, donations and involvement in this year's Stoney Point Clean-Up 2009.

Thanks to:

  • The Chatsworth Neighborhood Council and Jelena Csanyi for partnering with the Scouts and the kind donation of food and support for the event!
  • Megan Cottier from the office of Councilman Greig Smith for the support and contact information for getting the rakes, shovels, and trash bags.
  • Barri Worth from the office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for the donation of water and the contacts for the Department of public Works.
  • As in years before, we wish to acknowledge the hard work in coordinating and supporting this project from REI Northridge who taught a "leave no trace" demonstration and the many raffle items they donated. Thank you Jean Lym!
  • The Northridge Neighborhood Council for publicity on their web site.
  • Last but not least, I wish to thank all the volunteers who worked so diligently in the true Scout spirit towards the betterment of our community and our environment ... a job well done!

Your dedication and involvement towards keeping our community clean for all to enjoy is a testament for all to follow.

From all of us to all of you ... thanks for your efforts!

See you all next year!

Forever a Scout,

Les Salay

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Eagle Scout Project at Vasquez Rocks Park

My name is Karcsi Toghia and I am a Life Scout with Troop 92 in Northridge. I have been with Troop 92 for 4 years and ever since I joined, have wanted to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. It is now time for me to complete my Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project and since I turn 18 at the end of February, I am on a fast track to finish.

I have chosen for my project repairs and prevention of erosion on a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail at Vasquez Rocks Natural Park in Aqua Dulce, off the 14 freeway. The length of the trail is approximately 2/10ths of a mile (320 meters). Some of the repairs are to remove the burm, tread and sloughing to make the trail level, create water bars and build a retaining wall of approximately 36 feet to prevent erosion. Once repaired, the trail will be safer, more resistant to the natural elements such as rain and wind, and bring enjoyment and safety to hikers for a long time.

I am asking for volunteers to help with manual labor to get my project done long before Thanksgiving. I will offer snacks, free lunch and water and I only ask that you bring personal water bottles or backpacks that hold water (such as Camelbak) if you can to avoid disposable water bottles.

I have scheduled to start on Saturday, October 31st from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and Sunday, November 1st from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. I have also put aside Saturday, November 7th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Please call or email me to let me know if the Scouts in your Troop are interested in helping with this project and when they could come to help.

Wear clothes for working outside, especially boots or closed toed shoes and don’t forget your sunscreen. There will be a limited amount of shovels and other tools, but if you have any, please bring them. We will have a base camp with shade for rest and refreshments. Transportation to the base camp and project area will also be provided.

I appreciate any support you can give me and look forward to meeting you.


Karcsi Toghia
Life Scout
Troop 92
(818) 486-1007 cell

November 21, 2009 - Volunteers for Veterans Home Grand Opening

We are looking to the Boy Scouts for volunteers at the William J. "Pete" Knight open house and BBQ on Saturday, November 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We would also like them to come to the grand opening on 11/20 at 10 a.m. as well, and we will be sending out an invitation for that. 10-20 volunteers would be wonderful, and it could be anything - folding and setting up chairs or ushers or tearing down the tables and chairs. Thank you in advance so much! We are looking forward to seeing you all there!

Jeanne Bonfilio
Public Information Officer II
California Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Homes of Greater Los Angeles and Ventura Counties
6150 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 305
Van Nuys, CA 91401
(818) 742-1761
(310) 775-7980 cell

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

October 31, 2009 - Pack 921 Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 31st
12 - 4 pm
Northridge Christian Church
18901 Chatsworth St.
Northridge, CA 91326
Free admission

Rocket sales

Up, up, and away! Selected supplies of Estes Rockets and materials up to 50% off at the Scout Shops in Antelope Valley and Van Nuys. Limited offer while supplies last.

Monday, October 19, 2009

National Scouting Museum

Tell us your Scouting stories!

The National Scouting Museum is preserving personal stories of Scouting's first 100 years. We want to hear yours! Please contact Gail Mayfield, assistant curator, at (800) 303-3047 or for details.

Remember your Scoutmaster? Any brushes with heroism or danger? What happened on your first campout? Share your memories!

Tell us your stories when and where you like. We'll send you recording equipment... you record your stories and send it back postage paid.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Scouts work to bring Latinos into ranks

"We need to reach out to everybody, not just white kids."
-Paul Oliver, Balboa Oaks District chairman for Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America are looking for a few good boys, preferably Latinos.

"These kids didn't have grandfathers, fathers or uncles grow up in Scouting; they don't know what we're about," says Bob Mazzuca, chief Scout executive for the country's largest youth organization with approximately 2.8 million members.

October 2009 through March 2010 - Bird walks

Second Saturday Bird Walks for Families and Beginners
9 - 11 am
October through March
Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve (free)

San Fernando Valley Audubon will lead free second Saturday bird walks for families and beginners:
  • October 10, 2009
  • November 14, 2009
  • December 12, 2009
  • January 9, 2010
  • February 13, 2010
  • March 13, 2010
Stroll through the lovely Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, enjoying its trails and lake. Many birds come here in winter. Learn about the birds and why they come here.

These walks are for
  • People trying their first bird walk
  • Beginning birdwatchers
  • Families with school-age children
Time and meeting place: The Wildlife Area entrance and amphitheater are in the southeast part of Woodley Park. Meet at the amphitheater at 9 am.

Directions: Turn north from Burbank Blvd. onto Woodley Ave., which is 1/2 mile east of the San Diego Freeway (I-405). Travel about 1/2 mile to the second possible right turn and turn east (right) at the sign for the Wildlife Reserve. Bear right at the fork in the road and go east 1/2 mile to the Wildlife Area parking. Walk south past the monumental rocks and restroom building to the amphitheater.

Equipment and clothing: Wear sturdy shoes and layered clothing. A cap or hat with a brim is suggested. We have binoculars to loan or you can use your own.

More information: Muriel Kotin at (310) 457-5796 or Linda Jones at (818) 831-6061. Reservations are not needed except for large groups. Rain cancels.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

December 5, 2009 - Scout Day with the LA Kings

LA Kings vs. St. Louis Blues
December 5, 2009 at 1 pm
Staples Center

Tickets are only $23!
(Upper 300 Level – Center/Corner)

Along with the exciting Kings hockey game, every ticket will include:
  • An exclusive LA Kings Scout Patch
  • Participation Certificate
  • Commemorative Luc Robitaille Hall of Fame Bobblehead

For more information or to order, please contact Jocelyn Reyes at

Since this is a very popular event, payments must be received on or before November 25.

Make checks payable to Jocelyn Reyes and mail to:
23062 Conde Dr.
Valencia, CA 91354

Once reservation is confirmed via email, tickets are non-cancellable/non-refundable and would have to be paid even if you are unable to attend the event. Thanks for understanding!

Scouts helping the military troops

What do you do with all that Halloween candy you get?

Support Our Military Troops

Blue Star Mothers of the Canyons and Prayer Angels for the Military are sending packages to our deployed troops. You can help by donating candy or other needed items.

Donations can be dropped off at:
Boy Scout Service Center
24338 Walnut St.
Newhall, CA 91321
(661) 284-6330
Mon, Tue, Wed, Sat 10 am - 2 pm
Thu 3 - 7 pm
closed on Friday

Donations need to be dropped off by November 7th at 2 pm.

Scout leaders can also bring candy and other items to the November 5 Roundtable at 7:30 pm.

Cash donations for postage is also very welcome. It costs $11.95 per box to send. Tax-deductible checks can be made out to Blue Star Mothers.

Some much needed items:

  • Alka Seltzer
  • Antibacterial Handwash
  • Foot powder
  • Bandaids
  • Chapstick
  • Disposable razors
  • Floss
  • Kleenex Packs
  • Listerine Sheets
  • Lotion, Sunscreen
  • Mole Skin
  • Pain Reliever
  • Travel size Shampoo
  • Travel size Conditioner
  • Shaving cream
  • Travel size Q-tips
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Vitamin C drops
  • Cough drops
  • Wet Ones / baby wipes singles

Comforts and fun
  • AT&T phone cards
  • Crossword puzzle books
  • Disposable cameras
  • DVDs (upbeat)
  • Hacky sacks
  • Nerf balls
  • Notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Small checkers / chess games

  • Assorted candy
  • Breakfast / Energy / Power Bars
  • Cookies / Crackers Snack Paks
  • Crystal Light, Kool-Aid singles
  • Cup O Noodles
  • Dried Fruit, Nuts, Jerky
  • Gum
  • Hot chocolate packets
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Pringles
  • Chips
  • Pretzels
  • Tuna in foil packets

  • Heavy socks
  • Paperback books
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Stationery
  • Envelopes

For more info, call Kymmer Crookston (661) 259-6306

10-Year-Old Autistic Boy Saves His Teacher's Life

Houston, TX -- A 10-year-old autistic boy in Texas is being hailed as a hero after he performed the Heimlich maneuver on his teacher while she was choking.

Sherri Lowe and 10-year-old Kyle Forbes were alone in class at Hyde Elementary. Lowe was eating an apple and began choking. Forbes says he learned the Heimlich Maneuver in Cub Scouts and knew immediately what to do.

"I was choking and he squeezed me like that twice." says Lowe "The first time it didn't work, so he goes, 'I got it, Mrs. Lowe.' And he does it again, exactly the right way and the apple came out."

Forbes says he learned the Heimlich Maneuver in Cub Scouts and knew immediately what to do.

Lowe calls him her hero, a title Kyle Forbes is happy to accept. "I mean that was the first time I've ever saved someone's life in an accident. That's the first time I've ever done it."

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

2010 Commemorative Coin

Next year, the United States Mint will offer 2010 Boy Scouts Centennial Silver Dollar commemorative coins. The Boy Scouts coins are authorized under Public Law No: 110-363, first proposed under H.R. 5872 The Boy Scouts of American Centennial Commemorative Coin Act.

The program will feature commemorative silver dollars with a weight of 26.73 grams, diameter of 1.5 inches, and composition of 90% silver and 10% copper. The coins will be minted in a quantity of up to 350,000 coins across available uncirculated and proof versions.

Only one United States Mint facility may be used to strike any particular version.

Friday, October 9, 2009

October 23-24, 2009 - The Haunted Bus

Devonshire Community Policing Unit presents The Haunted Bus
The many faces of Halloween for the criminally insane!

Join your LAPD Devonshire Division Officers
October 23rd and 24th 2009
Devonshire Station
10250 Etiwanda Avenue
6:00pm 'til 10:00pm

Haunted House, Kids jumper, Mr. Joey Magic, ghostly goodies and screaming spooks, all right
here in the safety of our police station in our back lot!

Kids of all ages: bring your best carved pumpkins and dress up in your ghoulishly great costumes to win our pumpkin and costume contests!

Admission: $1.00 donation towards our Devonshire Explorers/Station Fund

For more information contact Erika De Smith at (818) 363-1726 or Officer Danny Del Valle (818) 634-0362

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

December 26, 2009 - A Christmas Carol

Troop 513 (Santa Clarita) invites you to

Disney's 3-D - A Christmas Carol - featuring Jim Carrey
December 26th, 2009
3 pm (Showtime is actually 4 pm, but theater opens at 3 pm)
El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd.

Guests need to form in line as soon as they get to El Capitan.
Seats are not reserved for this event! First in line, first to go inside!
Tickets can be picked up a week prior from Jocelyn Reyes' home in Valencia, or I can hand them to you at the theater.

You won't want to miss the holiday magic at El Capitan Theater!
  • Disney's 3-D - A Christmas Carol - featuring Jim Carrey
  • Movie buttons exclusive to our group
  • Plus - before the movie, see an all-new live stage show Holiday Spectacular - featuring singing, dancing, and your favorite Disney characters!
  • Bring your autograph books for autograph opportunities
  • Bring your cameras for Kodak moments with your favorite Disney character
  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie:
    • See real artifacts direct from the Charles Dickens museum in London
    • See concept art, models, maquettes, and costumes
    • Plus much, much more!

Advance tickets are now available to my group on a first-come, first-served basis!
Cost is only $13 (Scouts/adult) - includes processing/handling/shipping fees for tickets and buttons
This does not include food or parking, please... Carpooling is the best way to go!

If you are going as a Troop/Pack group - you need to obtain a Tour Permit and email me a copy. No exceptions, please - or I will not issue tickets.

RSVP to Jocelyn Reyes at

Please make checks payable to Jocelyn Reyes and mail to:
Jocelyn Reyes - Disney
23062 Conde Dr.
Valencia, CA 91354

I will be sending more detailed info to all participants, including consent forms, by December 5.

Once reservation is confirmed via email, tickets are non-cancellable/non-refundable and would have to be paid by reserving parties even if they are unable to go on the event date. Thanks for understanding!

Don't wait until the last minute as I only have a limited number of seats at this price and offer!
Cut-off date for ticket sales will be November 30th, 2009. Payment has to be on my hand by this date.
And remember: The movie buttons are exclusive to my group.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Jamboree on the Air 2009 update

The Western Los Angeles County Council invites you to participate in the 52nd Annual Jamboree on the Air
Saturday and Sunday October 17-18th, 2009

Two locations on different days!

Saturday October 17th
Las Colinas District Operating W9LQI
Sage Ranch Park (moved from McGrath State Beach) 11am-4pm
Contact Robert Hutchinson for exact details
(818) 888-8175 or

Sunday October 18th, 2009 12pm – 4pm
Crescent Bay District Operating WE6BSA
Hosted by Loyola Marymount University
Westchester, CA (Use LMU Drive Entrance)
Contact Sanford Weinberg (323) 937-1165 or for more info
Cost $8 per scout (Includes Patch) and $3 parents / siblings
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive (use LMU Drive entrance; between Pereira Engineering Hall and Doolan)
Westchester, CA 90045
More details and map on the Crescent Bay web site
Special SoCal Scout Communication on 28.450 (10 meters) 147.270 (2 meters)

What is JOTA?

When Scouts want to meet young people from another country, they usually think of attending a World Jamboree. But few people realize that each year more than 400,000 Scouts and Guides "get together" over the airwaves for the annual Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA). Modern technology offers Scouts the exciting opportunity to make friends in other countries without leaving home.

JOTA is an annual event in which Boy and Girl Scouts and Guides from all over the world speak to each other by means of Amateur (ham) Radio. Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared via radio waves. Since 1958 when the first Jamboree-on-the-Air was held, millions of Scouts have met each other through this event. Many contacts made during JOTA have resulted in pen pals and links between Scout troops that have lasted many years.

With no restrictions on age or on the number of participants, and at little or no expense, JOTA allows Scouts to contact each other by ham radio. The radio stations are operated by licensed amateur radio operators. Many Scouts and leaders hold licenses and have their own stations, but the majority participates in JOTA through stations operated by local radio clubs and individual radio amateurs. Some operators use television or computer-linked communications.

For more information or questions see the JOTA webpage or contact Sanford Weinberg at or (323) 937-1165. Talk in and Local Coordination on 147.270+ PL100.0

Nobel Middle School clean-up project

We are in need of volunteer pledges for the clean up project on Merridy Street across from Nobel. Please review the volunteer pledge sheet that is recommended for the grant request. At this time, we do not yet know the project dates because it is contingent upon grant winner notification by LA City and the contractor's availability. I can tell you if we win the grant, the project must start some time after February 15, 2010 and be completed within 9 months. We will likely do the project in the spring, and we will apprise you as soon as we know the project dates.

Please get volunteers to sign up and pledge the number of hours they can volunteer; we hope volunteers will pledge about 2-4 hours. Tools, supplies and refreshments will be provided.

This attachment must accompany the grant request we will submit to LA City. You may print out and distribute as many sheets as you wish. We request you provide completed sheets by October 13, 2009 . You can email me or call me to let me know they are complete, and I will pick them up from the most convenient place.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at my number below.

Thank you for supporting A Noble Cause for Nobel Middle School.

Juativa Spurlock
Neighborhood Enhancement Committee
Northridge West Neighborhood Council
(818) 648-8974

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

November 13-15, 2009 - Troop 911 Webelos Weekend

Troop 911's Webelos Weekend is an adventure designed to introduce Webelos Scouts and their parents to the thrilling Scouting adventures ahead and to help them make the transition into Boy Scouting exciting. The weekend is filled with fun activities, intriguing demonstrations, and plenty of outdoor excitement. Our theme this year is Wilderness Survival.

Troop 911 is inviting all 1st and 2nd Year Webelos to attend. Troop 911 is a boy-led troop. Unlike Cub Scouts, the boys make the decisions and provide the leadership. Adults are there to give advice and to assure safety. The Webelos Scouts will be assigned to Patrols for the weekend so that they can experience a model Boy Scout Troop campout led by experienced Boy Scouts. Parents will be given an orientation on Boy Scouting and will have a relaxing weekend campout plus a chance to meet many of Troop 911's adult leaders, while their Webelos participate in troop activities.

When: November 13th, 14th, 15th
Where: Castaic Lake Recreation Area: 32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic, CA 91384

We will meet to depart for this trip on Friday Evening at 6pm at Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd., Northridge, CA 91324. The cross streets are Reseda and Superior.

There will be an orientation Troop meeting on Tuesday November 10th at the same address. Come visit us even if you can't make it to this trip!

Questions: Contact our Scoutmaster, Jon Orlick
(818) 987-9840

October 19, 2009 - New troop introductory meeting

An exciting new opportunity for boys ages 11-17!

A new Boy Scout Troop based in the Encino / Tarzana area

If your son is interested in Camping, Hiking, Volunteering, High Adventure, Character Building, Leadership Training, and many other fun and exciting opportunities then please come with your child to an

Introductory Meeting
Monday, October 19, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Crespi Carmelite High School
Commons Hall in the New Fine Arts Building
5031 Alonzo Avenue, Encino, CA 91316

Commons Hall is located south of the Southwest corner of Alonzo and Santa Rita. Parking lot is adjacent to the Hall.

For information:
Bob Levey, Unit Commissioner
(818) 971-7333

Free LA Fed tour (Coin Collecting merit badge)

Dear Boy Scout Leaders:

I would like to invite your Boy Scout troop(s) to visit the LA Fed for a free tour.

As you are probably aware, the Federal Reserve Bank tour fulfills a requirement of the Boy Scouts of America Coin Collecting Merit Badge.

Tours are offered to groups of 8-30 people in 9th grade or above by appointment only, Monday through Thursday, excluding federal holidays. By prior approval confirmed in advance with me, we could also accommodate up to 50 scouts including at least three parent chaperones. Depending on available numbers of parent chaperones, we may be able to accommodate Cub Scouts as well.

The Bank is located in downtown Los Angeles, within walking distance of the 7th Street Metro station.

During the tour, your group will witness our cash operations and see the coin and cash supply for Las Vegas, Southern California, and Arizona. Visitors also get to try their hand at identifying counterfeit bills, see historic banknotes, and watch us shred the nation's unfit currency (up to $29 million per day).

What can people expect to see?

Visitors to the LA Branch will experience the second largest cash vault in the United States. Visitors can usually witness millions in deposits being dropped off by armored couriers on behalf of Southern California and Las Vegas banks and credit unions, counted by our vault workers and processed by high speed machines, shredded by highly sensitive lasers, and stored in our vault. The LA Branch's interactive lobby exhibit, "Fed Gallery: Your Central Bank in Focus" is a permanent installation that uses interactive technology, vivid graphics, and thought-provoking displays to highlight the Fed's role in the United States economy. The Fed's friendly tour leaders can provide tours in seven languages besides English (by prior arrangement only), so feel free to inquire.

What is the most unusual thing people can see on a tour?

Crowd favorites on a tour of the San Francisco Fed's Los Angeles Branch include a Vegas-style money wheel that asks visitors to identify counterfeit currency, a t-shirt dyed with shredded U.S. currency, an uncut sheet of $20 notes, and a map of the Twelfth Federal Reserve District featuring magnified State Quarters. Also very popular is the Branch's historic currency collection featuring notables including an 1899 $5 note featuring Sioux Chief Running Antelope; $500, $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000 notes; and fractional currency (paper coins) used during the Civil War.

Please feel welcome to contact me if you like more information. I would be happy to assist you or mail you a brochure. You can learn more about the tour at the self-service reservation web site.

We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Kind regards,
Andrea Abrams
Education Coordinator
Economic Education
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Los Angeles Branch
(213) 683-2353
(213) 683-2481 fax

Monday, September 28, 2009

October 8-10 and October 22-24, 2009 - Wood Badge training (scholarship available)

Western Los Angeles County Council has just announced the availability of a 50% scholarship for the upcoming Wood Badge class to be held at Camp Josepho on two weekends:

October 8-10, and October 22-24
Each from Thursday 7:30AM through Saturday 5PM

If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please contact:

Glenn Tong, Course Director
(661) 265-7509

Apply ASAP!

Ron Fitzgerald
Crescent Bay Training Chair

Friday, September 25, 2009

November 20-22, 2009 - Troop 307 fishing trip

Scout Troop 307 is having their annual overnight fishing charter on the Ranger 85 out of Oxnard. The boat leaves Friday night November 20, 2009 at 10pm and we fish on Saturday, we sleep overnight on the boat. The Ranger is one of the top sportfishing boats on the west coast and is 85' long with bunks for everyone. This trip opens up to interested Scouts and/or parents after October 6th, but get yourself on the waiting list now. Boy Scouts are eligible to attend without a parent, but Cub Scouts must have a parent attend with them.

Trip cost is $120 for Scouts and $130 for adults. This price includes all meals, snacks, prizes and some tackle. Pole rental is $10 and fishing licenses are needed by anyone 16 years old and older. Fish cleaning, candy, soda and tips are extra. There are a limited number of spaces available and it is first paid, first fishing. We will be fishing at the farthest Channel Island where there is no fishing pressure and the fish are plentiful and large. There are not many guarantees in this world, but we guarantee you will catch fish on this trip.

If you are interested please contact Paul Oliver at

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Graffiti Watch program

The Beautification Committee of the Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council is launching a Graffiti Watch program.

Your help is needed to stop graffiti now.

When you see graffiti, contact your local "Graffiti Watchers" and have graffiti removed in 48 hours.

Call (818) 885-8885 (West Valley Alliance Graffiti Removal). Please program that number into your cell phone. A call to West Valley Alliance (paid by the GHNNC to clean graffiti) results in cleanup about one week quicker than by calling 311.

October 3, 2009 - 9th Annual Granada Hills Street Faire

9th Annual Granada Hills Street Faire
October 3, 2009 from 10 AM - 5 PM

In "Old Granada Village"
Chatsworth Street between Zelzah and Encino Avenues (map)

Join the festivities!

The 9th Annual Granada Hills Street Faire will feature arts and crafts, merchants, community groups and live entertainment on three stages. More than 200 vendors are present with many participants handing out discount coupons and free merchandise from their booths.

The Granada Hills Street Faire is an excellent way to enjoy a fun filled family day with outstanding food and free entertainment including live music on three stages, a classic car show, dance troupes and local talent. Pony rides, rock climbing, moon bounce, and face painting are available for the children. Take advantage of free health screenings.

Parking and admission to the event is free.
Rain or shine!

Visit us at the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce booth.

Event Contact: Nicki Heyd (818) 368-3235

Friday, September 18, 2009

Adopt-a-Trail program

The Adopt-A-Trail program is part of the COSCA (Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency) Volunteer Corps. This program is designed to encourage local participation in the on-going maintenance and building of public trails and related improvements through the adoption of specific trails, or portions thereof, by an individual, group or organization (Sponsors).

Sponsors agree to be responsible for the maintenance and/or development of a trail or a trail segment located within the Conejo Open Space system. The work on the adopted trail or trail segment may be performed directly by the adopting Sponsors, or funds may be donated specifically for this purpose. A minimum 1-year commitment is required to participate in this program.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Camp Whitsett - Buy a brick

Had a great time at Camp Whitsett and want to show it off? Buy a brick!

Show your Troop's pride by purchasing one of two sizes and your brick will be part of the wall around our new parade ground!

Download the form and complete your donation!

  • Standard bricks with two lines of text cost $75
  • Large bricks with three lines of text cost $200

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

October 2009 through January 2010 - Boy Scout Shooting Sports Days

Oct 17, Dec 19, and Jan 16

$20 per person

Space is limited

Panorama Sportsman’s Club is pleased to offer a shooting sports program for Boy Scout troops and families, a day of fun and safe firearms instruction at their privately owned and operated 85-acre shooting ranges located in northern Los Angeles County.

  • Firearms safety classes taught by NRA-certified safety officers.
  • One-on-one instruction in riflery and shotgun by certified NRA- and BSA-approved instructors.
  • Merit badge training, counseling, and qualifying.

All firearms and ammunition will be supplied for both .22-caliber rifle and shotguns.

Lunch is included as well (main course, drink, and dessert).

You may also inquire about making it an overnight activity, as the facility has camping areas available for use too.

Contact Mark Cohen, the youth coordinator for Panorama Sportsman’s Club, at - all inquiries will be answered within 24 hours.

Panorama Sportsman’s Club is located in Lopez Canyon, Sylmar, close to where the 118 and 210 freeways meet. Exact directions will be provided when reservations are made.

September 25, 2009 - Troop 911 Spaghetti Dinner

Troop 911
Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Friday, September 25, 2009
6:30 Dinner and Movie Night

Only $6 per person

All you can eat spaghetti, meatballs, salad and rolls

Northridge United Methodist Church
9650 Reseda Blvd.
Northridge, CA 91324

Contact Julie Blair (818) 368-8620 or Troop 911 scouts for tickets

September 26, 2009 - Blood Drive and Health Expo

The Granada Hills Rotary Club, along with AYSO Region 8 and LA Recreation and Parks, will be sponsoring a Blood Drive and Health Expo on Saturday, September 26 at the Granada Hills Recreation Center. There will also be a fundraising pancake breakfast and hot dog lunch at the park that day.

The Granada Hills Rotary Club would like the Balboa Oaks District to set up a BSA booth at the event. This is a great recruitment opportunity for Balboa Oaks as this event is cosponsored by AYSO Soccer. There will be over 800 youth at the park that day just with AYSO, not to mention siblings and kids just at the park to play. Please contact Paul Oliver at if you are interested in participating in a booth.

Granada Hills Recreation Center
(formerly Petit Park)
16730 Chatsworth St.
Granada Hills, CA 91344

Saturday, September 26, 2009
8 am - 4 pm

$5 contribution for non-blood donors

Donors receive:
  • T-shirt
  • Pancake breakfast or hot dog lunch
  • Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream coupon

For more information, contact Jim Feffer at (818) 802-8452 or

Monday, September 14, 2009

Eagle Project inspiration

Hello Scouts and Parents,

Some Scouts need an example of an Eagle Project. This one is a little high-end but it goes to show that the limits are astronomically high. To all those Life Scouts out there I say, go for it! Check out Scout Alex Griffith's website and the CNN video. See what teenaged boys can do when given a chance...

Friday, September 11, 2009

September 26, 2009 - Devonshire Community Police Station Open House

Don't miss the Devonshire Community Police Station Open House, Saturday, Sept. 26 in Northridge.

This free event features tours of the Station, free child fingerprinting and photo IDs.

See booths and demonstrations from the Volunteer Surveillance Team, SOLID (Supporters of Law Enforcement in Devonshire), PALS (Police Activity League Supporters), CEMP (California Emergency Mobile Patrol), bicycle, narcotic, motorcycle and other specialized LAPD units.

Meet the men and women in uniform who are protecting and serving our community at Devonshire Division.

Saturday, Sept. 26
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Devonshire Community Police Station
10250 Etiwanda Ave.

For more information contact the Community Relations Office at (818) 363-1726.

Gary Cooper stamp unveiling

Dear Scouters and Scouts,

I just wanted to thank the adult leaders, Boy and Girl Scouts that attended the Gary Cooper Stamp unveiling ceremony that was held yesterday at the Gene Autry National Center. We had a wonderful mix of Scouts, from Daisies, Brownies, Juniors Girl Scouts to Tiger Cubs up to Eagles Scouts from the Boy Scouts. A awesome showing for WLACC and the GSGLA.

Again, thank you all so much for helping out. All the scouts did a great job and I was told by many there that they were thankful for having the scouts come and were so impressed with them. Mrs. Cooper and her daughter thanks us for coming as well…. Great job Scouts…

Yours in Scouting,
Roy Powell
Vice Chairman of Programs
Balboa Oaks District

October 14-18, 2009 - American Veterans Traveling Tribute

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute will be in Van Nuys from October 14-18 in support of Operation Gratitude. The AVTT Exhibit includes a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall (80% scale), a Cost of Freedom display of Gold Dog Tags for every service member killed since Vietnam, a 9-11 tribute, and an art display of paintings and photos from World War II and the Korean War.

The Exhibit will be set up on the large lot adjacent to the Van Nuys National Guard Armory. Operation Gratitude will host Prep days in the Armory during that time, as we start our Assembly process the following weekend. So - this is an absolutely perfect kick-off to our Holiday Drive!

The entire event will be free to the public. Our mission is to provide our community an opportunity to pay respect to our heroes, both by visiting the Memorial and by participating in Operation Gratitude activities.

We are reaching out to schools, churches, temples, and youth, civic, fraternal and community groups, in an effort to invite as many people as possible to view The Wall and then walk over to the Armory to help with sorting Operation Gratitude product for the Packing days the next weekend.

The AVTT event daily schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday October 14: Motorcade Escort of The Traveling Wall
    • 4:00 pm - Muster at Location to be announced
    • 5:30 pm - Greetings
    • 6:00 pm - Depart
    • 7:00 pm - Arrive at Site

  • Thursday October 15:
    • 9 am to Noon - Set up Exhibit
    • Noon to 5 pm - Quiet viewing
    • 5 pm - Opening Ceremony with candle lighting, laying of wreaths

  • Friday October 16: Open 8 am to 8 pm
    • 9 am to 3 pm - School Visits
    • 3 pm to 8 pm - Quiet Viewing

  • Saturday October 17: Family Day
    • 8 am to 8 pm - School / Church / Synagogue / Youth Group Performances, Sports Figures / Celebrity / Politician appearances
    • 1 pm - Formal Greeting

  • Sunday October 18: Open 8 am to 8 pm
    • 11 am - Memorial Service with Condor Flyover
    • Noon - Parade of Honor Past Wall
    • 6 pm to 8 pm - Breakdown

Letter writing materials, scarf-making lessons, information and snacks will be offered at the Operation Gratitude tables at The Exhibit site. All ages are invited to attend The Exhibit. Visitors 12 years and older are welcome to volunteer in the Armory to help prep products for our package assembly the following weekend.

Visitors are encouraged to bring donations for the care packages.
Suggested items are:
  • Beanie Babies
  • Bags of Candy
  • Beef Jerky - Individual Packages

For more information about the Operation Gratitude / AVTT Event, please contact or