Tuesday, March 31, 2009

REI Sponsored Learning Events

May 9, 2009 - Troop 18 Merit Badge Midway

Boy Scout Troop 18 (Cahuenga District)
Spring 2009 Merit Badge Midway Extravaganza
Saturday, May 9th @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

First United Methodist Church
4832 Tujunga Avenue
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Open to all Scouts from all councils, districts and units

For Information:
Clint Hutchison (818) 994-7424 or clintonhutchison@gmail.com

Cost: $5 per Scout, payable at the event

Monday, March 30, 2009

Servicemembers Help to Restore Scout Program in Iraq

We are part of one of the greatest movements in the world. Isn't it great that Scouting's values, learned through fun activities cut across people of all nations, cultures, languages and ages.

Seeing our servicemen and women give freely of their free time is also inspirational!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

April 2009 - Kids4Trees Tree Planting

Kids4Trees, in conjunction with the San Bernardino National Forest Association, and with the cooperation and assistance of the United States Forest Service and California Department of Education, has organized tree-planting and music events at the follow days/locations:

  • April 18 - Girl Scouts and Brownies -Angeles National Forest with US Forest guides.
  • April 19- Boy Scouts - Angeles National Forest with US Forest guides.
  • April 25th - Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors + Boy Scouts (moved from April 26th) - San Bernardino National Forest with US Forest Service.

An arborist will be there to teach how to Plant a Tree and could be working towards belt loops or merit badge opportunities

Kids 4Trees and the United States Forest Service hereby invite all Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to participate with their parents or guardians in a tree planting.

Karen Fortus of the Angeles National Forest is acting on behalf of the Service to insure an enjoyable and safe experience.

The event will take place entirely on federal property under the supervision of the United States Forest Service, under the direction of Ms. Fortus, respected for her dedication to education for children in forestry and nature.

Those interested in attending must contact Kids4Trees@hotmail.com

Include the following information in your email:

  • Troop Number
  • Troop Leader Name and Contact Information
  • Number of adults attending
  • Number of scouts attending
  • Number of tagalongs, if any
  • Ages of scouts (include ages in numbers, like 7-10 yr. olds)

Register early as they are only taking the first 300 participants

Thursday, March 26, 2009

May 9, 2009 - Free Specialty Pediatric Screening Clinic, courtesy of Shriners Hospital for Children

As one of only a few Masons active in Scouting in our Council, I would like to bring to the council's attention some of the work of Masons who are also Shriners which may benefit the youth of the local community.

The Shriners Hospitals for Children throughout the nation and in Los Angeles provide free specialty pediatric services including but are not limited to pediatric orthopaedic care and other things.

According to Mason and Shriner Mike Powell, President of the Encino Shrine Club:

"The Shriners Hospital for Children screening clinic will be held on Saturday May 9, 2009 from 8 am to 2 pm. at:

San Fernando Masonic Lodge Building
1112 North Maclay
San Fernando, Ca 91340

Hospital professionals (Doctors, Nurses, etc.) will look at local kids to see if they can be helped by us."

There is no charge for the screening. If a child is accepted for health services, there is also no charge for any services provided by the hospital to remediate conditions found at the screening. Shriners, who are a subset of Freemasons, donate substantial financial resources so that children in need (and their families) can utilize the hospital's services without charge.

Particularly but not only in this time of economic uncertainty, and especially with health care beyond reach to many, please circulate this in the Scouting community, particularly but not only in the areas served by our council's Scoutreach division.


David I. Karp, A Mason and a Shriner
Secretary, National Association of Masonic Scouters
Relationships Chair, Western Los Angeles County Council BSA

April 7, 2009 - Troop 92 Skateland Fundraiser

You’re invited to a Troop 92 Fundraiser

"Scout Night" at Skateland

Enjoy this private event with your troops, packs, friends and families.

Skateland will be closed to the general public for this event.

A great recruitment opportunity! Have your scouts each bring a friend.

Tuesday March 24th April 7th from 6:30-8:30pm
Skateland 18140 Parthenia St. Northridge

Special Group Rate!
Register 10 or more together from your pack or troop for $10 per skater!

Prices (includes skates)
Individual Registrations received in advance - $12.00 per skater
Individual Registrations purchased at the door - $14.00 per skater

Adult non-skaters free!

Pizza available for pre order:
Whole Pizza (pepperoni or cheese) $15
Combo (2 slices and a drink) $5

Drinks and bake sale available on site

Contact Erin Knell with questions

April 28, 2009 - Third Annual Disaster Preparedness Expo at CSUN

Don't miss the 3rd Annual Disaster Preparedness and Crime Prevention Expo at CSUN, Tuesday, April 28 in Northridge.

There will be a wide range of booths and demonstrations with information on home and business crime prevention, emergency preparedness, auto theft prevention, drug and alcohol awareness, child safety, identity theft prevention and more. Dodger Dogs lunches will be on sale for $5.

Tuesday, April 28
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Magnolia Walk
CSUN campus
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge

For more information, call Kit Espinosa at (818) 677-5816 or email Kit.Espinosa@csun.edu

Wildwood Park - A hidden treasure of Outdoor Scouting and Activities

Wildwood Park comprises the largest contiguous open space unit in Thousand Oaks. Covering 1,732 acres and located adjacent to an additional 1,397 more acres of open space, Wildwood Park protects many important wildlife habitats as well as provides many opportunities for passive recreation. Trails provide access to most parts of Wildwood Park, and several picnic areas are located near Wildwood Creek. There is a year long Waterfall area that is simply beautiful and relaxing.

Camping overnight is permitted! Free breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Almost all of the plant communities found in Thousand Oaks can be located in Wildwood Park, and the park supports several species of rare and endangered plants.Wildlife includes deer, bobcat, raccoon, coyote, opossum, gray fox, and mountain lion.

Access is provided at the western terminus of Avenida de los Arboles, and at several neighborhood access points. A trail map and brochure is available from COSCA describing the history and resources of Wildwood Park.

Most of Wildwood Park is owned by the Conejo Recreation & Park District, with lesser amounts owned by COSCA.

Conejo Creek Park North

1379 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks

Free fun for the whole family to learn how to "go green", see wild animals, make eco-friendly crafts, pick up free plants and trees, and hear great entertainment.

Only $9 per person

More than 100 vendors and exhibitors to visit. Something for everyone!

Also view their Video about the park.

This is a Scout engaged foundation and scouts can earn their Map and Compass, Geo-Caching, Geology and several more. Cub Scout belt loops and Merit badge opportunities and more.

If you register ahead of time an arborist can take the scouts on a short Natural resources tour.

Contact name: Lori
Contact Phone Number: (805) 495-2163

April 17-19, 2009 - Free Circus Tickets for Scouts

Attention Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts!

You can get one free Scout admission ticket to the 2009 Shrine Circus with every paid adult admission ticket! Scouts must be in uniform to get in free.

Cub Scouts can earn the following electives and achievements at the Circus:
  • Tiger Rank - Elective 36, See a Performance
    (With your family or your den, go see a play or musical performance in your community.)
  • Wolf Rank - Family Fun Achievement 10F.
    (Attend a concert, a play, or other live program.)
  • Bear Rank - Family Fun Achievement 10A.
    (Go on a day trip or evening out with members of your family.)

Tickets are available at the Shrine Box Office on the day of the performances.

Come early to enjoy the Midway Attractions and food.

Shrine Auditorium
665 W. Jefferson Blvd., LA 90007
Shrine Circus Office: (213) 915-1970

Friday, April 17, 2009 - 2 pm, 8 pm
Saturday, April 18, 2009 - 10 am, 2 pm, 7 pm
Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 11 am, 3 pm

$10 student/military - $15 general admission

Romy Longwell
Director of Communications and Donor Relations
Western Los Angeles County Council, BSA
(818) 933-0103 direct line / (818) 901-4889 fax

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Stuffed animals needed for charity shoot

Temple of the Cave is putting together a charity photoshoot for The Marian Project which assists women from battered or troubled backgrounds. We need stuffed animals for the shoot. All types, all sizes, all colors, creeds and affiliations of stuffed animals! The more the better!

Once the shoot is over, we will donate the toys to an appropriate agency, and they will all have happy homes.

So this is your chance to clear out those old toys, spring cleaning a bit early!

While we need a lot, I'm hoping to really be able to pick up groups at a time, not just one here and there. I'm sure you understand (unless it's a life size lion or something!)

Thanks for helping!

Greenpeace Organizing Term

The Greenpeace Organizing Term is an action-filled semester and the best hands-on training for you to become an environmental leader.

What you'll be doing:

You'll be making an investment in your leadership skills, getting training in grassroots organizing, media, direct action, and campaign strategy.

You'll travel abroad with Greenpeace and join a team of incredible activists working to protect the planet.

Who you are:

Dedicated student activists interested in making environmental change!

Must be between the ages of 18-24 and either a high school senior or an undergraduate at a college or university to apply.

We offer Summer, Fall, and Spring terms, based in both San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Monday, March 23, 2009

May 9-10, 2009 - West Valley food drive

It appears that the West Valley Food Pantry is feeding more than double the number of people/families from just a year ago. A Scout is Helpful.

Let's not only appear on May 9 to help with the set up and sorting of food - let's also individually collect food items in our own way and bring them in!

Note the request for fresh fruit from our fruit trees...


I am looking for a commercial refrigerator for use at the Snackoree at Camporee this year. If anyone has a lead on how I might obtain one, either donated for the weekend, or rentable, please contact me at conte@zis.com or (818) 621-7674

Any help with this would be appreciated and the kids will love you for it.


Friday, March 20, 2009

April 25-26, 2009 - Leave No Trace (Inland Empire HAT, Redlands)

Leave No Trace Trainers Course

April 25-26, 2009

Camp Emerson - Idyllwild, CA

This course is open to both youth and adults!
Bring your youth leaders to establish a youth led LNT program in your unit (Minimum age is 14)

As more people use parks and recreation facilities, Leave No Trace guidelines become even more important for outdoor visitors. Leave No Trace is a plan that helps people to be more concerned about their environment and to help them protect it for future generations. Leave No Trace applies in a backyard or local park (frontcountry) as much as it does in the wilderness (backcountry).

This course will be a fun and engaging way to learn the 7 LNT principles and offer opportunities for you to take these exciting methods back to your unit and start teaching LNT right away.

For more information or to register contact Paula Boothe at TOWONUNI@aol.com

April 24-26, 2009 - American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid Basic (Inland Empire HAT, Redlands)

American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid Basic

Friday, April 24, 2009 starting at 6:00pm until
Sunday, April 26, 2009 ending at 3:30pm

This course will be held at
Camp Emerson, Idyllwild, CA

This course is open to Scouters, Venturers, and Scouts 14 and older

$25 registration fee to California Inland Empire Council - This fee covers food and camping fees.
$60 materials fee will be paid at the course.

This course is a mandatory course for units going to Philmont and it is highly recommended that you are current in CPR prior to the course.

For more information, e-mail Clive at bcsouter@msn.com

April 25-26, 2009 - American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid

There may be times when dialing 9-1-1 is not an option. For those situations where you find yourself in a remote area, away from traditional Emergency Medical Services, Safety 101 offers this solution: Wilderness First Aid.

Considering the options, you can choose to do nothing at all, or you can choose to rise to the challenge and take charge.

The Wilderness First Aid Course enables the participant to take appropriate 'safe' actions to mitigate situations which may give rise to mishaps. Take measures to prevent injuries from occuring and be prepared to formulate a plan of immediate action which will prevent others from being harmed, while you care for the patient in your charge.

Learn to apply the 7 steps to Emergency Response in the Wilderness setting.

April 23, 2009 - Eagle Recognition Dinner

Every year a special group of young men achieve Scouting's highest honor, the rank of Eagle Scout. We firmly believe in the importance of publicly acknowledging the self-discipline, perseverance, and moral fiber that these young men have demonstrated in pursuing this achievement. Qualities like these, learned at an early age, give renewed promise of strong leadership for our community and the Nation in the years to come.

On Thursday, April 23, 2009, the Western Los Angeles County Council will honor the Eagle Scouts of the Class of 2008-2009. As a Scouting Leader, you have made a difference of the lives of these young men.

The Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner will be held at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys on the evening of Thursday, April 23, 2009 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This evening is a Celebration of Service focusing on the accomplishments of the young men who comprise the Eagle Scout Class of 2008-2009. We know that the Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner will be an inspiring and rewarding experience.

Please consider joining with the leaders... The cost of the dinner is $65.00 per person. If you would like to sponsor a member of the Eagle Scout Class of 2008 - 2009, the cost is $130.00 which includes the cost of your dinner and 1 Eagle Scout. As a host you will have your name printed in the program and will receive the 2009 Eagle Scout recognition memento.

Please join Western Los Angeles County Council in honoring the Eagle Scout Class of 2008-2009.

Yours in Scouting,
Glinda Fortner

Thursday, March 19, 2009

April 16, 2009 - "Tip-A-Cop" Dinner to support Special Olympics

Mark your calendar for the upcoming Tip-A-Cop dinner at the Claim Jumper Restaurant in Northridge, Thursday, April 16 and help raise funds to support the Special Olympics!

Thursday, April 16, 2009
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Claim Jumper Restaurant
at Northridge Fashion Center
9429 Tampa Ave. (corner of Plummer St.)

Local police officers will wait tables for guests at the restaurant, with all tips going to the Special Olympics. The last Northridge Tip-a-Cop event raised the most funds of any Claim Jumper location. Help break the record this year!

For more information, please contact David Bush, Los Angeles Police Department Community Relations, at (818) 599-3538 or email R2493@earthlink.net

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

In a region plagued by gangs, we could use more Boy Scouts

The kid who lives in my house is an Eagle Scout, which fills his mother and me with both pride and astonishment. Is this the same lump of carbon that spent his tadpole years Velcroed to the sofa with a Game Boy controller in his paw?

A few years back he shuffled home from school and mumbled something about joining the Scouts. We would have been less shocked if he told us he had memorized the collected works of Chaucer in the original Middle-English.

As a 9-year-old he told us, "I don't like to sweat."

Eagle Scout? Not in our wildest parental fantasy.

Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca on NBC Nightly News

Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca appeared recently on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” to discuss the Boy Scout’s Hispanic initiative: there are 2 videos, wait for the second.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

May 30, 2009 - Annual Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge Day

All Boy Scout have an opportunity to participate in Santa Clarita Valley Quail Unlimited / Troop 583's Annual Shotgun Merit Badge Clinic. The clinic will cover all requirements for the Shotgun Merit Badge. If during the shooting portion, scouts "qualify," they will earn their Shotgun Merit Badge. All in one day!

Space is limited, and filling fast. If Scouts are interested, they should forward their registration form as instructed as soon as possible.

Please forward questions and comments to Luann Peterson.

July 24, 2009 - Jethawks Scout Family Sleepover

at Clear Channel Stadium in Lancaster, CA

Camp on the field after the JetHawks game!

Boy Scout Family Sleepover is Friday, July 24 @ 7:00 vs. Lake Elsinore Storm

Campout Pricing:
  • Dugout Box Seating: $13
  • Box Seating: $12
  • Reserved Seating: $11
  • Use KB’s PLAYdium free 30 minutes after Stadium is cleared
  • Take part in a pre-game Scout parade and JetHawks player autograph session
  • Camp out on the outfield grass of the Hangar (stakeless tents only)
  • Receive a special limited edition 2009 "Scout" patch (based on availability)
  • Watch a movie on the Clear Channel Stadium Video Board after the game
  • Enjoy a tasty treat after the game
  • Enjoy a light breakfast the next morning

May 22-24, 2009 - Revolution

As Council Relationships Chair, I have been approached by Val Paniccia, Commander (Ret., LAPD) to see if the Western Los Angeles County Council has any interest in participating as an exhibitor, like we did at "Children's Day," in a three day event upcoming in May and focusing on the teens of the San Fernando Valley.

As with Children's Day, this event, called "Revolution" is sponsored in part by the San Fernando Valley Coalition on Gangs, and the faith community in the Valley as well.

The event is May 22-24, 2009 at the Birmingham High School stadium in Van Nuys.

In my opinion, our best exhibit would show off Venturing and Exploring as resources to the teen community.

As with Children's Day, this would be a "Membership" event as opposed to a "Relationships" event, where we might obtain interest cards completed by the teens attending the event.

Unfortunately, I and some others in the Council will be out of town that weekend because of the BSA National Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL, during the preceding week.

Consequently I am unavailable to plan and participate in this event.

Thus, we would need to develop leadership for this project from volunteers or professionals in the Council who will not be attending the National Meeting.

If you have an interest in spearheading this opportunity for the council, please e-mail david@karpmediation.com.

This appears to be another phenomenal chance for our council to focus community attention on what we do.

Please let me hear from you.


David I. Karp
Relationships Chair
Western Los Angeles County Council BSA

April 25, 2009 - Adult, Child and Infant CPR with AED and Standard First Aid

Saturday, April 25, 2009 from 12 pm to 4 pm
7510 De Soto Ave., Canoga Park, CA 91303
$35 per person

This certification will be facilitated by Phong Tran, American Red Cross Master Instructor for 17 years.

RSVP by Saturday, April 18, and you will get the certificate on site (you must pass the class). E-mail us at easycpr101@yahoo.com

This course will be conducted in English.

Cub Scout Pack 212 bake sale on site. (Please support our pack and bring cash.)

(AED = automated external defibrillator)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Emergency Preparedness Award

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pleased to partner with the Boy Scouts of America to increase the level of citizen preparedness across the country.

DHS has asked the Boy Scouts of America to build upon the foundation of the Ready campaign and to help citizens across the country prepare for emergencies of all kinds.

Separate age appropriate requirements have been developed for Tiger Cubs to Volunteer Scouters.

When a member has fulfilled the requirements, a completed application is submitted to the council.

Upon approval, an Emergency Preparedness pin is awarded.

The pin may be worn on civilian clothing or on the uniform, centered on the left pocket flap.

Friday, March 13, 2009

100 Years of Service to America (photography project)

"2010 is the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. I will interview and photograph notable Scouts young and old across the United States, to bring awareness to the tremendous good these boys do. My project will document 100 years of their service and their journey along the Scout trail. From the youngest Cub Scout to the oldest Eagle; from your next door neighbor to your Governor each of these has a unique story to tell about how being a Boy Scout has changed them and their communities."

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Dare to Prepare - earthquake awareness

Earthquake professionals, business and community leaders, emergency managers, and others have joined together to organize Dare to Prepare, an earthquake readiness campaign to raise earthquake awareness and encourage earthquake readiness in Southern California. The campaign is supported with funding from federal, state, and local partners.

Donate DVDs to Benefit Veterans

DVDs4Vets is a non-profit organization that collects new and used DVDs and donates them to wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Many of these veterans have physical and economic hardships that make it difficult for them to obtain some of the basic entertainment that most civilians take for granted.

In the last year, DVDs4Vets has delivered over 38,000 DVDs to various V.A. Hospitals, homes, centers and clinics for veterans.

Friday, March 6, 2009

LADWP Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Distribution (free)

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is pleased to launch its city-wide distribution of energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). LADWP representatives will be out distributing two energy saving bulbs, along with other energy saving materials to all of our residential customers. The door-to-door deliveries will take several months, but we will be reaching all of our residential customers.

Trees for a Green LA (great Eagle project or service hours)

Please note: Homeowners Associations and Apartment Owners must apply through the Non-Residential Program.

The LADWP Trees for a Green LA Program (TFGLA), in partnership with Million Trees LA, has made it simple for Los Angeles City residents to receive free shade trees. Follow these simple steps to enjoy the benefits of cool natural shade, energy efficiency, and clean air:

  1. Complete an online workshop.
  2. Submit your completed tree order and site plan.
  3. LADWP will deliver the trees to your home; you then plant and care for them.

Note: You must be an electric customer of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to receive free trees.

To receive your free trees, you must first learn how to properly plan for, plant, and protect your new trees through our online workshop (takes approximately 20 minutes).

For more information, please see the LADWP Home Tree Guide.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please call 1-800-GreenLA (800-473-3652) and select Trees for a Green LA or email us at Tree.Program@ladwp.com.

HAT HiLites and events

BSA 100th Anniversary National Hall of Leadership

Here is a great opportunity for Scouters and Scouts to be recognized through the 100th Scouting Anniversary.

The BSA 100th Anniversary National Hall of Leadership provides a one-time opportunity for you to honor and recognize a Scouting leader who positively impacted your life, or the lives of others. To be nominated, a person must be a living Scout or Scouting volunteer who may or may not be officially registered with the BSA. They must have served as an active Scout or Scouting volunteer for at least one year. A nominee may be young or old - there is no age limit - and you can submit as many nominations as you'd like.

May 23, 2009 - Memorial Day Flag Placement

Again this year the Scouts will be placing flags on the graves at the
Los Angeles National Cemetery in West Los Angeles
950 South Sepulveda Blvd.

Parking will be in the Veterans Administration Facilities through the tunnel on Constitution Avenue as it was last year.

We will start at 8:00 am, you must be there by 7:30 am in order to get signed in and receive your location map. Sign in starts at 7:00AM.

Do not remove any of these flags from of the Cemetery grounds.

All Scouts and Adults must be in full Class A uniform including hats.

Leaders are expected to explain to their scouts the reason for the Memorial Day Ceremony. The scouts must be made aware of appropriate behavior while at the cemetery. Do not let the scouts make any unnecessary noise or run around while in the cemetery.

Do not bring any food onto the cemetery grounds.

Each Troop or Pack should bring their unit flags with them, as they will be displayed in front of the assembly facing the stage during the presentations.

March 21, 2009 - Las Colinas District Training

  • New Leader Essentials (8 - 11:30 am)
  • Cub Leader Specific (1 - 4:30 pm)
  • Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific (1 - 5 pm)
  • Troop Committee Challenge (8 - 11:30 am)
  • Venture Leader Specific (Sea Scout Leaders) (1 - 5 pm)
  • College of Commissioner Science (Webelos-to-Scout Transition, Service to New Units, Good Commissioners Need Both Head and Heart) (1 - 4 pm)

Presented by the Las Colinas District

Saturday, March 21st, 2009
at WLACC Office
16525 Sherman Way, C-8, Van Nuys, CA 91406
(corner of Hayvenhurst - behind Denny's)

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

Cost: $5 donation per course

Please pre-register no later than Wednesday, March 18, 2009! If not, register at the training.

Questions: John Overton at john.overton@pwr.utc.com or (818) 620-1001

Monday, March 2, 2009

March 7, 14, 27-29, 2009 - Beginners Fly Fishing Classes

Sierra Pacific, a San Fernando Valley based Non Profit organization, is holding Beginners Fly Fishing Classes on Saturday March 7, March 14 and March 27, 28 and 29.

For more information you can call Steve Ebersold at (818) 363-5863 or E-Mail Steve at ranniebee@aol.com

Korea Scout Association Camp Staff Program

The Korea Scout Association (KSA) and World Scout Bureau Asia-Pacific Region (APR) will manage the Suncheon Asia Pacific Scout Centre (SAPSC), where youth may improve their global leadership and learn English through their experiences. The staff role will be to run the Centre's English camp, seasonal and other programs as well as offer a program to introduce a country's culture and share friendship. The staff working periods are based on three-month terms and may be extended up to a year.

  • The summer working period is from 13 JUN – 12 SEPT 2009
  • The fall working period is from 13 SEPT – 12 DEC 2009
  • The winter working period is from 13 DEC 2009 – 11 MAR 2010

The staff requirements are:

  • be endorsed by your National Scout Organization (NSO)
  • be an active Scout member of your NSO (the BSA)
  • be at least 18 years old and currently enrolled or a graduate of a university
  • be available for at least 12 weeks
  • be able to communicate in English fluently
  • be able to use and teach the Scout method and introduce your country's culture
  • be able to live by the culture and laws of Korea

Meals and housing are provided as well as a living allowance of USD $1,200 for three months. Staff is responsible for arranging travel to and from Korea. You can read more information on the WOSM website.

Please contact Lisa Marquis at lisa.marquis@scouting.org if you have further questions about the new program.

If you have questions regarding international scouting contact: Harlan Hogue International Representative WLACC at scoutmaster@hoguemet.com

December 26, 2009 - January 3, 2010 - Panamerican Jamboree

We will be coordinating a national contingent to the 13th Panamerican Scout Jamboree in December 26, 2009 - January 3, 2010, held in Toluca (just west of Mexico City), capital city of the state of Mexico. The event is a wonderful opportunity to travel and learn about Mexico in an atmosphere of exploration and adventure and strengthen the Scout brotherhood. The motto of this great event is "Explore our territory, discover your spirit." More than 8,000 Scouts from around the American continent are expected to attend the nine-day event. Bari Saunders, member of the International Committee, has agreed to serve as the BSA's contingent leader.

If you are interested, please contact me:
Harlan Hogue
International Representative WLACC
(310) 454-6483

April through June 2009 - Troop 513 Merit Badge Clinic

Troop 513 will hold its 2009 Spring Badge Clinics on the dates/times specified below:

April 13 @ 5:30 - 6:30 pm
May 4 @ 5:30 - 6:30 pm
May 18 @ 5:30 - 6:30 pm
June 8 @ 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Attendance on all four dates above is required.

OLPH Church Hall
23233 Lyons Ave.
Newhall, CA 91321

Merit Badges:
  • Citizenship in the Community
    Requirement #7 - Volunteer hours scheduled for:
    Saturday, March 28 - 8 am - OLPH Church/School (23233 Lyons Avenue, Newhall, CA 91321)
    Friday, May 15 - 4 to 7 pm - Old Orchard School
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Journalism
  • Pets
  • Public Speaking
  • Scholarship
  • Family Life (Initial/Final Consultation with Counselor)
  • Personal Management (Initial/Final Consultation with Counselor)
  • Reading (Initial/Final Consultation with Counselor)

Those First Class/Star scouts needing service hours for rank advancement can also sign up to help the counselors run the classes.

  • It is very important that Scouts bring a copy of the most current merit badge book that they will be working on.
  • There will be book reading sessions during clinic classes.
  • With the exception of those relating to initial consultations - a Scout can only work on one merit badge at a time.
  • Class A uniform is required.
  • Each Scout should have a blue card signed by his Scoutmaster.
  • This clinic is free.

To sign up for merit badge requirements, it is important that interested scouts email Jocelyn Reyes (Scoutmaster) at jreyes98@aol.com prior to April 13th, 2009.

Thank you!

Jocelyn Reyes
Scoutmaster - Troop 513