Wednesday, May 27, 2009

June 2009 - Troop 36 Eagle project

My name is Nolan Rivkin, I am currently 17 years old (18 on July 26th, 2009), and I am a Life Scout with Troop 36 in Valley Village. I have been with Troop 36 since I first bridged in 2002, and before then I was a Cub Scout in Troop 311, which has close ties to Troop 36. I have reached the end of my career as a Boy Scout, and have reached the second-to-last step to achieving the rank of Eagle Scout: the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.

For my project, I have chosen to refurbish and re-paint the garbage and recycling cans at Placerita Canyon State Park in Santa Clarita, only a short hop North on the 5 Freeway. This park is enjoyed by visitors from all across the County of Los Angeles and community of Santa Clarita. The garbage bins at Placerita have become dilapidated and rust-encrusted, and there currently are no recycling cans. Additionally, the poorly-designed lids (which are attached to the cans with a hinge system) frequently grab garbage bags in the hinge and rip holes in them, which is not very fun or easy to clean up, and it just looks awful. The purpose of my project is to clean out the rust that is covering the interior of the cans, re-paint the garbage cans (and designate several new recycling cans with a dark blue paint and recycling symbol) with a weather-resistant paint, and attach new lids to the cans using a loose chain, to anchor the lids to the cans without having to use a garbage bag-destroying hinge.

I am in dire need of volunteers to perform simple manual labor. This is a labor-intensive project that is contingent upon the work of the volunteers I can enlist. I can offer free lunch, snacks, and drinks to all those who volunteer, as well as my gratitude. The project will take place over 2-3 weekends after Memorial Day but before June 23rd, with the first workday being June 6th, 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM. If the any of the Scouts in your Troop are interesting in helping with finishing this project, they should either call or e-mail me at the address listed below to me what days they will be available to work. All potential volunteers should note that we will be doing work in a very hot environment and we will be using paint, so please dress accordingly (t-shirts and shorts you don’t mind getting blue and green paint splatters on), and do not forget sunscreen. There will be a shaded rest area and plenty of water available.

Thank you for any help that you can provide, and thank you for your time.


Nolan Rivkin
2815 Nichols Canyon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 874-0127

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Day photos

Western Los Angeles County Council, BSA is looking for one great picture to use for its annual summer postcard mailing to Scouting supporters.

If you have a great picture of a Scout from Western LA County Council taken during the Memorial Day Flag Placement Ceremonies, please contact Romy Longwell at

Please keep in mind that we must have approval from the boy's family to publish this photo.

Thank you!

Romy Longwell
Director of Communications and Donor Relations
(818) 933-0103

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Concert tickets in Agoura Hills

In honor of our Troop 127's annual Mother's Day breakfast, Lance Sterling, owner of The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, donated tickets to three concerts. Face value is $25. The tickets are general admission (standing only). There is no obligation to purchase food or drinks but that is certainly an option. Concerts are about two hours long.

We gave away a lot of tickets as door prizes and as part of baskets at the breakfast. But Lance donated 100 tickets to each concert so we still have plenty left.

So now we'd like to offer these tickets to our Scouting community. We are selling the tickets for $12.50 each. That's a 50% savings off the full value! No limit to the number of tickets you may purchase. We sell until we sell out. First come, first served.

We hope you take advantage of this amazing opportunity! The Canyon Club is an experience not to be missed! And we would really like to pack the house to show our thanks to Lance. Below are the bands, the dates and links to videos on YouTube.

If you would like to purchase, please contact Jodi Regan.

Missing Persons - Saturday, July 25 at 9:00 pm
Jimmy Van Zant - Thursday, July 30 at 8:30 pm
Naked Eyes - Thursday, August 6 at 8:00 pm

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Uniforms needed

I have started a new Cub Pack, Pack 427. We are in need of some uniforms. Would you send out a note to everyone to see if they have any old uniforms that we can have to recycle to my boys? I don't want to lose any of the parents due to cost for all the boys to get into uniforms, so if you know of anybody that would like to unload some stuff my way, I would love it.

Right now I have 2 Tigers, 3 Wolves, 4 Bears and 2 Webelos, with more on the way. If anyone can help out, please send me a note or call me. Work is (661) 572-4798 and my cell is (818) 324-6922.

Thank you all,
Roy Powell

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

June 20, 2009 - Troop 828 rummage sale

Rummage sale proceeds to help Boy Scout Troop 828 attend National Scout Jamboree in the summer of 2010!

Date: June 20th
Time: 8 am to 2 pm
Location: St. Stephen's Church, 15950 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills

Donations needed!
  • Seeking household items, toys, sporting equipment, electronics (marked working/not working), tools and clothing in good, sellable condition.
  • Please separate clothing by men, women and children into separate bags.
  • For large items you can take pictures and we will add them to our bulletin board.

Donation drop-off
  • Friday, June 19, 5 to 8 pm, Church Fellowship Hall
  • Saturday, June 20, 7 am
  • or in advance at Judy Wortsman's residence in Porter Ranch

Proceeds of sales: After expenses (advertising), 10% will be donated to the Troop 828 general fund, and the balance will be divided between all Scout volunteers depending on how many hours they work.

Scouts must sign up before event. Signups to follow.

Judy Wortsman (818) 366-3801
Nancy Castellaw (818) 652-9324

Monday, May 11, 2009

May 31, 2009 - Archery Range Master certification course

Get certified as an Archery Rangemaster so your Scouts can share in the fun of archery. We do not have enough Archery Rangemasters, so please take the time to take the course and get certified.

Sunday, May 31, 2009
12-1 Check-In
1-3 Training
Camp Josepho (Pacific Palisades off Sunset)
Cost $6

For questions, call Christine Demmitt (818) 933-0123

Los Angeles Dodgers group rates and Scout Egg Drop Night

The group ticket flyer for the 2009 season has the pricing information and schedule for all the Dodger home games this year. We really want to get your group out to Dodger Stadium this year! Also, save the date for our Scout Egg Drop Night at Dodger Stadium. Remember also that you can get discounted tickets to virtually every Dodger game. Please give me a call if you do decide to get a group together and I can tell you where the best available seats are for the game you choose.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Go Dodgers!

Jeff Waterhouse
Los Angeles Dodgers
Group Sales Account Executive
(323) 224-4238
Fax: (323) 224-1464