Wednesday, December 29, 2010

January 29, 2011 - Pow Wow / University of Scouting / College of Commissioner Science

Western Los Angeles County Council
Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow
University of Scouting
College of Commissioner Science

A day of fun-filled, action-packed hands-on supplemental training sessions for adult leaders to help us better deliver a fun and exciting program to our youth (most sessions are 50 minutes - a few are longer - you select the 6 you want!)

Where? Pinecrest School, 5975 Shoup Ave., Woodland Hills (corner of Shoup and Oxnard)
When? 8am - 4pm
Cost? $15 (includes lunch, CD packed with resources and a day of fun and information); Staff Contribution: $5
What to bring? Wear your uniform, bring notepad, pen, tote bag, your enthusiasm and Scout spirit

    Monday, December 20, 2010

    WLACC December 2010 camping newsletter

    Dear friends of Whitsett, Emerald Bay, and Camp Josepho,

    As 2010 draws to a close, I want to thank all of you for helping to make this an amazing year for Scouting. In addition to being the 100th anniversary of our organization, 2010 saw many milestones for our camps. Over 21,000 people attended one of our three camps this year; Scouts at Emerald Bay and Whitsett earned over 15,000 merit badges, and thanks to the generous support of our donors, we were able to provide over $30,000 in scholarships for those who would otherwise be unable to experience summer camp.

    As we head into 2011, we hear daily from Scouts and Scouters excited about all that lays ahead. While you enjoy the holidays with your friends and family this year, please take a moment to reflect on the difference that Scouting has made in your life, and to consider giving the gift of camping to someone in 2011. Thank you again for all your support.

    Yours in Scouting,

    James Rushton
    Scout Executive
    (818) 933-0130

    Saturday, December 18, 2010

    May 20-22, 2011 - BSA Wilderness First Aid class

    Eagle Medical
    BSA Wilderness First Aid
    for Boy Scout and Girl Scout adult leaders

    Where: Camp Osito Rancho

    When: May 20-22, 2011
    Friday 7 pm to Sunday 12 pm

    Cost: $75
    Cost includes certification card, food, and lodging
    Your card is good for two years

    Please RSVP by May 20, 2011 to

    Saturday, December 11, 2010

    In memory: Gloria Brenneman, 1937 - 2010

    I want to express my deepest sympathies of the passing of your mother. She was a mom to all the children she embraced in Scouting, and to some of us adults also. She and I had a touchie-feelie hugs relationship, and I am deeply saddened that the true beauty of her soul will not be amongst us here on earth.

    Please keep me informed of when the services will be, as I would be very honored to be a part of celebrating her life.

    Be at Peace,

    Les Salay

    Thank you for the comforting email. The service is December 30, 2 pm, St. Francis de Sales Church in Sherman Oaks. Please spread the word throughout the Scouting world. I hope to see all my mom's Scouting friends.

    Julie Lacayo

    Wednesday, December 8, 2010

    NRA instructor certification and shooting event

    NRA firearms instructor certification

    The Panorama Sportsman's Club will be offering classes in NRA firearm instructor certification. This is the only BSA-accepted firearm instructor certification. This certification will be offered to Scoutmasters and troop leaders only (there is a 21 year age limit).

    The fee will be $40.00 - this covers administrative and paperwork costs only. There will be no fee for the class or the instructors.

    The date for this class will be February 12th, 2011. This will be an all day class, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Update: Due to changes in NRA course materials and requirements, this class has been postponed to April 2-3, 2011.

    In order to participate in the class, you (the participant) must commit in writing to volunteering to actively help in the capacity in which you have been trained at least twice over the course of the year.

    We will also be scheduling RSO (range safety officer) certification classes. The same rules for participation will apply.

    For more information, contact Mark Cohen at or (323) 936-1161.

    Plea for help so more Scouts can participate in January shoot

    The number of Scouts that can participate at our NRA/BSA Panorama Youth Shooting days is only limited by the number of qualified adult volunteers we have attending. Each event that we have had so far this year has grown in participation, to the point that we have had to limit how many Scouts can come and enjoy the day of fun safe firearms education, merit badge counseling, and hands-on participation and camping (if they so choose). At our last event we had more than 185 participants, and at times some of us felt overwhelmed (in a good way). Our facility is capable of accommodating up to 300 event participants and campers.

    As a result, it was decided by the Board of Directors of the Panorama Sportsman's Club (your hosts) that, if we could not get more qualified adults to help us, we would have to limit participation in the BSA Range Day events. As of this plea for help, there have already been more than 250 requests for space at the January 15th event.  We will be limiting participation to 1/2 of that number if we cannot get more help.

    Please, if you can help, and you have NRA, RSO (range safety officer) or instructor certification, send an email to

    If you have already signed up for the January 15th event, you must send a confirmation email or phone call to Mark Cohen at or (323) 936-1161. You must also bring in a Release Form fully signed and filled out. No shooting without a correct release form. Scouts can also contact Mark to put themselves on the waiting list if spots become available.

    Information on next desert event

    The weekend will include a California DFG / NRA Hunter Safety Course for Venture Scouts. After passing, all Venture Scouts will receive a valid California Hunter Safety Card. Habitat, Environment, and Astronomy instruction and merit badge counseling will be available for all other BSA participants.

    The desert facility has plenty of room for camping (RV, tent, and bunkhouse).

    The date for the weekend is tentatively scheduled for March 11-13, 2011.

    Fees for this event will be $20.00 per person, and will include all site and class fees as well as a Saturday evening dinner for all.

    For more information, contact Mark Cohen at or (323) 936-1161.

    Wednesday, December 1, 2010

    Name entries for training and rechartering

    When entering your name in for training certificates, or entering names for rechartering:

    • Please do not use punctuation of any sort.
    • If you want to register a different name (e.g. you recently got married or divorced, or want to use a nickname), please do not create a new entry. All you need to do is change your profile name, or change your name on the edit screen while rechartering. If you create a new entry, then we have trouble verifying your training and recognition awards.

    Thank you in advance for your help in this area.

    Lisa Pennock
    Antelope Valley District Office Manager
    Registrar, Antelope Valley and Bill Hart Districts
    (661) 942-0582 office
    (661) 723-1450 fax

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010

    LDS Troops special opportunity at Camp Whitsett

    Camp Whitsett is pleased to announce the 2nd week of camp (June 26 - July 2nd) as LDS week. Register before February 1st and we will waive the early arrival fee and throw in dinner on Saturday as well as breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

    Erik Godfrey NREMT-P
    (818) 785-8700 ext. 181
    Camp Whitsett Program Director
    Sales/Marketing, Camp Whitsett
    Health Officer, Camp Whitsett

    Troop 104 tree lot

    Please support Boy Scout Troop 104

    We are continuing our 55 year tradition of selling fresh Christmas trees!

    • Noble Pines
    • Douglas Fir Trees

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

    Opening Friday, December 3rd at 4pm

    • Weekends: 10am - 10pm
    • Weekdays: 4pm - 9pm

    Three big weekends!

    We offer flocking, fire retardant, tree stands and buckets.
    Cash, checks, credit and debit cards accepted.

    Thank you for supporting Boy Scout Troop 104.

    Monday, November 29, 2010

    Wood Badge and Disneyland

    Dear Scouters,

    Do you remember your Wood Badge experience?  I hope you had a good one and want to pass it on.  Wood Badge is open to every registered adult.

    The current Wood Badge Staff needs your help with getting your fellow Scouters to attend, with money for camperships, and craft supplies.  If you can help at all, please contact Scoutmaster Jeremy Mo at or (626) 802-8267.

    The cost for a Scouter to attend Wood Badge this year is $250.  There is a special incentive for the 2 people who donate the most above $250.  We have 2 sets of 3 tickets to Disneyland including parking. 

    Wednesday, November 24, 2010

    September through December 2010 - Operation Gratitude

    Help Operation Gratitude give comfort to our troops serving overseas...

    With the holiday season at hand, activities are moving into high gear at Operation Gratitude, where they are working hard to get letters and care packages to our troops serving overseas during the holidays.

    Operation Gratitude is a San Fernando Valley-based non-profit organization that mobilizes volunteers to write letters and assemble care packages filled with donated goods, and ships them to American troops serving in the military overseas. To date, they have sent over 500,000 care packages.

    Every year, Operation Gratitude holds two campaigns: The Patriotic Drive in the spring and the Holiday Drive in the fall and winter.

    Holiday Drive Sept. 13 to Dec. 17
    Volunteers Needed:
    • Monday and Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
    • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Closed Thanksgiving, Thursday Nov. 25)
    • Saturdays and Sundays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

    You can help this worthy cause by volunteering to help assemble packages, by writing letters to troops, or by donating goods or money to Operation Gratitude.

    If you would like to volunteer, please email the Volunteer Coordinator at, subject "Operation Gratitude Volunteer." RSVPs are required.

    Anyone over 12 years old can volunteer, but people under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. This volunteer activity qualifies for students' community service hours.

    To learn more about Operation Gratitude, visit their web site or call (818) 909-0039.

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010

    December 4, 2010 - Daniel Soski's Eagle project

    Troop 92, Northridge
    9 am - 4 pm

    Tear down, rebuild and paint patio cover for
    Cerebral Palsy Housing Facility
    11051 Old Santa Susana Pass Rd., Chatsworth 91311

    Directions from Northridge:
    • Take 118 West
    • Exit CA-27 S/Topanga Canyon Blvd
    • Turn left onto Topanga Canyon Blvd
    • Make the first right onto Santa Susana Pass
    • Make the first left onto Old Santa Susana Pass
    • Enter at the first gate on the right, it will open automatically

    Please bring any work gloves or paint brushes that you have.

    Please RSVP to Daniel (if possible): (818) 425-2118;

    Friday, November 19, 2010

    Troop 104 tree lot - Equipment and assistance needed

    Troop 104 in Mission Hills has done a tree lot for 50 years, and every year it is tough to get it up and running. This year, it looks like it will be raining all weekend, and we do not have some much needed equipment and people to help out this year. We set it up every year on the weekend before Thanksgiving so it will be ready on the first weekend of December.

    Here is a list of things we are in dire need of:

    We do not have an electrician. If you know of one that might be able to help us, please call Grady.

    • 4-5 six and 2- ten foot ladders - As many as possible
    • Cordless drill (6)
    • Hammers (4-6)
    • Sledge hammers (3-4)
    • Mechanical wrenches and sockets (2- sets)
    • Trucks and/or trailers (2-3)
    • Electrical generators small or large (1-2)
    • Electrical tools (two sets)
    • 2 foot levels (2-3)
    • Gloves (everyone should bring them)
    • Shovels
    • Tampers to pat the dirt in the holes

    Please let us know if you can contribute anything for set up. Tools and knowledge are needed.

    Thank you for your assistance in making the tree lot successful.


    Barbara Martine (323) 353-3233
    Grady Martine (323) 353-3240

    Elaine Neff

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    December 5, 2010 - Veteran's Holiday Celebration

    Hello Scouters!

    We have been invited to participate in a terrific community service event to celebrate and give thanks to our courageous veterans this holiday season.

    Date: Sunday, December 5, 2010
    Volunteer Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Event Time: 1:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    Location: Veterans Center - 11301 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90073

    Boy Scouts will deliver care packages and help escort disabled vets through the event facilities.
    Cub Scouts will work a thank-you line for the participating veterans.

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010

    December 4, 2010 - CPR and first aid course

    This course is being offered to those in service to our community. Normally, the CPR Course alone is offered at $65. This December 4th, we are offering both CPR w/AED and First Aid for $65, in response to a request for training before the winter break.

    More information and registration is available at

    Thank you,
    Frank Estrada

    Thursday, November 11, 2010

    December 11, 2010 - Scout leader training

    Cut-off for registration is noon, December 9

    Antelope Valley District
    Scout Leader Training
    For Scout leaders, Committee members, and parents

    Date: Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010
    Place: Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave J, Lancaster

    • Gathering: Check-in, registration and welcome 8:45 AM to 9:15 AM
    • Cub Scout Specific: BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) 9:15 AM to 3:30 PM
    • Boy Scout Specific: Scoutmaster Fundamentals 9:15 AM to 3:30 PM
    • Venture Leader 9:15 AM to 3:30 PM
    • Den Chief 9:15 AM to 3:30 PM

    Cost is $10. Lunch is included. Or you can bring your own lunch and the cost will be $5.

    Sign-in begins 30 minutes before the start of your session. Please be courteous and arrive on time. Ending times are approximate.

    For more information, please contact Barry Swenson, District Training Committee Chair through the district web site or the AV District Service Center at (661) 942-0582

    Detailed course descriptions are available on the district web site.

    Cub Grub Cookbook

    Dear Scouters,

    One of my goals towards my Wood Badge ticket was to make a Cub Grub Cookbook.  I haven't published it because I want to make it available free to be a service to our Scouting family and friends.  Even though a lot of it is geared towards Cubs, there are a couple of sections that can be used by older Boy Scouts as well.  There are 4 sections.

    1. Den and Pack Treats
    2. Outdoor Cooking Fun  (This is for all Scouting levels)
    3. Holiday Treats
    4. Outdoor Cooking Methods (This is also good for all Scouts)

    Feel free to copy and share this book.

    Yours in Scouting
    Kymmer Crookston, the Cub Grub Queen

    Monday, November 8, 2010

    November 26 - Red Cross first aid course

    Troop 307 is hosting an official Red Cross First Aid Course on Friday, November 26, 2010.
    Course will be 9 am to 3pm.
    First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills
    (corner of Zelzah and Devonshire)

    Cost is $35.00 per participant (cash only)

    If you are interested, we will take 30 people for this first class.

    Call Diane Freeman 818-321-3036 or email

    Tuesday, November 2, 2010

    We need storage space!

    To all in our area,

    We need a place to store our district equipment and gear that we use for Camporee, Cub Day Camp and other miscellaneous items.  The space is currently being donated, but the area is not available any longer.  We are looking for a storage area approximately 15' x 20' or 20' x 20'.  It needs to be covered from the elements.  It should be somewhere in the Valley area.

    If you have such a place, or know of someone who has a place, please let me know.  Of course, cost is a concern, and we are hoping first of all for a donation of the area.  If we are not able to hook up with a generous soul, then we are hoping for a reduced rate for the storage area.

    Please forward this on to everyone in your Unit.  You can contact me via email with any and all responses and questions at

    Thank you all for considering this,

    Paul Oliver
    Chairman, Balboa Oaks District

    Sunday, October 31, 2010

    Outdoor ice skating in Woodland Hills

    This Friday, November 5, Woodland Hills Ice will return for our second annual season of outdoor ice skating in the San Fernando Valley. Our ice rink features over 7000 square feet of real ice situated under the California sun and stars, open daily until February 6, 2011.

    I would love to invite your Scout troops to join us for ice skating field trips during our season this year. We can accommodate groups of all sizes, offering discounted rates as low as $10 per person. We can also include options like group skating classes and food packages during the visit. Parents and families are welcome to join the Scouts, too!

    We are already booking dates in our calendar now, so please get in touch if you would like to reserve a day and time for your group.

    Don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions.

    Woodland Hills Ice is located at Westfield Promenade in Woodland Hills (6100 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Woodland Hills CA 91367). Hope to see you on the ice!


    Alex Mohler
    Woodland Hills Ice
    (818) 255-8620 office
    (818) 232-9123 fax
    (724) 413-9133 mobile

    Help the homeless

    The North Hollywood Interfaith Pantry is a local service that has provided bags of groceries every Friday and Monday morning since 1983.  Each week, they distribute almost 600 bags.

    The Pantry is a coalition of 10 local churches and synagogues.  The pantry serves the homeless and needy families without any hesitation.  All who come for assistance receive what we have to give.

    Many times we are asked for items that are needed that we do not have access to, such as:

    • Diapers (adult and children)
    • Hygiene products (toothpaste and toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, and as asked for often, "girlie stuff")
    • Socks (as cold weather approaches)
    • Watch caps
    • Warm jackets (adult and children)
    • Used blankets and sleeping bags
    • Tarps
    • Gloves
    • Long underwear / thermal underwear

    The Pantry is located behind the First Christian Church of North Hollywood, on the corner of Colfax and Moorpark.  We are open to accept anything that can help on Mondays from 8:00 am until 1:00pm and Fridays from 7:00am until 1:00pm.

    For further information, please contact:

    Brian Sapir
    Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 36

    Saturday, October 30, 2010

    Stoney Point cleanup a success

    Greetings Scouters,

    I personally want to thank all of you who came out to the Stoney Point project today.

    I was stressing all week, as the weather forecast for today was showers all day long.  Wrong!  We could not have had a more beautiful day, with sunny skies and the smell of fresh air.

    An estimated 150 community members, Scouts, and other environmentally active groups came out in droves, the largest turnout ever.

    Thanks again Scouters ... We have made a difference and it has not gone unnoticed.

    See you again next year and keep up on your environmental spirit.

    Scouting is the best and we know how to "rock"!

    Wednesday, October 27, 2010

    Roundtable Flag Ceremony patch design contest

    We need to get Roundtable Flag Ceremony patches.  Instead of purchasing the usual Scout shop patch, we want to spice things up a bit and make us unique.  We want to make our very own Balboa Oaks Roundtable Flag Ceremony patch.  And we want you to design it.

    Rules are:

    1. Patch must be designed by a Cub Scout or Boy Scout.
    2. Patch must have Balboa Oaks on it.
    3. Patch must have the American flag on it.
    4. Patch shape is up to you.  If you design a non-geometric shape, it may not be able to be made, but give it a shot if you like.
    5. Don't worry about your artwork and drawing skills.  It is the idea we are looking for.  All artwork can be re-touched as needed.
    6. You can use up to 6 different colors.
    7. Winning entry will get a $50 gift card to the Scout shop!
    8. Contest ends December 31, 2010.
    9. Submit your entries as listed below.

    Via email:

    Via postal mail:
    Paul Oliver
    Balboa Oaks District
    10921 Hamlin St.
    North Hollywood, CA 91606

    November 20, 2010 - Bill Hart merit badge midway schedule

    LDS Church
    24443 McBean Parkway
    Valencia, CA

    Saturday, November 20, 2010
    8:30 am to 4 pm

    Each Scout should contact the merit badge counselors prior to the midway to complete any prerequisites for each merit badge class.

    Each Scout needs to bring a notebook and something to write with, and signed blue cards for each merit badge class they are taking.

    Scouts are expected to wear Class A uniforms.

    Beverages, snacks, and lunch will be available for purchase.

    Questions? Contact:
    Lee Shapiro
    Bill Hart District Activities Chairman

    Thursday, October 21, 2010

    Halloween candy for the deployed troops

    Dear Scouts,

    We are going to be sending boxes to our deployed troops in November.  We would like to fill all the small spaces with as much candy as we can.  If any of you would like to share some of your Halloween candy, I would love to send it to our troops that will be away from home during the holidays.

    If your your pack or troop would like to collect some candy after Halloween and bring it to the Scout service center in Newhall,  I will be happy to make sure it gets sent to our troops.

    For all questions, contact Kymmer Crookston at

    Thanks a ton!

    November 12-14, 2010 - Troop 307 Red Rock outing

    November 12-14, 2010

    Troop 307's Red Rock extravaganza!

    The fun activities include:

    • Archery!
    • Rockets!
    • Outdoor cooking!
    • Hiking!

    Free to all Webelos 2 Scouts and their parents

    For more info on this outing, please contact either
    Robert Ramirez: (818) 438-8842
    Mr. Breckner: (818) 609-9405

    Wednesday, October 20, 2010

    November 12-14, 2010 - 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 Sports!

    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 12th, 13th, 14th

    Castaic Lake Recreation area
    32132 Castaic Lake Drive
    Castaic, CA 91384

    We will meet to depart for this trip on Friday Evening at 6 pm 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 9th at the same address. Come visit us even if you can't make it to this trip!

    Thank you very much.

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

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010

    Troop 2379 Christmas tree lot

    Please Support Boy Scout Troop 2379

    Christmas Tree Lot

    Opening Day November 26th

    9am - 9pm weekends
    5pm - 9pm weekdays

    We are in the same location as last year.

    Elks' Lodge #2379
    17766 Sierra Highway
    (just north of Backwoods Inn)
    Canyon Country

    Bring your stand - we'll mount it to your tree!

    Don't have a stand? We'll sell you a stand!

    Show us you're a Scout and receive a 10% discount

    • Freshly cut noble pines and Douglas firs, 6-8ft
    • Fresh wreaths, decorated and undecorated

    Pre-orders are being accepted for smaller and larger trees.  Contact Jeff Hansen

    All purchases are tax deductible.  Cash sales only.

    Tracey Lucas
    Troop 2379
    (661) 263-9229

    Friday, October 8, 2010

    October 28, 2010 - Scouting through time with Norman Rockwell

    You are invited to attend
    "Scouting through time with Norman Rockwell"
    A dinner and exhibit for the benefit of
    The Western Los Angeles County Council
    Boy Scouts of America

    Thursday, October 28, 2010 6:00 pm

    Odyssey Restaurant
    15600 Odyssey Dr.
    Granada Hills

    Dress:  Executive casual

    Cost is $50 per person. Includes dinner and drawing ticket.

    For reservations or further information, please contact Wynne Ritch (818) 723-6045

    All proceeds of the dinner are tax deductible and all guests will have an opportunity to win a single piece signed by Norman Rockwell with an approximate value between $800 to $1500. Ten pieces of the collection will be available for sale.

    Please join us in an evening of celebration and support for Scouting.

    October 27, 2010 - Troop 10 fundraiser at El Torito

    Raise eunds!

    Help earn important dollars for our Boy Scouts at Troop 10!

    This is a great opportunity to support scouting in our community!

    Enjoy great El Torito food while benefiting Troop 10 - Reseda

    Get together with family and friends to help us,

    With an event like this, everybody wins!

    Come to El Torito in Northridge and present this flyer to the cashier when you pay for your order.

    El Torito Mexican Grill will donate 25% of the net sales generated by this event to Troop 10

    Date: Wednesday, 10/27/10

    Time: All day

    8855 Tampa Avenue, Northridge
    One block south of Northridge Mall
    (818) 349-1607

    Monday, October 4, 2010

    Stoney Point cleanup in the news

    Join the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America for the 6th Annual Stoney Point Beautification Project

    By Councilman Greig Smith

    Join the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America for a worthy cause as they lead their annual volunteer clean-up day on Saturday, Oct. 30 to remove trash, clear trails and paint over graffiti to keep Stoney Point Park in Chatsworth looking beautiful.

    Boy Scouts Pack 921, led by Scout Leader Les Salay, are fantastic role models of civic engagement and environmental stewardship. These young kids have spearheaded this effort and have engaged community members, businesses, and Neighborhood Councils to get involved.

    Sunday, October 3, 2010

    Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger Program

    National Park Service
    U.S. Department of the Interior
    Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger Program

    The Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger program invites Boy and Cub Scouts to participate in educational and/or volunteer service projects at national park sites to spark their awareness of the national parks and to provide Scouts with the opportunity to explore the national parks and learn more about protecting our natural and cultural resources. Scouts are awarded certificates and/or patches for participating in the program.

    How to earn a Scout Ranger certificate or patch

    Scouts can earn a certificate or patch by participating in:

    • organized educational programs
    • volunteer service projects.

    To earn a troop certificate, troops must participate for a minimum of five hours at one or more national park sites.

    To earn a patch, Scouts must participate for a minimum of ten hours at one or more national park sites.

    Qualifying organized educational programs:

    • Ranger guided interpretive tours
    • Junior Ranger programs
    • Environmental education programs
    • Any other official NPS education program

    Qualifying volunteer service projects:

    • Any organized project that helps and enhances the natural and/or cultural resources of a park unit and is identified by the park as an appropriate volunteer opportunity.

    How to get started

    1. Visit the Scout Ranger website to find out more information about the program.
    2. Find a national park site in your area.
    3. Think about the projects your troop would be interested in and time frame for completion.
    4. If you would like to provide volunteer service or if you intend to participate in an activity that is not part of a regularly scheduled interpretive program to fulfill the program requirements, contact the park to discuss the possible activities.

    For more information contact the NPS at (202) 513-7146, or visit the Scout Ranger website.

    Saturday, October 2, 2010

    October 10, 2010 - Jason Brown's Eagle project

    Jason Brown's Eagle Scout Service Project
    Volunteers Needed!
    Car Wash + Garage Sale

    Date: Sunday, October 10, 2010

    Time: 7 am through 4 pm (or until done) (Lunch will be provided)

    Place: Bullwinkel's, 33302 N. Agua Dulce Cyn. Rd., Agua Dulce
    (If coming from Santa Clarita, we are off the 14 fwy, exit Agua Dulce Cyn and make a left.  At the stop sign make left and Bullwinkels is on your right opposite the Sweet Water Market.  Follow signs.)

    Supplies needed: Please bring clothes that can get wet and dry clothes to change into.

    Service project: We will be washing cars, offering camel photo opportunities, and holding a garage sale to raise money to pay for the birds of prey cages for local Nature Centers.

    RSVP: Please contact Jason Brown at (661) 268-0547 or (661) 916-2837 or e-mail

    Tuesday, September 28, 2010

    October 15-17, 2010 - Antelope Valley centennial jamboree update

    We are so excited to be planning the Centennial Celebration for the Antelope Valley District. We have a program being planned with a lot of fun and excitement. However, we will need an approximate head count from your unit as soon as possible so we can plan a budget for this event, and so we know that our efforts won't be in vain.

    This activity is for all ages, Tigers through Eagle Scouts.

    Tentative plans are as follows:

    Location:  Little Rock Dam

    • $20.00 per person until Oct. 14th
    • $35.00 per person after Oct. 14th

    • Rope bridge
    • Solar cooking
    • Dutch Oven cook-off
    • Poison River contest
    • Belt loops and pins for Cub Scouts
    • Merit badges and requirement sign-offs for Boy Scouts
    • Campfire Saturday Night - come with a skit prepared
    • One-mile hike with map and compass for Scout sign-off

    More information to follow...

    Lisa Pennock
    Antelope Valley District Office Manager
    Registrar, Antelope Valley and Bill Hart Districts
    (661) 942-0582 office
    (661) 723-1450 fax

    Monday, September 27, 2010

    November 20-21, 2010 - Leave No Trace Trainers Course

    Leave No Trace Trainers Course
    November 20-21, 2010
    Camp Willett (near Oak View)
    Camp Willett Road, Ojai, CA 93023

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

    Learn the proper Leave No Trace methods for taking Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing units camping. 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.

    You will learn more about:
    • How to implement Leave No Trace in your units outdoor program
    • How to properly present the Leave No Trace skills to your unit and others
    • What's new in Leave No Trace techniques and how they apply to the BSA program
    • The BSA's Leave No Trace awards and how members of your unit can earn them

    There will be a fee of $25.00 which will cover your materials and Saturday's dinner. The other meals during the course are the responsibility of each participant. The course is open to any Scout (14 years or older), Venturer, or adult Scouter. You will learn the proper techniques for Leave No Trace camping and other activities and have a great time as well! All participants will need to supply their own camping equipment. You should bring a folding camp chair for the course as well. We will be in an outside environment, so dress accordingly. The course will be held rain or shine! Every person attending will receive a LNT Trainers Certificate, patch, written materials, and a CD to take home.

    Course starts at 9 am sharp!

    Directions to Camp Willett - Suggested route from US-101 N, Ventura, CA:
    • Take exit 70B for California 33 North toward Ojai
    • Merge onto CA-33 North
    • Turn right at Sulphur Mountain Road (caution, there are many speeding bicycles on the dirt road)
    • Turn left on Camp Willett Road

    For more information, or to register, contact Howard Kern, LNT Master Educator, at (805) 405-9635 or e-mail at

    Sunday, September 26, 2010

    October 15-17, 2010 - Antelope Valley centennial jamboree

    Please save the date for Oct 15-17 for a weekend of fun and excitement. Antelope Valley District is trying to put together a great program for that weekend, but we need your help.

    First of all, we would like to know if your unit would attend this event, and what would the youth like to see there, and as with all activities we need volunteers. What would your unit be able to help with, and would your unit like to help plan this event.

    Kathy Rennie is our primary contact for this event and can be reached at (661) 860-9879 or Please let her or myself know by the close of business on Tuesday Sept. 28th. If you are willing to help out and plan this activity, please attend the meeting at Nick's Pizzeria at 6:00pm the evening of Sept. 28th.

    We will put more information out as we get this program planned.

    Thank you.

    Lisa Pennock
    Antelope Valley District Office Manager
    Registrar, Antelope Valley and Bill Hart Districts
    (661) 942-0582 office
    (661) 723-1450 fax

    Monday, September 20, 2010

    BSA 100th anniversary Monopoly game

    Available at Scout shops now!

    The world’s best-loved board game now celebrates 100 years of strong Scouting values, leadership, and fun. Monopoly®: BSA® 100th Anniversary Edition is played just like the original but features a new game board, cards, and money customized for the anniversary. Scout-theme playing tokens include a tent, hiking boot, Scoutmaster cup, backpack, binoculars, and Boy Scout hand sign. This limited-edition game, officially licensed to the BSA by Milton Bradley, is recommended for ages 8 to adult.

    BSA 100th anniversary model train

    Lionel Electric Trains Announces Boy Scouts of America® 100th Anniversary Commemorative UP Engine

    Lionel Electric Trains, the premiere model train company, has announced that it will be making a replica of the Union Pacific engine which honors the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. The limited edition train will be featured in Lionel's 2010 Volume 2 Catalog and will be available by the holiday season.

    "It is a special privilege for Lionel to be making the UP No. 2010 this year. Lionel has always been proud of our relationships with both Union Pacific and Boy Scouts of America," said Lionel CEO Jerry Calabrese. "When we heard that UP would be honoring the great American tradition of Scouting, we just knew we had to be a part of it."

    Bearing the road number 2010 and based on the ES44C model, the engine is only the 14th time in its history that Union Pacific has issued a commemorative train. Lionel's model will emulate the design and artwork of the actual engine. Just like the original UP No. 2010 Boy Scouts of America Locomotive. This engine will feature:

    • The Boy Scouts of America corporate logo;
    • The BSA's 100th Anniversary logo;
    • The words "100 Years of Scouting™"

    December 12, 2010 - Scout Night at the Theatre

    Sign up for a great theatre experience!

    The timeless tale of the miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, will capture the imagination and warm the heart of audiences of all ages, Scrooge will once again be visited by three spirits, who help him realize the error of his ways by taking him on a journey of his life.

    What a wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit!

    Canyon Theatre Guild
    24242 Main Street
    (formerly San Fernando Rd)
    Newhall, CA 91321-2911
    (661) 799-2702

    Sunday, December 12, 2010
    6:30 pm

    $10 per person

    This event fulfills part of an achievement or elective for every Cub Scout rank:

    • Tiger - Elective 36: see a performance
    • Wolf - Achievement 10f: attend a play
    • Bear - Achievement 10a: day trip or evening out with your family
    • Webelos - Showman Requirement: attend a play

    All money is due by Oct. 31, 2010

    Sponsored by Pack 490, Newhall

    Contact Den Leader Felicia Provens for more details and to purchase tickets or (661) 799-7642

    February 4-13, 2011 - Scout Association of Japan / BSA Friendship Program

    The Scout Association of Japan has graciously invited the Boy Scouts of America to their annual SAJ/BSA Friendship Program. Twenty-eight Scouts and six leaders will be selected nationwide to participate.

    The Scout Association of Japan will pay for half of the airfare, medical insurance, and all expenses while in Japan for all Scouts and leaders attending. The BSA will pay for domestic travel to the departure point of Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; hotel in Dallas/Fort Worth; luggage; neckerchiefs; and patches. Participant cost ($750 last trip) will be determined very soon.

    You need a valid passport - a priority item, and it takes time to get.

    I am looking for outstanding Scouts (preferably age 15-17 and Eagle Scouts) who will be able to be away from school for the full trip.

    To be considered, I request of you,

    • brief résumé of your Scouting (and/or non-Scouting) experiences
    • brief letter stating your interest
    • recommendation from your Scoutmaster or Crew Advisor
    • passport size photo

    Harlan Hogue, International Representative, WLACC
    (310) 454-6483

    Selections will be made by October 31, 2010 - Do not delay

    Sunday, September 19, 2010

    November 6, 2010 - Scout night with the LA Kings

    Scout night with the LA Kings
    vs. Nashville Predators

    November 6th, 2010
    Scout Activities 3:00 - 6:00 pm
    Game 7:00 pm

    • Boy Scouts - Complete requirements for Salesmanship and Sports merit badge (I am a counselor for both, so we can meet for final consultation once you fulfill all requirements)
    • Webelos and Cub Scouts - Complete requirements for Sportsman badge, Hockey belt loop and pin

    Tickets are only $25.00 per Scout / adult / child (300 level)

    Everyone is welcome to join my group!

    Along with the exciting Kings hockey game, those in my group will also enjoy the following additional cool and awesome benefits / perks:

    • The first 30 Scouts / youth to buy tickets from me will definitely participate in a Tunnel Team (player high-fives)
    • All guests in my group will participate in a Chalk Talk activity before the game
    • An exclusive LA Kings Scout patch (2010-2011)
    • All Scouts and youth (17 years old and younger) will receive a LA Kings participation certificate

    If interested, please RSVP to by November 1st, 2010.

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

    September through December 2010 - Troop 504 Signaling and other centennial merit badges

    Troop 504 will be offering the historic Signaling merit badge starting September 21 at our regular Tuesday night 7 pm meetings.  Scouts from other troops are welcome.

    Woodland Hills Presbyterian Church
    5751 Platt Avenue
    Woodland Hills 91367
    (corner of Hatteras and Platt, next door to Hale Middle School)

    This merit badge requires learning the International Morse Code and flag language.  We will be showing different types of code practice gear, how to learn the code with the least pain for the gain, and discuss the schedule for earning this really great historic Merit badge.  This one closes on December 31, 2010, so here's your chance.

    Also, I am a counselor for the Pathfinding merit badge, Scott Rinaldi is a counselor for the Tracking merit badge, and Dave Hanson is a counselor for the Carpentry merit badge.

    Don't miss this great opportunity to earn these centennial merit badges.

    Any questions, I can be reached at (818) 888-8175.

    Very truly yours,

    Robert Hutchinson
    Scoutmaster, Troop 504, Las Colinas District
    Wood Badge 2004
    Order of the Arrow 2009 (W9LQI)

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

    October 9 through November 13, 2010 - Youth Public Speaking at CSUN

    I would like to inform you that CSUN's Communication Studies Department has a Communication for Youth Institute, which puts together a program to help develop public speaking skills in our youth.  The program is held on Saturdays and is designed for 5th through 12th grade.  The youth in the program will have the opportunity to work with professionals and students in the field of public speaking, while at the same time allowing them to work on the University campus.  My son is a fellow Scouter in Thousand Oaks, so I am well aware of the importance that Scouting places on communication skills.  In fact, I am a Communications merit badge counselor, and this program will help Scouts fulfill several of the requirements for the badge.

    I am more than happy to answer any questions that you or any other person has regarding the program.

    Lindsay Scott
    Assistant for the Communication for Youth Institute
    California State University, Northridge
    (805) 657-6430 cell

    Monday, September 13, 2010

    Josh Feldman's Eagle Scout project

    About the project

    I am collecting new and used soccer equipment which will be donated to One World Running, who will then send it to Haiti.  The equipment will go to orphanages and schools.

    What I need

    Soccer cleats, shin guards, socks and soccer balls

    Please contact me to donate or drop gear off:
    (818) 883-4720

    I will also be having a garage sale to raise money to cover the cost of shipping and to purchase new equipment.  Please consider donating for the garage sale before October 1.

    Thursday, September 9, 2010

    September 25, 2010 - Backpacking class

    Experienced backpackers, and those who want to learn about backpacking.

    Learn from a seasoned veteran, an expert backpacker, and an excellent teacher.

    Bring equipment if you have it, or come to learn about equipment before you buy.

    Share experiences and compare equipment, learn about cooking on the trail, and more...

    Saturday, September 25, 2010
    Camp Josepho
    Pacific Palisades, CA
    10:00 AM until approximately 12:00 noon
    Cost: $5.00

    Questions: email Ron Fitzgerald

    See you there!

    December 3-5, 2010 - Winter Ordeal

    Good Afternoon Brothers,

    This PDF contains a registration form as well as a medical form. You must have Part A completed to attend Ordeal. Please arrive at Camp Josepho between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm Friday, December 3. Pick up time is 8:00 pm Saturday, December 4. The road into Camp Josepho closes at 9:00 pm, please be prompt.

    Please forward this to everyone in the Malibu Lodge!

    Yours In Brotherhood,

    Jordan Orlick, 2010 Malibu Lodge Chief
    Dan Warner, Malibu Lodge Adviser
    Andrew Sisolak, Malibu Lodge Staff Adviser
    Joe Pizzo, Lodge Assistant Adviser

    "Celebrate Scouting" stamp

    (November 12, 2009)

    The U.S. Postal Service today gave scouting "a stamp of approval" to honor 100 years of the U.S. Scouting movement. The Celebrate Scouting stamp, which will be sold in the summer of 2010, coincides with the Boy Scouts of America's 100th anniversary.

    The new stamp design was unveiled Thursday during an event at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. The design, created by illustrator Craig Frazier of Mill Valley, CA, depicts the spirit and outdoor adventure of Scouting through a backpacking scout and a large silhouette of a Scout surveying the landscape.

    The new Celebrate Scouting stamps will go on sale nationwide and will be dedicated in July 2010 at the Boy Scout Jamboree at Ft. A.P. Hill, VA.

    Monday, September 6, 2010

    October 30, 2010 - Stoney Point cleanup

    Saturday, October 30, 2010
    8:30 am to 1:00 pm

    We are back and rockin'!

    Please join Cub Scout Pack and Crew 921, REI Sporting Goods and the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council for our 6th annual Stoney Point beautification project, by volunteering your time to maintaining a local Valley recreational park area.

    We encourage all in Scouting, adult volunteers, families, friends and community members to bring their environmental spirit by helping to eliminate the litter and graffiti and restoring the many pathways enjoyed by so many in the community.

    Who:  Cub Scout Pack and Venture Crew 921, REI Sporting Goods, the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, and Councilmember Greig Smith's office.

    What:  Clear brush, pick up trash, repair the many hiking trails, clean graffiti and have fun doing it!

    When:  October 30th, 2010.

    Where:  Stoney Point is located on Topanga Canyon Blvd., just south of the 118 freeway.

    Scouts:  Class B uniforms for cleanup.  Bring sunscreen, hats and gloves.

    There will be free coffee, bagels and hot dog lunches, donated by the generosity of the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council and Pack and Venture Crew 921.  Cub Scout Pack and Venture Crew 921 will be preparing meals after the cleanup, and in respect towards those with special dietary needs, we will also be serving kosher and turkey hot dogs.

    Lots of free giveaways from REI, raffles, and volunteer T-shirts.

    • Cub Scouts:  Earn belt loops and/or work towards the Cub Scout Conservation requirement.
    • Boy Scouts:  Work toward the Conservation merit badge or service hours requirements.
    • All Scouts:  Work toward World Conservation and/or Leave No Trace requirements.

    Thursday, September 2, 2010

    November 20, 2010 - Bill Hart merit badge midway

    LDS Church
    24443 McBean Parkway
    Valencia, CA

    Scouts: Please e-mail me what merit badges you would want to see at the midway.

    Leaders: Please e-mail me if you are a merit badge counselor and would like to be on staff for the midway.

    Lee Shapiro
    Bill Hart District Activities chairman.

    September through November 2010 - Crescent Bay Cub Leader Specific Training

    This includes training for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Den Leaders.

    But wait, there's more-- how about training for Cubmaster, Pack Committee Chairs and Committee Members, and Pack Trainers?  That means that everybody and anybody can get trained, there is something for everybody.

    Then cap your classroom training off with BALOO, Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation at Camp Josepho.  (October 9th, registration to be available later)  This is required for at least one adult in order for a pack to do an overnight campout.  Are you scoffing at the basic level of this training?  Bump up your skills a notch and take the Webelos Outdoor Leader Training.  (Overnight, October 8th and 9th, registration available later.)

    The really crazy part of this whole thing is that we are offering the classroom training six different times over the next three months.  You have two chances a month to get the training that you have always needed and wanted,  but have never been able to put on the front burner.

    Is Sunday your family day?  Do the training on Saturday.  Is Saturday your Sabbath?  Do the training on Sunday.  Are weekends the worst possible time to take the training?  Split it up over one weeknight for two weeks.  All told, we are giving up six weeknights and three weekends over the next three months to bring you this training.

    Don't make us hang out by ourselves; we tend to get into mischief.  Join the fun, silliness, excitement, and wisdom of training.

    Training dates with registration links:


    See you there!

    Wednesday, September 1, 2010

    November 14, 2010 - Troop 36 merit badge midway

    Sunday, November 14th, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm

    Temple Beth Hillel
    12326 Riverside Drive
    Valley Village, CA 91607

    Scouts can attend and earn a variety of Merit Badges during three different sessions.

    The Scouts must preregister as well as complete the prerequisites to the Merit Badges they register for and attend the classes at the Midway.

    More information to follow soon.

    Mark Cutler
    (818) 508-9442

    Tuesday, August 31, 2010

    In memory: Bruce D. Ackerman

    We are saddened by the loss of Bruce D. Ackerman, President and CEO of the Valley Economic Alliance, who passed away on August 26 after a long battle with cancer. Mr. Ackerman was a well loved civic leader and long time supporter of the Exploring Program. In 2007, Mr. Ackerman was the inaugural recipient of our Leaders of Character Award.

    Monday, August 30, 2010

    September 11, 2010 - 9/11 ceremony

    We remember...
    2,976 reasons to never forget

    Saturday, September 11, 2010

    Honor the lives lost on 9/11/01, pay tribute to our first responders, and support the brave men and women of our United States armed forces.

    10 am - 1 pm
    Reading of Names flag ceremony
    Veterans Memorial Park
    24275 Walnut Street
    Santa Clarita, California

    Luncheon immediately following the memorial to benefit
    The Iraq Star Foundation
    American Legion Post 507
    24527 Spruce Street
    Newhall, California

    Suggested donation for lunch is $5

    Hello, all Scouts and fellow Scouters

    The Office of Congressman McKeon had come to me and requested some Eagle and Life Scouts to perform the Color Guard/Flag Ceremony at this event.

    Cub Scouts are also requested to help plant the American flags on the grounds of the park as the names of the 2,976 veterans are called. This is a good way for the young Scouts to show their love of their country!

    The venue is really close to our SCV Scout office.

    I also need Scouts 15 years of age and older to help as volunteers (miscellaneous/traffic flow) for this day.

    I will also like to request a couple of adult leaders to help me organize the volunteers for this event and be present on Sept. 11th as I am unable to be there - I am bringing a group of 800 guests to the Walking With Dinosaurs event at the Staples Center on the same day.

    Please RSVP to if you are interested in helping out on this event.


    Jocelyn Reyes

    Friday, August 27, 2010

    September 11, 2010 - Las Colinas Carnival of Training

    Las Colinas Carnival of Training

    Presented by the Las Colinas District

    Saturday, September 11th, 2010
    8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
    at Pinecrest School, Woodland Hills
    5975 Shoup Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
    (Corner of Shoup Ave and Oxnard St)

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

    Courses offered:

    • This Is Scouting (replacement for New Leader Essentials) - 8:00 to 11:30 am
    • Cub Leader Specific - 1:00 to 4:30 pm
    • Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific - 1:00 to 5:00 pm
    • Venture Leader Specific - 1:00 to 4:30 pm
    • Commissioner Training - 8:00 am to 11:30 am - contact Mike Henderson at or (714) 330-2986

    Cost:  $5.00 per course

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

    Please pre-register no later than Wednesday, September 8, 2010!
    If not, register at the training.

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

    September 14, 2010 - The Little Red Wagon Foundation

    I'm a Scouter from Northern Indiana, LaSalle Council. I have been in contact with an amazing 12 year old young man named Zach Bonner. You may have heard of him because he has had some national news media attention. Since December 25, 2009, Zach has been walking from the East Coast of Florida across the country to the West Coast to raise awareness of the plight of homeless and needy kids and to raise money to help them. He will have walked a total of 2,478 miles when he finishes his walk. He started The Little Red Wagon Foundation to tell his story and provide a way for people to help kids.  You can find out more about Zach and his mission by checking out and you can check his progress at:  Zach plans to complete his walk on Tuesday, September 14th, at Santa Monica Pier in California. Zach is not a Scout, but his effort to help others in need is an inspiration and outstanding example for Scouts and everyone.

    When I talked to Zach and told him I was a Scout leader, he suggested I could help out by contacting Scout units in the Santa Monica or Los Angeles area and tell them about what he's doing so they can meet him at Santa Monica Pier when he finishes his walk. Zach plans to prepare 1,000 backpacks to distribute to needy kids at the end of his walk, so he may need Scouts to help with that, and with some other things at Santa Monica Pier. I'm sorry I don't have more specific information right now. I don't think Zach's plans for the end of his walk are complete yet.  If you have any questions for me, please feel free to email me at You will also be able to find out more about Zach's plans by checking his website, and there's also information there on how to contact him directly. This could be a good opportunity for a service project for either individual Scouts or Scout troops.

    I'm trying to inform other Scout units and Order of the Arrow lodges about Zach and this service project opportunity if I can find email addresses for them, but I would appreciate it if you could also pass this information on to other Scout leaders and units in your area.

    Yours in Scouting,

    Dennis Laffin,
    Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 555, Granger, IN
    Vigil member OA, Sakima Lodge, LaSalle Council

    Wednesday, August 25, 2010

    January 15, 2011 - BSA / NRA / Panorama Youth Shooting Day

    Update:  Due to rain, the event has been rescheduled for January 15, 2011.  Everyone who has made a reservation will still be on the list for that day unless we are otherwise informed.

    Thank you to everyone that made our BSA youth day at the range on August 21, 2010 so successful. Our volunteers enjoyed every minute of the day with the Scouts as well. We thank you all for your patience and participation last Saturday, as it was a hot and jammed packed day. As many of you who were there know, the crowd was very big. We had more than 150 Scouts from more than 18 different Troops.

    In order to help make the next scheduled Panorama / BSA / NRA day on December 18th, 2010 even better, I would like to encourage those adults and Scoutmasters to forward comments and suggestions to me at We will be doing our part to continue to make these shooting days better and better. As participation in this event has been growing at such a fast rate, increasing by at least 1/3 each time, we will be having more instructors and counselors there.

    If any of the people who were there taking pictures would be kind enough to email them to me at the above address, I would appreciate that as well.

    Once again, thank you all, and I hope to see you in December.

    Mark Cohen
    Panorama Sportsman's Club Youth Director
    NRA Youth Coordinator Southern California
    RSO, Pistol, Shotgun Instructor

    In memory: Velma Horvath

    The family of long time Scouting member and advocate Velma Horvath sadly announce her passing last week. Her most beloved memories were of Wood Badge, helping numerous young scouts achieve their Ad Altari Dei ribbon, her son Ken's rise through the Scouting ranks to Eagle Scout, her daughters Annette and Michele's accomplishments in Explorer/Venturing Scouts, and her support for her husband Bill's accomplishments such as Acting District Commissioner. She was awarded the St. George Medal and Silver Beaver for her tireless support of Scouting and her Scouting legacy lives on through her children and grandchildren.

    Donations in Velma's remembrance may be made to The Boy Scouts of America or The American Cancer Society.

    Tuesday, August 24, 2010

    September 12, 2010 - Troop 92 family picnic

    Hi everyone!

    Troop 92 invites everyone to come out and enjoy the day with your scout(s) and family on Sunday, September 12, 2010, at Placerita Canyon Park.

    Mr. Soski is planning a morning hike for the scouts.

    Because the park does not take reservations, we need some parent volunteers to help with saving a spot, and setting up for the picnic and games.

    It would be fun if we could form a committee to help with planning of game, activities, and food as well.

    The park does not allow any charcoal BBQ's, but does allow cooking by propane stove, and grill. There are also no water balloons or helium balloons allowed.

    Placerita Canyon has a nature center, gift shop, 7 hiking trails, shaded oak groves, picnic areas with cement picnic tables, and plenty of space for games and activities.

    Please contact me if you are interested in being part of the planning committee.

    Looking forward to hearing from you all!

    Susanne Engelking
    (818) 904-0747 (home)
    (818) 383-4911 (cell)

    Friday, August 20, 2010

    September 12, 2010 - Blood drive

    St. Catherine of Siena blood drive
    sponsored by Scouts of Troop 328 and Pack 328

    Sunday, September 12, 2010
    8:00 am to 2:00 pm

    at St. Catherine of Siena Church
    18115 Sherman Way
    Reseda, CA 91335
    Bloodmobile in parking lot

    All participants will receive 2 Laugh Factory tickets, a Mimi's Cafe free appetizer, and can enter a drawing to win a $1,500 American Express gift card.

    Appointments get priority, so make your appointment today!

    Sign up after services or at the Parish Office.
    For more information contact Manny Gallegos at (818) 257-1762 or

    If you have been told previously by the American Red Cross or another blood center that you should never donate blood, please disregard this message. If you recently made a blood donation, or if you have already scheduled an appointment to donate blood, please accept our thanks on behalf of the patients whose lives you may have touched. You may not give blood if you have received a Red Cross notification asking you not to do so.

    American Red Cross National Headquarters
    2025 E Street NW
    Washington, DC 20006

    Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010

    December 11, 2010 - Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes

    Radio City Christmas Spectacular
    The Rockettes
    Nokia Theater LA Live
    Saturday - December 11, 2010
    Ticket distribution at 11:00am (will announce meeting place as we get closer to show date)

    I have rear side loge seats at $28.00 per guest. All seats are reserved under my name. These will not be sold via Ticketmaster.

    I can also sell discounted rear side orchestra and rear side loge seats at $40.00 per guest. However, these are on live inventory (meaning, I have to call in each time someone pays for these seats)

    Plus you don't pay the the fees through me (order, facility, convenience, processing, handling... etc.)

    Everyone in my group will get the 2010 Rockettes commemorative patch

    However - these prices are only good through September 15th.  No extension will be granted.

    RSVP by emailing me so I can send Paypal payment instructions...

    I am loving this - holiday in summertime! Ho ho ho!


    August 29, 2010 - Derek Fortin's retirement party

    Come one, come all!
    to an evening honoring Derek Fortin
    on the occasion of his retirement from the Western Los Angeles County Council
    and 43 years of professional service to the Boy Scouts of America

    What:   A retirement gathering, including dinner and program to wish Derek well!
    When:  Sunday, August 29, 2010 (see timetable below)
    Where:  Northridge Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd., Northridge, CA  (between Plummer and Lassen)
    Coordinated by:   Janice Druez (and other thankful volunteers)

    • 4 - 6 p.m. - Gathering and fellowship (please bring any pictures you would like to share)
    • 6:00 - Dinner served
    • 6:30 - 8 p.m. - Program - A friendly roast

    How to register:  Please respond to Janice Druez

    • Let us know you're coming (so we can plan food!)
    • Let us know you'd like to contribute to a gift for Derek (from the volunteers)
    • Let us know you'd like to participate in the dinner program

    Can't make it, but want to wish Derek well anyway?  Cards and letters in sealed envelopes may be mailed  to or dropped off in any of our service centers.  They will be collected and delivered to Derek at the party.

    Questions? or

    August 26, 2010 - Troop 360 blood drive

    Community blood drive
    Sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 360

    Thursday, August 26, 2010
    11 am - 5 pm

    Shaarey Zedek Congregation
    12800 Chandler Blvd.
    Valley Village, CA 91607

    All participants will receive a t-shirt and enter a region wide drawing for a chance to win a $500 gas gift card.

    To make your livesaving appointment, please visit and enter sponsor code: boyscoutstroop360
    or contact Moshe De L'Herbe at

    Donor identification is required prior to donating blood.
    Learn more about the blood donation process and donor eligibility at

    Sunday, August 1, 2010

    August 28, 2010 - Caitlin Bryan's Gold Award project

    Blood Drive and Health and Safety Fair
    Family Friendly Event

    Saturday, August 28th
    9 am - 2 pm

    LDS Church
    15555 Saticoy Street
    Van Nuys, CA 91406

    This event is open to all family members - come out and take part in this fair. Booths will include topics on health, illness prevention, nutrition, and exercise. Booths on earthquake preparedness will be set up to help prepare our homes for earthquakes. For those that can, please donate your blood - those who donate will get an AMC movie ticket.

    Bring a Boy Scout Troop, Cub Pack or Venture Crew.  Bring your family and friends.  Everyone is welcome.

    Requirements for blood donation: You must be 17 (or 16 with parent consent), and you must be at least 110  pounds.  We are required to have 40 people donate, but my goal is 100 people. Please sign-up today.

    The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout can earn.

    For more information please contact Caitlin by email at

    Friday, July 30, 2010

    January 4-9, 2011 - OKPIK Cold Weather Leader Training

    Six months and counting until the coolest High Adventure program in the BSA begins for the 2010-2011 season. Come "up north" to experience the cold weather adventure documented by the Outdoor Channel and Boys Life in the past year.

    Scouts and Venturers can snowshoe and cross-country ski over frozen lakes and snow packed hills. Build snow shelters, ice fish, and learn to thrive in -10 degree weather.

    The OKPIK Cold Weather Leader Training on January 4-9, 2011 is the perfect training for your troop or Venture crew to learn how to do cold weather camping events safely from the experts.  Join other Scout leaders and older youth (min. 16 years old) for a 5 day in-depth training session on how to have fun and excitement in the snow.

    Below is the link to the registration form for OKPIK 2010-2011. Registration is now open for Webelos, Scout Units, Venture crews, and Council Contingents.  Limited dates available throughout the winter. We have openings for all our programs from the Dog Sled Treks, Musher Camp, Ski/Snowshoe Treks, Winter treks, Cabin Stay and the newest of our programs WOW! (Webelos OKPIK Weekend). Please distribute this to other members in your pack, troop, crew or council.

    Don't let this opportunity pass you by to take part in the coolest High Adventure program. To reserve your spot or if you have any questions, please contact the Northern Tier National High Adventure Program at (218) 365-4811.

    Visit to view the new Northern Tier promotion video!

    Help homeless kids love to read

    Hi friends,

    Hope you're enjoying your summer!  Ella, Tai and I just started volunteering at LA Family Housing, doing summer-campy activities with recently homeless children. LAFH has a Transitional Living Center in North Hollywood for homeless families who are working toward stability.  Space is very tight, and kids have little to do and nowhere to go, so volunteers can bring summer camp to them.

    We're also starting a Read to Succeed program.  Regular reading sets off a chain reaction of intellectual development, improved grades, and confidence which can greatly impact a child's future.  Because their families have had to focus on daily survival, most of these kids have never owned books or read for fun.

    Would you like to help grow their love of reading?  Here's how:

    Read to Succeed needs
    • Prizes for weekly Book Review raffles (not too large), e.g. toys, games, $5 gift cards
    • Grand Prizes for the best book reviews of the summer
    • Party supplies or ice cream (Kids who accomplish their reading goals get a parking lot movie party)
    • Fun folks to read to children (any time)

    Friday Fun Camp needs
    • Messy Art Day - paintbrushes, roll of butcher paper, used adult t-shirts for coverup (kids don't have extra clothes to get splattered)
    • CSI Science Day - fingerprint ink pad, footprint casting kit, toy magnifying glasses

    You can also donate $ or help solicit businesses for supplies/donations!

    If you have questions or are available to help, please call/email us.

    Thank you!
    Quynh, Ella, Tai
    (818) 906-9970

    Tuesday, July 27, 2010

    National online unit directory / search

    The BSA is putting Scouting on the map all across the nation!  In time for Join Scouting 2010, the Boy Scouts of America has its own joining Web page with information on Scouting, plus a Google Maps application that will help potential Scouts and their parents find packs, troops, and crews in their communities.

    How does it work?  In a nutshell, unit leaders can update their unit's Google pin (the bubble you see on Google Maps) through MyScouting.  They can add their unit meeting time, location, phone number, unit Web site address if they have one, as well as a contact name for the unit.

    "Ask Us!  We can help."  A new feature allows people interested in a particular unit to e-mail questions to the unit leaders.  The parent can type in the question and the unit leader can then respond.

    In summary...

    • Unit leaders publish information about their unit to a pin icon on a Google map.
    • Parents go to the Web site, submit their address, and find units in their neighborhood.
    • Leaders gather information from visits to their pins and compile leads that they can manage                    through MyScouting.

    For questions on this process, please contact your District Executive.

    Wednesday, July 21, 2010

    September 11, 2010 - Walking with Dinosaurs

    They're back for another bite!

    Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular

    A magical event for Boy/Cub/Girl Scouts and other youth groups!

    Everyone is invited to join my group!

    September 11th, 2010 (Saturday)
    10:00 - 10:30 AM ticket distribution
    Staples Center

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

    All guests in my group will receive the 2010 Walking With Dinosaurs commemorative patch.

    Great seats are available to my group (VIP / Premier Level / 200's Level - Center - blue section of map) on a first-pay, first-served basis!

    Blue tickets are regularly $72.75 from Ticketmaster ($59.00 + $11.25 convenience fee + $2.50 e-mail delivery fee).  However, if you reserve through me, the cost is only $36.00 per child/adult.  (includes processing/handling fees charged by Staples Center for every ticket...)

    This does not include food or parking, please... Carpooling is the best way to go!

    Reserve your tickets now!  RSVP to Jocelyn Reyes.  PayPal instructions will be e-mailed once reservation is confirmed.

    Seats will be assigned as per payment received!

    I will be sending more detailed info to all participants by September 8th, 2010.

    Payments are non-refundable after tickets are purchased.

    Don't wait until the last minute to take advantage of the great seats I have!

    And remember:  The 2010 Walking With Dinosaurs commemorative patch is exclusive to my group.

    July 24, 2010 - Andrew Pope's Eagle project

    Andrew Pope (Life Scout, Troop 228)
    Eagle Scout Service Project
    Volunteers Needed!

    Date: Saturday, July 24th, 2010

    Time: 8 am through 5 pm (or until done)

    Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) School
    23233 Lyons Ave.
    Santa Clarita, CA 91321
    (school is located at back of church)

    Supplies needed: Please bring paintbrushes, paint scrapers, and safety gloves and glasses if you have them. Also, wear clothing that can get dirty.

    Service Project: We will be painting door safety lines, painting a handrail, and replacing a wooden sprinkler system cover.

    Please contact Andrew Pope at:
    (661) 309-3081 (Cell)
    (661) 296-3060 (Home)

    Thursday, July 15, 2010

    Wood Badge records

    The Western Los Angeles County Council Leadership Development Training Committee needs your help to update our records.  We do not always get notification from other councils that you have completed Wood Badge and would like to update our records.  Also dates of completion were not retained until about 2005 so your help is appreciated.

    Please contact us and answer the following questions:

    • Did you attend a Wood Badge for the 21st Century course anywhere in the world? 
      • What was your course number?
      • If you attended a course outside of the United States, what country was it in?
      • Did you complete the course and receive your regalia?
      • What is the date on your certificate?
    • Have you served on staff of a Wood Badge for the 21st Century course?
      • What course number?
      • What position?
    • What is your current contact information?

    Thank you for assisting with this effort to update our records.

    Monday, July 12, 2010

    October 2, 2010 - San Fernando Valley Leaders of Character update

    The San Fernando Valley Leaders of Character event is set for Oct. 2, 2010, at the Marriott at the Warner Center.

    Balboa Oaks honorees:
    • George Savin and Bonnie Marie Bursk, attorneys
    • Jim Hill, sportscaster, Eagle Scout
    • Paul Krekorian, city councilman

    Las Colinas honorees:
    • Dennis P. Zine, city councilman
    • Jean and James Jauck

    The price for the event will be $225 per person.  There will be a pre-reception an hour before the event which is being planned.

    Businesses and individuals are invited to congratulate the centennial Leaders of Character and share their support of Scouting through event program ads.  Ads are available in three sizes:

    • Business card - $150
    • Half page - $250
    • Full page - $500
    We are happy to create an ad for you with your own message of congratulations or support.  Ads can contain both images and text.  Please submit ad requests to Joseph Strother by September 24.

      Wednesday, July 7, 2010

      July 31 to August 8, 2010 - Summer camp in Oregon

      Troop 10 has 1 available spot to attend the famous Camp Makualla in beautiful Oregon.  This adventure leaves July 31 and returns August 8th.  We will be taking the train there and back through the beautiful scenery of California and Oregon.  Great opportunity for your son to get an all too rare experience of riding the rails.

      Along with the week at this outstanding Summer Camp the trip also includes a trip to awesome Crater Lake and whitewater rafting!  There is 1 spot open for sure and possibly 1 more.  Cost of transportation, summer camp and all the extras is $445.  Some financial assistance may be available based on need.  If you are interested please contact Bernd Engelmann at (818) 343-9027 or (818) 371-5825.  First come - first served.

      Thursday, July 1, 2010

      July 14, 2010 - Wood Badge beading ceremony and going away party

      Wood Badge beading ceremony and going away party

      Wednesday, July 14th at 7 pm

      Palmdale United Methodist Church
      39055 10th Street West
      Palmdale, CA 93551

      It is with great joy that Glinda invites you to her Wood Badge beading ceremony.

      It is with great sadness that Glinda will be leaving the Antelope Valley. She will be joining her husband in Texas. Their son, Greyson, will be leaving on July 16th and won't return to California after his National Jamboree tour.

      If you have questions about the beading please contact Glinda at (661) 361-9118.

      If you have questions about the going away party please contact Lisa at (661) 942-0582.

      Monday, June 14, 2010

      September 2010 - Basic wilderness skills courses

      Dear Boy Scouts leader,

      North Valley Aikikai is a non-profit community center in Granada Hills. We will be offering a one-day and two-day basic wilderness skills courses in September.

      The leader of this course, Toby Cowern, is a world renowned survival expert, who currently resides in Northern Sweden, within the Arctic Circle. He will be visiting SoCal twice a year. He is writing to check with whether your group will be interested in participating in such an event.

      The children course will be a one-day course that will take place in the Northern San Fernando Valley area.

      Teens course will be a one-day or two-day course that will take place in the Palmdale area.

      Please feel free to contact me to discuss this.


      Lee Lavi Ramirez
      North Valley Aikikai
      16901 San Fernando Mission Blvd.
      Granada Hills, CA 91344
      (818) 652-5025
      Web site / blog

      Friday, June 11, 2010

      100th anniversary, 100 thousand trees (Arbor Day Foundation)

      Before there was a forest, there was a tree.

      Before the tree, there was a seed.

      And, before the seed could grow, it needed the right climate and care to reach great heights.

      If you are a parent, a volunteer, BSA staff member, or Scouting supporter, you have helped to sow a seed of greatness in every Scout whose life you have touched.

      How well you take care of a seed impacts how well it can grow. And after a century of planting character and integrity into the hearts and minds of our country's young people, more than 100 million Scouts have grown into some of the nation's greatest leaders, advocates, citizens, parents, and friends.

      From the first Scout in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has created a legacy.

      From one tree today, we can create a forest to witness the next 100 years of Scouting.

      We invite you to help in the planting of 100,000 trees, creating a strong, living symbol of Scouting's century of contributions.

      Through the Arbor Day Foundation, everyone can plant a Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary tree.

      For each tree that is ordered, the Arbor Day Foundation is donating a corresponding tree to build the Boy Scouts of America Centennial Forest in Montana.

      Or, you can have both trees planted in the BSA Centennial Forest.

      Who will you plant your tree for?

      June and July 2010 - Free merit badge clinics (Fishing, Rifle Shooting)

      As part of Family Summer Camp, Bass Pro Shops is offering two Merit Badge classes for Scouts.

      Class size will be limited to 10 Scouts.  Register at Customer Service or call the store and register over the phone.

      Classes are taught on Thursdays and Saturdays at the store at 7 pm according to the following schedule:


      • Saturday, June 5
      • Thursday, June 17
      • Saturday, June 19
      • Thursday, July 1
      • Saturday, July 3

      Rifle Shooting

      • Thursday, June 10
      • Saturday, June 12
      • Thursday, June 24
      • Saturday, June 26
      • Thursday, July 8
      • Saturday, July 10

      Thursday, June 3, 2010

      June 11, 2010 - Flag retirement ceremony

      Join Troop 2379 and the B.P.O.E. Lodge

      Flag Day will be celebrated Friday, June 11th

      Flags have been collected during the year to retire on this evening.  You are welcome to bring any flags to be retired as well.

      Girl Scouts are welcome also!

      • 6:30 pm - Hamburger / hot dog dinner for all those in uniform
      • 8:00 pm - Elks Flag Day ceremony followed by Boy and Girl Scouts flag retirement ceremony
      Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
      Santa Clarita Lodge 2379
      17766 Sierra Hwy.

      Please R.S.V.P. for meal count: (661) 251-1500

      July 17, 2010 - Discover Scuba

      July 17th
      9 am - 3 pm (takes about an hour)

      • Open to anybody ages 11 through 17
      • Must have a parent or guardian present
      • Parents must complete a medical questionnaire for minors before session

      This is a great way to see if you would like to do this as a family hobby.  You can also sign up for the open water course, the first level of certification.

      If you have your own snorkeling gear, feel free to bring it to use.  If you are a Scout, you can earn the Scuba BSA patch (cost is $5).

      Fred Brown, Master Scuba Diver Trainer
      (661) 400-1595
      PADI certified

      Tuesday, June 1, 2010

      Optimist Club of West Hills (Scout service activity)

      My name is Barry Smith; I am a Scouter and also Lt. Governor for Zone 10 of the Pacific Southwest District of Optimist International. Our motto is "Friend of Youth". The Optimist Club of West Hills, one of our clubs, has asked me if I knew of someone who may be able to give them help.

      They have been holding a party called "Spirit Rise" every 2nd Friday for twenty years at the Haven Hills Short Term Shelter, a refuge for battered spouses. "Joey Magic", the Rainbow Wizard, entertains the residents with magic tricks and Optimists serve punch and cake. Each child is given a toy. As the families are there for only one month, the children usually receive only one toy. Their toys cost $5 to $10, but they can give away up to 20 or more toys per month. Their club had been relying on corporate generosity for these toys, but these sources have disappeared in this slow economy. They are looking for help in getting new, non-violent toys and games for ages 6 months to 16 years.

      This is a good service activity for individuals or units. My Pack did this, and even though the kids could not directly visit the kids, they did understand they were helping children who were unable to stay in their homes.

      Those interested in helping can directly contact the West Hills Optimists,  Kathy Willets (818) 970-7200 or Ed Young (818) 704-1505

      Monday, May 31, 2010

      September 24-26, 2010 - OA Section W4N Conclave

      Good Day Arrowman,

      My name is Charles Pickering and I am your W4N Section Chief. I am happy to inform you that your Lodge Chiefs, selected Arrowmen from your Lodge and myself have been planning our upcoming Section W4N Conclave since last September and registration is now open! The 2010 W4N Section Conclave will be held on September 24-26 at Oak View Recreation Center (555 Mahoney Avenue, Oak View, CA 93022). The theme of our Conclave is "Living the Legacy..."

      Your First Conclave?

      If you have never been to a Conclave, it is very similar to a Lodge Fellowship or a Council Camporee. Our Section has six different Lodges, and the areas they serve range from above Bakersfield all the way to the bottom of Long Beach. Our section gathers only once a year at our annual Conclave, so this is a special event! Conclave is a learning opportunity; in the morning, there are classes ranging from ceremonies to effective communicating to tipi setup. There are classes for Scouts and Arrowmen with much experience or very little experience. Classes, however, aren’t the only way to learn! In the afternoon, the fun and games kick off. Different sports games, Native American Dance education, fellowship with your lodge and other lodges. A dunk tank will be on site and you can try to soak myself or the Order of the Arrow’s National Chief, Brad Lichota. You get this for only $35 for new Ordeal members (less than one year of OA membership).

      Been to a few Conclaves already?

      Some of the classes you may have seen before, but we have definitely added some new ones, such as "Working with the LDS" and "Working with Disabled", or if you feel you have enough knowledge to be a Trainer, attend the "Could I be a Conclave Trainer" class.

      Conclave is not the same every year. Take a new class, or take a class with a new Arrowman. Represent your Lodge in one of the sports tournaments. Participate in your ceremonies team (more on that further down). This year, take the time to build bonds with Arrowmen within and outside your Lodge. Enjoy the shows with your new ordeal members or first year conclave participants; they look to you to make it fun. And did I mention the Dunk Tank?


      If you are a ceremonialist, I have the utmost respect for you. If you want to become a ceremonialist or you are a new ceremonialist, Conclave is a good start. There will be opportunities for your team to compete for the Pre-Ordeal, Brotherhood and Vigil Ceremony Awards. However, don’t just view them as an opportunity to compete against other lodges to discover the best in the Section, it is also a time to practice in a safe environment under constructive criticism. Every lodge conducts Ordeal, Brotherhood and Vigil Ceremonies, so every lodge should have their teams compete. We are all striving to become better, and these competitions are meant to help you improve, not just simply pick out the best in the Section. So whether you are a first timer, or you could do it in your sleep, represent your lodge this year and learn something, because there is always room for improvement.

      There will also be training sessions where you can break down the ceremony and really analyze it as a class so everyone can either share or deepen their own knowledge of our ceremonies.


      Dancers, if you are out there, we need you. We as in your section, your lodge, your chapter; dancing isn’t as popular as it used to be in our section, and it’s because we are passing the passion on to the next generation. So if you are an old dancer, come out and participate in the Native American Seminar on dancing. If you are interested, come to the seminar, learn how to dance, then share your passion with the new Arrowmen to come.

      Not only do I hope to see you at Conclave, but I want to see you having a good time. Remember, September 24-26, Oak View Recreation Center, $35 for new ordeal members, $47 for everyone else before August 22 and online registration is open now. Sign up today!

      In Service,

      Charles Pickering
      W4N Section Chief

      Wednesday, May 26, 2010

      July 16, 2010 - Barnum's Funundrum!

      This is a great event for Boy/Cub/Girl Scouts and other youth groups!

      July 16th, 2010 (Friday)
      5:30 pm Ticket Distribution
      Staples Center

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

      You and your friends won't want to miss The Greatest Show on earth!

      And why on a Friday night?  Because this is the best value for the price and seats for everyone to enjoy the show!

      The actual show starts at 7:30 pm.  However, our group is invited to a very special and exclusive session of pre-show Clown College at 6:30 pm.  The group will go in together at 6:00 pm.  This is an excellent opportunity to meet some of the world-class performers.  It is interactive and they request some of the guests to go to the center and do fun stuff with them.  There will also be picture-taking opportunities with the stars after the College session.  This is not mandatory, but it will be fun for everyone to participate in.

      All guests in my group only will also receive the 2010 Circus Commemorative Patch.

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

      I am able to reserve the seats before it goes on sale to the public on June 13th!  On June 13th, I will share a live inventory with Ticketmaster... So, reserve your tickets now!

      Cost is only $20.00 per child/adult.
      (includes processing/handling fees charged by Staples Center for every ticket...)
      This does not include food or parking, please... Carpooling is the best way to go!

      RSVP to Jocelyn Reyes at

      Payment via PayPal... Instructions to be be provided once reservation is confirmed.

      Seats will be assigned as per payment received!

      Tickets will be distributed on July 16th, 2010 by the Magic Johnson statue on 11th Street entrance between 5:00 - 5:30 pm.

      I will be sending more detailed info to all participants by July 11th, 2010.

      Payments are non-refundable after tickets are purchased.

      Don't wait until the last minute and avail of the great seats I have!

      And remember:  The Clown College and the Commemorative Patch are exclusive offers to my group.

      An hour before show time, audiences can join Ringling Bros. talented performers and learn new circus skills at the Clown College Pre-show, free with your ticket!

      • At the Free All Access Pre-show, Ringling Bros. acrobats, clowns and other accomplished athletic performers show young and old alike an awe-inspiring and action-packed approach to daily health and fitness.
      • Audience members can get up close and personal with Ringling Bros. performers to take photos, get autographs and learn circus skills at the All Access Pre-show.
      • Circus-goers can meet some of Ringling Bros. majestic animals, see a pachyderm paint a portrait and learn more about Ringling Bros. commitment to elephant conservation at the All Access Pre-show.
      • The All Access Pre-show is the only place where you can register for a chance to win a masterpiece created by one of Ringling Bros. artistic Asian elephants.