Saturday, January 30, 2010

March 19-21, 2010 - Troop 307 Red Rock outing

To all Webelos 2:

Troop 307 is inviting you to join us on this great outing!  You will have a chance to launch rockets you build, do outdoor cooking, camp under the stars and join us on our Archery, Rifle and Shotgun Ranges.  And... to make it even better all Webelos 2 and their parents are free!  We look forward to having you join one of the best troops in the valley on one of our fun outings.

Richard Sais
Life Scout
Troop 307

Save the date!
March 19-21, 2010

Troop 307's annual Red Rock extravaganza!

Activities consist of:

  • Archery
  • BB guns
  • Shotgun
  • Rifle
  • and of course launching off rockets

Free to all Webelos 2 Scouts and their parents

For more info on this outing please contact either

Richard Sais


Scoutmaster Steve Fitzgerald

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hall of Leadership deadline extended

We have seen thousands of terrific stories about Scouting leadership submitted to the National Hall of Leadership nomination database, but we know there are many more great stories out there yet to be shared!

We know that everyone is busy ramping up for a busy 100th Anniversary year. So, we’ve extended the nomination deadline to April 2, 2010. Our goal is to get the broadest representation possible from our councils across the country, and we want to make sure you have enough time to encourage people in your council to submit their nominations.

Based on this new schedule, the final group of inductees — one from each local council and one from the national council — will be announced July 31st as part of the 100th Anniversary events at the National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.

Submit your nomination today! Don’t miss this one-time opportunity to recognize outstanding leadership by a Scout, registered Scout leader, or Scouting volunteer who made a significant difference in the life of another by the extraordinary service they have given … and the Scouting virtues they have modeled.

Together, launching Scouting’s next century of service!

Bob Mersereau
National Director
100th Anniversary Celebration Project

March 6, 2010 - Scout Day with the LA Kings

Scout Day with the LA Kings
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Staples Center

Join us for LA Kings Scout Advancement Court at LA Live as you earn your merit badge or belt loops, then stay and watch the Kings continue their strong season as they take on the Montreal Canadians.

Tickets start at only $22 per Scout!
Includes LA Kings Scout patch

LocationScout priceRegular price
300 Level$22$37
200 Level$50$62
100 Level$80$97

Attend and complete requirements for one of the following merit badges:
  • First Aid
  • Salesmanship

Attend and complete requirements for two of the following belt loops:
  • Hockey
  • Map and Compass
  • Soccer

  • 3 to 5 pm - Scout activities
  • 7 pm - Game

First 3 groups of 25+ to order get a chance at the following experiences:
  • Tunnel Team
  • Photo on Ice
  • Chalk Talk

For more information or to purchase tickets please contact Nicole Musso at (213) 742-7396 or

July 31, 2010 - Shining a Light on Scouting

Greetings to all!  Are you considering having a special celebration event for the 100th Anniversary of Boy Scouts of America?  How about July 31st, 2010?

We are looking for venue(s) for either one way and or two-way transmission here in our council.  (And it would be great if we could have more than one location.)

The date of the broadcast will be July 31st, 2010 at 4pm Eastern time with a potential of starting earlier in the day depending on what your venue is doing to celebrate.

Below are the technical considerations required for the two larger venue types.  If your location can meet the technical considerations and you are willing to be a host location, we must know by Thursday, February 4th at 5pm.  We also must be able to contact you via telephone on Friday, February 5th between 10am and 3pm to confirm your location.

One Way Technical considerations:

  • A video projection screen no larger than 120" (9' wide by 6' high), or access to a light-colored wall, and a video projector
    • Note: Signal quality will decrease significantly if the screen is any larger.
  • Dedicated Internet Access (i.e., not shared with other users) with a minimum 2 Mbps.
  • An audio system appropriate to audience size.
  • A person familiar with audio and video gear to assist with set-up and operation.

Viewing Equipment Tips:

  • We recommend having one inch of viewing screen for each viewer. This means for 25 viewers, you need at least one 25-inch TV screen.
  • When using large TVs, it's best to elevate the screen so that all viewers can see it. For larger audiences, a large screen video projector is recommended. A video projector will project the satellite image onto a projection screen, or even a light-colored wall.
  • Most video projectors can produce image at least 100-inches and can safely serve at least two people for every diagonal inch of screen size. In other words, a 100-inch image can serve 200+ people, and would require a 5'x7' projection.
  • When using a video projector, you will also need a separate sound system to amplify the satellite audio feed.

Two Way Technical considerations:

  • Venues should be capable of receiving either C Band or Ku (pronounced Kay-You) Band satellite frequencies from North American satellite fleet.
    • C and Ku Bands are different radio frequencies like AM and FM radio and, just as you can't hear an FM radio station on an old AM-only radio, you can't receive a Ku Band program on a C Band dish. We will provide the specific C Band and Ku Band coordinates we will be using as we get closer to the event.
  • Local councils interested in being selected for the two-way satellite transmission opportunity should verify venues are capable of transmitting to the same satellite fleet.
  • If the venue is capable of receiving only C band or only Ku Band, please let us know.
  • The venue should provide technical staff required to operate downlink and connect satellite signal to a large video board display and audio reinforcement.
  • If large video screen does not exist in venue, local councils should arrange for a video projection system that will best accommodate the venue - i.e., a portable screen (typically 12' x 9' minimum) or another form of portable video projection equipment such as standard video production gear (5,000 to 10,000 lumens).
    • Note: Satellite signal will be transmitted in a 16x9 video format
  • The venue should provide both equipment and labor for large screens and audio. If these options are not available, consider selecting another venue.
    • In addition, councils will save money if venue can provide a POT Line (Plain Old Telephone Line) for truck communications.
  • For two-way satellite transmissions, two or three lines are needed.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Digital Scouting magazine

Check out the first digital edition of Scouting magazine! Click on the image of the magazine cover to start reading. The digital edition is a work in progress designed to make Scouting magazine an even more useful tool for our members. Watch for improvements such as embedded video and links to forums, blogs, and podcasts. Be prepared.

Monday, January 18, 2010

February 17, 2010 - Engineering week at Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin is again inviting a few selected youth to a private event at Lockheed Martin.  These scouts could potentially do activities such as: wind tunnel tour, sim tour, facilities tour (P791 potential option), Legacy Hall tour, and a variety of speakers and engineering activities.  Each youth must be a US citizen and registered with the Boy Scouts.

Any youth that were invited last year cannot participate this year, to ensure that new youth get to visit.

Only Webelos, Boy Scouts and Venturer Scouts may participate - youth from the 4th grade and up to 18 years old.

These scouts are being led by adults that are both Scouters and Lockheed employees.  Due to security measures, parents won't be allowed to attend the event.

The event is Wednesday, February 17th from 3pm until 7pm.

Please respond via email with the following information and answers.

  • Full legal name
  • Unit type and #
  • Current Rank
  • Date of Birth
  • Phone number
  • Home address
  • Email address

The following questions must be answered by each individual youth.  No group answers please.  The answers will be judged and determine who will make it onto the list.

Answers need to be submitted by January 29th at 5pm.

  1. What badges and awards are you working on, or have you worked on related to engineering and/or aerospace?
  2. What did you enjoy the best about the badges and awards you worked on?
  3. Why are you interested in aerospace engineering, engineering, and/or aerospace?
  4. What kind of grades do to you get in Math and Science? 
  5. What are your overall grades in school?
  6. Why should you be considered to attend this event over another youth?
  7. Do you have anything else you would like to say?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

February 19-20, 2010 - Las Colinas leader training

Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills, Webelos Leader Outdoor and BALOO Training

Presented by the Las Colinas District

Friday and Saturday, Feb 19th and 20th, 2010
(6:00 P.M. Fri. to approx. 8:30 P.M. Sat.)
at Camp Josepho
3000 Rustic Canyon Road, Pacific Palisades, CA

Who should attend: Scout Leaders, Webelos Leaders, Cub Scout Leaders

  • $40.00 for Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills
  • $40.00 for Webelos Leader Outdoor Training
  • $30.00 for BALOO Training

(If signing up for both Webelos Leader Outdoor and BALOO, the cost is only $40.00.)

What to bring:  A list will be mailed to you upon registration.

Please pre-register no later than Friday, Feb 12, 2010

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

Friday, January 15, 2010

Relief opportunities in Haiti

Scout Executives,

There have been many inquiries regarding assistance to those affected by the earthquake in Haiti. The message below should answer most questions that you may receive.

BSA Today national photo contest

In celebration of the Boy Scouts of America's 100th Anniversary, the BSA and licensee DK Publishing will produce a new photo book to document Scouting as it exists today. This book, Boy Scouts of America: Today, is scheduled to be released in October 2010 and will incorporate both professional and amateur photographs of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers engaged in activities that represent the 12 points of the Scout Law.

To support this book, the BSA is sponsoring the Boy Scouts of America: Today National Photo Contest. Eligible participants may enter the contest by submitting photographs in any or all of the 12 categories to visually depict the 12 points of the Scout Law - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Winning entries will printed in the book Boy Scouts of America: Today, and the winning photographers will receive a copy of the book and a $50 gift card for official Scouting merchandise purchased through or at any participating Scout shop. Employees of the Boy Scouts of America National Council or local councils, their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling, and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live), and persons living in the same households of such employees, regardless of relation, are not eligible to participate. A separate employee and family contest will launch soon.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Launch of BSA Motorsports

Corporate Alliances and the BSA Marketing Group are excited to announce the launch of BSA Motorsports. This program will begin its national inaugural season in March 2010 with the unveiling of the Boy Scouts of America's No. 19 entry into the IZOD IndyCar Series. The open-wheel series features the most technologically sophisticated race cars in our nation, and team-ing with Dale Coyne Racing (DCR) will provide an unparalleled opportunity for Scouting youths, volunteers, and councils to leverage this exciting and highly marketable platform.

By utilizing the excitement and high-tech nature of Indy-style racing cars as a platform to promote science, technology, and math to those involved in Scouting, this multiyear program will be foundational to reaching America's youths in 2010. Through this exposure, our goal is to increase youth interest in the concepts of engineering and math in ways that are fun and relevant to them.

The Boy Scouts of America's No. 19 IndyCar entry will compete in the 17-race 2010 IZOD Indy-Car Series schedule. Local Boy Scout members and volunteers will participate in exciting activities at the track and have other unique opportunities at all races. The team will appear at Scouting events, including the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.

Boy Scouts of America Races into a New Decade with Dale Coyne Racing
Connecting youth through leadership and education

IRVING, Texas - January 11, 2010 - The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and Dale Coyne Racing (DCR) today announced that the two legendary organizations are teaming up to promote family fun and education through a new BSA IndyCar venture. Scouts can experience the BSA's No. 19 IndyCar entry throughout the 17-race 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule, including the "greatest spectacle in racing," the Indianapolis 500.

The No. 19 car will help commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the BSA, the nation's largest youth-serving organization. The BSA and DCR plan to utilize the high-tech nature of IndyCar-style cars as a platform to promote science, technology, and math to those involved in Scout-ing.

"Racing is a modern-day way to connect with youths and to further Scouting's dedication to expanding tomorrow's leaders through education, math, science, and engineering," stated Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca. "We are grateful to Dale and Gail Coyne and their entire racing team for making this incredible opportunity possible."

"This is a program with true heart," commented race team owner Dale Coyne, "from watching a young boy's first pinewood derby to helping him learn and apply the disciplines of science and technology using the excitement of IndyCar. The message we will convey is the significance of education and the value of preparing for a rapidly advancing hi-tech world."

Through the IndyCar program, Scouts and volunteers will have fun and exciting participation opportunities at the tracks throughout the year. The Boy Scouts of America and Dale Coyne Racing collaboration provides an unparalleled opportunity to reach out to America's youths with a strong emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math.

Monday, January 4, 2010

March 23-30, 2010 - Vietnam Memorial

Dear Vietnam Wall Experience Volunteers:

Happy New Year! As you may know, one of the new laws taking effect this year is setting aside March 30 as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. To celebrate this event, Dignity Memorial is bringing the traveling Vietnam Wall back to Southern California.

The Wall will be on display at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary #FD970 in Whittier, Calif., March 23 through 30, 2010. As before, volunteers and name readers are needed to help make this program a success and to honor the more than 58,000 Americans who died or are missing in Vietnam. We estimate needing about 600 volunteers/name readers.

Because the Wall will be here a week this time, name reading will stop daily at midnight and begin at about 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and at 6:00 a.m. on weekends. Volunteers are needed to help look up names, act as docents, and read names in the evenings and on the weekend. In addition, community support in the form of donations and sponsorships are being sought to help support programs serving veterans throughout Los Angeles and surrounding counties.

If you would like to be part of this extraordinary event by volunteering, reading names or making a contribution, or if you know family or friends who might want to help this year, please contact me at (805) 341-7269, or via email at

Please help us spread the word to family, friends, students, and acquaintances by forwarding this email to all those in your address book whom you think might want to lend a hand.

Thank you,
Phyllis Grabot