Friday, April 30, 2010

June 1-3, 2010 - Memorial Day flag retrieval

The National Cemetery in Westwood would like assistance in retrieving flags placed in decorating the graves for the Memorial Day ceremony and activities (the same rules for respectful behavior apply).

The retrieval (pulling flags out of the ground, bunching and banding them, and putting them into the flag boxes) will occur Tuesday through Thursday following Memorial Day (6/1 through 6/3) from 2:30pm until 5:00pm each day.

They would really appreciate our assistance.

Thanks again.

Yours in Scouting,

Richard A. Marcus
West Los Angeles County Council - Boy Scouts of America
Chairman - Memorial Day Activities Committee
(310) 397-4696 (home)
(310) 721-9908 (cell)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

May 29-31, 2010 - Order of the Arrow Ordeal

Once again the Jewish Committee on Scouting of the West Los Angeles County Council and the Malibu Lodge are joining together to provide the only non-Saturday Order of the Arrow Ordeal outside of the East Coast.

The ordeal will take place starting Saturday night May 29 after 9:30pm and will continue through early Monday morning May 31st.

Year after year this Ordeal has been rated as the best ordeal of the year!

We also invite any Order of the arrow member who is eligible to become a Brotherhood member with us. The Brotherhood Ceremony is held Sunday afternoon and again has been stated over and over to be the best in the country.

We have an additional opportunity for new and not-so-new members who would like to join us in running events during the day on Sunday and on Monday morning are welcome to come as well.

Please fill out the registration form and return it as soon as possible as spots are filling up quickly.

If you have any questions, you may contact Sanford Weinberg at or (323) 933-0654

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Sanford Weinberg
2010 JCOS Order of the Arrow Liaison

Monday, April 26, 2010

May 8, 2010 - Troop 126 pancake breakfast fundraiser

Troop 126 (Las Colinas District) will be hosting their 8th Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, May 8th.  It will be held from 8:30am to 11:30am at St. Luke's Church.  The church is located at 5312 Comercio Way, Woodland Hills (1 block East of Canoga Ave. and 1 block south of Ventura Blvd.).  This fundraiser directly helps the Scouts of Troop 126 with their various activities and advancements.

Please join us for an all you can eat Pancake Breakfast and a Silent Auction, plus prizes from your ticket stubs.

Tickets are $5.00 (for adults) and $3.00 (for children 12 and under and seniors 65+)

Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by contacting Scott or Debbie Snowden at (818) 883-3034, or

We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

May 1-2 and 15-16, 2010 - Garage sales

We need your support!

Troop 431 Garage Sale
Sat. May 1 and Sun. May 2
8 am - 5 pm
16600 Runnymede Street, Van Nuys 91406

Pack 564 Garage Sale
Sat. May 15 and Sun. May 16
8 am - 5 pm
7603 Oak Park Street, Van Nuys 91406

For details, donation information or big item pick-up call:
Joe Maggio
(818) 782-2075

May 31, 2010 - Memorial Day sidewalk vigil

Memorial Day Sidewalk Vigil

Warner Center Park
5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd. (between Marylee and Califa)
Woodland Hills, CA

6-7 p.m. Monday, Memorial Day, May 31, 2010:
A uniformed bag piper will play military and inspirational music, while those in attendance hold U.S. flags in the lowered-forward position in a silent tribute to those who've died to keep America Free. If you have your own flag, please bring it. We only have 144 to distribute.

May 8, 2010 - Santa Clarita Valley food drive

The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry Needs You... Calling all Scouts!

The SCV Food Pantry is in desperate need of volunteers for the Annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, Saturday, May 8th from 1:30-6:30p.m.  The SCV Food Pantry would literally run out of food during the summer if it were not for this food drive.

We need approximately 50 volunteers who will be assigned to two Post Offices and one storage facility here in Santa Clarita.

The volunteers at the Post Offices (Creekside Road or The Old Road - south of Calgrove and west of the I-5) will help the Letter Carriers unload their vehicles and place the bags/boxes of donated food in large wheeled bins and then roll them to the large trucks rented by the SCV Food Pantry.

The volunteers at the storage facility (EZ Access Self Storage on Carl Road behind AV Party Rentals off Newhall Road - formerly San Fernando Road) will help roll the wheeled bins off the trucks - pull any glass or boxed items from the bags if time allows - and stack all donated bags/boxes in the storage unit.

We can divide the time - 1:30-6:30p into two shifts if needed or the volunteers can work the entire time.  Shifts would be 1:30-4:30pm and 4:30-6:30pm.

There is an article in today's Signal about this food drive.

Thank you so much for your willingness to get the word out to local Boy and Girl Scouts.  I so much appreciate your help.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  I can be reached Monday-Thursday (8:30a-12:30p) at the Pantry (661) 255-9078 or anytime by cell 755-3190 or home 297-6142 and always by email.  Volunteers are welcome to contact me or my assistant, Margaret, directly and sign up at their preferred location.


Belinda Crawford
Executive Director
Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry
(661) 255-9078
(661) 755-3190 cell

"No child in the Santa Clarita Valley should go to bed hungry."

Friday, April 23, 2010

May 30-31, 2010 - Kinnus (Jewish Committee on Scouting campout)

Fellow Jewish Scouters:

Registration for Kinnus, the annual Jewish Committee on Scouting Memorial Day Weekend campout, is now open!  This promises to be an excellent time; I hope you can join us.

  • Kinnus runs from Sunday May 30 to Monday May 31st.
  • A pre-Kinnus Shabbat campout runs from Friday May 28th to Sunday May 30th.

Shabbat Shalom, Jeff

Jeffrey Feuer
Chairman, Jewish Commitee on Scouting
Cubmaster, Pack 360
Beth Jacob Congregation, Beverly Hills

    May 22, 2010 - Las Colinas Carnival of Training

    Las Colinas Carnival of Training

    Presented by the Las Colinas District

    Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
    8:00 A.M. - 4:30 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
    • Troop Committee Challenge - 8:00 am to 11:30 am

    Cost:  $5.00 per course (except Unit Commissioner training which is free)

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

    Please pre-register no later than Wednesday, May 19, 2010!
    If not, register at the training.

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

    In memory: Bruce Jensen

    It is with a very heavy heart that we must share with our Scouting family the passing of Assistant Scoutmaster Bruce Jensen.

    Mr. Jensen passed away Saturday April 17th at home surrounded by his family after a brave, yet long fought battle with cancer.  Bruce is survived by his wife Chris and his sons Eric (Life Scout), Andrew (Eagle Scout) and Robert (Tenderfoot Scout).

    The Jensen family has requested, in lieu of flowers, that a donation could be made to the Troop 583 Bruce Jensen Campership Fund. This fund has been established to help send any financially disadvantaged Scout from Troop 583 to summer camp.

    In keeping with the spirit of Bruce's dedication to Scouting and great love of the outdoors, the Jensen family has requested that a campfire memorial service be held Monday May 3, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at Valley Trails Ranch, 30910 Sloan Canyon Road, Castaic, California.  All are welcomed to come and celebrate Bruce's life and friendship.  Scouts and Scouters are encouraged to wear Class A's.

    Bruce, you will be missed at the campfire!

    May the great Scoutmaster of all true Scouts be with us until till we meet again.

    Tuesday, April 13, 2010

    June 23-27, 2010 - Santa Clarita Valley Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation Shooting Camp

    When: June 23rd - June 27th

    Where: Camp Three Falls

    Cost:  $400.00

    SCVQUWF is taking registrations for its annual shooting sports camp. If you like rifle, shotgun, and archery shooting, learning survival skills and orienteering, hiking and swimming... then this is the camp for you!

    This is not a BSA camp, but it's usually filled with Boy Scouts, so we've adapted the program to meet the requirements for the Archery, Shotgun and Rifle Merit Badges. This camp is run by NRA Certified Instructors, all of whom are also Merit Badge Counselors. Great camp for kids who want to shoot... a lot!

    Please review the flyer for more information, and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

    Luann Peterson
    (661) 296-4667

    July 17-18, 2010 - JetHawks Boy Scout Family Sleepover

    2010 Boy Scout Family Nights at Clear Channel Stadium in Lancaster, CA

    Camp on the field after the JetHawks game!

    Boy Scout Family Sleepover is Saturday, July 17 @ 6:00 vs. San Jose Giants

    Campout Pricing:

    • Dugout Box Seating: $13
    • Box Seating: $12
    • Reserved Seating: $11


    • Use KB's PLAYdium free 30 minutes after Stadium is cleared
    • Take part in a pre-game Scout parade and JetHawks player autograph session
    • Camp out on the outfield grass of the Hangar (stakeless tents only)
    • Receive a special limited edition 2010 "Scout" patch (based on availability)
    • Watch a movie on the Clear Channel Stadium Video Board after the game
    • Enjoy a tasty treat after the game
    • Enjoy a light breakfast the next morning

    Order your tickets today! Call Will Murphy at (661) 726-5400 or e-mail

    May 29, 2010 - Memorial Day Flag Placement (pre-registration)

    Good Afternoon one and all,

    Spring has already started and we are rapidly approaching the Annual Flag Placement on Memorial Day Weekend.  This is a great opportunity for your units to contribute community service while participating in a massive endeavor.  Last year we had thousands of participants and we hope to have just as many this year.  In a step to help ease the congestion of check in and patch distribution, we are asking units to pre-register online prior to attending.  Units that do pre-register will be eligible for quicker check-in, and more importantly quicker check-out.  If your unit typically attends or will for the first time, follow the link and provide a little bit of basic information.

    Annual Memorial Day Flag Placement

    May 29, 2010

    Los Angeles National Cemetery (950 South Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles)

    Ceremony starts at 8:00am, check-in begins at 7:00am

    Scouts must be in full field uniform (Class A)

    April 24, 2010 - Oak Park EarthFest

    Please join the community for a day of environmental care and awareness. Start by cleaning up our parks, schools, creeks and trails in and around Oak Park and then enjoy an afternoon of fun for the whole family at OPUSD's Eco-Festival at Oak Park High School.

    Clean Up (9 - 11 a.m.)

    • Come to a staging area between 9 - 9:30 a.m. at any of the six Oak Park schools or in front of the Oak Park Starbucks. Trash bags, latex gloves, and maps provided.
    • Stay as long as you can. All help appreciated.
    • Trash bags can be left by the side of a road, where it crosses a trail or major intersection.
    • Clean Up event questions? Please contact Mike Green of the Oak Park MAC at

    Eco-Festival (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

    • Located at Oak Park High School
    • Activity booths for kids of all ages
    • Information booths about energy conservation, organic gardening, organic cleaning supplies and more!
    • PizzaSalad selling great all-organic lunches
    • Vendors selling earth-friendly products
    • Live music featuring the bands "Left on Bromely" and "Mumpo"
    • Oak Park's Farmer's Market relocated (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
    • Ventura County electronic and bulky waste event on site (8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
    • Eco-Festival questions? Please contact Keyla Treitman at

    Organized by OPUSD's Environmental Education and Awareness Committee

    Scoutmasters, please contact Gary Case at or (818) 612-8517.

    August 28, 2010 - Coin Collecting merit badge workshop

    Saturday, August 28, 2010

    • 11 am - On-site registration begins
    • Noon to 3 pm - Badge workshop
    • 2 pm - Scouts can tour the show
    • 5 pm - Show closes

    Golden State Coin Show
    Arcadia Masonic Center
    50 West Duarte Road
    Arcadia, CA
    (Exit 210 Fwy at Santa Anita and go south to Duarte; right turn; center is on your left)

    Numismatic Association of Southern California [NASC]
    American Numismatic Association [ANA] - Walter Ostromecki, Governor and Youth Numismatic Educator

    Registered merit badge counselor and instructor:
    Walter Ostromecki
    Balboa Oaks District
    Western LA Council

    Albertus Hoogeveen
    Orange County Council
    BSA Scout Official and Leader

    For further information and RSVP, contact:
    Walter Ostromecki or
    (818) 317-6966 (cell) day
    (818) 342-6304 (home) evening

    Scouts and leaders must be dressed in proper uniform (less merit badge sash)


    Scouts, please be sure to read through the current BSA Coin Collecting merit badge pamphlet before attending.

    Scouts or troop leaders need to RSVP the counselor in advance of their attendance as meeting space is limited.

    What each Scout must bring along with them to the August session in order to complete the Coin Collecting badge:

    • Requirement #6: Bring five or more US State Quarters. Be prepared to discuss them and describe what the US Mint 50 Statehood Quarter Program was all about.
    • Requirement #7: Collect from circulation and bring an example of each currently circulating US coin. Include one from each denomination: cent, nickel, dime, quarter, half-dollar, and one-dollar coin (either a Susan B Anthony dollar, Sacagawea dollar or a Presidential dollar). Know where the mint marks are and the designer’s initials, if any.
    • Requirement #9 A-D: Choose one. #9D is the easiest - Bring along a date set of US Lincoln cents (or any other type of US coin) since your year of birth. If a scout does not have a coin album to put them in, one will be supplied free at the session.

    Other requirements:

    Scouts are also encouraged to bring along one special coin (foreign or US) from their collection for a show-and-tell feature before the Scouts attend the session (option just to share or to fulfill Requirement #10C). Scouts who attend the badge session, tour the coin show (starting around 2 pm) and share what they learned on the tour with the Counselor(s) will meet Requirement #10B.

    Other requirements (#1-5, #7 and #8) will be discussed during the merit badge session.  Each Scout will be provided a worksheet which will be handed in and all necessary handout materials when they register on site.  BSA blue cards of completion will be issued to all Scouts who complete the requirements. Partials for Scouts who do not complete all the requirements will also be issued.

    Requirement #3 on coin grading will involve a Scout teamwork competition where teams will apply the just learned basic "photo grade" grading concept technique skills on examples of circulated Lincoln cents to the counselor.


    The Merit Badge session is a fun, interactive and hands-on learning experience. All forms of and types of money will be on display. Coin prizes for individual and/or group in class participation will be awarded to all Scouts who actively participate in the educational learning discussions!

    In addition, all Scouts will receive a free "continue the numismatic learning and collecting experience" goodie bag at the conclusion of the badge session (3 pm) courtesy of the ANA, NASC, TEC, US Mint, BEP and coin dealer sponsors, Michael Aron, Steve Demmer, Dick Forrest, Don Hauser, Gene Henry, Paul Hollis, Scott and Lisa Loos, Armando Nieto, Nona Moore, Rick Snow and Lorraine Weiss.

    Parents and adult leaders are welcome and encouraged to attend.


    Walt Ostromecki is a certified counselor for the Balboa Oaks District, W-LA Council and a governor and youth numismatic educator for the ANA. He received his Eagle Scout rank in 1966. He's been a coin hobbyist, author, speaker for nearly 40 years.

    Albertus Hoogeveen is a registered assistant scoutmaster with Troop 93 in Fullerton. He's a 45-year veteran scouter, ANA life member and a coin collector since he was 10 years old.

    Saturday, April 10, 2010

    June 11, 2010 - Kids' Family History Camp

    Kids' Family History Camp
    Friday, June 11, 2010 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
    Burbank Marriott Hotel and Convention Center

    Dear Scoutmasters,

    Scouts can earn their Genealogy Merit Badge free! Encourage your Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts to attend a unique, fun session of the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. This special program, designed with Scouts in mind, is offered by the Southern California Genealogical Society in conjunction with the Youth Genealogists Association.

    Last year's Family History Camp drew nearly 100 Scouts. Join us in 2010!

    Charlotte Bocage
    Education Chair for Kids' Family History Camp
    Southern California Genealogical Society
    phone: (818) 843-7247

    Wednesday, April 7, 2010

    April 11, 2010 - Order of the Arrow Tee-Pee Raising and Patch Party

    This Sunday, April 11th 3-7pm you are invited to our tee-pee raising and patch party.

    The event you have been waiting for has finally arrived, and Heyoka Chapter invites you.

    We will be setting up a tee-pee and having a party.  One of the best parts of this event is that some of the biggest patch collectors in the WLACC council will also be present along with some of their illustrious collections.  Expect to see many patches for show, trade and sale.

    Dinner is going to be pot luck.  Everyone, please bring a side dish or dessert, along with your favorite 2 liter drink.  Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided.

    Bring your patch collection.

    Bring your Magic the Gathering cards too.

    Location:  Wally Mees' house

    Any questions, please call the OA Heyoka Chief, Cole Rhodes (310) 207-4359

    Tuesday, April 6, 2010

    April 13, 2010 - CSI Explorer Post orientation meeting

    Interested in a career in Crime Scene Investigation?
    Interested in getting hands-on experience in Criminal Justice?

    ITT Technical Institute is partnering with the Learning for Life Exploring Program to bring you this unique opportunity.

    Please join us for an orientation meeting to learn how to get involved!
    This is a seven week program, including the orientation meeting.

    Tuesday, April 13, 2010
    4:15 PM
    ITT Technical Institute
    12669 Encinitas Avenue
    Sylmar, CA 91342

    Let us know you’ll be attending, please RSVP to Brenda Bradford at (818) 933-0121

    The requirements for this Explorer Post include:

    1. Open to high school Juniors and Seniors
    2. Interest in learning more about career choices in criminal justice and crime scene investigation
    3. Must attend weekly meetings for 6 consecutive weeks in addition to the orientation meeting and the culmination.

    Benefits include:

    1. A safe, positive, energized environment to learn hands-on skills
    2. Leadership, communications, and teambuilding
    3. Awards and recognitions

    Cost to join:
    $10.00 - includes yearly membership dues and materials.

    Please note: No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

    National Jamboree space available

    The Western Los Angeles County Council has requested the addition of another patrol for our Jamboree contingent.  The Rocky Mountain Council (Pueblo, CO) and Los Angeles Area Council are also accepting Scouts from other councils to join their contingent.

    Governor's and President's Service Awards

    The Governor and First Lady's Service Award will celebrate the volunteer contributions of California's greatest resource - its people. Award recipients will receive a personalized certificate from the Governor and First Lady.

    Following receipt of this special California recognition, participants are encouraged to continue serving towards additional levels of recognition provided by the President's Volunteer Service Award program.

    California is the first state in the nation to partner with the President's Council and the Governor and First Lady's Service Award in this way.

    You can submit your community hours to (Les Salay), a member of the Governor's and President's Volunteer committee who will gladly guide you through the submission process.
    • Earning the Governor and First Lady's Service Award is easy!
    • Complete 25 hours (children) or 50 hours (youth and adults) of service during a 12-month period.
    • Submit your Record of Service to
    • Your personalized certificate will be sent to you via your certifying organization.
    • Self-nomination is allowed, however your integrity is what matters the most.

    To be recognized, service activities should meet national or community needs in the areas of youth achievement, parks and open spaces, healthy communities, and public safety and emergency response. Activities should be unpaid and may not include court-ordered community service.

    For more information, please contact and let's all join together and be recognized for our service to our communities and nation as Scouting volunteers!

    April 22, 2010 - Eagle Scout recognition dinner

    You are cordially invited to join the
    Western Los Angeles County Council
    Boy Scouts of America
    for dinner in honor of the Eagle Scout Class of 2009-2010

    6:30 - 9:00 pm
    Thursday, April 22, 2010

    • Eagle Scout sponsor - $130 (includes cost of dinner for host and one Eagle Scout, host's name printed in program, and a 2009 Eagle Scout recognition dinner memento)
    • Guest - $65
    Airtel Plaza Hotel
    7277 Valjean Ave.
    Van Nuys, CA 91406

    6:30 pm - Reception
    7:00 pm - Program/dinner

    Menu selections:
    • Tomato basil and onion pasta
    • Broiled salmon
    • Filet mignon
    Official Boy Scout uniform for Eagle Scouts
    Business attire for sponsors and guests

    RSVP by Wednesday, April 14, 2010

    Derek Fortin
    Director of Support Services
    (818) 933-0129

    Monday, April 5, 2010

    Scouting's centennial is out of this world - literally!

    The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has officially taken its 100th Anniversary Celebration to new heights. Four Year of Celebration patches left the stratosphere today as cargo on the space shuttle Discovery's STS-131 mission to the International Space Station. A Year of Celebration, A Century of Making a Difference is the BSA's 100th Anniversary patch-earning program that allows participants to earn recognition for making a difference in their communities.

    Union Pacific Railroad unveils No. 2010 BSA commemorative locomotive

    Union Pacific Railroad unveiled the UP No. 2010 Boy Scouts of America Locomotive, created as a tribute to the organization’s centennial celebration. The UP No. 2010 honors Scouting’s 100-year impact on the nation and the many Scouting enthusiasts in Union Pacific’s work force and communities.

      Sunday, April 4, 2010

      Earn merit badges through paddle sports

      With over 120 merit badges out there, a dedicated Scout could potentially get over 20 of those merit badges with paddle sports alone. Merit badges can be obtained at any time, as there are no rank requirements in order to be eligible. With the technology of today (ie: phones with camera and video), Scouts are not always required to demonstrate these skills directly for their counselor or Scoutmaster, because it can simply be replayed for their review. This is also a great way to build a collaborative digital scrapbook of your Scout's achievements.

      Be sure to actually read the requirements of the merit badges, as each one will have different skills that will have to be demonstrated exactly as stated. It is no easier to obtain them in one setting, as it takes time and must still be earned. However, this approach may allow your Scout to work toward several merit badges as once in stages, so keep a written log of individual accomplishments. Notify the counselor or Scoutmaster of your intentions ahead of time and then schedule time to review or demonstrate these skills so as to get proper credit for the effort.

      "Before the boys even get into a canoe, they have to demonstrate swimming proficiency and safety afloat skills", says Chuck Douros, Advancement Chair, Troop 316, Forty-Niner District, Greater Yosemite Council. "In order to earn the badge they have to be able to drag an over-turned canoe to shore, drain it, return to deep water and re-enter the canoe without tipping it over. It's as fun for spectators to watch as it is for the boys to do."

      The following is a short list of merit badges that could be potentially earned through paddle sports:

      • Backpacking
      • Bird Study
      • Camping
      • Canoeing
      • Climbing
      • Fire Safety
      • First Aid
      • Fish and Wildlife Management
      • Forestry
      • Fly-Fishing
      • Fishing
      • Hiking
      • Landscape Architecture
      • Insect Study
      • Lifesaving
      • Nature
      • Plant Science
      • Rowing
      • Safety
      • Swimming
      • Wilderness Survival
      • Whitewater
      • Water Sports

      Thursday, April 1, 2010

      June 12, 2010 - Shotgun Shooting merit badge

      Attention Shotgun Shooters:

      Santa Clarita Valley Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation and Castaic Troop 583 are offering their annual Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge Day on June 12, 2010 at Oaktree Gun Club located in Newhall.

      Participating Scouts will complete all of the Shotgun Merit Badge requirements, and if they are able to qualify during the shooting portion of the day, they will complete their merit badge.

      The only prerequisite is that Scouts must be at least 12 years of age.

      Please review the registration form for sign up information.  When mailing in your form, please be sure print neatly.  Your registration confirmation and further instructions will be sent to your email address.

      Feel free to contact Luann Peterson with questions regarding this event.

      National Jamboree Troop 828 has two spots open

      Scouts, are you up for the adventure of your life?

      Two spots recently opened up in National Jamboree Troop 828.  If you have been thinking about going but just haven't quite made up your mind, for example because the troops have been full... now is your chance!

      This is indeed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to a National Boy Scout Jamboree and celebrate Scouting's 100th anniversary with over 40,000 scouts from around the United States and the World!

      NSJ Troop 828 has put together a fantastic pre-Jamboree Tour and Post Tour, which is highlighted by a VIP tour of Norfolk Naval base, including aircraft carriers and submarine tours.  Two days at a theme/water park, a Caribbean cruise and a special Tour of America's Space Port the Kennedy Space Center!  Plus a lot more!

      Interested?  Please contact Jon Orlick.

      Historic Merit Badge program

      This is no April Fools' Day joke: the Boy Scouts of America Historic Merit Badge program is here.

      Today marks the first day boys can begin earning Signaling, Tracking, Pathfinding, and Carpentry: four merit badges brought back for the Centennial year.

      The program honors Scouting's rich 100-year history by introducing today's Scouts to the merit badges earned by yesterday's youth. To bring the badges into a 21st-century context, the BSA has created supplemental information guides that will accompany scans of the original merit badge pamphlets.

      Ready to go? Here are some tips on how to get your guys started:

      • The badges can be earned beginning today, and requirements must be completed by Dec. 31, 2010.
      • Historic merit badges do count toward a Scout's rank advancement.
      • Each merit badge emblem features a gold border, which will help identify it as special to the centennial year.
      • Pamphlets for these badges will not be reprinted. Instead, Scouts and Scouters can go online to find digital scans of the original pamphlets.
      • You'll need to secure qualified merit badge counselors for each badge. Here's a handy guide on where to look for an expert on each subject.
      • Want to plan a special event centered on these badges? Check out this primer on how to get started.

      Take advantage of this exciting time to honor the BSA's history with your troop. Just like the Centennial celebration, this opportunity won't last long.