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 jeremy.mo@gmail.com 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 OpGratVolunteer@yahoo.com, 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; thesos04@yahoo.com

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 www.Safety101.org

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 Dianefah@aol.com

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 pauloliver@roadrunner.com

Thank you all for considering this,

Paul Oliver
Chairman, Balboa Oaks District