Friday, January 28, 2011

February 26-27, 2011 - Troop 92 Webelos overnight

Webelos overnight with Troop 92

Oak Park in Simi Valley
901 Quimisa, Simi Valley. Off Los Angeles Ave, west of Madera Road (805) 527-6886

Check-in at 10am on Saturday, February 26th
Check-out at 12 noon on Sunday, February 27th

Cost for the overnight for all food:
Webelos (1st and 2nd year) free
Adults (if eating with Troop leadership) $10
Siblings (if eating with Troop leadership) $7

Advanced reservations required
Call Troop 92 Scoutmaster (Norbert Soski) at (818) 360-5159 or e-mail at

Webelos must be accompanied by a parent (or guardian) for the entire event. Staying overnight is not required.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

April 2-3, 2011 - Scout leader fishing trip

Anybody out there wanna go fishing?  Our events are always for the Scouts.  Here is one for us adult leaders and our friends.  We are having our 5th annual overnight fishing charter on Sunday April 3rd.  We leave Saturday night April 2nd at 10pm.  Once again we will be chartering the Pacific Islander, with plenty of bunks, out of Channel Islands Sportfishing.  Pole rentals, all gear and fishing licenses are available at the dock.

This is an outstanding trip every single year.  We go at the opening of the season and coupled with the fact we get to the outer island the fishing is great.  Limits are the rule and not the exception on this trip.  Cost is only $135 which is $10 less than their regular overnight trips.  We will be taking only 22 with us, so there is a lot of room on the rail.  The trip is open to Scouting leaders over 18 years whether you are a season fisherman or a novice.  Space available, you can invite a friend over 18.  If you are a novice this is the perfect trip for you, there are a lot of knowledgeable fishermen happy to help another Scout leader.  Get in your reservation soon, we fill up every year.  You can email me at for any questions, or give me a call.  Hope to see you on the water.

Paul Oliver (818) 321-2699
Glenn Sartain (818) 681-8999

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

February 5, 2011 - CPR and first aid training

Date: February 5th, 2011 (Saturday)
Course: CPR w/ AED Standard First Aid
Time: 8:30am to 12pm 12pm to 4pm
Location: Van Nuys Flyaway, Community Room (2nd Floor, Saticoy and Woodley)
RSVP: Secure online registration at

Saturday, January 22, 2011

June 18 and July 23, 2011 - Jethawks Scout Sleepovers

Dear Scoutmasters and Girl Scout Leaders

The Lancaster JetHawks (Class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros) are preparing for another fun season of great baseball and exciting entertainment. Every year, we host a night for both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and we would love to have you out to the ballpark for these great events! Right now, we have a special deal we are offering to Scout Groups. If you sign up for the Scout Sleepover, you will receive the same amount of tickets for our All-Scout Day on Sunday, April 10th! The Boy Scout Sleepover will take place on Saturday, July 23rd and the Girl Scout Sleepover will happen on Saturday, June 18th!

These events are always a blast for the Scouts and we would love to have your Scouts attend in 2011! If you have any questions, feel free to let me know. We look forward to another great year of JetHawks baseball! Have a great day and a great weekend!


Will Murphy
Director of Ticket Operations and Community Relations
Lancaster JetHawks Professional Baseball
Ph: (661) 726-5400 x. 113
Fax: (661) 726-5406
Class-A Affiliate of the Houston Astros

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

January 30, 2011 - Blood drive

St. Catherine of Siena blood drive

Sunday, January 30, 2011
8:00 am to 2:00 pm

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

Each participant will receive two Clippers tickets, a $5 gift certificate for Daphne's, and can enter a regional drawing to pick a vacation trip!  (Details at drive)

To schedule your appointment, visit and enter sponsor code Stcatherine

For eligibility questions, contact Sherry with the American Red Cross at (818) 992-2005

For other information, contact Manny Gallegos at or (818) 257-1762

Sponsored by the youth of St. Catherine of Siena Parish:
  • St. Catherine of Siena Parish School
  • St. Catherine’s Office of Religious Education (SCORE)
  • Cub Scout Pack 328 and Boy Scout Troop 328

High-technology Venture crew

Dear Friends,

I am planning on starting a High-Technology Venture Crew within the next couple of months.  The Venture Crew is part of the Boy Scouts of America program; it is available to all boys and girls from ages 14 through 20 (within the San Fernando Valley area).

The focus of this High-Technology Venture Crew is to attract, promote, and develop long-term interest and skills (within the youth) in subject matters related to high-technology products and industries.  In addition, the High-Technology Venture Crew organization will be run much like a company, including various "departments" like engineering, marketing, and production.  This unique approach to the Venture Crew is intended to expose the youth to "real life" experiences in developing and fabricating high-technology products and potentially marketing them to the public.

I am looking for interested youth and adults, male and female.  I am also still looking for a Charter organization and other companies or individuals who would like to be sponsors of the Crew.

The introduction letter has detailed information regarding the High-Technology Venture Crew.  If you could forward this information onto the appropriate individuals who you think would be interested, that would be excellent.  Interested parties can reach me at (818) 360-5159 or  Once again, thank you for all your help and support.

Norbert Soski
Future Venture Crew Advisor

Friday, January 14, 2011

March to May 2011 - Fly fishing classes and trip

If you ever wondered what fly fishing is all about, this is the class for you!

Sierra Pacific Fly Fishers present four weeks of free expert instruction.

Learn to fly fish and complete many of the requirements for the merit badge.

Four Saturday sessions at Reseda High School
18230 Kittridge St.
Reseda, CA 91335

  • March 19 at 8:30 am - Registration and orientation
  • April 2 at 8:30 am - Late registration and casting instruction #1
  • April 9 at 9:00 am - Casting instruction #2
  • April 16 at 9:00 am - Casting instruction #3
  • April 23 at 9:00 am - Graduation trip pre-clinic*
  • April 29 to May 1 - Class graduation and fly fishing trip*

*Details will be announced at casting instruction class #1

Contact Steve Ebersold at (818) 439-0556 or for more information

Thursday, January 13, 2011

February 6, 2011 - Archery and BB Rangemaster Training

Bill Hart District
Archery and BB Rangemaster Training

February 6, 2011

Who needs this training:
Anyone interested in bring Archery and/or BB Gun Shooting sports to their pack, as well as those interested in running a range at a Cub Scout Day/Twilight Camp.

Where is the training:
Valley Trails Camp
30910 Sloan Canyon Road
Castaic, CA 91384

Why do you need this training:
To meet the BSA Shooting Sports Rangemaster training requirements, and to provide scouts in your pack and our district the opportunity to participate in one of the most loved Scouting activities!

What to bring:
Class B or civilian clothes are fine.
Pen and paper for note taking.
Warm clothes (We will be outside part of the time.)

Archery Rangemaster Training will be from 8:00am to 12:00pm
BB Rangemaster Training will be from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

$10.00 per discipline ($20.00 if you are taking both Archery and BB training)
Make checks payable to: Troop 583
Your registration must be received by Wednesday, February 2nd

To register, send the following information to:
Luann Peterson
22051 W. Sunrise View Place
Saugus, CA 91390

  • Name
  • Pack
  • District
  • Email
  • Street address
  • City and ZIP
  • Phone
  • Which discipline(s) you are signing up for

Questions? Contact Luann Peterson at

January 29, 2011 - Pow Wow / University of Scouting instructors needed

Pow Wow / University of Scouting – We need you!

Do you have a particular skill you think would make other leader's lives easier?

Do you have the desire to impart your vast knowledge on other leaders?

Or do you just like to talk about your favorite Scouting subject?

If so then you are just the person we are looking for!

Pow Wow / University of Scouting is looking for dynamic volunteers with a willingness to share their wisdom to help us put on the greatest supplemental training session of the year! We would really appreciate your help in making this event fantastic! Mark your calendars for Saturday, January 29, 2011.

If you are interested in helping, please email your information to Robert and Sunday Moore at and we will provide you with more details. If there is a specific area that you would like to teach or serve on staff, then let us know.

Yours in Scouting,

Robert and Sunday Moore
Robert Cell: (818) 523-2831
Sunday Cell: (818) 314-4986

February 11-12, 2011 - Las Colinas leader training

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
Webelos Leader Outdoor Skills
BALOO Training

Presented by the Las Colinas District
Friday and Saturday, Feb 11 and 12, 2011
(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 - Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
$40 - Webelos Leader Outdoor Skills
$30 - BALOO Training
(If signing up for both Webelos Leader Outdoor Skills and BALOO Training, the cost is only $40.)

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

Please pre-register no later than Friday, Feb 4, 2011

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

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

More on unit commissioners

Hi All,

Are you a outgoing people person ?

Are you a good problem solver?

Do you like to help others succeed in their Scouting programs ?

If you answered yes to just one of the above questions, then here is the greatest opportunity for you to be a friend to another Pack, Troop or Crew.

Unit commissioners are a very important part of the Scouting big picture, as your abilities to look, listen and offer suggestions can make a positive impact on the many aspects another unit may experience.

You will meet new people and establish new-found friendships and will be embraced with enthusiasm, while at the same time having the knowledge to help assist others within Scouting.

How can you do that, you ask? ...Well, it's not easy, but once you start your training and put your education into play, you will be hooked for life.

Like I said, it's a commitment to take the required classes, but the final outcome will give you a more in-depth insight into how the Scouting program works and your part in helping others to succeed, and can help in your own personal growth also.

What you will learn from this class is not only beneficial in Scouting, but can be incorporated into your job in dealing with pesky co-workers, and interacting with the public as well.

Go for it!

The rewards outweigh the time you put into taking the class, and once you catch the bug, you may want to continue your education by earning a Bachelors, Masters or even a PhD. degree in Commissioners Science.

Please review the course schedule for learning the ins and outs of becoming a Unit Commissioner, and I promise, you will totally enjoy your extended role as a Scouting leader and mentor.

If I could do it, then you could do it too... and I know you can!

Forever a Scout,
Les Salay
Pack / Crew 921 Unit Commissioner

WLACC January 2011 camping newsletter

Rock wall donated for Whitsett

Scouts participating in climbing programs at Whitsett this summer will have a new element to look forward to. Fred Willis of Quantum Rock has donated a twenty-foot rock wall capable of accommodating up to four climbers at a time. This addition to our climbing program will allow us to serve more climbers at once and allow novice climbers to progress steadily from easy routes to more advanced climbs.

Staff available for troop visits

Emerald Bay and Whitsett are both filling fast, with several weeks already near capacity! If you have Scouts still on the fence about attending camp this summer, we are happy to have a representative from Emerald Bay or Whitsett come and speak at a troop meeting. To learn more or register for camp, please visit us at or

Island fox population rebounds

Endemic to Catalina, the Island Fox is much smaller than its mainland cousins, similar in size to a small house cat. In 1999, Catalina Fox populations plummeted from a high of 1,300 individuals to only about 100 due to an outbreak of Canine Distemper virus. They were placed on the federal endangered species list, and the Island Conservancy has since been engaged in an aggressive breeding program and recently announced that the population has rebounded to over 1,000 individuals.

New Eagle merit badges come to Whitsett

Responding to popular demand, Camp Whitsett is adding three new Eagle required merit badges for the 2011 camping season. First Aid, Citizenship in the Nation, and Citizenship in the Community will all be available to Scouts registering for badges this spring. Taught by experienced staff in a beautiful mountain setting, we are pleased to offer these badges and give Scouts the opportunity to progress further along the trail to Eagle while at summer camp.

Questions or comments? Email us at or call (818) 933-0130

January 29, 2011 - College of Commissioner Science

College of Commissioner Science

Presented by Western Los Angeles County Council
(In conjunction with Pow Wow and University of Scouting)

Saturday, January 29, 2011
8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Pinecrest School, Woodland Hills
5975 Shoup Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
(Corner of Shoup Avenue and Oxnard St)

Dress is Scout Field Uniform
Cost is $15 (includes lunch)

Become a better Commissioner!
Don't have your Bachelor of Commissioner Science degree? - Get it!
Started your Bachelor of Commissioner Science degree? - Finish it!
Started your Master of Commissioner Science degree? - Finish it!
Don't have your Doctor of Commissioner Science degree? - Start it!

All Unit Leaders Welcome

BSC and MCS students bring your "Commissioner Fieldbook for Unit Service" and your "Commissioner Helps for Packs, Troops, and Crews"

For more information contact:
Mike Henderson, Dean of Commissioner College at

Monday, January 10, 2011

January 22, 2011 - Troop 10 Webelos Overnight

Calling All Webelos!

Webelos Overnight with Troop 10

Come and have a great campout in the Malibu mountains.

Fun for everyone!

  • Hiking
  • Rock climbing
  • Patrol competitions
  • Arrow of Light requirements (including Readyman, Outdoorsman and Fitness)

Come and hang out with the Scouts of Troop 10.

Where: Malibu Creek State Park
When: Jan 22, 2011
Who: You, Mom/Dad, little brother/sister, whoever you want to bring
Why: Fun, adventure and achievements

Cost is $10 per person.

Bring your own tent and sleeping bag, we provide the rest.

Leo Clarke
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 10, Reseda, CA
(213) 364-8722

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Friends of Scouting presentations

Dear Scouter,

Friends of Scouting provides the financial support we need to increase participation, provide strong program delivery, and continue to recognize the achievements of our remarkable young men and women.

Please contact Paul Oliver, Eliot Brown, or Stephen Snowden with the following information, or mail it to the Western Los Angeles County Council, so that we can schedule your unit presentation and give your families an opportunity to support the growth of Scouting in Balboa Oaks.

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Unit type (Pack, Troop, Crew, Team, Ship) and number
  • Date and time of presentation

Friends of Scouting presentations take only ten minutes and fit best into the beginning of a Blue and Gold Dinner, full Pack or Troop meeting, or Court of Honor.

If you have any questions or need help with scheduling your presentation, please call or email Stephen Snowden: (818) 933-0129

Thank you for your support,

Paul Oliver, District Chair
Eliot Brown, FOS Chair

Friday, January 7, 2011

Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award

The National Eagle Scout Association has established the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by a Scout to a religious institution, a school, community or other entity.  The Award recognizes the Scout for his Eagle Scout leadership service project, which is part of the requirements for earning the Eagle Scout Award.  Each local council will choose a council-level winner, and from that pool, each region will pick a region-level winner.  A national winner will then be selected from the four regional finalists.

Scouts must apply to the Western Los Angeles County Council Advancement Committee by January 21, 2011.

Al Sakai
Advancement Committee Staff Advisor

January 26, 2011 - Troop 415 Winter Camping Variety Extravaganza

Attention Cub Scouts and Webelos Leaders!

You and your Cub and Webelos Scouts are invited to attend Troop 415's Winter Camping Variety Extravaganza on Wednesday, Jan 26, at 7:15pm.  Have your Scouts learn about proper clothing, winter food, First Aid, what to bring, and and how to have fun in the Snow.

The one hour show will be held at 7:15pm, on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at De La Salle Church on the North East Corner of Chatsworth St and Hayvenhurst Ave (enter parking lot off of Hayvenhurst). There will be a selection of winter camping food and drink for sampling after the show.

Come join the fun!

For more information, contact Philip Moore (818) 632-4956

Yours in Scouting,

Paul Brown
Troop 415 Chairman

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

January 15, 2011 - Scout Night with the LA Kings

Scout Night with the LA Kings
vs. Edmonton Oilers

January 15th, 2011
7:00 pm ~ Staples Center

Boy/Cub/Girl Scouts... Invite your families and friends!
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-Five's)
  • The next 30 guests in my group will participate in a Photo on Ice experience before the game
  • All guests will receive an exclusive LA Kings Scout Patch (2010-2011) and Rally Towel

Tickets are only $25.00 (300 Level) per Scout/adult/child
(this includes the cost of box office ticket processing, overnight shipping and PayPal fees)

If interested, please RSVP to

Payments must be received by January 10th, 2011.

January 24, 2011 - Troop 10 spaghetti dinner fundraiser

Troop 10 Spaghetti Dinner
Summer Camp Fundraiser

Monday, Jan 24, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

First United Methodist Church of Reseda
18120 Saticoy Street, Reseda, CA 91335
Southwest Corner of Lindley and Saticoy

Please join us for an evening of good homemade food and great company.

All the proceeds from the Spaghetti Dinner will be credited to the Troop 10 Boy Scout accounts.

If you have any questions or need to buy tickets you may contact Maria @ (818) 996-5253 or Marcia @ (818) 708-7160.

January 15, 2011 - BSA / NRA Youth Day at the Range

The first BSA / NRA event of the year will be held on January 15, 2011 at the 95 acre Panorama Sportsman's Club range and shooting park in Los Angeles County.

The day will include all of the following:
  • NRA safety classes
  • .22 caliber rifle instruction and plinking
  • Shotgun instruction and trap shooting
  • Lunch
  • More shooting activities as well as merit badge counseling and qualifying

Included in your day will be all classes, safety equipment, ammunition, firearms, lunch,and all instruction, and other surprises and giveaways.

Fees are as follows:
  • $25 - this includes all of the above
  • $5 - observers who will only be having lunch

As always, there is camping available on site for a $5 fee with running water and flush commodes.

As space is limited and reservations are required, please reserve space for yourself or your troop by contacting Mark Cohen via e-mail at with your information:
  • Name
  • Contact number
  • E-mail
  • Troop (if applicable)
  • How many kids and how many adults

Maps and directions will be provided when reservations are made.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

United States Heritage Award

The United States Heritage Award was designed to give youth recognition for learning about the heritage of the United States of America, and being involved.

By completing the United States Heritage Award, it is hoped greater understanding and pride of our nation will prevail. A medal and a patch can be awarded to all that successfully complete the award requirements. All requirements can be done with a unit, group, family, or individually.

The United States Heritage Award has two different award levels:
  • Silver award is for youth ages 6-10.
  • Gold award is for youth aged 11-18.
Adults can also earn the gold award if they complete the requirements and assist a youth in earning the United States Heritage Award.

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