Friday, April 29, 2011

July 10-16, 2011 - Emerald Bay spots available

Emerald Bay 2011
7/10/2011 - 7/16/2011
Spots available for 3 Scouts and 1 adult leader
Scout $524 - Adult leader $349

If you are interested in a very fun and wet summer camp, come join Troop 10 at BSA Emerald Bay summer camp.

Don't delay, this is the premier summer camp of WLACC so these spots will not be available for long.

We require full payment, current BSA medical form and permission slips.

Troop 10 meets on Monday nights at United Methodist Church of Reseda. We are on the corner of Saticoy and Lindley in the city of Reseda.

Bruce McDonald, Scoutmaster (818) 808-5351
Bernd Engelmann, Committee Chairman (818) 371-5825
Melanie Hammock, trip organizer

Thursday, April 28, 2011

May and October 2011 - The Trainer's Edge

The purpose of this course is to provide and help develop the platform skills of a trainer, presentation techniques and current BSA training practices and policies.  The Trainer's Edge replaces the Trainer Development Conference (BSA 500) as the required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge, NYLT, unit, district and council trainers.  This is a one-day course that will include lunch and materials.  Class size is limited to the first 32 registered and paid participants per session.

Pre-course preparation: Please prepare a 10 to 12 minute presentation on a topic of your choice from any BSA material. Your presentation should allow you to demonstrate the skills of a trainer. You will receive constructive feedback on your presentation from the other participants.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
(Please pick which day is the best for your schedule!)

Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Council Service Center
16525 Sherman Way, Unit C-8
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Cost: $15.00 per person for lunch and materials

To reserve your spot, or if you have questions, contact
Hamlet Shirvani at (818) 785-8700
Arthur Pinkers at (661) 263-3896 (evenings) or e-mail

I look forward to seeing you all there.

In Scouting,

Arthur Pinkers
WLACC Council Leadership Training Chair
(661) 263-3896

May 1 - Prader-Willi California Foundation walkathon

Prader-Willi California Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization, is holding our annual Walkathon to raise awareness of Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare medical disorder this Sunday, May 1. The event is being held at Woodley Park located at 6100 Woodley Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91406.

We need 7 to 8 Boy Scouts to help us set up the signs along the walk path, help distribute waters, help with the Kids Play Area (help the kids with arts and crafts, beading, coloring, sand art, etc. activities), and help with the relay game races.

We'd love for help to arrive at about 8:30 a.m.

We will serve a healthy Subway sandwich and fruit lunch to all, and will distribute Community Service Certificates to Scouts who'd like one.

The event concludes at about 2:00 p.m.

The day is a really fun one, and the Boy Scouts would have the opportunity to learn about and help a special group of people with a very rare disability.

Do you have any Boy Scouts who are able to help us?

Please feel free to give me a call with any questions you may have about Prader-Willi California Foundation and this event. I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience!

Warmest regards,

Lisa A. Graziano, M.A.
Executive Director
Prader-Willi California Foundation
An Affiliate of Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA)
514 N. Prospect Avenue
Suite 110 - Lower Level
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 372-5053
(310) 372-4329 fax
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May 6-8, 2011 - Desert merit badges and shotgun shooting

To all Boy Scouts and their leaders:

PSC - NRA - QU - CDFG - Desert Event

Your hosts:
Mark Cohen, NRA, Panorama Sportsmans' Club
Bruce Kenyon, Quail Unlimited, California Department of Fish and Game

Dates: May 6, 7, 8

Place: Camp Cady Wildlife Area - Mojave Desert - San Bernardino County

Accommodations: RV spaces with full hook ups (9), RV spaces without hookups, tent area with room for unlimited number off tents. Picnic area, fire pit. Bunkhouse with full kitchen, bathrooms, shower, and limited bedroom availability.


Friday: Arrival anytime after 3:30 pm

Saturday: Your choice of California Hunters safety course open to all adults and kids (prerequisite to getting a valid California hunting license) or work on Wildlife Habitat (environment) merit badge. Also available will be Astronomy merit badge counseling in the evening (the night sky in the Mojave desert is unbelievable).

Sunday: Morning tour of the entire Camp Cady compound and some shotgun range time too.

Fees: $25.00 per person. This includes all activity fees (even the Hunter Safety class), and a very special Saturday night dinner prepared by your hosts.

The Hunter safety class is limited to the first 25, so reserve your space now.

RSVP to as soon as you can.

Thank you and see you there.

Mark Cohen

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April camping newsletter

Emerald Bay Goes Green

This summer, Emerald Bay will launch the Energy Merit Badge to teach Scouts about energy conservation and alternative energy sources. The launch of this merit badge is another in a series of steps Emerald Bay has taken in recent years to become more environmentally sensitive. These include implementing water-saving strategies that have cut over a million gallons in yearly usage and taken our per-person water usage from 65 gallons per person per day in 2006 to 35 in 2010! We also completed the Emerald Bay Eco Classroom with the help of the Gensler architectural firm. The Eco Classroom has won several awards for its sustainable and innovative design. Learn more about Emerald Bay's commitment to the environment.

Whitsett, Emerald Bay, and Lands' End

Camp Whitsett and Camp Emerald Bay are excited to announce that we have partnered with Lands' End to offer an online store to all friends of camp. Troops can preorder their troop t-shirt, customized with troop number, to be picked up at camp or delivered to your home, in addition to all sorts of cool Whitsett and Emerald Bay gear. Best of all, everything ordered from the new store is Guaranteed. Period. ® Call (800) 995-8711 or visit or to learn more.

Whitsett CPT Program

One of the highlights of Camp Whitsett is the CPT program, a leadership development program using high adventure activities as a catalyst for development. CPT is a week-long adventure which includes backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and many other challenging outdoor elements. In CPT, emphasis is placed on group decision-making, teamwork, wilderness ethics, risk management, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Scouts who participate in the program emerge as stronger leaders in their troops and crews and come away with memories that last a lifetime. Learn more.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

In memory: Tom Marrs, 1932 - 2011

Tom (second from left)
with some of the original HAT members

Tom Marrs, member of the Verdugo Hills Council High Adventure Team and past WLACC HAT leader, passed away. He was a long-time member since the seventies and served the Boy Scout and HAT team for over 40 years. He will be greatly missed.

Thanks for keeping the "outing" in Scouting and teaching us the proper way to backpack during spring, summer, fall and winter.

David Seifert

There will be no funeral or memorial service, as per Tom's wishes.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Camporee message from Paul Oliver

To all attending Camporee,

As you all know, we had quite an unusual Camporee this year.  The wind roared and came through camp like a locomotive, but that wasn't the problem.  Most all Units left Saturday evening at our urging.  The people who run the park double-booked us with another event.  We were told this at the 11th hour, and they assured us the running event would not impact or affect our Camporee. 

As you saw, we had about 400 runners going right through the center of our campground.  As much of an inconvenience as that was, we dealt with it and went through our evening and campfires.  Those runners were a nuisance, but the 3,000 to 4,000 runners that would be coming through Sunday morning would be a large logistical problem.  Based on the information we received that night, we urged all units to leave Saturday evening after campfire or by 7:00 am Sunday morning.  Having 600 campers leaving on Sunday morning along with a wall of runners bisecting our camp and moving up the road convinced us to make that decision.  The number one concern of the Camporee committee was the safety of our Scouts and parents.

There have been rumors and gossip flying around that we were forced to leave by different authorities.  They are just that - rumors and gossip.  I was in the center of all that went on, and we were at no time pressured to leave by anyone.  That is not rumor or gossip - it's straight from the horse's mouth.

I must say I am extremely proud of all our leaders and Scouts.  All unit leaders were informed and moved their Scouts and parents calmly, orderly and with great efficiency.  When we left Sunday morning after everyone was gone, we swept the area and proudly found no trash.  No one would even have known we were there.  Everyone practiced "Leave no Trace"!  I would like to recognize a unit who went over and above and demonstrated great Scout spirit.  After Pack 441 had packed up all their campsite, instead of leaving, several Cub Scouts and leaders came over to Snackoree and packed it up and loaded it into vehicles through the howling wind.  Thank you, Pack 441!

The park director was informed of what happened, along with Castaic City Council members.  We will be meeting with them and park officials to go over all the events and what can be done about it.  We will keep you informed.  We apologize for all the confusion and difficulties, but these were circumstances out of our control.  I would like to thank all unit leaders, parents and Camporee staff for all the time, energy and effort you have given to your Scouts this Camporee weekend.  Please forward this to all in your packs or troops who went to Camporee.

Paul Oliver
Balboa Oaks District

Friday, April 8, 2011

May 7, 2011 - Troop 18 merit badge midway

Boy Scout Troop 18
Cahuenga District

Spring 2010 Merit Badge Midway Extravaganza

Saturday, May 7th
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

First United Methodist Church
4832 Tujunga Avenue
North Hollywood, CA 91601

For information:
Clint Hutchison
(818) 994-7424

Cost: $5 per Scout, payable at the event

Welcome to Boy Scout Troop 18 Merit Badge Midway.  In the packet, you will find everything you need to know about our midway. 

If you have questions about a specific merit badge, please contact the merit badge counselor prior to the event.  Some of the merit badges offered will be started at the midway and completed with the counselors after the requirements have been completed.  Other merit badges are designed to be completed at the midway.

Remember that you must have your Scoutmaster approve any badge you intend to work on.  Each Scout is expected to provide:
  • Signed merit badge cards
  • Updated merit badge books
  • Writing materials

Scouts will be expected to arrive in uniform and have their (blue) merit badge cards signed by their Scout leaders.

For your convenience, Troop 18 will be providing a food concessions booth for you to purchase drinks, lunch, snacks, and various food items.

Thank you for joining us in our midway efforts.  We hope you will enjoy yourself, and take full advantage of the opportunities provided for you.

Cost of the event is $5.00, payable at the door.  We will accept cash and checks.  Please make checks payable to BSA Troop 18.

Please arrive early to register, as many merit badges will begin promptly at 9:00 am. Registration will begin at 8:30 am.

Please note the time that each merit badge is being offered.

May 2, 2011 - Troop 431 Webelos Open House

Come see all the great things about Troop 431 and have some root bear floats at our Webelos Open House!

When: Monday, May 2nd at 7pm

Where: St. Bridget's of Sweden - 7100 Whitaker Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406

Our Webelos Open House is designed for Webelos on the verge of joining Boy Scouts and their parents.

Come get to know our Troop and our Scouts. We will show you all the fun things that Scouting has to offer, and what's so great about Troop 431.

Scouts will enjoy root beer floats as they get to know Troop 431 and the Boy Scout program.

Questions? Please contact
Ponch Corona, Scoutmaster
(818) 681-7430

April 2011 - Vernon Taylor III's Eagle project

Calling on all Scouts

Volunteers needed

Food drive benefiting the Food Pantry program

Volunteer opportunities and credit available!

April 14, 16, and 23, 2011

Volunteers needed to
  • prepare collection bags
  • staff donation collection stations
  • assist in door-to-door distribution of flyers and collection of donations
  • sort donations once collected

Donation collection stations:

Please contact Vernon Taylor III (323) 375-8496 or

Friday, April 1, 2011

May 10, 2011 - Eagle Scout recognition dinner

To everyone in our council, make your plans to attend the upcoming Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner.  This night honors all the Scouts who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout this past year.

Each year we have an outstanding speaker, and this year is no different.  Dennis McCarthy, the columnist from the Daily News, will fascinate you with his wit, knowledge and passion for the Scouting program.

This is not an evening to be missed - for Scouts and adults.  If your son attained Eagle Scout, his attendance is free.  We are also looking for sponsors for all these Eagle Scouts.

Aviation volunteers needed

The Exploring Division of WLACC is excited to announce the commitment from American Airports, managers of Fox Field, to sponsor an Aviation Explorer Post. We need adult volunteers in order to make this happen.

We will be holding an adult volunteer informational meeting on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held in the lobby of the Fox Field terminal, 4555 West Avenue G, Lancaster, CA 93536. We would be pleased to have you attend to find out how you can be involved in this great opportunity. Please RSVP by Monday, April 11 to

If you know any adults interested in aviation and mentoring teens, please pass this message along to them.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Brenda Bradford at (818) 933-0121 or email her at

Brenda Bradford
Director, Learning for Life
16525 Sherman Way, C-8
Van Nuys, CA 91406
(818) 933-0121
(818) 901-4890 fax