Friday, June 24, 2011

Journey to Excellence score cards

We need your help to correctly report training records for the Unit Journey to Excellence Score Cards.

Please verify we have your records correct by following the following steps.

  1. Go to
  2. Choose "Log in" (upper right corner), or create a login if you don't already have one
  3. Choose "Training Validation" (left side under "Training")
  4. Choose the "All Training" bullet and search by your user ID or membership number
  5. Verify training records, especially those related to your current position
  6.  For missing trainings, print the council's Training Record Update Form
  7. Do the following:
    1. Enter personal information so we can make sure we update the correct records
    2. List missing training titles
    3. Attach copies of completion certificates
    4. Drop off completed forms at local service center or mail to Van Nuys office

Yours In Scouting,
Arthur Pinkers

W.L.A.C.C. Council Leadership Training Chair


(661) 263-3896

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

July 16, 2011 - Discover Scuba

Discover Scuba
July 16th
Available from 11 am to 4 pm (takes about an hour)

Open to anybody from 11 to 17 years old. Must have a parent or guardian present.
Parents must complete a medical questionnaire for minors before session.

This is a great way to see if you would like to do this as a family hobby.

You can also sign up for the open water course, the first level of certification.

Also required for Scuba merit badge.

If you have your own snorkeling gear, feel free to bring it to use.

If you are a Scout, you can earn the Scuba BSA patch (cost is $5)

RSVP required:
Fred Brown
Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Certified PADI / First Aid / CPR Instructor
(661) 400-1595

Friday, June 3, 2011

Apply to be a 2013 National Jamboree adult leader

With the 2013 National Scout Jamboree just over two years away, we are pleased to announce that applications are now open for individuals interested in serving as Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters for our Council's contingent.  Please review the application for further information and return the bottom portion to the Council office.

Interviews will be held Monday, June 20, 2011 and Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at the Council office.  Update:  Additional interviews will be held Monday, September 19, 2011 and Monday, September 26, 2011.

The Jamboree will be held at its new site, The Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, and will include action sports such as whitewater rafting, rock climbing, boarding, biking, target sports, zip lines, challenge courses, hiking, and more!  Be part of a new and exciting experience.  Go Big. Get Wild.

Eric Miele
2013 National Scout Jamboree
Council Contingent Coordinator

Registration is now open for youth, adult leaders, and staff.

Adventurers Wanted!

Get ready!  The 2013 National Scout Jamboree is coming and it ain't your father's jamboree.  We're talking seriously high adventure, people!  Whitewater rafting, zip-lining, rappelling, mountain biking, hiking, and more - with 50,000 of your closest friends at the brand new Summit Bechtel Reserve in the wilds of West Virginia.

Check out the key dates below and start planning now to be a part of history at the very first jamboree at The Summit.

The Jamboree: July 15-24, 2013

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

BSA joins with NCMEC to teach Scouts Internet safety

Boy Scouts Of America Joins With the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to Teach Scouts Internet Safety

Free Online Educational Resource, NetSmartz®, Made Available to Scout Leaders

ALEXANDRIA, VA - June 1, 2011 - The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® (NCMEC) today announced it is making available its Internet safety program, NetSmartz®, to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to teach Scouts and their families how to make responsible decisions both online and in real life. The BSA is asking all Scout leaders to incorporate the NetSmartz materials into their programs and to distribute information directly to parents.

While the Internet provides vast educational and informational resources, it has also given predators a new opportunity to prey on children - even in their own homes. Talking to children so they understand the dangers is vital to their safety. Prevention is key. NCMEC offers a free Internet safety program called NetSmartz at It uses interactive resources such as animated characters, games, and videos to empower children of all ages to make responsible decisions both online and in real life.

"Today children have more access to the Internet than ever before in history," said Ernie Allen, president and CEO of NCMEC. "The majority of all households today have at least one computer, and we know that most teens access the Internet from multiple locations. Kids already know that the Internet is a wonderful resource. They also need to understand the potential risks and the simple things that they can do that will help them stay safe. We applaud the BSA for making this resource available to members and its focus on adapting to the evolving dangers facing children today."

With a click of the mouse, parents can also get answers to their questions at about the Internet, computers, and emerging technology. Among the most frequently asked: What is a mash-up? How do I find my child's MySpace URL? What do online abbreviations mean? Not only can they review answers already provided, but they can call 1-888-NETS411 and talk to an expert.