Friday, September 23, 2011

October 1, 2011 - North Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair

North Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair
Saturday, October 1, 2011, 11 am - 3 pm
Fire Station #87 - 10124 Balboa Blvd. (between Devonshire and Lassen)

  • Your neighborhood councils will give away 300 emergency preparedness bags (1 per family)
  • Two drawings for a backpack filled with emergency supplies and resources
  • Yogi Bear Shakey-Quakey School House
  • Free child ID, LAFD Jaws-of-Life demonstration
  • Red Cross, LAPD, LADWP, HAM Radio, CERT, NOAA, So. Cal. Gas Co., Kids Safety Puppet Show

Free hot dogs and burgers from noon to 2 pm
Sponsored by Northridge Neighborhood Councils and Councilmember Mitchell Englander
with special thanks to LAFD Station 87

Neighborhood Councils are elected by the stakeholders in each region to promote participation in government and make government more responsive to local needs. They provide an open forum for public discussion of issues concerning the local area and the larger region and facilitate communication between the City of Los Angeles and community stakeholders.

In recognition of the commitment and tremendous value CERT members contribute to their communities, we will present the first 100 CERT volunteers with a special EP item for your kit. Simply show us your course completion certificate, callout team ID, or your CERT vest at the registration table. Thanks to you all!

Sponsoring Neighborhood Councils:

The North Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair is a joint community event to help bring awareness to being better prepared for emergencies and disasters.

This annual event is supported by your local Neighborhood Councils and Councilmember Mitchell Englander, with the participation of various City, State, and Federal agencies.

Friday, September 16, 2011

2011-12 High Adventure courses



Tuesday, September 13, 2011

September 25, 2011 - Blood drive

St. Catherine of Siena Blood Drive

Sunday, September 25, 2011
8:00 am to 2:00 pm

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

Identification is required.

All participants will receive a Mimi's Cafe appetizer, 2 Laugh Factory tickets, and can enter a drawing for a chance to win a $1,500 gift card! (Details will be provided at the drive.)

To schedule your appointment, visit and enter the sponsor code Stcatherine

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

Contact Sherry with the American Red Cross for eligibility questions at (818) 992-2005.

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

November 11-12, 2011 - Webelos Overnighter at Six Flags Magic Mountain

This event is being coordinated by Brandy Sweeney and sponsored by Pack 490, Newhall.

There will be Boy Scouts present working on Scout Skills with the Webelos and this qualifies as an official Webelos Overnighter event. Webelos I and Webelos II Scouts, as well as parents and other Scout family members are welcome.

Included in the price is the overnight campout inside of the park underneath the rollercoaster, 2 meals (dinner and breakfast), and an all day pass to Six Flags Magic Mountain!

All for only $46!

All you have to bring is your sleeping bag, a tent (optional), and your Scouting spirit!

Please contact Brandy Sweeney at or (661) 714-1663 for more information!  

Last day to sign up and pay is September 29. Don't wait, space is limited!

Friday, September 9, 2011

September 24, 2011 - Back to Scouting Fun Day

To all Scouters and Families,

The Valley Scout Shop will be having a Back to Scouting Fun Day on Saturday, September 24, from 10 am to 2:30 pm, in the parking lot at the Scout Shop.

Please bring your Raingutter Regatta boat if you have one; if you don't, then come buy one to race.

Food, prizes, and fun! (Food from 12 pm to 2 pm)

This would be a great opportunity for your Cub Scout to invite a friend to experience our great Cub Scout program and to have fun at the same time.

Any questions, please call me at (818) 781-1296.  Hope to see everyone there.

Thank you,

Cindy Noriega
Senior Store Manager
Valley Scout Shop 5870
16525 Sherman Way Unit C-8 (rear door)
Van Nuys, CA 91406
(818) 781-1296
(818) 781-1298 fax

Thursday, September 8, 2011

October 30, 2011 - Troop 36 merit badge midway and adult CPR/AED class

Who: Troop 36

What: Fall 2011 merit badge midway

When: Sunday, October 30, 2011, 1 to 6 pm

Where: Temple Beth Hillel, 12326 Riverside Drive, Valley Village, CA 91607

Why: Scouts can earn a variety of merit badges

How: Sign-up form, schedule and prerequisites

  • Adult CPR/AED Training (2 pm to 5:30 pm) will again be offered for a nominal fee of $25
  • Scouters will have the opportunity to fulfill CPR training requirements
  • Red Cross certification
  • Send check or money order payable to BSA Troop 36 c/o Larry Turner (see midway sign-up form for address)

Contact persons:

Mark Cutler (818) 508-9442
Claudio Sapir (818) 521-3567

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Order of the Arrow news


We are in the process of putting together ceremony teams. They will be able to do our internal ceremonies, as well as ceremonies for units, such as bridging and dancing at Blue and Gold Dinners.

Upcoming events

  • September 9-11 is our Fall Ordeal at Camp Whitsett. Candidates elected earlier will be able to attend this induction weekend.
  • September 16-18 is our Section Conclave, at Camp Rancho Allegre, in Santa Barbara (near Lake Cachuma). There will be fun, training, fellowship, and shows. Our lodge is one of six lodges that make up the W4N Section.
  • October 29 is our Lodge Summit, in Saugus this year. This year we will be shooting rifles all day, having lunch and fun, and electing next year's lodge officers.
  • July 30th to August 7th, 2012 is the National OA Conference (NOAC). It will be held at Michigan State University. Due to the cost, we are putting together a contingent list. Like a Jamboree, this is for OA members from all over the nation. At past NOACs, there have been 4,000 to 6,000 in attendance.
  • July 15-24, 2013 is the National Jamboree, at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia. Signups have started for OA staffing.

Help us become a Quality Lodge

Our lodge is trying to become a Quality Lodge. We have been a Quality Lodge for the past three years. This year, we're falling short in the following areas:

  • Dues renewal. If you are a past member and haven't paid your dues, it's only $14 for the rest of the year. If you have paid, thank you.
  • Conversion from Ordeal to Brotherhood honor levels. Those of you who have been a member for 10 months or more, we need you to seal your membership by becoming a Brotherhood member.

    Lost Arrowmen

    These last two months, we sadly lost two long-time members of our OA chapter.

    At the end of July, Randy Stoller passed away, after fighting a serious illness for over six months. He became a member of the OA in 1979. He was a Vigil Honor member, and a recipient of the Silver Shark and Silver Beaver.

    On August 24, Vinnie Ruggieri passed away. He was both a Scout and a Scouter. He went through his Ordeal back east. He was a Silver Beaver recipient, responsible for the remodeling of the WLACC office, among many other things.

    We extend our deepest sympathy to both of their families. They will be missed by all, both in family and in Scouting. God bless Randy and Vinnie.