Friday, November 30, 2012

December 7-8, 2012 - Order of the Arrow Winter Ordeal

To all members of Achoicominga OA,

Just a reminder that the Winter Ordeal is coming up on December 7th weekend. Our chapter is co-hosting it. We do need members to show up and help. We do have a couple of candidates from our chapter going through their Ordeal. We need to show our support of them. This is a Friday to Saturday night event.

There will also be a Brotherhood ceremony for those that are eligible for Brotherhood. It will take place on Saturday around 4 to 6 pm. If you've been a member more than 10 months, then you have fulfilled the tenure part of the qualifications. You should read your OA handbook on the topic of Brotherhood to learn about the other items to know. Some of you have paid, but never went through your Brotherhood ceremony. Well, this is your opportunity. Hope to see you there.

Frank Casias
Achoicominga Associate Advisor

Thursday, November 29, 2012

December 8, 2012 - Troop 10 Family Ice Skating

All Webelos are invited to join our Troop for a fun afternoon!

Saturday, December 8
2 pm - 4 pm

Easy Street Arena
Simi Valley


Please RSVP by Monday Dec 3rd.

RSVP: or

December 1 and 8, 2012 - Ken Leonard Aquino's Eagle Scout Project

I will be leading my Eagle Scout Service Project on:

Saturday 12/1/2012 and the next Saturday 12/8/12
from 8 am to 1 pm

The Eagle Scout Service Project will take place at:

Cleveland High School
8140 Vanalden Avenue
Reseda, CA 91335

I will be leading a beautification project which is upgrading of the outdoor lounge and garden of the Special Education Office for the students and staff of Cleveland High School. Specifically, we will excavate/remove the dirt and transport it to other campus location.  Put concrete in the place of the dirt. We will remove and salvage the old wooden bench. We will also remove the weeds, dead plants and dried leaves. We will be installing a new metal bench, as well as putting edging stone near the garden. This Eagle Project will require a lot of work and manpower if my project is to be complete in two days. That is why I'm asking all who would like to assist me in completing this part of my project. If you would like more information you can reach me at these sources.

Please bring tools for gardening and concreting.

Thank you in advance for coming, each person who helps can truly make a difference for the students at Cleveland High School.

Ken Leonard Aquino
cell (818) 644-5360 or (818) 422-1343

Thursday, November 8, 2012

P.R.A.Y. update

Find out how your council is doing!

Hey R.E.C.'s! If you haven't noticed already, PRAY's Third Quarter Usage Reports are posted online. We provide your council's YTD totals, usage by quarter, also a listing by rank, and the honor roll recognizing those councils who have 50 or more recipients and a 10% or greater increase in usage. We would like to highlight the Chattahoochee Council in Columbus, GA which is one of our honor roll councils which had a 79% growth and passed the 100 recipient milestone for the very first time! Congratulations!

Please note that the usage reports on the PRAY website contain only the data for the Protestant Christian program.

Membership in Faith Based Units Increased 16 out of 17 Months

BSA membership in Faith Based Units has shown growth in 16 out of the last 17 months. Research shows that units have greater retention and advancement in faith based units, which led to the Faith Based Initiative.

Recognize Your Adult Leaders

Boy Scout Sunday is coming up quickly. Plan now to recognize your adult leaders with an Adult Religious Recognition. The adult recognitions are by nomination only. Encourage your adult volunteers with one of these prestigious recognitions!

New "Unit Religious Emblems Coordinator" Position

PRAY hosted the first training opportunities last month for the new "Unit R.E.C." position. Chip Turner was the presenter and covered the resources, responsibilities, and strategies for the Unit R.E.C.

PRAY Learning Center Announces New Webinars

Upcoming Webinars include:

  • REC's Leading Religious Emblems/ Duty to God Courses for University of Scouting / Pow Wow, etc. - The How To's and Content for Leading an Hour-Long Session at Council and District Training Events
  • Planning and Conducting a Duty to God Encampment (Including On-line Planning Tools and Templates) - Presentation by John Lyons, Council REC and Experienced Leader of Atlanta Area Council Duty to God Encampment

Visit the Learning Center to sign up!

Support P.R.A.Y.'s Mission

P.R.A.Y. is known for "Building Faith in Youth." We promote religious emblems and collaborations between the Scouting program and the faith community. If you have benefited from P.R.A.Y. and our free resources online, please consider becoming a Friend of P.R.A.Y. by making a financial gift. P.R.A.Y. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your gifts are tax deductible.

Please note that our secure website will ask you to create an account with your email and password of your choice. You may use MasterCard, Visa, or Discover. If you prefer, donations payable to "P.R.A.Y." may be mailed to 11123 S. Towne Square, Ste. B, St. Louis, MO 63123.

Thank you for your support!

New President of PRAY Board is BSA Volunteer

Rev. Dr. William Kenneth Lyons, Jr. was elected President of the PRAY National Board of Directors at the PRAY Annual Meeting held September 2012. Ken is a retired pastor with the United Methodist Church and has extensive experience with the PRAY program. He is a member of the Baltimore Area Council, BSA and is active on the Interfaith Committee. Ken has served on the PRAY Board since 2009. We look forward to his leadership!

American Heritage Girls

Did you notice the article on page 12 in the November/December issue of Scouting Magazine? It featured the AHG and the Memorandum of Mutual Support it has with the BSA.

Other Resources from PRAY

11123 S. Towne Sq. Ste B, St. Louis, MO, 63123

Monday, November 5, 2012

Vinnie Ruggieri Annual Toy Drive

Dear Scouting Leaders,

I hope this message finds you well!

Many of you knew our good friend Vinnie Ruggieri. For those of you who didn't have the pleasure, allow me to share a little about this exceptional human being.

Vinnie was a man who was devoted to his family, his friends, his belief in God and to the Scouting movement. He was a generous individual who gave of himself and of his wealth to help make a difference in people's lives.

Vinnie passed away suddenly in August of 2011. He continues to be missed.

The holiday season was Vinnie's favorite time of the year. Each December, Vinnie would call his friends and take them on a shopping spree purchasing toys for disadvantaged children. He was the generous Secret Santa who made the season bright for hundreds of children.

Earlier this year, we decided to try to keep the Vinnie Ruggieri holiday spirit alive. With that in mind, we are announcing the 1st Annual Vinnie Ruggieri Holiday Toy Drive.

Here are the details:

  1. We ask all Scouting units to ask their members to donate an unwrapped toy to the drive during November.
  2. We ask that these toys be dropped off at one of our four service center locations: Antelope Valley, Bill Hart, Westside, or Van Nuys. We ask that the gifts be dropped off between December 5-7, 2012.
  3. These gifts will be picked up by our own Law Enforcement and Fire Explorers and delivered to the various Law Enforcement and Fire Stations to support their overall toy drive.
  4. If your unit wishes to support a different toy drive in your community, that's okay.
  5. We ask participating units to e-mail the following information to the toy advisor Brenda Bradford at
    • Unit #
    • Unit type (Troop, Pack, Team, Crew)
    • Number of youth participating from your unit
    • Number of toys collected
  6. All participating members will receive a commemorative patch. In addition, each unit will receive a participation ribbon and certificate.

Scouting has helped other people at all times for over 100 years. This is yet one more way to make a difference while honoring a great individual, Vinnie Ruggieri.

Many thanks!

Jim Rushton,
Scout Executive
Western Los Angeles County Council
Boy Scouts of America