Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Salvation Army shoe drive fundraisers

Raise Funds!
Host a Shoe Drive!

The Salvation Army can help facilitate a shoe drive fundraiser for your school, church, organization, or team.

You collect shoes, tie pairs together, and get a check for 75% of the proceeds. 25% will go back into Salvation Army services.

We drop off and collect shoe boxes at your location.

Tips to maximize your drive:

  • Start letting people know early!
  • Offer an incentive like an iPod, pizza party, or celebration for the top donors of the drive.
  • Make it a competition!
  • Flyers and banners are highly encouraged.
  • Ask families, neighborhoods, and friends to support your drive by donating shoes.
  • Be creative and plan for success!

Start organizing your shoe drive today! Call Glen Kovacs (818) 449-4616

The Salvation Army
Canoga Park ARC

21375 Roscoe Blvd.
Canoga Park, CA 91304
(818) 449-4616
(818) 883-3136 fax
(818) 414-1256 cell

The Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARCs) form the largest network of rehabilitation programs in the nation.


Monday, January 7, 2013

In memory: Bernie Maillet

Many of you will remember Bernie Maillet as the Shooting Sports Director at Camp Whitsett.  He would run the rifle range while making sure that the archery range and the shotgun range were in good hands.  Bernie wasn't at Camp Whitsett last summer so he could spend his vacation with family.  It would turn out to be Bernie's last summer.  Bernie died on New Year's Eve.

July 2-16, 2013 - Troop 22 Philmont trek crews

Troop 22 in Woodland Hills has two trek crews going to Philmont from July 2-16, 2013.  One crew is comprised of 14-15 year old Scouts and will do a 50-60 mile trek and the other crew is comprised of 16-17 year old Scouts and will do a 60-75 mile trek.

We have a couple of youth spaces available in each crew.  The older Scout crew has an opening for an adult, which would be ideal if a troop had an adult with a couple of Scouts who would like to join in.

We are beginning our training this month.  We would like to add additional Scouts now so that they can integrate into the crew from the beginning.  If you have a Scout or Scouts who would like to go on a trek this summer, they can call Jeff Feldman at (818) 535-9494 for more information.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Spread the Good News Bulletin

Attention Balboa Oaks Scouters,

Scouting provides great life learning skills and experiences for our youth and volunteers such as you.  The one thing we don't do well is letting others know the achievement of our youth such as receiving the Arrow of Light as a Cub Scout, Eagle projects and Eagle Court of Honors, community service, special awards for life saved or bravery, etc.  Even as volunteers, we do things of valor based on what we have learned as a Scouter.

Let's change this for 2013.  Below is a “Spread the Good News Bulletin” from Bob Levey who is an Eagle Scout and district volunteer who is willing to help with this endeavor.  Bob and I have recently been working with the council in upping the exposure of the positive side of Scouting.  I will be sending additional information regarding how each unit and volunteer can submit Scouting newsworthy stories to be provided to news organizations for publishing.

But until then, please take Bob up on his offer to get your Scouts' or volunteers' stories published and in the news.  The spreading of Good News will support our goal of having more boys join Scouting and adult volunteers to help our quest of developing academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.

Yours in Scouting,

Paul Brown
Balboa Oaks District Chairman

Spread the Good News
News Bulletin

Balboa Oaks District - Western Los Angeles Council
Boy Scouts of America

Story line: Develop stories about activities in your unit that have a positive impact on the communities you represent. Feature stories about outstanding Scouts - how they perform in school, athletics, Scouting, etc. Make certain media attention is given to Scouts in your units who attain the rank of Eagle.

Make contact with journalists at the newspapers serving your area, including the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily News (covering the San Fernando Valley), and other newspapers exclusively for your particular area. Continue to submit positive newsworthy items to these journalists, if possible every month.

If you are unable to make contact, or if you are pressed for time, please feel free to e-mail the newsworthy information to boblevey@pacbell.net, and I will do the submissions for you.

Other options: Channel 7 ABC features a "Cool Kid" spot every Thursday evening at 6:30 (check the station for the exact time in your area). Consider nominating one of your outstanding Scouts as a Cool Kid. Other events may be interesting to the visual news media. Be sure to make contact as often as you have special events worthy of publicity.

Expectations: To spread the Good News that occurs day in and day out, every day of every year, that Boy Scouts do for their communities, and for the leadership training it offers to young men between the ages of 11 and 18.

Bob Levey
Unit Commissioner, Troop 431 and Troop 328
Balboa Oaks District
Boy Scouts of America
(818) 986-4547
(818) 970-7233 cell