The official Newsletter of the Boy Scouts of America -Western Los Angeles County 

August  Volume 7, Issue 8

  Serving the Antelope Valley, Balboa Oaks, Bill Hart, Cahuenga, Crescent Bay, Las Colinas and Outreach Districts.
Build An Adventure
The Science of Scouting

The end of summer and start of fall is a magical time.  Social media is full of postings with photos of eager children starting the adventures of a new school year.  Likewise the fall represents the start of the Scouting year for many units.  Now is the time to invite new families to join in Scouting Adventures.

As parents and leaders we see first hand the way that Scouting helps boys become young men and young men become adults of character.  Many of us are so passionate that we spend countless hours volunteering and supporting our Scouts. We need to share our passion and beliefs with the families in our social networks and communities.  Tell your Scouting story to those around you and invite them to experience Scouting first hand.


As part of our fall membership campaign we work diligently to make Scouting available to more youth.  We invite you to be our partner in this effort.  As a small token of appreciation for new youth joining Scouting in August and September we are providing a Crystal Growing Kit (pictured above) to each new Cub Scout youth.  These kits are available at your local Council Service Center and can be picked up when turning in youth registration paperwork.  The Crystal Growing Kit is part of are larger "The Science of Scouting" fall membership theme.
October STEM Events
 
Join us in  October  for one of our Science of Scouting Lab Days. Scouting families will participate in hands on science experiments such as making Slime and creating Foam Snakes.  Additionally our WLACC Mobile Invention Lab will be present, showing Scouts how to 3D print objects and laser engrave items.
 
These events are a great way to introduce new families to the fun of the Scouting. Save the dates below:

Balboa Oaks Oct 28 
Bill Hart Oct 28
Cahuenga Oct 14
Las Colinas Oct 14
Crescent Bay Oct 7
Antelope Valley Nov 4
Earn Cool Patch You Will
Advanced Training for Scout Leaders

"Woodbadge" is an advanced leadership skills course offered to Scout Leaders and Volunteers. Sign up for this tre mendously rewarding and memorable experience that will energize you and your Pack or Troop!
 
Register for Woodbadge: 10/27-11/12.

Learn more here (video) and here (article).

What's new in Lions for 2017-2018?
  • Pack meetings and activities will be open to Lion families who want to participate. Lion families said they wanted more pack involvement, and now they have the option of being included in program, skits, and more.
  • Pinewood Derby open to Lions. Packs have three recommended options for implementing this:
    1. Integrate into the pack Derby with other Cub Scouts.
    2. Use the wedge car from the Scout Shop to eliminate cutting.
    3. Have Lions participate in a Veggie Car Derby, where potatoes and cucumbers replace wood blocks.
  • Fundraising will be allowed as a family option. Although they don't want mandatory levels of funds to raise, Lion families indicated they do want to have the option to raise funds. Spring fundraising is encouraged. If popcorn is sold by Lions, a show-and-sell approach where older boys and parents are also present is preferred. Door-to-door selling would only be appropriate if the parent is by the youth's side.
  • Uniform T-shirt won't change, but families can buy button-down if they want. Parents and boys love the required Lion T-shirt and optional cap. But this change allows families to buy official blue Cub Scout button-down shirts and blue pants as desired for special occasions and pack ceremonies.
  • A Lion-specific page in Boys' Life. Parents can use this great resource to help unlock the world of reading for their child.
The little team that did!
Congratulations to the Culver City Police Department's Explorers. This weekend, for the first time ever, they competed in the "Battle of the Badges" Police Explorer competition. This event is the largest annual regional competition of its kind in Los Angeles County and beyond.
In total, 24 teams were signed up with many teams having double the amount of competitors. We were the smallest team with only 5 Explorers competing. The Explorers were put through a timed obstacle course along with 12 patrol related scenarios. These scenarios included DUI investigations, burglary in progress, domestic disputes, suspicious persons, vehicle assaults, officer ambush, high risk warrants, marijuana field investigations, felony traffic stops, CSI, and active shooters. The event lasted 12 hours with temperatures reaching 108 degrees.
During the award ceremony, our Explorers received 6 trophies for placing within the top five for the 12 individual scenarios. Additionally, they placed second overall, topping 23 out of the 24 teams.
Great job guys!!!!!

Didn't get your Solar Eclipse patches? The online ordering deadline has been extended to Monday, September 4th! 
Local Eagle Scout Helps Foster Kids!

For his Eagle Project Julian changed the live of foster children in the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley communities.
Celebrate Veterans day with a Medal of Honor recipient!

Each year, the Santa Clarita Valley Boy Scouts of America honors
Leaders of Character  in our community who have helped make our valley a better place!  
 
This year, the Scouts have joined with the Santa Clarita Valley Veteran Services Collaborative to salute our Veterans of Character!
 
A gala event will be held at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, on November 11th, 2017 at 6:30 PM.  
The event will be hosted in the famous Air Force One Room at 
The Ronald Reagan Library  in Simi Valley, and includes free admission to the library, and the visiting Titanic exhibit!
 
For over one-hundred years, the Scouting Program has produced some of our finest leaders.  Many of them have gone on to serve proudly in our Nation's military.  This event is a fantastic opportunity to recognize the important contributions of the Boy Scouts of America, and the veteran community!
 
Reserve your tickets or Sponsorship:   www.veteransofcharacter.kintera.org

Friend of Camp Whitsett Service Weekend * September 22-24

Come to Camp Whitsett, volunteer, camp, and join your friends for a weekend of service to camp. Your Troop, Chapter, Scouts, or Arrowman are invited to help us get ready for winter, we will be taking down the Big Top, possibly for the last time, taking the tents down in all the campsites, and clearing the commissary for our upcoming construction project. This is when we prepared for winter. We will provide the camping and food for the weekend, cabin space is limited so please register soon.


Tennis meets Scouting.

WLACC Partners with the Southern California Tennis Association. 

The SCTA's pilot Outreach Tennis program, which was rolled out in February, shares these values. With the help of SCTA Tennis Service Representatives and TGA Premier Tennis coaches, we have implemented an ongoing program at Casa Esperanza, North Valley Caring Services, and O'Melveny Elementary School. Through the game of tennis, we are able to engage the boys, teach them tennis basics, all while having a great time.

What does an Outreach tennis session look like? With the use of portable equipment specifically designed for kids, coaches can run the program just about anywhere, be it a classroom, playground or basketball court. The racquets pop up nets and "courts" are smaller and the balls are larger. This combination of modified equipment allows the young players to handle the racquet with greater ease, in addition to making contact with the ball more consistently. The coaches work with the boys on drills and instructional games. 

At the close of the Outreach tennis sessions in May, each participating Scout will get their own racquet to take home. It is the hope that we have given the Scouts the gift of tennis for a lifetime.

A 360 tour of Camp Emerald Bay during Cub Parent Weekend!
A 360 tour of Camp Emerald Bay during Cub Parent Weekend!

2017 Fall Cub Scout Family Weekend

October 20th-22nd, 2017 

Click Here to Register Today! 

 

You can still sign up! Camp Emerald Bay is a prime spot for any Cub Scout Pack or family to explore. Experience everything Catalina has to offer at Camp Emerald Bay when you take part in our Cub Scout Family Weekend. 
Our all-inclusive package allows for a taste of every adventure, whether it is kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, archery, belt loops or a competition to challenge your skills. The weekend is sure to have something for everyone. Bring your friends and family!
Popcorn, Popcorn, Popcorn!
Popcorn?

It is an easy sell that supports your Scout and the operations of the Council, and tastes pretty darn good too. White Cheddar all the way! 
 
Your Scout can independently sell as little or much as he can, helping out himself financially while cultivating valuable interpersonal and business skills. And, get some fun prizes.

Field Services Must Read List
Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills

OCTOBER 6th. Save the date for this fun and informative Adult Leader training! Boy Scout Troops are required to have leader with updated I.O.L.S.
 
This year's training will be held the weekend of October 6th at Camp Josepho.  Registration isn't open yet, but make sure to pencil in this important training on your calendar, and encourage your fellow volunteers to attend!

2018 Registration is Open

2018 summer camp is right around the corner so don't miss out on that perfect week, REGISTER TODAY Camp Emerald Bay or Camp Whitsett, Camp Josepho will be coming soon. All WLACC's camps Josepho, Whitsett, and Emerald Bay are now accepting registrations for your troop's 2018 summer camp. If your Scouts enjoy aquatics and the ocean, everyone knows what an incredible time is to be had at Camp Emerald Bay. We have the mountains covered: at Camp Whitsett we anticipate another wet winter, the lake will be beautiful, the rivers will be flowing and the fish will be biting. If technology is more your Scout's thing, check out Camp Josepho's robotics and moviemaking programs... offerings will be expanding so stay tuned, we also offer a fantastic WEBELOS experience, and shooting sports camp. If you are ready to lock-in your dates or you need more information, please visit our websites www.campjosepho.org, www.campwhitsett.org, www.campemeraldbay.org.

For your older Scouts looking for that high adventure experience, Camp Emerald Bay and Camp Whitsett have outstanding opportunities. Camp Emerald Bay's Rugged programs: SCUBA, Canoe, Explorers will challenge your Scouts and push them out of their comfort zones. Camp Whitsett offers the Whitewater Merit Badge, Horse Packing, and several deep forest treks.

Camp Staff, be part of the magic, we are now excepting applications for 2018 staff members to staff all our WLACC camps. Visit each camp website to apply.
Take out the trash and support scouting. 
 
The Western Los Angeles County Council Boy Scouts of America has engaged with WasteZero┬« -- America's leading waste-reduction company and a Certified B Corporation -- to offer a new line of eco-friendly trash bags for sale to support Scouting.You can purchase bags at all four of our offices. All proceeds from this sale will go to purchase uniforms for Scouts in need. 
 
Tall kitchen bags - 13 gallon/30 count; retails for $10/roll. Case of 20 rolls for $59.00
Tall kitchen bags - 13 gallon/50 count; retails for $15/roll. Case of 16 rolls for $72.00
Large trash bag - 30 gallon/30 count; retails for $15/roll. Case of 14 rolls for $61.60
Large clear trash & recycle bag - 30 gallon/30 count; retails for $15/roll. Case of 14 rolls for $63.00
Large, heavy duty contractor/yard bag - 41-gallon/16 count; retails for $20/roll. Case of 10 rolls for $59.00

Get your free camp stickers at the Anna Ruggieri Service Center!
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