Weekly Scouter Update
December 16, 2020 | Greater Los Angeles Area Council, BSA
Warm wishes for the holidays from our homes to yours. Have a joyous Holiday and Happy New Year from all of us at the Greater Los Angeles Area Council!

The Cushman Watt Scout Center, LA Scout Store and all Camps will be closed from Monday, December 21 to Sunday, December 27, 2020. Our regular business hours will resume on Monday, December 28, 2020. We will also be closed December 31, 2020 to January 3, 2021 in observance of New Years.

The San Gabriel Valley and Cabrillo Scout Shops will be open. Click here to see their hours of operation.
The End of an Era Smiser Scout Center to Close December 31st
Earlier this year, plans were announced to consolidate the Greater Los Angeles Area Council’s administrative headquarters to the LA office. As a result, the Pasadena “Smiser” Scout Center will be closed starting December 31. This decision came after evaluating the best uses for council office spaces earlier in the year as well as the effect of COVID on overall operations.

The closure of the Smiser Scout Center marks the end of an era in San Gabriel Valley Scouting. This beloved space served as the San Gabriel Valley Council Headquarters and has allowed us to serve countless Scouts, Adult Volunteers, and Community Partners for over 25 years. Read More
Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience
Also known as C.O.P. E! Since the beginning of Scouting, we have offered our members an outdoor program stressing physical fitness. Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience Is one of those many programs. C.O.P.E consists of a series of outdoor challenges, beginning with basic group initiative games and progresses to more complicated low course and high course activities. Some of these events involve a group effort, whereas some test individual skills and agility. Read More
Distinguished Conservation Service Award
This award is meant to encourage and recognize Scouting units and individuals who have taken charge of contributing significantly to natural resource conservation and environmental protection. This award will serve as the highest award in Scouting for exceptional conservation service. Individuals who receive this award will be awarded a certificate reflecting their accomplishments along with a square knot that they can wear on their uniform proudly!  Read More
Virtual Silver Beaver Award Celebration
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 6:30 PM - Virtual Program

Greater Los Angeles Area Council will recognize the
Class of 2020 Silver Beaver Recipients
Andrea Denise Arias – San Gabriel Valley District
Brian Lee Best – Pio Pico District
William John Burton – Board of Directors
Matthew Chavez – Metropolitan District
Daniel J. Garcia – San Gabriel Valley District
John Hagop Kedeshian – Board of Directors
Salvador Rodriguez – El Camino Real District
Eric Schirding – Board of Directors
John Michael Sherrard – Rose Bowl District
Brian William Snaer, DDS – Rose Bowl District

Aspiring Eagle Scout Works to Beautify Mira Costa
An aspiring Eagle Scout has a plan to beautify Mira Costa High School's main parking lot - and she's also hoping to be a member of the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts. Camille Jorenby is working on her Eagle Scout project to paint the gray concrete bases of poles in the main parking lot at thSchool. Jorenby anticipates that the paint will add color to a gray area, inspire school spirit, and be a welcome sight to students when they return from quarantine. Read More
Elbert K. Fretwell Outstanding Educator Award
The Fretwell Award is presented by local Scouters to teachers, educational support staff, and school administrators who stand out from their professional peers in instilling Scouting values in their students. The Fretwell Award is not exclusively for classroom teachers. Any school employee who is equipping students to make moral and ethical choices is eligible for this award. Read More
Summer Camp is an Important Chapter in Child’s Time in Scouting.
Camp provides Scout’s with the opportunity to meet new people, meet those who are different than ones self, gain self confidence through activities, and most importantly have fun...

Scouts get to get outside and truly experience Scouting’s outdoor adventure programs. Summer Camp allows your child to develop independence, a child experiences time away from their parent possibly even for the first time. Read More
Jumpstart Your Unit Program in 2021 Game Plan Webinar
Please plan to attend the Greater Los Angeles Area Council webinar to discuss the game plan for jumpstarting your unit’s program in 2021. With current restrictions, we want to share that we are all working tirelessly to offer the Scouting program as safely as possible.

Thursday, December 17, 2020
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Click Here for Zoom Meeting Joining Information.
Update on COVID-19 and its Impact on Program Delivery
There has been a variety of questions that have arisen since the Governor’s new Health Order. Per the order, our Day Camp programs will continue to be offered with safety in mind. Our staff and volunteers have been working toward opening more program opportunities for our Scouts and Scouting. Currently, we are able to operate Day Camp (under LA County Day Camp Protocols) programming events. These events still have to adhere to a variety of protocols that makes it difficult to do many of the activities we were able to offer prior to the pandemic. Read More
GLAAC will be hosting the final Scouting for Food of 2020 on December 19th.
I am currently looking for hosts for this event. Hosts can be individual Scout families, a Pack, Troop, Crew, Ship, or Lodge that can host at their charter location (with COVID distancing in place). GLAAC would love to have representation from each district. The need is great & the more hosts we have, the better we can do!

Please reach out to me at cissie.andrews@hotmail.com if you would like to host or participate. Click here for December Scouting For Food locations.
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Are you looking for a one-stop-shop in Cub Resources?
Please check out our new Cub Resource page! You can find everything from Themes for Pack meetings, Lesson Plans for all of October, and so many ranks specific resources.

This will help you continue to provide the fun of Cub Scouting! Learn More
Short-Term Camp Admin Training
We will host a nine-hour training course on Saturday, January 9, 2021. If you are a District or Council Volunteer who chairs a program, activity, or training that requires camping overnight this training is geared specifically for you. For more information contact Dave Minnihan (GLAAC NCAP Chair, dave.minnihan@gmail.com) or Steve Salyards (GLAAC Camping Chair, scouting@salyards.com).
Click here for registration
Working at Camp Provides You with the Opportunity to Live in the Outdoors!
Go on active adventures daily, make new friends from all over the world and country, learn leadership skills, become a child’s hero, and of course, many more things. Working at camp cultivates many things such as oral communication skills, critical thinking, problem-solving, interpersonal skills, leadership skills, collaborative skills, and most importantly, creativity. Working at camp is a unique experience, every day, you will not only have fun and learn real-life skills, but you will truly be making a difference in those people’s lives that you come in contact with. Read More
2021 Summer Resident Camp Reservations
We are looking forward to the 2021 season now more than ever as we’re hopeful the “COVID-19” is apart of our past. Scouts BSA Summer Resident Camp reservations are now first come first serve. This means if you haven’t booked the same week, another unit has the opportunity to reserve your camp. Reserve Now
NESA Eagle Scholarship Website Is Live and Taking Applications
If you know a Scout who has earned the rank of Eagle, you should show them this site of scholarship opportunities. Scholarships are awarded annually to an Eagle Scout who has shown academic performance, financial need, and active participation in school and Scouting activities. Learn More
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