Weekly Scouter Update
December 30, 2020 | Greater Los Angeles Area Council, BSA
Warm wishes for the holidays from our homes to yours. Have a 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 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.

Year-End Donations Can Be Made Online. Click here if you would like to make an end of the year gift to the Greater Los Angeles Area Council, BSA.
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
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

Counselor Training Program
The Greater Los Angeles Area Council is proud to have the Counselor Training Program at both Camp Big Horn at Circle X Ranch, and Camp Cherry Valley. This program is designed to give Scouts ages 14 and 15 the opportunity to learn what it takes to be a camp staff member, and learn valuable leadership, teaching, and counseling skills along the way. 
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
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
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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Please submit your articles for the Scouter Weekly Update in MS-Word format on Monday of each week, with the images separately in a JPG format. Please email your articles to rossarnold1213@gmail.com. We welcome your input and encourage you to share your ideas with kevin.burton@scouting.org.