Weekly Scouter Update
April 28, 2021 | Greater Los Angeles Area Council, BSA
Short Term Camp Administrator Training
We will host a nine-hour training course webinar on Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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!
Click here for registration and information.
Celebrating The Eagle Scout Class of 2020
On Thursday, April 29th at 7:00 PM, the Greater Los Angeles Area Council will be honoring the Eagle Scout Class of 2020. This class will include the inaugural first young ladies earning the Eagle Scout Award in our council. This year, because of the pandemic we will not be holding a banquet, but instead will be broadcasting the celebration. If you are not available to view the video at that time, we will be sharing the link on our council website soon after the event.

To view the presentation, please go to https://www.glaacbsa.org/EagleLive, but the video will not be available until the posted time and day listed.
The key features of the program: 
  • Recognition of GLAAC Eagle Scout Class of 2020
  • Keynote speakers (previously featured in newsletters)
  • Dr. Jeffrey Bozanic – “Cave Diving”
  • David Forinash, SpaceX – “Be Prepared for Mars”
  • Presentation of Outstanding Eagle Scout Project Award
  • Presentation of Belcher Eagle Scholarships
  • Announcement of NOESA Outstanding Eagle Scouts

If you would like to learn more about becoming a sponsor of the celebration honoring the Eagle Scouts of the class of 2020 please go to: https://www.glaacbsa.org/2021EagleCelebration.
Summer of Service 2021
Join Scouting families across the country in a spirited Summer of Service! As we have throughout our history, Scouting families are answering the call to work together in service of the greater good. From public health drives, to caring for the environment, to assisting neighbors in need, Scouts have always been a force for positivity and goodness in our communities. Now more than ever, our world needs that Scouting spirit once again. Let’s step up! Together, we can answer the call to make a positive impact in our neighborhoods and communities. Join us today, with projects big or small, in a Summer of Service.
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Exploring Space - A Virtual Camporee
Metro District is proud of our youth leaders who led our virtual camporee, Exploring Space. This spring Camporee was joined by over 75 and two dozen adults. Some 15 patrols entered the games and dozens of Scouts camped in their backyards. We give a big shout out to our EmCees; Michael Warsonao, T18, Spencer Lee, T10, Justin Hahn, T621, Brian Myers, T8 and Aiden Kim, T10 for leading hour-long segments of the program. The entire program was an amazing youth production. Click here to watch the recap video!
This training program is tied directly into the authentic summer camp experience that our council puts on across our properties, giving participants the ability to earn merit badges and rank advancement requirements to help them on their Scouting journey. There are limited spots available to be a part of this amazing program, so sign up before it’s too late! If you or someone you know is interested in joining this program, reach out to us at Want to get in on the Scouting adventure this summer? If so, the Greater Los Angeles Area Council’s Counselor Training Program has some spots remaining at Camp Big Horn!

The Counselor Training Program is a 3-week program that gives Scouts and Venturers ages 14-15 the opportunity to learn what it takes to be a camp staff member at our council’s Scouts BSA Resident Camps, while giving them valuable training in leadership, counseling, and teaching that they won’t find anywhere else. This training program is tied directly into the authentic summer camp experience that our council puts on across our properties, giving participants the ability to earn merit badges and rank advancement requirements to help them on their Scouting journey. There are limited spots available to be a part of this amazing program, so sign up before it’s too late! If you or someone you know is interested in joining this program, reach out to us at hesr.ctprogram@outlook.com for more information, and for an informational guide.
Scouts BSA Troop 258 Earns The Conservation Good Turn Award
Whether you’re a student or a staff member, I think we can all agree that the best way to start your school day is with a view of fresh flowers and a beautiful garden. Luckily, that’s just what Scouts BSA Troop 258 wanted to give to Palos Verdes Intermediate School (PVIS).

On April 10th we spent a few hours helping turn a jungle of weeds into a lovely garden that will attract various pollinators, which help plants survive, grow fruit, and keep the environment healthy. Read More
The New River Gorge Has Become The 63rd National Park
The New River Gorge in West Virginia, a wild and wonderful adventure playground conveniently located in the Summit Bechtel Reserve’s backyard, has officially become our country’s 63rd national park.

That’s great news for the Summit, which already takes full advantage of its proximity to this prime destination for whitewater rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking. Read More
Camp Big Horn Week 7 is Now Open
The Greater Los Angeles Area Council is ready to host Scouts this summer at Camp Big Horn. We are scheduled to open Camp Big Horn on June 13 for six adventures weeks of summer camp. This summer our priority is Scout safety, to do this we are only opening Camp Big Horn at half capacity to ensure social distancing and we will be implementing smaller merit badge classes. This will give our troops the opportunity to start bonding with the new Scouts, older Scouts and leaders who have not had the chance to attend summer camp since 2019. I want to thank all the Troops from all over California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico for signing up and helping us reach another near sell out year at Camp Big Horn.

I know that there are a lot of troops out in the Greater Los Angeles Area Council that have not yet chosen or registered for summer camp this year, so what we are doing at Camp Big Horn is opening a special Week 7 for the troops in our council! This is your chance to get aboard the Camp Big Horn Summertime Express! It does not matter which camp you take your Scouts to this year as long as you and your Scouts go to camp. Scouting’s Outdoor Program is more important than ever this summer! Come on out and join us at Camp Big Horn! 
Trail Work is Needed at Hubert Eaton Scout Reservation
A trail is needed from the landing platform of the new zip line to Camp Big Horn. Much of the trail follows an old pathway. Here the task mostly is raking out dead leaf debris and lining the trail with locally sourced fallen branches. This part of the trail is about 300 yards long and on flat terrain. The remainder is estimated to be 200 yards long and follows a slope to the landing platform. The upslope consists of fairly loose soil with minimal vegetation so that the trail can be cut and smoothed with a couple of McClouds, a couple of shovels, and a pick or two. While the upslope will have a few turns, it doesn't appear to need full switchback construction. The full pathway is marked out with flags. It is estimated that a mixed 10-person crew of adults and youth could complete the project in about half a day.  

HESR has the tools. Participants will need to bring gloves, lots of water, and a sack lunch.

The trail needs to be built so that zip line participants will have a means of returning to camp without accidentally walking into the private area of the staff village.  

We would very much appreciate the trail work before the opening of our 2021 summer program on June 9. Interested Scout leaders can contact Mark Serratt, GLAAC facility manager (mark.serratt@scouting.org) or Dr. Steve Sinclair, HESR Steering Committee Chair (sinclair.js@gmail.com), for more information.  
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) - August 8-14, 2021
National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-oriented opportunity for young leaders, designed to provide them with Leadership Skills they can use in their home troops, and in non-Scouting situations as well.
The six-day NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what they must KNOW, and what they must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. 

Skills are taught using the Patrol method, with each Patrol setting out on a week-long Quest for the Meaning of Leadership. The course is delivered in an outdoor setting with an emphasis on learning in a fun environment. Interconnecting ideas and leadership skills are introduced early, and built upon as the Quest continues, which allows participants to understand and employ new skills immediately. Through games, presentations, challenges, and discussions, NYLT participants will be immersed in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skill and confidence to lead well. 
In order to attend a NYLT course, a youth must have the following qualifications by the beginning of the course:
  • Be a registered member of a Scouting unit.
  • Have a current BSA Health and Medical Record form parts A, B, and C.
  • Must be at least 13 years of age by August 1st 2021. 
  • Must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC).
  • Must have a unit leader recommendation.
This course will be held in the Pollock training center near Lake Arrowhead, with a hike to an “outpost” for a more rigorous overnight experience. If COVID-19 protocols require, we may hold this as a day camp program at Camp Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro. 
Click here for more information and registration.
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