Weekly Scouter Update
January 13, 2021 | Greater Los Angeles Area Council, BSA
Antonio and the Gift Card
By Scoutmaster Kendra Fleagle Gorlitsky It’s December. I finally heard from him. I’d been waiting. 

Antonio is one of those youths referred to as high risk…hailing from hunger, poverty, a family that includes substance abuse and prison time. Bright and athletic, Scouts had taught him to ride a bike, ice skate and swim, to say “sorry,” to stop pounding smaller kids, encouraged him to take up a musical instrument, to “show me an A,” to aspire to college. Read More
Teachable Moments in the Shadows of National Events
Dear Scouting Leaders and Parents:
The recent images from the US Capitol were stunning. The crises that played out in real time on television last week in Washington DC, and this past year in Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle and here in Los Angeles may cause you as a Scout leader to ask, “how do I explain this to the members of my unit and to my own children?” These events further highlight the need for Scouting and its programs...
BSA Alumni Presentation by Chief John Esposito
We are proud to announce our upcoming event sponsored by the National Eagle Scout Association Firefighter Affinity Group and BSA Alumni, scheduled for Monday January 18th, 2021 at 8:00pm (EST). Joe Kruzan, a member of the NESA Firefighters Affinity Group of the BSA Alumni Association will be interviewing Chief John Esposito, an Eagle Scout, serving with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). Chief Esposito and Joe have been working on public safety projects since 2012.

They have worked side by side at both the 2013 and 2017 National Scout Jamborees and proudly boast that we were the first to serve in public safety at our (SBR) Summit Bechtel Reserve. They still serve on the SBR Incident Management Team for large scale events. They would like to invite all of you and your Scouting friends to join us as we discuss how the largest fire department in our great nation is coping with Covid-19 and how his experiences in Scouting have prepared him to be the leader he is today. See Flyer
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

NESA Scholarships Available
The National Eagle Scout Association has a number of scholarships available for Eagle Scouts, some in the thousands of dollars. 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
National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Award

The GLAAC Eagle Scout Association Chapter is currently accepting nominations for the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. This is a prestigious recognition granted by the local council's NESA committee to Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state, or regional level.

The NOESA recognizes Eagle Scouts whose efforts have made a positive impact in the community.
 
Click here for more information about the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award.
 
Click here for the nomination application and accompanying instructions and eligibility requirements.

Completed applications should be emailed to cicily.gardea@scouting.org and must be received by February 8, 2021, to be considered.
“Be the Change” Event for the Inaugural Class of Female Eagle Scouts
We are inviting everyone to join us for a celebration of service, leadership, and the groundbreaking accomplishments of the first female Eagle Scouts during the upcoming “Be the Change” event. This event will be broadcast on Facebook Live on February 21, 2021, at 8pm ET. Click here for more details about the event, and be sure to invite others to view this special, historic event.
Proposed Eagle Scout Required Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Merit Badge Delayed
The introduction of the proposed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion merit badge is being delayed to allow for the careful consideration and evaluation of feedback received from a wide variety of commenters on the draft requirements. Until further notice, all Scouts working on the Eagle Scout rank should continue to use current rank requirements. Once the Eagle-required Diversity, Equity and Inclusion merit badge is introduced, Scouts in the process of earning the rank of Eagle Scout will be given adequate time to earn it. Updates regarding the merit badge will be shared with councils directly and via Scoutingwire. Specific questions are welcome via email at Officeof.ChiefDiversityOfficer@scouting.org
Area Spotlight: Ranger Corps
Brand new to Camp Big Horn at Circle X Ranch The Ranger Corps is designed to teach Scouts The importance of handyman skills. Focusing on Automotive maintenance, home repair, metalworks, and welding. The Ranger Corps Will assist camp rangers with maintenance around our property, this will not only beautify our camp But providing a learning opportunity for the Scouts in the program. Scouts will get their hands dirty learning these skills that will last a lifetime. Scouts will have a sense of pride seeing that their work is making an impact on those around them and to anyone attending Camp Big Horn at Circle X Ranch! We hope to you as a part of our Ranger Corps in the 2021 season at Camp Big Horn at Circle X Ranch! Spots are still available! Sign up today! All units to sign up will receive one free adult!
Program Highlight: STEAM
Introducing a brand new area to Camp Big Horn at Circle X Ranch, S.T.E.A.M! Our S.T.E.A.M department is excited to bring you Animation, Astronomy, Photography & Journalism, Radio, Robotics, Space Exploration Merit Badges! Focusing on the BSA’s STEM NOVA programs our area is one of a kind in camps! Learn 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
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