Weekly Scouter Update
May 5, 2021 | Greater Los Angeles Area Council, BSA
Reopening Scouting Safely
With LA County moving into the Yellow Tier (least restrictive tier) today, restrictions on meetings and activities imposed by county and state health departments due to COVID-19 have eased as the level of infection has declined. The following documents provide an update on what units can do now and what we expect they can do in June. The June dates are forward looking projections based on the data available today and are meant to help begin planning for the full reopening of Scouting. We encourage everyone to comply with appropriate health guidelines, get vaccinated, and be flexible in the planning and execution of Scouting events for the safety of all our members.

Click here for a Reopening Update – What Units Can Do

The second document (link below) is structured to assist volunteers with specific criteria as it relates to the council, district, or unit levels. Some examples of those specific criteria are:

  • COVID-19 Protocols
  • Vaccinations
  • Unit Meetings
  • Finance & Budgeting
  • Camping
  • Advancement
  • Plus, many more…

Click Here for the Reopening Plans for the Greater Los Angeles Area (Council, Districts, Units)

Let’s Scout – What can you do? – How Can You Do It?
GLAAC Reopening Camping Webinar
Finally, with the anticipated guidance still to come in the next few days/weeks, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to share some of the plans that we have for reopening camping safely in GLAAC.
We invite you and your unit leadership to join us this Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. as we share our plans (based on current CDC guidance) for overnight camping, group sizes for unit meetings and activities, COVID-19 Protocols, NYLT and others. We hope that by sharing these resources it will assist you to do as much in-person Scouting as possible.

Please CLICK HERE to join the webinar on Thursday, May 6th at 6:30 p.m.
Passcode: Fun
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
Last Thursday, April 29th at 7:00 PM, the Greater Los Angeles Area Council honored 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 did not be hold a banquet, but instead broadcasted the celebration. 
To view the presentation, please go to https://www.glaacbsa.org/EagleLive.
The key features of the program were: 
  • 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.
Click Here For Scout Shop Deals - Are You Ready for Camp!

The camps are opening and our stores are here to help you make the most
of your camping/backpacking adventures this summer!
 
We will have camping specials at each store 5/14 - 5/22 and
seminars on 5/22 at our Arcadia store.
 
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Camp Essentials - The must-have items to make your camp experience great.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
How to fit and pack a backpack/Scout Basic Essentials
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
How to select the right sleeping bag - Temperature ratings explained!
 
The more you spend, the more you save, on name brand equipment like Osprey,
Klymit, Kelty, and more!
 
Check the Council website for hours of each store.
*Restrictions apply. Contact store for details. *
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.
Click here For more information.
Cub Scout Rangemaster Training at Camp Trask - May 22, 2021
This is a required training for all persons 18+ that will be running a Cub Scout Shooting range at camp. Certification is for archery, bb gun, and slingshot. You will be required to enter a BSA ID number upon registering to be allow us to update your training records upon finishing the class. Register Now
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.  

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.  
Submit Your Articles For Our Weekly Scouter Update
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.