Weekly Scouter Update
February 18, 2021 | Greater Los Angeles Area Council, BSA
Sign Up Your Den/Patrol for Open Program!
As was shared in the “Program Options to Keep Your Scouts Active” notice in last week’s Weekly Scouter News, four of our local camps/facilities are open for small group structured and self-service programs.
Looking back, our valley camps (Cabrillo, Firestone, and Trask) have been open in some capacity since July of 2020. These were originally only structured program specific events such as Trail to Eagle and Merit Badge Weekends that we safely and successfully operated under LA County Day Camp protocols. Those structured types of programs continued until early December provided needed opportunities for our Scouts to not only advance but learn new skills and enjoy the outdoor experience, we all love.
As the health metrics continue to improve in our county and vaccinations become more available, GLAAC’s leaders anticipate being able to offer more and more program/event offerings over the course of 2021. Some may be familiar; some may be brand new.
We have heard from many that are having difficulty accessing our new reservation system, Tentaroo. To aid in helping you to book one of our facilities for your den or patrol meeting (3-hour time block) or reserve your space for an upcoming event, please click the appropriate video tutorial below.
For most of us that will mean that we need to create an individual* or group** (unit) account on Tentaroo. For a complete video tutorial of how to create your individual/group account
*Individual accounts require approval before you can access the system to make your first reservation. Staff members will be verifying individual account approvals within a 24 hr period, unless the account is created over the weekend.
**When we converted to Tentaroo back in June of 2020 each unit’s committee chair and another appropriate leader depending on your program (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Advisor, etc.) were emailed their groups system generated Tentaroo account username and password. We understand that some may have missed that email. We will be sending the unit group account info out again (by Friday, February 19, 2021) to those leaders so they can share that information with appropriate volunteers within their unit whom they deem should have access to online reservations/bookings.
Once you have created or logged into your new individual or group (unit) account then you can choose to either book an open facility for your small group (maximum of up to 10 youth and minimum of 2 adults) or reserve your space at an upcoming program event. For a full tutorial of how to complete each please click the appropriate link below.
Again, we welcome your small group (den/patrol) to enjoy a three-hour time block at one of our outstanding facilities soon. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your staff advisor.
Are you looking for outdoor activities to do with your Scouts? Well join us at camp for the day! We are open for programs and activities. Read More
Calling On Our Members!
By Popular demand our Spring Online Popcorn Fundraiser is here!
Save the Date so it does not “POP-AWAY”
Date: March 18, 2021 Learn More
Zipline Zoom! 
Camp Big Horn at Circle X Ranch would like to debut its brand new dual racing Zip Line! This brand new zip line will send Scouts and Scouters to new heights this summer! The Dual Racing Zip line will soar you far above camp from chapel hill to beyond staff village! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope! Its you flying over camp this summer at Camp Big Horn! Read More
Belcher Eagle Scout Scholarship
Each year the Greater Los Angeles Area Council awards up to three Belcher Scholarships to Eagle Scouts. The Donald D. and M. Marie Belcher Charitable Foundation has established a special scholarship fund for Eagle Scouts in our council who have plans to attend a four-year college or university following high school graduation.

The funding will be a 2-year $7,000 college scholarship awarded each year in the amount of $3,500 the first year, renewable for a second year, with at least 24 college credits completed and a college grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or above.
Click here for more information.
Updated National BSA Statement and Recommendations on COVID
Everyone should review the latest updates to the BSA’s national statement and recommendations concerning the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The updates feature an emphasis on using the adapted CDC guidance for the general public as the minimum guidelines for Scouting participants. This is in addition to any state and local regulations and council guidelines. Click here to find information and links to multiple resources.
“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.
Use and Share These Two New Safety Moments on Two Deep
Leadership and the Buddy System
Two recently published safety moments that focus on the dangers and possible tragic consequences of unsupervised activity are now available. You may use them in your meetings, newsletters and publications to highlight the importance of Scouting’s buddy system and two-deep adult supervision requirements that exist both to prevent abuse and safeguard against tragedy. Read More
Virtual Annual Scout Shabbat
The Scout Shabbat is held yearly to coincide with the Boy Scouts of America's founding date on February 26, 2021.

Please join us in celebrating Scouting's 105th anniversary with Scout Shabbat Services. The National Jewish Committee on Scouting (NJCOS) urges all Jewish Scouting youth to show pride in their faith by holding a Scout Shabbat service for their Unit, District, or Council.  Learn More
APRIL 29, 2021 7:00 TO 8:00 PM
More information to follow.
Gathering of Eagles Event
(Thursday, March 4th at 5:00 to 6:00 PM)
As our society and economy rapidly changes, more people are starting their own companies and beginning the journey to becoming a successful entrepreneur. On the road to success lay many pitfalls, and failure is common.

Join us as we talk with long-time Scouter Dave Berkus about what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur and financially independent. Discover strategies to maximize your success and find out what it really takes to start your own company. Register Now
Working at Camp Provides You with the Opportunity To:
Live, play and work 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 very unique experience, every day you will not only have fun, and learn real life skills but you will truly be making a difference. Read More
Outstanding Eagle Scout Award-Deadline Extended
The GLAAC Eagle Scout Association Chapter is currently accepting nominations for the National Eagle Scout Association 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.

To the extent possible, please complete sections 1, 2 and 4, provide a separate attachment describing the nominee’s professional, community and / or avocational achievements, and submit at least one paragraph summarizing why you consider the nominee to be outstanding and/or distinctive.

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 nomination applications should be emailed to cicily.gardea@scouting.org and must be received by March 1, 2021, to be considered. Alternatively, completed nomination applications may be mailed, to be received by March 1, 2021, to:
Cicily Gardea
Greater Los Angeles Area Council BSA
2333 Scouting Way
Los Angeles, CA 90026
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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