Weekly Scouter Update
April 14, 2021 | Greater Los Angeles Area Council, BSA
Invitation to Eagle Scout Celebration
2021 Virtual Eagle Scout Celebration – Greater Los Angeles Area Council, BSA
April 29, 2021 - 7:00 PM - Save this Date and Time
Click here for Event links and Sponsorship Opportunities!

This year we have two outstanding keynote speakers that you will not want to miss. We introduced one speaker last week. Dr. Jeff Bozanic is our second speaker.

Outstanding Eagle Scout Dr. Jeffrey Bozanic (picture above)
Technical Diver, Instructor and Scientist
“Cave Diving”

Dr. Bozanic is an extremely active technical diver, instructor, and scientist. He will be sharing amazing stories and photos with us about his cave diving adventures. Dr. Bozanic has led diving and scientific discovery expeditions all over the world. This winter he will be leading a group of Scouts diving under the ice in Antarctica. Interested in joining him? For more about Dr. Bozanic, Jeff Bozanic Bio.
Summer Camp Awaits!
 We have been notified by reliable sources within the State of California and LA County Dept.’s of Public Health that overnight camping guidance will be released before the end of March 2021. Within this guidance we will anticipate updates on COVID-19 protocols, food service, sleeping arrangements, camp capacities and many others. If positive COVID-19 cases in LA and San Bernardino County continue to decrease, then we could open for overnight camping as early as June 1, 2021.

If your unit has been hesitant to register for a week of summer camp at Camp Big Horn (near Lake Arrowhead) or Camp Cherry Valley (Santa Catalina Island) there is still space remaining in a few select weeks for this summer.
 
To explore the remaining possibilities, click the links below:
Click here for Camp Big Horn at Circle X Ranch
Click here for Camp Cherry Valley
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! 
The New San Gabriel Valley Scout Shop is Now Open!
The newly completed Scout Shop is located at 411 E Huntington Dr., Ste. #117 in Arcadia, CA 91006. Our new store has a great selection of Scouting and camping gear to prepare you for your next outdoor adventure. In addition to purchasing Scout supplies, leaders can conduct other council business at the new store, including paying camp fees, registering new members, and dropping off and picking up Scouting information. Click here to visit our Scout Shop webpage to learn more!
Cub Scouts Can Build Some Fun With New Modular Design Preview Adventure. Do your Scouts love to create and build? Then they’ll love the new Modular Design Cub Scout Preview Adventure
Do These Three Things to Strengthen Your Connection to World Scouting!
Together, Scouts around the world make a hugely positive impact on the people in their unique communities. Learn More
Momentum: Discover
Prepare for a Successful Summer of Camping at This Free OA Event Open to All
At the “Momentum: Discover” virtual event, attendees will unite for training sessions, fun, and more. Read More
Free Virtual STEM event for Scouts April 24 at 1 p.m. PT
Hawaii’s largest and most exciting family-friendly STEM event returns in an exciting interactive and virtual format on Saturday, April 24 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. PT. The virtual format makes it available for youth across the country including our Scouts here in California! 
 
Why You Should Attend
Interactive Educational Videos for families and children of all ages!
 
The Ellison Onizuka Day of Exploration is a family-friendly day of all things STEM and is free and open to the public. The virtual event will feature 30+ virtual booths with tons of interactive, engaging, and educational videos. Your child can watch and engage in science exploration, including STEM workshops led by some of the top professionals in their areas of expertise. Valuable resources for you and your child.
 
Participate in our virtual scavenger hunt. Participants will be shown clues to find images throughout the virtual event. Also, participate in our Leaderboard game by reading a list of actions to perform during the event to awarded virtual points which leads to prizes.
 
Not able to attend on April 24? Event content will be available for 30 days after the event. Register and login anytime during that period.
 
Click here for more information or to register.
Camp Fire Safety 
Who doesn’t love a glowing campfire at the end of the day? However, to make sure it won’t be your tent that burns, let’s look at some good fire safety practices.
Click here for more information 
Golden Nugget Weekends
Howdy folk! For all you Cubs who are going to be Webelos next September, come join us on our trip back to the Ol' California Mining Days of the 1840's for one of the Golden Nugget Weekends at Camp Cherry Valley on Catalina Island. Island fun and Webelos Adventures await!
Click here 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.
Jamboree NEXT Listening Sessions
We are structuring the upcoming Jamboree NEXT, which entails honoring the past and harnessing the future of the Scouting National Jamboree. To make this future model as diverse, inclusive, and rewarding as possible, we need input from our scouting community. The National Jamboree Committee will be conducting several listening sessions to obtain input from past participants, as well as from Scouters who have not had an opportunity to participate in the National Jamboree.

Listening Session Dates and Times:
  • April 20, 2021 at 5:00 PM for past National Jamboree adult participants
  • April 22, 2022 at 5:00 PM for past youth Jamboree Participants
  • April 27, 2021 at 5:00 PM for adult Scouters who have not participated in the National Jamboree
  • April 29, 2021 at 5:00 PM for youth Scouters who have not participated in the National Jamboree

If you would be interested in participating in one of the listening sessions, please contact me at a-graves@sbcglobal.net, and I'll forward you the Zoom information for the appropriate session.
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