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You are cordially invited to the
Western Los Angeles County Council

Boy Scouts of America

2018 Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Registration opens at 6:30 pm

Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Ave
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Dinner and Program at 7:00 pm
2018 Sponsorship Opportunities
Table Sponsor* • $1,000 – five Eagle Scouts & five guests
Patron Sponsor** • $500 – two Eagle Scouts & two guest
Eagle Sponsor† • $130 – Sponsored Eagle Scout & one Ticket
Individual Dinner ticket • $65 – per person
Register online at
Or for more information contact:
Liz Hernandez (818) 933-0129 •
Please RSVP by Thursday, April 14, 2018
Click here to Register 

First come first serve

Volunteers 16 years & older contact go here. Only 100 spots available!

Volunteers Under the age of 16 go here. Only 25 spots available!

If you have any questions reach out to RC Peterson


200 MPH Scouting

Long Beach Grand Prix April 13-15th

Come cheer on the Boy Scouts driver!

Check out all the action at the Long Beach Grand Prix. Scouts and their families will get a chance to meet the drivers, see behind scenes and get a close look at the 700HP BSA IndyCar! Scouts can be part of the action and gain service hours by volunteering as grandstand ushers and staffing the BSA climbing wall in the LifeStyle expo. Spots are limited so sign up soon. Volunteers will receive a special set of checkered shoulder loops.


Downtown Long Beach

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Benefits include Meeting an Indy car driver, Service hours, Free access to the races, Free lunch and a free concert Saturday night.

Grand Prix flyer

Grand Prix website








Both Learning for Life and Scouting units are chartered for a period of twelve months at a time.  The vast majority of units recharter on a calendar year basis, meaning that their charter runs from January 1st – December 31st of a given year.  Ninety days prior to the end of the charter period units are able to login online and begin the recharter process.  Unit Leadership (Committee Chair, Chartered Organization Representative, and the Top Leader ie. Cubmaster, Scoutmaster etc.) or in the case of Exploring Post/Club Leadership (Parent Committee Chair and Post/Club Adviser) will receive an automated e-mail to begin the process 90 days prior to their unit charter expiring.  This automated e-mail from the National Council will include the “Unit Access Code” needed to login in to the recharter system and links to the recharter site.

For your convenience we have posted links below to the recharter website as well as additional resources and a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s).

Internet Rechartering System

What is Wood Badge?

Wood Badge LogoScouting’s Premier Training Course

Wood Badge is Scouting’s premier training course. In 1911, Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the scouting movement, took the first steps in training Scouting’s adult leaders by organizing a series of lectures for Scouters. He made great strides in the years that followed, culminating in 1919 with the establishment of Wood Badge training. Baden-Powell designed it so that Scouters could learn, in as practical a way possible, the skills and methods of Scouting. Wood Badge recipients now number more than 100,000 and can be found in all corners of the world.

Learning By Doing

Wood Badge is first and foremost, learning by doing. The course participants are formed into patrols and these into a troop. The entire troop lives in a camp setting for a six days, practicing Scout skills and learning to work as a team.

The Patrol Method

The uniqueness of Scouting is the patrol method. The use of the natural group of six or eight boys who elect their own leader and plan and carry out many of their own activities is a democracy in microcosm. Here Scouts learn the give and take of working with people as they must surely do all their lives. Here, too, they are given leadership and learning opportunities which prepare them for their future roles as citizens. It is for this reason that it is so crucial that all adults understand thoroughly the patrol method.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending Wood Badge, participants will be able to:

  • View Scouting globally, as a family of interrelated, values-based programs that provide age-appropriate activities for youth.
  • Recognize the contemporary leadership concepts utilized in corporate America and leading government organizations that are relevant to our values-based movement.
  • Apply the skills they learn from their participation as a member of a successful working team.
  • Revitalize their commitment to Scouting by sharing in an overall inspirational experience that helps provide Scouting with the leadership it needs to accomplish its mission on an ongoing basis.

Wood Badge Course Structure

Wood Badge consists to two phases. The first is the practical phase. This consists of two full weekends at camp plus two midweek patrol meetings between the weekends. The second, or application phase, occurs after the weekends and consists of “working your ticket”, a set of 5 Scouting-related goals.

Wood Badge Ticket

The primary purpose of the Wood Badge experience is to strengthen Scouting in units, districts, and the council. The Wood Badge “ticket” represents your commitment to complete a set of 5 personal goals related to your Scouting position. These goals will significantly strengthen the program in which you are involved. In addition, the ticket gives you an opportunity to practice and demonstrate a working knowledge of the leadership and team skills presented during the course. You should complete your Wood Badge ticket no later than 18 months after the practical phase of the course.


Upon completion of the Wood Badge ticket, as certified by your Troop Guide and the Scout executive, you will be presented your Wood Badge certificate, neckerchief, woggle, and beads at an appropriate public ceremony. Many Scouters consider Wood Badge to be one of the highlights of their Scouting careers. It has served as a source of training and inspiration to thousands. In return, Wood Badge participants have positively affected the lives of millions of America’s youth.



Click here to Register for Wood Badge 



General Information about NYLT

Register Now!

Major Aims of NYLT


  • to give participants the confidence and knowledge to run the troop program,
  • to teach and practice key leadership skills and relate these skills to the Scout’s troop responsibilities,
  • to give Scouts the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with other Scouts,
  • to give each Scout a varied experience and new skills, with emphasis on the patrol method, in a fun atmosphere,
  • to create an atmosphere where Scouts will experience “Scouting at its best,” and
  • to enhance the relationship between the participant and his home troop.

Is NYLT a week at summer camp?

No. Although there is an emphasis on fun, NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING is a leadership training course in an outdoor environment. There are no rank advancement opportunities during the week. The purpose of this course is to develop leadership skills that Scouts will use in their home troop and throughout their lives.

Who should attend NYLT?

  • Youth in a position of leadership (Senior Patrol Leader or Assistant Senior Patrol Leader) or will be a candidate in the near future.
  • Be First Class rank before attending.
  • Must be thirteen years of age before the first day of NYLT.
  • And have the enthusiasm and desire to participate in this learning experience.

WLACC National Youth Leadership Training

Registrants must be 13 years old and First Class rank by June 18, 2017

$250 per Scout by 4/30/18
$275 per Scout starting 5/01/17

$100 Deposit Required, Balance Due May 31,2018

Register Now!

Equipment List

Is any special equipment needed?

Each Scout is required to have at least one complete Scout uniform. A complete uniform includes the following; Scout shirt, Scout pants or shorts, Scout belt and Scout socks. This is sometimes known as the Class A uniform and will be worn at breakfast and dinner during the week. Most other times the Scouts will wear a uniform which consists of the NYLT T-shirt (provided on the first day of the course) along with Scout pants, Scout socks and Scout belt. One set of civilian clothes will be useful for a couple of activities during the week. More information is given after application is received. Participants will receive 2 each NYLT T-Shirt, NYLT Trained Shoulder Patch, NYLT Program Patch, and NYLT Water Bottle.

How can I get additional information?

Contact:  Jessica Pazdernik <>


Council Standard Procedures


The Council is excited to unveil our new website.  As national moves to more electronic forms the website has become a hub for services like to aid in Rank Advancement, insurance forms and rechartering. The new website will provide this hub for parents/volunteers and Scouts to access the various portals. To aid navigation, the homepage will feature a simpler layout with clear pulldowns to route users to specific information.

Social Media has become a great tool for organizations to distribute information to members in a timely manner. Along with email the councils Facebook, Instagram and electronic newsletter have become the most efficient and timely way to relay Scouting news. Below you will find a short description of the various platforms the council will use to keep members informed on all the amazing things happening.


Analytics from the previous site showed users “visit” the website looking for a specific set of information (forms, registration, training etc). To facilitate this change in demand the new website is visually more appealing with easy to navigate pull downs. At the top of the page are links to the councils Social Feeds.

As users peruse social media more to see what is happening unit Specific information will be posted on the Social media feeds. See Social Media section below for format specifics.


We sincerely hope that our efforts will result in less time online and more time experiencing the joys of Scouting. To submit content for the councils website or newsletter please see the guidelines below. We want to ensure you message/content/news is disseminated in the most efficient way so please ensure that information is in final form before submitting. New Webmaster EMAIL. Address  Calendar??


Council Website

The homepage Slide show will rotate upcoming Council level specific information. Examples.

  • Fundraisers-that directly benefit the council (Camp Cards, Special Events).
  • Camping – information on events hosted by the council at Josepho, EB and Whitsett.

Format– High quality landscape format JPG 1235 X 526. With Right 1/3 of picture free of important images (as button will cover that area.) If registration forms is needed create “doubleknot” before and include the URL.

Information that will be included in the News portion of the website will include.

  • District hosted special events. (awards dinners, camporees,)
  • District & Council training events- Woodbadge, NYLT
  • Council wide information- Scout Expo, Awards, Eagle dinner.
  • Format– High quality Portrait format JPG 400 X 480. If “registration link is needed” create doubleknot link before and include the URL. Also include Short 3-4 word eye catching headline.

The website will be updated the first and third week of the month. Please write articles from the Councils perspective, “The Council invites you to the Amazing Balboa Oaks Camporee”.

Lastly and most importantly make sure

  • Copy is concise, free of grammatical & spelling errors, and ideally exciting.
  • Includes a well composed JPG picture (If possible exciting, people smiling having fun etc)
  • All information is complete so webmaster can simply cut and paste into site.
  • Hyperlinks have been tested and are included at time of submission.


The Council publishes a monthly email newsletter with circulation in the thousands. This is one of the best tools to get the word out about your event.

The orange and white font is the only copy in the article. It gives the important information.

The tan block below is a link to a sign up document that has more in depth information.

The top image is one JPG that has combined multiple images to quickly communicate to the reader information about the article.

LA Railroad Heritage Foundation has been very successful using the newsletter to register Scouts for their Rail Road Merit Badge Day. A good portion of the article is understood from the picture. The foundation started with a high quality landscape activity image and added small clip art to further visually communicate. LARHF added a headline and saved it as a JPG. The “copy” in the article is simply bullet points showing basic information.  The organization has created a Sign Up form with far more detailed information that is accessed through the tan button at the bottom of the page. By including a button hyperlink the group has made interested readers open the registration page which most likely results in greater follow through and sign ups.

  • Copy must be free of errors, written from Council perspective ready to “Cut and Paste in”
  • High quality eye catching JPG picture – that illustrates the article.
  • (DoubleKnot) or other document or link setup in advance and include hyperlink.
  • Include a short descriptive EYE Catching headline and copy.


Social Media- Instagram & Facebook


Both social media platforms provide the chance for Boy Scouts, Charter Partners and Units to educate and create positive PR that aids in recruiting, fundraising and more.

Troop 191 has an Instagram Account that the unit updates with fun activities and outings. The great potential for Social Media platforms is that it allows the public to see the positive and exciting things Scouts do in their Community. Here Troop 191 has posted a picture from a Council awards dinner. The troop tagged the council and the venue and used both Scouting and Non-Scouting specific hashtags. This is a great way to showcase the unit, district, council and Scouting as a whole all from your cellphone in under 2 mins. By posting at the until level it allows the council and other parties to share the unit photo and create additional views from the same content by simply resharing.

Social Media Best Practices

  • Set the location
  • Tag 3 people and use 3 hashtags. Ideas: #TROOP45 #Camping #pinewoodderby #Scouting #Kayking
  • Please use the council’s hashtage #BSAwestLA so we can easily find all the great content you create.




Facebook is another great tool. Here is an example of Troop 229 tagging the Council on a hike. Tagging the council informs us of the great outings the unit does and allows us to reshare the content. Content generated by our volunteers and Scouters provides a legitimacy that Scouting works in a way that is hard to replicated at higher levels.




You never know what can go Viral! Here is an example where tagging helps. We tagged the USS Iowa in our post and they reshared. The result was many more shares and likes and a reach far beyond our Council influence!

Anna Ruggieri Service Center

16525 Sherman Way, Unit C-8
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Regular Office Hours
Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Office Closed for National Holidays – Check Calendar
Contact Information
(818) 785-8700 Main Phone/Customer Service   (818) 781-1296 Scout Store
The central number is answered by a Customer Service Representative to direct your call.
Some individuals and departments can also be called directly.
(818) 901-4888 FAX – Main/Customer Service
(818) 901-4887 FAX – Camping/Accounting
(818) 901-4889 FAX – Administration/Development


Scout Executive  Matthew Thornton (269) 753-2400
Deputy Scout Executive & COO  Lee Harrison (818) 933-0109
Scout Executive Assistant – Human Resources Jessie Hernandez (818) 933-0127
Director of Field Services Andrew Sisolak (818) 933-0123
Controller Susan Myers (818) 933-0118
Marketing & Development Ryan “RC” Peterson (818) 933-0106
Development Director Trevor Fulham (818) 933-0108
Camping Registrar Ariel Annis (818) 933-0130
District Executive – Balboa Oaks Eddie Rodriguez (818) 933-0129
District Executive – Cahuenga Yesenia Zeron (818) 933-0117
District Executive – Las Colinas  James “Jim” Garrett (818) 933-0126
Outreach Field Director Maricela Orendain (818) 933-0120
Outreach District Executive Joy Torrero (818) 933-0113
Exploring Executive Jim Webb  (310) 487-8055
Camp Director – Camp Emerald Bay Scott Gunn (818) 785-8700
Program Director – Camp Emerald Bay Linnea Heinstedt (818) 933-0104
Camp Director – Camp Whitsett  Ethan Reynolds  (818) 785-8700
Camp Director – Camp Josepho (818) 785-8700

Van Nuys Scout Store

Come support the Scouting World Friendship fund by donating at the Scout Shop



16525 Sherman Way, Unit C-8
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Contact Information
(818) 781-1296
Regular Store Hours
Monday – Friday (excluding Wednesday) 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Please call for Holiday hours & closures









Description: 2016 Council Recognition Dinner
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Registration Begins: 12/7/2015
Last Day to Register: 1/22/2016 11:55:00 PM
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Cost: $65.00 per per person
$650.00 per per table of 10
You, Your Family, Friends

And Members of Your Unit

Are Cordially Invited
to the
Western Los Angeles County Council
Boy Scouts of America
2016 Council Recognition Dinner

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Odyssey Restaurant

15600 Odyssey Drive

Granada Hills, CA  91344

                        6:30 – 7:30 pm    Reception
                       7:30 pm Dinner and Program

This evening we will recognize our 2015 Silver Beaver Recipients.

Join us in applauding the special volunteers receiving these honors:

Rick Dees – Steven Jacobs – Frederick Mercer – Don Sears – Melaine Hammock – Peter Kurt – Harold Schloss – Manuel Valls

Activity Location: Map:  15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills, CA 91344, US
Cancellation Policy: We have a no refund policy.