National High Adventure Base Treks


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Taking part in a trek through one of the three National High Adventure bases can be a life changing experience for our youth and their adult leaders! It has been said that a Scout departs on one of these adventures a boy, but returns a man.

Your entire troop or crew can organize and take part in a National High Adventure Base visit, or you may choose to join one of the Western Los Angeles County Council’s contingents. Each year WLACC typically organizes at least one National High Adventure Base trip.

Boy Scout High Adventure Awards


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The High Adventure Team administers a supplementary patch program for Boy Scouts.

There are rules and requirements to earning these cool patches.

After earning their rank advancement, many Boy Scout Troops choose to pursue one or more of the High Adventure Awards for Boy Scouts.

Learn more about these awards on the WLACC High Adventure Team Website (leaves WLACC-council maintained website)

Cub Scout High Adventure Awards


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The High Adventure Team administers a supplementary patch program for Cub Scouts.

There are rules and requirements to earning these cool patches.

After earning their rank advancement, many Cub Scout dens choose to pursue one or more of the High Adventure Awards for Cub Scouts.

Learn more about these awards on the WLACC High Adventure Team Website (leaves WLACC-council maintained website)

 

Camp Cards-

While Camp Cards are a predominantly Spring sale units can choose to sell Camp Cards throughout the year.  Please e-mail Christine Medina at christine.medina@scouting.org or call 818.785.8700 for more information.

The 2018 Camp Card Sale

The Camp Card initiative is designed to help Scouts earn their way to summer resident camp, high adventure or Cub day camp / twilight camp. Units participating in this program will earn 50% commission ($2.50) for each $5 Camp Card they sell. The sale will begin in January 30, 2018 and ends in May, giving units nearly 2 months to sell and close out their accounts.
This program is RISK FREE, simply return any unsold cards at settlement on or before April  27th.

Community Partners
Local businesses have offered generous one-time discounts that make the sale of this card a no-brainer. Several more partners, right in your own community, have offered discounts that are multi-use all year round. Take advantage of these partnerships to help your Scouts get to camp.

Camp Master (kamp · má · ster): one who ensures their Scouts get to camp.
Each unit should have a Camp Master. The Camp Master’s Camp Card sale responsibilities are to manage all aspects
of the sale and clearly communicate information about the sale and camping opportunities to your leaders, parents and Scouts.
The Camp Master’s ultimate goal: Get 100% of their Scouts to summer camp.
The Camp Master should be an expert on all things camp, they must ensure Scouts know the myriad of summer camp opportunities available and are encouraged to attend. A good Camp Master will have over 90% of their Scouts attend a summer camp.

2018 WLACC Camp Card Unit Leaders Guide

2018 Camp Card Sign up Form

Popcorn

Trails-end believes that every eligible youth should have the opportunity to experience the life changing adventures that Scouting offers.  Trails-end also believes that a partnership with Scouts, Scouting Units, and Local Councils to make Scouting affordable is the best way to we can create a generation of ethical decision makers guided by the values of the Scout Oath and Law.  Each year the Western Los Angeles County Council partners with Trails-end to sell popcorn to help units deliver the best possible program possible to our Scouts.  In 2016, Scouting in Western Los Angeles County Council received over $314,000 that helped provide transformative experiences for our youth.  We invite your unit leadership to come and learn about the POWER of Popcorn and how it can help your unit.

WLACC Popcorn Resource Links:

2017 Popcorn Guide

2017 Popcorn Training Slides

2016 Trails-end Scholarship Form

**Please scan completed scholarship forms to andrew.sisolak@scouting.org for local council approval.  Andrew will then transmit the signed form to Trails-end.

Trails-End Popcorn Resource Links:

Trails-End is please to announce the introduction of a new website to handle online selling and popcorn sale administration.

Navigate sell.trails-end.com to login.

  • Is the main link for Council Staff, Volunteers & Scout Families
  • From here you can choose:
    • Popcorn System
    • Online Selling
    • Scholarship
  • Plus it gives them/you access to the following links with a lots of great info, tools, videos, etc.
    • Tool Kit
    • Training
    • Incentives

Please Use the Video below to get started:

Unit Leader Tutorial: How to place Orders & Track Scout Sales

Website Unit Reference

Unit Checklist

BSA Supply will once again be handling Popcorn Prize Fulfillment.

Navigate to  http://bsaprizemania.org/ to order prizes.

Prize Ordering Powerpoint Instructions

PPT Instructions

Prize Ordering Video Instructions

Video Instructions

If you have any questions … or need assistance, please email NDC.PrizeIncentiveProgram@scouting.org or call our customer service team at 800-323-0736.

 

 

 

 

 

Boy Scout Programs and Events


Learn about Boy Scouting (for boys 11 to 17 years old)

Boy Scout Events

The Boy Scout program has many traditional events; some of which are run by the Troop, some by the District and some by the Council. Click on each item for a more information. Curious and want to learn even more? Attend your district’s monthly Roundtable meeting and ask!
Check out the Camping Events for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts at Emerald Bay, Whitsett, and Josepho in our 2014 Camping Guide
Events that make Boy Scouting Fun!

  • Camping for Boy Scouts – Weekend, Summer Camp, Treks, National, & International Trips
  • Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)
  • Boys Life Magazine – Ideas from BoysLife.org
  • Scouting Magazine – Ideas from ScoutingMagazine.org
  • Other Activities – from the BSA National Website
  • Patrol Challenge (run by the Balboa Oaks District)

Events that make Boy Scouting meaningful!

  • Scouting for Food (usually run by the Unit or District)
  • Memorial Day Flad Placement Ceremony (run by the Council)
  • Scout Sunday/Scout Sabbath Services (usually run by the Unit)

Events that make Boy Scouting possible!

  • Friends of Scouting Fundraising Campaign (Council)
  • Popcorn Sales Fundraising Campaign (Council)

Events that make Boy Scout Leaders better!

  • Boy Scout Leader Training (Online)
  • District Roundtable Meetings (District – Monthly)
  • University of Scouting (Council – Annually)
  • Wood Badge Training (Council)

Additional Opportunities

In addition to the character building Boy Scout Rank Advancement program, the BSA has many other opportunities for Scouts.

  • Boy Scout High Adventure Awards
  • Order of the Arrow
  • Other Award Programs (National) – Check out the “Special Opportunities” of awards earned for Activities, Adventure, Education, and Service
  • Awards Resources (National) – Reference material about some of the awards and recognitions available to Boy Scouts.
  • Special Opportunities (National) – Training courses, summer jobs, scholarships, and special programs available to Scouts

Share Information

Curious and want to learn even more? Attend your district’s monthly Roundtable meeting and ask!

High Adventure Team


The WLACC High Adventure Team (HAT) is an all volunteer organization that provides:

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WLACC High Adventure Team Website

All of the awards, training information and resources are available on the HAT website: www.wlacchat.org (leaves WLACC-council maintained website)

Cub Scout Programs and Events


Learn about Cub Scouting (for boys in 1st through 5th grade)

Cub Scout Events

The Cub Scout program has many traditional events; some of which are run by the Pack, some by the District and some by the Council. Click on each item for a more information. Curious and want to learn even more? Attend your district’s monthly Roundtable meeting and ask!
Check out the Camping Events for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts at Emerald Bay, Whitsett, and Josepho in our 2015 Camping Guide
Events that make Cub Scouting Fun!

  • Camping for Cubs – Day, Weekend, & Resident Programs
  • Anniversary of Scouting Week
  • Blue and Gold Banquet (run by the Pack)
  • Pinewood Derby (run by the Pack)
  • Patrol Challenge (run by the Balboa Oaks District)

Events that make Cub Scouting meaningful!

  • Scouting for Food (usually run by the Unit or District)
  • Memorial Day Flag Placement Ceremony (run by the Council)
  • Scout Sunday/Scout Sabbath Services (usually run by the Unit)

Events that make Cub Scouting possible!

  • Friends of Scouting Fundraising Campaign (Council)
  • Popcorn Sales Fundraising Campaign (Council)

Events that make Cub Leaders better, and lead to better programs for our kids!

  • Cub Leader Training (District)
  • District Roundtable Meetings (District – Monthly)
  • Pow Wow (Council – Annually)
  • Wood Badge Training (Council)

Additional Opportunities

In addition to the outstanding Cub Scout Advancement program, the BSA has many other opportunities for Cub Scouts.

  • Cub Scout High Adventure Awards
  • Religious Emblems Program
  • Leave No Trace Award
  • Activities & Events (National) – Introduction to the wide array of activities that can be included in the Cub Scout program.
  • Program Support (National) – Resources available to help you run a successful year-round program.

Share Information

Curious and want to learn even more? Attend your district’s monthly Roundtable meeting and ask!

Forms and Documents


Useful Forms for Scouts

Summer Camp Information


The Western Los Angeles County Council has three camps that together embody everything that California has to offer. Whether you are looking to explore the coast of the Pacific Ocean, experience the majesty of the Sequoia National Forest, access the historical glamour of Hollywood, or all of the above, WLACC camps offer a program that will exceed your expectations. Check out our Boy Scout and Cub Scout Camping Guide 2015 to see what programs will be running this year.

Camp Emerald Bay

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The gem of Catalina Island offers an invigorating and highly professional Merit Badge program with an emphasis on sustainability and Scouting values. Outside of merit badge classes, troops can kayak, snorkel, SCUBA dive,mountain bike, and much more. Older scouts can explore Catalina from the heights of its peaks to the depths of the ocean in the Rugged Adventurers program, whose Five high adventure programs offer older scouts the challenge and adventure they seek in overnight canoe and mountain bike trips and high-level SCUBA diving certifications in some of the best diving in the world.

 

Camp Whitsett

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Camp Whitsett’s outstanding program offers over twenty traditional merit badges, mountain biking, hiking, a COPE course and white-water rafting. Scouts can fast-track their rank advancement with wide-ranging Merit Badges and First Class programs while the entire troop improves its unit pride with troop-wide activities and leadership training. Sierra Expeditions High Adventure can lead beginning and advanced groups in backpacking, mountain biking, C.O.P.E. and rock climbing.

 

Camp Josepho

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Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, Camp Josepho is a quiet retreat that is less than thirty minutes from the heart of Hollywood and the beaches of Malibu. Come here for Webelos Movie Resident Camp (where Webelos make their own short films), Cub Day Camp, Adult Leader Trainings, or rent the facility for your own special event. Josepho is fast becoming the Cinematography center of the Boy Scout community, with Merit Badge clusters upcoming this summer for Cinematography, Game Design, and Animation Merit Badges!

 


Contact: Camping Department (818) 933-0130, camping@bsa-la.org

Our California Excursion Package merges all three programs in a 2-week high adventure tour of everything that California has to offer!

Youth Protection Training (Effective 9/1/17)
Effective September 1, 2017, Youth Protection Training will be required for all adult leaders at the time of registration. Paper applications from new leaders must be accompanied by a Youth Protection Training completion certificate, which must be filed with the application.
Because completion of YPT is now required for all leaders at the time of registration, unit leaders must obtain copies of the completion certificates from the leaders who register online before approving their application.
With the upcoming renewal cycle, the Internet Rechartering system will be updated so that units cannot submit the registration renewal of any adult who does not have current YPT as of the effective date of the renewal. Completion of YPT as part of the online registration system will be required in a future update. Additionally, council registrars will no longer be able to override the registration system to register any leader whose Youth Protection Training is not current.
Effective for the 2018 BSA summer camp season, any adult accompanying a Boy Scout troop to a residence camp or other Scouting activity lasting 72 hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a CBC and YPT, even if they are the parent of a youth on the trip.
Please Note: Although YPT is strongly encouraged for adults attending any overnight activity, at this time, the requirement applies only to individual adults staying three or more nights at a resident camp.

Membership Fee Increase (Effective 12/1/17)
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
To do this — while delivering the nation’s foremost youth development program — the BSA must remain vigilant in controlling costs. Although we have been successful in reducing our expenditures in many areas, it has become necessary to evaluate our annual membership fees.
Based on feedback from both volunteers and employees, the BSA membership fee will increase to $33 for all registered youth and adult leaders, effective December 1, 2017.
Membership fees support the services that are necessary to provide Scouting to youth from 7 to 21 years of age. From education to high-adventure experiences you can’t get anyplace else, the BSA provides unique growth opportunities at a great value.
Services include primary liability coverage for all volunteer leaders and chartered organizations, ongoing advances in technology, fundraising support, new program development and membership recruiting strategies, and support materials. In 2016 alone, the BSA served 2.3 million youth members through approximately 270 local councils across the United States and its territories.
With the help of all of our volunteers and Scouting parents, we will continue accomplishing incredible things for young people and the communities we serve. Please see the attached “2017 Membership Fee Increase FINAL.docx” for more information, including a Q&A section.

2017 Membership Fee Increase  Q&A

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

To do this — while delivering the nation’s foremost youth development program — the BSA must remain vigilant in controlling costs. Although we have been successful in reducing our expenditures in many areas, it has become necessary to evaluate our annual membership fees.

Based on feedback from both volunteers and employees, the BSA membership fee will increase to $33 for all registered youth and adult leaders, effective December 1, 2017.
Membership fees support the services that are necessary to provide Scouting to youth from 7 to 21 years of age. From education to high-adventure experiences you can’t get anyplace else, the BSA provides unique growth opportunities at a great value.

Services include primary liability coverage for all volunteer leaders and chartered organizations, ongoing advances in technology, fundraising support, new program development and membership recruiting strategies, and support materials. In 2016 alone, the BSA served 2.3 million youth members through approximately 270 local councils across the United States and its territories.

With the help of all of our volunteers and Scouting parents, we will continue accomplishing incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.

Questions and Answers:

1. Why are you increasing the membership fee? What is the additional money from the fees going to be used for?

To deliver the Scouting program to our 2.3 million youth members, it is occasionally necessary for the organization to increase membership fees to offset rising costs. As a result, the BSA is increasing our membership fee to $33 for all registered Scouts and adult members effective December 1, 2017.

Membership fees support the services that are necessary to provide Scouting programs to a growing number of youth. Services include ongoing advances in technology, council visits to assist in fundraising, program development and membership campaigns, liability insurance costs, and administrative costs. It is important that we continue to maintain a strong financial position in the future to support and grow Scouting.

2. What is directly contributing to the need for this increase?

There are a variety of factors taken into consideration, all of which have led to an increased cost of doing business.

3. When will the increase go into effect?

The membership fee change for all registered youth and adult leaders will go into effect December 1, 2017. This change will affect Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews, Sea Scout ships, and Exploring posts/clubs. However, it will NOT apply to LDS-sponsored units, nor to those units with council-paid memberships. Note: All November and December 2017 recharters will have to renew at this new rate (since November recharter renewal actually spans from December 1, 2017, to November 30, 2018).

4. Does the BSA increase membership fees often?

There have been 10 fee increases in the organization’s history. Since 1969, the BSA has increased our fee, on average, every five years. The last membership increase took effect on January 1, 2014, and, prior to that, in 2010.

5. How much does it cost to be a Boy Scout?

All youth and adults who wish to become a member or leader of the Boy Scouts of America must pay the annual membership fee. Beyond that, families incur additional costs related to uniforms and the activities of their individual units.

6. Will the fee for Cub Scouts, Exploring, and Venturing/Sea Scouts increase as well?

Yes. This change will affect Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews, Sea Scout ships, and Exploring posts/clubs. However, it will NOT apply to LDS-sponsored units, nor to those units with council-paid memberships.

7. Who gets the membership fee?

Local councils collect — and forward to the National Council — membership fees from each youth and adult who wishes to become a member of the Boy Scouts of America.

8. How is the National Council funded?

The National Council is funded through membership and service fees, investments, Boys’ Life magazine subscriptions, sales of uniforms and equipment, fees from national high-adventure bases, and contributions from individuals.

9. What does the National Council do for Scouting on the local level?

The BSA’s National Council provides program materials and support for approximately 270 local councils that administer the Scouting program, with each covering a specific geographic territory. The following are the key functions of the National Council:

 Provide training to local council volunteers and staff
 Maintain a national training center at Philmont Scout Ranch
 Develop and maintain four year-round national high-adventure bases and execute national events (jamborees, National Eagle Scout Association and Order of the Arrow conferences, and National Council meetings)
 Continue our leadership role in protecting our youth by providing youth protection resources, training, and criminal background checks for all registered volunteers and staff
 Provide local councils with program as well as tools for camp and office planning and evaluation, extensive financial counseling, planned giving and fundraising information, and professional personnel support
 Coordinate a communications network through magazines and literature (handbooks, merit badge pamphlets, brochures, training materials, and professional development training), including providing Scouting magazine to all registered leaders
 Make available uniforms, equipment, and program supplies
 Maintain and develop new relationships with chartered organizations that use the Scouting program (religious institutions, civic organizations, labor unions, professional organizations, business, and industry)
 Serve in a leadership role with Scouting associations in other countries as a member of the World Scout Conference
 Set and maintain program standards (e.g., advancement, health and safety, etc.) to ensure consistency of the brand throughout councils across the country

10. With the increase in membership fees, is Scouting still a good value?

The BSA has always taken into consideration the cost of delivering the Scouting program and has worked to keep our fees reasonable.

When you compare the BSA to other youth-serving organizations, we provide unique growth opportunities at a great value. The following are costs associated with other youth activities:

 Tackle football, $142: In Plano, Texas, second- through sixth-graders who play tackle football pay $140 for a three-month season. That fee doesn’t include equipment.
 Youth orchestra, $1,000: Members of the prestigious Los Angeles Youth Orchestra pay $100 to audition, $1,000 annually (if accepted), and must buy their own instruments.
 Select soccer, $400: In Cleveland, select youth soccer players ages 15 to 18 pay $400 a season, plus $180 for uniforms.
 Youth basketball, $525: In Queens, N.Y., boys ages 8 to 13 pay $525 a year, not including uniforms.
 4-H program, $25: Participants of the 4-H program in College Station, Texas, pay $25 a year, not including fees for individual activities.

From education to high-adventure, the Boy Scouts of America provides unique growth opportunities at a great value and we want all eligible youth to receive these benefits and participate in Scouting.