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.

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Scouter,

First, let me say how sorry we all are here at WLACC for the speech made by our President. If the President would have delivered his prepared speech things would have been much better. Unfortunately, he went off script and the results were inappropriate for the setting.

Our Facebook and other social media sites were overrun with comments. Many were from people who were unhappy with the speech and the behavior of some of the Scouts. Some however went beyond the pale.

My phone blew up starting at 5:45 am with a call from Massachusetts and ending at 8:07 pm with a call from Burbank. In between there were sixty-seven calls, again most were people unhappy about the Scouts “allowing” President Trump to speak and for our Scouts booing President Obama. Many had similar talking points and many referred to the Boy Scouts as the Hitler Youth. I called every one of the folks back as I always do. Most ended with a very positive result and people felt better about the Boy Scouts, but a couple of people were just over the top. One person just screamed “Sieg Heil” and called me a Storm Trooper. Some others tried to turn this around and “bash” President Obama for not appearing and how it’s great for the Scouts to hear from a President who cares. Neither would engage in a meaningful conversation, which is why I am writing this letter.

For over thirty-five years I have worked for the Boy Scouts. I have served coast to coast with the majority of my career spent in the Midwest. I have always worked hard to make sure that the BSA embraces change, sometimes at a personal cost. I have always felt that change occurs when civil conversations are had. Leadership involves listening, rational thinking and consensus building, all of which we teach our youth leaders. I have been in the minority on a large number of issues from selling popcorn, women in Scouting, Cub Scout camping, gay youth and leaders and transgender youth/adult participation. The first three are just accepted now as business as usual and the others are moving in that direction. This does not happen without a willingness to share thoughts and ideas and a willingness to compromise with others.

The Boy Scouts is not a white Christian organization. It involves people of all races, ethnic backgrounds, religions and income levels. It is made up of red, blue and purple states.

Sadly, our country is in the midst of a crisis. We no longer seem capable of a civil conversation; we no longer work together or compromise to achieve the best results for the majority of people. Calling the Boy Scouts a Hitler Youth group is totally unacceptable. My daughter is Jewish, as is our Council President. Synagogues are a strong charter partner for us both locally and nationally. The Boy Scouts teach young people “to help other people at all times”, and that service beyond self is critical. The Boy Scouts lifts people up; the Hitler Youth and Pioneers (Stalin’s Program) push people down. We teach young men and women to be leaders and to work together to achieve goals and objectives. We teach them to listen, to respect others and to work as a team. But outside the Boy Scouts we have a society that wants us to choose sides that refuses to see the value in the other guys opinion and name call those we disagree with. The Boys Scouts needs everybody’s help to make sure our next generation of leaders gets back to a civil discourse and “stop” this divisive culture. It’s time for real leaders to lead and leave the name calling and blame game to others.

Please do not let others tell you what to think. If you believe the Boy Scouts of America is an important part of our future please help us strengthen our programs. If you believe that America still is the shining beacon of hope in our world, let’s all work to make it a reality. I believe in our future. I believe that the vast majority of people want a better country and a better world for our children. It’s time to get to work to make it happen for all our youth.

Here are a few excerpts from President Trump’s speech.

“The United States has no better citizens than the Boy Scouts. The values, the traditions and the skills you learn here will serve you throughout your lives, and just as importantly they will serve your families, your cities, and in the future, will serve your country. The Scouts believe in putting America first.
When natural disaster strikes, when people face hardships, when the beauty and glory of our natural spaces need to be restored and taken care of, America turns to the Boy Scouts because we know that the Boy Scouts will never ever let us down”.

This was a positive message that is now lost in time. What a difference it could have made. Please check out our Facebook pages for other links on this subject.

Thank you for all you are doing for the young people here in the Western Los Angeles County Council. See you on the trail

Matthew Thornton
Scout Executive
Boy Scouts of America
Western Los Angeles County Council

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!

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!