Van Nuys Scout Store

Address
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

 

 

 

Give to the World Friendship Fun by visiting the Scout Shop between February 1-15

 

 

Van Nuys Scout Store


16525 Sherman Way, Unit C-8 Van Nuys, CA 91406
P: 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

Antelope Valley Scout Store


42402 10th Street W., Suite F Lancaster, CA 93534
P:661 942.7820
Monday – Friday  10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Lunch 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Santa Clarita Trading Post


24338 Walnut Street Newhall, CA 91321
P: 661.284.6330
Regular Store Hours
Monday – Saturday (excluding Thursday) 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Thursday 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

West Side Trading Post


10131 National Blvd. Suite A Los Angeles, CA 90034
P:310.839.9905
Regular Store Hours
Tuesday-Friday 10:30- 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am-3:30 pm

 

 

 

Antelope Valley Service Center

Address
Antelope Valley Service Center Address
42402 10th Street W., Suite G
Lancaster, CA 93534
National Scout Shop Address
42402 10th Street W., Suite F
Lancaster, CA 93534
Regular Hours
Office Hours
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Lunch 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Store Hours
Monday-Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lunch 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Contact Information
(661) 942-0582 Main Phone
(661) 723-1450 FAX
(661) 942-7820 Scout Store

Personnel

Position Name E-mail
District Executive  Linda O’ Toole Linda.OToole@Scouting.org
Store Manager Sheri Kostelnik sheryl.kostelnik@scouting.org

 

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Anna Ruggieri Service Center

Address
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

 

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

Van Nuys Scout Store

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

 

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Address
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ethan Giving Tree is a project at the Scout Store. You pick a child’s name and gift some gear to a local Scout in need.

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Address
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

 

 

Western Los Angeles County Council
16525 Sherman Way, Unit C-8,
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Email :

Phone : (818) 785-8700
Fax : (818) 901-4888

Van Nuys Scout Store
(818) 781-1296

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

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 Celebrate the historic 75th anniversary of Camp Josepho by earning a merit badge in a single day. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016  9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Badges offered – Indian Lore & Scouting Heritage

 Time: Scouts will arrive at 9:30 for check in. Lunch is provided Scouts are also welcome to stay for dinner if they would like.
Cost: $35 Location: Please see campjosepho.org  for directions.

Each Merit Badge will require pre-work in order for the Scouts to earn the badge during the workshop. Please see below for pre-work to be done. To register visit http://bsa-la.doubleknot.com/event/camp-josepho-75th-anniversary-celebration/1964641  

And select “Day Including Merit Badge” along with the quantity of Scouts.

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Everyone gets to experience the fun and charm of Camp Josepho!

There will be other activities taking place during the weekend. We highly encourage parents and siblings to attend and enjoy guided hikes, Archery, BB, Rifle, Tomahawk, Scoutcraft or cool off in the pool. Saturday activities are open to anyone not just Scouts so bring the whole family down for the day and leave the cooking to us!

Feel free to contact Ryan Peterson if you need more information at Ryan.Peterson@scouting.org or 818.933.0106 or Joe Pizzo at 818.785.8700

Prerequisites for Scouting Heritage 

Things to remember to bring for Class:

  •  Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster
  • Scouting Heritage Merit Badge Pamphlet  http://www.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Scouting_Heritage.pdf
  •  Scout Uniform
  •  Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes
  • A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work

5. Learn about the history of your unit or Scouting in your area. Interview at least two people (one from the past and one from the present) associated with your troop. These individuals could be adult unit leaders, Scouts, troop committee members, or representatives of your troop’s chartered organization. Find out when your unit was originally chartered. Create a report of your findings on the history of your troop, and present it to your patrol or troop or at a court of honor, and then add it to the troop’s library. This presentation could be in the form of an oral/written report, an exhibit, a scrapbook, or a computer presentation such as a slide show

Half of this requirement will need to be done prior to attending the class. Scouts will have an opportunity to present their work on this requirement in the class in order to potentially complete the other half of this requirement. Scouts should review this requirement completely and be prepared with and bring their presentation, report, exhibit, or scrapbook. Scouts will have an opportunity to share their work during the class. Only Scouts with the first part of this requirement completed PRIOR to the class and ready for presentation will have the opportunity of possibly finishing this requirement in the class.

 6. Make a collection of some of your personal patches and other Scouting memorabilia. With their permission, you may include items borrowed from family members or friends who have been in Scouting in the past, or you may include photographs of these items. Show this collection to your counselor, and share what you have learned about items in the collection. (There is no requirement regarding how large or small this collection must be

Scouts desiring to get signed off on this requirement on the day of the class will need to prepare ahead of time their collection of Scouting patches or other Scouting memorabilia and bring their collection with them to class. Scouts should be ready to share with the class and counselor their collection. 

 

 

Indian Lore Merit Badge

Things to remember to bring for Class:

  •  Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster
  • Scouting Heritage Merit Badge Pamphlet  http://www.usscouts.org/usscouts/mb/worksheets/Indian-Lore.pdf
  •  Scout Uniform
  •  Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes
  • A positive Scouting focus and attitude

One Prerequisite:

Have your boy research ONE of the following and bring to our meeting (hopefully they will chose several different ones so that it is more interesting to share).

  1. Write or briefly describe how life would have been different for the European settlers if there had been no native Americans to meet them when they came to this continent.
  2. Sing two songs in an Indian language. Explain their meaning.
  3. Learn in an Indian language at least 25 common terms and their meanings.
  4. Show 25 signs in Indian sign language. Include those that will help you ask for water, for food, and where the path or road leads.
  5. Learn in English (or the language you commonly speak at home or in the troop) an Indian story of at least 250 words, or any number of shorter ones adding up to 300 words. Tell the story or stories at a Scout meeting or campfire.
  6. Write or tell about eight things adopted by others from American Indians.
  7. Learn 25 Indian place names. Tell their origins and meanings.
  8. Name five well-known American Indian leaders, either from the past or people of today. Give their tribes or nations. Describe what they did or do now that makes them notable.
  9. Learn about the Iroquois Confederacy, including how and why it was formed. Tell about its governing system. Describe some of the similarities and differences between the governments of the United States and of the Six Nations (the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois Confederacy).

 

 

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To RSVP, visit: CampJosepho.org  or

Ryan.Peterson@scouting.org or 818.933.0106

RSVP before we’re at capacity!

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Membership Resources

Social Media Playbook

The BSA Social Media Playbook will be your guide as you use social media to communicate, recruit, retain, and inspire those in your community. Learn about best practices, recent trends, and the tools available to ensure your success.

Social Media Guidelines

The Boy Scouts of America has developed the following guidelines and policies to help you safely navigate the use of social media channels for your council or unit. These guidelines are a complement to the BSA’s existing Youth Protection policies and training.

WLACC Social Media Best Practices 


To help you develop the right tactics for your unit, we’ve put together these best practices and examples collected from fellow Scouters in our council. You can also reach out rcpeterson@scouting.org

Social Media Images

Access high-quality branded photos, profile images, and cover images to share on your council or unit social media accounts.

BSA Brand Identity Guide

Consider it your compass to the Boy Scout brand. Also, be sure to use the BSA Color Guide.

BeAScout.org

It is crucial that your unit keeps its information up-to-date on BeAScout.org to insure potential members are able to contact you. Click here for a step-by-step guide on updating your unit’s information.

Unit PR Brochure

Use local public relations to ensure Scouting continues to grow in your community. This brochure will guide you in developing a simple, effective strategy to help tell your Scouting story to the communities you serve. Download it now to get started!

Unit PR PowerPoint

Making a presentation on the Unit PR concept? Use these slides as your guide.

Press Release Guidelines and Template

Click here to view instructional materials on how to create effective press releases.

Talent Release Form

Use this form to obtain permission to use photographs or audio/video recordings of people (permission must be obtained from a parent or guardian for individuals under the age of 18).Click here.

 

2017 Fall Recruiting Playbook

Unit Level Playbook

2017 Cub Scout Lion Pilot Information

2017 WLACC Lion Pilot Application

Lion Pilot Resources

Lion Guide & Lion Parent Orientation Video

Youth & Adult Online Application Resources

Online Registration Council & District Guidebook

Online Registration Unit Guidebook

Webelos to Boy Scout Transition Plan

Sample Plan Template

 

 

Starting a New Scout Unit

Strengthening Youth Through Scouting

Strengthening Youth Through Scouting

This brochure is designed to give an overview of Scouting with special information for potential chartered organizations. It’s a great conversation starter and leave-behind piece. Download as a PDF, or download PowerPoint version to customize as needed for presentation purposes. Printed copies of this brochure can be ordered from bin storage through the National Distribution Center.

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Strengthening Youth Through Cub Scouting

  • Strengthening Youth Through Cub Scouting

    This brochure gives an overview of the Cub Scouting program designed for boys in the first through fifth grades.  Download this PDF to find out more on how Cub Scouting gives boys the opportunity to see and learn things that can’t be found anywhere else.  And most importantly, have fun!

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    Strengthening Youth Through Boy Scouting

    Strengthening Youth Through Boy Scouting

    This brochure provides details on the Boy Scouting program designed year-round for boys in fifth grade through high school.  In Boy Scouting, young men will go places, test themselves, and have one-of-a-kind adventures. Download this PDF to find out more on how Boy Scouting helps build character and instill values for a lifetime.

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  • Strengthening Youth Through Venturing

    Strengthening Youth Through Venturing

    Venturing is a development program for young men and women ages 14 to 20 (or age 13 if they have completed the eighth grade). Venturing focuses on adventure, leadership, personal growth, and service. Download this PDF to find out more on how Venturing helps young people develop into responsible, caring adults while having fun!

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  • How to set up an Instagram page. Click Here (make sure to give login to multiple people for 2 deep leadership). 

Check out our full interview with Acker and the members of the WLACC troop below!

During the day, you can watch Tanya Acker litigate on the television series “Hot Bench” but in her off hours, there’s a chance you may run into her at the Battleship Iowa Museum in the Los Angeles Harbor.

The LA native is a strong supporter of the American history landmark and sits on its Board of Trustees and she took the opportunity to share her passion during an exclusive interview with GoodCelebrity.com.

“This ship embodies a lot of American history and a lot of what’s great about this country. It’s a living reminder of that,” she said.

“It’s also a place where kids can get STEM education. It’s a museum, but it’s still an operating battleship,” Tanya added.

The Iowa is operated by the nonprofit Pacific Battleship Center (PBC) and opened to the public on July 7, 2012 as an interactive naval museum.

According to its website, the waterfront museum is “dedicated to ‘Celebrating the American Spirit’ through the preservation and interpretation. By sharing the accomplishments and sacrifices of American patriots and engaging visitors in unique and exciting ways PBC brings the ship to life by connecting the past with the future.”

“As a feat of engineering, it’s really impressive and amazing so it’s really good for us to be able to share that with local school kids,” said Joshua Stutz, Education Manager at the museum.

Tanya works closely with the Western County Council of the Boy Scouts of America as their legal advisor and program participant. She brings troop members to the Iowa on a regular basis to get them involved in the museum’s enrichment activities and educational opportunities.

During our trip to the museum with Tanya, Andrew Sisolak, Director of Field Service WLACC Boy Scouts, told us, “Tanya’s been a tremendous advocate and supporter of scouting and especially reaching out to underserved communities in our scouting outreach programs.”

The scouts perform citizen training, which prepares them for adult life and how to become a great leader in their communities. Sisolak said that the Iowa is great resource to incorporate into the training because it ties them “back in time with US History, the people who served and provided for the future they now live in, provides continuity and really gives them a chance to experientially learn about their past, which in turn, influences their future.”

Murad Elmassry, a youth member of the Sea Scouts division of WLACC said, “The youth nowadays are indoors and on their phones and it’s good for them to get out and experience the world.”

According to a study from Baylor University, Eagle Scouts are significantly more likely to be involved in extracurricular activities than non-scouts. These activities include camping, hiking, fishing, attending theatre shows, and playing a musical instrument. In addition, more than 58% of scouts get at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day compared to only 18% of non-scouts.

Acker is a huge fan of the scouts and believes that it teaches young men and women common sense, community service, and how to be an overall better person. She believes that everyone would benefit from the lessons taught.

“I love my job, but if there’s one great wish I had it would be that there are fewer people in court. I would actually like to see fewer fights,” Acker said.

Check out our full interview with Acker and the members of the WLACC troop below!