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.  Exploring posts/clubs fee is $24 until Aug 1, 2018 when it will change to $33. 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. *Exploring Post & Clubs fees will be $24 until August 1, 2018 when they will change to $33.

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.

The Western Los Angeles County Council is part of Area 4 of the Western Region.  On a quarterly basis Area 4 publishes an updated master schedule of all known training opportunities across Southern California.  Scouts and Scouters are welcome to attend BSA training courses an experiences in other Councils.  Below is a link to the most recently published master training schedule.

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National Youth Leadership Training

 

Wood Badge

Training Information

Specific information for the 2013 NYLT

What is National Youth Leadership Training?

National Youth Leadership Training is a week long outdoor experience for present and future youth troop leaders, designed to help a Scoutmaster in his responsibility to train his Scouts in being better troop leaders and in maintaining a youth-run Scouting Program. The National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) Program replaces the course previously known as Junior Leader Training Conference (JLTC).

The course focuses on teaching advanced leadership skills in a team-building atmosphere based on the patrol method. Participants will be regularly challenged to accomplish activities and projects using the leadership skills taught in the course.

We set the example with a Youth-led troop as all the teaching is done by a Youth staff. Adult Staff will be present as support.

The experience and fellowship received by being with a patrol of Youth Leaders from other troops and led by a quality Youth Staff is significant for the participants. Our objective is for the participants to return to their troops with enthusiasm and ideas that will help make their job a lot easier and improve the troop’s program.

What is the curriculum?

The course models a month in the life of a troop, three meetings (one each day for the first three days) all leading up to a big outdoor experience (an overnight outpost camp).
The course uses the patrol method and presents model Patrol Leader Council meetings. Patrols are challenged early in the week to present to the troop at the end of the week their “Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.”

While the challenge is designed to have them go through the four stages of team development, it will help patrols and individual Scouts internalize the leadership skills and concepts being presented to them along the way.

Throughout the course, the staff will be modeling the concepts and skills that are the core content of the course. The focus of each session is not only knowledge but giving the youth a “Toolbox of Skills” that equips them with the “how to.”

Major Aims of NYLT

NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING has six major aims:

  • 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.

June 19 – June 24, 2016 at Camp Josepho
What is the NYLT Participant cost?

$250 if paid in full by May 31, 2016. $275 if paid in full after May 31, 2016. $100 deposit to be paid with application, balance due by May 31, 2016

*** Registrants must be 13 years old and First Class rank by June 19, 2016

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General Information about NYLT

2016 NYLT Flyer general information.

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2015 Area 4 Flyer general information.

NYLT Registration

Online Registration
Click here to register for NYLT Online (Doubleknot)
Check back soon for registration!

Regular Mail Registration

(Register with a paper application through the regular mail)

NYLT Participant and Staff Application Form

Mail the Application Form complete with participant, parent and Scout/Venture Leader signatures, along with the registration fee to:

Western Los Angeles County Council
16525 Sherman Way Unit C8
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Write on the check: Acct. # 1-6801-138-20
(Payable to: Boy Scouts of America-WLACC)

Note: If the Application Form is completed and submitted online, please
print a copy and bring to registration on June 19, 2016.

When does registration close?

The last day to register is June 5, 2016. After that date, Scouts may be added if space is available. Register early to ensure your acceptance to the course.

NYLT Partcipants


Participant Information
Equipment List
Annual Health and Medical Record and Release Forms

Map to Camp Josepho

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: Steven Gonek, sgonek@live.com or Contact: Marty Price, marty.price@verizon.net

 

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.

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!

 

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.

Recognition

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.

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Click here to Register for Wood Badge 

 

 

General Information about NYLT

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Major Aims of NYLT

NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING has six major aims:

  • 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

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

$100 Deposit Required, Balance Due May 31,2018

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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 <jessapaz@aol.com>

 

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 My.scouting.org 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.

Newsletter

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

Instagram

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

 

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.

SHOULD WE INCLUDE HOW THE PHOTO RELEASE IS BUILT INTO THE MEDICAL RELASE???

 

 

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!

WLACC Website Standard Procedures

 

WLACC is excited to unveil our new website.  As national moves to more electronic forms the website has become a hub for parents/volunteers and Scouts to access services like My.scouting.org to help with Rank Advancement, insurance forms and rechartering. To aid navigation, the simple homepage features clear pulldowns to route users to specific information.

The evolution of Social Media and Email marketing allows non-profits to communicate with their members in a far more personal and timely matter.  WLACC’s Email blast, Facebook, Instagram and electronic newsletter have become the most efficient and timely way to relay unit and district Scouting news.

The guidelines below explain which content will be featured on the website and the best format to submit it.  To submit content for WLACC’s website email WLACCwebmaster@scouting.org

The homepage Slide show and News section will rotate upcoming Council wide information. Examples include.

  • District & Council hosted special events. (awards dinners, camporees ,Scout Expo)
  • District & Council training events- Woodbadge, NYLT
  • Council wide information- CubScout Cup, OTHER EXAMPLES???

The website will be updated the first and third week of the month.

Before Submitting make sure you have checked the following items.

  • Copy is concise, free of grammatical & spelling errors.
  • Image is high quality “Portrait orientation ” format JPG at least 400 X 480 size
  • Word order is complete so webmaster can simply cut and paste into site.
  • Hyperlinks have been tested and are included at time of submission.