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GLAAC - Boy Scout E-Newsletter


In accordance with the Bylaws of the Greater Los Angeles Area Council, the Nominating Committee appointed by the Chairman of the Board and President, and approved by the Board of Directors, reviewed in-depth the nominees for leadership positions of the Council who are presented for approval at the Council's regular Annual Business Meeting scheduled for February 1, 2017.

All active members of the Council may make recommendations of possible nominees to the Committee for its consideration. Recommendations to the Committee shall be made in writing at least 30 day prior to the meeting. These recommendations may be sent to the 2017 Nominating Committee, c/o Michele Laite, Greater Los Angeles Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2333 Scout Way, Los Angeles, CA 90026 or via e-mail at no later than December 30, 2016.

On behalf of the 2017 Council's Nominating Committee, we thank you in advance for your participation in this important effort for the Greater Los Angeles Area Council.


Michael P. Birkholm

2017 Council Nominating Committee Chair


The Boy Scouts of American has had a long history of our involvement in the area of conservation. Since, 1917, about 1, 100 Hornaday medals have been awarded. The Hornaday Awards program were begun by Dr. William T. Hornaday, an ardent conservationist and director of the New York Zoological Park and founder of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., who wanted to recognize Scouts who undertook and completed truly exceptional conservation projects.
The fundamental purpose of the Hornaday Awards program is to encourage learning by the participants and to increase public awareness about natural resource conservation. Understanding and practicing sound stewardship of natural resources and environmental protection strengthens Scouting's emphasis on respecting the outdoors. The goal of this awards program is to encourage and recognize truly outstanding efforts undertaken by Scouting units, Scouts and Venturers, adult Scouters, and other individuals, corporations, and institutions that have contributed significantly to natural resource conservation and environmental protection. For specific information on this program go to this website:

In the 80 years these awards have been available only about 1, 100 youth and adults have earned these awards. If you are looking for a unique program to keep your experienced scouts involved in your unit, this is the program for you.


The Silver Beaver Award Reception/2017 Council Annual Dinner is scheduled for
February 1, 2017 at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, CA.,

The Silver Beaver Award is made for noteworthy service of exceptional character to boyhood by registered Scouters, Cubbers, and Explorer leaders within the territory under the jurisdiction of the Greater Los Angeles Area Council.

Congratulations to our 2016 Class of Silver Beaver Award Recipients!

1. Eric Arentsen - Pacifica District

2. Patricia G. Biner - Thunderbird District

3. Dean Bisterfeldt - Lucky Baldwin District

4. F. Thomas Cox - Thunderbird District

5. Bonnie Filer - Pacifica District

6. Coleen Graves - Valle Del Sol District

7. Thomas Graves - Valle Del Sol District

8. Susan Hensley - Rose Bowl District

9. David Limon, Sr. - Rio Hondo District

10. Thomas G. McDonald - GLAAC Board

11. John Orolfo - Lucky Baldwin District

12. Dave Salzman - GLAAC Board

13. Michael Stephen Schlaifer - North Star District

14. George Smith, Jr. - North Star District

15. Wayne Torrey - Pacifica District

16. Michael Wiesner - Golden Eagle District


There have been questions as to what the G.L.A.A.C. position is on YPT. Council Key 3, V.P., District Operations & V.P., Program have discussed at length and have reached consensus on the following: National BSA mandates current Youth Protection Training (YPT) for all registered adult positions at annual recharter. The Western Region adopted mandatory annual YPT training as of April, 2015. To facilitate rechartering, all adult Scouters need to have completed YPT within the calendar year.

These days, three-fourths of teens have smartphones, and their favorite way to communicate is by texting! Click here to learn about Youth Protection and Texting with Scouts.


Camp Trask is a special place, tucked into Monrovia Canyon, only minutes from the hustle and bustle of the city. A brief drive up a meandering road camp and you are suddenly into a calming wilderness setting. The silence in camp is broken only by the sound of the year-round stream which flows through camp. Click here for more information on camping, events and online registrations!


When you camp at Firestone you are well on your way to giving your Scouting experience a big jump! We are here to provide you with additional programs that compliments your agenda for the weekend you choose to join us. Firestone is located just east of State Route 57 in Tonner Canyon between Diamond Bar and Brea, California. Click here for more information on camping, events and online registrations!


The Boy Scouts of America, Greater Los Angeles Area Council has partnered with HONDA to assist in promoting a public safety initiative. As you may recall the Takata Airbag Inflator Recall has affected millions of vehicles from over 30 automotive brands including Honda and Acura. Vehicles that have the Takata Airbag Inflator can potentially hurt or even kill the driver and passengers.

We need your help to alert the owners of Honda and Acura vehicles that are affected by the Takata Airbag Inflator Recalls. For every "Life Saved" HONDA will donate $25 dollars to the Boy Scouts of America, Greater Los Angeles Area Council of which $10 will go directly back to your unit for referring your friends, family, colleagues, social media contacts, etc. that visits a dealership and completes the recall process.

HONDA will send you a kit that includes roll-up signs, brochures, Honda Safety Ambassador Patches, and detailed instructions on how to assist in promoting the campaign. For further information on how your unit can, "Do A Good Turn Daily" by becoming Honda Safety Ambassador! Click here for more information.


Cabrillo is a one of a kind youth and aquatic center. Our goals are to provide unique aquatics and camping experiences for the youth of Southern California and, in turn, give youth self-confidence by exposing them to water safety, rescue methods, care and use of equipment, and physical fitness. Click here for more information.


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