Eagles in Flight! Newsletter Spring/Summer 2011 INSIDE THIS ISSUE: ROCKETS AWAY!Jambo 2013! 2The Honda Explorers 2Over the Edge 2 3Merit Badge Sponsorship 3/4Scout Executive’s Corner 4Will Fish for Funds? 5 Upcoming LAAC Events: June-August—FLSR Sum- mer Camps June 18—CWSC Urban Day Camp June 23— Stars & Stripes Golf/Fish Tourney August 8-15—NYLT Oh, to be young again! There’s a new experience on the path to Eagle these days. 2,000 Cub Course Option 2 Scouts and Scouters participated in LAAC’s annual Rocket Academy over two fun-filled weekends in April. This event swelled the ranks of Firestone campers and provided lots of hands-on experiences October 6/7-Over the in rocketry, BB rifle shooting and safety, archery, lanyard making, hiking and team sports. Edge 2 For more information and BOY SCOUTS AND BOTS registration for these events, go to www.boyscoutsla.org. Oh, to be young again! An- move (actuators), use sensors to nounced in April 2011, the determine their environment, Robotics merit badge is part of and how they understand what BSA’s new curriculum empha- to do (programming). sis: STEM: science, technology, engineering and math. Crea- tion of this latest effort to cap- Scouts are expected to design, ture the hearts and minds of document, build, and test their today’s youth involved 14 robot while also becoming famil- months of development and iar with “best practices” for safe 150 industry experts, youth operations, research sources members, and leaders. and parts providers, industry career opportunities, and the future role for robots in society. Attainment requires that a Scout understand how robots Let the “bot battles” begin!
E a g l e s i n F l ig h t ! N e w s l e t t e r Page 2 B E A P A RT O F H I S TO RY : J A M B O 2 0 1 3 ! The LAAC website flyer says it National Jamboree on the a link from the LAAC website best: “Get ready! The 2013 road Eagle; wouldn’t it be a too.) Summit is looking for National Scout Jamboree is hoot to be part of the first help with banking, logistics, coming and it isn’t you father’s jamboree held at Summit activities leadership, exhibit jamboree. We’re talking seri- Bechtel Reserve? coordination, and yes, even ously high adventure, people! accountants are being sought. Whitewater rafting, zip-lining, Openings are available for rappelling, mountain biking, adult advisors and leaders So give it some thought; hiking and more—with 50,000 through a sign up information spend July 15-24 2013 won- of your closest friends at the page at www.boyscoutsla.org dering if the southern Califor- brand new Summit Bechtel and you can review the posi- nia sun is ever going to ap- Reserve in the wilds of West tion descriptions for BSR staff pear or help make the inaugu- Virginia.” We know that many openings at ral SBR Jamboree a once in a Eagle Scouts missed out on the https://summit.scouting.org/ lifetime event for 50,000 opportunity to participate in a en/Jamboree2013. (There’s kids? AMERICAN HONDA HOSTS A POST “Twenty Explor- ers is a good start, next year the team is ex-Oh, to be young again! The Honda Express Service Techni-Honda Explorer Post is the cian. resolution and leadership. The post had the opportunity panding tobrainchild of Tom Laymon, asenior executive with American Post advisors and assistants to view the Long Beach forty.” are keen on seeing the pro- Grand Prix from the pits andHonda located in Torrance, gram expand to high school grandstands as part of theCalifornia. Nearly two years of students throughout the South unit’s dedication to field trip Tom Laymonplanning and coordination with Bay and other LAAC regions. experiences designed to en- Eagle ScoutMs. Gina Chan, Learning for Tom Laymon has set a goal to hance classroom and tech Learning For LifeLife’s Director of Exploring double the size of next year’s floor learning. Other trips areprograms came to fruition last Director participants. planned for the Petersonfall and the initial enrollment Museum and an HRA tour.of twenty Explorers was off to Explorers meet each Friday from 5 to 7 pm at the training It’s not surprising that afterthe races—literally. just a few short months of center on Honda’s TorranceAmerican Honda’s Explorer campus where they have the post’s existence, most ofPost is designed to enable classes that will provide them the Explorers are alreadyyoung people to build their with skills and certification to preparing to reapply for nextcareers in the automotive in- perform entry level tasks as an year’s expanded curriculum.dustry. Through “hands-on” automotive technician. In Thanks Eagle Scout Tomlearning experiences and Indi- addition to technical acumen, Laymon for “paying it for-vidualized Skill Training (IST), the Explorers are taught life ward.”these young men and women skills including problem solv-will develop the skills neces- ing, decision making, personalsary to become a qualified financial discipline, conflict
E a g l e s i n F l ig h t ! N e w s l e t t e r Page 3 MISSED OUT ON THE CHANCE TO RAPPEL F R O M T H E B O N AV E N T U R E ? N O P R O B L E M ! Last year’s LAAC fundraiser this year and there’s an opportu- ings for others wishing to be involving 64 hearty Scouts, nity to add a third rope which part of the action. Scouters, and assorted thrill- opens up the field to 120 dare seekers was pulled together in devils. A formal announcement will be just six short weeks after Nate out soon and those willing to Nusbaum and his staff got the This year’s minimum fund rais- help should contact Nate Nus- go-ahead. It was so successful ing goal for each participant is baum, Chief Development in so many ways that we’ve got $1,500 with incentives thrown Officer at (213) 413-4400 the opportunity to do it again on in for early goal attainment and extension 310. October 6 (media day) and Oc- for the most funds raised. Last tober 7. year’s all-expenses trip to Hawaii Many of last year’s free fall was won by Rita Illig Liebelt, specialists have already ex- Last year’s Over the Edge cam- then LAAC President. Rita raised pressed interest in going over paign raised $106,000 for cam- over $10,000, setting the bar the edge again so now’s the perships and other LAAC pro- pretty high for Mike Bryant, our time to start planning your grams and we’re hoping to dou- new LAAC President. funding raising activities and ble that in 2011. thinking about what sort of The initial meeting of this year’s regalia you plan to wear. The initial allotment of rappel- OTE planning committee was ling times has been set at 80 held in May and there are open- See you there! LAAC I NTRODUCES A NOVEL APPROACH FOR URBAN EMPHASIS FUND RAISING Tri Fritz, LAAC Director of Annual Giving (yep, an Eagle Scout) has launched the Council’s Merit Badge Sponsorship Program, a new effort by our Council to reach out and create new partnerships with the business community. Participating companies and organizations are able to link themselves with the mission, values and ethics of the Boy Scouts, while promoting themselves to an attentive and dedicated audience. In Southern California, well over 100,000 Scouts, parents, volunteers, professionals and donors partici- pate in Scouting programs. The first merit badges were offered to Boy Scouts 100 years ago. Scouting founder Robert Baden- Powell offered the awards so that Scouts would learn practical skills and have the opportunity to try new activities. From a list that began with 57, there are now 126 merit badges for Scouts to earn, including the latest – Robotics – which was unveiled last month. In 2010, Scouts in LAAC earned over 5,800 merit badges! Here is just a sampling of the badges organizations can be associated with: Eagle Required Badges (most earned): First Aid, Swimming, Camping, Lifesaving, Personal Fitness, Communications, Citizenship in the Community/Nation/World Professional Badges: American Business, Entrepreneurship, Medicine, Law, Dentistry, Journalism, Computers, Salesmanship, Personal Management (also Eagle required) Trade Badges: American Labor, Metalwork, Electronics, Plumbing, Automotive Maintenance, Home Repairs, Landscape Architecture, Truck Transportation Activity Badges: Scuba Diving, Photography, Rifle & Shotgun Shooting, Music, Scholarship, Fishing, Horsemanship, Golf, Cycling, Stamp & Coin Collecting, Aviation, Snow Sports (continued on page 4)
E a g l e s i n F l ig h t ! N e w s l e t t e r Page 4 SCOUT EXECUTIVE’S CORNER TIMELY THOUGHTS FROM PAUL MOORE happy to oblige. And now I have a special lapel pin, a wallet card, and a certificate in my office. But more impor- tantly, I will stay connected. Editorial Insert: Those interested in becoming NESA members can enroll on-line at: Who can you help reconnect http://www.nesa.org/membersh with Scouting? The next time ip.html. you meet someone who turns out to be an Eagle Scout, ask him if Scouting knows where There are two categories of he is, and help him reconnect. membership. Life members pay He might be the next great a one-time fee of $180 and re- Scoutmaster, or merit badge ceive attractive full-color pocket counselor, or commissioner, and wall certificates and a gold It’s been 47 years since I received my Eagle, and yet I or…you get the picture! NESA pin. never got around to joining the National Eagle Scout As- See you along the trail! Regular memberships are good sociation. for five year new or renewal peri- “On My Honor, I’ll ods. The fee is $25 and mem- I think it first appeared when I Paul bers receive pocket and wall Do My Best” certificates, plus a silver NESA was in my first decade of ca- reer Scouting, so it’s not like I pin. didn’t know about it – I just didn’t get it done. I thought Misplaced your Eagle Scout card about it when my son got his or certificate? NESA can re- Eagle in 1990, but 21 years placement them for you for a later, it still hadn’t happened. small fee through the website URL noted above. So I asked for a membership for my birthday, and while I was at it I decided to ask for a life membership. Since my wife always struggles with what to get me, she was(from page 3)With such a diverse list of interests and fields, we can match a merit badge to anyone!Here are a few of the unique benefits Merit Badge sponsors receive:Company name on specific merit badge bannerLogo and name published in CompassLogo and name published on LAAC websiteName recognition at Scout camps and Cabrillo Scout CenterOpportunity to host a merit badge clinicTwo levels of sponsorship exist—the $2,500 Banner Sponsor level and the $5,000 exclusive PresentingSponsor tier. This is truly a “Win-Win-Win” opportunity for LAAC, Urban Emphasis, and the business com-munity. For further details and suggestions on how you might help Tri Fritz and the Council call him at(213) 413-400 x313 or jot a note to email@example.com.
GOLF, FISH, ZIP LINE AND RAISELAAC Eagle ScoutAssociation FUNDS FOR LAAC!2333 Scout WayLos Angeles, CA 90026 “Its All About the Kids! From Day One, Stars & Stripes, its corporate partners and sponsors have demonstrated a strong commitment to making life better for ourLAAC ESA Committee most precious resource. And, by contributing to some of the most effective and re- spected youth-service organizations around, we ensure that our mission is accom- plished.” So say, Dick Gebhard, Chairman of the annual Stars & Stripes charity golfJohn MacAllister and fishing tournament held each year at the Hilton Los Cabos Beach and Golf Re- Chairman sort located at Land’s End in sunny Cabo San Lucas. LAAC is one of four key U.S.Brian Curtis beneficiaries of the 15th annual event. $2.5 million was raised last year and Dick Staff Advisor has set his sights on hitting $3.0 million in 2011. The package includes air andHannibol Sullivan ground transportation, all food and beverages, three nights hotel stay, and either Staff Advisor two days of fishing or two days of golf—with mix and match and other side activitiesDon Crocker also available. The all-inclusive price for a party of four is $9,500; individual regis-Robert Gierat trations are priced at $2,375. Check out the LAAC website or call Andrea Salazar atGary JonesPaul McNulty (213) 413-4400 for more details. But hurry, space is limited and we’ve got severalDavid Meshulam Scouters already packing their clubs, rods, and sunscreen!Greg MitchellGerry MortonWilliam Plourde, Jr.John PollockRick RichmondSteven J. RothansNobby SchnabelRobert F. ScoularSteve SilbigerDavid TomblinBob UlrichVolunteers are alwayswelcome!Got A Minute?The LAAC Eagle Scout Asso-ciation is looking for volun-teers to help round out ouradvisory committee. Cleverand enthusiastic EagleScouts (goes without saying,we guess) are asked to con-tact John MacAllister at theoffices of Dorado Industries(310) 544-1316 or BrianCurtis at the Scout Center(213) 413-4400.