Conejo Courier

October 01, 2019

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Scouts Place Flags on Gravesites of Veterans

May 25, 2019

Scouts for every Troop and Pack show up at Pierce Brothers for the annual flag placement for Memorial Day. 

Captain America modeled after Eagle Scout so says the actor portraying him

April 11, 2019

In an article in Entertainment Weekly, Chris Evans explains who he based Captain America around. Here is an excerpt. 

What the actor tried to build within Steve Rogers — that was real.

“I’m kind of basing him off a buddy of mine,” he said. “I have a friend who’s just… he has this great moral code. It’s shocking. He’s an Eagle Scout. I don’t know if you know what an Eagle Scout is —”

It’s a Boy Scout, top tier.

“One who did it waaaay too long,” Evans said with a laugh. “We went to an Eagle Scout thing when we were like 18 and I was like, ‘I can’t believe Charlie is still doing this. ’ He’s literally a Boy Scout. He’s incredibly resourceful, and obviously he can build a fire. If you’re going to get lost with anyone, get lost with Charlie. He doesn’t even like telling little white lies. You know what I mean? He just feels better.”

Tis the Season

January 01, 2019

We seldom realize how important our actions are.  It was Troop 761’s holiday potluck party Tuesday-night meeting.  About 24 scouts started off by practicing the carols they would sing with many sour notes.  Then they proceeded to walk next door from Holy Trinity church to the Thousand Oaks Healthcare center on Avenida de los Arboles.  Inside the main entrance is a lounge with a TV and an aged man was slumped over half asleep.  The Scouts sang a carol and moved counterclockwise down the hall to their second stop.  I went back to the lounge, gently placed my hand on the man’s bony back and softly asked him “Would you like to listen to the Christmas carols being sung?”  Surprisingly he replied ‘Yes,’ so I wheeled him down the hallway to the head of the Scout procession.  We progressed halfway down the next hallway to the nurse’s station where several residents had congregated and the Scouts sang another carol.  As we went to the next junction, Elliot introduced himself to me and flawlessly recited the Scout Law.  A little slow but who knows when he last recited it?  As we again caught up with the Scouts the Scout Master, Bill Ackerman, knelt by Elliot’s chair and exchanged introductions.  Elliot introduced himself; he was 88 years old, and he gave the Scout Sign and again recited the Scout Oath.  Bill gathered the Scouts around and readied them to recite the Scout Law and I called out, “Sign’s Up!” and everyone responded.  They all followed Elliot’s lead and it was a very tender moment for both me and Bill.  Stopping at each corner to sing a carol, we progressed back to the main entrance. 

            I wheeled Elliot back into the lounge where he was resting but he didn’t quite stay there.  Outside the doorway the Scouts gathered and sang a final “Silent Night” and, facing the outside doorway, was Elliot attentively listening and waiving to us.  A year-and-a-half ago I was in a similar situation with a very serious head injury at a skilled care facility in Oxnard.  It only took two days of solitude when I felt terribly depressed at being alone, no visitors, and disabled aged people all around.  Only then did the importance of the visits by my sons and sister take on their true importance of lifting my spirits.  I realize how important it was to Elliot and encourage all of you to extend your good tidings beyond the Christmas season and spread it throughout the year.  It is so desperately needed.  Many of these residents know these assisted living centers are their final place of residence.  Some do not have visitors as their spouses and friends have passed away and they truly are alone except for the limited attending staff.  Some cannot even make new acquaintances because their mental abilities limit them.  We take it for granted but it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to share that limited precious commodity we have…our time!  It is always time for us to do our Good Turns Daily!  Have you done your Good Turn? 

            With heartfelt SEASONS GREETINGS!,  Joe Tischler

Join us September 12 for the District sign up night

September 12, 2018

Escape the Great Indoors

Message from ther District Executive

September 06, 2018

What a great time in our nation’s history to be a member of Boy Scouts of America! It’s a time of
many long awaited adjustments and advancements marking historic changes within the Scouting
community. I spent this last week attending Scout Training, called Top Hands in our nation’s capital
Washington DC, and hearing about all the exciting news with Family Scouting. I want to share some
statistics coming from Elementary School Sign‐Up Nights across the country.

The FUTURE of Meetings and ROUNDTABLE

September 06, 2018

Much discussion was had at Top Hands on the Future of Meetings, specifically Roundtable
and District meetings. For those of you that have yet to be involved in the District, we
have a District Chair, District Commissioner and a whole group of men and women that
make trainings happen, activities organized, advancement and Eagle Boards arranged, raise
$101,500 each year,

How Family Scouting brought this family together

June 26, 2019

New Cub Scout Anna F. led the opening ceremony for Pack 42 for the very first time, complete with flags, Scout salutes and pledges. But that’s not the only way she’s leading the pack.

Seven-year-old Anna is one of the first girls to join Cub Scouts, blazing a trail behind her for many other eager young ladies since the BSA announced that it would welcome girls. She and her twin sister, Lily, are the pack’s first female members.

Annual District Awards Dinner

November 30, 2017

The Conejo Valley District of the Boy Scouts of America, Ventura County Council, held their annual awards and volunteer recognition dinner at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church in Thousand Oaks on November 30th.   Over 150 local community BSA leaders (known as scouters) and family members attended the 2017 dinner and ceremony. 

Scouting Is About Opportunities, Not Gender

November 01, 2017

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is responding to the input of the potential customers.

Jake May/Associated Press

Message from Key 3 regarding Girls in Scouting

October 31, 2017

This is an exciting and important time for the BSA. Our recent historic decision to serve
families by inviting girls to Cub Scouts and delivering a program that will enable them to
earn the rank of Eagle Scout sustains our mission of preparing more young people to live
the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Read More by selecting Full Article Below. 

Ohio Cub Scout finds his passion in growing, selling mushrooms

October 25, 2017

Just two years after experimenting with a mushroom kit, Te’Lario Watkins and his family are running a prosperous home business.

Troop 753 Visits Waste Water Treatment PLant

August 23, 2017

In the quest for their Sustainability Merit Badge, Troop 753 visited the City of Thousand Oaks City Hall and Hill Canyon Water Treatment facility. The tour and discussion with John Brooks was very informative and a little stinky at the plant. I guess some badges are harder to earn more than others. 

 

Fourteen scouts joined parents and City personnel on a two hour tour of the plant and discussions at City Hall on how we can make our community resources more sustainable.    

Winning formula: Eagle Scout wins world championship in Microsoft Excel

August 23, 2017

On the list of unlikely global competitions for teenagers, this one sits on Row 1 of Column A: a Microsoft Excel world championship.

But sure enough, it’s a thing. Each year, students from around the world compete to see who has the sweetest spreadsheet skills.

This year, for the first time ever, an American won the Excel trophy at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship in Anaheim, Calif.

And it wasn’t just any American.

It was Eagle Scout John Dumoulin of Troop 1390 from Woodbridge, Va.

2017 Jamboree a blast!

July 31, 2017

Ventura County Council sent a contingent of Scouts and Venturers to this year’s National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.  Thirty-six Scouts, eight Venturers, and six adult leaders made up this contingent, who joined over 30,000 other Scouts and Scouters to create the second largest city in West Virginia while the Jamboree was in session. Of these, there were four members from the Conejo Valley District, including Scouts AJ Lawrence, Sameer Patel, and Tyler Wolfe, and Assistant Scoutmaster Scott Wolfe. Other leaders included  Scoutmaster Brian McCready, Assistant Scoutmaster Mike Kort,  Assistant Scoutmaster David Hunt, Venturing Crew Advisor Lori Miller, and Associate Advisor Tim Miller, all from the Ronald Reagan District. The Conejo Valley District also sent some staff members to work at the Jamboree, including Dennis Anderson and Bill Cole. Other Ventura County Council staff members included George Kurata, David Graves, and our own Council Scout Executive, David Jones. 

 

Those who have visited the Summit Bechtel Reserve can attest to the fact that it is an amazing property, with spectacular facilities designed to bring Scouts high adventure activities that they are unlikely to find anywhere else.  In addition to standard camp fare such as rifle and shotgun shooting and archery, the facilities at SBR included opportunities for the Scouts to also shoot pistols, chalk-ball guns (think paint ball with powder rather than paint), and crossbows. Scouts had the opportunity to SCUBA dive in pools, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, and compete in an aquatic obstacle course in the lakes, rock climb, run a Spartan Race, climb through challenge courses, participate in Scottish Highland games, take canopy tours, ride mountain bikes, skateboards and BMX bikes on state of the art tracks, go whitewater rafting on the New River, and ride one of the longest zip lines in North America (about ¾ of a mile long). The National Jamboree provided an opportunity for participants to take advantage of all of these activities, while also engaging in activities which are unique to Jamborees. Scouts met other Scouts from all 50 states, and about 78 other countries, traded Council patches, and were treated to stadium shows which included performances by the X Ambassadors, Jessie Chris, and the Plain White T’s, and even a much-ballyhooed visit by the President of the United States.

 

For those who were unable to attend this year’s event, I highly recommend attending one in the future.  The Summit Bechtel Reserve is the permanent home of the BSA National Jamborees, which occur every four years.  An additional opportunity for a major SBR event takes place in 2019, as the World Scout Jamboree will be held there as well.  Of course, Scouts can also attend SBR as a summer High Adventure Base program (similar to Philmont), selecting one of the various program areas to focus on during their time.  In any case, get out to see the BSA’s newest High Adventure Base, and see what all the fuss is about!

Get the Boy Scout Solar Eclipse Badge

August 21, 2017

A total solar eclipse is a rare event. A total solar eclipse whose path crosses right over the heart of the United States? Even rarer.

On Aug. 21, 2017, the solar system serves up a special treat. Aug. 21 is a Monday, but those Scouts and Venturers who are still on summer break should plan a big celebration. Like all the best celebrations, this one comes with its own patch.

Showing Respect

June 01, 2017

Scouts place flags on gravestones of veterans for Memorial Day

Camporee brings out Scouts' competitive side

Road to First Class

February 28, 2017

The Road to First Class is the On Ramp to Serving Others..

Saluting Our Scouts

February 23, 2017

Acorn Article 

Scout for Food 2017

February 27, 2017

Annual Scout for Food campaign brings in much needed resources for Ventura County Manna program. 

How to avoid social-media pitfalls

December 01, 2016

You and your Scouts use social media to connect with friends, share photos, stay in the loop with event schedules and much more. These four scenarios will help you navigate social-media safety concerns as a parent and Scout leader.

Outdoor Knowledge

December 01, 2016

No matter the season, it’s always a great time to be outdoors! Camping, hiking, fishing, skiing, bike riding, canoeing, and so much more. 

But before you hit the campgrounds, mountains or lakes with your pack, test your outdoor knowledge with our online quizzes from Boys’ Life Magazine! These fun learning tools will really sharpen your knowledge of things you’ll want or need to know – like animal tracks, poisonous plants and more. 

You’ll be more ready than ever to tackle the great outdoors!

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