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January 2013 Newsletter

Happy New Year!


  • Registration is still available for Camp Emerald Bay and Camp Whitsett.

  • Registration is now open for Boy Scout Summer "Mini-Camps" at Josepho.

  • Follow the WLACC Cartoon series in the back of Scouting Magazine or online at Emerald Bay and Whitsett.

  • Let your District Executive know where you are attending summer camp, even if it is out-of-council.

Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout?

Those of you who read Scouting Magazine would have seen the cover story about the National Geographic TV show that will be premiering this February. The show pits several fit middle age men who ooze machismo against Boy Scouts (real Boy Scouts, not twenty-five year old actors masquerading as teens) in competitions that challenge their outdoor mettle. What you may not have noticed in the back, however, is that the competition takes place at our own Camp Whitsett, which hosted the production last spring. The show is a product of Thom Beers, the producer of the popular reality shows Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers, and like those shows, it highlights that adrenaline-pumping adventure in a community that is not always visible to the general public...continue reading

New Boy Scout Programs at Josepho

Camp Josepho is typically home to Webelos and Cub Scouts during the summer, but this year Boy Scouts will also be invited for two brand-new “Merit Badge Clusters” this summer. The clusters are 5-day mini-summer camps that allow scouts to earn an engaging mix of merit badges in a shorter, local camp setting. Each cluster offers 3-4 merit badges at local Camp Josepho, which is less than 30 minutes from Hollywood in the Santa Monica Mountains, in programs that bring industry professionals in to teach scouts... continue reading

Cub Scout Corner: Tips for Bridging

It’s a new year, which means that 2nd Year Webelos will soon be bridging into Boy Scouts. As your son begins his Boy Scout career, here are a few tips for parents to make the transition smoothly and effectively.

  • Attend Summer Camp During His 1st Summer. Attending summer camp during your first summer as a scout is the #1 indicator of whether or not your boy will reach the rank of Eagle Scout. Start planning now for summer camp with the troop that you plan to join. Remember also that Camp Josepho will have a First Year Scout Resident Camp this year designed specifically for new Boy Scouts that focuses on Tenderfoot, Second-Class and First Class Requirements as well as the Swimming Merit Badge. Use this as a primary camp or as a supplemental camp to prepare your First Year Scouts for Summer Camp later in the summer.

  • Get Involved With Your Troop! As a parent getting involved in your troop, you will see exactly what is expected of your son and get a hands-on perspective of how your troop operates. Go to meetings and campouts, take on a responsibility, become a merit badge counselor for your area of expertise.

  • Get Trained! Your Council offers training in Outdoor Skills, Activity Planning, and much more to make your troop effective. Attend Powow or the University of Scouting (January 26th) or sign-up for a Wood Badge or OWLS training later this year.

Meet the New Camp Management

Our Camp Directors at both Whitsett and Emerald Bay are moving on to bigger and better(-paying) things this year—Andrew Sisolak will be concentrating on his duties as the District Director of the Las Colinas and Balboa Oaks Districts, and Dennis Ellis will begin a contract with Google as he prepares to continue his education in Business School.

John Geoge, Emerald Bay Camp Director: Almost every camper who has been to Camp Emerald Bay over the past 30 summers has seen or can at least recognize John’s unmistakable profile. He has in the past worked at camp as Field Sports Director, Director of Ethics and Leadership, and as Camp Director in the 1980s. He brings back to camp as always his breath-taking gravitas, zen-like wisdom, and startling sense of humor.

Josh Bryan, Whitsett Camp Director: Josh has been working on the Camp Whitsett and Camp Josepho Staff since 2003, working as Indian Lore instructor, High Adventure Staff, Activities Director, and general problem solver. He took over in September as the Camp Director and will be responsible for year-round and summer program at the facility.

Adam Hunt, Events Coordinator: Adam has been the Program Director at Emerald Bay since 2010, but he begins now in a new position in which he will run most Fall and Spring Programs at Emerald Bay and will be Director of the Cub Scout and Boy Scout Programs at Camp Josepho.

Trevor Fulham, Whitsett Program Director: Trevor has worked at Camp Whitsett on-and-off since 2004 and has worked as High Adventure Director, Rock Climbing Staff, and Sierra Expeditions Program Director. He currently works as the Network Logistics Manager for the council and occasional Popcorn Czar.

Recipe: Chow Mein Chocolate Clusters

In the spirit of our newly introduced Merit Badge Clusters, we have come up with a recipe for your own “cluster treats” that clusters some very unusual (and very delicious!) ingredients. Yields many servings, perfect for a Pack snack or Pot Luck desert.

8 Cups Chow Mein Noodles
2 lbs. Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Butterscotch
1 Cup Salted Peanuts (optional)
Melt Chocolate in a large double boiler or in a bowl set over simmering water. Add Butterscotch (remember, it contains dairy, substitute peanut butter for the lactose intolerant). Once all is melted, stir in Chow Mein Noodles and Peanuts. Once all are coated in chocolate, spoon out onto wax paper and refrigerate approximately 2 hours until hardened.
Questions? Call the WLACC Camping Department at (818) 933-0130 or email