April 2, 2013
The Boy Scouts of America has sent its members a survey as part of its ongoing debate over whether to repeal or continue its ban on gay members. Instead of asking for a simple yes or no, the questionnaire goes into depth on several topics, for example sleeping arrangements and the place of faith in Scout groups' decisions. It's this question of faith that is provoking the most comments about the survey. Scouts must take an oath "to do my duty to God" and many groups are sponsored by religious organizations.
February 13, 2013
About 75 Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Scout leaders and family members gathered at the Burbank First United Methodist Church to begin the fifth annual Verdugo Hills Council Boy Scouts of America Ten Commandments Hike on Jan. 26. Participants walked 2.2 miles stopping to hear presentations by clergy on the Ten Commandments. Churches included on the journey were Emmanuel Evangelical-Free Church, St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, First Presbyterian Church of Burbank, St. Jude's Episcopal Church and Temple Beth Emet, which gave a presentation together; First Christian Church of Burbank, Calvary Baptist Church, Media City Church and the Salvation Army.
February 12, 2013
While reading the "In Theory" section in the Feb. 2 Burbank Leader, I recognized the thrust of the subject was focused on cheating. Some of the pastors responded with comments about the “pressure of expectation” and how that plays into one's reason for cheating. Michael White, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, La Crescenta relating to the “tragedy in the fact that fractured moral foundations typically lead to fractured lives” correctly stated, “We must realize - and find a way to teach our children - that if we choose to deceive and cut corners, we are in reality cheating ourselves.” I read through all of the responses submitted by the various representatives of local church/organizations and found something subtly ironic, if not, curiously interesting.
January 23, 2013
The Verdugo Hills Council of Boy Scouts of America is hosting the fifth annual “10 Commandments Hike” on Saturday starting at the First United Methodist Church of Burbank, 700 N. Glenoaks Blvd. Check-in is from 7 to 7:30 a.m. with the hike beginning at 7:45. Scouts will make stops at churches and synagogues and learn about the Commandments from religious leaders. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the public can attend. There is a $5 fee. For more information, contact David Davis at (818)
November 14, 2012
Burbank Coordinating Council is facing its toughest year ever to collect food, toys and gifts for its annual holiday basket program. They need individuals, organizations, businesses and neighbors to adopt families and purchase gifts and provide nonperishable fixings for a couple of holiday meals. Last year 560 families - more than 2,500 children and adults - received help, said Barbara Sykes, who is co-chairing the program with Eileen Cobos, council president, and Janet Diel, past president.
April 3, 2012
The only thing missing at the reunion for Boy Scout Troop 201 was a roaring campfire and marshmallows. But at least there was plenty of pizza, skits by the boys and river-rafting stories. About 100 Boy Scouts past and present, parents, siblings and friends gathered on Sunday at the Magnolia Park United Methodist Church for the first alumni event, which was organized by Giselle Vivado and Joylyn Spencer. Ethan Durkee and Nick Rogus were deeply involved in their skit, called “Wild West Shootout.” “The parents never get to see the skits, so this is a treat for them,” said Nancy Durkee, Scoutmaster of Troop 201. “Some of the skits they pick up from camp.
March 27, 2012
Programs for Boy Scouts in the Verdugo Hills Council will be stronger than ever, thanks to a generous donation presented during the 38th annual Big Strike Auction Friday night at the Castaway. Under the theme, “Changing the World One Scout at a Time,” the gala kicked off with a silent auction followed by dinner. Then came a surprise announcement of a major donation. Tom Carnahan presented the Verdugo Hills Council with a check for $150,000 from its Carnahan Charitable Remainder Trust.
December 11, 2010
Boy Scout Troop 209 from Burbank will have mistletoe and gift wrapping available for donations in December. This is the troop's major fundraiser and helps Boy Scouts pay for camping trips throughout the year. Gift-wrapping service will be on the third floor of Sears in the Burbank Town Center mall. Gift wrapping and mistletoe is available most non-school hours beginning today through Dec. 24. Mistletoe will also be available at Porto's and Handy Market during the afternoons today and Sunday.
October 29, 2010
Jon Maeda, scout executive for the Boys Scouts of America Verdugo Hills Council is moving on and begins his new position of Director of Field Service with the Boy Scouts Orange County Council on Monday. As the chief operating officer, Maeda will be recruiting new Scouts and scouting groups. The Verdugo Hills Council has 4,000 Scouts, and the Orange County Council, headquartered in Santa Ana, served 28,000 Scouts as of 2009. Maeda has been overseeing two field executives for the Verdugo Hills Council and will now be in charge of 15 field executives in his new post.
February 13, 2010
LA PROVIDENCIA GUILD WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS La Providencia Guild of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles welcomed its new Associate members at a tea hosted on Feb. 4 in the Burbank home of Marcia Baroda , Patroness member. Lorelei Kelley , Patroness member, poured the tea and coffee and also provided a history of the guild for the attendees. Sue Ann Gordon , president, La Providencia Guild; and Sharon Terranova , first vice president; welcomed the following new Associates: Elsa Aguilar-Laba, Gina Chantland, Teresa Garcia, Cheryl Harrison, Lynn Koon, Ashley Kurges, Connie Lawless and Pam Moeck . La Providencia Guild has two major fundraisers each year.