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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.
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By Joyce Rudolph | 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)
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By Joyce Rudolph | December 17, 2013
Boy Scout Troop 209 from Burbank is accepting donations through mistletoe sales and gift-wrapping services through Christmas Eve on the third floor of the Sears store in the Burbank Town Center Mall. Visit www.troop209.org for hours or more information. Mistletoe will also be available at Sears, Porto's, Handy Market, Sheridan Gardens and Pavilion's on weekends in December. This is the troop's major fundraiser and helps Boy Scouts pay for camping trips, where they can participate in activities such as hiking, river rafting, rock climbing and canoeing.
THE818NOW
June 3, 2013
In May, the Boy Scouts of Amercia ended its long-standing ban on gay scouts, though it prohibited gay men from acting in leadership roles. Bert Ring gives his take.  -- Dan Evans, Times Community News Follow Dan Evans on Twitter: @EditorDanEvans .  
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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.
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By Joyce Rudolph | 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.
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By Joyce Rudolph | 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.
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September 27, 2003
Joyce Rudolph For representing the values of Boy Scouting, radio talk show commentator Dennis Prager will be honored at the Good Turn Award Recognition Dinner on Oct. 16 at the Hilton Glendale. Prager will be presented with a bronze statue of a Scout helping a senior citizen cross the street, said Andrew Messer, executive director of the Boy Scouts of America Verdugo Hills Council. It's a figure the Boy Scouts have used since it began in the United States in 1910, depicting their motto, "Do a Good Turn Daily."
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By Chris Wiebe | June 16, 2007
BURBANK — At 4 p.m. on Thursday, more than 50 men, women and children stood in the Burbank Tennis Center with their hands over their hearts. As they recited the Pledge of Allegiance, they joined Americans all across the county who were observing Flag Day with the "Pause for Pledge of Allegiance" — when people in all of the nation's time zones salute the flag at the exact same time. As a part of the ceremony, Boy Scouts in uniform marched five flags out to the center of the assembly as a pre-recorded narrative traced the flag's evolution from its original design — the red cross of St. George and the white cross of St. Andrew juxtaposed over a red background — to the present-day banner of 13 stripes and 50 stars.
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April 18, 2014
One of the topics up for discussion at the national meeting of the Presbyterian Church (USA) this year is the suggestion that the Boy Scouts institute polices that allow membership and leadership in the organization regardless of gender and sexual orientation. Q: Is this a denomination trying to speak truth to social injustice or making a paternalistic statement telling others how they should live their lives?   I believe that the Presbyterian Church, the denomination out of which my denomination, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
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By Joyce Rudolph | December 17, 2013
Boy Scout Troop 209 from Burbank is accepting donations through mistletoe sales and gift-wrapping services through Christmas Eve on the third floor of the Sears store in the Burbank Town Center Mall. Visit www.troop209.org for hours or more information. Mistletoe will also be available at Sears, Porto's, Handy Market, Sheridan Gardens and Pavilion's on weekends in December. This is the troop's major fundraiser and helps Boy Scouts pay for camping trips, where they can participate in activities such as hiking, river rafting, rock climbing and canoeing.
THE818NOW
June 3, 2013
In May, the Boy Scouts of Amercia ended its long-standing ban on gay scouts, though it prohibited gay men from acting in leadership roles. Bert Ring gives his take.  -- Dan Evans, Times Community News Follow Dan Evans on Twitter: @EditorDanEvans .  
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By Joyce Rudolph | 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.
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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.
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | 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)
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | 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.
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By Joyce Rudolph | 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | 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.
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