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By David Laurell | February 3, 2010
The Verdugo Hills Council of the Boy Scouts of America convened for their annual board installation and awards dinner at La Cañada Country Club this past week. Welcomed by Council President Thomas McLurkin Thomas McLurkin , the evening saluted the achievements of Scouts, leaders and volunteers who have been dedicated to scouting in Burbank, Glendale and throughout the Verdugo Hills region. Emceed by the organization?s Council Advancement Chairman Dan Humfreville , the event included the presentation of four Silver Beaver awards that are bestowed upon adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth and have a history of community service and dedication to scouting.
By Veronica Rocha | July 15, 2009
BURBANK? Dellon Soderstrom decided to give back Saturday to an organization that has given his Boy Scout Troop 204 so much in return. Dellon gathered friends and fellow Boy Scouts to help him refurbish First Christian Church?s community room, which is where the Boy Scouts meet. The church has allowed the Boy Scouts to use the room free of charge. Dellon?s project was made in an effort to give back to his community and to earn the Boy Scout?s highest rank of Eagle Scout. ?
By Joyce Rudolph | July 4, 2009
Boy Scout Troop 204 is the only troop in the Verdugo Hills Council that performs the Historic Flag Ceremony at patriotic events in the community. Members display five designs of the American flag that mark historic times in our country’s past. Troop 204 is made up of boys who live in Burbank and Glendale and is part of the Verdugo Hills Council Boy Scouts of America. The troop, which is sponsored by the Burbank Noon Kiwanis Club, has conducted the ceremony for events like the Noon Kiwanis’ Pause for the Pledge, an event that pays tribute to the Pledge of Allegiance on Flag Day, June 14. The Historic Flag Ceremony was created in 1971 by Burbank resident Sam Engel Sr., a member of the Boy Scouts for 67 years and former scoutmaster of Troop 204. A World War II veteran, Engel wrote the script for a ceremony to dedicate a new flag the troop purchased after two others were taken from an equipment room, one flag in 1969 and another in 1970, he said.
By Chris Wiebe | November 22, 2006
CIVIC CENTER — Burbank city employee Jolene Elliot, accused of bilking thousands from the Boy Scouts, entered a no contest plea Tuesday to felony embezzlement charges in Burbank Superior Court. The plea amounts to an admission of guilt that Elliot, 44, stole $10,000 from Burbank Boy Scout Troop 210 accounts over a three-year period. As a part of the agreement, Elliot will receive three-years of probation in lieu of a two-year prison sentence. She must also complete 100 hours of community service, pay full restitution to Troop 210 and is forbidden from ever serving as an officer for any organization in the capacity of collecting or accounting for funds.
October 18, 2006
Comparison to the KKK was uncalled for I was disappointed to see that the Rev. Damon Vix lacked the vision to recognize that his rant perpetuates the very discrimination that he was speaking out against ("Mayor's support of Boy Scouts misplaced," Mailbag, Saturday). He was, however, correct about the fact that the Boy Scouts are an "expressive association." So, if I read his commentary right, this puts the Boy Scouts in the same sphere as the Ku Klux Klan? From its inception, the Boy Scouts has had a core belief in God — as evidenced in the Scout Oath and Law reference, "Duty to God" and "reverence" respectively.
January 1, 2000
Scouts in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade Senior Gold Award Girl Scouts from the Mt. Wilson Vista Council will join Eagle Scouts from the San Gabriel Valley Council Boy Scouts for today's the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. This year marks the 35th appearance of the Tournament Troop. This year's Tournament Troop 2000 began preparing for the parade in the fall. An interview process was followed by meetings, uniform fittings and lots of practice.
April 22, 2006
Boy Scouts honor 2005 Eagle Scouts The Verdugo Hills Council, Boy Scouts of America, honored the Class of 2005 Eagle Scouts April 6 at a banquet at The Castaway restaurant in Burbank. The council, through its 37 Scout troops, presented more than 60 Eagle Scout awards in 2005. The Eagle Scout award is the top advancement a Scout can earn, and it involves earning 21 specified merit badges ranging from camping knowledge to first aid emergency skills. In addition, the Scout must serve his troop in a leadership position, as well as complete a meaningful service project with the other Scouts in his troop.
November 17, 2001
Gary Moskowitz BURBANK -- More than 1,000 Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from Burbank will be collecting canned goods from the community today. Those who received Scouting for Food bags from local scout organizations Nov. 10 should put those bags out today no later than 9 a.m., so scout members can retrieve them. Canned goods will then be distributed to the Burbank Salvation Army and the Burbank Temporary Aid Center, in addition to other organizations in the Foothill area.
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.
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