Posted on 29 June 2007 by admin
By Warren Smith
Alvin Townley was a 20-something rising star in an international consulting firm when he reconnected with a boyhood friend and their conversation turned to their youthful involvement with the Boy Scouts of America. Over a pizza, Townley’s fellow Eagle Scout, now a candidate for a Ph.D. whose politics had turned decidedly liberal, said he planned to return his Eagle award to protest the Scouts’ conservative positions regarding duty to God and homosexuality.
Townley was stunned. Though he remained proud of his accomplishment, he nonetheless started thinking. What does that Eagle award, and Scouting, really mean? Not just to him, but to America.
The fruit of that thinking became Legacy of Honor: The Values and Influence of America’s Eagle Scouts (St. Martin’s Press, 304 pages, 2007). It is an elegant and forceful case for Scouting’s positive and unique role in the shaping of 20th century America.
Posted on 18 June 2007 by admin
The Verdugo Hills Council hosted its 2007 Cub Scout Bike Rodeo at Jefferson Elementary in Glendale on June 9, 2007. This event was fabulous with over 35 Cub Scouts, siblings, and prospective boys to Cub Scouting from the area taking part in all the activities of the Rodeo. Rodeo participants took part in pre-ride bike checks, a bike repair station; bike feats for participants included a â€œcrazy crossroads,â€ a street course, mounting & dismounting, weaving & maneuvering, a â€œcrazy 8â€ course, and tossing the paper into baskets.
Â The afternoon was highlighted with the appearance of National Bike Trials Champion Zak Maeda. Zak demonstrated the use of his pro bike and skill in maneuvering onto and over various objects and even people. All this was made possible through the leadership of Rodeo chairman, Greg Granja, as well as Rodeo staff members David Potter, Joe Davenport, Patricia Granja, Bruce Redmon, Jackie Lawrence, Theresa Coria and Life Scout Ben Granja.