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Around the Scouting trails

January 30, 2009

Boy Scouts hosting hike on Jan. 31

The “10 Commandments Hike” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 31 is a symbolic event to help enrich Scouts in understanding the importance of reverence, honor to God and respect for the belief of others. The 10 Commandments Hike will be about four miles through the cities of Burbank and Glendale, visiting various churches and faith centers. At each stop, a member of the clergy or their representative will conduct a brief introduction of their church and speak on one of the commandments.

For more information, call the Boy Scouts of America Verdugo Hills Council at (818) 243-6282.

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Girl Scouts kick off cookie season

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles kicked off the 2009 cookie program this weekend as thousands of area Girl Scouts begin taking orders for the cookies, including the popular peanut butter varieties.

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Neither of the Scouts’ licensed bakers — Little Brownie Bakers and ABC Interbake — source their peanut butter from the supplier involved in the current peanut butter Salmonella warning.

Beginning March 6 through the end of the sale on March 29, Girl Scouts will set up cookie booths at local businesses and storefronts. Cookies are $4 per box.

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Annual Big Strike Auction planned

The Verdugo Hills Council of the Boy Scouts of America has scheduled its annual Big Strike Auction major fundraiser for Saturday, April 4 at the Glendale Civic Auditorium. Big Strike co-chairs this year are Jenny Schwing of La Crescenta and Linda Fors of La Cañada. This year’s event theme is “Mining for Scouts” with decorations, music, dress and food reflecting a wild west mining party.

Tickets are $100 per person and are available by calling the Scout offices at (818) 243-6282.

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Girl Scouts nearing project completion

The renovation of the Montrose Program Center — commonly known as the Scout House — is nearing completion. Local Girl Scout troop 9261 adopted the landscaping portion of the renovation, spearheading a fundraising drive as its Silver Award project.

During their research of the project the girls learned that natives are not all succulents and need to be planted in the fall after the first rain. They are also slow growers and don’t need or like lots of water once they are established usually two to three years. To date the troop has raised over $3,500 for the purchase of native plants and amendments. On Dec. 5, designated as Green Day, throughout the new Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles Council over 36 Girl Scouts from the Crescenta Valley, Glendale, Alhambra, Pasadena and Altadena areas met to plant 450 native species of plants. The girls’ goal of Troop 9261to was to create a learning and eco friendly habitat where native plants, birds, animals and insects can be enjoyed by all that use the beautiful facility.

The planting was supervised by landscape architects Anna Armstong and Richard Walker who also designed the project .

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