February 2, 2007
The Verdugo Hills Council of the Boy Scouts of America has achieved a Quality Council status. This recognition is given to councils that commit to, and meet standards specified by, the national offices of Boy Scouts of America pertaining to camping frequency, leader training, youth advancement, membership growth and service. The Verdugo Hills Council is divided into the Iron Eyes Cody District and the Foothill District. Both of these districts also met standards set by the national offices of Boy Scouts of America and achieved a separate status of Quality District.
June 15, 2007
A Dinner and social will be held at the LDS La Canada Ward for all volunteers in Scouting and their Guests. To recognize Packs, Troops, Teams & Volunteers for their service and participation during the past year. Highlights include the presentation of the District Award of Merit, Veteran's Award, Spouse Award, Extra Miler Award, Cubmaster Award, Cub Scouter Award, Den Leader Award, Webelos Den Leader Award, Den Leader Coach Award, Scouter's Training Award, Scouter's Key, Scoutmaster Award of Merit, Commissioner's Arrowhead Honor Award, Distinguished Commissioner's Service Award, Summertime Pack Award & National Camping Award.
November 26, 2004
Jamboree Troop 826 comprises scouts from 12 different troops representing Glendale, La Crescenta, Montrose, Burbank, Los Angeles, Sunland and Tujunga. The Jamboree Troop will tour a number of historic sites prior to arriving at the national gathering. They will visit Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Annapolis and Washington, D.C., where they will tour the capital and see the Supreme Court, Arlington National Cemetery, Ford's Theater and the Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington and Vietnam memorials, among other important sites.
October 30, 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.
December 1, 2006
GLENDALE — The Glendale Community Foundation announced the approval of a grant request submitted by the Verdugo Hills Council, Boy Scouts of America. The grant will support the complete replacement of the council's office telephone system that over the years had become dysfunctional and outdated. Glendale Community Foundation Executive Director Tom Miller and Foundation emeritus Board Member David Greenbaum presented the $5,000 check to Council President Bob Bunker and Scout Executive Jon Maeda during the Boy Scouts annual Fall Program Kick-Off celebration.
October 26, 2012
A 26-year-old former Boy Scout employee pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he allegedly stole $28,820 from the organization's Verdugo Hills Council in Glendale. Donald Thurman, who worked part-time in the council's scout shop, faces five felony counts for identity theft, another five felony counts of forgery and a felony count of grand theft for stealing from the Boy Scouts of America, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint. Rick Williamson, the local chapter's acting scout executive, said the council was “very disappointed” about the alleged theft, especially because of the ethics and values the Boy Scouts embody.
December 18, 2000
A few local young people are ready to make Glendale a safer place to live. The group of about 20 people, ages 16 to 20, who graduated from the 13th annual academy of the Glendale Fire Department's Regional Occupation Program on Saturday will soon begin assisting with activities, such as public education and demonstrations. The graduates may also begin to prepare to become firefighters. The 11-week academy began in September and included several hours of instruction.
September 22, 2000
Buck Wargo CITY HALL -- What the Supreme Court wouldn't do on discrimination over sexual orientation, the Glendale Human Relations Coalition is trying to do on its own. The organization voted 18-5 Thursday night to ask the City Council to stop giving federal block grant funds to groups that discriminate based on sexual orientation, gender identity, domestic partner status and other sex-related criteria. If the ban is adopted by the council, groups such as the Verdugo Hills Council of the Boy Scouts of America will no longer be able to receive grant funds for their programs.
November 14, 2008
Scouting for Food Drive Nov. 15 The Crescenta Valley scouts will be collecting community resident donations for the Scouting for Food annual food drive tomorrow, Saturday. Assistance is especially needed as all local food banks are in desperate need of food. Scouting troops from the Verdugo Hills Council distributed bags throughout area neighborhoods last weekend for the donations of non-perishable dry or canned goods. Items may also be put into other easy-to-carry bags and placed in an easily seen accessible location by 9 a.m. for pick up. Donations can also be taken tomorrow to one of the following areas between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: American Legion Post 288, 4011 La Crescenta Ave.; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4550 Raymond Ave.; United Methodist Church of Tujunga, 9901 Tujunga Canyon Blvd, Tujunga.
April 5, 2002
I know that I speak for every member of the Verdugo Hills Council for the Boy Scouts of America who join me in extending our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to you, along with your well-respected and well-read publication, for your enthusiastic, full support and coverage you afforded us this year in support of our major council fund-raiser, the 28th Annual Big Strike Auction. Nearly 400 people attended the Burbank Hilton festivities on March 8, certainly in large part due to the excellent promotional stories and pictures that the News-Press made available on more than one occasion in anticipation of this annual major scouting fund-raiser.