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2015 Patch 2015 District Camporee

Thanks to all who helped with the 2015 Camporee! Thanks to all the event leaders for the planning and support.

Take a look at some of the first photographs (thanks to Dan Clewely, T-433) that are now posted on our District Photo Gallery.

Other Troops with Camporee pictures:

If anyone else has photos they would like to share, please contact the . A small number of photographs may be emailed, but larger quantities will require additional arrangements.

In the days ahead, look for a complete writeup on the events along with score tallies.

2015 Camporee

New District Patch

District Patch The Golden Eagle District proudly unveils the design of its new district patch. See the design at the left.

The new patch is now in production and is available for purchase at the Smiser Scout Center.

 

Policy on Merit Badge Opportunities

Effective immediately (11/2/2013, 6:00p), the Golden Eagle District will be enforcing the following policy in regards to Merit Badge Opportunities that are presented by third parties.

Merit Badge Days are addressed in Section 7.0.4.10 (Charging Fees for Merit Badge Opportunities) of the 2013 Guide to Advancement. In short, merit badge opportunities may not be used as fundraisers. Therefore, any fees must be limited to the recovery of expenses for such events.

In order to ensure this, any planned Merit Badge Opportunities must be authorized and approved by the Advancement Committee in advance of any promotion, whether electronic or hardcopy.

Approved events will be denoted by BOTH of the following items:

  • Any advertisement material (whether electronic or hardcopy) must contain the following verbiage: "This event has been approved by the District Advancement Committee".
  • The event will be listed on the Golden Eagle website, under Merit Badge Opportunities. If an event is not listed on this web page, regardless of what any printed material may indicate, it is not an approved activity.

Any merit badge work conducted at an unapproved event may jeopordize the completion and recording of the advancement.

For your convenience, the official policy can also be found on the Documents page of this website.

Camporee 2013

Troop 789
Troop 789 at the 2013 Golden Eagle District Camporee

Troop Pres. 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Camporee Ribbon Count
789 3 5 4 3 69
710 4 3 2 2 58
433 2 2 2 5 39
8888 3 1 1 2 35
737 1 3 1 1 30
620 1 1 1 2 19
278 1 0 0 4 12
777 1 0 0 0 8

Three hundred Scouts and Scouters converged on Schabarum Regional Park in Rowland Heights on April 19th, 20th, and 21st. A total of 9 Troops competed in the events this year. For the second year we employed the extremely popular and successful camping arrangements. The youth were separated by patrols and the adults of the district were organized into two groups. The feedback from this style of organization has been overwhelming. Check in and gear drop off were much improved over last year.

Events were similar to last year, they consisted of the Stretcher Relay, Knife and Axe, Knot Relay, and Kim's Game to name a few. The strategy was to create events that the youth have not seen before. Each participating troop was encouraged to coordinate an event, and to staff the event during the competition. The scoring was revamped using a more simple and fair method. Event competitions were scored based on total points earned. Each of the 9 events, uniform, and camp inspection were all weighed equally. The top 4 scores for each event were split into the four places: Presidential, First, Second, and Third place. The Top patrols were recognized based on straight points earned. Troop 789 Dragons patrol took top honors by taking ribbons in 7 out of 9 events earning 739 out of 900 points. Troop 789 Eagles took second place with 720.5 points followed by Troop 8888 Dragons patrol taking third with 713 points.

We again gave an award to recognize the Top Troop at Camporee. The Spirit Stick was awarded to Troop 789. The award was determined by adding the total number of ribbons, with 8 points for presidential, 6 points for 1st place, 3 points for 2nd place, and 1 point for 3rd. This method is an "Olympic" style scoring method, is simple to administer, and is fair. Troop 789 won a total of 15 ribbons with their 4 patrols; with 3 presidential, 5 first place, 4 second place, and 3 third place ribbons. Great job Troop 789, you are now charged with embellishing the Spirit stick and bringing your "A" game to the 2014 Camporee.

Dorothy Persinger coordinated the trading post which allowed the youth a good chance to cool off in the blistering heat. The medical team led by Peter Camacho of Impulse Ambulance and his team did a fantastic job again this year. Their services are greatly appreciated. Thanks to Crew 102 for their support with the kitchen.

This year we also provided an opportunity for the adults in the district to commune with the staff by offering a meal plan with the Camporee fees. The food was coordinated by Fred Bates of the OA Cafe and was fantastic. Thanks to all who came out and helped Fred make this a memorable time.

The Campfire and OA call out were also memorable. Thanks to the youth who helped put the program together: Kenny Hirscht, Roberto Castillo-Davidson, and Patrick Roemer.

Many thanks go out to all of the volunteers in the district for their support. We give a special thanks to Victoria Davidson-Castillo for her help with check-in without her help things would not have gone so smoothly.

We hope you all enjoyed the Camporee this year. See you in 2014.

Rick Kunzler
2013 Camporee Chair

Silver Beaver - Class of 2012

At the 2013 Council Dinner in March, two very deserving Scouters from the Golden Eagle District were recognized as members of the Silver Beavers of the Class of 2012.

Rick Kunzler (T-710) currently serves as our District Chair. James Munoz (T-433) currently serves as our District Commissioner.

Rick Kunzler
Rick Kunzler

James Munoz
James Munoz

 

District Dinner 2013

The 2013 District Dinner was held on January 25 at the Diamond Bar Center, with 227 guests in attendance. The highlight of the evening was the recognition of the District Award of Merit and Baden-Powell recipients:

  • District Award of Merit
    • Martin Cardenas: Troop 777
    • Victoria Davidson-Castillo: Troop 710
    • Ken Hirscht: Crew 777
  • Baden-Powell Award
    • Ana Garza: Crew 73
    • Natalie Garrett: Troop 101
    • Margaret Purnell: Troop 101
    • Jin Hae Kim: Troop 278
    • Yong Sang Kim: Troop 278
    • Bo Hyun Son: Troop 278
    • David Song: Troop 278
    • Janet Anderson: Pack 433
    • James Mu´┐Żoz: Troop 433
    • Ross M. Westenhaver: Troop 433
    • Ranae Evans: Pack 442
    • James R. Fox: Troop 442
    • Alexander James Begg: Crew 620
    • John Navarra: Troop 684
    • Steve Schmidt: Troop 701
    • Morgan Matthews: Crew 710
    • Cheri Wagoner-Swarthout: Pack 710
    • Kathy Cheng: Troop 710
    • Catherine Gonzalez: Troop 710
    • Matthew Gonzalez: Troop 710
    • Matthew Wilson: Troop 710
    • Merrill G. Bodily: Troop 719
    • Theodore Wong: Pack 722
    • Nick Chernin: Pack 727
    • Kelly Piatt: Pack 730
    • Warren Piatt: Pack 730
    • Ken Ho: Troop 730
    • Ralph Kinder: Troop 730
    • Pat Moag: Troop 730
    • Ralph Rodriguez: Troop 730
    • David Unfried: Troop 730
    • Tran Vo: Troop 730
    • James Xu: Troop 730
    • Steven Dang: Pack 737
    • David Moskovitz: Pack 737
    • Joy Reyes: Pack 737
    • Carrie Yee: Pack 737
    • Cindy Yee: Pack 737
    • Tom Pederson: Troop 737
    • David Sonner: Troop 737
    • Nancy Tragarz: Troop 737
    • Richard Barber: Troop 741
    • Nicole Buddemeyer: Pack 755
    • John Hernandez: Pack 755
    • Michael Lin: Pack 755
    • Sami Mahendra: Pack 755
    • Stephen Siu: Troop 755
    • Andrew Whittingham: Troop 755
    • John Minutoli: Pack 766
    • Elsie Freret: Troop 777
    • Ken Kuhlman: Troop 777
    • Srini Chilukuri: Troop 789
    • Jonathan Cuevas: Troop 789
    • James Hu: Troop 789
    • Michael Knott: Troop 789
    • Keyser Lam: Troop 789
    • David Lizama: Troop 789
    • Anne Phu: Troop 789
    • Lana Trieu: Troop 789
    • Larry Watts: Troop 789
    • Rex Wu: Troop 789
    • Bonnie Young: Troop 789
    • Jenkins Chen: Troop 8888
    • Vincent Luu: Troop 8888

Camporee 2012

Pack, Troop, Crew 710
Pack, Troop, and Crew 710 at the 2012 Golden Eagle District Camporee

Three hundred and one (301) Scouts and Scouters converged on the Lakeside Campground at Firestone Scout Reservation in Brea on April 20, 21, and 22nd. A total of 12 Troops competed in the events this year. New this year was the extremely popular and successful camping arrangements. The youth were separated by patrols and the adults of the district were organized by Troop. The feedback from this style of organization has been overwhelming. Check in and gear drop off will be improved next year.

Events were different than in years past, they consisted of the popular Blind Folded Tent Assembly, Stretcher Relay, Knot Relay, and Kim's Game to name a few. The strategy was to create new events that the youth have not seen before. Each participating troop was encouraged to coordinate an event, and to staff the event during the competition. The scoring was revamped using a more simple and fair method. Event competitions were scored based on total points earned. Each of the 10 events, uniform, and camp inspection were all weighed equally. The top 4 scores for each event were split into the four places: Presidential, First, Second, and Third place. The Top patrols were recognized based on straight points earned. Troop 8888 Eagles patrol took top honors by taking ribbons in 8 out of 12 events earning 982 out of 1200 points. Troop 710 Sharks took second place with 930 points followed by Troop 433 Phoenix patrol taking third with 922.3 points.

This year we decided to create an award to recognize the Top Troop at Camporee. The Spirit Stick was awarded to Troop 710. The award was determined by adding the total number of ribbons, with 8 points for presidential, 6 points for 1st place, 3 points for 2nd place, and 1 point for 3rd. This method is an "Olympic" style scoring method, is simple to administer, and is fair. Troop 710 won a total of 14 ribbons with their 4 patrols; with 4 presidential, 3 first place, 6 second place, and 1 third place ribbons. Great job Troop 710, you are now charged with embellishing the Spirit stick and bringing your "A" game to the 2013 Camporee.

Troop Pres. 1st 2nd 3rd Total
710 4 3 6 1 69
8888 2 5 4 2 60
278 2 2 4 0 40
789 2 2 3 1 38
737 1 2 5 3 38
730 2 2 2 2 36
433 2 0 0 5 21
620 1 0 2 1 15

Our cheerful district staff coordinated the trading post which allowed the youth a good chance to cool off in the blistering heat. The medical team led by Peter Camacho of Impulse Ambulance and Troop 442 with his son Peter, and friends Eddie and Kyle Blackburn did a fantastic job again this year. A total of 27 patients were treated by the staff. Their services are greatly appreciated. Thanks to Crew 724 for their support with security and the kitchen. Thanks to Crew 710 for helping with the uniform inspection.

This year we also provided an opportunity for the adults in the district to commune with the staff by offering a meal plan with the Camporee fees. The food was coordinated by Fred Bates of the OA Cafe and was fantastic. Thanks to all who came out and helped Fred make this a memorable time.

This year we also had a great afternoon of shooting sports. We offered Archery, Tomahawk, BB's, Shotgun, and.22 Rifles. Free time was packed, and the boys had a great time up until dinner time. Congratulations goes to Sherman Lam of Troop 755 for winning the shotgun competition in a nail-biter against our coordinator Gavin Loke, former Scoutmaster and Adviser of Troop and Crew 620.

Due to a medical emergency at Camp Memorial Mesa our afternoon surprise was not able to be coordinated. We had planned to have the camp fire truck come and water down the scouts due to the sweltering heat. Perhaps we can pull this off next year.

The Campfire and OA call out were also memorable. Thanks to the youth who helped put the program together: Nick Hung, Sherman Lam, Kenny Hirscht, Bradley Pavy, and Ben Kunzler. Thanks to Jamie Gibson of Troop 102 for coordinating the multimedia extravaganza. DVD's are still available and may be purchased by offering an FOS contribution. Please contact .

Many thanks goes out to all of the volunteers in the district for their support. We hope you all enjoyed the Camporee this year. See you in 2013.

Be sure to check out the pictures!

Rick Kunzler and Ken Hirscht
2012 Camporee Chairs

 

 

District Dinner 2012

January 28, 2012
At the recently celebrated district dinner, held at St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Hacienda Heights, over 180 guests were on hand to honor the following dedicated Scouters:

  • Baden-Powell Award
    • Victoria Davidson-Castillo: Pack 710
    • Stephanie Glamuzina: Pack 710
    • Kathy Clark: Pack 724
    • Martin Cardenas: Pack 730
    • Carrie Yee: Pack 737
    • Larry Knorr: Pack 755
    • John Loren Bowling: Troop 101
    • Tina Breazeal: Troop 101
    • Harry Purnell: Troop 101
    • Rodney Wheeler: Troop 101
    • Connie Cuellar: Troop 102
    • Jamie Gibson: Troop 102
    • Daniel T. Clewley: Troop 433
    • Elaine Rodriguez: Troop 710
    • Esther Estrada: Troop 724
    • Anne Sonner: Troop 737
    • Ken Tragarz: Troop 737
    • Joe Vail: Troop 737
    • Steven Arnold: Troop 740
    • Judy Lu: Troop 755
    • Regina Mar: Troop 777
    • Wanda Shimazu: Troop 777
    • Frieda Wong: Troop 777
    • Nancy Mendoza: Crew 724
    • Janet Almqvist: Crew 755
  • District Award of Merit
    • John Minutoli: Troop 701
    • Stephen Schmidt: Troop 701
    • Amanda Ventura: Crew 724

Rose Parade - 2012

January 2, 2012
Tournament Scouts
Congratulations to the thirteen Eagle Scouts from the Golden Eagle District that are participating in the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade.

Shown L-R:
Ricardo Estrada (T-724), Daniel De Luna (T-724), Max Hung (T-755), Damian Ventura (T-724), Bradley Simonian (T-620), Christian Welling (T-620), Daniel Miles (T-442), Michael McDonald (T-777), Nick Hung (T-755).

Not shown:
Richard Kinder (T-730), Derrick Mar (T-777), James McCreary (T-730), Christopher Risden (T-8888), Joseph Wang (T-777).