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June 11th, 2018



Family Scouting


Chartering Organizations:
As most of you may be aware, effective June 11th The Boy Scouts of America will begin offering new Cub Scouting options for each charter partner. Each chartering organization may now choose to sponsor an all boy pack, an all girl pack, or a full family pack that has dens separated by gender. Each chartered organization that currently charters Cub Scouting will be soon receiving in the mail a form confirming what type of pack they would like to sponsor.If we do not receive a response by Tuesday, July 31st, we will assume your organization will sponsor a full family pack. Charter Organization Representatives can also email brian.paquette@scouting.org stating your desire to sponsor an all boy pack, an girl pack, or family pack. If you have any questions, please contact your District Executive.


Adventure Weekend


Register here for 2018 Adventure Weekend!

Adventure Weekend Staff Registration

Download Adventure Weekend Flyer




Sign up for NYLT Week 2 Summer             Sign up for NYLT Week 3 Winter

Week 1 of NYLT is underway, but there is still plenty of room in weeks 2 and 3



Wood Badge


2018 Wood Badge Fall Registration


Bass Pro Catch and Release Event


This weekend, scouts from Troop 13 and leaders from Pack 2228 assisted Bass Pro Shops at their annual Catch & Release GONE FISHING event. 
Many kids from all over the Inland Empire stopped by and earned their 1st Fish Certificate Award. There were also Free Photo Download of Kids with their "Catch of the Day" on the cover of Fishing League Worldwide magazine.
Dates for the event: June 9th & 10th and June 16th & 17th from 1PM to 4PM
*Rod & Reel Donations accepted both weekends. Donations are given to area youth organizations.



Order of the Arrow Navajo Chapter


On Thursday, June 7th the Navajo Chapter held it's June Chapter meeting and set a record for youth attendance.   There were 40 scouts there that enjoyed food, drumming, indian regalia, a silent/live patch auction and fellowship.  If you are in the OA, or are interested in the OA and want to find out more about what Navajo Chapter is up to please contact the Navajo Chapter Adviser - Eric Jones - at navajochapter@hotmail.com or at 714-292-1974. 


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Scouting Safely


Trailer Safety


For many Scouting units, trailers are an indispensable part of camping trips. Anytime you plan to spend a night or two in the great outdoors, chances are plans include taking along a camping trailer to haul and store your gear. There are three areas that troops should consider in relation to their trailers. They are:
1.     Safety in operation
2.     Security of the trailer and its contents
3.     Licensing and Insurance
The three leading causes for trailer accidents are:
·        Driver error
·        Excessive speed
·        Improper loading of the trailer
Before the trip, vehicle drivers should make sure the tow vehicle is capable of safely and properly towing the trailer. They should review the manufacturer’s plate attached to the trailer that lists the maximum tongue a and cargo weight. In addition to the trailer weight, the driver needs to make sure the hitch on both the towing vehicle and trailer are in good working order and are matched correctly as to size and height. Items to check on the vehicle include the hitch pin that secures the ball mount to the receiver on the vehicle and ensure that the hitch ball is the proper size for the hitch on the trailer. Check that the electrical connection is secure and the brake, tail, license plate and clearance lights all work properly. Safety chains must be properly (in an “x” configuration) secured between the trailer and tow vehicle. Braking cables or cords must be attached.  Check condition and pressure of the tires (is there a spare?) and that all lug nuts are tight.
Anyone towing a trailer should be familiar with the driving characteristics. Many accidents occur while making turns. Often times, the driver does not allow for added length of the vehicle and does not turn wide enough to include the trailer in turning radius. Cutting the corner and failure to render a lengthy turn signal, can cause a serious collision. If someone is not familiar with towing trailers he should practice driving with the trailer. An ideal location to practice is a vacant parking lot. The practice session should include towing, turning left and right as well as backing the trailer.
·        Place the heaviest item(s) over the axle(s). Load the remaining items in front of the trailer and around the heaviest item.
·        Secure loose items in the trailer so the load won’t shift and slide during transit.
·        Never overload the trailer beyond its listed maximum gross weight.
·        Maintain a safe speed. California’s maximum safe speed for towing a trailer is 55 mph. You must also drive in the right-most lane (two right lanes, if four or more lanes in your direction) and are not permitted to use the HOV lanes
*  Make sure your side rear-view mirrors extend far enough out to allow you to see 200’ behind the   trailer.
·        Plan the route. Anticipate hills, downgrades, bad weather, areas subject to high crosswinds, etc.
·        Anticipate stops and apply brakes firmly but gradually.
·        With the added weight, braking distance is increased, so maintain longer distances between vehicles.
·        Reduce speed on curves, wet roads, and downgrades.
·        If possible, use another person as a spotter to assist with backing.
·        Do not rely solely on the rear-view mirrors. Turn your head and look at the trailer.
·        The trailer will go to the right if you turn the front wheels to the left and vice-versa. Keep the reverse action in your mind when backing.
·        Look occasionally to the front of the vehicle to prevent the vehicle from swinging out and striking something.
·        Avoid “jackknifing” the trailer. Do not back the trailer any further than 90 degrees to the tow vehicle.
·        Never allow passengers to ride in the trailer or the back of pickups.
·        Obey all traffic laws, including DOT laws regarding Commercial Motor Vehicles/ Trailers/Towing.
·        The driver and all the passengers will use the seat-belts.
·        Be well rested and never drive when fatigued.
·        Never pass on hills or curves.
·        Stop frequently to check hitch, chains and cargo.
·        If you have an emergency and must stop, park your vehicle/trailer in a safe place completely off the highway.
Many Scout units keep their equipment in the trailers that are used to transport it. This makes the trailer a prime target for thieves. If the trailer is stolen, so is the equipment. This loss, which includes the cost of the trailer itself, the replacement of the cargo of the troop and possibly personal items, may be several thousand dollars, as well as a major inconvenience if it coincides with an imminent outing.
Good preventative measures should be employed to discourage theft, but keep in mind two principles relating to security:
·        No system can guarantee total protection. Given enough time, resources and desire, a determined thief can overcome any measures you employ. The goal is to make if hard enough that he will go elsewhere (Sorry neighbor!).
·        The adage, “You get what you pay for” is particularly true in security measures. Another says: “Don’t go cheap if you want to keep”
·        Hitch Lock – Should go into the ball socket; the hasp should be locked; safety chains should be removed or padlocked.
·        Door Locks – Rear doors should be locked from inside. Side door handles should be upgraded and backed up by hasp and padlock.
·        Wheel Locks – “Boot” type devices which prohibit movement of the tire and wheel.
1.     Don’t be cheap! Lightweight ones can be pried off.
2.     Lug nuts must be covered by the device.
All locking devices should be painted a bright contrasting color, so they are obvious, as is anyone working round them. Make sure all padlocks used are “case-hardened” and expose as little shank as possible.
·        Paint – Paint the troop’s number on the roof in large numerals (like police cars). If for some reason you do not have the trailer’s exterior decorated in the easily identifiable Scout manner, paint the tongue, rear bumper (if there is one) and the wheels orange or red.
·        Alarm – Good if there is someone nearby to hear it or it is transmitted to someone at a remote location, but even if not, the loud noise will often scare away the thief.
·        Tracker – a “Low-Jack” type device that emits a signal that can either be searched for, or automatically activates on movement.
[With either of these devices, make sure adequate power supply or batteries are included]
If possible store in a secure (fenced & locked) yard with minimal access to others. When parked, put the hitch toward a wall and if possible remove the dolly wheel.
Do not store registration card in the trailer. Remove the license plate when storing (don’t forget to put it back on when hauling the trailer).
Non-commercial cargo trailers, such as the type used by Scout units are registered, in California, as titled or non-titled with a PTI (permanent trailer identification) which provides a non-dated license plate and a registration certificate. The registration is renewable every 5 years at a cost of $20. It is best that the trailer be registered to the chartering organization for liability and insurance reasons.
Generally, in the event of a motor vehicle accident, the auto liability coverage is provided by the vehicle towing the trailer. The BSA commercial general liability insurance policy provides excess coverage over the registered or non-registered volunteer’s auto coverage. It is also recommended that whoever pulls the trailer maintains adequate physical damage limits for non-owned trailers.
The trailer itself and/or the contents should be insured by property insurance. The property insurance should be taken out by the trailer/contents owner. Usually the Chartering Organization is the owner since the unit cannot “own” property.
The BSA does not provide property insurance for the owner or the Chartering Organization. Specific answers relating to coverage should be discussed with an insurance professional with knowledge of the coverage in the unit’s jurisdiction. Depending on the Chartering Organization’s policy, the location of storage and the overall value, there may be an addition premium charged.
It is also a good idea for the Troop do a detailed inventory of the contents, on a regular basis. This inventory should include photos of the contents

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