Order of the Arrow - Ta-Tanka Lodge #488

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Contact OA Adviser: Mr. Darin Sorrels


Camp Card Fundraising Campaign

VDS units are invited to participate in the Council Sponsored Fundraising Camp Card Campaign. A Camp Card is a discount card that provides the purchasers numerous discounts to restaurants and retailers all throughout the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles areas. Each card is sold for $5.00. The deals on the card far exceed the amount. Scouts are encouraged to sell as many as they can. Your unit will earn 50% ($2.50 per card) of all sales! If your unit does well in popcorn or is in need of a Spring Fundraiser, Camp Cards is the perfect program.

For additional information and to sign up please visit or if you have questions contact Heather Endo at 213.413.4400 x0 or email her at


FOS Fundraiser

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
Location: Shakeys Pizza Parlor,1422 N Azusa,Covina,ca,
Map Link: 1422 N Azusa, Covina, ca,
Time: 6-9pm
25% of proceeds come back to VDS



Railroading Merit Badge Class

Saturday, June 10th, 2017
Location: METRO Headquarters Building ,1 Gateway Plaza,Los Angeles,Ca,
Map Link: 1 Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, Ca,
Time: 8:30am - 3pm

Boy Scouts - $25.00 each
(Fee includes Workbook – Notebook – Morning Snack – Spikes – Handouts)


Contact: Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation E-mail:


FOS Fundraiser

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
Location: Bert & Rocky's Cream Co.,242 Yale Ave,Claremont,ca,
Map Link: 242 Yale Ave, Claremont, ca,
Time: 5:39 - 8:30pm
20% + Tips support VDS FOS


Valle Del Sol District

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Charles Pickering
VDS District Executive


Hello VDS Volunteers,

My name is Charles Pickering and I am your new District Executive. I had the chance to meet with some of you at the District Dinner in February but I wanted to take some time and reach out to all of you and introduce myself. In time I hope I get the chance to meet you all personally at a District Event like Camporee, Cuboree, Cub-Mobile and Webeloree, or at one of our Monthly Roundtables held at 7:30pm on the second Thursday at St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church in Glendora. For now, let me tell you a little bit about myself.

I graduated from San Diego State University with a Degree in International Business, with an emphasis in Japanese. I recently returned from living in Japan, where I spent a year studying Japanese and during my free time I was an Assistant Cub Master in the Japanese Scouting Association. Which brings me to my Scouting background, I am not new to program. Scouting has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up in South Central Los Angeles, earned my Eagle Scout Award in 2006 from Troop 636 based in Inglewood. I am a Vigil Honor Member and a Founder’s Award Recipient in the Order of the Arrow from Siwinis Lodge. I have received the District Award of Merit from Thunderbird District and I currently serve as the Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 927 based in Westchester. If you attended Summer Camp at Forest Lawn Scout Reservation, you may know me as “Deuce,” I served on Summer Camp Staff from 2004- 2014. I look forward to seeing FLSR Alumni units most of all!

If you would like to introduce yourself, know more about my story, or just say hello please come find me at Roundtable or one of the District Events, I look forward to meeting you and hearing about how you are involved in the program. If you would like for me to come and visit your unit at a meeting or an event please reach out to me, or your Unit Commissioners and I will do my best to attend. Thank you for all you do to keep the Scouting Movement alive.

Yours in Scouting,

Charles Pickering
VDS District Executive