DRAFT - Scouts in the News


Verdugo Hills Council recognizes the exceptional actions and achievements of Verdugo Hills Council Scouts.

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“’He was first to tell me about the severity of the war,' Irina tells Bryan on Scouting. 'He was serious about it before I realized how bad the situation was. He pushed me to leave Ukraine since the beginning.'"

"Over the next two weeks, working with the resources available — mostly computers and phones — Lucian and Mike Timm, Troop 319 assistant Scoutmaster and past committee chair, helped Irina flee her home in Kyiv and find safety out of the war zone.”

Read the whole story on Bryan on Scouting, the official blog of Scouting Magazine.


Troop 127 HIYER is delighted to announce that Kouyr Arabella Jolie Ishkhanian has earned the rank of Eagle Scout on Thursday, October 28, 2021, making her, according to the Verdugo Hills Council BSA, the female to earn the rank of Eagle Scout and first female VHC Armenian Eagle Scout.

Despite the recent worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulties surrounding social interactions, Troop 127 was able to continue its service to the community.

In addition, the hard work of the leadership spearheaded by Scoutmaster Yeghpair Adrian Hairapetian and Assistant Scoutmaster Yeghpair Alec Issai of Troop 127 has made history with Kouyr Arabella Ishkhanian.

Kouyr Arabella is currently a senior at John Burroughs High School and will graduate on May 26th of 2022. She earned the Gold Award on March 10, 2021, from Girl Scout Troop 636, of which she has been a member since 2010. For her Gold Award project, she co-founded a club called, “Women in S.T.E.M.” at her high school with the goal of helping break the stigma of women entering the field and providing them with the resources to continue pursuing careers in the S.T.E.M. fields. Kouyr Arabella was selected as a parade participant of the 2022 Tournament of Roses-Tournament Troop due to her Gold Award achievement.

Kouyr Arabella joined her brothers Yeghpair Grant and Yeghpair Drake at Troop 127 as soon as the Boy Scouts of America allowed young girls to join the ranks of Scouts. Her borhters are working diligently to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, following their older sister.


Kouyr Arabella’s Eagle Scout Service Project involved painting and landscaping signs in four different park locations in the city of Glendale: Pelanconi Park sign, Glenoaks Park sign, Upper Scholl Canyon Athletics Field sign, and Lower Scholl Canyon Park sign. The purpose of the project was to refurbish and paint four signs in all the four parks and to landscape around the Pelanconi Park sign.

Her Eagle Scout Board of Review was on October 28, 2021, where she earned the Eagle rank, making her the 31st Eagle scout from Troop 127.

In addition to her scouting accomplishments, she is also the Vice President of both the National Honors Society and the Medical Academy at her high school. Additionally, she is a member of the Armenian Club and Scholarship club and the Vice President of the St Gregory Armenian Church ACYO (Armenian Church Youth Organization), in Pasadena.

She is currently applying to several universities in California and would like to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

We are honored and grateful that Kouyr Arabella will continue her scouting work with both Troops for the foreseeable future. The Troop 127 scouting family, her parents Charlene and Ara Ishkhanian, brothers Grant and Drake, the 30 Eagle Scouts who preceded her, their families, as well as the current adult leadership wishes her the best and continued success.

-Troop 127



Fox Melo, of Burbank, CA has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) through the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Scout Scholarship Fund. He is a member of St. Finbar Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. When asked why volunteering is important to him, he responded, “Volunteering is part of my commitment to living out my faith and my oath as a Scout. I am committed to continuing my life of service to causes large and small, following God’s commandment to “love one another” and the Scout oath to “help other people at all times.” Fox has earned all four religious emblems offered by the NCCS.Read more about Fox... http://www.nccs-bsa.org/.../Press_Release_2021_1st_Fox...



Continuing the Line of Leadership - Samantha Hoxsie

Samantha Hoxsie, an Eagle Scout from Troop 211 in Burbank CA, at the Alex Theatre with younger female Scouts. 

Samantha is speaking to the young Scouts about her merit badges and her journey in obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout, under the marquee which holds her name along with the other three Inaugural female Eagle Scouts from the Verdugo Hills Council. Samantha believes in giving back to her community and advancing the Scouting movement to reach other young individuals. Samantha will continue her Scouting journey by mentoring the next generation of Scouts at our National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) course later this June. Scouting has always been a family activity for Samantha. She attended all her brothers’ activities from hikes, camping, and the Council’s Rocket Academy where at young age she would shoot her own rockets. She comes from family of Eagle Scouts, so it was natural for her to join the Scouts BSA in 2019, when girls could join and earn the rank of Eagle. Everything Samantha has learned through Scouting and her journey towards Eagle Scout has prepared her for anything Samantha decides to accomplish next. She currently aspires to become a firefighter in her community.



MyBurbank.com features Ritchie Collins, T219 for coyote awareness public education campaign

Richie Collins is a Life Scout from Troop 219 and has always wanted to help the Burbank Animal Shelter. He initially thought of rehabbing some parts of the shelter or creating welcoming boxes for new owners who adopted a dog or a cat. COVID-19 presented a more urgent need to the Animal Shelter and the surrounding community of Burbank. Richie answered to the need of informing and passing out informational packets to over a 1,000 individuals and businesses about the education of co-existing with coyotes. Read more about Richie and his Eagle Scout project here:https://myburbank.com/eagle-scout-project-educates-public-on-coyote-awareness/


Congratulation to the following Scouts who earned their Catholic religious emblems!

They will receive their awards on May 16, 2021 from the Catholic Committee on Scouting. 

Pope Pius XII

Alex Vizcaino, Crew 220

Miguel Vizcaino, Troop 219

Luke Carnegie, Troop 219

Anthony Novoa, Troop 303

Noah Segura, Troop 199

Phillippe Shammaa, Troop 199


Ad Altare Dei

Andrew Vizcaino, Troop 219

James Simmons, Troop 317

Anthony Kramer, Troop 209

Felix LaPointe, Troop 317

Hagen Close, Troop 317

Zachary Cataleta, Troop 199

Marcus Segura, Troop 199

Joseph Crosthwait, Troop 209

Dominic Esquival, Troop 319

Alex Vizcaino, Miguel Vizcaino, Luke Carnegie, Anthony Novoa, and Noah Segura will also be recognized with the Chi Rho award. This award signifies that they have earned all four of the Catholic religious emblems (Light of Christ, Parvuli Dei, Ad Altare Dei, and Pope Pius XII).

This was an especially challenging year for our religious emblems. Classes were virtual. Service projects were more of a challenge because of the pandemic. And I can't forget the parents, who helped out by being a second adult in our virtual classrooms.

Our Presentation Mass will take place on Sunday, May 16, at 1 p.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Westlake Village. Our Scouts will be recognized virtually. The link for the Mass is


-Maureen Brown, Chair, Catholic Committee on Scouting Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Eagle Scouts do amazing things …

The National Eagle Scout Association established the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams national Eagle Scout service project of the year award to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by an Eagle Scout candidate to a religious institution, a school, community, or other entity through completion of an Eagle Scout project. The Verdugo Hills Council recipient, Patrick Venezia, is from Troop 319 in La Crescenta and he is one of 79 Eagle Scouts from the 2020 class. To learn more about his project, please click this  CV weekly link or you can  register for our council recognition dinner on May 20th at 7 pm to listen to Patrick speaking of his goals and objective of his project. 



Samantha H from Troop 211 was recognized for her achievement of being in the Inagural Class of Female Eagle Scouts in the Burbank Leader.

Samantha Hoxsie, a graduate of John Burroughs High School, is making history as she joins the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts. The rank of Eagie Scout is a prestigious achievement that has been attained by some of the country's most noteworthy figures.

"Earning the rank of Eagle Scout takes hard work and perseverance, and we are honored to recognize Samantha for this significant accomplishment," said Andrew Sisolak, interim Scout executive. "Along the journey to Eagle Scout, young people gain new skills, learn to overcome obstacles and demonstrate leadership among their peers and in their communities, these benefits are invaluable for everyone, and we are thrilled that they are now available to even more youth."

Young women have been part of Scouting for decades in co-ed programs offered by the Boy Scouts of America, including Sea Scouts, Venturing, Exploring and STEM Scouts. The BSA expanded that legacy further in recent years by welcoming girls into Cub Scouts and then into Scouts BSA last February. Scouts BSA is the program for youth ages 11-17 previously known as Boy Scouts. Since then, tens of thousands of young women from across the country have joined the organization's most iconic program, earning the rank of Eagle Scout.

Samantha's Eagle project was to redesign and repaint the 50-state mural for Bret Harte Elementary School.

Eagle Scout is the Scouts BSA program, highest rank, which only 6% of Scouts achieve on average. To earn it, an individual must take on leadership roles within their troop and their community; earn a minimum of 21 merit badges that cover a broad range of topics, including first aid and safety, civics, business and the environment; and they must research, organize and complete a large community service project.

In addition to gaining skills that last a lifetime, individuals who earn the esteemed Eagle Scout rank can reference it for academic, vocational and military recognition, including scholarships and advanced enlistment grade.


All four of our Verdugo Hills Council members of the Inagural Class of Female Eagle Scout: Adele K, Darcy K, and Haneen S from Troop 118G and Samantha H from Troop 211 were all recognized in the Glendale Newspress.

Four local teens are making history as they join the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts. The rank of Eagle Scout is a prestigious achievement that has been attained by some of the country’s most noteworthy figures. And now, Adele Kelley, Darcy Kelley, Haneen Shehata, and Samantha Hoxsie are among thousands of young women who will make up this distinguished group.

Read more on the Glendale Newspress site.


Troop 209 was recognized by multiple news publishers for their service project creating face masks for first responders.

“A Scout is helpful” is one of the twelve points of the Scout Law. With a shortage of protective gear for front line health workers, first responders, and at-risk members of the community, Scout Troop 209 saw an opportunity to be helpful. From the idea of one parent, a group of Scout and parent volunteers began meeting via Zoom and figuring out sewing patterns, acquiring materials, and distributing production assignments for the group.

Read more on the Burbank Leader site.

Some of the basic tenets of Scouts BSA are found in the Scout Law. “A scout is helpful, kind, thrifty, clean, brave…,” and the list continues. So, when the COVID-19 pandemic began putting a strain on our community’s healthcare system, the scouts in Troop 209 were ready to step up.

Read more on the BurbankMom site.