Monday, May 13, 2013

Sporting Clays




LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Area Council,.Boy Scouts of America, held its sixth annual Las Vegas Sporting Clays and Scout Steel Challenge April 12 & 13, 2013, to benefit almost 20,000 area youth involved in Scouting and its programs


The two-day fundraiser, held at Desert Hills Shooting Club and Carter Powersports, blended competition, outdoor adventure, and fun in a challenging yet friendly environment.


The event kicked off with a reception and auction at Carter Powersports.  The 20,000 square foot showroom was the perfect venue to mix and mingle among the firearms, outdoor products, vacation trips, and motorsport merchandise on display and open for bid.  Good food and good company combined to make for an exciting evening as almost $40,000 was raised for our area scouts.


On Saturday the four-person teams competed in a variety of shotgun events and then to keep things interesting, “fun events” such as crossbows, knife and tomahawk throwing, .22 caliber arcade shoot, and 9mm handgun steel challenge events were thrown in.  More than $30,000 in prizes was given away with 4 shooters winning Smith & Wesson firearms, and one lucky winner going home with a brand new Browning Citari shotgun.


The PJ’s (pararescue jumpers) from Nellis Air Force Base provided an excellent live demonstration of a simulated rescue of a downed pilot amid the chaos provided by the detonation of live explosions.  Bruce Rowe, event chairman, ran a super event and the day culminated in an award ceremony and trophy presentation to the winning teams in three flight categories. 


This year’s event helped raise more than $120,000 for local Scouting. The event is limited to 75 teams of four with three sponsorship levels; $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000 per team. The entry donation is tax deductible and all donations will go to benefit nearly 20,000 boys and girls served by Scouting in Southern Nevada.


For more information please call Randy Andreasen at 702.968.8153 or e-mail Joanne Ruyle at:


The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America supports quality youth programs, including Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing. Scouting serves young men and women in every part of the country through more than 300 local council service centers. Boy Scouts of America will be celebrating its 100th year of scouting in 2010.


Thursday, March 14, 2013


The Las Vegas Area Council was fortunate enough to have Scott Legasse Jr. and his race team come to the office and let the kids see a real race care.  Scott provided opportunities for youth to take pictures with him in front of the actual car that raced in the Nationwide NASCAR race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Youth participated in a Pine Wood Derby Race

Hundreds of Scouts tried to conquer Uncle Bill's Wall

Scouts and Families had pictures taken with Scott Leggasi Jr.  Driver of the BSA Hybrid Light car.

Scott with the Scouts giving a shout out to a Scout in another Council that made a Pine Wood Derby Car for Scott
20 lucky Scouts were able to have their names called out to attend Saturdays race.  It was a great Scouting day.  Many first time experiences were had by youth and adult alike as they got a behind the scenes tour of NASCAR.
Tyler Moon in Pit Row

Friday, March 8, 2013

Scouters Cup

2013 marked the second annual Scouters Cup for the Las Vegas Area Council.  Close to 100 skiers participated in this NASTAR timed race event.  It was a beautiful day at the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort to hit the slopes.  Teams of 4 raced down the mountain in an effort to see who
could record the best time. This year we enjoyed the company of several World Cup and Olympic skiers who participated.

                                    The Winning Team along with event chairman Steve Fellows

 Here is a good look of the course
Particpants waiting their turn. Olympian Heidi Volker "hot pink pants"  waits for her turn on the slopes.

This event hels raise much needed funds to e Las Vegas Area Council.  Special thanks goes to our sponsors the Sands Corporation, Venetian, Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort, Lead Core and Nevada State Bank.  Thank you to all of our teams and participants for making this a great event.  Come join us for next years auction and event.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Mountain Man Rendezvous

Youth learning how to skin an animal

On February 8 and 9 of 2013 the Scouts and Scouters of the Las Vegas Area Council gathered at the Moapa Indian Reservation for the annual Mountain Man Rendezvous.  This years event was a huge success and brought record numbers to the event.  There were over 2,200 participants and 250 staff members in attendance, a 400 participant icrease over 2011.  This is one of the largest events that the Council holds and it provides a great opportunity for our youth to experience a part of the American West history.

Theaching the boys how to trap

Instruction at the Black Powder Range

One of our young men shooting.  For the record he hit the target.

Tomahawk throwing

Bull wipping

Climbing on Uncle Bills Wall

Special thanks to our Chairman John Lee and to Dan Lord and his staff that made this event possible.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Las Vegas Area Council Year In Review 2012

The Las Vegas Area Council experienced one of the best years in recent memory.  For the first time in 5 years the Council has ended the year in the black.  Thank you for your financial support as well as the countless hours you spend serving our youth.

2012 Facts

  • 19,671 total registered youth (this is a .7% increase)
  • Over 7,000 registered adults
  • 1,142 total units
  • 25 full-time staff
  • 462 Eagle Scouts
  • 72,202 hours of community service provided by Eagle projects
  • 6,941 Cub Scouts advanced a rank during the year
  • 3,840 Boy Scouts advanced during 2012
  • 19,085 merit badges earned

The values of Scouting provides youth with an opportunity to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce ethical standards.  These opportunities not only help them when they are young, but carry forward into their adult lives.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Please support and pray for the families of Pack 170 of the Connecticut Yankee Council

To: National Board, Advisory Council, and our BSA family:
We are all struggling to come to grips with the tragic school shooting in Connecticut. I have the sad responsibility to report that this tragedy has also struck within the Scouting family.
We’ve been informed two of the young victims, 7-year-old Chase Kowalski and 6-year-old Benjamin Wheeler, were new Tiger Cub Scouts with Pack 170 in the Connecticut Yankee Council. In addition, three of the victims were siblings of other boys in Pack 170. Victoria Soto, one of the hero teachers, was an Explorer as a youth.
Please join me in remembering these victims and families in your prayers.
We have been in touch with council leadership. The National Council is offering any support possible during this difficult time. 
Working with the leadership of Pack 170, the Connecticut Yankee Council has established a memorial fund in support of the five families. If interested, donations, cards, and letters can be sent to the Pack 170 Memorial Fund, c/o Connecticut Yankee Council, P.O. Box 32, Milford, CT 06460
God bless everyone as we take a step back and think about the safety and well-being of our own families and loved ones in the midst of this national time of mourning.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thank you for your support of Scouting For Food

On November 17th 2012, thousands of Scouts flooded the valley and gathered food for our annual Scouting For Food Drive.   Many of the Cub Scouts dropped bags off at peoples doors with instructions to fill them up and leave them out for our Boy Scouts to come and pick up on Saturday the 17th.  Countless hours were given to this great project and nearly 200 tons of food was collected and distributed to the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities.  The food donated will feed needy families in the Las Vegas Area for nearly 8 months.

Special thanks goes to our Scouting For Food Chairman, Jim Ness who has lead this effort for the past 14 years.  Thank you Jim for your continued support and leadership.

 Troop 903 working the super site at the Smith's on Eastern and Windmill

Thank you to Smith's food stores for providing bags and storefront locations for our collections.  The United Way also contributes each year to help us produce the bags that are used for this great day of service.