May
31
Thu
2018
SCOUT TROUP MEETING @ Elks Lodge Tickets
May 31 @ 6:00 pm

Meetings held on Thursdays at the Elks Lodge,

6pm for Cub Scouts and 6:30 for Boy Scouts.

Come join us for the adventure!

Announcing, official meetings at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights
with the Boy Scouts of America Southern Sierra Council.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2018 at 6:30pm!

 

The Boys Scouts are alive and well in the Kern River Valley! Troop #2358, under the leadership of Josh Conoway, will be reciting their Scout Oath for the very first time at their new location on February 1st. The Charter Organization is the Kern River Valley Elks Lodge #2358, located at 6708 Wofford Blvd., Wofford Heights CA. The Troop is open to all young men in the Valley between the ages of 11 and 17. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm. The Cub Scouts will be forming their new Pack on the same evening (same location) at 6:00 pm. Cub Scouts must be age 7 to 10. If you are ready to register for either group, please bring a parent and the $36 annual fee. If you are interested but want to check us out – please attend one meeting for free. The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. Questions can be directed to Troop Leader, Josh Conoway at 760-223-5987.

‘We’re back, and we’re better’

By Ashley Loza
Kern Valley Sun

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are back in the Kern River Valley with a new chartered organization, new troop number and new leadership.

The new troop was chartered on January 23 through the Kern River Valley Elks Lodge #2358 and held their first meeting on January 25.

Six boys have signed up so far, with four potential Scouts waiting in the wings. Nine boys and 12 adults attended the troop’s first official meeting, with 45 attendees at their formation meeting. The leadership committee is pleased with the community’s enthusiasm.

[caption id="attachment_24202" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Photo by Ashley Loza / Kern Valley Sun: Christopher LaVeck, left, and Ryland Breazell, right, lead the Kern River Valley’s new Boy Scout Troop #2358 in their Scout’s Honor at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights on Thursday, Feb. 1.[/caption]

The Elks are looking forward to hosting the scouts, who have always participated in the Elks events.

“The Elks have scouting all the way up to our national level,” said Jadeen Costa-Schroeder, Past Exalted Ruler and Inland District Grand Auditor for the Elks. “Elks lodges want the Boy Scouts. We have utilized this troop for years. We’ve helped send them to camp, they come to our Flag Day ceremonies and our Veterans Day ceremonies and fold flags for us and carry them in.”

“And they take such pride in doing it,” said Scout parent Mary Deusenberry, who was heavily involved in the outreach that resulted in the troop’s formation.

The troop’s new Scoutmaster, Josh Conoway, has big plans for the troop’s future and is already showing how serious he is.

“The Elks were impressed because between our formation meeting and our charter meeting, he had already taken all the tests and met all the requirements to become a Scout Leader. That impressed us,” said Costa-Schroeder.

Conoway wants parents to be clear that the troop’s leadership will keep Scout safety paramount. He clarified that BSA’s five-step program for installing adult leaders would be aggressively implemented and that the leadership committee would have to be in agreement before new leaders or volunteers would be installed.

“If they do not approve of this individual, then we’re not even going to submit the application,” said Conoway. “I’m at their mercy, and I’m going to respect that 150 percent.”

Conoway says that he is also aiming to make Troop #2358 the most active troop that the valley has ever seen.

“There’s good things happening already in just a very, very short time. I want to make sure that these kids get full benefit of having somebody that actually cares about taking them to new and exciting places,” he said.

Part of this goal is taking the boys to places beyond the valley. Conoway said that while the Kern River Valley and Sequoia National Forest are beautiful places with plenty of activities, part of BSA’s merit badge program requires a more broad knowledge of the world.

“I want to make sure that those activities are accomplished because I want to get this troop Gold Standard at the end of the year,” he said.

Gold Standard, according to Conoway, is a title given to troops that meet certain requirements throughout the year. He said that certain merits have to be met, ranks achieved and activities done by the troop in order to receive the Gold Standard title.

“If I can surpass that, it would be absolutely fantastic,” he said.

Conoway also mentioned that in 2017, BSA approved the entry of girls into the program. Previously, girls had been accepted into BSA as part of the Venturing Troop, but Conway said that the program was not as in depth as the other branches of BSA. Now, girls are allowed into Cub Scouts and are expected to be accepted into the older groups soon.

Conoway said that he suspected the extra time was to allow BSA to put more precautions in place, as older children in co-ed groups may require different care and leaders.

He was supportive of the decision, as he said that he had seen dramatic differences between the camps for both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts and felt that Boy Scouts had much to offer girls.

“We get to decide whether or not we’re going to accept the girls into it,” said Conoway. “For me there wasn’t a question. I’m not going to tell a little girl that they can’t come and have fun with us. It’s not going to happen.”

Overall, Costa-Schroeder says that the troop’s attitude can be summed up by what she heard from one of the boys at their first meeting:

“We’re back, and we’re better.”

And Conoway agrees. “Everybody I get involved with…I want to leave them better than how I met them,” he said.

The Scouts will meet weekly on Thursdays at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights and encourage all interested children and families to attend.

Jun
5
Tue
2018
AARP Driver Safety Class @ Kern River Valley Historical Society Annex Tickets
Jun 5 all-day

A day long class emphasizing safe driving strategies for older drivers. A certificate of course completion usually entitles the participant to a reduction in their auto insurance for three years following the date of the class. $15 for AARP members $20 for non-AARP members. Registration is required. Class size is limited.

Jun
7
Thu
2018
SCOUT TROUP MEETING @ Elks Lodge Tickets
Jun 7 @ 6:00 pm

Meetings held on Thursdays at the Elks Lodge,

6pm for Cub Scouts and 6:30 for Boy Scouts.

Come join us for the adventure!

Announcing, official meetings at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights
with the Boy Scouts of America Southern Sierra Council.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2018 at 6:30pm!

 

The Boys Scouts are alive and well in the Kern River Valley! Troop #2358, under the leadership of Josh Conoway, will be reciting their Scout Oath for the very first time at their new location on February 1st. The Charter Organization is the Kern River Valley Elks Lodge #2358, located at 6708 Wofford Blvd., Wofford Heights CA. The Troop is open to all young men in the Valley between the ages of 11 and 17. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm. The Cub Scouts will be forming their new Pack on the same evening (same location) at 6:00 pm. Cub Scouts must be age 7 to 10. If you are ready to register for either group, please bring a parent and the $36 annual fee. If you are interested but want to check us out – please attend one meeting for free. The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. Questions can be directed to Troop Leader, Josh Conoway at 760-223-5987.

‘We’re back, and we’re better’

By Ashley Loza
Kern Valley Sun

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are back in the Kern River Valley with a new chartered organization, new troop number and new leadership.

The new troop was chartered on January 23 through the Kern River Valley Elks Lodge #2358 and held their first meeting on January 25.

Six boys have signed up so far, with four potential Scouts waiting in the wings. Nine boys and 12 adults attended the troop’s first official meeting, with 45 attendees at their formation meeting. The leadership committee is pleased with the community’s enthusiasm.

[caption id="attachment_24202" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Photo by Ashley Loza / Kern Valley Sun: Christopher LaVeck, left, and Ryland Breazell, right, lead the Kern River Valley’s new Boy Scout Troop #2358 in their Scout’s Honor at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights on Thursday, Feb. 1.[/caption]

The Elks are looking forward to hosting the scouts, who have always participated in the Elks events.

“The Elks have scouting all the way up to our national level,” said Jadeen Costa-Schroeder, Past Exalted Ruler and Inland District Grand Auditor for the Elks. “Elks lodges want the Boy Scouts. We have utilized this troop for years. We’ve helped send them to camp, they come to our Flag Day ceremonies and our Veterans Day ceremonies and fold flags for us and carry them in.”

“And they take such pride in doing it,” said Scout parent Mary Deusenberry, who was heavily involved in the outreach that resulted in the troop’s formation.

The troop’s new Scoutmaster, Josh Conoway, has big plans for the troop’s future and is already showing how serious he is.

“The Elks were impressed because between our formation meeting and our charter meeting, he had already taken all the tests and met all the requirements to become a Scout Leader. That impressed us,” said Costa-Schroeder.

Conoway wants parents to be clear that the troop’s leadership will keep Scout safety paramount. He clarified that BSA’s five-step program for installing adult leaders would be aggressively implemented and that the leadership committee would have to be in agreement before new leaders or volunteers would be installed.

“If they do not approve of this individual, then we’re not even going to submit the application,” said Conoway. “I’m at their mercy, and I’m going to respect that 150 percent.”

Conoway says that he is also aiming to make Troop #2358 the most active troop that the valley has ever seen.

“There’s good things happening already in just a very, very short time. I want to make sure that these kids get full benefit of having somebody that actually cares about taking them to new and exciting places,” he said.

Part of this goal is taking the boys to places beyond the valley. Conoway said that while the Kern River Valley and Sequoia National Forest are beautiful places with plenty of activities, part of BSA’s merit badge program requires a more broad knowledge of the world.

“I want to make sure that those activities are accomplished because I want to get this troop Gold Standard at the end of the year,” he said.

Gold Standard, according to Conoway, is a title given to troops that meet certain requirements throughout the year. He said that certain merits have to be met, ranks achieved and activities done by the troop in order to receive the Gold Standard title.

“If I can surpass that, it would be absolutely fantastic,” he said.

Conoway also mentioned that in 2017, BSA approved the entry of girls into the program. Previously, girls had been accepted into BSA as part of the Venturing Troop, but Conway said that the program was not as in depth as the other branches of BSA. Now, girls are allowed into Cub Scouts and are expected to be accepted into the older groups soon.

Conoway said that he suspected the extra time was to allow BSA to put more precautions in place, as older children in co-ed groups may require different care and leaders.

He was supportive of the decision, as he said that he had seen dramatic differences between the camps for both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts and felt that Boy Scouts had much to offer girls.

“We get to decide whether or not we’re going to accept the girls into it,” said Conoway. “For me there wasn’t a question. I’m not going to tell a little girl that they can’t come and have fun with us. It’s not going to happen.”

Overall, Costa-Schroeder says that the troop’s attitude can be summed up by what she heard from one of the boys at their first meeting:

“We’re back, and we’re better.”

And Conoway agrees. “Everybody I get involved with…I want to leave them better than how I met them,” he said.

The Scouts will meet weekly on Thursdays at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights and encourage all interested children and families to attend.

Jun
11
Mon
2018
CODING FOR KIDS – INTRODUCTORY Tickets
Jun 11 @ 10:00 am – Jun 21 @ 12:00 pm
 

CODING FOR KIDS – INTRODUCTORY

AT LEAST 4 KIDS SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE

Rotary KRV members have donated to let at least 3 kids go FREE. CHECK WITH JUSTIN POWERS Justin@KernvilleCowork.com  (916) 585-3857
 
Come learn the basics of computer programming in a way that is simple and fun! No experience necessary. Bring your own laptop. This class is designed for students ages 10-15, but is open to all. Each session is two hours, 2-4PM, Mon-Thurs. Space is limited, so sign up now!

Getting students started on a journey of creating

Here at Kernville Cowork, we are hosting our very first Coding for Kids class!  Students in this class will learn the basics of animation and game design in a fun and interactive way.  The class is an entry level (no experience required) introduction to computer science, and is open to 10-15 year olds (we will allow older/younger if mature and space allows).

We have several scholarship seats open, please reach out to Justin Powers if you know of a student that would benefit from a scholarship, or if you would like to sponsor a child.

The class will be offered on June 11th-21st Mon-Thurs 2-4PM (that’s 16 hours of instruction) at Kernville Cowork.  Tickets for the class are $96.  Each student should bring their own laptop.  We can obtain laptops for children that do not have one, but you will have to reach out to Justinin advance of the class to arrange for one.

To get tickets for the class, please visit the event link.  To see other events that are going on at Kernville Cowork (did someone say yoga?), check out the events calendar.

Get Tickets Now
Thank you for being the best part of Kernville Cowork.  Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.  Please feel free to forward this email to anyone in your network

Kernville Cowork launches

By Kern Valley Sun / May 22, 2018

By Elise Modrovich
Special to the Sun

On Monday, May 21, the Kernville Chamber of Commerce held their monthly mixer at the new Kernville Cowork, a lovely, open and unique workspace designed to “Connect, Collaborate and Create.” The Cowork Vision is to “create a community for collaboration, innovation, and continuous learning” by creating a pathway for local students to become interested and get involved with careers in technology they can utilize while living in the valley, as well as creating a destination for skilled distributed workers that have a desire to live and work in a small, thriving community with access to outdoor adventure.

Justin Powers, a seventh generation Valley resident who is the driving force behind bringing the cowork model to Kernville, started the project to “help promote tech in the valley.” Powers stated there are currently 19,000 Coworking spaces with 1.7 million users globally, and 25 percent of those opened last year, so it’s a rapidly growing concept. Fifty-six percent of coworkers come from home offices, “most of whom are just looking for a sense of community to connect with others.” Powers himself has been working successfully from his comfortable home office in Mountain Mesa for the last 5 years, but says that “when you’re working from home, you don’t get to form and develop the relationships and community you can get at the office water cooler.”

Another major factor that spurred Powers to begin this project is his desire to “create opportunities for youth in our valley.” Powers said that currently, the three main employers in the valley are the hospital, schools and Forest Service, and he wants to open up other career prospects in the tech world. He has been teaching coding to students at Wallace Middle School for the last 2 years, and his talks with both them and students at KVHS have revealed that, “Our kids do get it. They absorb it like a sponge, and they want to get into tech careers, but they are frustrated at the lack of opportunities and training available here,” said Powers, adding, “They just need the chance to develop their skills.”

Powers feels the result from bringing the tech world to the valley, enabling people to live and work here, will be a boost to the local economy. “This gives the valley another way to succeed economically. We can live here, spend money here while getting a paycheck from San Francisco or New York. You don’t have to live where you work. You can work where you want to live, and in this case, live and work mere feet from the river.”

Kernville Cowork is entirely self-funded and operates under a membership model. It costs $140 a month to utilize the space full-time with a key to the building and 24-hour access, $85 a month for part-time access, Mondays through Fridays 9 to 4, and $25 for day passes. Cowork also offers upgraded plans that provide a user with a dedicated desk housing “only your stuff” for $260 a month. Members have access to all Cowork’s amenities, including KV Wireless WiFi at 50 megabytes per second, power, office supplies, printing, a presentation/video meeting room with projector and drop-down screen, and coffee, snacks and even beer from their fully stocked kitchen. Powers stated that he is mindful of the internet connectivity issues we often experience in the valley, and he is looking to add a second ISP and load balancer, which will “create a redundancy, so if one goes down, we still have internet and power.” He said that members are even allowed to bring their dogs to work, as long as everyone behaves with decorum and trusts everyone will observe the honor system. “There are no rules unless you make me make one,” he said.

The space is located off Kernville Road, at 21 Sierra Drive, in the two-story building that used to house the beloved Peacock Inn. Powers has taken advantage of the second story by turning it into an Airbnb rental, where he can offer free coworking to guests as well as subsidizing the cost of running the business. He also wants to offer classes and events and has a “Coding for Kids” class beginning June 11, designed to teach how to build things through computer science.

“I’m open to bringing in classes and ideas that the community wants to see here,” said Powers. “I don’t want this to be my space; I want this to be the community’s space. Stop by and see it anytime.”

Jun
12
Tue
2018
KRV Collaborative Meeting @ Woodrow W. Wallace Middle School Tickets
Jun 12 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

let's talk image     KRV FRC pic a

Join with the KRV Collaborative Meeting, monthly on the second Tuesday, and learn about vital services and opportunities in the Kern Valley.   The Collaborative Meeting meets from 3:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Woodrow W. Wallace School Multi-purpose room.

The KRV Collaborative meetings represent community members, parents and students, government agencies, community organizations, faith-based community, education facilities, fraternal organizations, medical providers, and businesses.   Community members are encouraged to bring valley concerns and ideas to monthly meetings.

For more information, call (760) 379-2556, or go to krvfrc.org.

 

 

Jun
14
Thu
2018
SCOUT TROUP MEETING @ Elks Lodge Tickets
Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm

Meetings held on Thursdays at the Elks Lodge,

6pm for Cub Scouts and 6:30 for Boy Scouts.

Come join us for the adventure!

Announcing, official meetings at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights
with the Boy Scouts of America Southern Sierra Council.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2018 at 6:30pm!

 

The Boys Scouts are alive and well in the Kern River Valley! Troop #2358, under the leadership of Josh Conoway, will be reciting their Scout Oath for the very first time at their new location on February 1st. The Charter Organization is the Kern River Valley Elks Lodge #2358, located at 6708 Wofford Blvd., Wofford Heights CA. The Troop is open to all young men in the Valley between the ages of 11 and 17. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm. The Cub Scouts will be forming their new Pack on the same evening (same location) at 6:00 pm. Cub Scouts must be age 7 to 10. If you are ready to register for either group, please bring a parent and the $36 annual fee. If you are interested but want to check us out – please attend one meeting for free. The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. Questions can be directed to Troop Leader, Josh Conoway at 760-223-5987.

‘We’re back, and we’re better’

By Ashley Loza
Kern Valley Sun

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are back in the Kern River Valley with a new chartered organization, new troop number and new leadership.

The new troop was chartered on January 23 through the Kern River Valley Elks Lodge #2358 and held their first meeting on January 25.

Six boys have signed up so far, with four potential Scouts waiting in the wings. Nine boys and 12 adults attended the troop’s first official meeting, with 45 attendees at their formation meeting. The leadership committee is pleased with the community’s enthusiasm.

[caption id="attachment_24202" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Photo by Ashley Loza / Kern Valley Sun: Christopher LaVeck, left, and Ryland Breazell, right, lead the Kern River Valley’s new Boy Scout Troop #2358 in their Scout’s Honor at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights on Thursday, Feb. 1.[/caption]

The Elks are looking forward to hosting the scouts, who have always participated in the Elks events.

“The Elks have scouting all the way up to our national level,” said Jadeen Costa-Schroeder, Past Exalted Ruler and Inland District Grand Auditor for the Elks. “Elks lodges want the Boy Scouts. We have utilized this troop for years. We’ve helped send them to camp, they come to our Flag Day ceremonies and our Veterans Day ceremonies and fold flags for us and carry them in.”

“And they take such pride in doing it,” said Scout parent Mary Deusenberry, who was heavily involved in the outreach that resulted in the troop’s formation.

The troop’s new Scoutmaster, Josh Conoway, has big plans for the troop’s future and is already showing how serious he is.

“The Elks were impressed because between our formation meeting and our charter meeting, he had already taken all the tests and met all the requirements to become a Scout Leader. That impressed us,” said Costa-Schroeder.

Conoway wants parents to be clear that the troop’s leadership will keep Scout safety paramount. He clarified that BSA’s five-step program for installing adult leaders would be aggressively implemented and that the leadership committee would have to be in agreement before new leaders or volunteers would be installed.

“If they do not approve of this individual, then we’re not even going to submit the application,” said Conoway. “I’m at their mercy, and I’m going to respect that 150 percent.”

Conoway says that he is also aiming to make Troop #2358 the most active troop that the valley has ever seen.

“There’s good things happening already in just a very, very short time. I want to make sure that these kids get full benefit of having somebody that actually cares about taking them to new and exciting places,” he said.

Part of this goal is taking the boys to places beyond the valley. Conoway said that while the Kern River Valley and Sequoia National Forest are beautiful places with plenty of activities, part of BSA’s merit badge program requires a more broad knowledge of the world.

“I want to make sure that those activities are accomplished because I want to get this troop Gold Standard at the end of the year,” he said.

Gold Standard, according to Conoway, is a title given to troops that meet certain requirements throughout the year. He said that certain merits have to be met, ranks achieved and activities done by the troop in order to receive the Gold Standard title.

“If I can surpass that, it would be absolutely fantastic,” he said.

Conoway also mentioned that in 2017, BSA approved the entry of girls into the program. Previously, girls had been accepted into BSA as part of the Venturing Troop, but Conway said that the program was not as in depth as the other branches of BSA. Now, girls are allowed into Cub Scouts and are expected to be accepted into the older groups soon.

Conoway said that he suspected the extra time was to allow BSA to put more precautions in place, as older children in co-ed groups may require different care and leaders.

He was supportive of the decision, as he said that he had seen dramatic differences between the camps for both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts and felt that Boy Scouts had much to offer girls.

“We get to decide whether or not we’re going to accept the girls into it,” said Conoway. “For me there wasn’t a question. I’m not going to tell a little girl that they can’t come and have fun with us. It’s not going to happen.”

Overall, Costa-Schroeder says that the troop’s attitude can be summed up by what she heard from one of the boys at their first meeting:

“We’re back, and we’re better.”

And Conoway agrees. “Everybody I get involved with…I want to leave them better than how I met them,” he said.

The Scouts will meet weekly on Thursdays at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights and encourage all interested children and families to attend.

Jun
21
Thu
2018
SCOUT TROUP MEETING @ Elks Lodge Tickets
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm

Meetings held on Thursdays at the Elks Lodge,

6pm for Cub Scouts and 6:30 for Boy Scouts.

Come join us for the adventure!

Announcing, official meetings at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights
with the Boy Scouts of America Southern Sierra Council.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2018 at 6:30pm!

 

The Boys Scouts are alive and well in the Kern River Valley! Troop #2358, under the leadership of Josh Conoway, will be reciting their Scout Oath for the very first time at their new location on February 1st. The Charter Organization is the Kern River Valley Elks Lodge #2358, located at 6708 Wofford Blvd., Wofford Heights CA. The Troop is open to all young men in the Valley between the ages of 11 and 17. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm. The Cub Scouts will be forming their new Pack on the same evening (same location) at 6:00 pm. Cub Scouts must be age 7 to 10. If you are ready to register for either group, please bring a parent and the $36 annual fee. If you are interested but want to check us out – please attend one meeting for free. The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. Questions can be directed to Troop Leader, Josh Conoway at 760-223-5987.

‘We’re back, and we’re better’

By Ashley Loza
Kern Valley Sun

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are back in the Kern River Valley with a new chartered organization, new troop number and new leadership.

The new troop was chartered on January 23 through the Kern River Valley Elks Lodge #2358 and held their first meeting on January 25.

Six boys have signed up so far, with four potential Scouts waiting in the wings. Nine boys and 12 adults attended the troop’s first official meeting, with 45 attendees at their formation meeting. The leadership committee is pleased with the community’s enthusiasm.

[caption id="attachment_24202" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Photo by Ashley Loza / Kern Valley Sun: Christopher LaVeck, left, and Ryland Breazell, right, lead the Kern River Valley’s new Boy Scout Troop #2358 in their Scout’s Honor at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights on Thursday, Feb. 1.[/caption]

The Elks are looking forward to hosting the scouts, who have always participated in the Elks events.

“The Elks have scouting all the way up to our national level,” said Jadeen Costa-Schroeder, Past Exalted Ruler and Inland District Grand Auditor for the Elks. “Elks lodges want the Boy Scouts. We have utilized this troop for years. We’ve helped send them to camp, they come to our Flag Day ceremonies and our Veterans Day ceremonies and fold flags for us and carry them in.”

“And they take such pride in doing it,” said Scout parent Mary Deusenberry, who was heavily involved in the outreach that resulted in the troop’s formation.

The troop’s new Scoutmaster, Josh Conoway, has big plans for the troop’s future and is already showing how serious he is.

“The Elks were impressed because between our formation meeting and our charter meeting, he had already taken all the tests and met all the requirements to become a Scout Leader. That impressed us,” said Costa-Schroeder.

Conoway wants parents to be clear that the troop’s leadership will keep Scout safety paramount. He clarified that BSA’s five-step program for installing adult leaders would be aggressively implemented and that the leadership committee would have to be in agreement before new leaders or volunteers would be installed.

“If they do not approve of this individual, then we’re not even going to submit the application,” said Conoway. “I’m at their mercy, and I’m going to respect that 150 percent.”

Conoway says that he is also aiming to make Troop #2358 the most active troop that the valley has ever seen.

“There’s good things happening already in just a very, very short time. I want to make sure that these kids get full benefit of having somebody that actually cares about taking them to new and exciting places,” he said.

Part of this goal is taking the boys to places beyond the valley. Conoway said that while the Kern River Valley and Sequoia National Forest are beautiful places with plenty of activities, part of BSA’s merit badge program requires a more broad knowledge of the world.

“I want to make sure that those activities are accomplished because I want to get this troop Gold Standard at the end of the year,” he said.

Gold Standard, according to Conoway, is a title given to troops that meet certain requirements throughout the year. He said that certain merits have to be met, ranks achieved and activities done by the troop in order to receive the Gold Standard title.

“If I can surpass that, it would be absolutely fantastic,” he said.

Conoway also mentioned that in 2017, BSA approved the entry of girls into the program. Previously, girls had been accepted into BSA as part of the Venturing Troop, but Conway said that the program was not as in depth as the other branches of BSA. Now, girls are allowed into Cub Scouts and are expected to be accepted into the older groups soon.

Conoway said that he suspected the extra time was to allow BSA to put more precautions in place, as older children in co-ed groups may require different care and leaders.

He was supportive of the decision, as he said that he had seen dramatic differences between the camps for both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts and felt that Boy Scouts had much to offer girls.

“We get to decide whether or not we’re going to accept the girls into it,” said Conoway. “For me there wasn’t a question. I’m not going to tell a little girl that they can’t come and have fun with us. It’s not going to happen.”

Overall, Costa-Schroeder says that the troop’s attitude can be summed up by what she heard from one of the boys at their first meeting:

“We’re back, and we’re better.”

And Conoway agrees. “Everybody I get involved with…I want to leave them better than how I met them,” he said.

The Scouts will meet weekly on Thursdays at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights and encourage all interested children and families to attend.

Jun
28
Thu
2018
SCOUT TROUP MEETING @ Elks Lodge Tickets
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm

Meetings held on Thursdays at the Elks Lodge,

6pm for Cub Scouts and 6:30 for Boy Scouts.

Come join us for the adventure!

Announcing, official meetings at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights
with the Boy Scouts of America Southern Sierra Council.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2018 at 6:30pm!

 

The Boys Scouts are alive and well in the Kern River Valley! Troop #2358, under the leadership of Josh Conoway, will be reciting their Scout Oath for the very first time at their new location on February 1st. The Charter Organization is the Kern River Valley Elks Lodge #2358, located at 6708 Wofford Blvd., Wofford Heights CA. The Troop is open to all young men in the Valley between the ages of 11 and 17. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm. The Cub Scouts will be forming their new Pack on the same evening (same location) at 6:00 pm. Cub Scouts must be age 7 to 10. If you are ready to register for either group, please bring a parent and the $36 annual fee. If you are interested but want to check us out – please attend one meeting for free. The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. Questions can be directed to Troop Leader, Josh Conoway at 760-223-5987.

‘We’re back, and we’re better’

By Ashley Loza
Kern Valley Sun

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are back in the Kern River Valley with a new chartered organization, new troop number and new leadership.

The new troop was chartered on January 23 through the Kern River Valley Elks Lodge #2358 and held their first meeting on January 25.

Six boys have signed up so far, with four potential Scouts waiting in the wings. Nine boys and 12 adults attended the troop’s first official meeting, with 45 attendees at their formation meeting. The leadership committee is pleased with the community’s enthusiasm.

[caption id="attachment_24202" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Photo by Ashley Loza / Kern Valley Sun: Christopher LaVeck, left, and Ryland Breazell, right, lead the Kern River Valley’s new Boy Scout Troop #2358 in their Scout’s Honor at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights on Thursday, Feb. 1.[/caption]

The Elks are looking forward to hosting the scouts, who have always participated in the Elks events.

“The Elks have scouting all the way up to our national level,” said Jadeen Costa-Schroeder, Past Exalted Ruler and Inland District Grand Auditor for the Elks. “Elks lodges want the Boy Scouts. We have utilized this troop for years. We’ve helped send them to camp, they come to our Flag Day ceremonies and our Veterans Day ceremonies and fold flags for us and carry them in.”

“And they take such pride in doing it,” said Scout parent Mary Deusenberry, who was heavily involved in the outreach that resulted in the troop’s formation.

The troop’s new Scoutmaster, Josh Conoway, has big plans for the troop’s future and is already showing how serious he is.

“The Elks were impressed because between our formation meeting and our charter meeting, he had already taken all the tests and met all the requirements to become a Scout Leader. That impressed us,” said Costa-Schroeder.

Conoway wants parents to be clear that the troop’s leadership will keep Scout safety paramount. He clarified that BSA’s five-step program for installing adult leaders would be aggressively implemented and that the leadership committee would have to be in agreement before new leaders or volunteers would be installed.

“If they do not approve of this individual, then we’re not even going to submit the application,” said Conoway. “I’m at their mercy, and I’m going to respect that 150 percent.”

Conoway says that he is also aiming to make Troop #2358 the most active troop that the valley has ever seen.

“There’s good things happening already in just a very, very short time. I want to make sure that these kids get full benefit of having somebody that actually cares about taking them to new and exciting places,” he said.

Part of this goal is taking the boys to places beyond the valley. Conoway said that while the Kern River Valley and Sequoia National Forest are beautiful places with plenty of activities, part of BSA’s merit badge program requires a more broad knowledge of the world.

“I want to make sure that those activities are accomplished because I want to get this troop Gold Standard at the end of the year,” he said.

Gold Standard, according to Conoway, is a title given to troops that meet certain requirements throughout the year. He said that certain merits have to be met, ranks achieved and activities done by the troop in order to receive the Gold Standard title.

“If I can surpass that, it would be absolutely fantastic,” he said.

Conoway also mentioned that in 2017, BSA approved the entry of girls into the program. Previously, girls had been accepted into BSA as part of the Venturing Troop, but Conway said that the program was not as in depth as the other branches of BSA. Now, girls are allowed into Cub Scouts and are expected to be accepted into the older groups soon.

Conoway said that he suspected the extra time was to allow BSA to put more precautions in place, as older children in co-ed groups may require different care and leaders.

He was supportive of the decision, as he said that he had seen dramatic differences between the camps for both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts and felt that Boy Scouts had much to offer girls.

“We get to decide whether or not we’re going to accept the girls into it,” said Conoway. “For me there wasn’t a question. I’m not going to tell a little girl that they can’t come and have fun with us. It’s not going to happen.”

Overall, Costa-Schroeder says that the troop’s attitude can be summed up by what she heard from one of the boys at their first meeting:

“We’re back, and we’re better.”

And Conoway agrees. “Everybody I get involved with…I want to leave them better than how I met them,” he said.

The Scouts will meet weekly on Thursdays at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights and encourage all interested children and families to attend.

Jul
5
Thu
2018
SCOUT TROUP MEETING @ Elks Lodge Tickets
Jul 5 @ 6:00 pm

Meetings held on Thursdays at the Elks Lodge,

6pm for Cub Scouts and 6:30 for Boy Scouts.

Come join us for the adventure!

Announcing, official meetings at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights
with the Boy Scouts of America Southern Sierra Council.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2018 at 6:30pm!

 

The Boys Scouts are alive and well in the Kern River Valley! Troop #2358, under the leadership of Josh Conoway, will be reciting their Scout Oath for the very first time at their new location on February 1st. The Charter Organization is the Kern River Valley Elks Lodge #2358, located at 6708 Wofford Blvd., Wofford Heights CA. The Troop is open to all young men in the Valley between the ages of 11 and 17. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm. The Cub Scouts will be forming their new Pack on the same evening (same location) at 6:00 pm. Cub Scouts must be age 7 to 10. If you are ready to register for either group, please bring a parent and the $36 annual fee. If you are interested but want to check us out – please attend one meeting for free. The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. Questions can be directed to Troop Leader, Josh Conoway at 760-223-5987.

‘We’re back, and we’re better’

By Ashley Loza
Kern Valley Sun

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are back in the Kern River Valley with a new chartered organization, new troop number and new leadership.

The new troop was chartered on January 23 through the Kern River Valley Elks Lodge #2358 and held their first meeting on January 25.

Six boys have signed up so far, with four potential Scouts waiting in the wings. Nine boys and 12 adults attended the troop’s first official meeting, with 45 attendees at their formation meeting. The leadership committee is pleased with the community’s enthusiasm.

[caption id="attachment_24202" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Photo by Ashley Loza / Kern Valley Sun: Christopher LaVeck, left, and Ryland Breazell, right, lead the Kern River Valley’s new Boy Scout Troop #2358 in their Scout’s Honor at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights on Thursday, Feb. 1.[/caption]

The Elks are looking forward to hosting the scouts, who have always participated in the Elks events.

“The Elks have scouting all the way up to our national level,” said Jadeen Costa-Schroeder, Past Exalted Ruler and Inland District Grand Auditor for the Elks. “Elks lodges want the Boy Scouts. We have utilized this troop for years. We’ve helped send them to camp, they come to our Flag Day ceremonies and our Veterans Day ceremonies and fold flags for us and carry them in.”

“And they take such pride in doing it,” said Scout parent Mary Deusenberry, who was heavily involved in the outreach that resulted in the troop’s formation.

The troop’s new Scoutmaster, Josh Conoway, has big plans for the troop’s future and is already showing how serious he is.

“The Elks were impressed because between our formation meeting and our charter meeting, he had already taken all the tests and met all the requirements to become a Scout Leader. That impressed us,” said Costa-Schroeder.

Conoway wants parents to be clear that the troop’s leadership will keep Scout safety paramount. He clarified that BSA’s five-step program for installing adult leaders would be aggressively implemented and that the leadership committee would have to be in agreement before new leaders or volunteers would be installed.

“If they do not approve of this individual, then we’re not even going to submit the application,” said Conoway. “I’m at their mercy, and I’m going to respect that 150 percent.”

Conoway says that he is also aiming to make Troop #2358 the most active troop that the valley has ever seen.

“There’s good things happening already in just a very, very short time. I want to make sure that these kids get full benefit of having somebody that actually cares about taking them to new and exciting places,” he said.

Part of this goal is taking the boys to places beyond the valley. Conoway said that while the Kern River Valley and Sequoia National Forest are beautiful places with plenty of activities, part of BSA’s merit badge program requires a more broad knowledge of the world.

“I want to make sure that those activities are accomplished because I want to get this troop Gold Standard at the end of the year,” he said.

Gold Standard, according to Conoway, is a title given to troops that meet certain requirements throughout the year. He said that certain merits have to be met, ranks achieved and activities done by the troop in order to receive the Gold Standard title.

“If I can surpass that, it would be absolutely fantastic,” he said.

Conoway also mentioned that in 2017, BSA approved the entry of girls into the program. Previously, girls had been accepted into BSA as part of the Venturing Troop, but Conway said that the program was not as in depth as the other branches of BSA. Now, girls are allowed into Cub Scouts and are expected to be accepted into the older groups soon.

Conoway said that he suspected the extra time was to allow BSA to put more precautions in place, as older children in co-ed groups may require different care and leaders.

He was supportive of the decision, as he said that he had seen dramatic differences between the camps for both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts and felt that Boy Scouts had much to offer girls.

“We get to decide whether or not we’re going to accept the girls into it,” said Conoway. “For me there wasn’t a question. I’m not going to tell a little girl that they can’t come and have fun with us. It’s not going to happen.”

Overall, Costa-Schroeder says that the troop’s attitude can be summed up by what she heard from one of the boys at their first meeting:

“We’re back, and we’re better.”

And Conoway agrees. “Everybody I get involved with…I want to leave them better than how I met them,” he said.

The Scouts will meet weekly on Thursdays at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights and encourage all interested children and families to attend.

Jul
10
Tue
2018
KRV Collaborative Meeting @ Woodrow W. Wallace Middle School Tickets
Jul 10 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

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Join with the KRV Collaborative Meeting, monthly on the second Tuesday, and learn about vital services and opportunities in the Kern Valley.   The Collaborative Meeting meets from 3:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Woodrow W. Wallace School Multi-purpose room.

The KRV Collaborative meetings represent community members, parents and students, government agencies, community organizations, faith-based community, education facilities, fraternal organizations, medical providers, and businesses.   Community members are encouraged to bring valley concerns and ideas to monthly meetings.

For more information, call (760) 379-2556, or go to krvfrc.org.