Archive | April, 2005

Four Lakes & Sinnissippi Joint Task Force on Consolidation

Posted on 28 April 2005 by Dan

The Four Lakes Council and Sinnissippi Council, both from Wisconsin, have established a website to provide information and updates from their Joint Task Force on Consolidation.

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Scouting and the United Nations

Posted on 22 April 2005 by Dan

Rome, 22 April 2005 – In the prestigious surroundings of Rome’s Capitol, the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations’ Millennium Campaign.

The agreement establishes a programme between World Scouting and the United Nations aimed at helping young people to become more aware of development issues. On the same occasion, WOSM officially launched its “Youth of the World” campaign.

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Sea Scout Ship Wins Top Honors for Second Straight Year

Posted on 21 April 2005 by admin

Over the weekend of April 15, 16, and 17, eleven Sea Scout units from Oregon and the Puget Sound area gathered at Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center at Warrenton, Oregon to compete in the annual Nor’Wester Sea Scout Regatta. Last year the regatta was held at Fort Flagler State Park near Port Townsend, WA. There were 125 people attending the regatta this year.

The Sea Scouts units from Portland were: CITY OF ROSES, SUNSAIL, VOYAGEUR, DEJAVU, DRAGON. The SEA WOLF from Eugene was also present.

The participants from the Puget Sound area were: KELCEMA, Edmonds; PROPELLER and ARGO of Seattle, R.E. GILLISPIE, Olympia, FALCON, Port Townsend.

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Military and the Boy Scouts

Posted on 15 April 2005 by admin

I found this nice letter to the editor where the author is arguing that the “Boy Scouts reflect society, which is not secular.” He does make some good points. I’d encourage you to read the whole piece since the piece I am going to quote doesn’t represent the letter very well.

The author makes the best argument for the military to have a relationship with the Boy Scouts.

The military has a vested interest in courting the Boy Scouts–future service members. There are probably more Boy and Girl Scouts serving on active duty in the U.S. armed forces in Iraq than card-carrying ACLU members.

I know some Scouts and Leaders may not like that argument but it is the truth. Young men involved with the Scouting program like the adventure, have the patriotism, and have started to develop the skills to become great service members.

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Legion fires legislative volley at ACLU over Scouts

Posted on 12 April 2005 by admin

INDIANAPOLIS, April 12, 2005 – Vowing to “make the journey to the Supreme Court” if necessary in supporting the Boy Scouts right to associate freely, the leader of the nation’s largest veterans organization today asked Congress to amend a law to stop the ACLU from using the courts to “destroy American values at taxpayer expense.”

In separate letters to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-VA), National American Legion Commander Thomas P. Cadmus guardedly praised the “Support Our Scouts Act of 2005” but noted that several recent court decisions, if left unchallenged and allowed to stand, will likely find any statue that authorizes support for the National Boy Scout Jamboree unconstitutional. Frist and Davis are sponsoring the measure in each chamber.

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Scouts on a Hike Discover Body in Creek

Posted on 11 April 2005 by admin

A nature hike yielded an unexpected discovery for a group of Boy Scouts on Saturday. The group was hiking along Wissahickon Creek in Fairmount Park, which is in Philadelphia, when one of the boys thought he saw a manikin floating in the water, after further investigation it was determined that it was a human body.

The Philadelphia police were called, retrieved the body, and transported it to the medical examiner so a cause of death could be determined.

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Ralph DiLeone Named To Golf Tournament Committee

Posted on 08 April 2005 by admin

Raleigh, NC (OPENPRESS) April 8, 2005 — Ralph DiLeone, Managing Partner at DiLeone and Associates, P.C., has been named to the Tournament Committee for the 2005 Progress Energy ScoutReach Golf Tournament scheduled for April 25th, at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary. The tournament is the main source of funding for the Occoneechee Council, Boy Scouts of America ScoutReach Program, a program that benefited over 4500 Scouts last year by providing handbooks, uniforms, and camping opportunities.

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Welcome to Scouting News!

Posted on 04 April 2005 by admin

Today is the first day of the new Scouting News website. Our old format wasn’t working out so we switched to a new software platform and a new concept for posting news stories. Over the next few weeks we will be posting back entries from the old site, so don’t let them confuse you.

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Scouting for All

Posted on 03 April 2005 by admin

Scouting For All, an educational and advocacy outreach organization reaching out to gay youth and all youth in their effort to get the BSA to rescind its exclusionary policy, released a press release calling for the resignation of the National Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America. The release focused on the current events that have not shed a positive light on the BSA including the National Director of Program Douglas Smith’s child pornography possession and distribution arrest, and the current membership numbers investigation of numerous councils.

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Thousands of Brave Volunteers, including Boy Scouts, Clean Trash from Potomac Watershed

Posted on 02 April 2005 by admin

WASHINGTON, D.C., MARYLAND, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA, PENNSYLVANIA – Committed citizens by the thousands braved severe weather and gave the Watershed a Spring cleaning Saturday during the 17th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. On the eve of this year’s event, Cleanup organizers at the Alice Ferguson Foundation brokered the first-ever Potomac Trash Treaty among key political leaders in the watershed. The Potomac Trash Treaty commits officials to achieving a trash-free Potomac by 2013.

With only 45% of the registered cleanup sites reporting trash collection data on Saturday, 70 tons of trash were removed by more than 2,600 volunteers at 108 of the 240 registered sites throughout the Potomac Watershed – all in less than three hours.

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