Archive | September, 2005

New First Class Rank Requirement

New First Class Rank Requirement

Posted on 19 September 2005 by admin

First Class Patch
A new requirement will be added to the list of First Class requirements starting January 1, 2006. Scouts who have already started working on their First Class requirements will have until June 30th, 2006 to complete the First Class rank without the new requirement.

While it is being pushed as a method to test the candidate’s “persuasive communication skills” its really a way to make Scouting available to more youth.

The new requirement:

Tell someone who is eligible to join Boy Scouts, or an inactive Boy Scout, about your troop’s activities. Invite him to a troop outing, activity, service project, or meeting. Tell him how to join, or encourage the inactive Boy Scout to become active.

The 2006 Requirements book and the Boy Scout Handbook will be updated with this new requirement . Scouts are also encouraged to use the fairly new Boy Scout Membership Website to help them.

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Scouts Hold New World Record

Posted on 19 September 2005 by admin

Members of the Mid-America Boy Scout Council hold a new world record. This past saturday the group launched 399 model rockets at once.

Read the article at The Omaha Channel 7 News

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Milwaukee County Council 27th Annual Trade-O-Ree

Posted on 16 September 2005 by admin

The Milwaukee County Council Scout Heritage Museum is proud to announce its 27th Annual Trade-O-Ree on November 5th, 2005. This is the 3rd oldest continuously operating Trade-O-Ree in the United States.

Download the flyer (pdf)

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Boy Scouts stuff Ballot Box and take $1,000

Posted on 15 September 2005 by admin

The Kodiak Daily Mirror ran a story about a recent fundraiser for area Non-Profits where Boy Scout Troop 626 went home with $1.000. The Barn Dance event allowed people to who paid at the entrance one vote for their favorite charity and once inside attendees were allowed to purchase more votes for their favorite charity. The non profit that recieved the most votes won a cash prize.

Steve Paulson, Troop 626 Scoutmaster, said the money would be used for a high adventure trip next summer.

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Katrina Family Fun Day

Posted on 14 September 2005 by admin

As previously reported, Scouts were finding creative ways to help out the victims displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

The SouthWest Georgia Council is planning a similar family fun day on Saturday, September 17th, at Camp Osborne. Eight Troops are sponsoring the event: inviting evacuees, planning the activities, and running the fun. They have numerous activities planned for kids, and even adults; according to Debbie Littleton, one of the leaders, “They can fish all day or they can go to different activities, crochet, horseshoe, we have a nursery set up also.”

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Saluting to pay Tribute to the 9 /11 Victims

Posted on 12 September 2005 by admin

A small group of Boy Scouts were on hand saluting the American flag, in front of the Gerald R. Museum in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, from sunup to sundown yesterday to show respect to the victims of the September 11th tragedy.

Read an article posted on WZZM 13 News.

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Scouts to Get Rewarded for Creating a Budget with Mom, Dad as Part of Life Skills Training

Posted on 09 September 2005 by admin

PRESS RELEASE (September 21, 2005) – Pointing to a new study showing that six in 10 college students never pay their credit card balances in full, the Boy Scouts of the Los Angeles Area Council announced today that “boys can now get smart about money” under a new program, Teaching America Money, being launched with ABC Radio host and money expert Jennifer Openshaw.

Under Openshaw’s “Teaching America Money” Program, Scouts will be able to receive a free copy of Openshaw’s Quick & Easy Budget Kit CD. Scouts who complete a budget with either parent will then be rewarded with a Money Skills patch and certificate of completion.

“This program can make a real difference in the lives of our Boy Scouts,” says Israel Cobos, Director of the Rio Hondo District. “Our hope is that it will become a national model so that kids learn some of the most basic money lessons, from budgeting to avoiding bad debt.”

“Everywhere you turn, companies and even colleges are encouraging our teens to take on credit card debt,” says Openshaw, host of “Winning Advice with Jennifer Openshaw” airing nationwide on ABC Radio and CEO of Openshaw’s Family Financial Network. “This program is about helping every Scout and every family avoid the bad debt trap and get on the path to financial security early on.”

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National Council and BSA Museum Feature Special 95th Anniversary Website

Posted on 07 September 2005 by admin

The National Boy Scouts of America Council in conjunction with the National Scouting Museum have set up a special section on the National website highlighting the 95th Anniversay of Scouting.

Currently the site features:
* How Scouting Came to America
* Boy Scouts of America Historical Highlights
* Boy Scout Handbook Covers
* Founders of Scouting and the BSA
* National Scouting Museum Trivia Challenge
* National Scouting Museum Fascinating Facts

View the 95th Anniversary Website

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Scouting Magazine Hosts “The Spirit of Scouting” Photo Contest

Posted on 07 September 2005 by admin

Scouting Magazine is sponsorering a photo contest titled “The Spirit of Scouting.” The theme applies to all Boy Scouts of America programs (Cubs, Boys, Varsity, and Venturing). Entries should show youth members involved in Scouting.

The deadline for this contest is October 1, 2005. The winning entries will recieve BSA Supply Division gift certificates and have their entries published in Scouting Magazines March-April, 2006 edition.

View the rules at the Scouting Magazine website.

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Boy Scouts host Hurricane Evacuee Fun Day

Posted on 05 September 2005 by admin

The Caddo Area Council, BSA and the Akela Wahinapay Lodge, OA hosted a morning of fun and games at a Texas Park for evacuees who are in town as a result of the hurricane. They asked for Adult and Youth volunteers to man the event which included softball, fishing, and other games.

editor’s note: If anyone has pictures or an update on how the activity went, I would love to do a followup.

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