Archive | April, 2006

Two Spanish Scouts killed in Bus Rollover

Posted on 16 April 2006 by admin

Reports are coming in from Spain about a tragic bus accident that has killed four people, two of them Boy Scouts. According to the Civil Guard Police, the bus, which was returning from a holiday camp, overturned near Oviedo last night.

“All I can tell you is that four people have died, two of them children, and the rest of the 33 people on board have injuries,” a spokesman for the paramilitary Civil Guard said.

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Nebraska Scouts provide Report to State

Nebraska Scouts provide Report to State

Posted on 16 April 2006 by admin

Boy Scouts were in Lincoln (NE) this morning, to let state officials know the Scout organization is active and making a difference in communities across Nebraska. Three Boy Scout councils operate in the state of Nebraska, and representatives from two of the councils – Mid-America Council in Omaha and Cornhusker Council in Lincoln (Overland Trails in Grand Island was unable to send representatives) – provided a report to Nebraska Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy, Assistant Secretary of State Dick Kohel and Area Director for the Boy Scouts of America’s Central Region Bill Fisher (from Overland Park, KS) on Scout membership numbers, community service hours provided by Scouts and other Scouting success stories.

Nebraska Scouts Report

Pictured is the delegation of Boy Scouts and leaders representing the Mid-America Council, in the Governor’s Press Room at the State Capitol. Troop 26, led by Scout leaders Eric Stilwell and Glen Flint, Boy Scouts Jonathan Stilwell, Jeffery Elkins, Cory Flint, Toby Flint, Mark Deakin and Tom Deakin, and Mid-America Council Board of Trustees member Dan Park, senior vice president at Kirkham Michael in Omaha, reported that the Mid-America Council is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. The Mid-America Council’s report noted the Council serves 33,000 youth led by more than 9,200 adult volunteers in 58 counties in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. Scouts in the Mid-America Council raised nearly $3 million from popcorn sales, which was the third largest popcorn sales effort in the United States. In 2005, eight troops of Scouts and adults, totaling 320 people, represented the Mid-America Council at the national Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, where they were addressed by President Bush. This was the largest contingent of Scouts from the Central Region at the Jamboree and the fourth largest group in the country.

Lt. Governor Sheehy joined the delegates for lunch at the Governor’s residence. The Scouts received a tour of the Capitol Building, and were introduced to the members of the Nebraska Legislature during this afternoon’s session.

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Guide to Safe Scouting Updated

Posted on 16 April 2006 by admin

On April 5th, 2006 the National Council updated the online version to the Guide to Safe Scouting.

Some noteable changes:
– Pocket Knives was removed from the list of Age-Appropriate Scouting Activity guidelines for Tiger Cubs.
– Venturing standards for Guns and Firearms was replaced with new information.

You can view all the changes in the Update Apendix

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Eagle Scout Candidate Accused of Theft

Posted on 04 April 2006 by admin

KUTV out of Salt Lake City Utah, is reporting a story about a 16 year-old Boy Scout and friend who are accused of stealing gift cards from the nonprofit agency where the Scout was conducting his Eagle Scout Project.

The boys were arrested after trying to make a purchase at Hastings using the stolen gift cards. Both were referred to the Juvenile Court System on felony and misdemeanor charges.

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Boy Scouts of America Recognizes Youth Protection Month, Encourages Education, Prevention and Reporting of Child Abuse

Posted on 03 April 2006 by admin

IRVING, Texas–April 3, 2006–In response to the staggering increase each year in child abuse, and as part of a continued effort to educate youth and adults to recognize and report child abuse, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is recognizing April as Youth Protection Month.

Each year, the number of reported incidents of child abuse increases. According to the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information, in 2003 an estimated 1.9 million referrals concerning child welfare were made to and investigated by state child protective services agencies (CPS). This is only an estimate and does not include the vast numbers of unreported incidents and incidents not accepted for investigation. Of that 1.9 million, more than 900,000 children were determined to be victims of abuse or neglect, and more than 100,000 victims of sexual abuse.

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Boy Scout Connection Found in War Zone

Posted on 02 April 2006 by Dan

I recently found an article on about a former Scout being reunited with an Assistan Scoutmaster while both of them were overseas.

SOUTHWEST ASIA, March 30, 2006 — For 96 years, the Boy Scouts of America has provided a common ground for thousands of boys, teens and men across America.

For one 6-year-old Tiger Cub member, an affiliation with the Boy Scouts and one particular assistant scoutmaster led him to become an outdoorsman and an airman.

Airman 1st Class Ian Zerby, now 19, is an emergency management journeyman with the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron here.

Ironically, his former Boy Scout leader and mentor, Chief Master Sgt. David Tarnowski, is also stationed in the area. He’s the chief flight engineer for the 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron.

The two, from Troop 829 in Youngstown, N.Y., recently had a reunion after not having seen each other for several years.

“I recognized his face, but he was taller,” said the chief adding, “He’s actually taller than I am.”

Zerby said he definitely knew who (the chief) was, but snickered, “He’s a little more grey.”

You can read the whole article and see a picture of Tarnowski and Zerby here.

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