Posted on 22 May 2006 by admin
Boy Scouts from the Jackson District helped raise over $76,000 last Saturday, all by auctioning Elk Antlers. What started as a fundraiser for the Boy Scouts has turned into a Service Project and Community Festival.
Eighty percent of the auction revenue is donated to the Elk Refuge, which uses the money to sustain the herd over the winter months. The Scouts have a close partnership with the Refuge and volunteer almost year round preparing for the auction. Volunteers collect the antlers, and then prepare them for auction by matching, weighing and bundling them. The Auction is the highlight of the activities attracting over 125 registered bidders.
Over the years the auction has attracted craftsman and other Vendors wishing to cater to the bidders. Now the Rotary Club sponsors a vendor booth area on the square, and a Old Timer’s Picnic Dinner has been established. The Scouts also use the publicity to promote Boy Scouts, holding their annual Expo at the same time.
Posted on 20 May 2006 by admin
Boy Scouts of America Encourages Activity During National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
Today’s youth are considered the most inactive generation in history, leading to increasing rates of childhood obesity . As part of its ongoing Good Turn for America initiative the Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s leading youth organizations, is recognizing National Physical Fitness and Sports Month by educating youth on fitness through initiatives like the BSA Physical Fitness Award. The award is a national program of emphasis designed to heighten fitness awareness and to help change the lifestyles of American youth regarding exercise and healthy diet.
For nearly a century, the BSA has been known for fostering an environment of physical fitness for American youth. All Boy Scouts take an oath that “On my honor I will … keep myself physically strong.” The BSA Physical Fitness Award was developed to encourage the development of attitudes, knowledge, and skills that promote fitness and safe conduct; lay a skill, knowledge, and attitude foundation of the seven major components of fitness; and improve health, fitness, and quality of life through daily physical activity.
Posted on 15 May 2006 by admin
On April 6, I introduced Lheidli tenneh Lodge #620. Unfortunately this was done a little prematurely. The Lodge has decided not to use the Lheidli Tenneh name after discovering it was the name of an active tribe in Canada.
After a new round of discussion the Lodge Executive Committee has decided upon a new name. The new name is “TAKODA” (sounds like it is spelled). Taken from the Sioux Nation, it means, “Friend to Everyone”. The totem is the “Phoenix.” Once this name is approved by the National Order of the Arrow Lodge it will be final.
Posted on 01 May 2006 by admin
IRVING, TEXAS – The nation’s leading youth service organization, the Boy Scouts of America, has been named to the “Best of America” list compiled by Reader’s Digest magazine.
The BSA is ranked No. 9 on the list under the category “Legacies” for the pinewood derby(R) as “Best Mother-Son Finish.” The pinewood derby, held annually by Cub Scout packs throughout the country, is a program designed to encourage parents to spend time with their children while building a race car made out of a block of wood. Powered only by gravity, the cars are raced down tracks during organized pack “derbies,” which help develop healthy competition, participation, and creativity. Awards are given for finishing first, as well as for placing and creative car design.
Posted on 01 May 2006 by admin
The Miami Herald had a nice write up about Troop 726, the only deaf Troop in South Florida, yesterday:
The Boy and Cub Scouts campsites at Carlos Arboleya Park were crowded and noisy Saturday, with packs of gabbing boys cooking and tying logs together with rope.
But it’s a different story for the boys of Troop 726. These four guys gab with their hands.
They are the smallest and quietest troop at this year’s Spring Camporee, a weekendlong Scouts competition, at 7025 W. Flagler St. They can do nearly everything the other boys do. But they can’t hear or speak.
Read the whole article at the Miami Herald Website.