Archive | June, 2006

Boy Scouts and Celestron Set Their “Sights” on Space Exploration

Boy Scouts and Celestron Set Their “Sights” on Space Exploration

Posted on 24 June 2006 by Dan

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), the nation’s foremost youth character development program, in partnership with Celestron, a leading designer and manufacturer of telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes and microscopes, announced a joint program to encourage interest in space exploration and astronomy among America’s youth, beginning with a donation of 200 Celestron SkyScouts.

Each year in the BSA program, nearly 50,000 boys earn merit badges in space exploration and astronomy. To enhance their learning experience, Celestron is donating the SkyScout units to the astronomy programs at all high adventure and approximately half of the BSA summer resident camps nationwide. Last year more than 1.2 million youth attended a Boy Scout summer or high adventure camp.

The formal donation was made on May 23rd, 2006 at a kick-off event during the BSA’s National Annual Meeting, when Celestron gave a demonstration to BSA camp directors and local Scouts and presented the BSA with a check for the value of the donation, approximately $80,000.

Celestron President & CEO Joe Lupica along with representatives from the Boy Scouts of America’s Venturer, Boy Scout and Sea Scout programs announced a collaboration at the Boy Scouts of America National Annual Meeting on May 23rd to further encourage interest in astronomy and space exploration beginning with a donation of 200 Celestron SkyScouts.

“American youth have always had a natural curiosity to explore new frontiers including our universe and space in general,” said Dave Bates, director of Boy Scout camping and conservation. “During the past century nearly 1 million Scouts have earned merit badges in Astronomy and space exploration-related topics. This donation of Celestron SkyScouts will further allow BSA to inspire Scouts to explore and discover our universe.”

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Mid-America Council receives national awards, area leaders selected to key scouting roles

Posted on 21 June 2006 by Dan

By: Mary Beth Kriskey, Marketing Director, (402) 431-9BSA (9272)

The Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America, was recognized at the National Boy Scouts of America’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. last month.

National Marketing Award

The Mid-America Council received the “National President’s Award for Marketing Excellence.” The local council won for the third consecutive year in the “Best Positive Public Relations” category, notes William F. “Rick” Cronk, president of the Boy Scouts of America. The Council was honored for local and national media coverage of “Project Pocket Flag,” coordinated by Troop 53 in Bellevue, NE, which has created and distributed more than 20,000 miniature American flags to soldiers serving overseas. Established eight years ago, the national marketing competition recognizes outstanding and innovative marketing produced by, or on behalf of, the Scouts and the local council. A panel of 21 marketing, advertising and public relations professionals judged 280 entries in eight categories.

Regional Awards
The Mid-America Council, headquartered in Omaha, with a satellite office in Sioux City, IA, was named one of the top Scout councils in the Central Region, which encompasses 14 states. The Council was recognized as a “Bronze Record Award” recipient, for adding a minimum of $500,000 to the Council’s Endowment Fund in 2005. The Council also received the “National Endowment Achievement Award,” for meeting and/or exceeding national standards for an effective endowment program. For the fourth consecutive year, the Mid-America Council received the “Scoutreach Award,” for service to inner city youth. Reporting more than 10,000 hours of community service by Scouts and adult volunteers earned the Council the “2005 Good Turn for America” Award.

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Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld’s Speech at the National Boy Scout Meeting Breakfast

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld’s Speech at the National Boy Scout Meeting Breakfast

Posted on 20 June 2006 by Dan

As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.c., Friday, May 26, 2006
Department of Defense Link:

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld

John Cushman, Roy Williams, thank you so very much for this fine honor and for your dedicated leadership in service of Scouting.

I’m delighted to join all of you here. Unfortunately, the President has scheduled a National Security Council meeting for this morning at 8:35. Otherwise, I’d be joining you for breakfast, and then we’d have the speeches and the awards and that type of thing, and I’d have a chance to say hello to a great many of you and thank each of you individually for what you do for Scouting.

As Secretary of Defense, I’ve had the privilege of meeting a good many Scouts who have come to the Pentagon.

In fact, just outside my door is a small, folded American flag, one of the many flags that are distributed by the Boy Scouts to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who serve our country. The flag has a little note with it that says:

“Here[s] is a flag for your pocket, so you can always carry a little bit of home. [And we’re] We are praying for you and [we’re] we are proud of you. [We] Thank you for defending our country and [our] freedom,”

That small flag is a reminder that so many Americans — and so many Boy Scouts — recognize the importance of the duty that each member of the military has and what they — that they volunteered to serve our country, to defend them, their families, their homeland and their freedom. And that recognition is greatly appreciated by all of those in uniform.

I’m very honored to accept Scouting’s Silver Buffalo Award. I’m told that I’m in some very excellent company, including my friend — long-time friend — Gerald Ford, who received this award. So it’s quite an honor.

But the honorees that have received this award really are not the only figures in Washington, D.C. who have been touched by the Scouting program. The bigger part of Scouting’s impact is — in Washington is very — not very visible, really, but it’s much more profound. It can be found in the character of the men and women who serve the American people. Indeed, many of our nation’s highest elected leaders were Scouts. President Bush was a Cub Scout in Midland, Texas. Vice President Cheney was a Boy Scout in Casper, Wyoming. I’m told that about half of the current members of the Congress participated in Scouting in one way or another, and 27 were Eagle Scouts.

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National Scouting Museum offers Admission – Free Mondays!

Posted on 19 June 2006 by Dan

The National Scouting Museum released in their July newsletter that they will be offering free admision on Mondays from now through August, during the hours of 10am – 5pm. The National Scouting Museum is worth the admission they charge but this makes it even better. For more information about the Museum visit

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Mid-American Council to honor local leaders at “Citizen of the Year” luncheon

Posted on 14 June 2006 by Dan

The Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America, is pleased to announce that John P. Nelson, board chairman and CEO of SilverStone Group, will be recognized as its “Citizen of the Year” at the 36th annual luncheon. Werner Enterprises has been selected as the Council’s “Corporate Partner of the Year,” and Gina Ponce, director of Outreach Services for Bellevue University will receive the “Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award.” The Citizen of the Year Luncheon is scheduled for noon on Tuesday, June 27, at the Holiday Inn Central, Omaha.

“John P. Nelson has been selected as this year’s Citizen of the Year because of his continuous support of Scouting and our community,” says Scout Executive/President Lloyd E. Roitstein, Mid-America Council.

Nelson has served on the Council’s Board of Trustees since 1975. For more than 30 years, he has actively served on the Council’s Endowment Committee, provided support to the Council for its annual “Friends of Scouting” campaign, and he and his wife Anne are Heritage Patrons. In addition to his personal support, he has provided the services of his company to assist the Council with administrative needs.

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Minor League Baseball Teams and the Boy Scouts Pitch In to Prepare for Emergencies Nationwide.

Posted on 09 June 2006 by admin

For the third consecutive year, Minor League Baseball is partnering with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign to educate and empower Americans to prepare for natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. More than 35 teams are stepping up to the plate during the 2006 season to help encourage fans to prepare for emergencies.

“Enjoying a local ballgame is an American tradition that attracted more than 41 million spectators last season,” said Homeland Security’s Undersecretary for Preparedness George Foresman. “We appreciate Minor League Baseball’s continued support of the Ready Campaign. Through their assistance, and that of the Boy Scouts of America, we will reach baseball fans throughout the nation with important preparedness messages.”

Teams across the country will hold Ready nights during the 2006 season where local Boy Scouts, Citizen Corps volunteers and other community members will distribute emergency preparedness brochures to fans. The brochures and other materials available at provide valuable information to help individuals prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. Teams will also feature the Ready public service announcements on their scoreboards and in game programs.

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Boy Scouts of America Kicks Off Summer With Observation of National Safety month, Shares Safety Tips

Posted on 09 June 2006 by admin

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, 40 percent of all unintentional injury-related deaths occur from May to August—a time emergency room doctors know as “trauma season” . In response to this critical period, and in observation of National Safety Month, the Boy Scouts of America offers 16 summer safety tips, which can be used to help ensure a safer summer.

During the summer months while children are on vacation, many are often left unsupervised, contributing to the millions of emergency room visits and thousands of accidental deaths. Adopting proper safety measures and following simple guidelines can help youth and parents alike in preventing these unfortunate events.

The BSA encourages Americans to use its safety tips—rules that are normally employed during Scouting activities but that are applicable to all activities—for a safer summer.

“Safety is a priority for every Scout during any Scout activity,” said Bill Steele, director, Health & Safety, BSA. “But the best Scouts employ these lessons in their own lives, and the BSA wants to continue to stress safety first in all activities. While summer is a time for fun, it’s also a time to be aware of safety; the BSA’s 16 safety points can be used with great success in all activities.”

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The 2006 Order of the Arrow Red Arrow Award Recipients

Posted on 07 June 2006 by admin

The National Order of the Arrow Committee announced the selection of one individual to receive the Red Arrow Award in 2006. The Red Arrow Award is presented by the National Order of the Arrow Committee for distinguished service to the Order of the Arrow by either non-Scouters or Scouters who are not members of the Order of the Arrow. This service may take many forms and should involve a significant period of time, as opposed to a single event. Only those nominees whose accomplishments are of the highest order will be considered.

The National Order of the Arrow Committee was pleased to announce the presentation of the Red Arrow Award to:

* Irene Fujimoto

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