Archive | September, 2006

Troop 105 Continues its Support of Soldiers

Posted on 30 September 2006 by admin

Boy Scout Troop 105 of Schwenksville has a long history of helping soldiers -dating back to World War I. So when one of their own was deployed to Iraq, they stepped it up a notch.

Troop 105 Eagle Scout and Perkiomen Valley High School graduate Sgt. Peter Duchak, of the 172nd Stryker Battalion, served just under a year in Iraq – three days short actually, when he and his unit were redeployed to Baghdad. Duchak’s mother contacted former Scoutmaster David Sauls, to casually let him know about the situation. Sauls did the same thing, e-mailing the members of Troop 105, just to inform them that a former Eagle Scout was serving, again, overseas. But Sauls had no idea his e-mail would result in boxes and boxes of generosity.

“I was the Scoutmaster and I stepped down … I’m not heavily involved, but I still go to some of the troop’s events,” Sauls said. “I just sent out an e-mail to the troop that said let’s remember what Peter’s doing over there and let’s keep him in our prayers, and one of the mothers had an idea.” The mother was Susan Koederitz.

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5 Star University of Scouting in Wisconsin on Jan 27, 2007

Posted on 28 September 2006 by admin

5 Star University of Scouting
Glacier’s Edge, Milwaukee County, Potawatomi Area, Southeast Wisconsin

Save the Date – January 27, 2007

2007 Host Council: Glacier’s Edge
Other Sponsoring Councils:
Milwaukee County, Potawatomi Area, Southeast Wisconsin

New Courses Added for 2007 Program
This outstanding training event is organized and staffed through the combined efforts of the sponsoring councils. The multi-council format provides a wide range of experiences and draws on the special expertise of experienced Scouters in Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing.

New courses on commissioning the ideal year of Scouting, effective displays, public speaking and ethnic and religious diversity and others, make the 2007 Five Star University of Scouting an event not to be missed.

All Scouters that desire Supplemental/Advanced training for district and council level work are encouraged to attend. Courses geared to both Commissioners and district/council operations will provide the most up to date training and information in an active and sociable atmosphere. Participants will again be given the opportunity to earn various degrees.

St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin, will once again be the site for the University on Saturday, January 27, 2007. Watch for a catalog with registration materials in the fall. The cost of this event is $25.00 if paid before January 12th, 2007 and $30.00 after January 12th 2007. This includes lunch and all registration materials. If you have never attended the Five Star University of Scouting or if you’re an old pro come to see what it’s all about and join in the fellowship and share the experience of this premiere training event.

Download Promotion Flyer

Pre-register for 5 Star on-line

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Boy Scouts of America Recognizes National Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted on 27 September 2006 by admin

IRVING, Texas- This September, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will honor Latin American independence and Hispanic and Latino leaders throughout the nation who have become mentors for today’s youth, by celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month.

President Ronald Reagan declared September 15-October 15 the first National Hispanic Heritage Month in 1988, expanding on the 20 year-old commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Week. This celebratory week was originally established to honor the anniversary of the independence of seven different Latin American countries, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile.

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the BSA is recognizing the efforts of three key Latino Scouting leaders: Tico Perez, José Niño and Alberto Muñoz II.

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Nick Carris, New District Executive for Indian Nations Council

Posted on 24 September 2006 by admin

Indian Nations Council, Boy Scouts of America would like to announce that Nick Carris is the new District Executive for Oka-Tuli district, which includes McAlester, Eufaula, Wilburton, Poteau and Talihina areas in Southeast Oklahoma. Carris is an Eagle Scout from Troop 4 in McAlester, and has served as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts for a number of years. He has worked with all areas of scouting including Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Venture Scouts and The Order of The Arrow, in which he is a Vigil Member, Golden Arrow Award, E. Erner Goodman Award and Founders Award recipient. Carris served as Assistant Scoutmaster, District Commissioner, Associate Lodge Advisor, Lodge Advisor for Order of the Arrow, Hale Scout Reservation Camp Commissioner, his most recent volunteer service was District Chairman for Oka-Tuli District.

Carris and his family, wife Joy, daughter Julia, and son Nicholas, all live in McAlester. Carris has lived in McAlester his whole life and spent many years in the insurance business until retiring in 1999. He has been involved in numerous civic activities including McAlester Lions club, past President, McAlester Chamber of Commerce, past President, McAlester Boys and girls Club, board member, and several committees and civic projects in and around the McAlester area.

“I am pleased to be the Scouting Professional for Southeast Oklahoma, and look forward to working with all the communities, volunteers, and youth in order to expand the programs, activities, and values The Boy Scouts of America has to offer our youth in this area,” stated Carris.

For more information on the scouting program or volunteering in the Southeast Oklahoma area contact Nick at 918-423-6897.

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Scouting Requirements Online

Posted on 23 September 2006 by admin

The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America has added a new section to their website.  The Early Rank Requirement Section features short videos that explain and demonstrate each of the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class.  You can watch them on the website or download them for later viewing.

You can discuss the new videos at ScoutingForums.org.

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SEMA in Action

Posted on 16 September 2006 by admin

By John Gordon*

D’IBERVILLE, Miss. (UMNS)–Their red shirts and caps say SEMA, but they are not to be confused with staff of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a federal organization that has been criticized for its sluggish response to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

SEMA stands for Scouting Emergency Management Assistance, a title coined by Boy Scout Troop 566, sponsored by Trinity United Methodist Church in Warner Robins, Ga.

“We’ve come here seven times now,” said Michael Hilton, 13, a member of the Georgia troop that rebuilds homes on the Mississippi Gulf coast.

SEMA’s latest project was to repair homes in D’Iberville, Miss., and to deliver $5,000 worth of equipment to the Waveland, Miss., Fire Department. Continue Reading

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ACRU Files Brief Supporting Sea Scouts vs. City Of Berkeley

Posted on 16 September 2006 by admin

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) joined with former California state Attorney General and now Congressman Dan Lungren to file a friend of the court brief today in the United States Supreme Court in support of the Sea Scouts in Berkeley, Calif. The Sea Scouts are a subdivision of the national Boy Scouts of America.

Seventy years ago the Scouts gave away to the City of Berkeley 80 tons of rock and fill from a nearby Scout-owned quarry to build the city’s marina and breakwater. In return, the City agreed to allow the Sea Scouts to use several berths on the marina free of charge. Today the program for free berths has been opened up to other nonprofit community service organizations. But Berkeley now excludes the Scouts because they teach traditional values such as belief in God and traditional sexual morality, and do not include as members and leaders those who reject these values.

The Sea Scouts sued the City on the grounds that their exclusion from the free berths penalized them for exercising the right to choose their own members and leaders consistently with the values they want to promote, as upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in Boy Scouts of America vs. Dale, 530 U.S. 640 (2000). The Scouts have so far failed to win this case in the California courts, but they are now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case on appeal from the California Supreme Court.

The brief from the ACRU and Congressman Lungren urges the Supreme Court to hear the case because the California rulings are in conflict with numerous Supreme Court precedents holding that individuals and organizations cannot be penalized for exercising their constitutional rights, and because the case presents questions of national importance.

The brief states:

“The Boy Scouts of America is an organization run by parents and local community volunteers coming together to instruct young boys in the traditional moral values in which they believe. These values include the importance of maintaining faith in God and belief in traditional sexual morality. To call this activity discrimination is overheated hyperbole by those who simply oppose these traditional moral beliefs. The Boy Scouts do not discriminate. They engage in the teaching of traditional moral values, a constitutionally protected activity that a state may not prohibit or penalize.

“Those with different beliefs have constitutionally protected rights to start their own youth organizations teaching their preferred moral values. But they may not use the power of the state to impose their values and beliefs on those who disagree….

“Millions of Americans who believe in traditional moral and religious values are looking to this Court to uphold their constitutional rights and equal treatment under the law. For these reasons, the decision of the court below merits review.”

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South Carolina Stingrays Partner with Boy Scouts

Posted on 15 September 2006 by admin

The South Carolina Stingrays announced today a major marketing and sales partnership with the Coastal Carolina division of the Boy Scouts to run for the duration of the 2006-2007 season.

The partnership was designed to compliment the Boy Scouts Fall Popcorn Sales Campaign which will run from now until the end of November. Incentives to push sales will include both Stingrays tickets and experiences. Each scout that sells $150 in popcorn will receive a free ticket to the Stingrays home game on February 18, 2007.

Other incentives include participation in an on-ice contest or activity, dinner with the President and head coaches, and a chance to be a guest radio commentator with broadcaster Mike Kelly.

“We are very excited for this new partnership between the Boy Scouts and Stingrays,” commented Pat Craven, Scout Director of the Coastal Carolina region. “Scout age boys are into fast paced and action-filled video games, and Stingrays Hockey is all of that, but live. They will get to go and spend the day hanging out with their friends and having fun at the same time. Sounds like a typical scouting event to me.”

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Troop 113 Eagle Scouts

Posted on 15 September 2006 by admin

Five members of Rome’s Boy Scout Troop 113 were presented with the Eagle Scout Award in a ceremony Tuesday night at First United Methodist Church.

Hunter Anderson Davis, William Berry Waters, Robert Boyce Mull, Joshua Lanham Fisher and Jack Fisher Yancey were honored at the event.

I’m proud of all five of the Scouts. They’ve worked hard to accomplish a goal to become part of an elite group, said Scoutmaster Andy Davis. About 150 family, friends and fellow scouts attended the occasion.

Read about their Eagle Projects 

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UN Refugee Agency Organizes Boy Scout Camping to try to Ease the Trauma of War

Posted on 14 September 2006 by admin

While most of the nearly one million Lebanese who fled their homes at the height of the conflict are now home, thousands remain displaced either because their homes are destroyed or because of continuing security concerns.

UNHCR staff are also reporting evidence of the psychological effects of the war, especially on children.

In Sidon and Nabatiyah, the agency is providing tents to the local authorities who are organizing boy scout camping for children in the areas as a way to ease the trauma of the war.

You can read about the other efforts of the United Nations Regufee Agency at the IRNA Website.

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