Archive | October, 2006

Boy Scouts Help Police Nab Couple Suspected of Embezzling $5,000 from Cub Scouts

Posted on 18 October 2006 by admin

Boy Scouts on a trip to South Alabama from Talladega, helped police capture a couple accused of embezzling approximately $5,000 from a Cub Scout Pack in Talladega.  The Scouts recognized the couple while eating breakfast in a restaurant on Monday morning.  The Scouts informed their leader, who notified local authorities.

James and Mary Kruithof were arrested on two outstanding felony warrants from Talladega.  The Kruithofs, while serving as the Cub Master and a Den Mother allegedly embezzled $5,000 the Cub Scouts were saving for a trip to Disney World in 2003.  Police said the couple will be returned to Talladega to face charges.

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Boy Scouts of America Deploys Mercado Solution on their Online Retail Store

Posted on 18 October 2006 by admin

Mercado Software, the leading provider of e-commerce search and merchandising solutions, today announced that Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has deployed Mercado CSNâ„¢ on Mercado is helping the nearly 100 year-old organization better serve its community by making Scouting essentials easier to locate and purchase online.

ScoutStuff decided to use the Mercado solution because their previous site search did not meet their needs. According to David Harkins, BSA National Supply Group, “Our search parameters were limited and simple queries would often display either the wrong product or a product that had no relationship to the search term. With Mercado, we are able to use natural language (NLP) features and business rules to greatly improve the accuracy of the search results delivered to our visitors.” As a result of using Mercado, ScoutStuff is working to eliminate dead-end searches, making it easier for customers to find what they’re looking for.

In addition, Mercado’s merchandising capabilities have helped BSA improve conversion rates. Now, when customers search for ‘tent’, they are presented with a variety of product images that can be filtered by price, size, and color. also now displays recommended, bestseller, and related products as well as accessories.

“It’s evident that Boy Scouts of America has embraced the e-commerce channel and is dedicated to providing great online service to the scouting community,” said Corey Leibow, president & CEO of Mercado. “Mercado is proud to be part of the growth and innovation of such a long-established and well-respected organization.”

About Mercado Software
Mercado is the leading e-commerce search & merchandising solution specialist for multi-channel retail and B2B organizations. By enabling a superior buying experience and equipping business managers with a powerful platform on which to execute merchandising strategies, online businesses can aggressively grow revenue and foster customer loyalty. Sears, Williams-Sonoma, JCPenney, Macy’s, Tower Records, MSN Shopping, Caterpillar and OfficeMax, are some of the companies benefiting from Mercado’s solutions. For more information about Mercado Software, please visit or call (888) 376-1400.

About Boy Scouts of America
Serving nearly 4.5 million young people between 7 and 20 years of age with more than 300 councils throughout the United States and its territories, the Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. For more information on Boy Scouts of America please visit

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BSA to Streamline and Standardize Application Processing

Posted on 08 October 2006 by admin

BASINGSTOKE, United Kingdom – DICOM Group plc (“DICOM Group”), a global leader of Information Capture and Communications (ICC) solutions, today announced the purchase of its new Document Scan Server by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), one of the nation’s leading youth organizations, to help streamline and standardize its application processing.

The BSA has more than 3 million members spread across 300 councils around the United States. In order to apply for membership, parents must fill out a one page document that contains 85 unique fields. The forms are then delivered to the Local Council Facility where typically multiple BSA council personnel manually input the data into BSA’s database for processing. During peak recruiting times, more than 26,000 application forms will be processed a day.

BSA called upon its incumbent information capture partner, DTI Integrated Business Solutions Inc., a Kofax Certified Solution Provider, to help reduce the amount of time spent manually inputting data during the application process. DTI recommended that BSA implement the Kofax Document Scan Server and Ascent Capture® technology to scan enable its existing Program Application System (PAS). By doing this at the point of entry, handwritten data from the application form can be captured and reliable content delivered into the BSA database.

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Terry Shockley, President, Shockley Group, Inc.

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Glacier’s Edge Council to honor Terry Shockley and Barry Alvarez

Posted on 08 October 2006 by admin

Glacier’s Edge Council is honoring two Madison residents during it’s Distinguished Citizen’s Breakfast at the end of October.

The 2006 Honorees are:
Terry Shockley, President, Shockley Group, Inc.
Distinguished Eagle Scout Award – Terry Shockley, President, Shockley Group, Inc.

This is a national award presented by a local Scout council to a man who earned the Eagle Scout Award at least twenty-five years previously and who has distinguished himself in his career or community.

Barry Alvarez, UW Badgers Arthletic Director
Good Scout Award – Barry Alvarez, UW Badgers Athletic Director

This award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to our community, state, or nation, and who exemplifies Scouting values.

The Distinguished Citizen’s Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin from 7:15 to 9am. If you are interested in attending you can read more about it and / or register online at the Glacier’s Edge Council Website.

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Coach Winkin

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Katahdin Area Council to honor Dr. John Winkin

Posted on 07 October 2006 by admin

Coach Winkin

Dr. John Winkin, vice president of sports leadership and head baseball coach at Husson College in Bangor, has been selected to receive the 2006 Distinguished Service Award from the Katahdin Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Winkin will be honored Nov. 15 during an award dinner at the Bangor Civic Center.

Winkin has been chosen for the award because of his support of the community, the state and higher education. He is a strong supporter of youth movements and believes in the values and principles of scouting.

You can read about his Coaching carrer on the Husson College Website.

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Boy Scouts benefited lifelong friends

Posted on 06 October 2006 by admin

The Albert Lea Tribune Newspaper had a short feature about five lifelong friends who credit their friendship and life achievement to the Scouting program.

They met in Boy Scouts — some were eager, young Scouts; the others, more-experienced Scoutmasters.

But during the next 69 years, under that same umbrella of the Boy Scouts of America, the five became lifelong friends, unified later as Eagle Scouts.

Made up of Don Wedge, Bill Sturtz, Harry Neel, Earl Jacobsen and Dan Schoeneman — a retired gardener, judge, physician, teacher and dentist — the group all agreed that without the Boy Scouts program, their lives would have been drastically different.

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Troop 921 Recognizes New Eagle Scouts

Posted on 01 October 2006 by admin

On June 29th, Stephen Andrus and Mark Doolittle of Orange Boy Scout Troop 921 were recognized for earning the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor held at the Orange Town Hall.

First Selectman James Zeoli and State Representative Paul Davis attended together with fellow scouts, scoutmasters, family and friends to celebrate the awards occasion.

In brief addresses to the group, both boys expressed sincere gratitude to the troop leadership, their parents and friends for the steadfast guidance and support they received on the path to their accomplishments.

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