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Scout Discount at KOA Campgrounds

Posted on 26 February 2008 by Dan

scoutingkoa.jpgParticipating KOA campgrounds are offering Scouts and their leader’s special discount rates, as well as free use of group pavilions and other facilities. KOA Scout Program discount rates include:

    • - A $5.00 per Scout/Troop leader rate on camping fees, as well as free use of group pavilion facilities. The $5.00 rate applies to RV or tent sites with a minimum of 5 Scouts and 1 Troop leader.
      - A 10% discounted fee will apply to all Scout usage of KOA Kabin, Kottage and Lodge accommodations.
      - The Scout rate is available only when reservations are made directly through the campground. The rate is not valid with internet reservations or with Hot Deals.
  • Learn more about the KOA Scout Program.

    Kampgrounds of America’s CEO, Jim Rogers, is no stranger to Scouting. According to the KOA website he is one of 10 Eagle Scouts in his family, he currently serves as Vice President of Finance for the Western Region, and is a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Award.

    “KOA and Scouting share many of the same values,” Rogers said. “We’re so proud to be able to offer a program that will provide Scouts more opportunities to experience the joys of time spent outdoors. Scouting is all about personal growth, and there are so many things Scouts can experience on a KOA campground that will enhance this growth.” – Jim Rogers, KOA CEO

    Hat Tip: The Scoutmaster

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    Boy Scout Inspirational Show – I Volunteer

    Posted on 25 February 2008 by Dan

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    Winner of Logo Contest Announced

    Posted on 25 February 2008 by Dan

    bsa102.jpgAs you know the Boy Scouts of America is about to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2010. Leading up to the big year, they are hosting numerous events and contests. The first of these contests was one open to all of its youth members to design a logo for the 100th Anniversary celebration.

    Well, they just announced the overall winner, and that honor went to a logo that was designed by Philip Goolkasian, a 17-year-old Eagle Scout from Fresno, California. According to the release it was picked from more than 4,000 entries.

    The 100 Years of Scouting Website explains why Phillips design was chosen:

    Philip’s design took the traditional elements of Scouting and integrated them to create something new and modern. The eagle cutting through the letters B and S fashions a look that is both dynamic and elegant. His design overcomes a common challenge for creating a good logo. He incorporates all of the necessary the elements, but simplifies them into a strong, concise statement. Philip’s logo succeeds in communicating the essence of the Boy Scouts of America and the 100th Anniversary, while resisting the urge to add unnecessary elements.

    The sub category winners have yet to be released but here is some information on the four categories. Over 2,600 entries were received in the Tiger/Cub/Webelos Scout category. The Boy Scout category has more than 1,100 entries. Venturers submitted more than 30 entries, and the Eagle Scout category had more than 100 entries. Submissions were revieved from all 50 states and overseas entries were submitted from the various military sponsored units.

    For those that entered be aware, of this advisory from the Contest Website:

    Due to the overwhelming response to the 100th Anniversary Logo Contest, we are running just a bit behind schedule in preparing the personalized contest participation certificates and mailing these along with a commemorative patch to each Scout who entered. We’ll get these out just as quickly as possible – Scouts Honor!

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    How to earn a Merit Badge on Your Own

    Posted on 23 February 2008 by Dan

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    New BSA Website

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    New BSA Website Debuts

    Posted on 19 February 2008 by Dan

    New BSA WebsiteThe National Council of the Boy Scouts of America has updated their website with a new look.

    The new design is a fresh clean look for the National website that features a new behind the scenes publishing platform. Visitors will see the benefits in enhanced navigation and search, e-mail and subscription services for every page, and a consistent look and feel throughout the site.

    The biggest change to Scouting.org will appear in the way that URL’s are handled. For example, the URL for the Boy Scouts program on Scouting.org has previously looked something like “http://www.scouting.org/nav/enter.jsp?s=by” whereas the new URL for the Boy Scouts program will be “http://www.scouting.org/boyscouts.aspx”. This new URL handling system will provide more intuitive URL’s and make it easier for councils and others to provide links back to Scouting.org.

    What do you think of the new design?

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    Pack 60 National Anthem Presentation

    Posted on 15 February 2008 by Dan

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    Tom Osborne, University of Nebraska Athletic Director

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    Mid-America Council to Award Citizen of the Year

    Posted on 14 February 2008 by Dan

    The Mid-America Council is proud to announce Tom Osborne, University of Nebraska athletic director, as Citizen of the Year.

    Osborne will be honored at the 38th Annual Citizen of the Year luncheon on June 24, at 12 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Central, 3321 South 72nd Street.

    The Council’s Citizen of the Year Award will be presented to Osborne for his leadership, integrity, honor and compassion. He and his wife, Nancy, founded the TeamMates program in 1991. This program provides support and encouragement to school-aged youth with the goal of seeing children graduate from high school and pursue a post-secondary education. Osborne continuously contributes to building youth leadership skills and supports the community.

    Both Osborne and the Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America are dedicated to youth and the community. The Mid-America Council provides an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, learn citizenship and to develop personal fitness.

    Previous recipients of this award include: Walter Scott, Jr. (1988), Bruce Lauritzen (1995), Bill Fitzgerald (1996), John Gottschalk (1998), Ken Stinson (2003), David Sokol (2005) and John P. Nelson (2006).

    Tickets to the Citizen of the Year luncheon are on sale now and can be purchased by contacting Melinda Auch, 402.431.9BSA (9272).

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    Cub Scout Cake Decorating Contest

    Posted on 14 February 2008 by Dan

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    South Carolina Offers New Boy Scout License Plate

    Posted on 13 February 2008 by Dan

    The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) announced yesterday the availability of a new Boy Scouts of America License plate.

    boy-scouts-of-america.jpgThe fee for the Boy Scouts of America license plate is $30 every two years in addition to the regular motor vehicle registration fee.

    The Boys Scouts of America plate is available to the general public and has no special requirements for obtaining the plates.

    To learn more about the Boy Scouts of America License Plate, visit the SCDMV Web site at www.scdmvonline.com.

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    15 Year-Old Scout To Ride Across Australia

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    15 Year-Old Scout To Ride Across Australia

    Posted on 12 February 2008 by Dan

    Jack, a Patrol Leader in the Palm<br />
Beach Scouts, will be riding his bike across Australia for Charity.Jack Sinclair, a 15 year-old Scout from Australia is planning to ride across Australia to raise money for Big Brothers and Big Sisters Australia. Jack and his Dad plan to make the 2800-mile trip, from Perth to Surfers Paradise, in 30 days, starting September 11, 2008.

    Jack says he was inspired to do the ride after watching Scottish actor Ewan McGregor’s documentary detailing a “Long Way Round” motorcycle trip from London to New York.

    “My dad (Brendon) does lots of cycling and I said to him it would be great to do what Ewan did, but across Australia,” said Jack.

    Brendon’s not so convinced. “It’s all a terrible mistake – I thought he meant ride across Australia on motorbikes and I thought I had a couple of years before he got his license,” said Jack’s father Brendon.

    “I’ve been trying to wiggle out of this but I gave my word – I’m 41 and just want to sit on the couch and eat pies…but he won’t let me!” said Brendon.

    Brendon may joke about being out of shape and lazy but he has competed in Charity bike rides in the past. In fact it was after Brendon rode in the Sydney to Surfers Charity ride, last year, that Jack became interested in cycling.

    Robbie McEwen and Jack Sinclair Jack has signed on Robbie McEwen, one of the great legends of World Cycling, as the Ride Ambassador. “For a young man of just 15 years of age to undertake this huge journey with the discipline and commitment he is showing is inspiring,” said Robbie.

    The father son team has already broken down the ride by day and have been working out with Chisel Fitness since October 2007. “Chris and the guys at Chisel are just fantastic and the amount of work they have put into helping us be in the right shape has been simply amazing,” says Brendon.

    Jack also credits his scouting background, “Scouts really has trained me for the ride – training and doing a ride like this is about discipline, self reliance and perseverance. Helping others is also a huge part of Scouts and I hope to do that with the ride.”

    They’ll be using the ride to raise funds to help continue the great work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Australia – the leading youth mentoring organization in Australia. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides disadvantaged young people in need of additional support and friendship, with a caring volunteer mentor and positive role model.

    You can learn more about Jack, the ride, and even make a donation online at http://www.perthtoparadise.com.au.

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