Posted on 12 February 2008 by Dan
Posted on 11 February 2008 by Dan
The Revolutionary Trails Council selection committee is very pleased to announce that William Garrett of Minsi Trails Council, Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania has accepted our offer to become Scout Executive of the Revolutionary Trails Council on March 1, 2008.
Bill was raised in Ravenswood, West Virginia, a place his mother, father, and grandparents still call home. He was active in Pack & Troop 43 where he and his father developed their passion for fishing and outdoor activities. Bill received his Bachelor of Science in Business administration from the University of Charleston. During college, he was involved in student government, student activities and served two terms as President of his fraternity.
His first professional scouting position was with the Buckskin Council in Charleston as District Executive in 1995, progressing to Senior District Executive and Field Director by July 2000 where he was responsible for leadership of a territory of 16 counties in two states in areas of membership, camp management and the Learning for Life program.
After visiting countless potential charter organizations and spending at least 1 ½ years working to start a new Pack in Spanishburg, WV, Bill was rewarded for his hard work – being introduced to his future wife by the new Cubmaster (her sister). Bill and Sheila married in 2002 and are the very proud parents of Katie, who is almost 2.
In March 2003, he was recruited to be Finance Director of Simon Kenton Council, Columbus, Ohio where he was liaison with 6 United Way Offices and directly responsible for $890,000 in major gifts, project sales, special events and United Way allocations.
Bill joined Minsi Trails Council in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania in December 2004. Since then he has provided leadership to a field staff of six executives and four district committees. His service area includes over 8,000 youth members in 280 units and generates over $1.4 million in revenue. Youth retention was increased to 73% and the council became #1 nationally in percentage trained direct contact leaders. Minsi Trails Council achieved Quality Council in 2005, 2006 and 2007. His accomplishments are great and he brings personal strengths of volunteer cultivation, staff leadership, strategy development, fund raising, fiscal management,
camp management and effective communications.
Posted on 09 February 2008 by Dan
In On My Honor, Governor Rick Perry discusses why the American values instilled by the Boy Scouts of America are worth fighting for, and how they are relevant in the 21st Century.
All net proceeds will go to the Boy Scouts of America. Purchase of the book is not a contribution to Texans for Rick Perry, the Governor’s Office or the Governor himself.
* ISBN: 0979646227
* ISBN-13: 9780979646225
* Format: Hardcover, 241pp
* Publisher: Stroud & Hall Publishers
* Pub. Date: February 2008
In “On My Honor”, Texas Governor Rick Perry takes dead aim at the secular humanist movement, and their agenda of moral relativism, for its corrosive impact on the culture. Examining the left’s legal assaults on the Boy Scouts of America – which spans more than 30 years – Perry offers prescient insight into one front in this multi-faceted war which pits the proponents of traditional American values against the radical leftist movement that seeks to tear down our social foundations.
In his book, Perry seeks out the views of notable American leaders who, like himself, are Eagle Scouts. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Senator Thad Cochran, astronaut James Lovell, Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee, and former FBI Director William Sessions all comment on the values instilled by scouting, and its relevancy in the 21st Century. He also has enlisted former presidential candidate Ross Perot to write the foreword.
Perry draws from his roots in Paint Creek – a small community an hour north of Abilene, Texas – where scouting played a central role in shaping young boys into men. You see a young man who doesn’t know what he aspires to be, but who knows based on scouting and family tradition that service to others is an honorable calling; you see how scouting instills confidence based on achievement rather than the left’s artificial attempts to boost self-esteem; and you see that the values scouting derives from the great middle class of America remain as important today as they did prior to the counter-culture movement spawned out of the turmoil of the 1960’s.
Perry looks at the public record regarding the left’s challenge to scouting’s profession of duty to God, its attempt to force scouting to conform to the homosexual agenda, and the harm caused by the left’s litigious assault on an organization with limited resources. Perry also reveals that the infamous Dale case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000, affirming scouting’s prerogative as a private organization to ban openly gay scoutmasters, is not the final word on the subject: the left has simply shifted its tactics and has begun pressuring schools, municipalities and other public entities that provide space to scouting organizations.
“On My Honor” underscores the depth to which the culture warriors of the left will go to force their secular humanist, minority view upon American society and revered American institutions. It is a revealing look at a culture war that rages close to the surface of American life, and it is a must read for any American concerned that our society is slipping from the high moral ground of liberty to the valley of license.
More information can be found at: http://www.onmyhonorthebook.com/
Posted on 07 February 2008 by Dan
Through the Kohl’s Kids Who Care® scholarship program, Kohl’s provides scholarships and gift cards to recognize and reward kids who volunteer in their communities and make a difference in the lives of friends, neighbors and even strangers. From volunteering at a children’s hospital to raising money for hurricane victims, kids are using their talents and ambition to transform their hometowns into more caring communities.
To nominate a deserving Scout, between the ages 6-18, visit www.kohlskidswhocare.com. Scholarship nominations will be accepted February 1 – March 15, 2008.
Posted on 03 February 2008 by Dan
The new printing of the Eagle Scout Rank Application, No. 58-728A, has a notable change. Now, under Requirement 5, the name of the candidate’s Eagle project is required, as well as the grand total of hours devoted to it (from page 10 of the Eagle Scout Leadership Project Workbook). The new application will be required beginning May 1, 2008.
The information about Eagle projects will be entered along with other information from Eagle Scout rank applications, and will be stored on our database and accessed through PAS. Councils will be able to run reports at the district or council level. This new database of Eagle projects will also be available at area, region, and national levels.
Posted on 02 February 2008 by Dan
Gov. Rick Perry today spoke to Texas Boy Scouts at their Annual Report to State, where troops from throughout Texas convene at the Capitol to present their area’s status of scouting to state officials.
“Whenever I see Scout on a young man’s resume, his job application rises to the top of the stack because I know he has been tested, I know he has character, and I know he is loyal,” Gov. Perry told the scouts. “The mark of a Scout is more than a fleur de lis tagged on a man’s lapel. It is a testament to an individual’s commitment to a power larger than self, and perseverance to defend what is right regardless of the difficulties that may lie ahead.”
For one day each year, downtown Austin becomes a sea of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts from across Texas. The troops and their families march down Congress Avenue to the Capitol. From there, Scout delegates from each council go to the floor of the House of Representatives and report to state leaders on scouting activities from the past year, and plans for the future.
“As today’s culture increasingly tells young people to ‘look out for number one,’ that ‘moral values are relative,’ that ‘a person can be their own God,’ attacks have come in waves against the values and institutions we hold dear,” said Gov. Perry. “Yet the Boy Scouts have stood strong, unwavering in their conviction. And for that, I am as proud as ever to be an Eagle Scout.”
Gov. Perry recently authored a book on the Boy Scouts titled On My Honor. The book draws from the governor’s own experiences growing up in Paint Creek – a small community north of Abilene, Texas – where he witnessed the central role scouting played in shaping young boys into men. The governor is an Eagle Scout in Troop 48. His son, Griffin, is also an Eagle Scout.
Posted on 01 February 2008 by Dan
The National BSA Scouting Museum is celebrating the 98th Anniversary of Scouting with a 98¢ admission day on February 9th, 2008.
As we count down to the 100th anniversary of scouting in America; we would like to invite you to come out and explore the wonderful museum attractions for only .98 cents.
Visit the National Scouting Museum Website to learn more about the museum, current exhibits, and their upcoming events.