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BSA Plans Largest Service Project Since WWII

Posted on 23 June 2008 by Dan

The Boy Scouts of America announced today that the Order of the Arrow, the BSA’s national honor society, will conduct its largest national service project since World War II. The service project is called ArrowCorps5 (pronounced Arrow Corps Five) and will be conducted at five U.S. Forest Service sites across the country over a five-week period during the summer of 2008. This service project is expected to include 5,000 members of the OA providing more than 250,000 hours of service.

“ArrowCorps5 is the largest, most complex, most challenging conservation project ever conceived by the Order of the Arrow and Boy Scouts of America,” said Brad Haddock, chairman, National Order of the Arrow Committee. “This project provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for each participant to set an example of leadership in service to those who treasure our national forests.”

The national forest sites selected for this project are Mark Twain, Missouri; Manti-La Sal, Utah; George Washington and Jefferson, Virginia; Shasta-Trinity, California; and Bridger-Teton, Wyoming.
“Kids must understand why forests are so valuable so they will grow into citizens who support conservation. Building on the Forest Service tradition of conservation education, we will work with partners to ensure that American children have the opportunity to experience the great outdoors, whether it is a remote mountain wilderness or a spot of nature in the heart of a city,” said Forest Service Chief Gail Kimbell. “Today’s children—and theirs—will need to be able to take the baton and finish the race. For that, they will need a full understanding of why forests are so valuable, along with a strong land ethic. It is our job to give them both,” Kimbell said.

Scouts from all across the United States will be given an opportunity to make significant and positive impacts on their national forests. These service projects will include ecosystem restoration, invasive plant and tree removal, trail construction and maintenance, bridge work, campsite improvements, erosion and weed control, and fence removal.

The project also serves as a precursor to the Boy Scouts’ plans for its 100th anniversary celebration in 2010. “For nearly 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has created a strong foundation of leadership, service, and community for millions of America’s youth,” Haddock said. “We celebrate this legacy as we reaffirm our commitment to inspire and prepare future generations of leaders through historic and meaningful projects and partnerships.”

ArrowCorps5 Service Project Schedule:
Mark Twain National Forest June 7–14, 2008 Missouri
Manti-La Sal National Forest June 14–21, 2008 Utah
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests June 21–28, 2008 Virginia
Shasta-Trinity National Forest July 12–19, 2008 California
Bridger-Teton National Forest July 26–August 2, 2008 Wyoming

About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving nearly 4.7 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 the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

About the Order of the Arrow
More than 180,000 youth and adults are members of the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. The purposes of the Order of the Arrow are to (1) recognize those Scout campers who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives, (2) develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit, (3) promote Scout camping, and (4) crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.

About the U.S. Forest Service
Established in 1905, the Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands. These public lands encompass an estimated 193 million acres of land, an area the size of Texas. The Forest Service has a long and distinguished history of service to the public and stewardship of our national forests and grasslands. The agency’s mission is best captured by the phrase “Caring for the Land and Serving People.”

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Boy Scout Camp Hit by Tornado

Posted on 11 June 2008 by Dan

Tragedy has struck the Little Sioux Scout Ranch in Western Iowa this evening. Reports have started coming in that a Tornado touched down destroying the camp and killing at least four with numerous injuries being treated.

Iowa’s Commissioner of Public Safety, Gene Meyer, told CNN that the tornado touched down around 6:30pm Central Time at the camp, which is about 37 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska. He went on to say “We have four fatalities at this time,” and that “There are plenty of medical people on the ground there.”

Little Sioux Scout Ranch is operated by the Mid-America Council. Scout Executive, Llyod Roitstein reported to CNN that most of the campers are teenagers who were on a training session, which was to end on Saturday. According to the Mid-America Council website, Pahuk Pride, a week long junior training event, was taking place at the camp this week. Approximately 120 people were believed to be at the camp when the disaster struck.

Roitstein told CNN, “The camp is virtually destroyed; there’s nothing left in there.”

Please keep the campers, rescuers, their families, and all others affected in your prayers.

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