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NY State Senator Secures $200,000 For New Scout Cabin

Posted on 31 August 2008 by Dan

Staten Island – State Senator Andrew J. Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) announced earlier this month that he has secured $200,000 in capital funding for a new state of the art cabin facility to be built at William H. Pouch Scout Camp in Staten Island.

The new cabin will be the first new addition to the Boy Scouts of America’s beautiful camp system in the heart of the Greenbelt, since 1966. In 1966, the Boy Scouts of America built “Four Pines” – a set of four cabins. Today, after numerous fires, only two remain.

“Scouting remains one of those activities in life that is enriching to the mind, body and soul. Here on Staten Island, in Pouch Camp, we are blessed to have perhaps one of the most beautiful scout facilities in the country.”, Senator Lanza said. “Just minutes from the Manhattan skyline, young people can escape to a pristine, country setting. It has been more than 40 years since cabins have been built at Pouch Camp and I am happy to work with the Boy Scouts of America and to have been able to secure this funding to bring brand new cabins to Staten Island.”, Lanza continued.

“The addition of this cabin will enhance the opportunities for youth attending our day camp programs in the summer. Additionally it will expand the ability to serve Scout units with additional year-round camping facilities and outdoor educational day trip programs for the young people of New York City.”, Bob Madsen, Director of Camping, Boy Scouts of America said.

The new cabin will house approximately 30 young people, according to the Boy Scouts of America, and include a kitchen and bathroom facility. It will be located east of the Camp-O-Ree field.

On Friday, August 1, 2008, Senator Lanza toured the site where the new cabin is slated to be built and met with families, young scouts and scouting officials. William H. Pouch Scout Camp is New York City’s only Scout Camp, approximately 143 acres and utilized by tens of thousands of children and families throughout the year, from across New York City and New Jersey.

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OA-BSA.org Launches New 10th Anniversary Design

Posted on 20 August 2008 by Dan

The National Order of the Arrow website is featuring a new design and navigation. An article titled, “National OA Web Site 10th Anniversary Redesign!” on the site’s main page takes readers through a brief history of the OA’s website.

According to the article, the original National OA Web Site was originally forged as the 1998 NOAC Web Site starting in the fall of 1997. The article goes on to highlight some of the major individuals involved with the website and a summary of the major changes.

In a statement to the OA Website visitors, Thomas Lambert, the National OA Web Site Youth Coordinator wrote:

In 2008, as we celebrate the10th anniversary as the Official National OA Web Site, we are pleased to present to you a complete redesign of the Official National OA Web Site. The new design includes a dynamic flash animation on the homepage, a multicolored menu on the left, and a redesigned navigation menu with drop down features. We are committed to maintaining a high standard for quality and will continue to refine the site’s design to keep with the current technology.

Check out the new National Order of the Arrow Web Site. What do you think of the new design?

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BSA 100th Anniversary Video

Posted on 10 August 2008 by Dan

The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America released a video highlighting the Scouting program for the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts. The six minute and fifty second video appears to be focused towards the business world and adults, not Scouts.

The video features:

  • Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman & CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation, Eagle Scout
  • U.S. Senator Mel Martinez (FL), Father of Scout
  • U.S. Representative Shelia Jackson Lee (TX), Den Leader & Mother of Eagle Scout
  • Jim Lovell, NASA Astronaut, Distinguished Eagle Scout
  • Steve Fossett, Distinguished Eagle Scout, Former President NESA

View the 100th Anniversary Video.

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Florida Yotuh Wins William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup

Posted on 07 August 2008 by Dan

Patrick Arrington, 15, of Pinecrest, Florida was awarded the silver trophy at the closing ceremonies held at Annapolis Yacht Club, July 18, 2008, after sailing his Vanguard 420s in 14 fleet races. His teammate was disqualified for off-the-water conduct at the end of the regatta.

Arrington, a member of Sea Scout Ship 1946, Coconut Grove, FL, defeated Hayley Anderson, 18, and Gareth Moore, 16, of Christchurch, New Zealand. It was the fourth time a New Zealand team placed second in the international youth regatta. Jeff Adam and Delana Stoica of the Del Mar took third.

A sophomore at Miami Palmetto Senior High School, Arrington is hoping to study biophysics in college. In addition to Sea Scouts, he is currently a Life Scout with Troop 840 in Pinecrest, Florida where he is working on his Eagle Scout service project, collecting used sails for impoverished fishermen in Haiti.

Approximately 80 young men and women gathered at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD, to compete in the week long regatta. Sea Scouts from New Zealand, Australia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, sailed against youth from across the United States. The winds were light and variable most of the week, with a southerly breeze freshening on Thursday, building to 12 knots on the final day on July 18th.

The biennial event is underwritten, in large part by William I. Koch, the Palm Beach industrialist and last American to successfully defend the America’s Cup. Other sponsors include General Motors, which awarded the Chevrolet Sportsmanship Award, and West Marine.

Sea Scouts are divided into two fleets: more experienced sailors compete for the Koch Cup, and a second fleet sails for the Kiwi Cup, a Maori carving donated by New Zealand Sea Scouts. Both trophies are displayed at the Boy Scout Museum in Irving, Texas.

Eric Johnson, 17 of Mercer Island, and Levi White, 16, of La Conner, Washington, won the Kiwi Cup.

“The most interesting part of the Koch Cup is that it’s an international event,” said Eric Johnson. “Meeting people from different countries and seeing how similar we all are was cool. One of the last things I imagined was that we would be representing our country in any competition other than the Olympics. It felt like was sailing for America or at least the Pacific Northwest.”

Paula McFarland, Zone Manager for Chevrolet, presented the Chevrolet Sportsmanship Awards to Monica and Ryan Orphan, of Woodland Hills, CA and Franklin Simmons and Gary Burner of Akron, OH.

Sea Scouts is part of the Venturing Division of the Boy Scouts and is open to men and women between the ages 14 and 21 who learn leadership skills through seamanship.

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AT&T Donates $3 Million to BSA’s 100th Anniversary Celebration

Posted on 05 August 2008 by Dan

The Boy Scouts of America announced today that AT&T has donated $3 million to kick off nationwide support for the youth organization’s 100th Anniversary Celebration. The announcement came during the opening of the BSA’s Annual National Leadership Training Conference in Nashville.

AT&T is the first major donor to step forward with a multi-million dollar contribution and will serve as Scouting’s official communications partner during the 100th Anniversary celebration. Feb. 8, 2010 marks 100 years of Scouting in America for one of the country’s largest youth-serving organizations.

“AT&T’s support is critical to the success of our 100th Anniversary celebration,” said Robert Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive. “Their generous donation will facilitate the engagement by millions in our effort to energize the Scouting program and demonstrate the value of Scouting to our great nation.

“We cannot thank AT&T enough for all the support they have shown Scouting in the past, and the major investment they have made in Scouting’s future,” Mazzuca added. “We are also very excited at the prospect of others who will join AT&T to support Scouting’s 100 year heritage.”

AT&T’s partnership with the BSA’s 100th Anniversary Celebration brings together the principles the BSA was founded on nearly a century ago and still lives by today — leadership, character, service, environmental stewardship, health, wellness and achievement.

“Supporting our communities and young people has been a major focus for AT&T for more than a century. We’re committed to helping America’s youth succeed — in school, in the workforce and in life,” said AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, who is serving as the national chairman for the 100th Anniversary Celebration and is a member of the Boy Scouts of America national board. “History shows that Scouting puts kids on a more solid path toward success — staying in school, earning higher wages, even owning a home. We are pleased to be part of this significant milestone in Scouting’s history.”

Over the next two years, BSA will reintroduce to America the contributions Scouting makes in communities across the country and the positive impact Scouting has on millions of young lives. The 100th Anniversary celebration will include major national events, activities, and initiatives to engage nearly 3 million youth and 1.2 million volunteers; an estimated 50 million Scouting alumni; and the general public.

The celebration will focus on a number of key strategic areas:

1) National Effort — Leadership, resources, and infrastructure to deliver a consistent nationwide program.

2) Nationwide Engagement — Activities to engage millions of Americans in the celebration, re-kindle memories of Scouting experiences, and reconnect alumni with the Scouting program.

3) Highlighting Leadership — Community service and achievement programs; a national Hall of Leadership recognizing outstanding Scout volunteers; and a renewed focus on the generational bond in Scouting.

Additional program initiatives will include strategically targeted advertising, public service announcements, and proactive communications. More information about 100 Years of Scouting can be found at http://www.scouting.org/100years.

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Camp Pico Blanco Damaged in California Wildfire

Camp Pico Blanco Damaged in California Wildfire

Posted on 04 August 2008 by Dan

Camp Pico Blanco, the oldest Boy Scout camp along the central coast, has not escaped the damage caused by the ongoing Basin Complex Fire. Located adjacent to the Los Padres National Forrest, this 800 acre camp provides year-round camping opportunities for thousands of youth from across central and northern California each year.

The fire started on June 21st as a lightning strike in the Big Sur area. This fire soon spread out into surrounding areas and on June 25th scout leaders made the decision to move campers to alternate locations until camp was safe for their return. Council staff, including Scout Executive Albert Gallegos, worked closely with the council Camping Committee to locate safe and alternate locations. Ultimately, Boulder Creek Scout Reservation in the Santa Cruz mountains was selected as the site for the Cub Scout Resident Camps and National Youth Leadership Training. Boy Scout Troops from throughout the area have been re-directed to other Scout camps throughout California for their summer camp experience.

Last week a BSA inspection team was escorted through the camp property by fire service personnel where they saw first hand the destruction this fire has caused. Scout Executive Gallegos said, “The sight was incredible. Just about every section of camp landscape has been burned by the fire.” He went on to indicate that damaged trees have come down throughout camp and, along with loose rock, are falling on roads and hiking trails. “There are still a number of sections of camp that are actively burning or smoldering,” Gallegos added.

In addition to the damage to some trees and brush, Pico Blanco has suffered a loss of some facilities. The Camp Rangers’ home and associated generator and water tanks are a total loss. Two of the outhouses have burned to the ground. Since their walk through last week the scouts have been notified that a tree came down on the rifle range, rendering it unusable. All of the other camp buildings used to deliver program appear to be safe, in particular the Hayward Lodge Dining Hall and the Crosby Kitchen. Other structures such as the new Haynes Charitable Foundation Water Treatment System and the water storage tanks are intact. However, all of the above ground water lines have been destroyed and are in need of replacement.

Gallegos is certain that the effort of the firefighting crews is largely responsible for saving most of the buildings. “When we vacated camp, the firefighters were working hard to add clearance around each of the buildings, providing an even larger fire break around them,” he said. Scouts from throughout the area are pleased to hear that key areas in camp are still standing. “I love going to Camp Pico Blanco and am sad I can’t go there this summer. I am glad the firefighters were able to save camp so I can go back there next year.” said Nathan Hagler, a First-Class Scout from Troop 60 in Spreckels.

Camp Pico Blanco is now officially closed until further notice. It will take months of work to perform the tasks necessary to make this camp safe again for use. Damages and recovery costs are expected to exceed a half million dollars. Although there will be some insurance claim funds available to restore buildings, those funds will certainly not cover all the damage throughout camp.

The scout council executive board met in emergency session on July 17th and has started work on the recovery process. Recovery Committees related to areas of concern such as erosion control, forestry management, trail rehabilitation, road reconstruction and water system management have been formed to provide guidance to the necessary repair work.

It will take the time, talent and resources of scouting families, scouting alumni, and the community to bring this camp back to a place where young people can thrive again. Cash donations in support of this effort will be greatly appreciated and can be sent to the Camp Pico Blanco Recovery Fund, c/o Haruda Scout Center in Salinas. Individuals that are willing to serve on a specific recovery committee or work party are encouraged to contact the Haruda Scout Center as well.

Recovering from a loss such as this will not be easy. With the assistance of the community, the scouts believe they will be prepared to open in time for the 2009 camping season.

Donation Information:
Monterey Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Camp Pico Blanco Recovery Fund, Account #702
Haruda Scout Center
55 E. San Joaquin St
Salinas, Ca 93901
831-422-5338
Fax: 831-422-1816

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Goshen Scout Reservation Closed Due To E. Coli Outbreak

Posted on 04 August 2008 by Dan

The Goshen Scout Reservation in Virginia was closed Sunday due to an E. coli outbreak and will remain closed until further notice, the Boy Scouts of America said Sunday.

The National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, immediately decided to close Goshen and alerted the Virginia Department of Health after learning of the three most recent cases, according to Alan Lambert, the Council’s Scout Executive.

Health department officials confirmed Friday that at least 14 boys and one adult were infected with E. coli while attending the camp. All 14 boys were from Northern Virginia and nine were hospitalized.

The affected Scouts were at Goshen Scout Reservation during the camp’s fifth week, from July 28 through Saturday. At that time, there were 1,310 Scouts, adult leaders, and staff members residing at the more than 4,000-acre campground in the mountains.

Goshen will remain closed until further notice, Lambert said.

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Norman Rockwell Model Passes Away

Posted on 04 August 2008 by Dan

Arthur Robert Hamilton, loving father, brother and husband, born May 4, 1926, in New Brunswick, N.J., passed away Monday, July 28, 2008, in Aztec.

Growing up in Albany, N.Y., Bob chose to support the United States and enlisted in the Navy where he was stationed at Great Lakes Navel Base in Illinois. After WWII, Bob went on to finish his education at the University of Maryland. After earning a BFA in accounting, he went on to dedicating his life to the Boy Scouts of America.

We Too Have a Job To Do by Norman Rockwell Bob was a lifelong scout, earning the distinction of Eagle at the age of 15. He was used as model for the Norman Rockwell painting, “We, Too, Have a Job to Do.” At the age of 17, he presented a lithograph of the painting to Henry A. Wallace, the vice president of the United States, on the White House steps.

After the war, his scoutmaster encouraged him to continue his service to others and enter the professional service of the Boy Scouts of America. Bob was a career fundraiser for the Scouts and has worked all over the United States, helping others throughout his life.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, John Hamilton; mother, Elizabeth Hauth; his wife, Suzanne; and brother, William Hamilton.

He is survived by his brother, Jack, and Walter Hamilton; his children, Christopher and his wife, Susanne, of Farmington, Drew and his wife, Genevieve, of Brier, Wash., Jennifer and her husband, Fred Lopez, of Farmington, and Alison and Kevin King of Chandler, Ariz. Bob has three grandsons, Tyler William, Colby Carter and Jordan Christopher Hamilton, of Farmington.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Boy Scouts of America.

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New Council Position: Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate

Posted on 02 August 2008 by Dan

Leave No Trace(LNT), an educational program dedicated to responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors be all people, is being integrated into all levels of the scouting program, Cubs, Boy Scouts and Venturing.

Earlier this year, the BSA National Task Force on Leave no Trace has asked all BSA Councils to begin a training process to develop at least one LNT Master Educator in each council and one LNT Trainer in each district.

The BSA Leave No Trace Task Force announced that the National Council is sponsoring a new, optional Council level position: “Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate”. According to the information received by Scouting News, the national organization has not yet finalized the position description.

Here is the DRAFT position description for the new position:

The Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate serves as the local council’s point person for facilitating Leave No Trace training and similar outdoor ethics programs for BSA youth and adults. This training enriches the Scouting experience for the members, reduces our impact on the land consistent with Scouting’s historic message, and will help ensure continuing access to public lands for Scouting purposes. The Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate should coordinate with the Council’s Training, Camping, Conservation and/or Program Committees. Where appropriate, the Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate may also serve on one or more of these committees. Prior training as a Leave No Trace Master Educator or Trainer is preferred, but not required, if the individual commits to obtaining the training.

Overview of Responsibilities:

Specific responsibilities expected of a Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Training. Primary point of contact for facilitating and ensuring quality Leave No Trace outdoor ethics training for local council youth and adult leaders by recruiting and coordinating Master Educators and Trainers to offer the training.

* Recruiting. Responsible for leading efforts to recruit Leave No Trace Master Educator and Trainer candidates. The BSA Leave No Trace Task Force has established a goal that each local council recruit and train one or more Master Educators per council and one or more Trainers per district.

* Program Promotion. Responsible for leading and managing the promotion of the Leave No Trace program in the Scouting movement through publicizing the Leave No Trace Awareness and Achievement Awards for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers and their leaders and serving as a resource to local council, district and unit leaders.

* Reporting. Responsible for collecting information on Leave No Trace training conducted in the local council and reporting it to the National Council annually.

As you can see, the Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate can play an important role in enriching the program experience–and hence member retention–for youth and adult members.

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Camp Maple Dell Reopening August 4th, 2008

Posted on 01 August 2008 by Dan

Utah National Parks Council announced that Camp Maple Dell will reopen on August 4th. Camp Maple Dell, located in Payson Canyon, performed a precautionary evacuation last Friday in advance of a wildfire which started near Spring Lake, just south of Payson. All Scouts and their leaders were successfully moved out of the canyon, and returned home. Everyone is safe and accounted for.

Authorities have now authorized the re-opening of the camp for full summer camp use. Those who are scheduled to attend Camp Maple Dell beginning on August 4 should continue with their plans to be at camp on Monday morning.

As of Sunday morning, the canyon is free of smoke and residents have returned to their homes.

You may contact Camp Maple Dell by calling 801-465-2272 for any additional information.

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