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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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2008 OA Web Site Design

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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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