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Unit Celebrates High Number of African American Eagle Scouts

Posted on 30 September 2008 by Dan

Boy Scout Troop 96, sponsored by St. Peter Claver Church in St. Paul, presented Eagle Awards to three Scouts on August 29, bringing their total to seven young men awarded Scouting’s highest rank in 2008.

This is record number of African American Eagle Scouts within a single troop for the Northern Star Council, which serves the greater Twin Cities area. Having this many Eagles in itself is a rare accomplishment, with only four percent of Scouts attaining this goal.

Bill Butchee, the Scoutmaster who mentored all of the troop’s African American Eagle Scouts, presided at the Court of Honor; five of the troop’s recent Eagle Scouts also took part. Northern Star Council Scout Executive John Andrews was also on hand to congratulate the new Eagles and lead them in the “Eagle Charge.”

Andrews says of this accomplishment, “Scouting has been for all children for nearly 100 years. There is no better realization of that aspiration than to see young men of all ethnicities, belief systems, incomes and communities strive for and achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.”

The troop’s three newest Eagles are:
• Nathan Knight, Apple Valley: graduate of Apple Valley High School, currently attends Normandale Community College, plans to study civil engineering at the U of M.
• Jacob Schwartz, Oakdale: 12th grader at Mounds Park Academy; plays varsity football; active in concert band, men’s chorale, concert choir, Peer Leaders group and Mosaic, a group that encourages diversity.
• Albert Williams Jr., Minneapolis: graduate of Minneapolis Inter-District Downtown High School; currently attends Hamline University, where he hopes to study marine biology, education, and multilingual education.
Four other Scouts from Troop 96 received their Eagle awards in April. They were:
• Paris Michuta, Minneapolis: graduate of Minneapolis Inter-District Downtown High School, attends Hennepin Community College.
• Paul Ndayizeye, St Paul: graduate of St. Paul Central High School, attends Hennepin Community College.
• Jonathan West, St. Paul: graduate of DeLaSalle High School, attends Hennepin Community College.
• Jonathan Williams, Minneapolis: graduate of DeLaSalle High School, attends University of Minnesota, Mankato.
Another three members of Troop 96 received Eagle awards from 2003 to 2005:
• William J. Butchee III, Eagan: graduate of Eagan High School, attends University of Wisconsin-Stout.
• Derrick D. Butchee, Eagan: graduate of Eagan High School, attends University of Wisconsin-Stout.
• Christopher Jackson, Bloomington: graduate of Breck School, attends Occidental University.

This article was provided by Northern Star Council-Boy Scouts of America.

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Home Depot at Camp Teetonkah

Posted on 25 September 2008 by Dan

The Home Depot stores of Southeast Michigan have selected Camp Teetonkah of the Great Sauk Trail Council as its fourth recipient of foundation funding for 2008.

District Community Affairs Director, Ms Judy Custer, reported that $7,000 in funding would be provided for purchasing landscaping materials for the Camp Teetonkah Weatherwax Program Center and for painting three other buildings.

Along with the funding, an estimated 150+ Home Depot associate employees from Midland, Bay City, Jackson, Lansing, Novi and 20 other surrounding stores including the Support Center and Management teams in Livonia, will assemble at Camp Teetonkah on Thursday, October 2nd to supply the manpower for the projects.

The Brighton Home Store has the lead in organizing this effort.

Each year Home Depot funds and supports four major projects in an effort to give back to the communities in which they conduct business. Benefactors of the funding for 2008 include the Swan Valley School in Saginaw, the International Academy of School in Saginaw, the YWCA in Flint and the Great Sauk Trail Council.

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OA Becomes Certifying Organization for President’s Award

Posted on 18 September 2008 by Dan

The Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America has been approved as an Official Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). Members of the OA may go to the PVSA website and sign up to track your volunteer service under the OA’s record of service key. The OA’s key is VGH-33042.

To sign up, go to, complete your profile, insert the OA’s key. All volunteer service will be reported under the Order of the Arrow and approval will be forwarded to the National Order of the Arrow office for review, approval, and ordering of the award.

The Order of the Arrow is encouraging all Arrowmen to investigate applying for this prestigious award.

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