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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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L.A. Dodger’s Catcher Honored for Scouting Campaign

Posted on 17 September 2008 by Dan

Representatives of Pasadena Advertising accompanied Robert Schuler, Los Angeles Boy Scouts Area Council chairman, to Dodger Stadium to honor Russell Martin for lending his name and image to scouting.

According to L.A.A.C. chairman Robert Schuler, “Russell’s contribution to Scout recruitment efforts has helped enrich the lives of Los Angeles inner city youth. With his cooperation, the Boy Scouts of Los Angeles can catch their eyes, capture their imagination, and give these young people access to activities they might never have dreamed of.”

Russell is a key part of a unique coalition of volunteers and businesspeople, including Pasadena Advertising Marketing and Design and the California State Outdoor Advertising Association.
The theme of the campaign, developed by Creative Directors David Ensz and Tony Nino, is “We Fill Big Shoes.”

“Those shoes include not only the cleats of sports heroes,” Tony explained, “but also the shoes of policemen, the boots of firemen, and the pressurized footwear of astronauts. In fact, 11 of the 12 men who walked on the moon were Scouts.”

“This was a labor of love,” added David Ensz, an Eagle Scout himself, “I see it as paying back a debt of gratitude to those who helped me so many years ago. Sixty percent of youth in Los Angeles live below the poverty level. Yet last year, 261 L.A. Scouts earned the rank of Eagle. I’m proud to be a part of that.”

That is the quality of character that Scouting has helped build for more than a century around the world, and for more than 50 years in Los Angeles.

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Henry Golden Boy “BSA Centennial Edition” Licensed Rifle

Posted on 16 September 2008 by Dan

Henry Golden Boy “Boy Scouts of America® Centennial Edition” licensed rifle

To commemorate the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th Anniversary, Henry Repeating Arms announced the release of its Henry Golden Boy “Boy Scouts of America® Centennial Edition” licensed rifle. This special rifle features the Scout Oath, Scout Law, scrollwork and traditional Boy Scouts of America logo embellishing the receiver, and the 100 years of Scouting logo and Centennial Edition gold filled etchings in the buttstock and forearm.

The suggested MSRP for this commemorative rifle is $899.95, and it is scheduled to be available in October 2008.

For more information and a free brochure, visit: Henry Repeating Arms

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Popcorn Filled Gondola Raises Awareness of Popcorn Sale

Posted on 14 September 2008 by Dan

The Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau and Gondola Adventures teamed up to support the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Last Frontier Council (LFC) with a gondola row along the Oklahoma River on Friday, September 12. The gondola expedition is designed to raise awareness as the Boy Scouts start “Show and Sell,” their annual popcorn sales campaign on Saturday, September 13 throughout the Oklahoma City area. Irving chose to support the LFC because the BSA and National Scouting Museum are based in Irving, and Gondola Adventures operates gondolas along the Mandalay Canal in Irving’s Las Colinas.

Irving gondoliers Greg Mohr (a former Eagle Scout) and Chris Harrison started the row at The Chesapeake Boathouse at Regatta Park at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, in a Venetian-designed, popcorn-filled gondola named “Rosa.” The gondola weighs approximately 1,500 pounds and is 32-feet long. They traveled a route along the river towards Meridian Crossing, and then returned to The Boathouse mid-afternoon. The total row took about four hours and covered approximately 14 miles at an average speed of 3.5 mph.

From September 13 through October 17, Scouts across the Oklahoma City area will venture into the fun and excitement of popcorn sales. During this period, the average unit will sell $4,400 worth of popcorn. Last year, the LFC total sales were $987,000, and this year’s goal is $1,100,000.

The LFC serves approximately 841 Scout Units throughout Oklahoma City and the 24-county service areas. With more than 32,000 registered youth members and participants, this accounts for almost one-fourth of the total youth available. The many programs keep the Scouts active by providing educational programs to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.

Located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Irving, Texas serves as the national headquarters for the Boy Scouts of America and the adjacent National Scouting Museum. The museum is a tribute to the rich history of Scouting, with hands-on learning experiences and a historical collection that traces the Scouting movement from its beginnings. Irving offers discounts for Scouts and their families at local hotels and attractions. For more information, visit

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OA Landmark Closing?

Posted on 13 September 2008 by Dan

Cradle of Liberty Council’s Executive Board ratified the recommendations of its Council’s Camping Committee and Executive Committee to close Treasure Island for 2009.

While there is some doubt about whether or not Treasure Island can hold the title of the “oldest continually operated Boy Scout Camp in the country”, there is no doubt that the property holds a real historical value in Scouting. Treasure Island was the birth place of the Order Arrow in 1915, founded by Camp Director E. Urner Goodman and his assistant Carrol A. Edson.

According to the Council’s website,

The Executive Board did not come to this decision lightly. The Council has been working diligently to keep the camp open since the two consecutive floods of 2005 and 2006. The cost of the camp, sharp decline in attendance since the floods, and the increasing environmental restrictions forced the board to reluctantly ratify the recommendation 35 to 1.

The Cradle of Liberty Camping committee has organized an ongoing committee to look at the long term future of Treasure Island. The committee is soliciting thoughts and opinions from Scouters, and will report back to the Executive Board in the Spring of 2009.

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Free Windy City ThunderBolts Baseball Tickets for Scouts

Posted on 12 September 2008 by Dan

The windy City ThunderBolts Baseball Team in Illinois is hosting a “Hereos Night” on September 16th, 2008. All Police, Fire, Doctors, Veterans, & SCOUTS get in free with ID or Uniform.

Game Information:
Game: 3, Frontier League Championship Series
VS: Kalamazoo Kings
Tuesday, September 16th at 7:05 pm (Gates open at 6:05 pm)
At Standard Bank Stadium, 14011 South Kenton Avenue, Crestwood, IL 60445

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Pack 293 in Search of Eagles

Posted on 12 September 2008 by Dan

The National Eagle Scout Association has a posting on their website from a Cub Scot from Pack 293 who is looking to receive letters from 100 Eagle Scouts. See the letter, and help them out if you can!

Hi! My name is Connor and I am a Bear in Den 1, Pack 293 in Spring, Texas. I am writing to you because this year is the 100th year of Scouting. To celebrate, the boys in my Den are writing to Eagle Scouts across the United States in the hopes that we will receive 100 letters back.

I would like to know what you remember most about Cub/Boy Scouts, and what your favorite memory is. My favorite memory so far is when we learned how to sew. I like Scouts because we get to meet new people like when we sent care packages to the troops in Iraq and we get to make so many new friends!

Can you also tell me what you do now and how you think being a Scout helps you in your job and your life? I think Scouting is going to help me be a better Christian and become a pilot or artist!

When you write back would you be able to send me a picture of yourself in your uniform and/or when you received your Eagle Award? (It doesn’t have to be an original, a copy is OK).

Thank you for helping me celebrate 100 years of Scouting!!!

Yours in Scouting,

Connor Shook, Bear Scout

Please send all letters to:
Bill Steele
Boy Scouts of America
1325 W. Walnut Hill Lane
Irving, TX 75038

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Official 22nd World Jamboree Website is Live!

Posted on 06 September 2008 by Dan

Once every four years, adolescent Scouts from all around the world gather together for two weeks of activities and adventures. Building a tent city that stretches for hectares across the fields, the Jamboree brings tens of thousands of young people together.

Aimed at 14 to 17 year-olds, participants attend the event in contingents – one from each country where there are Scouts recognized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). At the 21st World Scout Jamboree held in the United Kingdom in July 2007, there were youth representatives from 156 countries.

The 22nd World Scout Jamboree will take place from July 27th to August 7th, 2011. The Jamboree will be held on the fields of Rinkaby, not far from the town of Kristianstad, in the province of Skåne, southern Sweden. The theme for the 22nd World Scout Jamboree is “Simply Scouting.”

Learn more at the Official World Scout Jamboree website:

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