Archive | October, 2008

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Skateboarders Forced to Join Boy Scouts

Posted on 31 October 2008 by Dan

An interesting solution to a temporary skate park’s liability:

A local co-ed Boy Scout troop has agreed to take on the liability of hosting a temporary skate park in the parking lot of a local business – a proposal the council rejected because of liability risks in September.

East Berlin skateboarders will be required to join the troop in order to skate on Bernie Tucker’s property. The offer is open to both boys and girls.

In August, Tucker, who owns Tucker Industrial Liquid Coatings and recently purchased the former site of Tyco Electronics, offered part of a parking lot at the Tyco property for skateboarders until the borough builds a permanent site at its planned recreation park. The offer was made on the condition that the borough take on liability, and it was rejected on that basis.

Disappointed in the council’s decision, Rose Hoffman said she approached the Boy Scouts about finding a solution.

You can read the whole article, To skateboard at East Berlin park, join Boy Scouts, at The Evening Sun.

According to the article the park will be open from dusk to dawn, which I believe is supposed to be dawn to dusk. Parent’s will take turns supervising the temporary skate park, and only card carrying members will be able to skate.

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2009 NESA Merit Scholarships

Posted on 31 October 2008 by Dan

Yesterday, we featured information on the National Eagle Scout Association Academic Scholarships, today the focus is on the NESA Merit Scholarships, tomorrow “Other” Eagle Scout Scholarships.

The NESA Merit Scholarship is called the Hall/McElwain Merit Scholarship. Each BSA region reviews applications and awards a varying number of these $1,000 scholarships.

NESA merit scholarship applicants must be Eagle Scouts graduating high school or undergraduate college students no farther than completion of the junior year. Recipients may receive the scholarship one time only.

The number of scholarships awarded varies annually depending on the funds available. You must apply through the region in which you earned your Eagle rank. This scholarship is for tuition, room, board, and books only. This scholarship is not available to students attending any of the U.S. military academies, because at these academies expenses covered by NESA scholarships are already paid by the United States government.

The scholarship is limited to use at a four-year college/university that is accredited by recognized accreditation agencies and offers at least a bachelor’s degree upon completion of the course of study offered.

NESA Merit Scholarship Requirements:
1. Be an Eagle Scout and have received credentials from the national office.

2. Submit applications that are postmarked after October 1, 2008, but no later than midnight on January 31, 2009. Use sufficient postage.

3. Be a graduating high school senior or an undergraduate college student no later than completion of the junior year. You may receive the scholarship one time only.

4. Have demonstrated leadership ability in Scouting and a strong record of participation in activities outside of Scouting.

5. Provide one signed recommendation letter from a volunteer or professional Scout leader (please list Scouting title on the letter) who knows the applicant personally. This letter should attest to the general character of the applicant. This is the only endorsement required. Endorsements from teachers, counselors, etc., will not be accepted.

Note: Please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard that will be initialed, dated, and returned to let you know your application has been received. We will not search to ensure your application has been received.

According to the National Eagle Scout Association website, more than 5,000 NESA scholarship applications are received each year, and fewer than 100 are awarded, so the competition is fierce.

NESA Eagle Scout Merit Scholarship Application

Applications must be postmarked prior to midnight on January 31, 2009.

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Video: 50th Anniversary of pipsico Scout Reservation

Posted on 30 October 2008 by Dan

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