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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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Posted on 30 October 2008 by Dan

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2009 NESA Academic Scholarships

Posted on 30 October 2008 by Dan

It is time for Eagle Scouts to start working on their 2009 National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) Scholarship applications. NESA offers two types of scholarships, Academic and Merit. Today’s article is all about the NESA Academic Scholarship, we will be focusing on the Merit Scholarships tomorrow, and “other” Eagle Scout Scholarships in two days.

NESA has two different academic scholarships, the first is the Mabel and Lawrence S. Cooke Scholarships. This scholarship is awarded annually and includes four $20,000 scholarships (payable at $5,000 per year) and one $48,000 scholarship (up to $12,000 per year). NESA also has a varying number of $3,000 scholarships that are awarded each year.

NESA Academic 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 entering college in the year a scholarship is applied for. Scholarships are awarded only to those who graduate from high school in the calendar year
in which scholarships are presented. Exception: Scouts whose Eagle Scout boards of review are held the same year of their high school graduation may apply in that calendar year. They may receive a scholarship one time only.

4. Provide a transcript of high school grades covering a minimum of six semesters. (The transcript need not be “official” and may be a photocopy.)

5. Have an SAT composite score of at least 1200 and/or an ACT composite score of 28. These scores must be on an official test sheet or on the high school transcript in No. 4, and must be submitted with the application. Applications will not be considered if the minimum scores are not met.

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

7. Complete the Financial Need section of this application. It must be signed by the applicant and countersigned by the parent. Do not send W–2 forms. If you are selected for a scholarship, you will be required to submit the student FAFSA form prior to the final awarding of the scholarship.

8. Provide one signed recommendation letter from a volunteer or professional Scout leader who knows the applicant personally, and list Scouting title on the letter. This is the only endorsement required. Endorsements from teachers, counselors, etc., will not be accepted.

Selection Process:
NESA Scholarship committees are formed each year in the four BSA regions (Northeast, Southern, Central, and Western) to recommend recipients of these scholarships, with the final determination made by the National NESA Scholarship Committee.

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 Academic Scholarship Application

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

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Video: 2008 Fighter Jet Eagle Scout Project

Posted on 29 October 2008 by Dan

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BSA Social Network Site a Reality?

Posted on 29 October 2008 by Dan

Some of you may remember hearing about the Boy Scouts of America preparations to launch a Social Network site for its members.

This fall, the BSA plans to launch its first social networking site where volun­teers and Scouts can sign up to receive information about the program. The goal is for the site “to be more of a forum where Scout leaders can learn from other Scout leaders.

Well, the BSA Social Network called “Scouting Community” is currently in up and running in a beta release. According to the FAQs, “Scouting Community is a “social networking” site for Scouts, similar to MySpace and Facebook. Social networking sites let people with similar interests make contact with each other online. They can share information via blogs, discussions groups, photos, and videos. So basically, it’s a Web site designed for people to share ideas.

The Scouting Community allows members to create individual profiles, post photos, create and join groups, post and comment on member and group blogs, search members, and participate in forums. Currently there are groups for Councils, Health and Safety Team, Camps, Order of the Arrow Lodges, and more. The forums are just starting to get some active conversations going.

According to the Scouting Community Administrator, the site will be in Beta for the rest of 2008.

If you are interested in checking out Scouting Community, you can log in with your myscouting login at: http://community.scouting.org.

Please remember that the site is in beta which means there will be frequent changes and the kinks are still being worked out.

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In Memorium: Dr. William H. Smith

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In Memorium: Dr. William H. Smith

Posted on 29 October 2008 by Dan

Dr. William H. Smith, 88, of Katonah, died on October 22, 2008. Dr. Smith (“Doc”) was born in New York City on December 16, 1919 and was raised in Cold Spring, New York.

He attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and interned in pediatrics at the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania. During WWII he served in the Army in the medical corps. In 1950 he settled in Katonah to work as the first pediatrician at the newly formed Katonah Medical Group. He practiced with the group for 40 years and was the long-time Katonah-Lewisboro School district physician, a job he continued for years after retirement from the medical group.

An interest in scouting led to his role as Scoutmaster of Katonah Troop #1, BSA, a position he held for the past 52 years. During those years he attended national and international jamborees, hiked miles of trails including some in the Swiss Alps, was a leader and mentor to thousands of boys and guided 63 of his scouts to the rank of Eagle.

Doc was a longtime member of the Northeast Westchester Rotary Club where he held the office of Sergeant at Arms and was a past recipient of the club’s Stan Schaefer Award. He was a fixture at the club’s fundraisers and rarely missed meetings even when away from his home club. Doc was a member of the Katonah United Methodist Church where he often played his harmonica during services.

Doc loved spending time at his camp on Lovewell Pond in Fryeburg, Maine and especially looked forward to the yearly canoe trip on the Saco River with the scout troop. Known for his unique sense of humor, quirky sayings, extemporaneous poetry and harmonica serenades, he will be greatly missed by generations of patients, scouts and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 1 at the Katonah United Methodist Church at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Smith’s memory may be made to the William H. Smith Memorial Fund, 171 Bedford Rd., Katonah, NY 10536.

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Northern New Jersey Council Welcomes New Scout Executive

Posted on 29 October 2008 by Dan

The Northern New Jersey Council is proud to welcome our new Scout Executive, Douglas W. Dillow, as of October 1, 2008. Doug will lead the council in an exciting initiative to bring enhanced programs of the Boy Scouts of America and Learning for Life to an increased number of boys and girls in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic Counties. Doug was selected after a search conducted by a committee of volunteer leaders of the council, led by Council President Anthony J. Vespa.

Doug is a proven leader who has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America for 30 years. His career as a Scouting professional has spanned 23 years, most recently as the Scout Executive and CEO of Pacific Harbors Council, headquartered in Tacoma, Washington. Doug began his career as a District Executive in Champaign, Illinois; then served as Camping Director, Director of Support Services and Director of Field Services in Rochester, New York; and as Scout Executive in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Doug has a strong record of accomplishments, highlighted by successfully delivering quality Scouting programs in inner city, suburban and rural communities. His experience includes developing innovative Scoutreach programs that have reached target audiences based on individual community needs and resources. Doug is looking forward to developing programs in Northern New Jersey, and partnering with other organizations to bring Scouting to underserved young people in our cities.

Doug also has a wealth of experience with camping and management of outdoor properties and programs. While in Tacoma, Doug developed comprehensive master plans for Cub and Boy Scout camping programs and facilities and completed camp infrastructure improvements. In Rochester, he was the Staff Advisor for a $2.1 million-dollar Cub Adventure Camp development and construction project, and he also developed a state of the art Theme Village/Living History Cub Scout program for Cub Adventure Camp. Through creative problem solving and consensus building leadership style, he has secured Conservation Easements worth more than $2 million for the endowment of camping programs. His love of outdoor programming has fueled his efforts to develop, manage and maximize the benefit of Scouting’s natural resources in providing the programs of Scouting.

He is committed to developing relationships with corporate executives, community leaders, and people of all walks of life, and his plans in Northern New Jersey include strengthening and managing financial resources while providing more programs and services. Doug is committed to the highest levels of customer service and quality programs, and will work to assist volunteers and staff to build and maintain Quality Units, Quality Districts and a Quality Council.

Doug is a Vigil honor member of the Order of the Arrow. As a Scouting parent, he has served as Tiger Cub Coordinator, Pack Committee Chair, Cubmaster, Pack Advancement Chair, Troop Committee member and Assistant Scoutmaster. His enthusiasm for hiking has evolved into a passion for backpacking – he has completed four Fifty-Miler High Adventure treks, including a canoeing adventure in the Algonquin Provincial Park and two treks at the Philmont Scout Reservation.

Doug was born and raised in downstate Illinois. He and his wife are the parents of two Eagle Scout sons. The youngest is a student at Gonzaga University; the eldest will graduate in December from Illinois State University. Two golden retrievers are also members of the Dillow Family.

Doug enjoys all aspects of music; he sings, and plays trumpet and piano. Playing golf is an additional interest. His community volunteer efforts are channeled through his church, Rotary and blood donation.

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Video: 2008 Capitol Area Council Join Scouting Nights

Posted on 28 October 2008 by Dan

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Trails West Council Discussing Possible Merger with Okaw Valley Council

Posted on 28 October 2008 by Dan

According to The Telegraph, Trails West Council is discussing the possibility of a merger with Okaw Valley Council.

A committee of the Wood River-based Trails West Council of the Boy Scouts of America will meet Wednesday in Edwardsville to discuss the possible merger with the Belleville-based Okaw Valley Council.

Bill Barlow, president of the Trails West executive board, said nothing has been decided just yet. Okaw Valley representatives approached Trails West about the possible merger, he said.

Boy Scouts Area Director Frank Wallace said that within the last two months, the Okaw Valley Scout executive job became vacant, driving renewed talk of consolidation.

Mr. Jim Gilbert, former Okaw Valley Scout Executive, was promoted to the National Office’s strategic planning office, as of October 1st, 2008.

It is fairly standard protocol that when a Scout Executive position is vacant the possibility of a merger with a neighboring council is explored. However, according to the article, Area Director Frank Wallace stated that “There’s no agenda from the national council or regional council.”

The article goes on to explain that the consolidation committee which has been exploring the benefits and possible consequences of a merger and will present its findings to the Trails West Executive Board on Wednesday. If the board votes to proceed, a vote of the Council membership will follow.

You can read the whole article at:
Boy Scout councils may merge

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