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2010 National Jamboree Staff Patch

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Prospective 2010 National Jamboree Staffers Recieve Their Staff Patch

Posted on 29 November 2008 by Dan

2010 National Jamboree Staff PatchReports have been coming in over the past weekend that some Scouts and Scouters who applied to be on the staff for the 2010 National Boy Scout Jamboree have received letters from National that have included their staff patches.

Even if you have yet to be selected for a staff position and returned your Letter of Agreement, it appears that you should be receiving a letter that includes a 2010 National Jamboree Staff patch.

The letter states that your application has been competed and that you may be selected as a staffer at some point in the future because “the selection process can take some time.”

A couple of people on various 2010 National Jamboree yahoo groups have stated that they are disappointed with the quality of the patch. However other than that they are Made in China, they have not elaborated.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on 27 November 2008 by Dan

How Scouts around the US are celebrating Thanksgiving this year:

Gilbert Boy Scouts to roast 160 turkeys
The Thanksgiving tradition for Troop 830, based out of the Maplewood Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, began more than 30 years ago, Day said. The troop uses donations from the event to fund activities and buy gear.

Boy Scout gets a clean start on Thanksgiving
The members of Troop 10 are getting tired. They have been working hard for two hours transporting 261 kits filled with soap, laundry detergent, a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant and body lotion into vans and then into the South Brunswick Food Pantry at the Municipal Building.

Lebanon Boy Scouts present Thanksgiving donations to town
The Lebanon Boy Scout Pack 369 presented Selectman Jason Cole with three large boxes of donated food and cash for the Lebanon Town Hall Food Drive at their regular meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 19th.

Citizens, Boy Scouts, Salvation Army provide Thanksgiving turkeys
This year, Boy Scout Troops 155, 395, 83 and 374 intend to break that record. They are targeting a collection of 250 turkeys per troop, for a total of 1,000 holiday birds.

Scouts bringing Thanksgiving help to those in need
The Cub Scouts of New Waverly gave several area families something to look forward to this Thanksgiving. The scouts — approximately 14 boys in grades one through three — raised about $1,000 through fundraisers recently for Thanksgiving food packages.

Groups offering free coffee for travelers

Interstate 81 southbound at Nuangola between the Nuangola exit 159 and the Dorrance exit 155. Boy Scout Troop 207 will be there on Wednesday and Friday for 24 hours each day, while members of the Civil Air Patrol will be there on Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Servant’s Heart prepares for Turkey Drive-Thru
Seventy-five people assembled the food boxes on the Saturday morning before Thanksgiving at Boone’s home church. Whole families, Boy Scouts and individual volunteers rapidly filled the 300 boxes in less than an hour at Grace Evangelical Church on Southport Road. Now in their sixth year, Boone and his team have an effective system in place.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Greater St. Louis Area Council 2008 Scouting for Food

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Greater St. Louis Area Council Collected 2.2 million Cans of Food

Posted on 26 November 2008 by Dan

More than 30,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers helped feed the hungry on Saturday, November 22nd, as they collected 2.2 million cans of food during the 2008 Scouting for Food drive. The collection was 6 percent larger than last year’s drive. The collection was only 20,000 cans less than the all-time high set in 2004. The Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, collected more than 37 million cans of food during the 24-year history of the drive.

After distributing nearly one million bags last weekend, on Saturday the Scouts returned to those same areas to collect canned goods and other non-perishables. Scouts in the St. Louis area took the donations to area fire stations where Scout leaders sorted and boxed the food.

Sunset Transportation, Inc. of Sunset Hills provided vehicles, equipment, volunteer drivers and solicited the assistance of additional volunteers from trucking companies. Sunset Transportation coordinated all logistics for the food collection, which involved transporting boxed food from more than 40 area fire stations to the St. Louis Area Food Bank. The Food Bank will distribute the canned goods to more than 400 area food pantries throughout eastern Missouri and southwest Illinois.

“Our Scouts and leaders today were overwhelmed by the community’s generous response to Scouting for Food,” said John M. Primrose, Scout Executive and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater St. Louis Area Council.

“Pantries experienced an increased demand for food assistance during the last few months. Families needing nutritional assistance during the coming winter months will have adequate food because of the generosity of our communities and the hard work of our Scouts and leaders.”

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Coronado Area Council Selects New Program Director and Camp Director

Posted on 25 November 2008 by Dan

The Coronado Area Council is pleased to announce the two significant personnel changes. Gary Shoemaker has been promoted to the position of Program and Outreach Director and Rex Lowe has agreed to serve as the 2009 Camp Hansen Director for Boy Scout Resident Camp.

Effective January 1, 2009, Gary will be responsible for managing year-round camp operations and council-level program support as well as coordinating council outreach programs and retaining direct management of outreach programs in Salina.

Gary has served as District Director of the Three Rivers District for our council since his arrival here in 1999. He began his career with the Boy Scouts of America as a District Executive for the Heart of America Council, Kansas City, Missouri in 1989. Gary later went on to serve as a Senior District Executive in the Samoset Council in Wausau, Wisconsin and the Kanza Council in Hutchinson, Kansas. Following the 1997 merger of the Kanza and Quivira Council in Wichita, Kansas, Gary continued to serve as a Senior District Executive until his arrival in Salina, Kansas. He was responsible for camp operations during his tenure with the Kanza Council and developed innovative outreach programs to reach under-served youth in the Samoset Council and most recently in the Three Rivers District.

Rex has served Camp Hansen admirably as Camp Ranger for 18 years . He will continue to serve as the year-round Camp Ranger at Camp Hansen.

Summer camp is a family activity for the Lowe’s. Rex, Patty, Donald, Trevor, and Emily (who was branded the “camp mascot” last summer) have all pitched in to make summer camp the best it can be for our Scouts and leaders. Rex will provide outstanding leadership and organization for the 2009 Hansen summer camp staff.

Please join the Coronado Area Council in congratulating both of these fine individuals on their new responsibilities

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Eagle Honor Ring Celebrates Scouting’s Highest Rank

Posted on 24 November 2008 by Dan

Eagle Honor Co. has introduced a new series of Eagle Scout Honor Rings.

The Eagle Honor Ring features a deeply engraved eagle atop a signet style ring. This historic seal type ring has been worn for hundreds of years and carries family crests and other meaningful symbols. The ring’s sides can be customized to exhibit benchmark occasions including camp brands, service group logos, year, or troop number.

Fittingly enough, the Eagle Honor Ring was created by Master Gemologist Appraiser and award-winning jewelry designer Kirk Root, who had the idea to create a custom ring for his son, Chris. His hope was to have it done in time for Chris’ Eagle Scout Court of Honor.

So father and son began working on the project together, with Chris designing the final eagle, and a unique pine bark motif for the body of the ring that is symbolic of the Lost Pines Boy Scout Camp in Texas which was run by Chris’ great-grandfather, ‘Mr. Mac’, who was their first camp ranger. Chris is now a freshman majoring in business (with a minor in jewelry design) at Texas Tech University. Chris has found a natural calling in his artwork, which has earned him statewide and national awards.

“We weren’t really thinking about this being a commercial venture,” said Kirk, who has been in the jewelry business for nearly 30 years and has two retail stores in Austin. “But the more we worked on it, and showed people Chris’ ring who came into the store who were Eagle Scouts, they would said, ‘Hey, I want one of those.’ We would then pull out a design model and heard, ‘Wow, that’s great. When can you make me one?’ Most people never have had a choice like this.”

The Root family has a rich Scouting heritage. His maternal grandfather was an Eagle Scout. His paternal grandfather, though in Scouts but not an Eagle Scout, was Chris’ mentor, and just wanted to make sure that Chris obtained the rank that he had failed to reach.

“Scouting has been a part of our family on both sides for generations,” said Kirk. “This (ring project) kind of became a natural outgrowth of that.”

The Eagle Honor Ring can be viewed and ordered on the website: or by calling 1-800-299-5475.

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Holiday Mail for Hereos

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Holiday Mail for Heroes

Posted on 23 November 2008 by Dan

I’d like to introduce all the Scouting News readers to a great project that I was made aware of, and will be participating in.

Holiday Mail for HereosThe American Red Cross is partnering with Pitney Bowes this holiday season for the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. For the second year in a row, they are collecting holiday cards to distribute to American service members, veterans and their families in the United States and around the world. Pitney Bowes is generously donating technology, resources and postage to make this holiday card program possible.

“This opportunity is such a great way for the public to personally support the military and say a special thank you for their service this holiday season,” said Gail McGovern, Red Cross President and CEO. “I’m especially proud that the Red Cross is able to be a part of this effort, and I hope everyone will take the time to join us and send an extra card for the military.”

In 2007 Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. approached the Red Cross to distribute thousands of holiday cards coming to the facility for wounded troops. The Red Cross reached out to Pitney Bowes to turn the project into a larger opportunity that could reach members of the military at other facilities. In all, nearly 600,000 cards were screened for hazardous materials, sorted, and delivered in 2007.

Their goal for 2008 is to collect and distribute one million holiday cards to spread holiday cheer and facilitate thanks to these brave individuals and families.

This would be a great service project for a Cub Scout Den/Pack, Boy Scout Troop, or even a family. All you have to do is add one card to your holiday greeting list. Please visit Holiday Mail for Heroes to learn more about the program including card guidelines and mailing address. Cards must be postmarked by December 10th, 2008.

There is also a video about the program at: (there is a Boy Scout quoted in the video)

I can tell you from personal experience it is great to get a greeting card with a short note of support from a complete stranger around the holidays (especially from kids). Its a great reminder that folks back home are supporting you. I’m sure its the same for those service members who are at Walter Reed or other military medical facilities throughout the country.

Send Scouting News a picture of your Den, Pack, Troop, or Crew making greeting cards for the Holiday Mail for Heroes and we will feature your unit in a future story.

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Louisiana Governor Receives Distinguished Citizens Award

Posted on 22 November 2008 by Dan

Governor Bobby Jindal addressed the Southeast Louisiana Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s award dinner last night where he was presented with the Distinguished Citizens Award. The event was attended by over 300 community leaders who volunteer and financially support the Boy Scout troops in Southeast Louisiana.

Governor Jindal thanked the Southeast Louisiana Council for the award and said, “The Boy Scouts teach and develop values that every parent hopes to instill in their child – personal responsibility, ethical decision-making, respect for your fellow man and community service. I am honored to receive this award. We are working to make Louisiana the best place in the world to raise a family, get a great education and pursue a rewarding career so young men like these here tonight will choose to stay in Louisiana to follow their dreams and become the future leaders we need.”

The Southeast Louisiana Council consists of Boy Scout troops from eleven parishes: Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. John, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. Tammany and Terrebonne.

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Mike Rowe’s Offer to all Eagle Scouts!

Posted on 21 November 2008 by Dan

You have probably read Mike Rowe of ‘Dirty Jobs’ Eagle Scout Perspective, but there is more! Mike is now writing customized letters to Eagle Scouts.

According to Mike’s website, he has written a Eagle Scout Congratulations letter that he will personalize and sign for any Eagle Scout that requests it. You can actually read a copy of the letter in his website’s forums. (you have to register to download the attachment) It is filled with more great advice for Eagle Scouts.

To receive the letter from Mike Rowe of ‘Dirty Jobs’ all you have to do is mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
Eagle Scout Letter
Pilgrim Films and Television
6180 Laurel Canyon Blvd., #350
No. Hollywood, CA 91606

A small disclaimer on Mike’s website:

Please allow 12+ weeks for Mike to fill it out, sign it and get it in the mail to you. And folks – this is an offer, a nice thing, a volunteer deal Mike wants to do for you – please don’t complain if it takes a while to get to you, OK? It’ll get handled as quickly as possible…

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Southern Sierra Boy Scout Council Downsizes Staff

Posted on 18 November 2008 by Dan

Yesterday, the Southern Sierra Council of the Boy Scouts of America took a difficult but critical step in adapting to a weakening regional economy and lower than projected contributions by eliminating four full-time and one part-time employee and suspending its ScoutReach program. Following this move,
the Council has five full-time paid employees including a new Scout Executive, which the Board is in the process of hiring. The executive board’s goal is to have a new Scout Executive in place by the end of January 2009.

“The economy has presented a challenge to all organizations, especially non-profits,” said Ralph Goehring, President, Southern Sierra Council. “The volunteer executive board took this difficult step in order to be good stewards of benefactors’ and volunteers’ gifts of time and money and to fulfill our fiduciary obligation to manage the council’s cash flow and assets for the benefits of our stakeholders.”

“The nearly 5,000 youth served by the Southern Sierra Council have long benefited from its dedicated and highly skilled volunteers,” said Goehring. “We will be looking to all of our volunteers to further assist in administering our programs in the communities across the three counties we serve.”

“The executive board has recently taken a key step in securing the council’s financial future by refocusing its efforts on Camp Kern, our high sierra scout camp at Huntington Lake,” Goehring added. “A successful camp not only provides an excellent youth program, but is also a major factor in establishing a council’s long term financial strength and stability.”

To make donations to the Council and invest in the community’s future by supporting the Scouting program, please contact the Southern Sierra Council at (661) 325-9036.

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Crossroads of America Scouts Ship 1,000 Pinewood Derby Cars to Iraq

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Crossroads of America Scouts Ship 1,000 Pinewood Derby Cars to Iraq

Posted on 18 November 2008 by Dan

Iraq Scouts Participating in a Pinewood Derby RaceIndianapolis is the racing capital of the world, and area Scouts helped spread this legacy by collecting and shipping more than 1,000 Pinewood Derby Cars to send to Scouts in Iraq this summer.

The effort was led by First Lt. Greg Hembree of the Indiana National Guard’s 76th Brigade. Hembree, an adult leader from Cub Scout Pack 236 in Mt. Comfort now stationed in Iraq, helped organize the first ever Pinewood Derby within Iraq’s Green Zone Council. Hembree wanted to bring this tradition to the program, which is now blossoming as a strong youth organization for young men and women after suffering for years under Saddam Hussein’s regime.

After seeing the opportunity to organize a Pinewood Derby, Lt. Hembree reached out to not only Pack 236 but to Scouts across central Indiana and asked for a donation of 1,000 Pinewood Derby cars, along with other much needed Scouting supplies. Local Scouts answered the challenge, collecting
the 1,000 cars in only a few weeks.

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