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Jostens Will Help Eagle Scouts® Celebrate Their Achievement With Customized and Personalized Rings

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Jostens Will Help Eagle Scouts® Celebrate Their Achievement With Customized and Personalized Rings

Posted on 17 December 2008 by Dan

Hat Tip: Jostens Enters Eagle Ring Battle

Jostens Eagle Scout RingJostens will now help Eagle Scouts® celebrate and recognize their significant achievement with customized and personalized rings under license from the Boy Scouts of America®. Eagle Scout is the highest rank that can be achieved as a Boy Scout and only 5% of all Scouts have attained the award since its inception in 1912. The Eagle Scout ring features a Red, White and Blue top with the Eagle Scout® Boy Scouts of America® logo. The ring sides feature the universal Eagle emblem and is personalized with the Eagle Scout’s name and year the award was achieved.

The Boy Scouts of America has also licensed Jostens to produce Wood Badge® rings to recognize adult volunteers that have completed the Boy Scouts of America Wood Badge advanced leadership training. The Wood Badge® signet ring displays the Wood Badge shield on the ring top, the universal symbol on one side and one of eight mascots on the other side.

“The Eagle Scout award is an icon of youth achievement and we are eager to play a role in the recognition process,” said Mary Langerud, Specialty Markets, Jostens. “We are also proud to help salute the great Scouting volunteers that support youth leadership development.”

All custom rings licensed by the Boy Scouts of America can be designed and ordered online at and are available in a wide selection of precious and non-precious metals. Each ring is covered by Jostens’ Lifetime Limited Warranty which includes free re-sizing for the original owner of the ring for the life of the ring.

Eagle Scouts of all ages can become a member of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) to network with other Eagle Scouts and stay connected with the Scouting program. Information is available at or by contacting a local Boy Scouts of America council office.

About Jostens
Minneapolis-based Jostens is a provider of products, programs and services that help people inspire achievement and celebrate memories. The company’s products include school yearbooks and memory books, OurHubbub™ brand MemoryBooks, scholastic products such as class rings and graduation products, and products for athletic champions and their fans. Jostens is a subsidiary of Visant Corporation, a leading marketing and publishing services enterprise servicing the school affinity, direct marketing, fragrance and cosmetics sampling and educational and trade publishing segments.

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Contest: Caption This Photo!

Posted on 15 December 2008 by Dan

After the Scouting News We Are Americans, We Are Scouts Book contest was deemed a success, a few folks have asked for another one. Since its the holiday season and everyone is in a giving mood, why not?

We will be giving away a Scouting for Adventure Season One DVD!

This time around work is required to enter! In order to enter this Scouting News Contest you will have to provide a funny caption to this photo. Please read the rules below, and enter your caption in this posts comments. All captions must be entered as comments by 11:59pm CST on December 20th, 2008. Please remember some comments are moderated, your entry will appear after the moderator approves it.

A few rules: You may enter more than once. Caption must be left as a comment on this post. A valid email address (will not be made public) must be entered so we can contact the winner. Winning caption will be selected by the the staff of Scouting News (ie. Dan). The results are final. We are not responsible for technological problems that may occur. Captions must be Scout appropriate, entries that are deemed inappropriate will be deleted and will not be entered into consideration for the prize. Winner will be emailed and announced on December 21st, 2008.

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Mr. Douglas W. Stone

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Indian Waters Council Announces Scout Executive: Mr. Douglas W. Stone

Posted on 15 December 2008 by Dan

The Indian Waters Council is pleased to announce Mr. Douglas W. Stone was selected as their new Scout Executive. Mr. Stone started with the Council on Monday, December 1, 2008.

Mr. Douglas W. StoneMr. Stone has been a Scouting professional for nearly 18 years and his most recent service was Director of Field Service for the Heart of America Council, BSA, in Kansas City, Missouri. There, he supervised 28 Scouting executives in support of more than 19,000 volunteers and 42,000 youth members. Under his leadership, the council has gained national attention in achieving exceptional growth in membership and fundraising, becoming the seventh largest of more than 300 Boy Scout councils in the United States.

Prior to Kansas City, Mr. Stone served as Director of Finance and Marketing as well as Field Director for the National Capital Area Council, BSA in Washington, D.C. He started his career in Hartford, Connecticut, where he served in a variety of roles from 1991 to 2000 with the Connecticut Rivers Council, BSA.

“Scouting in the Indian Waters Council is very strong and continues to grow in both quality and quantity,” Stone said, “Its volunteers as well as the facilities and program at Camp Barstow are second-to-none. I am thrilled to join those great volunteers and help bring the camp and the council into the 100th Anniversary year of the Boy Scouts of America and beyond.”

On a personal note, Doug is married to Elizabeth (Betsy) and they are the proud parents of four children, aged 5 months to 8 years: Addison Grace, Cooper Douglas, Peter Andrew and Cora Elizabeth. Growing up in a large family himself, the youngest of five boys of which four were Eagle Scouts, Doug spent every summer at Boy Scout camp since the age of two years old.

Doug graduated in 1984 from Conard High School in West Hartford, Connecticut and in 1988 from St. Lawrence University, a private liberal arts college in Upstate New York. He majored in history and was inducted into the history honorary society, served in student government, founded the pep band, and served in leadership roles with his fraternity. After college, he moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, and went to work as a Social Studies teacher and soccer coach. He began his professional career with the Boy Scouts of America in early 1991.

When Doug is not working, he spends his time with his family at children’s sporting events, swimming, golfing and on day trips. He is also a Wolf Den Leader and Assistant Cubmaster for his son’s Cub Scout pack. His family is active with the United Methodist Church and he is involved with the Rotary Club and chamber of commerce.

Please join us in welcoming Doug and his family to the Indian Waters Council family!

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Earnest Thompson Seton Program on PBS

Posted on 14 December 2008 by Dan

In 1893, a bounty hunter named Ernest Thompson Seton journeyed to the untamed canyons of New Mexico on a mission to kill a dangerous outlaw. Feared by ranchers throughout the region, the outlaw wasn‘t a pistol-packing cowboy or train-robbing bandit. The outlaw was a wolf. Lobo, as locals simply called him, was the legendary leader of a band of cattle-killing wolves that had been terrorizing cattle ranchers and their livestock. It was up to Seton to exterminate this ?super-wolf.

The ensuing battle of wits between wolf and man would spark a real-life wilderness drama, the outcome of which would leave a lasting effect on a new and growing movement in America: wilderness preservation.

The episode is broken up into 5 segments and also covers Seton‘s founding of the Woodcraft Indians, and the Boy Scouts of America.

You can watch The Wolf That Changed America online.

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Venture Scouts Set 20,000 Plants in Tuolumne River Park Service Project

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Venture Scouts Set 20,000 Plants in Tuolumne River Park Service Project

Posted on 13 December 2008 by admin

Venture Scouts Set 20,000 Plants in Tuolumne River ParkOver 190 youth from 18 high schools gathered at Tuolumne River Park in Stanislaus County on Nov. 15 for a service project. After four hours of intense work the youth had planted 20,000 grass plugs as well as shrubs and trees.

“Every year we break a record,” says Luis Jimenez, Outreach Executive for the Greater Yosemite Council of the Boy Scouts. “And every year more youth show up.” Jimenez is a former youth member of the program, as were several of the other adult leaders helping that day.

The youth kicked off their service project with a breakfast organized by the HYLC youth from Orestimba High School in Newman. The rules for meals are that they have to be healthy and must be planned and organized by the youth.

The youth were then organized into work groups. After four hours of digging and planting, the youth gathered together to survey their accomplishment.

“They couldn‘t believe it. They kept saying, ‘Wow, we did all that!'” smiles Jimenez.

To add to the fun of the day, the groups then had lunch and entertained each other with “Serenatas” (songs) that they prepared on the spot, using whatever props were on hand.

At the end of the year, the youth will invited their parents and community leaders to a picnic in the park to show off their achievement.

“This past Saturday‘s efforts were typical of the commitment that HYLC high schoolers provide. We are very proud to be co-sponsors of HYLC,” says Bob Dees, Executive Director of the Boy Scouts Greater Yosemite Council.

The youth, part of a combined program sponsored by the Hispanic Youth Leadership Council (HYLC) and the Venture Scouting division of the Boy Scouts of America, adopted Tuolumne Park 10 years ago. They provide community service in the fall and spring. Projects have ranged from painting and sealing bleachers and painting over graffiti to collecting natives plants and seeds, taking them to a nursery where the youth pot and cultivate the plants, then place them in the park to preserve the natural habitat.

While HYLC was established to empower Hispanic youth to improve their lives and get a higher education, the organization welcomes all ethnic groups. The HYLC Scout Venture program is open to boys and girls, aged 14-18.

Update: As pointed out by commenter MBrown, the above article uses incorrect terminology to describe the Scouting aspect of the program. This article was submitted by a volunteer of Greater Yosemite Council and it was published here as it appeared in the Council’s December 2008 newsletter. The use of the term ‘Venture Scout’ should be “Venturer’, ‘Venture Scouting Division of the Boy Scouts of America’ should be the ‘Venturing Scout Division of Greater Yosemite Council’, and ‘Venture program’ should be ‘Venturing program’. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

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Scout Law Essay Contest

Posted on 12 December 2008 by Dan

Announcing a Terrific Opportunity for Scouting Youth

A Scout Is … has set up an essay contest that hopes to encourage scouts to look at their own lives and those of their fellow scouts. The essays focus on the living of the Scout Law and living Lives of Service. The essay contest was started as a way to remember Nigel Clarke, who died last Halloween at the age of 15. Nigel was a star scout who lived the Scout Law in his daily life. As part of his memorial service, his father answered the question for his son, “How have you lived the Scout Law since you last Scoutmaster Conference?”

The flier below introduces the essay contest and directs scouts to the web site.

An endowment has been created to provide prizes for the best essays in each of three categories. Boys and girls from your council are welcome to join the general contest.

If you would like to sponsor the contest within your council, you can send $500 to the Endowment and three first place winners and five runner up winners will be selected from your council. For more information on becoming a sponsor visit

The deadline for this year’s contest is three days away, however if you can’t enter this year – it is an annual event.

Check out the Flier!

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Friday Funny: Be Prepared!

Posted on 12 December 2008 by Dan

Yesterday, Jerry over at The Scoutmaster Minute reminded us of the importance of Laughter! With that I would like to announce a new feature of Scouting News, the Friday Funny. Every Friday we will share a Scouting related joke with our readers.

A scoutmaster and his wife were driving along a rural highway when they found the road blocked by a herd of cows that had escaped through a broken fence. The scoutmaster tried beeping his horn to scare the cattle from the pavement, but to no avail. For some reason, no sound was heard. He got out of the car, lifted the hood, and saw the problem, a loose wire, which he quickly fixed.

As he got back into the car, his wife asked him if he’d had any luck. “Yep,” he replied, “beep repaired!”

Do you have a Scouting related joke? Would you like to see it featured on a future Friday Funny? If so please use the contact us page to send it to us. If you include your Unit and / or website address it will be included with the joke.

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Winner of We Are Americans, We Are Scouts Contest

Posted on 12 December 2008 by Dan

On December 3rd, 2008, Scouting News announced a contest to win a signed copy of We Are Americans, We Are Scouts, today we announce the winner!

We Are Americans, We Are Scouts by David C. Scott highlights the words of Theodore Roosevelt that resonate with everything the Scouting movement stands for. Read Scouting News’ full review of We Are Americans, We Are Scouts.

There were 23 entries to the contest, which consisted of sending an email with the subject line of “Theodore Roosevelt”. Each entry was assigned a number based on the order it was received. Then a random number was picked with the help of The number selected was “10”.

The 10th entry, and the winner of the contest was: Laura B. from South Dakota. An email was sent to her to arrange for the book to be mailed to her.

A big thank you to everyone that entered, as well as Red Honor Press for providing the signed copy of We Are Americans, We Are Scouts. Hopefully this is the first of many contests here on Scouting News!

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San Francisco Bay Area Council Invests $1.1 Million in Camp Properties

Posted on 11 December 2008 by Dan

The San Francisco Bay Area Council over the past two summers has invested $1,145,600 in capital improvements at their three camps.

At Wente Scout Reservation these improvements have included new waterlines, the Wishbone shower house with flush toilets, renovation of the Handicraft building, replacement of ten tent platforms, building a new nature building and seating for merit badge classes, a new ranger warehouse and shop, new shade structures at the waterfront, new storage racks for the kayaks, the new Madrone shower house, enclosing the dining hall, adding swamp coolers, a new patio, new trash enclosure, new tables and benches in the dining hall, new septic system for Madrone, Wishbone, and Palfreyman shower houses.

At Camp Royaneh the swimming pool and the Trading Post were renovated, the old septic system was replaced, three new Village cabins were built, camp site improvements were made, a new staff cabin was built, improvements were made to nature glen and a new camp pick up truck was purchased.

At Rancho Los Mochos the swimming pool was renovated with a new liner and the kitchen has been remodeled.

“Much of the labor for these projects has been made possible by the efforts of countless hours by volunteers”, said, Dr. Bert Groat, council Properties Committee Chair. He added, “Their help is priceless!”

New Projects Planned for Summer 2009
To continue to make their facilities the best Boy Scout camps in Northern California for Scouts, parents and leaders to enjoy, many projects are underway. At Ranchos Los Mochos the newly renovated Dining Hall is almost complete and work will begin this spring on the kitchen fire suppression system and upgrading of the electrical service to the dining hall and pool pump house.

Cabin At Wente Scout Reservation a new staff cabin, life guard tower restoration, road repairs, and added Mountain Bike Trails are close to completion. The Dining Hall septic system upgrade, kitchen fire suppression system, Mountain Bike building, and five new tent platforms will all be ready by next summer. Much of the construction on the new staff cabin was done by Dave Manly and Mike Cornwall and volunteers from McGuire & Hester Construction from Oakland. Much of the Mountain Bike trail work was designed and constructed by Kevin Smallman and Blair Brown. Photos of the project can be seen at

At Royaneh the addition of three more Village Cabins at Frontiersman camp site and construction of new tables for the Dining Hall is well underway. The manpower for these projects is being provided
by the skilled help of the Royaneh Stakeholders group. The relocating of the water tower, finishing the waterlines and five new tent platforms will all be completed this spring in time for summer camp.

“All of these many improvements in our camp properties along with a quality staff are good reasons for every Troop in the San Francisco Bay Area Council to attend our Boy Scout camps.” said, Rich Schempp, Council Camping Chair.

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Peace Light- From Bethlehem to Minnesota

Posted on 10 December 2008 by Dan

Boy Scout Troop 113, from Bayport Minnesota, is planning a rather amazing project this holiday season. Scouts are taking part in an International Scouting program to distribute what is called the Peace Light that originates from the grotto manger where Jesus was born in Bethlehem to the rest of the world.

The Peace Light is something the Transatlantic Council in Europe started several years ago. They transport the flame from Bethlehem to Vienna, Austria where it is distributed throughout Europe. A few years ago, the Catholic Committee on Scouting of the Diocese of Brooklyn & Queens, & International Committee, Greater New York Councils (GNYC) BSA & Units of the Transatlantic Council BSA, found a way to bring the Peace Light flame from Vienna to New York City.

This last summer some of Troop 113 Scouts attended the International Scout Jamboree in Iceland where they met a few people from Europe who are involved in the Peace Light program. Since then, they have been planning to be a part of the flame distribution between New York City and Saint Paul, Minnesota. The Peace Light flame is scheduled to arrive at JFK in New York City on December 10, 2008. Two Scout Leaders from Troop 113, Roger Knuteson and Joe Reding, are driving to New York City to meet the flame. On the way back they are planning to stop at the Boy Scout Councils in State College, Pennsylvania; Toledo, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Madison, Wisconsin; and finally Saint Paul, Minnesota, so they too can distribute the Peace Light flame to other Scouting Units.

On Friday, December 12th, 2008 from 1:00 – 2:00pm, the Peace Light flame will be present at Glacier’s Edge Council’s Madison Service Center, 5846 Manufacturers Drive, Madison, WI 53704.

On December 14, 2008 the Peace Light flame will be available for distribution from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 490 4th Street, Bayport, Minnesota 55003. Everyone is welcome to come to Bethlehem Lutheran Church where the flame will be shared and distributed. If you wish to take the Peace Light flame away with you, a vessel is needed to transport the flame. Small candle lanterns will be available at Bethlehem Lutheran Church for purchase. Special arrangements for Peace Light distribution may also be accommodated.

The Peace Light from Bethlehem campaign was originally organized by the Austrian Broadcasting Company – ORF (Linx) – and was part of a large charitable relief mission – Light into Darkness, for children in need in Austria and abroad. Since 1990, there has been a great deal of co-operation between Scouts and Guides in many countries, which has allowed the light to travel throughout Europe. Each year, a child from Upper Austria fetches the light from the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is then flown to Austria from where it is distributed at a Service of Dedication to delegations from across Europe and who take it back, with a message of Peace, to their own countries for use at ecumenical services throughout the continent.

Scouts and Guides can then take the light on to houses of worship, hospitals, homeless shelters, old people homes, prisons, and places of public, cultural, and political importance – to anybody who appreciates the significance of the “gift”.

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