Archive | January, 2009

Words to Live By

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Words to Live By Marketing Campaign

Posted on 31 January 2009 by Dan

If you’ve checked out, Chief Seattle Council or Greater New York Councils websites lately you’ve seen an emphasis on “words to live by”.

Words to Live ByFor those unfamiliar with this campaign the “words to live by” are the Scout Law, Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent.

Be Prepared to see those words in new places. According to the National Council Website, a new national recruitment campaign in coming.

A new national recruitment campaign is coming, and it will motivate more young people to join Scouting. It will energize your staff and volunteers, parents, and kids. Our new campaign will give you the right tools to find and create tomorrow’s leaders.

You can check it out at

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Friday Funny: Cub Scout Without His Uniform

Posted on 30 January 2009 by admin

Welcome to Friday Funny! Every Friday, Scouting News will share a Scouting related joke with our readers. Hopefully you find it just as funny as we did!

Today’s Friday Funny comes from the Boy’s Life Joke Archives, and was originally submitted by Ed L. from Deerfield, Michigan.

Ed: What is a Cub Scout without his uniform?

Ned: What?

Ed: A Bare Scout!

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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Northern Star Council Capital Campaign Surpasses $18.5 Million

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Northern Star Council Capital Campaign Surpasses $18.5 Million

Posted on 30 January 2009 by admin

Capital Campaign 75%The $25 million Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders capital campaign recently achieved 75% of goal.

“This important campaign will help Northern Star Council better deliver Scouting’s proven programs to all youth by equipping volunteers with the needed tools and facilities for the next 100 years,” said campaign chair Fritz Corrigan.

In 2008, the Council purchased property at Fort Snelling to establish Northern Star Base Camp, an urban program center. Base Camp is the centerpiece of the Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders campaign. Construction will begin this year and will be ready to open in time for the 100th anniversary of Scouting in the Twin Cities on October 1, 2010.

The campaign will invest millions into camp facilities at Many Point, Tomahawk, Stearns, Phillippo, Kiwanis, and Fred C. Andersen properties. Additional investments in the camp maintenance endowment will make all camp facilities relevant for years to come.

For additional information on the Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders capital campaign, or to make a financial contribution, please contact Rob Schultz at or 651-254-9159. Thank you to the many who have contributed generously to this campaign’s efforts to affect the lives of thousands of youth now and into the next century.

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Top 10 Largest Councils

Posted on 30 January 2009 by Dan

Scouting News has extracted a few facts, our readers have asked about in the past, from the Response to various inquiries regarding the Boy Scouts of America memorandum released in response to stories recently published by Hearst Newspapers.

The largest Councils in the Boy Scouts of America is always listed in two different ways. The first is by total membership, this includes traditional membership and learning for life membership. The second is by traditional membership.

Top 10 Largest Councils (Total Membership)
1. Greater New York Councils (New York, NY)
2. National Capital Area Council (Bethesda, MD)
3. Great Salt Lake Council (Salt Lake City, UT)
4. Sam Houston Area Council (Houston, TX)
5. Circle Ten Council (Dallas, TX)
6. Northern Star Council (St. Paul, MN)
7. Utah National Parks Council (Orem, UT)
8. South Florida Council (Miami Lakes, FL)
9. Central Florida Council (Orlando, FL)
10. Cradle of Liberty Council (Philadelphia, PA)

Top 10 Largest Councils (Traditional Membership)
1. Great Salt Lake Council (Salt Lake City, UT)
2. Utah National Parks Council (Orem, UT)
3. National Capital Area Council (Bethesda, MD)
4. Sam Houston Area Council (Houston, TX)
5. Trapper Trails Council (Ogden, UT)
6. Grand Canyon Council (Phoenix, AZ)
7. Northern Star Council (St. Paul, MN)
8. Circle Ten Council (Dallas, TX)
9. Greater St. Louis Area Council (St. Louis, MO)
10. Heart of America Council (Kansas City, MO)

There you have it! The top 10 Largest Boy Scout Councils by total membership and traditional membership.

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ScoutStuff Hat Sale


ScoutStuff Coupon Code: Buy One Hat up to 75% Off Get One Free

Posted on 29 January 2009 by Dan

ScoutStuff Hat is having a hat sale! Starting today, January 29th, select Stetson hats and other caps will be marked up to 75% off their original retail prices.

Purchase one of the hats or caps marked for this promotion and receive another of equal or lesser value at no cost.

Visit the special BOGO Hats and Caps page to see all the details. Enter Promotion Code H559933 at checkout to receive your bonus hat or cap. Or visit your local participating Scout Shop to take part in this great offer.

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BSA Responds to Stories Recently Published by Hearst Newspapers

Posted on 29 January 2009 by Dan

The National Council has issued a response to the news stories published today as a result of a joint investigative project from five Hearst Newspapers.

While you can read the full article, Profit trumps preservation for Boy Scout councils nationwide, here are some “highlights”:

The Hearst journalists found that over the past 20 years, scouting councils nationwide have carried out clearcuts and other commercial timber harvests in and around sensitive and protected forests. Local Boy Scouts administrations across America have also reaped tens of millions of dollars from selling campgrounds and other properties.

Hearst Newspapers found some Scouts’ executive salaries and retirement packages were larger than those offered by many comparable non-profits.

Also, the reporters found examples of cozy relationships between councils and influential volunteers, including timber company employees serving in key Boy Scouts board positions.

The National Council issued a response, which appeared on front page of, to the stories recently published by Hearst Newspapers.

Today’s story focuses on some of the most difficult and emotional decisions councils must make in order to be good stewards of their resources. So why does an organization like the BSA harvest timber and sell property? There are many reasons councils harvest timber, including safety, health of the forest and wise use of the income to serve our youth. Similarly, local executive boards have the duty to use all council assets in the best interests of Scouting – which might include the sale of properties. But in both cases, the real reason goes back to why we exist, our mission — to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

You can read the complete response to the stories issued by the National Council.

The National Council has also made public a memorandum titled Response to various inquiries regarding the Boy Scouts of America which they sent to the reporters involved in the research of the stories.

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New National OA Trading Post Online

Posted on 29 January 2009 by Dan

The National Order of the Arrow website now features a new online OA Trading Post.

To celebrate the launch of our new OA Trading Post Online website and to build excitement for the 2009 National OA Conference, we are offering deep discounts on all 2002, 2004, and 2006 National OA Conference patches in stock through February 14, 2009 – Valentine’s Day! Order now as this offer is only good while supplies last.

Check it out:

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Deuce Lutui

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Eagle Scout Lines Up for Super Bowl XLIII

Posted on 28 January 2009 by admin

When the Arizona Cardinals take the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl 43 on February 1st, an Eagle Scout will settle into his place on the Arizona offensive line.

Starting guard Deuce Lutui (#76) will add his 330 pounds to the Cardinals’ downfield push, as he has for three seasons. The Mesa, Arizona, native and University of Southern California graduate will protect Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner as the NFC Champion Cardinals compete for the franchise’s first NFL Championship since 1947.

A member of the 2004 NCAA Champion USC Trojans, Deuce knows about winning football games and trophies. He also knows there’s much more to football and life than victories on the field.

Deuce Lutui traces his values back to his early years in Scouting in Mesa, where he earned the high rank of Eagle Scout in 1999.

“More than anything, Scouts taught me service – to serve my troop, my country, to really serve others all around us,” Deuce observed. “That’s what we did in Scouting and it taught me a lot.”

Deuce LutuiDeuce is well known for spending many hours with local children through his youth football camp and Arizona Cardinals charities. When he joined the Cardinals, Deuce immediately asked the organization to involve him in as many charity opportunities as possible, and he now volunteers many hours on his one day off each week.

“I always tell the kids to Be Prepared,” he said. “That’s the Scout Motto and it goes a long way. Be prepared in everything; that sums it all up. Preparation prevents poor performance.”

“I’m lucky I can help teach that to kids,” Deuce explained. “Being able to outreach to communities where I grew up and to really be involved in that has been a blessing. It reminds me to pay it forward. And knowing these kids look up to me, I always play a little harder on Sunday.

“But, even being a father and husband today, Scouting prepared me to be in the service of people. It also taught us to help our fellow countrymen and that’s the main idea when I involve myself with Cardinals charities.”

“I’m a big kid myself,” he added with his easy trademark smile. “Sometimes, I have more fun than the kids do!”

In 2008, a total of 1,158 young men in the Grand Canyon Council earned the Eagle Scout rank, putting in over 213,000 service hours that equates to a net worth of $3,834,000 in savings to their local communities.

Scouting develops character and leadership in America’s young people through value- and adventure-based programs. Today, more than 20,000 adult volunteer leaders help deliver these programs to more than 59,000 youth in Arizona. For more information on Scouting and how to get involved contact the Grand Canyon Council at (602) 955-7747.

The following press release was issued by Grand Canyon Council, Boy Scouts of America. Photo courtesy Arizona Cardinals.

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Boy Scouts Restore “Hustler” at Barksdale Air Force Base

Posted on 27 January 2009 by admin

This story was written by Mrs. Betty Stephens of the 917th Wing Public Affairs office. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mrs. Betty Stephens)

During Unit Training Assembly for the 917th Wing, Jan. 10, Airmen were rushing from place to place to engage in their required training, but this weekend they were joined by a group of Boy Scouts of America, ages 11 through 18. The Scouts, who were here to work on a community service project, were briefed by pilots, life support personnel, recruiters and engine craftsmen alike.

It started around 10 p.m. Friday evening when 11 scouts arrived with four leaders. Joe Bodden, Boy Scout leader for Troop 531 in Angleton, Texas, had made arrangements, and they spent the night at the base gymnasium. They started their morning early with breakfast at the Red River Dining Facility.

“The scouts had to give way to the uniformed Airmen at the dining facility who had to get in and get out in a hurry, which was an experience for the Boy Scouts,” said Mr. Bodden.

It was cool and cloudy when they reached the 917th Wing. The first stop was with an A-10 pilot in the hangar, who told them all about the aircraft as they looked at it up close. Then off to see a B-52 pilot who showed them the aircraft and told them all about it.

Boy Scout is fitted with Oxygen Mask Following the static, they rushed to the life support shop where technicians let them handle much of the equipment and explained how a pilot can survive in emergency situations.

A Reserve recruiter then spent a brief time with the Scouts, reminding them that their character makes a big difference as to where they can go and what they can do as they prepare for future careers. Master Sgt. Jeffrey Barnhill, a Reserve Recruiter said, “Boy Scouts is a great program that helps to build character, and it helps you to develop physically, mentally and emotionally. No drugs and high grades in school are important.”

A couple of the Scouts have already made up their minds; it is the Air Force for them.

Just before lunch, Tech. Sgt. Kerry Rains, 917th Maintenance Squadron engine shop, showed them how a TF-34 engine is restored from start to finish. “This is the best briefing I ever got on the repair of an aircraft engine. I wish I could have gotten this briefing when I was young,” said George Cassidy, Boy Scout leader.

Boy Scouts Help Restore B-58 \"Hustler\"After their lunch at the dining facility, the Scouts were ready for the real reason they came to Barksdale — to do community service. Their project was at the 8th Air Force Museum, which entailed starting the preparation of restoring the B-58 “Hustler” “Texas Hustler” Rocket Sled, an aircraft formerly used to test ejection seats. This aircraft is on loan from the U.S. Air Force Museum System.

The Scouts were working on tightening up the poles that support the ropes around the “Hustler” and removing the old paint from the aircraft itself. The “Hustler” has heavy coats of red, white and blue paint, and the Scouts made a good start on removing it, some down to the bare metal.

The partnership between the museum and the Scouts is beneficial for both. Airman 1st Class Christopher Sucro of the 8th Air Force Museum said, “The museum is glad to have the Boy Scouts come and work on the project.” And the Scouts, working on what turned out to be a beautiful, sunny afternoon, said they were glad they could help do the job.

Since it is a time-consuming effort, this troop will only begin the work, and next Scouts will come in February to give of their time to help on the project and visit the base.

This story was written by Mrs. Betty Stephens of the 917th Wing Public Affairs office. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mrs. Betty Stephens)

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Fictional Eagle Scouts

Posted on 26 January 2009 by Dan

Following a conversation on Twitter about Eagle Scouts, I ended up running across this list of Fictional Eagle Scouts and found it very interesting.

Here are a few Fictional Eagle Scouts:
– Jonathan Archer and Malcolm Reed of Star Trek: Enterprise

– Professor Roy Hinkley of Gilligan’s Island

Gilligan’s Island pilot episode “Two on a Raft”[30] the radio announces “…the final member of the missing group was Professor Roy Hinkley, research scientist and well known Scoutmaster.” He was the youngest Eagle Scout in Cleveland.

– Greg Sanders, played by Eric Szmanda, in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Episode “Toe Tags”, October 05, 2006 US; Sanders is called a Boy Scout while rappelling down a cliff and he replies: “Eagle Scout! I didn’t earn a chestful of merit badges for nothing”.

– Hank Hill of King of the Hill

Episode “Flush With Power” and “Unfortunate Son” mention that Hank Hill is an Eagle Scout.

– Agent J of Men in Black II (2002)

MiB agent J (Will Smith) is referred to as an “Eagle Scout” by one of the alien antagonists.

– Daryl Bayes in Red Dawn (1984)

Daryl Bates (played by Darren Dalton) is referred to by the enemy as “A member of an elite paramilitary organization: ‘Eagle Scouts.'”

– Fred Flintstone

Claims to be an Eagle Scout, in an episode where he and Barney Rubble accidentally take their family camping at the site of a Boy Scout Jamboree.

– Snoopy, Beagle Scout from Peanuts.

Can you think of any Fictional Eagle Scouts that aren’t on the Wikipedia list?

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