Archive | January, 2009

Spirit of Daytona #9 at 2009 Rolex 24


Boy Scouts of America at Rolex 24 At Daytona

Posted on 25 January 2009 by admin

The Spirit of Daytona Racing No. 09 Porsche V8-powered Coyote sported signage from Boy Scouts of America as the team kicked off the 2009 Rolex Sports Car Series season with a run at the famed Rolex 24 At Daytona this weekend.

Spirit of Daytona #9 at 2009 Rolex 24A trio of motorcycle champions in Jeff Ward, Scott Russell, and Jason Pridmore shared the driving duties with established sports car racer Guy Cosmo as the team looks to score success a the World Center of Racing.

The Boy Scout logo was prominently placed on the front of the No. 09 entry as the 47th running of the twice around the clock classic opened with live coverage on Fox channel.

Forged by Sullivan Worldwide Marketing Group, the partnership between Spirit of Daytona Racing and the Boy Scouts of America is focused on creating a series of opportunities to promote Scouting in a dynamic new environment.

“We are proud to have an organization like the Boy Scouts of America join with us for the Rolex 24, and we’d like nothing more than to get the chance to continue to develop this relationship even further,” said team owner Troy Flis. “Scouting represents some truly important values and skills for our youth, and we are hoping to bring them a strong result this weekend.”

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United Way of East Central Iowa Awards $35,000 Transition/Capacity Building Grant to Boy Scouts

Posted on 25 January 2009 by admin

In the spring of 2008, the United Way of East Central Iowa (UWECI) reduced funding to Hawkeye Area Council by $116,500 annually, a 54% reduction in their previous allocation. This represented an 8.1% reduction in the Council’s operating income. The full effect of the reduction begins January 1, 2009 with the start of the reduced funding budget year. Even with recent improvement, an annual funding gap of $81,500 remains due to the spring United Way allocation reduction.

UWECI made available Transition/Capacity Building grants to organizations that received funding cuts. Hawkeye Area Council was eligible to apply for up to $57,000 from this fund. Recognizing the substantial flooding impact on many non-profits, the Council United Way Task Force voted to request $35,000 from this fund and asked United Way to allocate the balance to their Flood Relief Fund. On August 19, 2008, UWECI awarded the full Hawkeye Area Council Transition/Capacity Building grant request of $35,000. This amount will be distributed starting in January 2009 and reduces the overall UWECI budget reduction to 6% of Hawkeye Area Council’s annual operating income.

The United Way maintains its policy of accepting donor designated gifts. Any donor designated gift will be sent to the donor’s chosen non-profit, minus an administrative fee. Donor designated gifts are separate from the UWECI agency allocation amounts.

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Pack 336 News Van

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Pack 336 Pinewood Derby News Van

Posted on 24 January 2009 by Dan

Pack 336 News VanEver wonder what your Pinewood Derby car experiences flying down the track? Thanks to the Pack 336 News Van you don’t have to wonder anymore!

This creative Pinewood Derby Car, or van, was submitted by Cub Scout Riley during Cub Scout Pack 336’s Pinewood Derby. Pack 336 is based out of Mt. Carmel, Ohio.

The van features a fully working camera that took this exciting fast moving video. Hold onto your hats!

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Huckabee Speaks to Scouts During Leadership Breakfast

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Huckabee Speaks to Scouts During Leadership Breakfast

Posted on 24 January 2009 by Dan

Huckabee Keynote at 2009 Leadership BreakfastOver 430 businesspeople from Southeastern Wisconsin converged on the Country Springs Hotel for Potawatomi Area Council’s 11th Annual Leadership Breakfast to learn more about Scouting in the area and hear Mike Huckabee’s views on leadership.

Mr. Huckabee was the 44th Governor of Arkansas, serving from 1996-2007, and campaigned for the 2008 Republican nomination for President. He has published five books, his latest, Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement That’s Bringing Common Sense Back to America. Mr. Huckabee has numerous connections to Scouting; he was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout, one of his son’s is an Eagle Scout, the other was an Explorer.

Mike Huckabee Speaks at Potawatomi Area Council Leadership BreakfastIn an interview with WITI-TV, Mike Huckabee explained, “Scouting is I think a very very important part of a young man growing up, and I think the words ‘On My Honor’ which starts the Scout Oath says it all… its about Honor.”

Mr. Huckabee’s keynote speech called for a “Return to Honor” and praised the Scouting movement. “A man who was once a Boy Scout or Eagle Scout has a great deal to offer a potential employer, and exceptional levels of responsibility and character”, said Mike Huckabee during the fundraising breakfast.

Video of Mr. Huckabee’s Speech
Hat Tip: for the Video Link

The night before the Leadership Breakfast, Mike Huckabee greeted and mingled with over 30 guests at the V.I.P. Reception, held at the Harkrider Service Center.

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Boy Scouts earn Composite Materials Merit Badges

Posted on 24 January 2009 by admin

When thousands of composites manufacturers, suppliers and consultants converged on the Tampa Convention Center last week for COMPOSITES+ POLYCON 2009, 31 local Boy Scouts joined them. On Saturday, January 17, these young men attended the conference and trade show as part of “Think Composites,” an outreach program for students developed by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA). Through this program, they partially fulfilled requirements for receiving the new Composite Materials Merit Badge.

2008 Think Composites Program“This is the second year we’ve offered the “Think Composites” program at COMPOSITES+POLYCON and it was a perfect opportunity to expand upon the partnership we forged with the Boy Scouts of America in 2006,” says John Tickle, ACMA President. Tickle, who is also President of Strongwell Corp., Bristol, Va., is an Eagle Scout and long-time supporter of the Boy Scouts.

The primary goals of the “Think Composites” program are to introduce students to the composites industry, explain the fundamentals of the chemical processes involved, and encourage them to explore composites materials more on their own. Boy Scouts earning their Composite Materials Merit Badges gain hands-on experience working with composites, which the composites industry hopes will inspire a new generation of composites professionals. At COMPOSITES+POLYCON, the Boy Scouts toured the exhibit hall and participated in an introductory session about composites and a demonstration on laminating skateboards. Troops were then given materials and “how to” manuals to complete their own skateboards.

Industry volunteers from Owens Corning, Strongwell, Composites One, Empire Fiberglass, Hexion, Goodrich and Syrgis teamed up to present this year’s “Think Composites” program to Boy Scouts at COMPOSITES+POLYCON. Strongwell provided funding and Owens Corning provided materials for the program at this year’s show.

For more information on the Boy Scouts’ Composites Materials Merit Badge, visit COMPOSITES + POLYCON is ACMA’s annual conference and trade show, the largest in North America.

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Sporcle Merit Badge Game

Posted on 23 January 2009 by Dan

Hat Tip: Play the Merit Badge Game

Sporcale has a Boy Scouts Merit Badge Quiz Game on its website. The goal of the game is to list all 121 Boy Scout Merit Badges in under 10 minutes.

About Sporcle

Originally begun as a sports pick’em site, Sporcle changed directions with the response to the first quiz, U.S. Presidents. As avid crossword, Jeopardy! and trivia fans, we created that original quiz not only to test knowledge, but also as a way to learn a piece of information that seemed to come up again and again.

Since then, Sporcle has continued to create quizzes for entertainment, memory and diversion (don’t worry, we won’t tell your boss).

I noticed Joshua from didn’t tell us his score, but I’ll share my disappointing score:

You got 75 out of 121 merit badges for the Boy Scouts of America

I almost missed two badges that I have taught numerous times! I won’t mention them just in case you are going to play.

Can you name all 121 Merit Badges in under 10 minutres? Without cheating?

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Friday Funny: Scout Oath Coin Fail!

Posted on 23 January 2009 by Dan

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!

I finally figured out why some Scouts have a problem keeping the Scout Oath and Scout Law straight. I’m sure we have all seen a veteran Scout, possible even at their Eagle Scout Court of Honor stand up to recite the Scout Oath and instead say “A Scout is…” It always causes an awkward pause and then normally solicits some chuckles after the event.

**Breaking News**

Its not their fault! They are victims! I’m sure they were lead astray by the “Oval Scout Oath Coin” being sold by National Supply. See the coins description (see image in case they fix the website)
Scout Oath Coin Description Fail

1. I understand that it was a mistake in the description.
2. I notified National Supply Group of the mistake.

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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Mid-America Council Receives “Centennial Quality Council” Award

Posted on 23 January 2009 by admin

Centennial Quality CouncilThe Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America is recognized as “Centennial Quality Council” for 2008, for providing youth members with the highest quality program experience possible.

For nearly 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has created a strong foundation of leadership, service, and community for millions of America’s youth. Today, the Mid-America Council celebrates this legacy as it reaffirms their commitment to inspire and prepare future generations.

The council received this recognition under the leadership of Daniel P. Neary, Chairman and CEO of Mutual of Omaha and Mid-America Council Chairman, Stephen L. Bartlett, Vice President, Wells Fargo Private Bank and Council Commissioner, and Lloyd E. Roitstein, Mid-America Council Scout Executive/President.

In order to receive Centennial Quality Council, the Mid-America Council had to achieve 10 areas of achievement, including serving more youth in its traditional program, ending the year with 30,527 total youth.

The council also focused on staff development and recruiting quality volunteer leadership at every level of the organization. Individuals looking for volunteer opportunities can call 402.431.9BSA (9272).

The Boy Scouts, Mid-America Council serves youth in 58 counties in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. The Council serves youth by instilling them with values that last a lifetime. Such values include honesty, helping others, character development and respect for the law. Scouts learn these values while participating in fun, family-friendly activities. The Council, supported by 8,516 volunteers, is headquartered in Omaha, with a satellite Scout Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

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Interview with the Co-Directors of 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem (Part 2)

Posted on 22 January 2009 by admin

This is the second part (read part one here) of the interview with the Co-Directors of 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem conducted by Joshua R. Godinez. This is Joshua’s first, but hopefully not last, article on Scouting News, his website provides News, Opinion, Advice with the tagline, “Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts under one roof… with proper supervision, of course.”

759: Boy Scouts of Harlem Interview – Part Two (Read Part One Here)
By Joshua R. Godinez

Boy Scouts typically joke around a lot with each other and film sets are notorious for having things not turn out they way they were first planned. What were the unexpected and funny moments you can recall while making this film?

JAKE: After the first few weeks of shooting Justin and I realized pretty much nothing was going as we had planned or expected. So we threw out the plan and went along for the ride–which made it very true and very unexpected. But we’re not going to tell you about it–you’ll have to watch the film.

Who are you hoping sees this film?

JUSTIN: I hope a lot of people see the film–active Scouts, alumni, and especially people who don’t have first-hand experience in Scouting and may not understand what it is all about. It is a good chance to get a view into a real live Troop.

Do you hope your film will generate interest and participation in the Boy Scouts of America?

JUSTIN: I hope so. I like what Will Rogers had to say: “There’s only one thing wrong with the Boy Scouts, there aren’t enough of ‘em.”

Documentaries can have different styles of storytelling. What is the style you use and how does that help the way the movie is received?

JAKE: Most of the film is shot using methods of cinema verite (or direct cinema). We hoped to have the camera have as little effect as possible on our subjects. We wanted the boys to come off naturally – not say what they though we wanted to hear or act in a way appropriate for the camera. We did shoot interviews with our subjects – and use clips from these interviews occasionally. But most of the film is made up of scenes capturing the reality of scouting in Harlem and at Camp Keowa. By getting to know our subjects well and spending a lot of time with them they were comfortable when we were shooting. Thus we were able to capture some unexpected, surprising moments on camera.

When will people have an opportunity to see the film?

JUSTIN: Good question! We are trying to work out a way to show the film in New York. It is especially important for us to show the film in Harlem and we expect to have a “community premiere” there in mid-March. We have also been approached by several Councils about setting up community screenings. The concept is that the local Council would be responsible for finding a venue, promoting the event and handling logistics; we’d provide a copy of the film and fly out to do Q&A. Any Council interested in this kind of thing can just give me a ring. We are also in the process of figuring out a way for Troops to get a copy of the film so they can build an event around it (e.g. a recruiting event). Of course we hope to get in to some film festivals and get it on TV. We expect to have DVDs available for order on our website this spring. Anybody interested in what is happening can sign up for our emailing list on our website ( we will keep you posted.

How long did it take to make the film?

JAKE: We started planning and doing some initial work on the film in March 2007–so about two years of on-and-off work.

What was the process that made it take that amount of time?

JUSTIN: First, getting our subjects comfortable around two strangers with cameras took awhile. We spent weekend after weekend with Troop 759–at meetings, camping, at their homes around the neighborhood. Sometimes the camera was on; most of the time it was off. Over time we built up a good relationship with the Troop and everyone could just be themselves around us and the camera. But it is a slow process–that trust is something you have to earn.

Next, all that shooting meant there was a lot of footage to edit–over 180 hours. Turning that into a seventy minute film is no small task–and takes a lot of time in the edit room.

Music can strongly impact the way a film is perceived. How did your soundtrack influence your film?

JUSTIN: We lucked out. Ms. Ann Dozier and Joy Willis (Keith’s Mom) sing in a gospel choir in Harlem. We recorded them as part of our soundtrack. Joy also did some solo work for us for the film–including a beautiful version of the Scout Grace that you may remember singing before meals up at summer camp.

Patrick Byers, whose son KC is in Troop 759, is a classical composer and KC’s Mom, Jennifer Byers is a cellist. They put together the film’s theme song based on the tune of the Scout Grace which is an old Protestant hymn. Several other musicians from Harlem are part of the film–including Nik Munson, a gifted guitarist and Master Drummer Charli Persip who played for Dizzy Gillespie and happens to live in Jake’s building in Harlem. So it is a community thing.

Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions!

As a Scouter I’m incredibly excited that Justin and Jake have made this documentary. The opportunity to see a positive film about Boy Scouts, in just about any form, is great. I look forward to having the film shown in my area and I hope Scouters around the country do the same.

Learn more about 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem by visiting Be sure to sign up for the email list to receive up to date information about the film.

This was a guest post by Joshua R. Godinez of

Check out Harlem Interview Deleted Scenes over on Joshua’s website to read his commentary on conducting the interview, some additional questions and answers, and how the film is about a Troop, and not an overarching social cause.

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Scouter Writes Money Management Book for Children

Posted on 22 January 2009 by Dan

Three CupsWhen Tony Townsley, chief financial officer for Hokanson Companies Inc. and Assistant Scoutmaster for Del-Mi Troop 152, and his wife set up an allowance system for their children, they knew they wanted to impart the values of personal financial management and philanthropy.

The solution they came up with was simple: Each child would get a set amount per week, but that amount would be divided into three categories: Saving, spending, and charity. The money would divided into these categories and stored in three corresponding coffee cups.

Fifteen years later, the “three cups” method is still working for the Townsley family. Son Jake, a 15-year old Life Scout with Troop 152, has not only built up his savings account, but has helped numerous organizations with his “charity cup.” He has chosen to donate his hard-earned money to hurricane relief through the Red Cross as well as to the Humane Society, and is currently saving his charity money so that he can put it toward his Eagle project.

Daughter Emma, 12, has given her charity money to local nursing homes and hospitals.

Tony, who teaches the personal management merit badge for Eagle-bound Scouts, believed that the method had been so successful in his family that he recently released a children’s book, “Three Cups,” explaining the system.

Though the timing is accidental, many of the lessons taught in “Three Cups” are especially relevant due to the state of the economy.

The book, written by Mark St. Germain and beautifully illustrated by April Willy, is available at the Indianapolis Scout Shop as well as from the book’s Web site,

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