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Potawatomi Area Council Hires New Scout Executive

Posted on 28 February 2009 by admin

Patrick SchererPotawatomi Area Council’s Executive Board Search Committee would like to announce that Patrick Scherer has been hired as Potawatomi Area Council’s new Scout Executive. He will become the 13th Scout Executive in the history of the Council and will start his new position on March 9, 2009.

Pat has over 18 years of professional service in Scouting having served in Menasha, WI, Portland, OR and for the last five years in San Francisco, CA. He has held the positions of District Executive, Sr. District Executive, Camping Director, District Director, Finance Director and his current position as the Director of Field Service for the San Francisco Bay Area Council.

Pat and his wife Mara met during their college days at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. They have two children Maija (9) and Tyler (7). Maija is in fourth grade and is in Girl Scouts. Tyler is in first grade and is in Cub Scouts where Pat currently serves as Cubmaster.

Born and raised in Manitowoc, WI, he has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America for 30 years. He was a Cub Scout and earned the Arrow of Light. As a Boy Scout he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and earned the Ad Altare Dei Award as a member of Troop 931. He is a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow, a recipient of the Founder’s Award and has served as a Section Vice Chief.

Strengths from his experiences in other Councils will help propel the Potawatomi Area Council to the next level. The committee was particularly excited about his financial, planning and administrative strength. He is equally strong in field operations with success in membership, traditional program and Scoutreach.

He will be highly visible within the Council as soon as he settles in to his new office. Please take an opportunity to welcome Pat to his new position as the leader of the Potawatomi Area Council.

The following was a news release issued by Potawatomi Area Council.

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ScoutFit – New Wellness Program Offered by the Mid-America Council

Posted on 28 February 2009 by admin

One in three children in Nebraska (K-12) are overweight or at risk of being overweight. To help combat this, the Mid-America Council is transforming our many wellness-based activities into a higher profile program – ScoutFit.

ScoutFitThe ScoutFit program will bring to light the current wellness-based activities and advancements Scouting offers and also use new, specially designed wellness challenges, menus, help guides and awareness campaigns to encourage healthy behaviors and attitudes among our members. Through ScoutFit, the Council will proactively address wellness, and by extension, obesity in our units and community.

The Council’s ScoutFit Challenge began with the staff and was recently rolled out to volunteers. Nearly 100 leaders, with more signing up every week, have pledged to be ScoutFit. Here’s the story of one.

My ScoutFit Story
By Clarissa Conolley, Program Assistant

Since joining Boy Scouts of America, I have enjoyed guiding the Scouts during fundraisers, service hours and camping trips. However, I did not enjoy having little energy, feeling tired and not being able to keep up with the youth. Less than a year after I signed the adult application form, I realized I had to do something to change my unhealthy lifestyle, and ScoutFit helped me do that.

ScoutFit teaches that the trick is to start with one habit at a time. I began by drinking more water and less soda. I ate healthier foods with smaller portions. I chose the stairs over the elevator, and parked further from the entrance. These small steps helped pave the way to a big achievement. I’ve lost 45 pounds and feel great. I can’t wait until summer camp at Camp Cedars. Let’s see if the troop can keep up with me this time!

To register for Scouts, call 402.431.9BSA (9272). Visit, and pledge to be ScoutFit in 2009!

About Mid-America Council
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.

The following was a press release issued by Mid-America Council.

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TrailStop Twitter Contest

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February Twitter Contest – $25 Gift Code for

Posted on 27 February 2009 by Dan

TrailStop Twitter ContestWe promised a February Contest so here it is! (We know its a little late but hopefully you will agree it was worth the wait!)

This month Scouting News Visitors have a chance to win a $25 coupon code for, which includes free FedEx Ground Shipping!

About the Prize:
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If you haven’t checked out yet, they offer a wide selection of Boy Scouts of America® Officially Licensed Products. Most products are discounted from the item’s list price and they guarentee your satisfaction 100%.

How do I enter?
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Contest runs from February 27, 2009 to March 13, 2009. One (1) winner will be selected at random from all entries and will be announced on Scouting News.

Additional Fine Print:
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Good Luck!

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Special Promotions

Posted on 26 February 2009 by Dan has created a special page to list all of the Scout Stuff Promotion Codes.

Current Promotions:
99 Cents Shipping 2/1/09 – 2/28/09 P90929
Free Thermos with a $50 purchase 2/18/09 to 2/28/09 P50446
Buy one 3-in-1 Backpack Vest and get a 19-LED Headlamp for free 2/25/09 to 2/28/09 P98912

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2008 Report to Nation Delegation

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Two Missourians Selected for BSA Report to the Nation

Posted on 25 February 2009 by admin

2008 Report to Nation DelegationFor the first time, two youth from the same council will be part of the delegation selected to present the Boy Scouts of America’s annual Report to the Nation in Washington, D.C. Eagle Scout Jack O’Neill, 19, and Amanda Vogt, 19, hold two of Scouting’s highest national youth offices while representing the Greater St. Louis Council.

The BSA’s Report to the Nation is presented annually by a delegation of youth from across the nation. The Report highlights the BSA’s achievements during the past year, including progress on Scouting initiatives that address national service, conservation, healthy living, and community involvement.

Jack O’Neill serves as national chief of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s national honor society and serves on the BSA National Executive Board. He is a Vigil Honor member and past section chief of the Order, and served with the Instructor Corps for ArrowCorps5. Jack said that he aims to “further the idea of conservation through the legacy of ArrowCorps5, the BSA’s largest service project since World War II.” A graduate of Vianney High School in St.

Louis, Jack is a sophomore at the University of Missouri in Columbia, pursuing a degree in personal financial planning. As national Venturing president, Amanda Vogt also serves on the BSA National Executive Board and works with regional Venturing presidents and national boatswains to promote and support Venturing. Amanda joined the Venturing program five years ago because of her love of outdoor activities like camping, sailing, and whitewater rafting. “It was that sense of adventure, and I just fell in love with the program,” she said. Amanda is a sophomore at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., and a graduate of Marquette High School in West St. Louis County.

“Our countries enduring strength is as a result of dedicated young people like Amanda and Jack,” said Robert Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. “These two young people are the leaders for the next generation.”

The BSA selects a group of young men and young women representing the Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing programs to present the organization’s annual Report to the Nation. The delegates are representatives of the millions youth who participate in the BSA’s values-driven programs and are selected by merit and achievement for faithfully representing Scouting’s ideals, the Scout Oath, and the Scout Law.

Joining Jack and Amanda in the delegation that will present the 2008 Report to the Nation are Douglas Buck of Maryland, Cameron Clark of Pennsylvania, Javier Castillo of North Carolina, Tory D. Green of Alabama, and Ruben Hipolito of California. Keith and Linda Clark of Pennsylvania will serve as the host couple for the group.

During the five-day trip, the delegation is scheduled to meet with dignitaries at the White House, the U.S. Supreme Court, Arlington National Cemetery, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the Pentagon, and Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. The delegation also is scheduled to tour various historical sites in and around Washington, D.C.

In 2008, the BSA kicked off its multiyear 100th Anniversary Celebration. Over the next two years,
the BSA will reintroduce America to the contributions Scouting makes in communities across the country and the positive impact Scouting has on millions of young people. The 100th Anniversary Celebration will include major national events, activities, and initiatives to engage more than 4 million youth and volunteers, an estimated 50 million Scouting alumni, and the general public.

About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving nearly 4.1 million young people between the ages of 7 and 20 with more than 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories, the Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit

The following was a press release issued by the National Council.

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Happy Founder’s Day

Posted on 22 February 2009 by admin

Today, February 22nd, is the birthday of Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout Movement. Throughout the world, National Scout Associations are celebrating today as “Founder’s Day”. A day to take some time to learn about the Founder of Scouting. You can find more information about Baden-Powell on a special section of the World Scout Bureau’s website.

Nick, over at Nick’s Ramblings, posted a great YouTube video in his Today is Founder’s Day Post:

Happy Founder’s Day!

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Friday Funny: Stuck in the Desert

Posted on 20 February 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! This week’s joke was seen over on Scouting Maniac

Akela was teaching his Cub Scouts about survival in the desert.

“What are the three most important things you should bring with you in case you get lost in the desert?” he asked.

Several hands went up, and many important things were suggested such as food, matches, etc. Then one little boy in the back eagerly raised his hand.

“Yes Timmy, what are the three most important things you would bring with you?” asked the Akela.

Timmy replied: “A compass, a canteen of water, and a deck of cards.”

“Why’s that Timmy?”

“Well,” answered Timmy, “the compass is to find the right direction, the water is to prevent dehydration…”

“And what about the deck of cards?” asked the Akela impatiently.

“Well, Sir, as soon as you start playing Solitaire, someone is bound to come up behind you and say, “Put that red nine on top of that black ten!”

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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Don’t Worry about Obama’s ‘America Scouts’

Posted on 20 February 2009 by Dan

Recently an email has been circulating about the creation of a new youth program called “America Scouts”. It is being forwarded by Volunteers and Professionals alike, and has started to appear on various websites. The copy that was forwarded to me was originally sent from an Associate Director who works at National.

A full copy of the email body:

Obama to Launch “America Scouts”

In an advance copy received by World Net Daily, it appears that the President’s new administration is going to try a bold new approach regarding the nation’s youths. President Obama’s staff is furiously working to finish the first draft of a new youth program, which would rival the traditional boy scouts.

Known as the “America Scouts,” these programs would be announced on March 1 of this year and the program would begin building a skeleton during the summer. On August 4, or Obama’s 48th birthday, the program would begin accepting children between the ages of 4 and 18.

While the exact specifications of the program are either secret or yet to be established, it is believed that there will be three classes of scouts. “Liberty” scouts for children betweeen 4-8. “Patriot” scouts for those between 8-12 and “Constitution” scouts for those up to 18. It is yet unknown if these “Constitution Scouts” would then move up to President Obama’s planned civilian reserve force.

What was made clear by contacts in the Administration is that portions of the White House believe that the Boy Scouts are too old and sedentary. In addition, their ties with religion are undesirable to the new Administration. A fresh start would focus these new scouts on the government, especially in these times of change.

As long as the program is passed by Congress, the America Scouts will be officially run by the federal government, but would be administered by each of the 50 states. The President would have the power to appoint a Scout Commissioner for an 8-year term.

Costs for the America Scouts have not been determined. However, it appears that the program could cost up to $2 billion a year. In order to make up for the costs, parents will be encouraged to contribute and special “reeducation” projects such as “Social Responsibility” will be paid for directly by the federal government.

In order to apply for employment, please write to:

c/o America Scouts
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202

Before everyone starts worrying about this new program and how it will effect the Boy Scouts of America, take a deep breath. It is a hoax. The original piece was a poorly labeled satire post on a website called Jumping In Pools. It was then picked up by Restore the Republic, Free Republic, and Freedom Fighter Radio. From there people started placing it in emails and it has spread like wildfire.

It is not happening and the article’s statement of the Obama Administration’s opinion of the Boy Scouts should not be believed.

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LoPresti First Saturday to Benefit BSA Features A Pilot’s Story

Posted on 19 February 2009 by Dan

LoPresti Aviation will host another in their series of “First Saturday” events in the LoPresti hangar on the north ramp of the Vero Beach airport on March 7th starting at 9 am.

LoPresti First Saturday is about connecting aviation to modern America.

The founder of the company, Roy LoPresti, had a life long love of aviation. As a boy of 5 he announced to his parents, he was going to “design airplanes”. A bold statement from the son of poor first generation immigrants. But sure enough, he entered NYU at 16 and graduated at 19 with a degree in aviation engineering.

As a boy, Roy hung around airports and airplanes every chance he got. However, what was possible and even common 60 years ago, is neither today. Roy bemoaned the loss of innocence and the lack of places for kids and pilots to meet. So we opened “LeRoy’s Cafe” as a place for pilots and the community to “Hang Out”. Later we added First Saturday to formally bring the two together once a month with a full breakfast, an interesting topic and a guest speaker. Any proceeds we generate goes to a charity or a worthy cause. In this way we get to give back to the community and provide a place for pilots to gather. Best of all we get to do what Roy wanted most…to share the dream of flight.

The Speaker. The March “First Saturday” event will feature Wilco films. “When I saw the trailer for A Pilot’s Story I immediately thought that these guys would be great as First Saturday speakers. The tone of this film matches our First Saturday events, connecting aviation and airports to our local community. The imagery of the film was great and after meeting Will Hawkins and Rico Sharqawi on I just knew that these guys could tell a great story.” said David LoPresti.

“When David LoPresti called to ask if we would consider being part of the LoPresti First Saturday event I was really pleased. We just love to share the love of flying and to promote our new film.” Said Will Hawkins.

The Charity
The speakers will be proceeded by a full breakfast benefit for the Boy Scouts of America, Indian River District. The scouts will also serve and will have displays of Scouting Skills.

The Indian River District of the Boy Scouts of America is made up of more than 200 volunteers who operate 30 Scouting Units that provide programs for almost 1,000 youth. These units are Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, coed Venture Crews and two Sea Scout Ships. The ages of the youth range from 7 years old to 18 years old for Cubs and Scouts and to 21 years old for Venture and Sea Scouts.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to help build Character, Citizenship, and Physical and Mental Fitness in young people. All programs are age appropriate.

The Indian River District of the Boy Scouts of America is a part of the Gulf Stream Council that conducts all Scouting activities from Boca Raton to Sebastian and out around Lake Okeechobee and includes Okeechobee, Clewiston and Belle Glade. The Indian River District covers all of Indian River County.

“This will be a great opportunity for the community to see Boy Scouting skills and have a fantastic breakfast at a great price. A Scout is thrifty.” said Brenda Carley, District Executive. “This is a great example of how a local business can support Scouting or any charity while introducing youth to the wider community.”

About LoPresti Aviation
With certifications on 228 different models, providing for over 72,000 aircraft, LoPresti is the industry leader in HID lighting for aviation and has installed thousands of aftermarket kits. Roy LoPresti was responsible for the design and manufacture of more successful airplanes than any designer in aviation history. Mooney, Grumman, Beech, Piper, each company laid claim for a time to producing the works of his creative mind. In 1991, the legendary engineer formed LoPresti Speed Merchants, located in Vero Beach, Florida. With more than 40 Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) and Parts Manufacturing Authorizations (PMAs), plus patents and copyrights, LoPresti Aviation leads the way in performance and innovation time and again.

The following was a press release issued by LoPresit Aviation.

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Subaru Forester Pinewood Derby Commercial

Posted on 18 February 2009 by admin

While the kids aren’t wearing Cub Scout Uniforms, Subaru has a commercial that features a Pinewood Derby Race.

This video was removed from YouTube 2/1/2012. Let us know if you find it agian!

Isn’t nice when honest virtues win…

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