Archive | February, 2009

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‘AIRCRAFT CARRIER PREMIERE’ of 759 Boy Scouts of Harlem

Posted on 18 February 2009 by admin

In January we introduced readers to a new documentary film that was in production, titled 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem. In a followup interview with the co-directors, Joshua (from tried to learn more about a possible release date, but it was left at Spring of 2009.

Well, wait no longer! A premiere viewing of the film is coming at the end of march. The Greater New York Council is hosting a premiere of the film on the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier, which is docked on the west side of Manhattan.

‘AIRCRAFT CARRIER PREMIERE’ of the documentary film: 759 Boy Scouts of Harlem
March 28th at 10AM
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum (
Pier 86, W 46th St and 12th Ave
New York City
Hosted by the Boy Scouts of America Greater New York Councils

To reserve a seat at the free screening: email Julio Garcia at BSA-GNYC at to request your name be added to the list; space is very limited and your name MUST be on the list.

To watch the film’s trailer, learn more about the film, or get updates on its production view the official website at

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Arrowmen In Action

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Arrowmen In Action: Building Houses and Building Lives

Posted on 17 February 2009 by admin

There was a great article included in the last NOAC Update Newsletter, it was the first of what sounds like will be many Arrowmen In Action stories.

Arrowmen In Action: Building Houses and Building Lives

For many Arrowmen, the idea of a good time may be spending three days hiking in the backcountry. Many sixteen year-olds might spend their time with friends or surfing the latest music videos on MTV. But for Justin Churchman, nothing is more fun than spending three days in Mexico building houses for the less fortunate.

For four years sixteen year old Justin – an Eagle Scout and Ordeal member from Troop 59 in El Paso, Texas – has been hard at work providing shelter for impoverished Mexicans. In seventh grade Justin got the opportunity to go to Mexico with his middle school to build houses through the organization Casas por Cristo. He originally decided to go on the trip because it sounded like a cool weekend getaway. But by the end of the weekend it had turned into much more. “I fell in love with it…it changed my life,” he said.
Arrowmen In Action

After spending the weekend building a two-room home with power and lighting, Justin felt like he had accomplished a lot. But he knew he had a lot more work to do. “When I saw the family’s faces, I wanted to do so much more,” he said. And much more he did. Soon after his first trip, Justin called Casas to find out about starting his own team. Instead of helping him assemble everything necessary to build a house on his own, they referred him to two church groups that let him tag along. But by the end of 2006, Justin had convinced the organization that he was ready to build a house of his own.

Arrowmen In ActionIn order to build his house, he recruited a team of thirty volunteers. In addition, he is responsible for raising $6,000, planning all of the logistics and filling out all of the necessary paperwork. But for Justin, it was worth it. “The idea of my hands giving someone shelter hit me hard,” he said. His project was successful and provided eight people with shelter they wouldn’t have had otherwise. With this success Justin was ready to build again.

One of his next projects carried special meaning. Justin decided to team with his sister and build a house to complete his Eagle Scout Rank and her GSA Gold Award.

By the end of last school year, he convinced the organization to let him intern – a position that’s normally reserved for college students. Now, according to Justin, he builds every chance he gets. “On Monday my friends talk about what they did over the weekend: watch movies or hang out. But when my friends ask what I did over the weekend, I can say that I built a house.”

Justin just completed his eleventh house and hopes to have twenty done by the time he’s seventeen. When he’s not building houses, Justin manages to find time to play soccer and participate in his church’s youth group. He has even started a healthy-living awareness group with a friend. Justin uses the power of one. Do you?

Every Arrowmen has the Power of One. If you know an outstanding youth Arrowmen who has truly made a difference in their community, you can nominate them to be featured in a NOAC News You Can Use by sending an Email with their name, contact info, and a brief background of what they have done to

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Casa del Gavilan Innkeeper Position

Posted on 16 February 2009 by admin

If you enjoy the natural beauty of Philmont, you may be interested in this job opportunity that was posted on the Philmont Staff Association Website.

Live and work year round under the Tooth of Time.

Seeking a resident innkeeper for the Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn (The Nairn Place) in Cimarron, New Mexico. Completely surrounded by Philmont the Casa del Gavilan is a place of uncommon tranquility. The owners of the Casa (current and former Philmonters) are seeking a self-motivated individual or couple to operate the inn for 9-11 months per year. This is a hands-on position requiring the innkeeper to cook for up to 15 (with assistance), clean rooms, assist with laundry, and do a little light gardening. Housekeeping staff does most of the room cleaning but innkeeper will be responsible for some as well. Previous hospitality experience preferred but not essential. Non-smoker with no pets preferred.

Applicants must have superior references, excellent people skills, and be detail oriented to provide exceptional hospitality. Private suite is provided for on-site housing. Salary $15,000/year with January off. This position may also be available as an April 1 through October 31 annual contract if preferred by the right applicant. This is not a 9-5 position. Applicant must be comfortable living in a remote setting, and happy to provide hospitality 24/7 as required. It isn’t a lot of work but the work is spread out over the day with free time here and there.

Contact Dave Emery at for more information and an application. More information regarding the Casa del Gavilan can be found at

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OA Socks

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2009 NOAC Items Available for Pre-Order

Posted on 16 February 2009 by Dan

OA SocksThe National Order of the Arrow Trading Post Online now includes 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) merchandise.

According to the NOAC Newsletter, there is a variety of items including:
– A trendy polo shirt with a discreet embroidered turtle, which makes the shirt one that can be worn whether or not you are at a Scouting event.
– A plush turtle along the same lines as the plush teddy bears that have been offered in the past.
– A bronze coin for each of the ArrowCorps5 sites.

The Online Trading Post is asking that you place your pre-order as soon as possible to help determine proper ordering quantities. Also, you do not need to attend NOAC to place a pre-order, so let your friends and family know that the NOAC 2009 trading post merchandise has been posted.

Remember these are preorders, they will not ship the item right away!

Beginning February 15, 2009, ALL orders placed will be held until the National Order of the Arrow Conference in early August. All payments will be processed at the time of order. Depending upon the shipment method selected during the order process, the order may eitherby Picked up at NOAC or the order will be shipped to you from NOAC.

What are you going to order?

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Uniform Inspection Sheet

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New Uniform Inspection Sheets

Posted on 15 February 2009 by Dan

Uniform Inspection SheetWhile we are still waiting for an official insignia guide for the new uniforms, National has released new uniform inspection sheets which clear up the proper placement of most insignia.

Adult Scout Leader Uniform Inspection Sheet (pdf)

Cub Scout Uniform Inspection Sheet (pdf)

Webelos Uniform Inspection Sheet (pdf)

Boy Scout/Varsity Scout Uniform Inspection Sheet (pdf)

This should mean we are one step closer to an Insignia Guide!

Hat Tip:

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Announcement: Sorry for the Lack of Posts

Posted on 14 February 2009 by Dan

Those that follow @scoutingnews on Twitter know that I was having some difficulties with the back end of the Scouting News website. Starting on February 11th, I was unable to save new posts, which made it impossible to update the site.

All of this was made worse by the fact that I was traveling halfway across the country to Washington State. Good news is, I was able to fix the site and everything should be back to normal.

If by chance you see or experience any quirks let me know and I will iron them out!

Thanks for your patience…

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Wood Badge Beads

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Bay Lakes Council to Offer Week Long Wood Badge Course

Posted on 14 February 2009 by admin

Wood Badge BeadsBay-Lakes Council, located in Wisconsin, will offer a week-long Wood Badge course this August, running from Monday through Saturday, to enable participation from scouters who faith practices do not permit/enable Sunday activities. It will be at Cub Scout World Camp Rokilio, near Kiel east of Lake Winnebago. Below is the article from the current issue of the GUIDE. Download the brochure, online at:

Wood Badge Does More
“Is that what you do at Wood Badge?” one Wood Badge staff member’s spouse was
heard to ask when serving as an audience for a rehearsal of a presentation. “I can use that in my work…What else do you do?”

While the Wood Badge curriculum is designed for leadership of all levels of Scouting programs the content is applicable for parents, teachers, leaders of departments and companies and leaders and volunteers of other organizations. It draws on the best of BSA’s experience and the books and articles written by the leading figures in the field of leadership.

Dr. Don Francis, this year’s course director, says, “I wish I could put even 1/3 of this Wood Badge course in my college course on leadership and ethics. Wood Badge uses the patrol method, so we learn and practice the leadership experience during the week and apply it in our Scouting positions the months afterward.”

People are already registering for the August 17-22, 2009, course. Only 48 participants
will be allowed to take the course, and the fee has been kept low at $225 which covers all meals, facilities, program materials, and regalia.

For more information contact Dr. Don Francis at (262) 241-5363 or You can also go to the Bay-Lakes Council web site to obtain a copy of the registration brochure at

This article was originally sent out to the WDBadge-L Mailing List.

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BSA to Pursue Negotiations to Establish National Scouting Center

Posted on 11 February 2009 by admin

As on outgrowth of an 18-month process aimed at establishing a permanent home for its iconic event, the national Scout jamboree, the Boy Scouts of America announced today that it will enter negotiations with sites in Virginia and West Virginia to explore the vision of a National Scouting Center. The National Scouting Center will comprise three major areas of focus: the permanent home for the national Scout jamboree, a new high-adventure base, and expanded opportunities for national leadership and outdoor skills training. The vision for a National Scouting Center evolved from an intensive, highly competitive site selection process that drew 80 proposals from 28 states.

The site selection process, referred to as Project Arrow, was overseen by a committee that narrowed submissions to three outstanding finalist proposals from Virginia, West Virginia, and Arkansas. Today, after serious and thorough consideration, the BSA’s National Executive Board took action to proceed with further investigation and negotiations with Virginia and West Virginia. Plans call for placement of the permanent home for the BSA’s national jamboree in Goshen, Rockbridge County, Virginia, and the new high-adventure base in Fayette and Raleigh counties, West Virginia.

“This new vision of a National Scouting Center represents an incredible opportunity for the BSA, our Scouts, and the nation. In its entirety, the center will offer a new American landmark-a multipurpose, year-round destination for Scouting activities that will become the epicenter for the best that Scouting has to offer,” said Jack D. Furst, chairman of the Project Arrow Committee and retired partner of the private equity firm HM Capital Partners. “It will be a dynamic place where people from all over this country and the world come together to share their common values, partake in America’s best leadership programs, and challenge themselves through rigorous outdoor activities.”

Furst noted that although an important step has been taken, there is still much work to be done. “We are moving from vision to reality, and there is still much process to go through.”

“Serving as the home for the Boy Scouts’ national Scout jamboree is a great honor for the commonwealth of Virginia,” said Patrick O. Gottschalk, Virginia secretary of commerce and trade. “We are committed to this process and know that we have a tremendous amount to offer in the long term to this time-honored celebration and the organizational goals of the Boy Scouts.”

Kelley Goes, cabinet secretary of the West Virginia Department of Commerce, says her state is eager to continue progress with the BSA. “We appreciate the Boy Scouts’ recognition of what our land has to offer with its spectacular and diverse topography. There are opportunities to bring new adventure outlets to Scouts, and we look forward to continuing this discussion.”

Experiential learning activities, such as the ones offered at BSA high- adventure bases and the national jamboree, are a core element to fulfilling the BSA’s mission of serving America’s youth with character-building opportunities. Both the jamboree and high-adventure bases reflect the skills and values of Scouting — appreciation for the outdoors, physical fitness, environmental conservation, and understanding our national heritage.

Every four years, the BSA hosts a 10-day jamboree celebration that draws more than 240,000 Scouts, volunteers, vendors, and visitors. Annually, the BSA’s three existing high-adventure bases, Philmont, Northern Tier, and Florida Sea Base, serve more than 50,000 youth — with 20,000 more wait- listed. The new proposed adventure base would complement the existing three and help meet the demand for high-adventure activities with completely new programs not offered elsewhere.

Furst says the BSA extends its sincere thanks to the jamboree site finalist in Saline County, Arkansas. “We are so grateful to Governor Beebe and the officials of Arkansas for providing us such a compelling option, and showcasing their state’s great leadership. Their incredible site had many outstanding elements,” Furst said.

Among other criteria that were considered, potential jamboree sites were to:
* Have spectacular natural beauty
* Have water for recreational activities
* Be at least 5,000 acres and available for donation, long-term lease (100-plus years), or sale
* Be within 25 miles of an interstate or a four-lane divided highway
* Be within 150 miles of a commercial service airport with medium or large hub status
* Be in an area with adequate medical services
* Be accessible year-round via standard modes of transportation

The BSA partnered with McCallum Sweeney Consulting in Greenville, South Carolina, to aid in the search and evaluation process. During the more than 18-month site selection process, a three-phase, systematic review and assessment approach gave each proposal thorough consideration.

About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving more than 4.6 million youth between the ages of 7 and 20, with more than 300 councils throughout the United States and its territories, the BSA is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting movement is composed of 1.2 million volunteers, whose dedication of time and resources has enabled the BSA to remain the nation’s leading youth-service organization. For more information on the BSA, please visit

More information about 100 Years of Scouting can be found at

The following was a press release issued by the Boy Scouts of America.

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A Scout is 2008 Essay Contest Winners

Posted on 11 February 2009 by Dan

Last December Scouting News was trying to spread the word about an essay contest being run at

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 2008 essay contest winners have been announced!

Scout Law Category Winner – “My Chance to Be a Friend” – submitted by Achinthya, Troop 765

A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. This is the pledge that Boy Scouts across the country recite at every weekly meeting. They are asked to live it in life, but some of them are hard at times. This is my story about my difficulty with ‘friendly’.

Imagine a middle school at lunch, bustling with people. The lunch lines crowded, on a sweltering day. Got the picture?

Read the entire 2008 Scout Law Category Winning essay.

Scouts Helping Scouts Category Winner – submitted by Collin, Troop 507

In 2002, when I first joined Boy Scout Troop 507 at St. Bede’s, I had the same emotions as any other Cub Scout joining the Boy Scouts. Anxiety. Fear. Excitement. Worry. Anxiety over whether or not I would be accepted into the troop. Fear that I would be rejected. Excitement over the fact I was going to the next level of Scouting. And worry over the negative aspects of Boy Scouts. However, all those emotions were put to rest by one person, a senior Scout to be specific. If it weren’t for him, I would never have become an Eagle Scout. I will always be grateful to him for helping me and countless other Scouts become more comfortable with Boy Scouting and teaching us invaluable skills that we would need later in life.

Read the entire 2008 Scouts Helping Scouts Category Winning essay.

There were no entries in the “Scouts Helping Others” category, and three runner ups in the “Scout Law” category.

Did you miss out on the 2008 essay contests? Don’t delay, the 2009 contest is open, with the same three categories. The essay contests are run annually, with a submission deadline of December 15th and winners being announced in January. Contest monetary awards are provided by the Nigel C Clarke endowment and in his memory, and by sponsoring councils, districts and troops.

Learn more about the “A Scout Is…” essay contests and learn how to submit your entry at

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Texas Report to State

Posted on 10 February 2009 by Dan

Boy Scouts from all over Texas converged on Austin to celebrate 99 years on Saturday. The 60th anniversary of the parade consisted of 3,000 scouts. After the parade, which ends at the State Capital, the Scouts made their Report to the State.

Austin American-Statesman Videoor

Fox 7 News Story Video

On Saturday, during the report to the state @CapitolAreaBSA was live tweeting the event on twitter. Here are some of the reports highlights:

– Alamo Area Council reports a successful food drive in 2008, collecting half million lbs food and clothing for needy.
– Bay Area Council Scouts performed 30,000 hours of community service in 2008.
– Buffalo Trails Council’s Soccer and Scouting program grew by 50% in 2008, getting more Hispanic children into Scouting.
– Capitol Area Council reports 9 Scouts in 2008 received heroism, lifesaving or meritorious action awards.
– Circle Ten Council had a council-record 831 Eagle Scouts in 2008.
– East Texas Area Council reports coming together with the community to recover from a Cub Scout parade accident.
– Northwest Texas Council reports renovating Camp Perkins on 2008, to allow more young people the chance to learn about the outdoors.
– Sam Houston Area Council reports holding relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Ike, including more than 14,000 hours of community service.
– Rio Grande Council reports working with the Diabetes Association to create opportunities for children to enjoy physical fitness programs.

Does your Council participate in a Report to the State on Scouting?

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