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OA Shows Launches Film Competition

Posted on 27 March 2009 by admin

NOAC2009Do you have an interest in making movies? Ever wanted to share your interest with someone else? Want to have your video on the screen at NOAC? If you answered “yes” to any of these three questions, then the NOAC Short Film Competition is for you. Join Arrowmen from around the country in this exciting competition to vie for the best NOAC short film.

For more information, please visit

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Free Shipping at March 27-29 w/ code

Posted on 26 March 2009 by Dan

If you follow on twitter (@ScoutStuff) you would have seen the following message earlier today:

ADVANCED NOTICE: Free Shipping, March 27-29 on Start shopping tomorrow. Enter code TW91422. Visit

Happy Shopping!

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The Automation Federation

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Automation Federation Serves as Technology Partner for 2010 Jamboree

Posted on 26 March 2009 by admin

The Automation FederationThe Automation Federation announced today that it has been selected by the Boy Scouts of America to provide activities for Technology Quest at the 2010 Boy Scout Jamboree. The event, which celebrates the 100th Year of Scouting in America and attracts over 40,000 Scouts and leaders, will be held at Fort A. P. Hill in Virginia, 26 July – 4 August 2010.

Technology Quest at the Jamboree is an exhibit area where Scouts can take part in a variety of science-related activities. The Scouts, traveling from all over the United States to take part in the Centennial Jamboree, will learn more about the importance of math and science in education.

Technology Quest (formerly Arts and Sciences) is a dynamic set of interactive hands-on activities highlighting the Arts and Sciences. The Automation Federation exhibit will consist of series of interactive stations where Scouts will have the opportunity to take part in hands-on demonstrations that will give them insight into a variety of automation careers.

The mission of Technology Quest is to excite and motivate youth to acquire the skill sets needed for life and careers in the 21st Century. The Automation Federation exhibit will challenge their imaginations and allow them to explore a wide variety of new experiences. Technology Quest will equip youth with a vision of the future, and the knowledge that they can play whatever role they choose in shaping that future.

In the coming weeks, the Automation Federation will be offering an opportunity for industry companies to submit an RFP to sponsor one of a limited number of interactive stations. The companies that are selected to participate in this event will join the Automation Federation in helping to build the “Next Generation of Automation Professionals” through this event.

The Federation will also be recruiting individual members that were former Scouts as well as present or past Scout Leaders to give some of their time over the 10 day Jamboree to take part in running the exhibit and interacting with the attendees.

Kim Miller Dunn (Den Leader Pack 618 Cub Scouts-California), Chair of the Automation Federation, along with Leo Staples (Troop Committee Chair BSA Troop 275-Oklahoma), Chair of the Automation Federation Energy Committee, are the Co-Chairs for the committee planning this set of activities. “We are pleased that the Boy Scouts of America has honored the Automation Federation by allowing our association to be part of this exciting event in Scouting. The Jamboree gives us an opportunity to reach out to tens of thousands of Scouts and Scout leaders to educate them about the career opportunities in the automation profession, which will help our member organizations and industry companies fill the void as the current generation of technicians, engineers, and technologists retire. This event is truly a ‘win-win’ partnership between the Boy Scouts of America and the Federation,” said Dunn and Staples.

For further information about the Jamboree, or to find out how to be involved, contact Mike Marlowe at + 1 919 314 3937 or

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

About the Automation Federation
The Automation Federation is a global umbrella organization under which member associations and societies engaged in manufacturing and process automation activities can work more effectively to fulfill their missions, advance the science and engineering of automation technologies and applications and develop the workforce needed to capitalize on the benefits of automation. The Automation Federation is working to become the “Voice of Automation.” For more information about the Automation Federation, visit

The following has been a press release issued by The Automation Federation.

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Luc Panissod

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Luc Panissod to head the World Scout Bureau

Posted on 25 March 2009 by admin

At its first annual meeting, the World Scout Committee appointed Luc Panissod as Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Mr Panissod, who had been fulfilling this function on an interim basis since November 2007, will lead the World Scout Bureau, the international secretariat of the Scout Movement, based in Geneva.

Luc PanissodOn learning of his appointment, Luc Panissod stated: “I am very honoured by the trust that the World Committee has shown towards me and I am perfectly aware of the responsibilities entrusted to me. In order to carry out my mandate, I count on the support of the Committee as well as that of all volunteers and professionals at all levels of our Organization. My commitment is guided by Scouting’s values. My work will aim to bring about the changes needed for our Movement to be able to respond to the needs of young people and to face the challenges of the future.”

Born in 1949, Luc Panissod was recruited by World Scouting in 1982, after having worked in the private and public sectors in France and Switzerland. He has a degree in Economics and an MBA from the Sorbonne, and very soon became interested in promoting public and social causes.

From 1991 to 2007, Luc Panissod was Deputy Secretary General in charge of the General Management of the World Scout Bureau.

This session of the World Scout Committee also involved a strategic thinking exercise. Rick Cronk, Chairman of the World Scout Committee, concluded the session by stating: “National Scout Organizations are asking us for inspired leadership that is focused on results. They are asking us to lead the way”.

The following was a press release issued by the World Scout Bureau.

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BSA Trained

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New Online Training – This is Scouting

Posted on 24 March 2009 by Dan

BSA Trained“This is Scouting” has been added to the BSA’s on-line Learning Center. “This is Scouting” replaces New Leader Essentials as a required course for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing volunteers to earn the “Trained” leader emblem. New Leader Essentials will no longer be taught after April 1, 2009.

While the primary delivery method for “This is Scouting” is on-line, a DVD . No. 36118, will be available after April 1, from BSA Supply Division for areas where internet access is limited or where group presentation is desired.

All Scouters are encouraged to create a MyScouting account and access this training through the MyScouting portal, as credit for this training will be recorded on their ScoutNET record upon completion.

Update: When the announcement was originally made on it stated that New Leaders Essential would no longer be taught after April 1st. This reference has been removed from the majority of Council announcements. Please check with your local Council to determine if New Leader Essentials is still being taught.

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BSA Scouting Museum

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Irving, Texas Invites Scouts to the National Scouting Museum

Posted on 23 March 2009 by admin

The National Scouting Museum and the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau (ICVB) have teamed up to offer special discount packages to Scouts and their families who want to learn more about the history of the Boy Scouts of America.

BSA Scouting MuseumLocated between Dallas and Fort Worth, Irving serves as the national headquarters for the Boy Scouts of America and the adjacent National Scouting Museum. The size of a football field, this massive, state-of-the-art facility features high-tech, virtual reality adventures with hands-on learning experiences, as well as the largest collection of Norman Rockwell Scouting paintings under one roof. The National Scouting Museum is also a tribute to the rich history of Scouting, with a historical collection that traces the Scouting movement from its beginnings.

The Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau Teams Up To Offer New Experiences for Scouts

In 2009, the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau offers special discounts for Scouts and their families at local hotels and attractions, in commemoration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of Scouting in February 2010 and to raise awareness of the National Scouting Museum. Scouts who come to Irving, Texas and the National Scouting Museum will enjoy hands-on educational experiences and opportunities to learn the history of America through the growth of the Scouting movement.

To further promote the anniversary, the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau has planned a series of gondola rows in cities throughout the US, leading to the centennial celebration in Washington, DC in 2010.

For more information on the National Scouting Museum and to receive special Scout rates and packages, visit the “Hot Deals” section of the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau website at

The following was a press release issued by the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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2008 Boy Scout Sale a Popping Success

Posted on 22 March 2009 by admin

The results are in from the Boy Scouts’ annual popcorn sale, and once again the Scouts have outdone themselves, taking to their neighborhoods, local businesses and even the internet to sell Trail’s End popcorn.

Congratulations to this year’s “Tops in Pops” – the top 10 sellers from across the country for 2008, whose combined sales earned almost $110,000 for local Scouting in their communities:

Name, Unit, Location, Amount Sold, Amount returned to local Scouting

Jonathan Beck, Boy Scout Troop 157, Lubbock, TX $22,022 $15,415
Tanner Hatcher, Boy Scout Troop 2, Portsmouth, OH $22,016 $15,411
Kenny Standridge, Boy Scout Troop 58, Spring Branch, TX $16,536 $11,575
Tristan Noel, Boy Scout Troop 357, Grand Junction, CO $16,334 $11,433
Samuel Lankford, Boy Scout Troop 216, Greensboro, NC $15,350 $10,745
Cody Cook, Boy Scout Troop 93, Anaheim, CA $15,000 $10,500
Randy Janson, Cub Scout Pack 147, Champaign, IL $13,178 $9,225
James Rodrigue, Boy Scout Troop 820, Houma, LA $12,032 $8,422
James Bradshaw, Boy Scout Troop 1999, Plano, TX $11,470 $8,029
Zachary Williams, Cub Scout Pack 1094, Darnestown, MD $11,343 $7,940

The 2007 top seller and top-selling Scout of all-time, 10-year-old Lucas Pauliukonas of Wasco, CA, a member of Boy Scout Troop 30,000 from the Southern Sierra Council, had another successful season, selling close to $9,000 in popcorn, which brought in $6,300 for his Council and Troop. That brings his total sales to $68,572 throughout his Scouting career, and a return of approximately $48,000 to local Scouting in his area; he has set a lifetime sales goal of $100,000. He holds the Boy Scout popcorn sales record of $39,501, set in 2007. So far, Lucas has earned more than $4,000 in college scholarship money from selling popcorn.

Sale Goes Year-Round; Scouts Can Earn Their Way to Camp
New for this year, industrious Scouts can earn their way to camp by selling popcorn online this spring via From March 15 – May 15, 2009, Scouts who generate orders through can use their sales to help pay for camp. In addition, Scouts can earn Coleman gift cards through sales on, to help them purchase camping supplies, and all sales count toward college scholarship accounts for qualifying Scouts. Like the traditional door-to-door Trail’s End popcorn sale, an average of 70 percent of sales from goes to support local Scouting.

Consumers who order through don’t need to know a specific Scout to support their local Council. When logging onto the site, they can simply select the local Council from a drop down menu, and any orders placed will benefit the selected Council, helping area Scouts pay for summer camp.

“Summer camp is one of the key activities that Scouts do every year,” said Elizabeth Weaver, director of marketing for “We’re happy to continue to provide Scouts with tools that help them raise money for their Scouting programs.”

About Trail’s End
Trail’s End popcorn and other snacks, sold exclusively through Boy Scouts of America and Scouts Canada as a fundraiser for local Scouting, is produced by Weaver Popcorn Company, Inc., one of the largest producers and manufacturers of popcorn products in the world. An 80-year-old, family-owned company, Weaver Popcorn distributes its products in more than 90 countries. Weaver Popcorn has been supplying popcorn to local Scouting for their annual product sales for 28 years.

The following was a press release issued by Trail’s End Popcorn.

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Spring Popcorn Sale Kicked Off

Posted on 17 March 2009 by admin

Councils across the Country kicked off their spring popcorn sales on March 15th. In a push to sell more popcorn online, Trails End introduced three new products that are available exclusively online.

Available online are:
-Chili Lime Almonds
-Wasabi Soy Almonds
-Yogurt-Covered Pretzels

orderpopcorn.comTo order visit If you know a Scout see if they have a code so they can get credit for your sale, or select your local Council, or visit Latterday_Scout’s post (link below) and help his son earn his way to the 2010 Jambo!

Hat Tip: Latter-Day Scouting for Better Boys & Men

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BSA Silver Antelope

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Western Region Announces 2009 Silver Antelope Recipients

Posted on 16 March 2009 by admin

The Western Region has announced its 2009 Silver Antelope recipients. These individuals will be honored at the Western Region Luncheon at the National BSA meeting in May 2009.

About the Silver Antelope Award
BSA Silver AntelopeThe Silver Antelope Award, created in 1942, is granted for outstanding service to youth within the territory of a BSA region. The criteria are similar to those for the Silver Buffalo, with one major difference: A recipient must be a registered adult member of the Boy Scouts of America. The awards are presented in connection with regional meetings or at other public functions within the region. The National Court of Honor bestows Silver Antelope Awards on the basis of the number of registered volunteers in a region.

2009 Western Region Silver Antelope Recipients
James Arriola, Las Vegas Area Council
Dean Burgess, Great Salt Lake Council
Gary Dollar, Utah National Parks Council
Steve Gaines, Blue Mountain Council
Kenneth Hemmelman, Inland Northwest Council
Robert McEldowney, Aloha Council
Lyle Mills, W. Los Angeles Area Council
George Mitchell, Grand Canyon Council
Frank Ramirez, Longs Peak Council
Wesley Smith, Piedmont Council
Kelly Williams, Rocky Mountain Council

Congratulations to these fine Scouting volunteers!

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Silver Buffalo

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Western Region 2009 Silver Buffalo Recipients Announced

Posted on 15 March 2009 by admin

Silver BuffaloThe Silver Buffalo Award, created in 1925, is bestowed upon those who give truly noteworthy and extraordinary service to youth. This award, Scouting’s highest commendation, recognizes the invaluable contributions that outstanding American men and women render to youth. The service must be national in character and can be directly connected with the BSA or independent of the movement.

Congratulations to the four 2009 Silver Buffalo recipients from the Western Region.

* D. Kent Clayburn; Moraga, CA

* Ronald K. Migita; Honolulu, HI

* Nathan O. Rosenberg; Laguna Beach, CA

* Lance B. Wickman; Salt Lake City, UT


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