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Winner of the $25 Gift Code for

Posted on 15 March 2009 by Dan

On February 27th, we started the February Twitter Contest, and today we announce the winner! We had 31 entries to the contest during the two week period it was open.

The Prize
The prize was donated by the good folks at, and consists of a $25 coupon code and free FedEx Ground Shipping at!

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 we selected the winner
In order to enter this contest, you had to:
1. Follow @ScoutingNews on Twitter.
2. Tweet the following message:

I just entered to win a $25 Gift Card from To enter follow @ScoutingNews and retweet.

On March 14th we took all the people that entered and placed their Twitter User Id in a spreadsheet, which assigned a number to each entry. At that point we used an online random number generator to select a number, the entry next to that number was our winner.

…and the winner is
The winner of the $25 Gift Code and Free FedEx Ground Shipping is @CubmasterChris! Congratulations!

Once again, a big thank you to and everyone that entered. We’ll be having another contest later this month, so stay tuned!

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Trail’s Wnd 5 way chocolate lovers tin


Trail’s End Popcorn Expands Voluntary Recall

Posted on 14 March 2009 by Dan

As a result of the FDA expanding the Peanut Corporation of America’s (PCA) Salmonella related recall to include all peanut ingredient products produced in PCA’s Plainview, Texas facility since March 2005, Weaver Popcorn Company, Inc. has issued a precautionary voluntary recall for the following product:
12 oz. (340g) bags of Trail’s End® Chocolatey Peanut Clusters, with Best Before code dates
031308, 040498, 040508, 052108, 053008, 053108, 061408, 062208, 070108, 071608, 071808, 071908, 082508, 082708, 082808, 082908, 083008, 090908, 091208, 091308, 091508, 091608, 091708, 091808, 091908, 092008, 092208, 092308, 092408, 092508, 093008, 100108, 100208, 100608, 100708, 100808, 100908, 101008, 101308, 101508, 101608, 102008, 102108, 102208, 102308, 102408, 102508, 102708, 102808, 102908, 103108, 110308, 110508, 110608, 111708, 111808, 111908, 112208, 112408, 112508, 112608, 042509, 051509, 051809, 051909, 052009, 052609, 052709, 061309, 061609, 061909, 062009, 062209, 062309, 062409, 062509, 062909, 070209, 070409, 070909, 071109, 071409, 072009, 072209, 072309, 072409 and 073109.

Trail's Wnd 5 way chocolate lovers tinThe 12 oz. (340g) Trail’s End Chocolatey Peanut Clusters is one of five separately packaged products included in our Trail’s End® Chocolate Lovers Tin package. The remaining four separately packaged products are not subject to any recall.

“Although we have not received a single health related complaint or any reports of illness related to this product, we are taking this voluntary precautionary action out of an abundance of caution and
consistent with our 80-year unwavering commitment to consumer safety and to providing the highest-quality products,” said Mike Weaver, Weaver Popcorn Company President and CEO.

Since the vast majority of this product has not been sold for a number of months, it is assumed that what has been sold has been consumed. Consumers who have open bags of this product are urged to destroy it. Consumers with an unopened Trail’s End 12 oz. (340g) Chocolatey Peanut Clusters foil bag, with the above listed code dates, can arrange for a refund by calling 1-800-782-4255 (Monday
through Friday from 8:00am – 3:00pm EST).

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Free Umbrella from

Posted on 13 March 2009 by admin Umbrella is running a promotion for a free BSA Umbrella when you spend $70 or more online. The umbrella is a $15.95 value. This promotion is scheduled to end on March 16th.

At checkout use promotion code: H932811

For a complete list of promotions visit the Special Promotions Page.

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MyScouting Traning Catalog

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Online Climb On Safely & Trek Safely Training

Posted on 12 March 2009 by admin

MyScouting Traning CatalogThe E-Learning section of MyScouting has grown! Now leaders can take Climb On Safely and Trek Safely online.

These courses join a growing list of courses that include:
– Not started Youth Protection Training
– Safe Swim Defense
– Safety Afloat
– Staffing the District Committee
– Weather Hazards
– and more specific Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing related trainings.

As a reminder, after Jan 1st, 2009, one leader on each outing is required to have completed the Weather Hazards training.

Hat Tip: Scoutmaster Musings!

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Scouting and Twitter

Posted on 12 March 2009 by Dan

I have received a few questions about Twitter and Scouting recently due to the $25 Gift Card Contest.

What contest you may be asking yourself…
If you haven’t already entered, do so soon as the contest ends on March 13th, 2009! Right now we have approximately 26 entries. (why approximate? Some people didn’t copy the Tweet exactly as specified. I’m going to try to find those that were close, but I haven’t done so yet.)

For those of you who don’t know what Twitter is, its a messaging platform that allows people around the world to post what they are doing in 140 characters or less. You can follow someone to easily keep track of their posts (also known as tweets). Its a hard concept to explain, so consider checking it out instead.

Latter-day Scout (@LatterDay_Scout )recently wrote a post on his blog about Scouting and the various social networking sites. In discussing Twitter, he writes:

When it comes to scouting, Twitter is by far the most useful online tool I’ve found for networking, making scouting friends, and learning more about scouting. In a very short amount of time I’ve found new friends, picked up fundraising and program tips, been pointed to useful scouting resources I was previously unaware of, and ultimately had exposed to me a wealth of scouting news that is beneficial to me, and the scouts I lead.

Not only does Twitter allow Scouts and Leaders learn from each other, its an easy way for National, Councils, and Camps to get information out to prospective folks. A few Councils have done a great job of implementing Twitter into their communication plan, @CapitolAreaBSA and @NEICBSA come to mind. The National Council has also jumped on the bandwagon and started Tweeting with @BoyScouts just a couple of weeks ago.

Top Scouting Related Twitter Users to Follow
@ScoutingNews (I had to) – Tweets about Scouting News and new articles on
@BoyScouts – The official Twitter feed of the Boy Scouts of America. Stay current with the latest news in Scouting.
@ScoutStuff – Coupon Codes and Promotions from
@HalfEagleBot – Keeps track of Scouting related Blogs and News and points you to their stories.
@LatterDay_Scout – A volunteer involved with making better boys, and better men, through Scouting in the Latter-days.
@ScoutSigns – A volunteer that spreads Scouting News and shares great information.

I’m sure I missed a few great Scouting related folks to follow on Twitter, feel free to leave additional suggestions in the comments!

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2009 News 8 Austin Eagle Scout interview

Posted on 09 March 2009 by admin

In 2008, the Capitol Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, set a local record with 342 young men reaching the rank of Eagle Scout – the highest rank in Scouting. News 8 Austin interviewed several new Eagles, and we’re sharing one of them with you.

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BSA Licensing Insider- Officially Licensed Product Seal

Posted on 08 March 2009 by admin

The BSA Licensing Insider, Vol. 2, No. 3, featured information about the Officially Licensed Product Seal.

BSA Officially Licensed Product SealOfficially Licensed Product Seal When the Boy Scouts of America Officially Licensed Product Seal (OLPS) is used on a product, it signals to the consumer that the product or service being purchased has been authorized by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

The manufacturer of the product is contractually bound, has undergone a strict review process to uphold quality standards, and is subject to regular review of its manufacturing processes to comply with product liability and safety requirements, including those defined by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

BSA Licensee Holographic StickerOfficially licensed products are also backed by the BSA commitment to satisfaction and our money-back guarantee. Furthermore, the seal represents the Boy Scouts of America promise that the product will be consistent with the high quality consumers expect from the Boy Scouts of America.

Products without the Officially Licensed Product Seal are not authorized by the Boy Scouts of America and may not measure up to the required standards.

BSA Licensee HangtagLook for this identifier in addition to the holographic security label or other approved brand authenticity measures that current BSA licensees are required to place on every licensed item sold.

These security measures are designed to help consumers identify and track authorized licensed merchandise in the retail landscape.

Please be alert to any products or materials using BSA trademarks without the Officially Licensed Product Seal and holographic security labels. Help us keep the brand’s value intact by reporting any possible infringements to the BSA at

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Balitmore Area Council 2008 Gathering of Eagles

Posted on 07 March 2009 by admin

The Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America 2008 Gathering of Eagles launched the Eagle Reserve Initiative.

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Arrowmen In Action: Serving the People of a State

Posted on 06 March 2009 by admin

Back in February we pointed out a great feature in the NOAC Update Newsletter, called “Arrowmen in Action”. The first Arrowmen featured was involved with building houses in Mexico, the latest in the series highlights an Arrowmen who serves in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

Arrowmen In Action: Serving the People of a State

This semester, as many Arrowmen are taking their seats in the schoolhouse, Jeff St. Cyr will be taking his seat in the state house. That’s right, at just twenty years old, Jeff—an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor section chief from Troop 53 in Alton, New Hampshire—is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. In addition, he’s a student at the University of New Hampshire and, on top of that, chairs his local school board in Alton, New Hampshire.

For Jeff, leadership is something that he’s used to. “It’s always been a part of my life,” he says. In fact, Jeff credits Scouting with giving him the fundamental skills that it takes to be a leader. He was involved in his troop leadership from an early age, starting first as an assistant patrol leader and then working his way up. Today, Jeff serves as Section Chief for NE-1A and will serve as the Conference Vice Chief for Communications at NOAC this summer.

But when he’s not visiting lodges or planning for the conference, Jeff is also representing New Hampshire’s fifth district in the House of Representatives and chairing his local school board. His service on the school board is Jeff’s way of giving back. “I attended the school system when I was younger,” says Jeff. “It’s good to be able to bring a youth perspective to the board.”Jeff St. Cyr

The New Hampshire House of Representatives is made up of 400 members. Of that body, just three are Jeff’s age. The part-time nature of the legislature attracts either young folks who do not yet have careers or retired citizens who have the time and resources to devote to spending time in the capital. But for Jeff, time management is his key to getting things done. “I do a lot of traveling back and forth,” he says. His priorities still lie with getting an education—something Jeff knows is important for his future.

And how does he manage to represent his 3,000 or so constituents in the state house, chair the school board, and run a section? “There’s a balance of working with Scouting and serving constituents,” that Jeff seems to have perfected. At the end of the day, Jeff just enjoys being involved in his community and wants others to know they can be involved, too. “Arrowmen in their communities can certainly get involved,” he encourages. All it takes is the “Power of One”.

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Jeff Gordon to Receive Boy Scouting’s Silver Buffalo

Posted on 05 March 2009 by admin

Jeff GordonChampion race car driver Jeff Gordon has been selected to receive Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) highest honor for his efforts in Scouting’s national recruiting program as well as his personal humanitarian work. The commendation, known as the Silver Buffalo award, will be presented at the annual Boy Scout Leadership Dinner at the Charlotte Convention Center, March 24, 2009.

Gordon is being recognized for his work as honorary chairman and spokesperson for the “Race into Cub Scouting” national recruiting program. He will also be honored for his personal humanitarian efforts, including the work of The Jeff Gordon Foundation that he formed in 1999. Since its inception, the foundation has raised more than $7 million for children’s charities.

The award will be presented by dignitaries including Rick Cronk, retired president, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream and volunteer past president, BSA; and Robert Mazzuca, current chief Scout executive of BSA. Duke Energy’s group executive and chief legal officer Marc E. Manly is serving as the dinner’s chairman. The featured speaker will be Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group.

The Silver Buffalo award, Scouting’s highest commendation, recognizes the invaluable contributions that outstanding American men and women render to youth on a national level. Past recipients of the award include Charles Lindbergh, Walt Disney, Hank Aaron, General Colin Powell, and 13 Presidents of the United States.

Sponsorship opportunities for the dinner are available. Funds raised through corporate and table sponsorships provide major support for year-round programs for thousands of young people in Mecklenburg County including youth who are disadvantaged, from diverse cultures or have disabilities. Over 500 business people and supporters are expected to attend the dinner. For more information or to sponsor a table, contact the Mecklenburg County Council, BSA at 704-333-5471.

The following was a press release issued by Mecklenberg County Council BSA.

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