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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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