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New Agreement Between BSA and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Boy Scout Association

Posted on 30 April 2009 by Dan

kingdom-of-saudi-arabia-boy-scouts-associationChief Scout Executive Robert J. Mazzuca recently signed a historic agreement between the Boy Scouts of
America and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Boy Scout Association.

The agreement outlines the details for a youth and leader exchange program between the two Scout associations. The BSA has agreed to send Scouts and leaders to Saudi Arabia and accept Scouts and leaders from Saudi Arabia. The exchange program will be administered under the authority of the BSA International Commissioner: Wayne Perry.

“Exchanges such as these offer an incredible opportunity for understanding and goodwill,” Perry explained. Included in the exchange plans will be “home stay” opportunities for young people to stay in the homes of families of the host country.

The BSA hopes to begin the exchanges this summer.

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National Scouting Museum Hosts ‘Wild Wonders’

Posted on 29 April 2009 by admin

Everyone is invited to come and see LIVE ANIMALS at the National Scouting Museum on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 12 p.m. Join us as The Fort Worth Zoo presents Wild Wonders, an educational program for everyone!!!

Attention Cub Scouts!!! Want to earn the Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop?!!! Come early (11 a.m.), and we’ll have an instructor on hand to teach the requirements!

Reservations are required for the Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop workshop. To make your reservation, please call 972-580-2467.

Admission is $5 each.

The following was an email invitation sent out by the National Scouting Museum.

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Blue Ridge Mountain Council Scout Wins “Leading Lights” Award

Posted on 28 April 2009 by admin

Ben Webster Recieves Leading Lights AwardFifteen year old Ben Webster of Troop 244, New River District, Blue Ridge Mountain Council, was selected as the “Leading Lights – Neighbors Helping Neighbors” Youth Award Winner.

The Virginia Tech German Club Alumni Foundation Founded the “Leading Lights Award” in an effort to recognize and promote volunteerism in the aftermath of the events of April 16, 2007. The group seeks to recognize volunteers from all sectors in the New River Valley who are making a community-changing impact and serving as a model to inspire others.

Ben is very active in Boy Scouting and the Order of the Arrow. He volunteers his time as Den Chief to Cub Scout Troop 700 in Snowville. He led Troop games and provided cultural experiences for the Troop. He has worked on many projects through Scouting, including the restoration of the Snowville Cemetery and helping to re-construct a planter at the Snowville Elementary School. Ben was elected as Chapter Chief for the Blue Ridge Order of the Arrow. His leadership extends to 26 Troops in the Blue Ridge Mountains Council, and he works diligently extending his hand of friendship to others interested in Scouting. Ben has also served as Senior Patrol Leader and instructor of his Troop. Ben provided strong leadership for a project aimed at helping some members of Snowville Christian CHurch. He worked with some Virginia Tech students to remove the debris of a house on church property that had been recently torn down. Ben also organized a clean-up day at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford. Ten other members of the Order of the Arrow participated in this clean-up project. Ben also volunteers with Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley. He helps with the movning and loading of donated books from community members in order to help raise funds for the organization. Ben volunteers approximately 150 hours of service a year, and has been doing so for three years.

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Senator Nelson Introduces Resolution Celebrating the BSA

Posted on 27 April 2009 by Dan

ben-nelsonOn April 23rd, 2009, Nebraska’s Senator Ben Nelson introduced a resolution in the U.S. Senate which designates February 8, 2010 as “Boy Scouts of America Day” to celebrate the organization’s 100th anniversary.

“As an Eagle Scout, I know what an immensely valuable organization the Boy Scouts of America is to both the state of Nebraska and to the country as a whole,” said Senator Nelson. “Their continued emphasis on civic engagement, self-reliance, and strong character has certainly shaped my life for the better, and it is my hope that the Boy Scouts of America are around for many years to come so that they may teach these same lessons to our future generations.”

The Boy Scouts of America was founded on February 8, 1910 by William D. Boyce, Ernest Thompson Seton, and Daniel Carter Beard. Since its founding, more than 110 million Americans have been members of the Boy Scouts of America.

Senator Ben Nelson earned the rank of Eagle Scout on August 23, 1956.

The following was a press release issued by Senator Ben Nelson.

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Boys’ Life Magazine Promotes Environmental Leadership With Sustainable Forestry Initiative(R) Forest Certification

Posted on 26 April 2009 by admin

Boys’ Life magazine, the youth monthly published by the Boy Scouts of America, has become certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, an organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management.

From the forest to BSA headquarters to the pressroom to the mailboxes of more than 1 million subscribers each month, Boys’ Life adheres to a strict policy of environmental responsibility.

“At its heart, Boys’ Life is about the outdoors and about teaching our young readers to be good stewards of the outdoors,” says Mike Goldman, managing editor of Boys’ Life. “We are dedicated to minimizing our magazine’s impact on the earth while maximizing our readers’ enjoyment of nature.”

As part of its certification, the Boys’ Life workflow at its printing partner, Quad/Graphics, will be required to undergo annual surveillance audits as well as full certification against the SFI Standard every five years, conducted by independent, accredited certification bodies. All audit reports are published on the SFI program’s website at

“Demand for products from well-managed forests is increasing worldwide and with today’s announcement, Boys’ Life joins a growing number of companies that are demonstrating their environmental commitment through certification to the SFI program,” said SFI Inc. President and CEO, Kathy Abusow. “Boys’ Life has taken a leadership role by supporting global efforts to improve forest practices.”

With more than 154 million acres certified across North America, the SFI sustainable forestry certification program is one of the largest in the world, with a standard based on principles and measures that promote responsible environmental behavior and sound forest management including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk and forests of exceptional conservation value.

To encourage the millions of youth and adult members of the Scouting program to consider green in every aspect of their life, the Boy Scouts of America also includes an organic clothing line, and the 12th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook, which will release late in the summer of 2009, is also green certified.

For more about Boys’ Life and SFI, visit

About Boys’ Life magazine
Award-winning Boys’ Life has been America’s leading youth publication since its beginning in 1911. The 1.1-million circulation flagship magazine of the Boy Scouts of America has positively influenced generations of readers and shall continue to educate and entertain generations to come.

About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving nearly 4.1 million young people between 7 and 20 years of age with more than 300 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.

Hat Tip: @CapitolAreaBSA

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Scout Recognized for herosim and bravery

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Scout Recognized by Governor Kaine, House of Delegates, and NASCAR

Posted on 25 April 2009 by admin

Eleven year old Forrest Taylor was returning home from shopping in February and saw one of a number of brush fires that started that day. He told his brother to stop the car and dialed 911, and Forrest and his brother and father got out and battled the flames with T-shirts. Forrest also took photographs and video of firefighters attacking the brush fire.

For his valiant efforts, Forrest has been interviewed for a variety of newspapers and television shows, including receiving exposure from national networks, like CNN.

Scout Recognized for herosim and braveryForrest was also recently recognized by House of Delegates representative, Kathy Byron, who met up with Forrest at Altavista Elementary School to present him with the certificate on Wednesday, March 25.

He also recieved a certificate commending him for his heroism and bravery from Governor Tim Kaine.

Forrest was allowed to go into the pits and meet NASCAR driver Stacy Compton and his crew, as well as other drivers at the recent Martinsville race. Mr. Compton was very grateful for Forrest’s actions in saving his land from the brush fire. Compton believes that young Forrest lived up to the Boy Scout motto to be prepared, and to do a good deed every day.

The following was distributed by the Blue Ridge Council, BSA.

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Boy Scouts Help Mission Viejo’s Water Conservation Efforts

Posted on 24 April 2009 by Dan

Armed with measuring devices and sunscreen, a group of Boy Scouts and volunteers, are helping the city gather field data from more than 175 water meters in town. The project is part of a proactive effort designed to conserve water and save the city money.

The project entails measuring landscape square footage that each water meter services – encompassing roughly 350 acres of right-of-way slope and median landscape. The information will help the city measure by square footage the actual water needs and usage of each area to ensure the right amount of water is applied throughout the year.

“With water becoming less and less available and more costly year after year, it is now more important than ever to closely manage this valuable resource,” said Public Services Operations Manager Jerry Hill.

The data will be used along with 175 new SMART controllers Public Services recently installed throughout the public right-of-way landscape through grant funding with the Metropolitan Water District.

The volunteer measuring efforts will continue throughout the calendar year. The city’s goal is to have all data collected, inputted and operational by January.

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OA Section W2S

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Section W2S OA Conclave April 24-26

Posted on 19 April 2009 by admin

OA Section W2SHundreds of Boy Scouts who have been elected to the honor society of scouting, are planning to attend a weekend of training classes, competitions, and games at the Davis County Fairgrounds April 24 – 26.

Scouts who are members were elected to the Order of the Arrow are able to register to participate in the exciting Section W2S Conclave by going to on the Internet.

The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America, and each year the members gather for a weekend conference of fun and learning. The regional event attracts hundreds of boys from many states, and it was entirely organized and run by the boys themselves.

Activities included instruction, spiritual uplift, leadership training, and traditional Boy Scout activities such as rock climbing, rifle and shotgun shooting, archery, and other outdoor skills. There were over 85 classes and activities, all of which were organized by the youth leaders.

Membership in the Order of the Arrow is not an award. Boy Scouts who live by the Scout Oath and Law, have achieved at least the rank of First Class and have at least 15 days and nights of camping are eligible to be elected to the OA by the members of their troop.

The Boy Scouts of America sponsor Order of the Arrow lodges in each council throughout the United States. The country is broken up into Sections of several lodges. Section W2S is made up of members from the Great Salt Lake Council (Salt Lake area), Utah National Parks Council (southern Utah), and Trapper Trails Council (northern Utah and part of Wyoming).

Boy Scouts who are interested in the Order of the Arrow, members, and their parents can get more information on the Internet at

The following press release was issued by ThatPRGuy.

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Connecticut Yankee Council


Connecticut Yankee Council Good Scout Award Banquet

Posted on 18 April 2009 by Dan

Bob Macklin, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Milford Bank, and Robert “Bob” Scukas, Owner and President of Heritage Electrical Contractors, will receive the Milford/Orange Good Scout Award at a luncheon in their honor on Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 at Costa Azzurra Restaurant in Milford. Rev. Kenneth Fellenbaum of Boys & Girls Village, is chairing the event.

The Good Scout Award is presented annually to those who exemplify in their daily lives the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law. Recipients are chosen for their outstanding community service as evidenced by their interest and leadership given to many worthwhile organizations as well as the respect and esteem in which they are held by their colleagues. Proceeds from the luncheon support the programs and services of the Connecticut Yankee Council, BSA. A detailed registration flyer is available on the Connecticut Yankee Council website at

Anyone interested in learning more about Scouting or financially supporting this event should contact Event Chairman Ken Fellenbaum at 203.877.0300 or, or Staff Adviser Jonathan Pleva at 203.876.6868, Ext. 286 or Seats are $100 and all donors will be recognized at the luncheon.

Bob Macklin has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Milford bank since 1999. As President and CEO, Bob has given leadership to 95 employees in 5 offices throughout the Milford area. Prior to his service at The Milford Bank, Bob served in a number of positions at Village Bancorp in Ridgefield from 1974 through 1999.

An active supporter in the community, Bob has served for a number of years on the Good Scout Luncheon Committee, chairing the event twice, he is also a member of the Administrative Committee of the Mutual Institutions and Council American Bankers Association, the immediate past Chairman of the Connecticut Bankers Association, the immediate past President of the Milford Rotary, the Vice-Moderator of the First United Church of Christ, and a Corporator of The Milford Hospital.

Robert “Bob” Scukas is the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Electrical Contracting, Inc. in Milford. Bob is a member of the Milford Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business, International Association of Electrical Inspectors, and is a member of the Fairfield County Electrical Association.

Bob is an active parishioner at St. Mary’s in Milford. He’s a member of the Milford Volunteer Fire Department. Bob is especially active in Milford Scouting. From 1995 through 1999 he served as a Cub Scout leader for Pack 721. Since 1999, Bob has been the Scoutmaster of Troop 721 at St. Mary’s Church in Milford. He has built the Troop membership from just a handful of Scouts to over 50 today.

Connecticut Yankee CouncilThe Connecticut Yankee Council, Boy Scouts of America, serves more than 25,000 youth in Fairfield, New Haven and parts of Hartford counties. Scouting’s programs encourage youth to pursue their special interests, make new friends, develop leadership skills and give back to their community. he Council is pleased to receive 1 percent of its $4.1 million operating budget from three participating United Ways, including the United Way of Milford. For more information, please visit

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Arrowmen in Action: Stepping Up To Help No One Else Did

Posted on 17 April 2009 by admin

Back in February we started pointing out a great feature in the NOAC Update Newsletters called “Arrowmen in Action”.

Past Arrowmen in Action Stories
Building houses in Mexico
New Hampshire House of Representatives
Runs an EMS Service

The latest Arrowmen in Action, showcases an Arrowmen who jumped to action at an accident scene when no one else would stop.

The twists and turns that come with driving up a mountain road can often be unnerving. So can coming upon an injured motorcyclist on your way to a Scouting event. That’s what happened to 14-year-old Taylor Wood—a Life Scout and Brotherhood member of Siwinis Lodge in Torrance, California—while riding with his Scoutmaster and his Scoutmaster’s son. “We were driving up the mountain and there were about three cars in front of us,” recalled Taylor. “Then we started to see motorcycle parts scattered in the road.” The motorcycle parts belonged to a motorcyclist in need of help lying on the side of the road with his friend. “None of the other people ahead of us stopped to help so we stopped.”

Even though it appeared the injured motorcyclist only had minor cuts and scrapes, Taylor rushed out of the car with his first aid kit. “I always have my first aid kit.” Taylor said. “Some people keep them in the back of their car or in their packs, but I keep mine with me.” He immediately began to clean the motorcyclist’s open wounds and made sure to stabilize him to avoid making any internal injuries worse. When medical personnel arrived, Taylor and the other passengers in his vehicle slowed traffic down on either side of the accident.

Finally, nearly 20 minutes after Taylor and the others came upon the accident, a Sheriff’s Department helicopter landed nearby to evacuate the crash victim to the hospital. Emergency personnel never revealed the motorcyclist’s name to Taylor or his Scoutmaster, making his heroic deed a random act of good citizenship. But for Taylor, deeds like that are nearly habits. He’s been involved with three other accidents similar to this one. “It’s just a normal instinct,” he said.

Taylor used the Power of One to help save a life. How will you use it?

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