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Earth Day at Little Sioux Scout Ranch

Posted on 17 April 2009 by admin

Community agencies are helping out at Little Sioux Scout Ranch as part of Earth Day, April 22.

Kinghorn Gardens will be providing landscaping in front of the brand new Welcome Center at Little Sioux Scout Ranch. This building is the first completed tornado shelter at camp, able to withstand winds up to 250 miles per hour.

Kinghorn Gardens is providing a landscaping plan, design and production to help make the Welcome Center more “welcoming” as part of their contribution to the Boy Scouts on Earth Day and the Professional Landcare Network’s (PLANET) nationwide day of service. PLANET is the national lawn and landscape association.

Great Western Bank is also making an environmental contribution at Little Sioux on Earth Day. They have donated 12 large trees to replace trees wiped out in the ranger’s yard during the June 11, 2008 tornado. The bank is planting the trees in addition to donating them.

There’s more to do at the Little Sioux Scout Ranch. If you’d like to help fund projects at Little Sioux Scout Ranch, or our camps, please call 402.431.9BSA (9272).

About Mid America Council
The Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council is the largest youth-serving agency in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota, serving 33,155 youth in 58 counties. The Council, supported by 8,929 volunteers, is headquartered in Omaha, with a satellite office in Sioux City, Iowa.

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2009 Middle Tennessee Council Luncheon – Eagle Scout Speech Video

Posted on 13 April 2009 by Dan

A motivational speech by Eagle Scout Daniel Wakefield, at the 2009 Middle Tennessee Council Boy Scout Luncheon.

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Oscar Mayer Weirnermobile at NOAC

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NOAC: Important Notice Regarding Food Preparation at Founder’s Day

Posted on 11 April 2009 by admin

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile at NOACThis notice appeared in the April National Events Information Email List email.

During the upcoming 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference many lodges are planning to take part in the various activities during the Founders Day events. In the past, lodges have decided to create a display or booth which represented specific items, traditions, and customs that were unique to their home council and lodge. In doing so, some lodges have prepared foods and beverages representative of their region. While this has been a great way for many lodges to share their unique qualities about their home with the rest of the country, this tradition will be changing this year.

Due to the increased awareness and concern for the restrictions and regulations governing the delivery and preparation of food for public consumption, the conference management has elected to not allow lodges and individual participants to deliver and prepare foods to the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference. As an alternative, lodges will be able to distribute commercially prepared and prepackaged food products that do not require any refrigeration or preparation. In addition, open container beverages will not be allowed to be served.

Thank you for your understanding with these policy changes and we hope you will have a great experience at the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference.

Picture was taken at the National Order of the Arrow Conference in 2000. Tichora Lodge got the Wienermobile to make an appearance at Founder’s Day and served up Hot Dogs to hungry Arrowmen.

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Arrowmen in Action: Saving Lives While Still Scouting

Posted on 10 April 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 second serves in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, and the latest runs an EMS service.

Go to class, check. Do homework, check. Run an EMS service… check. That’s the average to-do list for Michael Pandya. Michael—a former lodge chief and section vice chief from Nakona Lodge in Texas—is a student at Rice University and works with the EMS service. “I got started with the EMS service as a freshman,” Michael says, “I took a course, really liked it and got really involved.”

He got so involved that he became Captain by the time he was 21. As Captain, he oversees all of the daily operations including staffing and equipment maintenance, the service’s educational program, which certifies students at the EMT-Basic and Intermediate levels, and anything else that comes with keeping Rice University safe. The service includes 30 staff members and provides state-licensed first responder support for the students, faculty and staff of Rice University.

Michael isn’t the only student on the staff, however. The staff is made up entirely of undergraduate students. “Our program is pretty unique in that they place a lot of trust in students with patient care,” he says. Staff members are on call for twelve hours shifts, during which they attend class and proceed through their day as usual and respond to calls as needed. Because the service doesn’t have an ambulance, staff members respond in vehicles ranging from an SUV to a bike to their own two feet. Despite their sometimes low-tech modes of transportation, their average call time is just three minutes—something Michael is proud of. “We provide comparable service—if not better service—than other EMS services in our area.”

Supervisors like Michael are assigned to work a 24-hour shift, which requires him to keep his radio and pager on at all times. “Sometimes it can be really busy and others really slow,” he says. “You can go three days without a call and then the next day is absolutely busy.” Although he enjoys the adrenaline that comes with the job, he doesn’t enjoy the paperwork that follows each call.

And how does he manage to run an EMS service and stay involved in Scouting? “I learned a long time ago that sleep is optional,” he says. Michael says sometimes he has to spend spurts of time on Scouting and focus on his EMS duties at other times. No matter what he’s doing, he’s always working.

In the future, Michael would like to attend medical school and maybe specialize in emergency medicine. But in the short-term, he has no plans to leave the EMS service. “I want to keep riding on an ambulance for a long time.” Whatever Michael does, he’ll use The Power of One…will you?

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Grand Lodge at Camp Durant

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Chief Scout Executive to Attend Grand Lodge Dedication At Camp Durant

Posted on 09 April 2009 by admin

The Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America will welcome Chief Scout Executive Robert “Bob” Mazzuca North Carolina for the opening of the new Grand Lodge at Camp Durant in Carthage, North Carolina on April 16. The Lodge opening is the culmination of an $8.7 Million Capital Campaign chaired by O. Temple Sloan, Jr. The Occoneechee Council serves 12 North Carolina counties. Camp Durant will serve more than 1,900 Scouts this summer, and a total of 4,000 Scouts this year.

Grand Lodge at Camp DurantLocated immediately above the Harrison Smith Aquatics Facility overlooking beautiful Nello Teer Lake, the 16,000 square-foot Grand Lodge Dining Hall will be the newest and most well-equipped dining facility at any Boy Scout camp in the United States. With seating for more than 700 guests at one time, the Grand Lodge can serve meals to campers quickly and efficiently through four serving lines. The Golden Corral kitchen boasts modern, commercial-grade equipment that will ensure every Scout, Scouter and guest at Camp Durant will receive high-quality and nutritious meals.

The Grand Lodge also features a spacious porch complete with rocking chairs, and easy access to the Camp Durant Snack Bar, the Camp Durant Trading Post and the fully-stocked and staffed Quartermaster Shed.

“The completion of the Grand Lodge is the culmination of efforts to make Camp Durant the best Boy Scout camp in the country,” said Rod Frankel, president of the Occoneechee Council. “The investment made in Camp Durant will serve Scouts for years to come. We are especially excited that Chief Scout Mazzuca has made time in his busy schedule to be part of the celebration.”

Chief Scout Mazzuca has been a professional Scouter for 37 years. He is an Eagle Scout and received the St. Georges Award for Adults (Catholic Church). He has been recognized multiple times for his service to the BSA, including a James E. West Fellow, Heritage Society member, and Baden-Powell Fellow.

As Chief Scout Executive he directs the administration of the organization, which consists of approximately 1,100 National Council employees, 5,800 local Council employees and almost 1.2 million adult volunteers who serve more than 4.5 million youth across the nation.

In addition to the Grand Lodge, other improvements at Camp Durant include ten miles of sewer pipe buried under new roads, a new water source storage unit has been installed, 15 new showers and bathrooms and ten new campsites have been added. The C. Harrison Smith Aquatics Center, training facility, handy craft shelter and pottery kiln, a two acre Blue Cross and Blue Shield activity field, and First Aid Shelter are also new additions.

[b]About the Occoneechee Council[/b]
The Occoneechee Council is the local Boy Scouts of America Council that serves some 20,000 youth and 7,000 adults in central North Carolina. The Occoneechee Council is the largest Boy Scout Council in North Carolina and serves Chatham, Cumberland, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Orange, Vance, Wake and Warren counties. These twelve counties are divided into thirteen districts.

The Council headquarters is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Occoneechee Council operates three year-round camping properties, available for use by the units and districts of the Council and non-Scouting groups. The Occoneechee Scout Reservation, which includes Camp Durant and Camp Reeves, is a 2,400-acre wilderness property in Moore County. The other is Camp Campbell, a primitive camping facility is located on Kerr Lake, in Virginia.

[em]The following was a press release issued by Occoneechee Council. [/em]

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Michael Marchese

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Trapper Trails Council Announces New Scout Executive

Posted on 08 April 2009 by admin

On April 1, 2009 Michael Marchese was selected as the new Scout Executive for the Trapper Trails Council.

Michael MarcheseMike describes himself as an enthusiastic Scout, husband and father. He became a Boy Scout in Sacramento, California in 1978. He then moved to and grew up on the Oregon Coast in Brookings, Oregon with his family. He was also a Boy Scout in the Oregon Trail Council, he would eventually be employed.

His Professional Scouting career began in Coos Bay, Oregon, as District Executive where he served the lower third of the Oregon coast. He was promoted to District Director in Eugene, Oregon. Served as Camp Director on the Oregon Coast from 1995-1998 and is a brotherhood member of the Order of Arrow.

Mike became Assistant Scout Executive of the Oregon Trail Council in May 1998. He was then promoted to Idaho in November 2002 after his selection as Director of Field Service for Grand Teton Council. In April 2006, Mike and his family relocated to Gilbert, Arizona when he was promoted to Director of Field Service and Chief Operating Officer for Grand Canyon Council.

Mike has been tasked with guiding 24 Executive Field Staff members who support 20,500 volunteers, 22 Districts, the Friends of Scouting campaign, Membership and Commissioner Service, as well as legal and fiscal controls.

Mike and his wife Cherylann, have a daughter, Katie, age 8, and son Christian 6.

He is Wood Badge trained and served on staff in 2003 as a Troop Guide. Mike served at the 2005 National Jamboree and plans to serve in 2010 as the Administration Chief, for Western Region, BSA.

Mike graduated from the University of Oregon, with a degree in Political Science. He enjoys restoring classic cars, which have included a 1959 Cadillac and1968 GT/CS Mustang. He likes everything outdoors; hiking, camping, golf and more.

He is eager to begin serving with the wonderful volunteers and staff of the Trapper Trails Council.
The hiring of Mike fills the vacancy left by former Scout Executive Rick Barnes who left in February to assume a new position with the Great Salt Lake Council. Mike will assume his new responsibility on May 1, 2009.

A special welcome to Michael Marchese and his family! We look forward to Mike’s leadership to the Trapper Trails Council family.

The following was a news release issued by Trapper Trails Council.

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2010 Jamboree Phone Service

Posted on 04 April 2009 by admin

AT&T has committed to be a major sponsorship of the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. As part of their commitment, they plan to place numerous portable cellular phone towers featuring both closed and open systems.

The Jamboree Director, John Alline, also announced that cell phone recharging will not be allowed in the medical tents. They are currently working on other options, which may involve fee based recharging stations. In addition there will be no pay phones, however there may be a tent sponsored by AT&T with cell phones available for scouts to call home for free.

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San Antonio Rampage

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Scout night with the San Antonio Rampage

Posted on 04 April 2009 by admin

The Rampage host Boy Scout Night tomorrow at the AT&T Center when they take on the Iowa Chops at 7 p.m.

San Antonio RampageMore than 1,200 Boy Scouts from the San Antonio community will watch the game from the stands, and then take to the ice for a post-game sleepover to earn a special Polar Bear merit badge. The sleepover, the first in the AT&T Center’s seven-year history, will allow Boy Scouts ages 6-18 to earn the special merit badge – only attainable by spending the night in freezing conditions.

During the game, the players will be wearing Boy Scout themed jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit the Boy Scouts of America. The jersey features the Polar Bear merit badge on the front and has Boy Scout fleur-de-lis along the bottom.

Throughout the game, Boy Scouts will be chosen to participate in promotions and activities before the post-game sleepover. Immediately after the game, the Boy Scouts will be entertained with music and games on the West Sombrilla followed by a movie on the arena’s lighthouse at 11:30 p.m. Breakfast will be provided by Kellogg’s Sunday morning starting at 6:30 a.m. and Kellogg’s famous Tony the Tiger will be on hand to help pass out breakfast to the scouts.

Tickets are available and can be purchased at the AT&T Center Box Office, by calling the Rampage at (210) 444-5554, or by visiting the team’s website at

The following was a press release issued by the San Antonio Rampage. The merit badge they are referring to is actually the Polar Bear Award.

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