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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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