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National Get Outdoors Day 2009

Posted on 30 May 2009 by Dan

national-get-outdoors-dayA consortium of federal agencies and nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry today announced details for National Get Outdoors Day 2009, an annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun across the nation. On June 13, 2009, participating organizations will offer sites for American families to sample both traditional and new types of outdoor activities. Prime goals of the day are reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors, and then invite those taking part in the day to visit specific sites for fun “EChO-Events” for opportunities to hike with rangers, learn to fish, and go mountain biking.

In June 2008, more than 60 National Get Outdoors Day events were held, drawing tens of thousands of youth and their families. The events included climbing walls, chances to have pictures taken with Smokey Bear, introductions to fishing and new activities like geocaching and much more.

“We will build upon the successes of 2008, expanding our partnerships and finding new
ways to reach families who understand the benefits of active time outdoors,” said
American Recreation Coalition (ARC) President Derrick Crandall. “There will be some
important changes for this June. First, we will use the most successful sites of 2008 as
our model for 2009. That includes use of sites in metropolitan areas, including city
parks, where access by public transportation and walking is available to many. We’ll
also expand our efforts to work with organizations that can help us reach those who are not traditional visitors to public lands and waters. We’ll continue to work with church youth groups and urban youth service organizations.

“Most important of all, we will feature special exciting recreation opportunities to those
who attend National Get Outdoors Day events – we are calling them EChO-Events.
Managers of state parks, national forests, national parks, wildlife refuges and more will
be with us at the events and offer information on follow-up activities at some of the
nation’s greatest outdoor places – places readily reachable from the urban National Get Outdoors Day sites. These EChO-Events will include introductions to mountain biking and fly-fishing, hikes with rangers to see wildlife, kayaking and rafting and much more.

And we’ll arrange for the equipment needed at these follow-up events,” said Crandall.
NATIONAL GET OUTDOORS DAY 2009 PLANS ANNOUNCED Add One National Get Outdoors Day events are open to all but specially target urban families who rarely engage in outdoor fun. Active, hands-on recreation opportunities are highlighted. State agencies and enthusiast groups provide rods, reels and casting lessons. Many sites offer orienteering courses, teaching youth about adventure with a compass and map. Kids will put up and take down tents and test sleeping bags. Bikes, boats and RVs are on display and event partners like National Wildlife Federation (NWF) hand out free coloring books and more and share information on other outdoor events, including the Great American Backyard Campout. Information about volunteerism on public lands – and even on job opportunities through AmeriCorps and Forest Service hot-shot fire crews – is available. Crowd favorites include the U.S. Forest Service’s Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl and the NWF’s Ranger Rick, all of whom pose for pictures, stroll through the event and use companions to talk about key issues ranging from fire to outdoor ethics.

Further information on the national effort and specific events can be found at

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Camp Tonkawa

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Transfers Land to BSA

Posted on 29 May 2009 by admin

Camp TonkawaThe Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission today approved the transfer of 91.3 acres of Abilene State Park property to the Boy Scouts of America, which officially has been leasing the land from the state for 60 years.

The Texas Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America requested the transfer of the land that has been leased to the Boy Scouts as part of Camp Tonkawa since 1949. The transfer provides opportunities for the Scouts to build new facilities and/or renovate existing ones.

The leased property being transferred is part of Camp Tonkawa’s total of 191.3 acres bordering the eastern boundary of the 529-acre state park. The lease originated on June 7, 1949 for a term of 19 years, and was renewed for 50 years and due to expire in 2018.

As part of the transfer agreement, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department would retain a conservation easement on the land that assures good conservation and land management practices, and protects the property’s natural and cultural resources, according to TPWD senior project manager Corky Kuhlmann.

Kuhlmann said the transfer agreement will further stipulate that if the property were ever used for anything other than a Boy Scout camp, it would revert to TPWD ownership.

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BSA Personal Watercraft

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Scouts and Jetskis?

Posted on 28 May 2009 by Dan

BSA Personal WatercraftClaytor Lake Adventure Base at the Blue Ridge Scout Reservation has exclusive permission from the National Council Boy Scouts of America to pilot a Personal Watercraft Program for Boy Scouts and Venturers.

This is the ONLY program in the Country where use of personal watercrafts are permitted as a part of any Scouting Program!

According to Blue Ridge Mountains Council, participants will learn all about Jet Skis, how to be safe on the water, and of course, have a blast riding Jet Skis on Claytor Lake! At the end of the course particiants will have earned their Virgina Boater’s License.

Visit the Blue Ridge Mountain Council Website for more information.

What do you think? Good Idea? Bad Idea? Will it become an approved program?

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Little Sioux Scout Ranch Chapel Design

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FDNY To Say “Thank You” By Rebuilding Scout Camp

Posted on 27 May 2009 by admin

On June 11, 2008 an F3 tornado tore through the Little Sioux Scout Camp northeast of Omaha killing four young boys participating in an Eagle Scout leadership training weekend and injuring dozens. In the devastating aftermath, stories of incredible heroism arose from the destruction as children rescued children, pulling one another from the rubble while performing life-saving first aid.

Little Sioux Scout Ranch Chapel DesignOn the 9/11 Anniversary 2009, FDNY firefighters including survivors of the World Trade Center attacks, will raise the spirits of the survivors of the Little Sioux tornado as they work shoulder-to-shoulder with the young Scouts and their families to help rebuild the camp and erect a Chapel on the foundation of the structure where the four boys were lost. This very special Chapel will be built with timbers salvaged from the tornado, literally transforming the devastation into something full of Hope.

The 9/11 Anniversary rebuilding project is being sponsored by The New York Says Thank You Foundation whose mission is to help rebuild communities affected by disaster as a way of saying “Thank You” for all the love and support Americans from across the country extended to New Yorkers in the days, weeks, and months
following September 11.

To support this “Pay It Forward” effort to help rebuild the Little Sioux Scout Camp on the 9/11 Anniversary 2009, please visit and click on the DONATE NOW button. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible and any amount you contribute is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Winner Announced: Spirit of Adventure Contest

Posted on 23 May 2009 by Dan

Ten days ago Scouting News launched a contest to win a copy of the book, Spirit of Adventure. In order to enter, folks had to visit, and then leave a comment with their favorite post.

The goal of the contest was to get readers excited about Alvin Townley’s newest book, Spirit of Adventure, and to thank Josh over at for sending me an advanced copy of the book so I could post my review of Spirit of Adventure.

Since I’m in a particularly generous mode, everyone who entered the contest will receive a copy of Spirit of Adventure. Okay, maybe its because only two people ended up entering…

So Congrats to Kris and Dirk! You should have an email from me shortly…

I’d still encourage you to check out Spirit of Adventure by Mr. Alvin Townley, even if you have to pay for it!

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2008 BSA Annual Report

2008 BSA Annual Report

Posted on 22 May 2009 by admin

2008 BSA Annual ReportBack in February Scouting News reported about two of the youth selected to give the annual BSA Report to the Nation. Now you can read the Boy Scouts of America 2008 Annual Report online.

Boy Scouts of America: 2008 Annual Report

The introduction of the Annual Report is a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives:

In 2008, our 98th year, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) served 2.8 million young people, helping them build character, learn values, develop leadership skills, and serve neighbors around the corner and across the globe.

Two events during 2008 encapsulate the promise and the power of Scouting. First, during five weeks across the summer, approximately 3,600 Scouts and adult volunteers came together as part of ArrowCorps5, a project to benefit our national forests in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service. Those young—and not-so-young—volunteers completed more than $5.6 million worth of improvements in the BSA’s largest national service project since World War II.

Second, when a tornado devastated Iowa’s Little Sioux Scout Ranch on June 11, dozens of Scouts and adult volunteers responded, setting up a triage system, providing first aid, and saving many lives before first responders could arrive. One survivor of the Little Sioux tragedy spoke volumes when he said, “Thank God that this happened to us and not somebody else who wasn’t prepared.”

Those Scouts and all Scouts were prepared in large part because of more than 1.1 million volunteers, who give selflessly of their time and talent in the service of America’s young people. Thanks to these volunteers, we approach our 100th anniversary confident that Scouting will continue to mold the destinies of young people and of our country far into the future.

The Annual Report is then broke into the following sections:

2008 Report to the Nation

Arrowcorps5 Projects at Five National Forests

The Value of Scouting

2006-2010 National Strategic Plan

Year of the Volunteer—Central Region

Year of the Volunteer—Northeast Region

Year of the Volunteer—Southern Region

Year of the Volunteer—Western Region

100 Years of Scouting

Boy Scouts of America Annual Traditional Membership Summary

Learning for Life Annual Participation Summary

Mission Statement, Vision Statement

2008 Report of the Treasurer (PDF)

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BSA Selects RoyaltyZone to Automate Trademark Licensing Compliance

Posted on 20 May 2009 by admin

RoyaltyZone LogoAustin, Texas (May 18, 2009) RoyaltyZone today announced that it has entered into an agreement with the Boy Scouts of America to provide a web-based software solution for the BSA’s trademark licensing program. RoyaltyZone automates license agreement compliance processes, enabling intellectual property licensors to share license agreement terms, payment schedules, and compliance tasks with their licensees.

Licensees access a web based system to upload licensed product and sales transaction data, calculate royalties owed, submit royalty reports, view invoices and track payment status. Automating these processes can prevent costly errors and eliminate unintentional misreporting and underpayment of royalties.

“Licensee compliance is critical to the strength of the BSA’s brands,” said David Harkins, Associate Director, Business Development, for the Boy Scouts of America. “RoyaltyZone’s ability to monitor and manage licensee compliance will support our efforts to connect the BSA’s brands with the millions of boys and their families who have been influenced by the organization for nearly a century.”

RoyaltyZone’s Software-as-a-Service business model allows users to access the application from any Internet browser, anywhere in the world, without any hardware or software to install. Licensors and Licensees are able to securely share data and communicate with each other on license agreement compliance issues. A flexible pricing model offers a variety of affordable subscription plans for licensing programs of all sizes.

“We are excited to be working with the licensing team at the Boy Scouts of America” said Lou Ellman, chief executive officer of RoyaltyZone. “RoyaltyZone was created to make license agreement compliance easy to manage for everyone involved in the process. We are pleased to assist in the operation of a licensing program that is home to one of the most consistently-recognized brands in America.”

About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving more than 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. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit The use of the corporation name in this document is for the information and convenience of the reader. Such use does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by the Boy Scouts of America of any product or service to the exclusion of others that may be suitable.

About RoyaltyZone
RoyaltyZone automates license agreement compliance processes so that trademark, copyright, and patent licensors and licensees can realize the full potential of their intellectual property licensing programs. The company’s web-based Software as a Service (SaaS) application enables the sharing of license agreement terms and schedules, and automates product management, royalty reporting, invoicing, and payment tracking tasks. An innovative pricing model offers a variety of affordable subscription plans for licensing programs of all sizes. For additional information on RoyaltyZone visit or call 866.605.2219.

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Learning for Life Response to Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More

Posted on 18 May 2009 by Dan

You may not have caught the original New York Times article titled Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More , but you probably heard about Boy Scouts training to fight terrorism in the media lately, thanks to the misguided article. Even you haven’t read it, I’d encourage you to check it out just for the awesome pictures.

The article which didn’t do a good job of distinuishing between the traditional Boy Scouts program and the Learning for Life Exploring program had some quotes that would make some den mothers cringe:

Dave Holletz, of the Brawley, Calif., police department, entered after the Explorers had killed the last hostage-taker. “Forget the injured, forget the dead,” Mr. Holletz advised the Explorers. “Accomplish your mission: terminate the shooter.”

“Put him on his face and put a knee in his back,” a Border Patrol agent explained. “I guarantee that he’ll shut up.”

And then she was off to another bus hijacking.

With all of the negative press the article has recieved around the internet and other news media, Learning for Life has issed a response to the article:

The May 14th New York Times article “Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More” mischaracterizes Exploring as a “law enforcement, terrorism and illegal immigration training program” and includes a number of other inaccuracies. Exploring does not train participants in those areas, but provides a simulated portrayal of events and necessary skills that are a part of that career field. Exploring is a career exploration program designed to help young people make intelligent decisions regarding their future. As noted in the article, the feature highlighted the law enforcement component of Exploring—which is just one of the program’s many areas of focus, including fire and emergency services, law, health, aviation, engineering, skilled trades, and other occupations.

We are disappointed that the article portrayed law enforcement professionals administering the program in an unfavorable light. Local community organizations administer the activities of Explorer posts in a controlled, safe, and professional manner. The story featured quotes from leaders during a law enforcement competition involving several Explorer posts and does not represent the comprehensive nature of the program as a whole. Law Enforcement Exploring has been in existence for many years and has helped to produce exceptional professionals in the law enforcement field who are actively protecting our citizens throughout the country. We are extremely proud of our youth participants and adult volunteers.

Further, the story’s claim that the program is undergoing an “intense ratcheting up of one of the group’s longtime missions to prepare youths for more traditional jobs as police officers and firefighters” is misleading. Since the 1950s, the Exploring program and its activities have been designed to keep pace with issues affecting society. The activities highlighted in the article in no way signal a change of focus for the program.

Last, the article inaccurately describes Explorers as Boy Scouts. Exploring is a program of Learning for Life, a nonprofit organization that provides character and career education programs to participating agencies or groups. Learning for Life is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America.

Exploring offers participants a well-rounded and exciting program centered on career opportunities that positively impact the lives of our youth participant and ultimately the communities they choose to serve. That is the true story of Exploring.

John Anthony
National Director, Learning For Life

What do you think about it?

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Boy Scouts to Invade Riverwalk Stadium

Posted on 17 May 2009 by admin

biscuitsThe Montgomery Biscuits will host the fifth annual Boy Scouts Camporee at Riverwalk Stadium on Saturday night following the Biscuits series opener against the Mississippi Braves.

The team will host approximately 1,200 scouts who will “rough it” on the outfield at Riverwalk Stadium. In addition to the unique experience of camping on a professional baseball field, the campers will be treated to popcorn and a movie played on the Biscuits video board on Saturday night.

“This is our fifth year hosting the Boy Scout Camporee here at Riverwalk Stadium” Said Biscuits’ VP of Sales Richard Coats. “With the tremendous amount of scouts signed up to come to the game and camp overnight in the outfield plus enjoy fireworks by Max Federal Credit Union, it’s turned into quite a special annual event.”

On Sunday morning, Biscuits staffers who will also spend the night at the ballpark, will serve the scouts a hearty breakfast of sausage, eggs and juice.

“This is one of our favorite scout outings” said Cassandra Washington, Scout Exploring Executive. “We have some scouts coming for their fifth year in a row and some that this is their first year” Breaking into a smile, Washington confessed, “I’m not sure how much actual sleep takes place at this camporee though!”

“This event, and others like it here at Riverwalk Stadium, typifies our commitment to the community,” Coats concluded. “Plus, it’s a great time!”

The Biscuits will open a five-game series against the Mississippi Braves on Saturday night at Riverwalk Stadium. Tickets for each of the five games are available by logging on to, calling the Biscuits at (334) 323-2255 or by visiting the Biscuits Box Office at Riverwalk Stadium.

This was a press release issued by the Montgomery Biscuits.

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Saudi Arabia Bestows Gift to World Scout Foundation

Posted on 15 May 2009 by admin

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Education and President of the Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association, H H Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed, yesterday delivered a $3 million donation to King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Honorary Chairman of the World Scout Foundation. The donation will support the Gifts for Peace program, an initiative created under the patronage of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz in November 2001 at a Scouting conference in Riyadh.

“King Abdullah is committed to peace, and his initiatives — including the Arab Peace Plan, the Interfaith Dialogue Initiative and Gifts for Peace — aim to bring people together in peace,” stated Prince Faisal.

The Gifts for Peace program is the World Scout Foundation’s key centennial program for all Scouts to tackle local issues and make a difference in their communities. It includes Scouts in more than 100 countries. This latest donation from Saudi Arabia brought the Kingdom’s total contribution to Gifts for Peace to approximately $7 million since the program’s inception in 2001.

“Gifts for Peace, which his Majesty King Abdullah so kindly initiated a few years ago, has done a fantastic job of reaching out to promote tolerance around the world,” stated King Gustaf.

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) recently signed a historic agreement with the Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association to participate in a youth and leader exchange program to further promote understanding of different cultures.

Following a breakfast with Scouts from the Boston Minuteman Council of the Boy Scouts of America today, Prince Faisal joined King Gustaf during the Volvo Ocean Race while touring the Boston Fan Pier.

This press release was distributed by Qorvis Communications, LLC on behalf of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia. Additional information is available at the Department of Justice, Washington, DC.

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