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.
On 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 www.NewYorkSaysThankYou.org and click on the DONATE NOW button. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible and any amount you contribute is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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 BoyandGirlScouts.com, 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 BoyandGirlScouts.com 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!
Posted on 22 May 2009 by admin
Back 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)