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Scouting Alumni In Action: Arrowhead Journey

Posted on 14 May 2009 by admin

Erik SimulaFollow Erik Simula (and his dog Kitigan) on a 1,000+ mile, 4-month solo journey in his 14-foot birch bark canoes. His route (the “Arrowhead Journey”) is from the mouth of the Pigeon River on Lake Superior to Duluth, up the St. Louis River, across the Savanna Portage, up the Mississippi River, down the Bigfork River, up the Rainy River, and back the border route to Grand Portage.

Erik Simula was on Northern Tier National High Adventure’s summer and Okpik winter camping program staff from 1982 to 1984. He is also the 1983 recipient of the national Youth Leadership In America Award. In 1984 Simula paddled all the way to Hudson Bay.

Map of Erik’s incredible journey: http://arrowheadjourney.wordpress.com/map-of-eriks-journey/

Erik made the news on May 12th when he was rescued by firefighters after his birch bark canoe began to swamp, despite the spray skirt Erik had rigged to protect him from the waves.
You can read the story here: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/120070/.

Check out more on Erik’s Blog: http://arrowheadjourney.wordpress.com

Story courtesy Alex and the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association.

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*Update* Contest: Win a Copy of Spirit of Adventure

Posted on 13 May 2009 by Dan

*** Contest Closed ***

As stated in ScoutingNews’ review of Spirit of Adventure, we are giving away a copy of Alvin Townley’s latest book, Spirit of Adventure!

About the Prize:
A copy of Spirit of Adventure by Alvin Townley shipped directly to your door. To learn more about the book, you can read our review of Spirit of Adventure, or read the review at BoyandGirlScouts.com. Shipping to any US address will be covered.

How to Enter
***How to enter was updated to make it easier!***
Between now and May 22, 2009 do the following:
1. Visit BoyandGirlScouts.com.

2. Place a comment on this post (below) with the title of your favorite story at BoyandGirlScouts.com You must enter your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner – it will not be made public.

* Please note, your comment may be held in moderation until reviewed by an admin.

On May 23rd I will take all entries, assign them a number, and then use an online random number generator to pick the winner. Winner will be notified by email shortly thereafter.

Additional Fine Print:
– Open to entries from the United States only (Due to shipping restraints)
– Odds of winning depend on the number of entries.
– There will only be one prize awarded, winner will be picked at random from all entries recieved.
– Comments in moderation after the deadline will still be included.
– Not responsible for entries with missing or mistyped email addresses. If the winner can not be reached, another entry will be selected.

Good Luck!

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South Jordan, Utah Teen Named The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year

Posted on 13 May 2009 by admin

Brad P. Jencks, 18, a senior at Bingham High School, earned the award and a college scholarship worth $10,000. The award was announced during The American Legion’s board of directors meeting here.

The award recognizes Jencks’ practical citizenship at school, scouting, and his passion and commitment to community service. For his Eagle Scout project, Jencks found that an old ghost town cemetery where hundreds of people who had died young from tragic deaths such as mining accidents, snow slides, and epidemics, was lost in overgrowth and disrepair. He researched what happened to the people of Bingham City and found baby names on hundreds of headstones, many vandalized and deteriorated headstones, and hundreds of metal markers that could not be read at all. He found notations on headstones in many different languages. He mobilized community volunteers, cleared garbage, weeds and sagebrush from the 8 acres site, photographed and recorded GPS readings of hundreds of headstones, recorded the information into a computer database, repaired vandalized headstones and replaced and installed several headstones from donations.

As a result, people from all over the world have identified ancestors buried there from 30 countries and 38 states. His collection of data now resides with the Utah State Historical Society and a number of graves of war veterans have been identified for appropriate honors. Planning a 100 hour project, Jencks went the extra mile completing the effort after expending 2,790 hours.
Jencks has been recognized with the Utah Top High School Volunteer Prudential Spirit of Community Award, the Save Our History National Honors Award from the History Channel, Roots Television Documentary Award, four Presidential Volunteer Gold Service Awards, the U.S. Presidential Volunteer Lifetime Service Award and four National Youth Leadership Outstanding Service Awards from the Boy Scouts of America.

Jencks will pursue a Bachelor of Science degree with a dual major in chemistry/biology at Honors College. After graduation, he plans to attend dental school and become an oral maxillofacial surgeon.

The American Legion awarded a $2,500 scholarship to John J. Register of Austin, Minn., John D. Dreyzehner of Abington, Va., and Joe Phillips of Fond du Lac, Wisc.

The American Legion has supported scouting since its first national convention in 1919. Legion posts sponsor more than 2,700 scouting units, serving more than 71,500 young people, at a cost of more than $1.7 million.

This was a press release issued by The American Legion.

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Book Review: Spirit of Adventure by Alvin Townley

Posted on 12 May 2009 by Dan

Back in March I was contacted to see if I would be interested in receiving a gallery proof edition of Alvin Townley’s second book on Eagle Scouts – “Spirit of Adventure Eagle Scouts and the Making of America’s Future,” to review. I was extremely interested, as I was a big fan of Alvin Townley’s “Legacy of Honor”, unfortunately I was in the middle of traveling to the Middle East with the military and had to decline as I did not have a mailing address.

Luckily for me Joshua from BoyandGirlScouts.com did receive a gallery proof edition, and later received a hard copy edition of the book. If you read Josh’s review of Spirit of Adventure, you’ll know that he was trying to figure out what he should do with the book. While I figured he would end up giving it away to a reader, he instead mailed it to me since I had reached my final destination, and had not been able to review the book. (Thanks again Joshua!)

The book arrived on a particular good day. I had just finished a 12 hour shift that had left me drained of energy and motivation. It had just been one of those kind of nights. On my way back to my living area I stopped by the mailroom and was surprised by the book from Joshua. All I had wanted to do was go to sleep, however I had to check it out, and I was not disappointed.

Once again Mr. Townley has produced an amazing motivating book featuring the highlights of Eagle Scouts around the world. Like he did for Legacy of Honor, Mr. Townley left behind his day to day life to continue his adventure meeting Eagle Scouts from around the world. This time he focused on Eagle Scouts from his generation to see if they were still living with the same passion and purpose that they had once applied to Scouting.

Mr. Townley discovered the answer to that question, and you will too if you read Spirit of Adventure. You’ll be introduced to numerous Eagle Scouts who have captured the Spirit of Scouting and represent the future. You’ll meet a wide variety of Eagle Scouts, such as:
– CBS Survivor Contestants
– Coral Reel Marine Biologists
– Purple Heart Veterans from Iraq
– Peace Corps Volunteers in Africa
– Teach for America Corps Members
– And more…

You’ll learn about their Scouting background, what they learned in Scouting, how it means something to them today, and how they use the skills and morals they learned in Scouting to lead successful lives. Here are two snipits of Eagle Scouts you will meet:

Two cousins fled Sudan at age twelve and arrived in a violent Nebraska housing project. “Only three people were brave enough to come into our apartments,” one said. “The police, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and our Scoutmaster.” The Omaha Scouting program changed their lives forever…and now they plan to change life for thousands of Africans by undertaking an ambitious project to provide clean water.

Against all odds, twin brothers from a poor neighborhood became accomplished surgeons, and have since completed two dangerous and independent medical missions into Afghanistan to serve women and children. The pair was supported only by the local militiamen they hired; caves were common operating rooms. Now, local Afghans know them as doganagy, or “same face healers.”

The book itself is an easy read. Each Eagle Scout is represented in a chapter while Mr. Townley keeps the book flowing by tying all of the stories together with an overall theme and smooth transitions. The reader almost feels like he is on the journey with the author, sitting down and meeting with the Eagle Scouts that are showcased. At the same time, you’ll find yourself thinking back to your days at summer camp, the leaders who made a difference in your life, and the fun times you had as a Scout.

Spirit of Adventure is definitely a motivational book that shows that Scouting does make a difference in this world. Those of us that are still with the program will be able to relate to the success that Scouting can bring to a young man’s life. It’s a reminder that we are shaping the future. For those readers who are not associated with Scouting, the book will show the real benefits Scouting can bring to a young mans life.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who works with youth or is associated with Scouting. It inspired me to reflect on my journey through life and who I’ve become today. Spirit of Adventure would make a great gift for an Eagle Scout, or a little motivation for a young man working towards the goal of becoming an Eagle Scout. If you haven’t already ordered a copy I’d encourage you to do so today!


You can learn more about Spirit of Adventure and Alvin Townley at http://www.alvintownley.com/

Check back tomorrow to see how you can win a copy of Spirit of Adventure!
Visit the Spirit of Adventure Contest Page for more information on the Book Giveaway

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In Memoriam: John Benton Westfall (1927 – 2009)

Posted on 12 May 2009 by admin

John WestfallMr. John Benton Westfall, 81, an avid community leader, supporter, and retiree of the Phillips Petroleum Co., passed away at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday in the Heritage Villa Nursing Center.

Funeral services for Mr. Westfall will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 in the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The Rev. Dr. T. Lee Stephens and Father Christopher Waters will be the officiants. Family final rites will be directed by The Arnold Moore Funeral Service.

Memorials in remembrance to Mr. Westfall have been established with the Cherokee Area Council Boy Scouts of America, Bartlesville; the Philmont Staff Association, Cimarron, New Mexico; the Anglican Church of St. Paul, Owasso, Okla. and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 210 E. 9th, Bartlesville, Oklahoma 74003.

John Benton Westfall was born on September 7, 1927 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was the son of the late Benton F. Westfall and Marguerite Inlow (Durbon) Westfall. He began his education in Kansas City, Missouri and moved with his family members to Independence, Kansas where he was graduated with the Senior Class of 1945 from the Independence High School. He continued his education and was a student at what is now known as Pittsburg State University with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Chemistry. He was a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity. He was President of the student body and Alpha Phi Omega. John was active in scouting throughout his life, spending summers on the staff at Philmont Scout Ranch where he wrote THE PHILMONT HYMN at the age of 16, which is still used today.

He began his career in Tall Corn Area Council, Boy Scouts of America in Des Moines, Iowa where he organized the Mitigwa Dancers troop and led high adventure explorer scout groups. He was transferred to Cherokee Area Council, Boy Scouts of America in Bartlesville. John joined the Phillips Chemical Co. in 1960 and moved to Akron, Ohio, Rhode Island, Toronto, Canada and Chicago, Illinois as Regional Manager prior to making his final home in Bartlesville. He retired in 1985 and later was Director of Tourism for the Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce. Following his retirement, he enjoyed teaching senior high for many years as a substitute teacher.

Mr. Westfall was active in Bartlesville Downtown Lion’s Club, served on the Board of Youth and Family Services and Cherokee Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. He was active in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church as a Lay Vicar in Nowata, a Lay Reader for fifteen years and served on the Vestry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. He taught Sunday School for three years. He is a recipient of the Silver Beaver award from the Cherokee Area Council and the Silver Sage award from the Philmont Staff Association. John was a recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, Jim Gillie Award, Allied Arts and Humanities Council of Bartlesville, Distinguished Community Service Award; the Phillip R. “Phil” Phillips Award. In the Scouting program, he also was a scout camp staff member in Kansas and Iowa; Eagle Scout with five Palms; Explorer Ranger; Philmont Lone staffer and a member of the Philmont staff. He was active in the Order of the Arrow, Field Scout Executive, Des Moines, Iowa; District Scout Executive in Bartlesville; organized and was first President of Delta Mu Chapter, Alpha Phi Omega and was Camp Orator and Asst. Camp Director at Camp Cherokee; Troop Committee member, Akron, Ohio, Scoutmaster of Troop, Riverside, Rhode Island; Member of Executive Board, Cherokee Area Council and Friends of Scouting fund raiser.

In the limelight in civic leadership, John Westfall was a member and past President, Downtown Bartlesville Lions Club; member of Board of Directors of Youth and Family Services; member of Graduated Sanctions committee working with youthful offenders. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Bartlesville Civic Ballet. John was responsible for bringing the first Fly In to Bartlesville and to further his civic credits, he was the initiator and creator of the local Indian Summer Festival.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Barbara Jean (Plake) Westfall, of the Bartlesville home and to whom he was united in marriage on June 26, 1949 and would have celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary this coming June; one son, Mark Benton Westfall and wife Nancy of Oxford, Kansas; one daughter, Barbara Ellen (Westfall) Hirst and her husband John of Barnhart, Missouri; five grandchildren, Jessica, Crystal and Sarah Westfall and Anastasia and Joseph Benton Hirst; one cousin, Norma Jean Johnson an husband Jim of Denver, Colorado and dear friends, Tom and Judy Chamberlain and their sons, David and Peter.

The Westfall family would like to extend their sincerest appreciation for the loving kindness and care extended to John by Rivercross Hospice and the Heritage Villa Nursing Center of Bartlesville.

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New Book Introduces Next Generation of Leaders and Reveals How They Are Changing Our World

Posted on 11 May 2009 by admin

Spirit of Adventure BookNationally-acclaimed author Alvin Townley showcases America’s next generation of leaders in his new book, Spirit of Adventure (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2009), which arrives in bookstores nationwide on May 12th. The book highlights a new generation of Americans: Eagle Scouts in their 20s and 30s who are shaping our future by leading lives marked by service, perseverance, adventure, and purpose. Olympic athletes, Iraq veterans, CBS “Survivor” contestants, refugees from Sudan, and inner-city teachers – Townley captured these and other diverse stories in a round-the-world journey that became an adventure in itself.

“Spirit of Adventure shows the world how this rising generation is shaping the future in its own distinct way,” said author Alvin Townley, 33. “This book highlights young Americans who have chosen to live great adventures that have a noble purpose. In many cases, I found that Scouting has shaped their lives in dramatic ways. At home and abroad, this new generation is starting to inherit the reins of leadership and we’re being driven by a sense of purpose to make the world a better place. These stories point to a new hope and a bright future for America.”

Townley interviewed fellow Eagle Scouts who are now Navy SEALS, doctors in Afghanistan, Peace Corps volunteers in Africa, a coral reef biologist, and an NFL Super Bowl starter, among many others. To meet these young men, Townley traveled the globe, diving in Australia, surfing in Hawaii, rock climbing in Nevada, visiting students in America’s inner cities, venturing into Africa, and cruising home aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. He discovered an inspiring yet untold story of service, courage, and pure excitement that introduces America to its next generation of leaders.

NFL and Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning commented, “Alvin Townley showcases the spirit of our young generation. Like so many of us, these Eagle Scouts are out there pushing limits, exploring new possibilities, and serving other people. Spirit of Adventure tells a compelling story about a new generation and America’s future.”

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Two cousins fled Sudan at age twelve and arrived in a violent Nebraska housing project. “Only three people were brave enough to come into our apartments,” one said. “The police, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and our Scoutmaster.” Scouting changed their lives forever, and now they are changing life for thousands in their native East Africa by drilling wells that provide villages with clean water.

Against all odds, twin brothers from a poor neighborhood became accomplished surgeons, and have since completed two dangerous and independent medical missions into Afghanistan to serve women and children. The pair was supported only by the local militiamen they hired; caves were common operating rooms. Now, local Afghans know them as doganagy, or “same face healers.” (Featured on/in: Oprah, CBS Evening News, Washington Post, Men’s Health, Ebony, and others)

An aspiring Scout undertook a service project to earn his Eagle Scout badge, and started the China Care Foundation, which provides medical care and adoption assistance for Chinese Orphans. Now, nearly ten years later, this Harvard graduate oversees the foundation’s multi-million dollar budget and has changed the lives of thousands of children. (Featured on/in: Oprah, ABC WorldNews, The Early Show, People, Family Circle, and others)

About Scouting and Eagle Scouts
Scouting develops character and leadership in America’s youth through adventure-based programs. During 2009-2010, the Boy Scouts of America celebrates its Centennial Year. More than
112 million youth have been members since 1910, with 2 million earning the rank of Eagle Scout, including 52,000 in 2008. The 2 millionth Eagle Scout will be announced on May 22, 2009. Today,
approximately 1.1 million adult volunteers help Scouting programs reach 3 million youth. Only 4% of Scouts attain the high rank of Eagle. These young men must earn 21 challenging
merit badges, advance through a series of ranks, complete a significant service project, and hold positions of leadership. Eagle Scouts comprise 12-15% of classes at our military academies, 9% of
the U.S. Senate, and Townley’s research has found them in disproportionately high numbers in many positions of leadership and service.

About Alvin Townley
Alvin Townley is an Eagle Scout, graduate of Washington & Lee University, and author of the acclaimed Legacy of Honor. He has traveled thousands of miles across America and around the
world to explore the legacy of Scouting and capture stories of character, purpose, and adventure. He is considered the nation’s independent expert on Scouting and Eagle Scouts.
In writing his nationally-acclaimed first book, Legacy of Honor (St. Martin’s Press, 2007), he met with such Eagle Scouts as Michael Bloomberg, Cabinet secretaries Robert Gates and Gary
Locke, J.W. Marriott, Jr., Bill Gates, Sr., Tuskegee Airman Percy Sutton, and Jim Lovell of Apollo 13. Alvin has worked on Capitol Hill, managed strategy at a global firm, lectured at universities, coached track, and worked with inner-city Scouts. He lives in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

The following was a press release issued by Thomas Dunne Books, An Impring of St. Martin’s Press.


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12th Edition Boy Scout Handbook

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12th Edition Boy Scout Handbook Cover?

Posted on 11 May 2009 by Dan

12th Edition Boy Scout HandbookLast year it was announced a North Carolina advertising agency, Enventys, had landed a contract with the Boy Scouts of America to redesign the Boy Scout Handbook. Enventys is a Charlotte based product development and creative-marketing company, which was founded in 2001.

Checking out the Enventys’ website, you can see a design of the cover of a Boy Scout Handbook. Is it the 12th edition? The company’s website doesn’t say but the intel seems to point in that direction.

Hat Tip: BoyandGirlScouts.com

Do you think its the 12th Edition Boy Scout Handbook? What do you think?

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BSA Licensing Presents 2008 Quality Licensee Awards

Posted on 10 May 2009 by admin

bsa-quality-licensee-2008The Boy Scouts of America recently awarded its 2008 Quality Licensee Awards. There were three award recipients: A-B Emblem of Asheville, North Carolina; Classb.com of Zephyrhills, Florida;
DK Publishing of New York, New York

A-B Emblem
Internationally recognized designer and manufacturer of embroidered emblems and patches. Look anywhere and you’re bound to see their products. Thousands of organizations around the world, from Fortune 500 companies and NASA to Boy Scout troops and bowling clubs, wear AB emblems. Whether you need fifty pieces or a million, your order will see a level of service and craftsmanship unmatched in their industry.

ClassB.com
ClassB.com brags about their 90 years of combined scouting experience amongst their company’s leadership. Their knowledgeable staff and award winning art department can perfectly meet your vision. They’ve been screen printing custom t-shirts since 1982 and their 27 years of business is a testament to their quality of work and excellent customer service.

DK Publishing
DK Publishing is world renowned for its distinctive, highly visual books that inform, inspire, and entertain readers of all ages. Publisher of the recent New York Times bestsellers Do Not Open, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide among others, DK also publishes the award-winning Eyewitness series for children and Eyewitness Travel Guides. BradyGames and Rough Guides are also available from DK, a division of Penguin Group (USA).

Both DK Publishing and Classb.com recieved the award for the second year in a row.

The Boy Scouts of America Quality Licensee program is designed to recognize licensees that achieve excellence through their commitment to ongoing product development, their steadfast adherence to the licensing program requirements, and their active support and promotion of the Boy Scouts of America and its programs.

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Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

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Distinguished Eagle Scout Award Recipient Urges Juniors to Mentor Others

Posted on 09 May 2009 by admin

GREAT LAKES (NNS) — The commander of Navy Region Midwest was awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award by the Boy Scouts of America April 28.

The award was presented to Rear Adm. Douglas T. Biesel by his former Scoutmaster Thom Helmacy of Coudersbort, Pa., during the 2009 Northeastern Illinois Council Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner at Naval Station Great Lakes.

Distinguished Eagle Scout AwardThe award is granted to Eagle Scouts who, after 25 years, have distinguished themselves in their life work and who have shared their talents with their communities on a voluntary basis.

“I challenge you to think about integrity as you are faced with challenges; do not compromise your integrity because it’s rare if at all possible to get it back,” Biesel told the new Eagle Scouts. “Without integrity all other attributes are nothing.”

Biesel, who earned his Eagle Scout in 1972 in has distinguished himself throughout his career as a naval officer.

“We are so pleased and honored to learn of the selection of Admiral Biesel by our National Boy Scouts of America organization for the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award,” said John H. Mosby, chief executive officer, Northeast Illinois Council, Boy Scouts of America.

“In studying the history of the award since its inception in 1969, only the highest quality of individuals have been selected for this distinct and rare award, and Admiral Biesel most certainly fits that mold.”

The National Eagle Scout Association Committee selects the award recipients. The members of the selection committee are all recipients of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

“Admiral Biesel’s leadership by example and personal ethical and moral values reflects the same standards we apply in scouting, and so it is a natural choice for him to have been selected for this honor,” Mosby said.

“The relationship between the Navy and the Boy Scouts has been long-standing, especially here locally. Admiral Biesel has been a key part in continuing that strong relationship since arriving here earlier this year.”

In addressing this year’s Eagle Scouts, Biesel challenged them to lead by example.

“Lead by example; mentor others, and congratulations to all the new Eagle Scouts. God bless you, your families and the Navy and the finest country on the earth,” Biesel said. “I am really, really honored. Thank you for this distinguished Eagle Scout award. It has been a great pleasure serving this great nation as a naval officer.”

The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award was implemented in 1969 and since that time approximately 1,793 nominations have been approved. Only the local council of the Eagle Scout’s principal residence may nominate. Nominations may not be made for posthumous awards.

“I am really, really honored. Thank you for this distinguished Eagle Scout award,” Biesel said. “It has been a great pleasure serving this great nation as a naval officer.”

Distinguished Eagle Scouts include former President Gerald R. Ford, former Chiefs of Naval Operations Adm. Jay L. Johnson, Adm. Carlisle Trost and Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, Jr.; astronauts and naval aviators Neil Armstrong and Capt. James Lovell and Secretaries of Defense Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld.

Biesel enlisted in the Navy in 1975 and attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) in Newport, R.I. Following NAPS, he graduated with honors from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1980 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and was designated a naval submarine warfare officer in 1983.

Following nuclear power training, he completed sea assignments aboard USS Lapon (SSN 661), USS Michigan (SSBN 727-Blue), USS Annapolis (SSN 760) and a command tour aboard USS Philadelphia (SSN 690). He has also served on numerous staffs and as commander of Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Wash. Prior to assuming command at Navy Region Midwest, he served on the staff of the chief of naval operations in programming and budgeting.

For more news from Commander, Navy Region Midwest/Naval Station Great Lakes, visit www.navy.mil/local/midwest/.

The following story was written by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Thomas J. Miller.

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Arrowmen in Action: City Councilman

Posted on 08 May 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:
Stepping Up when no one else did
Building houses in Mexico
New Hampshire House of Representatives
Runs an EMS Service

The latest Arrowmen in Action, showcases an Arrowmen who serves as a City Councilman while still in School and active in Scouts.

Jeremy Yamaguchi can juggle. He doesn’t work for the circus, and he probably doesn’t spend much time entertaining kids. But at the age of twenty, Jeremy juggles school, Scouts and his position on the Placentia City Council. “Balancing school, OA and the City Council is a challenge,” he says. “I’ve missed school for the city and the city for Scouts and vice versa.”

But no matter how much is on his plate, Jeremy seems determined to give back to the program that he says helped shape him to be the leader he is today. He currently serves as the Section Chief for W4-S and is an assistant scoutmaster with his local troop in Orange County. “I can attribute the reasons for my success from the character development, life skills and outstanding leadership opportunities that the Scouting program has given me,” says Jeremy.

And it was that character development that led him to run for the Placentia City Council. “The main reason I ran was so that I could give back to my community.” Although Jeremy has caught quite a bit of attention as the youngest elected official in Southern California, he says it’s important to stay humble. “It’s important to remember where you came from,” he says. When it comes to his priorities, he looks to former President Ronald Reagan for advice: “faith, family, hard work and freedom,” is the order he lists them in.

What advice does he have for Scouts looking to go into elected office? “Be humble and stay true to who you are and to your ideals.” Jeremy uses the Power of One to give back to his community. How will you use it?

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