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Navy Helps Boy Scout Troop Learn to Survive

Posted on 22 June 2009 by admin

090530-N-2959L-310Boy Scouts from Coronado, Calif., received survival training from some of the Navy’s best survival training instructors at the Warner Springs Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) training facility May 30-31.

The Boy Scouts of Troop 806 got a glimpse into the wilderness survival training military members learn while at the survival course.

“The boys are here working on a wilderness survival merit badge,” said Scout Master Matt Pittner. “They are supposed to learn how to survive in cold or hot weather situations, how to get food and water and everything you need to know in case you would get lost in the woods.”

Three Navy SERE instructors volunteered to teach trapping and hunting techniques, navigation and fire building.

“[The instructors] taught us different styles of shelters at this training, and I think that the instructors were more experienced,” said scout Daniel Chapa, 14.

Scouts also learned the importance of using only what they had in survival situations. For example, the scouts worked through a crash-landing scenario and had to navigate through the wilderness to find a safe base camp. Instructors taught the scouts to construct a shelter using only a parachute and anything else they could find around them. Later in the night, some scouts slept in the structures they had built earlier.

“After we built our shelters, I went to go hang out with a few of my friends, but their shelters collapsed so we had to sleep under the stars on the parachute,” said scout Sam Ruiz, 11. “But it was fun to work together with my friends and hang out.”

Former Navy E-2C Hawkeye pilot Roger Chapa completed the SERE course in 1982 and knew his 14-year-old son, Daniel, would benefit.

“I believe that young men should be exposed to the type of training they got up there,” said Chapa. “The survival portion of the training is actually pretty good from what I remember. It gives you a good idea on how to make it out there on your own.”

Scout mother Juli Ruiz thought the course would be exciting and would expose her son to a different side of the military.

“I think it’s really great, especially for our troop in Coronado because so many of the families are military,” said Ruiz. “It exposes the boys to a different side of the military other than what they see their parents do. It was a really great opportunity for him, and we thought it would be something that would be exciting and memorable for him as well.”

“The training they received here is years ahead of what they would have received at a Boy Scout summer camp,” explained Pittner. “This is truly something that they are going to remember forever.”

For more news from Naval Special Warfare Command, visit

Story Number: NNS090615-04
Release Date: 6/15/2009 1:08:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dominique M. Lasco

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2010 National Jamboree Staff Update

Posted on 20 June 2009 by Dan

A payment reminder was recently sent out via email to those individuals who have applied to be on staff. If you haven’t seen it, check your spam filters!

Here are a few highlights:

Payment Reminder:
The second 2010 National Scout Jamboree payment in the amount of $400 per person is due on or before July 31, 2009. Please keep in mind that a late penalty of $50 will apply if payment is not received on or before that date.

All staff payments must be submitted online utilizing the same process that was used when the original application and deposit were submitted. Payments CANNOT be accepted in the Jamboree Department. The only payment method acceptable is electronically.

Complete step-by-step instructions can be found on under the “Staff” section.

Jamboree Staff Patches:
Each staff member will receive a total of two staff patches. The Jamboree Department will mail the first patch for all submitted staff applications and paid deposits. The letter with this patch very clearly states:

“Congratulations on completing your jamboree staff application. If selected as a jamboree staff member, you will be joined by more than 7,500 Scouters committed to delivering a magnificent experience to our Scouts. The selection process can take some time. We appreciate your patience. In recognition of your first payment (deposit), you will find the official jamboree staff emblem enclosed for you to wear above the right pocket of your BSA uniform.”

The patch is in no way a guarantee of a staff position!

The second staff patch will be sent out starting in late February, 2010, to all accepted staff members who are current on their fees. (Fees should be paid in full by Jan. 31, 2010.)

Youth Protection Training:
Don’t forget your YPT! All trainings must be current within two years of arrival at the jamboree. If training is going to need renewal, take care of it now! Why wait? Training can be taken online at:

Be sure to log in to the Staff EDIT form using the registration code on your jamboree application to update the expiration date upon completion of the renewal.

See you at the Hill!

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Merger of Otetiana and Finger Lakes Councils Provides Scouts with Additional Programs

Posted on 16 June 2009 by admin

The Otetiana and Finger Lakes councils of the Boy Scouts of America voted last night to merge, with the new council overseeing the five-county region of Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates.
The new council will maintain its current offices in both Rochester and Geneva.

The reasons stated for the merger are enhanced services and smart financial planning. The new council will be led by Larry Pritchard, who will be the Scout Executive and CEO. He has been the Otetiana Council’s Scout Executive for nine years and has more than 35 years experience as a professional Scouter. The Finger Lakes Council’s position of Scout Executive has been vacant for several months.

Peter Pape, co-chair of the merger committee says that “this merger allows us to build on the strengths of each organization. Otetiana has done a lot for children in tough circumstances in the city of Rochester, and Finger Lakes has done very good work for teens with their traditional Venturing programs. Together we can apply those successes across our region. Neither of the past councils had any debt; we did this to ensure financial stability, not to avert crisis.”

There will be no staff cuts due to the merger. The four-county Finger Lakes Council founded in 1924, has employed six full-time staff members and the Otetiana, founded in 1943 and encompassing only Monroe County has employed 35. Together the councils employ over 120 summer staff to provide camping programs. In addition, all programs, camps, and activities will operate as planned in 2009 and there are currently no plans to close any Scout camps. This merger will allow Scouts access to three camps, whereas Otetiana has run two and Finger Lakes oversaw one. The three camps are the 3,600-acre Massawepie Scout Camps in the Adirondacks; the 1,300-acre Cutler Scout Reservation located north of Naples in Ontario County; and the 360- acre Camp Babcock-Hovey located on the east side of Seneca Lake in Seneca County. Each camp offers unique opportunities, including canoe treks from Massawepie; the Babcock-Hovey science and technology camp and the fort, castle, long house, and ships of the Cub Scout Adventure Camp at Cutler.

Each council’s voting members will decide a slate of officers to run the merged council. The merger study was overseen by a steering committee, created in January from representatives of both boards. The committee formed study groups and held town meetings in Rochester and Geneva. In addition to the individual boards, the United Way of Greater Rochester has pledged its support for the merger, as have representatives from the Northeast Region of the Boy Scouts of America.

“This merged council enables us to serve the Scouts and community more efficiently, as it allows the Finger Lakes executives to focus energies on their primary role as district managers,” said Robert Oaks, Finger Lakes Council president ”The overwhelming vote in support of the merger demonstrates commitment to the future of Scouting in our region. People understand we will now have a stronger combined council with more support staff and access to the Otetiana camps. This is a win for both councils, our Scouts and their families, and the entire region.”

The programs of the Boy Scouts of America include the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts and the co-ed Exploring and Venturing programs. In 2008, Otetiana supported programs for 13,063 Scouts and their supporting adult volunteers, which represents 22 percent of the total youth available in Monroe County. The Finger Lakes Council in 2008 supported programs for 2,800 Scouts and adult volunteers, epresenting 13 percent of the youth population.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

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Eagle Scouts on Battleship

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Three Scouts Awarded Eagle Rank Onboard Battleship Texas

Posted on 16 June 2009 by admin

Eagle Scouts on BattleshipThree Pearland Boy Scouts from BSA Troop 486 were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in a Court of Honor ceremony conducted onboard the main deck of Battleship TEXAS. The Saturday, June 6 ceremony conferred the highest rank in Boy Scouts upon Jon-Michael Hensley, his brother Kirby Hensley, and Gavin Coulson.

Kirby Hensley, Jon-Michael Hensley and Gavin Coulson on board the Battleship Texas.

The June 6th date selected by the Scouts for the ceremony was the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Battleship TEXAS and her crew played a major role in the naval engagement at Omaha Beach in that historic World War II event.

Two of the three Eagle Scouts performed their Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project at the Battleship. Jon-Michael Hensley’s project was a restoration of two 20mm anti-aircraft guns located on the port quarter of the ship’s main deck. Gavin Coulson’s project was a restoration of three machines in the ship’s machine shop located on the third deck. Kirby Hensley’s project was to build and install twelve birdhouses at Camp Mohawk, which is a Brazoria County park located on Highway 35 adjacent to Chocolate Bayou.

The Court of Honor ceremony was attended by about eighty family members and guests. Special guests were Angela McCleaf, Curator of the Battleship TEXAS and ship staff members Rusty Bloxom and Travis Davis. The featured speaker at the ceremony was Steven Howell, Executive Director of The Battleship Texas Foundation.

Jon-Michael Hensley and Kirby Hensley are the sons of Cheryl Hensley of Pearland. Their late father, John Hensley was also an Eagle Scout. Gavin Coulson is the son of Pat and Aven Coulson of Pearland. Jon-Michael Hensley and Gavin Coulson are also 2009 graduates of Pearland High School.

All three Eagle Scouts have been active in Scouting with Troop 486 since they were eligible to become Boy Scouts at age eleven and were also Cub Scouts who attained the Arrow of Light award. Boy Scout Troop 486 meets during the school year at Sablatura Middle School on Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. The Troop Scoutmaster is Daniel Freeman.

News Release from Bay Area Council

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Skin Cancer Foundation Gives Seal of Recommendation to BSA Uniform

Posted on 15 June 2009 by admin

In August 2008, the Boy Scouts of America introduced a new Boy Scout uniform to commemorate its upcoming 100th Anniversary. The material for new uniform broke new ground for the group — it had an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) rating of 40+. In response to the innovation and concern for the millions of youth and adults who spend hundreds of hours doing outdoor activities, the uniform has been awarded The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation.

Skin Cancer Foundation LogoTo earn The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation, a product must be proven to aid in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin and must earn a UPF rating of 30+ or above. BSA’s Centennial uniform has earned this distinguished seal, receiving an excellent UPF rating of 40+.

The BSA’s sun-protective, uniform-approved apparel includes the Centennial Uniform Shirt and pants offered in 18 styles for youth, as well as adult men’s and women’s sizes. Some pant styles have convertible, zip-off components that are very popular with youth. Many people don’t give much thought to the amount of sun that their heads and scalps are exposed to on a daily basis. Consequently, three kinds of hats are available, each offering a UPF rating of 50+. As technology and textiles changes, the BSA will continue to add apparel pieces, all offering top UPF ratings, to its product line.

“For nearly 100 years, Scouting has given youth and adults a wide range of outdoor activities and safety education unlike any other youth-serving organization,” said Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca. “Preparing Scouts for severe weather conditions is of highest priority–winter or summer, the right gear is critical. We will make sure that top-rated, sun-protective clothing is always available.”

About the BSA
Serving nearly 4.1 million young people between the ages of 7 and 20 with more than 300 local 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

For details on the BSA’s Skin Cancer Foundation-approved line of sun-protective garments, visit For more on sun safety and avoiding skin cancer risks, visit

About The Skin Cancer Foundation
Now celebrating its 30th year, The Skin Cancer Foundation is committed to educating the public and medical professionals about sun safety. As leaders in the fight against skin cancer, the Foundation is the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, detection and treatment of the world’s most common cancer. The mission of the Foundation is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research. To learn more about the Foundation and its programs, visit

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Goose Pond: A Timeless Adventure – Scout Camp Video Game

Posted on 12 June 2009 by admin

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Boy Scout Council has recently launched an adventure video game based on its summer camp, Goose Pond Scout Reservation. The game, entitled “Goose Pond: A Timeless Adventure,” is the first of its kind and runs on both Mac and PC computers with QuickTime. The goal of the game is to find bus tickets to the National Jamboree before time runs out.

game-screenshot1In the game the player wakes up at 8:00 AM in camp and learns he has to find tickets for the last Jamboree bus before it leaves at 7:00 PM. The game runs in real time, with one second of real-world time equal to one second of game time. The game is a “first-person adventure game” styled in the popular format of Myst. As players walk around the old-style 1928 camp, they explore over 200 photo-realistic locations and earn Scout Spirit points by answering multiple-choice Scouting questions. Along the way, they must battle mosquitoes and skunks, figure out hints from camp staffers, and beat arcade challenges such as putting out fires, climbing towers, chopping logs, and beating Kim’s Game. Top scorers will be posted on the game’s Web site at

The game also includes a virtual tour of the camp, recordings of songs from the camp, and online databases of the camp’s seasonal patches and the 900+ plaques troops have posted in the camp dining hall since 1952. The game’s computer disc can be ordered for $30.00 at and comes in an attractive case with a collectible patch in the cover. All disc sales proceeds benefit the Goose Pond Scout Reservation capital development fund.

A free try-before-you-buy version that covers the first 20% of the game can be downloaded at for the following operating systems:



Check it out today!

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A Scout is…

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Scouting Stories Needed

Posted on 11 June 2009 by admin

A Scout is...“A Scout Is..” by Todd Shaw

Todd Shaw (Eagle Scout class of 1980) is writing a book based on the Scout law and the principles taught in Scouting.

The goal of the book is to encourage Boy Scouts (both young & old) to apply the principles of Scouting to their life. As adult leaders, our life lessons can encourage the next generation of Scouts to remain true to the principles that Scouting teaches.

It will be written in a motivational / inspirational style book that includes famous quotes or sayings that go along with each theme of the Scout Law and/or Scout Oath, and (this is where Todd needs your help) stories from adults who went through Scouting and who have applied the principles of the Scout Law and Oath to their life.”

If you have any stories to share with him, please visit and download the form online or to view sample stories. Please have the questionnaire back to Todd before June 30th , 2009.

Todd is also the author of “Out of the Box and Loving it”, and co-author of “The Values Driven Life”. Todd also has many contributions in Orlando’s Magic VP, Pat Williams’ book, “Coaching your kids to be Leaders”.

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E. Urner Goodman Camping Award

Posted on 10 June 2009 by admin

goodmancampingEight lodges have been recognized for their efforts in camping promotion with the E. Urner Goodman Camping Award.

The E. Urner Goodman Award was established in 1969 as a tribute and testimonial to the Order’s founder, E. Urner Goodman. Its purpose is to encourage and challenge Order of the Arrow members and lodges to increase their effectiveness in promoting and increasing Scout camping in each council. Awards are presented to two outstanding lodges in each region annually. For a lodge to be eligible for consideration, the E. Urner Goodman Camping Award petition should be completed and forwarded with the lodge’s charter renewal application.

The National Order of the Arrow Committee congratulates the following lodges on their

Southern Region
Hasinai Lodge
Three Rivers Council #578
Beaumont, TX

Muscogee Lodge
Indian Waters Council #553
Columbia, SC

Central Region
Nischa Chuppecat Lodge
Hoosier Trails Council #145
Bloomington, IN

Timmeu Lodge
Northeast Iowa Council #178
Dubuque, IA

Northeast Region
Octoraro Lodge
Chester County Council #539
West Chester, PA

Wyona Lodge
Columbia-Montour Council #504
Bloomsburg, PA

Western Region
Orca Lodge
Redwood Empire Council #41
Santa Rosa, CA

Tsisqan Lodge
Oregon Trail Council #697
Eugene, OR

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Maple Dell Scout Camp in Utah Closed Until June 15

Posted on 09 June 2009 by admin

lakeThe first camping week for Scouts at Maple Dell Scout Camp in Payson Canyon has been cancelled. The camp will reopen on June 15. Scout units that were scheduled to attend Maple Dell Scout Camp on June 8 have been contacted and will be able to attend camp at one of the other council camps or move their registration to a later week at Maple Dell Scout Camp.

The closure was done as a precautionary event. One of the staff members became ill at camp on June 2 with flu-like symptoms. A few days later, it was confirmed that this youth staff member had the N1H1 virus (also known as Swine Flu). After discussions with the Health Department, the council decided to close the camp to eliminate the possibility of spreading the virus.

All staff members that were in camp during that week are under self-quarantine. Once they have gone the prescribed time without any symptoms, they will be allowed back into camp.

News release from Utah National Parks Council.

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OA Red Arrow Award

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2009 OA Red Arrow Award Recipients

Posted on 08 June 2009 by admin

At the May National BSA meeting the National OA Committee announced the 2009 recipients of the Red Arrow Award. These awards will be presented at the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference.

About Red Arrow Award
OA Red Arrow AwardThe Red Arrow award was created in 1967 to recognize individuals who are not members of the Order of the Arrow, for outstanding service to the Order. This attractive award, a red arrow and medallion superimposed on an engraved plaque, and a miniature charm for civilian wear, can only be awarded by action of the National Order of the Arrow Committee. Recommendations, by nomination form, should be sent to the national director.

The Red Arrow Award is presented by the National Order of the Arrow Committee at a National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC). The recipients are either non-Scouters or Scouters who are not members of the Order of the Arrow. This service may take many forms and should involve a significant period of time, as opposed to a single event. Only a limited number of awards will be presented, therefore, only those nominees whose accomplishments are of the highest order will be recognized. Nominations will not be accepted or considered for posthumous awards.

2009 Red Arrow Award Recipients
2009 Rosetta LeClair
2009 Sandra Reti
2009 Patricia Swedenburg

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