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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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