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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:



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