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Cohen & Grigsby Attorney Elected to Board of Directors for Greater Pittsburgh Council

Posted on 24 July 2009 by admin

Cohen & GrigsbyCohen & Grigsby, a business law firm with headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa., and offices in Naples and Bonita Springs, Fla., is pleased to announce that W. Scott Hardy, Esq., a director and deputy group head of the Labor & Employment and Employment Litigation Groups, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Greater Pittsburgh Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

“We are pleased that Scott is volunteering his time and talents to serve on the Board of Directors for the Greater Pittsburgh Council of the Boy Scouts of America,” said Jack Elliott, president and CEO of Cohen & Grigsby. “Scott’s dedication to BSA and the community at large extends the firm’s commitment to a ‘culture of performance’ well beyond our offices.”

Hardy was unanimously elected to the Board of Directors at the Greater Pittsburgh Council’s annual meeting in June. More than 50,000 youngsters are participating in the council’s 2009 program.

Hardy holds numerous leadership positions with BSA, including his service with the Membership Standards Committee and the Compliance/Governance Subcommittee of the Greater Pittsburgh Council, and his role as chairman of the Scouting for Food Drive, Professional Firms – Law Division.

An active community volunteer, Hardy is also vice chairman of the Board of Directors for the Good Samaritan Hospice of Pittsburgh and a member of the St. Thomas More Society.

Established in 1981 in Pittsburgh, PA, Cohen & Grigsby is a business law firm with headquarters in Pittsburgh and offices in Naples and Bonita Springs, FL. Cohen & Grigsby attorneys cultivate a culture of performance by serving as business counselors as well as legal advisors to an extensive list of clients that includes private and publicly held businesses, nonprofits, multinational corporations, individuals and emerging companies. The firm has more than 130 lawyers in seven practice groups — Business & Tax, Labor & Employment, Immigration/International Business, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights, and Estates & Trusts. For more information, please visit

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Southeast Wisconsin Council Distinguished Citizen Dinner

Posted on 23 July 2009 by admin

dinnerThe Distinguished Citizen Dinner was held on Monday, June 1, 2009 to benefit the Southeast Wisconsin Council, Boy Scouts of America. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of two Distinguished Citizen Awards, presented to individuals who best exemplify the values which are the cornerstone of the Scouting movement. This year’s recipients were Mrs. Imogene “Gene” Powers Johnson and Carthage College President Dr. F. Gregory Campbell.

Recipients of the award are leaders who have made significant contributions to the life of our community through unselfish leadership in education, business, government, industry, social work and
youth development.

This year’s dinner grossed over $34,000 thanks in a large part to the efforts of our Co-chairmen, Ralph Tenuta, Ray Farley, Ken Buser and Howard Brown. Pictured below is Mrs. Johnson and Dr.
Campbell after receiving the Distinguished Citizen Award.

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Eagle Application Restrictions Coming Soon

Posted on 22 July 2009 by Dan

eaglescoutEffective August 1, 2009, the national office will no longer accept Eagle applications prior to the 2009 printing.

The new Eagle Scout application (512-728) can be found on

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June – July 2009 National Jamboree Bulletin

Posted on 21 July 2009 by Dan

The June – July 2009 National Jamboree Bulletin is on the BSA Jamboree Website.

A few of the highlights:

Lower prices from BSA Supply—There are lower prices on some items in the 2010 Jamboree package plans. The new prices are located on (Internal Scouting Profesionals Website). Council professionals responsible for jamboree will have access to the new prices.

Jamboree patches—All council contingents that have paid the first $100 per person have received or should soon receive their adult leader and youth Scout patches. These are being sent directly to councils to the attention of the council jamboree contact.

Come to the jamboree—There is still room for participants to attend the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. Check with your local council for details. Regions still have troop allocations that have not been fulfilled.

Second jamboree payment—The second payment of $400 per person is due to the National Council on or before July 31, 2009. Participant and adult leaders make payments directly to their council; staff must make their payment online. Late fees of $50 per person ($2,000 per troop) will be applied to those who do not make the payment on time. Don’t forget! Pay by July 31.

Council contingent coordinators—Councils with three or more contingent troops must appoint a council contingent coordinator. This person must submit an adult leader application. Once the council has approved the adult leader application, send that person’s name and contact information to

Troop numbers—Jamboree troop numbers are being assigned to councils by Boy Scouts of America regions. Councils have been instructed how to assign Scouts and leaders to troops and submit the troop number assignments, as well as the leadership assignments, to the Jamboree Department.

Approve leaders—If councils have not done so, now is the time to approve youth and adult leaders through the jamboree registration system.

Gateways—Jamborees are full of color and excitement, something in which troop gateways have always played a big part. Showing Scouts from other parts of the country what’s unique or interesting about a troop’s home area is a time-honored jamboree tradition. Troops usually design their gateways to reflect the most notable aspects of their home area—history, geography, industry, etc. This is often done in very creative and novel ways.

It’s important to plan ahead when designing and building the troop gateway. To ensure that all materials, tools, and equipment will be available, it is vital that plans be made early to transport everything that’s needed with the council contingent. The jamboree site is relatively remote. Once there, obtaining the simplest of tools or materials could be a real headache. Due to the lack of facilities or personnel to receive them, shipping separate materials or equipment to the jamboree is not an option. Everything must be transported with the council contingent. Troop gateways must not exceed 10 feet in height and must be of non-conductive material.

No holes—Federal authorities have prohibited the digging of holes of any kind, for any purpose, anywhere on the jamboree site. Applications for permits to dig holes for gateways will not be considered. This rule will be strictly enforced. All gateways must be designed with supports on the ground surface and must be secured by weights, staked guy lines, or other means not requiring holes in the ground. Storms are common at jamborees, and gateways should be designed to accommodate winds of up to 70 miles per hour. It is highly recommended that troops design, fabricate, erect, and test gateways prior to transporting them to the jamboree site.

Troop gateways—The height of troop gateways will be limited to a maximum of 10 feet and can have no electrical components. The 10-foot height restriction includes flagpoles, which must be of nonconductive material (wood, PVC, etc). There will be NO climbing allowed in the erection of the unit gateways. No tents or other unit components will be allowed within the “fall zone,” the height of the gateway itself.

Metal poles for troop tents are permissible; however, no troop tents may exceed 10 feet in height.
Subcamp and regional gateways may not exceed 16 feet in height (including attached flagpoles or other amenities) and 20 feet in width, which is the existing design of the jamboree-installed wooden gateway structures. These are to be decorated per the site plans. Each subcamp and region must develop a detailed erection and demolition plan for decorating the provided gateway. No climbing on the gateway will be allowed, and no modifications to the structure are allowed.

Visitors—From Wednesday, July 28, through Tuesday, August 3, the jamboree will be open to visitors from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., with the following exceptions:
– Wednesday, July 28: 11 A.M. to 5 P.M.
– Saturday, July 31: 9 A.M. to 11 P.M. (to allow for arena show attendance only)

There are no accommodations on site for visitors, including RV, tentage, or fixed housing. Upon entering the jamboree site, guests will be directed to the visitors information tent in the main parking lot, where they will receive directions to regions, subcamps, or activity areas. Visiting Scouts will not be able to participate in action center and/or program activities.

Still have questions about jamboree? Check the jamboree Web site,

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Words to Live By Recruitment Campaign Resources

Posted on 20 July 2009 by Dan

Back in January, we informed readers about the Words to Live By Marketing Campaign going National. Well it is now there. If you haven’t seen the themed advertisements in your area you can still get in on the action. The National Council has placed a good selection of resources for the 2009 recruitment campaign on a special Words to Live By section of their website.

Television Public Service Announcements:
– Words To Live By: Doing A Good Turn
– Words To Live By: Living The Scout Law
– Words To Live By: Giving Meaning To Words
– Scouting Is: A Way of Life
– Scouting Is: My Direction
– Scouting Is: Really Fun
– Scouting Is: Adventurous
– Scouting Is: You Can Do Anything
– Family of Scouting: We Are Family
– Pinewood Derby: Fast Cars, Fast Times
– I’m a Scout: Who Am I?
– I’m a Scout: Be A Scout

Radio Public Service Announcements:
– Scouting Is: Awesome(Boy Scouts)
– Scouting Is: Fun(Cub Scouts)
– Adventures of a Lifetime

There is also a selection of Public Service Announcements in Spanish.

Website Banners:
Cub Scout Banners
Boy Scout Banners

There are also a wide selection of flyers, billboards, and postcards available for Councils to order through

Is your Council participating in the Words to Live By recruitment campaign?

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August Scouting Safely Survey is Live

Posted on 19 July 2009 by Dan

The August Scouting Safely survey is up on the National Website.

This month they are asking the following questions:

Please indicate whether Health and Safety or Risk Management should provide an award for the following.
– Poison control
– Driving safely
– Climbing safely
– Shooting sports

Are there any other areas not listed above for which Health and Safety or Risk Management should provide an award?

Let your voice be heard and be sure to answer the August Scouting Safely survey today! You can find the survey at:

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Colorado BSA License Plate

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Coloroda BSA Licenese Plate Available

Posted on 18 July 2009 by Dan

Colorado BSA License PlateGovernor Bill Ritter signed HB-1151 into law on June 5, 2008 and the new Boy Scout License Plate is now officially available at all Colorado Department of Revenue locations beginning Wednesday, July 15, 2009. The license plate was designed in honor of the Boy Scouts of America, commemorating 100 years of Scouting in the United States as the centennial approaches in 2010.

“This is very exciting for the Denver Boy Scouts and for the community. As we approach the 100 year celebration of the Boy Scouts of America, we take great pride in our past accomplishments and rich history, and we look forward to a bright future of continuing scouting’s contributions to its members, families and the community. We have a long tradition of leadership development in this country and in Colorado. Now Coloradans can show their pride and support right on their bumper,” said Jeffrie Herrmann, the Denver Boy Scouts Chief Executive.

The Boy Scouts, led by the Denver Area Council, had gathered more than 3,000 signatures in early 2008 in support of the special license plate. Representative Kent Lambert sponsored HB-1151 in the House, while Senator Dave Schulteis sponsored the bill in the Senate. Both are Eagle Scouts and they are joined by four other Eagle Scouts in the Colorado General Assembly including: Representative Terrance Carroll, Representative Paul Weissmann, Representative Larry Liston and Senator John Morse.

More information on the Boy Scout License Plate:

Available For: Passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.

Who Qualifies: Any person that desires to register their vehicle with the Boy Scouts of America plate.

Fees: One-time fee of $50.00 for issuance or replacement of plates, in addition to other taxes and fees. (Please note there are no fundraising dollars associated with the Boy Scout License Plate. It was designed for awareness purposes only).

About Denver Boy Scouts
The Denver Area Council serves over 60,000 youth through the assistance and mentorship of over 10,000 adult volunteers. The Denver Area Council continues its nearly 100-year tradition of strengthening youth and their families through the delivery of time-honored Scouting programs. The Boy Scouts of America provides youth the opportunity to try new things, provide services to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce ethical standards. Scouting prepares young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. For more information please visit

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2010 OA High Adventure Program Applications Available

Posted on 17 July 2009 by Dan

OA High AdventurePlan now to attend the 2010 an Order of the Arrow High Adventure Program. The 2010 applications for OA Trail Crew, OA Wilderness Voyage, and OAWV: Canadian Odyssey have been posted on the OA High Adventure website ( There will be nine sessions of each program, including the new Canadian Odyssey Voyage, running from early June through mid-August.

The Ocean Adventure program at Sea Base is currently being revised to give Arrowmen the oppurtunity to leave an even greater impact on the area, at a lower cost to the participants. Deatails abou Ocean Adventure as well as the application, will be available later this summer.

The Order of the Arrow High Adventure program committtee encourages Arrowmen to apply as soon as possible. Each year the OA’s High Adventure programs continue to grow in popularity and have been filled to capacity for four straight years.

For more program information including promotional flyers, videos, participant testimonials, newsletter articles, scholarship form templates, website banners, training syllabi and more, visit the resources section of the OA High Adventure website.

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Cayuga County Council Loses Charter Becomes a District in Hiawatha Seaway Council

Posted on 16 July 2009 by Dan

hiawatha_seawayYou may have seen the news about Cayuga County Council losing its charter, I wanted to wait until there was a little additional information out there before posting anything.

The national council did not renew the Cayuga County Council’s charter when it expired June 30, Director of the Northeast Area Steven Smith said this week. The national organization no longer recognizes the council and directed the regional branch to reassign all of the scouting units to the Hiawatha Seaway Council, which currently serves the counties of Jefferson, Lewis, Onondaga, Oswego and St. Lawrence.

Now it appears that Cayuga County Council has become a District within the Hiawatha Seaway Council. A letter from Rick Avery, Hiawatha Seaway Council Scout Executive, welcomed the families to the Council and tried to answer questions that have arisen.

Dear Cayuga County Scouting Family:

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your family to the Hiawatha Seaway Council, Boy Scouts of America. As you may have heard effective July 1, 2009, the national office of the Boy Scouts of America transferred all membership and units of the former Cayuga County Council to the Hiawatha Seaway Council. We are happy to join with you to meet the goals of a quality Scouting program.

Simply put, the Cayuga County Council, BSA, was deemed too small to sustain the functions of a full Council. The Cayuga County Council had been counseled by national headquarters since March 2005 that its enrollment trends and resulting size placed it on a “Critical Care Council” list, requiring certain benchmarks of progress to be made as a Council. Those benchmarks were not met.

Earlier this year both the former Cayuga County Council and the Hiawatha Seaway Council were informed by the Boy Scouts of America that the Cayuga charter would not be renewed and the Council would cease to exist as its own entity as of June 30, 2009. The Cayuga County Council was given the choice between merging with Hiawatha Seaway Council, or be assimilated with Hiawatha Seaway after the Cayuga County Council charter lapsed.

In an effort to welcome our fellow scouts before a decision was made for us, the Hiawatha Seaway Council conducted extensive outreach to the members, units, and Executive Board of the Cayuga County Council. On June 10th the Hiawatha Seaway Council voted overwhelmingly to voluntarily merge with the Cayuga County Council. Some leaders of the former Cayuga County Council were resistant for a variety of reasons and failed to ratify a voluntary merger, resulting in the forewarned lapse of the council’s charter.

The former Cayuga County Council is now officially the Cayuga County District within the Hiawatha Seaway Council. Not only will local Scouting continue, it will be enhanced with the strength of additional programming, professional staff, a national Scout Shop (with a Cayuga District satellite shop) additional training opportunities and the assurance that all of the legal, professional and accounting standards required of a modern Scout Council will be met.

Most of the Cayuga County District unit leaders and Scouting families that we have met and are working with seem genuinely happy for the merger. However, change can sometimes be difficult and some former Cayuga County Council leaders are still resistant to that which has already been decided. Rumors have been and continue to fly around the District. I only ask that if you have questions or concerns you contact the Hiawatha Seaway Council Staff to get the answer. We will do our best to put to rest to your satisfaction the misinformation that you may be hearing.

Please be advised that all registered youth and adults are covered by unit accident and sickness insurance as well as liability insurance effective July 1st, 2009. Tour permits and certificates of insurance for additionally insured events can be obtained by calling or faxing our council office.

The goal of a merger was to maintain and strengthen the Scouting program in Cayuga County. We are well on our way to doing just that. Please take a look at the enclosed flyer of enhanced programming that the Cayuga County District will now enjoy as a member of the Hiawatha Seaway Council family.

Our tent flap is always open – please call or stop by if you have any questions.

We’ll see you around the campfire.

Yours in Scouting,

Rich Avery
Scout Executive
Hiawatha Seaway Council

P.S. As a reflection of our growth we are considering changing the Hiawatha Seaway Council name.

Hat Tip: New York OA Trader

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Law Enforcement Explorers Work the City Beat in “All Day New York”

Posted on 15 July 2009 by admin

More than 300 young men and women in the Greater New York Councils’ Law Enforcement Exploring program spent June 29th touring the city with various law enforcement agency officials, predominately those of the NYPD, in siren-flashing patrol cars to visit locations where young adults in this highly-regarded program will learn about law enforcement careers.

This year’s theme of the annual All Day New York is “Law Enforcement and the Media”, and Explorers are promoted the day’s activities on both the CBS Early Show and ABC’s Good Morning America. Explorers also toured movie studios and engaged in a panel discussion at One Police Plaza with distinguished members of law enforcment and the media, including Domenico Montanaro of NBC News.

angledidcards_thumbExplorers also ran a successful city-wide community service project, Operation Safe Child, in conjunction with the Explorer Officers’ Association. This imporant project resulted in more than 400 of our city’s families being provided a Safe Child Card, with a current photograph, biographical information and fingerprints, so that in the unfortunate case of a child’s disappearance, law enforcement officials have vital information to expedite an investigation and bring the child home safely.

Congratulations to both Explorers and advisors for these accomplishments. More information can be found at

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