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Adventure Base 100

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Adventure Base 100

Posted on 31 August 2009 by Dan

Adventure Base 100Experience Scouting like never before with Adventure Base 100! Created specifically for the 100th Anniversary Celebration, Adventure Base 100 will be traveling the country to give people an exciting, hands-on view of the history and future of the Boy Scouts of America.

This 10,000 square foot campus features immersive Scouting experiences including a ropes course and zip line, interactive digital exhibits, a multi-sensory IMAX-like dome, and more! It will also house a traveling museum that will showcase artifacts from the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. A video tour of a computer generated model of Adventure Base 100 is available at http://ww2.scouting.org/100years/100years/AdventureBase100.aspx.

Starting at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. in January, and ending at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York in November, this magnificent traveling exhibit will stop at key events and locations in more than 40 cities. A tour schedule can be found at: http://ww2.scouting.org/100years/100years/AB100TourSchedule.aspx.

“The goal is to bring Scouting to life in a relevant and meaningful way that will connect to current Scouts and Scouters and appeal to people not currently involved with Scouting, but who might be interested in joining,” said Janice Babineaux, director of the National Scouting Museum and BSA Adventure Base 100 project lead.

Find out when Adventure Base 100 will be coming to a city near you!

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Area Scouts Carry Out the Boy Scout Law by Helping Others

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Area Scouts Carry Out the Boy Scout Law by Helping Others

Posted on 30 August 2009 by admin

A Cleaner World LogoArea Boy Scouts are banning together to help their fellow Scouts by putting their outgrown uniforms to good use. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and A Cleaner World have teamed up for the “Outfit a Scout” program to help distribute used uniforms to Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts in need.

From August 17 through October 3, A Cleaner World is accepting used Scout uniforms shirts, shorts and pants as well as belts, socks and neckerchiefs at any one of its 26 participating locations throughout the state. A Cleaner World will clean and press the uniforms, which then will be distributed by participating BSA councils to lower-income Scouts who might not otherwise be able to afford uniforms.

“The Boy Scout Law teaches a Scout to be loyal, helpful, friendly and kind, among other things. The ‘Outfit a Scout’ program is a great way for Scouts to give back to those who otherwise would not be able to afford a uniform and reinforces the value of what it means to be a Scout,” said John Meeks, executive director for the Old North State Council (ONSC) of the Boy Scouts of America. “We are grateful for the invaluable assistance of A Cleaner World, and we hope that many Scout parents will take advantage of this opportunity to empty their closets and help fellow Scouts in need.”

“We are honored to assist the Boy Scouts through the ‘Outfit a Scout’ program,” said Chris Edwards, president of A Cleaner World. “It is a natural fit for us, and A Cleaner World and its employees are excited about this unique opportunity to help the Scouts and give back to our community. Remember, ‘Don’t throw it out — outfit a Scout’.”

The timing for this program is integral, as the fall is the Scouts highest enrolment period. Scout uniforms promote belonging and unity within the pack or troop so no donation is too small, it could make the difference in a child’s life. Uniforms of any recent vintage will be accepted.

If you know a child who is interested in Scouting, please visit www.scouting.org to locate a nearby council.

The Outfit a Scout campaign was started by the ONSC in 2006 and has grown to include the Old Hickory Council. For more information on Outfit a Scout, please contact the Old North State Council, 336-378-9166, the Old Hickory Council, 336-760-2900, or Mark Founds, Trone®, at 336-812-2048. To find A Cleaner World location nearby, please visit www.acleanerworld.com.

About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving nearly 4.7 million young people between 7 and 20 years of age with more than 300 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 www.scouting.org.

About Old Hickory Council
The Old Hickory Council, headquartered in Winston-Salem, covers eight counties in northwest North Carolina, including Ashe, Alleghany, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yadkin counties. The council serves over 10,000 young people annually in the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing and Learning for Life programs. For more information, please visit www.oldhickorycouncil.org.

About Old North State Council
The Old North State Council, headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., covers an eight-county area, including Alamance, Caswell, Davie, Davidson, Guilford, Person, Randolph and Rockingham counties. The council serves over 10,000 young people annually in the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing and Learning for Life programs. For more information, please visit www.bsaonsc.org.

About A Cleaner World
A Cleaner World was founded in High Point in 1969. Today the company operates 40 locations throughout North Carolina and Virginia. High Point is the home of A Cleaner World’s corporate headquarters, and they employ approximately 425 people.

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Cache to Eagle

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Cache to Eagle

Posted on 29 August 2009 by admin

Cache to EagleCache to Eagle is a partnership between Geoscouting, the BSA, and Geocaching.com to highlight Eagle projects across the nation. Through the program, participants set up normal public caches at Eagle project sites that also happen to be good cache spots. Dozens of public caches that showcase these remarkable sites are already posted, and the initial response has been fantastic. Hundreds of people visit the Eagle Scout projects, and many of them write public notes on the logs at Geocaching.com.

Getting to see the pinnacle of Scouting achievement, in a fun way, is highly meaningful for young Scouts. This program can also provide a tremendous source of pride for Scouters and Scouting alumni, and it helps to show the larger community Scouting’s contributions.

Cache to Eagle is a great way to show Scouting’s commitment to service. If each district sets up a series, we will have over a million visitors seeing—first hand—the impact of Scouting on our communities every year.

Finding a Cache to Eagle Series
Participating BSA local councils will hide 12 caches in their territories. To find them, go to Geocaching.com and choose “Hide and Seek a Cache.” Type in the search term “Cache to Eagle” and your BSA local council name. If you don’t know what council serves your area, visit http://www.Scouting.org/localcouncillocator.aspx.

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Nothing But Nets Teams Up With Boy Scouts of America to Fight Malaria

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Nothing But Nets Teams Up With Boy Scouts of America to Fight Malaria

Posted on 27 August 2009 by admin

Nothing But Nets LogoThe United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets, a grassroots campaign to prevent malaria by sending long-lasting insecticide-treated nets to families in Africa, announced today that the Boy Scouts of America has joined the malaria-prevention campaign as part of its 100th Anniversary Celebration. Throughout the year, Scouts from around the country will work within their communities to raise awareness about malaria, a leading killer in Africa.

BSA Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca and Nothing But Nets Director Adrianna Logalbo launched the life-saving partnership today during a malaria workshop at Detroit Edison Public School Academy. Bill Gates Sr., Distinguished Eagle Scout and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Honorable Dave Bing, Mayor of Detroit and Deron Washington of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, joined Mazzuca and Logalbo at the workshop to teach more than 65 local Scouts about malaria and how to help prevent the deadly disease.

“Every single day, in almost every community across the nation, Scouts are doing their part to make this world a better place by becoming good citizens. But our concern for others doesn’t stop at our borders. We are global citizens,” Mazzuca said. “Even during a challenging economic recession, it’s hard to imagine that nearly 3,000 people die every day from a preventable disease like malaria. We’re pleased to work with the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to help make a positive difference for the children in Africa.”

The Boy Scouts of America joined the Nothing But Nets campaign as part of its newly launched A Year of Celebration, A Century of Making a Difference program, one of eight major engagement programs the organization is undertaking as part of its 100th Anniversary Celebration. A Year of Celebration is a recognition program that rewards Scouts, leaders, and BSA alumni for devotion to five of Scouting’s core values: leadership, character, community service, achievement, and the outdoors. For the Year of Celebration service award, Scouts can choose to participate in the Nothing But Nets service project.

“We are pleased to partner with the Boy Scouts of America and see hundreds of youth leaders work together to raise malaria awareness and spread the message of how simple it is to prevent the disease,” Logalbo said. “This initiative is powered by passionate people, and we are grateful to have the Boy Scouts help us build support to prevent malaria in Africa.”

Through this partnership with Nothing But Nets, Scouts will help build awareness about malaria and prevention by conducting service projects such as removing standing water in parks—a breeding ground for mosquitoes—and creating educational tools and activities that illustrate the impact of malaria on the global community.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been a partner of the UN Foundation and its Nothing But Nets campaign since 2006 and is dedicated to eliminating malaria deaths. “It is wonderful to watch the Scouts reach out to help other young children in Africa,” Bill Gates Sr. said. “I am proud of the Boy Scouts’ dedication to service and welcome another great partner in the fight against malaria.”

Long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets are an easy and cost-effective method to help prevent malaria. Bed nets prevent malaria transmission by creating a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of transmissions occur. For more information about Nothing But Nets, visit www.NothingButNets.net.

About Nothing But Nets
Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, more than 100,000 people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Founding campaign partners include the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, the people of The United Methodist Church, and Sports Illustrated. It costs just $10 to provide a long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed net to prevent this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving nearly 4.1 million youth between the ages of 7 and 20, with more than 300 councils throughout the United States and its territories, the BSA is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting movement is composed of 1.2 million volunteers, whose dedication of time and resources has enabled the BSA to remain the nation’s leading youth-service organization. For more information on the BSA, please visit www.scouting.org.

More information about 100 Years of Scouting can be found at www.scouting.org/100years.

Source: Boy Scouts of America Press Release

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Health and Safety Alert – Winter Sports Safety

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Health and Safety Alert – Winter Sports Safety

Posted on 27 August 2009 by Dan

The National Council has released a Health and Safety Alert about Winter Sports Safety and Helmets.

This is the complete alert:

While it is the end of August and school is just beginning, we would like to advise you of a change to the Winter Sports Safety section of the Guide to Safe Scouting,

In the past, Section 3 stated that “Suitable clothing for the activity and environment should be worn at all times, and equipment should include gloves and helmets when appropriate.”

Based upon the review of General Liability claims history, along with a recommendation by the Risk Management Advisory Panel (two Scout executives from each region), and input from the Health and Safety Support Committee, the following change has been made to the Guide to Safe Scouting.

“Appropriate personal protective equipment is required for all activities. This includes the recommended use of helmets for all participants engaged in winter sports such as sledding and other sliding devices. The use of helmets is required for the following activities: downhill skiing, snowboarding, and operation of snowmobiles (full-face helmets).”

You are encouraged to post this on your unit, district and council web sites, put a link to Scouting Safely on your web site, and publish this in your newsletter.

We would like to remind you that when you engage in winter sports, please only use designated areas where rocks, tree stumps, and other potential obstacles have been identified and marked, cleared away, shielded, or buffered in some way.

Source: National Council Scouting Safely

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Bechtel Family National Scouting Center

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Bechtel Family National Scouting Center

Posted on 26 August 2009 by Dan

Stephen Bechtel JrAccording to information coming out on Twitter from @BoyScouts and @ScoutExecutive, the new National High Adventure Base will be called the Bechtel Family National Scouting Center. Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. has made a $50 million contribution to the project.

The Betchel family runs the Bechtel Corporation which is a worldwide engineering, construction, and project management company. The international company is well known for completing major projects, such as the Hoover Dam, Honk Kong International Airport, and the Big Dig.

The family also has a strong Scouting tradition. Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr became an Eagle Scout in 1940, and has been awarded the Silver Buffalo Award and the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Stephen’s uncle, Kenneth Bechtel served as National President of the Boy Scouts of America from 1956-1959.

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CCAD Art Explorer Post 407 Celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary

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CCAD Art Explorer Post 407 Celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary

Posted on 26 August 2009 by admin

CCAD Art Explorer Post 407This year the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) Art Explorer Post 407 celebrates its 10 year anniversary. Professor Ron Tardino created the program in 1999. The Art Explorer Post is a collaboration between CCAD and the Exploring Program and Learning for Life.

For 10 years the art post has given high school students the opportunity to explore many types of art, such as illustration, fashion, photography, sculpting, comics and more. The many subjects offered depend on the interests of each individual student. This program also helps seniors prepare their portfolios in anticipation of attending college. So far, every high school senior who has presented their portfolio for scholarship consideration has received scholarships and awards toward college!

For more information about Art Explorer Post 407 please visit their website: www.artpost407.com

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Golden State Collision Centers, INC. to Launch Fundraising Campaign for Boy & Girl Scouts

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Golden State Collision Centers, INC. to Launch Fundraising Campaign for Boy & Girl Scouts

Posted on 26 August 2009 by admin

Golden State Collision LogoGolden State Collision Centers, Inc. To Launch Fundraising Campaign for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Heart of Central California at Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Golden State Collision Centers, Inc., will begin a month long fundraising campaign to benefit the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California. Golden State Collision Centers, in conjunction with the Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce, will inaugurate this campaign during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for their Yuba City location, 996 Klamath Lane, Yuba City, CA., on August 27, 2009 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

In its corporate charitable vision, Golden State Collision Centers will donate a dollar amount for each vehicle repaired throughout the organization’s five locations. This campaign will continue throughout the month of September, 2009, and is earmarked for campsite development projects in the Northern California area.

“We were approached by the Boy Scouts of America to donate a flat-rate dollar amount, targeted for a campsite they were looking to refurbish in Northern California. Our management team believed it would only be appropriate to include the Girl Scouts organization, as well,” said Dave Finkelstein, owner of Golden State Collision Centers, Inc. “In discussing this campaign, we thought that it would provide more ‘bang for your buck’ by having a month long fundraiser in which we contribute a per-vehicle dollar amount throughout our entire organization.”

About Golden State Collision Centers, Inc.
Golden State Collision Centers’ mission is to provide honest, high-quality vehicle repair service to its valued customers. This vision of exceptional auto body service began over 25 years ago with Golden State Collision’s founder, Dave Finkelstein. Following his vision of superior customer service and outstanding auto body service, the first Golden State Collision Center was established in 1993. Golden State Collision Centers has five locations in the Northern California area, servicing customers in Roseville, Sacramento, Orangevale, Lincoln and Yuba City. Most recently, Golden State Collision has been recognized by the Sacramento Business Journal as one of the top 100 fastest growing businesses within the Sacramento region, as well as receiving Sacramento Sustainable Business recognition. For more information about Golden State Collision Centers, visit www.goldenstatecollision.com.

Source: Golden State Collision, INC Press Release

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In Memoriam: Michel James Stokes  2002-2009

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In Memoriam: Michel James Stokes 2002-2009

Posted on 25 August 2009 by Dan

Michael James StokesIt was a tragic weekend for members of Cub Scout Pack 226 or Leavittsburg, Ohio. On Saturday night, Cub Scout Michael James Stokes, age 6, drowned while attending a Cub Scout backyard pool party with his mother and approximately 20 other individuals.

According to Warren Township Police, Michael had been in and out of the pool wearing floaties on his arms. Shortly before being found, he had told his mom he was done swimming, and was believed to be changing.

According to reports, Michael was originally breathing after being rescued from the bottom of the pool, however stopped before the ambulance arrived. Michael was pronounced dead shortly thereafter at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

The Trumbull County coroner’s office ruled the cause of death as an accidental drowning.

A full obituary appeared in papers on August 25, 2009:

WARREN – Mikey James Stokes, 6, entered into the angels’ arms at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009.

Mikey was born the loving son of Mitch and Kristy Brooks Stokes Dec. 24, 2002, in Montgomery, Ohio. He was of the Christian faith and was a member of Cub Scouts Pack 226 of Leavittsburg. He had a great passion for Sprint cars and late models, attending many races at Sharon Speedway and Raceway 7. He also enjoyed model trains, trucks and tractors and playing with his many friends.

Cherished memories will be forever remembered by his loving family, parents, Mitch and Kristy Stokes; brothers, LeeRoy and Cody, both at home; maternal grandparent, Janet Brooks of Cincinnati; paternal grandparents, Jim and Judy Stokes of Groveport, Ohio and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mikey was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Roy Brooks; great-maternal grandparents, George and Margaret Cummings and Herbert and Anna Brooks; and great-paternal grandparents, Roger and Vesper Higgins and Jim and Jean Stokes.

Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, Warren, where the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 p.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Jon D. Pratt and Dan Laurenzi. Burial will be in Groveport Cemetery.

Material contributions may take the form of tributes to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, c/o 4500 Adam’s Way, Randleman, N.C. 27317.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, 962 North Road N.E., Warren, Ohio 44483. (330) 394-6200.

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Lt. Governor Kinder to be honored with Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

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Lt. Governor Kinder to be honored with Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

Posted on 25 August 2009 by admin

Lt. Governor Peter KinderThe Great Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the National Eagle Scout Association have selected Lt. Governor Peter Kinder as a recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Lt. Governor Kinder was notified of the honor by the Great Rivers Council earlier this month.

“I am humbled and honored by this award,” Lt. Governor Kinder said. “For 100 years, the Boy Scouts have been instilling discipline, patriotism and the drive for success in young men across our nation. I am grateful for the leaders who took time to instill these virtues into my life while growing up in Cape Girardeau.”

Lt. Governor Kinder earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1969 as a member of Boy Scout Troop 3 sponsored by Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau. In February of 1970, Lt. Governor Kinder attended the Boy Scout court of honor hosted by the Southeast Missouri Council. The class was named in honor of Senator Stuart Symington.

The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award is granted to Eagle Scouts who have distinguished themselves in their life work and who give back to their communities. The award has been bestowed upon less than 2,000 of the 2 million Eagle Scouts who have attained the rank in the 100 years of scouting.

According to officials from the Great Rivers Council, with this award Missouri will become the only state in the union in which both top statewide elected officials are Distinguished Eagle Scout Award recipients.

Lt. Governor Kinder will be presented with the award at a ceremony next spring in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.

Source: Office of Missouri Lieutenant Governor News Release (pdf)

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