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Simon Kenton Council Venturer Named Area 4 President

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Simon Kenton Council Venturer Named Area 4 President

Posted on 24 August 2009 by admin

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The Central Region Area 4 Venturing Selection Committee and Area Director Dale Holbrook are proud to announce that Elizabeth Williams will serve as Area President for 2009-10.

Elizabeth is from Simon Kenton Council and lives near Powell, Ohio. Elizabeth is a sophomore at Worthington Kilbourne High School and is planning a career in Environmental Technologies and Nursing in the future. She comes from a strong Scouting family with mother, father and brother all being Scouters. Elizabeth joined Venturing in 2008 with Crew 999. She has completed VLSC training and Kodiak and assisted with staffing many events at Camp Lazarus and the surrounding area. Elizabeth became the Venturing Officers Association Secretary in January 2009 and has enjoyed meeting fellow Crew Mates and Ship Mates throughout this year. She has many activities planned this summer, including staffing Resident Camp at Camp Lazarus and looks forward to many exciting opportunities to come.

Elizabeth will be working hard this year to increase membership, promote and market the Venturing program to all of Area 4. Her goal is to help establish Venturing Officer Associations in each council and create an Area Venturing Officers Association to share the best practices in the Venturing program. Her term of office began June 1st.

Source: News Release by BSA Central Region

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Ohio Boy Scouts License Plates Availale Once Again

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Ohio Boy Scouts License Plates Availale Once Again

Posted on 23 August 2009 by Dan

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The Ohio Department of Motor Vehicles made the Boy Scouts of America “Character Counts” License Plate available again on July 20, 2009.

According to Simon Kenton Council, the effort was thanks to a successful petitioning effort by Simon Kenton Council Scouters and Scouters from other Councils across the state.

To get your “Character Counts” license plate, contact the Ohio Department of Motor Vehicles. A portion of the proceeds from the “Character Counts” plate sales will support Scouting in Ohio. Show your support of Scouting in Ohio by purchasing a “Character Counts” license plate.

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Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) is Fast Approaching

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Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) is Fast Approaching

Posted on 21 August 2009 by Dan

2009 Jamboree on the AirJamboree-on-the-Air is an annual Scouting and amateur radio event sponsored by the World Scouting Bureau of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Thousands of amateur radio stations
around the world participate.

The 52nd annual Jamboree-on-the-Air will allow more than 500,000 Scouts from around the world to exchange experiences and share ideas by making contact through amateur radio. The event is an official Jamboree, so it contributes to the world brotherhood of Scouting by promoting communications and understanding among Scouts from all over the world. Individual Scout units can operate on the air for any part of the 48-hour weekend event.

JOTA welcomes participation by Scouting and amateur radio enthusiasts of all ages – Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Girl Scouts, and, Scouters.

JOTA is traditionally held the third weekend in October, and this year will be no exception. The event will begin on Friday, October 16, at 22:00 hours local time and will end on Sunday, October 18, at 23:59 hours local time.

Patches are available. JOTA cards for recording contacts are also available.

For more information and JOTA Scout frequencies, and how to order patches and JOTA cards, visit the national BSA Web site:
www.scouting.org/international/highlights or download the 2009 JOTA Flyer (pdf).

Check to see if your District or Council will be holding any JOTA activities that weekend.

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Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation Permanently Preserved and Protected

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Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation Permanently Preserved and Protected

Posted on 20 August 2009 by admin

bc2009The Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (BAC) has put another significant portion of Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation (BCMSR) under a conservation easement that will preserve it in a wooded and undeveloped condition in perpetuity. BCMSR is the official camp of the Baltimore Area Council. The BCMSR is located in Harford County about 5 minutes from the PA border. The camp is about 1691 acres in size. On August 4, 2009, the last administrative hurdle was cleared to receive $3,255,000 from the Federal Forest Legacy Program (FFLP) and place a conservation easement on 376 acres of the BCMSR thus permanently protecting and preserving this acreage for Scouting in Central Maryland.

This process started in 2004. In order to obtain FFLP approval and funding, BAC had to have at least 25% of the easement value funded by another source. In January 2005, 391 acres, the area formerly known as the Pines, was included in the Harford County Agricultural Preservation Program and BAC received a check for $1.5 million. BCMSR qualified for this Harford County program because of its legal status as a tree farm. These funds have provided the opportunity to create a separate Broad Creek Endowment Fund to provide the resources to fund current and future capital needs of the camp.

The Task Force has not accomplished all of what it set out to do. Because the FFLP funding level for BCMSR was limited within the Federal allocation process, only a portion of the remaining unprotected acreage could be covered. The acreage included in the FFLP easement is basically the actively used areas of the existing three camps. BAC hopes to be able to put the remaining acreage (approx. 900 acres) under easement at some point in the future so that the entire property is protected and the directives of the Executive Board are fulfilled. At the present time, funding availability is extremely limited at the county, state and federal levels.

Fundamentally, a conservation easement allows BAC to continue their current ownership and use of BCMSR, while realizing some of the value of the property now by restricting development of that property in the future. FFLP is a federally funded program, administered by the state, designed to protect critical tracts of our nation’s privately owned forest land from conversion to non-forest uses. The FFLP requires us to maintain forest cover on at least 85% of BCMSR. In addition to our current 10 acres of “development” (pools, parking lots, cabins, etc.) BAC negotiated an allowance of up to 19 acres of additional development in the future. There are also other programs including Harford County Agricultural Land Preservation and Maryland’s Program Open Space, with similar objectives.

On August 4, 2009, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Department of Public Works approved the FFLP intent of putting an easement on 376 acres as designated in the survey maps and appraisal provided to them. On August 13, 2009, 2:30PM at BAC, 701 Wyman Park Dr. Baltimore MD 21211 the FFLP presented a check for $3,255,000 to the BAC Board Chair Barry Gossett to be added to the BCMSR endowment. For more information contact Reed Blom 443-573-2501 or go to the BAC website www.baltimorebsa.org.

Source: Baltimore Area Council

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Naval Air Station Jacksonville Hosts Cub Scout Camp

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Naval Air Station Jacksonville Hosts Cub Scout Camp

Posted on 18 August 2009 by admin

The Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville Environmental Department hosted 73 Cub Scouts from the Great Muskogee District during a nature day camp at the Black Point Interpretive Center July 27-31.

The five-day camp allowed Scouts to participate in nature-related activities, arts and crafts and sporting events.

“We learn about weather, wildlife conservation and science,” said NAS Jacksonville Assistant Natural Resources Manager Angela Glass. “A lot of it involves crafts and nature hikes. We clean up nature trails and teach the kids about natural resources, recycling and pollution – relating it specifically to what they need to get their pins and belt loops.”

“This is our third year offering this camp, and we grew 40 percent over last year,” said Nature Day Camp Director Jean Gwinnup. “The boys love coming to the base. This is the only nature camp in this area.”

The camp featured several guest speakers including Maynard Cox, the “snake man” from the NAS Jacksonville Safety Department, who taught Scouts about safety with spiders, snakes and other wild creatures and NAS Jacksonville Golf Director Joe Carreiro and assistants who set up a golf clinic for the Scouts.

Smokey Bear and two forest rangers visited to teach Scouts about Florida’s woodlands and the importance of maintaining fire safety when hiking or camping.

Lesley Royce, a Jacksonville park specialist, also visited the Scouts with her barred owl.

“This is a highly vocal owl that gives a loud and resounding, ‘hoo,'” said Royce. “It is the only owl of the eastern United States that has brown eyes. All other owl species have yellow eyes.”

The NAS Jacksonville Security Department brought military working dogs and demonstrated their ability to detect illegal drugs and explosives. The Scouts had the opportunity to watch a demonstration of how quickly a patrol dog can detect and subdue an intruder.

The NAS Jacksonville Fire Department provided tours of a fire engine, and fire prevention specialists demonstrated safety precautions inside the Navy Fire Safety House.

Eighteen Boy Scouts served as “den leaders” to help mentor the Cub Scouts. They also assisted Glass in order to achieve their environmental merit badges.

“My favorite thing to learn about this year was omnivores, carnivores and herbivores,” said Marvin Levins, who has been a Cub Scout for four years. “It’s neat how one thing depends on another in the food chain.”

“I definitely say that we returned to the parents some very tired, but excited, Cub Scouts who enjoyed a week full of fun, learning and fellowship,” said Gwinnup. “I am a widow of a retired Navy chief, and I have to tell you this was ‘my Navy’ showing some of its best to the future leaders of our country.

“These little guys will always remember being on the base and the interesting experiences that the Navy provided. As always, a big thank you goes to the NAS Jax (Jacksonville) Environmental Department and Angela Glass for all their help and in allowing us to use their interpretive center. And thanks to every command and volunteer who took part in our camp. You really stepped up for our boys.”

For more news from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/nasjax/.

This was a story of the Navy News Service. It is Story Number: NNS090817-11, was released on: 8/17/2009 4:14:00 PM, and written by Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Nicole Bieneman, Jax Air News Staff Writer.

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2010 National Jamboree Personalized Medical Forms Delayed

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2010 National Jamboree Personalized Medical Forms Delayed

Posted on 16 August 2009 by Dan

The National Jamboree Medical Team has notified participants and staff members that the personalized, bar-coded medical records for the Jamboree have been delayed. (It was unclear if participants recieved an email directly, or if the Council’s were notified. All staff members should have recieved, or will be shortly, the below message.

The Jamboree team is working with our contractor to expedite delivery of your personalized, bar coded medical record for the Jamboree. Deployment was scheduled to begin on July 27th. We are working with the contractor to provide an enhanced medical record to insure that the information you provide is readable by the medical service team. We feel that a slight delay to make this the “BEST, most EXCITING, FUN-FILLED, SAFEST, jamboree EVER!” is worth a short delay.

Once the records begin to go out it is expected that the distribution will take several weeks. If you have an expectation that you will receive your medical form immediately, please understand that the email will be coming. We do not recommend scheduling a medical exam prior to the arrival of your personalized record. Due to the large number of medicals, they will not all go out at one time. The system will send out a duplicate if you have not turned in your record starting during the holidays.

Should you contact jamboree.medical@scouting.org for any reason, we appreciate your patience with the delay you will experience in receiving a reply. All of our resources are currently dedicated to the delivery of the Jamboree medicals. Most questions can be answered quickly by visiting www.bsajamboree.org and selecting “Be Prepared”. As more information is available, it will be posted on the website.

Thank You,
Jamboree Medical Team

Additional Jamboree medical information can be found under the Be Prepared section of the 2010 Boy Scout Jamboree website.

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NOAC Power Tags

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NOAC Power Tags

Posted on 15 August 2009 by admin

NOAC Power TagsOne of the extra activities at the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) were the exchanging of “Power Tags”.

Each participant and staff member recieved a sheet of 15 “Power Tags”. There were five different colors of tags that corresponded to the four regions and another for staff members. Each tag held a unique code that corresponded to the individual they were issued to. Each participant was to exchange tags with other participants and have at least a 10 minute chat with them about the meaning of the theme “The Power of One.”

Now that NOAC is over, participants need to log onto www.NOACPower.org and enter the ID codes listed on the tags that were collected at NOAC. Once you enter the code you will see the corresponding individual’s email address so you can contact and stay in touch with the folks you met at NOAC and conversed with. As an added bonus, if you echanged at least 10 Power Tags, you can select between a challenge coin and an arrowhead necklace.

Make sure you visit http://www.NOACPower.org before September in order to recieve your gift and reconnect with the folks you met.

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2010 National Jamboree Leader’s Guide Released

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2010 National Jamboree Leader’s Guide Released

Posted on 14 August 2009 by Dan

Jambo Leaders Guide CoverThe 2010 National Scout Jamboree website now includes a copy of the 2010 National Jamboree Leader’s Guide (pdf). According to various sources, the guide was going to be posted by the end of June, however it appeared on the site early today.

The Jambo Leader’s Guide includes additional information needed to continue preperations for the 2010 National Jamboree. Topics include, but are not limited to:
– Introduction
– Jamboree Leadership
– Troop Opeartions (Pre-Jamboree Planning & Activities)
– General Information for Troop Operations
– Equipment
– Subcamp Overview
– Adminstrative Group
– Food Services Group
– Retail Group
– Enterprise Risk Management Group
– Jamboree Media & Corporate Alliances Group
– Program & Regional Support Group
– Appendix (Maps, Plans, Forms, & more)

If you are going to the jamboree, this guide will help answer your questions, even if you aren’t a contigent or unit leader.

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New Merit Badges for 2009 & 2010

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New Merit Badges for 2009 & 2010

Posted on 13 August 2009 by admin

Merit Badge SashThe National Council has been putting out the word to Councils about some new Merit Badges coming soon! Rumors of the majority of these being in developed starting surfacing back in March, but now they have been approved.

So far we’ve heard about the following merit badges:

Robotics merit badge approved. Requirements under development. Debut expected spring 2010.

GPS/GIS merit badge approved. Requirements under development. Debut expected early 2010.

Scouting Heritage merit badge has been approved. Requirements under development. Debut expected later this year

Scuba merit badge has been approved. Requirements under development. Debut expected late this year.

What do you think about these new merit badges?

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ClassB Summer 2009 Photo Sweepstakes

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ClassB Summer 2009 Photo Sweepstakes

Posted on 12 August 2009 by Dan

ClassBClassB.com an official licensee of the Boy Scouts of America for printed t-shirts is hosting a huge Summer Photo Sweepstakes. Visit the ClassB Summer 2009 Photo Sweepstakes Website for all the information you need to enter.

Here are a few highlights:

Prizes:
July 24th (One winner) – Scouting® Coin Knife
July 31st (Two winners) – Your choice of one ClassB™ retail t-shirt
August 7th (Three winners) – The Unofficial Official Handbook for Boys
August 14th (Four winners) – Your choice of one Cuppa® Scouting Mug
August 21st (Five winners) – Your choice of one Scouting® Deck
August 28th (One winner) – K&Company® Scrapbook with assorted accessories
September 4th (One winner) – $50 coupon good for future order of ClassB™ t-shirts

How to Enter:
1. Become a fan of ClassB™ on Facebook.
2. Upload a picture of your Scouts to the ClassB™ Fan Page Keeping in mind their safety guidelines.
3. Check Facebook each Friday to see if you won!

Visit the ClassB Summer 2009 Photo Sweepstakes Website for full information, entries, official rules, and winners!

Scouting News is not affiliated with the ClassB Summer 2009 Photo Sweepstakes in any way shape or form. The following post is just meant to make you aware of a fun contest from a company that is a strong supporter of Scouting.

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