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New Illowa Council Service Center Dedicated

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New Illowa Council Service Center Dedicated

Posted on 14 September 2009 by Dan

Illowa Service CenterOn September 11, 2009, Illowa Council held a building dedication and open house for their new Boy Scout service center. In addition to the open house, the Council encouraged Scouting Families, supporters, and community members to participate in an on-site blood drive.

The new building is 12,000 square feet and is twice the size of the Council’s old building. The building houses offices for the proffessional staff, a new scout shop, and a training center.

During the Council’s open house, the Council dedicated a new flagpole in memory of former KWQC-TV General Manager Emeritus Jim Graham. Mr. Graham was a longtime supporter of Scouting.

According to Council volunteers on hand, the Council recieved a very generous deal from local real estate executive Mel Foster III. Mr. Foster is a strong supporter of non-profits and Scouting.

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Personalize Your Phone with a Coveroo

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Personalize Your Phone with a Coveroo

Posted on 13 September 2009 by Dan

BSA-coverooCoveroo has become an official Boy Scouts of America licensee. They offer consumers the ability to personalize their phones and other devices with a licenesed BSA logo, or one of over 1,000 of their other designs, or a custom design.

What is a Coveroo?
A Coveroo personalizes your phone in three easy steps:
1. Choose from over 1,000 designs including The Simpsons, MLB, NBA or your own custom design.
2. Choose your phone from over 120 supported models including BlackBerry®, iPhone and Motorola.
3. We send you a brand new replacement cover for your phone, with your design, that snaps on in seconds.

Learn more at http://www.coveroo.com/boyscouts

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Lionel to Introduce BSA 100th Anniversary Collector Train Set and Boxcar

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Lionel to Introduce BSA 100th Anniversary Collector Train Set and Boxcar

Posted on 11 September 2009 by admin

Lionel BSA BoxcarLionel, a leading manufacturer of electronic model train sets and accessories, is set to introduce an 0-8-0 Steam Freight Collectors Set commemorating the Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary. This first time offering incorporates the Boy Scouts’ ethos into the Lionel tradition, giving collectors a chance to play and learn with the classic work train set. This set is due to ship in early 2010.

The set will include:
0-8-0 steam locomotive and tender, boxcar, bulkhead flatcar with box and wheel load, work caboose, a powerful CW-80 Transformer, FastTrack track sections to create a 40″ x 60″ track layout oval. The collector’s Boy Scouts of America® 100th Anniversary boxcar in this set features Boy Scouts of America® illustrations by Norman Rockwell. Additionally, a special commemorative Lionel patch will be included with each set.

The set is expected to retail for $299.99.

Additionally, a BSA® Boxcar featuring the Scout Law will also be available. The decoration on this special boxcar includes the 12 points of Scout Law, the Universal Emblem, and authentic railroad markings. Expected Retail: $59.99

To purchase this set or add-on boxcar, locate a dealer near you by visiting the Lionel website.

Source: BSA Licensing Insider, Vol. 2, No. 9

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Technical Difficulties With Our RSS Feed

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Technical Difficulties With Our RSS Feed

Posted on 10 September 2009 by Dan

I just wanted to drop a quick line to everyone. We have had some technical difficulties with our RSS feed. Basically it was appearing invalid due to what I consider a coding error on a third party service. Anyway, I have fixed the one character of text on Scouting News that was causing this problem.

What this means for you? If you subscribe to the daily email updates of Scouting News, you should start receiving the emails again tonight. If you subscribe to the Scouting News feed through Bloglines, Google Reader, or other such service, you should be able to see Scouting News stories again.

If you haven’t subscribed to our feed, you might want to consider subscribing by email. Every day you will receive an email with the day’s Scouting News from the website.

I’d like to thank the readers who emailed to notify me of the problem. Thanks!

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Video: What a Wonderful World – BSA

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Video: What a Wonderful World – BSA

Posted on 07 September 2009 by Dan

Not really news, but an awesome performance by Doug “Satchmo” Stone. He is performing his unique Boy Scout theme take on Louis Armstrong’s classic “What a Wonderful World.”

Doug “Satchmo” Stone, Scout executive of the Southern Region’s Indian Waters council, who was selected the top of 9 finalists from 4,000 BSA professionals in the “BSA’s Got Talent” competition at Top Hands this year.

Mr. Stone credits the assistance of volunteer Latrelle Creel, who helped pull it together.

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Sneak Peak at 2010 Jamboree SubCamp Logos

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Sneak Peak at 2010 Jamboree SubCamp Logos

Posted on 05 September 2009 by Dan

The 2010 National Scout Jamboree Sub Camp Patches are designed to arrange a “100” in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.

2010 Jamboree Sub Camp Patches

These patches along with other special Jamboree items will be available to order in a catalog that will be mailed to each staff member and participant in February of 2010. This mailing will feature a special pass code number that will allow them to order presale items online beginning in March 2010.

Source: Western Region Jamboree News Issue #15 (pdf)

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2010 National Jamboree Personalized Medical Forms Being Distributed

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2010 National Jamboree Personalized Medical Forms Being Distributed

Posted on 04 September 2009 by Dan

Last month we informed you about the 2010 National Scout Jamboree personalized health forms being delayed. The personalized health records are now being distributed. Keep in mind, from the original delayed message, that the forms will take several weeks to be delivered to everyone. If you have not recieved your form yet, do not worry, it should be arriving shortly.

When you do recieve your personalized bar coded Medical Record you will recieve two emails. The first, will have the medical form attached. The form is an adobe acrobat form that is password protected. Your name and contact information will be pre-filled. This email also includes the directions:

Please open the attached Jamboree Medical Form using the password sent to you in a separate email. (Viewing the attachment requires Adobe Reader software. If you do not already have it, go to http://get.adobe.com/reader/ and download it for free.)

You will need to complete Part A by entering in the information into the form before printing it. After printing it, take it to your physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner to have Part B completed by him or her. Once Parts A, B, and C are complete, and you have copied your insurance card onto the last sheet, follow these instructions:

Youth Participant or Adult Leader: Return the form to the Scoutmaster of your Jamboree Troop.

Jamboree Staff: Please fax the form to 972-580-7860.

For additional information please refer to the Jamboree website: www.bsajamboree.org

The second email will contain your password to open the document. This email came within seconds of the first email message with the medical form attached.

See you at the Hill!

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Boy Scout Corn Maze Celebrates Scouting’s 100th Anniversary

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Boy Scout Corn Maze Celebrates Scouting’s 100th Anniversary

Posted on 02 September 2009 by Dan

While I do not belive there is an actual contest for the most unique way to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, I do believe Sequoyah Council would win such a contest!

Fender Farm Boy Scout Corn MazeSequoyah Council partnered with Fender’s Farm to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the BSA with a 7 acre corn maze. The farm’s 2009 corn maze features a centennial emblem of the Boy Scouts of America at its center. The maze features about two miles of trails and 85 “decision points” at which walkers much decide which way to turn.

“The Sequoyah Council is pleased and very appreciative that Fender’s Farm and its sponsors have selected the Sequoyah Council, Boy Scouts of America, to help showcase the celebration of 100 years of the Boy Scouts of America with this wonderful corn maze,” said Sequoyah Council’s Scout Executive. “The design that has been laid out by Fender’s Farm and the events surrounding it are a spectacular way to help the Sequoyah Council kick off our year-long-plus celebration of the 100th anniversary of scouting.”

The farm opened up early for a special Boy Scout campout where Scouts were able to enjoy the maze, petting zoo, and other attractions. The maze will open to the public on Sept. 11 with a barbecue and live musical entertainment. The maze is scheduled to remain open to the public until Nov. 1.

Learn more about Fender’s Farm Corn Maze.

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A Year of Celebration Award Program Starts Today

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A Year of Celebration Award Program Starts Today

Posted on 01 September 2009 by Dan

Year of Celebration Award Program

A Year of Celebration – A Century of Making a Difference officially kicks off today! A year of Celebration – A Century of Making a Difference is an awards program specially developed for the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America for all Scouts, adult volunteers and Scouting alumni.

The award consists of a main patch, which is patterned after the official 100th Anniversary emblem, with five additional awards represented by 2″ ribbons from the patch. Program participants will earn recognition for making a difference in their communities due to their dedication to five of Scouting’s core values: Leadership, Character, Community Service, Achievement, and the Outdoors. Individuals will be able to display all earned awards at the same time on their uniforms by attaching award markers to the patch.

Awards may be earned as of September 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010.

There are five requirements for each age group. All you have to do is accomplish at least three of the five requirements to earn the award. You may want to do all five requirements, but three is all that you’ll need to qualify for the award. You can download the requirements from the National BSA website at http://ww2.scouting.org/100years/100years/sitefiles/1000/YourSource/PlanningTools/A_Year_of_Celebration/BSA_Year_Patch_Earning.pdf.

This program will provide every Scout, leader and alumnus a fun and meaningful way to participate in the 100th Anniversary. Each individual participating will benefit, as will every unit and community in the coun-try. Learn more about a Year of Celebration.

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