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Scout Collecting Turkeys for Eagle Project

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Scout Collecting Turkeys for Eagle Project

Posted on 31 October 2009 by Dan

Joseph De GenaroHighlands Today features an interesting article about an Eagle Scout project:

As long as they are not still feathered and squawking, Sebring High school freshman Joseph De Genaro wants your turkeys.

The 14-year-old Boy Scout has launched an ambitious service project aimed at feeding hundreds of Highlands County families this holiday season by collecting or purchasing 300 frozen turkeys and non-perishable food items.

“I hope that we can help feed over 250 families this Thanksgiving and that (the project) can provide a meal for them,” said De Genaro.

Read the complete Highlands Today Article.

Photo by Highlands Today.

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Scouting out Fire Hydrants

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Scouting out Fire Hydrants

Posted on 30 October 2009 by Dan

Eagle ScoutThe Daily Item features an article about an Eagle Scout whose project was scouting out fire hydrants for the city.

He’s made it his business to scout out the hydrants in town so emergency responders can know the exact longitude and latitude for each of the hydrants.

Eagle Scout James Duffy, who is a member of Swampscott Troop 53, approached Fire Chief Michael Champion last summer regarding doing his Eagle Scout volunteer project on fire hydrants.

“Since we have a computer file on the hydrant location, his job was to redo it and verify all the hydrant information,” Champion said. “Over the years hydrants were added or removed to accommodate building and water supply.”

Duffy, who is a senior at Swampscott High School, said he joined the boy scouts seven years ago and he has been working on his Eagle Scout project for more than a year.

“I knew I wanted to do something with the fire department and fire hydrants,” Duffy said. “I figured it might be a good idea to log all the hydrants in town. There are 530 hydrants.”

Read the complete article at The Daily Item.

This would make a fun project to add to the Cache to Eagle program!

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Scouts Get Lake Named After Them

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Scouts Get Lake Named After Them

Posted on 29 October 2009 by Dan

Asbury Park Press is reporting on how Scouts now have a lake named after them after some hardwork and teamwork.

Holiday Lake is now Scout Lake, named after about 20 local Boy, Girl and Cub Scout troops who recently helped breathe new life into the surrounding Holiday Park.

The 13-acre park and lake, off Pease Road, were rededicated at a ceremony Saturday, attended by township officials, local volunteers and Scouts.

The township with the help of the county dredged 3 1/2 feet of leaves and an additional 2 feet of silt from the lake in September, and the Public Works Department cleared a walking path, set up pet stations and installed a solar aerator and an illuminated fountain aerator last week. The entire project cost the township about $285,000, said Committeewoman Michelle Roth, a 12th District Assembly candidate.

Scouts since March have been hard at work building benches and picnic tables for the dog-friendly park. The children and other local volunteers came out a week before the rededication for a cleanup that netted some 25 bags of trash.

Read the complete article from the Asbury Park Press.

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Greater New York Councils Induct Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil, Into Eagle Scout Hall of Fame

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Greater New York Councils Induct Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil, Into Eagle Scout Hall of Fame

Posted on 29 October 2009 by admin

rex_w_tillersonThe Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America will honor Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ExxonMobil Corporation, at its 2009 Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Induction on Monday, November 2nd at the Hilton New York.

This annual event honors Eagle Scouts who have made significant contributions to society, and past Eagle Scouts inducted into the Hall of Fame include New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chairman and CEO of Marriott International, J.W. Marriott, Jr., and John C. Whitehead, Chairman of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, who will serve as the Honorary Chairman of the Event.

Tillerson is a member of the national executive board of the Boy Scouts of America and is slated to become President of the Boy Scouts of America in 2010. President Barack Obama serves as Honorary President of the Boy Scouts of America. Both the Boy Scouts of America and ExxonMobil are based in Irving, Texas. Tillerson has said, “I think the highlight of my youth and adolescent years were my achievements in Scouting,” and “Scouting has always been a part of my life. I continue to believe that it’s the best thing going for young men today.” Tillerson’s father was an executive of the Boy Scouts of America during his youth.

As an Eagle Scout, Tillerson attained the highest rank in the merit-based Scouting program, a distinction that only about 2% of Scouts can claim. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout spirit, service and leadership, including an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads and manages. Prominent business and political leaders having earned the Eagle rank include astronaut Neil Armstrong, President Gerald Ford, Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Academy Award-winner Steven Spielberg, and journalist Walter Cronkite.

Three Eagle Scouts from Staten Island’s Troop 21 will also be recognized at the event for their efforts to rescue a woman from her burning home earlier this year. They employed their Scout training in a lifesaving attempt and they are being presented a heroism award for their selfless actions.

The Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America serves tens of thousands of young people in New York City through a variety of youth development programs that promote character, leadership, and life skills, including substantial outreach to boys and girls in the most disadvantaged communities of the five boroughs. Hundreds of thousands of community service hours are logged annually by Scouts and the almost 6,000 adult volunteers in New York City.

The Boy Scouts of America will celebrate its 100th Anniversary on February 8, 2010, with prominent national and local highlight activities to honor Scouting’s service to our country and more than 100 million youth in the past century. Local highlights include Scouts ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on February 8, 2010, a citywide service day on April 24, 2010, and a New York City Scout weekend from July 30- August 1, 2010 with a Times Square celebration on July 31, 2010. Additional engagement programs are planned, and national highlights include a partnership with Major League Baseball and U.S. Mint production of BSA Centennial Silver Dollar commemorative coins.

ExxonMobil is the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. Tillerson assumed the top position on January 1, 2006.

For more information on Scouting in New York City and the Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Induction, please visit www.bsa-gnyc.org. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org, with 100th Anniversary details at www.scouting.org/100years. More information on Exxon Mobil Corporation is available at www.exxonmobil.com.

Source: Greater New York Councils Press Release

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Philmont Registration for 2011

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Philmont Registration for 2011

Posted on 27 October 2009 by Dan

PhilomontIf your unit wants to attend Philmont Scout Ranch in 2011, its time to get planning!

Registration requests for 2011 Expeditions for Philmont Scout Ranch will be made on the internet beginning November 1 thru December 5, 2009. Please see the 2011 Philmont Registration Packet (pdf) for additional information.

Unit representatives will log into a special website during the week that corresponds to their BSA region, or during the open week.

Week One: Northeast Region – Nov 1 -7
Week Two: Western Region – Nov 8 – 14
Week Three: Southern Region – Nov 15 – 21
Week Four: Central Region – Nov 22 – 28
Week Five: Open Week – Nov 29 – Dec 5

Once the registration request process is completed, the computer will randomly select units to receive reservations. When 2011 reaches capacity, groups will be placed on a waiting list for 2011 in the event of
cancellations.

Please see the 2011 Philmont Registration Packet (pdf) for additional information.

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2010 Eagle Scout Scholarship Applications Now Available

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2010 Eagle Scout Scholarship Applications Now Available

Posted on 26 October 2009 by Dan

2010 Eagle Scholoarship ApplicationApplications for Eagle Scout scholarships for 2010 are now available at www.nesa.org. Eagle Scouts who apply for a college scholarship must use the correct application, which is a mandatory requirement.

The 2010 applications can be found here:
http://www.nesa.org/applications.html

In 2009, just over 4,500 applications were received for the 109 scholarships awarded. Of those applicants, 937 used the wrong form and thus were immediately rejected. The rule is that they must use the correct application.

Please use the correct application if you are planning on pursuing a NESA Scholarship.

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November Webelos Workshops at the BSA Museum

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November Webelos Workshops at the BSA Museum

Posted on 24 October 2009 by admin

BSA MuseumThe National BSA Museum has announced some new Webelos workshops for November.

New Geologist Workshop Dates/Times
November 8 2pm

New Scientist Workshop Dates/Times
November 21 10:30am
November 21 12pm
November 21 2pm
November 21 3:30pm
November 22 1:30pm
November 22 3pm

Registration Information
Payment must be made at the time of reservation—no exceptions. There will be no refunds if you cannot attend the workshop for which you registered. Changing or switching reservation dates and times is not allowed.

Please note that during workshop registration periods, we receive a high volume of calls. If your call is answered by voice mail, please leave a message with your name and contact information. Calls will be returned in the order they are received. This includes voice mail messages.

To enroll in a Webelos workshop, please call Kevin Stanislawski at 972-580-2476. The cost is $10 per Scout.

You will need to provide the following information when calling to make a reservation.
Scout’s name:
Pack number:
Phone number:
E-mail address:

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How long does the workshop last?
A. Geologist: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Scientist: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Q. Are there charges for additional people to attend?
A. There is no charge for leaders or parents to attend the workshop with their registered child. Additional children attending will be charged the regular rate, but they cannot participate in the workshop.

Q. Do I have to pay to go in the museum?
A. Scouts attending a workshop receive free admission to the museum. Leaders and parents will need to pay admission.

Q. When is the new schedule coming out?
A. We do not announce dates that workshops are going to be released. Workshop instructors are volunteers, and new classes are announced often.

Q. Are all the requirements completed?
A. Scouts will complete all of the requirements for their Webelos activity badge in the workshop.

Q. Do I have to sit with my son in the workshop?
A. Leaders and parents are invited, but are not required, to sit in the workshop that their son is attending. There is no charge for them to sit in these workshops. They may also sit in the canteen or lobby or pay admission to visit the museum.

For more information visit the National Scouting Museum website.

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Senate Recognizes 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts

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Senate Recognizes 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts

Posted on 22 October 2009 by Dan

250px-Lamar_Alexander_official_portraitU.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), an Eagle Scout, announced that the Senate has passed a resolution he cosponsored to recognize February 8, 2010, as “Boy Scouts of America Day” in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts.

“Being a Boy Scout helped me build character and appreciate the outdoors. It taught me about this country and what it means to be an American, and I’m glad the Senate has recognized the organization on its centennial,” Alexander said. “The Boy Scout law says we should be trustworthy, loyal, helpful and friendly, and the slogan reminds us all to do a good turn daily.”

The bipartisan resolution to designate February 8, 2010 as “Boy Scouts of America Day” in celebration of the organization’s 100th anniversary passed the Senate last night by unanimous consent.

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Del Taco Holds Fundraisers to Help Phoenix Area Scouts Attend 100th Anniversary National Scout Jamboree

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Del Taco Holds Fundraisers to Help Phoenix Area Scouts Attend 100th Anniversary National Scout Jamboree

Posted on 21 October 2009 by admin

Del Taco LogoThis time, Phoenix area boy scouts will be on the receiving end of a good turn when Del Taco raises funds to help more than 430 scouts attend the 100th Anniversary National Scout Jamboree next summer.

All Phoenix area Del Taco restaurants will donate 20% of sale proceeds from 11 am – 8 pm on October 21, 28, November 4 and 11. When ordering, customers need to present the fundraiser flying that can be downloaded at http://www.deltacoscouts.info.

“Next year’s centennial Jamboree marks a historic and important milestone for the Boy Scouts of America,” said Keith Woods, Jamboree Scoutmaster. “This will be an exciting opportunity for our local scouts to be part of a huge celebration. We appreciate everything Del Taco is doing to make this trip happen.”

More than 430 scouts from ten Jamboree Troops will benefit from these fundraisers. The 2010 National Scout Jamboree will take place next July in Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.

“Scouts provides a valuable experience for kids and we are excited to help these scouts attend the historic Jamboree,” said Michelle Henriques, Del Taco field marketing manager.

In addition to Phoenix area restaurants, the fundraisers will take place at Del Taco locations in Casa Grande and Tucson.

About Del Taco
Del Taco, the Lake Forest, California-based company operates or franchisees more than 515 restaurants in 18 states. Del Taco offers a full range of made-to-order Mexican items such as tacos, burritos, quesadillas and American favorites including cooked-to-order burgers, fries and shakes. Del Taco uses fresh ingredients including hand-made salsa, fresh produce, freshly grated cheddar cheese, chicken grilled every hour and lard-free beans made from scratch. Additional information is available at http://www.deltaco.com.

Source: Del Taco Press Release

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Special Postmark to Honor First Scout Troop in Vermont

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Special Postmark to Honor First Scout Troop in Vermont

Posted on 18 October 2009 by Dan

Vermont BSA CancellationAccording to Green Mountain Council:

As part of the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Scouting, the United States Post Office in Barre will be using a special postmark on October 29. This postmark will honor the first Boy Scout Troop in Vermont. Troop 1 was started on October 29, 1909.

The United States Post Office in Barre will be set up at the Aldrich Library on October 29th and will cancel all mail brought there with the Specail Anniversary cancellation mark from 10am until 4pm. The remote Post Office will be set up for only one day.

However, postal rules also allow mail to be cancelled after that date using the Special Cancellation, so when Scouts come to Barre for the Veterans Parade on November 7 the Barre Post Office will allow special mail to be dropped off and cancelled with the special cancellation. In order to be cancelled with the special Barre Troop 1 postmark on that day letters will have to go in a special collections box, which will be set up the morning of the parade.

The First Baptist Church will be having an evening service to celebrate the 100th anniversary at the church at 7:00 pm. Afterwards it is proposed that there will be a brief reception in the basement below the church where the Troop 1 boys and William Foster Milne dug out the basement by hand to make a place for Troop 1 to meet.

A specail envelope design has been created to help celebrate this great occasion. If you have questions, please contat Kevin O’Hara at the Council Service Center.

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