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New York Boy Scout Camp to be Sold Again

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New York Boy Scout Camp to be Sold Again

Posted on 15 October 2009 by Dan

Camp Toad HollowA portion of a Boy Scout Camp in New York is being sold again. The camp known as Camp Toad Hollow was in operation from the 1920s up until the 1980s when it was sold by Greater Niagara Frontier Council to the Linde Division of Union Carbide Corporation, which planned to use it as a retreat. The current owners, a family bought the property in 1987 to raise their family. Now 55 acres of the property will be placed on the auction block on Saturday, October 24th by Cash Realty & Auctions. You can see the complete auction house listing here.

According to the auction description:

This one of a kind 57.7 acre property features ravines, gorges, rolling hills, and creeks! It looks like Letchworth State Park in your own backyard! Toad Hollow, a former Boyscout camp from the 1920’s – the 1980, features picturesque land that is PERFECT for recreational use! Hunting, camping, fishing, or hiking, you can do it all here! This heavily wooded paradise is located just four miles South of Hamburg but still has access to public water!

The property will initially be offered in two parcels, the first is approximatly 5.5 acres with a cabin, creeks, ravines, and woods. The second is the main parcel, with approximately 52 acres of land, a 3 bedroom house, two cabins, swimming pool, and a gas well. The parcels will be auctioned seperate, and then there will be an auction for all 57 acres. If the price on the complete lot auction is higher than the two previous auctions combined, the winner will take it all.

Michael Hulsizer has a short history of Camp Toad Hollow online at _blank">http://www.webster.edu/~hulsizer/oa/camp/Toadhollow/history.html

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National Board Approves Purchase of more than 10,000 acres

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National Board Approves Purchase of more than 10,000 acres

Posted on 14 October 2009 by Dan

New River Gorge BridgeChief Scout Executive, Robert Mazzuca, send out an email about the National Executive Board taking another step to set up a permanent home for the National Jamboree and a premier outdoor adventure Scouting site. He also mentions more information being available in November; this is in line with previous rumors of a November 16th announcement.

BSA Must Read: National Executive Board News

I am writing to share some exciting news. Today, our National Executive Board took another significant step toward establishing a permanent home for future national jamborees and creating another premier outdoor adventure Scouting site. The board approved the purchase of more than 10,000 acres of some of the most spectacular land you’ve ever seen. It’s located in the New River Gorge area of West Virginia-an area that offers some of the best rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and mountain biking anywhere in the country. It is a perfect site for the full complement of activities we intend to offer at our new facility: extreme sports, leadership training, camping, high adventure-anything you can imagine doing in the great outdoors, and, of course, the national jamboree.

We still have a lot of work to do, but under Jack Furst’s tremendous leadership, we are well on our way toward going from vision to reality. As Jack said to board members, “We are only limited by our own creativity and ingenuity.” And as we know, with Jack at the helm, that means there are no limits to what we can accomplish through this effort.

Stay tuned for further details and a formal unveiling of our plans in November. Until then, my sincerest thanks to the team for its tireless efforts in bringing this exceptional opportunity to our Scouting family. It is, truly, one of the best investments we will make in serving Scouts for the next 100 years.

The picture is of the New River Gorge Bridge and is not of the property that is being purchased by the BSA…

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AO-51 Configuration to Support Scouting’s JOTA

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AO-51 Configuration to Support Scouting’s JOTA

Posted on 14 October 2009 by admin

ao-51The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation – North America (AMSAT-NA) is supporting the 52nd Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) Scouting event by dedicating AO-51 operation to the event. You can learn more about the AO-51 satellite on the AO-51 Info page.

For October 17th and 18th, the AO-51 QRP repeater will be allocated for JOTA use. All users are requested to give way to JOTA stations or QSO’s with JOTA stations. The frequencies used for this weekend will be 145.880 FM uplink, and 435.150 FM downlink, no PL tone required. The mode change should occur at ~00:00 UTC on the 17th (Friday evening in the US) and run for approximately 48 hours.

AMSAT wishes the Scouts good luck operating via the AO-51 satellite for the event. Reports of your JOTA operations should be sent to the AMSAT-BB or directly to ko4ma@amsat.org. Photo files up to 5 Mb total are also welcome for possible inclusion in an upcoming AMSAT Journal article.

Thanks to 73, Drew – KO4MA, AMSAT-NA VP Operations, and Ed – N8BBQ, AO-51 Operations Committee, for providing the information about AMSAT-NA’s support for JOTA.

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From Cub Scouts to Eagle Scouts, Zero Tolerance Policies Stike Again

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From Cub Scouts to Eagle Scouts, Zero Tolerance Policies Stike Again

Posted on 13 October 2009 by Dan

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you’ve probably caught another rash of Scouts, good kids, being suspended under Zero Tolerance Weapon policies.

Fork Knife Spoon ComboZachary Christie, a first grader, was suspended for 45 days after bringing a multi-utensil tool that he used camping to school. According to his parents he had been eating every meal with it at home and decided to take it to school for lunch time. After getting off the bus with the tool in hand a teacher confiscated it and he ended up being sent home later that day. You can learn more about Zachary’s story and show some support on his website – HelpZachary.com

Now we are hearing about another incident, where Matthew Whalen a 17 year-old Eagle Scout and Soldier was suspended for 20 days, and may have had his hopes of attending West Point crushed, for having a 2” knife packed away in a survival kit kept in his car. Read more about this incident.

Please make sure your Scouts, of all ages, know that their School probably has a zero tolerance policy and they need to make sure they do not have a knife in the pockets, vehicle, or anywhere near them while on school grounds (to include athletic games). Good kids do not need the hassle of these School District zero tolerance rules.

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Eagle Scouts Provide Color Guard for Grand Opening of Regional FBI Headquarters

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Eagle Scouts Provide Color Guard for Grand Opening of Regional FBI Headquarters

Posted on 10 October 2009 by Dan

BSA Color Guard for Regional FBI HeadquartersFour Eagle Scouts from the Lincoln Heritage Council were asked to provide the Color Guard for the grand opening of the new Regional FBI Headquarters in Louisville, KY. The $40 million facility is a block away from the council office which was built in 2007.

Eagle Scouts Andrew Blevins, Taylor Brown, Tim Hilliard, C.J. Ausmus and Director of Finance, John Cary met with FBI Director Robert Mueller prior to the ceremony. The Eagle Scouts were given a VIP tour of the new facility and received a commemorative photo and patch for their participation.

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Scuba Merit Badge

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Scuba Merit Badge

Posted on 09 October 2009 by Dan

Scuba Diving Merit Badge PamphletAs we mentioned back in August, Scuba Merit Badge was approved and would be showing up later this year. Wait no longer. The details are now available. While the requirements and information have been released and will be pushed out through the Councils, it will take a little while for the merit badge pamphlet and actual badges to make there way into the supply system.

Scuba Merit Badge is not like many other BSA Merit Badges. This Badge requires an additional certification in order to recieve the badge, this means Scouts have to complete all the training requirements provided by an outside agency as well as paying for the certification and instruction. This will not be a cheap merit Badge to earn. There are additional Notes to Counselors (ie. caveats) provided in the Merit Badge pamphlet, you can see some of them and learn more about the certification requirements on USSP Scuba Merit Badge page.

Scuba Merit Badge Requirements:

1. Do the following:
a. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while scuba diving, including hypothermia, hyperventilation, squeezes, decompression illness, nitrogen narcosis, motion sickness, fatigue, overexertion, heat reactions, dehydration, injuries by aquatic life, and cuts and scrapes.
b. Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person, and explain how to recognize such conditions. Demonstrate the proper technique for performing CPR using a training device approved by your counselor.
2. Before completing requirements 3 through 6, earn the Swimming merit badge.
3. Discuss the Scuba Diver’s Code with your merit badge counselor, and explain the importance of each guideline to a scuba diver’s safety.
4. Earn an Open Water Diver Certification from a scuba organization recognized by the Boy Scouts of America scuba policy.
5. Explain what an ecosystem is, and describe four aquatic ecosystems a diver might experience.
6. Find out about three career opportunities in the scuba industry. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

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New Council: Seneca Waterways Council

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New Council: Seneca Waterways Council

Posted on 08 October 2009 by Dan

Seneca Waterways Council CSPSeneca Waterways Council was formed from the merger of Finger Lakes Council and Otetiana Council.

According to the Council’s website:

The new council name, “Seneca Waterways”, was chosen to represent the two former councils, “Otetiana” and “Finger Lakes” and the five counties of the merged council.

“Seneca” reflects the fact that many local names, such as Seneca County, Seneca Lake, Seneca Park, etc. are found within the five counties and that Otetiana came from a Seneca word and was the name of a Seneca Chief who lived in the Finger Lakes region. Also, the historic Seneca Nation boundaries were similar at times to our new boundaries.

“Waterways” includes the abundance of local freshwater bodies such as the Finger Lakes, the Genesee River and Lake Ontario and the Erie Canal, so this name again includes the area of both former councils.

While “Waterways” alone could signify many parts of the U.S., “Seneca Waterways” is unique to our area.

Hat Tip: CSP Corner Blog

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An Explanation of the Order of the Arrow’s Revised Purpose

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An Explanation of the Order of the Arrow’s Revised Purpose

Posted on 05 October 2009 by Dan

Some background on the reasons for the changes in the Purpose of the Order of the Arrow. This video was presented at NOAC in 2009. (revised 10/4/09)

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Sneak Peak at the BSA Rose Bowl Parade Float

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Sneak Peak at the BSA Rose Bowl Parade Float

Posted on 05 October 2009 by Dan

floatsneakpeakIf you follow @BoyScouts on twitter, you would have seen this tweet:

Check out BSA’s 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade float under construction. Cool way to kick-off the 100th Anniversary! http://bit.ly/26QKsr

That’s right, you can check out the Boy Scout’s Tournament of Roses Parade float that is currently under construction. There are only three pictures currently, but hopefully more will be added as time goes on!

On a side note, you can also see a picture of a guy wearing a giant mosquito costume in the Boy Scout Flickr Stream

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Hudson Valley Council Latest to Join the American Veterans Aid Fund Drive

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Hudson Valley Council Latest to Join the American Veterans Aid Fund Drive

Posted on 04 October 2009 by admin

10363410-bsahvc-coo-diego-aviles-greg-kelly-avaf-directorBoy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council joined the American Veterans Aid Fund Great Cell Phone Drive today in support of housing for our veterans and their families in the Hudson Valley.

“Having been a scout growing up in the Town of Woodbury was one of the greatest experiences in my lifetime in addition to working as a staff member of scout supporter Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman (Ret.),” said Greg Kelly, Director, American Veterans Aid Fund http://americanveteransaidfund.com/index.shtml. “Our veterans’ cell phone drive with The Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council ends on Thanksgiving 2009, however, we encourage people to support scouting all year round.”

“As Scouting prepares to celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2010, we will seek many more opportunities to continue Scouting’s long time stewardship of the environment. We
have been Green since 1910.” Diego Aviles, Chief Operating Officer, Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council.

Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council (http://bsahvc.org/) Great Cell Phone Drive for Veterans drop box is located in the foyer of the Hudson Valley Scout Shop, 6 Jeanne Drive, Newburgh, NY.

The American Veterans Aid Fund launched its Great Cell Phone Drive for Veterans in the Hudson Valley on August 28, 2009 with initial cell phone drop boxes placed at the following businesses:
1. Irelands 32, Suffern, NY on Orange Avenue
2. Frans Hallmark, Monroe, NY on Route 17M
3. The Bright Star Diner, Central Valley, NY on Route 32
4. Dragon’s Den Deli, Cornwall, NY on Main Street
5. Olde Erie Pub & Grille, Middletown, NY 7 West Main St.

Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council currently serves more than 9,500 young people through Scouting and Learning for Life Programs in the New York Counties of Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan and Pike County in Pennsylvania.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

To participate contact us at info@americanveteransaidfund.com or by telephone at 917-843-9311. Donated Cell Phones may also be mailed to: American Veterans Aid Fund
P.O. Box 418, Central Valley, NY 10917.

American Veterans Aid Fund & VETUNES ® (http://americanveteransaidfund.com) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization to assist veterans and their families in obtaining and maintaining the respect, dignity, and honor earned through their service and sacrifice. AVAF has a relationship with veterans, their families, and veteran organizations based upon mutual regard and shared visions for a better tomorrow as well as common interests and values.

Photo ID L-R: Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council COO Diego Aviles, American Veterans Aid Fund Director Greg Kelly

Source: Press Release

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