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Over 100 Scouts and Leaders ‘Treated’ at New Hospital

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Over 100 Scouts and Leaders ‘Treated’ at New Hospital

Posted on 15 November 2009 by Dan

Western Maryland Regional Medical CenterScout units often assist first responders during large scale drills; however this is the first article I’ve seen where Boy Scouts helped a hospital staff prepare for the opening of a hospital.

The Cumberland Times reported on Boy Scouts participating as patients during the dry run at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.

When a hospital opens, there is little room for error. So when the time came to test the services at Cumberland’s new health care facility, hospital officials thought it would be beneficial to have the assistance of some of the nation’s most trusted community service members — the Boy Scouts of America.

On Saturday, more than 100 Boy Scouts and troop leaders from the local Potomac Council and Baltimore Area Council Boy Scouts of America participated in a scheduled mock training day for the new Western Maryland Regional Medical Center scheduled to open Saturday at 6 a.m.

Read the whole story at The Cumberland Times.

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2010 National Jamboree Staff Training Available

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2010 National Jamboree Staff Training Available

Posted on 14 November 2009 by Dan

2010 National Scout Jamboree Staff Training CertificateWhile it hasn’t been officially announced on bsajamboree.org yet, the 2010 National Jamboree Staff Training is now available in MyScouting. The training which is consistent with other BSA online trainings consists of a video, flash based presentation, checks on learning, and additional information that can be downloaded.

The training starts out with an introduction video from Terry Dunn, the 2010 National Jamboree Chairman, which stresses the importance in preparing for the Jamboree experience. The training then breaks down in the following sections: Prior to arriving to the Jamboree, Jamboree information, Jamboree Experience, your departure, and a conclusion. At the end of the training course you will be given a link to download a reference information sheet with additional resources to prepare for the Jamboree, and a link to the Jamboree Staff Guide.

The main goal of the training was to answer questions Jamboree Staff members have and make sure everyone is on the same page. As long as you’ve read the staff guide, and paid attention to everything you’ve received so far, there should be no surprises in this training.

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Eagle Scout Used Training and Knowledge To Act Quickly

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Eagle Scout Used Training and Knowledge To Act Quickly

Posted on 14 November 2009 by Dan

Kaleb-KeithWDAF-TV out of Kansas City, Missouri, featured a story about an Eagle Scout who noticed the signs of Carbon Monoxide poisoning and was able to get his family out of his house and to safety.

 

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Scout Hoping to Replace Elementary School’s Book Collection

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Scout Hoping to Replace Elementary School’s Book Collection

Posted on 13 November 2009 by admin

The Press-Enterprise has a story about a Scout’s Eagle Scout Project to assist in replacing an Elementary Schools book collection that was ruined last year.

Boy Scout Steven Pulsipher hopes a book drive will help Jacob Wiens Elementary School librarian Denise Beingessner replenish some 1,500 books ruined last summer in an indoor flood.

The 16-year-old West Valley High School junior says he could sure use the public’s help.

“If everybody were to just donate one book, that would really help out the school,” Steven said.

As part of his Eagle Scout project, Steven and other members of Boy Scout Troop 308 have set up book drop-off locations at Waldenbooks and Cameron’s Books in Hemet, as well as CM School Supply in Temecula.

Read the whole story at The Press-Enterprise.

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Scout Credits Dad and Boy Scouts During Hostage Situation

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Scout Credits Dad and Boy Scouts During Hostage Situation

Posted on 13 November 2009 by admin

The Millerton News has a story about the hostage situation at Stissing Mountain Middle School, a twelve year-old who was in an adjacent office credited his dad and the Boy Scouts for his courage to act.

Twelve-year-old Zack Pruner, a middle school student at Stissing Mountain, was in the adjacent guidance counselor’s office calling home when Craft entered the middle school office.

“He started yelling and getting all frustrated,” Zack said, “and asking for Mr. Hess. Then he got more violent.”

Pruner, who said that Craft didn’t know he was in the other room, hid for two hours in the guidance office before signaling to SWAT police officers using his hands and making a written sign explaining there was a man with a gun next door.

After written instruction from the SWAT team, Pruner climbed out of the window and was escorted to safety. When asked where he found the courage to act, he replied, “Most of that stuff comes from my dad and from Boy Scouts.”

Read the whole story at The Millerton News.

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New Council: Great Lakes Council

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New Council: Great Lakes Council

Posted on 13 November 2009 by Dan

New Michigan CouncilBack in August we informed you that Detroit Area Council and Clinton Valley Council were going to merge. They did, and became known as the New Michigan Council until a name could be decided. Well that time has come, and the new name is Great Lakes Council.

The new Council decided to solicit new name ideas from its members and received over 300 submissions. Ten people submitted the name Great Lakes Council. The Council naming committee took all the submissions and narrowed it down to 39 choices and they opened up voting. Over 3,000 people selected Great Lakes Council.

The Council will be working on a new Council Shoulder Patch (CSP) shortly.

Source: http://www.cvc-bsa.org/nmc/index.html

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‘Celebrate Scouting’ Stamp Unveiled

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‘Celebrate Scouting’ Stamp Unveiled

Posted on 12 November 2009 by admin

Celebrate Scouting StampThe U.S. Postal Service today gave scouting ‘a stamp of approval’ to honor 100 years of the U.S. scouting movement. The Celebrate Scouting stamp, which will be sold in the summer of 2010, coincides with the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary.

The new stamp design was unveiled Thursday during an event at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. The design, created by illustrator Craig Frazier of Mill Valley, CA, depicts the spirit and outdoor adventure of scouting through a backpacking scout and a large silhouette of a scout surveying the landscape.

Since the creation of the international youth scouting movement some 100 years ago, hundreds of millions of children have benefited from opportunities for adventure, skill building, leadership, personal development, and community service provided by scouting organizations.

“I’m very proud to represent the United States Postal Service as we unveil the artwork for the scouting commemorative stamp to be released in 2010 and to recognize what scouting has done for boys and girls alike for more than 100 years,” said USPS Sustainability Vice President, Samuel M. Pulcrano. “I learned a great many things from scouting when I was a boy, and many of those lessons came from my father who served as my assistant scoutmaster. The experience made such an impression on me that I now serve as assistant scoutmaster for my sons’ troop.”

Joining Pulcrano at the unveiling event were Allen Kane, Director of Smithsonian National Postal Museum; Jim Terry, Boy Scouts of America Assistant Chief Scout Executive; Bob Mersereau, Boy Scouts of America National Director of the 100th Anniversary; Kevin Coleman, Manager, Information Policies and Procedures, USPS; Sen. Dick Lugar, R-IN; and Ernest Green, member of 1957 Little Rock Nine, who helped integrate the nation’s public school system, and Honorary Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America National Hall of Leadership. Green was one of nine African-American students who, in 1957, were the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, AR. He was the first black to graduate from the school.

The Postal Service appreciates the efforts of a number of individuals, including Rep. Pete Sessions, R-TX, Sen. Dick Lugar, R-IN, Rep. Ike Skelton, D-MO., and Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., in working toward creation of the Celebrate Scouting stamp and their leadership on scouting.

In conjunction with the Celebrate Scouting announcement and Veteran’s Day observances, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced it will begin a nationwide effort to support U.S. Armed Forces personnel serving overseas and veterans by sending letters and care packages using the Priority Mail Flat Rate Box through the Postal Service. Local DC-area scouts mailed letters and shared news about the scouting stamp from the museum this morning. The letter writing campaign continues the BSA’s longstanding tradition of service and performing “a good turn” daily.

“We are grateful to the USPS for commemorating scouting’s contributions to our nation for the past 100 years,” said Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America. “To continue our tradition of service, we are honored to launch our letter writing campaign to support our troops serving overseas. Regardless of our age, we never outgrow the joy of receiving a personal letter in the mail. It is the least we can do for the service men and women to whom we owe the deepest gratitude for their service.”

The new Celebrate Scouting stamps will go on sale nationwide and will be dedicated in July 2010 at the Boy Scout Jamboree at Ft. A.P. Hill, VA.

The Boy Scouts of America will celebrate its 100th anniversary on February 8, 2010. To mark this milestone, the organization has undertaken nationwide celebration efforts that reintroduce the organization to today’s young people and families, reinforce the value of scouting, and reconnect with the millions the organization has impacted. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

Source: USPS Press Release 09-095

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OKPIK Adventures Still Available at Northern Tier

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OKPIK Adventures Still Available at Northern Tier

Posted on 07 November 2009 by Dan

OkpikI received word that Northern Tier High Adventure Base in Ely, Minnesota, still has some open slots for OKPIK Winter Adventures. This would be a great opportunity for a last minute adventure trip for your unit!

The Okpik season begins Dec. 27 and ends March 7, 2010. They offer a number of adventures, such as: Cabin Stay, Skiing Expeditions, Snowshoe Expeditions, Musher Camp, Dog Sled Expedition, Webelos OKPIK Weekend, and Cold Weather Training.

Here is some additional information from Vern Miller the Okpik Chief Interpreter:

Okpik at Northern Tier High Adventure Base in Ely is one of Scouting’s best kept secrets. Okpik was featured in this month’s (October 2009) Boys’ Life Magazine and recently on the Outdoor Channel’s Scouting for Adventure program.

We offer weekend and weekday customizable trips featuring: winter camping, cabin stays, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, ice fishing, and leave-no-trace. Last year we introduced our Webelos Okpik Weekend (WOW) to encourage young scouts to take advantage of this amazing program.

Okpik offers an exciting and varied program, if you know of any scouts wishing to have an extreme high adventure experience please consider passing along information on Northern Tier High Adventure’s OKPIK Program. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Vern Miller

(218)-365-4811
www.ntier.org
okpik@ntier.org

Learn more at the Northern Tier Website.

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Austin was Dedicated to Service

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Austin was Dedicated to Service

Posted on 06 November 2009 by admin

Austin Boyd MemorialThe Daily News has a nice feature article on Austin Boyd, the ninteen year-old Scout from New York that was killed in a car accident on Wednesday night. The story shows how the Scouting community is showing their respect, how friends and family remember Austin, and paints a picture of a young man that was dedicated to helping others.

Too often after the top Boy Scouts complete the requirements to become an Eagle Scout, they “vanish” and seldom return to their troops, said Jak Kohmann, a Scoutmaster in Clarendon.

Austin Boyd wasn’t like that. After the Eagle Scout graduated from Holley High School last June and enrolled in Monroe Community College this fall, he made attending weekly Scout meetings for Troop No. 59 a priority. Boyd, 19, was the troop’s assistant Scoutmaster.

“He meshed so well with all the kids in the troop, especially the younger ones,” Kohmann said. “This kid was in college but he still came back to every Scout meeting, religiously.”

Boyd died in a car accident last Wednesday evening, while returning home from a Scouting camp kickoff event in Batavia with his father Ron. Another motorist drove through a stop sign at the intersection of Route 31A and South Holley Road and crashed into the Boyd’s vehicle, killing Austin. Hundreds of Scouts from across the state are expected to attend a memorial service 4 p.m. Saturday at the Disciples United Methodist Church, 4410 Holley Byron Rd.

Read the entire article at The Daily News.

Photo Credit: Tom Rivers/Daily News

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Celebrate Scouting Stamp Unveiling

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Celebrate Scouting Stamp Unveiling

Posted on 06 November 2009 by Dan

Update: The ‘Celebrate Scouting’ Stamp has been unveiled.

USPS LogoCelebrate Scouting Stamp Unveiling at The Smithsonian National Postal Museum

What: The U.S. Postal Service will be joined by the Boy Scouts of America to unveil a
Celebrate Scouting stamp recognizing 100 years of Scouting in America.

Who: Allen Kane, Director, Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Sam Pulcrano, Vice President Sustainability, United States Postal Service
Jim Terry, Assistant Chief Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America
Ernest Green, Member of 1957 Little Rock Nine, National Honorary Chairman of the Boy Scout of America National Hall of Leadership

When: Thurs. Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. (ET)

Where: Smithsonian National Postal Museum Discovery Center
2 Massachusetts Ave., N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 633-5555

Background: With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the adventure and spirit of scouting. Since the creation of the international youth scouting movement some 100 years ago, hundreds of millions of children have benefited from opportunities for adventure, skill building, leadership, personal development, and community service provided by scouting organizations. To create this original stamp design, illustrator Craig Frazier of Mill Valley, Calif., depicted the images of two different scouts in clothing and accessories that are often part of the outdoor scouting experience – hats, packs, boots and binoculars.

Source: U.S. Postal Service Press Release

Update: The ‘Celebrate Scouting’ Stamp has been unveiled.

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