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New Jersey American Water Donates Supplies to South Jersey Boy Scouts

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New Jersey American Water Donates Supplies to South Jersey Boy Scouts

Posted on 20 December 2009 by Dan

New Jersey American Water LogoIn spirit of the holidays, New Jersey American Water has donated several items to the Boy Scouts of Southern New Jersey. Fixtures and appliances including kitchen cabinets, a refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, counter tops, and bathroom vanity, were delivered from a house owned by the company to the scouts’ camp in Alloway, NJ.

“Thanks to New Jersey American Water, our scout camp will be more inviting and allow us to have more activities for the scouts,” said Tony Ortiz, a ranger with the scouts. “The appliances are in great condition and our scouts are very appreciative of this donation.”

The house at 723 Evesham Road in Runnemede, NJ is scheduled to be demolished in early 2010 and eventually be replaced by equipment to improve water service and reliability to Runnemede. In October, New Jersey American Water loaned use of the house to the Runnemede Volunteer Fire Department to conduct life-saving rescue exercises.

“New Jersey American Water is a friend to the areas in which we provide service,” said John Bigelow, president of New Jersey American Water. “Whether we’re investing in infrastructure and creating jobs, extolling the benefits of conservation, or reaching out to young people through organizations like the Boy Scouts, our company wants to play a role in bettering communities throughout the state.”

New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.5 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in 32 states and Ontario, Canada.

 Source: New Jersey American Water

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U.S. Mint Unveils Design for 2010 BSA Centennial Coin

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U.S. Mint Unveils Design for 2010 BSA Centennial Coin

Posted on 19 December 2009 by Dan

Update: The U.S. Mint has published the release date for the BSA Centennial Commemorative Coin.

The Boy Scouts of America is one step closer to seeing its 2010 BSA Centennial Silver Dollars being minted!  We’ve been following this story as it has progressed; with the bills introduction back in April of 2008, the Senate passing the Centennial Commemorative Coin Act in October of 2008, the Fine Arts Commission being disappointed by the designs in January of 2009, to yesterday when the final design was unveiled.  We will keep following the 2010 BSA Centennial Coin as more information is released!

2010 BSA Coin ObverseThe United States Mint unveiled designs for the 2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial Silver Dollar.  The Boy Scouts of America Centennial Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 110-363) authorizes the United States Mint to mint and issue silver one-dollar coins to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. 

Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner approved the coin’s designs on September 16, 2009.  The obverse (heads side) design, by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Donna Weaver, depicts a Cub Scout in the foreground with a Boy Scout and female Venturer in the background saluting.  The Venturer represents how the Boy Scouts of America organization has evolved over the past century to serve all the youth of America, including girls.  Inscriptions on the obverse are CONTINUING THE JOURNEY, 1910, 2010, IN GOD WE TRUST and LIBERTY.

2010 BSA Coin ReverseThe reverse (tails side) design, sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz, features the universal emblem of the Boy Scouts of America.  Inscriptions on the reverse are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, BE PREPARED, E PLURIBUS UNUM and ONE DOLLAR.

The United States Mint will mint proof and uncirculated versions of the 2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial Silver Dollar in 90 percent silver.  Mintage is limited to 350,000 coins across all product options.  Surcharges collected from sales of the coin are authorized to be paid to the National Boy Scouts of America Foundation, which will make funds available to local councils in the form of grants for the extension of scouting in hard-to-serve areas.

Additional information about the 2010 Boy Scouts Centennial Commemorative Coin Program is available at .

The United States Mint, created by Congress in 1792, is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage.  Its primary mission is to produce an adequate volume of circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce.  The United States Mint also produces proof, uncirculated and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver, gold and platinum bullion coins.

Source: United States Mint Press Release

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BSA Launches 100th Year With Scouting Experience of a Lifetime

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BSA Launches 100th Year With Scouting Experience of a Lifetime

Posted on 18 December 2009 by Dan

BSA Tournament of Roses Parade FloatOn Jan. 1, 2010, a new century begins for the Boy Scouts of America, and with it comes an invitation to the nation to experience Scouting like never before. Kicking off the celebration is the BSA’s participation in the Tournament of Roses Parade, with a float entitled: “Celebrating the Adventure, Continuing the Journey.”

“This is an incredibly exciting and important time for our organization,” said Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca. “The methods of Scouting continue to evolve to reach the current and future generations, but the Scouting message is the same as it was a century ago. We invite Scouts, alumni, volunteers, and the public to join in our celebration throughout the country over the next year. We are excited about what the future holds, and invite America to continue to be a part of the journey.”

In Pasadena, Calif., more than 300 Eagle Scouts will represent the BSA as they march beside an adventure-filled float like no other, complete with Scouts camping, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and enjoying the thrill of “flying” along a zip line. Keeping with the parade theme “A Cut Above The Rest,” each Eagle Scout represents the highest achievements of Scouting, and each has a powerful story to tell. The Boy Scouts 100th Anniversary Youth Ambassador and 2 millionth Eagle Scout, Anthony Thomas, will travel from Minneapolis to Pasadena to participate in the inaugural activities.

While a 100th Anniversary may seem like an occasion to reflect on an impressive past, the BSA is looking towards the future. Eight major national 100th Anniversary engagement programs have been designed to reintroduce Scouting to the next generation of young leaders and reconnect millions of alumni with the organization. The BSA’s strategic approach to its 100th Anniversary celebration has garnered the support of organizations such as AT and T, ExxonMobil, the United Nations Foundation, the Arbor Day Foundation, and other organizations.

Immediately following the Tournament of Roses Parade, the BSA launches “Adventure Base 100,” a 10,000-square-foot interactive campus featuring immersive and exciting Scout-related experiences. Adventure Base 100 will travel the country throughout 2010, providing more than 40 markets with a hands-on view of Scouting and the difference it makes in the lives of millions of youth.

“Adventure Base 100 is a chance to give visitors a view of the history and the future of the Boy Scouts of America,” said John Gottschalk, current national president of the BSA, and chairman of the Omaha World-Herald Corporation. “We are bringing the Scouting experience into the heart of dozens of communities and rallying the country to join us in ‘Celebrating the Adventure, Continuing the Journey.’”

While in Pasadena, Adventure Base 100 will be open from 7 a.m. – 5 2800 E. Sierra Madre Boulevard, and will include:

  • A high adventure ropes course for all visitors more than 4 feet tall weighing less than 250 pounds.
  • A multi-sensory experience that will offer visitors the sights, smells and sounds of Scouting via the campus IMAX-like video “GoScouting! Dome.”
  • An overview about what it takes to become an Eagle Scout, the highest level of Scouting.
  • A chance to speak with members of local BSA councils to learn more about Scouting.
  • A traveling Scouting museum featuring an overview of the BSA’s amazing history, including an exhibit of rare artifacts collected by the organization over the last 100 years.
  • Interactive digital displays, including a virtual build-and-race your own Pinewood Derby car and a touch-screen merit badge wall.As Adventure Base 100 tours the country, local BSA councils will provide their own artifacts to be featured in the BSA’s 100th Anniversary National Time Capsule.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Scouting movement is composed of 2.8 million young people between the ages of 7 and 20 and 1.1 million volunteers in more than 290 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit

More information about 100 Years of Scouting can be found at

Source: Boy Scouts of America Press Release

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