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100th Anniversary Kickoff Recording Available

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100th Anniversary Kickoff Recording Available

Posted on 11 December 2009 by Dan

Were you able to listen live to the 100th Anniversary Kickoff audiocast yesterday?  For those following @scoutingnews you may have caught that I was unable to get the streaming media playing here at my location in Iraq due to network restrictions, luckily @boyscouts was “tweeting” the main points.  Now anyone who missed the live audiocast can visit http://audiocast.scouting.org to listen to a recording of the audiocast.

The audiocast was a conference call with:

  • Randall Stephenson, ATandT Chairman and CEO, BSA 100th Anniversary Chair
  • John Gottschalk, BSA National President
  • Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive
  • Tico Perez, BSA National Commissioner
  • Jack Furst, BSA National Executive Board

Not only did the audiocast cover the well known and published 100th Anniversary activities, it also covered some of the programs that have been less covered or not yet talked about:

  • Nationwide Geocaching Pinewood Derby Race to the Jamboree starting on March 6th, 2010.  Special Guests to help kick it off.
  • 100th Anniversary float in Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan 1st, 2010.
  • Adventure Base 100 which will tour the country.
  • Grand Centennial Parade in Washington D.C. on July 25, 2010.
  • Shining Light Across America- The July 31st stage show at the Centennial Jamboree, with great entertainment, broadcast live to celebrations across the nation and streamed live over the internet.

Jack Furst, who led Project Arrow, to find the permanent Jamboree site talks about The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve and what it means to Scouting.  They also take the time to answer a few Scouting questions, it seems like membership was the focus of a large number of questions.  We hear about how we can make Scouting cool, the Hispanic Initiative

The above is only the tip of the iceberg of information that was talked about during the audiocast.  I’d encourage you to take 30 minutes to listen to the recording at http://audiocast.scouting.org.

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Trails’s End Announces Change in Scout Online Orders Commission

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Trails’s End Announces Change in Scout Online Orders Commission

Posted on 10 December 2009 by Dan

This announcement only effects those orders that individual Scouts get online. This does not effect the Spring or Fall popcorn sale by Units.

Beginning December 26, 2009, the first day of Trail’s End’s 2010 fiscal year, the commission from Trail’s End online sales will change to the following structure:

 

2010

2009

Council

30%

30%

Units

35%

30%

Scout Rewards

5%

10%

Total

70%

70%

According to information from Trail’s End, the driver behind this change is that in a survey sent to nearly 54,000 Scouts who registered on trails-end.com this fall, an overwhelming majority of the respondents said that the number one reward they want to receive for selling online is to have online commissions pay for their camp and other Scouting fees. This reward was ranked as the number one choice (out of eight rewards listed), far above all gift cards, prizes and other monetary rewards like College Scholarship. Amazon.com, Walmart.com and Target.com gift cards were ranked 2, 3, and 4.

When asked the following question: “Knowing that 70% of your online sales is returned to Scouting, would you be inclined to sell online if 30% of your online sales went to your council in your name, 35% went to your unit in your name, and 5% came to you in an Amazon.com Gift Card once you sold $250 online?” 80% of the 6,903 respondents answered YES, they would sell online given this scenario.

Another obvious benefit is that 35% going back to units will help further engage leaders in online selling and continue to drive more revenue directly back into Scouting.

Trail’s End will be sending an email to all trails-end.com registered users notifying them of this system change.

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Royal Flush – Over 300 Scouts Gather to Flush Toliets

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Royal Flush – Over 300 Scouts Gather to Flush Toliets

Posted on 06 December 2009 by Dan

Intrust Bank ArenaI’ve heard of Scouts testing Jail accomodations and hospital procedures before they open, however this is a first. Over 300 Scouts gathered to test the plumbing, by simultaneously flushing all of the toilets, at the Intrust Bank Arena!

The Wichita Eagle has a featured story about the event:

“We’re counting down to one minute,” the announcer said. “Volunteers, make sure all the kids are prepared.”

“Stay back, Jared,” one of the parent volunteers said

“Gavin, back up a little bit,” said another.

“All right, everybody, it’s that time,” the announcer said. “Group A, prepare yourselves. Go ahead and get in front of your toilets.

“10… 9… 8.. 7… 6… 5… 4… 3… 2… 1… Flush!”

Water surged through every urinal, toilet and sink in the room. Not a single pipe burst. No toilets overflowed. The room roared with cheers and applause…

Read more about the event, watch a short video, or check out the pictureas at The Wichita Eagle.

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Nationwide 100thAnniversary Kick-Off Rally!

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Nationwide 100thAnniversary Kick-Off Rally!

Posted on 06 December 2009 by Dan

bsa100yearsTime is running out to RSVP for the 100th Anniversary Kick-Off Rally!

See the below announcement from the BSA:

To jump start the celebration, we’re bringing together Scouting enthusiasts from coast-to-coast for a nationwide 100th Anniversary Kick-Off Rally. Hosted by AT and T CEO and Chairman and 100th Anniversary Chair Randall Stephenson, National President John Gottschalk, National Commissioner Tico Perez, and me, Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca, we’ll recognize your important role and the difference you make – everyday. Through this live audiocast, we’ll share important information about how you can be part of the 100th Anniversary. We’ll also answer some of your questions (submitted in advance through the link below). Our goal is to rally more than a quarter of a million Scouting enthusiasts – the largest single gathering of its kind in BSA history.

What: 100thAnniversary Kick-Off Audiocast Rally

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2009

Time:
8:00 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Central
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Mountain
5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Pacific

How: RSVP by clicking on “100th Anniversary Kick-Off Rally” at http://audiocast.scouting.org. That’s also where you’ll find the link to the audiocast on December 10th.

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Thief Robs Boy Scout Christmas Tree Lot at Gunpoint

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Thief Robs Boy Scout Christmas Tree Lot at Gunpoint

Posted on 05 December 2009 by Dan

http://www.fox2now.com has a story about a Boy Scout Christmas Tree Lot being robbed at Gun Point.

 

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January Hearing Set in Owasippe Scout Reservation Zoning Battle

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January Hearing Set in Owasippe Scout Reservation Zoning Battle

Posted on 02 December 2009 by admin

The Muskegon Chronicle has reminded us that the long battle over Owasippe Scout Reservation is not over yet.

Officials on both sides hope the long battle over Owasippe Scout Reservation zoning is nearing an end.

More than a year after the Chicago Boy Scouts filed an appeal of a Circuit Court ruling on the zoning, a date for the case to be argued before a three-judge appeals panel has been set. Attorneys who have already filed their briefs will present oral arguments at 10 a.m. Jan. 12 in Grand Rapids.

The 4,800-acre reservation is owned by the Chicago Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, which claims Blue Lake Township’s zoning of the property is too restrictive and amounts to an unconstitutional “taking” of the land.

Read the whole article at The Muskegon Chronicle.

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15 Percent off at Tooth of Time Traders Dec 1st Only

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15 Percent off at Tooth of Time Traders Dec 1st Only

Posted on 01 December 2009 by admin

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Man Awarded Eagle Scout 36 Years Later

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Man Awarded Eagle Scout 36 Years Later

Posted on 01 December 2009 by admin

The Standard Times has an article about a man who was able to be awarded his Eagle Scout award, 36 years later, after delivering a package to a Concho Valley Council Office Manager:

Saturday morning, Boy Scout Troop 20, sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church, named San Angelo’s five newest Eagle Scouts.

For one of them, however, the road to get there took a few extra turns along the way.

Griff Hanks, now a San Angelo resident, completed his Eagle Scout requirements in 1973 in Colorado City. Hanks said that he did not think the paperwork was ever filed, because he was not ever officially presented with his Eagle Scout Award.

Read the rest of the article at The Standard Times.

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