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Scouting Commemorates 100th Birthday, Council Celebrates Locally

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Scouting Commemorates 100th Birthday, Council Celebrates Locally

Posted on 31 January 2010 by admin

One hundred years in the making, the Boy Scouts of America is commemorating Scouting and the impact it has had on countless lives nationwide. On Feb. 8, the Old North State Council of the Boy Scouts will celebrate history in the making, their centennial anniversary.

Monday, Feb. 8 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Old North State Council will hold a birthday party at the NewBridge Bank Park in downtown Greensboro, N.C. The price of admission is one can of non-perishable food. The event includes meeting Guilford, the Grasshoppers’ mascot, the taking of a special centennial photo as well as a collection of items for the local time capsule.

“The Boy Scouts has created a foundation for leadership and service to America’s youth,” said John Meeks, executive director for the Old North State Council (ONSC) of the Boy Scouts of America. “Scouting trains our youth to live and work with honesty and character. I feel that Scouting is as fundamental and important today as it was 100 years ago when our journey began.”

A First Class Scout from Troop 42 in High Point couldn’t agree more, “Scouting has made a big impact on my life. My father taught me the Scout Law at the age of six,” said Michael Founds. “I am so excited to be a part of this anniversary in Scouting. I know it’s going to continue to play a role in my life now and in the future.”

More information about the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary can be found at www.scouting.org/100years. For more information about what the Old North State Council is doing locally for the anniversary, visit www.100yearsofncscouting.org.

For those Boy Scouts of America members interested in attending the birthday celebration, please enter NewBridge Bank Park only by the Bellemeade St. Gate.

The Old North State Council, headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., covers an eight-county area, including Alamance, Caswell, Davie, Davidson, Guilford, Person, Randolph and Rockingham counties. The council serves over 10,000 young people annually in the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing and Learning for Life programs. For more information, please visit www.bsaonsc.org.

About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving nearly 4.7 million young people between 7 and 20 years of age with more than 300 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 www.scouting.org.

Source: Old North State Council Press Release.

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Sacramento

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Sacramento

Posted on 29 January 2010 by Dan

BSA Adventure Base 100 is in Sacramento. Take a peek inside the exhibit and meet Eagle Scout Mitchell Harry. Mitchell describes his service leadership project, building a stainless steel playground to meet the special needs of hearing-impaired children at the CCHAT Center in Sacramento.

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2010 Centennial Rank Advancement Badges

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2010 Centennial Rank Advancement Badges

Posted on 27 January 2010 by Dan

Update: The Centennial Rank Advancement Badges are now shown on Scoutstuff.org

The National Council has announced that all rank patches for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts for 2010 will feature special designs. The patches called the ‘2010 Centennial Rank Advancement Badges’ feature 2010, Boy Scouts of America, and the rank in text.

View the designs of the 2010 Centennial Rank Advancement Badges (pdf).

The 2010 Centennial Rank Advancement Badges should be available in Scout Shops by the beginning of February. Make sure you honor your Scout’s rank advancement with these 100th anniversary rank badges.

What do you think of these anniversary badges?

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2009 Produces Record Number of Eagle Scouts in Occoneechee Council

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2009 Produces Record Number of Eagle Scouts in Occoneechee Council

Posted on 25 January 2010 by admin

The Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has announced that a total of 414 young men earned their Eagle Scout Award in 2009. That is a nine percent increase over 2008’s total of 380. Earning the rank of Eagle is Scouting’s highest achievement.

“The Occoneechee Council has some of the best new leaders, ready and eager to serve their fellow man, in the very near future,” said John Akerman, Scout Executive for the Occoneechee Council. “Every one of these young men should be proud of their achievement.”

This year Scouting is celebrating its 100th Anniversary and more young men than ever are earning the rank of Eagle Scout and becoming responsible citizens in their communities.

The National Council average for young men earning the Eagle Scout Awards is five percent. The Occoneechee Council’s average is 6.4%.

“We have many results-oriented youth who are very well qualified to lead in their fields of endeavor,” said Edward Miller, Council Advancement Chairman. “That is one of the purposes of Scouting, to train future leaders.”

To achieve the rank of Eagle a Scout must earn a total of 21 merit badges, including 12 that are required. He also must design a Leadership Service Project and lead his fellow Scouts in carrying out that project.

About The Occoneechee Council, Boy Scouts of America
The Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina and serves the following North Carolina counties: Chatham, Cumberland, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Orange, Vance, Wake, and Warren. The mission of the Boy Scouts of America 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. 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 Occoneechee Council, visit ocscouts.org or call 800-662-7102.

Source: Occoneechee Council Press Release.

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Hoosier Trails Council Scout Executive Announces Retirement

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Hoosier Trails Council Scout Executive Announces Retirement

Posted on 24 January 2010 by admin

Boy Scouts of America Hoosier Trails Council announces that CEO and Scout Executive Randy Brown will retire from the Council, effective January 31, 2010.

The Hoosier Trails Council will hold a retirement party for Brown on January 30, from 2 – 5pm, at Seasons Lodge in Nashville, Ind. There will be light snacks, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Presentations and a special program will commence at 4pm.

In his career, Brown developed strategic and maintenance improvement plans for all facilities, a 25% membership increase, and a 50% operating budget increase. Additionally, direct improvements to unit service include Unit Accident & Medical Insurance, a coordinated council-wide planning calendar, Campmasters program and a full-service Trading Post at the Service Center, Council newsletter and Fireside chats.

Brown retires after 22 years at the Council. He leaves the Council in good hands with new Scout Executive Glen Steenberger, who comes to the Council from the Milwaukee County Council in Milwaukee, Wis. Steenberger has a record of notable achievements including growth in membership and finance, marketing awards, strategic planning, quality programming and active community participation.

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About the Hoosier Trails Council
Hoosier Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America, teaches character, citizenship and personal values through its more than 3,000 volunteers to over 11,000 youth each year. The Hoosier Trails council represents 18 counties, with headquarters located in Bloomington. For more information, please visit www.hoosiertrailsbsa.org.

About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving more than 4.6 million youth between the ages of 7 and 20, with more than 300 councils throughout the United States and its territories, the BSA is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The BSA is comprised of 1.2 million volunteers, whose dedication of time and resources has enables the BSA to remain the nation’s leading youth-service organization. For more information on the BSA, please visit www.scouting.org.

Source: Hoosier Trails Council Press Release

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‘Boy Scouts of America: Today’ National Photo Contest

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‘Boy Scouts of America: Today’ National Photo Contest

Posted on 23 January 2010 by admin

As the Boy Scouts of America’s members, alumni, and admirers prepare to celebrate the organization’s 100th anniversary, they want to see what Scouting looks like in the communities across America. Anyone with a passion for photography is invited to submit photo entries for a new book, to be published in October 2010. Boy Scouts of America: Today will show Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers engaged in activities that represent the 12 points of the Scout Law.

Eligible participants may enter the contest by submitting photographs in any or all of the 12 categories to visually depict the 12 points of the Scout Law—trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Affiliation with the BSA or any of its programs is not necessary to submit a photo for consideration. Winning entries will printed in the book Boy Scouts of America: Today, and winners will receive a copy of the book and a $50 gift card for official Scouting merchandise purchased through Scoutstuff.org or at any participating Scout shop.

“The image should not just create a visual reaction, but must evoke a feeling about the point of the Scout Law for which it represents,” explains Roger Morgan, official BSA photographer. “We’re looking for photographs that create an emotional response.”

The Boy Scouts of America: Today photo contest begins January 12, 2010, and entries must be received by March 31, 2010. Photos must be representative of Scouting activities but are not limited to any specific event. Photographs submitted for consideration must have been taken within one year of entry. Visit http://scoutstuff.upickem.net/engine/Welcome.aspx?contestid=12834 for more information including how to submit photos for consideration.

About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving nearly 2.8 million young people between 7 and 20 years of age at more than 290 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.

About DK Publishing
DK Publishing is the visionary book publisher renowned for pioneering a distinctive, highly visual style in its books for adults and children. Founded with the aim of developing innovative reference books, DK has since established a worldwide reputation for publishing high-quality nonfiction books in which words and pictures are closely integrated to present information with unrivalled clarity. Visit us on the web at www.dk.com. DK Publishing is part of the Penguin Group (USA), a division of Pearson plc.

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Larry Pritchard To Now Lead the National Scout Jamboree

Posted on 22 January 2010 by Dan

With the passing of John Alline, the Jamboree Division Director, the National Council appointed a new Jamboree Department Manager. Mr. Larry Pritchard, Scout Executive and Chief Executive Officer of the Seneca Waterways Council has been selected to fill this post.

The Democrat Chronicle has the story:

The head of the local Boy Scout council has been selected to organize the National Scout Jamboree this summer.

Larry Pritchard, scout executive and chief executive officer of the Seneca Waterways Council — the new name of the recently merged Otetiana Council and Finger Lakes Council — has been promoted to become the department manager for the jamboree starting Monday. Jan. 25. He’s led the local council since 2000.

Pritchard, 58, of Perinton, will also work with the Boy Scouts’ international division. His new job will be based in Dallas, Texas.

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2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial Commemorative Coin Available in March

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2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial Commemorative Coin Available in March

Posted on 20 January 2010 by Dan

The U.S. Mint has updated information about the 2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial Commemorative Coin and updated the release date to March 23, 2010. Unfortunately all other details other than the 350,000 mintage limit are still to be determined.

You can learn more about the BSA Centennial Commemorative Coin by reading our previous coverage or visit the 2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial Commemorative Coin U.S. Mint webpage.

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Boy Scouts of America Races into a New Decade with Dale Coyne Racing

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Boy Scouts of America Races into a New Decade with Dale Coyne Racing

Posted on 15 January 2010 by admin

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and Dale Coyne Racing (DCR) today announced that the two legendary organizations are teaming up to promote family fun and education through a new BSA IndyCar venture. Scouts can experience the BSA’s No. 19 IndyCar entry throughout the 17-race 2010 IZOD IndyCar® Series schedule, including the “greatest spectacle in racing,” the Indianapolis 500.

The No. 19 car will help commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the BSA, the nation’s largest youth-serving organization. The BSA and DCR plan to utilize the high-tech nature of IndyCar-style cars as a platform to promote science, technology, and math to those involved in Scouting.

“Racing is a modern-day way to connect with youths and to further Scouting’s dedication to expanding tomorrow’s leaders through education, math, science, and engineering,” stated Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca. “We are grateful to Dale and Gail Coyne and their entire racing team for making this incredible opportunity possible.”

“This is a program with true heart,” commented race team owner Dale Coyne, “from watching a young boy’s first pinewood derby to helping him learn and apply the disciplines of science and technology using the excitement of IndyCar. The message we will convey is the significance of education and the value of preparing for a rapidly advancing hi-tech world.”

Through the IndyCar program, Scouts and volunteers will have fun and exciting participation opportunities at the tracks throughout the year. The Boy Scouts of America and Dale Coyne Racing collaboration provides an unparalleled opportunity to reach out to America’s youths with a strong emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math.

About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving nearly 2.8 million young people between the ages of 7 and 20, with 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 www.scouting.org.

About Dale Coyne Racing
For more than 27 years, Dale Coyne Racing has competed in IndyCar-style racing. The team enjoyed a successful 2009 IndyCar Series season with a win at Watkins Glen, and finished ninth in the season points standings. Please visit www.dalecoyneracing.com for more information about the Boy Scouts of America’s No. 19 IndyCar entry.

Source: BSA Press Release

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Troops Raise Money for N.C. Boy Scouts Service Project

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Troops Raise Money for N.C. Boy Scouts Service Project

Posted on 12 January 2010 by admin

Soldiers counted down the minutes to Christmas as they tallied donated pogs, small circular paper disks used at the Post Exchange instead of coins, for a North Carolina Boy Scout Troop, Dec. 24.

Spc. Rob Campbell with 230th Brigade Support Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, launched the “Pogs for Presents” campaign by placing gift wrapped boxes for pog donations around Forward Operating Base Falcon, here, to support his former Boy Scouts Troop as they raise money for the needy.

“I’m like Santa Claus ringing a bell,” said Campbell. “Only I can’t ring a bell and [the Army] won’t let me wear a Santa suit.”

Troop 223, located in Campbell’s hometown of Southern Pines, N.C., helps needy families by collecting canned goods during the Christmas holiday season.

“I can’t collect can goods, but I can collect money to get the stuff that’s not put in the bins,” said Campbell. “When I was a boy scout it was a big deal for us.”

The former Eagle Scout came up with the idea when he realized that many soldiers did not value the paper coins. He vowed to match the donations dollar for dollar thinking he would raise around $100.

“A lot of [Soldiers] have stacks of [pogs] and unfortunately people don’t really see them as money,” said Campbell. “Everybody’s getting ready to go home and they are packing up and finding them everywhere.”

Campbell tore open the display boxes like a kid on Christmas morning; pouring out a around $214 worth of pogs. The total count was a little more than $265, after adding in cash donations from soldiers that forgot to bring pog donations the day of the count.

“I will go to [the Army Air Force Exchange Service] to [cash-in] the pogs on Christmas and then I will call my wife and tell her to write a check,” said Campbell.

According to Yvonne Ward, AAFES assistant team leader, the pogs can be exchanged at any AAFES location abroad or in the states. The cardboard coins, which display photos of Soldiers of all branches, were adopted in 2002 due to high shipping rates charged on the weight of metal coins.

“It saves taxpayers hundreds of dollars and soldiers can cash them in or take them home for souvenirs,” said Ward.

“I don’t know if it will be a problem cashing them in but I will send the donation regardless,” said Campbell referring to the large amount of pogs donated.

Campbell revealed one Secret Santa when he mentioned that Staff Sgt. Stephanie Brasington of Stafford, Va., gave a donation that almost matched the total value of pogs, raising the amount to $750 for the needy.

“It’s Christmas; to me it just makes sense,” said Brasington.

To Campbell, the importance comes from finding a way to keep his family’s time honored tradition alive even while deployed here in Iraq. His father, brother and uncles were all Eagle Scouts and he said he hopes to continue the legacy.

“I have friends that are involved or will be involved [with the scouts],” Campbell said as he made hand gestures as if he were knocking on wood. “If I have sons one day, I’d like to encourage them to be scouts.”

Story and photo by Spc. Ruth McClary, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team

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