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Boy Scouts Gives Joint Task Force Guantanamo 4,000 Pounds of Popcorm

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Boy Scouts Gives Joint Task Force Guantanamo 4,000 Pounds of Popcorm

Posted on 11 January 2010 by admin

Members from Boy Scout Troop 115, part of the Baltimore Area Council, teamed up with Guantanamo Bay’s BST 435 to deliver tins of popcorn to Marines with Marine Corps Security Force Company Guantanamo. This distribution of the confectionary corn snack is the first of many which is intended to reach every service member here at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.

Air Force Lt. Col. Denise Boyer, commander of the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron, coordinated much of the effort to get the popcorn down to Guantanamo Bay. Her two sons are scouts in Maryland, and upon seeing the large number of Girl Scout cookies delivered here earlier this year, she wanted to get Boy Scout popcorn here.

“Every year my boys sell Boy Scout popcorn, and one of the options is to make a donation to the Service members,” said Boyer. “Our Boy Scouts distribute at Baltimore Washington International Airport when Service members are coming back from the field. Most service members say they would rather have it in the field than when they come home.”

In order to have the popcorn reach Service members in the field, Boyer arranged transportation for the popcorn with the Office of Military Commissions flights from Andrews Air Force Base.

“I approached the subject of getting stuff down here, and talked with the local service members and to the one back in Baltimore to figure out some way to get some donated popcorn here,” said Boyer. “The Baltimore Area Council approved to send 4,000 to 6,000 pounds of popcorn to Service members stationed at Guantanamo. It is overwhelming to see how much popcorn they were willing to send here.”

Shipments are arriving, and Boyer’s two sons and husband made the trip to distribute the first tins alongside the local service members. The plan for distribution was first to the MCSFCO who work outer security for the naval station.

“The first people we wanted to give to were the Marines at Guantanamo who work the fence line,” said Boyer. “For many of them, this is their first deployment. Sometimes it will be their very first time away from home for Christmas. We wanted to do something special for them.”

Marine Lance Cpl. Aaron Purkiss, a MCSFCO member and Eagle Scout, said he enjoyed the visit from the scouts and the work they are doing.

“Boy Scouts always have that spirit of helping out, doing some service for others and doing what is right,” said Purkiss. “Thank you, Boy Scouts of America. Thank you for coming here and treating us.”

Continued distribution of the popcorn is expected in the coming weeks to reach all Joint Task Force and U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay service members.

For more information about Joint Task Force Guantanamo, visit the Web site at www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil.

Article by Spc. David Mclean, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Public Affairs

There was also a short video clip that was produced about this story:

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Scout Helps Choking Boy With Heimlich

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Scout Helps Choking Boy With Heimlich

Posted on 09 January 2010 by Dan

The Pembroke Mariner & Reporter has an article about a 14 year old Scout using his first aid skills to help a next door neighbor.

Just days before the holiday break from school, 14-year-old Boy Scout Troop 105 member Ryan Damon was sitting in the basement playing video games with his next-door neighbor, Dakota Draheim.

In the background, Dakota’s little brother, 5-year-old Matthew, was eating Jolly Rancher candies, watching the older boys, when suddenly he stood up, flailing his arms in a panic.

Without a second thought, Ryan knew exactly what to do.

Read the entire article at the Pembroke Mariner & Reporter.

I like how modest Ryan was about the whole situation. It speaks enormously about his character.

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First Ever National Venturing Event to be Held in 2010

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First Ever National Venturing Event to be Held in 2010

Posted on 08 January 2010 by Dan

The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America has granted approval for a large council to host the first ever National Venturing event in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Scouting. This BSA Centennial Year National Venturing Event will happen in 2010.

The official announcement of this National level venturing event will occur online at January 15th, 2010 at 6PM CST. National and regional level Facebook groups will apparently be the first to hear the announcement; the lead up to the event is being used by Venturing youth leaders to grow the Venturing presence on Facebook.

There is currently a website dedicated to this event at http://www.nationalventuringevent.org. The website includes a newsletter signup for the BSA Centennial Year National Venturing Event email list and a countdown to the official announcement.

If anyone is in the know and wants to leak the information, I’d be more than interested to hear which Council will be hosting the event…

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Teens “Venture” Out at Missouri Zoo

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Teens “Venture” Out at Missouri Zoo

Posted on 07 January 2010 by admin

Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Missouri is partnering with Boy Scouts of America’s Venturing program for the Zoo Venture Crew.

Venturing at Dickerson Park Zoo will provide youth opportunities to understand husbandry of exotic animals. Venture Crew members will assist zookeepers with daily animal feedings and exhibit cleaning. Additionally, participants will be actively engaged in the zoo’s animal enrichment program through research, development, observation and data entry.

An open house for information on the Zoo Venture Crew will be at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 12, at the Ozark Trails Council Headquarters (Sunshine Street and Hwy 65, across from Harter House). The open house is free, but registration is requested. Please call April Marler, 417-833-4138.

Venturing is a youth development program of Boy Scouts of America. The program is open to males and females ages 14-20 years old (students must have completed the 8th grade). Youth interested in the Zoo Venture Crew must apply and submit recommendations from two teachers. Application forms and instructions are posted on the zoo’s Web site, www.dickersonparkzoo.org.

Dickerson Park Zoo is a division of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

Source: Dickerson Park Zoo Press Release

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Introducing Be Prepared Solar Chargers and Contest Details

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Introducing Be Prepared Solar Chargers and Contest Details

Posted on 06 January 2010 by Dan

PowerFilm has launched a new line of Be Prepared® Solar Chargers inspired by the adventurer in all of us. Whether hiking, camping or completing service work, the “Be Prepared®” motto also applies keeping your convenient, potentially life-saving, electronic devices fully charged!

Using the renewable energy of the sun, Be Prepared® USB+AA Solar Charger (Amazon product page) and Be Prepared® AA Solar Charger (Amazon product page) power your electronic essentials, including GPS systems, two-way radios, battery-powered lanterns and more.

Enter to Win BE PREPARED Portable Solar Chargers
PowerFilm is giving away up to 50 NEW chargers to 50 lucky individuals! For a chance to win, submit an essay (750 words max) about how solar power could make your outdoor experiences better, or how solar power would have been handy in the past. The most creative, inspiring story will earn a Be Prepared® USB+AA Solar Charger – for you or your group!  Visit http://www.powerfilmsolar.com/beprepared/ for complete details and to enter the contest.  (Contest appears to be open to all ages and ends April 15th, 2010)

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2010 Dremel Pinewood Derby Days Program

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2010 Dremel Pinewood Derby Days Program

Posted on 06 January 2010 by Dan

Click here for the 2012 Derby Days.

Once again Dremel is partnering with Lowe’s Home Improvement stores and the Boy Scouts of America to provide the Dremel Pinewood Derby® Days program. This is the second year of this collaborative program to help Scouts create a winning Pinewood Derby car. The 2009 event was hit or miss based on the store and the Pinewood Derby “expert” that was brought in, you can read some of the comments on the 2009 Pinewood Derby Days program.

According to the Dremel Days website, these are the workshop dates and times:
Saturday, Jan. 16th, 11 am – 1 pm
Saturday, Jan. 30th, 11 am – 1 pm
Saturday, Feb. 6th, 11 am – 1 pm
Saturday, Feb. 20th, 11 am – 1 pm
Please contact your local store prior to event to ensure they are having the workshop and that the date and times are correct!

The workshops provide a program on how to build a winning Pinewood Derby® race car. It will also demonstrate the Dremel Pinewood Derby® Rotary Tool Accessory Kit which includes an official Pinewood Derby® car kit and 18 Dremel accessories for carving, sanding, polishing and cleaning the race car. As a special bonus, Dremel will provide everyone attending the in-store demonstrations a 2010 Pinewood Derby® Days patch (while supplies last) and 10% off the total purchase of any Dremel tool, attachment or accessory purchase.

If you can’t attend one of the Dremel Pinewood Derby Days workshops, at least check out the Dremel Derby website. Take a look around this site for car-building ideas and speed tips, help in designing a stunning derby car, and the supplies and tools you need to complete a one-of-a-kind car that is truly “built for speed”!

If you attend one of the 2010 Dremel Pinewood Derby Days workshops, let us know what you thought in the comments below.

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Jamboree Navigator Will Keep You in the Know

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Jamboree Navigator Will Keep You in the Know

Posted on 05 January 2010 by Dan

I doubt it is in response to complaints about a lack of communication from National about the Jamboree on various unofficial Jamboree email lists, however there is now a national email newsletter for Jamboree participants and staff.

According to BSAJamboree.org beginning in January and continuing through July, the Jamboree Navigator will be delivered to each Scout, Troop Leader, and Jamboree Staff member who signs up to recieve this email newsletter. The monthly newsletter will feature information about programming opportunities, the arena shows, and how to prepare for the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.

According to the thank you page this is a service provided by the Order of the Arrow.

Check out the Newsletter Signup page on BSAJamboree.org for additional information and to sign up for these monthly newsletters.

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A Scout Is… 100 years of Scouting rolled up in one powerful book!

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A Scout Is… 100 years of Scouting rolled up in one powerful book!

Posted on 03 January 2010 by admin

Sonfire Media, LLC is proud to announce the release of author and Eagle Scout Todd Shaw’s latest book, “A Scout is…Values for a Lifetime” (paperback 978-0-9825773-0-1). With a foreword by Zig Ziglar, A Scout Is… explores the influence of Scouting and the principles found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law: principles that define why the Boy Scouts of America has had such a huge impact on our society for 100 years.

Whether you are young or old, Scout or not, the stories in A Scout Is… will encourage you to embrace the tenets of Scouting and apply them in your own life. A Scout Is… arrived in bookstores and online retailers in December, 2009.

In 2010, Todd Shaw will celebrate his 40th year as a Boy Scout. He is an author, professional speaker, and the founder and president of On Track Ministry (a motorsports outreach ministry). We all need tools that will energize and propel us into the winner’s circle. A Scout Is… captures the essence of Boy Scouting and the character training that produces winners in life! The principles he teaches are based on scripture, and the Scout Law, Oath, and Motto. Todd is a master storyteller and his heartbeat is application. His enthusiasm, insight, and humor engage the reader and audience – motivating them to action.  To learn more about Todd, or to contact him for your next event visit, http://www.ascoutis.com.

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Tournament of Roses Parade

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Tournament of Roses Parade

Posted on 01 January 2010 by Dan

Today was a big day for Scouting, the kick off of the 100th Anniversary celebration!  The Boy Scouts of America entered a float in the 2010 Tournament of Roses parade accompanied by 300 Eagle Scouts on foot.  (remember the sneak peek of the float we provided back in October?)

The float was the first entered by “corporate BSA” in over sixty years.  The Examiner has a slide show featuring the Boy Scout floats from 1938, 1941, and 1950.  Even though there hasn’t been a float in a while, Boy Scouts have been a big part of the parade, carry the entry banners with the Girl Scouts, since the 1960s.

The 2010 float was created by volunteers from area Councils, and gained some media attention for getting around the age restrictions.  The float was also was the recipient of the National Award, which is for the “Best Depiction of Life in the USA, Past, Present or Future.”

In case you missed it, here is part 8 of the parade that features the BSA float, it is at about 9:03.

The commentary was kind of interrupted by the Navy Flyover.  If they weren’t, I’m sure they would have mentioned that the float was designed by Michelle Lofthouse, and was titled “Celebrating the Adventure – Continuing the Journey”. A description of the entry from the Phoenix Decorating Company website:

Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Boy Scouts of America presents depictions of several popular scouting activities – including camping, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and enjoying the thrill of “flying” along a zip line. The scouts’ involvement with nature is emphasized by several sculpted inhabitants of the great outdoors, including an American eagle, raccoon, owl, and a wolf. The Boy Scout emblem and the American flag form an impressive backdrop for the float, which also features a pair of real waterfalls. Accompanying the scouts’ entry in the Rose Parade will be 300 Eagle scouts marching along, and presenting parade viewers with an eye-catching performance.

Were you watching the parade?  What did you think of the float?

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