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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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