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First Impressions – A Scout Is… Values for a Lifetime

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First Impressions – A Scout Is… Values for a Lifetime

Posted on 26 February 2010 by Dan

After posting the press release about the release of “A Scout Is…”, Author Todd Shaw sent me a few signed copies of his Scouting book “A Scout Is… Values for a Lifetime” to review and give away to Scouting News readers. Unfortunately in my hustle and bustle of returning to civilian life, moving, buying a car, creating tons of camp promotions material for Glacier’s Edge Council, I had forgot all about the box of books. It wasn’t until I was watching the Adventure Base 100 in Tupelo video today and I saw Todd sporting some Elvis sideburns that I remembered I had some reading to do! Sorry Todd! Oh, and nice Elvis sideburns!

First Impressions of A Scout Is…

When I originally heard about “A Scout Is… Values for a Lifetime” I was impressed that the author was taking time to reach out to the Scouting community and include their experiences. I personally find this style of story telling very interesting as its fun to learn how Scouting influenced others lives. I was looking forward to the book being completed.

Now it’s in my hands.  Author Todd Shaw hasn’t let us down. “A Scout Is…” is outlined by chapter dedicating one to each major point of the Scout Law and Oath with a few other important chapters mixed in, such as: “Scouting Works” and “Scout Leaders”. Each chapter of this Scouting Book has some of Todd’s experiences followed by some Scouting stories he has gathered from other Scouts and Scouters, with a couple of quotes from various famous folks as well.

From the back of A Scout Is… Values for a Lifetime:

“Author and Eagle Scout Todd Show explores the influence of Scouting and the principles that are found in the Scout Oath and Law: principles that define why the Boy Scouts of America has had such a huge impact on our society for 100 years.

A Scout Is… includes Shaw’s own stories and those from others who have experienced the Scouting way of life. He says, “My adventures in Scouting were fun, and that was what kept me coming back. At the same time, I learned values that have remained with me for a lifetime.”

Show is a master storyteller. He’ll have you laughing and reflecting as he shares:
– The twelve character traits that can strengthen you throughout life.
– The importance of duty to God and country and of service to others.
– The challenge of passing the values and virtues of Scouting to the next generation.

While I haven’t yet started reading “A Scout Is… Values for a Lifetime“, I can honestly say I look forward to diving into it this weekend!  Not only does it look like a good Scouting read, it looks like it could be a tremendous resource for countless values based Scoutmaster Minutes.

Be sure to check back in, or subscribe via RSS or Email to ensure you catch the full review of “A Scout Is… Values for a Lifetime“.  The final review will also include details on how you can win a signed copy!

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Tupelo, Mississippi

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Tupelo, Mississippi

Posted on 26 February 2010 by admin

BSA Adventure Base 100 is in Tupelo, Mississippi. Take a peek inside the exhibit and meet the Tomes brothers. For them, Scouting is for the whole family, proven by the fact that all three reached the rank of Eagle Scout at the same time! Learn how Scouting has helped make this family better and stronger.

If you haven’t checked it out, http://adventurebase100.org takes you around the Adventure Base 100 exhibit and allows you to follow the cross country tour. Its a really great website!

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Mens Health Website is Featuring the BSA with a Special List

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Mens Health Website is Featuring the BSA with a Special List

Posted on 22 February 2010 by Dan

MensHealth.com has a list dedicated to the Boy Scouts in the Guy Wisdom section of its website. 

The Boy Scouts of America celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Since 1910, more than 83 million American boys have worn the khaki, recited the Scout Oath, learned to “Be Prepared,” and scoured the countryside searching in vain for left-handed smoke shifters.

Three-fingered salute?
Watermelon cheer?
Taut-line hitches and square knots?

Remember?

If not, here’s a refresher: how to eat a pine tree and do other neat stuff you learned in the Boy Scouts, then forgot as soon as you noticed girls.

Here are some of the topcis they covere:

Check it out!

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Waukesha County Museum (in Wisconsin) Hosts BSA 100th Anniversary Exhibit

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Waukesha County Museum (in Wisconsin) Hosts BSA 100th Anniversary Exhibit

Posted on 21 February 2010 by admin

The Waukesha County Museum hosts its largest exhibit ever to celebrate the 100th anniversary of scouting in America for a limited engagement beginning this week. The exhibit has been developed and installed by the museum staff under the leadership of J. Brock Baxter, a Waukesha scout who made the exhibit his required service project for the Eagle Scout award. Featuring rare objects never before on display in the central United States, the exhibit fills the entire second floor of the museum with hundreds of rare objects and includes a 1970’s campsite diorama and interactive “See and Do” room. Complementing the exhibit is a heavy schedule of programs and events sure to engage young people and adults alike.

“We’ve been incredibly lucky to have museums and collectors from coast to coast, as well as the local scouting community, agree to loan us objects and photographs for the exhibit,” Baxter notes, “The finished exhibit is full of incredibly unique items filling 2,000 square feet of gallery space.”

The 17-year-old Baxter, son of Mike and Melissa Baxter of Waukesha, is a junior at Waukesha West High School and has been a summer counselor at B.S.A. Camp Long Lake in St. Cloud, WI. A self-described “history buff,” Baxter has spent months coordinating the collection of items, researching historical background, and recruiting dozens of volunteers for the project with a constant goal of creating a compelling and educational exhibit for the thousands of expected visitors.

The main gallery features hundreds of objects including a letter signed by the founder of the scout movement, Robert Baden-Powell, during the Boer War’s “Siege at Mafeking” – the 1899-1900 battle that made him famous. One of less than 700 Silver Buffalo medals, the highest national Boy Scout award, is also on display. A number of photographs help tell stories of both local and national interest in a series of ten thematic sections such as “Cub Scouting,” “Scouting in Popular Culture,” and “Controversy and Scouting.”

Museum staff members have planned a special overnight event, the “Centennial Sleepover,” on March 26 for the first 100 youth and adults registered, as well as a performance by Milwaukee’s Mikano Lodge Native American Dance Team on March 19 at 6:30 p.m. Details about the exhibit and accompanying programs can be found on the museum’s website: www.waukeshacountymuseum.org. Located at 101 W Main Street in historic downtown Waukesha, the museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., although pre-arranged group tours for evenings and weekends are encouraged. Information can also be obtained by calling the museum at (262) 521-2859.

About the Waukesha County Museum:
The 1893 castle-like structure at East Avenue and Main Street in Waukesha, Wisconsin is home to the Waukesha County Museum. Originally constructed as the county’s second courthouse, the building is owned and operated by the Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum, Inc., a not-for-profit organization.

Three floors of exhibits cover such topics as the Civil War, early settlement in the county, architecture, toys from many generations, and technology. The Museum offers educational programs throughout the year including spring and summer camps, Scout programs, and guided tours. The Research Center contains over 28,000 printed documents and over 9,000 photographs for researchers to reference.

The Museum’s 75,000 square foot building is a complex of three structures. The oldest portion is the shell of Waukesha County’s second jail built in 1885, which had been converted to office space in the 1980s. With its stunning turrets, the 1893 Richardson Romanesque courthouse captures the attention of all. Connecting the two older buildings is a 1938 WPA structure, stark by contrast in its Art Moderne/Art Deco style architecture. The building presents an opportunity to discover and contrast architectural details reflecting the culture of the times.

The Waukesha County Museum has been in the same building since its opening in 1914. The building was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1975. The Historical Society purchased the building from Waukesha County in 2003.

The Waukesha County Museum is located at 101 W. Main Street at East Avenue in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Exhibits and the Museum Store are open regularly from Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. General admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors aged 62 and above, $3 for students aged 6-17 and free for children 5 and under.

For additional information, call (262) 521-2859 or visit www.waukeshacountymuseum.org

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in New Orleans

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in New Orleans

Posted on 20 February 2010 by admin

BSA Adventure Base 100 was in New Orleans. Take a peek inside the exhibit and meet Eagle Scout William McCorkle.  William tells his inspirational story.  Proud to be a Scout and mentor to his younger brother, he worked to help rebuild a community center after Hurricane Katrina battered the city.

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Children Get Creative at the Pinewood Derby

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Children Get Creative at the Pinewood Derby

Posted on 19 February 2010 by admin

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
Story by Lance Cpl. Courtney White

Cub Scouts line up along the caution tape surrounding the race track while preparing to watch their car compete against other cars for the fastest speed. Chatter fills the room as the scout master puts up two fingers, a move that all of the children mimic. With the signal for everyone to be quiet, the race is ready to begin.

Tri-Command’s Cub Scouts celebrated an annual Pinewood Derby at Galer Elementary School’s cafeteria aboard Laurel Bay, Saturday, Feb. 13.

The Pinewood Derby is a race that Cub Scouts participate in yearly after building their own race car with their personal, unique style, using materials given to them.

“This is a great opportunity for the children to build something useful with very few materials,” said Maj. Charles Bercier, the scout master for pack 283. “The main focus of these activities is to get the families involved in their child’s life and to teach the children different skills.”

The 60 Cub Scouts who participated ranged from first through fifth grade. Each child was given a block of wood and materials needed to build a wooden car no heavier than five ounces.

A wide variety of creative pinewood cars were raced showing each child’s uniqueness. Some children cut their car for a sleek design while others maintained a box-shaped car, and each car was painted differently. Some children painted military-style cars, a plain favorite color or a motivational character such as Cubby, the scout mascot.

The cubs are given about a month to complete their box car during Cub Scout meetings and at home with the assistance of their family. There were various rules and restrictions on the car such as the car could not be longer than seven inches, the wood provided in the kit had to have been used and wheel bearings, washers and bushings were prohibited.

“We had a difficult time getting my car to be at the right weight, but it was still fun building it,” said Joshua Fuson, the Cub Scout who won first place in speed. “My favorite part of the derby was seeing everyone’s cool car. I’m looking forward to next year’s derby.”

The Cub Scouts have been a part of the Tri-Command Community since the 1970s, offering a chance for the children to learn a wide variety of skills.

“Cub scouting is a great family program that gets the children off of the couch and away from electronics,” Bercier said.

The children competed for first second and third place in categories for both the speed of the car and the most creative design. However, all Cub Scouts received a certificate and patch for participating.

Each box car raced in all four lanes offering the Cub Scouts a chance to watch their car compete multiple times. After the race was completed, all of the scores were added together to give a fair score.

“Once the children have participated in one derby, they become much more excited about the next one and how they can improve their car,” said Amy Albert, a Cub Scout parent. “The children always improve over the years, and the changes are visible as their imagination grows.”

The Cub Scouts will continue to work together and host more events such as the upcoming Blue and Gold Banquet which will give the children a chance to get together.

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Winners of the 100th Anniv Contest Announced

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Winners of the 100th Anniv Contest Announced

Posted on 16 February 2010 by Dan

On February 8th, Scouting News started the 100th Anniversary contest on Scouting News, and today we announce the winners! We had 44 entries to the contest during the one week period it was open. Thanks to everyone that entered!

How we selected the winner
In order to enter this contest, you had to:
1. Follow @ScoutingNews on Twitter.
2. Tweet a special message.

On Feb 16th at 0001 CST we took the twitter names of everyone that entered and placed them in a spreadsheet, which assigned a number to each entry.  At that point we used an online random number generator to select a number; the twitter name next to that number was our 1st winner.  We then removed that twitter name from the list, and repeated the process to determine the rest of our winners.

…and the winners are:
@tamerabennett – $25 Gift Certificate to the BoyScoutStore.com
@adeason123 – a copy of Boy Scouts of America: A Centennial History by Chuck Wills
@Troop141CC =a  copy of Boy Scouts of America’s Deck of Knots
@SM_Shawn – a copy of Boy Scouts of America’s Deck of Fishing
@sdunnin – a copy of A Scout Is… by Todd Shaw
@jamesmalachyrya – a copy of The Scoutmaster Minute: Your Handbook for Inspiring Moments by Ron Wend

All winners should be receiving a Direct Message from @ScoutingNews shortly.  Please reply with the required information in order to facilitate the sending of your prizes.

Once again, a big thank you to our site sponsors and everyone that entered. We’ll be having another contest shortly, so stay tuned!

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BSA Indy Car at Chicago Auto Show

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BSA Indy Car at Chicago Auto Show

Posted on 15 February 2010 by Dan

If you are going to the Chicago Auto Show make sure you don’t miss your opportunity to see the Boy Scouts of America Indy car in the Chicagoland Motor Speedway booth. This car will compete in the 2010 Indy Racing League Series including the Indianapolis 500.

The 2010 Chicago Auto Show is open to the public Feb. 12-21, 2010. Check out http://www.chicagoautoshow.com for information about the show.

To learn more about the BSA Motorsports partnership visit: http://www.scouting.org/motorsports.aspx You can learn more about the partnership and benefit to Scouting, find the race schedules, and check out the frequently asked questions.

Source: Chicago Area Council News Release

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Wilderness First Aid Instructor Course Offered at All Three High Adventure Bases

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Wilderness First Aid Instructor Course Offered at All Three High Adventure Bases

Posted on 14 February 2010 by Dan

This spring, the three high-adventure bases, Philmont Scout Ranch, Florida Sea Base, and Northern Tier, in conjunction with the American Red Cross (ARC) and Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) will be offering the opportunity of a lifetime. ARC and ECSI will be providing an opportunity to participate in a WFA Instructor Course and a CPR/AED Instructor Course, at the low cost of $150.

Florida Sea Base, March 3 – 7, 2010

Northern Tier, April 14 – 18, 2010

Philmont Scout Ranch, May 5 – 9, 2010

After completion of any one of these courses, you will be certified as a Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED Instructor for the American Red Cross or Emergency Care and Safety Institute, depending upon the provider you have taken the course from.

Please click on the following link for details http://wildernessfirstaid.kintera.org/2010. Register today!

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Milwaukee County Council Celebrates 100 Years of Scouting at Leadership Breakfast

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Milwaukee County Council Celebrates 100 Years of Scouting at Leadership Breakfast

Posted on 12 February 2010 by Dan

WITI-TV, MILWAUKEE – 100 years old and ready for another century of service. It’s exactly what the Boy Scouts of America and the Milwaukee County Council of the Boy Scouts celebrated Friday. More from the FOX6 News team and Bob Moore.

I was actually in the audience at this one! It was a great breakfast and the Greater Milwaukee Community showed that they support Scouting!

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