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Sea Base Promotional Video

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Sea Base Promotional Video

Posted on 12 February 2010 by Dan

Some folks from the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association have lost their bearings and ended up down at Sea Base for a few days. While I’m sure all of us with snow on the ground would love to be in sunny Florida, we have the next best thing – videos!

Thats right, the folks from Northern Tier have posted a Sea Base video on their Facebook fan page. Not just any video, but the newest Sea Base Promotional Video (at this time I can’t find it anywhere else online!)

So head over to the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association Facebook Fan Page and check out the Sea Base Promotional Video!

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in San Antonio, Texas

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in San Antonio, Texas

Posted on 12 February 2010 by Dan

BSA Adventure Base 100 is in San Antonio, Texas. Take a peek inside the exhibit and meet Eagle Scout Anthony Trevino. Anthony describes his Eagle Scout project which supports the military men and women being deployed from Lackland Air Force Base, by providing them with a piece of home.

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Boy Scouts Partner with Georgia’s State Parks

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Boy Scouts Partner with Georgia’s State Parks

Posted on 11 February 2010 by admin

Many of Georgia’s state parks will soon get spiffed up facilities thanks to a new partnership with the Boy Scouts. In celebration of the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary, the young volunteers are teaming up with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to complete service projects such as trail construction, grounds cleanup and playground installation.

“Scouting for State Parks” was announced February 11 at the state Capitol with support from Gov. Sonny Perdue, Sen. Chip Pearson and Rep. Earl Ehrhart. The project is funded in part by a donation from Verizon Wireless.

The program brings together thousands of youth, leaders and volunteers from Boy Scout groups across Georgia. Each of the state’s 13 councils has committed to undertake a large-scale service project for a local state park during 2010. Additionally, the councils will encourage youth pursuing Eagle Scout to perform their capstone service project in a state park. Annually in Georgia, 1,200 youth earn Scouting’s highest rank.

“For 100 years, Scouts have served Georgia’s communities,” said Scouting’s Georgia State President Scott Sorrels. “Now, during Scouting’s Centennial, we’re focusing our resources like never before to address a critical need – the budget crisis in our state parks.”

Economic challenges have forced many of Georgia’s state parks to rely heavily on volunteers, cancel improvement projects and forgo much-needed maintenance. The partnership will help the agency provide better facilities and outdoor recreation opportunities to Georgia’s citizens and visitors.

“We are proud to announce this partnership that helps us improve state parks all across Georgia, and also gives young men a sense of community and accomplishment,” said Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Chris Clark. “We couldn’t do it without the generous support of Verizon Wireless, our governor and our leaders in the state legislature.”

Source: Georgia Department of Natural Resources Press Release

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Colorado Rapids Partner with BSA in Centennial Celebration Event

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Colorado Rapids Partner with BSA in Centennial Celebration Event

Posted on 09 February 2010 by admin

The Colorado Rapids and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced an enhanced partnership for 2010 today, highlighted by a special engagement on July 31 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.

This announcement comes in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America presenting the BSA’s 2009 achievements and 2010 goals during their Report to the State at the Colorado State Capitol yesterday, at which Rapids Managing Director Jeff Plush was a guest speaker.

All participating Boy Scouts in this truly unique event will arrive at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park the morning of July 31 prepared for a full day of activities, beginning with a special tour and programming in the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge and on Dick’s Sporting Goods Park’s fields complex.

Scouts will then have the opportunity to witness a Colorado Rapids home match, as they move inside the stadium to cheer on the Rapids during the club’s regular season match against FC Dallas.

Following the game, scouts will be treated to a special nationwide broadcast as the stadium’s RapidsVision joins in live to A Shining Light Across America from the Centennial Celebration Show from the 100th Anniversary National Scout Jamboree in Fort AP Hill, Virginia.

Scouts and their families will conclude the event with an overnight campout on the stadium complex.

For more information about the July 31 Boy Scout event with the Colorado Rapids, fans can call Rapids Account Executive Emily Kilcoyne at (303) 727-3540.

Source: Colorado Rapids Press Release.

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Time Magazine Photo Essay: The Boy Scouts of America Turns 100

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Time Magazine Photo Essay: The Boy Scouts of America Turns 100

Posted on 09 February 2010 by Dan

Time Magazine’s website contains a photo essay in honor of the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th Anniversary.

Photos: The Boy Scouts of America Turns 100
A century after its inception, one of the largest youth organizations maintains its relevance despite the challenge of membership decline

The Photo Essay contains 12 photos ranging from the beginnings to present day and includes pieces of information about the Scouting program.

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Adventure Base 100 to Roll into New Orleans

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Adventure Base 100 to Roll into New Orleans

Posted on 08 February 2010 by admin

Take a break from the Mardi Gras festivities and come celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. Created specifically for the 100th Anniversary, Adventure Base 100, a unique, interactive 10,000-square-foot campus, will be in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the front entrance of the Audubon Zoo. The event is free and open to the public. At Adventure Base 100, families will have the opportunity to try their skill at a ropes course, experience the IMAX-like video in the “Go Scouting! Dome,” and tour the traveling museum, among many other activities.

This is a unique opportunity that will be of interest to local Scouts, families and tourists in the New Orleans area who may be looking for a change of scenery from Mardi Gras.

Ropes Course. GoScouting! Dome. Traveling Museum. In celebration of the organization’s 100th anniversary, the Boy Scouts of America is bringing a truly unique and interactive experience to New Orleans: Adventure Base 100.

Created specifically for the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th Anniversary Celebration, Adventure Base 100 is traveling the country to rally people of all ages to take part in “Celebrating the Adventure, Continuing the Journey.”

Adventure Base 100 is a unique, interactive 10,000-square-foot campus featuring immersive and exciting Scout-related experiences to provide a hands-on view of the Boy Scouts of America’s 100 year history and the difference Scouting has made in the lives of millions of youth.

Starting in January at the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, Calif., and ending in November in New York City, Adventure Base 100 will be rolling into more than 40 markets across the country. It will be in New Orleans Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Our goal is to engage those interested in the Boy Scouts of America in a new and exciting way,” said Kenneth Pickering, 100th Anniversary of Scouting Chairman for the Southeast Louisiana Council. “We are thrilled to bring this experience to New Orleans to celebrate our rich 100 year heritage, spark fond memories in former Scouts and alumni, and intrigue those who may be interested in learning more about our organization.”

While in New Orleans, Adventure Base 100 will be located at the front entrance of the Audubon Zoo and will include:

– A high adventure ropes course for all visitors more than 4 feet tall weighing less than 200 pounds.

– A multi-sensory experience that will offer visitors the sights, smells and sounds of Scouting via the campus IMAX-like video “GoScouting! Dome.”

– A chance to win prizes just by spinning the wheel.

– An overview about what it takes to become an Eagle Scout, the highest level of Scouting.

– A chance to speak with members of Local Councils to learn more about Scouting.

– A traveling Scouting museum featuring an overview of the Boy Scouts of America’s amazing history, including a display of rare artifacts collected by the organization over the last 100 years.

– Visit Adventure Base 100 and receive a coupon to visit the Audubon Zoo for $4.25

In addition, local New Orleans Councils have provided their own artifacts to be featured in the BSA’s 100th Anniversary National Time Capsule, which includes submissions from local Boy Scouts of America Councils throughout the country.

For nearly a century, the Boy Scouts of America has brought families and communities together to prepare America’s youth to live, work, and play with character and integrity. Adventure Base 100 is one of eight major engagement programs the organization is undertaking as part of its 100th Anniversary Celebration.

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About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving nearly 4.1 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 Scouting movement is composed of 1.2 million volunteers, whose dedication of time and resources has enabled the BSA to remain the nation’s leading youth-service organization. For more information on the BSA, please visit www.scouting.org.

More information about 100 Years of Scouting can be found at www.scouting.org/100years.

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Happy Birthday Boy Scouts! on Fox News

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Happy Birthday Boy Scouts! on Fox News

Posted on 08 February 2010 by Dan

To help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Scouting, Fox News featured a Scouting family that has a history of lifesaving good deeds!

You can also read a transcript of the BSA segment on fox news.

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Happy 100th BSA!

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Happy 100th BSA!

Posted on 08 February 2010 by Dan

Today the Boy Scouts of America celebrates its centennial anniversary!  The program that has positively affected millions of children and young adults is 100 years old!  As everyone is aware the celebration started in 2009 and will continue throughout 2010, however Feb 8th is the actual anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America’s founding.

I can’t begin to cover all of the news stories about the 100th anniversary of the BSA, there are just too many!  I’d encourage you to spend some time reading and viewing some of the stories out there, you can find a wide selection searching Boy Scouts 100 on Google News.  You’ll find stories from http://kaaltv.com, NPR, myCentralJersey.com, Good Morning America, and more!

The celebration has been strong and shows no sign that it will lighten up any time soon.  Communities have rallied around the anniversary from companies providing free ice cream, businesses providing display space, all the way to corn mazes.

To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, Scouting News is holding numerous contests throughout the month of February.  The first contest starts today and there will be six winners!

About the Prizes:
There will be six winners in this 100th Anniversary contest.

1 winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the BoyScoutStore.com
1 winner will receive a copy of Boy Scouts of America: A Centennial History by Chuck Wills
1 winner will receive a copy of Boy Scouts of America’s Deck of Knots
1 winner will receive a copy of Boy Scouts of America’s Deck of Fishing
1 winner will receive a copy of A Scout Is… by Todd Shaw
1 winner will receive a copy of The Scoutmaster Minute: Your Handbook for Inspiring Moments by Ron Wendel

How do I enter?

Sorry but the contest is now over. Winners announced here: http://www.scoutingnews.org/2010/02/16/100th-winners-announced/

Contest runs from February 8, 2010 to February 15, 2010.  Six (6) winners will be selected at random from all entries received by 11:59pm CST on Feb 15th, 2010.  Prizes will be awarded in the order the winners are selected.  Winners will be contacted via Twitter DM and will be announced on Scouting News.

Additional Fine Print:

– Odds of winning depend on the number of entries.
– The tweeted message must be copied and pasted exactly as shown above.  If it is not we may not be able to find your entry.  We are not responsible for entries that are not tweeted as shown.
– Not responsible for entries with missing information. If the winner can not be reached, another entry will be selected.

Special thanks to Todd Shaw for providing A Scout is… for this contest.  Look for a review of his motivational book shortly (I’m almost done reading it!).  Also thanks to BoyScoutStore.com for sponsering Scouting News.

Good Luck and Happy 100th BSA!

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Iraqi Boy Scouts Interact With American Forces

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Iraqi Boy Scouts Interact With American Forces

Posted on 06 February 2010 by admin

U.S. Air Forces Central, Baghdad Media Outreach Team
Courtesy Story
Date: 02.06.2010

“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”

This creed is followed by Boy Scouts around the world and is no different here in Iraq.

A troop of 10 Iraqi Boy Scouts had the opportunity to interact with Air Force and Army personnel while observing equipment used to survey weather patterns during a visit to the Victory Base Complex Jan. 23.

“This is a great opportunity to build the U.S. military and Iraqi relationships,” said 1st Lt. Jeff Aiello, who organized the event, deployed from Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. “The kids enjoyed the tour at the Iraq Meteorology Organization and would like to come back again.”

U.S. Forces like to use these kinds of opportunities to build long-lasting bonds with the people of Iraq.

“This was really fun,” said Ali, one of the Scouts. “I am going to tell my friends at school so they come next time.”

The Boy Scouts program in Iraq has been active for nearly a century; it’s run by the Ministry of Education and has nearly 100,000 members, according to the Victory Base council website.

“This is a great program for the Iraqi children and a great opportunity for the American forces to continue a special relationship with the Iraqis,” said Master Sgt. Mario Viray, Iraqi Training and Advisory Mission-Air Force weather instructor, deployed from Nellis AFB, Nev. “We were also able to learn a little bit more about the culture and traditions of the great Iraqi people.

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Members of Congress Call on BSA to End Its Discrimination against Gays and Lesbians

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Members of Congress Call on BSA to End Its Discrimination against Gays and Lesbians

Posted on 06 February 2010 by admin

On February 1, 2010, 26 Members of Congress urged the Boy Scouts of America to end its discriminatory policy of not accepting gays and lesbians in a letter sent to the Chief Scout Executive of the organization.

The correspondence, initiated by U.S. Representatives Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), was sent in response to the Boy Scouts’ rejection of Cate and Elizabeth Wirth, a couple in Vermont who were told they could not volunteer for their 10 year old son’s Cub Scout pack after it was revealed that the women are lesbians. In explaining the Boy Scouts’ national policy of excluding gays and lesbians as volunteers, their district director suggested that the Wirths would “push their lifestyle on the boys.”

“Regrettably, the current, discriminatory policy of the Boy Scouts of America has denied opportunities for young scouts, community-oriented citizens, and loving parents,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter to Robert Mazzuca, the Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. “As you celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, it is long past time that the Boy Scouts finally provide the opportunity for all Scouts, Leaders, and volunteers, to share in the joys of Scouting, regardless of sexual orientation.”

Ackerman, a proud Eagle Scout, continues to salute the tireless contributions of Scouts from throughout the nation but contends that the discriminatory policy of the organization must change.

“I’ll always be a proud Eagle Scout, but this discriminatory policy must end” said Ackerman. “Rejecting a Cub Scout’s mothers from volunteering just because of their sexual orientation doesn’t comply with the Scout law I recited at Scout meetings.”

“Scouting is a proud and honorable tradition in this country, but discrimination is not,” said Congresswoman Baldwin, Co-Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus. “Children with same sex parents deserve the same opportunities to have their parents involved in their scouting experience as their classmates do and I urge the Boy Scouts of America to end this discriminatory policy,” Baldwin said.

The letter was signed by a total of 26 Members of Congress. The full text of the letter and the signatories are below.

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February 1, 2010

Mr. Robert Mazzuca
Chief Scout Executive
Boy Scouts of America
National Office
1329 West Walnut Hill Lane
Irving, TX 75038

Dear Mr. Mazzuca:

We write in response to the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) recent rejection of Cate and Elizabeth Wirth, two mothers of a Scout, who applied to serve as parent volunteers. We call on the Boy Scouts to end its policy of discrimination and exclusion based solely on sexual orientation.

Regrettably, the current, discriminatory policy of the Boy Scouts of America has denied opportunities for young scouts, dedicated community-oriented citizens, and loving parents. Most recently, as reported on December 30, 2009, Cate and Elizabeth Wirth, both legal mothers of their 10 year old son, Dylan, were turned down as volunteer Cub Scout leaders after the local Boy Scouts District Director cited the national policy of the BSA regarding lesbian and gay volunteers, and suggested that the Wirths would “push their lifestyle on the boys.” We would think the Boy Scouts would encourage all parents to take an active involvement in their children’s Scouting life. Cate and Elizabeth had volunteered before without problem, such that the Boy Scouts happily accepted their service again until learning of their sexual orientation.

For a century, the Boy Scouts have united communities, instilled the value of public service, and encouraged civic participation among America’s youth. Congress has repeatedly recognized the importance of the Boy Scouts in our communities with numerous honors, including a Congressional charter and, most recently, a resolution expressing support for February 8, 2010 as “Boy Scouts of America Day”. As you celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, it is long past time that the Boy Scouts finally provide the opportunity for all Scouts, Leaders, and volunteers, to share in the joys of Scouting, regardless of sexual orientation.

This policy of discrimination and exclusion is contrary to the Boy Scouts own stated values. According to Scout law, “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.” We fail to see how it is friendly, courteous, or kind to bar loving parents from volunteering for their child’s Cub Scout pack just because of who they love. Furthermore, it is difficult to imagine how singling out the parents of one Scout for exclusion is an example of Scout loyalty.
As deeply troubling as the exclusionary policy is, the message that the policy sends is perhaps most damaging. The Boy Scouts are teaching America’s youth at impressionable ages that lesbians and gays are to be excluded because they are different, and not “morally straight” as per the Boy Scouts’ official stated position.

Furthermore, it is particularly disappointing that an organization that prides itself on inclusion and diversity remains committed to a policy that is anything but. Again, according to the Scout handbook, a Scout should “look beyond the differences that might separate you from others and accept them for who they are.”

We urge you to honor the Boy Scouts’ own stated values and reverse this exclusionary and discriminatory policy by providing the opportunity for Cate and Elizabeth Wirth and all other interested Scouts, Leaders, and volunteers to participate, regardless of sexual orientation.

Sincerely,

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GARY L. ACKERMAN
Member of Congress

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TAMMY BALDWIN
Member of Congress

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RAÚL M. GRIJALVA
Member of Congress

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JAMES P. MCGOVERN
Member of Congress

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FORTNEY PETE STARK
Member of Congress

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HENRY C. JOHNSON, JR.
Member of Congress

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LYNN C. WOOLSEY
Member of Congress

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PETER WELCH
Member of Congress

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DENNIS J. KUCINICH
Member of Congress

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LUIS V. GUTIERREZ
Member of Congress

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LINDA T. SÁNCHEZ
Member of Congress

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BARBARA LEE
Member of Congress

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JAMES P. MORAN
Member of Congress

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CHELLIE PINGREE
Member of Congress

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JARED POLIS
Member of Congress

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BARNEY FRANK
Member of Congress

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YVETTE D. CLARKE
Member of Congress

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BILL DELAHUNT
Member of Congress

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KEITH ELLISON
Member of Congress

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JERROLD NADLER
Member of Congress

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EARL BLUMENAUER
Member of Congress

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BRAD SHERMAN
Member of Congress

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BOB FILNER
Member of Congress

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JANICE SCHAKOWSKY
Member of Congress

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HOWARD L. BERMAN
Member of Congress

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JACKIE SPEIER
Member of Congress

Source: Congressman Gary Ackerman Press Release.

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