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Alex Lloyd Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Race Report

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Alex Lloyd Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Race Report

Posted on 30 March 2010 by admin

After qualifying gremlins on Saturday relegated the talented Lloyd to starting 22nd for today’s running of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the Boy Scouts Car would soldier forward during the race.

Starting on what was a damp race track the surface was quickly drying after the night rains. The start was declared a dry start and Alex quickly moved up to 19th position improving from his starting position.

While chasing down the 18th place car Alex got wide coming out of turn 10 and hit the outside wall. Suspension damage to the left front and right rear would end his day after 14 laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing team now moves on to prepare for the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park just outside Birmingham, Alabama on April 11th.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 20, 1.1 million volunteers, and nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

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

About Dale Coyne Racing
For more than 27 years Dale Coyne Racing has competed in Indy car racing. The team enjoyed a successful 2009 IndyCar Series season with a win at Watkins Glen, and finished 9th in the IndyCar Series championship. Please visit www.dalecoyneracing.com for more information about the Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar.

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Alex Lloyd Qualifies Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar in 22nd Position

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Alex Lloyd Qualifies Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar in 22nd Position

Posted on 27 March 2010 by admin

It was an up and down day for the Boy Scout of America IndyCar and driver Alex Lloyd during qualifying on Saturday.

Alex will start 22nd in tomorrow’s Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, after several unfortunate incidents dampened what started as a promising day for the team.

In the morning practice, significant changes were made to the car enabling Alex to drive much quicker with increased speed. It would be that speed that caused the No. 19 car to get a bit wide in turn eight and hit the outside wall ending the morning session early.

The Dale Coyne Racing team worked hard to repair the left side front, rear suspension damage and some slight gearbox damage. The car was ready just in time for the afternoon qualifying session.

Once Alex was back on the track, he was able to improve his overall times in qualifying. On the first yellow flag of the session the team made some more positive adjustments. Alex was significantly quicker and was working on his fastest lap of the day when an electrical problem related to the gearbox would end his qualifying effort early.

“The car was by far the best it had been all weekend,” commented Lloyd. “I really think we would have been able to transfer into the top 12 if not for the events of today. I am really looking forward for tomorrow’s race, and I will Be Prepared.”

Alex’s starting position may create a different strategy for tomorrow’s race. Watch the Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar and driver Alex Lloyd tomorrow, Sunday, March 28th on ABC television at 3:30 Eastern Time.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 20, 1.1 million volunteers, and nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

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

About Dale Coyne Racing
For more than 27 years Dale Coyne Racing has competed in Indy car racing. The team enjoyed a successful 2009 IndyCar Series season with a win at Watkins Glen, and finished 9th in the IndyCar Series championship. Please visit www.dalecoyneracing.com for more information about the Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar.

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Boy Scouts of America U.S. Indy Car Launch

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Boy Scouts of America U.S. Indy Car Launch

Posted on 25 March 2010 by admin

With the IZOD Indy Car® Series returning from Brazil for the first domestic race of the season, Dale Coyne Racing and the Boy Scouts of America begin their year long trail of engagement with America’s youth.

This weekend, March 26- 28, the Boy Scouts of America #19 Indy Car will debut on American soil at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

“This marks the beginning of an exciting series of planned activities both on and off the track for our nearly 3 million Scouts,” commented Chief Scouting Executive Robert Mazzuca. “It’s great to see the local councils get involved with this exciting and technologically advanced marketing venture for the Boy Scouts of America.”

Local councils in the St. Petersburg area will be involved in track activities and a special event on Friday night. Local Cub Scouts will be treated to a night at the Great Explorations Children’s Museum in St. Petersburg. On hand will be a Boy Scout show car for the Scouts to experience sitting in the cockpit of a real race car while having their photos taken.

Alex Lloyd, the driver of the BSA #19 IndyCar, will be on hand to sign autographs and answer questions about racing, driving and how he went from being a Scout to a current day Indy Car driver. Team owner Dale Coyne will also be on hand to answer questions while sharing the importance of team work in this high tech world of IndyCar racing.

The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg marks the second event of this season’s 17-race schedule. The team competed in the streets of São Paulo, Brazil two weeks ago, where a rain filled race event took its toll on many competitors.

Efforts now turn to the American swing of road course events. This event, where Dale Coyne Racing finished 3rd last year, along with races in Birmingham, Alabama and Long Beach, California kick off the early season. Following these venues is an oval race in Kansas and the famed Indianapolis 500.

Watch Alex Lloyd in the Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar during this weekend’s Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on ABC. LIVE broadcast begins at 3:30 P.M. Eastern Time on Sunday, March 28th.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 20, 1.1 million volunteers, and nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

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

About Dale Coyne Racing
For more than 27 years Dale Coyne Racing has competed in Indy car racing. The team enjoyed a successful 2009 IndyCar Series season with a win at Watkins Glen, and finished 9th in the IndyCar Series championship. Please visit www.dalecoyneracing.com for more information about the Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar.

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Jacksonville, Florida

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Jacksonville, Florida

Posted on 24 March 2010 by Dan

Take a peak around BSA Adventure Base 100 at its stop in Jacksonville, Florida.  Meet Jeff Swindling, a Scouter from Jacksonville, Fla. who made getting the BSA Commemorative Coin a personal mission years ago.

Learn more about Adventure Base 100 at http://www.adventurebase100.org.

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PotashCorp Donates $250,500 for ECO Lodge at Camp Boddie

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PotashCorp Donates $250,500 for ECO Lodge at Camp Boddie

Posted on 24 March 2010 by admin

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (PotashCorp) announced on Monday donation of $250,500 to the East Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America to fund a new facility at Camp Boddie. The new building will be named the PotashCorp ECO Lodge. The PotashCorp ECO Lodge will replace an existing nature lodge at the edge of the Camp Boddie reservation. The lodge will be a full-service environmental education facility providing youth with hands-on environmental experiences. It will contain space dedicated to environmental education, teaching rooms and a sizable animal display area for observing reptiles, birds, fish and mammals.

PotashCorp President and CEO Bill Doyle presented the check to East Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Property Chairman John Thomas. “The Boy Scouts’ proposal for an ECO Lodge that would take children outdoors to experience hands-on learning and connect with nature had strong appeal to PotashCorp,” said Doyle. “Environmental stewardship is a core value of our company, so the ECO Lodge is something we are very pleased to support. We believe it will be a well-used resource within the community and the entire region.”

The PotashCorp ECO Lodge is scheduled for completion in late summer or early fall of 2010. “With PotashCorp’s generous support, we will construct a technically modern environmental learning center on the East Carolina Scout Reservation on the Pamlico River. Along with indoor and outdoor classrooms for animal display and teaching Scouts nature and science merit badge requirements, the Lodge will become a destination for schools, professionals and volunteer organizations that want to bring students into nature to learn,” said Ray Franks, scout executive for East Carolina Council, BSA.

“It is an especially significant honor to be the recipient of this funding in 2010, Scouting’s Centennial. We are grateful to PotashCorp, as we share core values of ecology conservation. Our Council welcomes this leadership role in getting youth outdoors. Connecting with nature better equips youth to learn and become more physically fit.” said Franks.

About PotashCorp
PotashCorp’s subsidiary PCS Phosphate Company, Inc. employs approximately 1,100 employees at its Aurora facility with approximately ninety percent of them native to the area.

PotashCorp is the world’s largest fertilizer enterprise by capacity producing the three primary plant nutrients and a leading supplier to three distinct market categories: agriculture, with the largest capacity in the world in potash and third largest in phosphate and nitrogen; animal nutrition, with the world’s largest capacity in phosphate feed ingredients; and industrial chemicals, as the largest global producer of industrial nitrogen products and the world’s largest capacity for production of purified industrial phosphoric acid.

Source: PotashCorp Press Release

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Tampa, Florida

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Tampa, Florida

Posted on 22 March 2010 by Dan

Take a peak around BSA Adventure Base 100 at its stop in Tampa, Florida. Meet Patrick Stinson is an Eagle Scout, just like his older brother. However, unlike his brother, Patrick was born with Down Syndrome. Watch the story of this incredible young man, told as Adventure Base 100 visits the Strawberry Festival in Tampa, Florida.

Learn more about Adventure Base 100 at http://www.adventurebase100.org.

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Scouts Show Their Pride in NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

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Scouts Show Their Pride in NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

Posted on 21 March 2010 by Dan

Scouts, Explorers, and leaders were out in full force representing the Boy Scouts at the 2010 New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade! This year’s parade Grand Marshal, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, dedicated the 249th NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade to the Boy Scouts of America in honor of our 100th Anniversary. About a thousand Scouts and leaders came out to march, play in the Scout band, and show their Scouting pride.

Greater New York Councils has a photo album of the day’s festivities on the GNC Website.

Televised video of Scouts in the parade:

Hat Tip: Greater New York Councils

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Alex Lloyd Begins His Boy Scout Rookie Year

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Alex Lloyd Begins His Boy Scout Rookie Year

Posted on 15 March 2010 by admin

The Boy Scouts of America #19 Indy Car began the season with a race that saw 5 different yellow flags, rain and even a rare red flag before the timed race would see checkered flags.

Alex Lloyd driving the #19 Boy Scouts of America car had an eventful day. After starting 15th in his road course rookie debut, rain would be the story of the rest of day for Alex. Rain started on lap 26 and the buildings around the circuit caused for very poor radio communications. Many pitted on lap 29 for the grooved rain tires. Alex would remain out for one more lap. The increasing rains and worsening track conditions created treacherous conditions especially in the slippery turn 10. A quick spin and slight contact with the wall would end the day for the Boy Scouts car.

“I am very grateful the opportunity that the Coyne’s and the Boy Scouts of America have given me,” commented Lloyd. “This was our first race together and to come to a new track with such low grip and all the complications of conditions, unfortunately caught us out here today. We look forward to moving to a track I know in St. Petersburg in two weeks time.”

Alex made steady improvements in each session of the weekend. He would qualify 15th for the start of Sao Paulo Grand Prix 300.

Qualifying was originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon. After the early two practice sessions had seen several accidents, spins and impossible traction conditions, officials decided to move qualifying to Sunday morning before the race to facilitate over night track modifications.

During Saturday night, grinders were brought in to too scarify the start/finish straight. Previously it was concrete, but concrete that was ground and polished smooth for the annual Carnival Parade. The surfaces was smooth as glass which is good for dancing, but not good for creating the friction needed to give the tires their needed grip to safely accelerate.

The repairs were excellent and cars were able to improve their times and safety levels in Sundays qualifying just 3 hours before the race.

“This is the beginning of exciting program in 2010 and we are all pleased with the potential that we have experience in the 2 short weeks we’ve been together Alex,” reported Team Owner Dale Coyne. “Our goals is to methodically work on this season with more testing and steadily improve our performance, this weekend has been a good start down that road.”

The teams now pack up their gear to be loaded into two 747’s cargo jets and shipped back to the States in preparation for the second race of the season in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 28th.

About Dale Coyne Racing
For more than 27 years Dale Coyne Racing has competed in Indy car racing. The team enjoyed a successful 2009 IndyCar Series season with a win at Watkins Glen, and finished 9th in the IndyCar Series championship. Please visit www.dalecoyneracing.com for more information about the Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar.

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Houston Texas

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Houston Texas

Posted on 15 March 2010 by Dan

Take a peak around BSA Adventure Base 100 at its stop in Houston, Texas. Meet Eagle Scout, Jacob Pekarek, who is making a big difference protecting South Texas watershed areas with his ambitious Eagle Scout Project.

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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Boy Scout Organizes MS Service Day

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Boy Scout Organizes MS Service Day

Posted on 15 March 2010 by Dan

James O’Rourke is the mastermind behind this project, called MS Service Day. O’Rourke is trying to earn his eagle badge for the Boy Scouts and wanted to give back to those who are going through what his family is going through. He arranged for several teams of boys, mostly Boy Scouts, to go around Bakersfield, completing home improvement projects, painting, and doing yard work for people with MS.

Read the entire article at 17KGET

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