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Texas: Neches River Rendezvous set for June 5

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Texas: Neches River Rendezvous set for June 5

Posted on 28 April 2010 by Dan

Get your canoes ready and your life jackets on! The Neches River Rendezvous is Saturday, June 5th at Temple-Inland’s North Boggy Slough. This scenic 10-mile caonoe trip has something for everyone. Whether you’re a bird watcher, or just need a relaxing day out of the house, the Neches river Rendezvous is for you! This nature tourism event is designed to promote outdoor wilderness adventure in East Texas by framing a day of paddling with the panoramic Neches River and surrounding forests. The event is scheduled for an 8:00 a.m. start, with free shuttle service available to and from the river.

Registration is open!

If you know people interested in this nature tourism event who have not yet registerd, please have them contact the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce with their contact information.

A special thanks to our 2010 Neches River Renezvous Sponsors: Platinum Sponsor – Temple-Inland; Gold Sponsors – Cherokee Industrial Fab., Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau, Morgan Insurance Agency, and What-A-Burger,  Silver Sponsors – Ainsworrh Duncan Homes, Best Buy, Buckeye Construction, Duncan-Two,  Ltd., and Haglund Law Firm; Bronze Sponsors – Angelina Excavating, Inc., Brookshire Brothers, Buddy & Ellen Temple, Merrill Lynch, Morris Air Conditioning and Heating, Office Depot, Regional Physical Therapy Center, Ross Motorsports, Security Guaranty & Abstract, and Texas Metal Casting; Other Sponsors – Angelina Beautiful/Clean, Boy Scouts of America, Deep East Texas Amateur Radio Club, Lufkin Coca-Cola, and Polk Oil Company.

For more information on the Neches River Renezvous, visit http://www.lufkintexas.org/ or contact Tony Moline at (936) 634-6644. 

Source: Press Release

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BSA Response to Portland, Oregon Trial Outcome – April 23, 2010

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BSA Response to Portland, Oregon Trial Outcome – April 23, 2010

Posted on 24 April 2010 by Dan

The following is a response to the outcome to the Portland, Oregon Abuse Trial issued by the BSA on April 23, 2010:

The Boy Scouts of America continues to be deeply saddened by what happened to the plaintiff in this case more than 25 years ago. We would like to thank the jurors for their service and careful deliberations. Because this matter continues, the Judge has asked that the Boy Scouts of America refrain from comment on the specific allegations in that case.

The Boy Scouts of America has always stood against child abuse of any kind and is always looking for ways to improve its Youth Protection strategies.  The BSA has zero tolerance in Scouting for any action that does not uphold the BSA’s dedication to building good character in a safe environment. The Boy Scouts of America has a rigorous, nationwide system of checks and balances, in accordance with local laws, which keeps out of the program those individuals who should not be leading youth.  

For 100 years, the experience of being a Boy Scout has had a positive, lasting effect on the lives of 100 million young people. Each week, parents across America and their sons attend Cub Scout and Boy Scout meetings run by community volunteer leaders. The success of youth organizations, such as the Boy Scouts of America depends on the trust and confidence of these parents and the community, and Scouting is doing everything in its power to earn that trust every day.  

Click here for more information about BSA’s Youth Protection materials.

Source: Boy Scouts of America Website

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Occoneechee Council, BSA Introduces Historic Merit Badge Program

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Occoneechee Council, BSA Introduces Historic Merit Badge Program

Posted on 20 April 2010 by Dan

The Occoneechee Council has announced that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is now offering four historic merit badges in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the founding of BSA.  Scouts will have the opportunity to earn merit badges in Signaling, Tracking, Pathfinding, and Carpentry.  The merit badges became available April 1.  Scouts must complete the badge requirements by December 31, 2010.

“It is so great to give Scouts the opportunity to earn such unique and historic badges,” said John Akerman, Scout Executive of the Occoneechee Council.  “Since these merit badges are no longer offered on a regular basis, Scouts will be able to go back to their roots and understand what early Boy Scouts had to go through to earn their badges.  I think it will be a challenging yet rewarding experience.  It will really help Scouts appreciate modern technology that earlier Boy Scouts had to do without.”

Each of the badges features a special gold border in honor of the Centennial year and will count toward a Scout’s rank advancement.  Sample requirements to earn the badges include demonstrating the use of tools and building a simple piece of home furniture.  The BSA has provided additional guides to explain each badge and requirements for more information.    

“This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Scouts,” says Akerman.  “Three of these badges were discontinued in the 1950’s. Scouts should take pride in earning these historic badges, since this chance will be gone in December.”
 
The Signaling badge was first offered in 1910 and discontinued in 1992.  The BSA began offering Tracking, Pathfinding and Carpentry in 1911, but they were all discontinued in 1952.  

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 www.ocscouts.org or call 800-662-7102.

Source: Occoneechee Council Press Release

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Alex Lloyd Grand Prix of Long Beach Race Report

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Alex Lloyd Grand Prix of Long Beach Race Report

Posted on 19 April 2010 by admin

Alex Lloyd finally got his trip to the Beach for one of Indy Car’s signature races, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Alex Lloyd driving the #19 BSA car has won numerous times on the Indy Lights series in 2007 but has never run on the streets of Long Beach before.

“It certainly is challenging coming to a new street circuit like this when most of the other drivers have had years of experience here,” commented Alex. “We were pleased with the progress we made over the weekend and feel we learned a lot which will help us when we get back on the street circuits this summer.”

Alex would start the race from row 11 along side Graham Rahal. Alex won the battle to the first turn and would end up improving as the race went on. Late in the race the leaders had finally caught Alex, but the talented Brit was running very strong lap times and they would find it difficult to put the #19 car a lap down. Ryan finally was able to squeeze by and eventual second place finisher Justin Wilson would also try an aggressive move to get by.

Justin was almost up to Alex’s rear wheel at turn in. Justin’s front wing got into Alex’s right rear tire causing an immediate flat tire. Alex was forced to limp back to the pits costing him valuable positions to get new tires and fuel.

Relegated back Alex would soldier on with good lap times, closing on Formula 1 veteran Takumo Sato, before the checkered would come out and reward the Boy Scout car with 19th place.

The Boy Scouts of America Indy Car contingent had a great weekend of events at Long Beach. The local Long Beach Council had Bay Street closed off for Scout Alley. Show cars, displays, Pinewood Derbies, and Soap Box derbies were the highlight.

Of interesting note Alex beat team owner Dale Coyne by .2 seconds in the Soap Box derby on Friday evening. Of more interest is that Alex’s wife Samantha beat Alex by a similar margin.

The team now prepares for the beginning of the seasons oval swing of races. First up will be the 1.5 mile high bank oval of Kansas in two weeks time, followed by the famed month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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 Inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Race Report

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Alex Lloyd Inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Race Report

Posted on 12 April 2010 by admin

The Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar made its first trip to the beautiful Barber Motorsports Park Road Course circuit 20 miles east of downtown Birmingham.

Alex Lloyd driving the #19 BSA car ran as high as 6th place in today’s race. After qualifying 16th on Saturday of this three day weekend event, Alex and the Dale Coyne Racing team would try to go for a two stop race and was rewarded with moving up on the split strategy to run in the top-10.

The team would need some good luck with yellows to make it all happen right, but the plans got changed on lap 68 when Danica Patrick made contact with Alex under braking going into turn 5.

“I had some understeer in the car and I think Danica got a good run off of turn 3,” Reported Lloyd. “She was not past me, but enough on me that we got together in turn 5 and I spun off track.”

The mishap would hurt Alex’s track position. This coupled with a need for a splash of fuel with just three laps to go, would relegate the talented Brit to 23rd.

“We were happy to run all day and work to get into the top-10,” explained the personable Lloyd. “The end result did not show how competitive we could have been.”

The Dale Coyne Racing Boy Scouts of America effort was supported locally by the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America. A special invitation dinner on Friday night featured several of the local supporters and officials of the Boy Scouts of America.

“It’s great to see the local support and enthusiasm for this program as evidenced here in Alabama,” reported team owner Dale Coyne. “Everyone in this area is excited about Indy Cars racing here and we look forward to a long and welcomed return for years to come.”

This race represents the Inaugural event of a three year contract with local developer George Barber. “This track has a great park like setting for showcasing our racing,” said Coyne. “It feels like the Road America of the South in a modern theme.”

The team will stay at the track in Birmingham to prepare the cars for a cross country trek to Long Beach, California, where they will race next Friday thru Sunday.

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 http://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.

Source: Dale Coyne Racing Press Release

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Dr. “Red” Duke will address Eagle Scouts at a ‘Gathering of Eagles’

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Dr. “Red” Duke will address Eagle Scouts at a ‘Gathering of Eagles’

Posted on 11 April 2010 by admin

The Tall Timbers District of the Boy Scouts of America is looking for Eagle Scouts of ALL ages, who live in the District and the South Montgomery County area. The District is hosting a ‘Gathering of Eagles’ on Sunday, May 23, 2010, in The Woodlands at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott, starting at 6:00 p.m. Dr. James H. “Red” Duke will be the keynote speaker.

Dr. Red Duke obtained the rank of Eagle Scout and was subsequently honored by the Boy Scouts of America with the Distinguished Eagle Scout award. Dr. Duke established the first air ambulance service in Texas, and established the first Level 1 Trauma Center in Southeast Texas.

The Eagle Scout is the highest ranking scouting. Fewer than 4 percent of all Scouts achieve Eagle rank, however, “Once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle Scout,” declared Pat Brown, one of the Tall Timbers many volunteers. “An Eagle Scout promises to give back to Scouting more than he received, ” Brown added. “It is a lifelong commitment to live the Scouting ideals. Dr. Duke exemplifies that lifelong commitment.”

Tall Timbers District was created in 2009, when local district lines were redrawn to better meet the needs of Scouts. Tall Timbers District has more than 60 units of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Teams, Venturing Crews, and Sea Explorers, serving over 2100 young men and women led by over 1200 adult leaders. Geographically it covers part of South Montgomery County stretching from the San Jacinto River south, including The Woodlands.

If you are an Eagle Scout and would like to attend, or if you know an Eagle Scout who may like to attend, please provide or update your contact information by contacting Linda Smith at Linda@gatheringofeagles2010.com or go to www.gatheringofeagles2010.com The District will NOT share your contact information with others.

Source: Press Release

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Florida Scouts Celebrate 100 Years by Collecting Quarters to Build Schools in Africa

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Florida Scouts Celebrate 100 Years by Collecting Quarters to Build Schools in Africa

Posted on 08 April 2010 by admin

The Central Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America is celebrating 100 years of Scouting with the “Scouting for Change” coin drive.

The Scouting for Change service project was conceptualized by the Central Florida Council’s leadership as a way to join the national celebration of Scouting by raising funds to help build schools in Nairobi, Kenya. Nairobi is widely considered the birthplace of Scouting, where founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell envisioned the ideas and fundamentals of the Scouting program and where he was later laid to rest.

The first phase of the service project, the coin drive collection, was completed on February 8th, BSA’s 100th birthday. Phase two, the virtual deposit program, ends May 19th, exactly 100 days later. The Council’s goal is to raise enough to make major construction improvements to two schools around Nairobi with organizational partners Church World Service, which will build a new school, and World Hope, which will build a ninth grade wing at its Hope Academy in Kenya.

“Our goal was to do something truly special to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our Scouting program,” said Ron Oats, scout executive. “Our Council’s leadership took the original concept and created a campaign that has truly transformed the original idea into something so much greater. This project wouldn’t be possible without the unwavering support of our community partners.”

Under the direction and guidance of Technetium, the Central Florida Council implemented an integrated campaign to create awareness and motivate participation in the drive. The campaign concept incorporated local Scouts of all ages to create visual elements for the drive’s Web site – www.scoutingforchange.com – billboards, TV and radio public service announcements, as well as the school-shaped coin collection boxes that Scouts, their parents and volunteer leaders used for collecting the quarters.

“We couldn’t have accomplished this without Bright House Networks, Clear Channel Outdoor, Cox Radio, DeRoo Printing Services, Full Sail University, and Regions Bank and their contributions to this campaign. Together our team of community partners generated amazing materials and tremendous exposure for Scouting for Change,” said Joe Forget, president of Technetium and the Council’s VP of Marketing.

The Central Florida Council continues its 100th Anniversary celebration with the Central Florida Scout Show on May 1, 2010 at University of Central Florida’s Bright House Stadium.

About Technetium
Technetium  is an Orlando-based boutique advertising and Web design firm specializing in integrated marketing campaigns based upon its proprietary Four “A” Metrics: Awareness, Affinity, Action and Analytics. For more information on Technetium and its services, call 407.826.1990 or visit www.technetium.com.

Source: Press Release

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Fort Adams Hosts its First Boy Scout Overnight of the Season

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Fort Adams Hosts its First Boy Scout Overnight of the Season

Posted on 07 April 2010 by Dan

More than a dozen scouts and parents from Boy Scout Troop 3:Lee, MA enjoyed their overnight stay in Historic Fort Adams on Saturday, March 27, 2010. The troop camped in the middle of the 6 ¼ acre parade field surrounded by the 180 year old Fort’s majestic walls.

The Fort Adams Trust offers group packages for both tented and indoor overnight stays both of which can include guided tours of this National Historic Landmark. Our restored Overnight Barracks includes four modern bathrooms, a common room with a kitchen area, sink, mini fridge, oak tables and benches, as well as, three sleeping rooms containing a total of 38 bunk spaces. Both the barracks and tented overnights are seasonal, opening in early April, and are booked on a first come first serve basis though October. Availability is limited, so contact us soon to reserve an overnight stay for your group.

For more information about these and other events please visit http://www.fortadams.org or call (401)841-0707.

About Historic Fort Adams
Founded as a non-profit in 1994, The mission of Fort Adams Trust is to direct and support the stabilization, restoration, maintenance and operation of Fort Adams as a public historic site.

Source: Press Release (pdf)

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North Carolina Boy Scouts Receive Drug Education

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North Carolina Boy Scouts Receive Drug Education

Posted on 07 April 2010 by admin

The famous motto of the Boy Scouts is “Be Prepared”. In today’s modern world it takes on new meaning as teens and youth are constantly bombarded with drug ads in the media as well as celebrity popularization of illicit drugs. However, the Boy Scouts of, North Carolina are setting an example of getting informed about the dangers of drug abuse with the help of Narconon.

Narconon is a non-profit drug prevention, education and rehabilitation organization. One of their key activities is educating youth on the traps of drug abuse. In the same way Scouts learn proper trail markings to stay on the correct path, so they need to learn the truth about drugs to avoid the pitfalls of drug use. It’s statistically proven that children and teens attending Narconon drug education lectures are far less likely to abuse drugs in the future.

This past Monday at Brien, a Narconon Drug Education Specialist for the Carolinas, spoke to 50 scouts ages 12-16 and 15 parents attending the Narconon Drug Education lecture at the Eagle’s Nest Boy Scout Lodge in Mathews, North Carolina. Brien went over the effects of drugs in the body and the truth of what drugs actually do to one. The attendees received copies of the Narconon Drug Education booklet “Ten Things Your Friends May Not Know About Drugs” which details the scientific truth about drugs in a youth-friendly fashion.

The Boy Scouts at the Narconon Drug Education lecture responded enthusiastically to Brien, asking questions and wanting more information. Narconon Drug Education presentations are different in that they require audience participation and relate the material to situations the students actually run into in life. The students then leave the lecture with information they can and do use as has been shown by follow up studies.

Brien also presented two “I Support a Drug-Free Future” T-shirts to Scouts for inviting him to deliver the presentation.

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) North Carolina is a regional hub for illegal drug trafficking. Marijuana is one of the most prevalent drugs in the state as it is grown locally on federal forest lands. Given the high risk of drug exposure to our Carolina youth it is vital that drug education be given high priority in North Carolina and Narconon will continue to deliver drug prevention lectures across the state.

If you would like more information on setting up a Narconon Drug Education lecture in your area contact Narconon at 877-237-3307.

Source: Press Release

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Historic Merit Badge: Pathfinding

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Historic Merit Badge: Pathfinding

Posted on 06 April 2010 by Dan

As we stated in Historic Merit Badge Program A Go (for real this time!), we are going to be taking an in-depth look at each of the four Historic Merit Badges in the next few days.  First up was Carpentry Merit Badge, then Signaling Merit Badge, then Tracking Merit Badge, and finally Pathfinding Merit Badge!

Pathfinding Merit Badge was first offered in 1911, and was discontinued in 1952. 

Original Pathfinding Merit Badge Book:
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Pathfinding_MBP_Historical.pdf

New Information for Pathfinding Merit Badge:
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/historic_pathfinding_new.pdf

Pathfinding Merit Badge Requirements:

  1. In the country, know every lane, bypath, and short cut for a distance of at least two miles in every direction around the local scout headquarters; or in a city, have a general knowledge of the district within a three-mile radius of the local scout headquarters, so as to be able to guide people at any time, by day or by night.
  2. Know the population of the five principal neighboring towns, their general direction from his scout headquarters, and be able to give strangers correct directions how to reach them.
  3. If in the country, know in a two mile radius, the approximate number of horses, cattle, sheep, and pigs owned on the five neighboring farms; or, in a town, know, in a half-mile radius, the location of livery stables, garages and blacksmith shops.
  4. Know the location of the nearest meat markets, bakeries, groceries, and drug stores.
  5. Know the location of the the nearest police station, hospital, doctor, fire alarm, fire hydrant, telegraph and telephone offices, and railroad stations.
  6. Know something of the history of his place; and know the location of its principal public buildings, such as the town or city hall, post-office, schools and churches.
  7. Submit a map not necessarily drawn by himself upon which he personally has indicated as much as possible of the above information.

Related Current Merit Badges:

  • Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge
  • American Heritage

This historical merit badge will only be available during the 100th Anniversary year of Scouting. The Pathfinding merit badge counts toward rank advancement.  Requirements must be completed by Dec. 31, 2010.

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