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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 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 or call 800-662-7102.

Source: Occoneechee Council Press Release

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