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Historic Merit Badge: Tracking

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Historic Merit Badge: Tracking

Posted on 05 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, and now Tracking!

Tracking Merit Badge was first offered in 1911 under the name Stalking, and was discontinued in 1952.  Stalking had one additional requirement that was not included as part of the Historic Merit Badge Program, and that was to follow the trail of  a person.  According to the Tracking Merit Badge support material, it was decided to omitt this requirement and switch the name to Tracking based on what the term stalking means in today’s language.

Original Stalking Merit Badge Book:
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Stalking_MBP_Historical.pdf

New Information for Tracking Merit Badge:
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/historic_tracking_new.pdf

Tracking Merit Badge Requirements:

  1. Demonstrate by means of a [tracking] game or otherwise, ability to [track] skillfully in shelter and wind, etc., showing how to proceed noiselessly and “freeze” when occasion demands.
  2. Know and recognize the tracks of ten different kinds of animals or birds in his vicinity, three of which may be domestic.
  3. Submit satisfactory evidence that he has trailed two different kinds of wild animals or birds on ordinary ground far enough to determine the direction in which they were going, and their gait or speed. Give the names of animals or birds trailed, their direction of travel, and describe gait and speed; or submit satisfactory evidence that he has trailed six different kinds of wild animal or birds in snow, sand, dust, or mud, far enough to determine the direction they were going and their gait or speed. Give names of animals or birds, their direction of travel, and describe gait and speed.
  4. Submit evidence that he has scored at least 30 points from the following groups:
    Group (f) and 4 of the 5 groups (a), (b), (c), (d), (e) must be represented in the score of 30 and at least 7 points must be scored from (a), (b), or (c). Make clear recognizable photographs of
  5. (a) Live bird away from nest – 4 points each
  6. (b) Live woodchuck or smaller wild animal – 3 points each
  7. (c) Live wild animal larger than woodchuck – 4 points each 
  8. (d)  Live bird on nest – 3 points each
  9. (e)  Tracks of live wild animal or bird – 2 points each
    AND
  10. (f) Make satisfactory plaster cast of wild animal or bird tracks with identification imprint on back of cast – 2 points each

Related Current Merit Badges:

  • Orienteering
  • Citizenship in the Community

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

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BSA Licensing Presents Six 2009 Quality Licensee Awards

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BSA Licensing Presents Six 2009 Quality Licensee Awards

Posted on 05 April 2010 by Dan

The Boy Scouts of America Quality Licensee program is designed to recognize licensees that achieve excellence through their commitment to ongoing product development, their steadfast adherence to the licensing program requirements, and their active support and promotion of the Boy Scouts of America and its programs.

The Boy Scouts of America recently awarded 2009 Quality Licensee Awards to the following comapines:

For a complete list of Current BSA Licensees or to learn more about the BSA Licensing process, please visit http://www.scouting.org/Licensing.aspx

Source: BSA Licensing Insider, Vol. 3, No. 4

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Scouting’s Centennial is Out of This World—Literally!

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Scouting’s Centennial is Out of This World—Literally!

Posted on 05 April 2010 by admin

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has officially taken its 100th Anniversary Celebration to new heights. Four Year of Celebration patches left the stratosphere today as cargo on the space shuttle Discovery’s STS-131 mission to the International Space Station. A Year of Celebration, A Century of Making a Difference is the BSA’s 100th Anniversary patch-earning program that allows participants to earn recognition for making a difference in their communities.

“This collaboration between the BSA and NASA underscores a long history between Scouting and space programs,” said BSA Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca. “At the earliest opportunities in Scouting, we are exposing young people to space exploration and preparing them for future work in science and technology fields.”

The relationship between Scouting and space stretches to before man’s first steps on the moon. In May 1964, 29 of America’s 30 astronauts visited Philmont Scout Ranch, the BSA’s high-adventure base in Cimarron, New Mexico, for a two-week training trip to learn geological mapping and seismographic studies in preparation for the Apollo programs. Of the 12 astronauts who have walked on the moon, 11 were Boy Scouts. More than half of all U.S. astronauts have been involved in Scouting, including well-known astronauts Neil Armstrong and Jim Lovell, who are Eagle Scouts.

In 2010, the BSA will introduce three new technology-driven merit badges, including Robotics. During STS-131, mission specialist Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger will use the robotic shuttle arm to inspect the space shuttle for any damage that may have occurred during launch or while in space. Other members of the STS-131 crew will use the space station’s robotic system, Canadarm2, to move equipment from the shuttle’s payload bay to the station.

Though firmly rooted in an unchanged set of core values, the BSA is committed to remaining current and relevant by adapting how it delivers programs and reaches its audiences. The BSA’s three new merit badges—Robotics, Inventing, and Geocaching—are indicative of how it is adjusting to prepare young people to become leaders and participating citizens in an increasingly technological world. Today, Scouts can read the Boy Scout Handbook on an iPhone, use GPS devices in addition to a map and compass, and receive BSA news via social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Any Scout, leader, or Scouting alumnus, can earn five special award ribbons that hang from the Year of Celebration patch. Reflective of a century of Scouting values, the ribbons honor dedication to leadership, character, community service, achievement, and the outdoors.

After the patches return from space, they will be displayed as part of the 100th Anniversary exhibit at the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. Eight major national 100th Anniversary engagement programs have been designed to reintroduce Scouting to the next generation of young leaders and reconnect millions of alumni with the organization. Flying high on the space shuttle isn’t the only high-speed recognition of the BSA’s 100th Anniversary. Earlier this year, the BSA announced its Scout-themed IndyCar collaboration with Dale Coyne Racing. Just last week, Union Pacific unveiled UP No. 2010 Boy Scouts of America, only the 14th commemorative locomotive in the company’s history .

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, www.twitter.com/boyscouts, and www.facebook.com/boyscoutsofamerica.

Source: BSA Press Release

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Historic Merit Badge: Signaling

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Historic Merit Badge: Signaling

Posted on 04 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, now its Signaling!

Signaling Merit Badge was first offered in 1910, and was discontinued in 1992.  This Merit Badge is not an easy one session merit badge, Scouts need to have a basic grasp of Morse Code and Semaphore Code which could take a few months to learn.

Original Signaling Merit Badge Book:
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Signaling_MBP_Historical.pdf

New Information for Signaling Merit Badge:
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/historic_signaling_new.pdf

Signaling Merit Badge Requirements:

  1. Make an electric buzzer outfit, wireless, blinker, or other signaling device.
  2. Send and receive in the International Morse Code, by buzzer or other sound device, a complete message of not less than 35 words, at a rate of not less than 35 letters per minute.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to send and receive a message in the International Morse Code by wigwag and by blinker or other light signaling device at the rate of not less than 20 letters per minute.
  4. Send and receive by Semaphore Code at the rate of not less than 30 letters per minute.
  5. Know the proper application of the International Morse and Semaphore Codes; when, where, and how they can be used to best advantage.
  6. Discuss briefly various other codes and methods of signaling which are in common use.

Related Current Merit Badges:

  • Wilderness Survival
  • Radio
  • Communications

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

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Spotted: Boy Scout Uniform on Saturday Night Live

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Spotted: Boy Scout Uniform on Saturday Night Live

Posted on 03 April 2010 by Dan

If you follow @ScoutingNews on Twitter, you may have caught a tweet about last night’s Saturday Night Live.

 ScoutingNews: Annoyed that Eddie Vedder (or actor playing him) is wearing #BSA uniform in #SNL skit… no good reason for it…”

 I had a few folks ask me questions via Twitter and email about it so I decided to throw a quick post together.  Turns out I don’t watch Saturday Night Live on a regular basis as last nights episode was a re-run of  the February 27, 2010 episode hosted by Jennifer Lopez.

 The skit that caught my eye was a spoof of the re-recording of “We are the World” to raise awareness of the Haiti earthquake disaster.  In the skit, according to Quincy Jones (Kenan Thompson), “the song itself was a disaster…a sloppy mess of half famous randos.”  It went on to show the recording of  “We Are The World 3: Raising Awareness Of The ‘We Are The World 2′ Disaster.”

While the premise of the skit was entertaining, what caught my eye was one of the singers wearing a Boy Scouts of America Field Uniform as part of his outfit.  There was no reference to the BSA, it was purely being worn for fashion.  It kind of annoyed me at the time.  The singer in question was Eddie Vedder being played by Bill Hader.  In case you were unaware, like I was, Eddie Vedder is a Pearl Jam front man.

You can see the entire SNL Skit here:

Turns out it was an impression of Eddie Vedder, all the way down to the Boy Scout uniform.  Doing some digging, it appears a Boy Scout Uniform over a T-Shirt was standard fare for Eddie Vedder during his sole-concert tour in 2008/2009.  You can see him rocking in a Troop 365 Boy Scout Uniform.  According to one concert goer, Kathy of twofeetthick.com, “Eddie Vedder could almost pass for a scoutmaster, up until the point he began to consume his favorite bottle of wine and lecture on the intricate genius of The Who’s Quadropehnia.”

So what do you think about singers/actors/etc wearing Boy Scout Uniforms?  Is it okay to wear as a fashion statement?  What about when they drink or go on rants?  Did I over react by getting annoyed at the SNL Skit?  Leave your comments below.

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Union Pacific Railroad Unveils No. 2010 BSA Commemorative Locomotive

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Union Pacific Railroad Unveils No. 2010 BSA Commemorative Locomotive

Posted on 03 April 2010 by admin

Union Pacific Railroad unveiled the UP No. 2010 Boy Scouts of America Locomotive, created as a tribute to the organization’s centennial celebration. The UP No. 2010 honors Scouting’s 100-year impact on the nation and the many Scouting enthusiasts in Union Pacific’s work force and communities.

“Union Pacific and the Boy Scouts of America have played leadership roles in shaping America’s history. With the UP No. 2010, we are proud to celebrate 100 years of Scouting, progress and patriotism,” said Robert W. Turner, Union Pacific senior vice president-Corporate Relations.

“We are deeply honored by the tribute Union Pacific has given to Scouting through the creation of the commemorative locomotive,” said Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. “We also owe a great deal of gratitude to our UP employee Scouting alumni base, which has spearheaded the movement to create the UP No. 2010. Their efforts mean that for years to come, the locomotive will serve as a reminder of the impact millions of Scouts have had on this country for 100 years.”

A very rare honor, Union Pacific has created only 14 commemorative locomotives in its nearly 150-year history. The Boy Scouts-themed locomotive is decorated with a series of four distinct graphics:

  • The national Boy Scouts of America logo;
  • The BSA’s 100th Anniversary logo;
  • The words “100 Years of Scouting,” and,
  • Ten emblems representing stages of Scouting and an 11th emblem for the 2010 National Scout Jamboree

The UP No. 2010 locomotive will celebrate the BSA’s centennial as it hauls the freight that supports America across Union Pacific’s 32,000-mile, 7,000-community network. Because it is one of the newest and most fuel-efficient locomotives, the UP No. 2010 likely will carry service-sensitive consists such as automotive and intermodal trains.

About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally responsible and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.

About The Boy Scouts of America
The Scouting movement is composed of 2.8 million young people between the ages of 7 and 20 and 1.1 million volunteers in more than 290 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. 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 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

Source: Union Pacific Press Release

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Historic Merit Badge: Carpentry

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Historic Merit Badge: Carpentry

Posted on 03 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 is Carpentry Merit Madge!

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

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

New Information for Carpentry Merit Badge:
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/historic_carpentry_new.pdf

Carpentry Merit Badge Requirements:

  1. Demonstrate the use of the rule, square, level, plumb-line, mitre, chalk-line and bevel.
  2. Demonstrate the proper way to drive, set, and clinch a nail, draw a spike with a claw-hammer, and to join two pieces of wood with screws.
  3. Show correct use of the cross-cut saw and of the rip-saw.
  4. Show how to plane the edge, end and the broad surface of a board.
  5. Demonstrate how to lay shingles.
  6. Make a simple article of furniture for practical use in the home or on the home grounds, finished in a workmanlike manner, all work to be done without assistance.

Related Current Merit Badges:

  • Woodwork Merit Badge
  • Home Repairs Merit Badge

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

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ANOs Boy Scout Merit Badge University Sets Attendance Record

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ANOs Boy Scout Merit Badge University Sets Attendance Record

Posted on 03 April 2010 by admin

Arkansas Nuclear One’s annual Boy Scout Merit Badge University set a new attendance record recently and left little doubt that the annual event has become a favorite for area youth and adults. Attendance reached 200 – the largest since the university was launched in 2004.

The Merit Badge University was attended by Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and visitors from Arkansas and Oklahoma. Created originally for scouts, the event is now open to all youth in 6th through 12th grades.

“We really enjoy bringing kids and their parents to ANO to talk about science and technology and give them an insider’s view of nuclear power,” said Jeff Priore, an ANO system engineer and local scout master who coordinates the university. “The university has caught on as a great learning opportunity for young people and adults alike.”

During the event, a number of technology- and career-based merit badge courses were taught in ANO’s training center. Courses covered chemistry, space exploration, electronics and electricity, engineering, nuclear science, architecture and landscape architecture, aviation, and emergency preparedness and concluded with a group luncheon.

“The hands-on classes are a great way for youth to learn about nuclear power and the many career options available,” said Sharon Giblin, treasurer for Troop 214 in Russellville and parent of a soon-to-be Eagle Scout. “The instructors are our own hometown adults donating their time and efforts to teach the leaders of tomorrow.”

Homeschool parent Sharon Garrett attended the university with her children and other members of the Russellville Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers.

“As homeschool families, we’re very excited to have the opportunity to enjoy such quality educational experiences,” Garrett said. “I stayed at ANO for the entire event and could not have been more impressed with its organization as well as its content.”

A number of ANO employees volunteered to teach merit-badge classes and serve as tour guides for university attendees. One of them was Patrick Williams, manager of system engineering and scout master for Troop 214 in Russellville. He taught the merit-badge engineering class.

“At the university, kids get to see things they don’t normally see, like the control room simulator and radiation protection equipment,” Williams said. “After they watched a demo of a small steam engine, I heard one scout say, ‘Now that was cool!’”

For future events, ANO hopes to expand the Merit Badge University to reach an even wider audience from area schools and offer more educational opportunities for youth and adults.

“We see a great deal of potential in including science fairs and other hands-on learning activities during the university that can enhance science and technology curriculums in schools,” Priore said. “This is an event that appeals to a larger group outside of scouting and also gets kids thinking about careers paths and the important role that science can play in their futures. It’s definitely a win-win opportunity for students and for the educational community.”

Educators, school administrators and parents who are interested in learning more about the Merit Badge University and how they can participate in future activities may contact Priore at 479-858-5572, or rpriore@entergy.com.

About Entergy Corporation
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.

Source: Entergy Corporation Press Release

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April Fools Day and the Scouting Community

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April Fools Day and the Scouting Community

Posted on 02 April 2010 by Dan

As you are well aware yesterday was April Fools Day.  The Scouting World wasn’t exempt from this day of pranks; however it seemed fairly tame this year.  Take a look at a few of the April Fools Day Pranks that tried to take the Online Scouting Community:

  • John over at OAImages.com had breaking news about the New OA Policy on Vigil Honor.  This new policy would remove the limit on the number of Arrowman that could be selected for Vigil Honor, “The National Committee did not want to exclude any worthy brothers from attaining this honor, simply because there are “too many” able leaders within a lodge or “too many” active and selfless adults.”  It also enacts a checklist of requirments that need to be met for any Vigil Honor candidates.
  • Kevin over at A Boy Scout’s Blog informed us that Google Inc. was acquiring his blog and integrating it as a Scouting based blog aggregator.  This news was accompanied by a theme change that was very Goolgesque.
  • On Scouts-L, Mike pointed out a Press Release titled Boy Scouts Enter 20th Century with Modern Initiatives“Responding to global “go green” initiatives and a number of lawsuits over food served at Scout camps, the BSA is taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, raise ethnic and cultural awareness in food preparation, and become the premier training program for new and improved ways of catering t= o discriminating palates.”  It has some cheap shots at the organization such as “…to demonstrate BSA’s ability to move quickly on ground-breaking initiatives.”
  • On Scouts-L, Donald shared some information he was privy to about the future site of the National Jamborees at how in 2013 the Jamboree would be held at two sites connected by Virtual Reality.  “A highly placed individual in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), on condition= of anonymity, announced today that the preparations for moving the National Jamboree from Fort. A. P. Hill to The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reservein West Virginia have not been progressing at the expected pace.”  Tico Perez did not seem amused.

Did I miss any?  I follow a lot of the online Scouting Community, but it wouldn’t surprise me if I missed an April Fool’s prank or two.  Were the victim to any of the above?  Share below in the comment section!

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Historic Merit Badge Program A Go (for real this time!)

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Historic Merit Badge Program A Go (for real this time!)

Posted on 02 April 2010 by Dan

It’s been a long wait since Scouting Magazine announced the Historic Merit Badge Program back in January to yesterday when the program was made live for Scouts to earn the badges.  (ok, technically the material first appeared on March 30th, according to some readers- however according to the material April 1st was the first day of the program.)  The original announcement with lack of details caused quite a flurry on the web with some Councils and Leaders jumping the gun and offering the merit badges based solely off of the original requirements.  A lot of folks couldn’t wait for the details as is apparent from the comments on our February 2nd post stating the Historic Merit Badge Program was on hold until the materials were finished and posted online per the original announcement.

All of the support material for the Historic Merit Badge Program can now be found here:
http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/historical_mb_program.aspx

The site features background, requirements for each of the four Historic Merit Badges (Carpentry, Signaling, Tracking, Pathfinding), sample press releases, Historic Merit Badge Fliers, an implementation plan, and plans to hold the merit badge sessions at Council events.

According to the National site, one of the goals for the Historic Merit Badge program is for a majority of the BSA’s registered Boy Scouts earn one of the merit badges during the centennial year.  The historic badges will count towards a Scout’s rank advancement, and the effective date for earning these merit badges is April 1, 2010, and the requirements must be completed no later than December 31st, 2010.

Since it is now official, don’t delay, go out and recruit some appropriate Merit Badge Counselors and help your Scouts take this step back in history!  Everything you need is available at http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/historical_mb_program.aspx

Over the next few days, we at Scouting News are going to take an in-depth look into all four of these Historical Merit Badges.

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