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National Capital Council’s Centennial Camporee Draws 8,000 Scouts

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National Capital Council’s Centennial Camporee Draws 8,000 Scouts

Posted on 31 May 2010 by Dan

Thousands of Scouts from the National Capital Area Council (NCAC), Boy Scouts of America (BSA) gathered at Goshen Scout Reservation in Goshen, Va. to celebrate “Scouting in Action: A Century of Values” this past weekend during the Council’s Centennial Camporee. A wide-ranging group of participants, including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and their family members will celebrate 100 years of rich Scouting experiences and welcome Scouting’s bright future.

“A commemoration of this caliber is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I am honored to have these outstanding young citizens celebrating in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. “The tremendous group of Scouts gathered in Goshen is representative of the organization’s robust direction.”

The weekend’s program offerings feature Scouting re-enactments spanning the past 10 decades, skill games, leadership contests and a large-scale arena show, which will be taking place on Sunday evening. The unique program combinations give Scouts of all ages a lesson in history and challenging them with unique physical activities that have become a hallmark of Scouting, including:
• Cub Scouts as human rockets, zipping to the Space Derby finish line in the larger than life Derby during Cub Fun Day on Kipling Field;
• Boy Scouts engaged in Patrol challenges in which they compete in activities such as the Plutonium Portation and the Lava Flow Rescue as well as becoming Iron Scouts as they morph into Iron Man competitors and crisscross Lake Merriweather in kayaks and canoes; and
• Venturers on the exciting COPE Course, testing their courage by climbing, rappelling and daring to take a turn on the Giant Swing, the Zipline, and the Flying Squirrel!

“The number of good deeds, values taught, and lessons learned in Scouting’s 100 year history are innumerable,” said Scout Executive Les Baron. “The Centennial Camporee is a celebration of all these things, and I believe the next century will be even more remarkable for Scouting and our community.”

In addition to the thousands of Scouts from NCAC, the Camporee is also hosting state and local dignitaries from the Council’s service area, as well as Scouts and Scouters from neighboring councils.

From citizenship training to character development to fitness, the life skills offered through BSA’s programs have provided more than 110 million U.S. youth over the past 100 years with the inspiration and the confidence to become leaders in both business and their communities.

With the support of more than 1.1 million volunteers and 127,119 community–based organizations, the Boy Scouts of America provides educational programs for 2.8 million young people in building character, developing leadership capabilities, training in the responsibilities of active citizenship, and developing personal fitness. The National Capital Area Council (NCAC) was organized in 1911 and today stands as one of the oldest and largest councils in America. The council territory includes the District of Columbia; Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland; and in Virginia the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Fauquier, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George, Stafford and Culpeper as well as the independent cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, Manassas Park and Fredericksburg. As 2009 drew to a close, traditional membership totaled 50,087 youth – plus another 17,648 youth enrolled in Learning for Life – for a total youth membership of 67,735. The coveted rank of Eagle Scout was attained by 1,220 Scouts last year while 23,559 adult volunteers are registered this year to provide leadership for 1,717 traditional units (packs, troops, teams, crews, ships), 35 Learning for Life programs and 64 Explorer posts.

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Boy Scouts of America Dreams Come True at Indy 500

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Boy Scouts of America Dreams Come True at Indy 500

Posted on 30 May 2010 by admin

Every young boy–and every young Scout–dreams of great things in life. Driver Alex Lloyd accomplished one of his dreams today at the Indianapolis 500. Starting at a distant 26th position, Lloyd and the Dale Coyne Racing team did everything right to steadily rise through the field to finish fourth at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing—The Indianapolis 500. This marks the highest finish for Dale Coyne Racing.

“It was amazing to me, as they just told to me who to go after and when, and it all worked,” Lloyd said. “I knew we were tight on fuel, and we just picked the right times to push and the right times to conserve. The car was great, and I cannot thank Dale and Gail Coyne and the entire Boy Scout family enough for this great opportunity.”

Representing the nearly 3 million current members of the Scouting family and more than 50 million living alumni, Lloyd did not disappoint fans on this hot Memorial Day weekend afternoon. The No. 19 Boy Scouts of America car had a great last pit stop, and the team knew that a combination of strategy, fuel management, and a talented driver could get the job done.

“If you love racing and you love Scouting, this day just couldn’t get much better,” commented Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca, who attended today’s race. “The Coyne Racing team continues to be a part of making this 100th Anniversary so special. The BSA cannot thank Dale and Gail Coyne enough for their commitment to Scouting.”

“I am so very proud of Alex and everyone on this team for continuing our journey and this great finish of fourth at the Indy 500,” said team owner Dale Coyne. “It was a long day, but a patient day, and that paid off beyond our expectations. Thank you to all that have supported us.”

The immediate results after the race showed Alex in third. Alex had passed Marco Andretti’s #26 on the front straight for third as the car was obviously running out of fuel. The officials reviewed the data and determined that Marco had maintained an average speed strong enough to merit keeping his previous third spot, thus relegating Alex back to fourth in the official standings.

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 http://www.dalecoyneracing.com/www.dalecoyneracing.com for more information about the Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar.

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Scouts to Decorate 179,000 Graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery

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Scouts to Decorate 179,000 Graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery

Posted on 27 May 2010 by Dan

Approximately 4,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers on Sunday will decorate each of the 179,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with an American Flag during the 61st annual Memorial Day “Good Turn.”

The public is welcome to attend the event, held by the Gravois Trail District of the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Scouts from across the council will assemble at the National Guard base and march into the cemetery at 12:30 p.m. They will proceed to the main flagpole near the center of the cemetery for a 20-minute assembly and ceremony. Colonel Patricia Ryan, Adjutant for National Guard Personnel at Fort Leonard Wood, will be the speaker.

Scouts will honor those who served our country by raising the American flag and then lowering it to half-mast as Scout buglers play “Taps.” Scouts who earned the rank of Eagle Scout—the highest rank in Scouting—during the past year will serve as the color guard. Scouts and their leaders will then decorate each grave in the cemetery with a small American Flag.

It takes less than two hours for Scouts to place more than 139,000 flags, which are provided by the cemetery.

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery is one of the oldest interment sites of the National Cemetery Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs. Its 331 acres served as a burial landscape for soldiers since the Civil War.

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William T. Hornaday Conservation Awards Reunion to be held at 2010 National Jamboree

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William T. Hornaday Conservation Awards Reunion to be held at 2010 National Jamboree

Posted on 23 May 2010 by admin

On Thursday evening, July 29, 2010 Boy Scouts of America will host a national reunion of William T. Hornaday Award Recipients from 6:30-7:30 P.M. at the entrance to the National Jamboree Conservation and Environment Area. All recipients of Hornaday medals or badges are invited to attend this special event being held during the 100 year anniversary of Boy Scouts of America.

First established in 1914 by Dr. William Temple Hornaday, former director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and New York Zoological Society, the William T. Hornaday Medal (originally called the Wildlife Conservation Medal) is the oldest continuously run and one of the most prestigious conservation awards in the United States of America. Just over 1,000 medals have been awarded since the 1914, including to Aldo Leopold, regarded by many as the founding father of wildlife management. Dr. Hornaday is credited for saving the American bison from extinction, as well as critical work Migratory Bird Treaty Law and the 1911 Fur Seal Treaty. With his motto “Open wide to youth all gateways to nature,” Dr. Hornaday believed strongly in the power of youth and that a single individual could make a difference.

While having a strong common bond of shared passion for the environment, recipients of the prestigious Hornaday awards for “Distinguished Service to Conservation” are both scarce and scattered across our great nation. This reunion will provide a rare opportunity to meet other Hornaday recipients to share stories of conservation experiences and professions while networking at a fun get together. Our main speaker will be Bob Birkby, author of the current Boy Scout Handbook. Following the reunion there will be a book signing session with Mr. Birkby.Please joins us on Thursday evening July 29, 2010 at the head of the Jamboree Conservation Area for this special reception. Please arrive before 5:00PM at the Jamboree site (visitor hours end at 5:00PM).

For more information call Clark Guy (610) 763-1509 or Lew Gorman III (856-397-1649) and visit the Jamboree website at www.bsajamboree.org

Source: 2010 National Jamboree Conservation & Environment Area Press Release

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BSA Joins With Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program to Inspire Youth Across America

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BSA Joins With Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program to Inspire Youth Across America

Posted on 21 May 2010 by admin

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program announced today a new collaboration to promote the Young Americans’ Challenge to youth members of the BSA. The award program aims to involve youth in challenging educational and nonacademic programs in community service, adventurous journeys, and physical recreation activities to achieve a balanced development of life skills.

BSA Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca and His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, officially launched the program nationwide during a special reception at the National Scouting Museum. During the event, the two discussed the complementary efforts of both organizations to strengthen communities, families, and young people.

“It isn’t every day that we have the occasion to welcome royalty, but this very special visit does highlight the everyday commitment we share with Prince Edward to enrich the lives of young people,” Mazzuca said. “The Young Americans’ Challenge provides yet another opportunity for our nation’s youth to fulfill their potential. We are excited to offer it to our membership.”

The award, introduced to the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has since traveled to more than 130 countries around the world, inspiring youth (ages 14 to 25) to achieve personal discovery and growth through self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility, and service to the community. Every year, there are approximately 700,000 youth worldwide who undertake these programs of development in order to achieve either a bronze, silver, or gold level of achievement. Since 1956, more than six million awards have been presented.

Although the award will be available to all Scouts, the BSA will specifically promote it to members of its Venturing program. Venturing is a youth development program for young men and women between the ages of 14 and 21. The program provides positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.

“The Boy Scouts of America is a wonderful organization that has inspired America’s youth for 100 years,” said Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. “We believe that this award is a great addition to their already exceptional program of motivating young people to achieve great things.”

For a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of America by combining educational activities and lifelong values with the inspiration required to ignite action. It has remained the nation’s leading youth organization through its dedication to the core values of Scouting—service to others, personal achievement, and respecting and embracing the outdoors—while continuously adapting to new technologies and communication platforms to help deliver its programs in relevant and meaningful ways.

Source: BSA Press Release

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10,000 Boy Scouts and Leaders to Celebrate 100th Anniversary with Campout in Forest Park

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10,000 Boy Scouts and Leaders to Celebrate 100th Anniversary with Campout in Forest Park

Posted on 20 May 2010 by admin

More than 10,000 Boy Scouts and leaders will camp in Forest Park and take part in a wide range of activities on June 4-6, 2010, during ScoutQuest 100, the Greater St. Louis Area Council’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.

Small cities of tents will appear throughout Forest Park beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 4, as Boy Scouts and Venturers—co-ed Scouts ages 14 through 20—from 40 counties in eastern Missouri and southern Illinois set up campsites.  Scouts will visit institutions throughout Forest Park on Friday night.  Robert Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, will attend a reception for past distinguished service award recipients at the MUNY on Friday evening and spend Saturday morning visiting the activities.
 
On Saturday, Cub Scouts—boys ages 6 through 10—will join the Boy Scouts to attend the event for the day.  Scouts will be able to watch or participate in more than 100 activities.  Scouts can scale a climbing wall, go canoeing, ride a Segway or go fishing.  The general public is invited to view activities on Saturday, including the stage show at 8 p.m. on Art Hill and a fireworks display.  The crowd could grow as large as 20,000 as Scouts, leaders and parents attend the show and fireworks.  Only the National Jamboree, in Virginia this summer, will have more Scouts camping and attending a Scouting event.
 
Scouts will attend religious services on Sunday morning.  The largest will be Roman Catholic Mass at the MUNY with Archbishop Robert Carlson as the celebrant and homilist.
 
More information can be found at www.scoutquest100.org.

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Harford County Celebrates Accomplishments of a Local Eagle Scout

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Harford County Celebrates Accomplishments of a Local Eagle Scout

Posted on 18 May 2010 by Dan

The Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) celebrated Eagle Scouts with a reception held Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Bel Air, Maryland. Twenty people including local Eagle Scout alumni and BSA staff joined BSA National Eagle Scout Association National Director, Bill Steel, and Baltimore Area Council BSA Executive Board member Tom Owsley in recognizing the accomplishments of Alex Griffith. As the Scouting movement celebrates its 100th anniversary an emphasis is being placed to reconnect with Eagle Scout from all years. A recent poll by Harris Interactive showed that over 13,000 Eagle Scouts reside within the metropolitan Baltimore area. 

At the reception key note speaker, Mr. Steel announced that 16-year old Harford County Resident, Alex Griffith, has been awarded the National Eagle Service Project of the Year for his Eagle Scout Service project. Alex’s project was chosen from over 50,000 Eagle Scout Leadership Service Projects in 2009. This award will be presented at the National Council Annual meeting at the end of this month in Dallas, Texas. 

Alex attracted national media attention when he decided to raise funds and build a playground for the orphanage in Krasnoyarsk, Russia where he was adopted from at the age of 11 months for his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. Through this project and over more than two years, Alex, along with the assistance of his Boy Scout Troop (Troop 809) and other volunteers, dedicated countless hours to raising over $60,000 for the purchase of the elaborate playground. In April 2009, Alex and a crew of Boy Scouts and leaders travelled to Krasnoyarsk with the playground kit and spent two weeks assembling the playground. They worked alongside Russian youth, overcoming language and cultural difference. 

Alex has been recognized for his efforts as a 2009 CNN Hero of the Week, one of 28 Heroes selected from over 9000 nominations from 100 countries. Alex is here to tell us about his Scouting experience. 

The Eagle Scout award is the highest rank a boy can attain in the BSA. Only 4% of all registered Scouts earn this coveted mark of success. A Scout must complete 21 merit badges, serve in a leadership position successfully for six months in their Scouting group, show Scout Spirit, and complete the capstone Eagle service project.  Once the requirements are met the Scout takes part in a board of review with adults from his group and the larger Scouting community.  

The Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project provides a Scout with the opportunity to demonstrate leadership of others in the completion of a significant project to benefit his school, church, or community.  Normally the service project involves over 100 hours of effort by the Scout and individuals who assist him. In 2009, total project hours of Eagle Scouts throughout the metro area was 87,972 hours. In Harford County 54 youth achieved the rank of Eagle. 

The Baltimore Area Council, BSA is initiating a number of opportunities for Eagle Scouts of all ages to renew their commitment to serve others. First among these is the “Eagle Reserve” an alumni and affiliation network of Eagle Scouts in the Baltimore area. Realizing that many Eagle Scouts are not in a place in their career or family life to be able to devote time as a unit volunteer the Eagle Reserve connects Eagle Scouts to the countless options to serve others, and perhaps help the next crop of Eagle Scouts.  All Eagles are encouraged to contact kmcclelland@baltimorebsa.org or 443-573-2540 for alumni information and updates.

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Chicago, Illinois

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Chicago, Illinois

Posted on 14 May 2010 by Dan

Take a peak around BSA Adventure Base 100 at its stop in Chicago, Illinois. 

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

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U.S., Iraqi Firefighters Help Educate Scouts on Fire Safety

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U.S., Iraqi Firefighters Help Educate Scouts on Fire Safety

Posted on 13 May 2010 by admin

In the United States, firefighters are generally held in high regard, considered heroes and protectors. In Iraq, firefighters do not have the same image as their U.S. counterparts.

Someone had to do something.

Two Soldiers assigned to the 414th Civil Affairs Battalion, U.S. Division – Center, Lt. Col. Gary Esson, the senior fire service advisor and a native of Joplin, Mo., and Spc. Michael Burris, a fire service advisor and Fayetteville, N.C., native, both with the Provincial Reconstruction Team – Baghdad, have spent nearly a year working to make life for Iraqi firefighters a little bit better.

The first step was to improve living standards inside Iraqi fire stations.

“If there was an [American Base] closing, we would contact them for any furniture that they would give up,” said Esson. “Items like desks, beds and chairs, your basic living items.”

The second step was to get the Iraqi firefighters proper recognition throughout the local community. According to Esson, Iraqi firefighters are not held in the same high regard as the police.

An opportunity for the second step came, May 2, in the form of a “Camping Day,” sponsored by the 72nd Joint Area Support Group. Visiting Iraqi Boy and Girl Scouts had the opportunity to participate in events that included fire safety.

“It gets kids excited seeing what emergency services are doing,” said Esson. “Iraqi kids are the future of the country, they are the next generation. They will grow to trust the fire department and hopefully put trust in other government services.”

The fire safety presentation was a joint effort between Soldiers assigned to the 414th CA Bn., firefighters with Kellogg, Brown and Root Inc. and Iraqi firefighters. They worked together to demonstrate various pieces of fire-fighting and safety equipment and also gave helpful tips on what to do in case of a fire.

“It is important that the public be aware of the fire department and look up to them,” said Burris. “This is the first time they took it upon themselves to show the public who they are.”

Burris has worked alongside the Iraqi firemen and said he enjoyed spending time with them and building bonds with his fellow firemen.

“They are firefighters, like the guys back home where I work. They are good people,” said Burris. “They put themselves in harms way every time they go out. If they are willing to get shot working for their people, I will do my best to get them the training and equipment they need.”

Burris and Iraqi firefighter Kareem Kasim showed a bit of teamwork while participating in a three-legged race. The pair came in first place against two other Iraqi firefighter teams. After he stopped laughing, Burris said that he’d had a funny thought.

“I was cracking up: What kind of war story is this? A three-legged race with a 50-year-old Iraqi man,” said the smiling Soldier.

Story by Sgt. Phillip Valentine of the 366th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

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Alex Lloyd Kansas City Race Report

Alex Lloyd Kansas City Race Report

Posted on 10 May 2010 by Dan

Alex Lloyd would gain valuable experience by finishing 19th in today’s Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 here at the Kansas Speedway in the Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar.

After starting 23rd for today’s race, Alex and the team would make several changes to the car on each pit stop, steadily improving the performance of the car.

“The car started off with too much understeer, but each stop we made an adjustment or two and by the end we had a really good car,” commented Lloyd. “This is our first run together as a team on an oval this year and although it was a short weekend, I think we learned a lot that will help us prepare for Indy.”

Alex showed competitive form later in the race keeping pace with several of the top ten cars and running laps over 210 miles per hour.

The weekend was cut short on Friday as persistent rain delayed the activities of the weekend. Only one practice session was available before the Boy Scouts of America Indy Car would go out for qualifying.

After a season start of four consecutive road course events, Kansas was the first time Dale Coyne Racing and Alex Lloyd have been together on an oval for a race or a test. “We treated this weekend as a test really.” Commented Dale Coyne. “It was important to learn how we all worked together and set a solid plan for the month of May in Indianapolis.”

The team now prepares for the famed Indianapolis 500 where practice starts in just two weeks 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 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.

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