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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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