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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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