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Re-enlistment at National Scout Jamboree

Re-enlistment at National Scout Jamboree

Posted on 31 July 2010 by admin

U.S. Navy Petty Officer Derrick R. Hurt, Joint Task Force-National Scout Jamboree team leader and emergency preparedness badge instructor, was re-enlisted by Air Force Brig. Gen Robert C. Nolan II, commander, JTF-NSJ on July 30.

On a hot, humid day at the Eagle Scout Alumni Arena, National Scout Jamboree held on Ft. A. P. Hill, Va., an unusual event occurred. Petty Officer 1st Class Derrick Ray Hurt, also known as Eagle Scout Derrick Hurt, was re-enlisted by Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert C. Nolan II, commander, Joint Task Force-National Scout Jamboree.

“I am a Navy corpsman wearing a Marine uniform, re-enlisting on an Army fort by an Air Force general,” said Hurt, describing the event. “You will never be able to cover all those bases again.”

Nolan described Hurt as a Corpsman that always ran into harms way when the call came for medical help while deployed in Iraq; supporting the Marines and other forces.

Hurt is here supporting the JTF-NSJ as the team lead for Emergency Preparedness at the Jamboree’s Merit Badge Midway.

“This is a great opportunity to mesh my two passions in life, Boy Scouts and the military,” said Hurt.

Hurt credits the scouts for giving him the foundation as a leader, and the knowledge to excel as a Navy corpsman.

After his re-enlistment, Hurt was presented with a complimentary lifetime membership to the Eagle Scout Alumni Association.

Story and Photo By: Staff Sgt. Wynnfred Hoke

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Guard’s NASCAR Drivers Meet Scouts at Jamboree

Guard’s NASCAR Drivers Meet Scouts at Jamboree

Posted on 30 July 2010 by admin

A Boy Scout ties a split to the arm of Jeff Gordon, driver of the National Guard's No. 24 NASCAR, during the 2010 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., July 29.

With little urging by Sgt. Ken Weichert, thousands of Boy Scouts from around the country cheered as NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Jeff Gordon walked onto the stage here at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree July 29.

“It’s awesome to be a part of this and an honor to be here … as we represent the men and women of the National Guard every week out there on the race track,” said Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 National Guard-sponsored NASCAR racecar. “To get to see what you have been doing here the last few days, and the excitement you guys have, it’s incredible.”

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., told the Scouts that he had no idea what to expect at the jamboree. “I went on YouTube to figure out what we were getting in to, and this is pretty cool what you are doing.

“We appreciate you guys welcoming us like this and we hope you have fun today while we’re here,” said the driver of the No. 88 National Guard-sponsored NASCAR racecar.

After answering a few questions that were previously submitted by some of the Scouts, Gordon and Earnhardt participated in a head-to-head competition on stage with members of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s national honor society.

The competition between Team Gordon and Team Earnhardt required the Scouts to use their first aid training, as they had to splint the leg, sling the arm and treat the burn of the driver of their respective teams.

After a lightning round, Team Gordon took home the prize, but in the end, everyone was a winner, and they each received a small trophy and a group photo with the drivers.

In addition to the NASCAR superstars, the National Guard featured American Motorcyclists Association superbike driver Jason Zemke and several World Wrestling Entertainment personalities, including Sgt. Slaughter.

“The kids are really enjoying seeing the military here, and there is a lot of buzz in the air because of that,” said Staff Sgt. Ryan Brubaker, a Montana National Guard member, who was the master of ceremonies for the Guard activities.

More than 44,000 were here to celebrate the 100th year of Scouting, and about 600 National Guardsmen from 15 states supported the jamboree.

“To be a part of this organization and have the opportunity to come out and support the Boy Scouts like this is a great privilege,” said Brubaker. “Seeing them have so much fun has motivated myself to have fun as well.”

Story and Photo By: Sgt. Darron Salzer

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Army Guard Helicopters and Air Force Parachutists Take Jamboree to the Skies

Army Guard Helicopters and Air Force Parachutists Take Jamboree to the Skies

Posted on 29 July 2010 by admin

A member of the Golden Knights, the United States Army's parachute demonstration team, supports the Joint Task Force-National Scout Jamboree by dropping into the Boy Scouts of America 2010 National Scout Jamboree

The vast, wooded forests and rolling, green hills of Fort A.P. Hill, Va., have provided a rich, natural environment for each Boy Scouts of America’s National Jamboree since 1981. Thousands of scouts from across the country partake in the opportunity to hike the scenic trails, spot the varieties of wildlife and appreciate the ecological wonders of the area.

But as the scouts enjoyed the events on the campgrounds, there were plenty of activities taking place in the skies above them. Between lessons to earn merit badges and trade patches with new friends, scouts often looked up to see U.S. Army National Guard Black Hawk UH-60 helicopters careen through the air. And behind the aircraft, a trail of two or three parachutists floated downward almost right near where the scouts were standing, something to make their time there even more special.

The West Virginia West Army National Guard helicopters from West Virginia partnered with other military service branches and civilian organizations throughout the 2010 National Scout Jamboree here at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., July 26-August 4. The units’ performances are scheduled and coordinated by the Joint Task Force-Aviation Task Force in support of the Jamboree and the 100th Anniversary of scouting.

The guard helicopters are not only utilized for air shows and parachute jumps, but for emergency contingencies like using “Bambi buckets” to collect water to extinguish potential forest fires. The Guard conducted a simulated exercise by collecting and dumping water at Thunder Lake on Fort A.P. Hill July 23.

“All the aviation assets you’ll see for this operation are Army National Guard helicopters,” said U.S. Army National Guard Lt. Col. John Till, Aviation Task Force commander. “It’s definitely a joint exercise with civilian emergency services, the fire department, Air Force air traffic controllers on the ground, and the Army in the air.”

For the Jamboree itself, Guard helicopters took members of the “Wings of Blue” parachute team from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo., through several high- and low-altitude jumps over the Jamboree campgrounds.

“We’re glad the military could help out with the Joint Task Force help out on the Jamboree,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Scott Drinkard, U.S. Air Force Academy “Wings of Blue” parachute team.

Drinkard and fellow parachutists participated in dozens of jumps throughout the week, some at heights between 4,500 and 9,000 feet. Some jumpers even utilized elaborate smoke streamers or carried military service and prisoner-of-war flags as they descended closer to the campgrounds, especially during one of the Jamboree’s arena shows.

While the appearance of the aircraft and jumpers may add extra flair for Jamboree spectators, West Virginia U.S. Army Guard Chief Warrant Officer James Wildman, Black Hawk pilot, said working with other service branches made the trip more unique for him and his team.

And according to U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Jesse Galt, a parachutist with “Wings of Blue” and former Eagle Scout, the chance to jump from a helicopter to the Jamboree fairgrounds also had special significance.

“Three years ago, I was a boy scout and now I’m jumping into air shows all over the country and the world,” Galt said.

“This joint task force has been a very professional organization that’s run very well,” Wildman said. “And it’s a pleasure to be here and support the jamboree, too.”

Joint Task Force-National Scout Jamboree plans and executes all Department of Defense operations and activities in support of the Boy Scouts of America at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A. P. Hill.

The JTF’s goal is to provide professional military support and a safe and secure environment for Scouts and visitors during the event.

The Department of Defense’s presence and effort at the NSJ emphasizes the commitment to the nation’s youth.

Story By: Airman 1st Class Joe Mcfadden
Photo By: Spc. Alisha Hauk

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Military Assists Pioneering Merit Badge at Jamboree

Military Assists Pioneering Merit Badge at Jamboree

Posted on 29 July 2010 by admin

Soldiers out of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., with the Joint Task Force-National Scout Jamboree man the pioneering merit badge booth and assist boy scouts with the tasks necessary to earn the badge at the Boy Scouts of America 2010 National Boy Scout Jamboree held at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., July 26 through Aug. 4.

Military service members from all five branches of the United States military and Department of Defense employees alike are some of the thousands who swarmed to Fort A.P. Hill, Va., as part of Joint Task Force National Scout Jamboree for the Boy Scouts of America 2010 National Scout Jamboree.

The JTF supports the Jamboree in a variety of ways — from providing jamboree security and medical assistance to setting up, and manning, merit badge booths.

“It was actually sponsored by the engineer school at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., for us to come out here and work a few merit badges,” said Mark Dean, a Department of Defense videographer and producer from Fort Leonard Wood and an Eagle Scout, working at the pioneering merit badge booth. “Engineers typically provide the support for the pioneering merit badge and the drafting merit badge.”

There are quite a few tasks scouts must master in order to earn their pioneering merit badge, Dean explained, including how to make a rope from different materials, knot tying, lashing things together, block and tackle methods and erecting a double-A tressel bridge.

“The military still uses certain types of hasty bridges for really quick work,” Dean said. “That’s one reason why the engineers are supporting this. It’s actually an Army skill.”

The last task necessary to earn a pioneering merit badge is for the scouts to cross their own bridge, Dean said.

“They’re building their own confidence,” he explained. “They have to do their knots right to be able to support their own weight.”

On top of the excitement generated by the military services working together with boy scouts, the jamboree also provides the Department of Defense with a chance to provide service members and civilians with valuable training.

“The Army uses this as a training exercise for the Soldiers and even us civilians,” Dean said. “We learn a lot. It’s a huge, logistical exercise for the Department of Defense.”

On a whole, said Dean, this is a good experience for everyone involved.

“I can see how this is very valuable to both the military and the scouts,” he said. “Both sides benefit and work together really well.”

Story and Photo By: Spc. Alisha Hauk

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Eagle Scouts Soar in Utah Intelligence Battalion

Eagle Scouts Soar in Utah Intelligence Battalion

Posted on 29 July 2010 by admin

A total of 83 Soldiers from the Utah National Guard's 141st Military Intelligence Battalion have earned the distinction of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America.

The Utah National Guard’s 141st Military Intelligence Battalion will deploy to Iraq in a few weeks with a total 83 Soldiers, who have earned their Eagle Scout award from the Boy Scouts of America.

“It’s easy being a battalion commander of Eagle Scouts, because you don’t have to worry about them,” said Lt. Col. Matt Price, the battalion commander and a scout leader for his sons, including three Eagle Scouts. “They have high values, because they have been taught that as young men. You can trust them.”

The 286-member unit is currently in field training at their pre-mobilization site, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

During a recent meeting with civilian employers, Price asked all the Eagle Scouts in the room to stand. Almost half of his unit stood up, he said.

So, during the next battalion formation, the Eagle Scouts were asked to stay behind for a group photo. That is when they counted off as 83 Eagle Scouts representing all ranks and many military occupational specialties.

The unit’s command sergeant major, Michael Lofland, is also a scout master.

“We feel like the scout program,” Price said. “To me the scout law is similar to Army values.”

Price said he believes Robert Baden Powell, the founder of Boy Scouts, would be proud of his creation. “We’re celebrating 100 years of Boy Scouting this year, and if he could look back and see what is going on he would be quite happy.”

In Iraq, the battalion will conduct human intelligence missions with Iraqi security forces. “We will be directly training and advising them how to do force protection,” he said.

Price said he appreciates the uniqueness of his citizen Soldiers. They are older and college educated with more real world experience as teachers and police officers.

“I am bringing a group of community leaders with me to Iraq,” he said.

Price said his Eagle Scouts also bring additional skills to the Guard. “The Boy Scout program itself teaches young men to be men,” he said. “You teach them values. The scout law … You are teaching them survivability skills. They are used to camping and used to roughing it.”

Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than two million young men, according to published reports. The title is held for life.

Between the ages of 12 and 18, a Scout will work to achieve this accomplishment by earning 12 required merit badges and nine elective merit badges.

He must also demonstrate “Scout Spirit” through the Boy Scout oath and law, service and leadership, which includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads and manages.

Earning the Eagle Scout’s badge was “the only thing I had done in my life that led me to think that I could make a difference; that I could be a leader,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told an estimated crowd of 45,000 gathered on 12,000 acres on Fort A.P. Hill, Va., as part of the annual National Scout Jamboree yesterday.

“It was the first thing I had done that told me I might be different, because I had worked harder, was more determined, more goal-oriented, more persistent than most others,” said Gates, who is also an Eagle Scout.

Price said the key to scouting is service to others.

“To be able to protect yourself and your family but also look outwards and help others,” he said. “These are different kinds of Soldiers. They look beyond themselves. We are bringing a higher quality of citizen-Soldier with us, who is looking for ways to help other people.”

Story By: Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke
Photo By: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Scott Faddis

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Public Health a Top Priority of Joint Task Force at Jamboree

Public Health a Top Priority of Joint Task Force at Jamboree

Posted on 29 July 2010 by admin

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Guy C. Swan III, commanding general of United States Army North, speaking with emergency services members from Joint Task Force - National Scout Jamboree at Wilcox Camp July 28.

Anyone who has ever hiked through the trails of Fort A.P. Hill, Va., may have come across the ominous “Warning: Tick Habitat” signs posted throughout the woods.

Or perhaps they’ve even seen the black, red, yellow or green flags flown throughout the post that correspond with the heat index as the temperatures slowly climb toward triple digits in the Virginia summer.

And maybe they’ve noticed the multitude of reminders posted around that remind people about the importance of hydration as well as water preservation, especially as so many people gathered here are reliant on the same water source.

In order to keep Scouts, Scout leaders and visitors abreast of the various factors of camping outdoors, Joint Task Force National Scout Jamboree’s Public Health Task Force worked with post and civilian officials to ensure the public’s safety and general health during the 2010 National Scout Jamboree here, July 26-August 4.

The task force has been assigned to handle public health matters such as potable water availability, insect control, protection from slips-trips-falls, electrical hazards, heat-stress related issues and any other relevant health and safety topics that may come up during the Jamboree.

“All the groundwork and preparation that’s gone into this between all the military forces and civilians to make sure that this is a safe and healthy environment before they get here has been remarkable,” said U.S. Army Reserve 1st Lt. Kimberly Moore, 2nd Medical Brigade preventive medicine officer, with JTF-NSJ. “It’s neat to see the Boy Scouts and how excited they are to be here. And, as Armed Forces, we’re excited to protect people and make sure they’re safe.”

Moore and other public health personnel work behind the scenes to administer water sanitation, conduct food inspections at the post dining facilities and assist assets who go out on tick drags—the process of examining ticks for potential carrying any diseases.

Public health teams take temperature condition readings every hour and make recommendations through the use of the color-coded flags.

The teams also test the pH levels of the drinking water and ensure there is enough water available around the campgrounds.

“We’re constantly making sure people are staying hydrated and getting proper rest in the shade so they’re not standing in the heat for extended periods of time because of the potential heat-stress issues that may occur out there,” said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. James Speckhart, a safety and environmental health officer with JTF-NSJ.

The Jamboree became a place for the task force members to not only protect the public, but make good memories. .

“I’m also glad to be here as a service member and as former Eagle Scout,” Speckhart said. “I’ll have plenty of patches to pass out to friends of mine who couldn’t make it.”

Story By: Airman 1st Class Joe Mcfadden
Photo By: U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Richard Ricciardi

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Guard Supports National Boy Scout Jamboree

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Guard Supports National Boy Scout Jamboree

Posted on 28 July 2010 by admin

U.S. Army Drill Sgt. Carico Leak, Joint Task Force National Scout Jamboree, motivates a scout while performing push-ups at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree

More than 600 Army National Guard members from 15 states will support this year’s national Boy Scout Jamboree, which will celebrate 100 years of scouting in the United States, at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.

The annual event will also include several special guests with ties to the National Guard, including NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Jeff Gordon, AMA Super Bike rider Jake Zemke, Indy Car driver Dan Wheldon and several FLW professional fisherman and World Wrestling Entertainment personalities.

“All will be interacting with scouts and representing what the National Guard is all about,” said 1st Lt. Benjamin J. Bullington, a program manager for the Army Guard’s recruiting office.

Four states, including Alabama, North Carolina, New York and Tennessee, will provide military police for security missions, while infantry troops from the New Jersey and Mississippi Guard will operate as a Quick Reaction Force during the event, which began July 26.

“We think it is going to be an interesting mission to do, considering the Boy Scouts have the same values as the military,” said 2nd Lt. Stephen Groene, the officer in charge of New York’s 206th and 107th Military Police Companies. “We are looking forward to going down there.”

Although Groene finished his Boy Scouting career as an Eagle Scout, he never attended a Jamboree as a boy. He said he looks forward to seeing what he missed.

Aviation units from Kansas, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia will provide two UH60 Blackhawks each for various aviation missions during the two-week event. Arkansas will send an additional air crew, while North Dakota and Georgia plan to send an aviation battalion headquarters section.

The only Guard medical personnel will come from Alabama’s medical battalion headquarters. Three air ambulance aircraft from Maryland Guard will also join the mission.

On the ceremonial side, two bands from Virginia and Rhode Island will support the festivities and an artillery battery from the Virginia Guard will provide the cannon salute.

More than 44,000 Boy Scouts will visit various service exhibits that will be based in the Armed Forces Adventure Area during the jamboree. “The AFAA is an area allocated to all services in order to provide a venue for them to showcase what their branch does and what they are all about,” said Bullington.

The Army Guard’s Mobile Event Team assets will be on display in this area, including the NASCAR, Indy car, AMA Motorcycle and Bass Fishing Ranger Boat.

“These displays will be static and provide Scouts and visitors an up-close experience with the National Guard’s national racing programs,” Bullington said.

The Army Guard will also set up an air-conditioned theater tent, where a video will be show that “showcases the continuity of ideals and beliefs held by both organizations,” Bullington said. “There will be a dedicated master of ceremonies in the tent as well greeting and interacting with the scouts, providing an enthusiastic and motivated face for the National Guard.”

Promotional items available to the scouts will include a special edition GX Magazine made specifically for the Centennial Jamboree celebration, a commemorative t-shirt and a sew-on patch.

“The promotional items inform Scouts about the Guard and how scouting is very similar to what the Guard does in our communities,” Bullington said. “They also provide a keepsake for the scouts to hold onto for years to come.”

The Army Guard will showcase the patches that the Boy Scouts traded with them in 2005, the last time the Guard attended the Boy Scout Jamboree.

“These patches, at the time, were posted on a wall that now contains highly sought after commemorative patches from that year’s jamboree,” Bullington said. “This year, the Guard has constructed a bigger wall that we will again post patches that the Boy Scouts give us.

“We look for this to be a hot focal point for scouts at the Armed Forces Adventure Area.”

Story by: Lt. Col. Ellen Krnke, National Guard Bureau
Photo By: Airman 1st Class Paul Labbe

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Fort A.P. Hill Selects AtHoc IWSAlerts Network-Centric Mass Notification System for Force Protection, Public Safety and Personnel Accountability


Fort A.P. Hill Selects AtHoc IWSAlerts Network-Centric Mass Notification System for Force Protection, Public Safety and Personnel Accountability

Posted on 28 July 2010 by admin

AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency mass notification systems, today announced that Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia will deploy its award-winning AtHoc IWSAlerts™ system to help alert personnel in an emergency such as extreme weather or man-made threat.
The AtHoc solution will help to leverage existing IP and telephony network services and will employ a centralized, Web-based architecture to deliver fast, reliable and secure emergency notifications to all personnel through multiple communications channels. These include alerts through the telephone, with text messaging, and with intrusive audio/visual pop-up alerts to personnel connected to the IP network via desktop, laptop and any other networked device.

The deployment of AtHoc IWSAlerts mass notification system will have a significant positive impact on the safety of both civilians and military personnel at Fort A.P. Hill. The fort has hosted the Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree every four years since 1981 and is hosting the 100th Anniversary of Scouting Jamboree this year. During this event, AtHoc IWSAlerts will be used to support the safety of approximately 45,000 Boy Scouts and leaders and 270,000-plus visitors, who are expected to attend the event this year.

“Our staff looks forward to using this system under the demand of the National Scout Jamboree to test its effectiveness for the garrison to manage emergency situations and improve our security posture,” said Lt. Col. Jack Haefner, Fort A.P. Hill garrison commander. “This results in our enhanced ability to communicate with garrison and tenant agencies regarding issues that affect our ability to execute our primary mission—to provide the best training and support anywhere.”
Alert responses from recipients will be captured and reported to emergency managers in real time to provide an enterprise personnel accountability picture of the safety and status of all personnel. 

“AtHoc network-centric emergency notification enables the U.S. Army at Fort A.P. Hill to support its IMCOM (Installation Management Command) emergency mass notification initiatives with a pervasive system to communicate fast and efficiently to its communities,” stated (Ret.) Army Col. David Brown, director of Army operations for AtHoc. “AtHoc is helping to provide a safe and secure environment at Fort A.P. Hill, using the power and reach of computer networks and the Internet to deliver emergency alerting capabilities. With tens of thousands of Boy Scouts converging on the fort this month, AtHoc IWSAlerts will be used to help the fort immediately respond to any threats.”

AtHoc is the No. 1 provider of network-centric mass notification systems to the U.S. military and is currently deployed at 185 installations, protecting more than 1.5 million personnel worldwide. AtHoc specializes in enterprise deployments supporting entire geographically dispersed organizations – major commands, regions and services – from a private cloud application, hosted at internal Department of Defense data centers.

Fort A.P. Hill, a Regional Training Center located in Virginia, provides realistic joint and combined arms training support to America’s defense forces with nearly 76,000 acres, including a 27,000-acre live fire complex. It is the sixth largest military installation on the East Coast and is used year-round for military training of both active and reserve troops of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, as well as other government agencies. These include the Departments of State and Interior; U.S. Customs Service; and federal, state and local security and law enforcement agencies.

About AtHoc
AtHoc is the pioneer and recognized leader in providing network-centric emergency mass notification systems to military, homeland security, government and commercial organizations. AtHoc’s products are used for physical security, force protection, personnel accountability, recall and regulatory compliance. Millions of end-users worldwide, in organizations such as the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, NASA, UCLA, Microsoft, Boeing and Raytheon rely on AtHoc’s unified notification systems for their emergency alerting and critical communication needs. AtHoc has partnered with market leaders including Microsoft, Cisco, Dell, Harris, Siemens, Northrop Grumman, MIR3, Lockheed Martin and others to bring these notification solutions to the public and commercial markets.
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Boys Life, Yomega, and BSA Seek To Break Yo-Yo Guinness Record

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Boys Life, Yomega, and BSA Seek To Break Yo-Yo Guinness Record

Posted on 26 July 2010 by admin

Yo-Yo til’ you drop! On Thursday, July 29th, 5,000 of the more than 37,000 Scouts attending the 2010 National Boy Scouts of America Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, will attempt to break the long standing Guinness World Record™ for most people yo-yoing simultaneously. Published by the BSA, Boys’ Life Magazine is responsible for coordinating the event, in conjunction with Yomega.

All of our Scouts who help break the record will receive their own custom made Yomega yo-yo, and receive fun demonstrations from world famous yo-yo personality, Ooch (Brett Outchcunis)!

In order to ensure that the record is broken, Guinness World Records TM has administered several guidelines to be met. Included are video footage, a notary, a witness, and also a click-to-count system. The previous record held is 662 people.

About Boys’ Life
Boys’ Life is the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America, and will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011. Reaching almost 9 million readers, the magazine is both entertaining and educational, serving the active lifestyle of its audience while fulfilling the vision of the Boy Scouts of America. For more information, visit,

About Yomega
Yomega Corp. is a family owned, leading manufacturer of high performance yo-yos and playground toys. Distributed in over 35 countries, Yomega products are sold primarily to independent toy stores, sporting good chains, and mass market retailers. Based in Fall River, Massachusetts, the company’s mission is to reinvent traditional toys into high performance toys with extended play value. Its goal is to promote fun and encourage kids to explore a “better way to play”. For more information about Yomega, please visit

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Boys’ Life Magazine Hosts World-Renowned Authors

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Boys’ Life Magazine Hosts World-Renowned Authors

Posted on 26 July 2010 by admin

Boys’ Life magazine, the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America, is hosting world-renowned authors Christopher Paolini, (Eragon, Inheritance Cyle Book Series), James Patterson (Daniel X and Maximum Ride Book Series) and Michael Scott (The Alchemist, Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series), at the 100th Anniversary National Scout Jamboree, to be held in Caroline County Virginia, from July 26th- August 4, 2010. The authors will speak at several stage shows on the 12,000 acre Fort A.P. Hill Jamboree site and will meet many of the 37,000 Scouts, ages 12-17, who are attending the 10- day event. Sponsors of the authors’ appearances include Boys’ Life, Hachette Little Brown Books and Random House Publishing, who will provide free copies of the author’s books for several hundred Scouts on July 27th, 28th and 30th. The Scouts will have a chance to have their new books signed and many will receive custom-made patches, chapter samplers and other fun giveaways!

Boys’ Life is the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America and is one of the most beloved magazines in the U.S. It has influenced millions of young boys and girls, ages 6-17, since it was first published and it will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2011. Reaching almost 9 million readers in each issue, Boys’ Life is both entertaining and educational, serving the active lifestyle of it audience, while fulfilling the vision of the Boy Scouts of America to develop good character and leadership qualities. For more information, visit

About The Authors
Michael Scott is the author of the New York Times bestselling and internationally known series, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, which introduces readers to legendary historical and mythological figures—weaving history, mystery, and magic together seamlessly. The first book in the series, THE ALCHEMYST, will be featured at the Jamboree. Michael Scott is one of Ireland’s most highly regarded and prolific authors, and an authority on mythology and folklore.

Christopher Paolini is the author of the phenomenally bestselling Inheritance cycle, whose books include Eragon (2003), Eldest (2005), and Brisingr (2008). Paolini began writing Eragon when he was just 15, and Paolini’s family self-published the novel. Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers acquired the series and published Eragon in hardcover in 2003, when Paolini was just nineteen years old. It quickly went from self-publishing obscurity to worldwide publishing phenomenon. The Inheritance cycle has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. There are 50 foreign-language licenses for the series.

James Patterson is the author of the highly praised Maximum Ride novels, the Daniel X series, Witch & Wizard, and the bestselling detective series featuring Alex Cross and the Women’s Murder Club. His books have sold more than 180 million copies worldwide. In total, his Maximum Ride, Daniel X, and Witch & Wizard series for younger readers have spent more than 200 weeks on national bestseller lists, and all three series are in Hollywood development. His lifelong passion for books and reading led James Patterson to launch the website to give adults an easy way to locate the very best books for kids. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

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