Archive | July, 2010

Fort A.P. Hill Is Buzzing With Anticipation!

Posted on 26 July 2010 by admin

If scientists measure sudden bursts of energy across the nation over the next ten days, the top readings will pulse from Fort A.P. Hill, Va. More than 45,000 Boy Scouts and adult leaders are heralding the grand celebration of 100 years of Scouting in America at the opening of the Boy Scouts of America’s 2010 National Scout Jamboree.

The quadrennial festivities will evoke elation and emotion in the young and young at heart from July 26 to August 4, as Scouts from all 50 states and 26 nations gather to experience the rush of Scouting’s most exciting activities. Triumphant young men will raise victorious fists after conquering a 40-foot vertical wall or scoring their first bull’s-eye after learning from some of the most well-known instructors in the country. In the cool mornings, those same guys will lounge by the lake with their fishing poles, eagerly awaiting the day—and the first nibble on their line.

“’Fun’ is the watchword of the jamboree,” said Robert J. Mazzuca, the BSA’s Chief Scout Executive. “This week is all about the boys.”

And “fun” will take many faces at the event. Scouts will have free rein to pick the brains of the amazing minds behind space exploration, cell phone photography, and flight simulation—and then to experience it all firsthand! They’ll interact with many of their sports and entertainment heroes, and cultivate seeds of greatness as they meet some of America’s most inspiring people.

Traditional Scouting will come to the forefront at venues like the Merit Badge Midway, which features a carnival of specialized experiences Scouts can get nowhere else. Scouts will throng to The Mysterium Compass, a live-action adventure combining elements of video gaming with theme park-style immersion, actors, and theatrical settings sponsored by the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s national honor society. The OA also will immerse Scouts in an air of tradition and American Indian lore with authentic dance performances at the American Indian Village.

“The National Scout Jamboree is a mountaintop experience for any Scout,” Mazzuca said. “But this jamboree during our 100th Anniversary is truly more than anyone could have imagined.”

Two arena shows are planned for the event, but “show” is a bit of a misnomer. Scouts will be buzzing all day about the opening show on Wednesday, July 28, which traditionally features an inspirational address by a well-known role model. The closing show on Saturday, July 31, will give every Scout in America the chance to be a part of history as the festivities from the arena are webcast around the world. More than a few tears are expected as youth and adults alike renew their spirits and commitments to the Scouting movement.“

In the midst of all the action, all the unbelievable activities, there will be this moment of awe where Scouts will realize that the program they love so much also means so much to America,” Mazzuca said. “And those are only a few of the memories they will take home and treasure for a lifetime.” 

About the National Scout Jamboree
Since 1937, the National Scout Jamboree has provided unforgettable experiences for more than 650,000 Scouts and adult leaders. More than 2.8 million young people between the ages of 7 and 20 are members of the Boy Scouts of America. More information on the 2010 National Scout Jamboree is available at www.bsajamboree.org.

Source: BSA Press Release

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Scouting Wants You to Dig Out Your Old Photos

Scouting Wants You to Dig Out Your Old Photos

Posted on 26 July 2010 by admin

It’s time to call mom and ask her to dig through the old shoebox of Scouting photos. Why? So you can scan a few, and upload them to the new BSA Alumni Connection digital scrapbook (http://bsascrapbook.scouting.org/).

The scrapbook allows all registered alumni to upload their favorite Scouting photos and share stories. Then, scroll through the years to see what others have posted.

Alumni registration is open to everyone, from former Scouts to all those who feel their lives have been positively impacted by Scouting. Simply go to http://www.bsaalumni.org/, and click “sign-up”. It’s that easy!

The BSA is investing in our past to impact our future. The primary goal of our alumni outreach efforts to inspire the people whose lives have been shaped by Scouting to stay involved and help us strengthen our organization for the next generation of Scouts. Tools like this new scrapbook help us do that by providing alumni with a way to feel increasingly connected with Scouting, and each other.

For more information about the BSA Alumni Connection program, check out our complete toolkit on the YourSource Planning Materials page (www.Scouting.org/100years). It includes promotional materials to engage alumni both on- and offline. They range from Internet banner ads and icons you can place on your website to more traditional promotions like posters, business cards, PowerPoint presentations, window clings, and more.

Our alumni are our greatest untapped resource, and they could play an invaluable role in the next century of Scouting. We cannot afford to leave them in the past.

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Camp Scholarships Presented to President and First Lady as part of the Boy Scouts’ Centennial

Camp Scholarships Presented to President and First Lady as part of the Boy Scouts’ Centennial

Posted on 16 July 2010 by admin

Youth representatives and executive leadership from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) met with President Barack Obama at the White House to deliver the organization’s annual Report to the Nation. A delegation presented the official BSA Report to the Nation to members of Congress in March. The report highlights BSA achievements during the past year, including progress on Scouting programs that address national service, conservation, healthy living, and community involvement. 

During the meeting, the BSA delegation and President Obama discussed top-line priorities for the youth organization to address in its next century, including initiatives for healthy living, service to the community, and environmental stewardship. 

President Obama shares many of the same priorities and has introduced several programs that deal directly with these issues, including the recently announced America’s Great Outdoors initiative, Let’s Move! initiative, and the United We Serve program. Also, as the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama serves as the Honorary President of the BSA and helps recognize the achievements of more than 50,000 Eagle Scouts each year by signing their Eagle Scout cards. 

“Health, community service, and preserving our environment are priorities for all Americans,” said Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. “Our first 100 years in Scouting taught us the importance of these issues to America’s youth; our next century of Scouting will focus on creating programs to expand our efforts in these areas.” 

To further demonstrate the commitment to these top priorities and in recognition of the organization’s centennial, the BSA youth delegation formally presented 100th Anniversary camp scholarships in honor of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. These scholarships will be provided to area councils in each of the Obamas’ respective hometowns, enabling youth from Honolulu and Chicago to attend a summer camp, where they will be able to participate in outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and sports. 

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

Source: BSA Press Release

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Baltimore Area Council Installs New Chairman of the Board

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Baltimore Area Council Installs New Chairman of the Board

Posted on 03 July 2010 by admin

The Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (BAC) held their annual meeting in June at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House. The Council elected Members-At-Large, Advisory Council members, Executive Board members and Honorary members. In addition, the BAC elected officers. The new Chairman of the Board is Barry Williams, Director, Baltimore County Office of Workforce Development. Six new members were also elected to serve on the Executive Board: Michael Poray, Constellation Energy Commodities Group; John Jeppi, Johns Hopkins Institutions; Steve Edwards, Edwards Project Solutions; Terri Harrington, MacKenzie Commercial; Joyce Uhlrich, Leg Mason Technology Services; and Michael Pedone, Venable.

Mr. Williams honored outgoing Chairman of the Board, Barry Gossett, for his three terms as Chairman and for his “thoughtful leadership and profound generosity to the Council.” The BAC announced their intention to establish the Barry Gossett Eagle Scout Scholarship Program in the University of Maryland system. An Eagle Scout, attending a college or university in the University of Maryland system, will be chosen annually to receive this award. The scholarship will be established through a gift of $25,000 and will grow through further contributions from donors. The first scholarship is expected to be awarded in time for the fall 2012 semester.

 As the Boy Scouts of America celebrates its 100th Anniversary the BAC took time to recognize its Scouting veterans. Eleven people were recognized as having greater than 50 years of involvement with Scouting over their lifetime. In addition, the BAC recognized chartered partners who have delivered Scouting to youth locally for more than 50 years. Without the involvement of these dedicated persons the BAC would not be able to deliver Scouting programs to the youth of Central Maryland.

BSA’s mission is straightforward and just as true and relevant now as it was then: to serve others by aiding youth to achieve their full potential. Whether collecting food for the less fortunate or developing self-confidence whether it’s camping in adverse conditions, providing Leadership to their peers, Scouts are preparing for their future. Scouting spans 18 years of a juvenile, adolescent and young adult life. Scouting will continue to thrive, and deliver its promise; turning young people into extraordinary adults. 

For more information go to www.BaltimoreBSA.org or contact Sonya Greene 443-573-2539.

Source: Baltimore Area Council Press Release

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President Obama’s Relationship with the BSA

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President Obama’s Relationship with the BSA

Posted on 02 July 2010 by Dan

The National Boy Scouts of America has issued a statement about President Barack Obama and his relationship with Scouting.  I can only assume it is in response to a series of columns by Chuck Norris titled Whitehouse vs. Boy Scouts (part 1 and part 2).

Here is the official communication from National sent to Councils:

There appears to be some confusion as to President Barack Obama’s relationship with Scouting. To ensure that each of you has factual information if this issue comes up, please review the following statements that will assist you with questions.
  1. President Obama is the honorary president of the Boy Scouts of America. He accepted this honor soon after his inauguration last year and we appreciate his desire to serve in that position.
  2. President Obama’s signature is on the Eagle Scout pocket card and Eagle Scout wall certificate. As with any change in the administration at the White House, there is lag time between when the new president takes office and the processing and licensing of his electronic signature for our documents.
  3. The President of the United States signature has never appeared on any of the lifesaving awards.
  4. Although he was unable to attend the 100th Anniversary Gala in Washington, D.C., in February, he did send a very nice letter to congratulate the BSA on its centennial. That letter can be viewed at http://ww2.scouting.org/100years/100years/sitefiles/1000/Celebrating100Years/Presidential_Letter.pdf
The Boy Scouts of America has always respected the office of President of the United States and will, as always, respect the holder of the office.   Jim Wilson, Director, Communication Services

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Bear Attacks Goat at Philmont, Gets Punched

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Bear Attacks Goat at Philmont, Gets Punched

Posted on 01 July 2010 by Dan

A Philmont Staff Member saves a goat by punching a bear in the face…

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