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National Cold Weather Camping Headquarters – Northern Tier is open for reservations.

National Cold Weather Camping Headquarters – Northern Tier is open for reservations.

Posted on 25 August 2010 by admin

Experience the beauty of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in the winter. A silent snow covered landscape, with no bugs or people around you.

 At OKPIK you can:
–  Cross country ski and snowshoe in the back country.
–  Camp comfortably in below zero temperatures.
–  Experience the Introduction to Dog Sledding program offered to Scouts and Venturers attending OKPIK.
–  Do Musher Camp and Dog Sled Treks (our more extensive dog sled programs) with your older youth.
 
Also Webelos with their adult partner can participate in most winter activities but get to “camp” indoors. 
 
Council’s should also consider sending staff or volunteers to the OKPIK: Cold Weather Leader Training, January 4 – 9, 2011. This is the perfect training for your Council to learn how to put on Local Council Cold Weather Camping events safely from the experts.
 
 Reservations can be made during business hours 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Visit www.ntier.org to obtain a reservation form, view an OKPIK video, check the OKPIK availability chart, and learn more information about the summer, autumn, and winter programs we have to offer.

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The Buzz Talks about the New Robotics Merit Badge

The Buzz Talks about the New Robotics Merit Badge

Posted on 19 August 2010 by admin

The Buzz is on location at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree to talk about one of the newest merit badges: Robotics!

Featuring: Marianne Elden from Internal Communications and Brad Lauer with VEX Robotics.

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The Buzz Talks About the New Be A Scout Recruitment Program

The Buzz Talks About the New Be A Scout Recruitment Program

Posted on 10 August 2010 by admin

The Buzz is on location at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree to talk about the new “BeAScout” recruitment program.

http://www.beascout.org

Featuring: Marianne Elden from Internal Communications and Marty Walsh from Membership Impact.

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BSA Appoints National Youth Protection Director

BSA Appoints National Youth Protection Director

Posted on 04 August 2010 by Dan

The Boy Scouts of America announced today that, as part of its commitment to youth protection, it has created the new full-time position of Youth Protection director. Michael “Mike” Johnson, an internationally recognized expert on child abuse detection and prevention, has joined the BSA as Youth Protection director effective July 24, 2010. Johnson will report to Assistant Chief Scout Executive Jim Terry.

“Protection of our youth is at the very heart of Scouting and our most essential goal,” said Chief Scout Executive Robert Mazzuca. “The Boy Scouts has long sought continuing improvement in our Youth Protection program in order to provide the safest possible environment for our young people. We are confident that Mike, working in close coordination with other experts in law enforcement, psychiatry and other disciplines, will build upon existing policies to further enhance Scouting’s educational and training programs and continue to improve our existing policies and procedures.”

“Throughout its history, the Boy Scouts of America has been at the forefront of youth protection,” Johnson stated. “I believe in the organization’s commitment to youth protection, I am encouraged by the continued progress the Scouts have made, and I will do everything in my power to ensure that Scouting is as safe as possible for all of our members.”

Johnson has conducted hundreds of trainings for law enforcement and child services professionals worldwide. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Johnson most recently served in the juvenile division of the Plano (Texas) Police Department. He joined the department in September 1982 and began working in the criminal investigations division devoted to investigating child abuse cases in 1986. He is a founding member of the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center, and in 1996 he was named the center’s Child Advocate of the Year. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in psychology from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

Johnson has served on the National Board of Directors for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and was president of the APSAC Texas State Chapter. He has served on numerous other national boards and task forces, including the National Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, the Law Enforcement Subcommittee for several of APSAC’s national colloquiums, and the working group for the establishment of the National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth. And, he has been instrumental in helping shape state laws to protect children from child abuse. 

About The Boy Scouts of America
Serving nearly 2.8 million young people between 7 and 20 years of age at more than 290 councils throughout the United States and its territories, the Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.

Source: BSA Press Release

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