Archive | September, 2010

Philmont Trail Crew Trek (TCT)

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Check Out Philmont Trail Crew Trek

Posted on 26 September 2010 by Dan

Looking for a low cost way to spend time at Philmont? You should check out a Philmont Trail Crew Trek.

Philmont Trail Crew Trek (TCT)Tail Crew Trek (TCT) is a co-ed fourteen-day educational program focused on conservation and leadership development. TCT involves seven days of building trail, a seven-day educational trek throughout Philmont, hands-on experience with a variety of conservation projects on the ranch and visits from guest speakers involved in conservation and resource management.

Check out the 2011 Philmont Trail Crew Trek Application (pdf)

Source: Official Philmonth Philmont Trail Crew Trek website.

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Judge David Harper Distingushed Citizen Award Dinner

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Judge David Harper Distingushed Citizen Award Dinner

Posted on 20 September 2010 by Press Release

Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) Sailfish District will honor the community contributions of Martin County business leaders at the Judge David Harper Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner, a dinner benefit which has been renamed this year to honor the Judge’s impressive leadership in the judicial system and community service. Co-chaired by Arthur Brandt and Lee Feinberg of the Law Offices of Brandt & Feinberg, the event is set for Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 6 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel, Hutchinson Island with proceeds to benefit the newly created Judge David Harper Scholarship Fund and BSA Martin County area scout programs which serve more than 2,200 youth. Nominations for recipients of the inaugural Judge David Harper Distinguished Citizen Award are being accepted until October 1, 2010.

The BSA Distinguished Citizen Award, which is considered the highest honor presented by the BSA, is given to individuals who exemplify exceptional leadership and service within the community. Past Florida recipients of the Boy Scouts of America’s Distinguished Citizen Award include Sheriff Robert Crowder; Nathaniel Reed, Jules “Toots” Armellini; Richmond “Dick” Harmon, U.S. Congressman Clay Shaw; Dr. Edward Eissey, former president of Palm Beach Community College; Golf Legend Jack Nicklaus; legendary Sportscaster Curt Gowdy and City of Boca Raton Councilman Peter Baronoff.

“Recognizing Judge David Harper in this way truly brings the BSA’s nationally recognized honor home to our community in a most fitting way,” noted Event Co-Chair Arthur Brandt who along with firm partner Lee Feinberg and BSA Sailfish District Executive Dennis Armstrong conceived the award dedication for Judge Harper. “It not only celebrates the lifetime ethics and commitment of an outstanding community leader and judicial system role model Judge David Harper, but also elevates our community’s interest in raising the bar for recipients of his namesake award this year and beyond.”

BSA Sailfish District Executive Dennis Armstrong agrees. “This was a perfect approach to our 2010 Distinguished Citizen Award plans. Judge David Harper was respected by so many, well beyond his legal circles, who serves as an exemplary role model for our youth and the greater community-at-large.”

Event Co-Chair Lee Feinberg encourages the community to submit nominations for recipients of the inaugural Judge David Harper Distinguished Citizen Award as soon as possible; deadline for nomination submissions is October 1, 2010. Contact Dennis Armstrong at or (561) 694-8585 to obtain and submit nominations forms. Nominees must be a year ‘round resident of Martin County for at least five years.

Event Committee members include Committee Chair Marsha Ewing, Martin County Clerk of Courts; Dennis Armstrong, Sailfish District Executive Gulf Stream Council; Linda Braswell, Braswell Bail Bonds; Robert Crowder, Martin County Sheriff; Nita Denton, Asst. State Attorney; Kate Harper, Harper Family; Virginia Hill, Sailfish District Finance Chair; Jon A. Kaye, Kaye Communications, Inc.; and Linda Weiksnar, Cary Buchanan Law Firm.

The BSA Gulf Stream Council, which includes the Sailfish District of the Boy Scouts of America, is the area’s largest youth-serving organization serving youth in eight public school districts in southeast Florida and seven counties. The council has more than 34,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Explorers and Learning For Life members in more than 400 packs, troops, posts and groups served by 3,600 volunteer leaders. Guided and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Board, it is composed of more than 150 leading business, educational, religious and professional leaders.

For more information and to inquire about sponsorship opportunities contact Dennis Armstrong at 772-263-0223 or

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Blue Ridge Scout Reservation to Host Meteorological Study

Blue Ridge Scout Reservation to Host Meteorological Study

Posted on 10 September 2010 by admin

The Executive Board of the Blue Ridge Mountains Council, Boy Scouts of America has signed a lease agreement with Iberdrola Renewables to establish two meteorology towers on the 15,000 acre Blue Ridge Scout Reservation in Pulaski County. These towers will be supplemented by a team of scientists tasked with the collection of biologic, atmospheric, and cultural data.

Study findings will be utilized by the Council’s Conservation Committee to further develop the Reservation’s Ecosystem Management Plan and to make recommendations to the Executive Board regarding future stewardship initiatives.

Council President, John Johnson states: “Our relationship with Iberdrola Renewables will generate data that will enable us to better manage our unique mountain resources while ensuring future generations will have the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature and learn to become conservation-minded adults.”

Permit requests for the towers have been submitted to Pulaski County.

Source: September 10, 2010 Ridge Runner

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