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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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News 46 interviews Pahrump Boy Scouts About Flag Retirement

News 46 interviews Pahrump Boy Scouts About Flag Retirement

Posted on 08 September 2010 by admin

News 46 interviews Don McDougall Troop Leader of Pahrump Boy Scouts and Threodore Ward Local Boy Scout about properly disposing American Flags.

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Northern Star Council Base Camp Open House and Dedication

Northern Star Council Base Camp Open House and Dedication

Posted on 07 September 2010 by admin

On Saturday, October 2, between 12:00 noon and 4:00 PM, Northern Star Council’s Base Camp will host an open house and dedication to give visitors a look inside and a taste of the tremendous program opportunities it offers to our Scouting family and all youth groups. This is the first Northern Star Council camp to open in more than 20 years, and a great kickoff to our second century!

You are invited and encouraged to attend this exciting event! The Open House will be a much casual event with no preregistration or fee. Car pooling is recommended, with some participants already planning to arrive by light rail, bicycle, hiking and even by canoe.

Northern Star Council hopes to see you there!

Base Camp Open House/Dedication
     •Tours of all the facilities
     •Demonstrations of all program areas
     •Opportunities to try out some of the climbing spaces
     •Brief dedication and recognition ceremony from 1:00 – 1:20 PM
     •Additional Program Opportunities with our Base Camp Neighbors including
     •Free Admission to historic Fort Snelling
     •National Park Service “Bike with a Ranger”
     •Sales of Centennial History Books and centennial items

Learn more about Northern Star Council’s Base Camp at

Source: Northern Star Council

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Cub Scouts Earn the Marks in Video Games

Cub Scouts Earn the Marks in Video Games

Posted on 05 September 2010 by admin

Check out this news story about the Video Game Belt Loop featuring Scouts from Last Frontier Council. One of the few positive and factually correct stories about the addition of the Video Game Belt Loop.  Props to their Marketing Director Chris Daughtrey (@ChrisLDaughtrey).

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You can read a transcript of the video here:

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USNS Comfort Hosts Boy Scouts During Baltimore Navy Week

USNS Comfort Hosts Boy Scouts During Baltimore Navy Week

Posted on 02 September 2010 by admin

More than five hundred Boy Scouts and parents arrived aboard the USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) Aug. 30 for a tour of the hospital ship during Baltimore Navy Week 2010.

The Boy Scouts of America are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year and welcomed the opportunity to learn about the Comfort’s mission and abilities.

“Both organizations promote strong character and leadership,” said Scout Master Chip Galloway, of Troop 944 from Ellicott City, Md. “Touring this ship gives our boys a sense of what their Navy is doing on a day to day basis.”

During a quarterdeck address and ceremony, Rear Adm. Scott A. Weikert, deputy commander, 1st Naval Construction Division, addressed the Scouts directly and highlighted the link between Boy Scouts and the Navy.

“The Boy Scout oath of honor, duty, courage jumps out at me because it so closely parallels the Navy core values of honor, courage and commitment,” said Weikert. “To each of the scouts here today, I hope you realize how unique and special you are in today’s society. You have chosen a path filled with learning that others can only dream about.”

Following Weikert’s speech, Ethan Draddy, chief executive officer and scout executive of the Boy Scouts, also spoke to the Scouts and Comfort’s crew.

“I can’t think of a finer group of men and women to be with than the Sailors of the U.S. Navy,” said Draddy. “I want our Boy Scouts to grow up and be just like you. We need you to be ambassadors for scouting. Congratulations on a great Navy Week.”

After his speech, Draddy then awarded the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary sterling silver dollar commemorative coins to Capt. David K. Weiss, Comfort’s commanding officer; Weikert; and retired Navy Vice Adm. James A. Sagerholm, of Timonium, Md.

Following lunch, the Boy Scouts went below deck to view Comfort’s floating 1,000 bed medical capabilities and operating rooms.

“The tour was fun, and I learned a lot,” said Boy Scout Peter Lay, from Columbia, Md. “I think it’s great that people are willing to serve in the Navy to protect us from people who can harm us.”

Baltimore Navy Week 2010 is one of 20 Navy Weeks planned across America this year. Navy Weeks show Americans the investment they have made in their Navy and increase awareness in cities that do not have a significant Navy presence.

For more news from Navy Office of Community Outreach, visit

Story by:  Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Pat Migliaccio, Navy Office of Community Outreach Public Affairs

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Navy, Marines Support Centennial Celebration; Hosts Record Number

Navy, Marines Support Centennial Celebration; Hosts Record Number

Posted on 01 September 2010 by admin

Naval Support Activity Washington (NSAW) and elements of the U.S. Marine Corps, Navy Leadership Training Site Washington and the future Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling,recently supported Boy Scouts from across the country, converging on the nation’s capital to celebrate the Centennial anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.

Nearly 800 scouts and adult leaders from 16 states, came to NSAW’s Naval Support Facility Anacostia from July 22 to Aug. 6, to visit the scout exhibit in the shadow of the Washington Monument and to watch or participate in the Centennial parade in Washington and attend the 2010 Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va.

Each evening, an average of 131 scouts, stayed at the NSF. Nearly 400 were housed the nights before and after the anniversary parade, held on July 25, according to an official report. “We had many more requests than we could safely accommodate,” an NSAW community relations official stated.

During the day, scouts toured the DC area, Navy Museum and Display Ship USS Barry at NSAW’s Washington Navy Yard and visited Fort A.P. Hill.

Area newspapers, websites and television news reports included images of scouts visiting Congressional representatives, touring the Navy Yard, Capitol Hill, Union Station, the monuments in Washington, Arlington National Cemetery and other sites. “They were everywhere,” NSAW Executive Officer Cmdr. Phillip Raimondo proudly observed.

Military installations, including the NSF, have a long history of providing support for scouts during their National Jamboree, held every five years. This time, the number of military installations with available berthing space, showers and mess facilities has since declined, as many military personnel have shifted to off-base housing and installations adopted leaner budgets.

Making a memorable experience

“When it became clear that none of the other area military installations were able to host the scouts, we redoubled our efforts to overcome the many challenges posed. We wanted to assist as many scouts as possible and help make their Centennial a memorable one,” Raimondo said.

The planning, cooperation between various offices in NSAW, JBAB, the Judge Advocate General’s office, Navy, Marines, DOD, local and national Boy Scout offices and the resulting implementation efforts, resulted in a record number of scouts from as far away as California and including a group who bicycled some 2,000 miles, over a period of weeks, being able to participate in the once-in-a-lifetime event.

Jerry Judd, a scout leader in Goldsboro, N.C., commented, “Thank you for [helping] make the Centennial Jamboree a success.”

Bruce M. White, the mentor of the 2000-mile Cycling the Loop Adventure, said, “Our cycling event was a huge success. We certainly appreciated the hospitality. It was great to spend the morning biking to DC from Annapolis; the afternoon hiking in the parade and knowing we had a place to stay when the day was done.”

In spite of a record breaking heat wave, reaching 105-degrees, coinciding with the parade, there were no injuries, illnesses or other emergencies reported at any time during the scouts’ stay.

In case of emergency, 59 U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps personnel, many from the WNY-based Henry E. Mooberry Division, trained and equipped to provide, first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, firefighting, emergency communications, incident management and crowd control, took turns standing fire, safety and security watches throughout the night, keeping the scouts secure while they slept.

The excessive heat cancelled the outdoor performances of the Naval Academy’s Electric Brigade rock band and the Air Force Band’s Airmen of Note jazz band, scheduled by JBAB’s Protocol Office on different evenings during the scout’s stay.

However, performances by the U.S. Marine Corps Band, U.S. Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps and the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Team went as scheduled.

Once in a lifetime

Los Angeles, Ca. Troop 121 Scoutmaster Ruben Hueso, said jokingly, “Yes, it was hot, but that was part of the fun. If anyone complains send them the [lodging] bill.” He added, “We traveled cross-country. Not having to pay for a week’s lodging was very important for our meager budget.”

Staying at the NSF, “Allowed us to spend a solid week in the Capital, touring all the important landmarks. The memories made possible for our troop are priceless! We salute the Navy for opening [its] doors to us,” Hueso added.

JBAB’s Warfighter and Family Services team permitted the scouts access to its volleyball and soccer fields; bowling alley and outdoor pool, as well as the Funari Dining Facility, where scouts ate and purchased boxed lunches for use during their day trips.

More than one scout leader made it clear – without NSAW’s hosting, some scouts would never have been able to be a part of history.

“The experience will be one that our boys will cherish for years to come. Our community has been hit hard over the last 20 years with seeing more than 20,000 manufacturing jobs disappear. Our troop fills a void in one of the hardest hit neighborhoods. I have no doubt that the opportunity to visit our nation’s capitol will in fact be a once in a lifetime event for most of our boys,” Assistant Scoutmaster Brad Knick of Anderson, Ind. said.

Scoutmaster Mark Arlauckas, from Troop 140 in Scottsville, NY, said, “As budget-conscious as our trip to the National Jamboree was, this was a truly essential part of our tour.”

While nearly all scouters were happy, at least one had a special request. “You did a wonderful job,” said Kevin M. Welsh, a scout leader in Murrells Inlet, S.C. “In the future, I would ask for a few things to help improve the stay: coffee please! I had a few people that require coffee before they are considered human,” he said with a smile.

NSAW Commanding Officer Capt. John Sears, said, “The military and scouts have a special relationship that goes back decades. Many people in our military have been scouts. We are proud to have opened our doors and provide the scouts with an opportunity to visit DC and help make the Centennial celebration a huge success.”

Story by Joseph P. Cirone, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

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BSA Receives $100,000 Centennial Grant From The UPS Foundation

BSA Receives $100,000 Centennial Grant From The UPS Foundation

Posted on 01 September 2010 by admin

To honor 100 years of service, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has received a $100,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE: UPS). The grant will be used toward the Boy Scouts of America Natural Resources Conservation Local Council Grants.

Conservation programs are popular activities for Scouts of all ages, and the Boy Scouts of America adheres to its long-standing policy of teaching youth and adult members to conserve, protect, and respect the environment. The BSA has been a positive force in conservation and environmental efforts for 100 years. Scouts have rendered distinguished public service by helping to conserve wildlife, energy, forests, soil, and water. The goal of awarding the Natural Resources Conservation Local Council Grants is to educate youth on the positive impact they can have on our environment through our conservation initiatives. Councils will apply for $10,000 grants in support of project development and implementation of new conservation programs or initiatives.

“The importance of good stewardship of the land is taught to every young person in the program,” said Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America. “We appreciate the grant provided by The UPS Foundation, which will ensure that the newest generation of Scouts will learn more ways and better ways through the generous contribution.”

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: nonprofit effectiveness, economic and global literacy, encouraging diversity, community safety, and environmental sustainability.

In 2009, The UPS Foundation distributed nearly $43.6 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as the Boy Scouts of America Natural Resources Conservation Local Council Grants and provide support for building stronger communities.

“Every day, Boy Scouts across the country learn vital life skills, as well as to value and appreciate the world around them—so we are proud to support the Boy Scouts of America’s 100–year effort to educate youth on the positive impact they can have on our environment,” said Ed Martinez, director of philanthropy and corporate relations for The UPS Foundation.

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

About The UPS Foundation
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is the world’s largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain and freight services. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. UPS promotes community involvement through its ongoing volunteerism and grant programs, environmental sustainability, and corporate philanthropy. In 2009, UPS’s charitable contributions totaled nearly $100 million, and UPS employees and their families contributed more than 1.2 million hours of volunteer service. The company can be found on the Web at To get UPS news direct, visit

Source: Boy Scouts of America Press Release

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