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Eagle Scout Candidate Selects Pinnacle Rubber Mulch for Playground Project

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Eagle Scout Candidate Selects Pinnacle Rubber Mulch for Playground Project

Posted on 27 October 2010 by Press Release

LTR Products, a subsidiary of Liberty Tire Recycling and manufacturers of Pinnacle Rubber Mulch, has recently formed a partnership with a Boy Scout in Bangor, Maine who is working to make a local playground safer for the children who play on it.

To achieve the rank of Eagle Scout – the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America – Sean O’Connor must plan, organize, lead, and manage a community service project. Sean has decided to renovate the Ronald McDonald House playground in his home town, which is enjoyed by almost 450 families who stay at the home each year. A key part of the renovation was making the playground surfacing safer and more low-maintenance. Sean chose Pinnacle Rubber Mulch as the new safety surfacing for the project, an innovative and eco-friendly alternative to wood mulch for landscaping and playgrounds that is made from recycled scrap tires.

“When Sean asked us to donate our Pinnacle Rubber Mulch for his playground renovation project benefiting the Ronald McDonald House, we were more than happy to provide him with whatever he needed to help make the playground a safer place,” said Brad Pittam, general manager, LTR Products. “Not only are we proud to help assist this young man as he strives to earn his Eagle Scout designation, but we are also pleased to be able to offer families at the Ronald McDonald House a safe place to play while they stay at their home away from home.”

“I’d like to thank LTR Products for their generous donation to my Eagle Scout service project,” said Sean O’Connor. “I’m excited that my project will benefit hundreds of families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Bangor each year, and companies like LTR Products are making it possible for me help a great cause like the Ronald McDonald House.”

LTR Products donated 7 tons of brown rubber playground mulch for the Ronald McDonald House playground. The mulch will remain bright and plush for at least 12 years, avoiding the need for the organization to have to replenish it on an annual basis, as is often required for wood mulch.

Pinnacle Rubber Mulch will also make the playground safer for children staying at the Ronald McDonald house with their families. In fact, as a playground safety surfacing, a six-inch layer of Pinnacle Rubber Mulch will cushion a child’s fall from as high as 16 feet, providing up to 50 percent more fall-height protection than wood mulch using half of the material. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Council reports that more than 150,000 children are injured in playground falls each year, which makes safety surfacing one of the most vital components of playground construction. Additionally, rubber mulch is non allergenic, non-toxic and harmless to plants, pets and children. It is also clean, minimizes airborne dust and particles, and does not splinter like wood mulch.

For more information about Pinnacle Rubber Mulch, please visit www.ltrproducts.com.

About LTR Products
As a subsidiary of Liberty Tire Recycling, the premier provider of tire recycling services in North America, LTR Products is a creative outlet for advanced rubber-based products. Each year, LTR Products manufactures the raw materials from millions of discarded tires into innovative products such as Pinnacle Rubber Mulch, an eco-friendly alternative to traditional wood mulch. Along with Liberty Tire Recycling, the company maintains a nationwide network of processing plants and convenient shipping points. LTR Products is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. For more information, please visit www.ltrproducts.com.

Source: LTR Products

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St. Charles Boy Earns Boy Scouts of American Medal of Merit

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St. Charles Boy Earns Boy Scouts of American Medal of Merit

Posted on 25 October 2010 by Dan

A St. Charles boy just earned an honor few ever do: a Boy Scouts of American Medal of Merit, for saving another little boy’s life. Connor Doherty, 8, jumped into a swimming pool without hesitation as a 3 year old was sinking fast, back in November. Tuesday, he to lead the Cub Scout District Council meeting in the pledge of allegiance, plus a lot more.

See a transcript of the video: St. Charles Boy Earns Boy Scouts of American Medal of Merit

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BSA Teams Up With America’s Charities

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BSA Teams Up With America’s Charities

Posted on 22 October 2010 by Dan

The Boy Scouts of America has teamed up with America’s Charities, a work place giving program.  Listen to Brad Farmer, Assistant Chief Scout Executive, and Steve Delfin, CEO of America’s Charities, explain the relationship and rationale behind the partnership.

Learn more about America’s Charities at http://www.charities.org

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The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve Temporary Sign

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BSA Announces Additonal Donations To the National Scout Reserve

Posted on 22 October 2010 by Dan

The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve Temporary SignEleven months after announcing plans for The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, made possible by a $50 million gift from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the Boy Scouts of America returned today to announce major steps forward in bringing its vision of a world-class Scouting center to reality.

A $25 million dollar gift from The Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation, coupled with a gift from Mike and Gillian Goodrich – for an undisclosed amount – along with other anonymous donors has brought total contributions to this project to over $100 million in less than one year.

Rex Tillerson, BSA president and CEO and chairman of Exxon Mobil Corporation, spoke to how the National Scout Reserve fits into the BSA’s strategic outlook for its next century. “It’s imperative that we sustain our momentum—even elevating our expectations—by setting transformational goals,” Tillerson, an Eagle Scout, said. “We are supporting the vision and philanthropy we’ve witnessed today with a robust strategic plan that addresses core pillars of the Scouting experience. This includes a continuation of dynamic and relevant programs that attract and interest today’s youth.”

Walter Scott Jr. is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and the former CEO of Peter Kiewit Sons’ Incorporated. He credits Scouting’s lessons of setting goals and achieving them as being a formative factor in his success.

“I enjoyed the opportunity to learn new things, I enjoyed the camaraderie with my fellow Scouts, and I especially enjoyed the camping,” Scott said. “The love and respect for the outdoors and our natural environment that Scouting instilled in me continues to this day. But my childhood troop in Omaha could never have imagined anything like what The Summit will be. It is simply spectacular.”

The $25 million donation from The Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation will result in the Scott Scouting Valley, which provided the backdrop for today’s event.

Mike Goodrich, also an Eagle Scout, is the retired chairman, and CEO of BE&K, Inc., an international engineering and construction firm headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. His wife, Gillian Comer White Goodrich, and her family helped establish the Comer Scout Reservation, known as Camp Comer, in the BSA’s Greater Alabama Council. In honor of the gift, the National Scout Reserve’s primary lake will be named Goodrich Lake.

“It only made sense that we should give back to an organization from which I have received so much,” Mike Goodrich said. “And not just me, but millions upon millions of young boys and men can make the same claim I can that Scouting was a formative and transforming experience.”

The National Scout Reserve, located in the Glen Jean–Mount Hope area, will permanently house the BSA’s iconic national Scout jamboree and a new national high-adventure base to complement the three existing national bases in New Mexico, Minnesota, and Florida. It was announced that the first jamboree in West Virginia will take place July 15–24, 2013.

The National Scout Reserve is also a contender to host the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. The world Scout jamboree is held every four years in different locations around the world and is attended by tens of thousands of Scouts worldwide. The 2011 event will be held in Sweden and 2015 in Japan.

BSA leadership, West Virginia officials, and the donors officially broke ground on the National Scout Reserve today, marking the start of phase 2 of the project. An economic impact survey conducted in August 2009 estimated that phase 2 will support more than 600 new local jobs and $30 million in additional local income directly on the project. To date, contracts to local companies for more than $20 million have been awarded for work on the National Scout Reserve.

“We are celebrating great news for the Boy Scouts of America, and great progress for the state of West Virginia,” said Gov. Joe Manchin. “The incredible show of support from generous donors speaks volumes about the caliber of the BSA. We are proud to be a part of this team, and couldn’t be more thrilled about the jobs and interest that are being generated in our local communities and our state, and the opportunities for fun and leadership that await millions of young people.”

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.

More information about 100 Years of Scouting can be found at www.scouting.org/100years.

Source: Social Media Release

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Scouts Vow to Clean Up Atchafalaya Basin

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Scouts Vow to Clean Up Atchafalaya Basin

Posted on 18 October 2010 by Dan

The Evangeline Area Council Boy Scouts of America made it their 100 year project to vow to clean up the Atchafalaya Basin.

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Gone Home: Stuart L. Bergmann

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Gone Home: Stuart L. Bergmann

Posted on 18 October 2010 by admin

Stuart L. Bergmann (June 25, 1961 - October 17, 2010)

Stuart Bergman, Scout Executive of Southeast Wisconsin Council, passed away peacefully early Sunday Morning. 

Scout Executive Stu Bergmann was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February of this year. Stu had been undergoing treatment since that time. In early October, Tom Mahoney, Southeast Council President, informed volunteers that there had been a significant change in his condition and that he was in the hospital and will be transferred to Hospice care shortly.

Prior to serving as Scout Executive of Southeast Wisconsin Council, he served as the Field Director for the Jayhawk Area Council in the 1990s.

 Funeral Arrangements
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Piasecki Althaus Funeral Home
3720 39th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53144
Visitation from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 23, 2010
St. Anthony Catholic Church
417 Caroline St, Athens, WI 54411-8487
Visitation 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Funeral Mass 11:00 a.m. followed directly by interment at Calvary Cemetery, Athens, WI

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Bergmann Family Benefit Fund c/o Johnson Bank, Kenosha, WI (262) 697-7500 or Southeast Wisconsin Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2319 Northwestern Avenue, Racine, WI 53404 (262) 632-1655.

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Sanskrit Mantras Opened 100th Anniversary of Scouting Event in Nevada

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Sanskrit Mantras Opened 100th Anniversary of Scouting Event in Nevada

Posted on 16 October 2010 by Dan

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed delivered invocation from Sanskrit scriptures before an assembly of leaders and parents from various Scouting programs on this day. After Sanskrit delivery, he then read the English translation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.
 
Zed, who is the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, recited from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use, besides lines from Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), both ancient Hindu scriptures. He started and ended the prayer with “Om”, the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work.
 
Scouting attendees stood quietly in prayer mode during the invocation. Wearing saffron colored attire, a ruddraksh mala (rosary), and traditional sandalpaste tilak (religious mark) on the forehead, Rajan Zed sprinkled few drops of sacred water from river Ganga in India around before the prayer.
 
Reciting from Taittiriya Upanishad, Rajan Zed said “Om saha naavavatu, Saha nau bhunaktu, Saha viiryan karavaavahai, Tejasvi naavadhiitamastu, Maa vidhvishhaavahai”, which he then translated as “May we be protected together, May we be nourished together, May we work together with great vigor, May our study be enlightening, May no obstacle arise between us.” Reciting from Bhagavad-Gita, he urged participants to strive constantly to serve the welfare of the world.
 
Chris Harvey, District Membership Chairman of Boy Scouts of America (BSA), introduced Zed, while Marty Baldwin, BSA Scout Executive, thanked Zed at his invocation at Bishop Manogue Catholic High School auditorium. Thirty-eight training seminars were scheduled to be held on this day, including Religious Emblems in Catholics and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dealing with difficult people, utensiless cooking, venturing, outdoors skills, etc.
 
BSA is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations headquartered in Irving (Texas, USA) with Robert “Bob” Mazzuca as Chief Scout Executive. Incorporated in 1910, it claims to have served over 114 million youths. One of the BSA publications says: “A Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion.”
 
Rajan Zed is one of the panelists for “On Faith”, a prestigious interactive conversation on religion produced by The Washington Post. He has been awarded “World Interfaith Leader Award” by National Association of Interchurch and Interfaith Families.
 
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.

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Prospective Eagle Scout Arranges Donation of DVDs to VA Medical Center

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Prospective Eagle Scout Arranges Donation of DVDs to VA Medical Center

Posted on 14 October 2010 by Dan

Half Price Books partnered with an Eagle Scout candidate Thursday to donate more than 1,000 DVD movies to the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

Hat Tip: @ScottKWalker – Candidate for governor of Wisconsin. (and on Milwaukee County Council Executive Board)

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Boy's Life Magazine 2010 National Jamboree Souvenir DVD

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Boys’ Life Jamboree Souvenir DVD

Posted on 12 October 2010 by Dan

Boy's Life Magazine 2010 National Jamboree Souvenir DVDBoy’s Life Magazine is accepting pre-orders for its Boy’s Life Jamboree Souvenir DVD.   Relive the excitement of the 2010 National Scout Jamboree everytime you watch your sovenir DVD. 

Visit http://boyslife.org/jambodvd to learn more and place your pre-order.  DVDs are $15.95 each or you can save 20% by ordering 12 or more.  DVDs are expected to be shipped around mid-November 2010.

Boys’ Life Jamboree Souvenir DVD Promo Video

Are you ordering a copy of the Boy’s Life Magazine 2010 National Scout Jamboree Souvenir DVD?

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A Reminder of the Importance of the Buddy System from B.C. Comic

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A Reminder of the Importance of the Buddy System from B.C. Comic

Posted on 11 October 2010 by Dan

A reminder of the importance of the Buddy system!

B.C.
(If comic is cut off, click on the comic for it to be opened in a new window)

Hat Tip: @Scoutsigns

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