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Baltimore Area Council Supporters Pledge $175,000 at Campaign Kick-off

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Baltimore Area Council Supporters Pledge $175,000 at Campaign Kick-off

Posted on 28 January 2011 by admin

The Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (BAC, BSA) publicly kicked-off its annual fundraising campaign with a reception at the National Aquarium Baltimore.  More than 200 business and civic leaders joined the Scouting community to demonstrate their support for the values based Scouting programs in Baltimore City and the surrounding counties of Baltimore, Harford, Carroll, Howard and Anne Arundel.  The program, held in the Dolphin Show Arena, featured Fox45 Meteorologist Steve Fertig as the Master of Ceremonies; Congressman Elijah Cummings as the keynote speaker; and presentations by youth Eagle Scouts and the BAC, BSA Chairman of the Board Barry Williams. Supporters pledged $175,000 to support BAC, BSA’s programs which serve 50,000 youth.

Among the youth Eagle Scout presenters at the investor’s reception were Malcolm Dirton of Baltimore City. Malcolm Dirton’s Eagle Scout project worked with other area scouts to catalogue the brass placques placed at the base of each tree when planted in the Memorial Grove in Baltimore’s historic Druid Hill Park, which is the country’s first memorial of its kind, planted to memorialize those who fought in World War I. As a result of Malcolm Dirton’s Eagle project, it was discovered that 42 of the original markers are missing. Youth Eagle presenter TJ Ellwein is the recipient of the BAC, BSA “Eagle Scout Project of the Year Award”. T.J. Ellwein’s Eagle project consisted of a restoration on Chaplain’s Hill Arlington National Cemetary where he directed a crew of his peers who scrubbed and cleaned 400 headstones of Armed Forces’ Chaplains buried on the hill. In all TJ logged more than 400 hours leading to the clean-up and beautification of this reverent location.

Special volunteers were recognized at the event. During the event program BAC, BSA recognized “Heroes for 100th” who have served Scouting in very special ways to help make the scouting program available for youth in Central Maryland. A list of these volunteers can be found at www.Baltimorebsa.org. Among the hero recipients that we formally recognized at the event were:

· Dr. Albert Reece, Dean, University of Maryland Medical System, who has assisted in raising more than $90,000 from the healthcare community for programs serving Scouts with special needs.

· Sharon Wylie, Public Affairs Manager Fox45, who has served to increase public awareness of the annual food collection service project “Scouting for Food”, to the homeless and families in need throughout central Maryland.

· Kevin Maxwell, Superintendant of Anne Arundel County Public Schools, who has served to further educational opportunities for youth served in public schools to join Scouting.

· Gerald Stansbury, President, Maryland Chapter NAACP, who has served to provide mentors and life-skills learning opportunities for youth in impoverished situations in underserved communities.

· Jim LaVey, Long time scouting volunteer who has dedicated more than 60 years of service to Scouting and presided over boards of review for more than 2,000 Eagle Scouts in central Maryland.

Since 1910, Scouting has shaped the lives of America’s youth – helping them develop values, strength of character, citizenship, personal fitness and leadership skills our community needs. Even in these challenging times, BAC, BSA is striving to help more young people than ever before grow into productive citizens. Raising the essential financial resources to sustain Scouting throughout the Central Maryland community is a big job for the BAC, BSA. The local Boy Scout council provides character building programs to nearly 40,000 families in Central Maryland at the annual cost of over $5 Million. Last year 488 youth attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Campaign contributions to support Scouting help develop young people into future leaders can be made online at www.baltimorebsa.org/donate. BAC, BSA is striving to raise more than $1.4 million dollars through its annual campaign in 2011. For more information contact Sonya Greene at 443-573-2539 or sgreene@baltimorebsa.org.

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Share Your Memories with the National Scouting Museum

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Share Your Memories with the National Scouting Museum

Posted on 27 January 2011 by admin

In 2011 the National Scouting Museum is expanding its efforts to reach people whose lives have been positively influenced by their involvement in the Scouting program.  Whether you are a lifetime scouter or have only been in the program for a short while, we believe you have scouting stories to share! 

 Please view the flyer and if interested, contact Gail Mayfield, Assistant Curator,  for further information on how to submit your story!

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Houston Business Leader Elected to Serve on World Scout Committee

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Houston Business Leader Elected to Serve on World Scout Committee

Posted on 27 January 2011 by Press Release

Houston energy executive and Sam Houston Area Council board member Dan Ownby will serve as one of a 12-member committee of volunteers from around the world that represents more than 31 million Scouts from 220 countries and territories. His election was made at the recent World Scout Conference in Brazil—where it was also announced the 24th World Scout Jamboree will be held in the United States.

Ownby, a lifelong member of the Scout program, is an Eagle Scout, a member of the Boy Scouts of America’s honor society, Order of the Arrow, and has served in numerous Scouting positions in the Houston area—most recently as chairman of the council’s centennial camporee, SHACJam, which was attended by over 27,000 participants. Ownby is a member of the BSA’s International Committee and the U.S. Foundation for International Scouting, and has been active with international Scouting for over a decade.

His earliest connection with international Scouting dates back to a summer at the Cub Scout day camp in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he became acquainted with two international Scouts visiting from Holland. Much of his adult life has revolved around helping kids in the Scouting program and introducing Scouts from different parts of the world to Scouting opportunities. Ownby was instrumental in establishing an exchange program with Scouts from the Republic of Georgia. Through the 7-year-old exchange program, Scouts from the republic have had the opportunity to work with Scouts at camps in the Houston area, advancing their leadership skills and sharing their culture.

Ownby’s primary goal for the committee is to help nations utilize Scouting to develop their next generation of leaders. He commends the leadership provided by former World Scout Committee Chairman and former BSA National President Rick Cronk, who has laid the groundwork for building a program that will attract young people from around the world.

Ownby and his wife, Allison, reside in the Houston area.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America prepares young people for life by providing 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 21, and more than a million volunteers, in 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.

For more information on the World Organization of the Scout Movement, visit www.scout.org

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Henry Repeating Arms Introduces Licensed Special Edition Philmont® Scout Ranch Rifle

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Henry Repeating Arms Introduces Licensed Special Edition Philmont® Scout Ranch Rifle

Posted on 22 January 2011 by admin

The Philmont® Scout Ranch Rifle celebrates the Boy Scouts of America’s oldest high adventure base and the largest youth camp in the world by size and number of participants. This Henry Frontier Lever .22 is offered with the Philmont® Black Bull logo embellished with an 18 kt. gold plate on the right side of the dark receiver cover.

The American walnut stock has a laser etched and hand painted rendering of the iconic Tooth of Time, with the words TOOTH OF TIME emblazoned underneath the mountain’s slope. On the forearm is the scripted word “Philmont” and the Philmont horse brand and cattle brand cut into the wood.

For a free catalog and a list of Henry dealers in your area, please call toll free at (866) 200-2354  or visiting henryrepeating.com.

Source: BSA Licensing Insider January 2011, Vol. 4, No. 1

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Tuck It In! Rap by Troop 1136

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Tuck It In! Rap by Troop 1136

Posted on 21 January 2011 by Dan

Last year members of Troop 1136, from West Jordan Utah, spent three months putting together a little rap.  The Scouts involved completed Cinematography merit badge requirements by planning and shooting the music video for the rap.


Please wait for the video to load, or watch Tuck It In! on YouTube.

Check out Troop 1136 Online.

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New Scout Executive of Northeast Iowa Council

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Northeast Iowa Council Announces Scott Seibert to be Next Scout Executive

Posted on 17 January 2011 by Dan

Paul Lewis, President of Northeast Iowa Council, has announced that Scott Seibert (@scott_w_seibert) has been hired to replace Dustin Farris as Scout Executive of the Northeast Iowa Council.

New Scout Executive of Northeast Iowa CouncilMr. Seibert joined Scouting professionally in May of 2002 as a District Executive for a rural, 4-county district in the Mid America Council. He has earned several promotions in this council, including Senior District Executive, District Director, Support Service Director, and most recently as Director of Support Service.

Mr. Seibert was the staff advisor for his council’s 100th Anniversary Jubilee. The event attracted over 7,000 participants.

He also was responsible for the development and implementation of a camp development plan following the tornado that killed several Scouts at the Little Sioux Scout camp. Mr. Seibert was among the group of Scouts and Scouters who were invited to meet with President George Bush following this nationally-publicized tragedy and subsequent camp reconstruction efforts.

Mr. Seibert is a University of Northern Iowa graduate. His wife Nellica is a second grade teacher and will be looking for a teaching position in Dubuque. They have two children, ages 5 and 3. Scott’s family will join him in Dubuque upon the completion of the school year.

Please Mr. Lewis in welcoming Scott Seibert to the Northeast Iowa Council Scouting family when arrives on March 1.

Source: Northeast Iowa Council Website

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34th Trappers Rendezvous: Thousands Of Scouts Take A Trip To The Past

34th Trappers Rendezvous: Thousands Of Scouts Take A Trip To The Past

Posted on 16 January 2011 by admin

More than four thousand Scouts and Scouters from around the Midwest recreated life this weekend as mountain men and trappers of the early 1800s.

Participants brought trading goods like furs, antlers, beads, handmade items, and other trinkets to the 34th annual Trappers’ Rendezvous. Cold temperatures did not keep away Scouts from enjoying Harvey County Park.

Read the whole story at KAKE 10

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Boy Scout First Aid Competition

Boy Scout First Aid Competition

Posted on 15 January 2011 by Dan

Dozens of Boy Scouts took part in an annual competition in Liverpool to show off their first aid skills Thursday night.

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North American Scout Associations to Host 24th World Scout Jamboree

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North American Scout Associations to Host 24th World Scout Jamboree

Posted on 13 January 2011 by Press Release

Scouts from every corner of the world will soon have the experience of a lifetime at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia. The bid to host the 2019 World Scout Jamboree is a combined effort of the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada, and the Scout Association of Mexico. This will be the first time the World Scout Jamboree has been held in the United States in more than 40 years.

The bid to win the 2019 World Scout Jamboree was voted on by the World Scout Conference, which comprises 160 national Scout associations that represent 220 countries and territories around the world. The 160 associations make up the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and each member association is able to send Scouts to represent their country at a world jamboree.

The North American bid committee began its work in 2009 and met six times to plan the bid process. A youth contingent from Canada, Mexico, and the United States submitted its bid to the World Scout Conference, and toured the West Virginia site. The group wanted to experience the site firsthand and gather photos and other testimonials to support its presentation to the World Scout Conference in Brazil in January.

For 12 days, thousands of young people from around the world gather in a tented city for activities and adventure during a world jamboree. Young people will learn to swim, meet others, and create lifelong friendships. Scouts have an opportunity to interact and participate with others from different cultures and to build solidarity and understanding across cultural and geographical boundaries.

The Summit, the Boy Scouts of America’s newest high-adventure base and the permanent home for the BSA’s national Scout jamboree beginning in 2013 and continuing in 2017, consists of 10,600 acres.

“Scouts who attend the 2019 World Scout Jamboree at The Summit will, for the first time at a world jamboree, be able to participate in white-water rafting, rock climbing, and mountain biking. We are very pleased that the conference saw the wealth of new and exciting activities that will be available at this site and will make it available to young people in the program,” said James Turley, international commissioner.

Aimed at 14- to 17-year-olds, Scouts attend the world jamboree in groups called contingents. They are encouraged to meet other Scouts from different cultures, religions, and countries, ultimately learning that strangers can become friends. The event is supported by thousands of international adult volunteers.

While Scouts Canada has hosted a world jamboree in the past—1955 and 1983—this will be the first time that Asociación de Scouts de México, Asociación Civil will share hosting duties with Canada and the United States. “The Asociación de Scouts de México is proud to join Scouts Canada and the Boy Scouts of America to host the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. The opportunity before us is magnificent because the Asociación de Scouts de México is a smaller Scout association and most likely would never host a world Scout jamboree on our own. Here, we will combine our talents and our cultures to bring what will prove to be one of the most incredible, successful jamborees ever!” said Presidente Nacional Omar Lugo Aguirre.

To enhance international contingents’ visit to North America, some Scouts will begin this trip in Mexico, where they can immerse themselves in more than 3,000 years of Mesoamerican culture. Also available will be tours of Canada’s vibrant cities and unspoiled wilderness. U.S. tours will include Washington, D.C., the Grand Canyon, and Hollywood.

“There has always been a wonderful relationship between Scouts Canada, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Asociación de Scouts de México,” said Mike Scott, international commissioner for Scouts Canada. “The planning process for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree will help develop this friendship and spirit of cooperation even more. This event will involve and engage a huge number of our adult volunteer leaders and young people in a process that will immerse them in different cultures and cause them to be terrific ambassadors for Canada.”

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America prepares young people for life by providing 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 21, and more than a million volunteers, in nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit http://www.scouting.org/.

About Scouts Canada
Scouts Canada was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. With a membership of about 146,000 it is the second largest Scout association in North America. Scouts Canada has always been in the forefront of world Scouting, providing leadership and financial support to other Scout associations. Scouts Canada hosted the last world Scout jamboree held in North America in Calgary in 1983. For more information on Scouts Canada, please visit www.scouts.ca.

About the Asociación de Scouts de México
The Asociación de Scouts de México has always been a leader for Scouting in Spanish-speaking countries throughout the Americas. It continues to host large regional events and provide leadership to several Scout associations. Founded in 1920, the Asociación de Scouts de México is headquartered in Mexico City and boasts a membership of more than 30,000 members, making it one of the largest Scout associations in Latin America. For more information on the Asociación de Scouts de México, please visit www.scouts.org.mx.

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Scout Executive/Chief Executive Officer of the Greater St. Louis Area Council

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Ronald S. Green Named Scout Executive Of The Greater St. Louis Area Council

Posted on 07 January 2011 by Press Release

Scout Executive/Chief Executive Officer of the Greater St. Louis Area CouncilRonald S. Green today was named the Scout Executive/Chief Executive Officer of the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. He is the tenth person to serve in the position during the 100-year existence of the organization. The council serves approximately 57,000 young people each year in 37 counties in eastern Missouri and southern Illinois and is one of the largest in the nation.
 
Green, 54, comes to St. Louis after serving six years as the Scout Executive in Columbus, Ohio. He will start on March 1, 2011.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be asked to serve this council,” Green said. “The Greater St. Louis Area Council is one of the most highly regarded Boy Scout councils in the nation.  I look forward to working with the Executive Board and the more than 14,000 adult volunteer leaders and staff members who deliver our Scouting programs each week.”

Green replaces John M. Primrose, who retired last year after more than three decades of service to the Boy Scouts of America.

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