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Award-Winning American Band Performs with Algerian Boy Scouts

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Award-Winning American Band Performs with Algerian Boy Scouts

Posted on 25 February 2011 by Press Release

Drummers from Louisiana’s Southern University Marching Band entertained residents in the Algerian cities of Algiers, Bentalha, Sidi Fredj and Tiaret from January 31 to February 5.

For band member Alexander Riggins, a trip to a Muslim Boy Scout camp in Sidi Fredj made him feel at home.

“They were taking pictures with us, hugging us, greeting us,” Riggins said. “It was like we were one big family.” Some scouts are keeping in touch with him on Facebook.

Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and supported by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in cooperation with the Algerian Ministry of Youth and Sport, the band’s visit to Algeria was the second leg of a North African tour. Before arriving in Algeria, the band experienced the Maghreb’s hospitality when they performed in Morocco.

Riggins said musical tours like this build bridges of understanding among diverse cultures.

“I think it is beneficial because, first, you get to learn a new culture,” Riggins said. “Do something that you have never done before, experienced a different society, a different way of life.”

The 14 drummers are members of one of America’s top collegiate marching bands. With 225 members, the band is a leading innovator of performance styles and plays at America’s most storied venues including the Super Bowl, the American football championship.

Throughout the North African tour, band members engaged with audiences and performed with other musicians. In Morocco, they were joined on stage by deaf drummers, and in Sidi Fredj, Boy Scout musicians joined them in an impromptu performance.

In Bentalha, the group performed to a standing-room-only audience at FOREM, a nongovernmental organization. FOREM provides vocational training for women widowed during an era of terrorist attacks and promotes psychological health for their children and families.

Following the show, the group made a three-hour journey to Tiaret, where they played to a packed house of 600 at a local theater.

The band held its final performances during two half-times at basketball games in Algiers. More than 1,200 spectators watched as the percussionists played complex rhythms with perfect precision.

Lawrence Jackson, director of bands for the university, said the trip to Algeria was a memorable experience.

“I hope that someday we get to go back,” Jackson said. “The young people were so welcoming and happy to see us.”

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Boy Scouts of LA Honor Ming Hsieh to Kick-Off 2nd Hundred Years

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Boy Scouts of LA Honor Ming Hsieh to Kick-Off 2nd Hundred Years

Posted on 24 February 2011 by Press Release

The Los Angeles Area Council, Boy Scouts of America raised $350,000 by honoring Ming Hsieh, Founder and CEO of 3M Cogent Systems. Born and raised in China, Ming Hsieh is the son of an electrical engineer, and was educated in secret at home during the Cultural Revolution. At the age of 24, he came to the U.S. where he attended the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Ming and a classmate co-founded Cogent, Inc. in 1990, a company that designs AFIS systems for law enforcement, governments, civil agencies and commercial businesses around the world.

The Second Century: The Next 100 Years Award luncheon was held Thursday, February 10, 2011 at the California Club. Funds raised from this event will support the Scouting programs throughout Los Angeles, including programs in high-risk communities. Mr. Hsieh’s generosity has significantly benefited the UCS Engineering School, Keck School of Medicine, and a wide variety of vital youth-oriented programs. According to BSA Immediate Past Board president, Rita Illig, “He is a brilliant engineer, visionary entrepreneur, inspired leader, and selfless philanthropist who epitomizes a life of purpose, character, dedication, perseverance, achievement and service in making a positive difference in our community and for mankind.”

Such an award from the Boy Scouts of America is rare indeed, exclusively reserved for people who have had a major impact on our community and Mr. Hsieh now joins such notables as Dr. Steven B. Sample, John Wayne and Bob Hope, who are among the very few. The achievements and gifts from Ming Hsieh have changed the shape of Los Angeles. He has a rich history of service and philanthropy that made him the ideal candidate to honor with The Second Century: The Next 100 Years Award.

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Mount Vernon Cub Scout Earns National Honor for Heroism

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Mount Vernon Cub Scout Earns National Honor for Heroism

Posted on 17 February 2011 by Press Release

Ian Whitaker, an 8 year old Cub Scout from Mt. Vernon Ohio has been awarded the Boy Scouts of America Heroism Medal for his quick and decisive actions in administering first aid to his injured Grandfather.  The Heroism medal is one of the highest honors a Scout can receive.  While there are over 2.8 million boys in Scouts, less than 100 will receive a Heroism medal this year.  

When Ian learned about first aid, and how to stay cool in a crisis as part of his Wolf Pack training, he had no way of knowing that these lessons would enable him to be there for his Grandfather when help was needed most.  On a visit with his grandparents in January 2010, Ian and his Grandfather were watching television together.  Moments after his Grandpa had gone to the kitchen to get a snack, Ian heard a loud thud.  He discovered his Grandfather had passed out, fallen, and suffered a head injury that was bleeding profusely.  Ian applied pressure to the wound to stop bleeding, called 911 to get medical assistance, and provided constant care to his Grandfather while waiting for help to arrive.  

Ian’s quick action prevented a very serious situation from becoming life threatening and is the reason his Grandpa, retired Morrow County School Superintendent Douglas Whitaker calls Ian “his hero.”

Muskingum Valley Council President Steve Buck commented, “We’re very proud of Ian. He represents the very best of what we hope our Scout programs accomplish – lessons that strengthen character and the chance to use that learning in our everyday lives – in a spirit of service to help others.”

Ian was recognized by the Mount Vernon Fire Department as well as the Ohio State Senate for his heroic action and exceptional presence of mind.  Ian will be awarded his Heroism medal at the Muskingum Valley Council Awards celebration this Saturday, February 19 in Zanesville, Ohio.

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BSA and the American Radio Relay League Team Up to Help Scouts Learn Radio Communications Skills

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BSA and the American Radio Relay League Team Up to Help Scouts Learn Radio Communications Skills

Posted on 16 February 2011 by Press Release

After working together for nearly a century to provide Scouts with the ability to learn radio communication skills, the Boy Scouts of America and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL)—the national association for amateur radio—have officially teamed up after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU). This MOU designates the ARRL as a key resource for the BSA’s radio station, K2BSA, and Radio merit badge training at the BSA national Scout jamboree, and establishes the ARRL as the go-to source for Scouts interested in learning about and becoming involved in radio communication.

BSA Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca and ARRL President Kay Craigie launched the alliance today by holding a signing ceremony that took place at separate locations. During the ceremony, Mazzuca and Craigie took the opportunity to talk about the importance of each organization to the ongoing development of the other.

“Throughout the years, going all the way back to the Wireless merit badge in 1918, the ARRL has worked hand-in-hand with Boy Scouts of America to help teach Scouts the skills and joys of radio communication,” Mazzuca said. “Today, we are making official a relationship that has been beneficial for both of our organizations for nearly a century.”

The BSA, by virtue of its active membership and its outdoor program, represents a significant source of potential new radio operators looking to utilize amateur radio for emergency communications while in the field, as well as for education, experimentation, and friendship. As part of this strategic alliance, the BSA will encourage Scouts and Scouters to become familiar with opportunities for public and community service, learning, and personal growth through involvement in amateur radio.

“We’re excited by the opportunity to make official a relationship that has existed informally for many years,” Craigie said. “Scouts and Scouters have been some of the strongest proponents and practitioners of radio communication, and we know they will continue to help foster a love and understanding for the essential nature of radio communication for generations to come.”

The BSA established the strategic alliance with the ARRL because the mission of the ARRL is complementary to the mission and goals of the BSA. Specifically, the ARRL is organized for the establishment of networks to provide communications in the event of disasters or other emergencies; the advancement of the radio art and of the public welfare; the fostering of education; the promotion and conduct of research and development; the dissemination of technical, educational, and scientific information relating to electronic communication; the representation of radio amateurs in regulatory matters; and the promotion of fraternalism and high standards of conduct among radio amateurs.

In addition to its national Scout jamboree involvement, the ARRL will continue to promote participation in the annual Jamboree-on-the-Air event. The ARRL will serve as contributing editor to the Radio merit badge pamphlet, and will assist with the review, creation, and modification of requirements as necessary and in the development of course materials, lesson plans, and other resources for teaching the Radio merit badge to Scouts. The ARRL also will contribute to the content of the Electricity, Electronics, Emergency Preparedness, and Communications merit badge pamphlets. To view the video of the signing, please visit www.scouting.org/scoutsource/International/ProgramEnrichment/ARRL.aspx.

About the American Radio Relay League
The ARRL is a non?commercial membership association of radio amateurs, organized for the promotion of interest in amateur radio communication and experimentation. The ARRL is the principal representative of the Amateur Service and Amateur Satellite Services in the United States, and is the Secretariat for the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), the worldwide federation of national amateur radio societies. The ARRL is organized for the establishment of networks to provide communications in the event of disasters or other emergencies; the advancement of the radio art and of the public welfare; the fostering of education; the promotion and conduct of research and development; and the dissemination of technical, educational, and scientific information relating to electronic communication, the representation of radio amateurs in regulatory matters, and the promotion of fraternalism and high standards of conduct among radio amateurs. It serves its members by protecting and enhancing radio spectrum access and providing a national resource to the public. http://www.arrl.org

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/.

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Delegation Delivers BSA’s 100th Anniversary Report to the Nation to Congress

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Delegation Delivers BSA’s 100th Anniversary Report to the Nation to Congress

Posted on 07 February 2011 by Press Release

A delegation of nine young people from across the country will represent the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in Washington, D.C., this month to present the organization’s annual Report to the Nation. This year’s report, designated in the BSA’s congressional charter, will highlight the BSA’s achievements during its milestone 100th anniversary year in 2010, including progress on Scouting programs that address national service, conservation, healthy living, and community involvement.

“For 100 years, the BSA has worked to teach young Americans the importance of doing their duty to their country,” Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca said. “This delegation of young people and report present a great opportunity to discuss the significant and positive impact we’ve had on young Americans, families, and communities, but also to identify how we can continue this tradition of service and leadership well into our next century.”

In 2010, Scouts participated in community service, conservation, and good citizenship projects as part of more than 120,000 local units around the country. Additionally, more than 56,000 earned the rank of Eagle Scout—an all-time high. Every year, Scouts’ community service projects collectively return millions of hours of volunteer time to communities.

The delegation arrives in the nation’s capital on Saturday, February 12. It is scheduled for visits throughout the week with U.S. Cabinet, House, and Senate leadership, the White House, CIA, Pentagon, Supreme Court, and Secret Service. The delegation will deliver this year’s report to Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Being selected to the Report to the Nation delegation is a tremendous honor for the Scouts and the communities they represent. Each Scout represents the more than 100 million Boy Scouts who have come before them and the millions who will follow. The 2010 delegation is made up of the young people below, and Ronald and June Coleman of Decatur, Georgia, will serve as the host couple while in Washington.

2010 Report to the Nation delegation:

  • Cub Scout Vasant Bhardwaj; Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
  • Boy Scout Angel Luis Cabanilla; Chicago, Illinois
  • Boy Scout Kevin Garcia; Richmond Hill, New York
  • Boy Scout Solomon Goodwin; Columbia, South Carolina
  • Boy Scout Tony Hansberry II; Jacksonville, Florida
  • Order of the Arrow Chief Jonathon Hillis; Austin, Texas
  • Sea Scout boatswain Vanya Keyes; Huntington Beach, California
  • Venturing president Jennifer Lowe; Spanish Fork, Utah
  • Boy Scout Jace Taliaferro; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

The Report to the Nation delegation will document this once-in-a-lifetime experience through the social media platforms of Twitter and Facebook. To keep track of the Report to the Nation delegation while they explore Washington, D.C., follow @boyscouts through Twitter or Boy Scouts of America on Facebook.

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/.

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2010 Top Online Trail’s End Popcorn Sellers

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2010 Top Online Trail’s End Popcorn Sellers

Posted on 01 February 2011 by admin

Trail’s End released its list of top online popcorn sellers for 2010.  The top seller was Nicholas O. from Troop 64 in Northeast Illinois Council and sold $8,382! 

Check out the top ten online sellers and units below.

Top 2010 Online Sellers – Scouts
1. Nicholas O.- $8,382 – Troop 64, Northeast Illinois Council
2. Jonathan G. – $5,660 – Pack 490, Western Colorado Council
3. Garrett J. – $4,263 – Pack 236, Atlanta Area Council
4. Dylan A. – $3,186 – Pack 55, Patriots’ Path Council
5. Ben N. – $3,028 – Troop 154, Nevada Area Council
6. Nathan F. – $2,591 – Pack 110, Three Fires Council
7. Connor B. – $2,570 – Pack 838, Northern New Jersey Council
8. Luke W. – $2,525 – Pack 100, Southeast Louisiana Council
9. Wyatt S. – $2,442 – Troop 1917, Montana Council
10. Kyle B. – $2,409 – Pack 154, Westchester-Putnam Council

Top 2010 Online Sellers – Scouts
1. Troop 64 – $8,542 – Potawatomi District, Northeast Illinois Council
2. Pack 39 – $7,219 – Bee Cave District, Capitol Area Council
3. Pack 490 – $6,003 – Majestic Mountain District, Western Colorado Council
4. Pack 236 – $5,521 – Chattahoochee District, Atlanta Area Council
5. Pack 3166 – $5,002 – Kaala District, Aloha Council
6. Pack 771 – $4,996 – Frontier Trails District, Longhorn Council
7. Troop 82 – $4,916 – North Trail District, Circle Ten Council
8. Pack 6 – $4,572 – Panther District, Southwest Florida Council
9. Pack 820 – $4,290 – Western Star District, Circle Ten Council
10. Pack 66 – $4,119 – Bee Cave District, Capitol Area Council

Source: Trail’s End Popcorn

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