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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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