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Old Sandwich Road Race

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Boy Scout Volunteers to Man Water Stations at 2011 Old Sandwich Road Race

Posted on 27 March 2011 by Press Release

Old Sandwich Road RaceThe Old Sandwich Road Race (OSRR), part of which takes place on America’s oldest road—Old Sandwich Road in Plymouth—recently announced that scouts from the Boy Scouts of America’s Old Colony Council will be manning the water stations for the half marathon and Entergy 10k on Sunday, June 5.

“We are thrilled to have the Boy Scouts of America on board with the rest of our dedicated volunteers,” said Craig Valentine Brenner, OSRR race director. “It was quite muggy for the first Old Sandwich Road Race. Since we expect to double the 500-plus runners who participated last year, we made a conscious decision for this year’s race to add several more water stations. Having this kind of manpower available to operate these stations properly will improve the experience and, probably, times for our runners.”

Scouts from the Cranberry Harbor district of the Old Colony Council BSA will work the water stations for the Old Sandwich Road Race’s Sunday events. Scout participation in the Old Sandwich Road Race, which donates its proceeds to the Home for Little Wanderers’ Baird Center School in Plymouth, counts towards the scout’s community service requirement for several badges.

“The Boy Scouts are glad to be a part of this effort for a number of reasons, first and foremost the cause, The Baird Center School, an organization that the BSA has been involved with over the years,” said Barry Wood, the Cranberry Harbor’s district commissioner. “The Boy Scouts get asked to volunteer for a number of community endeavors. The Old Sandwich Road Race is desirable because of the cause, the history of the area but most importantly because it’s an activity that brings people from the community together.”

The 2011 Old Sandwich Road Race will take place over the course of two days, Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5. The Saturday race will feature the Kids Classic and a new addition to the Old Sandwich Road Race, the OSRR 5k. Sunday’s main events include the OSRR Half Marathon, which takes place on Old Sandwich Road, and the Entergy 10k, beginning at Plimouth Plantation. All races end at Plymouth South High School.

Volunteers are still needed for race planning, fundraising and race weekend activities ranging from registration, water stations, security and more. If interested, send an e-mail to with “Volunteer” in the subject line or visit and click on the volunteers link.

“Volunteers are really the backbone of any race of this nature,” said Brenner. “Based on the initial registrations, the Old Sandwich Road Race is really on the verge of becoming a destination race. If you’re a runner, or used to be a runner, or just somebody who wants to help out a race that’s trying to raise money for a worthy cause, you couldn’t ask for a better race to be a part of.”

Originally a trail used by the Wampanoag Native American tribe, Old Sandwich Road later became the nation’s first true public road and a stagecoach route to ferry passengers and mail back and forth between the Massachusetts towns of Plymouth and Sandwich. Today, the road remains pretty much as the Pilgrims left it–a wide, scenic, dirt road bordered by beautiful tall pine trees and towering oaks.

For complete information on the Old Sandwich Road Race, you can visit the Old Sandwich Road Race Web site at Selected by Runner’s World, as “one of the five races not to miss in 2010”, The Old Sandwich Road Race also has pages on Facebook and Twitter. If you or your company is interested in sponsoring next year’s race, please contact Craig Valentine Brenner at 617-680-4230 or

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American Spirit Award Recipient

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Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Presents Award to a Boy Scout

Posted on 22 March 2011 by Press Release

American Spirit Award RecipientThe Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation will present its American Spirit Award to Jack Pape, a 17-year-old Boy Scout from Omaha, Nebraska. Pape, a junior in high school, will be recognized for his heroic efforts in 2008 and 2009 during a variety of ceremonies Friday, March 25. The American Spirit Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate extraordinary skill, professionalism, and a spirit of excellence in a challenging situation.

The award is given by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and the Society of America’s living Medal of Honor recipients. Pape will be recognized for helping to provide first aid to Scouts injured during the tornado that struck Little Sioux Scout Ranch in 2008 and for administering CPR to a young boy who had stopped breathing while at a hotel swimming pool in 2009.

“When I first heard about the American Spirit Award, I was really surprised to be nominated,” Pape said. “It seemed like kind of a big deal. I’m just a normal teenager. I was scared when I was faced with these situations but I didn’t think about it. I just did what needed to be done. There wasn’t really any other option.”

The Congressional Medal of Honor is in its 150th year of existence, and Boys’ Life magazine is celebrating its 100th year of turning “today’s readers into tomorrow’s leaders.” In observance of both anniversaries, it was decided to also name the recipient as the Boys’ Life 100th anniversary ambassador. In 2010, a national search was conducted, and four Scouts were selected as nominees for the American Spirit Award. An online vote at, combined with the evaluations from a judging panel, selected Jack Pape as the recipient.

“We are excited and honored to recognize Jack Pape with the American Spirit Award,” said Gen. Nick Kehoe, president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. “Like so many of the youth in Boy Scouts of America, Jack truly embodies the values represented by the American Spirit Award and the Medal of Honor.”

“The millions of youth in our program do honor to the name of Scouting through their acts of service to others and through their leadership,” Boy Scouts of America Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca said. “We applaud the courage and service above self shown by Jack Pape and are proud to join with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation in recognizing this achievement.“

Pape and his family, parents Anne and Jerry Pape, will participate in the National Medal of Honor Day activities on March 25 at Arlington National Cemetery, where he will receive the American Spirit Award. A special assembly is planned for Jack at Mount Michael High School on Tuesday, March 29, after his return home. In addition, Boys’ Life magazine will feature Pape in an upcoming issue, and he will serve as an ambassador for the youth-focused publication throughout the remainder of its 100-year anniversary celebration.

The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. For 100 years, the award-winning Boys’ Life has chronicled Scouting’s commitment to give young Americans the tools, experiences, and knowledge they need to make the world a better place. Through an entertaining and educational variety of general-interest articles, fictional stories, and cartoons, the magazine has reinforced the importance of literacy and told the collective story of more than 100 million Scouts, many of whom have gone on to be national heroes, including sports stars, astronauts, and U.S. presidents. Today, Boys’ Life continues to prepare young people for life as it teaches them the importance of community, family, ambition, education, leadership, priority, and living a life bigger than themselves.

The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, which was founded by the exclusive Society of living Medal of Honor recipients, is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to perpetuate the Medal of Honor’s legacy of courage, sacrifice, selfless service, and patriotism. The Foundation supports the objectives, activities, and outreach programs of the Society, and raises funds for initiatives such as Citizen Service Before Self Honors and the American Spirit Award that promote awareness of what the Medal of Honor represents. For more information, visit . The Foundation presents the American Spirit Award to an individual or group that has exhibited extraordinary skill, professionalism, and a spirit of excellence in a challenging situation.  For more information about the American Spirit Award, please visit

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