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SnapSports® Provides Futsal Court for Utah Boy Scouts at Scout-O-Rama 2011

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SnapSports® Provides Futsal Court for Utah Boy Scouts at Scout-O-Rama 2011

Posted on 29 April 2011 by Press Release

SnapSports®, the industry leading manufacturer of athletic surfacing, will be supplying a SnapSports® multi-patented Futsal court, for Scout-O-Rama 2011, being held at the South Towne Expo Center, in Sandy, UT on April 30, 2011. The SnapSports® Futsal soccer court will be used as an interactive showcase, to garner more youth involvement in the game of Futsal, and also to give kids the opportunity to learn more about scouting.

Utah’s 2011 Scout-O-Rama, hosted by the Great Salt Lake Council, Boys Scouts of America, will not only be an opportunity for the scouts to showcase their skills, but also will highlight the kick off of their focus on ‘A New Century of Scouting Service’, by which the scouts put an emphasis on completing 2011 hours of service and encourage all attendees to participate as well, by bringing a canned food item to be donated to the Utah Food Bank or a children’s book to be donated to Read Today.

The annual Scout-O-Rama event is expected to bring 25,000-30,000 attendees of all ages and give them the opportunity to participate in fun and exciting “hands-on” exhibits, including an interactive clinic with two indoor soccer leagues that will be playing games on the SnapSports® Futsal court.

SnapSports® multi-patented sports surfacing, is specifically designed to endure high-performance play by athletes of all ages and ability. Incorporating a multi-patent shock-absorption technology, SnapSports® athletic surfacing, eases the impact on joints, allowing athletes to play safer and longer. As the official flooring of the United States Futsal Federation (USFF), SnapSports®, is delighted to partner with an outstanding organization like the Great Salt Lake Council, Boys Scouts of America, to help promote youth involvement in the sport, and within the scout’s organization.

“Having this event right in our backyard is fantastic, everyone here at SnapSports is looking forward to seeing an exciting weekend of fun family oriented sports competition take place on our floors. ”- Jorgen Moller, CEO, SnapSports, Inc.

The Scouts Organization hopes that by incorporating the sport of Futsal they can encourage more Hispanic youth to become involved in scouting as well. Also expected to join in Saturday’s activities is Leo the Lion, ReAL Salt Lake Mascot, who will stop by and help the kids do some goal shooting on the SnapSports® Futsal court later that afternoon. The Great Salt Lake Council has also announced Jerry Sloan, as the 2011 Scout-O-Rama Honorary Chairman.

“It’s these kinds of partnerships that are what scouting is all about.”- Reid Hall, Boy Scouts of America, Great Salt Lake Council.

About SnapSports®
Based in Salt Lake City, Utah – SnapSports®, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of interlocking modular suspended sports surfacing. The 100,000 square foot facility operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

In addition to the 100+ team members at headquarters and 100′s of dealers and resellers around the world, SnapSports® offers unmatched customer service and expertise to their valued customers. No company has more hands-on experience within the management team than that of SnapSports®, they are the inventors of the outdoors backyard court industry you see today and the world’s leading manufacturer and supplier of premium modular sports flooring for residential and commercial applications. SnapSports® is proudly Made In The USA

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Scouting App Thursday – Helleniechsin

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Scouting App Thursday – Helleniechsin

Posted on 28 April 2011 by Dan

I’m starting a new feature here on Scouting News.  With the increasing number of Scouting related applications for phones I’ve decided to feature a new one each week.

This week I’m taking a look at an application called Helleniechsin.  Helleniechsin is an English-Lenape Dictionary of the Lenni Lenape (Delaware Indian) language as spoken by the Moravian Missionaries in the 18th Century for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.  Version 1.0 is currently available in the App Store.

The Helleniechsin App features:

  • An alphabetically indexed dictionary of Lenni Lenape words.
  • Browse words by groups, or as the app calls it “groups”. (ex: trees)
  • Search by Lenni Lenape word.
  • Search by English word.
  • Help section which contains background information, pronunciation guide, grammar guide, and technical help in using the application.

You can find additional information and more screenshots on the Helleniechsin App page in the App Store or on the developer’s website.

At this point I think there are going to be two types of people reading this review:

The first group is thinking, this is all fine and dandy but what does a Lenni Lenape dictionary application have anything to do with Scouting?  Well, the short answer is the Order of the Arrow has a large number of customs and traditions based on the Delaware Indians, or Lenni Lenape.  The Lenni Lenape language is used in ceremonies, vigil names, and sometimes position titles.

The second group is thinking, this is sweet, this is going to make Order of the Arrow Vigil Selection and finding Vigil names so much easier.  I fall in this group, I remember flipping through torn-up photocopied versions of Lenne Lenape dictionaries looking for just the right name.

Overall, the Heleniechsin app looks like a great resource for the Scouting and Order of the Arrow community!  The developer of Helleniechsen is a long-term Scouter and an Order of the Arrow Vigil member.  You can see the other Scouting related applications he has developed at http://www.scoutapps.net/

 Helleniechsin - ScoutApps.netCheck out Helleniechsin today and let us know what you think of it below in the comments!

Check out the other Scouting Apps!

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Boy Scouts of America Observes Youth Protection Month

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Boy Scouts of America Observes Youth Protection Month

Posted on 25 April 2011 by Press Release

In observance of April as Youth Protection Month, the Boy Scouts of America is working to raise awareness about the dangers and challenges facing youth, and to reiterate the BSA’s own policies and procedures to protect youth. This year, Scouting is encouraging local councils and individual Scouting units to focus on two critical areas: effectively recognizing and reporting child abuse, and Internet safety.

“Youth protection is—and has always been—of paramount importance to the BSA, and we continue to enhance our policies and procedures in line with the growing awareness of the dangers and challenges facing youth,” said the BSA’s Chief Scout Executive, Bob Mazzuca. “Scouting’s leadership works throughout the year to ensure we remain at the forefront of these important issues. Youth Protection Month provides an ideal opportunity for all of Scouting—including our volunteers and parents—to review important safety information with the children in our lives and to reaffirm our commitment to protect them.”

In July 2010, the BSA appointed Michael Johnson, an internationally recognized expert on child abuse investigation and prevention, as its first full-time Youth Protection director. Johnson and his team will continue to review the BSA’s policies, procedures, and training materials and recommend continued enhancements to ensure the BSA remains at the forefront of youth protection. Since last summer, the BSA has made the following enhancements to its youth protection efforts:

•Improved Tools to Encourage Prompt Reporting of Abuse: The BSA’s Youth Protection Team has increased and clarified national standards for reporting inappropriate conduct, which were published in the 2011 edition of the Guide to Safe Scouting. Additionally, the BSA is publishing a series of fact sheets to help volunteers recognize various types of abuse and is launching new online tools to encourage prompt reporting.
•Mandatory Training for All Adult Volunteers: Effective June 1, 2010, the BSA required all adult volunteers to complete Youth Protection training every two years in order to maintain their membership. Since that time, approximately 640,000 people have taken the training. Johnson also has led a series of in-person workshops to review safety information and ensure volunteers understand how to recognize and report abuse.
•Social Media Guidelines: In conjunction with Youth Protection Month, the BSA released guidelines for Scouts and Scouting’s adult leaders on how to safely use social media. These guidelines are available at: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Marketing/Resources/SocialMedia.aspx  and are part of the BSA’s continuing effort to enhance and expand its youth protection programs.

“Mike Johnson and his support team, made up of people from multiple disciplines, are already having a positive impact on our organization,” Mazzuca said. “When it comes to cultivating a safe environment, our message to all adult members is clear, ‘Youth protection begins with you.’™”

“The challenges and dangers facing today’s youth continue to change and expand,” Johnson said. “At all levels of the organization, Scouting takes very seriously its responsibility to adapt to these evolving needs. We are steadfastly committed to the continued advancement of these efforts. The BSA simply refuses to compromise on the safety of youth, and I am proud to be part of this organization.”

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, please visit www.scouting.org.

Source: Boy Scouts of America

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