Archive | April, 2011

Coming to the 2013 Jamboree: Venturing Crews

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Coming to the 2013 Jamboree: Venturing Crews

Posted on 20 April 2011 by admin

Beginning in 2013, Venturing Crew members are eligible to participate in the National Scout Jamboree. There has been an overlap between this policy being established and the recent publishing of an updated version of the Guide to Safe Scouting, which states that only Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts can participate. The electronic version of the Guide to Safe Scouting will be updated to reflect the correct information. The hard copy version will be updated at the next printing.

Source: Scout Wire News Release

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BSA Membership Impact Adds New Membership Specialist

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BSA Membership Impact Adds New Membership Specialist

Posted on 19 April 2011 by admin

The Membership Impact Department is pleased to announce the addition of Rudy Gonzalez to our staff. In this position, Rudy will join the National Council on April 18 as a membership specialist on the Membership Recruitment Team and will be responsible for supporting the team’s primary mission of providing tactical support to local councils in building their capacity to grow and sustain their membership.

Rudy will assist in developing, strategizing, and implementing a comprehensive framework for advancing the full range of diversity and inclusion efforts in local councils.

Rudy began his professional Scouting career in the Sam Houston Area Council as a district executive in 2000, and later was promoted to senior district executive. He joined the Circle Ten Council in 2008 as the district director for the North District.

Rudy is an Eagle Scout and has received the Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow. He currently serves as a troop guide for Circle Ten’s Wood Badge 98 for the 21st Century Wood Badge, held at Philmont Scout Ranch. Rudy was also presented the Honor Medal for unusual heroism in saving the life of a young boy.

Rudy is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural development. He graduated with scholarship support from KPMG Peat Marwick, Go Tejano Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Randall’s Supermarkets, Houston Propeller Club, Houston International Realtors Association, Harrisburg Rotary Club, and USAA.

Source: Scout-Wire News Release

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Check with Strings Attached

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Contest Rewards Four BSA Alumni Committees

Posted on 18 April 2011 by admin

Check with Strings AttachedOn St. Patrick’s Day 2011, the Heart of Virginia Council received a little extra green—the folding-money kind—from the BSA Alumni Office. The council, headquartered in Richmond, was the Southern Region winner in a random drawing to receive $5,000.

Rick Bragga, the National Alumni Committee member who presented the gift, pointed out that the money does have strings attached. The money must be used for alumni-relations purposes, and the council must report back on what it did.

“We are looking to these regional winners to lead the way with unique, unusual, and creative ways of advancing their alumni programs and thereby providing an example to others of what can be accomplished,” he said later. “The contest was a great way to create initiative, raise alumni visibility, and reward progress.”

The contest rewarded progress because it was only open to councils that had increased their base of reconnected alumni by at least 25 percent between June 1 and December 31, 2010. In addition, councils had to submit a roster of their alumni committees.

The other regional winners, each of which received $5,000, were the Hudson Valley Council in Newburgh, N.Y. (Northeast Region), the Gerald R. Ford Council in Grand Rapids, Mich. (Central Region), and the Long Beach Area Council in Long Beach, Calif. (Western Region).

Bragga said the contest was so popular that the committee is considering running another contest with a different focus—although still with the goal of reconnecting and reengaging alumni. “If we could reconnect the over 100 million BSA alumni, think what we could do for the youth of America,” he said. “Whether it is awareness, support, membership, or sheer numbers of volunteers, anything would be possible.”

Source: BSA Alumni News

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