Archive | May, 2011

Dale And Gail Coyne Bestowed Boy Scouts Of America Highest Honor

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Dale And Gail Coyne Bestowed Boy Scouts Of America Highest Honor

Posted on 29 May 2011 by Press Release

At the annual Boy Scouts of America 2011 National Council Recognition Dinner held Friday night in San Diego, Dale & Gail Coyne, owners of Dale Coyne Racing, became the first couple since Ronald and Nancy Reagan to receive the prestigious “Silver Buffalo” award, the Boy’s Scouts of America highest commendation.

The Coyne’s received the “Silver Buffalo” award for their outstanding support of America’s youth through their generous contribution and engagement of Scouts and Leaders across America. Past recipients include: President Teddy Roosevelt, Bob Hope, President George Bush, Sr., President Bill Clinton and last year’s recipient Bill Gates.

The #19 Boy Scouts of America IndyCar, which has raced the past two years in the IZOD IndyCar Series, has brought thousands of youth firsthand experience into the science, technology, engineering and math aspects of this exciting and relevant field.

“I cannot begin to state the impact that Gail and Dale Coyne’s IndyCar Series program has had on our nearly 4 million members,” commented Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca. “We are thrilled to have their generous support, and I am honored to know them personally. I cannot think of more deserving winners of the Silver Buffalo Award for all they have done and continue to do for the Boy Scouts of America.”

The Boy Scouts of America, the world’s largest youth organization in the world, celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2010. The #19 Boy Scouts of America car finished an impressive fourth-place in the 2010 Indianapolis 500 and look to improve upon that in this year’s race. The Coyne’s have brought an exciting new focus to area scouts in each of the 17 racing venues the IZOD IndyCar Series participates in throughout North America.

“We are both humbled and honored to be receiving this award,” commented Dale Coyne. “It is the Boy Scouts of America that drive us and it is truly them, and their families that deserve this award for all that they are doing to build the future of this great country.”

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is 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 20, 1.1 million volunteers, and nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit

About Dale Coyne Racing
For more than 27 years Dale Coyne Racing has competed in Indy car racing. The team enjoyed a successful 2009 IndyCar Series season with a win at Watkins Glen, and finished 9th in the IndyCar Series championship. Please visit for more information about the Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar.

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Reserve Airmen begin work on Boy Scout Jamboree site

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Reserve Airmen begin work on Boy Scout Jamboree site

Posted on 27 May 2011 by Guest Poster

Reserve Airmen recently arrived here to begin work on a 10,600 acre National Scout Jamboree site as part of Joint Task Force Summit.

More than 20 civil engineers from the 477th Civil Engineer Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, began clearing trees and installing silt fences on the site.

The site will also serve as the location for a summer camp, high-adventure base, and leadership training center in addition to the permanent home of the National Boy Scout Jamboree when construction is complete in 2013.

This project, which was made possible by a $50 million donation from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation to the Boy Scouts, not only gives Reservists a chance to give back to the community, but it also provides valuable training.

“This annual tour enabled CE troops from other career fields — electricians, carpenters, engineers — to become qualified on heavy equipment use,” said Senior Master Sgt. Brede Emtman, the 477th CES engineering superintendent. “It also enables us to give back to the youth of this country.”

Once the joint project is complete, more than 500 service members from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps will have helped, said Army Capt. Leonard Nida, the JTF Summit officer in charge.

All but two of the Reserve Airmen are traditional Reservists, meaning they have full-time civilian employment and train one weekend a month and two weeks a year with the Reserve.

“My employer has been awesome and super supportive of my work with the Reserves,” Sergeant Emtman said, who works is a service operations supervisor with Siemens in Anchorage, Alaska.

The 477th CES Airmen take advantage of the annual tour requirement to train together and build unit cohesion.

“In 2009, our squadron deployed to Iraq for six months,” Sergeant Emtman said. “That deployment and our yearly annual tours ensure that our folks maintain currency and bring us together as a unit.”

The West Virginia site was chosen from 80 proposals in 28 states during a nearly 19-month-long process, officials said. The location borders more than 70,000 acres of National Park Service property, which will give the Boy Scouts more trails to hike, more rocks to climb and more whitewater to paddle.

“We’ll be bringing thousands of young people to West Virginia to have their lives changed forever by these wonderful mountains and these wonderful people,” said Boy Scouts of America Chief Scout Executive Robert Mazzuca.

by Capt. Ashley Conner
477th Fighter Group Public Affairs

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Scouting App Thursday – BSA Quick Guide

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Scouting App Thursday – BSA Quick Guide

Posted on 26 May 2011 by Dan

This is part of 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.  You can see a list of Scouting Apps.


This week I took a look at an application called BSA Quick Guide.  BSA Quick Guide is a quick reference application for basic Scouting information for your Android Device.  Version 1.04 is available in the Android market.  There is a free version and a paid version which is the same app it just includes a 99 cent donation to the developer.


The BSA Quick Guide App is not very pretty, just white or blue text on a black background.  Don’t let the lack of fancy graphics fool you though, this is a quick reference app and doesn’t have to be showy.  The BSA Quick Guide App is divided into five categories: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity, Venturing, and Adults.  Unfortunatly Varsity, Venturing, and Adults are listed as “Coming Soon…”


The Cub Scout Section of the BSA Quick Guide App features:
  • References: Cub Scout Promise, Law of the Pack, Cub Scout Motto, Webelos Meaning, Whittling Chip Promise, and Hiking Safety Rules.
  • Tiger Cub Rank, Bobcat Rank, Wolf Rank, Wolf Electives, Bear Rank, Bear Electives, Webelos Rank, Webelos Compas Points, Webelos Activity Badges.
  • Academics and Sports Program Requirements.
  • Arrow of Light Requirements.
The Boy Scout Section of the BSA Quick Guide App features:
  • Basic Scouting references such as Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout Motto, Scout Slogan, Outdoor Code, Leave No Trace Promise.
  • Advancement Requirements: Scout Badge, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, Eagle, Eagle Palms.
  • Eagle Scout required Merit Badge requirements.

Each requirement has a checkbox that can be checked or unchecked.  This allows the app to be a reference for what requirements a Scout has completed but it should not replace the handbook checklist or merit badge blue cards.  The application does not allow a date or initials to be entered.

While the information is basic, this is a great handy app for leaders to have requirements available within reach at all times.  It would be great if the developer added the other merit badges and three identified “coming soon” sections.  Hopefully the developer will keep it updated each year when requirements change.

BSA Quick Guide was developed by George R. Cain Jr.  BSA Quick Guide is not an official Boy Scouts of America Application.  The developer makes clear that it is not a replacement for the Scouting handbooks.  The application is a guide and reference for when the merit badge or handbook is not available to you.

Check out the other Scouting Apps!

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