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Boy Scouts of America Plans West Virginia Service Project

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Boy Scouts of America Plans West Virginia Service Project

Posted on 27 June 2011 by Press Release

The Order of the Arrow (OA), which is the Boy Scouts of America’s national honor society, in coordination with the National Park Service announced today that nearly 1,700 volunteers will conduct a four-week national service project at New River Gorge National River (NERI) through a program called SummitCorps 2011. During the month-long event, each Scout volunteer will dedicate 32 hours to building and rehabilitating multiuse trails in the park.

During July, Boy Scouts between the ages of 14 and 21 will build 16 miles of world-class hike and bike trails, rehabilitate 12 miles of ATV trails, and remove four acres of invasive plants. Each week, a new group of 250 to 350 Scouts will perform service projects in the park, making it one of the largest youth service projects performed in National Park Service history.

According to Don Striker, superintendent of NERI, “The National Park Service is extremely proud to be working with our longstanding partners at the Boy Scouts of America to fulfill the organization’s commitment to give back to their new neighbors at the Summit. This project will save taxpayers over $1 million, as the Boy Scouts clearly demonstrate their leadership in developing youth who understand the importance of community service and the shared stewardship of our national parks.”

While the hike and bike trails are located near the BSA’s newest high-adventure base, the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, the trails will be available for anyone visiting the park. To enhance the design and construction of the trails, the National Park Service has contracted with the International Mountain Bicycling Association for the association to develop the design for the multiuse trails.

“To see thousands of young people—many of them teenagers—from across the nation give up a portion of their summer to do hard physical work should inspire all of us that the next generation of youth are headed in the right direction,” said Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America. “Boy Scouts have always understood the importance of the outdoor classroom, and are extremely proud to partner with the National Park Service to create these world-class biking trails and many more service projects that will benefit the community.”

The BSA plans an ongoing service learning relationship with the Park Service and neighboring communities. Every Scout who attends a jamboree, an adventure camp, or a leadership school at the Summit will be expected to donate at least six hours of time to the park and/or the local communities.

The NPS goals are to engage these youth volunteers through service-learning, educate them about the park resources and NPS mission, and provide recreational opportunities for them that fulfill the principles of the First Lady’s Let’s Move Outside initiative and President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative.

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 www.scouting.org. For information about Order of the Arrow, visit www.oa-bsa.org .

About the National Park Service
The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. For more information about the National Park Service, visit http://www.nps.gov .

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Thirteen Proves Lucky For Lloyd In Iowa

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Thirteen Proves Lucky For Lloyd In Iowa

Posted on 25 June 2011 by Press Release

Alex Lloyd, driver of the #19 Boy Scouts of America car, showed off his driving skills as the 26-year-old improved nine positions to finish thirteenth in the fifth running of the Iowa Corn 250 on the 1-mile Iowa Speedway oval Saturday night.

Lloyd, who started the race 22nd, gained the third most positions and completed all 250 laps. He was consistently running in the top 10 during the practice session on Friday afternoon.

“The #19 Boy Scouts of America car had a great run tonight,” Lloyd said. “The team did another fantastic job giving me the best car possible.”

Lloyd will be back behind the wheel of the #19 Boy Scouts of America car in Loudon, NH on August 7th. Four-time Champ Car Series Champion Sebastien Bourdais will once again take over the duties of driving the BSA car for the next three road/street course races at Toronto, Edmonton and Mid-Ohio.

Making his third oval track start of the season, Dale Coyne Racing rookie driver James Jakes (#18 Acorn Stairlifts) finished 25th. After a promising last practice session last night, Jakes came out ready to conquer the Iowa Speedway. However, on lap 24, Jakes crashed hard into the wall in turn two after Charlie Kimball cut down in front of Jakes, causing him to lose traction on the cold track surface.

“We had difficult conditions out there tonight,” Jakes said. “It was so cold and difficult to pass. Everyone was trying to get low because that is where the grip seemed to be. It is unfortunate because the #18 Acorn Stairlifts car was quick here.”

Jakes’ streak of five consecutive races running at the end of race came to an end in Iowa. “These things are bound to happen,” Jakes commented. “Hopefully we can build another streak starting in Toronto.”

The IZOD IndyCar Series takes a week off before heading north of border for the running of the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday, July 10. The race can be seen live on VERSUS starting at 2 p.m. (EDT).

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Scouts in Germany Raise Money for Camp Freedom

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Scouts in Germany Raise Money for Camp Freedom

Posted on 23 June 2011 by admin

Check out this Air Force Report about how Scouts in Germany raise money for summer camp.

This edition features a story on Boy Scouts raising money for Camp Freedom. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Chris Pyles.

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Westchester-Putman Council Volunteer Is the First to Receive National Award

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Westchester-Putman Council Volunteer Is the First to Receive National Award

Posted on 16 June 2011 by Press Release

An active Scouter for more than 70 years, John “Jack” Coughlin was recognized at the Boy Scouts of America’s National Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, as the organization’s Alumni of the Year. The new award is intended to recognize those individuals whose lives have been positively impacted by Scouting, or those who have impacted the lives of others in the movement. Mr. Coughlin is an Eagle Scout, a Distinguished Eagle Scout, and has received the organization’s highest national award for service to youth, the Silver Buffalo Award. He has served in numerous positions in the Westchester-Putman Council.

To say Jack Coughlin has been a trailblazer would be an understatement; at 87 years old, he’s still blazing new trails. One of Mr. Coughlin’s most significant recent contributions to the BSA was the concept and groundwork to create a database of Eagle Scouts. Since the first Eagle Scout Award was presented in 1912, more than 2 million men have proudly shared that recognition. However, after receiving the award, many Eagle Scouts go on with life—only finding out about other Eagles through casual conversation, or as a reference on a resume or application.

After seven years of development, Coughlin’s idea came to fruition when the first Eagle Scout Roll of Honor book rolled off the press in 2008. Through this publication, nearly 500,000 men who responded to the survey have reconnected with other Eagle Scouts. To complement the Roll of Honor book, Eagle Scout Stories was introduced in 2010.

“As a proud Eagle Scout, and a member of the National Eagle Scout Association, the Roll of Honor gives every man that has earned the award the opportunity to be part of something bigger than himself,” said Robert Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. “Jack’s selfless determination opened the doors for thousands of men to connect with other men who share a similar journey and a shared legacy.”

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Gingrich Foundation Recognizes BSA as Charity of the Month

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Gingrich Foundation Recognizes BSA as Charity of the Month

Posted on 09 June 2011 by Press Release

The Gingrich Foundation has selected the Boy Scouts of America as Charity of the Month for June in commemoration of President Woodrow Wilson’s signing into law a national charter for the Boy Scouts of America on June 15, 1916.

Originally incorporated in February 1910 by W. D. Boyce, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has become one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. For nearly a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of America by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun.

“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,” said Brad Farmer, Assistant Chief Scout Executive, BSA. “With 2.7 million youth members and more than a million volunteers the BSA serves America through millions of service hours each year. We are grateful for our supporters’ gifts of time and resources which allow us to continue our mission and to help develop our nation’s future leaders.”

“The Boy Scouts of America teach our youth to become responsible and productive members of our communities,” said Callista Gingrich, President of the Gingrich Foundation. “Newt and I encourage all Americans to support the valuable work they do in helping to develop our next generation of leaders.”

The Boy Scouts of America believes that preparing young people for life, in areas of education, leadership and service – all with a spirit of adventure – is the key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society. Through various programs, including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing and other tools like the award-winning Boys’ Life, which has for 100 years chronicled Scouting’s commitment to give young Americans the tools, experiences and knowledge they need to make the world a better place, Boy Scouts of America offers opportunities for young people to learn about education, leadership, community, character, and service. In addition to supporting and teaching youth in the United States, Boy Scout councils also provide service to American citizens living abroad.

The Gingrich Foundation is a domestic non-profit corporation founded by Callista and Newt Gingrich to support charitable purposes.

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Source: Gingrich Foundation

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INDYCAR Partners With Boy Scouts

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INDYCAR Partners With Boy Scouts

Posted on 06 June 2011 by Press Release

INDYCAR proudly announces today that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is now an official sponsor of the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights. The BSA was introduced to motorsports in 2010 through an association with Dale Coyne Racing — an experience that convinced the 101-year-old organization that INDYCAR was an ideal partner with whom to align and to advance their youth leadership and education initiatives. The BSA expects to use the INDYCAR relationship to teach Scouts about the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) aspects of racing.

“Racing is a modern way to connect with youth and to further Scouting’s dedication to expanding tomorrow’s leaders through STEM,” said Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive of the BSA. “INDYCAR adds fun and entertainment to these educational exercises, providing a cool way to get kids excited about learning. We are thrilled about this relationship and the opportunities it gives our young people.”

The BSA will continue to enjoy the opportunity to market its brand to INDYCAR’s television audience and at its live races via the red, white, and blue Boy Scouts of America-branded No. 19 car of Dale Coyne Racing. Also, Scouts will be able to visit the Dale Coyne Racing paddock to talk to engineers and see the team at work firsthand. Discounted tickets will be available at numerous races across the country, and promotional elements such as Scout Alley will be activated to entertain the young men as they become fans of INDYCAR and exposed to behind-the-scenes aspects of the motorsports industry.

“One of INDYCAR’s goals is to grow its audience and establish the next generation of fans,” said Randy Bernard, INDYCAR CEO. “This relationship with the Boy Scouts of America allows us to engage new and younger demographic sectors and create a more family friendly environment, serving our youth initiatives through its grassroots campaigns.”

With 2.7 million youth members, more than one million adult volunteers, and nearly 50 million living alumni, there will be considerably more fans of the IZOD IndyCar Series through 2012 and beyond. The agreement between the Boy Scouts of America and INDYCAR is in place until December 2012.

IZOD IndyCar Series driver Alex Lloyd raced the Boys Scouts of America-branded car through the entire 2010 schedule, culminating in rookie of the year honors. For 2011, Alex joins Sebastien Bourdais in the team’s No. 19 car. Alex drives on the ovals, while Sebastien navigates the road and street courses.

About 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 www.scouting.org.

About INDYCAR
INDYCAR is the governing body of the IZOD IndyCar Series, the premier open-wheel racing series in the United States, and Firestone Indy Lights, which serves as an essential stepping stone for drivers and teams striving to reach the IZOD IndyCar Series and the Mazda Road to Indy, a development ladder system for career-minded drivers who wish to compete in the IZOD IndyCar Series. INDYCAR events are available to a worldwide audience through a variety of multimedia platforms, highlighted by long-term and broad-reaching partnerships with ABC and VERSUS. INDYCAR is continually at the forefront of motorsports innovation with drivers, teams, and tracks benefiting from major safety and technological improvements such as the SAFER Barrier, SWEMS wheel tethers, chassis enhancements, ethanol fuel, and the Holmatro Safety Team.

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AFN Two Minute Report: Cub Scouts in South Korea

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AFN Two Minute Report: Cub Scouts in South Korea

Posted on 01 June 2011 by admin

Check out this AFN Korea story about a Cub Scout Day Camp in South Korea.

This edition features a story on the Boy Scouts Yongsan Activities day in Korea.
Hosted by Pfc. Joon Sang Yoon.

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