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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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