Archive | July, 2011

National Shooting Sports Manual Now Available

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National Shooting Sports Manual Now Available

Posted on 23 July 2011 by admin

The National Shooting Sports Task Force has just completed the new Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Sports Manual for Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing. Reference material for all levels were put into this one Shooting Sports Manual.

This manual will be a great resource for Council Shooting Sports Committees, Camp Leadership, and Unit Leaders. The manual will help provide a safe environment for youth participating in shooting sports activities.

You can view the manual online in pdf format here:

Printed veristions of the National Shooting Sports Manual are in production and should be available in August of 2011.

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West Virginia National Guard Made Summit Corps Possible

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West Virginia National Guard Made Summit Corps Possible

Posted on 20 July 2011 by Press Release

The Order of the Arrow (OA) Summit Corps project being conducted in partnership with the National Park Service, is possible because of the outstanding support of the West Virginia National Guard. According to Captain Jamie Bowen, of the Glen Jean Armory, “The Armory serves as the Incident Command Center for the project, where classrooms utilized by the military have been temporarily converted to office space for volunteer staff overseeing the operations, logistics, plans, and finance for the project.”

As the base of operations for nearly 1400 SummitCorps participants ages 14 – 21 and adult volunteer staff from across the country. The Glen Jean Armory is currently home to hundreds of tents that now cover a field the size of two football fields that was cleared by Soldiers and Armory employees over a period of two weeks.

Soldiers leveled the ground and hauled and packed gravel to make a transportation route for tents, portable toilets and showers near their camps. Soldiers also constructed an amphitheatre that stands near the tent city, for evening programs for the Arrowmen including the opening and closing ceremonies and a Wednesday night campfire. Perhaps equally as important to the young people, after a full day of building trails and removing invasive plants the Scouts return to the Armory, to enjoy a welcoming hot meal in the dining hall.

“This project lays the groundwork for a future of working hand in hand with the Boy Scouts of America on the jamborees and other projects. SummitCorps 2011 is the start of a strong and long lasting relationship between the BSA and the National Guard,” said Captain Bowen. Over the last year, Captain Bowen participated in multiple meetings and hosted three on-site meetings leading up to SummitCorps 2011.

Now in its third week, SummitCorps 2011 is operating safely and successfully for all participants and partners, in large part because the West Virginia National Guard has made every participant and partner feel welcome at the Glen Jean Armory. Mark Ishizu of Honolulu, HI and Youth Incident Commander for Week 3 shares his gratitude toward the Soldiers: “The Service they provide to our country goes beyond military deployments, but also impacts the younger generation. The fact that they are hosting us for this project is a perfect example of this impact.”

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Start Planning for the 54th Jamboree on the Air

Posted on 16 July 2011 by admin

JOTAWhile the world Scout jamboree is underway in Sweden this month, the world’s largest Scouting event will happen the weekend of October 15–16 at an amateur radio station near you. The 54th Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) is expected to top last year’s attendance, which had just over 700,000 Scout participants from nearly 6,000 stations around the world.

Now is the time to include JOTA in your fall planning to ensure your Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers are able to participate. Complete details are available online at

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Darden School Dean to Receive Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

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Darden School Dean to Receive Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

Posted on 12 July 2011 by Press Release

Robert Bruner, dean of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, has been selected to receive the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award upon nomination by the Stonewall Jackson Area Council and the Boy Scouts of America. The award is granted to Eagle Scouts who, after 25 years, have distinguished themselves in their life’s work and who have shared their talents with their communities on a voluntary basis.

The Boy Scouts of America press release cites Bruner for having distinguished himself “through his long and tenured career in higher education. … His reach not only extends nationally, but globally through his teaching and research in finance and management at the University of Virginia. He continues to play an integral part in community and volunteer service to the greater Charlottesville area.”

Since 1969, when the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award was implemented, only 1,850 nominations have been approved out of the two million recipients of the Eagle Scout rank. Bruner is the fourth person to receive this award in Central Virginia.

Among the notable persons who have received the award are: President Gerald R. Ford, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, Ross Perot, Steve Fosset, Steven Spielberg and astronaut Neil Armstrong. All members of the selection committee are recipients of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

For more information, contact

About the Darden School of Business
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business is one of the world’s leading business schools, offering MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Education programs. The unique Darden experience combines the case study method, the highest-ranked faculty whose research advances global managerial practice and business education, and a tight-knit learning environment to develop principled and complete leaders who are ready to make an impact.

Source: University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business

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Owasippe Celebrates its 100th Anniversary and You are Invited!

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Owasippe Celebrates its 100th Anniversary and You are Invited!

Posted on 07 July 2011 by admin

Now that Scouting has celebrated its 100th anniversary, it is Owasippe’s turn.

Owasippe Scout Reservation, America’s first Scout camp, celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2011. On July 22, 23, & 24 (Christmas in July weekend) the Chicago Area Council will welcome Owasippe alumni, visitors, and the public to the birthday party to be held at Ad Center.

The party will cap off a summer of anniversary events that will include a celebration each week. The Big Event on Saturday, July 23 will include a Scout Show, a stage show celebration, and a host of visitors to help in the commemoration.

The Scout Show will include show-and-do demonstrations by units exhibiting traditional Scouting skills. The stage show is going to include a host of dignitaries all gathered to join in the fun. There will be guided tours of the section camps available starting from Ad Center and the Tradin’ Post will be open providing some interesting special occasion souvenirs and novelties to commemorate your visit. The Owasippe Museum will also be open for visitation and for fun and games like “name that staff person under all the hair” from old staff photos and representatives of the Diamond “O” Ranch will show off some of their four-legged friends.

Visitors and alumni are invited to join us for the event either as a day visitor on Saturday or as an overnight camp visitor spending the weekend camping on the reservation. Visitors wishing to join the celebration are welcomed to visit our web site at to sign up. Registrations must be received online by Friday, July 15.

The cost to camp at Owasippe’s Camp Carlen for the weekend is $5.00 per person with an option to purchase Saturday morning breakfast and Saturday evening dinner for an additional $20.00 per person. Visitors will be required to provide their own tents and are welcome to check in at Ad Center after Noon on Friday, July 22.

Day visitors are welcome to join us at Ad Center on Saturday, July 23. There is a $5.00 per person fee and lunch will be available for purchase at Ad Center Snack Bar. Celebration festivities begin at 10:00am at Ad Center. The Scout show will go on throughout the day as will the escorted tours of the section camps. Since this is an active camping weekend, the section camps will be closed to visitors except those in escorted tours. The re-dedication ceremonies will begin promptly at 2:00pm and the festivities will conclude at 5:00pm followed by a traditional campfire at 8:30pm.

Another great program for the 100th is the Owasippe 100th Anniversary Commemorative Patio:

Do you have a favorite Scoutmaster you want to recognize, a loved one who has gone to the great council fire, or perhaps a staff person who made a difference? Or would you like to have your own name or Troop number solidified in Owasippe history as part of the centennial celebration of Owasippe Scout Reservation? Now you can remember that person or event that meant so much with a brick on the 100th Anniversary patio.

For a donation of $100, you can purchase a 4” x 8” paver block and have it engraved with up to 3 lines of text, up to 13 characters per line. Your custom brick will be engraved using a time-tested sandblasting technique by Muskegon Monument and Stone company.

For $300 your Troop can commemorate its visit to Owasippe in its 100th Anniversary year with 6 lines of text with 13 characters per line.

Orders are being taken by the staff at the Trading Post at Ad Center. Make your mark on the next century of Owasippe!

Come join in the fun for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Owasippe Scout Reservation.

Source: Chicago Area Council News Release

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Boy Scout Connection in Congress? (Video)

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Boy Scout Connection in Congress? (Video)

Posted on 05 July 2011 by admin

Check out this short video from FoxNews that shows the connection between Scouting and Congress.

Did you know there are 31 Eagle Scouts in the 112th Congress?

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