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BSA Launches SCOUTStrong Fitness Program for Youth

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BSA Launches SCOUTStrong Fitness Program for Youth

Posted on 18 August 2011 by Press Release

“To keep myself physically strong” has been part of the oath that Boy Scouts have followed for more than 100 years. Even with fitness and wellness already one of its aims, the Boy Scouts of America is making a formal commitment to do even more to address the major health concerns facing today’s youth. Today in San Antonio, at its Top Hands Conference of Scouting professionals, the organization launched a new healthy-living initiative called SCOUTStrong.

SCOUTStrong was kicked off by announcing a collaboration with the President’s Challenge, the premier program of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN), resulting in a Scout-specific Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) challenge. The organization hopes more than 500,000 youth will achieve the SCOUTStrong PALA by 2013, the year of the BSA’s next national Scout jamboree. PCFSN members, including council co-chair Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, and Cornell McClellan, trainer to the First Family, congratulate the BSA on this initiative and will share fitness and health tips in the BSA youth publication Boys Life.

“The Boy Scouts are a perfect example of an organization that teaches the importance of physical activity at an early age,” said Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the President’s Council. “We believe that the SCOUTStrong program will help enable Scouts, as well as their families, to adopt active, healthy lifestyles. The skills they’re learning from this program will last them a lifetime.”

Research shows that children today spend less time outdoors and more time engaged in sedentary activity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The SCOUTStrong program is designed to be a starting point for creating regular, active lifestyle habits and teaching young people to make healthier choices. The SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge award can be earned by Scouts as well as families, volunteers, staff, and scouting alumni.

To earn the SCOUTStrong PALA, children need to be active 60 minutes a day, five days a week for six weeks; adults need 30 minutes a day. In the spirit of promoting a more active lifestyle among its professional staff, the BSA has organized a Sunrise Fun Run/Walk as part of its Top Hands meeting.

“We have an opportunity—and importantly, a responsibility—to shape young lives,” BSA Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca said. “Because of our reach, our programs, and our mission, Scouting is uniquely positioned to make a real difference on the health front. During our next 100 years of service, one of our top priorities will be to advocate for the health of all children.”

Preceding the launch of the SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge, 16 BSA adult leaders agreed to participate in their own PALA Challenge to show they are “walking the walk” when it comes to being more active. During the BSA Adult Leadership Walk-the-Walk Activity Challenge, participants committed to earning their PALA, as well as publicly blogging about their journey to a healthier lifestyle. The Walk-the-Walk Challenge participants’ blogs can be found at www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BSAFit/walkthewalk.aspx.

Participants in the Walk-the-Walk Challenge include BSA National Commissioner Tico Perez, who has announced he plans to meet the BSA’s high-adventure height and weight requirements by the 2013 National Scout Jamboree—and he’s well on his way after already losing more than 100 pounds.

“The SCOUTStrong program was an opportunity to look at our organization, and ourselves as individuals, and recognize that we can be doing even more,” Perez said. “I knew that personally, I could be a better role model for other Scouting volunteers and the youth we serve. Improving the health of today’s kids is a huge challenge that no single organization can tackle alone, but the BSA is prepared to step up and be a partner with local communities in the solution.”

This year, following its 100th Anniversary Celebration in 2010, the BSA is rolling out its new brand identity: Prepared. For Life.™ It recognizes that participation in Scouting prepares youth for a lifetime of good citizenship, personal achievement, character, and service. Encouraging the physical, mental, and emotional health of its members is one important way the BSA is fulfilling the promise of Prepared. For Life.™

About the Boy Scouts of America:
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be Prepared. For Life.™ 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 http://www.scouting.org/.

About the President s Challenge:
The President’s Challenge is the premier program of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. The President’s Challenge helps people of all ages and abilities increase their physical activity and improve their fitness through research-based information, easy-to-use tools, and friendly motivation. For more information about the President’s Challenge Physical Activity and Fitness Awards Program or the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, visit www.presidentschallenge.org

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Competitive Underwater Swimming Events are not Permitted

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Competitive Underwater Swimming Events are not Permitted

Posted on 16 August 2011 by admin

From BSA Health & Safety alerts:

As summertime swimming activities continue and youth become more comfortable in the water, it’s not uncommon for their water games to become more challenging and competitive. For qualified supervisors of Safe Swim Defense activities, for parents watching their children in the water, and for youth participants themselves, hyperventilation has been cited as a factor in numerous drowning incidents.

Breathing is triggered by a buildup of carbon dioxide rather than the depletion of oxygen. Holding your breath is an important stage in learning to swim, and the ability to swim underwater is an important skill for snorkeling and lifesaving. However, repeated deep and rapid breathing, or hyperventilation, before underwater swimming can result in a loss of consciousness by delaying the urge to breathe.

Contestants in underwater swimming events may be especially prone to this danger because, under the stress and excitement of competition, they may ignore their own built-in urge to breathe. In such cases, the swimmer may have little or no warning that he or she is about to pass out.

Caution anyone who is obviously breathing heavier than normal before they swim underwater. Because of concerns with hyperventilation, competitive underwater swimming events are not permitted in Scouting.

Source: Aquatics Safety: Hyperventilation

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Video: Minnesota Scouts and Space Station Question and Answers

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Video: Minnesota Scouts and Space Station Question and Answers

Posted on 15 August 2011 by admin

In the beginning of August, we posted about an opportunity for Minnesota Scouts to Call Space Station Astronauts. Check out this video of the question and answers with the Space Station!

The astronauts are Ron Garan Jr. and Mike Fossum and the Scouts were at Northern Star Council’s Base Camp.

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Lloyd Outlasts Rain To Tie With Season Best Finish

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Lloyd Outlasts Rain To Tie With Season Best Finish

Posted on 14 August 2011 by Press Release

Alex Lloyd outlasted tough track conditions and much on-track contact today as he drove the #19 Boy Scouts of America car to a 13th place finish at Sunday’s MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225. Even with rain dropping constantly throughout the race to make the track slick, and six caution periods, Lloyd was able to finish in a position that ties with his season best finish from Iowa.

During Saturday’s practice session, both Dale Coyne Racing drivers held constant top-ten positions. Lloyd ran as high as 4th, while rookie James Jakes, driver of the #18 Acorn Stairlifts car, was running as high as 3rd position during the session. However, qualifying results left Lloyd starting the race in 14th and Jakes starting 20th.

Due to weather conditions, Sunday’s race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway started early in hopes of avoiding the forecasted rain. After two early caution periods as a result of contact between cars, officials brought out the yellow caution flag for moisture on the 75th lap. The field ran under yellow for 32 laps before the green flag was waved again. Following two more cautions due to contact, the track went yellow once more for moisture on lap 206, before a bizarre ending with a red flag on lap 219 and scoring reverting back to lap 215 before the last incident which relegated Lloyd from 10th back to his final 13th placing. Neither Lloyd nor rookie James Jakes got caught up in any of the contact.

“It was great to be back on the track,” said Lloyd. “The race definitely gave the fans a good show, and I have to thank my spotter for all the help on the restarts because we almost got caught up in all that action! We had a very good car this weekend, and it’s a shame that we couldn’t race the full 225 laps and finish under green, but again, glad I was able to represent the Boy Scouts of America in the #19 car and finish out the race.”

Jakes had one of his most promising weekends of his rookie season with the IZOD IndyCar Series. After a great weekend of practice, his race ended early on lap 176 as the #18 car suffered its first gearbox failure in three years. Jakes was running 14th when he had to come in, and ultimately would be classified 18th out of the 27 car field.

“Even though the #18 Acorn Stairlifts car didn’t finish today, it was a very positive weekend for us,” Jakes said. “We had a great pace during the race. I’m very confident we would have finished in the top-ten if we could have run the whole time. Thanks to all the guys on the team for all of their hard work… You’re going to see it pay off at Infineon!”

Join us in two weeks as the IZOD IndyCar Series heads next to Infineon Raceway for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. The race will air live on VERSUS on Sunday, August 28 at 4PM ET.

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Boy Scout Group Visits Amadeus Consulting in Boulder, Colorado

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Boy Scout Group Visits Amadeus Consulting in Boulder, Colorado

Posted on 14 August 2011 by Press Release

The Boy Scouts and Venturers Troop 65 visited custom software development company Amadeus Consulting on Wednesday, July 20, 2011. Troop 65 Scoutmaster Roosevelt Wright and the group, dubbed the “time travelers,” as recognized by Scouting Magazine, are taking the journey to help scouts better understand how their academic curriculum applies to future careers.

The visit from Monroe to Boulder, Colorado serves as an introduction into the technology field. Wright selected Amadeus Consulting because of its leading expertise in mobile application development; something scout leader Wright is very familiar with. He is the creator of sermonideas.com, and hired Amadeus Consulting to develop his “Soul Food” iPhone and iPad applications that allow users to utilize existing sermon data to create original sermons, on the go.

“This is a great opportunity for the Scouts to see how a leading technology company like Amadeus Consulting functions,” said Wright. “This trip will help the organization continue to live out its mission by investing in the future of technologists.”

Each year the group visits different regions of the country in order to learn more about their nation’s history while serving an educational purpose. However, the annual summer trip program is not a small investment. The Scouts raised a significant amount of money by organizing and performing an African American historical drama; a production that has been in practice for more than 23 years.

The Boy Scout troop’s visit was catered by Naked Pizza in Boulder, who donated lunch.

About Amadeus Consulting
Amadeus Consulting is a custom software development company dedicated to creating intelligent technology solutions with successful business results. Amadeus Consulting is a Microsoft® Gold Certified Partner as well as a Silverlight™ Partner, winner of the Microsoft Office XP Challenge, and has Microsoft Partner Competencies in Custom Development, Mobility and Data Management Solutions. The company is an expert in custom software applications such as rich Internet Applications, content management systems, e-commerce, surveys, social networking sites, data collection and management, browser plug-ins, and mobile application development including iPhone™, iPad™, BlackBerry®, Android™ and Windows Mobile®. Amadeus Consulting has continued to rank in the prestigious Mercury 100 list of the fastest-growing private companies in Boulder and Broomfield counties since 2007, and has placed on the Inc. 5000 list since 2006.

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Bourdais Captures Third Consecutive Top-Ten At Ohio

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Bourdais Captures Third Consecutive Top-Ten At Ohio

Posted on 07 August 2011 by Press Release

For the third race in a row, Sebastien Bourdais has driven the #19 Boy Scouts of America car to a top-ten finish as he finished ninth in Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

After qualifying in the Firestone Fast Twelve yesterday to start today’s race in 11th position, Bourdais was able to continue with his fast streak as he worked his way up to running fifth at points during this morning’s practice session. He was then able to carry the momentum into the race, as he held a constant position in the top-ten throughout the 85-lap race.

“It was a tough start to the race today,” Bourdais said. “I’m not sure who bumped me right at the start, but it caused me to lose a position. Overall, it was another great weekend for the #19 BSA car. This is our third consecutive top-ten finish, and I hope to keep the momentum coming when I’m back in the car at Sonoma in three weeks.”

Rookie James Jakes, driver of the #18 Acorn Stairlifts car, finally found the speed he has looking during today’s morning warm-up. He was fourth quickest during some of the final minutes of the session, and ultimately ended with a session result of eighth.

“Things were going great today for the #18 car today,” said Jakes. “If it weren’t for us not getting enough fuel on the last pit stop and having to fuel again on the 83rd lap, I’m confident we would have had our best finish of the season instead of finishing in 23rd.”

Be sure to join us next week as the IZOD IndyCar Series heads to Loudon, NH for the MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225. The race can be seen live on ABC next, Sunday, August 14 live at 3:30 PM EDT.

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Bourdais Breaks Firestone Fast Twelve For Fourth Time

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Bourdais Breaks Firestone Fast Twelve For Fourth Time

Posted on 06 August 2011 by Press Release

For the fourth consecutive race of his seven races this season, Sebastien Bourdais qualified into the Firestone Fast Twelve and second round of qualifying on Saturday. After today’s session at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Bourdais, driver of the #19 Boy Scouts of America car, will start 11th in Sunday’s running of the Honda Indy 200.

Testing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course just over a week ago gave Bourdais a car he was very happy with. After the team made several changes to the car to try out in morning practice, they went back to the original set-up, which allowed Bourdais to reach as high as fifth during his Firestone Fast Twelve run.

Today’s Firestone Fast Twelve appearance marks the second consecutive week that Bourdais was able to secure his place on the last lap of the session.

“I feel good that we’re finally starting to get where I knew we could be all along,” said Bourdais. “The team confidence is high right now, and we’re looking to capitalize on another top-ten finish to go along with the others.

Rookie James Jakes, driver of the #18 Acorn Stairlifts car, ended yesterday’s practice in a weekend high 14th position. When the green flag drops tomorrow for the race, Jakes will be starting in 24th position.

Be sure to tune in to VERSUS tomorrow, Sunday, August 7 at 2PM EST for the Honda Indy 200.

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Minnesota Scouts Call Space Station Astronauts

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Minnesota Scouts Call Space Station Astronauts

Posted on 05 August 2011 by Press Release

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other students in St. Paul, Minn., will make a special call to the International Space Station on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 12:55 p.m. EDT. This is the first-ever Boy Scout Council/NASA live in-flight education downlink and only the second within Minnesota. It takes place at Base Camp, Northern Star Council’s new facility, located at Fort Snelling. The live, local connection with the International Space Station will feature a 20-minute question-and-answer session with Expedition 28 astronauts Ron Garan Jr., Mike Fossum, and Satoshi Furukawa.

The downlink astronauts will be shown live on Base Camp’s 19’ screen and throughout the 35,000 square foot facility, allowing for hundreds of young people to participate. Many science and space-related activities will also happen that day. Participants will Build mini hover crafts, experience Base Camp’s NASA space shuttle simulator (the Midwest’s only simulator and one of eight in the nation), view the stars in a portable planetarium and more.

The NASA space shuttle simulator was provided by National Aeronautics and Space Administration, C. Jackson Foundation and Total Learning Research Institute, Incorporated. The activities will be provided by The Works, the Minnesota Planetarium and the Boy Scouts.

In preparation for the event, Scouts have been working toward several merit badges related to space exploration (computers, astronomy, weather, etc.) and engaging in aerospace learning experiences, simulations, and research that exposes them to the challenging endeavor of human space exploration. These Scouts attended several events with local partners: the Minnesota Astronomy Department, Twin Cities National Weather Service and Minnesota Amateur Space Modeler Association, among others.

The in-flight education downlink is part of a series with educational organizations in the U.S. and abroad to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects. It is an integral component of Teaching From Space, an agency education program that promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of space and NASA’s human spaceflight program.

For NASA TV information and schedules, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For information about NASA’s education programs, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/education

For more information about the International Space Station, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/station

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Major Hispanic Organizations and BSA Partner to Bring Scouting to More Latino Families

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Major Hispanic Organizations and BSA Partner to Bring Scouting to More Latino Families

Posted on 02 August 2011 by Press Release

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) entered into a partnership with the BSA to establish a valuable relationship to bring Scouting to more Latino families in the United States and Puerto Rico. This includes working with Latino business leaders, as well as colleges and universities to strengthen their ties in the local community so that boys and young men and women may acquire skills to achieve their greatest potential. These two unique partnerships allow local councils to work with local chambers and universities to diversify their boards, generate new funding leads, create new charter opportunities, and build a pipeline of interns and employees.

Working together, there is tremendous value to the local Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and its membership. The Scouting program is proven to build leadership skills among youth and ultimately improve educational attainment levels that lead to stronger and more prosperous local communities. However, for business leaders becoming an active volunteer is a pathway to serve on the local board of the BSA council, which in addition to providing opportunities to help the community can also be an excellent networking tool with other business and civic leaders in the area.

A strong Scouting program and partnership with the local Hispanic Chamber of Commerce also provides opportunities for a business leader to become a mentor speaker at local BSA Venturing programs such as the Hispanic Youth Leadership Council, access to youth workforce development programs, as well as youth service projects that can benefit both a local business and its community.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) partnership is designed to support Scouting in reaching more college students and graduates and connecting them to opportunities for internships, volunteering and employment opportunities. HACU is a national organization that represents more than 450 colleges and universities that collectively serve two-thirds of the more than 2 million Hispanic students in U.S. higher education.

Both of these partnerships open the door for you with the local Chamber of Commerce and/or HACU-member college. Below you’ll find the ways to make contact with those local entities through their website. For more information about these new partnerships and how to engage with local leadership, contact Marcos Nava, National Director of Hispanic Partnerships at 972-580-2284 or marcos.nava@scouting.org.

Read the Memorandum of Mutual Support between the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the BSA. (pdf)

Visit the USHCC website and locate your local chamber by visiting the following link and selecting your state from the pull-down menu on the right side of the page.

Visit the HACU website at http://www.hacu.net and click on the U.S. members link to find local member colleges and universities.

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