Archive | October, 2011

BSA Supply Upcoming Marketing Events

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BSA Supply Upcoming Marketing Events

Posted on 25 October 2011 by admin

With the upcoming holiday shopping season approaching, its always good to know about an upcoming sale. Here is a list of upcoming marketing events from BSA Supply.  These promotions will be found on Scout Stuff and in Nationally run Scout Shops.

October 28 – November 3rd, 2011
New 2011-12 Winter/Gift Catalog! If you haven’t received it already, it should be arriving soon, so watch your mailbox or stop by your local Scout Shop and pick one up. It’s packed with new Scouting exclusives and great gift ideas, just in time for the holidays. See page 3 for a list of all new items featured in the Winter/Gift Catalog.

November 4 – November 10th, 2011
Knives/Blades on Sale Web and In-store

November 11 – November 17th, 2011
Blankets on Sale

November 18 – November 24th, 2011
Gifts Under $20

November 21 – December 1st, 2011
Scout BLU™ Denim on Sale Web and In-store

November 23 – December 1st, 2011
TrekTek™ Bonded Jacket on Sale Web
and In-store

*Event dates, themes, and/or merchandise are subject to change due to inventory changes or product availability.

Source: Supply Line October 2011

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Order of the Arrow Branding and Style Guide

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Order of the Arrow Branding and Style Guide

Posted on 15 October 2011 by admin

The national Order of the Arrow committee  has released the OA Branding and Style Guide.  The committee wanted to ensure clear and consistant representation and message, as the OA approaces its 100th anniversary.

The OA Branding and Style Guide covers everything from Tradmark and Logo Protection, the Official OA Logo, Colors, Tagline, Alternative Logos, Common Terms, Awards, Events, and Uniforming and Insignia.

For those of you that were curious, the Order of the Arrow Tagline is “Scouting’s National Honor Society” and the logo’s colors are “Boy Scout Red” and “Boy Scout Blue”.

The national Order of the Arrow committee would like the Branding and Style Guide to become a staple in your Order of the Arrow publications library.

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Philmont Training Center Logo

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2012 Philmont Training Center Schedule

Posted on 14 October 2011 by admin

Philmont Training Center LogoSince 1950, Philmont Training Center in Cimarron, New Mexico has served as the National Training Center of the Boy Scouts of America.  Each summer, conferences are conducted at “PTC” by the various departments and committees of the BSA national council.  In 2012 there are dozens of exciting conferences to choose from that cover all aspects and programs of Scouting!  You are invited!  Don’t miss the chance to come to PTC next summer. Plus individuals who register by December 31, 2011 will qualify for the early bird registration price!

One of the most unique opportunities of a week at PTC is the chance to enjoy the magic of Philmont with your family.  While you learn the “best methods” of Scouting in your conference, your family members will enjoy hikes into the Philmont backcountry, horseback rides, crafts, games, and so much more!  You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to explore Philmont and the surrounding area together as a family.  This will surely be a Scouting adventure you will never forget.

Besides the normal great Philmont Training Center Sessions, here are the new sessions for 2012:

For more details about Philmont Training Center, visit  To register to attend PTC, log onto your MyScouting account at and then click on the “event registration” tab.

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Jamboree on the Air – Largest Scouting Event in the World

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Jamboree on the Air – Largest Scouting Event in the World

Posted on 03 October 2011 by Guest Poster

Jamboree on the Air will be held world wide on the weekend of October 15 & 16.  JOTA is the largest Scouting event in the world with the World Organization of the Scouting Movement reporting over 700,000 Scouts participated from nearly 6,000 stations around the world in 2010. You can find a great deal of information about JOTA at  

While it may be a little late to organize your own station operation for JOTA, you can still visit one near you.  The list of registered stations is at  Included in this list is Astronaut and Scoutmaster Mike Fossum who will be operating from the International Space Station via NA1SS. 

You might be wondering, what’s the big deal about amateur radio? After all, it’s been around for over 100 years. Isn’t it kind of old fashioned? The answer to the first question is that interest in amateur radio by our Scouts has been growing by leaps and bounds over the last two decades. You can see that by the jump in the number of Radio Merit Badges earned annually. Through the 1980’s that number had leveled off at less than 1,000 per year. Then it started a steady growth through the 1990s and the 2000s to the point of 7,000 earned in both 2009 and 2010. You can see a graph of the badges earned each year since 1949 at  So it is popular with our Scouts.

As to old fashioned, ham radio has always been at the forefront of technological innovation. From the original experiments with “wireless” communication to current day communication by satellite using a handheld radio and antenna as shown in the photo below.

Yet another exciting activity is called Fox Hunting, which uses amateur radio direction finding to complete an orienteering course by finding hidden transmitters using a handheld radio and directional antenna. It’s a blast for the Scouts and gets them into the outdoors with technology in their hands and a challenge on their minds.

I encourage you to stop by one of the JOTA stations in your area and check out the fun that the Scouts are having and the fabulous exposure to technology as well as communicating with other Scouts around the world.

That’s October 15 and 16. Check it out!

Jim Wilson, K5ND
National JOTA Organizer

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