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Reach Out and Philmont Someone on December 3rd, 2011

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Reach Out and Philmont Someone on December 3rd, 2011

Posted on 29 November 2011 by admin

Over 3,040 people have committed to “Reach out and Philmont someone!” on Saturday December 3rd, 2011.  Advertised on Facebook as an Event, over 4,200 individuals have been invited.  The Facebook event page states that it “is a social experiment to see how many Philmonters are lurking around in our every day lives.”   The event organizer is crowning the first Saturday in December to be “Find a Philmonter Day!”.

The idea is that everyone who has been to Philmont, worked at Philmont, gone on a trek, gone on Rayado, worked on Trail Crew, wears their Philmont staff shirt, trek shirt, hat, or other prominent Philmont gear on December 3rd, 2011.  Then as you spend time out at about, going about your daily life business, see who you might connect with.  The goal of the event is to see how many other invisible Philmonters there are in your area/life that you always pass that you would never know have a Philmont connection.

The Facebook event, says an important part of the experiement is to come back to the Facebook event and post who you saw, what you talked abou, and tell a story.

Some members of the group are asking members to not just be seen, but to be heard as well.  The Philmont Staff Association (PSA) has the Philmont Hymn ringtone available for purchase at  The ringtone is in “chime” form and can be downloaded to your personal electronic device. It’s a great way to let people know you are a part Philmont.  The cost is only $2.oo and 100% of the proceeds go to the PSA Staff Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund endows seasonal staff members with up to $1,500.oo to help with their higher education.

Will you Reach Out and Philmont someone on December 3rd, 2011?

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Zionsville Cub Scouts Give Over $1,350 to Soldiers in Need

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Zionsville Cub Scouts Give Over $1,350 to Soldiers in Need

Posted on 28 November 2011 by Press Release

In recognition of Veterans Day, nearly 90 Cub Scouts from the Tecumseh Tribe of Pack 358 today contributed over $1,350 in hard-earned popcorn sales rewards to the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund as part of their inaugural Half to Heroes effort to help needy soldiers and their families. Officials at the national Boy Scout headquarters know of no other time when Scouts have ever parted with their personal rewards from popcorn sales to benefit others.

“The values of Scouting are the values of the Indiana National Guard: selfless service, respect, duty,” said Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard. “These young men and their families have honored us today, and their compassion for our Soldiers and Airmen is greatly appreciated.”

Each fall, Scouts knock on doors in their communities to sell popcorn to benefit Scouting programs at the national, state and local level. As an incentive for selling, Scouts can earn gift cards from Amazon or Walmart. For example, a Scout who sells between $250 and $349 in popcorn earns a gift card worth $10. The rewards become larger with increased sales.

In an effort to underscore Scouting’s core values of selflessness and service to others, the Scouts were challenged at the September popcorn sales kick-off to pledge to give at least half of any earned rewards to help soldiers and their families. Accordingly, the campaign was named Half to Heroes. During their weeks of door-to-door sales, the Scouts wore “I’m giving Half to Heroes” stickers, generously provided by Print Resources, Inc.

Today, at their school’s annual Veterans Day assembly, the Scouts culminated their weeks of work by donating over $1,350 in earned rewards to needy soldiers and military families by placing their gift cards in an upturned soldier’s helmet as members of the Indiana National Guard looked on. Most of the Scouts ultimately decided to contribute all of their gift card earnings, not just half. Individual contributions ranged from $10 to $160 in gift card donations. The Union Elementary School community in Zionsville was inspired by the Half to Heroes effort, purchasing $30,000 in popcorn from the Scouts this year – an over 66% increase in sales from 2010.

“The generosity of the Scouts from the Tecumseh Tribe of Cub Scout Pack 358 proves they know firsthand the promise to ‘help other people’ is an important part of the Scout movement,” said Scott Clabaugh, head Scout Executive in Central Indiana, who was on hand for the event. “Crossroads of America Council salutes these Scouts for making service to others a real part of their lives. ”

The Scouts’ contributions to the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund were significantly boosted when representatives of Amazon and Walmart each contributed $1,000, raising the campaign’s total gift to over $3,350.

“Walmart is honored to participate in Half to Heroes with the Tecumseh Tribe of Cub Scout Pack 358,” said David Reitnauer, Walmart regional general manager, headquartered in Plainfield. “Your support of proud and brave men and women and their families through the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund is patriotism at its best! This is a great example of finding a unique way to help our armed forces even at such a young age.”

During the ceremony, a letter was shared with the Scouts from U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, who praised the Scouts, calling their contributions to soldiers and their families “a remarkable example of your commitment to community service.” Lugar concluded his letter by saying, “As an Eagle Scout and a Veteran, I applaud each of you for making the decision to help those who are risking their lives for their country and for each of us.”

Speaking on behalf of the Tecumseh Tribe, the top adult leader, known as the Cubmaster, Tom Sugar, said, “We believe Scouting is a strong partner for parents in helping to instill positive values in growing boys and young men. Our Half to Heroes effort is another powerful example of that commitment. The Scouts learned about compassion, service to others, deep respect for our brave men and women in the military – and they experienced the special satisfaction that comes from being a part of something bigger than yourself.”

The Tecumseh Tribe of Pack 358 hopes to serve as an example to Scouts across the state and country, and intends to encourage others to give Half to Heroes next year.

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Get Your Scouting Questions Answered at

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Get Your Scouting Questions Answered at

Posted on 26 November 2011 by admin

Half Eagle Answers has a new feature to help answer questions about Scouting. “HalfEagle Answers” is a community of cheerful, adult Scouting volunteers and professionals ready to provide helpful answers to Scouting related questions. Members use their real identities and have to login via facebook connect.

Instead of traditional website communities, where topics can be taken over by off-topic rants and personal opinions about policies and procedures, HalfEagle Answers is different! HalfEagle Answers is set up in a way that allows logged in members to vote the best answers to the top which makes off-topic answers sink to the bottom. You can learn more about what makes HalfEagle Answers different at

A sample of the questions currently on the site include: is a service project of Gregg Hilferding.  Gregg is an Eagle Scout, U.S. Army veteran, and Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, and a volunteer with Gulf Ridge Council.  Gregg has continually been tweaking and adding new features to HalfEagle since its inception in 2008.

If you have a question about the Scouting program, post it on; otherwise remember a Scout is Helpful and answer a question today!

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Black Friday ScoutingNews Giveaway

Black Friday ScoutingNews Giveaway

Posted on 24 November 2011 by admin

Forget about the crowds, and enter the Black Friday contest!

There are three great prizes being given away:

All you have to do to enter the Black Friday contest is to complete at least one of the entry methods below. You can complete additional tasks for additional entries. There will be three winners (one per item above) selected at random.  Good Luck!

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National Council Releases Strategic Plan Progress Report

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National Council Releases Strategic Plan Progress Report

Posted on 22 November 2011 by admin

The National Council has set up a special section on their website to review progress of the 2011-2015 National Council Strategic Plan.  If you never checked out the National Strategic Plan, you can check it out as a flipbook or a pdf download (pdf).

The latest update is called: “Strategic Plan Progress Report:  Holiday Season 2011“.  You can view two videos, the first is the Top Hands presentation on the Strategic Plan, Journey to Excellence, and the Main Thing; the second is a compilation of news broadcasts about The Summit.  Also available is information about the pilot Scouting Ambassadors program that helps to welcome new BSA employees into the Scouting family.

This special section of the BSA website introduces the new Scouting Honors Program, which celebrates the achievements of National Council employees when they demonstrate a commitment to the BSA operating principles and deliver a quality Scouting experience to more youth.  Three employees were chosen by the Diversity Committee to receive the Silver Blaze Award which was presented at the November National Staff Meeting:

Janine Halverson was recognized for Thinking and Acting in the Greater Interest of the BSA. She gives volunteers everything they need to promote international Scouting which in turn helps in retention of Scouts.

Dan Buckhout was recognized for Thinking Strategically–Acting Boldly. He pioneered the use of QR codes in BSA’s publications and marketing communications.

Corry Kanzenberg, Curator at the National Scouting Museum, was recognized for Practicing Authentic Leadership. After being at the BSA only a few days, she presented a strong case to leadership about not loaning $8 million in BSA artwork to individual donors.

Before leaving, be sure to check out the Strategic Plan Report (pdf), which shows you the goals and progress in each area of the strategic plan.


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All-Terain Vehicles and Personal Watercraft

All-Terain Vehicles and Personal Watercraft

Posted on 17 November 2011 by admin

In 2009,the BSA Innovation and Strategy Group conducted a survey to determine the level of interest in various high adventure activities.  Four of the top survey responses were banned in the Guide to Safe Scouting.  Shortly after that survey was conducted, in 2010 and 2011, select councils were able to conduct pilot for all-terrain vehicles and a pilot for personal watercraft programs.

Soon Scouts nationwide could have the opportunity to participate in two of the activities: all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and personal watercraft (PWC).  Now both activites have been authorized for council-level programming.

The 2012 resident camp standards, No. 430-111 (pdf), define the parameters for both programs.  Interested councils must complete an application for each program:

In addition, Scouts and Venturers must complete permission forms to participate:

All-Terrain Vehicles and Personal Watercrafts remain unauthorized for use at the unit level; these programs may only be operated at the council level with appropriate authorization.

Source: Scout-Wire

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Philmont Hiring a Museum Director

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Philmont Hiring a Museum Director

Posted on 13 November 2011 by admin

Philmont is currently looking to hire a Museum Director.  The Philmont Museum Director is responsible for the management, operation and programs of the Philmont Museum and Seton Memorial Library, Kit Carson Museum and Rayado Historical District and the Villa Philmonte. The position also provides support to Philmont’s living history backcountry programs, backcountry program museums and the archeology efforts on the Ranch.

Individuals interested in being considered for the Philmont Museum Director position are requested to submit a current resume by November 28, 2011 to the address listed on the Philmont Museum Director job description.  Interested individuals are also asked to provide a statement expressing their vision for the Philmont Museums.

You can find a complete position description on the Philmont Museum Director job description.

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Cub Scout Wind Tech Jacket Recall

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Cub Scout Wind Tech Jacket Recall

Posted on 03 November 2011 by admin

The Boy Scouts of America, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, has issued a voluntary recall of the blue Cub Scout Wind Tech jacket in youth sizes only.

The jackets have retractable cords with toggles at the hood/neck area and at the waist, which can pose a strangulation or entrapment hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines (pdf) which were incorporated into an industry voluntary standard in 1997, to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts.

Drawstrings can catch or become entangled with objects, such as a car door or playground slide, posing dragging, strangulation or entrapment hazards to children.

No injuries related to the Cub Scout jacket have been reported, nor has the CPSC specifically identified the Cub Scout jacket as non-compliant. However, BSA decided to voluntarily recall all youth sizes of the jacket as a preventative measure to protect the health and safety of all those who participate in our program.

Approximately 5,400 jackets were manufactured in China and imported to the United Stats.  The jackets were sold by Boy Scouts of America retail outlets nationwide and online at from November 2009 through July 2011 for approximately $32.

BSA is offering a full refund to consumers who have purchased the recalled jacket. Instructions for returning the product and obtaining the refund can be found at

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on

Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Release #12-033

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Gone Home: Police Officer and Eagle Scout Brad Jones

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Gone Home: Police Officer and Eagle Scout Brad Jones

Posted on 02 November 2011 by admin

Arizona Police Officer and Eagle Scout Brad Jones was shot in the line of duty on October 28th, 2011.  Officer Jones was responding to a back up call from a probation officer meeting with a 20 year-old male at a Glendale apartment complex.

Glendale Police Department officials said Ryan Heisler allegedly pulled out a gun and began firing, striking Officer Jones before fleeing in the police officer’s vehicle.

Officer Jones was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona where he passed away from his injuries at about 1 am, surrounded by family, friends, and fellow police officers.

Jones grew up in Peoria, Arizona.  He was one of five siblings. Jones graduated from Centennial
High School in 2004. Jones became a police officer for Glendale Police Department four years ago.

The community has responded with memorials outside of the police station and the location where Officer Jones responded to his final call for service.

A candlelight vigil was held Wednesday night to honor Bradley Jones. The vigil was sponsored by the Glendale Police Officers Coalition and Glendale Police Department and was held at the Public Safety Memorial at Glendale Civic Center Plaza.

Officer Jones’ funeral is scheduled for this Friday, November 4th at 10 am at Christ Church of the Valley in Peoria, AZ. Interment will immediately follow the service at Phoenix Memorial Park in Phoenix,  Arizona.

Grand Canyon Council, Boy Scouts of America is organizing Eagle Scouts to help remember Officer Jones’ ultimate sacrifice by holding American Flags up all along the procession route to Phoenix Memorial Cemetery with Glendale policemen. The Council is looking for any and all Eagle Scouts, past or present to help in this endeavor. They are asking all Scouts to wear their complete field uniform, including neckerchief, and Eagle Scout Medals.

Officer Bradley Jones is survived by a wife and two small children. A memorial fund has been set up, if you would like to make a donation please find the information below:

Bank: Arizona Federal Credit Union
Fund Name: Bradley Jones Memorial Fund

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