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BSA Announces Are you Tougher Than a Boy Scout?

Posted on 31 January 2012 by Press Release

Our original article on Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?  can be found here. The following is the press release from BSA.


Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?
 Series to Debut on National Geographic Channel This Fall

New Series From Original Productions Pits Adults Against Boy Scouts for a Variety of Challenges

Irving, TEXAS (Jan. 17, 2012)  Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? It’s the question being asked by a new unscripted series from Original Productions (Deadliest CatchIce Road Truckers) set to air this fall on the National Geographic Channel.

Those who have been involved with the Boy Scouts of America know how tough Scouts can be. They master hundreds of unique skills, learn what it takes to survive in a variety of circumstances, and focus on teamwork to accomplish goals that otherwise would be insurmountable. Now, as part of Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?, teams of adults from different backgrounds will have an opportunity to test their mettle against some of those Scouts in challenges based on the Boy Scout Handbook.

“I was three badges short of my Eagle Scout badge, and I know I am not alone,” said Original Productions founder and producer Thom Beers. “This series is going to allow people like me one more chance to achieve such an incredible milestone. Plus, it’s authentic, has a fun and interesting set of circumstances and underdog characters with a story to tell. And frankly, who doesn’t love the Boy Scouts?”

“This is a wonderful, unique opportunity to demonstrate the value, fun, and challenge of Scouting to audiences who might be wondering what Scouting in 2012 is all about,” said BSA Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca. “We know Scouts are ‘Prepared. For Life.TM,’ so they’re up to facing the challenges life throws their way. Watching them face and overcome challenges on national television will be a new way for people to get a glimpse of what it means to be a Scout.”

“Partnering not only with Thom Beers, but also with an organization as renowned as the Boy Scouts of America is an incredible opportunity for us to try something different,” said National Geographic Channel Executive Vice President of Programming Michael Cascio. “This series will showcase our passion for adventure and exploration in a whole new way.”

Production of the six-episode series is set to begin this spring, with the series premiering later this year on the National Geographic Channel.

Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? is produced by Thom Beers’ Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company. For Original Productions, the executive producers are Thom Beers and Philip D. Segal. For the National Geographic Channel, the executive producer is Richard Wells; the executive vice president of programming is Michael Cascio.

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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.

National Geographic Channel

Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation, and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission. Launched in January 2001, the National Geographic Channel celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, Spanish language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco, and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in more than 71 million U.S. homes. Globally, National Geographic Channels International is available in more than 380 million homes in 163 countries and 37 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com .

Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company

Founded by Thom Beers, Original Productions (www.origprod.com ) produces authentic nonfiction programming featuring everyday heroes in extraordinary situations, including Emmy® Award-winning Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, Ax Men, Black Gold, and instant rating hit Storage Wars. Beers’ steadfast focus on top-notch storytelling with engaging personalities in high-risk circumstances has produced more than 1,200 hours of original programming. In February 2009, a majority stake in the 12-year-old-company was purchased by FremantleMedia (www.fremantlemedia.com ), one of the leading creators and producers of worldwide entertainment brands.

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Korea National Jamboree

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BSA Contingent to Korea National Jamboree

Posted on 31 January 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

Korea National JamboreeBSA Contingent to Korea National Jamboree
By ScoutingNews Staff

This year’s 13th Korea National Jamboree will be held in Goseong, which was the 17th World Scout Jamboree campsite and located within the Gangwon Province, Korea.

The BSA’s International Division is currently seeking nominations from Scouts and Scouters between the ages of 14 and 26 to form a contingent and participate in this exciting and culturally diverse event. The contingent will include 24 Scouts/Venturers and 6 adults. The actual dates of the Jamboree are from August 2nd to August 8th, 2012. The contingent will gather on July 30, 2012. The cost for this event per person is $2500, which includes travel, lodging, food, event fee, tent, patches, bags and a WHOLE LOT OF FUN!

Those interested must be nominated by International Representatives and local councils. For nomination forms, BSA asks that you find them at the International Division Website. Nomination deadline is March 30, 2012. To find out more about Scouting in Korea, visit the Korea Scout Association’s web site.

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Girl Scouts

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USHCC to Honor Chief Executive of Girl Scouts of the USA Anna Maria Chávez

Posted on 29 January 2012 by Press Release

Girl ScoutsWASHINGTON, D.C. (January 17, 2012) The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) today announced that Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chávez will be honored with the 2012 Chairman’s Award at “A Celebration of Women Entrepreneurship in America” during the USHCC Legislative Summit gala. The Summit will take place in Washington, D.C., on March 21-23, 2012, at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center.

The annual gala honors the impact of Hispanic businesswomen in America and features high-profile leaders and attendees including Chávez, who will receive the coveted Chairman’s Award.

“The annual Chairman’s Award is presented to an individual who stands out as a leading advocate of Hispanic entrepreneurship in America,” says USHCC Board Chairman Nina Vaca. “Through her work with the Girl Scouts, the nation’s largest organization for girls, Anna Maria Chávez is a true inspiration for young women in America and continues to help shape tomorrow’s leaders through innovative and supportive programs.”

A Girl Scout alumna and lifetime member, Chávez has dedicated her career to public service and has emerged as a passionate spokesperson for issues important to girls and their growth and development.

“I am deeply honored to accept the USHCC’s 2012 Chairman’s Award,” says Chávez. “I am especially honored because entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills are essential components of the Girl Scout experience. The Girl Scout Cookie Program alone is the largest girl-led business in the country providing immeasurable benefits to girls and their communities. We reach girls from every sector of society and empower them to realize their full potential as leaders—as young women who have the courage and confidence to make our world a better place. I look forward to a future in which our young girls will be standing in my place for their remarkable and meaningful achievements.”

The Girl Scout Cookie Program, which generates more than $750 million in sales, teaches girls five essential business skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.  The program reaches more than 2.3 million Girl Scouts in every zip code in the country.

Girl Scouts also has experienced a substantial increase in the number of Hispanic girl and adult members. Over the last decade, membership among Hispanic girls has increased by more than 50 percent. Today, the iconic organization has nearly 325,000 Hispanic Girl Scouts and adult volunteers.

“The USHCC looks forward to presenting this award to Ms. Chávez,” says USHCC President and CEO Javier Palomarez. “She is an admired role model and American leader who deserves to be recognized for her work in the community and with such a strong and growing segment of the population – our young girls.”

The Legislative Summit is a signature annual event hosted by the USHCC that provides a platform for business owners and chamber leaders from across the country to advocate for critical issues that impact their businesses and industries. Through this annual event, the USHCC offers an unparalleled opportunity to meet, discuss and join forces with business leaders, corporate executives, legislative and regulatory experts, and top elected and government officials.
The Summit includes the Legislative Summit Opening Reception, Federal Procurement Business Matchmaking, and the Celebration of Women Entrepreneurship in America. Other events include a number of focused workshops dedicated to pertinent topics such as Improving Access to Capital, America’s Energy Future, U.S. Leadership in the Global Food Economy, and other key issues relevant to business. Registered attendees will have the opportunity to participate in meetings on the Hill with key legislators. For more information, please visit www.ushcclegislative.com.

About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, call (800) GSUSA 4 U or visit www.girlscouts.org.

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of nearly 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that combined generate in excess of $420 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.ushcc.com.

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