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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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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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Scouting Speakers Bank Closed

Scouting Speakers Bank Closed

Posted on 28 January 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

The Speakers Bank for BSA has been a great source of great dynamic speakers. They have provided a means to promote Scouting to community organizations. As of last month though, the Bank is closing to new members. The Speakers Bank will continue to supply speech templates and award Speakers Patches and Speakers Knot.

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Photo Friday: Introducing Brandon Queen

Photo Friday: Introducing Brandon Queen

Posted on 27 January 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

Photo Friday
We recognize that our audience has an interest in photography to capture special moments such as Courts of Honors, campouts, winter activities, family vacations, sport events, and other gatherings. “Photo Friday” is intended to help photography amateurs improve their photo shoots through photo tips, which may include basic skills, creative shooting techniques, and proper care and maintenance. Tips in this section are written by amateurs, professional photographers, and by other contributors. We hope that you find these tips useful in your Scouting program.

Brandon QueenScoutingNews is proud to present Brandon Michael Queen as the newest contributing writer for Photo Friday Tips. Brandon is an Eagle Scout and the founder of Brandon Queen Photography in Thibodaux, Louisiana. He had a particular interest in photography at a young age. But it wasn’t until his high school years in yearbook when his interest was brought into focus as a serious pursuit.

After serving on yearbook staff, Brandon was fortunate enough to start his own business in photography and began shooting senior photos for his friends. He developed a profound love for wildlife, portrait, architectural, monumental, and nature photography among many other photography techniques! Entirely self-taught and still learning, he now uses a Canon 5D Mark II Digital SLR, which he will use to capture pictures for illustrations.

“My whole philosophy revolves around the desire to create images that not only look like you — but also truly are the essence of you.” His style of photography is capturing relaxed expressions that are true! Brandon can help you capture your most prestigious moments to instill those memories for a lifetime.

In the coming weeks ahead, Brandon will be giving you tips from his own lesson plan that will enable you to take photos like the pros for your troop, crew, ship, varsity or pack’s history records.

Brandon will begin his first lesson on Friday, February  3, 2012. So be sure to visit ScoutingNews every Friday to learn more photo tips from Brandon Queen.

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Turn Back the Clock Program Theme for Cub Scouts

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Turn Back the Clock Program Theme for Cub Scouts

Posted on 26 January 2012 by Scouter Mom

The following is a Guest Article by Scouter Mom.  Scouter Mom Blogs and writes informative articles on all aspects of Scouting at ScouterMom.com. 

You might have heard that BSA is once again providing theme based Pack meeting plans for Cub Scout leaders. I think this is a great move. While I didn’t use the theme based material much as a den leader, when my husband was Cubmaster we often just went straight to the theme based Pack meeting for our material. I understand that BSA plans to eventurally provide three supplemental themes to go with the core value for each month. This makes sense, because you can’t run the same Pack meeting plan in February year after year.

I’ve heard it through the grapevine that one of the supplemental plans for February will be a Turn Back the Clock theme. This one was the program theme at least a couple of times in the past. I’ll be adding some ideas related to this theme to my Scouter Mom site in the coming month. Here is what the old program helps said about this theme:

“Turn Back the Clock” and see what the world was like in the past. Learn about an era of your choice with songs, games, and transportation from the time that you choose. Whether it is the Space Age, the Wild West, rock-n-roll, or the Ice Age, each time period had something special about it. Construct a pack “time machine” to help introduce the den’s era skits or demonstrations at the blue and gold banquet. Whatever you choose, find the “best” in your time period and share it with others. The boys can work on the Heritages belt loop and pin this month.

The helps specifically mention the Heritages Belt Loop and Pin, but this history based theme also fits in well with a number of Cub Scout achievements and electives. I’ve listed them below. This should give you some ideas of how you can tie your Pack program and your Den program together this month.

Related Cub Scout Achievements and Recognitions

Tiger Achievement 1 – Making My Family Special

  • 1G (Go See It): Go to a library, historical society, museum, old farm, or historical building, or visit an older person in your community. Discover how family life was the same and how it was different many years ago.

Wolf Achievement 4 – Know Your Home and Community

  • 4F: Visit an important place in your community, such as a historic or government location. Explain why it is important.

Bear Achievement 3 – What Makes America Special?

  • 3C: Find out something about the old homes near where you live. Go and see two of them.
  • 3D: Find out where places of historical interest are located in or near your town or city. Go and visit one of them with your family or den.

Bear Achievement 8 – The Past Is Exciting and Important

  • 8A: Visit your library or newspaper office. Ask to see back issues of newspapers or an almanac.
  • 8B: Find someone who was a Cub Scout a long time ago. Talk with him about what Cub Scouting was like then.
  • 8C: Start or add to an existing den or pack scrapbook.
  • 8D: Trace your family back through your grandparents or great-grandparents; or, talk to a grandparent about what it was like when he or she was younger.
  • 8E: Find out some history about your community.
  • 8F: Start your own history: keep a journal for 2 weeks.
  • 8G: Complete the Character Connection for Respect.

Webelos Family Member Activity Badge

  • 12: While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Academics belt loop for Heritages

Heritages Belt Loop and Pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program

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Words of Wisdom Wednesday: Quote

Posted on 25 January 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

The Words of Wisdom Wednesday series is composed of anecdotal segments to inspire and supplement a Scout’s personal development, building core values and moral character. An anecdote on WWW is similar to a “Scoutmaster’s Minute”. These anecdotes are intended to be shared with your units. We will strive to publish updates to Words of Wisdom Wednesday weekly.

By: Thomas Carlyle

“Let him who would be moved to convince others, be moved to convince himself.”

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Photo Friday: Attacking Light with Light

Posted on 20 January 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

Photo Friday
We recognize that our audience has an interest in photography to capture special moments such as Courts of Honors, campouts, winter activities, family vacations, sport events, and other gatherings. “Photo Friday” is intended to help photography amateurs improve their photo shoots through photo tips, which may include basic skills, creative shooting techniques, and proper care and maintenance. Tips in this section are written by amateurs, professional photographers, and by other contributors. We hope that you find these tips useful in your Scouting program.

Attacking Light with Light

Once in a while, your friend wants a picture taken in front of a background. The problem is that a dark shadow is cast onto her face due to the way she is situated in front of the background under the sun. In most situations, you can avoid that shadow by having her face the sun instead. But because the background is also important in the picture, you’re going to have to use your flash to partially eliminate the shadow.

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Words of Wisdom Wednesday: Two Brothers and the Geese

Posted on 18 January 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

The Words of Wisdom Wednesday series is composed of anecdotal segments to inspire and supplement a Scout’s personal development, building core values and moral character. An anecdote on WWW is similar to a “Scoutmaster’s Minute”. These anecdotes are intended to be shared with your units. We will strive to publish updates to Words of Wisdom Wednesday weekly.

 

Two Brothers and the Geese

By Unknown Author

 

Two sons work for their father on the family’s farm. The younger brother had for some years been given more responsibility and reward, and one day the older brother asks his father to explain why.

The father says, “First, go to the Kelly’s farm and see if they have any geese for sale – we need to add to our stock.”

The brother soon returns with the answer, “Yes they have five geese they can sell to us.”

That father then says, “Good, please ask them the price.”

The son returns with the answer, “The geese are $10 each.”

The father says, “Good, now ask if they can deliver the geese tomorrow.”

And duly the son returns with the answer, “Yes, they can deliver the geese them tomorrow.”

The father asks the older brother to wait and listen, and then calls to the younger brother in a nearby field, “Go to the Davidson’s Farm and see if they have any geese for sale – we need to add to our stock.”

The younger brother soon returns with the answer, “Yes, they have five geese for $10 each, or ten geese for $8 each; and they can deliver them tomorrow – I asked them to deliver the five unless they heard otherwise from us in the next hour. And I agreed that if we want the extra five geese we could buy them at $6 each.”

The father turned to the older son, who nodded his head in appreciation. He now realized why his brother was given more responsibility and reward.

 

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DK Publishing Introduces Boy Scouts of America® Deck of Trees

DK Publishing Introduces Boy Scouts of America® Deck of Trees

Posted on 16 January 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

This pocket-sized deck of 40 + cards contains all the information needed to identify the major coniferous and broad-leaved trees, as well as cactus and yucca, in North America.

Each card covers the region where the tree naturally occurs and details the characteristics of the foliage, flowers, fruit, and bark.

From the American Beech to the Yellow Birch, this deck of cards provides a useful reference tool for exploring the world of trees. Other DK decks include BSA® Deck of Knots, BSA® Deck of Stars, BSA® Deck of First Aid, BSA ® Deck of Birds, and BSA® Deck of Fishing.

For more information on DK Publishing, please visit dk.com. Additionally, the Deck of Cards series are available in most major book stores, both online and at retail stores.

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