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Scout App Helleniechsin Now on Android

Posted on 23 February 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

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Scouts and Order of the Arrow members who want to speak the language of the Lenni Lenape (Delaware Indian) language but don’t have an iPhone can now enjoy Helleniechsin on an Android based device. Dan with ScoutApps.net has spent countless hours creating and updating a easily searchable database of over 4,000 Lenape words and their English definitions.

Dan originally created the app for iPhones and iPads. “I did the Android version

Helleniechsin Main Page as there are a lot of Scouters in my area with them, and some of those scouters had been bugging me for almost a year about when was I going to release my programs for the Android,” says Dan. Good things sometimes are worth the wait. Helleniechsin is no exception. The database is easily searchable in both Lenape and English. Looking for that perfect Vigil name? Wondering why your friend won’t give the definitions of his? This app will give you the answers.

Dan started creating Scouting based iOS apps for his council. He has two apps to aid staff and campers through summer camp programs and around the camp. ScoutApps.net also produces the highly popular Campfire Songs. Campfire Songs has over 150 popular popular song lyrics. The next version of this will play the tunes as well.

 

Dan is always thinking of new apps to help Scouts. We’re looking forward to more things to come from ScoutApps.net!

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Birthday Cake for Founder's Day

Founder’s Day

Posted on 22 February 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

Birthday Cake for Founder's DayHappy Founder’s Day from the ScoutingNews Staff!

Founder’s day is celebrated all throughout the world in remembrance to Lord Baden-Powell. Today is his birthday (born in 1857). Did anyone make him a cake?

Girl Guides and Girl Scouts throughout the world are celebrating today as Thinking Day. Interestingly Robert Baden-Powell and his wife, Olave, share the same birthday. This is why Founder’s Day and Thinking Day fall on the same day. It seems we need a few cakes.

B-P’s final farewell was written before his death to be published after he left. Take a moment to share it with your friends, Scouts or not. Think about the meaning and ideals of the Scout Oath and Law. Lastly, think about Scouts all over the world. 35 Million young men and women in 162 countries living by these ideals and doing their small part to leave the world a little better than they found it. You’re a Scout, be proud.

“Dear Scouts – If you have ever seen the play “Peter Pan” you will remember how the pirate chief was always making his dying speech because he was afraid that possibly when the time came for him to die he might not have time to get it off his chest. It is much the same with me, and so, although I am not at this moment dying, I shall be doing so one of these days and I want to send you a parting word of good-bye.

Remember, it is the last time you will ever hear from me, so think it over.

I have had a most happy life and I want each one of you to have as happy a life too.

I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy life. Happiness doesn’t come from being rich, nor merely from being successful in your career, nor by self-indulgence. One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy, so that you can be useful and so you can enjoy life when you are a man.

Nature study will show you how full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the world for you to enjoy. Be contented with what you have got and make the best of it. Look on the bright side of things instead of the gloomy one.

But the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best. “Be Prepared” in this way, to live happy and to die happy- stick to your Scout Promise always when you have ceased to be a boy – and God help you to do it.

Your friend,

Robert Baden-Powell”

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Planting Seeds of Kindness Theme for Cub Scouts

Posted on 21 February 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. 

Word on the street is that BSA is getting ready to release a supplemental theme for March called “Planting Seeds of Kindness”. It’s not difficult to guess how this theme with fit in with the Cub Scout Core Value of the month – compassion.

Here is what the old program helps said about this theme:

Let’s spread Seeds of Kindness in the form of multiple small service projects. Helping others encourages compassion and gives boys the opportunity to see the bounty produced by spreading many small seeds of kindness. The boys can discover that just as the large, strong oak tree came from the small acorn, big things can happen from spreading small seeds of kindness and charity. Conduct a food drive or collect coats and gloves for those in need; report your hours to Good Turn for America. Work on the Citizenship belt loop and pin.

I’ll be adding some ideas related to this theme to my Scouter Mom site in the coming month. The Citizenship Belt Loop and Pin is specifically mentioned, but this theme also brings to mind some other Cub Scout achievements and electives which fit in with the idea of kindness. You can unite your pack and den programs around this common theme by focusing on these achievements.

Tiger Elective 9 – A New Friend

  • Help a new boy or girl get to know other people.

Tiger Elective 10 – Helping Hands

  • Along with your adult partner, help an elderly or shut-in person with a chore.

Tiger Elective 11 – Helping the Needy

  • Help collect food, clothing or toys for needy families with your den or pack.

Tiger Elective 12 – A Friendly Greeting

  • Make at least two cards or decorations and take them to a hospital or long-term care facility.

Wolf Achievement 12 – Making Choices

  • Requirement 12d. Justin is new to your school. He has braces on his legs and walks with a limp. Some of the kids at school tease him. They want you to tease him, too. What would you do?
  • Requirement 12i. Mr. Palmer is blind. He has a guide dog. One day as he is crossing the street, some kids whistle and call to the dog. They want you and your friends to call the dog, too. What would you do?

Bear Achievement 24 – Be a Leader

  • Requirement 24f. Complete the Character Connection for Compassion.
  • Know. Tell why, as a leader, it is important to show kindness and concern for other people. List ways leaders show they care about the thoughts and feelings of others.
  • Commit. Tell why a good leader must consider the ideas, abilities, and feelings of others. Tell why it might be hard for a leader to protect another person’s well-being. Tell ways you can be kind and compassionate.
  • Practice. While you complete the requirements for this achievement, find ways to be kind and considerate of others.

Webelos Citizen Activity Badge

  • Requirement 8. As a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout Academics belt loop for Citizenship. At a Webelos den meeting, talk about the service project Good Turn that you did.
  • Requirement 17. Name three organizations, not churches or other religious organizations, in your area that help people. Tell something about what one of these organizations does.

To add additional crafts and activities to this theme, incorporate some projects which tap in the “seed” idea.

Tiger Elective 30 – Plant a Seed

  • Plant a seed, pit, or greens from something you have eaten.

Wolf Elective 15 – Grow Something

  • Elective 15a Plant and raise a box garden.
  • Elective 15b. Plant and raise a flower bed.
  • Elective 15c. Grow a plant indoors.
  • Elective 15d. Plant and raise vegetables.

Bear Elective 12 – Nature Crafts

  • Elective 12e. Collect eight kinds of plant seeds and label them.

Naturalist Activity Badge

  • Requirement 3. Set up an aquarium or terrarium. Keep it for at least a month. Share your experience with your Webelos den by showing them photos or drawings of your project, or having them visit to see your project.

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West Virginia National Guard Creates Task Force for The Summit

Posted on 18 February 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

One big thing the BSA lost when moving away from Fort A.P. Hill as their jamboree site is the support from the Army. This week the West Virginia National Guard stepped up to fill these shoes. They announced a multi-agency task for to support the Boy Scouts of America during the 2013 National Jamboree.

The task force will be headed by West Virginia’s Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, member departments are the National Guard, Department of Transportation, Department of Health and Human Services and other government agencies.

During the gathering of over 50,000 participants and 200,000 visitors, the BSA relies on services and support from various government organizations. The task force centralizes and organizes the various roles supporting the event.

Source: The Register-Herald

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New Girl Scout Research Affirms Girls’ Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Posted on 17 February 2012 by Press Release

New York, N.Y. — According to the Girl Scout Research Institute study Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, though a majority of today’s girls have a clear interest in STEM, they don’t prioritize STEM fields when thinking about their future careers.

This latest offering from the Girl Scout Research Institute shows that 74 percent of teen girls are interested in STEM subjects and the general field of study. Further, a high 82 percent of girls see themselves as “smart enough to have a career in STEM.” And yet, few girls consider it their number-one career option: 81 percent of girls interested in STEM are interested in pursuing STEM careers, but only 13 percent say it’s their first choice. Additionally, girls express that they don’t know a lot about STEM careers and the opportunities afforded by these fields, with 60 percent of STEM-interested girls acknowledging that they know more about other careers than they do about STEM careers.

Girls are also aware that gender barriers persist in today’s society: 57 percent of those studied concur that if they were to pursue a STEM career, they would “have to work harder than a man to be taken seriously.”

As to what girls are drawn to with regard to these subjects, Generation STEM notes that the creative and hands-on aspects of STEM hold the most appeal. STEM-interested girls take an active, inquisitive approach to engaging in science, technology, engineering, and math: a high percentage like to solve problems (85%), build things and put things together (67%), do hands-on science projects (83%), and ask questions about how things work and find ways to answer these questions (80%). Girls enjoy the hands-on aspect of exploration and discovery and recognize the benefits of a challenge: 89 percent of all girls agree that “obstacles make me stronger.”

“While we know that the majority of girls prefer a hands-on approach in STEM fields, we also know that girls are motivated to make the world a better place and to help people,” says Kamla Modi, PhD, research and outreach analyst, Girl Scout Research Institute. “Girls may not understand how STEM careers help people, or how their STEM interests can further their goals of helping people. Girl Scouts of the USA is committed to engaging girls in STEM activities and encouraging them to pursue STEM interests both in and outside the classroom, [in part] through program partnerships.”

Girl Scouts’ relationship with AT&T constitutes one such partnership. Girl Scouts of the USA and AT&T have joined together to advance underserved high-school girls in science and engineering. As minority students and women are gravitating away from science and engineering toward other professions, and employment in STEM fields is increasing at a faster pace than in non-STEM fields, educational experts say the U.S. must increase proficiency and interest in these areas to compete in the global economy. Girl Scouts of the USA and AT&T are tackling this issue with a $1 million AT&T Aspire contribution, designed to spark STEM interest in underserved high-school girls across the country.

Addressing another critical Generation STEM finding—just 46 percent of girls know a woman in a STEM career—Girl Scouts of the USA and the New York Academy of Sciences have announced a partnership to design and implement a STEM mentoring program for Girl Scouts, modeled after the academy’s current afterschool STEM mentoring program. The new curriculum will be adapted and scaled to Girl Scouts’ network of more than 100 councils across the country. The goal is to identify and train young women scientists to serve as role models and mentors for girls, and to work in collaboration with Girl Scout volunteers to bring high-quality, hands-on, informal science education opportunities to middle-school Girl Scouts.

“America has a huge opportunity for economic growth with girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and math,” says Anna Maria Chávez, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA. “When girls succeed, so does society. We all have a role to play in making girls feel supported and capable when it comes to involvement in STEM fields—and anything else they set their minds to and have traditionally been steered away from.”

About the Girl Scout Research Institute
The Girl Scout Research Institute, formed in 2000, is a vital extension of Girl Scouts of the USA’s commitment to addressing the complex and ever-changing needs of girls. Comprised of a dedicated staff and advisors who are experts in child development, academia, government, business, and the not-for-profit sector, the institute conducts groundbreaking studies, releases critical facts and findings, and provides resources essential for the advancement of the well-being and safety of girls living in today’s world. The institute also informs public policy and advocacy for Girl Scouting with its research and outreach.

About Girl Scouts of the USA
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 or reconnect with, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 800-GSUSA-4-U or visit www.girlscouts.org.

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Photo Fridays: Proper Positioning Techniques

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Photo Fridays: Proper Positioning Techniques

Posted on 17 February 2012 by BrandonQ

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. Photo Fridays are brought to you by Brandon Queen Photography.

Proper Positioning Techniques

Overview:

We talked about choosing the right cameras on last weeks tip. Now we will talk about proper positioning techniques:

  • How to hold your camera properly
  • How to stand when holding your camera
  • Hand placement on the camera.

Holding Your Camera

Anyone can pick up a camera and take a photograph. We want to do it the proper way so that your pictures can be crisp and clear. All cameras are different. We are going to focus on the point and shoot cameras. You to can shoot like a pro!

Step One: Most point and shoot cameras come with a wrist strap. Therefore the strap goes on you right wrist.

If you ever get bumped, your camera should be safe with the strap.

Step Two: Your thumb should rest gently on the back of the camera.

Your right thumb should rest near the buttons. It also gives you comfort when holding your camera

Step Three: The rest of your finger should rest on the side of the lens.

The rest of your fingers should rest on the side of the lens.

Step Four: Your index finger should be free so it can access the shutter button.

Your index (pointer) finger should be the finger on the shutter button.

Step Five:Your left hand should be a brace to hold the camera in a sturdy position.

Your left hand should be the brace to hold your camera and provide comfort. (Back View)

Your left hand should be the brace to hold your camera and provide comfort (Front View)

Now once you have practiced these techniques, you must keep your elbows tucked in your side (ribs) to keep your camera still. This prevents camera shake.

 

Standing Positions

  • Your feet should be flat on the ground and one slightly ahead of one another. There are may standing positions that you can use to take a photograph. One is the one knee position. This position is used to “Get on their Level”, which mean that you are at the hight of the subject. We will cover that in the upcoming tips.

    Standing photo position allows you to stand up and take a photo. This is just one of the photo standing positions.


Remember that your elbows should be planted into your side to help with stabilization. Holding the camera at arms length will result in shaky photos.

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Scouts Seek to Expand Camp with Land Patent

Posted on 16 February 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

Most people would think all the land in Maryland would be accounted for. Leave it up to the Boy Scouts to find something that seems to not exist. 19 acres in Harford County is not on the tax rolls. Surrounding the 19 acres is Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation, a 1,700-acre campground in operation for more than 60 years.

Obtaining land by a Land Patent is not done very often. In fact, the last time it was done in Maryland was in 2002. The Boy Scouts’ land is one the largest unclaimed tract in modern history. When original land patents were issued, surveying equipment was not as accurate as it is today. Over the years people have identified small parcels which fell through the cracks many years ago. In order to obtain the land, the Scouts must prove that no one else has ever owned it. They must search back through records and make sure that it was not granted to anyone since the Lord Baltimore in the 1630s.

Once the Scouts prove no one else has ever owned the land, what will they do with it? The same thing they’ve done for the past 60 years.  Since they own all the land around it they assumed it too was theirs and have been taking care of it as their own ever since.

Source: Baltimore Sun

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Boy Scouts Hit Black Gold

Posted on 16 February 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

Every camp and council throughout the country could use an extra $10,000 a month. Camp Teetonkah in Jackson County, Michigan is providing just that. The 220-acre camp was found to have oil and the Great Sauk Trail Council will begin to extract it in an environmentally sustainable way. It is a great opportunity to teach Scouts environmental science, caring for and preserving nature while utilizing its benefits.

Source: WILX

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Nation’s Leaders Gather to Celebrate A Century of Eagle Scouts’ Positive Impact on America

Posted on 15 February 2012 by Press Release


New Research Finds that Eagle Scouts More Likely to Be Leaders at Work, Goal-oriented

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 15, 2012)—Since the first Eagle Scout Award was earned in 1912, more than 2 million young men have gone on to achieve the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank. Today, a Gathering of Eagles on Capitol Hill will bring together some of the nation’s most influential leaders to honor the centennial of the hard-earned achievement.

“Scouting prepares young men to become leaders through real-life experiences that foster a sense of duty. The accomplishments of Eagle Scouts over the past century underscore the importance of Scouting to the prosperity of our nation,” said U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, host of the gathering. “Through the leadership skills learned in Scouting, Eagles have gone on to become pioneers of space travel, founders of our nation’s largest enterprises, and, of course, civil servants. It is remarkable to have so many outstanding Eagle Scouts gathered here this evening.”

About 4 percent of Boy Scouts earn the Eagle rank. To do so, Scouts must demonstrate their understanding of leadership, service, character, personal fitness, and outdoor skills at multiple levels. In addition to the 21 merit badges required to earn the Eagle rank, each Scout must complete an extensive service project that he plans, organizes, leads, and manages before his 18th birthday. In 2011, 51,473 young men earned the Eagle Scout Award through the completion of 21 life skills merit badges and an extensive self-directed service project. The average number of hours spent on Eagle Scout projects is 130, which means that in 2011, Eagle Scout service projects alone represented almost 6.7 million hours of community service.

Outstanding Eagle Scout and Report to the Nation delegate Nicholas Kulick led an effort to design and install a small computer network at the Enkijape Primary School in Maasailand, Kenya. The 16-year-old Scout worked with fellow students and teachers from Highland School in Warrenton, Va. and members of the Maasailand Preservation Trust in Africa to install equipment and train students and teachers on iPads and laptops. Because the impoverished east African village didn’t have electricity, everything was connected wirelessly to a cellular Internet router that was powered by solar panels. Kulick worked with corporate and government organizations in the U.S. and Kenya to ensure the equipment would bring the school desperately needed reading material, and a new window to the world.

“Completing my Eagle Scout service project had to be one of the most challenging and most rewarding experiences of my life,” Kulick said. “I designed the project myself, so I was able to choose something that I believe is really important. And I built it myself, so I had to work the Boy Scouts of America through all of the issues that came up. Of course, that also means I got to be there to see what an incredible difference it made on the lives of others.”

Soon, findings will be released from an independent research study on the impact of Scouting, conducted by Baylor University and funded by the John Templeton Foundation. The study found that Eagle Scouts are more likely than men who have never been in Scouting to:

  • Have higher levels of planning and preparation skills, be goal-oriented, and network with others
  • Be in a leadership position at their place of employment or local community
  • Report having closer relationships with family and friends
  • Volunteer for religious and nonreligious organizations
  • Donate money to charitable groups
  • Work with others to improve their neighborhoods

“This research gives us external validation of something that we have known for years. Eagle Scouts are exceptional men,” said Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. “And while we’re proud to claim some truly great men in American history among our ranks, we’re even more proud that everyday Eagle Scouts become wonderful husbands, fathers, and citizens.”

Becoming an Eagle Scout requires years of dedication and hard work. The Eagle rank has become widely recognized as a mark of distinction both within and outside of Scouting. Once earned, it is worn for life.

“Being an Eagle Scout is more than setting a long-term goal as a youth, and persevering until it is achieved. It is an internalization of the values and principles young men need for life,” said Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation, current BSA national president, and Eagle Scout. “I find that I can test almost any decision I make against the oath I took as a Scout and the Scout Law, and I will always make a good decision.”

Among the 21 required merit badges to earn the Eagle rank are First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communication, Environmental Science, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Camping, and Family Life.

In 2011, more than 51,000 young men earned the Eagle rank. For the past six years, the BSA has averaged more than 50,000 new Eagle Scouts each year.

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 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

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Find Out What Girl Scouts Stored in their Time Capsule

Posted on 15 February 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

In 1986, the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Girl Scouts of America, girls buried a time capsule at Camp Low on Rose Dhu Island, Georgia. The granite marker lay undisturbed for 25 years, not to be opened until the centennial anniversary .

The day came this past January 20th to find out what was put in 25 years ago. Many of the hundreds of girls, now ladies, could not recall what objects were important enough to put away for the future. One remembered a uniform and patches. So what was important 25 years ago? A Time Magazine with Lady Liberty on the cover, it 1986 was the centennial celebration of the Statue. The sheet music for Michael Jackson’s We are the World, his 1986 #1 hit. Letters and photographs from times past brought back memories long stored away. Scout items were contained as well: a whistle and pins and scarf. Oddly, no uniform, but there were pictures of uniforms.

The items will be on display at the Centennial Camporee for the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia in June, after which it will be put on permanent display at the First Girl Scout Headquarters downtown.

This year Scouts all over the country will be placing time capsules in their local camps not to be opened until the 125th anniversary… What will be important enough to show the future Scouts?

 

Source: Savaannah Outdoor Rec Examiner

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