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Boy's Life Magazine 2010 National Jamboree Souvenir DVD

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Boys’ Life Jamboree Souvenir DVD

Posted on 12 October 2010 by Dan

Boy's Life Magazine 2010 National Jamboree Souvenir DVDBoy’s Life Magazine is accepting pre-orders for its Boy’s Life Jamboree Souvenir DVD.   Relive the excitement of the 2010 National Scout Jamboree everytime you watch your sovenir DVD. 

Visit http://boyslife.org/jambodvd to learn more and place your pre-order.  DVDs are $15.95 each or you can save 20% by ordering 12 or more.  DVDs are expected to be shipped around mid-November 2010.

Boys’ Life Jamboree Souvenir DVD Promo Video

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Guard Supports National Boy Scout Jamboree

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Guard Supports National Boy Scout Jamboree

Posted on 28 July 2010 by admin

U.S. Army Drill Sgt. Carico Leak, Joint Task Force National Scout Jamboree, motivates a scout while performing push-ups at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree

More than 600 Army National Guard members from 15 states will support this year’s national Boy Scout Jamboree, which will celebrate 100 years of scouting in the United States, at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.

The annual event will also include several special guests with ties to the National Guard, including NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Jeff Gordon, AMA Super Bike rider Jake Zemke, Indy Car driver Dan Wheldon and several FLW professional fisherman and World Wrestling Entertainment personalities.

“All will be interacting with scouts and representing what the National Guard is all about,” said 1st Lt. Benjamin J. Bullington, a program manager for the Army Guard’s recruiting office.

Four states, including Alabama, North Carolina, New York and Tennessee, will provide military police for security missions, while infantry troops from the New Jersey and Mississippi Guard will operate as a Quick Reaction Force during the event, which began July 26.

“We think it is going to be an interesting mission to do, considering the Boy Scouts have the same values as the military,” said 2nd Lt. Stephen Groene, the officer in charge of New York’s 206th and 107th Military Police Companies. “We are looking forward to going down there.”

Although Groene finished his Boy Scouting career as an Eagle Scout, he never attended a Jamboree as a boy. He said he looks forward to seeing what he missed.

Aviation units from Kansas, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia will provide two UH60 Blackhawks each for various aviation missions during the two-week event. Arkansas will send an additional air crew, while North Dakota and Georgia plan to send an aviation battalion headquarters section.

The only Guard medical personnel will come from Alabama’s medical battalion headquarters. Three air ambulance aircraft from Maryland Guard will also join the mission.

On the ceremonial side, two bands from Virginia and Rhode Island will support the festivities and an artillery battery from the Virginia Guard will provide the cannon salute.

More than 44,000 Boy Scouts will visit various service exhibits that will be based in the Armed Forces Adventure Area during the jamboree. “The AFAA is an area allocated to all services in order to provide a venue for them to showcase what their branch does and what they are all about,” said Bullington.

The Army Guard’s Mobile Event Team assets will be on display in this area, including the NASCAR, Indy car, AMA Motorcycle and Bass Fishing Ranger Boat.

“These displays will be static and provide Scouts and visitors an up-close experience with the National Guard’s national racing programs,” Bullington said.

The Army Guard will also set up an air-conditioned theater tent, where a video will be show that “showcases the continuity of ideals and beliefs held by both organizations,” Bullington said. “There will be a dedicated master of ceremonies in the tent as well greeting and interacting with the scouts, providing an enthusiastic and motivated face for the National Guard.”

Promotional items available to the scouts will include a special edition GX Magazine made specifically for the Centennial Jamboree celebration, a commemorative t-shirt and a sew-on patch.

“The promotional items inform Scouts about the Guard and how scouting is very similar to what the Guard does in our communities,” Bullington said. “They also provide a keepsake for the scouts to hold onto for years to come.”

The Army Guard will showcase the patches that the Boy Scouts traded with them in 2005, the last time the Guard attended the Boy Scout Jamboree.

“These patches, at the time, were posted on a wall that now contains highly sought after commemorative patches from that year’s jamboree,” Bullington said. “This year, the Guard has constructed a bigger wall that we will again post patches that the Boy Scouts give us.

“We look for this to be a hot focal point for scouts at the Armed Forces Adventure Area.”

Story by: Lt. Col. Ellen Krnke, National Guard Bureau
Photo By: Airman 1st Class Paul Labbe

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Fort A.P. Hill Selects AtHoc IWSAlerts Network-Centric Mass Notification System for Force Protection, Public Safety and Personnel Accountability


Fort A.P. Hill Selects AtHoc IWSAlerts Network-Centric Mass Notification System for Force Protection, Public Safety and Personnel Accountability

Posted on 28 July 2010 by admin

AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency mass notification systems, today announced that Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia will deploy its award-winning AtHoc IWSAlerts™ system to help alert personnel in an emergency such as extreme weather or man-made threat.
The AtHoc solution will help to leverage existing IP and telephony network services and will employ a centralized, Web-based architecture to deliver fast, reliable and secure emergency notifications to all personnel through multiple communications channels. These include alerts through the telephone, with text messaging, and with intrusive audio/visual pop-up alerts to personnel connected to the IP network via desktop, laptop and any other networked device.

The deployment of AtHoc IWSAlerts mass notification system will have a significant positive impact on the safety of both civilians and military personnel at Fort A.P. Hill. The fort has hosted the Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree every four years since 1981 and is hosting the 100th Anniversary of Scouting Jamboree this year. During this event, AtHoc IWSAlerts will be used to support the safety of approximately 45,000 Boy Scouts and leaders and 270,000-plus visitors, who are expected to attend the event this year.

“Our staff looks forward to using this system under the demand of the National Scout Jamboree to test its effectiveness for the garrison to manage emergency situations and improve our security posture,” said Lt. Col. Jack Haefner, Fort A.P. Hill garrison commander. “This results in our enhanced ability to communicate with garrison and tenant agencies regarding issues that affect our ability to execute our primary mission—to provide the best training and support anywhere.”
Alert responses from recipients will be captured and reported to emergency managers in real time to provide an enterprise personnel accountability picture of the safety and status of all personnel. 

“AtHoc network-centric emergency notification enables the U.S. Army at Fort A.P. Hill to support its IMCOM (Installation Management Command) emergency mass notification initiatives with a pervasive system to communicate fast and efficiently to its communities,” stated (Ret.) Army Col. David Brown, director of Army operations for AtHoc. “AtHoc is helping to provide a safe and secure environment at Fort A.P. Hill, using the power and reach of computer networks and the Internet to deliver emergency alerting capabilities. With tens of thousands of Boy Scouts converging on the fort this month, AtHoc IWSAlerts will be used to help the fort immediately respond to any threats.”

AtHoc is the No. 1 provider of network-centric mass notification systems to the U.S. military and is currently deployed at 185 installations, protecting more than 1.5 million personnel worldwide. AtHoc specializes in enterprise deployments supporting entire geographically dispersed organizations – major commands, regions and services – from a private cloud application, hosted at internal Department of Defense data centers.

Fort A.P. Hill, a Regional Training Center located in Virginia, provides realistic joint and combined arms training support to America’s defense forces with nearly 76,000 acres, including a 27,000-acre live fire complex. It is the sixth largest military installation on the East Coast and is used year-round for military training of both active and reserve troops of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, as well as other government agencies. These include the Departments of State and Interior; U.S. Customs Service; and federal, state and local security and law enforcement agencies.

About AtHoc
AtHoc is the pioneer and recognized leader in providing network-centric emergency mass notification systems to military, homeland security, government and commercial organizations. AtHoc’s products are used for physical security, force protection, personnel accountability, recall and regulatory compliance. Millions of end-users worldwide, in organizations such as the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, NASA, UCLA, Microsoft, Boeing and Raytheon rely on AtHoc’s unified notification systems for their emergency alerting and critical communication needs. AtHoc has partnered with market leaders including Microsoft, Cisco, Dell, Harris, Siemens, Northrop Grumman, MIR3, Lockheed Martin and others to bring these notification solutions to the public and commercial markets.
For more information on AtHoc, please visit http://www.athoc.com.

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Boys Life, Yomega, and BSA Seek To Break Yo-Yo Guinness Record

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Boys Life, Yomega, and BSA Seek To Break Yo-Yo Guinness Record

Posted on 26 July 2010 by admin

Yo-Yo til’ you drop! On Thursday, July 29th, 5,000 of the more than 37,000 Scouts attending the 2010 National Boy Scouts of America Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, will attempt to break the long standing Guinness World Record™ for most people yo-yoing simultaneously. Published by the BSA, Boys’ Life Magazine is responsible for coordinating the event, in conjunction with Yomega.

All of our Scouts who help break the record will receive their own custom made Yomega yo-yo, and receive fun demonstrations from world famous yo-yo personality, Ooch (Brett Outchcunis)!

In order to ensure that the record is broken, Guinness World Records TM has administered several guidelines to be met. Included are video footage, a notary, a witness, and also a click-to-count system. The previous record held is 662 people.

About Boys’ Life
Boys’ Life is the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America, and will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011. Reaching almost 9 million readers, the magazine is both entertaining and educational, serving the active lifestyle of its audience while fulfilling the vision of the Boy Scouts of America. For more information, visit www.boyslife.org,

About Yomega
Yomega Corp. is a family owned, leading manufacturer of high performance yo-yos and playground toys. Distributed in over 35 countries, Yomega products are sold primarily to independent toy stores, sporting good chains, and mass market retailers. Based in Fall River, Massachusetts, the company’s mission is to reinvent traditional toys into high performance toys with extended play value. Its goal is to promote fun and encourage kids to explore a “better way to play”. For more information about Yomega, please visit yomega.com.

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World Record-Breaking CPR and AED Training Event to be Attempted at National Jamboree

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World Record-Breaking CPR and AED Training Event to be Attempted at National Jamboree

Posted on 06 June 2010 by Dan

Each and every one of the estimated 43,000 Scouts and leaders expected in attendance at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree are invited to participate in an event attempting to break the World Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) training record. Not only will participants be able to stake their claim as being part of this historic event, but they will return home with the ability to perform these life-saving skills in their communities if ever called upon.

This once in a lifetime opportunity will take place on July 29, 2010 from 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM at the Fort A.P. Hill Arena. Thirteen separate group training sessions will be conducted and will begin promptly at each hour mark. Participants will be issued nationally-recognized CPR & AED course completion cards from the Emergency Care and Safety Institute.

Stay tuned to Boy Scouts of America‘s email notifications for further information. A website dedicated to this World record-breaking event is available at


Laerdal Medical has graciously donated 2,500 “Jamboree Edition” personal manikin kits to be used for on-site training. In addition, Laerdal is extending a special event purchase price to Jamboree attendees for only $19.00. Now, Scouts can practice the life-saving skills of CPR they’ve learned at the Jamboree and help teach other family members when returning home. Strengthen the chain of survival in your community! For more information click here.

Instructors from Mary Washington Healthcare, an approved American Heart Association Training Center, will be on hand to assist in CPR & AED training at the event. Several hundred American Heart Association and Emergency Care and Safety Institute instructors throughout the region are expected to participate in this historic event. To learn more about Mary Washington Healthcare, please click here.

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William T. Hornaday Conservation Awards Reunion to be held at 2010 National Jamboree

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William T. Hornaday Conservation Awards Reunion to be held at 2010 National Jamboree

Posted on 23 May 2010 by admin

On Thursday evening, July 29, 2010 Boy Scouts of America will host a national reunion of William T. Hornaday Award Recipients from 6:30-7:30 P.M. at the entrance to the National Jamboree Conservation and Environment Area. All recipients of Hornaday medals or badges are invited to attend this special event being held during the 100 year anniversary of Boy Scouts of America.

First established in 1914 by Dr. William Temple Hornaday, former director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and New York Zoological Society, the William T. Hornaday Medal (originally called the Wildlife Conservation Medal) is the oldest continuously run and one of the most prestigious conservation awards in the United States of America. Just over 1,000 medals have been awarded since the 1914, including to Aldo Leopold, regarded by many as the founding father of wildlife management. Dr. Hornaday is credited for saving the American bison from extinction, as well as critical work Migratory Bird Treaty Law and the 1911 Fur Seal Treaty. With his motto “Open wide to youth all gateways to nature,” Dr. Hornaday believed strongly in the power of youth and that a single individual could make a difference.

While having a strong common bond of shared passion for the environment, recipients of the prestigious Hornaday awards for “Distinguished Service to Conservation” are both scarce and scattered across our great nation. This reunion will provide a rare opportunity to meet other Hornaday recipients to share stories of conservation experiences and professions while networking at a fun get together. Our main speaker will be Bob Birkby, author of the current Boy Scout Handbook. Following the reunion there will be a book signing session with Mr. Birkby.Please joins us on Thursday evening July 29, 2010 at the head of the Jamboree Conservation Area for this special reception. Please arrive before 5:00PM at the Jamboree site (visitor hours end at 5:00PM).

For more information call Clark Guy (610) 763-1509 or Lew Gorman III (856-397-1649) and visit the Jamboree website at www.bsajamboree.org

Source: 2010 National Jamboree Conservation & Environment Area Press Release

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Larry Pritchard To Now Lead the National Scout Jamboree

Posted on 22 January 2010 by Dan

With the passing of John Alline, the Jamboree Division Director, the National Council appointed a new Jamboree Department Manager. Mr. Larry Pritchard, Scout Executive and Chief Executive Officer of the Seneca Waterways Council has been selected to fill this post.

The Democrat Chronicle has the story:

The head of the local Boy Scout council has been selected to organize the National Scout Jamboree this summer.

Larry Pritchard, scout executive and chief executive officer of the Seneca Waterways Council — the new name of the recently merged Otetiana Council and Finger Lakes Council — has been promoted to become the department manager for the jamboree starting Monday. Jan. 25. He’s led the local council since 2000.

Pritchard, 58, of Perinton, will also work with the Boy Scouts’ international division. His new job will be based in Dallas, Texas.

Read the rest of the article at
The Democrat Chronicle

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Jamboree Navigator Will Keep You in the Know

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Jamboree Navigator Will Keep You in the Know

Posted on 05 January 2010 by Dan

I doubt it is in response to complaints about a lack of communication from National about the Jamboree on various unofficial Jamboree email lists, however there is now a national email newsletter for Jamboree participants and staff.

According to BSAJamboree.org beginning in January and continuing through July, the Jamboree Navigator will be delivered to each Scout, Troop Leader, and Jamboree Staff member who signs up to recieve this email newsletter. The monthly newsletter will feature information about programming opportunities, the arena shows, and how to prepare for the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.

According to the thank you page this is a service provided by the Order of the Arrow.

Check out the Newsletter Signup page on BSAJamboree.org for additional information and to sign up for these monthly newsletters.

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Out with 2009, In with 2010…

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Out with 2009, In with 2010…

Posted on 31 December 2009 by Dan

First, I want to thank everyone for the well wishes and sticking with Scouting News this past year.  I’ve been deployed to Iraq the last year, which has been a hamper on the growth and sometimes timeliness of Scouting News.  The good news is I will be back in the states towards the end of January and will be taking the Spring to build up my websites, so plan on seeing good things in the New Year!  (I talk about some of the “big things” at the end of this post.)

Here is a look at 2009…

Some random stats:

Number of Posts in 2009: 333  (short of my 1/day goal!)

Number of Spam Comments Since Site Launch: 19,618

Busiest Day of 2009: Monday, July 27, 2009  (Unfortunately this was due to the story of Timothy Nunn’s death at Philmont)

Slowest Day of the week: Saturday  (This is good, Scouts and Scouters should be out camping on the weekends ;)

Sponsors / Advertisers:
I really hate having advertisements on Scouting News, however after running a couple of Scouting sites for years losing money, I decided Scouting News had to pay its own bills.  Since Google Adsense doesn’t pay those bills anymore, I looked towards outside companies.  I have turned down a few companies that I didn’t trust, or didn’t think would be a good fit.  I only let companies that are a good Scouting fit, and that I have faith in, advertise here on Scouting News.

A big thanks to http://www.BoyScoutStore.com for being our main sponsor in September and December (Jan 2010 too!).   If you haven’t checked them out, they offer a great selection of Scouting collectibles, gifts, memorabilia, funny patches, and more.  Adam and his partners are firmly rooted in the Scouting organization, and run an outstanding business.

I’m also very grateful to Gregg and his partners over at TrailStop.com for sponsoring a couple of contests.   If you haven’t checked out TrailStop.com yet, they offer a wide selection of Boy Scouts of America® Officially Licensed Products. Most products are discounted from the item’s list price and they guarantee your satisfaction 100%.

I also have to thank Joshua, over at BoyandGirlScouts.com for providing an early copy of Alvin Townley’s book, Spirit of Adventure for my review of Spirit of Adventure.  Because of his generosity I had another contest in which I gave away a couple copies of the book!

Top Referral Sites of 2009:
(where you came from, other than search engines and Twitter!)

1. HalfEagle.com (A great site that features all kinds of great Scouting Blogs)

2. Scouter.com (A forum for Scouters, can get rowdy at times)

3. BoyandGirlScouts.com (Joshua, hoping you are able to return to blogging in 2010!)

4. Facebook.com (I don’t think Facebook needs an explanation, but I just made a Scouting News fan page!)

5.  Wikipedia.org (Turns out Scouting News has been referenced a few times.)

Top Posts of 2009:
(based on pageviews)

1. New Merit Badges for 2009 & 2010
Published August 13, 2009
Introduced the new merit badges coming out in 2009 and 2010 that have been announced. They include: Robotics, GPS/GIS, Scouting Heritage, and Scuba. Most of the folks who commented were excited about all of these new additions, especially Scuba. A few folks were curious about which badges they would replace, but thus far I have not heard of any Merit Badges getting the cut.

2. Embroidered Centennial Ring Emblem
Published July 28, 2009
Showcased a new patch issued by National Supply to be placed around the World Crest. A lot of the folks that commented on the post thought the patch was cool, with some caution to it leaving permenant marks on the uniform. “Settummanque, the blackeagle (Mike Walton)” chimed in with a detailed comment that highlighted some of the tidbits he learned in discussing this particular patch with folks at National.

3. Subaru Forester Pinewood Derby Commercial
Published February 18, 2009

This commercial, which wasn’t on the air very long had two strikingly different effects on Scouters.  Some folks thought it was extremely tacky to dress Boys in what they felt were Brownie vests, while the other half seemed to appreciate the exposure and message the commercial featured.

4. Gone Home: Scout Collapses While Hiking at Philmont Scout Ranch
Published July 27, 2009
The sad announcement of Timothy Nunn’s death while hiking at Philmont. This story touched the hearts of Scouts and Scouters all over the Country. We heard from folks getting off the trail or just about to start a trek at Philmont to parents expressing their sympathy.

5. If you Don’t Complete Your Ticket
Published December 12, 2007
This humorous Wood Badge video has been a top stop for visitors since it was posted on Scouting News, and it deserves the spot. If you have taken Wood Badge or just get annoyed buy the Wood Badge hype, this video is comical. (No offense to those who live, breath, and sleep Wood Badge – I’m a three-beader myself.)

That’s a Wrap:
Overall, 2009 has been a year of growth and challenges for Scouting News.  I couldn’t have done what I do here, without the help of many, including YOU the reader.  Please continue to provide feedback, comment on stories, share your Scouting news, and keep on visiting!

What will 2010 hold for Scouting News?

  • Since I will be back in the grand ole USA, you will see more posts.
  • The largest contest Scouting News has ever seen will be held around the actual BSA anniversary (Feb 8th).  If you are a company that would like to get into the action, with a prize, contact us!
  • On site Coverage of the 2010 National Scout Jamboree!

Thanks for a great year, and hear is to an even better 2010!

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Del Taco Holds Fundraisers to Help Phoenix Area Scouts Attend 100th Anniversary National Scout Jamboree

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Del Taco Holds Fundraisers to Help Phoenix Area Scouts Attend 100th Anniversary National Scout Jamboree

Posted on 21 October 2009 by admin

Del Taco LogoThis time, Phoenix area boy scouts will be on the receiving end of a good turn when Del Taco raises funds to help more than 430 scouts attend the 100th Anniversary National Scout Jamboree next summer.

All Phoenix area Del Taco restaurants will donate 20% of sale proceeds from 11 am – 8 pm on October 21, 28, November 4 and 11. When ordering, customers need to present the fundraiser flying that can be downloaded at http://www.deltacoscouts.info.

“Next year’s centennial Jamboree marks a historic and important milestone for the Boy Scouts of America,” said Keith Woods, Jamboree Scoutmaster. “This will be an exciting opportunity for our local scouts to be part of a huge celebration. We appreciate everything Del Taco is doing to make this trip happen.”

More than 430 scouts from ten Jamboree Troops will benefit from these fundraisers. The 2010 National Scout Jamboree will take place next July in Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.

“Scouts provides a valuable experience for kids and we are excited to help these scouts attend the historic Jamboree,” said Michelle Henriques, Del Taco field marketing manager.

In addition to Phoenix area restaurants, the fundraisers will take place at Del Taco locations in Casa Grande and Tucson.

About Del Taco
Del Taco, the Lake Forest, California-based company operates or franchisees more than 515 restaurants in 18 states. Del Taco offers a full range of made-to-order Mexican items such as tacos, burritos, quesadillas and American favorites including cooked-to-order burgers, fries and shakes. Del Taco uses fresh ingredients including hand-made salsa, fresh produce, freshly grated cheddar cheese, chicken grilled every hour and lard-free beans made from scratch. Additional information is available at http://www.deltaco.com.

Source: Del Taco Press Release

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