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Wilderness First Aid Instructor Course Offered at All Three High Adventure Bases

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Wilderness First Aid Instructor Course Offered at All Three High Adventure Bases

Posted on 14 February 2010 by Dan

This spring, the three high-adventure bases, Philmont Scout Ranch, Florida Sea Base, and Northern Tier, in conjunction with the American Red Cross (ARC) and Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) will be offering the opportunity of a lifetime. ARC and ECSI will be providing an opportunity to participate in a WFA Instructor Course and a CPR/AED Instructor Course, at the low cost of $150.

Florida Sea Base, March 3 – 7, 2010

Northern Tier, April 14 – 18, 2010

Philmont Scout Ranch, May 5 – 9, 2010

After completion of any one of these courses, you will be certified as a Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED Instructor for the American Red Cross or Emergency Care and Safety Institute, depending upon the provider you have taken the course from.

Please click on the following link for details http://wildernessfirstaid.kintera.org/2010. Register today!

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Holiday Mail for Heroes Surpasses Goal

Posted on 07 January 2009 by Dan

Back in November Scouting News introduced you to the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

The American Red Cross is partnering with Pitney Bowes this holiday season for the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. For the second year in a row, they are collecting holiday cards to distribute to American service members, veterans and their families in the United States and around the world. Pitney Bowes is generously donating technology, resources and postage to make this holiday card program possible.

Their goal for 2008 was to collect and distribute one million holiday cards to spread holiday cheer and facilitate thanks to these brave individuals and families.

According to my contact, the Holiday Mail for Heroes program was a huge success. America responded to the call to action and they were able to surpass their goal of 1 million cards and ended up delivering 1,440,000 holiday cards to America’s service men and women, veterans, and their families!

Thank you to everyone who helped the Holiday Mail for Heroes program surpass their goal and helped spread some holiday cheer to those that serve or have served their country! If you missed the 2008 program, look for it in 2009!

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Holiday Mail for Hereos

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Holiday Mail for Heroes

Posted on 23 November 2008 by Dan

I’d like to introduce all the Scouting News readers to a great project that I was made aware of, and will be participating in.

Holiday Mail for HereosThe American Red Cross is partnering with Pitney Bowes this holiday season for the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. For the second year in a row, they are collecting holiday cards to distribute to American service members, veterans and their families in the United States and around the world. Pitney Bowes is generously donating technology, resources and postage to make this holiday card program possible.

“This opportunity is such a great way for the public to personally support the military and say a special thank you for their service this holiday season,” said Gail McGovern, Red Cross President and CEO. “I’m especially proud that the Red Cross is able to be a part of this effort, and I hope everyone will take the time to join us and send an extra card for the military.”

In 2007 Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. approached the Red Cross to distribute thousands of holiday cards coming to the facility for wounded troops. The Red Cross reached out to Pitney Bowes to turn the project into a larger opportunity that could reach members of the military at other facilities. In all, nearly 600,000 cards were screened for hazardous materials, sorted, and delivered in 2007.

Their goal for 2008 is to collect and distribute one million holiday cards to spread holiday cheer and facilitate thanks to these brave individuals and families.

This would be a great service project for a Cub Scout Den/Pack, Boy Scout Troop, or even a family. All you have to do is add one card to your holiday greeting list. Please visit Holiday Mail for Heroes to learn more about the program including card guidelines and mailing address. Cards must be postmarked by December 10th, 2008.

There is also a video about the program at: http://blip.tv/file/1453926 (there is a Boy Scout quoted in the video)

I can tell you from personal experience it is great to get a greeting card with a short note of support from a complete stranger around the holidays (especially from kids). Its a great reminder that folks back home are supporting you. I’m sure its the same for those service members who are at Walter Reed or other military medical facilities throughout the country.

Send Scouting News a picture of your Den, Pack, Troop, or Crew making greeting cards for the Holiday Mail for Heroes and we will feature your unit in a future story.

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