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Baltimore Area Council Supporters Pledge $175,000 at Campaign Kick-off

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Baltimore Area Council Supporters Pledge $175,000 at Campaign Kick-off

Posted on 28 January 2011 by admin

The Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (BAC, BSA) publicly kicked-off its annual fundraising campaign with a reception at the National Aquarium Baltimore.  More than 200 business and civic leaders joined the Scouting community to demonstrate their support for the values based Scouting programs in Baltimore City and the surrounding counties of Baltimore, Harford, Carroll, Howard and Anne Arundel.  The program, held in the Dolphin Show Arena, featured Fox45 Meteorologist Steve Fertig as the Master of Ceremonies; Congressman Elijah Cummings as the keynote speaker; and presentations by youth Eagle Scouts and the BAC, BSA Chairman of the Board Barry Williams. Supporters pledged $175,000 to support BAC, BSA’s programs which serve 50,000 youth.

Among the youth Eagle Scout presenters at the investor’s reception were Malcolm Dirton of Baltimore City. Malcolm Dirton’s Eagle Scout project worked with other area scouts to catalogue the brass placques placed at the base of each tree when planted in the Memorial Grove in Baltimore’s historic Druid Hill Park, which is the country’s first memorial of its kind, planted to memorialize those who fought in World War I. As a result of Malcolm Dirton’s Eagle project, it was discovered that 42 of the original markers are missing. Youth Eagle presenter TJ Ellwein is the recipient of the BAC, BSA “Eagle Scout Project of the Year Award”. T.J. Ellwein’s Eagle project consisted of a restoration on Chaplain’s Hill Arlington National Cemetary where he directed a crew of his peers who scrubbed and cleaned 400 headstones of Armed Forces’ Chaplains buried on the hill. In all TJ logged more than 400 hours leading to the clean-up and beautification of this reverent location.

Special volunteers were recognized at the event. During the event program BAC, BSA recognized “Heroes for 100th” who have served Scouting in very special ways to help make the scouting program available for youth in Central Maryland. A list of these volunteers can be found at www.Baltimorebsa.org. Among the hero recipients that we formally recognized at the event were:

· Dr. Albert Reece, Dean, University of Maryland Medical System, who has assisted in raising more than $90,000 from the healthcare community for programs serving Scouts with special needs.

· Sharon Wylie, Public Affairs Manager Fox45, who has served to increase public awareness of the annual food collection service project “Scouting for Food”, to the homeless and families in need throughout central Maryland.

· Kevin Maxwell, Superintendant of Anne Arundel County Public Schools, who has served to further educational opportunities for youth served in public schools to join Scouting.

· Gerald Stansbury, President, Maryland Chapter NAACP, who has served to provide mentors and life-skills learning opportunities for youth in impoverished situations in underserved communities.

· Jim LaVey, Long time scouting volunteer who has dedicated more than 60 years of service to Scouting and presided over boards of review for more than 2,000 Eagle Scouts in central Maryland.

Since 1910, Scouting has shaped the lives of America’s youth – helping them develop values, strength of character, citizenship, personal fitness and leadership skills our community needs. Even in these challenging times, BAC, BSA is striving to help more young people than ever before grow into productive citizens. Raising the essential financial resources to sustain Scouting throughout the Central Maryland community is a big job for the BAC, BSA. The local Boy Scout council provides character building programs to nearly 40,000 families in Central Maryland at the annual cost of over $5 Million. Last year 488 youth attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Campaign contributions to support Scouting help develop young people into future leaders can be made online at www.baltimorebsa.org/donate. BAC, BSA is striving to raise more than $1.4 million dollars through its annual campaign in 2011. For more information contact Sonya Greene at 443-573-2539 or sgreene@baltimorebsa.org.

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Baltimore Area Council Installs New Chairman of the Board

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Baltimore Area Council Installs New Chairman of the Board

Posted on 03 July 2010 by admin

The Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (BAC) held their annual meeting in June at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House. The Council elected Members-At-Large, Advisory Council members, Executive Board members and Honorary members. In addition, the BAC elected officers. The new Chairman of the Board is Barry Williams, Director, Baltimore County Office of Workforce Development. Six new members were also elected to serve on the Executive Board: Michael Poray, Constellation Energy Commodities Group; John Jeppi, Johns Hopkins Institutions; Steve Edwards, Edwards Project Solutions; Terri Harrington, MacKenzie Commercial; Joyce Uhlrich, Leg Mason Technology Services; and Michael Pedone, Venable.

Mr. Williams honored outgoing Chairman of the Board, Barry Gossett, for his three terms as Chairman and for his “thoughtful leadership and profound generosity to the Council.” The BAC announced their intention to establish the Barry Gossett Eagle Scout Scholarship Program in the University of Maryland system. An Eagle Scout, attending a college or university in the University of Maryland system, will be chosen annually to receive this award. The scholarship will be established through a gift of $25,000 and will grow through further contributions from donors. The first scholarship is expected to be awarded in time for the fall 2012 semester.

 As the Boy Scouts of America celebrates its 100th Anniversary the BAC took time to recognize its Scouting veterans. Eleven people were recognized as having greater than 50 years of involvement with Scouting over their lifetime. In addition, the BAC recognized chartered partners who have delivered Scouting to youth locally for more than 50 years. Without the involvement of these dedicated persons the BAC would not be able to deliver Scouting programs to the youth of Central Maryland.

BSA’s mission is straightforward and just as true and relevant now as it was then: to serve others by aiding youth to achieve their full potential. Whether collecting food for the less fortunate or developing self-confidence whether it’s camping in adverse conditions, providing Leadership to their peers, Scouts are preparing for their future. Scouting spans 18 years of a juvenile, adolescent and young adult life. Scouting will continue to thrive, and deliver its promise; turning young people into extraordinary adults. 

For more information go to www.BaltimoreBSA.org or contact Sonya Greene 443-573-2539.

Source: Baltimore Area Council Press Release

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Harford County Celebrates Accomplishments of a Local Eagle Scout

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Harford County Celebrates Accomplishments of a Local Eagle Scout

Posted on 18 May 2010 by Dan

The Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) celebrated Eagle Scouts with a reception held Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Bel Air, Maryland. Twenty people including local Eagle Scout alumni and BSA staff joined BSA National Eagle Scout Association National Director, Bill Steel, and Baltimore Area Council BSA Executive Board member Tom Owsley in recognizing the accomplishments of Alex Griffith. As the Scouting movement celebrates its 100th anniversary an emphasis is being placed to reconnect with Eagle Scout from all years. A recent poll by Harris Interactive showed that over 13,000 Eagle Scouts reside within the metropolitan Baltimore area. 

At the reception key note speaker, Mr. Steel announced that 16-year old Harford County Resident, Alex Griffith, has been awarded the National Eagle Service Project of the Year for his Eagle Scout Service project. Alex’s project was chosen from over 50,000 Eagle Scout Leadership Service Projects in 2009. This award will be presented at the National Council Annual meeting at the end of this month in Dallas, Texas. 

Alex attracted national media attention when he decided to raise funds and build a playground for the orphanage in Krasnoyarsk, Russia where he was adopted from at the age of 11 months for his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. Through this project and over more than two years, Alex, along with the assistance of his Boy Scout Troop (Troop 809) and other volunteers, dedicated countless hours to raising over $60,000 for the purchase of the elaborate playground. In April 2009, Alex and a crew of Boy Scouts and leaders travelled to Krasnoyarsk with the playground kit and spent two weeks assembling the playground. They worked alongside Russian youth, overcoming language and cultural difference. 

Alex has been recognized for his efforts as a 2009 CNN Hero of the Week, one of 28 Heroes selected from over 9000 nominations from 100 countries. Alex is here to tell us about his Scouting experience. 

The Eagle Scout award is the highest rank a boy can attain in the BSA. Only 4% of all registered Scouts earn this coveted mark of success. A Scout must complete 21 merit badges, serve in a leadership position successfully for six months in their Scouting group, show Scout Spirit, and complete the capstone Eagle service project.  Once the requirements are met the Scout takes part in a board of review with adults from his group and the larger Scouting community.  

The Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project provides a Scout with the opportunity to demonstrate leadership of others in the completion of a significant project to benefit his school, church, or community.  Normally the service project involves over 100 hours of effort by the Scout and individuals who assist him. In 2009, total project hours of Eagle Scouts throughout the metro area was 87,972 hours. In Harford County 54 youth achieved the rank of Eagle. 

The Baltimore Area Council, BSA is initiating a number of opportunities for Eagle Scouts of all ages to renew their commitment to serve others. First among these is the “Eagle Reserve” an alumni and affiliation network of Eagle Scouts in the Baltimore area. Realizing that many Eagle Scouts are not in a place in their career or family life to be able to devote time as a unit volunteer the Eagle Reserve connects Eagle Scouts to the countless options to serve others, and perhaps help the next crop of Eagle Scouts.  All Eagles are encouraged to contact kmcclelland@baltimorebsa.org or 443-573-2540 for alumni information and updates.

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Boy Scouts Gives Joint Task Force Guantanamo 4,000 Pounds of Popcorm

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Boy Scouts Gives Joint Task Force Guantanamo 4,000 Pounds of Popcorm

Posted on 11 January 2010 by admin

Members from Boy Scout Troop 115, part of the Baltimore Area Council, teamed up with Guantanamo Bay’s BST 435 to deliver tins of popcorn to Marines with Marine Corps Security Force Company Guantanamo. This distribution of the confectionary corn snack is the first of many which is intended to reach every service member here at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.

Air Force Lt. Col. Denise Boyer, commander of the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron, coordinated much of the effort to get the popcorn down to Guantanamo Bay. Her two sons are scouts in Maryland, and upon seeing the large number of Girl Scout cookies delivered here earlier this year, she wanted to get Boy Scout popcorn here.

“Every year my boys sell Boy Scout popcorn, and one of the options is to make a donation to the Service members,” said Boyer. “Our Boy Scouts distribute at Baltimore Washington International Airport when Service members are coming back from the field. Most service members say they would rather have it in the field than when they come home.”

In order to have the popcorn reach Service members in the field, Boyer arranged transportation for the popcorn with the Office of Military Commissions flights from Andrews Air Force Base.

“I approached the subject of getting stuff down here, and talked with the local service members and to the one back in Baltimore to figure out some way to get some donated popcorn here,” said Boyer. “The Baltimore Area Council approved to send 4,000 to 6,000 pounds of popcorn to Service members stationed at Guantanamo. It is overwhelming to see how much popcorn they were willing to send here.”

Shipments are arriving, and Boyer’s two sons and husband made the trip to distribute the first tins alongside the local service members. The plan for distribution was first to the MCSFCO who work outer security for the naval station.

“The first people we wanted to give to were the Marines at Guantanamo who work the fence line,” said Boyer. “For many of them, this is their first deployment. Sometimes it will be their very first time away from home for Christmas. We wanted to do something special for them.”

Marine Lance Cpl. Aaron Purkiss, a MCSFCO member and Eagle Scout, said he enjoyed the visit from the scouts and the work they are doing.

“Boy Scouts always have that spirit of helping out, doing some service for others and doing what is right,” said Purkiss. “Thank you, Boy Scouts of America. Thank you for coming here and treating us.”

Continued distribution of the popcorn is expected in the coming weeks to reach all Joint Task Force and U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay service members.

For more information about Joint Task Force Guantanamo, visit the Web site at www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil.

Article by Spc. David Mclean, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Public Affairs

There was also a short video clip that was produced about this story:

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Over 100 Scouts and Leaders ‘Treated’ at New Hospital

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Over 100 Scouts and Leaders ‘Treated’ at New Hospital

Posted on 15 November 2009 by Dan

Western Maryland Regional Medical CenterScout units often assist first responders during large scale drills; however this is the first article I’ve seen where Boy Scouts helped a hospital staff prepare for the opening of a hospital.

The Cumberland Times reported on Boy Scouts participating as patients during the dry run at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.

When a hospital opens, there is little room for error. So when the time came to test the services at Cumberland’s new health care facility, hospital officials thought it would be beneficial to have the assistance of some of the nation’s most trusted community service members — the Boy Scouts of America.

On Saturday, more than 100 Boy Scouts and troop leaders from the local Potomac Council and Baltimore Area Council Boy Scouts of America participated in a scheduled mock training day for the new Western Maryland Regional Medical Center scheduled to open Saturday at 6 a.m.

Read the whole story at The Cumberland Times.

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Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation Permanently Preserved and Protected

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Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation Permanently Preserved and Protected

Posted on 20 August 2009 by admin

bc2009The Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (BAC) has put another significant portion of Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation (BCMSR) under a conservation easement that will preserve it in a wooded and undeveloped condition in perpetuity. BCMSR is the official camp of the Baltimore Area Council. The BCMSR is located in Harford County about 5 minutes from the PA border. The camp is about 1691 acres in size. On August 4, 2009, the last administrative hurdle was cleared to receive $3,255,000 from the Federal Forest Legacy Program (FFLP) and place a conservation easement on 376 acres of the BCMSR thus permanently protecting and preserving this acreage for Scouting in Central Maryland.

This process started in 2004. In order to obtain FFLP approval and funding, BAC had to have at least 25% of the easement value funded by another source. In January 2005, 391 acres, the area formerly known as the Pines, was included in the Harford County Agricultural Preservation Program and BAC received a check for $1.5 million. BCMSR qualified for this Harford County program because of its legal status as a tree farm. These funds have provided the opportunity to create a separate Broad Creek Endowment Fund to provide the resources to fund current and future capital needs of the camp.

The Task Force has not accomplished all of what it set out to do. Because the FFLP funding level for BCMSR was limited within the Federal allocation process, only a portion of the remaining unprotected acreage could be covered. The acreage included in the FFLP easement is basically the actively used areas of the existing three camps. BAC hopes to be able to put the remaining acreage (approx. 900 acres) under easement at some point in the future so that the entire property is protected and the directives of the Executive Board are fulfilled. At the present time, funding availability is extremely limited at the county, state and federal levels.

Fundamentally, a conservation easement allows BAC to continue their current ownership and use of BCMSR, while realizing some of the value of the property now by restricting development of that property in the future. FFLP is a federally funded program, administered by the state, designed to protect critical tracts of our nation’s privately owned forest land from conversion to non-forest uses. The FFLP requires us to maintain forest cover on at least 85% of BCMSR. In addition to our current 10 acres of “development” (pools, parking lots, cabins, etc.) BAC negotiated an allowance of up to 19 acres of additional development in the future. There are also other programs including Harford County Agricultural Land Preservation and Maryland’s Program Open Space, with similar objectives.

On August 4, 2009, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Department of Public Works approved the FFLP intent of putting an easement on 376 acres as designated in the survey maps and appraisal provided to them. On August 13, 2009, 2:30PM at BAC, 701 Wyman Park Dr. Baltimore MD 21211 the FFLP presented a check for $3,255,000 to the BAC Board Chair Barry Gossett to be added to the BCMSR endowment. For more information contact Reed Blom 443-573-2501 or go to the BAC website www.baltimorebsa.org.

Source: Baltimore Area Council

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Baltimore Area Council to Pilot Alternative BSA Under Armour Field Uniform

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Baltimore Area Council to Pilot Alternative BSA Under Armour Field Uniform

Posted on 31 July 2009 by Dan

Under Armour LogoUnder Armour is collaborating with Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America to pilot a new field uniform, as an optional alternative to the current uniform.

The initiative is an effort to appeal to kids who represent a diverse, varied cross-section of America youth. The field uniform will have a look for today’s adolescent and teen age youth who may not want to be seen in public in a traditional Boy Scout uniform. The price point is to be competitive, not too high end, but not discount. This Field Uniform will support attracting and retaining a larger market share of youth who may have not been Cub Scouts but see the popularity of Under Armour gear.

Editors Note:
We at Scouting News will try to keep readers informed as the pilot progress, however please note that some pilot programs are kept fairly quiet.

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Balitmore Area Council 2008 Gathering of Eagles

Posted on 07 March 2009 by admin

The Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America 2008 Gathering of Eagles launched the Eagle Reserve Initiative.

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