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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 Editor

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 Editor

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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