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Boys’ Life and Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Join Forces

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Boys’ Life and Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Join Forces

Posted on 05 January 2011 by Press Release

For Americans there is no greater recognition of service, courage and leadership than our nation’s highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor. This year, in celebration of a century of turning “today’s readers into tomorrow’s leaders,” Boys’ Life will work with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and the exclusive Society of America’s living Medal of Honor recipients to give Americans the opportunity to help select a Scout to receive the Foundation’s American Spirit Award.  

Presented by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, the American Spirit Award recognizes one or more individuals who demonstrate extraordinary skill, professionalism and a spirit of excellence in a challenging situation. Previous recipients include the Reserve Officer Training Corps programs of the military services and Chesley B. Sullenberger of “Miracle on the Hudson” fame.

“The values the Boy Scouts of America instills in young people represent those embodied in the Medal of Honor,” said Gen. Nick Kehoe, president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. “We are excited to be working with Boy Scouts of America and Boys’ Life, which has served as the voice of Scouting, chronicled the movement’s achievements and helped prepare more than 100 million American youth across five generations for extraordinary lives.”  

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Medal of Honor being signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln. As part of the celebration of what the Medal of Honor represents, the Foundation invited the Boy Scouts to nominate an outstanding Scout for the prestigious American Spirit Award. In response, the editorial staff of Boys’ Life conducted a national search of Scouts and their achievements and selected four Scouts as potential recipients of the American Spirit Award. Boys’ Life readers and all Americans can visit http://boyslife.org/americanspiritaward/ to see details of each finalist’s accomplishments and vote on the Scout they believe most exemplifies the requirements of the award.

The four finalists are:

  • TJ Ellwein, a resident of Davidsonville, Md., and member of the Baltimore Area Council who logged more than 400 hours leading the cleanup and beautification of Chaplain’s Hill at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Brad Garr, a resident of Scottsdale, Ariz., and member of the Grand Canyon Council who has received the William T. Hornaday Silver Medal for his conservation efforts and who has helped save a life on two separate occasions.
  • Jacob Netzel, a resident of Fayetteville, N.C., and member of the Occoneechee Council who raised $40,000 and constructed a memorial for fallen members of the 3rd Special Forces Group.
  • Jack Pape, a resident of Omaha, Neb., and member of the Mid-America Council who provided first aid to Scouts injured during the tornado at Little Sioux Scout Ranch in 2008 and who gave CPR to a boy pulled from a swimming pool in 2009.

Online voting for the nominees will be from January 5 through February 11 and will make up 50 percent of the evaluation process. A panel of Boys’ Life editors and members of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation also will evaluate nominees based on each entry’s alignment with the values of Scouting, Boys’ Life, and the American Spirit Award. The panel will announce the recipient in March 2011.

The recipient will be flown to Washington, D.C., to receive the American Spirit Award and participate in National Medal of Honor Day activities March 24-25, 2011. Also, the recipient will be featured in an issue of Boys’ Life and will serve as an ambassador for the magazine throughout the remainder of its 100-year anniversary celebration.

“For 150 years the Medal of Honor has given Americans extraordinary examples of courage, sacrifice and valor beyond the call of duty,” said Mike Goldman, editor, Boys’ Life. “Through creative methods — Boys’ Life has worked to teach our readers these same traits. We are honored to work with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and are proud to exhibit the accomplishments of these outstanding Scouts.”

ABOUT THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR FOUNDATION
The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, which was founded by the exclusive Society of living Medal of Honor recipients, is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to perpetuate the Medal of Honor’s legacy of courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism. The Foundation supports the objectives, activities and outreach programs of the Society, and raises funds for initiatives such as Citizen Service before Self Honors and the American Spirit Award, that promote awareness of what the Medal of Honor represents. For more information, visit www.cmohfoundation.org. The foundation presents the American Spirit Award to an individual or group that has exhibited extraordinary skill, professionalism and a spirit of excellence in a challenging situation.    

ABOUT THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA AND BOYS’ LIFE
The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. For 100 years, the award-winning Boys’ Life has chronicled Scouting’s commitment to give young Americans the tools, experiences and knowledge they need to make the world a better place. Through an entertaining and educational variety of general interest articles, fictional stories and cartoons, the magazine has reinforced the importance of literacy and told the collective story of more than 100 million Scouts, many of whom have gone on to be national heroes, including sports stars, astronauts and U.S. Presidents. Today, Boys’ Life continues to prepare young people for life as it teaches them the importance of community, family, ambition, education, leadership, priority and living a life bigger than themselves. http://boyslife.org/

Source: Boy Scouts of America

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Boys’ Life 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.

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Scouting for Adventure Season Two

Posted on 11 July 2009 by Dan

scouting-for-adventureCoinciding with the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), this July marks the return of all-new episodes of the hit show, Scouting for Adventure; an original series based on the BSA and their flagship magazine, Boys’ Life. This high-adventure show targets young outdoorsmen, teaching wilderness skills with an emphasis on safety and team-building.

In the show’s second year, Scouting for Adventure promises to continue the tradition of top-notch television production, shot in high-definition that motivates, educates and inspires both young and young-at-heart. Each action-packed episode features short segments that pertain to all aspects of Scouting such as merit badges, oaths, safety, gear and knots. Whether it’s learning how to properly tie a square knot at Creighton Island, Georgia or emphasizing the importance of beach conservation (utilizing the BSA’s Leave No Trace program) in Catalina Island, California, each episode of Scouting for Adventure offers practical advice for all past, present and future scouts.

Season Two Episodes include:

Episode 1 – ‘Northern Tier – Dog Sledding’
The adventure begins! Scouts voyage to the high-adventure camp known as Northern Tier, near Ely, MN. From dog sledding to skiing to cold weather cooking, this trip offers some of the best snow conditions and terrain for winter and wilderness survival camping in North America.

Episode 2 – ‘Winter Survival’
The journey continues from the Northern Tier High Adventure Program in Minnesota. Scouts learn cold weather camping skills while snow shoeing their way to camp. Ice-fishing for food and sleeping in snow caves are only part of what it takes to be prepared to survive the toughest winter wilderness conditions.

Episode 3 – ‘Georgia’s Coastal Marsh’
Kayaking Georgia’s coastal marsh is a stealthy way to explore oceanography. Traveling under their own power, scouts learn to plot their course based on tides as they work their way out to Creighton Island. A night out under the bright stars provides an exciting lesson in astronomy.

Episode 4 – ‘California Camporee’
Scouting for Adventure changes gears a bit this week as scout skills, leadership and spirit are on display at Camporee. Scouts are judged on up to 11 field events, including Animal Tracking, Fire Building, Scout Jeopardy and the Obstacle Course – all taking place at Castaic Lake in Southern California.

Episode 5 – ‘Nevada Cattle Ranch’
A high-altitude adventure awaits in the mountains of Nevada. Scouts get a first hand look at a working cattle ranch and learn skills like horsemanship, cattle roping and trail riding – culminating with an horseback trek and a night spent high in the mountains and under the stars.

Episode 6 – ‘Emerald Bay Ocean Canoe’
Scouting for Adventure travels to Catalina Island for the first of a Camp Emerald Bay trifecta. This week, Scouts embark on a canoe trip – but not just a paddle around the pond; a 10-mile voyage across the open ocean, learning how to stay safe and work together along the way. A secluded beach with prime snorkeling awaits their arrival, and a campout just feet from the Pacific.

Episode 7 – ‘Emerald Bay Mountain Bike’
In the second installment from Camp Emerald Bay, Scouts pack-up their sleeping bags, strap-on their helmets and take off on mountain bikes across Catalina Island. Their adventure will take them up lung-burning climbs and down hair-whipping descents, with tips and lessons learned along the way. We’ll also see there is a lot more going on in camp with a trip to the shooting range.

Episode 8 – ‘Emerald Bay SCUBA’
This week, we don’t go over or around the Pacific…we go IN it! Scouts at Camp Emerald Bay scuba-dive in the dense kelp forests and among abundant marine life that these beautiful waters hold. An extra element is added to this already heart-pounding venture as a night dive is on-tap for the scouts. Emerald Bay is an adventure’s oasis, with endless activities and excitement at every turn.

Catch Scouting for Adventure on the Outdoor Channel. You can learn more, see photos, and preview videos at:
http://www.outdoorchannel.com/shows/scoutingforadventure/

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