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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.”

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.    

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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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

Are you ordering a copy of the Boy’s Life Magazine 2010 National Scout Jamboree Souvenir DVD?

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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:

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Boy’s Life Happy Birthday BSA Photo Contest!

Posted on 05 June 2009 by admin

Show off your photography skills in the Boys’ Life “Happy Birthday, BSA” photograph contest and your photograph just might appear on the cover of the February 2010 issue of Boys’ Life. What’s so special about February 2010? It’s the 100th birthday of the Boy Scouts of America!

The Boys’ Life “Happy Birthday, BSA” photograph contest is open to readers age 6 to 17. Its theme: The Five Pillars of Scouting. Use your imagination and come up with a photograph or photographs that illustrate one or more of these important BSA values:

• Character
• Leadership
• Achievement
• Outdoors
• Community Service

For complete rules and additional information check out the Boy’s Life Contest Website.

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Boys’ Life Magazine Promotes Environmental Leadership With Sustainable Forestry Initiative(R) Forest Certification

Posted on 26 April 2009 by admin

Boys’ Life magazine, the youth monthly published by the Boy Scouts of America, has become certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, an organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management.

From the forest to BSA headquarters to the pressroom to the mailboxes of more than 1 million subscribers each month, Boys’ Life adheres to a strict policy of environmental responsibility.

“At its heart, Boys’ Life is about the outdoors and about teaching our young readers to be good stewards of the outdoors,” says Mike Goldman, managing editor of Boys’ Life. “We are dedicated to minimizing our magazine’s impact on the earth while maximizing our readers’ enjoyment of nature.”

As part of its certification, the Boys’ Life workflow at its printing partner, Quad/Graphics, will be required to undergo annual surveillance audits as well as full certification against the SFI Standard every five years, conducted by independent, accredited certification bodies. All audit reports are published on the SFI program’s website at www.sfiprogram.org.

“Demand for products from well-managed forests is increasing worldwide and with today’s announcement, Boys’ Life joins a growing number of companies that are demonstrating their environmental commitment through certification to the SFI program,” said SFI Inc. President and CEO, Kathy Abusow. “Boys’ Life has taken a leadership role by supporting global efforts to improve forest practices.”

With more than 154 million acres certified across North America, the SFI sustainable forestry certification program is one of the largest in the world, with a standard based on principles and measures that promote responsible environmental behavior and sound forest management including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk and forests of exceptional conservation value.

To encourage the millions of youth and adult members of the Scouting program to consider green in every aspect of their life, the Boy Scouts of America also includes an organic clothing line, and the 12th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook, which will release late in the summer of 2009, is also green certified.

For more about Boys’ Life and SFI, visit www.boyslife.org/SFI.

About Boys’ Life magazine
Award-winning Boys’ Life has been America’s leading youth publication since its beginning in 1911. The 1.1-million circulation flagship magazine of the Boy Scouts of America has positively influenced generations of readers and shall continue to educate and entertain generations to come. www.boyslife.org

About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving nearly 4.1 million young people between 7 and 20 years of age with more than 300 councils throughout the United States and its territories, the Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. www.scouting.org

Hat Tip: @CapitolAreaBSA

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Friday Funny: Cub Scout Without His Uniform

Posted on 30 January 2009 by admin

Welcome to Friday Funny! Every Friday, Scouting News will share a Scouting related joke with our readers. Hopefully you find it just as funny as we did!

Today’s Friday Funny comes from the Boy’s Life Joke Archives, and was originally submitted by Ed L. from Deerfield, Michigan.

Ed: What is a Cub Scout without his uniform?

Ned: What?

Ed: A Bare Scout!

Do you have a Scouting related joke? Would you like to see it featured on a future Friday Funny? If so please use the contact us page to send it to us. If you include your Unit and / or website address it will be included with the joke.

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Boy’s Life Makes Top Ten List: Worst Declines in Jan 2009

Posted on 09 January 2009 by Dan

Did you notice that the January issue of Boy’s Life had less advertising in it?

According to a story by the New York Times, Prominent Magazines Lose Weight, Shedding Nearly Half Their Ads, January 2009 was less friendly than most January’s for monthly magazines.

Of the 10 monthlies with the worst declines in January, four were Condé Nast magazines: Wired, Architectural Digest, Vogue and Lucky. It was the only publisher with more than one title in the top 10. The other hardest-hit magazines were Boating, published by Hachette Filipacchi Media; Power & Motoryacht, published by Source Interlink Media; Everyday Food, published by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia; Salt Water Sportsman, published by Bonnier Corporation; Texas Monthly, published by Emmis Communications; and Boys’ Life, published by the Boy Scouts of America.

The industry average decline for January 2009 was 17%, that means there was 17% less advertising by volume. While I don’t have access to the specific decline for Boy’s Life; Wired was listed at 47% decline, Vogue and Lucky were down about 40%.

Magazine Industry experts have two thoughts on the large declines. The first group believes it is related to the recession and advertisers spending less money to keep more cash on hand or because of less profits. The second group believes that this is just another sign of the times that advertisers are moving out of print publishing and focusing on more “new age media”.

Some interesting facts from the Boy’s Life Media Kit:
– Average Subscriber Weekly Income – $8.00
– 2009 Four Color Full Page Ad Cost – $39,680
– Only PG movies can be advertised in the full run of Boy’s Life, PG-13 can be advertised in the Upper Run (Boy Scout Version).
– No Sneezing Powder Advertisements!

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Season One of ‘Scouting for Adventure’ on DVD Now

Posted on 01 December 2008 by Dan

You may remember hearing back in May that Boys Life and the Outdoor Channel were teaming together to produce Scouting for Adventure.

Scouting for Adventure is an original series based on the Boy Scouts of America and their flagship magazine, Boys’ Life. This high-adventure show targets young outdoorsmen, teaching wilderness skills with an emphasis on safety and team-building. Episodes feature exciting activities like rock climbing, kayaking, scuba diving, ropes courses, backpacking, horse riding, canoeing, and whitewater rafting; and cover important outdoor Scouting topics, including safety tips, gear reviews, merit badges, conservation, campfire cooking, and knot tying. The show promotes awareness of the Boy Scouts of America and its Scouting values and activities.

If you weren’t able to catch “Scouting for Adventure” on the Outdoor Channel you are in luck! Boy’s Life is selling DVDs of Season One.

Season one consists of 6 – 30 minute episodes, and the DVDs are being sold for $14.95. (If you purchase 10 or more they are just $10 each).

Find out more, or order online at:

If you haven’t seen the show yet, you can check out the graphic opening of the show online!

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Help the BSA get listed on SocialVibe

Posted on 03 October 2008 by Dan

There is a push, albeit a small one right now, to get the Boy Scouts of America listed as a Cause on SocialVibe. You may have caught the article about SocialVibe in the October 2008 issue of Boy’s Life, if not here is a brief synopsis of the site:

What is Social Vibe?

SocialVibe is a new social media platform that facilitates interaction between people, the brands they love and the causes they care about. SocialVibe recognizes the influence people have online and has created an easy way for people to use their influence for social good. Social media advertising opportunities are plentiful, however SocialVibe’s unique platform empowers communities of real people to make a real difference. With SocialVibe, people enhance their online experiences by getting sponsored by brands to support the causes they believe in.

How can you help?
In order for the Boy Scouts of America to be listed as a ‘Cause’ on SocialVibe 100 people post post on a discussion topic that has been started in the forums. If you want to help, follow these simple steps:
1. Register on SocialVibe. (It’s Free)
2. Confirm your email address, as part of the registration process.
3. Go to this forum discussion topic: http://www.socialvibe.com/main#/discuss/3/2/15638
4. Add a post saying that the “BSA should be added as a cause on SocialVibe.”

Thats it! After 100 people have posted their support, SocialVibe will contact that BSA and work out the details to get them listed as a ‘Cause’. After the BSA is listed as a cause anyone on SocialVibe can make the BSA their cause.

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