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88 Scouts Printed Their Mothers Day Cards and Earned Two Merit Badges

Posted on 11 May 2011 by Press Release

Scouting News brought you information about the sold out Graphic Arts Merit Badge Day at the International Printing Museum last month. Check out this recap!

On Saturday, May 7th the day before Mother’s day, eighty-eight Boy Scouts earned their graphic arts merit badge and pulp and paper merit badge at the International Printing Museum in Carson, California. Thanks to over 30 museum and industry volunteers the boys made paper, silk screened t-shirts, and printed their mom a mother’s day card that they designed that day.

Ten groups of eight boys rotated every half hour to various stations set up around the museum property in order to pass the requirements for the two merit badges. One of the requirements was a visit to a paper mill so, courtesy of Nan Fessler of Xpedx Paper, the boys took a video tour of a New Page paper mill.

boy scouts making paper from pulpDan Freeland of Southwest Offset led the boys on the journey from trees to pulp and paper to printer. On the museum parking lot volunteers helped the boys blend pulp supplied by Mohawk paper. That pulp was then poured onto wire frames allowing each boy to take home the paper they made.

Along with making a mothers day card, boys who brought a T-shirt were able to silk screen their own commemorative Merit Badge Day T-shirt under the instruction of Art Lindauer. Leland Scott taught the boys about various bindery methods in order to fulfill that requirement for the graphic arts merit badge while Craig Nelson of BurdgeCooper taught the boys how to identify the various types of printing they run across at home and at school. Dennis Howey, a graphic arts professor at Cal State Fullerton, and Bob Lindgren, president of the Printing Industries of Southern California, fulfilled the Graphic Arts requirement of teaching the boys about employment opportunities within the industry.

Saturday was the first of what will be many more Merit Badge days at the Printing Museum. Currently there are over 200 more boys who have signed up for future Merit Badge Days. The next one is on June 18th and the other October 22.

The Graphic Arts Merit Badge Day was the brainchild of Don Burdge, president of BurdgeCooper and Mark Barbour, curator of the museum. “For the past eight years I have been a merit badge counselor for both the Graphic Arts and Pulp and Paper merit badges” said Burdge, “during that time only one boy called to get his Graphic Arts Merit badge and he never showed up for his appointment”. Burdge, who was the Chairman of the Southern California Printing Industry Trade Association in 2009, experienced the decline of the printing industry during his tenure and witnessed the lack of funding in the education system for printing programs.

“Fewer and fewer boys are learning about our industry and I thought there might be a desire among the boy scouts to learn while earning a merit badge” said Burdge. “A few years ago I contacted the Boy Scout National Office and learned that the Graphic Arts and Pulp and Paper Merit Badges were among the least popular of all the merit badges boys can earn. As the father of an eagle scout I remembered that Merit badge days were popular among boys seeking rank advancement so I approached Mark Barbour about a year ago with the idea. Mark, in the mean time, had been working on a way to get the Boy Scouts more involved with the museum. The two of us came up with the idea of creating a Merit Badge Day.” Mark and Don, along with Dan Feedland and Ethan Lipton, professor of graphic communications at Cal State Los Angeles, created the program for the scouts to complete the fifteen requirements for the two merit badges in one day.

Don Burdge, Ethan Lipton, and other Industry volunteers with scouting connections, then contacted the five Boy Scout districts in the Greater Los Angeles area to promote the event. When the director of programming in the Orange County Boy Scout Council heard about the opportunity he sent an email blast out to his district and within 24 hours over 100 boys had signed up. By the end of the month there were over 300 boys registered to earn the two merit badges.

When asked why they signed up, one boy from Orange County said he had always been interested in Graphic Arts and this sounded “Cool”. Another boy said he liked engineering and he thought a job in this industry might be interesting. A third scout said he was there because his friend decided to come and he liked the chance to make something.

Because of the Merit Badge Day, the Printing Museum now has a steady stream of new visitors, the Boy Scouts now have a way to learn about our industry while earning two merit badges, and our industry is once again educating a group of smart and engaged boys who will soon enter the workforce. Now hundreds of boys will learn about the careers and benefits of the graphic arts and paper industries.

BurdgeCooper will continue support this program, both financially and logistically, and will ensure that there is a link between the Boy Scouts of America, the Printing Industry and the Paper Industry for years to come.

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Boy Scout Organizes MS Service Day

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Boy Scout Organizes MS Service Day

Posted on 15 March 2010 by Dan

James O’Rourke is the mastermind behind this project, called MS Service Day. O’Rourke is trying to earn his eagle badge for the Boy Scouts and wanted to give back to those who are going through what his family is going through. He arranged for several teams of boys, mostly Boy Scouts, to go around Bakersfield, completing home improvement projects, painting, and doing yard work for people with MS.

Read the entire article at 17KGET

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Sacramento

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Sacramento

Posted on 29 January 2010 by Dan

BSA Adventure Base 100 is in Sacramento. Take a peek inside the exhibit and meet Eagle Scout Mitchell Harry. Mitchell describes his service leadership project, building a stainless steel playground to meet the special needs of hearing-impaired children at the CCHAT Center in Sacramento.

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Leap Frogs Help Boy Scouts Celebrate 100 Years

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Leap Frogs Help Boy Scouts Celebrate 100 Years

Posted on 29 September 2009 by admin

090926-N-5366K-037SAN DIEGO (NNS) — The U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, known as the Leap Frogs, parachuted onto the USS Midway Museum in San Diego Sept. 26 to help the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) celebrate 100 years of scouting.

Nearly 800 scouts, scoutmasters and friends assembled on the flight deck of the longest-serving aircraft carrier in Navy history to see the performance of the Leap Frogs during the opening ceremony of the scouts’ Midway Overnight Adventure.

There was an air of excitement as the scouts prepared for the night’s activities, but as the Leap Frogs’ aircraft flew toward the ship, all noise and movement stopped momentarily. As soon as the Leap Frogs exited the aircraft, there was a loud roar and a big “hoo-yah” from the scouts.

The parachutists swirled colored smoke above San Diego as they made their way to the 25 by 100-foot bow section of the ship for a precision landing.

A sea of khaki shirts covered in multi-colored patches waited eagerly to shake hands with the Leap Frogs after they landed.

“That was really cool,” said Zachary Dickman, a scout in BSA Troop 446 from Scottsdale, Ariz.

Like many of the scouts, it was the first time Dickman had seen the Leap Frogs perform and he said it was the best part of his day.

The event brought 30 scout troops together from San Diego Imperial County, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Scottsdale.

The event, which took two years to organize, was a collaborative effort between the BSA and the USS Midway Museum, said Randy Seefeldt, a scoutmaster and the Midway Overnight Adventure chairperson.

“I knew it would be a great experience for the boys,” said Seefeldt. “They love seeing high-adventure stuff. It was wonderful!”

Several members of the Leap Frogs also began their lives of adventure with the Boy Scouts and were proud to help inspire service among the young scouts.

“It meant a lot to be in San Diego, jumping onto the USS Midway with the Boy Scouts of America,” said James Woods, safety officer for the Leap Frogs. “There are still values in America. In a world where things are being taken away from us constantly, we still have the Boy Scouts of America. We still have a place where we can come and show them that they matter and that they mean something.”

The Leap Frogs are based in San Diego and perform freefall parachuting demonstrations throughout the United States to showcase Navy excellence.

The team is made up of elite warriors from Naval Special Warfare (NSW), including U.S. Navy SEALs (sea, air and land commandos), special warfare combatant-craft crewmen and NSW parachute riggers.

For more information about the Navy Parachute Team, visit www.leapfrogs.navy.mil or for information about Naval Special Warfare programs, visit www.sealswcc.com.

For more news from Naval Special Warfare, visit www.navy.mil/local/nsw/.

Story Number: NNS090929-01
Release Date: 9/29/2009 12:30:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michelle Kapica, Naval Special Warfare Public Affairs

Photo Credits:
090926-N-5366K-037 SAN DIEGO (Sept. 26, 2009) Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) William Davis, assigned to the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, shows boy scouts how to pack a parachute. The Leap Frog team parachuted onto the bow of the ship during the opening ceremony of the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary celebration overnight camp-out on the USS Midway Museum. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michelle Kapica/Released)

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Golden State Collision Centers, INC. to Launch Fundraising Campaign for Boy & Girl Scouts

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Golden State Collision Centers, INC. to Launch Fundraising Campaign for Boy & Girl Scouts

Posted on 26 August 2009 by admin

Golden State Collision LogoGolden State Collision Centers, Inc. To Launch Fundraising Campaign for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Heart of Central California at Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Golden State Collision Centers, Inc., will begin a month long fundraising campaign to benefit the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California. Golden State Collision Centers, in conjunction with the Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce, will inaugurate this campaign during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for their Yuba City location, 996 Klamath Lane, Yuba City, CA., on August 27, 2009 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

In its corporate charitable vision, Golden State Collision Centers will donate a dollar amount for each vehicle repaired throughout the organization’s five locations. This campaign will continue throughout the month of September, 2009, and is earmarked for campsite development projects in the Northern California area.

“We were approached by the Boy Scouts of America to donate a flat-rate dollar amount, targeted for a campsite they were looking to refurbish in Northern California. Our management team believed it would only be appropriate to include the Girl Scouts organization, as well,” said Dave Finkelstein, owner of Golden State Collision Centers, Inc. “In discussing this campaign, we thought that it would provide more ‘bang for your buck’ by having a month long fundraiser in which we contribute a per-vehicle dollar amount throughout our entire organization.”

About Golden State Collision Centers, Inc.
Golden State Collision Centers’ mission is to provide honest, high-quality vehicle repair service to its valued customers. This vision of exceptional auto body service began over 25 years ago with Golden State Collision’s founder, Dave Finkelstein. Following his vision of superior customer service and outstanding auto body service, the first Golden State Collision Center was established in 1993. Golden State Collision Centers has five locations in the Northern California area, servicing customers in Roseville, Sacramento, Orangevale, Lincoln and Yuba City. Most recently, Golden State Collision has been recognized by the Sacramento Business Journal as one of the top 100 fastest growing businesses within the Sacramento region, as well as receiving Sacramento Sustainable Business recognition. For more information about Golden State Collision Centers, visit www.goldenstatecollision.com.

Source: Golden State Collision, INC Press Release

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Navy Helps Boy Scout Troop Learn to Survive

Posted on 22 June 2009 by admin

090530-N-2959L-310Boy Scouts from Coronado, Calif., received survival training from some of the Navy’s best survival training instructors at the Warner Springs Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) training facility May 30-31.

The Boy Scouts of Troop 806 got a glimpse into the wilderness survival training military members learn while at the survival course.

“The boys are here working on a wilderness survival merit badge,” said Scout Master Matt Pittner. “They are supposed to learn how to survive in cold or hot weather situations, how to get food and water and everything you need to know in case you would get lost in the woods.”

Three Navy SERE instructors volunteered to teach trapping and hunting techniques, navigation and fire building.

“[The instructors] taught us different styles of shelters at this training, and I think that the instructors were more experienced,” said scout Daniel Chapa, 14.

Scouts also learned the importance of using only what they had in survival situations. For example, the scouts worked through a crash-landing scenario and had to navigate through the wilderness to find a safe base camp. Instructors taught the scouts to construct a shelter using only a parachute and anything else they could find around them. Later in the night, some scouts slept in the structures they had built earlier.

“After we built our shelters, I went to go hang out with a few of my friends, but their shelters collapsed so we had to sleep under the stars on the parachute,” said scout Sam Ruiz, 11. “But it was fun to work together with my friends and hang out.”

Former Navy E-2C Hawkeye pilot Roger Chapa completed the SERE course in 1982 and knew his 14-year-old son, Daniel, would benefit.

“I believe that young men should be exposed to the type of training they got up there,” said Chapa. “The survival portion of the training is actually pretty good from what I remember. It gives you a good idea on how to make it out there on your own.”

Scout mother Juli Ruiz thought the course would be exciting and would expose her son to a different side of the military.

“I think it’s really great, especially for our troop in Coronado because so many of the families are military,” said Ruiz. “It exposes the boys to a different side of the military other than what they see their parents do. It was a really great opportunity for him, and we thought it would be something that would be exciting and memorable for him as well.”

“The training they received here is years ahead of what they would have received at a Boy Scout summer camp,” explained Pittner. “This is truly something that they are going to remember forever.”

For more news from Naval Special Warfare Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/nsw/.

Story Number: NNS090615-04
Release Date: 6/15/2009 1:08:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dominique M. Lasco

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San Francisco Bay Area Council Invests $1.1 Million in Camp Properties

Posted on 11 December 2008 by Dan

The San Francisco Bay Area Council over the past two summers has invested $1,145,600 in capital improvements at their three camps.

At Wente Scout Reservation these improvements have included new waterlines, the Wishbone shower house with flush toilets, renovation of the Handicraft building, replacement of ten tent platforms, building a new nature building and seating for merit badge classes, a new ranger warehouse and shop, new shade structures at the waterfront, new storage racks for the kayaks, the new Madrone shower house, enclosing the dining hall, adding swamp coolers, a new patio, new trash enclosure, new tables and benches in the dining hall, new septic system for Madrone, Wishbone, and Palfreyman shower houses.

At Camp Royaneh the swimming pool and the Trading Post were renovated, the old septic system was replaced, three new Village cabins were built, camp site improvements were made, a new staff cabin was built, improvements were made to nature glen and a new camp pick up truck was purchased.

At Rancho Los Mochos the swimming pool was renovated with a new liner and the kitchen has been remodeled.

“Much of the labor for these projects has been made possible by the efforts of countless hours by volunteers”, said, Dr. Bert Groat, council Properties Committee Chair. He added, “Their help is priceless!”

New Projects Planned for Summer 2009
To continue to make their facilities the best Boy Scout camps in Northern California for Scouts, parents and leaders to enjoy, many projects are underway. At Ranchos Los Mochos the newly renovated Dining Hall is almost complete and work will begin this spring on the kitchen fire suppression system and upgrading of the electrical service to the dining hall and pool pump house.

Cabin At Wente Scout Reservation a new staff cabin, life guard tower restoration, road repairs, and added Mountain Bike Trails are close to completion. The Dining Hall septic system upgrade, kitchen fire suppression system, Mountain Bike building, and five new tent platforms will all be ready by next summer. Much of the construction on the new staff cabin was done by Dave Manly and Mike Cornwall and volunteers from McGuire & Hester Construction from Oakland. Much of the Mountain Bike trail work was designed and constructed by Kevin Smallman and Blair Brown. Photos of the project can be seen at www.flickr.com/photos/2008wentefalltrailproject/

At Royaneh the addition of three more Village Cabins at Frontiersman camp site and construction of new tables for the Dining Hall is well underway. The manpower for these projects is being provided
by the skilled help of the Royaneh Stakeholders group. The relocating of the water tower, finishing the waterlines and five new tent platforms will all be completed this spring in time for summer camp.

“All of these many improvements in our camp properties along with a quality staff are good reasons for every Troop in the San Francisco Bay Area Council to attend our Boy Scout camps.” said, Rich Schempp, Council Camping Chair.

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New Resource for Geology Merit Badge

Posted on 03 October 2008 by Dan

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA), located in California, has created collaborative efforts with local Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops that help the scouts obtain their respective merit badges through GIA’s Junior Gemologist Program™ – Merit Badge Series.

Since gemology is interrelated with geology, the GIA was identified as a resource by the scouts to augment the Geology Merit Badge requirements as outlined in the Boy Scout’s handbook. In order to earn the Geology Merit Badge, the Boy Scouts must research geology and mineralogy, learn how to identify rocks and minerals, use topographic and geologic maps, and other activities related to the study of the earth.

The Girl Scout Jewelry Merit Badge requirements include designing and executing wearable jewelry using various techniques and learning about personal adornment from different cultures. GIA’s Merit Badge Series encompasses these core requirements as well as discusses educational and career opportunities in the gem and jewelry industry.

“Our scouts have fully embraced this program and it’s been wonderful to see them discover and learn,” said Robyn King, community service leader for Boy Scout Troop 2000 in Olivenhain, California. “GIA was instrumental in this program since they were able to provide such a comprehensive program to our scouts.”

Both programs include short multi-media presentations, hands-on experiences, tours of GIA’s Museum exhibits, and a special gift.

“It has been a rewarding experience to build these programs and watch the students develop a new appreciation for the earth’s treasures,” said Yvette Wilson, manager of guest services for GIA. “We are dedicated to educating people of all ages about gems and jewelry.”

There is no charge for this program; however, advanced reservations are required. For more information, contact GIA Guest Services at (760) 603-4116 .

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