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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 Editor

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 Editor

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 Editor

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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