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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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Troop 412 Takes the Polar Plunge

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Troop 412 Takes the Polar Plunge

Posted on 08 March 2010 by admin

On March 6, 2010, a handful of Scouts and leaders from Troop 412 in Corydon, Indiana participated in a Polar Plunge. They dove into the freezing water at Buffalo Trace Park to benefit the Special Olympics. Other Scouts from the Troop volunteerred at the event doing such tasks as parking, color guard, and setting up tents. The Polar Plungers from Troop 412 raised $606!

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Boy Scouts Partner with Georgia’s State Parks

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Boy Scouts Partner with Georgia’s State Parks

Posted on 11 February 2010 by admin

Many of Georgia’s state parks will soon get spiffed up facilities thanks to a new partnership with the Boy Scouts. In celebration of the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary, the young volunteers are teaming up with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to complete service projects such as trail construction, grounds cleanup and playground installation.

“Scouting for State Parks” was announced February 11 at the state Capitol with support from Gov. Sonny Perdue, Sen. Chip Pearson and Rep. Earl Ehrhart. The project is funded in part by a donation from Verizon Wireless.

The program brings together thousands of youth, leaders and volunteers from Boy Scout groups across Georgia. Each of the state’s 13 councils has committed to undertake a large-scale service project for a local state park during 2010. Additionally, the councils will encourage youth pursuing Eagle Scout to perform their capstone service project in a state park. Annually in Georgia, 1,200 youth earn Scouting’s highest rank.

“For 100 years, Scouts have served Georgia’s communities,” said Scouting’s Georgia State President Scott Sorrels. “Now, during Scouting’s Centennial, we’re focusing our resources like never before to address a critical need – the budget crisis in our state parks.”

Economic challenges have forced many of Georgia’s state parks to rely heavily on volunteers, cancel improvement projects and forgo much-needed maintenance. The partnership will help the agency provide better facilities and outdoor recreation opportunities to Georgia’s citizens and visitors.

“We are proud to announce this partnership that helps us improve state parks all across Georgia, and also gives young men a sense of community and accomplishment,” said Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Chris Clark. “We couldn’t do it without the generous support of Verizon Wireless, our governor and our leaders in the state legislature.”

Source: Georgia Department of Natural Resources Press Release

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Troops Raise Money for N.C. Boy Scouts Service Project

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Troops Raise Money for N.C. Boy Scouts Service Project

Posted on 12 January 2010 by admin

Soldiers counted down the minutes to Christmas as they tallied donated pogs, small circular paper disks used at the Post Exchange instead of coins, for a North Carolina Boy Scout Troop, Dec. 24.

Spc. Rob Campbell with 230th Brigade Support Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, launched the “Pogs for Presents” campaign by placing gift wrapped boxes for pog donations around Forward Operating Base Falcon, here, to support his former Boy Scouts Troop as they raise money for the needy.

“I’m like Santa Claus ringing a bell,” said Campbell. “Only I can’t ring a bell and [the Army] won’t let me wear a Santa suit.”

Troop 223, located in Campbell’s hometown of Southern Pines, N.C., helps needy families by collecting canned goods during the Christmas holiday season.

“I can’t collect can goods, but I can collect money to get the stuff that’s not put in the bins,” said Campbell. “When I was a boy scout it was a big deal for us.”

The former Eagle Scout came up with the idea when he realized that many soldiers did not value the paper coins. He vowed to match the donations dollar for dollar thinking he would raise around $100.

“A lot of [Soldiers] have stacks of [pogs] and unfortunately people don’t really see them as money,” said Campbell. “Everybody’s getting ready to go home and they are packing up and finding them everywhere.”

Campbell tore open the display boxes like a kid on Christmas morning; pouring out a around $214 worth of pogs. The total count was a little more than $265, after adding in cash donations from soldiers that forgot to bring pog donations the day of the count.

“I will go to [the Army Air Force Exchange Service] to [cash-in] the pogs on Christmas and then I will call my wife and tell her to write a check,” said Campbell.

According to Yvonne Ward, AAFES assistant team leader, the pogs can be exchanged at any AAFES location abroad or in the states. The cardboard coins, which display photos of Soldiers of all branches, were adopted in 2002 due to high shipping rates charged on the weight of metal coins.

“It saves taxpayers hundreds of dollars and soldiers can cash them in or take them home for souvenirs,” said Ward.

“I don’t know if it will be a problem cashing them in but I will send the donation regardless,” said Campbell referring to the large amount of pogs donated.

Campbell revealed one Secret Santa when he mentioned that Staff Sgt. Stephanie Brasington of Stafford, Va., gave a donation that almost matched the total value of pogs, raising the amount to $750 for the needy.

“It’s Christmas; to me it just makes sense,” said Brasington.

To Campbell, the importance comes from finding a way to keep his family’s time honored tradition alive even while deployed here in Iraq. His father, brother and uncles were all Eagle Scouts and he said he hopes to continue the legacy.

“I have friends that are involved or will be involved [with the scouts],” Campbell said as he made hand gestures as if he were knocking on wood. “If I have sons one day, I’d like to encourage them to be scouts.”

Story and photo by Spc. Ruth McClary, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team

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Scouts Help Santa Help Disadvantaged Students

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Scouts Help Santa Help Disadvantaged Students

Posted on 17 December 2009 by Dan

ABC 4 News has a story about some Scouts in Utah who teamed up with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and a handful of pilots:

Instead of a sleigh – Santa is using a Cessna.

And Santa has a lot of help – a half dozen boy scouts and a handful of volunteer pilots. They all gathered at Salt Lake City Airport number two in West Jordan to get ready for an early Christmas delivery to disadvantaged students at an elementary school in Wendover. 14 year old Boy Scout Jon Olson says this is all about “sending supplies and toys to students who are in need.”

Read the rest of the article at ABC 4 News.

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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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‘Celebrate Scouting’ Stamp Unveiled

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‘Celebrate Scouting’ Stamp Unveiled

Posted on 12 November 2009 by admin

Celebrate Scouting StampThe U.S. Postal Service today gave scouting ‘a stamp of approval’ to honor 100 years of the U.S. scouting movement. The Celebrate Scouting stamp, which will be sold in the summer of 2010, coincides with the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary.

The new stamp design was unveiled Thursday during an event at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. The design, created by illustrator Craig Frazier of Mill Valley, CA, depicts the spirit and outdoor adventure of scouting through a backpacking scout and a large silhouette of a scout surveying the landscape.

Since the creation of the international youth scouting movement some 100 years ago, hundreds of millions of children have benefited from opportunities for adventure, skill building, leadership, personal development, and community service provided by scouting organizations.

“I’m very proud to represent the United States Postal Service as we unveil the artwork for the scouting commemorative stamp to be released in 2010 and to recognize what scouting has done for boys and girls alike for more than 100 years,” said USPS Sustainability Vice President, Samuel M. Pulcrano. “I learned a great many things from scouting when I was a boy, and many of those lessons came from my father who served as my assistant scoutmaster. The experience made such an impression on me that I now serve as assistant scoutmaster for my sons’ troop.”

Joining Pulcrano at the unveiling event were Allen Kane, Director of Smithsonian National Postal Museum; Jim Terry, Boy Scouts of America Assistant Chief Scout Executive; Bob Mersereau, Boy Scouts of America National Director of the 100th Anniversary; Kevin Coleman, Manager, Information Policies and Procedures, USPS; Sen. Dick Lugar, R-IN; and Ernest Green, member of 1957 Little Rock Nine, who helped integrate the nation’s public school system, and Honorary Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America National Hall of Leadership. Green was one of nine African-American students who, in 1957, were the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, AR. He was the first black to graduate from the school.

The Postal Service appreciates the efforts of a number of individuals, including Rep. Pete Sessions, R-TX, Sen. Dick Lugar, R-IN, Rep. Ike Skelton, D-MO., and Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., in working toward creation of the Celebrate Scouting stamp and their leadership on scouting.

In conjunction with the Celebrate Scouting announcement and Veteran’s Day observances, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced it will begin a nationwide effort to support U.S. Armed Forces personnel serving overseas and veterans by sending letters and care packages using the Priority Mail Flat Rate Box through the Postal Service. Local DC-area scouts mailed letters and shared news about the scouting stamp from the museum this morning. The letter writing campaign continues the BSA’s longstanding tradition of service and performing “a good turn” daily.

“We are grateful to the USPS for commemorating scouting’s contributions to our nation for the past 100 years,” said Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America. “To continue our tradition of service, we are honored to launch our letter writing campaign to support our troops serving overseas. Regardless of our age, we never outgrow the joy of receiving a personal letter in the mail. It is the least we can do for the service men and women to whom we owe the deepest gratitude for their service.”

The new Celebrate Scouting stamps will go on sale nationwide and will be dedicated in July 2010 at the Boy Scout Jamboree at Ft. A.P. Hill, VA.

The Boy Scouts of America will celebrate its 100th anniversary on February 8, 2010. To mark this milestone, the organization has undertaken nationwide celebration efforts that reintroduce the organization to today’s young people and families, reinforce the value of scouting, and reconnect with the millions the organization has impacted. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

Source: USPS Press Release 09-095

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Scouts Get Lake Named After Them

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Scouts Get Lake Named After Them

Posted on 29 October 2009 by Dan

Asbury Park Press is reporting on how Scouts now have a lake named after them after some hardwork and teamwork.

Holiday Lake is now Scout Lake, named after about 20 local Boy, Girl and Cub Scout troops who recently helped breathe new life into the surrounding Holiday Park.

The 13-acre park and lake, off Pease Road, were rededicated at a ceremony Saturday, attended by township officials, local volunteers and Scouts.

The township with the help of the county dredged 3 1/2 feet of leaves and an additional 2 feet of silt from the lake in September, and the Public Works Department cleared a walking path, set up pet stations and installed a solar aerator and an illuminated fountain aerator last week. The entire project cost the township about $285,000, said Committeewoman Michelle Roth, a 12th District Assembly candidate.

Scouts since March have been hard at work building benches and picnic tables for the dog-friendly park. The children and other local volunteers came out a week before the rededication for a cleanup that netted some 25 bags of trash.

Read the complete article from the Asbury Park Press.

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Hudson Valley Council Latest to Join the American Veterans Aid Fund Drive

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Hudson Valley Council Latest to Join the American Veterans Aid Fund Drive

Posted on 04 October 2009 by admin

10363410-bsahvc-coo-diego-aviles-greg-kelly-avaf-directorBoy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council joined the American Veterans Aid Fund Great Cell Phone Drive today in support of housing for our veterans and their families in the Hudson Valley.

“Having been a scout growing up in the Town of Woodbury was one of the greatest experiences in my lifetime in addition to working as a staff member of scout supporter Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman (Ret.),” said Greg Kelly, Director, American Veterans Aid Fund http://americanveteransaidfund.com/index.shtml. “Our veterans’ cell phone drive with The Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council ends on Thanksgiving 2009, however, we encourage people to support scouting all year round.”

“As Scouting prepares to celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2010, we will seek many more opportunities to continue Scouting’s long time stewardship of the environment. We
have been Green since 1910.” Diego Aviles, Chief Operating Officer, Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council.

Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council (http://bsahvc.org/) Great Cell Phone Drive for Veterans drop box is located in the foyer of the Hudson Valley Scout Shop, 6 Jeanne Drive, Newburgh, NY.

The American Veterans Aid Fund launched its Great Cell Phone Drive for Veterans in the Hudson Valley on August 28, 2009 with initial cell phone drop boxes placed at the following businesses:
1. Irelands 32, Suffern, NY on Orange Avenue
2. Frans Hallmark, Monroe, NY on Route 17M
3. The Bright Star Diner, Central Valley, NY on Route 32
4. Dragon’s Den Deli, Cornwall, NY on Main Street
5. Olde Erie Pub & Grille, Middletown, NY 7 West Main St.

Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council currently serves more than 9,500 young people through Scouting and Learning for Life Programs in the New York Counties of Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan and Pike County in Pennsylvania.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

To participate contact us at info@americanveteransaidfund.com or by telephone at 917-843-9311. Donated Cell Phones may also be mailed to: American Veterans Aid Fund
P.O. Box 418, Central Valley, NY 10917.

American Veterans Aid Fund & VETUNES ® (http://americanveteransaidfund.com) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization to assist veterans and their families in obtaining and maintaining the respect, dignity, and honor earned through their service and sacrifice. AVAF has a relationship with veterans, their families, and veteran organizations based upon mutual regard and shared visions for a better tomorrow as well as common interests and values.

Photo ID L-R: Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council COO Diego Aviles, American Veterans Aid Fund Director Greg Kelly

Source: Press Release

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Nothing But Nets Partnership Video

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Nothing But Nets Partnership Video

Posted on 28 September 2009 by Dan

At the end of August, we informed readers about a partnership between Nothing But Nets and the BSA, now you can see a video that explains the partnership.

The UN Foundation’s “Nothing But Nets” Program announced that the Boy Scouts of America has joined the malaria-prevention campaign as part of its 100th Anniversary Celebration. Throughout the year, Scouts will work to raise awareness about malaria, a leading killer in Africa.

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