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Gone Home: Police Officer and Eagle Scout Brad Jones

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Gone Home: Police Officer and Eagle Scout Brad Jones

Posted on 02 November 2011 by admin

Arizona Police Officer and Eagle Scout Brad Jones was shot in the line of duty on October 28th, 2011.  Officer Jones was responding to a back up call from a probation officer meeting with a 20 year-old male at a Glendale apartment complex.

Glendale Police Department officials said Ryan Heisler allegedly pulled out a gun and began firing, striking Officer Jones before fleeing in the police officer’s vehicle.

Officer Jones was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona where he passed away from his injuries at about 1 am, surrounded by family, friends, and fellow police officers.

Jones grew up in Peoria, Arizona.  He was one of five siblings. Jones graduated from Centennial
High School in 2004. Jones became a police officer for Glendale Police Department four years ago.

The community has responded with memorials outside of the police station and the location where Officer Jones responded to his final call for service.

A candlelight vigil was held Wednesday night to honor Bradley Jones. The vigil was sponsored by the Glendale Police Officers Coalition and Glendale Police Department and was held at the Public Safety Memorial at Glendale Civic Center Plaza.

Officer Jones’ funeral is scheduled for this Friday, November 4th at 10 am at Christ Church of the Valley in Peoria, AZ. Interment will immediately follow the service at Phoenix Memorial Park in Phoenix,  Arizona.

Grand Canyon Council, Boy Scouts of America is organizing Eagle Scouts to help remember Officer Jones’ ultimate sacrifice by holding American Flags up all along the procession route to Phoenix Memorial Cemetery with Glendale policemen. The Council is looking for any and all Eagle Scouts, past or present to help in this endeavor. They are asking all Scouts to wear their complete field uniform, including neckerchief, and Eagle Scout Medals.

Officer Bradley Jones is survived by a wife and two small children. A memorial fund has been set up, if you would like to make a donation please find the information below:

Bank: Arizona Federal Credit Union
Fund Name: Bradley Jones Memorial Fund

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Boy Scout Connection in Congress? (Video)

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Boy Scout Connection in Congress? (Video)

Posted on 05 July 2011 by admin

Check out this short video from FoxNews that shows the connection between Scouting and Congress.

Did you know there are 31 Eagle Scouts in the 112th Congress?

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Houston Business Leader Elected to Serve on World Scout Committee

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Houston Business Leader Elected to Serve on World Scout Committee

Posted on 27 January 2011 by Press Release

Houston energy executive and Sam Houston Area Council board member Dan Ownby will serve as one of a 12-member committee of volunteers from around the world that represents more than 31 million Scouts from 220 countries and territories. His election was made at the recent World Scout Conference in Brazil—where it was also announced the 24th World Scout Jamboree will be held in the United States.

Ownby, a lifelong member of the Scout program, is an Eagle Scout, a member of the Boy Scouts of America’s honor society, Order of the Arrow, and has served in numerous Scouting positions in the Houston area—most recently as chairman of the council’s centennial camporee, SHACJam, which was attended by over 27,000 participants. Ownby is a member of the BSA’s International Committee and the U.S. Foundation for International Scouting, and has been active with international Scouting for over a decade.

His earliest connection with international Scouting dates back to a summer at the Cub Scout day camp in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he became acquainted with two international Scouts visiting from Holland. Much of his adult life has revolved around helping kids in the Scouting program and introducing Scouts from different parts of the world to Scouting opportunities. Ownby was instrumental in establishing an exchange program with Scouts from the Republic of Georgia. Through the 7-year-old exchange program, Scouts from the republic have had the opportunity to work with Scouts at camps in the Houston area, advancing their leadership skills and sharing their culture.

Ownby’s primary goal for the committee is to help nations utilize Scouting to develop their next generation of leaders. He commends the leadership provided by former World Scout Committee Chairman and former BSA National President Rick Cronk, who has laid the groundwork for building a program that will attract young people from around the world.

Ownby and his wife, Allison, reside in the Houston area.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America prepares young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21, and more than a million volunteers, in nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

For more information on the World Organization of the Scout Movement, visit www.scout.org

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CEO of Exxon Mobil Named National BSA President

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CEO of Exxon Mobil Named National BSA President

Posted on 02 June 2010 by Dan

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced today that Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation, has been elected to serve as the 33rd president of the century-old organization. Tillerson will step into his new role during the BSA’s National Annual Meeting in Dallas, May 26–28.

During his two-year term, Tillerson will direct the National Executive Board, which guides the national youth-service organization. A top priority for Tillerson will be to build upon the momentum and excitement generated by the organization’s 100th anniversary.

Tillerson, who is an Eagle Scout, sees scouting as a powerful vehicle for preparing the current generation of young people to become the skilled leaders of tomorrow. While the BSA’s mission and principles have remained constant throughout the last century, the BSA continues to adapt to today’s youth, embracing new technology and channels to deliver programs to reach current and new members.

“The investment with the greatest return is the one we make in our country’s youth. Scouting provides opportunities for young people to experience and understand the world around them—not only making them better citizens, but more successful contributors to the workforce,” Tillerson said. “I can speak to the power of those lessons — I am a product of the Scouting program. I apply the values and principles I learned as a Scout on a daily basis.”

ExxonMobil is a global leader in an industry that uses technology and innovation in every element of its business and recognizes the essential role of math and science in the energy industry and the country as a whole. ExxonMobil is working with the BSA on programs that incorporate meaningful science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education into the Scouting experience.

“Rex Tillerson has the rare talent of being a visionary who inspires thousands, but also possesses the mind of an engineer who knows how to get things done,” said Bob Mazzuca, chief scout executive of the BSA. “With the benefit of his business acumen, deep love of Scouting, and his leadership skills, the Boy Scouts of America is well-prepared to enter our second century of service to others.”

Tillerson is a member of the BSA’s National Executive Board and is active in the Circle Ten Council in Dallas. In addition to being named president during the National Annual Meeting, Tillerson also received the Silver Buffalo Award, the highest commendation given by the BSA for extraordinary service to youth. Tillerson is one of 12 Silver Buffalo recipients this year, including Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates.

Named by Fortune as one of the 25 most powerful people in business, Tillerson leads one of the world’s largest corporations, overseeing more than 80,000 employees on six continents. He joined Exxon as a production engineer in 1975 and rose quickly through the ranks before assuming leadership of operations in Russia and parts of the Middle East during the 1990s. Following Exxon’s merger with Mobil Corporation in 1999, Tillerson became an executive vice president. He assumed his current position of chairman and CEO in 2006.

In addition to Scouting, Tillerson is involved in numerous business groups and is a former director of the United Negro College Fund. He is also a member of the Chancellor’s Council and the Engineering Advisory Board for the University of Texas at Austin and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Tillerson follows in the footsteps of past BSA national presidents: John Gottschalk, chairman and CEO of the Omaha World-Herald Company; William F. “Rick” Cronk, former president of Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream; John Cushman, chairman of Cushman & Wakefield Inc.; Roy S. Roberts, managing director of Reliant Equity Investors; Milton Ward, CEO of Ward Resources Inc.; and Ed Whitacre, chairman and CEO of General Motors.

A native of Wichita Falls, Tillerson is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife, Renda, have four children.

Source: Boy Scouts of America

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Harford County Celebrates Accomplishments of a Local Eagle Scout

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Harford County Celebrates Accomplishments of a Local Eagle Scout

Posted on 18 May 2010 by Dan

The Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) celebrated Eagle Scouts with a reception held Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Bel Air, Maryland. Twenty people including local Eagle Scout alumni and BSA staff joined BSA National Eagle Scout Association National Director, Bill Steel, and Baltimore Area Council BSA Executive Board member Tom Owsley in recognizing the accomplishments of Alex Griffith. As the Scouting movement celebrates its 100th anniversary an emphasis is being placed to reconnect with Eagle Scout from all years. A recent poll by Harris Interactive showed that over 13,000 Eagle Scouts reside within the metropolitan Baltimore area. 

At the reception key note speaker, Mr. Steel announced that 16-year old Harford County Resident, Alex Griffith, has been awarded the National Eagle Service Project of the Year for his Eagle Scout Service project. Alex’s project was chosen from over 50,000 Eagle Scout Leadership Service Projects in 2009. This award will be presented at the National Council Annual meeting at the end of this month in Dallas, Texas. 

Alex attracted national media attention when he decided to raise funds and build a playground for the orphanage in Krasnoyarsk, Russia where he was adopted from at the age of 11 months for his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. Through this project and over more than two years, Alex, along with the assistance of his Boy Scout Troop (Troop 809) and other volunteers, dedicated countless hours to raising over $60,000 for the purchase of the elaborate playground. In April 2009, Alex and a crew of Boy Scouts and leaders travelled to Krasnoyarsk with the playground kit and spent two weeks assembling the playground. They worked alongside Russian youth, overcoming language and cultural difference. 

Alex has been recognized for his efforts as a 2009 CNN Hero of the Week, one of 28 Heroes selected from over 9000 nominations from 100 countries. Alex is here to tell us about his Scouting experience. 

The Eagle Scout award is the highest rank a boy can attain in the BSA. Only 4% of all registered Scouts earn this coveted mark of success. A Scout must complete 21 merit badges, serve in a leadership position successfully for six months in their Scouting group, show Scout Spirit, and complete the capstone Eagle service project.  Once the requirements are met the Scout takes part in a board of review with adults from his group and the larger Scouting community.  

The Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project provides a Scout with the opportunity to demonstrate leadership of others in the completion of a significant project to benefit his school, church, or community.  Normally the service project involves over 100 hours of effort by the Scout and individuals who assist him. In 2009, total project hours of Eagle Scouts throughout the metro area was 87,972 hours. In Harford County 54 youth achieved the rank of Eagle. 

The Baltimore Area Council, BSA is initiating a number of opportunities for Eagle Scouts of all ages to renew their commitment to serve others. First among these is the “Eagle Reserve” an alumni and affiliation network of Eagle Scouts in the Baltimore area. Realizing that many Eagle Scouts are not in a place in their career or family life to be able to devote time as a unit volunteer the Eagle Reserve connects Eagle Scouts to the countless options to serve others, and perhaps help the next crop of Eagle Scouts.  All Eagles are encouraged to contact kmcclelland@baltimorebsa.org or 443-573-2540 for alumni information and updates.

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Dr. “Red” Duke will address Eagle Scouts at a ‘Gathering of Eagles’

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Dr. “Red” Duke will address Eagle Scouts at a ‘Gathering of Eagles’

Posted on 11 April 2010 by admin

The Tall Timbers District of the Boy Scouts of America is looking for Eagle Scouts of ALL ages, who live in the District and the South Montgomery County area. The District is hosting a ‘Gathering of Eagles’ on Sunday, May 23, 2010, in The Woodlands at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott, starting at 6:00 p.m. Dr. James H. “Red” Duke will be the keynote speaker.

Dr. Red Duke obtained the rank of Eagle Scout and was subsequently honored by the Boy Scouts of America with the Distinguished Eagle Scout award. Dr. Duke established the first air ambulance service in Texas, and established the first Level 1 Trauma Center in Southeast Texas.

The Eagle Scout is the highest ranking scouting. Fewer than 4 percent of all Scouts achieve Eagle rank, however, “Once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle Scout,” declared Pat Brown, one of the Tall Timbers many volunteers. “An Eagle Scout promises to give back to Scouting more than he received, ” Brown added. “It is a lifelong commitment to live the Scouting ideals. Dr. Duke exemplifies that lifelong commitment.”

Tall Timbers District was created in 2009, when local district lines were redrawn to better meet the needs of Scouts. Tall Timbers District has more than 60 units of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Teams, Venturing Crews, and Sea Explorers, serving over 2100 young men and women led by over 1200 adult leaders. Geographically it covers part of South Montgomery County stretching from the San Jacinto River south, including The Woodlands.

If you are an Eagle Scout and would like to attend, or if you know an Eagle Scout who may like to attend, please provide or update your contact information by contacting Linda Smith at Linda@gatheringofeagles2010.com or go to www.gatheringofeagles2010.com The District will NOT share your contact information with others.

Source: Press Release

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Tampa, Florida

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Tampa, Florida

Posted on 22 March 2010 by Dan

Take a peak around BSA Adventure Base 100 at its stop in Tampa, Florida. Meet Patrick Stinson is an Eagle Scout, just like his older brother. However, unlike his brother, Patrick was born with Down Syndrome. Watch the story of this incredible young man, told as Adventure Base 100 visits the Strawberry Festival in Tampa, Florida.

Learn more about Adventure Base 100 at http://www.adventurebase100.org.

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Houston Texas

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Houston Texas

Posted on 15 March 2010 by Dan

Take a peak around BSA Adventure Base 100 at its stop in Houston, Texas. Meet Eagle Scout, Jacob Pekarek, who is making a big difference protecting South Texas watershed areas with his ambitious Eagle Scout Project.

If you haven’t checked it out, http://adventurebase100.org takes you around the Adventure Base 100 exhibit and allows you to follow the cross country tour. Its a really great website!

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in New Orleans

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in New Orleans

Posted on 20 February 2010 by admin

BSA Adventure Base 100 was in New Orleans. Take a peek inside the exhibit and meet Eagle Scout William McCorkle.  William tells his inspirational story.  Proud to be a Scout and mentor to his younger brother, he worked to help rebuild a community center after Hurricane Katrina battered the city.

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in San Antonio, Texas

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in San Antonio, Texas

Posted on 12 February 2010 by Dan

BSA Adventure Base 100 is in San Antonio, Texas. Take a peek inside the exhibit and meet Eagle Scout Anthony Trevino. Anthony describes his Eagle Scout project which supports the military men and women being deployed from Lackland Air Force Base, by providing them with a piece of home.

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