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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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Baylor Researchers Launch Study of Prosocial Benefits of Scouting

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Baylor Researchers Launch Study of Prosocial Benefits of Scouting

Posted on 16 December 2009 by Dan

Baylor_logoAccording to the Scout Law, a Boy Scout is “Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.”

But does he stay that way as he grows up?

That’s a question never scientifically studied — until now. Researchers with Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion have received a two-year, $992,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation for a series of studies examining the impact of Scouting in fostering positive youth development and healthy, virtuous behaviors — termed “prosocial behavior.”

The grant was awarded to the institute’s co-directors, Dr. Byron Johnson and Dr. Rodney Stark.

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. Founded in 1910, the BSA provides programs for young men and women designed to build character, give training in the responsibilities of participatory citizenship, and develop personal fitness. The purpose of Scouting is to help youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethical decision-making skills, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that carry over into adulthood.

Throughout the Boy Scouting program, Scouts are encouraged to advance in rank over time culminating in the rank of Eagle Scout. In addition to having achieved all the lower ranks, to become an Eagle Scout, a boy must earn 21 merit badges and design and complete a leadership service project. In 2008, around 5 percent of all Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank.

Anecdotal evidence indicates that large numbers of adolescents involved with Boy Scouts, especially those achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, see dramatic changes in their lives. These changes include the development of character virtues such as patience, kindness, humility, service, purpose, honesty, duty, tenacity, and commitment–all prosocial behaviors.

Johnson, the project’s principal investigator, cites the lack of existing studies that definitively show the prosocial benefits of Scouting.

“Unfortunately, there has been very little research on Boy Scouts, and published studies in peer-reviewed journals are essentially nonexistent,” Johnson said. “We need empirical answers to a number of important questions: Does Scouting matter? Is Scouting associated with beneficial results over time? Do Eagle Scouts value their Scouting experiences more than other Scouts? Does this vary for different eras? In other words, do Eagle Scouts from the 1950s differ from those of the 1980s?”

Stark, co-principal investigator, describes the study’s methodology. “Answering these questions requires large nationally representative samples of men who have taken part in Scouting and of men who did not. Consequently, we will work with the Gallup Organization to identify a nationally representative sample of men who were and were not Scouts.”

The comparisons between non-Scouts and former Scouts, especially Eagle Scouts, will be used to gauge popular assumptions about the effects of Scouting, such as:

• Former Scouts have a better-quality family life.
• Former Scouts are more religious.
• Former Scouts are better citizens.
• Former Scouts are more generous contributors to charity.
• Former Scouts are less likely to drink or use drugs.
• Former Scouts are healthier and more apt to participate in fitness activities.
• Former Scouts are better educated and have higher occupational status.
• Former Scouts are more patriotic.
• Former Scouts are more likely to report that they are “very happy.”

Dr. Kent Hill, vice president for character development at the John Templeton Foundation, points to this important gap in knowledge that the study will begin to help fill.

“Studies produced over the next several years from Baylor will help to identify the factors, if any, that contribute to these young people in developing and sustaining prosocial behavior,” Hill said. “Further, this research will enhance our understanding of what differentiates those adolescents who experience growth from those who do not, and will begin to tell us how Scouting results in benefits later in life.”

The BSA will celebrate its centennial in 2010, and the head of the organization, Chief Scout Executive Robert Mazzuca, says he looks forward to seeing results of the research. “For decades, the Boy Scouts of America has used outcomes research to strengthen our programs and curriculum. The research produced by Baylor University is very important and at this crucial time–we expect to learn a great deal from the research as we embark on our next 100 years,” Mazzuca said.

About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving nearly 2.8 million young people between the ages of 7 and 20 with more than 290 local 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. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

Source: Baylor University Press Release

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Man Awarded Eagle Scout 36 Years Later

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Man Awarded Eagle Scout 36 Years Later

Posted on 01 December 2009 by admin

The Standard Times has an article about a man who was able to be awarded his Eagle Scout award, 36 years later, after delivering a package to a Concho Valley Council Office Manager:

Saturday morning, Boy Scout Troop 20, sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church, named San Angelo’s five newest Eagle Scouts.

For one of them, however, the road to get there took a few extra turns along the way.

Griff Hanks, now a San Angelo resident, completed his Eagle Scout requirements in 1973 in Colorado City. Hanks said that he did not think the paperwork was ever filed, because he was not ever officially presented with his Eagle Scout Award.

Read the rest of the article at The Standard Times.

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10 Years After the Texas A and M Bonfire Tragedy

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10 Years After the Texas A and M Bonfire Tragedy

Posted on 20 November 2009 by Dan

texas-a-and-m-bonfireThis week marked the 10 year anniversary of the Texas A and M Bonfire tragedy. The bonfire was an Aggie tradition since 1909, and was a symbol of the burning desire of Texas A and M to beat the University of Texas longhorns. On November 18th, 1999, at 2:42am the stack of logs collapsed killing eleven students and one Alumnus, and seriously injuring 27 others. The tragedy affected the Texas A and M Community and the entire country, and as it turns out, had a large impact on the Scouting Community.

A Northern Tier Alumnus, and friend, had pointed me in the direction Christopher Breen, one of the twelve killed in the collapse, thinking it would be a good story to share on Scouting News. However, as I did some research I discovered at least five killed in the tragedy were Eagle Scouts. Here are their stories:

The Texas A and M Alumnus that was killed, Christopher David Breen had a strong connection to Northern Tier. Chris was an Eagle Scout and was a Charlie Guide at Sommers Canoe Base during the summers of 1994 through 1997. Working at Northern Tier was a big part of who Chris was, and according to the notice that was sent out to the Northern Tier Alumni community, he was buried with his “Charlie Guide” canoe paddle. Chris’ legacy will forever live on through the Scout’s lives he touched while working as a Charlie Guide, and through a Northern Tier Seasonal Staff Scholarship in his honor.

Nathan Scott West from Bellaire, Texas was another Eagle Scout lost in the tragedy. West had graduated High School in 1998 with a promising future already in hand. He was a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist, had scored more than 1400 on the SAT, and competed on the Swim Team. John Harris, West’s Scoutmaster, recalled that for his Eagle Scout project, West refurbished the old St. Vincent’s Cemetery off Navigation, where Confederate Civil War hero Dick Dowling is buried. Once he became an Eagle Scout, West stayed in the Troop to help the younger Boy Scouts.

Lucas John Kimmel was an Eagle Scout, and was 19, a freshman at Texas A and M when the Bonfire collapsed in 1999. Lucas’ love for the outdoors personified him. It gave him the chance to be outdoors, and it gave him the chance to be with the animal life that he appreciated so much. This appreciation led him to A and M in hopes of someday becoming a veterinarian. “He loved animals. We lived out in the country. He found a baby bird in the field and we rescued it and got it growing up. Dogs, cats, rabbits. That’s why he wanted to be a veterinarian.”

Chad A. Powell, an Eagle Scout, a track athlete, a computer whiz, a musician, Chad always made time to serve other people. He also kept up his grades through all of that, graduating as valedictorian of his class at Keller High School in Keller, Texas. Described by friends as “A model of honor, true character, and loyalty. He honored his life with integrity, his family with love and devotion, his community with leadership, friendship, and service, his God with commitment and passion”.

The twelth man to die, Timothy Doran Kerlee, Jr. was an Eagle Scout from Germantown, Tennessee. When the stack collapsed his pelvis was crushed, his arm broken, and his internal organs badly damaged. Despite his own injuries he told rescuers to “Help my buddies first,” and proceeded to direct rescue workers to five others before allowing them to free him. He died later in the hospital when his life support was disconnected. Eagle Scout Tim Kerlee was posthumously granted Boy Scouts of America’s Medal of Merit, for his heroic actions.

Please take a moment to remember their lives and say a few words of support for their families and friends on this anniversary. You can read more about the Bonfire tragedy, the memorial, and its victims on the Online Texas A and M Bonfire Memorial.

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Scouts Honor Service Members at Ceremony

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Scouts Honor Service Members at Ceremony

Posted on 19 November 2009 by admin

U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri told about 500 people from Boy Scouts’ National Capital Area Council that the values of Boy Scouts and the military are constant and that both organizations seek to serve something greater than themselves.

This was the first Scout dinner saluting the military. Retired Navy Capt. Scott Gray, who now works with event sponsor General Dynamics, said he hopes to make the event an annual affair. The Crystal Gateway Marriott – a stone’s throw from the Pentagon – hosted the event.

The council honored a service member from each service. Each honoree demonstrated the commitment to service that Scouting exemplifies and promotes, said former Veterans Affairs Secretary Togo West, an Eagle Scout and the event host. The Eagle Scout award is the highest in the organization.

The honorees are role models for youth and exemplify the values of both Scouting and the military, West said. “The Boy Scouts of America and the armed forces of the United States share … a common bond of service and honor,” he said.

Skelton, also an Eagle Scout, spoke of his experiences in Scouting since December 1943, when he first became a Tenderfoot Scout. It was World War II, and Skelton, now the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, talked about how his Scout troop would send off older Scouts as they went to war.

He praised the council for hosting an event that ties Scouting with the military. “One builds character, and the military defends our freedoms,” he said. “Scouting is not just an organization, it is a way of life.”

The honorees are:

— Army Staff Sgt. David R. Gibbons, based at Fort Bragg. N.C.;

— Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Valerie Herrod, a bostswain’s mate with the Navy Ceremonial Unit in Anacostia Naval Station, D.C.;

— Air Force Tech. Sgt. John A. Marshall, an aerospace medical expert at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.;

— Marine Corps Sgt. Henry J. Reinewald, a recruiter in Detroit; and

— Coast Guard Petty Officer Lavelas D. Luckey, based at the Coast Guard Station in Baltimore.

Gibbons enlisted in 2003 as one of the first Soldiers to go directly into Special Forces. He is an Eagle Scout and served in Afghanistan. He now is an instructor at the Special Warfare Center and School, and is the Bear Den leader for his son Ethan’s Cub Scout pack.

Herrod has served as the Ceremonial Guard’s community service coordinator since she arrived in December 2007. She has organized her sailors to help with local Special Olympics and National Lands Day, and for working with wounded warriors and at the Armed Forces Retirement Home.

While an Air Force medic, Marshall deployed with NATO troops in Afghanistan, where he saved the life of a Canadian Soldier. Here, he works closely to aid the homeless. He volunteers at a local soup kitchen and has initiated a blanket drive to aid the homeless.

Reinewald is another Eagle Scout. He joined the Marine Corps in 2001 and has deployed overseas as an artilleryman. Reinewald is a recruiter in Detroit and he hopes to work closely with recruits wishing to join the service.

Luckey received the Coast Guard Medal – the highest award in the service – for rescuing a 5-year old girl who was trapped in a burning car following an accident. He joined the Coast Guard in 1999 and has served aboard two ships.

“Those of you in uniform tonight, you are examples to our Scouts,” Skelton said. “That’s what the young Scouts of today must learn. They need to follow your example, because they are going to be in your shoes and they need to be challenged to give the best that is in them.”

This story was written by Jim Garamone, Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs.

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Review: Online Eagle Scout Shadow Box and myNESA.org

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Review: Online Eagle Scout Shadow Box and myNESA.org

Posted on 17 November 2009 by Dan

myNESAThis post is not a news release or story, it is my personal opinion…

I have for the past few months, after seeing a promotion for it on the National Eagle Scout Association website, been excited for the release of myNESA.org. I was a little turned off by the online shadow box format it appeared to be taking, but was excited that it appeared NESA and the BSA had established a social media type website to allow Eagle Scouts to connect. Just think of the possibilities! Unfortunately after seeing the myNESA.org I have once again been disappointed by NESA and the BSA’s attempt at social media.

Being advertised as an online Eagle Scout shadow box, the premiere online showcase for Eagle Scouts and their families, here is the description I received:

As part of the 100th anniversary of Scouting celebration, The National Eagle Scout Association is introducing an interactive website that will allow you to celebrate your Scouting stories and awards and preserve them for family and friends to enjoy. In essence, myNESA.org produces an “interactive shadowbox” for the display and preservation of your Scouting experience. Your participation will help spread the spirit of Scouting to new Scouts while also helping us carry out our mission of service.

Your showcase can be personalized to reflect your personality and interests. Various themes are available and you can choose from over 300 interactive Scouting awards, badges, and insignia to add to your showcase. Not only can background stories be associated with each award, but you can:

Preserve memories
Celebrate Scouting highlights
Customize showcase skin & Design
Upload photos
Print Awards
Invite friends to view awards, badges, stories and more!

Sounds great doesn’t it? Why wouldn’t you want to sign up and share your story and “spread the spirit of Scouting?” For most the answer will be $14.95 (NESA members) or $19.95 (non-members). The signup page forgets to mention it, but according to the FAQ that is only for a year’s subscription to the service.

Why isn’t this service being offered for free? Why isn’t NESA spreading the stories of Scouting for free? Why isn’t NESA allowing Eagle Scouts to reconnect and network for free? Does anyone at the National organization understand that if we share the story of Scouting, it’s easier to recruit new members and its easier for Scouts to fundraise? If we keep Scouting Alumni engaged they are more likely to donate and stay involved in the program?

Just look at the comment left on the Subaru Forester Pinewood Derby Commercial post by ScoutAbout:

Around the campfire at our recent pack family campout we asked new families why they had joined cub scouts. SEVERAL of them said they saw the car commercial with the wooden car race and it sparked good memories and better values. They knew the actors were not real Scouts, they knew the scouts did not drive Subarus, and they were reminded that there was a program out there that emphasized good old fashioned values and fun. Kudos to Subaru for helping my recruiting effort.

I’ve heard similar stories after Councils have held community Pinewood Derbies, or an Eagle Scout project received major media attention. We need to encourage people to tell the story of Scouting as much as possible, and a $14.95/year fee for people who have already paid for a NESA membership just won’t cut it.

That is my two cents, take it or leave it. If you wish to view the stories of fellow Eagle Scouts and to create your own interactive showcase, go to www.myNESA.org. Check it out, you may disagree with me.

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Eagle Scout Used Training and Knowledge To Act Quickly

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Eagle Scout Used Training and Knowledge To Act Quickly

Posted on 14 November 2009 by Dan

Kaleb-KeithWDAF-TV out of Kansas City, Missouri, featured a story about an Eagle Scout who noticed the signs of Carbon Monoxide poisoning and was able to get his family out of his house and to safety.


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Scout Collecting Turkeys for Eagle Project

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Scout Collecting Turkeys for Eagle Project

Posted on 31 October 2009 by Dan

Joseph De GenaroHighlands Today features an interesting article about an Eagle Scout project:

As long as they are not still feathered and squawking, Sebring High school freshman Joseph De Genaro wants your turkeys.

The 14-year-old Boy Scout has launched an ambitious service project aimed at feeding hundreds of Highlands County families this holiday season by collecting or purchasing 300 frozen turkeys and non-perishable food items.

“I hope that we can help feed over 250 families this Thanksgiving and that (the project) can provide a meal for them,” said De Genaro.

Read the complete Highlands Today Article.

Photo by Highlands Today.

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Cache to Eagle

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Cache to Eagle

Posted on 29 August 2009 by admin

Cache to EagleCache to Eagle is a partnership between Geoscouting, the BSA, and Geocaching.com to highlight Eagle projects across the nation. Through the program, participants set up normal public caches at Eagle project sites that also happen to be good cache spots. Dozens of public caches that showcase these remarkable sites are already posted, and the initial response has been fantastic. Hundreds of people visit the Eagle Scout projects, and many of them write public notes on the logs at Geocaching.com.

Getting to see the pinnacle of Scouting achievement, in a fun way, is highly meaningful for young Scouts. This program can also provide a tremendous source of pride for Scouters and Scouting alumni, and it helps to show the larger community Scouting’s contributions.

Cache to Eagle is a great way to show Scouting’s commitment to service. If each district sets up a series, we will have over a million visitors seeing—first hand—the impact of Scouting on our communities every year.

Finding a Cache to Eagle Series
Participating BSA local councils will hide 12 caches in their territories. To find them, go to Geocaching.com and choose “Hide and Seek a Cache.” Type in the search term “Cache to Eagle” and your BSA local council name. If you don’t know what council serves your area, visit http://www.Scouting.org/localcouncillocator.aspx.

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47 Year-Old Eagle Scout

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47 Year-Old Eagle Scout

Posted on 09 August 2009 by admin

Congratulations to New Eagle Scout Robert Rubano, 47 Years Young

Robert Rubano, Scoutmaster of Troop 24 in New Dorp, Staten Island, finally earned the Eagle Scout rank, almost 30 years past his 18th birthday, the cut-off for such an achievement.

Rubano completed every requirement prior to his 18th birthday, as part of Troop 20 in Brooklyn, but a mix-up precluded him from completing his Board of Review. After presenting his case to the National Boy Scouts of America and the Greater New York Councils, he finally appeared before a GNYC Advancement Committee and was approved both locally and by the National BSA.

His story was featured in this piece from the Staten Island Advance. Rubano says, “I know this pleases my dad, but I’m still not going to medical school.”

News Release from Greater New York Councils – Congratulations to New Eagle Scout Robert Rubano, 47 Years Young

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