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Scouts to Decorate 179,000 Graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery

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Scouts to Decorate 179,000 Graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery

Posted on 27 May 2010 by Dan

Approximately 4,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers on Sunday will decorate each of the 179,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with an American Flag during the 61st annual Memorial Day “Good Turn.”

The public is welcome to attend the event, held by the Gravois Trail District of the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Scouts from across the council will assemble at the National Guard base and march into the cemetery at 12:30 p.m. They will proceed to the main flagpole near the center of the cemetery for a 20-minute assembly and ceremony. Colonel Patricia Ryan, Adjutant for National Guard Personnel at Fort Leonard Wood, will be the speaker.

Scouts will honor those who served our country by raising the American flag and then lowering it to half-mast as Scout buglers play “Taps.” Scouts who earned the rank of Eagle Scout—the highest rank in Scouting—during the past year will serve as the color guard. Scouts and their leaders will then decorate each grave in the cemetery with a small American Flag.

It takes less than two hours for Scouts to place more than 139,000 flags, which are provided by the cemetery.

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery is one of the oldest interment sites of the National Cemetery Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs. Its 331 acres served as a burial landscape for soldiers since the Civil War.

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Forbes Video Featuring Stephen Bechtel Jr.

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Forbes Video Featuring Stephen Bechtel Jr.

Posted on 11 March 2010 by admin

Forbes Video Network has a feature video on Billionaire Stephen Bechtel Jr. The video talks a little about his youth, his Scouting experiences, and his donation for The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, in West Virginia.

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First Impressions – A Scout Is… Values for a Lifetime

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First Impressions – A Scout Is… Values for a Lifetime

Posted on 26 February 2010 by Dan

After posting the press release about the release of “A Scout Is…”, Author Todd Shaw sent me a few signed copies of his Scouting book “A Scout Is… Values for a Lifetime” to review and give away to Scouting News readers. Unfortunately in my hustle and bustle of returning to civilian life, moving, buying a car, creating tons of camp promotions material for Glacier’s Edge Council, I had forgot all about the box of books. It wasn’t until I was watching the Adventure Base 100 in Tupelo video today and I saw Todd sporting some Elvis sideburns that I remembered I had some reading to do! Sorry Todd! Oh, and nice Elvis sideburns!

First Impressions of A Scout Is…

When I originally heard about “A Scout Is… Values for a Lifetime” I was impressed that the author was taking time to reach out to the Scouting community and include their experiences. I personally find this style of story telling very interesting as its fun to learn how Scouting influenced others lives. I was looking forward to the book being completed.

Now it’s in my hands.  Author Todd Shaw hasn’t let us down. “A Scout Is…” is outlined by chapter dedicating one to each major point of the Scout Law and Oath with a few other important chapters mixed in, such as: “Scouting Works” and “Scout Leaders”. Each chapter of this Scouting Book has some of Todd’s experiences followed by some Scouting stories he has gathered from other Scouts and Scouters, with a couple of quotes from various famous folks as well.

From the back of A Scout Is… Values for a Lifetime:

“Author and Eagle Scout Todd Show explores the influence of Scouting and the principles that are found in the Scout Oath and Law: principles that define why the Boy Scouts of America has had such a huge impact on our society for 100 years.

A Scout Is… includes Shaw’s own stories and those from others who have experienced the Scouting way of life. He says, “My adventures in Scouting were fun, and that was what kept me coming back. At the same time, I learned values that have remained with me for a lifetime.”

Show is a master storyteller. He’ll have you laughing and reflecting as he shares:
– The twelve character traits that can strengthen you throughout life.
– The importance of duty to God and country and of service to others.
– The challenge of passing the values and virtues of Scouting to the next generation.

While I haven’t yet started reading “A Scout Is… Values for a Lifetime“, I can honestly say I look forward to diving into it this weekend!  Not only does it look like a good Scouting read, it looks like it could be a tremendous resource for countless values based Scoutmaster Minutes.

Be sure to check back in, or subscribe via RSS or Email to ensure you catch the full review of “A Scout Is… Values for a Lifetime“.  The final review will also include details on how you can win a signed copy!

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Tupelo, Mississippi

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Tupelo, Mississippi

Posted on 26 February 2010 by admin

BSA Adventure Base 100 is in Tupelo, Mississippi. Take a peek inside the exhibit and meet the Tomes brothers. For them, Scouting is for the whole family, proven by the fact that all three reached the rank of Eagle Scout at the same time! Learn how Scouting has helped make this family better and stronger.

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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Record Number of Eagle Scouts Lead the Way to the Next Century of Scouting in Hudson Valley

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Record Number of Eagle Scouts Lead the Way to the Next Century of Scouting in Hudson Valley

Posted on 03 February 2010 by admin

As the Boy Scouts of America prepares to kick off its 100th anniversary, the Hudson Valley Council reports that a record number of Boy Scouts earned the Eagle award last year.

The final number of Eagles for 2009 came in at 162, said Scout Executive Stephen J. Gray, CEO at the Newburgh-based council. That is more Eagle Scouts than the Council has ever seen and above the 140 to 150 Eagle Scouts in a typical year.

The council covers all or parts of Dutchess, Orange, Rockland and Sullivan counties in New York, and Pike County in Pennsylvania.

“The number is testament to the drive of Boy Scouts in the program today, as well as the work of volunteer leaders in 121 Scout troops across the region,” Gray said. At the end of 2009, the Hudson Valley Council had 2,963 Boy Scouts, the program for boys 11 through 17.

“Our Boy Scout troops are turning out young men who are ready to be the leaders of tomorrow,” Gray said. “They have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities. They have high moral character. I’m thrilled and encouraged that so many of our Scouts earned the award last year.”

Earning the Eagle award involves substantial demonstrations of leadership ability through a service project to benefit the community. To be an Eagle, Scouts must also complete 21 merit badges demonstrating mastery of a range of Scout skills, from camping to physical fitness.

Other required merit badges cover citizenship in the nation, world and community, first aid, communications and environmental science, among other topics. Completion of the award is actually quite rare; in the 100 years of Scouting in the United States, only about 2 percent of all Scouts have earned Eagle.

News of the162 Eagle Scouts comes as Scouting is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The Hudson Valley Council will take part in a slate of local and National events throughout the year, including a council-wide “CamporAll” in mid-May (May 14-16) at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, sending five troops (180 youth and 20 leaders) to the national Jamboree in July, and a 100th Anniversary Event at West Point on 10/10/2010.

Scouts across the council also plan to do 10,000 hours of additional community service during 2010, beyond the 40,000 completed in a typical year. “These actions personify the meaning of character; with an act of service that has defined us for 100 years because of four simple words, “I am a Scout”’, said Michael Caporlingua, Council President.

For 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has created a strong foundation of leadership, service and community for millions of America’s youth. Scouting is as vital and relevant today as it was when the journey began in 1910.

The Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council currently serves more than 8,600 young people through Scouting and Learning for Life Programs in the New York Counties of Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan and Pike County in Pennsylvania.

More information on Scouting in the Hudson Valley or Scouting’s 100th Anniversary can be found at www.hudsonvalleyscouting.org, or by calling Diego Aviles at the Hudson Valley Council office at 845-566-7300 x318 or via email at Diego.Aviles@Scouting.org.

Source: Hudson Valley Council Press Release.

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2009 Produces Record Number of Eagle Scouts in Occoneechee Council

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2009 Produces Record Number of Eagle Scouts in Occoneechee Council

Posted on 25 January 2010 by admin

The Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has announced that a total of 414 young men earned their Eagle Scout Award in 2009. That is a nine percent increase over 2008’s total of 380. Earning the rank of Eagle is Scouting’s highest achievement.

“The Occoneechee Council has some of the best new leaders, ready and eager to serve their fellow man, in the very near future,” said John Akerman, Scout Executive for the Occoneechee Council. “Every one of these young men should be proud of their achievement.”

This year Scouting is celebrating its 100th Anniversary and more young men than ever are earning the rank of Eagle Scout and becoming responsible citizens in their communities.

The National Council average for young men earning the Eagle Scout Awards is five percent. The Occoneechee Council’s average is 6.4%.

“We have many results-oriented youth who are very well qualified to lead in their fields of endeavor,” said Edward Miller, Council Advancement Chairman. “That is one of the purposes of Scouting, to train future leaders.”

To achieve the rank of Eagle a Scout must earn a total of 21 merit badges, including 12 that are required. He also must design a Leadership Service Project and lead his fellow Scouts in carrying out that project.

About The Occoneechee Council, Boy Scouts of America
The Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina and serves the following North Carolina counties: Chatham, Cumberland, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Orange, Vance, Wake, and Warren. The mission of the Boy Scouts of America 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. 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 Occoneechee Council, visit ocscouts.org or call 800-662-7102.

Source: Occoneechee Council Press Release.

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Tournament of Roses Parade

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Tournament of Roses Parade

Posted on 01 January 2010 by Dan

Today was a big day for Scouting, the kick off of the 100th Anniversary celebration!  The Boy Scouts of America entered a float in the 2010 Tournament of Roses parade accompanied by 300 Eagle Scouts on foot.  (remember the sneak peek of the float we provided back in October?)

The float was the first entered by “corporate BSA” in over sixty years.  The Examiner has a slide show featuring the Boy Scout floats from 1938, 1941, and 1950.  Even though there hasn’t been a float in a while, Boy Scouts have been a big part of the parade, carry the entry banners with the Girl Scouts, since the 1960s.

The 2010 float was created by volunteers from area Councils, and gained some media attention for getting around the age restrictions.  The float was also was the recipient of the National Award, which is for the “Best Depiction of Life in the USA, Past, Present or Future.”

In case you missed it, here is part 8 of the parade that features the BSA float, it is at about 9:03.

The commentary was kind of interrupted by the Navy Flyover.  If they weren’t, I’m sure they would have mentioned that the float was designed by Michelle Lofthouse, and was titled “Celebrating the Adventure – Continuing the Journey”. A description of the entry from the Phoenix Decorating Company website:

Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Boy Scouts of America presents depictions of several popular scouting activities – including camping, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and enjoying the thrill of “flying” along a zip line. The scouts’ involvement with nature is emphasized by several sculpted inhabitants of the great outdoors, including an American eagle, raccoon, owl, and a wolf. The Boy Scout emblem and the American flag form an impressive backdrop for the float, which also features a pair of real waterfalls. Accompanying the scouts’ entry in the Rose Parade will be 300 Eagle scouts marching along, and presenting parade viewers with an eye-catching performance.

Were you watching the parade?  What did you think of the float?

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BSA Launches 100th Year With Scouting Experience of a Lifetime

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BSA Launches 100th Year With Scouting Experience of a Lifetime

Posted on 18 December 2009 by Dan

BSA Tournament of Roses Parade FloatOn Jan. 1, 2010, a new century begins for the Boy Scouts of America, and with it comes an invitation to the nation to experience Scouting like never before. Kicking off the celebration is the BSA’s participation in the Tournament of Roses Parade, with a float entitled: “Celebrating the Adventure, Continuing the Journey.”

“This is an incredibly exciting and important time for our organization,” said Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca. “The methods of Scouting continue to evolve to reach the current and future generations, but the Scouting message is the same as it was a century ago. We invite Scouts, alumni, volunteers, and the public to join in our celebration throughout the country over the next year. We are excited about what the future holds, and invite America to continue to be a part of the journey.”

In Pasadena, Calif., more than 300 Eagle Scouts will represent the BSA as they march beside an adventure-filled float like no other, complete with Scouts camping, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and enjoying the thrill of “flying” along a zip line. Keeping with the parade theme “A Cut Above The Rest,” each Eagle Scout represents the highest achievements of Scouting, and each has a powerful story to tell. The Boy Scouts 100th Anniversary Youth Ambassador and 2 millionth Eagle Scout, Anthony Thomas, will travel from Minneapolis to Pasadena to participate in the inaugural activities.

While a 100th Anniversary may seem like an occasion to reflect on an impressive past, the BSA is looking towards the future. Eight major national 100th Anniversary engagement programs have been designed to reintroduce Scouting to the next generation of young leaders and reconnect millions of alumni with the organization. The BSA’s strategic approach to its 100th Anniversary celebration has garnered the support of organizations such as AT and T, ExxonMobil, the United Nations Foundation, the Arbor Day Foundation, and other organizations.

Immediately following the Tournament of Roses Parade, the BSA launches “Adventure Base 100,” a 10,000-square-foot interactive campus featuring immersive and exciting Scout-related experiences. Adventure Base 100 will travel the country throughout 2010, providing more than 40 markets with a hands-on view of Scouting and the difference it makes in the lives of millions of youth.

“Adventure Base 100 is a chance to give visitors a view of the history and the future of the Boy Scouts of America,” said John Gottschalk, current national president of the BSA, and chairman of the Omaha World-Herald Corporation. “We are bringing the Scouting experience into the heart of dozens of communities and rallying the country to join us in ‘Celebrating the Adventure, Continuing the Journey.’”

While in Pasadena, Adventure Base 100 will be open from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.at 2800 E. Sierra Madre Boulevard, and will include:

  • A high adventure ropes course for all visitors more than 4 feet tall weighing less than 250 pounds.
  • A multi-sensory experience that will offer visitors the sights, smells and sounds of Scouting via the campus IMAX-like video “GoScouting! Dome.”
  • An overview about what it takes to become an Eagle Scout, the highest level of Scouting.
  • A chance to speak with members of local BSA councils to learn more about Scouting.
  • A traveling Scouting museum featuring an overview of the BSA’s amazing history, including an exhibit of rare artifacts collected by the organization over the last 100 years.
  • Interactive digital displays, including a virtual build-and-race your own Pinewood Derby car and a touch-screen merit badge wall.As Adventure Base 100 tours the country, local BSA councils will provide their own artifacts to be featured in the BSA’s 100th Anniversary National Time Capsule.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Scouting movement is composed of 2.8 million young people between the ages of 7 and 20 and 1.1 million volunteers in 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 http://scouting.org/.

More information about 100 Years of Scouting can be found at www.scouting.org/100years.

Source: Boy Scouts of America Press Release

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Where Eagle Scout Medals Come From

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Where Eagle Scout Medals Come From

Posted on 04 November 2009 by Dan

1104wc-medals001The Suburban Journal has an interesting feature on the company that creates the Eagle Scout Award Kits, check it out:

When David Bouchein won his Eagle Scout medal in the 1970s he had no idea of the prominence that award would play later in his life.

“Who would have thought I’d be running the company that made my Eagle medal?” said Bouchein, president of Stange Company.

“My grandpa, Elmer Wagenfuehr, got his own Eagle Scout award in the 1920s, and I think he’d be very proud of me.”

For 14 years, Bouchein, 47, has led the company, which manufactures employee recognition and service awards.

Read the whole article at the Suburban Journal.

Photo: Suburban Journal

Hat Tip: Boy Scout Trail

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Greater New York Councils Induct Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil, Into Eagle Scout Hall of Fame

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Greater New York Councils Induct Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil, Into Eagle Scout Hall of Fame

Posted on 29 October 2009 by admin

rex_w_tillersonThe Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America will honor Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ExxonMobil Corporation, at its 2009 Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Induction on Monday, November 2nd at the Hilton New York.

This annual event honors Eagle Scouts who have made significant contributions to society, and past Eagle Scouts inducted into the Hall of Fame include New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chairman and CEO of Marriott International, J.W. Marriott, Jr., and John C. Whitehead, Chairman of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, who will serve as the Honorary Chairman of the Event.

Tillerson is a member of the national executive board of the Boy Scouts of America and is slated to become President of the Boy Scouts of America in 2010. President Barack Obama serves as Honorary President of the Boy Scouts of America. Both the Boy Scouts of America and ExxonMobil are based in Irving, Texas. Tillerson has said, “I think the highlight of my youth and adolescent years were my achievements in Scouting,” and “Scouting has always been a part of my life. I continue to believe that it’s the best thing going for young men today.” Tillerson’s father was an executive of the Boy Scouts of America during his youth.

As an Eagle Scout, Tillerson attained the highest rank in the merit-based Scouting program, a distinction that only about 2% of Scouts can claim. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout spirit, service and leadership, including an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads and manages. Prominent business and political leaders having earned the Eagle rank include astronaut Neil Armstrong, President Gerald Ford, Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Academy Award-winner Steven Spielberg, and journalist Walter Cronkite.

Three Eagle Scouts from Staten Island’s Troop 21 will also be recognized at the event for their efforts to rescue a woman from her burning home earlier this year. They employed their Scout training in a lifesaving attempt and they are being presented a heroism award for their selfless actions.

The Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America serves tens of thousands of young people in New York City through a variety of youth development programs that promote character, leadership, and life skills, including substantial outreach to boys and girls in the most disadvantaged communities of the five boroughs. Hundreds of thousands of community service hours are logged annually by Scouts and the almost 6,000 adult volunteers in New York City.

The Boy Scouts of America will celebrate its 100th Anniversary on February 8, 2010, with prominent national and local highlight activities to honor Scouting’s service to our country and more than 100 million youth in the past century. Local highlights include Scouts ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on February 8, 2010, a citywide service day on April 24, 2010, and a New York City Scout weekend from July 30- August 1, 2010 with a Times Square celebration on July 31, 2010. Additional engagement programs are planned, and national highlights include a partnership with Major League Baseball and U.S. Mint production of BSA Centennial Silver Dollar commemorative coins.

ExxonMobil is the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. Tillerson assumed the top position on January 1, 2006.

For more information on Scouting in New York City and the Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Induction, please visit www.bsa-gnyc.org. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org, with 100th Anniversary details at www.scouting.org/100years. More information on Exxon Mobil Corporation is available at www.exxonmobil.com.

Source: Greater New York Councils Press Release

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