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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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Sea Base Promotional Video

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Sea Base Promotional Video

Posted on 12 February 2010 by Dan

Some folks from the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association have lost their bearings and ended up down at Sea Base for a few days. While I’m sure all of us with snow on the ground would love to be in sunny Florida, we have the next best thing – videos!

Thats right, the folks from Northern Tier have posted a Sea Base video on their Facebook fan page. Not just any video, but the newest Sea Base Promotional Video (at this time I can’t find it anywhere else online!)

So head over to the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association Facebook Fan Page and check out the Sea Base Promotional Video!

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Tony Argiz Honored by South Florida Council

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Tony Argiz Honored by South Florida Council

Posted on 01 November 2009 by Dan

Antonio-Argiz-new-bioMorrison, Brown, Argiz and Farra, LLP (MBAF) CEO and Managing Partner Tony Argiz was recently honored by the South Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America for his service to the South Florida community as part of Hispanic Heritage month. The 11th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards Celebration also commemorated the work of Former Mayor of the City of Miami, Maurice Ferré, and Congresswoman for the 18th District of Florida, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

The Hispanic Heritage Awards program recognizes respected Hispanic community leaders that exemplify the values of Scouting through their service and support of the community. Proceeds from the event benefitted the South Florida Council’s Hispanic Outreach Program called Operation Scoutreach, which brings Scouting to at-risk youth in economically-challenged communities.

“The South Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America is not only helping to form tomorrow’s leaders, but it is also setting an example for our community,” said Argiz, accepting the honor.

A recipient of many community and professional commendations, Argiz just completed a two-year term as Chairman of the United Way of Miami-Dade, heading a tremendous effort during some of the most challenging economic times. He currently serves the community as President and Chair-Elect of the Orange Bowl Committee, a major engine of economic growth for South Florida. Additionally, Argiz has served on the boards and committees of many charitable, civic, community and educational organizations.

“I’m grateful for this award and promise to continue helping the South Florida community to the best of my ability,” added Argiz.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. The South Florida Council proudly serves over 70,000 young men and women throughout Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties.

About MBAF
MBAF is ranked in the top 50 accounting firms in the nation and is the largest independent Florida-based certified public accountant firm in the State. The firm has been ranked as “Best of the Best,” the list of the top 25 performing firms in the country, for 14 years. MBAF provides tax and accounting, audit, technology consulting and litigation support and business valuation services to entrepreneurs, wealthy individuals, private and public corporations and legal practitioners across a broad range of industries.

Source: Morrison Brown Argiz and Farra, LLP Press Release

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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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Chimp Gym Eagle Project

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Unique Eagle Projects: Chimpanzee Play Gym

Posted on 02 July 2009 by Dan

Chimp Gym Eagle ProjectThe Gulf Coast Council Scouter Jul/Aug 2009 Issue highlights a story about Life Scout Ryan Funk who built a Chimpanzee Play Gym.

For his Eagle Project, Life Scout, Ryan Funk decided to build a Play Gym for the chimpanzees at the Gulf Breeze Zoo in Florida.

The zoo doesn’t have incoming money so he thought it would be a great place to help out. The Play Gym will help improve the chimp’s lives and also enable the zoo to expand and obtain more Chimps.

When Ryan started to work on the project, June 7th, 2009, he had the help of many Scouts from his troop, Troop 400. Ryan wouldn’t have been able to complete the project without them.

The project went very well even though he had some obstacles, including the Chimp Island which is sand surrounded by water. He had to use a little rowboat to carry all supplies to the island including two fourteen foot poles.

Congratulations to Ryan and his fellow Troop 400 Scouts for a job well done!

If you have a story about a unique Eagle Scout project please contact us so we can feature it!

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BSA Licensing Presents 2008 Quality Licensee Awards

Posted on 10 May 2009 by admin

bsa-quality-licensee-2008The Boy Scouts of America recently awarded its 2008 Quality Licensee Awards. There were three award recipients: A-B Emblem of Asheville, North Carolina; Classb.com of Zephyrhills, Florida;
DK Publishing of New York, New York

A-B Emblem
Internationally recognized designer and manufacturer of embroidered emblems and patches. Look anywhere and you’re bound to see their products. Thousands of organizations around the world, from Fortune 500 companies and NASA to Boy Scout troops and bowling clubs, wear AB emblems. Whether you need fifty pieces or a million, your order will see a level of service and craftsmanship unmatched in their industry.

ClassB.com brags about their 90 years of combined scouting experience amongst their company’s leadership. Their knowledgeable staff and award winning art department can perfectly meet your vision. They’ve been screen printing custom t-shirts since 1982 and their 27 years of business is a testament to their quality of work and excellent customer service.

DK Publishing
DK Publishing is world renowned for its distinctive, highly visual books that inform, inspire, and entertain readers of all ages. Publisher of the recent New York Times bestsellers Do Not Open, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide among others, DK also publishes the award-winning Eyewitness series for children and Eyewitness Travel Guides. BradyGames and Rough Guides are also available from DK, a division of Penguin Group (USA).

Both DK Publishing and Classb.com recieved the award for the second year in a row.

The Boy Scouts of America Quality Licensee program is designed to recognize licensees that achieve excellence through their commitment to ongoing product development, their steadfast adherence to the licensing program requirements, and their active support and promotion of the Boy Scouts of America and its programs.

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Boy Scouts earn Composite Materials Merit Badges

Posted on 24 January 2009 by admin

When thousands of composites manufacturers, suppliers and consultants converged on the Tampa Convention Center last week for COMPOSITES+ POLYCON 2009, 31 local Boy Scouts joined them. On Saturday, January 17, these young men attended the conference and trade show as part of “Think Composites,” an outreach program for students developed by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA). Through this program, they partially fulfilled requirements for receiving the new Composite Materials Merit Badge.

2008 Think Composites Program“This is the second year we’ve offered the “Think Composites” program at COMPOSITES+POLYCON and it was a perfect opportunity to expand upon the partnership we forged with the Boy Scouts of America in 2006,” says John Tickle, ACMA President. Tickle, who is also President of Strongwell Corp., Bristol, Va., is an Eagle Scout and long-time supporter of the Boy Scouts.

The primary goals of the “Think Composites” program are to introduce students to the composites industry, explain the fundamentals of the chemical processes involved, and encourage them to explore composites materials more on their own. Boy Scouts earning their Composite Materials Merit Badges gain hands-on experience working with composites, which the composites industry hopes will inspire a new generation of composites professionals. At COMPOSITES+POLYCON, the Boy Scouts toured the exhibit hall and participated in an introductory session about composites and a demonstration on laminating skateboards. Troops were then given materials and “how to” manuals to complete their own skateboards.

Industry volunteers from Owens Corning, Strongwell, Composites One, Empire Fiberglass, Hexion, Goodrich and Syrgis teamed up to present this year’s “Think Composites” program to Boy Scouts at COMPOSITES+POLYCON. Strongwell provided funding and Owens Corning provided materials for the program at this year’s show.

For more information on the Boy Scouts’ Composites Materials Merit Badge, visit www.acmanet.org. COMPOSITES + POLYCON is ACMA’s annual conference and trade show, the largest in North America.

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Florida Yotuh Wins William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup

Posted on 07 August 2008 by Dan

Patrick Arrington, 15, of Pinecrest, Florida was awarded the silver trophy at the closing ceremonies held at Annapolis Yacht Club, July 18, 2008, after sailing his Vanguard 420s in 14 fleet races. His teammate was disqualified for off-the-water conduct at the end of the regatta.

Arrington, a member of Sea Scout Ship 1946, Coconut Grove, FL, defeated Hayley Anderson, 18, and Gareth Moore, 16, of Christchurch, New Zealand. It was the fourth time a New Zealand team placed second in the international youth regatta. Jeff Adam and Delana Stoica of the Del Mar took third.

A sophomore at Miami Palmetto Senior High School, Arrington is hoping to study biophysics in college. In addition to Sea Scouts, he is currently a Life Scout with Troop 840 in Pinecrest, Florida where he is working on his Eagle Scout service project, collecting used sails for impoverished fishermen in Haiti.

Approximately 80 young men and women gathered at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD, to compete in the week long regatta. Sea Scouts from New Zealand, Australia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, sailed against youth from across the United States. The winds were light and variable most of the week, with a southerly breeze freshening on Thursday, building to 12 knots on the final day on July 18th.

The biennial event is underwritten, in large part by William I. Koch, the Palm Beach industrialist and last American to successfully defend the America’s Cup. Other sponsors include General Motors, which awarded the Chevrolet Sportsmanship Award, and West Marine.

Sea Scouts are divided into two fleets: more experienced sailors compete for the Koch Cup, and a second fleet sails for the Kiwi Cup, a Maori carving donated by New Zealand Sea Scouts. Both trophies are displayed at the Boy Scout Museum in Irving, Texas.

Eric Johnson, 17 of Mercer Island, and Levi White, 16, of La Conner, Washington, won the Kiwi Cup.

“The most interesting part of the Koch Cup is that it’s an international event,” said Eric Johnson. “Meeting people from different countries and seeing how similar we all are was cool. One of the last things I imagined was that we would be representing our country in any competition other than the Olympics. It felt like was sailing for America or at least the Pacific Northwest.”

Paula McFarland, Zone Manager for Chevrolet, presented the Chevrolet Sportsmanship Awards to Monica and Ryan Orphan, of Woodland Hills, CA and Franklin Simmons and Gary Burner of Akron, OH.

Sea Scouts is part of the Venturing Division of the Boy Scouts and is open to men and women between the ages 14 and 21 who learn leadership skills through seamanship.

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