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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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Michael Marchese

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Trapper Trails Council Announces New Scout Executive

Posted on 08 April 2009 by admin

On April 1, 2009 Michael Marchese was selected as the new Scout Executive for the Trapper Trails Council.

Michael MarcheseMike describes himself as an enthusiastic Scout, husband and father. He became a Boy Scout in Sacramento, California in 1978. He then moved to and grew up on the Oregon Coast in Brookings, Oregon with his family. He was also a Boy Scout in the Oregon Trail Council, he would eventually be employed.

His Professional Scouting career began in Coos Bay, Oregon, as District Executive where he served the lower third of the Oregon coast. He was promoted to District Director in Eugene, Oregon. Served as Camp Director on the Oregon Coast from 1995-1998 and is a brotherhood member of the Order of Arrow.

Mike became Assistant Scout Executive of the Oregon Trail Council in May 1998. He was then promoted to Idaho in November 2002 after his selection as Director of Field Service for Grand Teton Council. In April 2006, Mike and his family relocated to Gilbert, Arizona when he was promoted to Director of Field Service and Chief Operating Officer for Grand Canyon Council.

Mike has been tasked with guiding 24 Executive Field Staff members who support 20,500 volunteers, 22 Districts, the Friends of Scouting campaign, Membership and Commissioner Service, as well as legal and fiscal controls.

Mike and his wife Cherylann, have a daughter, Katie, age 8, and son Christian 6.

He is Wood Badge trained and served on staff in 2003 as a Troop Guide. Mike served at the 2005 National Jamboree and plans to serve in 2010 as the Administration Chief, for Western Region, BSA.

Mike graduated from the University of Oregon, with a degree in Political Science. He enjoys restoring classic cars, which have included a 1959 Cadillac and1968 GT/CS Mustang. He likes everything outdoors; hiking, camping, golf and more.

He is eager to begin serving with the wonderful volunteers and staff of the Trapper Trails Council.
The hiring of Mike fills the vacancy left by former Scout Executive Rick Barnes who left in February to assume a new position with the Great Salt Lake Council. Mike will assume his new responsibility on May 1, 2009.

A special welcome to Michael Marchese and his family! We look forward to Mike’s leadership to the Trapper Trails Council family.

The following was a news release issued by Trapper Trails Council.

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3rd Annual Arizona Exploring and Learning for Life 10K and 5K Race

Posted on 26 October 2008 by Dan

The Grand Canyon Council, Boy Scouts of America is proud to present the 3rd Annual Exploring and Learning for Life 10K and 5K Race. The event will be held on November 15, 2008, at the Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382. There will be late registration at 7:00am, and the races start at 8:00am.

10K Competitive Run: 8:00 a.m. Fees: $25 through Nov. 7, $30 thereafter

5K Competitive Run / Fun Walk: 8:15 a.m. Fees: $20 through Nov. 7, $25 thereafter

Pre-Teens and Teens / Ages 12-17 – Fees: $15 through Nov. 7, $20 thereafter

This is a Chip-Timed Race with 99% Paved Route GPS. There will be awards by age category, the age groups are: 12-14, 15-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39. 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

If you are interested in participating you can register online or you can mail in the registration form attached to the following flier.

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Troop for Boys at Correctional Facility – Positive Steps for Their Futures

Posted on 14 October 2008 by Dan

The following article originally appeared in Grand Canyon Council’s September 2008 Newsletter. It is reprinted here with permission.

Written By: Nimueh Rephael

When Nancy Welton, with her family’s support, accepted the position of Scoutmaster for Troop 4, at Adobe Mountain School, a state correctional facility for boys, she knew she wanted to give it her full commitment. Scoutmaster Welton has now been leading Troop 4 for over a year – one of the first, pioneering traditional Boy Scout troops “behind bars” in the U.S.

Overlapping with boys’ terms in the correctional facility and jockeying with occasional other, required activities, Troop 4 has had 37 members during this year and regularly has 12-15 youth at meetings, which occur on 3 or 4 Saturdays per month, with no summer break. The boys participate in traditional Scouting activities. They have begun acting as role models for other youth within the facility.

To date, the boys have completed requirements for merit badges in leather working, art, bird study, and swimming, and have also learned basic Scouting skills – flag ceremonies, citizenship, knot-tying and more. Currently, Troop 4 is working on requirements for the Tenderfoot Rank.

As a special highlight, this summer four eligible Troop 4 Scouts were selected to attend day camp for four days (considered “one week” at the camp), 8 hours per day, at the Council’s Lake Pleasant Aquatics and Nature Camp, with a facility security team accompanying (and outstandingly supporting the camp program). There, each of the four young men earned four merit badges, participated in the closing flag ceremony and set a good example for younger Scouts, representing their troop and school well. Their special furlough provides incentive to other troop members, and attracts other youth at the secure facility to join the troop.

On release, Adobe Mountain School youth are welcome to join other troops to continue their involvement in Scouting. Another troop, also in the Thunderbird District, has extended a welcome to any Scout from Troop 4 released from Adobe Mountain School.

Generally coming from low-income families with problems, the boys arrive at Adobe Mountain School after all other court-ordered programs have failed to assist them from repeating the same mistakes. Approximately 40% of Troop 4 Scouts qualify for Special Education, indicating psychological, emotional and behavioral problems. Generally, the boys have not had many experiences that Boy Scouts provides, such as boating, camping, group projects or other structured learning opportunities.

In the words of Ms. Katie Lowy, Special Education teacher, Adobe Mountain School, and Troop 4 volunteer, Troop 4’s young men are “the state’s most challenging boys” at “their last stop”. She stated that seeing these youth, “with their gang tattoos”, yet “so excited to participate in Boy Scout meetings,” and to practice Scout skills and handicrafts, such as leatherwork and knot-tying is to witness very positive growth. Read Adobe Mountain School Special Ed teacher Katie Lowy’s commendation of Scoutmaster Welton.

Many troops, Western Region BSA, and other organizations have supported Troop 4 with donations, grants and endorsements. Catholic Diocese Bishop Thomas Olmsted sent encouraging words of endorsement to Nancy about the BSA troop activities behind bars program, stating, “This is indeed good news. Please extend my thanks and congratulations to the Scout leaders responsible for this wonderful event. God bless, Bishop Olmsted”

Nancy’s work has already inspired other similar programs by representing BSA’s values in a juvenile correctional setting, to other troops both within the Council and outside the state, and to other nonprofit organizations serving youth. Currently, two other BSA traditional unit programs are in the set-up stages with other nonprofit youth service organizations in the Valley.

Nancy Welton, Troop 4 ScoutmasterFor her dedicated work as Scoutmaster of Troop 4, Nancy Welton is being recognized with National BSA’s Whitney M. Young Service Award, honoring an individual’s development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for “all youth, regardless of race, religion, economic background, or creed”, in fulfillment of Dr. Young’s dream of justice and equality for all.

Scoutmaster Nancy Welton describes her service work as a faith response to the corporal work of mercy to “visit the imprisoned”, and as a charitable action towards her neighbors, reflecting a great sense of God’s love for all.

Nancy remarked that her “drive, initiative, and willingness to serve as Scoutmaster for incarcerated youth” was a result of having been a Wood Badge participant and Wood Badge Troop Guide. “My experiences with Wood Badge taught me to reach beyond any self-imposed limitations when it comes to serving youth. Wood Badge gave me the confidence, initiative and desire to serve others more in a servant-leader fashion,” she said.

“My first Course Director was Ray Vila, a highly charismatic Scouter who provided great insight into the service of youth and others. My second Course Director when I was a Troop Guide was George Keene, an exemplary Scouter with a vision so broad…, keen insight and dedication to the scouting movement, [which] affected me deeply. Both these men taught me to dig a little deeper to ‘leave a legacy’. Troop 4 is one avenue to do just that,” she stated.

Nancy says that she appreciates the boys, even with their behavioral and psychological difficulties. The boys appreciate the privilege of being a part of Troop 4 – only selected youth are approved by the superintendent for this program. Nancy appreciates the privilege of serving the boys, of growing and learning from them, and of stepping into new personal challenges herself.

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