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Scout Executive/Chief Executive Officer of the Greater St. Louis Area Council

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Ronald S. Green Named Scout Executive Of The Greater St. Louis Area Council

Posted on 07 January 2011 by Press Release

Scout Executive/Chief Executive Officer of the Greater St. Louis Area CouncilRonald S. Green today was named the Scout Executive/Chief Executive Officer of the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. He is the tenth person to serve in the position during the 100-year existence of the organization. The council serves approximately 57,000 young people each year in 37 counties in eastern Missouri and southern Illinois and is one of the largest in the nation.
 
Green, 54, comes to St. Louis after serving six years as the Scout Executive in Columbus, Ohio. He will start on March 1, 2011.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be asked to serve this council,” Green said. “The Greater St. Louis Area Council is one of the most highly regarded Boy Scout councils in the nation.  I look forward to working with the Executive Board and the more than 14,000 adult volunteer leaders and staff members who deliver our Scouting programs each week.”

Green replaces John M. Primrose, who retired last year after more than three decades of service to the Boy Scouts of America.

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James H. May Inducted Into Hall Of Leadership

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James H. May Inducted Into Hall Of Leadership

Posted on 23 December 2010 by Press Release

James H. May, a Boy Scouts of America volunteer for almost 50 years, was recognized by the Greater St. Louis Area Council as its representative in the 2010 National Hall of Leadership. A presentation was made at the council’s Executive Board meeting on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010. The National Hall of Leadership was part of the BSAs’ 100th anniversary celebration during 2010.

Mr. May and 12 other Scouting volunteers were submitted by a local committee for the national award. Mr. May was selected as the council’s honoree by a national selection committee. He was one of approximately 300 inductees into the Hall of Leadership from throughout the United States.

For the past 44 years, Mr. May led a team of volunteers that taught more than 18,000 Scouts from throughout north St. Louis County how to swim or reviewed them on Swimming or Lifesaving Merit Badge. Advanced lifesaving skills also were taught. Not one serious injury occurred during the program’s history. More than a dozen incidents were documented where Scouts or leaders used lifesaving or CPR skills they learned from this program to save a life.

The other nominees for the award were:
?Albert E. “Rick” Bender, Neal Mercille, ?Barry J. Bingham, Dennis Nicholas, ??Daniel J. Decker, Robert Schwedtmann, Blase W. Boettcher, Sanford A. Silverstein, ?Steven J. Gruendler, ?Robert E. Vogt, ?Kenneth A. Kleinberg

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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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10,000 Boy Scouts and Leaders to Celebrate 100th Anniversary with Campout in Forest Park

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10,000 Boy Scouts and Leaders to Celebrate 100th Anniversary with Campout in Forest Park

Posted on 20 May 2010 by admin

More than 10,000 Boy Scouts and leaders will camp in Forest Park and take part in a wide range of activities on June 4-6, 2010, during ScoutQuest 100, the Greater St. Louis Area Council’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.

Small cities of tents will appear throughout Forest Park beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 4, as Boy Scouts and Venturers—co-ed Scouts ages 14 through 20—from 40 counties in eastern Missouri and southern Illinois set up campsites.  Scouts will visit institutions throughout Forest Park on Friday night.  Robert Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, will attend a reception for past distinguished service award recipients at the MUNY on Friday evening and spend Saturday morning visiting the activities.
 
On Saturday, Cub Scouts—boys ages 6 through 10—will join the Boy Scouts to attend the event for the day.  Scouts will be able to watch or participate in more than 100 activities.  Scouts can scale a climbing wall, go canoeing, ride a Segway or go fishing.  The general public is invited to view activities on Saturday, including the stage show at 8 p.m. on Art Hill and a fireworks display.  The crowd could grow as large as 20,000 as Scouts, leaders and parents attend the show and fireworks.  Only the National Jamboree, in Virginia this summer, will have more Scouts camping and attending a Scouting event.
 
Scouts will attend religious services on Sunday morning.  The largest will be Roman Catholic Mass at the MUNY with Archbishop Robert Carlson as the celebrant and homilist.
 
More information can be found at www.scoutquest100.org.

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Cub Scout Receives National Heroism Award For Saving Cousin

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Cub Scout Receives National Heroism Award For Saving Cousin

Posted on 20 January 2009 by Dan

Zach HeatleyA Cub Scout who realized his cousin was drowning and pulled him to safety received a Heroism Award during a National Court of Honor Ceremony on Wednesday, January 14th, 2009. Zach Heatley, a member of Cub Scout Pack 531, chartered to the Kratz Elementary School PTO in the Ritenour School District, was recognized at the conclusion of the Greater St. Louis Area Council’s Friends of Scouting Kickoff Dinner.

Last summer, 10-year-old Zach was swimming with his twin cousins in an above-ground swimming pool in his back yard. Family members were sitting at a picnic table a few yards away, but the surface of the water was out of their line of sight.

One of Zach’s cousins, Jordan Brickey, didn’t know the depth of the water as he entered the pool. He began to panic and struggled to keep his head above the water. Jordan’s twin brother, Scott, thought he was joking as Jordan thrashed in the water. Zach noticed his cousin was in distress and planned a rescue.

“What was going through my mind was, ‘Oh my gosh, he’s drowning. I got to do this,'” Zach said.

As he approached his struggling cousin, Zach was able to grab him and pulled his cousin safely to the side of the pool.

Jordan’s mother, Dana Buckner, witnessed the last few seconds of the rescue and realized what happened. In the affidavit submitted for the award, she stated her son escaped drowning or serious injury because of Zach’s awareness of the situation, his ability to act quickly and his level of physical fitness.

“When I questioned him Zach said, ‘Mom it was no big deal,'” said Shannyn Eldon, Zach’s mother. “Of course I’m proud of him. He’s a pretty amazing boy.”

The Heroism Award is the third-highest heroism award presented by the Boy Scouts of America. Of the more than 2.8 million youth members in the B.S.A., less than 100 Scouts received an Honor Medal each year.

The annual Friends of Scouting campaign provides 29 percent of the council’s operating revenue. This year’s goal is $2.4 million.

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2009 National Order of the Arrow Officers Elected

Posted on 28 December 2008 by Dan

The National Order of the Arrow (OA) Planning meeting is currently taking place down in Dallas, Texas (TX). Part of the meeting is the election of the 2009 National Officers. These young men will represent the Order of the Arrow across the country for the next year, and will have an integral part of running the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) and planning the OA’s presence at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.

Here are the 2009 election results coming out of Dallas:

Jack O\'Neill - 2009 National OA Chief2009 National Chief: Jack O’Neill
Jack O’Neill is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member from Columbia, Missouri.

Jack is a member of the Shawnee Lodge #51, Greater St Louis Area Council and has recently served as Section C-5C Chief.

According to the Central Region Order of the Arrow website, Jack enjoys playing tennis, listening to music, camping, hanging out with friends, flag football, working on camp staff, working out, and playing basketball.

Dan Higham - 2009 OA National Vice Chief2009 National Vice Chief: Dan Higham
Dan Higham is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member from Vestal, New York in the Northeast Region.

Dan is a member of the Otahnagon Lodge, Baden Powell Council and has recently served as Section NE-3A Chief.

According to the Northeast Region Order of the Arrow website, Dan is attending Oswego State University majoring in Human Resource Management. Dan served on the national program committee to develop the program for Arrowcorps5 as well as being the Youth program director at the Shasta-Trinity site. Dan enjoys basketball, working out, golf, relaxing, and fishing.

2009 Central Region Chief: Michael Beckman
Michael Beckman has been elected the 2009 Central Region Chief. Michael is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Kuh-Ni-Eh Lodge, Dan Beard Council. You can learn more about Michael on the Central Region Order of the Arrow website.

2009 Northeast Region Chief: Ryan Hay
Ryan Hay has been elected the 2009 Northeast Region Chief. Ryan is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Witauchsoman Lodge #44, Minsi Trails Council. You can learn more about Ryan on the Northeast Region Order of the Arrow Website.

2009 Southern Region Chief: Mark Norris
Mark Norris has been elected the 2009 Southern Region Chief. Mark is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Woa Cholena Lodge, Mobile Area Council. You can learn more about Mark on the Southern Region Order of the Arrow website.

2009 Western Region Chief: David Harrell
David Harrell has been elected the 2009 Western Region Chief. David is a a member of Kola Lodge, Longs Peak Council. You can learn more about David on the Western Region Order of the Arrow website.

Congratulations to the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Officers!

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Greater St. Louis Area Council 2008 Scouting for Food

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Greater St. Louis Area Council Collected 2.2 million Cans of Food

Posted on 26 November 2008 by Dan

More than 30,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers helped feed the hungry on Saturday, November 22nd, as they collected 2.2 million cans of food during the 2008 Scouting for Food drive. The collection was 6 percent larger than last year’s drive. The collection was only 20,000 cans less than the all-time high set in 2004. The Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, collected more than 37 million cans of food during the 24-year history of the drive.

After distributing nearly one million bags last weekend, on Saturday the Scouts returned to those same areas to collect canned goods and other non-perishables. Scouts in the St. Louis area took the donations to area fire stations where Scout leaders sorted and boxed the food.

Sunset Transportation, Inc. of Sunset Hills provided vehicles, equipment, volunteer drivers and solicited the assistance of additional volunteers from trucking companies. Sunset Transportation coordinated all logistics for the food collection, which involved transporting boxed food from more than 40 area fire stations to the St. Louis Area Food Bank. The Food Bank will distribute the canned goods to more than 400 area food pantries throughout eastern Missouri and southwest Illinois.

“Our Scouts and leaders today were overwhelmed by the community’s generous response to Scouting for Food,” said John M. Primrose, Scout Executive and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater St. Louis Area Council.

“Pantries experienced an increased demand for food assistance during the last few months. Families needing nutritional assistance during the coming winter months will have adequate food because of the generosity of our communities and the hard work of our Scouts and leaders.”

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