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Contest Rewards Four BSA Alumni Committees

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Contest Rewards Four BSA Alumni Committees

Posted on 18 April 2011 by admin

Check with Strings AttachedOn St. Patrick’s Day 2011, the Heart of Virginia Council received a little extra green—the folding-money kind—from the BSA Alumni Office. The council, headquartered in Richmond, was the Southern Region winner in a random drawing to receive $5,000.

Rick Bragga, the National Alumni Committee member who presented the gift, pointed out that the money does have strings attached. The money must be used for alumni-relations purposes, and the council must report back on what it did.

“We are looking to these regional winners to lead the way with unique, unusual, and creative ways of advancing their alumni programs and thereby providing an example to others of what can be accomplished,” he said later. “The contest was a great way to create initiative, raise alumni visibility, and reward progress.”

The contest rewarded progress because it was only open to councils that had increased their base of reconnected alumni by at least 25 percent between June 1 and December 31, 2010. In addition, councils had to submit a roster of their alumni committees.

The other regional winners, each of which received $5,000, were the Hudson Valley Council in Newburgh, N.Y. (Northeast Region), the Gerald R. Ford Council in Grand Rapids, Mich. (Central Region), and the Long Beach Area Council in Long Beach, Calif. (Western Region).

Bragga said the contest was so popular that the committee is considering running another contest with a different focus—although still with the goal of reconnecting and reengaging alumni. “If we could reconnect the over 100 million BSA alumni, think what we could do for the youth of America,” he said. “Whether it is awareness, support, membership, or sheer numbers of volunteers, anything would be possible.”

Source: BSA Alumni News

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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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Hudson Valley Council Latest to Join the American Veterans Aid Fund Drive

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Hudson Valley Council Latest to Join the American Veterans Aid Fund Drive

Posted on 04 October 2009 by admin

10363410-bsahvc-coo-diego-aviles-greg-kelly-avaf-directorBoy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council joined the American Veterans Aid Fund Great Cell Phone Drive today in support of housing for our veterans and their families in the Hudson Valley.

“Having been a scout growing up in the Town of Woodbury was one of the greatest experiences in my lifetime in addition to working as a staff member of scout supporter Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman (Ret.),” said Greg Kelly, Director, American Veterans Aid Fund http://americanveteransaidfund.com/index.shtml. “Our veterans’ cell phone drive with The Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council ends on Thanksgiving 2009, however, we encourage people to support scouting all year round.”

“As Scouting prepares to celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2010, we will seek many more opportunities to continue Scouting’s long time stewardship of the environment. We
have been Green since 1910.” Diego Aviles, Chief Operating Officer, Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council.

Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council (http://bsahvc.org/) Great Cell Phone Drive for Veterans drop box is located in the foyer of the Hudson Valley Scout Shop, 6 Jeanne Drive, Newburgh, NY.

The American Veterans Aid Fund launched its Great Cell Phone Drive for Veterans in the Hudson Valley on August 28, 2009 with initial cell phone drop boxes placed at the following businesses:
1. Irelands 32, Suffern, NY on Orange Avenue
2. Frans Hallmark, Monroe, NY on Route 17M
3. The Bright Star Diner, Central Valley, NY on Route 32
4. Dragon’s Den Deli, Cornwall, NY on Main Street
5. Olde Erie Pub & Grille, Middletown, NY 7 West Main St.

Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council currently serves more than 9,500 young people through Scouting and Learning for Life Programs in the New York Counties of Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan and Pike County in Pennsylvania.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council 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.

To participate contact us at info@americanveteransaidfund.com or by telephone at 917-843-9311. Donated Cell Phones may also be mailed to: American Veterans Aid Fund
P.O. Box 418, Central Valley, NY 10917.

American Veterans Aid Fund & VETUNES ® (http://americanveteransaidfund.com) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization to assist veterans and their families in obtaining and maintaining the respect, dignity, and honor earned through their service and sacrifice. AVAF has a relationship with veterans, their families, and veteran organizations based upon mutual regard and shared visions for a better tomorrow as well as common interests and values.

Photo ID L-R: Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council COO Diego Aviles, American Veterans Aid Fund Director Greg Kelly

Source: Press Release

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