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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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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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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Chicago, Illinois

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Chicago, Illinois

Posted on 14 May 2010 by Dan

Take a peak around BSA Adventure Base 100 at its stop in Chicago, Illinois. 

Learn more about Adventure Base 100 at http://www.adventurebase100.org.

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January Hearing Set in Owasippe Scout Reservation Zoning Battle

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January Hearing Set in Owasippe Scout Reservation Zoning Battle

Posted on 02 December 2009 by admin

The Muskegon Chronicle has reminded us that the long battle over Owasippe Scout Reservation is not over yet.

Officials on both sides hope the long battle over Owasippe Scout Reservation zoning is nearing an end.

More than a year after the Chicago Boy Scouts filed an appeal of a Circuit Court ruling on the zoning, a date for the case to be argued before a three-judge appeals panel has been set. Attorneys who have already filed their briefs will present oral arguments at 10 a.m. Jan. 12 in Grand Rapids.

The 4,800-acre reservation is owned by the Chicago Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, which claims Blue Lake Township’s zoning of the property is too restrictive and amounts to an unconstitutional “taking” of the land.

Read the whole article at The Muskegon Chronicle.

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Scout Leader Wins $25,000 On His Way To Roundtable

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Scout Leader Wins $25,000 On His Way To Roundtable

Posted on 21 November 2009 by admin

mcdonalds logoThe Daily Journal has the perfect story for promoting your District’s Roundtable training:

Kregor, a leader of Boy Scout Troop 300 in Kankakee, and fellow leader Ryan Barrie, stopped at the McDonald’s on Oct. 8 before a monthly Scout leaders’ roundtable meeting at Wilmington. His tea came with a instant winner ticket in the McDonald’s MONOPOLY Game.

Read the whole article at The Daily Journal.

Hat Tip: Scoutmaster Musings – Who asks what would you do with the money?

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Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

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Distinguished Eagle Scout Award Recipient Urges Juniors to Mentor Others

Posted on 09 May 2009 by admin

GREAT LAKES (NNS) — The commander of Navy Region Midwest was awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award by the Boy Scouts of America April 28.

The award was presented to Rear Adm. Douglas T. Biesel by his former Scoutmaster Thom Helmacy of Coudersbort, Pa., during the 2009 Northeastern Illinois Council Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner at Naval Station Great Lakes.

Distinguished Eagle Scout AwardThe award is granted to Eagle Scouts who, after 25 years, have distinguished themselves in their life work and who have shared their talents with their communities on a voluntary basis.

“I challenge you to think about integrity as you are faced with challenges; do not compromise your integrity because it’s rare if at all possible to get it back,” Biesel told the new Eagle Scouts. “Without integrity all other attributes are nothing.”

Biesel, who earned his Eagle Scout in 1972 in has distinguished himself throughout his career as a naval officer.

“We are so pleased and honored to learn of the selection of Admiral Biesel by our National Boy Scouts of America organization for the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award,” said John H. Mosby, chief executive officer, Northeast Illinois Council, Boy Scouts of America.

“In studying the history of the award since its inception in 1969, only the highest quality of individuals have been selected for this distinct and rare award, and Admiral Biesel most certainly fits that mold.”

The National Eagle Scout Association Committee selects the award recipients. The members of the selection committee are all recipients of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

“Admiral Biesel’s leadership by example and personal ethical and moral values reflects the same standards we apply in scouting, and so it is a natural choice for him to have been selected for this honor,” Mosby said.

“The relationship between the Navy and the Boy Scouts has been long-standing, especially here locally. Admiral Biesel has been a key part in continuing that strong relationship since arriving here earlier this year.”

In addressing this year’s Eagle Scouts, Biesel challenged them to lead by example.

“Lead by example; mentor others, and congratulations to all the new Eagle Scouts. God bless you, your families and the Navy and the finest country on the earth,” Biesel said. “I am really, really honored. Thank you for this distinguished Eagle Scout award. It has been a great pleasure serving this great nation as a naval officer.”

The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award was implemented in 1969 and since that time approximately 1,793 nominations have been approved. Only the local council of the Eagle Scout’s principal residence may nominate. Nominations may not be made for posthumous awards.

“I am really, really honored. Thank you for this distinguished Eagle Scout award,” Biesel said. “It has been a great pleasure serving this great nation as a naval officer.”

Distinguished Eagle Scouts include former President Gerald R. Ford, former Chiefs of Naval Operations Adm. Jay L. Johnson, Adm. Carlisle Trost and Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, Jr.; astronauts and naval aviators Neil Armstrong and Capt. James Lovell and Secretaries of Defense Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld.

Biesel enlisted in the Navy in 1975 and attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) in Newport, R.I. Following NAPS, he graduated with honors from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1980 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and was designated a naval submarine warfare officer in 1983.

Following nuclear power training, he completed sea assignments aboard USS Lapon (SSN 661), USS Michigan (SSBN 727-Blue), USS Annapolis (SSN 760) and a command tour aboard USS Philadelphia (SSN 690). He has also served on numerous staffs and as commander of Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Wash. Prior to assuming command at Navy Region Midwest, he served on the staff of the chief of naval operations in programming and budgeting.

For more news from Commander, Navy Region Midwest/Naval Station Great Lakes, visit www.navy.mil/local/midwest/.

The following story was written by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Thomas J. Miller.

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New Council: Lewis and Clark Council

Posted on 07 January 2009 by Dan

Last night the consolidation between Okaw Valley Council and Trails West Council was approved by both Councils.

The new Council will be known as Lewis and Clark Council and will be headquartered in Belleviille, Illinois.

Scouting News had brought word of a possible merger of these two Councils back in October of 2008.

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Press Release: KWizCom Makes Donation to Cub Scouts

Posted on 05 January 2009 by Dan

“Who would dream a web-component company from a different country would help us? But that’s exactly what KWizCom did!” exclaims Rob Potthoff, the IT Manager for the Yorkville Pack 340 website.

The Illinois Yorkville Pack 340, like other Cub Scout packs across America, is dedicated instilling in their “cubs” a strong backbone of values and morals that will help the boys of today create a brighter future tomorrow.

Cub Scouts is a year round family program designed for boys 7-10 years of age. Parents, leaders and organizations work together to attain the goals of scouting which include citizenship training, character development and physical development of the boys. Boy Scouts are for older boys, ages 11-17.

In September 2008 the Yorkville Pack decided to put together a website, a virtual campfire if you will, around which the Yorkville community could gather. A website is an effective way to detail activities and layout the pack schedule so that the community can organize successful events. The pack particularly needed a calendar for their website.

Unfortunately, like with so many other good causes the scout pack has a minimal budget with which to actualize their goals.

KWizCom’s SharePoint Calendar Plus was the perfect solution for the website but it was beyond the pack budget. The web part, especially designed for customizations would enable(among other things) connections to any number of SharePoint lists of any type on any location and grant one consolidated view of all aggregated events.

Learning of Rob’s need, KWizCom made the decision to help and donate the Calendar Plus web part to the Yorkville 340 Scout Pack.

Nimrod Geva, KWizCom’s VP Sales and Marketing explains: “We believe in supporting good causes and community building is an important one. What could be better than investing in children? We are a global community and we are happy to give anything we can to help the children of today make tomorrow brighter for us all. Calendar Plus for one community may not be a big thing but we believe that every little bit counts and are happy to do our part”.

Jeffery J. Shawl, Cub Master says, “In the Scout Oath we pledge ‘To help other people at all times’. It warms my heart to see a high-tech company do exactly that”.

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Scouting Program Takes Life Again in Iraq

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Scouting Program Takes Life Again in Iraq

Posted on 05 December 2008 by Dan

This story originally appeared on Task Force Mountain on December 2nd, 2008. The article was written and photo taken by Staff Sergent Michael Sauret.

On Saturday afternoons, a fenced-in patch of land outside Camp Victory becomes a ground for children to play and participate in their community.

Young girl scouts sit around a table to decorate arts and crafts. Some of their eyes barely make it over the tabletop as service members show them how to paint with a brush. The boy scouts hurl dodge balls at one another, while others learn how to build a fire using just twigs.

It looks like all fun and games, but there is much at stake for these young Iraqis.

“You can look around and, if nothing else, you are doing something good here because you are creating a positive impact for Iraqi families and the children,” said Lt. Cmdr. Eric Fretz, who is helping bring the scouting program back to life after almost two decades of neglect in Iraq.

“We can work together and create this great program for these kids, and then they get all kinds of good life skills out of it,” added Fretz, who is from Southgate, Michigan.

The scouting movement was revitalized in 2004 by the Green Zone Council, which was formed by a group of Coalition forces in Baghdad who saw value in having Iraqi children involved with their communities. Fretz learned about the council in March and wanted to help out, but logistically it was impossible for him to participate on a regular basis because Baghdad is a 30-minute convoy ride from Camp Victory, which is where Fretz is stationed.

Though disheartened, Fretz didn’t want to give up.

“It’s kind of a big deal for me. I was a scout from the lowest level of cub scouts since I was a youth, all the way to Eagle Scout. And when you get your Eagle Scout, you basically get what is called the Eagle Charge, which is to give back to scouting for the rest of your life,” he said.

Committed, Fretz and other passionate service members decided to start their own Victory Base Council, which brings Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen together with schoolchildren from areas in southern Baghdad. The group began with just a few dedicated volunteers, plus a few other service members who helped out whenever possible.

“I was like the lens that focused everybody else’s energies, so you know, yeah, the lens is important, but without those thousands beams of light of those other people’s energy to focus, I’ve got nothing,” said Fretz, a signal officer with Multi-National Corps – Iraq.

Now, the council has grown to nearly 200 members with more than 120 volunteers on Victory Base Complex. More than 60 of those members are active on a monthly basis.

“After I went out to scout the first time, I was hooked. I am not sure who gets more out of the scouting activities, me or the kids,” agreed 1st Lt. Stephanie Flowers, Champagne, Illinois, a member of the 11th Signal Brigade, which provides strategic communications services units throughout Multi-National Division – Center.

As much fun as the adults are having with the program, they all understand who the true focus is.

“That’s where we’re going to rebuild Iraq, is with the children. It’s with the children where you’re going to start,” said Sgt. 1st Class Nevin Gordner, a scout master from Hughesville, Pa., and member of the 398th Command Sustainment Support Battalion.

The service members volunteer their time every Saturday to teach up to 80 children valuable scouting lessons and new sport activities. Often the kids will outnumber the adults, but the volunteer service members look forward to that.

“I love working with children, and I have many wonderful memories from the 12 years I was a Girl Scout when I was growing up. I’d like to see these children grow up with wonderful memories and learn new skills,” said Staff Sgt. Lani Yearicks, of Gwinn, Michigan., a member of the 10th Mountain Division Band.

As part of the program the volunteers organize at least one scout craft, a team-building exercise and rotate between sports, including soccer, football, ultimate Frisbee and even archery.

“They don’t really have the same setup as we do in terms of handbooks and whatnot,” Fretz said. “We bring in the American knowledge of scouting and how we do things, and we blend that with the Iraqi ideas … So we create sort of a hybrid program.”

Iraq had a scouting program up until the 1980s, but the World Organization Scouting Movement decertified the program after they realized Saddam Hussein was using it to train children as paramilitary youths.

“Perhaps the term, ‘Hitler Youth’ is too strong, but it was something like that,” Fretz said.

For roughly 20 years following decertification, the scouting movement simply didn’t exist in Iraq. Now, it’s back to the beginning stages of a project; a project that is steadily moving forward. The council members are also working with scouting adults so they may continue the project once Coalition forces withdraw from the country.

“I think my biggest mission for the next eight months is probably to get the Iraqi adults more involved so that they’re actually teaching and running the program,” said Maj. Cheryl Hanke, a scout pack leader from St. Louis, who will replace Fretz when he redeploys soon.

It took several months of multiple meetings and socializing and trust building with Iraqi leaders and schoolteachers before the council began working. Leaders then needed to find a site, which happened to be a junkyard once filled with tires and scrap metal.

When an Iraqi counterpart told Fretz this place would become their scout camp one day, Fretz originally scoffed. Now, he says he’s astounded by everyone’s collaboration to make scouting a possibility.

“If you told me that I had to sacrifice five years off my life in order to preserve what we’ve done here, I would do it in a heartbeat. It’s that important to me,” Fretz said.

To support this scouting program in southern Baghdad, please visit: www.victorybasecouncil.org.

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Trails West Council Discussing Possible Merger with Okaw Valley Council

Posted on 28 October 2008 by Dan

According to The Telegraph, Trails West Council is discussing the possibility of a merger with Okaw Valley Council.

A committee of the Wood River-based Trails West Council of the Boy Scouts of America will meet Wednesday in Edwardsville to discuss the possible merger with the Belleville-based Okaw Valley Council.

Bill Barlow, president of the Trails West executive board, said nothing has been decided just yet. Okaw Valley representatives approached Trails West about the possible merger, he said.

Boy Scouts Area Director Frank Wallace said that within the last two months, the Okaw Valley Scout executive job became vacant, driving renewed talk of consolidation.

Mr. Jim Gilbert, former Okaw Valley Scout Executive, was promoted to the National Office’s strategic planning office, as of October 1st, 2008.

It is fairly standard protocol that when a Scout Executive position is vacant the possibility of a merger with a neighboring council is explored. However, according to the article, Area Director Frank Wallace stated that “There’s no agenda from the national council or regional council.”

The article goes on to explain that the consolidation committee which has been exploring the benefits and possible consequences of a merger and will present its findings to the Trails West Executive Board on Wednesday. If the board votes to proceed, a vote of the Council membership will follow.

You can read the whole article at:
Boy Scout councils may merge

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