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Scouting App Thursday – Helleniechsin

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Scouting App Thursday – Helleniechsin

Posted on 28 April 2011 by Dan

I’m starting a new feature here on Scouting News.  With the increasing number of Scouting related applications for phones I’ve decided to feature a new one each week.

This week I’m taking a look at an application called Helleniechsin.  Helleniechsin is an English-Lenape Dictionary of the Lenni Lenape (Delaware Indian) language as spoken by the Moravian Missionaries in the 18th Century for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.  Version 1.0 is currently available in the App Store.

The Helleniechsin App features:

  • An alphabetically indexed dictionary of Lenni Lenape words.
  • Browse words by groups, or as the app calls it “groups”. (ex: trees)
  • Search by Lenni Lenape word.
  • Search by English word.
  • Help section which contains background information, pronunciation guide, grammar guide, and technical help in using the application.

You can find additional information and more screenshots on the Helleniechsin App page in the App Store or on the developer’s website.

At this point I think there are going to be two types of people reading this review:

The first group is thinking, this is all fine and dandy but what does a Lenni Lenape dictionary application have anything to do with Scouting?  Well, the short answer is the Order of the Arrow has a large number of customs and traditions based on the Delaware Indians, or Lenni Lenape.  The Lenni Lenape language is used in ceremonies, vigil names, and sometimes position titles.

The second group is thinking, this is sweet, this is going to make Order of the Arrow Vigil Selection and finding Vigil names so much easier.  I fall in this group, I remember flipping through torn-up photocopied versions of Lenne Lenape dictionaries looking for just the right name.

Overall, the Heleniechsin app looks like a great resource for the Scouting and Order of the Arrow community!  The developer of Helleniechsen is a long-term Scouter and an Order of the Arrow Vigil member.  You can see the other Scouting related applications he has developed at http://www.scoutapps.net/

 Helleniechsin - ScoutApps.netCheck out Helleniechsin today and let us know what you think of it below in the comments!

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BSA iPhone Merit Badge Sash Application

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Merit Badges Will Be Going Mobile With New iPhone App

Posted on 15 December 2010 by Dan

BSA iPhone Merit Badge Sash ApplicationBeginning in early 2011, Boy Scouts will be able to manage their merit badges with an interactive application for the Apple iPhone. The application which will be available for $1.99 through the iTunes Store, will let Scouts review merit badge requirements, keep track of their progress by requirement, and even share their success on Facebook.

“Boys are notoriously bad at paperwork and famously good at technology. This app will help Scouts keep up with their advancement and undoubtedly spur them on to achieve even more,” said Bob Wiemers, team leader for Publishing & Printing Solutions.

The app’s home screen shows the total number of badges the Scout has completed and started. With a few taps, he can check the requirements for any badge, find links to related websites and resources, and record the requirements he has completed. He can also post his results to Facebook from within the application.

If a Scout has already purchased The Boy Scout Handbook – Boy Scouts of America app, which appeared in 2009, it will automatically be imported into the new app. The handbook app is also available for purchase through the merit badge app for $7.99.

The merit badge app is about more than just merit badges. It also includes an RSS aggregator that pushes Scouting news to the owner’s phone.

Source: ProSpeak Best Practices Dec 2010

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New Boy Scout Handbook Is 21st Century Guide for Life

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New Boy Scout Handbook Is 21st Century Guide for Life

Posted on 11 August 2009 by admin

The Centennial Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook unveiled by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) prepares the 21st century Scout for new technology while celebrating the organization’s rich heritage. The 475-page paperback features nostalgic illustrations from the previous 11 editions alongside references to emerging technology and expanded online information.

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Touted by some Scouts as the ultimate adventure manual, the 12th edition Handbook teaches preparedness and responsibility in both traditional and new ways: think compass and GPS devices, tying a knot as well as a necktie, and first aid and Internet safety. For the first time, the printed Handbook is accompanied by an online site, www.bsahandbook.org, which contains expanded content and illustrations on handbook topics and advancement requirements.

“The Handbook – like our organization – adopts new and modern methods while maintaining the message of preparedness, responsibility and self-reliance,” said Boy Scouts of America Chief Scout Executive Robert Mazzuca. “Earlier Scouts earned merit badges in bee farming, blacksmithing, and signaling, but now our Scouts work on 21st century subjects like composite materials, nuclear science, and oceanography.”

Other features of the 12th edition Boy Scout Handbook include:

— A first-ever iPhone application of the iconic guide available in September
— 100-percent recycled paper printed using environmentally friendly processes, creating the first-ever “green” edition
— Tips on long-term personal financial management and budgeting
— Expanded sections on nutrition and physical fitness
— Updated information on bullying, hazing, physical violence, and avoiding Internet dangers
— A nostalgic look of past handbooks with 21st century technology
— A Spanish version will be available in December

The 12th edition Handbook was written by Robert Birkby, an Eagle Scout and former conservation director at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Birkby also authored the previous two editions and the BSA Fieldbook. A lifelong Scouting and outdoor enthusiast, Birkby has traveled the world on mountaineering expeditions and backpacking adventures. Birkby is a respected outdoor leader, writer, and expert in trail construction and maintenance. He is also the author of Lightly on the Land and Mountain Madness.

In celebration of the BSA’s centennial, the new edition of the Handbook models the first edition in its three main categories:

— Scoutcraft –Preparing for Scouting’s adventures and for life
— Woodcraft –Understanding, appreciating, and caring for nature

— Campcraft –Learning skills useful along the trail, in camp, and beyond

The 12th edition Boy Scout Handbook is available in Scout shops across the country and online at www.scoutstuff.org. Since its first printing in 1910, the Boy Scout Handbook has sold more than 40 million copies. Additional information about the Handbook is available at www.bsahandbook.org.

About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving more than 4.1 million youth between the ages of 7 and 20, with more than 300 councils throughout the United States and its territories, the BSA is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization comprises 1.2 million volunteers, whose dedication of time and resources has enabled the BSA to remain the nation’s leading youth-serving organization. For more information on the BSA, please visit www.scouting.org.

More information about 100 Years of Scouting can be found at www.scouting.org/100years.

SOURCE Boy Scouts of America

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