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Minnesota Scouts Call Space Station Astronauts

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Minnesota Scouts Call Space Station Astronauts

Posted on 05 August 2011 by Press Release

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other students in St. Paul, Minn., will make a special call to the International Space Station on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 12:55 p.m. EDT. This is the first-ever Boy Scout Council/NASA live in-flight education downlink and only the second within Minnesota. It takes place at Base Camp, Northern Star Council’s new facility, located at Fort Snelling. The live, local connection with the International Space Station will feature a 20-minute question-and-answer session with Expedition 28 astronauts Ron Garan Jr., Mike Fossum, and Satoshi Furukawa.

The downlink astronauts will be shown live on Base Camp’s 19’ screen and throughout the 35,000 square foot facility, allowing for hundreds of young people to participate. Many science and space-related activities will also happen that day. Participants will Build mini hover crafts, experience Base Camp’s NASA space shuttle simulator (the Midwest’s only simulator and one of eight in the nation), view the stars in a portable planetarium and more.

The NASA space shuttle simulator was provided by National Aeronautics and Space Administration, C. Jackson Foundation and Total Learning Research Institute, Incorporated. The activities will be provided by The Works, the Minnesota Planetarium and the Boy Scouts.

In preparation for the event, Scouts have been working toward several merit badges related to space exploration (computers, astronomy, weather, etc.) and engaging in aerospace learning experiences, simulations, and research that exposes them to the challenging endeavor of human space exploration. These Scouts attended several events with local partners: the Minnesota Astronomy Department, Twin Cities National Weather Service and Minnesota Amateur Space Modeler Association, among others.

The in-flight education downlink is part of a series with educational organizations in the U.S. and abroad to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects. It is an integral component of Teaching From Space, an agency education program that promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of space and NASA’s human spaceflight program.

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Gone Home Trail Sign

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Gone Home: Scout Collapses While Hiking at Philmont Scout Ranch

Posted on 27 July 2009 by Dan

Gone Home Trail SignThe Northern Star Council and Philmont Scout Ranch Scouting Communities are morning the death of a member of our Scouting family. Timothy Nunn, a fourteen-year-old Scout from Troop 123 in Northern Star Council collapsed while hiking at Philmont Scout Ranch on Friday, July 24, 2009.

According to a statement by the Boy Scouts, the health and safety of participants is a top priority. His group immediately performed CPR until emergency medical personnel from Philmont Scout Ranch and Cimarron, New Mexico, arrived. Unfortunately, despite these efforts, they were unable to resuscitate him.

After being notified of their son’s death, Timmy’s parents flew to New Mexico; they later released the following statement:

Timmy loved Boy Scouts. All preliminary indications are that there is nothing anyone could have done, whether he would have been at home or out on a hike, to save him. God blessed us as parents to have given us Timmy, and God blessed Timmy to have given him Boy Scouts and the opportunity to go to Philmont. He loved Boy Scouts, baseball and his family and he died doing something he loved.

The family encouraged the Scouts in Timmy’s Troop to continue their trek at Philmont, and is postponing their son’s funeral until early August, after the group returns from New Mexico.

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Good Samaritan Scout AKA Sleep out Prince

Posted on 20 January 2009 by Dan

Imagine sleeping outside in a cardboard box during the frigid winter nights in Minnesota to call attention to the plight of the homeless. That is exactly what a Boy Scout from Plymouth, Minnesota Boy Scout has done since he was five years old!


Video Transcript

It’s a typical winter evening in Minnesota…roaring fire, hot cocoa, and freezing temperatures.

Peter Larson: “Good night dad.”

And despite the fact that it’s six below…

Peter’s dad: “You all set Pete? Goodnight.”

… Peter Larson is sleeping outside… in a cardboard box, just as he’s done every winter for the past eight years.

Peter Larson: “If it’s really cold I think about what other people are going through that year.”

Peter spends 45 nights just like this, in a sleeping bag his grandmother made. His humble efforts have raised $85,000 for those without homes. A Cub Scout lecture in first grade inspired the effort.

Peter Larson: “The money I raise goes to a community organization called Interfaith Outreach in Community Partners.”

Jill Kohler, IOCP Development Director: “That’s what Interfaith’s about, trying to maintain stability for families so they can move ahead and advance into a better life. Peter this year has become sort of our poster child of what one person can do.”

“Hi, I’m Peter Larson,…”

Several area restaurants sponsor Peter, and on nights that he works the crowds, they donate half their profits.

Joni Larson, Peter’s Mother: “They call him the sleepout prince. I think that’s kind of funny.”

It’s his church family at Messiah United Methodist that is his biggest supporter.

(Church member) “Who do we make the check out to?”

The Rev. Dick Ellis, Messiah United Methodist Church: “He’s one who will inspire other kids so the talk around here is well, we need to be part of this effort.”

“This should be somewhere over a thousand dollars.”

The money helps people like this single mother from Ethiopia.

Makida Medulahi: “Hi Peter, I’m Makida, nice to meet you… thank you, you did wonderful job.”

Peter hopes his time out in the cold will help others be warmer to their neighbors.

Makida Medulahi: “I want to volunteer myself whenever they need me because it’s changed my life. I want to change somebody’s life too.”

It is obvious from Peter’s dedication, over eight years of giving up the comforts of a warm bed, he is not looking for recognition. However, Peter did receive the national “Good Samaritan” Scouting award for 2008 from United Methodist Men, which recognizes a young person between the age of 12 and 21 who is involved in outreach, humanitarian assistance, or advocacy.

Thanks to UMTV, an initiative of United Methodist Communications for producing this inspirational story.

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