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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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Missouri’s Lt. Governor Kinder Recognizes 100th Anniversary of the BSA

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Missouri’s Lt. Governor Kinder Recognizes 100th Anniversary of the BSA

Posted on 05 February 2010 by Dan

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder today honored the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) by celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Scouting.

“Today, I am proud to honor the Boy Scouts of America on this tremendous milestone,” Lt. Governor Kinder said. “Missouri has a rich history with Scouting and with the corporate and civic leaders who once wore the uniform of a Scout. Today, many of us are reminded of our solemn oath: duty to God and country, duty to others, and duty to self.”

Lt. Governor Kinder earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1969 as a member of BSA Troop 3 sponsored by Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau. He was presented the award in February of 1970 at the BSA court of honor hosted by the Southeast Missouri Council. The class was named in honor of Senator Stuart Symington.

There are six BSA councils located in the state of Missouri. The BSA’s birthday is celebrated annually on February 8, marking the date of incorporation in 1910.

In the fall of 2009, The Great Rivers Council of BSA announced that Lt. Governor Kinder was being awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. The recognition is given to Eagle Scouts who have distinguished themselves in their life work and who give back to their communities. The award has been bestowed upon less than 2,000 of the 2 million Eagle Scouts who have attained the rank in the 100 years of Scouting.

Lt. Governor Kinder will be given the award at a ceremony in Jefferson City on April 6, 2010.

For more information on the Boy Scouts of America visit: http://www.scouting.org. For more information on the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award visit http://www.nesa.org/distinguishedaward.html

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Teens “Venture” Out at Missouri Zoo

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Teens “Venture” Out at Missouri Zoo

Posted on 07 January 2010 by admin

Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Missouri is partnering with Boy Scouts of America’s Venturing program for the Zoo Venture Crew.

Venturing at Dickerson Park Zoo will provide youth opportunities to understand husbandry of exotic animals. Venture Crew members will assist zookeepers with daily animal feedings and exhibit cleaning. Additionally, participants will be actively engaged in the zoo’s animal enrichment program through research, development, observation and data entry.

An open house for information on the Zoo Venture Crew will be at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 12, at the Ozark Trails Council Headquarters (Sunshine Street and Hwy 65, across from Harter House). The open house is free, but registration is requested. Please call April Marler, 417-833-4138.

Venturing is a youth development program of Boy Scouts of America. The program is open to males and females ages 14-20 years old (students must have completed the 8th grade). Youth interested in the Zoo Venture Crew must apply and submit recommendations from two teachers. Application forms and instructions are posted on the zoo’s Web site, www.dickersonparkzoo.org.

Dickerson Park Zoo is a division of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

Source: Dickerson Park Zoo Press Release

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Thief Robs Boy Scout Christmas Tree Lot at Gunpoint

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Thief Robs Boy Scout Christmas Tree Lot at Gunpoint

Posted on 05 December 2009 by Dan

http://www.fox2now.com has a story about a Boy Scout Christmas Tree Lot being robbed at Gun Point.

 

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Eagle Scout Used Training and Knowledge To Act Quickly

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Eagle Scout Used Training and Knowledge To Act Quickly

Posted on 14 November 2009 by Dan

Kaleb-KeithWDAF-TV out of Kansas City, Missouri, featured a story about an Eagle Scout who noticed the signs of Carbon Monoxide poisoning and was able to get his family out of his house and to safety.

 

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Lt. Governor Kinder to be honored with Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

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Lt. Governor Kinder to be honored with Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

Posted on 25 August 2009 by admin

Lt. Governor Peter KinderThe Great Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the National Eagle Scout Association have selected Lt. Governor Peter Kinder as a recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Lt. Governor Kinder was notified of the honor by the Great Rivers Council earlier this month.

“I am humbled and honored by this award,” Lt. Governor Kinder said. “For 100 years, the Boy Scouts have been instilling discipline, patriotism and the drive for success in young men across our nation. I am grateful for the leaders who took time to instill these virtues into my life while growing up in Cape Girardeau.”

Lt. Governor Kinder earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1969 as a member of Boy Scout Troop 3 sponsored by Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau. In February of 1970, Lt. Governor Kinder attended the Boy Scout court of honor hosted by the Southeast Missouri Council. The class was named in honor of Senator Stuart Symington.

The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award is granted to Eagle Scouts who have distinguished themselves in their life work and who give back to their communities. The award has been bestowed upon less than 2,000 of the 2 million Eagle Scouts who have attained the rank in the 100 years of scouting.

According to officials from the Great Rivers Council, with this award Missouri will become the only state in the union in which both top statewide elected officials are Distinguished Eagle Scout Award recipients.

Lt. Governor Kinder will be presented with the award at a ceremony next spring in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.

Source: Office of Missouri Lieutenant Governor News Release (pdf)

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NESA selects Gov. Nixon to receive Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

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NESA selects Gov. Nixon to receive Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

Posted on 08 August 2009 by admin

Gov-NixonOfficials with the Great Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America have notified Gov. Jay Nixon that he has been selected to receive the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (DESA). Of those Scouts who have attained the rank of Eagle Scout, fewer than one in 1,000 have received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

“Scouting had a tremendous impact on my life growing up in DeSoto, and taught me lessons and values I carry to this day,” Gov. Nixon said. “I am deeply honored to receive this award, and thank the National Eagle Scout Association and the Great Rivers Council. Each February when I participate in the ceremony in the Capitol rotunda to honor the newest Eagle Scouts in the Great Rivers Council, I am even more assured of the role that Scouting has in developing our next generation of leaders.”

Gov. Nixon attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1969 at the age of 13 as part of Troop 559 in DeSoto. That same year, he attended the National Scout Jamboree at Farragut State Park in Idaho.

The award will be presented by the Great Rivers Council on behalf of the National Eagle Scout Association and the Boy Scouts of America during 2010 as part of the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. The Great Rivers Council is headquartered in Columbia and covers 33 counties in central and north central Missouri. The National Eagle Scout Association grants the award upon the recommendation by a local council and subsequent selection by a committee of nationally prominent DESA recipients.

Nationally notable recipients of the award have included astronauts Neil Armstrong and Jim Lovell, former President Gerald Ford, Congressman Ike Skelton and former Congressman Richard Gephardt, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, adventurer Steven Fossett, and film director Steven Spielberg.

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2008 Report to Nation Delegation

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Two Missourians Selected for BSA Report to the Nation

Posted on 25 February 2009 by admin

2008 Report to Nation DelegationFor the first time, two youth from the same council will be part of the delegation selected to present the Boy Scouts of America’s annual Report to the Nation in Washington, D.C. Eagle Scout Jack O’Neill, 19, and Amanda Vogt, 19, hold two of Scouting’s highest national youth offices while representing the Greater St. Louis Council.

The BSA’s Report to the Nation is presented annually by a delegation of youth from across the nation. The Report highlights the BSA’s achievements during the past year, including progress on Scouting initiatives that address national service, conservation, healthy living, and community involvement.

Jack O’Neill serves as national chief of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s national honor society and serves on the BSA National Executive Board. He is a Vigil Honor member and past section chief of the Order, and served with the Instructor Corps for ArrowCorps5. Jack said that he aims to “further the idea of conservation through the legacy of ArrowCorps5, the BSA’s largest service project since World War II.” A graduate of Vianney High School in St.

Louis, Jack is a sophomore at the University of Missouri in Columbia, pursuing a degree in personal financial planning. As national Venturing president, Amanda Vogt also serves on the BSA National Executive Board and works with regional Venturing presidents and national boatswains to promote and support Venturing. Amanda joined the Venturing program five years ago because of her love of outdoor activities like camping, sailing, and whitewater rafting. “It was that sense of adventure, and I just fell in love with the program,” she said. Amanda is a sophomore at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., and a graduate of Marquette High School in West St. Louis County.

“Our countries enduring strength is as a result of dedicated young people like Amanda and Jack,” said Robert Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. “These two young people are the leaders for the next generation.”

The BSA selects a group of young men and young women representing the Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing programs to present the organization’s annual Report to the Nation. The delegates are representatives of the millions youth who participate in the BSA’s values-driven programs and are selected by merit and achievement for faithfully representing Scouting’s ideals, the Scout Oath, and the Scout Law.

Joining Jack and Amanda in the delegation that will present the 2008 Report to the Nation are Douglas Buck of Maryland, Cameron Clark of Pennsylvania, Javier Castillo of North Carolina, Tory D. Green of Alabama, and Ruben Hipolito of California. Keith and Linda Clark of Pennsylvania will serve as the host couple for the group.

During the five-day trip, the delegation is scheduled to meet with dignitaries at the White House, the U.S. Supreme Court, Arlington National Cemetery, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the Pentagon, and Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. The delegation also is scheduled to tour various historical sites in and around Washington, D.C.

In 2008, the BSA kicked off its multiyear 100th Anniversary Celebration. Over the next two years,
the BSA will reintroduce America to the contributions Scouting makes in communities across the country and the positive impact Scouting has on millions of young people. The 100th Anniversary Celebration will include major national events, activities, and initiatives to engage more than 4 million youth and volunteers, an estimated 50 million Scouting alumni, and the general public.

About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving nearly 4.1 million young people between the ages of 7 and 20 with more than 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories, the Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

The following was a press release issued by the National Council.

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Coronado Area Council Selects New Program Director and Camp Director

Posted on 25 November 2008 by Dan

The Coronado Area Council is pleased to announce the two significant personnel changes. Gary Shoemaker has been promoted to the position of Program and Outreach Director and Rex Lowe has agreed to serve as the 2009 Camp Hansen Director for Boy Scout Resident Camp.

Effective January 1, 2009, Gary will be responsible for managing year-round camp operations and council-level program support as well as coordinating council outreach programs and retaining direct management of outreach programs in Salina.

Gary has served as District Director of the Three Rivers District for our council since his arrival here in 1999. He began his career with the Boy Scouts of America as a District Executive for the Heart of America Council, Kansas City, Missouri in 1989. Gary later went on to serve as a Senior District Executive in the Samoset Council in Wausau, Wisconsin and the Kanza Council in Hutchinson, Kansas. Following the 1997 merger of the Kanza and Quivira Council in Wichita, Kansas, Gary continued to serve as a Senior District Executive until his arrival in Salina, Kansas. He was responsible for camp operations during his tenure with the Kanza Council and developed innovative outreach programs to reach under-served youth in the Samoset Council and most recently in the Three Rivers District.

Rex has served Camp Hansen admirably as Camp Ranger for 18 years . He will continue to serve as the year-round Camp Ranger at Camp Hansen.

Summer camp is a family activity for the Lowe’s. Rex, Patty, Donald, Trevor, and Emily (who was branded the “camp mascot” last summer) have all pitched in to make summer camp the best it can be for our Scouts and leaders. Rex will provide outstanding leadership and organization for the 2009 Hansen summer camp staff.

Please join the Coronado Area Council in congratulating both of these fine individuals on their new responsibilities

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