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BSA Honors Anniversary of 9/11 Through Service and Remembrance

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BSA Honors Anniversary of 9/11 Through Service and Remembrance

Posted on 01 September 2011 by Press Release

For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has honored the United States during times of remembrance—encouraging all members to serve and contribute to the common good. Leading up to Sept. 11, when the United States of America marks the 10-year anniversary of one of the darkest days in the nation’s history, the Boy Scouts of America will once again honor the country through focused acts of service as part of Scout Surge 9/11.

Between Sept. 1 and Sept. 10, in communities throughout the nation, Scouts are encouraged to “surge” by undertaking service projects to honor those affected by the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Scout units will participate in a variety of activities ranging from American flag retirement ceremonies to projects that recognize and assist local first responders in honoring the memory of the first responders and others who sacrificed so much on 9/11.

“For the past 100 years, in times of trial, triumph, and remembrance, millions of Scouts have honored our nation through service,” Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca said. “Just as they did 10 years ago, when Scouts mobilized and collected more than 150,000 bottles of water for ground zero rescue workers, our Scouts are encouraged to surge into action and complete focused service projects in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001.”

On Sept. 11, Scout units will invite their local communities to remember the 10th anniversary of the events by gathering to watch the movie New York Says Thank You. Started in 2003 at the suggestion of a 5-year-old boy, each year around the 9/11 anniversary, the New York Says Thank You Foundation sends hundreds of volunteers from New York City along with disaster survivors from across the country to help rebuild communities recovering from disaster. The movie chronicles the group’s efforts and features the group helping rebuild the Little Sioux Scout Ranch in Iowa, which was devastated by a 2008 tornado.

“The BSA is committed to improving the lives of young people, families, communities, and the nation—with an emphasis on service,” said Jeff Parness, founder of the New York Says Thank You Foundation. “New Yorkers will never forget what people all across the United States did for us in the days, weeks, and months following 9/11. We are proud to work with the Scouts with the shared goal of honoring and remembering the events of Sept. 11, 2001.”

Scouts are encouraged to use social media to spread the word of their projects in their local communities and beyond. They also can post service project ideas and event pictures on http://www.scoutsurge911.org/ or their council’s Facebook page. Scouts looking for additional ideas and ways to make an impact can find more information on http://www.actionamerica.com/. More information concerning New York Says Thank You is available at http://www.newyorksaysthankyoumovie.com/.

 

About the New York Says Thank You Foundation
Started in 2003 at the suggestion of a 5-year-old boy, the New York Says Thank You Foundation has grown into the nation’s largest direct-service volunteer organization focused on the 9/11 anniversary. Each year around the 9/11 anniversary, the New York Says Thank You Foundation sends hundreds of volunteers from New York City along with disaster survivors from across the country to help rebuild communities around the United States recovering from disaster. For more information, please visit http://www.newyorksaysthankyou.org/.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America prepares young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21, and more than a million volunteers, in nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit http://www.scouting.org/.

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Scouts Show Their Pride in NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

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Scouts Show Their Pride in NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

Posted on 21 March 2010 by Dan

Scouts, Explorers, and leaders were out in full force representing the Boy Scouts at the 2010 New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade! This year’s parade Grand Marshal, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, dedicated the 249th NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade to the Boy Scouts of America in honor of our 100th Anniversary. About a thousand Scouts and leaders came out to march, play in the Scout band, and show their Scouting pride.

Greater New York Councils has a photo album of the day’s festivities on the GNC Website.

Televised video of Scouts in the parade:

Hat Tip: Greater New York Councils

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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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