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Occoneechee Council, BSA Introduces Historic Merit Badge Program

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Occoneechee Council, BSA Introduces Historic Merit Badge Program

Posted on 20 April 2010 by Dan

The Occoneechee Council has announced that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is now offering four historic merit badges in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the founding of BSA.  Scouts will have the opportunity to earn merit badges in Signaling, Tracking, Pathfinding, and Carpentry.  The merit badges became available April 1.  Scouts must complete the badge requirements by December 31, 2010.

“It is so great to give Scouts the opportunity to earn such unique and historic badges,” said John Akerman, Scout Executive of the Occoneechee Council.  “Since these merit badges are no longer offered on a regular basis, Scouts will be able to go back to their roots and understand what early Boy Scouts had to go through to earn their badges.  I think it will be a challenging yet rewarding experience.  It will really help Scouts appreciate modern technology that earlier Boy Scouts had to do without.”

Each of the badges features a special gold border in honor of the Centennial year and will count toward a Scout’s rank advancement.  Sample requirements to earn the badges include demonstrating the use of tools and building a simple piece of home furniture.  The BSA has provided additional guides to explain each badge and requirements for more information.    

“This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Scouts,” says Akerman.  “Three of these badges were discontinued in the 1950’s. Scouts should take pride in earning these historic badges, since this chance will be gone in December.”
The Signaling badge was first offered in 1910 and discontinued in 1992.  The BSA began offering Tracking, Pathfinding and Carpentry in 1911, but they were all discontinued in 1952.  

About The Occoneechee Council, Boy Scouts of America
The Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina and serves the following North Carolina counties: Chatham, Cumberland, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Orange, Vance, Wake, and Warren.  The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. 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 Occoneechee Council, visit www.ocscouts.org or call 800-662-7102.

Source: Occoneechee Council Press Release

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North Carolina Boy Scouts Receive Drug Education

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North Carolina Boy Scouts Receive Drug Education

Posted on 07 April 2010 by admin

The famous motto of the Boy Scouts is “Be Prepared”. In today’s modern world it takes on new meaning as teens and youth are constantly bombarded with drug ads in the media as well as celebrity popularization of illicit drugs. However, the Boy Scouts of, North Carolina are setting an example of getting informed about the dangers of drug abuse with the help of Narconon.

Narconon is a non-profit drug prevention, education and rehabilitation organization. One of their key activities is educating youth on the traps of drug abuse. In the same way Scouts learn proper trail markings to stay on the correct path, so they need to learn the truth about drugs to avoid the pitfalls of drug use. It’s statistically proven that children and teens attending Narconon drug education lectures are far less likely to abuse drugs in the future.

This past Monday at Brien, a Narconon Drug Education Specialist for the Carolinas, spoke to 50 scouts ages 12-16 and 15 parents attending the Narconon Drug Education lecture at the Eagle’s Nest Boy Scout Lodge in Mathews, North Carolina. Brien went over the effects of drugs in the body and the truth of what drugs actually do to one. The attendees received copies of the Narconon Drug Education booklet “Ten Things Your Friends May Not Know About Drugs” which details the scientific truth about drugs in a youth-friendly fashion.

The Boy Scouts at the Narconon Drug Education lecture responded enthusiastically to Brien, asking questions and wanting more information. Narconon Drug Education presentations are different in that they require audience participation and relate the material to situations the students actually run into in life. The students then leave the lecture with information they can and do use as has been shown by follow up studies.

Brien also presented two “I Support a Drug-Free Future” T-shirts to Scouts for inviting him to deliver the presentation.

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) North Carolina is a regional hub for illegal drug trafficking. Marijuana is one of the most prevalent drugs in the state as it is grown locally on federal forest lands. Given the high risk of drug exposure to our Carolina youth it is vital that drug education be given high priority in North Carolina and Narconon will continue to deliver drug prevention lectures across the state.

If you would like more information on setting up a Narconon Drug Education lecture in your area contact Narconon at 877-237-3307.

Source: Press Release

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Scouting Commemorates 100th Birthday, Council Celebrates Locally

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Scouting Commemorates 100th Birthday, Council Celebrates Locally

Posted on 31 January 2010 by admin

One hundred years in the making, the Boy Scouts of America is commemorating Scouting and the impact it has had on countless lives nationwide. On Feb. 8, the Old North State Council of the Boy Scouts will celebrate history in the making, their centennial anniversary.

Monday, Feb. 8 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Old North State Council will hold a birthday party at the NewBridge Bank Park in downtown Greensboro, N.C. The price of admission is one can of non-perishable food. The event includes meeting Guilford, the Grasshoppers’ mascot, the taking of a special centennial photo as well as a collection of items for the local time capsule.

“The Boy Scouts has created a foundation for leadership and service to America’s youth,” said John Meeks, executive director for the Old North State Council (ONSC) of the Boy Scouts of America. “Scouting trains our youth to live and work with honesty and character. I feel that Scouting is as fundamental and important today as it was 100 years ago when our journey began.”

A First Class Scout from Troop 42 in High Point couldn’t agree more, “Scouting has made a big impact on my life. My father taught me the Scout Law at the age of six,” said Michael Founds. “I am so excited to be a part of this anniversary in Scouting. I know it’s going to continue to play a role in my life now and in the future.”

More information about the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary can be found at www.scouting.org/100years. For more information about what the Old North State Council is doing locally for the anniversary, visit www.100yearsofncscouting.org.

For those Boy Scouts of America members interested in attending the birthday celebration, please enter NewBridge Bank Park only by the Bellemeade St. Gate.

The Old North State Council, headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., covers an eight-county area, including Alamance, Caswell, Davie, Davidson, Guilford, Person, Randolph and Rockingham counties. The council serves over 10,000 young people annually in the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing and Learning for Life programs. For more information, please visit www.bsaonsc.org.

About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving nearly 4.7 million young people between 7 and 20 years of age with more than 300 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.

Source: Old North State Council Press Release.

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