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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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2009 Produces Record Number of Eagle Scouts in Occoneechee Council

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2009 Produces Record Number of Eagle Scouts in Occoneechee Council

Posted on 25 January 2010 by admin

The Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has announced that a total of 414 young men earned their Eagle Scout Award in 2009. That is a nine percent increase over 2008’s total of 380. Earning the rank of Eagle is Scouting’s highest achievement.

“The Occoneechee Council has some of the best new leaders, ready and eager to serve their fellow man, in the very near future,” said John Akerman, Scout Executive for the Occoneechee Council. “Every one of these young men should be proud of their achievement.”

This year Scouting is celebrating its 100th Anniversary and more young men than ever are earning the rank of Eagle Scout and becoming responsible citizens in their communities.

The National Council average for young men earning the Eagle Scout Awards is five percent. The Occoneechee Council’s average is 6.4%.

“We have many results-oriented youth who are very well qualified to lead in their fields of endeavor,” said Edward Miller, Council Advancement Chairman. “That is one of the purposes of Scouting, to train future leaders.”

To achieve the rank of Eagle a Scout must earn a total of 21 merit badges, including 12 that are required. He also must design a Leadership Service Project and lead his fellow Scouts in carrying out that project.

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 ocscouts.org or call 800-662-7102.

Source: Occoneechee Council Press Release.

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Troops Raise Money for N.C. Boy Scouts Service Project

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Troops Raise Money for N.C. Boy Scouts Service Project

Posted on 12 January 2010 by admin

Soldiers counted down the minutes to Christmas as they tallied donated pogs, small circular paper disks used at the Post Exchange instead of coins, for a North Carolina Boy Scout Troop, Dec. 24.

Spc. Rob Campbell with 230th Brigade Support Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, launched the “Pogs for Presents” campaign by placing gift wrapped boxes for pog donations around Forward Operating Base Falcon, here, to support his former Boy Scouts Troop as they raise money for the needy.

“I’m like Santa Claus ringing a bell,” said Campbell. “Only I can’t ring a bell and [the Army] won’t let me wear a Santa suit.”

Troop 223, located in Campbell’s hometown of Southern Pines, N.C., helps needy families by collecting canned goods during the Christmas holiday season.

“I can’t collect can goods, but I can collect money to get the stuff that’s not put in the bins,” said Campbell. “When I was a boy scout it was a big deal for us.”

The former Eagle Scout came up with the idea when he realized that many soldiers did not value the paper coins. He vowed to match the donations dollar for dollar thinking he would raise around $100.

“A lot of [Soldiers] have stacks of [pogs] and unfortunately people don’t really see them as money,” said Campbell. “Everybody’s getting ready to go home and they are packing up and finding them everywhere.”

Campbell tore open the display boxes like a kid on Christmas morning; pouring out a around $214 worth of pogs. The total count was a little more than $265, after adding in cash donations from soldiers that forgot to bring pog donations the day of the count.

“I will go to [the Army Air Force Exchange Service] to [cash-in] the pogs on Christmas and then I will call my wife and tell her to write a check,” said Campbell.

According to Yvonne Ward, AAFES assistant team leader, the pogs can be exchanged at any AAFES location abroad or in the states. The cardboard coins, which display photos of Soldiers of all branches, were adopted in 2002 due to high shipping rates charged on the weight of metal coins.

“It saves taxpayers hundreds of dollars and soldiers can cash them in or take them home for souvenirs,” said Ward.

“I don’t know if it will be a problem cashing them in but I will send the donation regardless,” said Campbell referring to the large amount of pogs donated.

Campbell revealed one Secret Santa when he mentioned that Staff Sgt. Stephanie Brasington of Stafford, Va., gave a donation that almost matched the total value of pogs, raising the amount to $750 for the needy.

“It’s Christmas; to me it just makes sense,” said Brasington.

To Campbell, the importance comes from finding a way to keep his family’s time honored tradition alive even while deployed here in Iraq. His father, brother and uncles were all Eagle Scouts and he said he hopes to continue the legacy.

“I have friends that are involved or will be involved [with the scouts],” Campbell said as he made hand gestures as if he were knocking on wood. “If I have sons one day, I’d like to encourage them to be scouts.”

Story and photo by Spc. Ruth McClary, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team

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12th Edition Boy Scout Handbook

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12th Edition Boy Scout Handbook Cover?

Posted on 11 May 2009 by Dan

12th Edition Boy Scout HandbookLast year it was announced a North Carolina advertising agency, Enventys, had landed a contract with the Boy Scouts of America to redesign the Boy Scout Handbook. Enventys is a Charlotte based product development and creative-marketing company, which was founded in 2001.

Checking out the Enventys’ website, you can see a design of the cover of a Boy Scout Handbook. Is it the 12th edition? The company’s website doesn’t say but the intel seems to point in that direction.

Hat Tip: BoyandGirlScouts.com

Do you think its the 12th Edition Boy Scout Handbook? What do you think?

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bsa-quality-licensee-2008

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BSA Licensing Presents 2008 Quality Licensee Awards

Posted on 10 May 2009 by admin

bsa-quality-licensee-2008The Boy Scouts of America recently awarded its 2008 Quality Licensee Awards. There were three award recipients: A-B Emblem of Asheville, North Carolina; Classb.com of Zephyrhills, Florida;
DK Publishing of New York, New York

A-B Emblem
Internationally recognized designer and manufacturer of embroidered emblems and patches. Look anywhere and you’re bound to see their products. Thousands of organizations around the world, from Fortune 500 companies and NASA to Boy Scout troops and bowling clubs, wear AB emblems. Whether you need fifty pieces or a million, your order will see a level of service and craftsmanship unmatched in their industry.

ClassB.com
ClassB.com brags about their 90 years of combined scouting experience amongst their company’s leadership. Their knowledgeable staff and award winning art department can perfectly meet your vision. They’ve been screen printing custom t-shirts since 1982 and their 27 years of business is a testament to their quality of work and excellent customer service.

DK Publishing
DK Publishing is world renowned for its distinctive, highly visual books that inform, inspire, and entertain readers of all ages. Publisher of the recent New York Times bestsellers Do Not Open, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide among others, DK also publishes the award-winning Eyewitness series for children and Eyewitness Travel Guides. BradyGames and Rough Guides are also available from DK, a division of Penguin Group (USA).

Both DK Publishing and Classb.com recieved the award for the second year in a row.

The Boy Scouts of America Quality Licensee program is designed to recognize licensees that achieve excellence through their commitment to ongoing product development, their steadfast adherence to the licensing program requirements, and their active support and promotion of the Boy Scouts of America and its programs.

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Grand Lodge at Camp Durant

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Chief Scout Executive to Attend Grand Lodge Dedication At Camp Durant

Posted on 09 April 2009 by admin

The Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America will welcome Chief Scout Executive Robert “Bob” Mazzuca North Carolina for the opening of the new Grand Lodge at Camp Durant in Carthage, North Carolina on April 16. The Lodge opening is the culmination of an $8.7 Million Capital Campaign chaired by O. Temple Sloan, Jr. The Occoneechee Council serves 12 North Carolina counties. Camp Durant will serve more than 1,900 Scouts this summer, and a total of 4,000 Scouts this year.

Grand Lodge at Camp DurantLocated immediately above the Harrison Smith Aquatics Facility overlooking beautiful Nello Teer Lake, the 16,000 square-foot Grand Lodge Dining Hall will be the newest and most well-equipped dining facility at any Boy Scout camp in the United States. With seating for more than 700 guests at one time, the Grand Lodge can serve meals to campers quickly and efficiently through four serving lines. The Golden Corral kitchen boasts modern, commercial-grade equipment that will ensure every Scout, Scouter and guest at Camp Durant will receive high-quality and nutritious meals.

The Grand Lodge also features a spacious porch complete with rocking chairs, and easy access to the Camp Durant Snack Bar, the Camp Durant Trading Post and the fully-stocked and staffed Quartermaster Shed.

“The completion of the Grand Lodge is the culmination of efforts to make Camp Durant the best Boy Scout camp in the country,” said Rod Frankel, president of the Occoneechee Council. “The investment made in Camp Durant will serve Scouts for years to come. We are especially excited that Chief Scout Mazzuca has made time in his busy schedule to be part of the celebration.”

Chief Scout Mazzuca has been a professional Scouter for 37 years. He is an Eagle Scout and received the St. Georges Award for Adults (Catholic Church). He has been recognized multiple times for his service to the BSA, including a James E. West Fellow, Heritage Society member, and Baden-Powell Fellow.

As Chief Scout Executive he directs the administration of the organization, which consists of approximately 1,100 National Council employees, 5,800 local Council employees and almost 1.2 million adult volunteers who serve more than 4.5 million youth across the nation.

In addition to the Grand Lodge, other improvements at Camp Durant include ten miles of sewer pipe buried under new roads, a new water source storage unit has been installed, 15 new showers and bathrooms and ten new campsites have been added. The C. Harrison Smith Aquatics Center, training facility, handy craft shelter and pottery kiln, a two acre Blue Cross and Blue Shield activity field, and First Aid Shelter are also new additions.

[b]About the Occoneechee Council[/b]
The Occoneechee Council is the local Boy Scouts of America Council that serves some 20,000 youth and 7,000 adults in central North Carolina. The Occoneechee Council is the largest Boy Scout Council in North Carolina and serves Chatham, Cumberland, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Orange, Vance, Wake and Warren counties. These twelve counties are divided into thirteen districts.

The Council headquarters is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Occoneechee Council operates three year-round camping properties, available for use by the units and districts of the Council and non-Scouting groups. The Occoneechee Scout Reservation, which includes Camp Durant and Camp Reeves, is a 2,400-acre wilderness property in Moore County. The other is Camp Campbell, a primitive camping facility is located on Kerr Lake, in Virginia.

[em]The following was a press release issued by Occoneechee Council. [/em]

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