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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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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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Occoneechee Council Gets Brief on Social Media Marketing

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Occoneechee Council Gets Brief on Social Media Marketing

Posted on 08 August 2009 by admin

strategic guruStrategic Guru Inc., a Triangle-based marketing and communications firm, announced that Chief Brainstormer Carolyn Rhinebarger was the featured presenter to the Boy Scouts of America Occoneechee Council offices in Raleigh last week. Her talk, entitled The Truth About Social Media Marketing, illuminated the issues surrounding the fast-changing world of social media.

Drawing on her experience in leading businesses to sales growth through marketing, Rhinebarger provided a comprehensive talk on the seismic shift taking place in marketing as a result of social networking. Her talk shed light on the effective use of new social media marketing tools, how to develop a successful social media marketing strategy and how to measure the effort.

In 2010, the Boy Scouts of America will celebrate its 100th Anniversary. Rod Frankel, President of Occoneechee Council, states, “Scouting has a long history of traditional values and time tested processes, but Scouting also lives by its motto ‘Be Prepared’. Our council leadership is very grateful that Carolyn has helped us to use current marketing tools in communicating with our audience.”

Rhinebarger is the author of numerous articles on marketing, a speaker on various marketing topics, and has appeared on national radio and television. Her company, Strategic Guru, utilizes new and innovative communication tools to execute successful marketing strategies that help clients achieve sales goals.

“The interest in social media marketing right now is enormous,” said Rhinebarger. “Tools like Twitter and Facebook may seem easy enough but understanding how to use them to effectively achieve your goals is where the learning curve is. This talk addressed that with a step-by-step approach to building a strategy for social media.”

About Strategic Guru
Strategic Guru is a marketing and communications firm that provides full service support for the planning and execution of marketing tactics. They assist businesses to better establish brand identity and name recognition through image and message consistency. Through powerful, targeted marketing messages, Strategic Guru is able to create interest and stimulate inquiry. For more information, visit www.strategicguru.com or call (919) 459-4200.

About Occoneechee Council – BSA
Occoneechee Council represents the Boy Scouts of America in twelve counties of central North Carolina. Over 14,000 youth members and 7,500 adult volunteers are registered in the program. Scouting remains an educational program with an emphasis on building strong character and a respect for the outdoors. For information, visit www.ocscouts.org or call (919) 872-4884.

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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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