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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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Pennsylvania Union Leader Criticized Over Eagle Scout Project Threats

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Pennsylvania Union Leader Criticized Over Eagle Scout Project Threats

Posted on 19 November 2009 by admin

An update to the story about the City of Allentown, and the union eyeing up an Eagle Project that took place in a city park.

Fox News has an update about the situation:

Nick Balzano, president of the Service Employees International Union’s Allentown chapter, said last week that the union might file a grievance against the city for allowing 17-year-old Kevin Anderson to clear the hiking trail, instead of paying some of the 39 recently laid-off SEIU members to do the work.

Balzano’s office did not return messages left by FoxNews.com, but the Morning Call quoted him as telling the city council that the union would be “looking into the Cub Scout or Boy Scout who did the trails … There’s to be no volunteers.”

SEIU spokesman Matt Nerzig called Balzano’s comments “completely unauthorized and insensitive” and said the union was “not at all” considering a grievance in this case.

Read the whole story at Fox News.

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Union Eyes Eagle Project

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Union Eyes Eagle Project

Posted on 16 November 2009 by Dan

The Morning Call has an article about an Eagle Scout project that has caused some problems with a local union:

In pursuit of an Eagle Scout badge, Kevin Anderson, 17, has toiled for more than 200 hours hours over several weeks to clear a walking path in an east Allentown park.

Little did the do-gooder know that his altruistic act would put him in the cross hairs of the city’s largest municipal union.

Nick Balzano, president of the local Service Employees International Union, told Allentown City Council Tuesday that the union is considering filing a grievance against the city for allowing Anderson to clear a 1,000-foot walking and biking path at Kimmets Lock Park.

“We’ll be looking into the Cub Scout or Boy Scout who did the trails,” Balzano told the council.

Read the whole story at The Morning Call.

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Green Bay Decking Supports Pennsylvania Boy Scout, VFW Park Project

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Green Bay Decking Supports Pennsylvania Boy Scout, VFW Park Project

Posted on 16 September 2009 by Dan

vfw deckGreen Bay Decking, LLC, The Composite Solutions Company, has joined local Springfield, Pennsylvania individuals, clubs, and businesses to help support the construction of a handicapped-accessible fishing pier at Stanley Snyder Wildlife Park. Representatives from Green Bay Decking and local GeoDeck contractors will be in attendance at a special pier-building and dedication event to take place at Stanley Snyder Wildlife Park on Saturday, September 19, 2009.

The pier construction project is being led by 15-year-old Eagle Scout candidate Jack Grimm III and is the result of a unique collaboration between Boy Scouts of America Troop 571 and the Stanley Snyder Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7465. Almost a year after VFW created the five-acre pond and park, the partnership between Jack Grimm and his fellow Boy Scouts, the VFW and Green Bay Decking allows the VFW to finally realize the larger vision of a handicapped-accessible fishing pier which could accommodate able-bodied, disabled, and handicapped veterans equally.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to donate our GeoDeck composite decking product, our expertise, and our support to this special project,” said PeggySue Márquez-Kelly, Green Bay Decking v.p. sales and marketing. “It is our honor to help Jack reach his goal of Eagle Scout and help the VFW build this fishing pier for the Springfield community.”

Installation of approximately 400 square feet of GeoDeck decking boards and final pier construction will begin at 8 a.m. ET on September 19, 2009, at Stanley Snyder Wildlife Park in Springfield, Pennsylvania. The pier dedication ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET. Local media is invited to attend.

Contact Ron Donlan, wildlife park coordinator, for more information, including directions to the park, complete schedule, and pier dedication event details.

About Green Bay Decking, LLC:
Green Bay Decking, The Composite Solutions Company, is owned by a Green Bay, WI-based team of professionals with successful track records in operations, manufacturing, and distribution. Their flagship product, GeoDeck™ composite decking and railing system, is the result of extensive research and development. It is low maintenance, easy to install, and resistant to mold and decay. In addition, GeoDeck has superior color retention and best-in-class mechanical strength ratings. GeoDeck is the best overall composite decking solution in the industry – with the science to prove it. GeoDeck is available across the United States and select cities in Canada. For more information, please visit http://www.geodeck.com.

Source: Green Bay Decking Press Release

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Skateboarders Forced to Join Boy Scouts

Posted on 31 October 2008 by Dan

An interesting solution to a temporary skate park’s liability:

A local co-ed Boy Scout troop has agreed to take on the liability of hosting a temporary skate park in the parking lot of a local business – a proposal the council rejected because of liability risks in September.

East Berlin skateboarders will be required to join the troop in order to skate on Bernie Tucker’s property. The offer is open to both boys and girls.

In August, Tucker, who owns Tucker Industrial Liquid Coatings and recently purchased the former site of Tyco Electronics, offered part of a parking lot at the Tyco property for skateboarders until the borough builds a permanent site at its planned recreation park. The offer was made on the condition that the borough take on liability, and it was rejected on that basis.

Disappointed in the council’s decision, Rose Hoffman said she approached the Boy Scouts about finding a solution.

You can read the whole article, To skateboard at East Berlin park, join Boy Scouts, at The Evening Sun.

According to the article the park will be open from dusk to dawn, which I believe is supposed to be dawn to dusk. Parent’s will take turns supervising the temporary skate park, and only card carrying members will be able to skate.

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Woman Charged in Writing Bad Check to Cub Scouts

Posted on 14 January 2008 by Dan

According to a January 11th press release from the Pennsylvania State Police, a Mercersburg women has been charged with writing a bad check to Cub Scouts in Needmore, Pennsylvania.

Michelle Lynn Rank, 31, of Mercersburg, was charged with writing Cub Scout Pack 45 a bad check for $60. The incident occurred July 17. The charge was filed in the Fulton County District Court.

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