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BSA Membership Impact Adds New Membership Specialist

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BSA Membership Impact Adds New Membership Specialist

Posted on 19 April 2011 by admin

The Membership Impact Department is pleased to announce the addition of Rudy Gonzalez to our staff. In this position, Rudy will join the National Council on April 18 as a membership specialist on the Membership Recruitment Team and will be responsible for supporting the team’s primary mission of providing tactical support to local councils in building their capacity to grow and sustain their membership.

Rudy will assist in developing, strategizing, and implementing a comprehensive framework for advancing the full range of diversity and inclusion efforts in local councils.

Rudy began his professional Scouting career in the Sam Houston Area Council as a district executive in 2000, and later was promoted to senior district executive. He joined the Circle Ten Council in 2008 as the district director for the North District.

Rudy is an Eagle Scout and has received the Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow. He currently serves as a troop guide for Circle Ten’s Wood Badge 98 for the 21st Century Wood Badge, held at Philmont Scout Ranch. Rudy was also presented the Honor Medal for unusual heroism in saving the life of a young boy.

Rudy is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural development. He graduated with scholarship support from KPMG Peat Marwick, Go Tejano Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Randall’s Supermarkets, Houston Propeller Club, Houston International Realtors Association, Harrisburg Rotary Club, and USAA.

Source: Scout-Wire News Release

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Houston Business Leader Elected to Serve on World Scout Committee

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Houston Business Leader Elected to Serve on World Scout Committee

Posted on 27 January 2011 by Press Release

Houston energy executive and Sam Houston Area Council board member Dan Ownby will serve as one of a 12-member committee of volunteers from around the world that represents more than 31 million Scouts from 220 countries and territories. His election was made at the recent World Scout Conference in Brazil—where it was also announced the 24th World Scout Jamboree will be held in the United States.

Ownby, a lifelong member of the Scout program, is an Eagle Scout, a member of the Boy Scouts of America’s honor society, Order of the Arrow, and has served in numerous Scouting positions in the Houston area—most recently as chairman of the council’s centennial camporee, SHACJam, which was attended by over 27,000 participants. Ownby is a member of the BSA’s International Committee and the U.S. Foundation for International Scouting, and has been active with international Scouting for over a decade.

His earliest connection with international Scouting dates back to a summer at the Cub Scout day camp in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he became acquainted with two international Scouts visiting from Holland. Much of his adult life has revolved around helping kids in the Scouting program and introducing Scouts from different parts of the world to Scouting opportunities. Ownby was instrumental in establishing an exchange program with Scouts from the Republic of Georgia. Through the 7-year-old exchange program, Scouts from the republic have had the opportunity to work with Scouts at camps in the Houston area, advancing their leadership skills and sharing their culture.

Ownby’s primary goal for the committee is to help nations utilize Scouting to develop their next generation of leaders. He commends the leadership provided by former World Scout Committee Chairman and former BSA National President Rick Cronk, who has laid the groundwork for building a program that will attract young people from around the world.

Ownby and his wife, Allison, reside in the Houston area.

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 www.scouting.org.

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Texas Report to State

Posted on 10 February 2009 by Dan

Boy Scouts from all over Texas converged on Austin to celebrate 99 years on Saturday. The 60th anniversary of the parade consisted of 3,000 scouts. After the parade, which ends at the State Capital, the Scouts made their Report to the State.

Austin American-Statesman Videoor

Fox 7 News Story Video

On Saturday, during the report to the state @CapitolAreaBSA was live tweeting the event on twitter. Here are some of the reports highlights:

– Alamo Area Council reports a successful food drive in 2008, collecting half million lbs food and clothing for needy.
– Bay Area Council Scouts performed 30,000 hours of community service in 2008.
– Buffalo Trails Council’s Soccer and Scouting program grew by 50% in 2008, getting more Hispanic children into Scouting.
– Capitol Area Council reports 9 Scouts in 2008 received heroism, lifesaving or meritorious action awards.
– Circle Ten Council had a council-record 831 Eagle Scouts in 2008.
– East Texas Area Council reports coming together with the community to recover from a Cub Scout parade accident.
– Northwest Texas Council reports renovating Camp Perkins on 2008, to allow more young people the chance to learn about the outdoors.
– Sam Houston Area Council reports holding relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Ike, including more than 14,000 hours of community service.
– Rio Grande Council reports working with the Diabetes Association to create opportunities for children to enjoy physical fitness programs.

Does your Council participate in a Report to the State on Scouting?

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OA Announces 2009 Service Grants

Posted on 02 January 2009 by Dan

Each year the National Order of the Arrow Committee provides matching service award grants for a limited number of Lodge projects. The evaluators consider the innovative scope and design of the project, the number of Scouts impacted by they project, and how the project enhances Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting in the Council.

This year, nine lodges were selected as service grant recipients:

Alibamu Lodge, Tukabatchee Area Council #5 received $3500 for construction of a 300 foot elevated trail through a five acre swamp. The trail will open the camp to hiking and other outdoor activities.

Achewon Nimat Lodge, San Francisco Bay Area Council #28 received $2390 build a mountain biking trail and to buy two new mountain bikes.

Kidi-Kidish Lodge
, Coronado Area Council #192 received $5000 complete a 2.5 mile hiking and biking trail and improve an area of camp for fishing access in order to offer ecology hikes, biking, fishing and other activities to Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Chippewa Lodge, Clinton Valley Council #276 received $4110 to do a total waterfront restoration at Camp Agawam.

Wah-Sha-She Lodge, Ozark Trails Council #306 received $5000 to build a conservation trail, fishing pond and outdoor education area.

Yah-Tay-Hey-Si-Kess Lodge, Great Southwest Council #412 received $5000 to construct four campsite pavilions. The funding will be matched 1:3 bringing the total to $20,000.

Colonneh Lodge, Sam Houston Area Council #576 received $5000 for post Hurricane Ike projects including replacing a bridge, replacing chapel seating, and repairing pavilions.

Awaxaawe Awachia Lodge, Trapper Trails Council #589 received $5000 to build 112 foot long bridge at Camp Fife to facilitate additional camping sites.

Es-Kaielgu Lodge, Inland Northwest Council #611 received $5000 to construct a new BB Gun Range at Cub Country at Cowles Scout Reservation.

You can view past Service Grant Recipients on the National Order of the Arrow Website Service Grant Page.

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