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Texas: Neches River Rendezvous set for June 5

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Texas: Neches River Rendezvous set for June 5

Posted on 28 April 2010 by Dan

Get your canoes ready and your life jackets on! The Neches River Rendezvous is Saturday, June 5th at Temple-Inland’s North Boggy Slough. This scenic 10-mile caonoe trip has something for everyone. Whether you’re a bird watcher, or just need a relaxing day out of the house, the Neches river Rendezvous is for you! This nature tourism event is designed to promote outdoor wilderness adventure in East Texas by framing a day of paddling with the panoramic Neches River and surrounding forests. The event is scheduled for an 8:00 a.m. start, with free shuttle service available to and from the river.

Registration is open!

If you know people interested in this nature tourism event who have not yet registerd, please have them contact the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce with their contact information.

A special thanks to our 2010 Neches River Renezvous Sponsors: Platinum Sponsor – Temple-Inland; Gold Sponsors – Cherokee Industrial Fab., Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau, Morgan Insurance Agency, and What-A-Burger,  Silver Sponsors – Ainsworrh Duncan Homes, Best Buy, Buckeye Construction, Duncan-Two,  Ltd., and Haglund Law Firm; Bronze Sponsors – Angelina Excavating, Inc., Brookshire Brothers, Buddy & Ellen Temple, Merrill Lynch, Morris Air Conditioning and Heating, Office Depot, Regional Physical Therapy Center, Ross Motorsports, Security Guaranty & Abstract, and Texas Metal Casting; Other Sponsors – Angelina Beautiful/Clean, Boy Scouts of America, Deep East Texas Amateur Radio Club, Lufkin Coca-Cola, and Polk Oil Company.

For more information on the Neches River Renezvous, visit http://www.lufkintexas.org/ or contact Tony Moline at (936) 634-6644. 

Source: Press Release

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Houston Texas

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Houston Texas

Posted on 15 March 2010 by Dan

Take a peak around BSA Adventure Base 100 at its stop in Houston, Texas. Meet Eagle Scout, Jacob Pekarek, who is making a big difference protecting South Texas watershed areas with his ambitious Eagle Scout Project.

If you haven’t checked it out, http://adventurebase100.org takes you around the Adventure Base 100 exhibit and allows you to follow the cross country tour. Its a really great website!

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in San Antonio, Texas

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in San Antonio, Texas

Posted on 12 February 2010 by Dan

BSA Adventure Base 100 is in San Antonio, Texas. Take a peek inside the exhibit and meet Eagle Scout Anthony Trevino. Anthony describes his Eagle Scout project which supports the military men and women being deployed from Lackland Air Force Base, by providing them with a piece of home.

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Austin

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BSA Adventure Base 100 in Austin

Posted on 05 February 2010 by Dan

BSA Adventure Base 100 is in Austin, Texas. Take a peek inside the exhibit and meet Scout Sean Gingras. Sean talks about his battle with leukemia and his later efforts to raise money on behaf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Man Awarded Eagle Scout 36 Years Later

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Man Awarded Eagle Scout 36 Years Later

Posted on 01 December 2009 by admin

The Standard Times has an article about a man who was able to be awarded his Eagle Scout award, 36 years later, after delivering a package to a Concho Valley Council Office Manager:

Saturday morning, Boy Scout Troop 20, sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church, named San Angelo’s five newest Eagle Scouts.

For one of them, however, the road to get there took a few extra turns along the way.

Griff Hanks, now a San Angelo resident, completed his Eagle Scout requirements in 1973 in Colorado City. Hanks said that he did not think the paperwork was ever filed, because he was not ever officially presented with his Eagle Scout Award.

Read the rest of the article at The Standard Times.

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10 Years After the Texas A and M Bonfire Tragedy

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10 Years After the Texas A and M Bonfire Tragedy

Posted on 20 November 2009 by Dan

texas-a-and-m-bonfireThis week marked the 10 year anniversary of the Texas A and M Bonfire tragedy. The bonfire was an Aggie tradition since 1909, and was a symbol of the burning desire of Texas A and M to beat the University of Texas longhorns. On November 18th, 1999, at 2:42am the stack of logs collapsed killing eleven students and one Alumnus, and seriously injuring 27 others. The tragedy affected the Texas A and M Community and the entire country, and as it turns out, had a large impact on the Scouting Community.

A Northern Tier Alumnus, and friend, had pointed me in the direction Christopher Breen, one of the twelve killed in the collapse, thinking it would be a good story to share on Scouting News. However, as I did some research I discovered at least five killed in the tragedy were Eagle Scouts. Here are their stories:

The Texas A and M Alumnus that was killed, Christopher David Breen had a strong connection to Northern Tier. Chris was an Eagle Scout and was a Charlie Guide at Sommers Canoe Base during the summers of 1994 through 1997. Working at Northern Tier was a big part of who Chris was, and according to the notice that was sent out to the Northern Tier Alumni community, he was buried with his “Charlie Guide” canoe paddle. Chris’ legacy will forever live on through the Scout’s lives he touched while working as a Charlie Guide, and through a Northern Tier Seasonal Staff Scholarship in his honor.

Nathan Scott West from Bellaire, Texas was another Eagle Scout lost in the tragedy. West had graduated High School in 1998 with a promising future already in hand. He was a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist, had scored more than 1400 on the SAT, and competed on the Swim Team. John Harris, West’s Scoutmaster, recalled that for his Eagle Scout project, West refurbished the old St. Vincent’s Cemetery off Navigation, where Confederate Civil War hero Dick Dowling is buried. Once he became an Eagle Scout, West stayed in the Troop to help the younger Boy Scouts.

Lucas John Kimmel was an Eagle Scout, and was 19, a freshman at Texas A and M when the Bonfire collapsed in 1999. Lucas’ love for the outdoors personified him. It gave him the chance to be outdoors, and it gave him the chance to be with the animal life that he appreciated so much. This appreciation led him to A and M in hopes of someday becoming a veterinarian. “He loved animals. We lived out in the country. He found a baby bird in the field and we rescued it and got it growing up. Dogs, cats, rabbits. That’s why he wanted to be a veterinarian.”

Chad A. Powell, an Eagle Scout, a track athlete, a computer whiz, a musician, Chad always made time to serve other people. He also kept up his grades through all of that, graduating as valedictorian of his class at Keller High School in Keller, Texas. Described by friends as “A model of honor, true character, and loyalty. He honored his life with integrity, his family with love and devotion, his community with leadership, friendship, and service, his God with commitment and passion”.

The twelth man to die, Timothy Doran Kerlee, Jr. was an Eagle Scout from Germantown, Tennessee. When the stack collapsed his pelvis was crushed, his arm broken, and his internal organs badly damaged. Despite his own injuries he told rescuers to “Help my buddies first,” and proceeded to direct rescue workers to five others before allowing them to free him. He died later in the hospital when his life support was disconnected. Eagle Scout Tim Kerlee was posthumously granted Boy Scouts of America’s Medal of Merit, for his heroic actions.

Please take a moment to remember their lives and say a few words of support for their families and friends on this anniversary. You can read more about the Bonfire tragedy, the memorial, and its victims on the Online Texas A and M Bonfire Memorial.

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Video: Boy Scouts Explain How They Saved Leader

Posted on 28 July 2009 by admin

Eight Houston Boy Scouts explain how they took care of their leader and carried him to safety after he became to sick to continue during their trek in Colorado.

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Eagle Scouts on Battleship

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Three Scouts Awarded Eagle Rank Onboard Battleship Texas

Posted on 16 June 2009 by admin

Eagle Scouts on BattleshipThree Pearland Boy Scouts from BSA Troop 486 were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in a Court of Honor ceremony conducted onboard the main deck of Battleship TEXAS. The Saturday, June 6 ceremony conferred the highest rank in Boy Scouts upon Jon-Michael Hensley, his brother Kirby Hensley, and Gavin Coulson.

Kirby Hensley, Jon-Michael Hensley and Gavin Coulson on board the Battleship Texas.

The June 6th date selected by the Scouts for the ceremony was the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Battleship TEXAS and her crew played a major role in the naval engagement at Omaha Beach in that historic World War II event.

Two of the three Eagle Scouts performed their Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project at the Battleship. Jon-Michael Hensley’s project was a restoration of two 20mm anti-aircraft guns located on the port quarter of the ship’s main deck. Gavin Coulson’s project was a restoration of three machines in the ship’s machine shop located on the third deck. Kirby Hensley’s project was to build and install twelve birdhouses at Camp Mohawk, which is a Brazoria County park located on Highway 35 adjacent to Chocolate Bayou.

The Court of Honor ceremony was attended by about eighty family members and guests. Special guests were Angela McCleaf, Curator of the Battleship TEXAS and ship staff members Rusty Bloxom and Travis Davis. The featured speaker at the ceremony was Steven Howell, Executive Director of The Battleship Texas Foundation.

Jon-Michael Hensley and Kirby Hensley are the sons of Cheryl Hensley of Pearland. Their late father, John Hensley was also an Eagle Scout. Gavin Coulson is the son of Pat and Aven Coulson of Pearland. Jon-Michael Hensley and Gavin Coulson are also 2009 graduates of Pearland High School.

All three Eagle Scouts have been active in Scouting with Troop 486 since they were eligible to become Boy Scouts at age eleven and were also Cub Scouts who attained the Arrow of Light award. Boy Scout Troop 486 meets during the school year at Sablatura Middle School on Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. The Troop Scoutmaster is Daniel Freeman.

News Release from Bay Area Council

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Camp Tonkawa

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Transfers Land to BSA

Posted on 29 May 2009 by admin

Camp TonkawaThe Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission today approved the transfer of 91.3 acres of Abilene State Park property to the Boy Scouts of America, which officially has been leasing the land from the state for 60 years.

The Texas Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America requested the transfer of the land that has been leased to the Boy Scouts as part of Camp Tonkawa since 1949. The transfer provides opportunities for the Scouts to build new facilities and/or renovate existing ones.

The leased property being transferred is part of Camp Tonkawa’s total of 191.3 acres bordering the eastern boundary of the 529-acre state park. The lease originated on June 7, 1949 for a term of 19 years, and was renewed for 50 years and due to expire in 2018.

As part of the transfer agreement, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department would retain a conservation easement on the land that assures good conservation and land management practices, and protects the property’s natural and cultural resources, according to TPWD senior project manager Corky Kuhlmann.

Kuhlmann said the transfer agreement will further stipulate that if the property were ever used for anything other than a Boy Scout camp, it would revert to TPWD ownership.

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Arrowmen in Action: Saving Lives While Still Scouting

Posted on 10 April 2009 by admin

Back in February we pointed out a great feature in the NOAC Update Newsletter, called “Arrowmen in Action”. The first Arrowmen featured was involved with building houses in Mexico, the second serves in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, and the latest runs an EMS service.

Go to class, check. Do homework, check. Run an EMS service… check. That’s the average to-do list for Michael Pandya. Michael—a former lodge chief and section vice chief from Nakona Lodge in Texas—is a student at Rice University and works with the EMS service. “I got started with the EMS service as a freshman,” Michael says, “I took a course, really liked it and got really involved.”

He got so involved that he became Captain by the time he was 21. As Captain, he oversees all of the daily operations including staffing and equipment maintenance, the service’s educational program, which certifies students at the EMT-Basic and Intermediate levels, and anything else that comes with keeping Rice University safe. The service includes 30 staff members and provides state-licensed first responder support for the students, faculty and staff of Rice University.

Michael isn’t the only student on the staff, however. The staff is made up entirely of undergraduate students. “Our program is pretty unique in that they place a lot of trust in students with patient care,” he says. Staff members are on call for twelve hours shifts, during which they attend class and proceed through their day as usual and respond to calls as needed. Because the service doesn’t have an ambulance, staff members respond in vehicles ranging from an SUV to a bike to their own two feet. Despite their sometimes low-tech modes of transportation, their average call time is just three minutes—something Michael is proud of. “We provide comparable service—if not better service—than other EMS services in our area.”

Supervisors like Michael are assigned to work a 24-hour shift, which requires him to keep his radio and pager on at all times. “Sometimes it can be really busy and others really slow,” he says. “You can go three days without a call and then the next day is absolutely busy.” Although he enjoys the adrenaline that comes with the job, he doesn’t enjoy the paperwork that follows each call.

And how does he manage to run an EMS service and stay involved in Scouting? “I learned a long time ago that sleep is optional,” he says. Michael says sometimes he has to spend spurts of time on Scouting and focus on his EMS duties at other times. No matter what he’s doing, he’s always working.

In the future, Michael would like to attend medical school and maybe specialize in emergency medicine. But in the short-term, he has no plans to leave the EMS service. “I want to keep riding on an ambulance for a long time.” Whatever Michael does, he’ll use The Power of One…will you?

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