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Scout night with the San Antonio Rampage

Posted on 04 April 2009 by admin

The Rampage host Boy Scout Night tomorrow at the AT&T Center when they take on the Iowa Chops at 7 p.m.

San Antonio RampageMore than 1,200 Boy Scouts from the San Antonio community will watch the game from the stands, and then take to the ice for a post-game sleepover to earn a special Polar Bear merit badge. The sleepover, the first in the AT&T Center’s seven-year history, will allow Boy Scouts ages 6-18 to earn the special merit badge – only attainable by spending the night in freezing conditions.

During the game, the players will be wearing Boy Scout themed jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit the Boy Scouts of America. The jersey features the Polar Bear merit badge on the front and has Boy Scout fleur-de-lis along the bottom.

Throughout the game, Boy Scouts will be chosen to participate in promotions and activities before the post-game sleepover. Immediately after the game, the Boy Scouts will be entertained with music and games on the West Sombrilla followed by a movie on the arena’s lighthouse at 11:30 p.m. Breakfast will be provided by Kellogg’s Sunday morning starting at 6:30 a.m. and Kellogg’s famous Tony the Tiger will be on hand to help pass out breakfast to the scouts.

Tickets are available and can be purchased at the AT&T Center Box Office, by calling the Rampage at (210) 444-5554, or by visiting the team’s website at www.sarampage.com.

The following was a press release issued by the San Antonio Rampage. The merit badge they are referring to is actually the Polar Bear Award.

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Irving, Texas Invites Scouts to the National Scouting Museum

Posted on 23 March 2009 by admin

The National Scouting Museum and the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau (ICVB) have teamed up to offer special discount packages to Scouts and their families who want to learn more about the history of the Boy Scouts of America.

BSA Scouting MuseumLocated between Dallas and Fort Worth, Irving serves as the national headquarters for the Boy Scouts of America and the adjacent National Scouting Museum. The size of a football field, this massive, state-of-the-art facility features high-tech, virtual reality adventures with hands-on learning experiences, as well as the largest collection of Norman Rockwell Scouting paintings under one roof. The National Scouting Museum is also a tribute to the rich history of Scouting, with a historical collection that traces the Scouting movement from its beginnings.

The Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau Teams Up To Offer New Experiences for Scouts

In 2009, the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau offers special discounts for Scouts and their families at local hotels and attractions, in commemoration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of Scouting in February 2010 and to raise awareness of the National Scouting Museum. Scouts who come to Irving, Texas and the National Scouting Museum will enjoy hands-on educational experiences and opportunities to learn the history of America through the growth of the Scouting movement.

To further promote the anniversary, the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau has planned a series of gondola rows in cities throughout the US, leading to the centennial celebration in Washington, DC in 2010.

For more information on the National Scouting Museum and to receive special Scout rates and packages, visit the “Hot Deals” section of the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau website at http://www.irvingtexas.com.

The following was a press release issued by the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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2009 News 8 Austin Eagle Scout interview

Posted on 09 March 2009 by admin

In 2008, the Capitol Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, set a local record with 342 young men reaching the rank of Eagle Scout – the highest rank in Scouting. News 8 Austin interviewed several new Eagles, and we’re sharing one of them with you.

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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.

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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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Irving, Texas and Gondola Adventures Team up in Support of the BSA

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Irving, Texas and Gondola Adventures Team up in Support of the BSA

Posted on 06 February 2009 by admin

GondolaThe Irving, Texas Convention and Visitors Bureau and Gondola Adventures teamed up to support the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Capitol Area Council (CAC) with a gondola row on Austin’s Lady Bird Lake on Friday, February 6. The expedition was designed to raise awareness of the Boy Scouts 60th annual Report to State Parade on the following day, Saturday, February 7. Irving chose to support the CAC because the BSA and National Scouting Museum are based in Irving, and Gondola Adventures operates gondolas along the Mandalay Canal in Irving’s Las Colinas area.

More than 3,000 Scouts from the 19 Boy Scout Councils across Texas will march in a parade up Congress Avenue through downtown Austin to the Capitol. They then will take to the floor of the Texas House of Representatives to report on the community service performed and achievements earned by Scouts in their hometowns. The Report to the State will be received by Deputy Secretary of State Coby Shorter.

Irving gondoliers Greg Mohr (an Eagle Scout) and Chris Harrison started the row at the public dock behind the Four Seasons Hotel at the base of the Congress Avenue Bridge at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, in a Venetian-designed gondola named “Rosa.” The gondola weighs approximately 1,500 pounds and is 32-feet long. They traveled a route northeast along Lady Bird Lake, and then returned to The Four Seasons dock mid-afternoon. The total row will took about four hours and covered approximately 14 miles at an average speed of 3.5 mph.

The CAC serves more than 22,000 registered youth members and 8,000 registered adult volunteer leaders throughout 15 Central Texas counties. In 2008, 342 boys earned the rank of Eagle Scout (the highest rank), which was a record number in one year for the CAC. All Scouts in the CAC perform, on average, more than 90,000 man hours of community service yearly in their hometown. The many programs keep the Scouts active by providing educational programs to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.

Located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Irving serves as the national headquarters for the Boy Scouts of America and the adjacent National Scouting Museum. The museum is a tribute to the rich history of Scouting, with hands-on learning experiences and a historical collection that traces the Scouting movement from its beginnings. Irving offers discounts for Scouts and their families at local hotels and attractions. Please visit www.irvingtexas.com for more information.

The following was a press release issued by Irving, Texas Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Boy Scouts Restore “Hustler” at Barksdale Air Force Base

Posted on 27 January 2009 by admin

This story was written by Mrs. Betty Stephens of the 917th Wing Public Affairs office. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mrs. Betty Stephens)

During Unit Training Assembly for the 917th Wing, Jan. 10, Airmen were rushing from place to place to engage in their required training, but this weekend they were joined by a group of Boy Scouts of America, ages 11 through 18. The Scouts, who were here to work on a community service project, were briefed by pilots, life support personnel, recruiters and engine craftsmen alike.

It started around 10 p.m. Friday evening when 11 scouts arrived with four leaders. Joe Bodden, Boy Scout leader for Troop 531 in Angleton, Texas, had made arrangements, and they spent the night at the base gymnasium. They started their morning early with breakfast at the Red River Dining Facility.

“The scouts had to give way to the uniformed Airmen at the dining facility who had to get in and get out in a hurry, which was an experience for the Boy Scouts,” said Mr. Bodden.

It was cool and cloudy when they reached the 917th Wing. The first stop was with an A-10 pilot in the hangar, who told them all about the aircraft as they looked at it up close. Then off to see a B-52 pilot who showed them the aircraft and told them all about it.

Boy Scout is fitted with Oxygen Mask Following the static, they rushed to the life support shop where technicians let them handle much of the equipment and explained how a pilot can survive in emergency situations.

A Reserve recruiter then spent a brief time with the Scouts, reminding them that their character makes a big difference as to where they can go and what they can do as they prepare for future careers. Master Sgt. Jeffrey Barnhill, a Reserve Recruiter said, “Boy Scouts is a great program that helps to build character, and it helps you to develop physically, mentally and emotionally. No drugs and high grades in school are important.”

A couple of the Scouts have already made up their minds; it is the Air Force for them.

Just before lunch, Tech. Sgt. Kerry Rains, 917th Maintenance Squadron engine shop, showed them how a TF-34 engine is restored from start to finish. “This is the best briefing I ever got on the repair of an aircraft engine. I wish I could have gotten this briefing when I was young,” said George Cassidy, Boy Scout leader.

Boy Scouts Help Restore B-58 \"Hustler\"After their lunch at the dining facility, the Scouts were ready for the real reason they came to Barksdale — to do community service. Their project was at the 8th Air Force Museum, which entailed starting the preparation of restoring the B-58 “Hustler” “Texas Hustler” Rocket Sled, an aircraft formerly used to test ejection seats. This aircraft is on loan from the U.S. Air Force Museum System.

The Scouts were working on tightening up the poles that support the ropes around the “Hustler” and removing the old paint from the aircraft itself. The “Hustler” has heavy coats of red, white and blue paint, and the Scouts made a good start on removing it, some down to the bare metal.

The partnership between the museum and the Scouts is beneficial for both. Airman 1st Class Christopher Sucro of the 8th Air Force Museum said, “The museum is glad to have the Boy Scouts come and work on the project.” And the Scouts, working on what turned out to be a beautiful, sunny afternoon, said they were glad they could help do the job.

Since it is a time-consuming effort, this troop will only begin the work, and next Scouts will come in February to give of their time to help on the project and visit the base.

This story was written by Mrs. Betty Stephens of the 917th Wing Public Affairs office. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mrs. Betty Stephens)

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Texas Boy Scouts Help Prepare For Tree of Lights

Posted on 02 November 2008 by Dan

A group of Boy Scouts donated their time this week, along with members of the New Braunfels Tree of Lights Committee, helping replace over 2500 light bulbs for the New Braunfels Tree-lighting event.

In past years, only the bulbs that had burned out were replaced, meaning that more bulbs would go out after the tree had been put up. Upon hearing this, NRG Saver Supply donated enough light bulbs to replace all of them! Half way through the scheduled work day, though, the New Braunfels Tree of Lights Committee realized it would take a lot more people to replace so many bulbs.

Scouts from Troop 381, along with their Scout Master and other family members, came by to help out! “We love the opportunity to help people in the community,” said Scout Master Clint Brown.

The event is scheduled to take place Tuesday, December 2nd from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will include a meet-n-greet with Santa, carriage rides and the premiere of the Virtual Memory Wall.

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Video: 2008 Scouts Build Wheelchair Ramp for Pflugerville Man

Posted on 27 October 2008 by Dan

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Popcorn Filled Gondola Raises Awareness of Popcorn Sale

Posted on 14 September 2008 by Dan

The Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau and Gondola Adventures teamed up to support the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Last Frontier Council (LFC) with a gondola row along the Oklahoma River on Friday, September 12. The gondola expedition is designed to raise awareness as the Boy Scouts start “Show and Sell,” their annual popcorn sales campaign on Saturday, September 13 throughout the Oklahoma City area. Irving chose to support the LFC because the BSA and National Scouting Museum are based in Irving, and Gondola Adventures operates gondolas along the Mandalay Canal in Irving’s Las Colinas.

Irving gondoliers Greg Mohr (a former Eagle Scout) and Chris Harrison started the row at The Chesapeake Boathouse at Regatta Park at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, in a Venetian-designed, popcorn-filled gondola named “Rosa.” The gondola weighs approximately 1,500 pounds and is 32-feet long. They traveled a route along the river towards Meridian Crossing, and then returned to The Boathouse mid-afternoon. The total row took about four hours and covered approximately 14 miles at an average speed of 3.5 mph. www.gondola.com

From September 13 through October 17, Scouts across the Oklahoma City area will venture into the fun and excitement of popcorn sales. During this period, the average unit will sell $4,400 worth of popcorn. Last year, the LFC total sales were $987,000, and this year’s goal is $1,100,000.

The LFC serves approximately 841 Scout Units throughout Oklahoma City and the 24-county service areas. With more than 32,000 registered youth members and participants, this accounts for almost one-fourth of the total youth available. The many programs keep the Scouts active by providing educational programs to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness. www.lastfrontiercouncil.org

Located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Irving, Texas serves as the national headquarters for the Boy Scouts of America and the adjacent National Scouting Museum. The museum is a tribute to the rich history of Scouting, with hands-on learning experiences and a historical collection that traces the Scouting movement from its beginnings. Irving offers discounts for Scouts and their families at local hotels and attractions. For more information, visit www.irvingtexas.com.

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On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts are Worth Fighting For

Posted on 09 February 2008 by Dan

In On My Honor, Governor Rick Perry discusses why the American values instilled by the Boy Scouts of America are worth fighting for, and how they are relevant in the 21st Century.

All net proceeds will go to the Boy Scouts of America. Purchase of the book is not a contribution to Texans for Rick Perry, the Governor’s Office or the Governor himself.

Product Details
* ISBN: 0979646227
* ISBN-13: 9780979646225
* Format: Hardcover, 241pp
* Publisher: Stroud & Hall Publishers
* Pub. Date: February 2008

Book Synopsis
In “On My Honor”, Texas Governor Rick Perry takes dead aim at the secular humanist movement, and their agenda of moral relativism, for its corrosive impact on the culture. Examining the left’s legal assaults on the Boy Scouts of America – which spans more than 30 years – Perry offers prescient insight into one front in this multi-faceted war which pits the proponents of traditional American values against the radical leftist movement that seeks to tear down our social foundations.

In his book, Perry seeks out the views of notable American leaders who, like himself, are Eagle Scouts. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Senator Thad Cochran, astronaut James Lovell, Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee, and former FBI Director William Sessions all comment on the values instilled by scouting, and its relevancy in the 21st Century. He also has enlisted former presidential candidate Ross Perot to write the foreword.

Perry draws from his roots in Paint Creek – a small community an hour north of Abilene, Texas – where scouting played a central role in shaping young boys into men. You see a young man who doesn’t know what he aspires to be, but who knows based on scouting and family tradition that service to others is an honorable calling; you see how scouting instills confidence based on achievement rather than the left’s artificial attempts to boost self-esteem; and you see that the values scouting derives from the great middle class of America remain as important today as they did prior to the counter-culture movement spawned out of the turmoil of the 1960’s.

Perry looks at the public record regarding the left’s challenge to scouting’s profession of duty to God, its attempt to force scouting to conform to the homosexual agenda, and the harm caused by the left’s litigious assault on an organization with limited resources. Perry also reveals that the infamous Dale case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000, affirming scouting’s prerogative as a private organization to ban openly gay scoutmasters, is not the final word on the subject: the left has simply shifted its tactics and has begun pressuring schools, municipalities and other public entities that provide space to scouting organizations.

“On My Honor” underscores the depth to which the culture warriors of the left will go to force their secular humanist, minority view upon American society and revered American institutions. It is a revealing look at a culture war that rages close to the surface of American life, and it is a must read for any American concerned that our society is slipping from the high moral ground of liberty to the valley of license.

More information can be found at: http://www.onmyhonorthebook.com/

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