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North American Scout Associations to Host 24th World Scout Jamboree

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North American Scout Associations to Host 24th World Scout Jamboree

Posted on 13 January 2011 by Press Release

Scouts from every corner of the world will soon have the experience of a lifetime at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia. The bid to host the 2019 World Scout Jamboree is a combined effort of the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada, and the Scout Association of Mexico. This will be the first time the World Scout Jamboree has been held in the United States in more than 40 years.

The bid to win the 2019 World Scout Jamboree was voted on by the World Scout Conference, which comprises 160 national Scout associations that represent 220 countries and territories around the world. The 160 associations make up the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and each member association is able to send Scouts to represent their country at a world jamboree.

The North American bid committee began its work in 2009 and met six times to plan the bid process. A youth contingent from Canada, Mexico, and the United States submitted its bid to the World Scout Conference, and toured the West Virginia site. The group wanted to experience the site firsthand and gather photos and other testimonials to support its presentation to the World Scout Conference in Brazil in January.

For 12 days, thousands of young people from around the world gather in a tented city for activities and adventure during a world jamboree. Young people will learn to swim, meet others, and create lifelong friendships. Scouts have an opportunity to interact and participate with others from different cultures and to build solidarity and understanding across cultural and geographical boundaries.

The Summit, the Boy Scouts of America’s newest high-adventure base and the permanent home for the BSA’s national Scout jamboree beginning in 2013 and continuing in 2017, consists of 10,600 acres.

“Scouts who attend the 2019 World Scout Jamboree at The Summit will, for the first time at a world jamboree, be able to participate in white-water rafting, rock climbing, and mountain biking. We are very pleased that the conference saw the wealth of new and exciting activities that will be available at this site and will make it available to young people in the program,” said James Turley, international commissioner.

Aimed at 14- to 17-year-olds, Scouts attend the world jamboree in groups called contingents. They are encouraged to meet other Scouts from different cultures, religions, and countries, ultimately learning that strangers can become friends. The event is supported by thousands of international adult volunteers.

While Scouts Canada has hosted a world jamboree in the past—1955 and 1983—this will be the first time that Asociación de Scouts de México, Asociación Civil will share hosting duties with Canada and the United States. “The Asociación de Scouts de México is proud to join Scouts Canada and the Boy Scouts of America to host the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. The opportunity before us is magnificent because the Asociación de Scouts de México is a smaller Scout association and most likely would never host a world Scout jamboree on our own. Here, we will combine our talents and our cultures to bring what will prove to be one of the most incredible, successful jamborees ever!” said Presidente Nacional Omar Lugo Aguirre.

To enhance international contingents’ visit to North America, some Scouts will begin this trip in Mexico, where they can immerse themselves in more than 3,000 years of Mesoamerican culture. Also available will be tours of Canada’s vibrant cities and unspoiled wilderness. U.S. tours will include Washington, D.C., the Grand Canyon, and Hollywood.

“There has always been a wonderful relationship between Scouts Canada, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Asociación de Scouts de México,” said Mike Scott, international commissioner for Scouts Canada. “The planning process for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree will help develop this friendship and spirit of cooperation even more. This event will involve and engage a huge number of our adult volunteer leaders and young people in a process that will immerse them in different cultures and cause them to be terrific ambassadors for Canada.”

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 http://www.scouting.org/.

About Scouts Canada
Scouts Canada was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. With a membership of about 146,000 it is the second largest Scout association in North America. Scouts Canada has always been in the forefront of world Scouting, providing leadership and financial support to other Scout associations. Scouts Canada hosted the last world Scout jamboree held in North America in Calgary in 1983. For more information on Scouts Canada, please visit www.scouts.ca.

About the Asociación de Scouts de México
The Asociación de Scouts de México has always been a leader for Scouting in Spanish-speaking countries throughout the Americas. It continues to host large regional events and provide leadership to several Scout associations. Founded in 1920, the Asociación de Scouts de México is headquartered in Mexico City and boasts a membership of more than 30,000 members, making it one of the largest Scout associations in Latin America. For more information on the Asociación de Scouts de México, please visit www.scouts.org.mx.

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BSA Announces Additonal Donations To the National Scout Reserve

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BSA Announces Additonal Donations To the National Scout Reserve

Posted on 22 October 2010 by Dan

The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve Temporary SignEleven months after announcing plans for The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, made possible by a $50 million gift from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the Boy Scouts of America returned today to announce major steps forward in bringing its vision of a world-class Scouting center to reality.

A $25 million dollar gift from The Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation, coupled with a gift from Mike and Gillian Goodrich – for an undisclosed amount – along with other anonymous donors has brought total contributions to this project to over $100 million in less than one year.

Rex Tillerson, BSA president and CEO and chairman of Exxon Mobil Corporation, spoke to how the National Scout Reserve fits into the BSA’s strategic outlook for its next century. “It’s imperative that we sustain our momentum—even elevating our expectations—by setting transformational goals,” Tillerson, an Eagle Scout, said. “We are supporting the vision and philanthropy we’ve witnessed today with a robust strategic plan that addresses core pillars of the Scouting experience. This includes a continuation of dynamic and relevant programs that attract and interest today’s youth.”

Walter Scott Jr. is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and the former CEO of Peter Kiewit Sons’ Incorporated. He credits Scouting’s lessons of setting goals and achieving them as being a formative factor in his success.

“I enjoyed the opportunity to learn new things, I enjoyed the camaraderie with my fellow Scouts, and I especially enjoyed the camping,” Scott said. “The love and respect for the outdoors and our natural environment that Scouting instilled in me continues to this day. But my childhood troop in Omaha could never have imagined anything like what The Summit will be. It is simply spectacular.”

The $25 million donation from The Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation will result in the Scott Scouting Valley, which provided the backdrop for today’s event.

Mike Goodrich, also an Eagle Scout, is the retired chairman, and CEO of BE&K, Inc., an international engineering and construction firm headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. His wife, Gillian Comer White Goodrich, and her family helped establish the Comer Scout Reservation, known as Camp Comer, in the BSA’s Greater Alabama Council. In honor of the gift, the National Scout Reserve’s primary lake will be named Goodrich Lake.

“It only made sense that we should give back to an organization from which I have received so much,” Mike Goodrich said. “And not just me, but millions upon millions of young boys and men can make the same claim I can that Scouting was a formative and transforming experience.”

The National Scout Reserve, located in the Glen Jean–Mount Hope area, will permanently house the BSA’s iconic national Scout jamboree and a new national high-adventure base to complement the three existing national bases in New Mexico, Minnesota, and Florida. It was announced that the first jamboree in West Virginia will take place July 15–24, 2013.

The National Scout Reserve is also a contender to host the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. The world Scout jamboree is held every four years in different locations around the world and is attended by tens of thousands of Scouts worldwide. The 2011 event will be held in Sweden and 2015 in Japan.

BSA leadership, West Virginia officials, and the donors officially broke ground on the National Scout Reserve today, marking the start of phase 2 of the project. An economic impact survey conducted in August 2009 estimated that phase 2 will support more than 600 new local jobs and $30 million in additional local income directly on the project. To date, contracts to local companies for more than $20 million have been awarded for work on the National Scout Reserve.

“We are celebrating great news for the Boy Scouts of America, and great progress for the state of West Virginia,” said Gov. Joe Manchin. “The incredible show of support from generous donors speaks volumes about the caliber of the BSA. We are proud to be a part of this team, and couldn’t be more thrilled about the jobs and interest that are being generated in our local communities and our state, and the opportunities for fun and leadership that await millions of young people.”

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is 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 20, 1.1 million volunteers, and 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.

More information about 100 Years of Scouting can be found at www.scouting.org/100years.

Source: Social Media Release

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100th Anniversary Kickoff Recording Available

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100th Anniversary Kickoff Recording Available

Posted on 11 December 2009 by Dan

Were you able to listen live to the 100th Anniversary Kickoff audiocast yesterday?  For those following @scoutingnews you may have caught that I was unable to get the streaming media playing here at my location in Iraq due to network restrictions, luckily @boyscouts was “tweeting” the main points.  Now anyone who missed the live audiocast can visit http://audiocast.scouting.org to listen to a recording of the audiocast.

The audiocast was a conference call with:

  • Randall Stephenson, ATandT Chairman and CEO, BSA 100th Anniversary Chair
  • John Gottschalk, BSA National President
  • Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive
  • Tico Perez, BSA National Commissioner
  • Jack Furst, BSA National Executive Board

Not only did the audiocast cover the well known and published 100th Anniversary activities, it also covered some of the programs that have been less covered or not yet talked about:

  • Nationwide Geocaching Pinewood Derby Race to the Jamboree starting on March 6th, 2010.  Special Guests to help kick it off.
  • 100th Anniversary float in Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan 1st, 2010.
  • Adventure Base 100 which will tour the country.
  • Grand Centennial Parade in Washington D.C. on July 25, 2010.
  • Shining Light Across America- The July 31st stage show at the Centennial Jamboree, with great entertainment, broadcast live to celebrations across the nation and streamed live over the internet.

Jack Furst, who led Project Arrow, to find the permanent Jamboree site talks about The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve and what it means to Scouting.  They also take the time to answer a few Scouting questions, it seems like membership was the focus of a large number of questions.  We hear about how we can make Scouting cool, the Hispanic Initiative

The above is only the tip of the iceberg of information that was talked about during the audiocast.  I’d encourage you to take 30 minutes to listen to the recording at http://audiocast.scouting.org.

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