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Tournament of Roses Parade

Posted on 01 January 2010 by Dan

Today was a big day for Scouting, the kick off of the 100th Anniversary celebration!  The Boy Scouts of America entered a float in the 2010 Tournament of Roses parade accompanied by 300 Eagle Scouts on foot.  (remember the sneak peek of the float we provided back in October?)

The float was the first entered by “corporate BSA” in over sixty years.  The Examiner has a slide show featuring the Boy Scout floats from 1938, 1941, and 1950.  Even though there hasn’t been a float in a while, Boy Scouts have been a big part of the parade, carry the entry banners with the Girl Scouts, since the 1960s.

The 2010 float was created by volunteers from area Councils, and gained some media attention for getting around the age restrictions.  The float was also was the recipient of the National Award, which is for the “Best Depiction of Life in the USA, Past, Present or Future.”

In case you missed it, here is part 8 of the parade that features the BSA float, it is at about 9:03.

The commentary was kind of interrupted by the Navy Flyover.  If they weren’t, I’m sure they would have mentioned that the float was designed by Michelle Lofthouse, and was titled “Celebrating the Adventure – Continuing the Journey”. A description of the entry from the Phoenix Decorating Company website:

Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Boy Scouts of America presents depictions of several popular scouting activities – including camping, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and enjoying the thrill of “flying” along a zip line. The scouts’ involvement with nature is emphasized by several sculpted inhabitants of the great outdoors, including an American eagle, raccoon, owl, and a wolf. The Boy Scout emblem and the American flag form an impressive backdrop for the float, which also features a pair of real waterfalls. Accompanying the scouts’ entry in the Rose Parade will be 300 Eagle scouts marching along, and presenting parade viewers with an eye-catching performance.

Were you watching the parade?  What did you think of the float?

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BSA Launches 100th Year With Scouting Experience of a Lifetime

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BSA Launches 100th Year With Scouting Experience of a Lifetime

Posted on 18 December 2009 by Dan

BSA Tournament of Roses Parade FloatOn Jan. 1, 2010, a new century begins for the Boy Scouts of America, and with it comes an invitation to the nation to experience Scouting like never before. Kicking off the celebration is the BSA’s participation in the Tournament of Roses Parade, with a float entitled: “Celebrating the Adventure, Continuing the Journey.”

“This is an incredibly exciting and important time for our organization,” said Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca. “The methods of Scouting continue to evolve to reach the current and future generations, but the Scouting message is the same as it was a century ago. We invite Scouts, alumni, volunteers, and the public to join in our celebration throughout the country over the next year. We are excited about what the future holds, and invite America to continue to be a part of the journey.”

In Pasadena, Calif., more than 300 Eagle Scouts will represent the BSA as they march beside an adventure-filled float like no other, complete with Scouts camping, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and enjoying the thrill of “flying” along a zip line. Keeping with the parade theme “A Cut Above The Rest,” each Eagle Scout represents the highest achievements of Scouting, and each has a powerful story to tell. The Boy Scouts 100th Anniversary Youth Ambassador and 2 millionth Eagle Scout, Anthony Thomas, will travel from Minneapolis to Pasadena to participate in the inaugural activities.

While a 100th Anniversary may seem like an occasion to reflect on an impressive past, the BSA is looking towards the future. Eight major national 100th Anniversary engagement programs have been designed to reintroduce Scouting to the next generation of young leaders and reconnect millions of alumni with the organization. The BSA’s strategic approach to its 100th Anniversary celebration has garnered the support of organizations such as AT and T, ExxonMobil, the United Nations Foundation, the Arbor Day Foundation, and other organizations.

Immediately following the Tournament of Roses Parade, the BSA launches “Adventure Base 100,” a 10,000-square-foot interactive campus featuring immersive and exciting Scout-related experiences. Adventure Base 100 will travel the country throughout 2010, providing more than 40 markets with a hands-on view of Scouting and the difference it makes in the lives of millions of youth.

“Adventure Base 100 is a chance to give visitors a view of the history and the future of the Boy Scouts of America,” said John Gottschalk, current national president of the BSA, and chairman of the Omaha World-Herald Corporation. “We are bringing the Scouting experience into the heart of dozens of communities and rallying the country to join us in ‘Celebrating the Adventure, Continuing the Journey.’”

While in Pasadena, Adventure Base 100 will be open from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.at 2800 E. Sierra Madre Boulevard, and will include:

  • A high adventure ropes course for all visitors more than 4 feet tall weighing less than 250 pounds.
  • A multi-sensory experience that will offer visitors the sights, smells and sounds of Scouting via the campus IMAX-like video “GoScouting! Dome.”
  • An overview about what it takes to become an Eagle Scout, the highest level of Scouting.
  • A chance to speak with members of local BSA councils to learn more about Scouting.
  • A traveling Scouting museum featuring an overview of the BSA’s amazing history, including an exhibit of rare artifacts collected by the organization over the last 100 years.
  • Interactive digital displays, including a virtual build-and-race your own Pinewood Derby car and a touch-screen merit badge wall.As Adventure Base 100 tours the country, local BSA councils will provide their own artifacts to be featured in the BSA’s 100th Anniversary National Time Capsule.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Scouting movement is composed of 2.8 million young people between the ages of 7 and 20 and 1.1 million volunteers in more than 290 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit http://scouting.org/.

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

Source: Boy Scouts of America Press 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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