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Huckabee Speaks to Scouts During Leadership Breakfast

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Huckabee Speaks to Scouts During Leadership Breakfast

Posted on 24 January 2009 by Dan

Huckabee Keynote at 2009 Leadership BreakfastOver 430 businesspeople from Southeastern Wisconsin converged on the Country Springs Hotel for Potawatomi Area Council’s 11th Annual Leadership Breakfast to learn more about Scouting in the area and hear Mike Huckabee’s views on leadership.

Mr. Huckabee was the 44th Governor of Arkansas, serving from 1996-2007, and campaigned for the 2008 Republican nomination for President. He has published five books, his latest, Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement That’s Bringing Common Sense Back to America. Mr. Huckabee has numerous connections to Scouting; he was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout, one of his son’s is an Eagle Scout, the other was an Explorer.

Mike Huckabee Speaks at Potawatomi Area Council Leadership BreakfastIn an interview with WITI-TV, Mike Huckabee explained, “Scouting is I think a very very important part of a young man growing up, and I think the words ‘On My Honor’ which starts the Scout Oath says it all… its about Honor.”

Mr. Huckabee’s keynote speech called for a “Return to Honor” and praised the Scouting movement. “A man who was once a Boy Scout or Eagle Scout has a great deal to offer a potential employer, and exceptional levels of responsibility and character”, said Mike Huckabee during the fundraising breakfast.

Video of Mr. Huckabee’s Speech
Hat Tip: BoyandGirlScouts.com for the Video Link

The night before the Leadership Breakfast, Mike Huckabee greeted and mingled with over 30 guests at the V.I.P. Reception, held at the Harkrider Service Center.

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Not Your Average Scout Night With UW Badger Women’s Hockey

Posted on 13 January 2009 by Dan

February 1st, 2009 is being advertised as Scout Day with the University of Wisconsin Badger Women’s Hockey Team, however its more than just free admission for Scouts in uniform.

Kids 12 and under are taking over the Kohl Center, when the Women Badger Hockey team takes on Ohio State at Noon on Sunday, February 1st. Kids have until January 23rd to register to perform various duties around the Kohl Center, including being a stick kid, puck kid, PA announcer, DJ, camera operator, or video board operator. Those chosen to participate will be contacted the week of January 26th.

In addition to the “Kids Take Over the Kohl Center” and free admission for any girl or Boy Scouts wearing their uniform, the first 750 fans to arrive at the game will receive a free Wisconsin Women’s Badger Hockey drawstring backpack, courtesy of Becker Law Office.

Then, after the game, all fans are invited to take part in this year’s Badger Women’s Hockey “Skate with the Badgers.” Fans can lace up their skates (bring your own) and hit the ice to get autographs and pictures with your favorite Women’s hockey players.

View all UW Badger Women’s Hockey Team promotions.

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Paris Fire Department Disaster Drill

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Scouts from Southeast Wisconsin Council Participate in Disaster Drill

Posted on 03 December 2008 by Dan

Troop 385 participated in a disaster exercise with Paris Fire Department on Wednesday, November 19, 2008.

The premise for the exercise was that a set of bleachers collapsed and a mass casualty situation was setup. Over 40 patients and many of the local fire departments responded, including several from Illinois.

Scouts had a great time acting as victims! They learned a lot watching the EMS workers do their job. This was an important event, not only for Scouts to learn something, but also to help local fire departments train for the possibility of a major emergency.

Please remember, this was ONLY an exercise! The make-up was set up by fire department trainers. No Scouts were injured during this exercise, although by the acting job of the Scouts, you almost forgot that!

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Coronado Area Council Selects New Program Director and Camp Director

Posted on 25 November 2008 by Dan

The Coronado Area Council is pleased to announce the two significant personnel changes. Gary Shoemaker has been promoted to the position of Program and Outreach Director and Rex Lowe has agreed to serve as the 2009 Camp Hansen Director for Boy Scout Resident Camp.

Effective January 1, 2009, Gary will be responsible for managing year-round camp operations and council-level program support as well as coordinating council outreach programs and retaining direct management of outreach programs in Salina.

Gary has served as District Director of the Three Rivers District for our council since his arrival here in 1999. He began his career with the Boy Scouts of America as a District Executive for the Heart of America Council, Kansas City, Missouri in 1989. Gary later went on to serve as a Senior District Executive in the Samoset Council in Wausau, Wisconsin and the Kanza Council in Hutchinson, Kansas. Following the 1997 merger of the Kanza and Quivira Council in Wichita, Kansas, Gary continued to serve as a Senior District Executive until his arrival in Salina, Kansas. He was responsible for camp operations during his tenure with the Kanza Council and developed innovative outreach programs to reach under-served youth in the Samoset Council and most recently in the Three Rivers District.

Rex has served Camp Hansen admirably as Camp Ranger for 18 years . He will continue to serve as the year-round Camp Ranger at Camp Hansen.

Summer camp is a family activity for the Lowe’s. Rex, Patty, Donald, Trevor, and Emily (who was branded the “camp mascot” last summer) have all pitched in to make summer camp the best it can be for our Scouts and leaders. Rex will provide outstanding leadership and organization for the 2009 Hansen summer camp staff.

Please join the Coronado Area Council in congratulating both of these fine individuals on their new responsibilities

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Blog Action Day: Poverty

Posted on 15 October 2008 by Dan

I’m taking a little editorial break to participate in Blog Action Day. Normally I would have put together a more detailed post, however I forgot about this annual event until this afternoon when I received a reminder from a colleague.

The topic of this year’s Blog Action Day is Poverty.

As a Social Worker I have worked with many kids and families that lived well below the “poverty level”, I’ve struggled to find a mental health professional who would treat a teenager because their was no private insurance to bill. I’ve called friends, colleagues, businesses, trying to find a bed for a high schooler who gave up his when his younger brothers moved back home. I’ve bought a meal for a kid who hadn’t had breakfast or lunch, and probably wasn’t going to get dinner that day.

As a Soldier I have seen “third world” poverty that opened my eyes to the global issues of poverty. I used to see the commercials on tv asking for my meager donation to “sponsor a child” but didn’t internalize the images I was seeing. After seeing it with my own eyes its hard to understand how people can live in such conditions. No clean water, barely any food, mud buildings…

What can we as Scouts and Scouters do?
The most important thing we can do is make sure future generations understand that this is a problem that needs attention. Think about these examples:

1. Participate in Scouting For Food. Maybe your unit can work a little harder and expand your area by a couple of blocks to collect more food. You could make sure to get local media attention so more people know about the food drive. Instead of just collecting door to door you could add barrels at local grocery stores.

2. Older Scouts and Venturing Crews can serve a meal at a Soup Kitchen. Most of the time meal sites rely on volunteer labor to prepare, serve, and clean up for each meal served. See what the restrictions are and see how you can sign up.

3. Talk to your Council about volunteering with the ScoutReach program. In urban areas these groups usually meet after school with the help of a paid facilitator. Scouts and Leaders are normally welcome to come in and help teach a skill or run activities.

4. Participate in a school supply drive or coat drive or clothing drive, etc.

This is obviously just a few simple ideas. Think outside of the box, come up with your own. Poverty is an issue we should all care about.

Whatever you do, make sure the Scouts involved see the benefit of their work! Often this is where there is a disconnect. Yes, kids love putting spare change in the red kettles with the bell ringers, but how many kids know what that money is used for? Yes, we put some food in a barrel but where does that food go? Who does it help?

I think a Cub Scout parent did a great job of documenting this concept in his blog post titled: “Poverty Close to Home – Blog Action Day 2008“. I’d encourage you to read the whole post but here is a snippet:

We brought items for the collection, because it was the “right” thing to do. To help out in this season of thanksgiving. To give and then move on to happier thoughts.

For our small group within the Cub Scout Pack, though, we were charged with delivering these collected items to the Repairers of the Breach. Would it be “safe” to take a few 3rd graders to a shelter in downtown Milwaukee? Away from the safety of our suburban neighborhood?

After much discussion, both with parents, and with the “Repairers” organization – we decided we would take a group of parents and kids to the shelter to deliver the items we had.

It was an experience I’ll never forget.

Read the whole post: Poverty Close to Home – Blog Action Day 2008

What can you do to make a difference in the fight against poverty?

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Potawatomi Area Council Dedicates New Service Center

Posted on 07 October 2008 by Dan

On Thursday, September 25, a crowd of over 125 community members gathered to dedicate the new Council Service Center of the Potawatomi Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. The new Council Service Center will service Scouting programs for future generations of youth.

Webelos Scouts from Pack 55 of the Brookfield Jaycees started the ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance. Mark Jansen, Scout Executive, and Don Reinicker, Council President, made remarks thanking the many donors for their generous support to the Building for Character Capital Campaign. Campaign co-chairs, Tom Dalum and Rick Kobriger led the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially mark the opening of the new center. Troop 71 of St. John Vianney in Brookfield, led the crowd in the Scout Law to close the ceremony.

The grand opening marks the first time ever that volunteers and staff will have an up to date service center geared toward the needs of membership in the Council’s 77 year history. The building offers several meeting spaces, and a new National Scout Shop which supplies uniforms and other Scouting program gear.

The new Council Service Center replaces the old outdated and overcrowded 4,500 square foot facility which is now torn down. If you would like to own a piece of the old Service Center, the Council is auctioning off the front door! The current bid is $500, and bidding will end on Friday, October 10th, 2008 at noon.

Potawatomi Area Council has also issued a special CSP to commemorate the occasion. The CSP is available through the Potawatomi Area Council Service Center.

Story submitted by a volunteer of the Potawatomi Area Council.

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