January - February 2003
2003 National Endowment Art Tour scheduled to visit nine cities
Displays of BSA artwork by Norman Rockwell, Joseph Csatari, and others will be the featured attractions during the nine stops scheduled for the 2003 National Endowment Art Tour.
The tour is designed to honor local individuals for substantial contributions to their council endowment fund and to serve as a catalyst for additional giving. At each location, the BSA will host an informational seminar for prospective donors and a gala reception, which will include an induction ceremony for new 1910 Society and Founders Circle members.
Locations and dates for the 2003 tour are Feb. 20, Fresno, Calif.; Feb. 27, Santa Fe, N.M.; March 27, Seminole, Fla.; April 3, Charleston, S.C.; April 24, Winston-Salem, N.C.; May 1, Flint, Mich.; May 8, Rockford, Ill.; May 15, St. Paul, Minn.; and May 23, Billings, Mont.
Eagle Scouts should apply now for college scholarships
Eagle Scouts who are graduating high school seniors and who will be attending an accredited college or university awarding at least a bachelor's degree may qualify for a scholarship through the National Eagle Scout Association.
Applicants for all scholarships must (1) have received the Eagle Scout Award prior to application submission, (2) have demonstrated leadership ability in Scouting, and (3) have a strong record of participation in activities outside Scouting. Applicants must have a SAT and/or ACT score acceptable to the standards set by the review committee.
Available scholarships include:
Cooke Scholarships one scholarship of $48,000 ($12,000 per year) and four of $20,000 ($5,000 a year for four years). Applicants must demonstrate financial need and have the endorsement of a volunteer or professional Scout leader who knows them personally.
Elks Foundation Scholarships four scholarships of $8,000 ($2,000 per year) and four of $4,000 ($1,000 per year).
National Eagle Scout Scholarship Fund 12 scholarships of $3,000 (a lump sum).
Hall-McElwain Scholarships 80 scholarships of $1,500 annually (20 in each of the BSA's four regions). They are based on merit and are open to high school seniors through the undergraduate junior year in college.
Applications are available on the BSA Web site (www.scouting.org/nesa/scholar/appform.pdf), at local council service centers, or from NESA, 1325 W. Walnut Hill Ln., P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079.
Applications must be postmarked after Nov. 1 but no later than midnight on Feb. 28, 2003, and received by NESA no later than March 5, 2003.
Guides for activity and trek planners
Two new BSA pamphlets provide valuable advice and guidelines for leaders planning activities and outings.
Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities (BSA No. 18-260) helps unit leaders determine whether a specific activity is appropriate for youth in a pack, troop, team, or crew.
Except as otherwise specified in the Guide to Safe Scouting (No. 34416C), the guidelines are not intended as strict rules or standards. They are designed to indicate the typical range of youth abilities, while acknowledging that regional or local variations exist for some activities.
Unit or district leaders can offer programs to participants who are younger or older than the guidelines state, but they should consider the readiness level of each individual Scout in such situations.
More than 90 activities are listed in nine categories: outdoor skills, sports, tools, trekking, vehicles, aircraft, shooting, aquatics, and climbing.
Trek Safely (No. 20-125) highlights seven principles for planning outdoor treks of any duration, on land or water: qualified supervision, keeping fit, planning ahead, gearing up, communicating clearly and completely, monitoring conditions, and discipline. The pamphlet is accompanied by the "Trek Safely Training Outline" (No. 20-129) to help volunteers effectively teach the Trek Safely principles to Scouting groups and leaders.
The two pamphlets are available at local council service centers. The complete text of Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities can also be found online at www.scouting.org/boyscouts/resources/18-260/chart.html.
BSA launches new-unit organization campaign
From Jan. 1 through June 30, 2003, the BSA will implement a nationwide new-unit organization campaign titled "Character Connections: Reaching Youth with Scouting."
The campaign emphasizes increasing traditional Scouting units and will be operated on a district and/or council level, with support from regions, areas, and the national office.
A national commitment day videoconference will be held on Feb. 5, during which councils will telephone new-unit commitments from prospective chartered organizations to videoconference headquarters.
The campaign will emphasize the fact that Scouting is of great value to youth, to chartered organizations, and to communities. Councils have received support materials for help in getting commitments from community organizations and helping them organize new units.
"Our National Strategic Plan points to traditional unit and membership growth as one of the critical elements that will shape the future of the Boy Scouts of America," said Chief Scout Executive Roy L. Williams. "It has never been more important for us to take the values and character of Scouting to the youth of this country."
From the National Council:
In the West, Summer Camp 2002 Went On Despite Widespread Fire Damage
Last year's fires of late spring and early summer burned thousands of acres in states across the western United States. Among the areas damaged by the flames were council Scout camps preparing to welcome the summer's first campers.
Rather than cancel camp and turn away the Scouts, council professionals and camp staff scrambled to accommodate the campers.
On June 12, north of Cheyenne, Wyo., flames from the Hensel Fire, which had been sparked by lightning a few days earlier, were within a few miles of Camp Laramie Peak, operated by the Longs Peak Council, Greeley, Colo.
Anticipating that situation, Ken Hazlitt, camp director at Laramie Peak, had already talked with Terry Dunn, his counterpart at the council's Ben Delatour Scout Ranch, northwest of Fort Collins, Colo., about bringing troops scheduled for Laramie Peak down to the Colorado camp. As a result, Ben Delatour was able to provide programs for an additional 700 campers over a four-week period.
"The first week was a little rough," admitted Hazlitt. The two camp staffs combined programs, crowded into the dining hall, and made things work.
The fire did reach Camp Laramie Peak. "It singed us around the edges," Hazlitt said, burning through several ridge campsites, the Mountain Man program area, and five outhouses.
In Texas and New Mexico
While Hazlitt and Dunn worked things out in Colorado, Russell Smith, district executive for the South Plains Council in Lubbock, Tex., was preparing for a mobile camp program.
The South Plains Council leases Camp Tres Ritos, south of Taos, N.M., from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service. But conditions were so dry and dangerous in late spring that the government agency closed the camp and Smith had to scramble for alternatives.
Week one found would-be Tres Ritos campers included at Wehinahpay Mountain Camp, a Conquistador Council operation out of Roswell, N.M.; week two at San Isabel Scout Ranch, run by the Rocky Mountain Council south of Pueblo, Colo.
Thanks to the effect of rain on the fires, Tres Ritos itself was opened for the final week of camp.
In Arizona and Utah
The Bullock Fire swept toward Camp Lawton, north of Tucson, Ariz., forcing it to close as the June 2 start of camp approached. Alan Young, district director for the Catalina Council's Scoutreach program, said it was the second time Camp Lawton had been closed since it first opened in 1921.
The fire came within 100 yards of the camp, but firefighters, using Camp Lawton as a secondary camp, set a backfire that stopped the flames' advance right at the entrance road to the camp.
In Utah, a fire closed the large East Fork of the Bear Reservation, a five-part camp operated by the Great Salt Lake Council. Many of the 390 troops scheduled to attend were successfully placed elsewhere. At summer's end, camp directors were hoping for a snowy winter and a wet spring.
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FEBRUARY Brush those pearly whites
Learn how to take better care of your teeth and mouth during National Children's Dental Health Month, sponsored by the American Dental Association. For healthy teeth tips plus games and activities for kids, see www.ada.org.
Feb. 2-8 Scouting rocks
Celebrate the 93rd anniversary of Scouting in the United States during BSA Anniversary Week. Contact your local Scout council service center for ideas on celebrating the BSA's birthday. Don't forget Feb. 2 is Scout Sunday and Feb. 8 is Scout Sabbath; BSA members are encouraged to wear their uniforms to religious services.
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