Last Chance to Enter Our "Favorite Places for Scouting" Photo Contest
There's still time to enter Scouting magazine's latest photo contest. The theme is "Favorite Places for Scouting," and it applies to all BSA programs: Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing.
Entries must be received by Oct. 1, 2003. Winners receive BSA Supply Division gift certificates and have their photographs published in Scouting's March-April 2004 issue and on the magazine's Web site.
Rules for entering
Open to all registered BSA members (adult and youth). Deadline for entering is Oct. 1, 2003.
Only unmounted color prints, from film or high-resolution digital images (JPG format), will be accepted, to a maximum size of 8 by 10 inches. Mounted prints or transparencies (slides), or other media, will not be accepted. No more than three entries per person.
All photographs must have the following information taped on the back: name, address, daytime and evening phone numbers, unit number (if applicable), and council name.
For the purpose of the contest, all prints submitted become the property of Scouting magazine. Winners must certify that photographs are their own original work.
No photographs will be returned. The BSA, Scouting magazine, and its agents are not responsible for loss of photographs. The decisions of the judges are final.
Send entries to Scouting Magazine Photo Contest, S304, P.O. Box 152079, 1325 W. Walnut Hill Ln., Irving, TX 75015-2079.
Winners will receive BSA Supply Division gift certificates as follows: Grand Prize$400; 1st Place$300; 2nd Place$200; 3rd Place$100; Honorable Mention$25. In addition, all winners will receive a multipurpose tool, courtesy of Leatherman Tool Group Inc.
2005 National Scout Jamboree will host more than 30,000 youth at Fort A.P. Hill
The 16th National Scout Jamboree will be held July 25 - Aug. 3, 2005, at Fort A.P. Hill, in Caroline County, Va.
The 2005 National Scout Jamboree will be the seventh consecutive jamboree at the 76,000-acre U.S. Army facility, located between Richmond, Va., and Washington, D.C., that has served as the permanent site for national jamborees since 1981.
To be one of the more than 30,000 youth attending the national jamboree, a Scout must
More information is available at local Scout council service centers. Also, the jamboree Web site, www.scouting.org/jamboree, contains information for Scouts and leaders as well as applications that can be easily downloaded.
BSA councils and Red Cross chapters join in new training partnership
The Boy Scouts of America and American Red Cross have joined together to enable more youth and adults to be prepared for lifesaving situations in local communities.
Local BSA councils, in conjunction with local Red Cross chapters, will train and certify BSA volunteers to teach courses in first aid, CPR, emergency response, and lifeguard training. Red Cross training curriculum will be available to BSA youth participants and adult volunteers to help earn the Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, and Lifesaving merit badges.
Roy L. Williams, Chief Scout Executive, and Marsha J. Evans, president of the American Red Cross, signed the agreement in February.
"We see this partnership with the Red Cross as an important component to ensuring our youth and volunteers have the best training available," Williams said.
"A major thrust of the program was to get local Red Cross chapters and local BSA councils working together more, sharing resources," said Ed Woodlock, director of the BSA's Health and Safety Service.
Both organizations benefit from the partnership. BSA participants have access to high-quality, standardized, and regularly revised Red Cross training programs and will receive both BSA and Red Cross certifications. Red Cross training will reach potentially 250,000 more individuals annually, resulting in an increase in actual and potential sources of volunteers to help the Red Cross in emergencies.
Boys' Life subscription increases this month
Beginning Sept. 1, 2003, the Boys' Life subscription price for registered members of the BSA will increase to $10.80 for 12 issues. A one-year subscription for non-BSA members will increase to $21.60.
Despite the higher subscription price, which is due to the rising cost of paper and postage, a one-year subscription to Boys' Life is still less than other popular youth magazines, such as Highlights for Children ($29.64), SI for Kids ($29.95) and Nickelodeon ($19.97 for 10 issues).
"We can all be proud of Boys' Life, the BSA's flagship publication," said publisher Warren Young. "The magazine's quality continues to be second to none while the cost to member subscribers is still one-half to one-third the cost of other youth magazines."
Volunteer opportunities abound during September's National Public Lands Day
During the 10th annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 20, thousands of Americans will participate in service projects to provide "Helping Hands for America's Lands."
Volunteers will work at more than 500 sites in 50 states, including national parks, monuments, wildlife refuges, forests, grasslands, marine sanctuaries, lakes, and reservoirs managed by government agencies but belonging to everyone.
Activities will focus on improving and preserving habitatsforests, mountains, prairies, plains, rivers, wetlands, and urban places that are home to a rich diversity of animals, birds, and plants. Volunteers will build bird nesting boxes, plant trees, sow seeds, clean up streams and waterways, and clear weeds and overgrown brush.
In addition to habitat restoration, volunteers will install signs, improve trails and campgrounds, and build facilities to enhance America's public lands.
The event is sponsored for the fifth consecutive year by Toyota Motor Sales USA. Additional sponsors include numerous federal agencies, state, county, and city governments, and state parks departments. For more information, including a list of sites, activities, and contacts, go to www.npld.com, or phone (800) 865-8337.
Minnesota Scouter is recognized for service to youth with disabilities
Alexandra (Sandy) Klas, of St. Paul, Minn., is the 2003 recipient of the Woods Services Award. Presented by the BSA and the Woods Services and Residential Treatment Center, Langhorne, Pa., the award recognizes exceptional service and leadership to Scouts with disabilities.
During 48 years of service, Klas has impacted the lives of thousands of young people with disabilities of all types and severity. She initiated the Indianhead Council's special needs emphasis and its Special Needs Division, and served as chairman of the division from 1984 to 1991. The Indianhead Council has recognized her many contributions with the Silver Beaver Award, Distinguished Community Builder Award, and Special Needs Award.
In addition to Scouting, she has served as officer and board member of a variety of other organizations, including statewide president for three years of the Minnesota Association for Children and Adults With Learning Disabilities. She is a life trustee of Hamline University and has received a variety of awards from state and local agencies for her accomplishments throughout the special needs community.
High adventure opportunities available for members of urban and rural troops and crews
The Operation Lifetime Adventures program enables deserving youth from Scout troops and Venturing crews in urban and rural communities, who may not otherwise have the financial means, to participate in a weeklong experience at one of the BSA's national high adventure bases.
The program is offered by the BSA National Council, in collaboration with the Scoutreach Division, local councils, and the three high adventure basesPhilmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, Northern Tier in Minnesota, and the Florida Sea Base.
Participation is limited to a patrol or crew of deserving youth accompanied by their unit leaders. Eligible Boy Scouts must have attained the rank of Star and demonstrated a desire to earn the Eagle Scout Award. Venturers must have received the Gold Award and demonstrated a desire to earn the Ranger Award. Adult leaders must be registered and trained volunteers.
Interested Scoutmasters and Venturing Advisors should talk to their council's Scoutreach unit-serving executives about this opportunity. A promotional brochure, No. 11-330, explaining Operation Lifetime Adventures, including scholarship opportunities, is scheduled to be available from the Scoutreach Division at the national office.
International Scouter's Award
The International Scouter's Award encourages Scouters to broaden their involvement in Scouting through participation in world Scouting activities and recognizes Scouters for their contributions to world Scouting.
Applicants must be registered adult Scouters with the BSA. They must receive approval of their local council's international committee chairperson or international representative and their council Scout executive.
Applicants must complete a total of six requirements from at least three of the following five categories: (1) giving leadership to international Scouting; (2) giving leadership to international events held in the United States; (3) giving leadership to international events held in other countries; (4) educating self and others; and (5) giving support to international Scouting.
Full requirements and an application form are available at council service centers or on the BSA Web site, www.scouting.org/international.
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