March - April 2003
Apply now for staff positions at BSA national high adventure bases
This summer the BSA will hire about 950 people to work at Philmont Scout Ranch, 160 at the Florida Sea Base, and 120 at the Northern Tier bases. Jobs range from crew guide to mountain bike instructor to food server.
Applicants must be physically fit, age 18 (by June 1) or older, and available to work from May 30 to Aug. 21 (through Aug. 31 for the Florida Sea Base). Starting salary is based on experience and ranges upward from $770 per month. Room and three meals a day are included. Contact each base for an application and information:
Philmont Scout Ranch, RR1, Box 35, Cimarron, NM 87714, (505) 376-2281, email@example.com.
Northern Tier National High Adventure Bases, P.O. Box 509, Ely, MN 55731-0509, (218) 365-4811, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florida National High Adventure Sea Base, P.O. Drawer 1906, Islamorada, FL 33036, (305) 664-4173, www.bsaseabase.org.
Innovative BSA service projects win awards in the annual Colgate Youth for America competition
A variety of Scout groups were honored for innovative and successful service projects in the 2001-2002 Colgate Youth for America campaign. Winners received grants from $100 to $1,000. They included a Tiger Cub den, a Webelos Scout den, a Sea Scout ship, an Explorer post, a local district, a Scout council, two Venturing crews, 17 Cub Scout packs, and 26 Boy Scout troops.
The top three BSA winners were:
Venturing Crew 60, Medway, Maine ($1,000), for its "Search and Rescue" program, in which the crew trains with Red Cross Disaster Services and (with trained adult volunteers) provides the rural community with a disaster team. Members assist with rescues on nearby mountains and at residential fires, floods, or natural disasters. The crew also shares it skills by teaching Cub Scouts basic first aid.
Boy Scout Troop 154, Blue Mountain Council, Kennewick, Wash. ($500), for its "Computers 4 Kids" program, in which the Scouts refurbish and then install educational software in old computers for low-income families whose children attend a nearby elementary school. The children who use the computers (nearly half are from migrant families with English as a second language) get better grades, learn the language faster, and participate in class more.
Cub Scout Pack 495, East St. Louis, Ill. ($300), for use of the BSA Reading Partners program, in which Cub Scouts host tutorial classes for more than 230 boys in first through fifth grades. Volunteer adults and older Cub Scouts partner with younger students, who read silently and then aloud to their partners. Each three-month program encompasses three age-appropriate books and Boys' Life magazine.
In addition to BSA units, the program honors projects of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Girls Incorporated, Camp Fire Inc., and the National 4-H Council.
A list of all 2001-2002 top winners is available at www.colgate.com (click on "Colgate Cares"), along with information for entering the next competition. Entry forms can be printed out and mailed to Colgate Youth for America, P.O. Box 1058, FDR Station, New York, NY 10150-1058, or obtained by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the above address. Entry deadline is March 31, 2003.
European Camp Staff Program seeks BSA Scouters
Scouters age 18 to 30 can have the opportunity to learn about Scouting in Europe and develop their leadership skills by working as a volunteer staff member at a Scout camp in Europe. Applicants must be registered BSA members and able to work for a minimum of six weeks.
Information and applications are available from the BSA International Division. Applications must be approved by the local Scout council and the International Division before being forwarded by the European Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement for final selection to individual host centers.
Placed applicants pay their own travel to and from the Scout center, after which the European Scout Region will refund 50 percent of an individual's travel costs.
Additionally, the Order of the Arrow is offering a limited number of scholarships to Arrowmen ages 18 through 20.
Application deadline is May 15. For more information, contact BSA International Division, 1325 W. Walnut Hill Ln., P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079; Web site, www.scouting.org/international; (972) 580-2403; FAX 972-580-2413; e-mail email@example.com.
The latest Scouting magazine index is available
The 2002 Index for Scouting magazine and indexes for each year back to 1970 are available. For an index, send a self-addressed, first-class-stamped 8-by-10-inch envelope; for more than three, add additional postage.
Order the indexes from Scouting Magazine Index, S304, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079.
Scouting magazine indexes for recent years are also available on the magazine's Web site, www.scoutingmagazine.org.
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