Eagle Scouts should apply now for college scholarships
Eagle Scouts who are graduating high school seniors may apply for more than $270,000 in college scholarships through the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA).
Applications must be postmarked no later than midnight on Feb. 28, 2004, and received by NESA no later than March 5, 2004.
Applicants 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 an SAT and/or ACT score acceptable to the standards set by the review committee.
Available scholarships include:
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 Scout council service centers, or from NESA, 1325 W. Walnut Hill Ln., P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079.
Tour permits are required for unit trips
Scout units planning trips are required to file an application for a tour permit with their local council office.
For trips of less than 500 miles one-way, unit leaders should submit a Local Tour Permit Application (No. 34426C). Trips of 500 miles or more one way from home or that cross national boundaries and enter into the territory of other nations require a National Tour Permit Application (No. 4419C), to be approved by both the local council and the BSA regional service center.
After receiving their approved tour permit, unit leaders may be required to show it to Scout officials and other authorized persons on their trip, such as for overnight camping on council properties and military bases.
In addition to keeping the council informed of unit activities, a tour permit serves other useful functions:
Cub Scout leaders often wonder if short den trips and outings require a Local Tour Permit. The answer is to check with your council service center regarding local policy on any trip you are planning.
The BSA publication Tours and Expeditions (No. 33737C) is recommended reading for leaders before filling out a tour permit application. It covers in detail the key steps for planning and organizing trips, necessary equipment, health and safety concerns (including transportation), and where to find additional information.
Trip leaders should also review the Guide to Safe Scouting (No. 34416D), which lists approved activities and the safety standards required for Scout youth participation.
The full text of the Guide is available on the BSA national Web site at www.scouting.org/pubs/gss. Leaders can also download copies of Local and National Tour Permit Application forms from the appendix
What's new at Boys' Life?
The January issue of Boys' Life contains new design and content that expands the magazine's new look, first launched with a major redesign in 2002.
"Following the 2002 redesign of our main features, cover, and logo, we decided to rework the entire package," said BL managing editor Bill Butterworth. "This provides readers with exciting content that is more timely and varied and brings a consistent look to the magazine, a complete, compelling package from the first to the last page."
The changes include:
The regular features in the back of the magazine, like how-to articles and Think & Grin, will also reflect Boys' Life's vibrant new design.
BSA Web site offers unit leaders a wide variety of helpful resources
Unit leaders can find an assortment of useful resources on the official BSA Web site, www.scouting.org.
Click on the leadership link for your program. Many materials are presented in PDF format, an electronic version of the printed editions available at council service centers.
Particularly valuable is the Guide to Safe Scouting (No. 34416D). The searchable online version provides BSA policies and guidelines to help leaders conduct activities in a safe and prudent manner.
Other helpful resources include:
American Legion Names Eagle Scout of the Year
The award, announced during The American Legion's board of directors meeting in May, includes a $10,000 college scholarship and is recognition of Aaron's citizenship at school, in Scouting, and in his church, Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa.
Aaron plans to study foreign policy and public affairs at Indiana University this fall.
The American Legion also awarded $2,500 scholarships to Randell S. Porch of Ship 801, Stuart, Fla.; Jason R. Lansdell of Troop 316, Nashville, Tenn.; and Jamil P. Coury of Troop 262, Glendale, Ariz.
The American Legion has supported Scouting since the veterans' group's first national convention in 1919. Legion posts are chartered organizations for more than 2,500 Scouting units, serving more than 72,000 youth.
The latest Scouting magazine index is available
The 2003 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.
Iowa State University to host 2004 Order of the Arrow Conference
More than 7,200 Arrowmen from 313 lodges are expected to attend the 28th National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, between July 31 and Aug. 5.
Among BSA national program events, only the quadrennial national Scout jamboree attracts more Scouts and Scouters.
NOAC is largely planned and carried out by youth, beginning with planning meetings in December prior to the conference. OA youth officer involvement from section, region, and national levels ensures a program that is exciting, relevant, and nonstop fun. More than 800 youth will join with 400 adult advisers to provide staff leadership for the conference.
OA members attending NOAC return home with:
NOAC reservation materials were mailed to councils in November. Youth and adult Arrowmen who are registered members of the BSA and have their council's approval are eligible to participate. Local council lodges are encouraged to provide every opportunity for persons under the age of 21 to attend the conference.
Scouts distribute U.S. flag booklets in council Good Turns
Across the Southeastern United States, council annual Good Turns have had a distinctly patriotic flavor in 2003 as Scouts distributed tens of thousands of informative booklets on the care, display, and history of the United States flag.
The project got a warm reception in many locales, especially those with large concentrations of military personnel.
For example, in Georgia's Chattahoochee Council, home of Fort Benning, one of the nation's largest Army bases, Scouts distributed 7,500 copies of a full-color, 16-page "Flag Book" in neighborhoods and churches.
"We got a great response in Columbus and other communities, and it was great visibility for Scouting," said council Scout Executive Trip Selman. "It was an excellent opportunity for us to step forward and show our patriotic spirit."
About 50 Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs participated in the council's February campaign, which saw boys handing out booklets door-to-door and also to people leaving church services. Columbus Mayor Bob Poydasheff served as honorary chairman.
The flag project was the brainchild of BSA Southern Region Director Parvin Bishop. "The regional office sent out CDs to all the councils with the basic information on it," Selman said, "and it was up to each council to take it from there."
Chattahoochee Scouters considered the project such a success that they plan a similar patriotism-themed "Good Turn" in 2004, Selman said.
Four units excel in writing fan mail to servicemen
Dedicated letter-writers in three Boy Scout troops and one Cub Scout pack have landed their units among the nation's top 20 youth organizations participating in the 2002-2003 "Fan Mail for the Troops" campaign.
The four units wrote and sent 4,800 pieces of mail to American servicemen during the annual campaign sponsored by Friends of Our Troops of Fayetteville, N.C. Honored for their high level of participation were Boy Scout Troop 328 of Salem, Wis.; Troop 98 of Brodheadsville, Pa.; Troop 12 of Fort Worth, Tex.; and Cub Scout Pack 35 of Spotswood, N.J.
"The boys were interested enough in doing it that we set up a special meeting as a time to write the letters," said Troop 12 assistant Scoutmaster Mike Flannagan. "And the rewarding thing was that so many of the servicemen wrote back."
This was the second straight year that Troop 12 had ranked in the top 20. Each letter was written by hand by one of the troop's 20 active members and signed by the boy who wrote it, said Russell Berrier, Scoutmaster of the troop which is more than three-quarters of a century old.
"Many of the servicemen who reply to our letters are former Scouts themselves," Berrier pointed out. "Sometimes they send patches from their uniforms back to the boys, and they talk about how their Scouting experience has helped them as fighting men. That really makes the boys feel good."
Troop 12 is encouraging more troops to get involved in the 2003-2004 fan mail campaign, which kicks into high gear during the Christmas season. "We did a display at an area camporee a while back, and we got lots of response from other troops," said Berrier. "That may mean more competition for a top 20 spot next time around, but we don't mind."
For information on how to join the letter-writing effort, contact Friends of Our Troops, P.O. Box 65408, Fayetteville, N.C. 28306-5408.
California council auction nets $500,000 in five years
An annual Scout auction that began in 1976 with a handful of donated items has turned into a financial bonanza for California's Ventura County Council, netting in excess of $500,000 for council programs over the past five years.
The 2003 version, held at the Sherwood Country Club in Westlake, Calif., and attended by a capacity crowd of 320, brought approximately $122,000 into council coffers, according to Barbara Steward, council finance secretary, and Leilani Bueltmann, in her 13th year serving as auction staff adviser. Volunteer Scouter Steve Hafen, a member of the council board and an officer of Wells Fargo Bank, chaired the event.
"We sell out all our available tables every year," Steward said, "and that's been happening as far back as I can remember."
The fund-raiser and black-tie dinner accompanying the auction are supported by more than a dozen major local business institutions, which serve as rotating sponsors. Principal sponsors for 2003 were Bank of America and Wells Fargo Foundation.
Scores of big-ticket items available to bidders include mini-vacation and family fun packages, golf packages, Super Bowl and Rose Bowl tickets, shopping sprees, airline tickets, new furniture and appliances, jewelry, clothing, luggage, autographed sports memorabilia, artwork, merchandise certificates, an appearance on the Drew Carey TV show, and a baby grand piano. All are donated without cost to the council.
The auction is divided into three segmentsa silent auction before the dinner, a live auction following dinner, and a "bid-a-gram" auction conducted by phone during dinner. Participants pay $125 to attend.
"It's a great opportunity to raise money for our program and introduce people to Scouting at the same time," said council district director Terry Richardson.
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