Changes to Northern Illinois and Indiana Councils

Posted on August 1st, 2014 in BSA Info,Hobby News,Hobby Trends by ramore

Received this update from Central Region:

August 1, 2014
To:                          Central Region Executive Committee
                                Central Region Area 7 Committee
                                Chicago Area Council Key Three
                                Three Fires Council Key Three
                                Northeast Illinois Council Key Three
Des Plaines Council Key Three
Calumet Council Key Three
Blackhawk Area Council Key Three
Rainbow Council Key Three
Northwest Suburban Council Key Three
                                Central Region Area Directors
From:                    Brian Williams, Central Region President
                                Reid Christopherson, Central Region Commissioner
                                Al Lambert, Central Region Director
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
After much research, discussion, and deliberation, the Central Region Executive Committee has adopted a multi-phase approach to the realignment of councils in the Chicago/Northwest Indiana Metropolitan area.
As Phase One, the geographical territory currently being served by Northwest Suburban Council, Chicago Area Council, Calumet Council and Des Plaines Valley Council will be assigned to a new council that will be created within the boundaries of these four councils.
It is believed that this new council, operating within these approved boundaries, will successfully position Scouting in the Chicago/Northwest Indiana Metropolitan area for the future.  This new council will be constructed and fully operational by early in the first quarter of 2015.  Until that time, the four legacy councils will continue to operate and should continue to provide the services necessary to support their Scouts and families.
The Central Region Executive Board will provide interim governance and support for the newly created council.   National Executive Board member Ray Wood has been appointed to lead our support of the legacy councils during the transition.  Ray’s committee will include representatives of both the National Executive Board and our Regional Board.  Deputy Regional Director Fred Wallace has been appointed to lead the daily operations of the new council during the build out and will replace Matt Thornton as interim Scout Executive in our legacy councils.    You will hear from Ray and Fred shortly.
Phase Two of the project will begin later in 2015.  During this phase we will look at the councils and the territory surrounding the new council and will continue to explore the best alignment of communities aligned to provide strong Scouting programs to more youth.  Some of these could include:
·         A review of the territory served by the Rainbow Council including potential consolidation, collaboration and/or shared resources.
·         A review of the territory served by the Blackhawk Area Council, Three Fires Council and Northeast Illinois Council which could include discussions of consolidation, collaboration, shared resources, and boundary realignment.
·         A review of the Wisconsin and Iowa territory included in Area 7 and Area 3 to determine if those counties are being served in the best possible manner.
·         Other areas of review as determined.
While there will be much to discuss as the new council is built, we look forward to the Area 7 committee engaging with you to insure that every youth has an opportunity to join a strong program this fall.  This is surely the Main Thing…more youth across Area 7 experiencing the fun and adventure of Scouting.  Mike Duffee and Ernie Froemel continue to provide strong leadership to Area 7 – please count on them.
A sincere thank you is extended to the multitude of volunteers and professionals that have participated in the consolidation talks the past two years.  Your input was invaluable throughout this process.

eBay lot takes in the unknowing

Posted on June 22nd, 2014 in Fakes,Hobby Trends,Rank by ramore

Here’s the title of a recent offering on eBay (end of May, 2014)

***RARE*** Vintage Boy Eagle Scout Type 1 Or 2 Rank Patch Badge BSA Merit Award

With the following description:

This is an extremely rare vintage 1924 Eagle Scout rank patch that has been kept in excellent condition and is certainly a rare find! I’m not sure if this is a type 1 or 2 but either way it is an extremely rare patch! This patch is a collectors dream and is something that everyone desires but no everyone gets! Bid on it now to secure that you will be the next owner of this amazing patch that is part of scouting history!! Happy Bidding!!! Let me know if you have any question!

And here’s a picture of the listing and patch:

But rather than be an authentic first issue Eagle patch, it is from the modern BSA issued commemorative Eagle patch display.

Now the history of avarice and greed are not new to our hobby. At one level, one can reach more collectors more quickly than ever before but at another level frauds can be found out more quickly. Moral of the story: buy from reputable dealers who know the patches (and that really is fewer than many realize). Also, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Update:

This seller is back now listing this as:

***RARE***Vintage Eagle Scout Rank Boy Scout Patch 1924 – 1932

with this description:

This eagle rank is an extremely rare find and has been passed down from my grandpa’s collection! He had it displayed and sewn onto a navy blue felt material years ago and this is how I got it from him. This is a patch is in amazing condition compared to others which is really hard to find and is a collectors dream! I have to start getting rid of his collection and this one must go! Let me know if you have any questions that I can help you with and make sure you get this for your collection today!!! Thank you!!

and here’s the picture:

 

WRONG!!!!!

I see that someone did get taken in. Bought it. Paid for it. Received it and then when pointing out that it was the modern fake/repro and tried to return it the seller tried to charge a $125 re-stocking fee. What a scam!

 

BSA National Volunteer President Robert Gates’ remarks to 5/22 National Meeting

Posted on May 27th, 2014 in BSA Info by ramore

Here is the text of incoming National BSA President Robert Gates to the Boy Scouts of America National Meeting in Nashville, TN on May 22nd.

REMARKS

DR. ROBERT GATES

PRESIDENT, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

NATIONAL ANNUAL MEETING

MAY 22, 2014

I AM DEEPLY HONORED BY YOUR VOTE OF CONFIDENCE IN ELECTING ME AS NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF

THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA. I HAVE BEEN PRIVILEGED TO HOLD A NUMBER OF HIGH-RANKINGPOSITIONS IN MY LIFE, BUT NONE MEANS MORE THAN TO LEAD THE ORGANIZATION THAT,

FOR ME, ENABLED ALL THE REST. FOR IT WAS AS A BOY SCOUT THAT I LEARNED THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF LEADERSHIP.

NOW, AS AN ASIDE, I MUST SHARE WITH YOU THAT MY BECOMING NATIONAL PRESIDENT AFTER A CAREER IN CIA BRINGS SCOUTING FULL CIRCLE BECAUSE, YOU SEE, ROBERTBADEN POWELL DURING HIS MILITARY CAREER SERVED AS A SPY. HE WORKED FOR THE BRITISH DIRECTOR OF MILITARY INTELLIGENCE AND OPERATING UNDER COVER IN THE MEDITERREAN, SOMETIMES POSED AS A

BUTTERFLY COLLECTOR. HE ONCE SAID, “FOR ANYONE TIRED OF LIFE, THE THRILLING LIFE OF A SPY SHOULD BE THE VERY FINEST RECUPERATOR.” HE DID PIONEERING WORK IN RECONNAISSANCE, OR AS THE MILITARY THEN CALLED IT, SCOUTING. JUST A BIT OF TRIVIA WITH WHICH YOU CAN WIN SMALL BETS.

BEFORE I GO ANY FURTHER, LET ME THANK WAYNE PERRY FOR HIS DYNAMIC AND HISTORIC LEADERSHIP DURING A PERIOD OF CHALLENGE FOR THE BOY SCOUTS. WAYNE, WE ALL OWE YOU A GREAT DEBT OF GRATITUDE FOR YOUR REMARKABLE SERVICE, YOUR DEVOTION TO THIS MOVEMENT AND YOUR STEADY HAND OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS. I KNOW THERE WERE COUNTLESS VOLUNTEERS IN MAKING THE FIRST-EVER NATIONAL JAMBOREE AT THE SUMMIT A HUGE SUCCESS, BUT IT WAS

YOUR VISION AND DRIVE THAT GOT US THERE.

A FEW WORDS ABOUT MY SCOUTING RESUME. SCOUTING WAS A BIG PART OF MY LIFE GROWING UP. I

HAVE A PHOTOGRAPH OF MY FATHER IN HIS BOY SCOUT UNIFORM IN FRONT OF HIS HOUSE IN KANSAS CITY, A PHOTGRAPH TAKEN IN 1918. THERE WAS NEVER ANY QUESTION IN OUR HOUSE ABOUT JOINING THE SCOUTS. I WAS A CUB SCOUT, BOY SCOUT AND EXPLORER SCOUT IN QUIVERA COUNCIL IN WICHITA, KANSAS. MY OLDER BROTHER AND I ARE BOTH EAGLE SCOUTS AND ALSO BOTH

EARNED OUR GOD AND COUNTRY AWARD. WE BOTH ATTENDED NATIONAL JAMBOREES AT VALLEY FORGE, HE IN 1950 AND I IN 1957. I RECEIVED MY VIGIL HONOR IN THE ORDER OF THE ARROW IN HI-CHAKO-LO LODGE IN WICHITA. I REMAINED ACTIVE IN SCOUTING AS A COLLEGE STUDENT, SERVING AS AN ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTER IN WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA. AND THEN I WENT MISSING FOR THIRTY YEARS.

OH, MY SON WAS A SCOUT DURING MUCH OF THE TIME I WAS DIRECTOR OF CIA. I’LL NEVER FORGET THE FATHER-AND-SON WILDERNESS CAMP-OUT NEAR CHESAPEAKE BAY. I THINK THE WILDERNESS ASPECT OF THE OVERNIGHTER WAS PROBABLYDIMINISHED BY THE TWO LARGE BLACK TRUCKS WITH SATELLITE DISHES PARKED NEARBY AND THE FACT THAT CIA OFFICERS ESTABLISHED A SECURITY

PERIMETER AROUND THE ENTIRE CAMP. TO MY SECURITY OFFICERS’ CHAGRIN, THE SUNDAY MORNING ACTIVITY WAS TEACHING THE KIDS HOW TO SHOOT SKEET –JUST WHAT THE SECURITY GUYS WANTED: ME, THE CIA DIRECTOR, IN THE MIDST OF A BUNCH OF 12 AND 13 YEAR OLDS WITH SHOTGUNS.

WHEN I RETIRED AS CIA DIRECTOR IN 1993, I WAS APPROACHED ABOUT JOINING THE BOARD OF THE

NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA COUNCIL.WHEN PEOPLE ASKED WHY I HAD BEEN INACTIVE FOR SO LONG, I REPLIED IMPLY, “BECAUSE NO ONE ASKED ME TO HELP.” AND THAT WAS BEHIND THE EFFORT I STARTED IN THE MID-1990S AS PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL EAGLE SCOUT ASSOCIATION

TO IDENTIFY, LOCATE AND TRY TO RE-ENLIST ADULT EAGLE SCOUTS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY WHO WERE INACTIVE IN SCOUTING. WE COULD NOT –AND CANNOT –AFFORD TO HAVE SUCH MEN SAY I HAVEN’T RE-ENGAGED BECAUSE NOBODY ASKED ME.

NOT LONG AFTER I RETIRED AS SECRETARY OF DEFENSE IN THE SUMMER OF 2011, THE LONG ARM OF

SCOUTING REACHED OUT AGAIN. IT HAS A WAY OF DOING THAT. I ELUDED THE ARM FOR A WHILE, BUT IT SOON BECAME APPARENT THAT RESISTANCE WAS FUTILE. AND SO I STAND BEFORE YOU TODAY MAKING MY FIRST SPEECH TO A NATIONAL GATHERING OF SCOUTS SINCE THE 2010 JAMBOREE.

WHY AM I HERE? SIMPLY BECAUSE I CONTINUE TO BELIEVE, AS I HAVE THROUGHOUT MY LIFE, THAT THERE IS NO FINER PROGRAM FOR PREPARING AMERICAN BOYS AND YOUNG MEN FOR LEADERSHIP THAN THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA.

FIFTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, WHEN I RECEIVED MY EAGLE, I WAS A FIFTEEN YEAR OLD BOY ATTENDING HIGH SCHOOL. I WASN’T A STRAIGHT A STUDENT, NOR WAS I A PARTICULARLY GOOD ATHLETE. ALTHOUGH I WAS INVOLVED IN SCHOOL ACTIVITIES, I WASN’T REALLY A STUDENT LEADER. THIS WAS ALL TRUE IN COLLEGE AS WELL. WHEN I WENT TO WASHINGTON, D.C. AT AGE 22, I COULD FIT EVERYTHING I OWNED INTO THE BACKSEAT OF MY CAR. I HAD NO CONNECTIONS AND I DIDN’T KNOW A SOUL. THE ONLY THING I HAD DONE IN MY LIFE TO THAT POINT THAT LED ME TO THINK I COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE,

THAT I COULD BE A LEADER, WAS TO EARN MY EAGLE SCOUT BADGE. IT WAS THE ONLY THING I HAD

DONE THAT DIFFERENTIATED ME FROM SO MANY OTHER HIGH SCHOOL KIDS. IT WAS THE FIRST THING I HAD DONE THAT TOLD ME I MIGHT BE DIFFERENT BECAUSE I HAD WORKED HARDER, WAS MORE DETERMINED, MORE GOAL-ORIENTED, MORE PERSISTENT THAN MOST OTHERS.

EARNING MY EAGLE GAVE ME THE SELF CONFIDENCE TO BELIEVE, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, THAT I COULD ACHIEVE WHATEVER I SET MY MIND TO. MY EAGLE AWARD WAS THE FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT STEP, TOWARD EVERYTHING I WOULD LATER ACCOMPLISH.

I ALSO AGREED TO SERVE AS PRESIDENT OF THE BOY SCOUTS BECAUSE THE INSTITUTION THAT PLAYED SUCH AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN SHAPING MY LIFE TODAY FACES SOME DAUNTING CHALLENGES.

WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH ASKED ME TO BECOME SECRETARY OF DEFENSE IN 2006 WE WERE LOSING TWO WARS. I TOLD HIM,“IF YOU THINK I CAN HELP, IT IS MY DUTY TO DO SO.” IF ALL OF YOU THINK I CAN HELP SCOUTING, THEN IT IS MY DUTY TO DO SO.

I HAVE A REPUTATION FOR BLUNTNESS AND CANDOR. AS I USED TO TELL FOREIGN LEADERS WHO WERE TAKEN ABACK BY MY PLAIN TALK, IF I HAD WANTED TO BE A DIPLOMAT, I’D HAVE JOINED THE STATE DEPARTMENT — NOT CIA. MY BLUNTNESS MAY DISTURB SOME OF YOU, BUT IT’S PART OF THE PACKAGE. AND MAYBE IT’S TIME FOR BLUNT TALK.

LET ME SAY RIGHT HERE THAT AS PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL EAGLE SCOUT ASSOCIATION AND MEMBER OF THE BOARD BETWEEN 1997 AND 2006, I WAS HARSHLY CRITICAL OF THE WAY THIS ORGANIZATION WAS RUN. I FREQUENTLY DESCRIBED MEETINGS OF THE BOARD AS HAVING ALL THE SPONTANEITY OF A MEETING OF THE SUPREME SOVIET OR OF THE CHINESE COMMUNIST CENTRAL COMMITTEE. EVERYTHING SEEMED SCRIPTED AND THE VOLUNTEER LEADERS SEEMED TO ME TO BE

LARGELY FIGUREHEADS. ON RETURNING TO THE BOARD, I BELIEVE ALL THAT HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY. THANKS TO THE LEADERSHIP OF REX TILLERSON, WAYNE PERRY, BOB

MAZUCCA, WAYNE BROCK AND MANY OTHERS, I BELIEVE THE VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP HAS ASSUMED ITS PROPER ROLE AS THE GUIDING HAND OF THIS MOVEMENT.

THERE IS STILL ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT, BUT AS SOMEONE WHO HAS NOT BEEN INVOLVED FOR THE PAST EIGHT YEARS, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEN AND NOW IS LIKE NIGHT AND DAY.

IN EACH ORGANIZATION I HAVE LED, MY GOAL HAS BEEN TO MAKE GOOD INSTITUTIONS BETTER. IF YOU WANTED THE STATUS QUO, YOU SURELY GOT THE WRONG GUY. SO, WHAT WILL BE MY PRIORITIES DURING THE TWO YEAR TERM I WILL SERVE AS PRESIDENT?

FIRST, TO CONTINUE TO IMPROVE TRANSPARENCY IN THE VOLUNTEER GOVERNANCE OF SCOUTING. THE BSA IS NOT THE CIA. WE SHOULD HAVE NO SECRETS FROM EACH OTHER OR FROM OUR VOLUNTEERLEADERS ACROSS THE NATION. THE BOARD HAS ASKED AUBREY HARWELL TO

CHAIR AN AD HOC COMMITTEE TO LOOK AT OUR BY-LAWS, REGULATIONS AND GOVERNANCE.

AMONG OTHER THINGS, I WANT AUBREY’S GROUP TO LOOK AT HOW WE CAN BE MORE TRANSPARENT TO VOLUNTEERS NATIONWIDE ABOUT ALL ASPECTS OF OUR OPERATIONS.

I INTEND TO MAKE THAT AN IMPORTANT PRIORITY. A SECOND PRIORITY IS TO IMPROVE OUR MARKETING, WHICH IN TURN IS CLOSELY TIED TO RECRUITMENT AND TO OUR REPUTATION. I BELIEVE THAT THE LION’S SHARE OF OUR MARKETING – AND OUR SPENDING ON MARKETING – SHOULD BE LOCAL. THE SUCCESS OR FAILURE OF IMPROVING COUNCIL FINANCES AND RECRUITMENT OF BOTH BOYS AND ADULT VOLUNTEERS DEPENDS ON LOCAL ACTION AND LOCAL SUPPORT.

LET’S FACE IT, THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA IS NOT LIKELY TO GET MUCH FAVORABLE PUBLICITY AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL. FIRST OF ALL, YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THAT THE NATIONAL MEDIA ISN’T MUCH INTO REPORTING GOOD NEWSOF ANY KIND. FURTHER, I BELIEVE MARKETING AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL IS NOT VERY USEFUL EITHER IN TERMS OF RECRUITMENT OR FUND – RAISING FOR COUNCILS.

RECRUITMENT FOR SURE, AND MOST FUND – RAISING, MUST BE DONE RETAIL – ONE FAMILY AT A TIME, ONE DONOR AT A TIME, AND BOTH FACE-TO-FACE.

I THINK OUR MARKETING NEEDS TO BE FOCUSED ON LOCAL MEDIA – WHETHER TRADITIONAL LOCAL

TELEVISION AND NEWSPAPERS OR SOCIAL MEDIA. EVERY DAY, IN EVERY DISTRICT AND EVERY COUNCIL, THERE ARE COUNTLESS GOOD NEWS STORIES ABOUT SCOUTING, FROM EAGLE PROJECTS AND SCOUT SERVICE PROJECTS HELPING THE COMMUNITY TO SCOUTS HELPING OUT DURING NATURAL DISASTERS

  • SUCH AS SCOUTS DID AFTER THE HORRIFIC MUDSLIDE IN OSO, WASHINGTON , NOT TOO FAR

FROM WHERE I LIVE. FOCUSING ON GETTING THESE STORIES LOCAL PUBLICITY ON A CONTINUING BASIS SEEMS TO ME A WAY TO INTEGRATE LOCAL MARKETING WITH LOCAL RECRUITMENT AND FUND -RAISING.

FOR THE MOST PART, THE ROLE OF THE NATIONAL OFFICE SHOULD BE TO DEVELOP AND MAKE AVAILABLE TO COUNCILS THE MEDIA TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES THEY MAY FIND USEFUL.

MANY COUNCIL SCOUT EXECUTIVES AND PROFESSIONALS ARE UNEASY ABOUT ENGAGING WITH

LOCAL MEDIA BECAUSE THEY ARE SO OFTEN FOCUSED ON SUBJECTS LIKE MEMBERSHIP POLICY OR PAST ABUSE. SO, MAYBE WE OUGHT TO THINK ABOUT HOW TO ENGAGE LOCAL VOLUNTEER LEADERS IN REACHING OUT TO LOCAL MEDIA WITH STORIES ABOUT OUR SCOUTS DOING GREAT THINGS FOR THAT COMMUNITY. AND ABOUT WHY FAMILIES NEED SCOUTING IN THEIR LIVES. REPORTERS ARE

A LOT LESS LIKELY TO CONFRONT PARENTS OR VOLUNTEERS WITH NATIONAL POLICY ISSUES THAN SCOUT PROFESSIONALS.

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TIP O’NEILL FAMOUSLY SAID THAT ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL. I WOULD PARAPHRASE THAT TO SAY ALL RECRUITMENT AND NEARLY ALL POSITIVE SCOUT STORIES ARE LOCAL– AND I THINK THE TWO ARE RELATED. SO, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF NEW VICE PRESIDENT FOR MARKETING DAVID WEEKLY, LET’S THINK ABOUT HOW BETTER TO ENABLE LOCAL SCOUT COUNCILS AND DISTRICTS TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT ALL THE GOOD THEY ARE DOING.

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS SHOULD BE AN ENABLER, NOT THE DRIVER.

I’VE MENTIONED RECRUITMENT SEVERAL TIMES. WE ALL KNOW THE DOWNWARD DIRECTION OF OUR MEMBERSHIP NUMBERS. WE MUST FIRST STOP THE DECLINE AND THEN BEGIN TO ADDRESS HOW WE GROW AGAIN. I DON’T HAVE ANY EASY ANSWERS TO THIS CHALLENGE. I DO BELIEVE IT STARTS WITH EMPHASIS ON RECRUITING CUB SCOUTS. TEACHING LEADERSHIP AND SKILLS ARE IMPORTANT REASONS FOR JOINING SCOUTS FOR ALL OF US, BUT I SUSPECT THAT FOR MOST PARENTS OF BOYS OF CUB SCOUT AGE, WHAT THEY WANT MOST OF ALL IS A CHANCE TO SPEND TIME WITH THEIR KIDS. UNLIKE

MANY OTHER ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE TO BOYS, SCOUTING OFFERS PARENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE FULLY ENGAGED SIDE-BY-SIDE WITH THEIR CHILD – NOT JUST CHEERING FROM THE SIDELINES. PERHAPS WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT HOW BETTER TO GET THAT ACROSS TO PEOPLE. IF WE CAN GET BOYS INTO CUBSCOUTS, OUR ROLE MODELS, THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE A WORLD THEY WOULD NEVER OTHERWISE SEE AND FUTURES THEY NEVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE. AT EVERY LEVEL OF SCOUTING,

EXPANDING SCOUTREACH NEEDS TO BE A RENEWED PRIORITY FOR US. WHETHER RECRUITING OR FUND RAISING, WE NEED RENEWEDEMPHASIS ON BUILDING STRONGER RELATIONSHIPS IN OUR COMMUNITIES – WITH SCHOOLS, OTHER NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, CHURCHES, AND CIVIC, SERVICE AND VETERANS’ ORGANIZATIONS.

FURTHER, WE NEED TO BE FAR MORE AGGRESSIVE IN RECRUITING HISPANIC, AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND ASIAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY LEADERS TO OUR COUNCIL, REGIONAL AND NATIONAL BOARDS. NOTHING WILL HELP OUR RECRUITMENT IN THESE COMMUNITIES MORE THAN TO HAVE SUCH LEADERS INVOLVED IN AND AS ADVOCATES FOR SCOUTING.

WE HAVE PREVIOUSLY TALKED THE TALK. NOW IT IS TIME TO WALK THE WALK.

ALSO KEY TO RECRUITMENT IS CONTINUED PROGRAM INNOVATION TO ENSURE THAT SCOUTING REMAINS RELEVANT TO BOYS AND YOUNG MEN IN THE 21ST CENTURY. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE STEM INITIATIVE ON ITS OWN MERITS BUT ALSO BECAUSE PARENTS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE DRAWN TO A PROGRAM THAT, IN ADDITION TO BEING FUN, WILL HELP THEIR SONSAND DAUGHTERS DO BETTER IN SCHOOL.

A TWO YEAR TERM ISN’T A LONG TIME. TRANSPARENCY, MARKETING, RETENTION AND RECRUITMENT, CONTINUED PROGRAM INNOVATION. THESE WILL BE MY PRIORITIES.

PLUS ONE OTHER. IN EACH INSTITUTION I HAVE LED – CIA AND THE AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, , TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE – THERE HAS BEEN TENSION

BETWEEN THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION OR HEADQUARTERS AND THE FIELD. THUS, THE TENSION

BETWEEN BSA’S NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS AND THE COUNCILS IS NEITHER UNIQUE NOR SURPRISING.

BUT I HAVE A STRONG PREDILECTION FOR EMPOWERING FIELD COMMANDERS – THOSE ON THE FRONT LINES – AND HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE. THEY ARE THE ONES CHARGED WITH ACCOMPLISHING

THE MISSION – IN OUR CASE, RECRUITING BOYS AND VOLUNTEER LEADERS, RAISING FUNDS, AND DELIVERING A QUALITY PROGRAM.

I KNOW THAT THE DEDICATED PROFESSIONALS ON THE NATIONAL COUNCIL STAFF AGREE WITH THE EMPHASIS ON LOCAL COUNCIL SUPPORT. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH WAYNE BROCK AND HIS TEAM TO REVIEW NATIONAL COUNCIL PROCEDURES, POLICIES AND REGULATIONS TO CONTINUE THE EFFORT TO MAKE OUR NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS A MORE EFFECTIVE AND RESPONSIVE SERVICE CENTER FOR COUNCILS — AN ASSET FOR THEM AND NOT A THORN IN THEIR SIDE.

INDEED, MAYBE WHAT IS NOW KNOWN AS THE BSA NATIONAL OFFICE OR HEADQUARTERS OUGHT TO BE RENAMED THE BSA NATIONAL SERVICE CENTER TO BE A CONSTANT REMINDER OF ITS MISSION.

AND I WANT TO HEAR FROM COUNCIL AND REGIONAL SCOUT EXECUTIVES AND BOARD PRESIDENTS IF THEY HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THE QUALITY OR LEVEL OF SUPPORT THEY ARE RECEIVING FROM HEADQUARTERS – AND SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVING THAT SUPPORT OR OTHER CONCERNS ABOUT OUR MOVEMENT.

FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT WILL HAVE A FULL TIME, INDEPENDENT REPRESENTATIVE AT SCOUT HEADQUARTERS TO HELP ME BE MORE EFFECTIVE FOR SCOUTING. CHARLES CRIMMINS HAS SUPPORTED ME FOR TWO YEARS IN MY ROLE AS CHANCELLOR OF THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY AND NOW WILL DO SO IN IRVING FOR MY SCOUTING ROLE. I URGE YOU TO MAKE HIS ACQUAINTANCE. DON’T HESITATE TO CONTACT CHARLES WITH YOUR SUGGESTIONS, CONCERNS AND ISSUES WHERE YOU THINK I CAN HELP. HE WILL BE THE FOCAL POINT FOR ALL COMMUNIATIONS WITH ME AND ALSO MY TRAVELS AROUND THE COUNTRY IN SUPPORT OF SCOUTING.

CHARLES, PLEASE STAND SO FOLKS CAN RECOGNIZE YOU.

FINALLY, LET ME ADDRESS THE MEMBERSHIP ISSUE, AN ISSUE THAT HAS LEFT US DIVIDED, DISTRACTED AND DEFENSIVE. A YEAR AGO, THIS MEETING SAW A RESPECTFUL AND CIVIL DEBATE OVER MEMBERSHIP POLICY.

IN A DEMOCRATIC PROCESS, A STRONG MAJORITY OF THE VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP OF THIS MOVEMENT FROM ALL ACROSS THE NATION VOTED TO WELCOME GAY YOUTH INTO SCOUTING. IN ALL

CANDOR, I WOULD HAVE SUPPORTED GOING FURTHER, AS I DID IN OPENING THE WAY FOR GAYS TO SERVE IN CIA AND IN THE MILITARY. THAT SAID,I ACCEPT THE VOTE OF A YEAR AGO, AND I STRONGLY SUPPORT IT.

AND, IN ITS IMPLEMENTATION, SCOUTING MUST PROVIDE A WELCOMING AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR GAY YOUTH, A PLACE WHERE THEY CAN BENEFIT FROM SCOUTING AND NOT FACE BULLYING OR DISRESPECT.

BUT, I ALSO BELIEVE STRONGLY THAT WE MUST PUT THIS ISSUE BEHIND US AND MOVE FORWARD, RE-FOCUSING OUR ENERGIES AND OUR PASSION ON MAKING SCOUTING AN EVEN BIGGER, BETTER PROGRAM FOR KIDS.

I AM, AS YOU MUST ALREADY KNOW, A HARD-EYED REALIST. GIVEN THE STRONG FEELINGS – THE PASSION – INVOLVED ON BOTH SIDES OF THIS MATTER, I BELIEVE STRONGLY THAT TO RE-OPEN THE MEMBERSHIP ISSUE OR TRY TO TAKE LAST YEAR’S DECISION TO THE NEXT STEP WOULD IRREPARABLY

FRACTURE AND PERHAPS EVEN PROVOKE A FORMAL, PERMANENT SPLIT IN THIS MOVEMENT — WITH THE HIGH LIKELIHOOD NEITHER SIDE WOULD SUBSEQUENTLY SURVIVE ON ITS OWN. THAT IS JUST A FACT OF LIFE.

AND WHO WOULD PAY THE PRICE FOR DESTROYING THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA? MILLIONS OF SCOUTS TODAY AND SCOUTS YET UNBORN. WE MUST ALWAYS PUT THE KIDS AND THEIR INTERES

TS FIRST. THUS, DURING MY TIME AS PRESIDENT, I WILL OPPOSE ANY EFFORT TO RE-OPEN THIS ISSUE.

NO ONE CAN FORETELL WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE BUT, NOW – AT THIS MOMENT IN OUR HISTORY – WE MUST MOVE FORWARDBY FOCUSING ON WHAT UNITES US: OUR BELIEF THAT THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA IS THE FINEST ORGANIZATION IN THE WORLD FOR BUILDING CHARACTER WHILE TEACHING BOYS AND YOUNG MEN TO MEET AND OVERCOME CHALLENGES, TO CHEERFULLY SERVE OTHERS, AND TO LIVE LIVES BASED ON THE PRINCIPLES OF THE SCOUT OATH AND LAW.

IT IS TIME TO FOCUS ON THE FUTURE, AND TO DO SO WITH CONFIDENCE AND HIGH EXPECTATIONS. WE ARE UNITED BECAUSE WE ALL BELIEVE IN THE EXTRAORDINARY POWER OF SCOUTING TO BE A FORCE FOR GOOD IN A COMMUNITY AND IN THE LIVES OF ITS BOYS AND YOUNG MEN. WE ARE UNITED BECAUSE WE ALL BELIEVE THAT EVERY BOY WHO JOINS THE SCOUTS IS A BOY ON THE RIGHT TRACK. WE ARE UNITED IN OUR VISION OF A COMMUNITY OF INVOLVED, COMMITTED ADULTS WHO PROVIDE THE CHANCE FOR EVERY BOY TO HAVE FRIENDS HIS OWN AGE WITH WHOM HE CAN CAMP AND LEARN AND

LAUGH, LED BY CARING ADULTS WHO SET AN EXAMPLE NOT JUST OF SKILLS, BUT OF CHARACTER

, OF THE JOY OF SERVICE, OF THE JOY OF LIFE. ADULTS WHO ARE LEADERS AND TEACH BOYS TO BE LEADERS.

AT THE END OF THE ORDER OF THE ARROW ORDEAL INITIATION CEREMONY, UNCAS, SON OF THE CHIEF OF THE DELAWARES, SAYS TO HIS FATHER, “IF WE WOULD REMAIN A NATION, WE MUST STAND BY ONE ANOTHER. LET US BOTH URGE ON OUR KINDRED FIRM DEVOTION TO OUR BRETHREN AND OUR CAUSE. OURSELVES FORGETTING, LET US CATCH THE HIGHER VISION. LET US FIND THE GREATER BEAUTY IN THE LIFE OF CHEERFUL SERVICE.”

IN CHALLENGING BOYS TO LEARN SKILLS, MASTER CHALLENGES AND TO STRIVE TO LIVE UP TO HIGH

PRINCIPLES AND MORAL VALUES, TO FIND THE GREATER BEAUTY IN A LIFE OF CHEERFUL SERVICE, TO BUILD STRONG CHARACTER, SCOUTING TEMPERS THEM AND TURNS THEM INTO STRONG LEADERS FOR TOMORROW. LEADERS WE DESPERATELY NEED.

SCOUTING’S GIFT TO AMERICA – ITS LEGACY – FOR OVER A CENTURY HAS BEEN ONE GENERATION AFTER ANOTHER OF WORTHY LEADERS FOR OUR COMMUNITIES AND FOR OUR COUNTRY. THE CHALLENGE BEFORE US, HERE TODAY AND GOING FORWARD, IS THE SAME THAT FACED OUR PREDECESSORS: IN THE WORDS OF UNCAS, “FIRM DEVOTION TO OUR BRETHREN AND OUR CAUSE” –TO SUSTAIN AND STRENGTHEN SCOUTING SO THAT IT CONTINUES TO PROVIDE FOR AMERICA SERVANT LEADERS OF CHARACTER, OF FAITH, OF SKILL, OF COURAGE.

RESOLUTE AND UNITED, THIS MUST BE OUR COMMITMENT.

THIS MUST BE OUR OATH.

THIS MUST BE OUR PRAYER.

THIS MUST BE OUR PARTING PLEDGE TO ONE ANOTHER.

GOD BLESS THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, AND GOD BLESS AMERICA.

BSA Supply Division report circa 1923

Posted on May 13th, 2014 in Fakes,Insignia by ramore

We do get some interesting items come through our hands. This is small BSA publication from the Department of Scout Supplies (or Supply Service – it wasn’t a Division yet). Among this annual report is a list of companies and individuals that it had to “dissuade” from unauthorized use of Boy Scout name, title, insignia and uniforms during 1923. Now our question is, what was some of this stuff?

The report also has some overall stats for the service – 97,907 orders processed at an average of $5.03 (and in 1923 dollars that was pretty substantial). They had 50 employees.

 

False Advertising? – rerpo Lone Scout Patch

Posted on April 27th, 2014 in Fakes,Insignia,OA by ramore

My friend Roger Schustereit sent me a link to some eBay auctions. On the first screen, one caught my attention title “BOY SCOUT LONE SCOUT LSA FELT PATCH Cir:1922-1927″

It shows an early LSA felt on felt patch. But, looking at the thumbnail, it didn’t ‘feel’ right. Looking closer, it is stitched incorrectly for that patch and era.

Then, getting into the detail description, in lowercase, it notes that this is a reproduction. Basically, feels kind of mis-leading (although at least he did mention its a reproduction). Its a patch most folks would NOT know the difference from the original because it is so rare. What happens when this patch moves from eBay to a collection?

Going on with this seller’s listings he’s offering, according to the title, “Brand New Tonkawa A2 Felt Arrowhead patch – Super Rare”

Again the details note its a reproduction (a poor one at that) but… the title is bull-crud and hyped. Again, I view this as dangerous for the hobby. What if the buyer pairs up a print-out of the auction “title” page with this patch (but does not show the details from the description)?

Oh well, one more fake to ad to OABlueBook.com

Council Employee Badges circa 1950s

Posted on April 7th, 2014 in Adult Position Badges,Insignia by ramore

In the “We’re still always learning” category comes something Destry just picked up while going through the October, 1956 BSA Uniforms and Insignia guide. What caught both of us is that there was a special pin for women employees of the Boy Scouts. See the write-up below:

Here’s the patch for men:

And the corresponding pin – again for men (this is a double clutch version which would be from 1963-1968):

Now we’ve both seen the pin. Probably have one around here but never paid attention to it nor knew that this is what exactly it was for (frankly, I had thought both genders used the pin pictured above).

The rest of the page this information came from shows some ‘sexy’ patches, in my opinion. I’ve always like “one-person” patches. Badges of office that only one person in the country could wear.

Neat Camp Tom Wooten site

Posted on December 28th, 2013 in Camps,Hobby Trends by ramore

Just this past week I was discussing with a senior collector about the struggles in the hobby right now with knowledge. We are creating so many items that its hard to keep up with what’s newly issued and as a result the older, seldom seen items get missed or forgotten. Ultimately the solution is better education and education tools.

Against that is technology is giving us better tools to record and share information than ever before. This thought comes to mind as I was responding to a share of an eBay auction for an old Camp Tom Wooten felt camp patch.

The title says it was from the 1930s. To me it didn’t quite have that “feel” as I have patches with this design in my collection that are dated in the 1940s. Well, a person quickly was able share a web-site link that showed the historical Camp Tom Wooten patches. Very neat! Very useful. There are a lot of these out there but what we need to do is figure out how to integrate them all.

In the OA Blue Book web-site, collectors can now record the history of patches in the comment fields for any issue. We could never do that before and it only works with an on-line database. (and there has to be in the design for folks to comment back either to add to the information or correct a mis-statement). We need to do more of this.

A few years back I created the ScoutPatchWiki. Folks from around the world were putting reference information in. But, it got massively hacked by foreign spammers and had to take it down. I still have the data and it looks like the software has increased its security so maybe that will be part of the new year’s resolutions is to resurrect this site.

 

Sometimes the lowest are the rarest – Scout Position Badge edition

Posted on December 10th, 2013 in Adult Position Badges,Hobby Trends,Insignia by ramore

Some of our scarcest insignia pieces are for the lowest offices. What brings this to mind are a couple of  collar pins we have up for auction. They are so obscure that we had to look one of them up, using Scouting History Through Memorabilia, to be sure we had them titled correctly.

They are for Council Employee and Layman:

Why are they obscure? Because most of the folks holding these positions did not wear uniforms (think now, how many of your council office staff or Scout Shop employees wear uniforms? How many of your Pack Committee or Troop Committee wear uniforms?)

Now when identifying pins, and the corresponding badges there are some basics to remember. Red = professional position and blue = volunteer, except when they’re green for troop leaders. So that starts to give one a clue. The next thing to look for is to remember that  commissioned positions have a wreath behind them. Commissioners are “commissioned.” Scout field staff are commissioned. Council officers and above take an oath of office so you will see a wreath behind their badges. Since neither of these pins had a wreath, we knew they were the lower positions.

We see Council Employee pins from time to time, although cloth badges much less so unless they were say certain camp staff positions. Layman pins very rarely turn up unless in collections. Some of the cloth badges from the 1920s-1930s on square khaki cloth are quite obscure and rare.

This is the more common Layman patch from the 1940s and it is still harder to find than many Council positions of that era:

A couple of California patches of interest

Posted on December 10th, 2013 in Camps,Hobby Trends by ramore

My team has handled a LOT of patches over the years so I always enjoy seeing new mainline collectibles I’ve not seen before such as this council patch. Not sure the value (min bid is $300 with a buy-it-now of $400) but the seller is a VERY knowledgeable CA collector so he probably has a good feel for it. (P.S. I call it “mainline” as it is a collecting theme that has been around for decades. Now I’ve also been saying that CP/council patch collecting is WAY over due for an update to its collector list. Someone? Anyone? up to it? It will be fun, but a lot of work.)

From the seller’s description:

This is an old rare council patch (CP) which was worn on the Scout jacket as a jacket patch.  The patch was issued by the old Tahoe Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, headquartered in Auburn, California (now part of Golden Empire Council).  The patch is silk screen on light canvas and is 6 1/2 inches across and 4 1/2 inches high.

And I mentioned ‘patches’ – here’s a nice price realized for a felt Camp Pahatsi, again Tahoe Area Council, that closed at $177.51

Used but in nice shape, seller says its from the 1940s which seems about right. As I’ve said before not every, actually most, felt camp patch is worth $100 but many are given their scarcity and demand.

 

Non-Scout patches labeled as such

Posted on November 11th, 2013 in Camps,Hobby Trends by ramore

A friend knowing my interest in camp patches sent me an eBay link to the following patch from Camp Chickawaki:

 

The title of the listing is “Vintage felt Camp Chickawaki Patch Boy Scout BSA.” Now the design looks like other Boy Scout camp patches from the 1940s and 1950s but I had not heard of this camp name. This doesn’t mean everything but puts it in the “question mark” category for me. I asked Destry if he had heard of it. He hadn’t either but with the vigor, and routine of youth, he Googled it and found out “Apparently it was a non-Scout summer camp in Lehigh Valley Council. The seller has some 50′s era Trexler stuff so that fits. Gotta love Google…..”. I’m just not as fast to going to Google but the internet search engines have been a real added value to researching Scout patches. I say “routine of youth” as my son, a college junior, when he doesn’t immediately know the answer to a question Googles it.

What this listing also shows though is that many folks will post items in the Boy Scout category hoping to either trick someone or hoping to get a score which tells me our category sells better than many others.

 


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