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
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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.

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.

For Your Information by Paul Myers in ASTA

 

Senior collector Paul Myers of Goshen, IN was at the recent Calumet Council Memorial Day Trade-o-ree. Paul is a former editor of the Trader magazine in the 1960s. In the 1990s he wrote a regular column for ASTA, the America Scout Traders Association, which merged with NSCA to form ISCA the national group today. At the TOR Paul was handing out a compilation of the articles he wrote for ASTA. It is now contained in a PDF below. It covers over 75 topics of Scouting collectibles. Not in depth necessarily but my guess is that even veteran collectors will learn something knew from going through these pages.

The topics include:

  • Amaquonsippi trail patches
  • US Grant Pilgrimage patches
  • Lincoln Pilgrimage patches
  • Contest medals
  • Henderson Award System
  • Belt Stencils
  • Colored Background Service Stars
  • BSA Anniversary Week
  • Ribbon Pin Bars
  • 100% Duty
  • Standard Church Troop Bars
  • Original Twelve Regions
  • OA Chapter Flaps
  • Early Registration Cards
  • Scout Emergency Units
  • Recruiter Strips
  • Scout Diaries
  • Boy Rangers of America
  • District Badges
  • Region 7 Hoe Down
  • Sweater, swim suit, hat and jacket badges
  • Veteran Emblems
  • Explorer Top Awards
  • Presidents Awards & Quality Unit
  • SeniorScout Titles
  • Civic Service
  • Overseas Travel Badges
  • Service Library
  • WW 1 War Service Medals
  • National Service Camps
  • Boy Scout Bands
  • Tenure in Scout Camp
  • Service Troops
  • Jamboree Staff Positions
  • Jamboree Participation Awards
  • Jamboree Contingent items
  • Jamboree Shoulder Identification
  • 1950 Jamboree Prototypes
  • Variations in Jamboree Patches and Neckerchiefs
  • Jamboree Region Items
  • Strengthen the Arm of Liberty Program
  • Take Me Home Folders
  • Scout Straight Knives
  • Scoutmaster’s Key
  • Cub Scouting
  • First Class Hat Pins
  • Patrol Identification
  • Folding Pocket Knives
  • OA Chapter Badges
  • Scout Rings
  • Pin Back Buttons
  • State Strips
  • Early Camp Honor Societies
  • Philadelphia District Badges
  • Region Standard Camp Badges
  • Philmont Contingent Patches
  • Merit Badges
  • Boycraft Co. Booklets
  • 10 Year Program Award
  • Sea Scout Ships

Boy Scout Memorabilia Information

Remembrances from Camp Tulakes

Posted on December 7th, 2012 in BSA Info,Camps by ramore

Several years ago I blogged about the now California Inland Empire Council Camp Tulakes. A Scouter shared recently some of his memories of that camp and Scouting in CA from the 1940s. Enjoy! I did.

 

Hi Roy

You are bringing back a lot of good memories to this 79 year old ex-scout.

I was a member of troop 12 at first.  There was a log cabin type building constructed at the rear of Washington elementary School (located on San Antonio Ave. in Pomona).  It was strictly for our scout meetings.  We were sponsored by the local VFW.  Our scoutmaster at the time was “Uncle Earl” Lawliss and we would practice camping at the rear of his apple orchard on Garey Street in South Pomona..

The day WW II ended we troop 12 scouts (in our uniforms) rode in the back of a one ton open truck and put up all the American flags (hundreds) all along second street in downtown Pomona.  I remember the flags at that time were each mounted on a (6 ft?) wooden pole which would be stuck in a small hole in the sidewalk spaced about 10 feet apart.   It was a crazy day with people yelling, kissing and going totally bananas.  Every time one of us would hop out of the truck with an American flag the place would erupt with cheers.  It was really something to remember for a 12-13 year old kid.

We were definitely  part of “Old Baldy Council” which, if I remember correctly, had its offices on San Jose St. in Claremont.

The second troop I belonged to was troop 14 located at and sponsored by the Church of Christ Church on Garey Avenue and 7th St. near what was then Fremont Jr. High School.
Also part of the same “Old  Baldy” Council.

In regards to Camp Tulakes here is what I think I remember.  I think I was there for 2 weeks each year I went, but it might have been just a week

We were divided into small “patrol” sized groups of perhaps 10 or so and each group located their own campsite out on the perimeter of the main part of the camp and we set it up with “army cots” grouped together under the trees and the stars.  We were encouraged to make our campsite neat and tidy.  I remember outlining the area with rocks, sweeping the pine needles, etc.  We got judged for the best looking campsite.  I don’t remember what the award was.

There was what I would call a “chow hall” building in the main camp for hot meals and I seem to remember the food was pretty good Their were daily organized  activities.  I do remember swimming and canoeing at the lake.  And I have a hazy memory of some kind of a treausre hunt kind of activiy where we had to use our compass and go out in the woods and find things.

During each 1 or 2 week stay two days were reserved for the big hike.  We hiked up to “Dollar Lake” where we all spent the night and those that felt up to it went on to the top of “Old Greyback” the next morning.

The reason I remember the girl scout camp being something other than “Tulakes”  because every evening at the big campfire at an exact scheduled time we would all together yell something like “hello camp gummygatchy”, then listen quitely to hear “hello camp tulakes” coming back at us from the distance through the forest.

I also remember the ghost stories the camp leaders would tell at the campfire.  Afterward we had to walk with our flashlights through the dark woods to our own camp site.  I remember it being really scary in the dark.   Ghosts behind every tree! :)

Another thing I recall was, while it was strictly “against the rules”, some of the boys after dark would sneak over to the girl scout camp and creep up on a tent and make nnoises to scare the girls just to hear them scream..

Hey, boys will be boys!  :)

My scout experiences were a wonderful time in my life that I value to this day!  I think we all learned a lot toward helping us become independent self relient responsable citizens.

Still have a real soft spot toward the BSA.

It is a shame so many parents today don’t understand the value of having their boys belong.

Phil

Southern New Jersey Council merging into Burlington

Posted on November 24th, 2012 in BSA Info,Hobby News,OA,Shoulder Wear by ramore

From long time collector Ted Packer, also former Council President for Burlington County Council:

Southern New Jersey council has merged into Burlington County Council. The vote by both councils was on the 19th. It will be effective on 1/1/2013. We will be choosing a new name in the near future & the OA Lodges will be combining by the end of 2013.

Walter Head Acorn Award Info circa 1936

Posted on October 24th, 2012 in BSA Info,Insignia by ramore

Boy Scout Walter Head Acorn Award Pin

From time to time we get one of these pins in from the 1930s. This is the called the President Walter Head Acorn Award named after the BSA National President of the time.

 

Membership recruitment programs are not new to Scouts. We have been doing them since the founding. Although the pin pops up from time to time, what does not turn up is the documentation about the program. Until a recent estate. Here’s the cover of the brochure explaining the program. The name of the award is about turning an acorn into a might oak. Or for Scouts developing our youth into leading citizens. Neat piece of nostalgia.

 

Here’s the back page showing the requirements for the pin.

 

Here’s the inside back showing the requirement for the troop plaque. I’ve had a few of these. They’re not really collected but again a nice piece of history.

We’ve come a long away – Region 7 circa 1939

Posted on September 28th, 2012 in BSA Info,Regions by ramore
Recently got an estate from a former pro’s son. Amongst his items was the Region 7 1940 Annual Meeting report covering 1939. Thought you might enjoy it. The image links to a PDF of the full-report.
Some things that caught my eye:
– It was the year Scenic Trails was organized.
– Region 7 was the largest region with 166,397 Scouts and Cubs.
– 19 councils in the region had boy membership > 2,000 including: Detroit, Battle Creek (next in size in MI), Tall Pine, Grand Valley, Berrien-Cass, Chief Okemos. (Think how things have changed in 70 years. Think how much they will change in the next 70).
– Detroit had 5 Sea Scout ships. Clinton Valley – 6, Berrien-Cass – 10.
– Michigan had a council called “Copper Country”
– Arthur Schuck was Regional Director. He went on to be Chief Scout Executive.
There’s also nice information about the other regions and information on the other three states that make up Region 7.

Scouting Service at 1964 NY World’s Fair

Posted on June 18th, 2012 in BSA Info,Camps,General Commentary on Life,Legacy Interviews by ramore

We recently received some patches from a Scouter out of New York. While asking about his involvements, an Eagle Scout and 1960 National Jamboree participant, he mentioned he served on the Boy Scout Service Corps for the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

 

Less and less we come across participants let alone staff members from the World’s Fair so I asked him about his remembrances. Here’s what he had to say (nice piece of personal history about his guiding Vice President Nixon btw):

Working the fair was a great experience. I think I worked a week or two mainly weekends and holidays (it was during the school year) before they rotated in other than local scouts to man the pavilion over the summer. Our principle jobs were to demonstrate scouting skills (I remember demonstrating a lot of first aid), give directions, help with lostchildren, and escort dignitaries. I do remember taking the then King of Burundi around and the then former Vice-President Richard Nixon, whose foot I stepped on. I was kidded for years about that.

I went to the 1960 National Jamboree,  went to Philmont in 1962, worked the Scouting pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair, and I was an Order of the Arrow member (Horicon 246). I grew up in  southern New York State, Washington Irving Council, and was a  counselor at their Camp Read. I was later active in the explorer  program.  I always felt that scouting was tougher than the   peacetime Army.

Scouting Makes A Difference Research Study Shows

Posted on June 4th, 2012 in BSA Info by ramore

Just back from the 2012 BSA National Meeting held in Orlando, Florida. One of the presentations was about a new research report out from Baylor University professors. It is an independent report both in funding, the Templeton Foundation, and independent of the BSA. That is, the BSA had no influence in study design, study questions or study parameters.

The results shouldn’t surprise those connected to Scouting but it might to others. Click on the image to get the full report but here’s the summary of their findings:

Summary

For more than 100 years the Boy Scouts of America has sought to encourage and instill the values necessary to help young people make and continue making ethical and moral choices over the entire course of their life. The objective of Scouting, therefore, is to promote the positive and prosocial development of youth that carries over into adulthood and influences all of society. This lasting influence—enhancing youth’s values, ethics, decision making, relationships, and personal development—is even more significant for youth who attain the rank of Eagle Scout. The Boy Scouts of America has always maintained that achieving Scouting’s highest rank would result in additional benefits for Eagle Scouts when compared to Scouts that do not achieve this rank, as well as to youth who have never participated in Scouting. In order to assess the influence, if any, of participation in Boy Scouts on men in later life, adult men representative of the U.S. Population were surveyed, with the key difference being that some had participated in Scouting and some had not.

Analysis of the nationally representative survey reveals significant differences between Eagle Scouts and other Scouts as well as non-Scouts. Eagle Scouts consistently indicate their experience in Scouting contributed to positive and prosocial development as measured by responses to a wide range of issues and subjects, including the following:

 

  • Eagle Scouts exhibit an increased tendency to participate in a variety of health and recreational activities.
  • Eagle Scouts show a greater connectedness to siblings, neighbors, religious community, friends, co-workers, formal and informal groups, and a spiritual presence in nature.
  • Duty to God, service to others, service to community, and leadership are traits that are especially strong in Eagle Scouts.
  • Eagle Scouts are more likely to engage in behaviors that are designed to enhance and protect the environment.
  • Eagle Scouts are more likely to be comitted to setting and achieving personal, professional, spiritual, and financial goals.
  • Eagle Scouts show higher levels of planning and preparedness than do other Scouts and non-Scouts.
  • Eagle Scouts are more likely than other Scouts and non-Scouts to indicate they have built character traits related to work ethics, morality, tolerance, and respect for diversity.

 

In sum, when compared to Scouts and non- Scouts, Eagle Scouts exhibit significantly higher levels of health and recreation, connection, service and leadership, environmental stewardship, goal orientation, planning and preparedness, and character.

 

Michigan Crossroads Council Named

Posted on April 17th, 2012 in BSA Info by ramore

From our Area newsletter yesterday:

We have a new name! Michigan Crossroads Council!
Approved by our Transitional Board last week, the new name of our statewide legal entity will be known as the “Michigan Crossroads Council,” and with this final name our naming process is complete. Special thanks to Dick Stilwell and his committee that have worked for months through this process. The Michigan Crossroad Council is made up of four Field Service Councils which include:
President Gerald R. Ford Field Service Council will serve the Gerald R. Ford and Scenic Trails legacy councils.
Water & Woods FSC will serve the Tall Pine, Lake Huron Area, Blue Water and Chief Okemos legacy councils.
Southern Shores Field Service Council will serve the Southwest Michigan and Great Sauk Trail legacy councils.
Great Lakes Field Service Council will serve the Great Lakes legacy council.


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