Outdoor Learning Areas for Autistic Students | Boy’s Life Eagle Project

Thomas and his helpers built three distinctive and unique outdoor learning environments for the students and staff of Celebrate the Children, located in Denville, N.J.

The first phase of the project included building benches made out of tree stumps with wood bench tops. The next phase of the project included building foldable and movable benches, which allows the students to learn in different locations and different arrangements. The final phase of the project included building a cedar teepee, used as a cool-down zone for the students.

— Thomas, Troop 118, Denville, N.J.

Screen Shot 2017-10-18 at 3.20.24 PM

Source: https://eagleprojects.boyslife.org/outdoor-learning-for-the-autistic-students-of-denville 

Advertisements

Not just the Boy Scouts of America | Sarah Wyman | Medium

Screen Shot 2017-10-14 at 1.54.19 PM

Lessons from a ‘former’ Sea Scout who still think and write as Sea Scout. Once a Sea Scout, always a Sea Scout. ==> “Thanks to Mariners, I went on to sail in college, and I had the opportunity to develop many of the qualities and interests which led me to become a journalist. The women I met in the program became politicians, offshore wind engineers and Coast Guard officers. Their experience serving in leadership positions and advancing in the ranks of the Sea Scouts helped them get there.”

via Not just the Boy Scouts of America – Sarah Wyman – Medium

The BSA Expands Programs to Welcome Girls from Cub Scouts to Highest Rank of Eagle Scout | Scouting Newsroom

Screen Shot 2017-10-11 at 2.51.32 PM

Research reinforces interest expressed by families and girls nationwide as organization looks to offer programs that meet the needs of today’s families

Irving, Texas – October 11, 2017 – Today, the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously approved to welcome girls into its iconic Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls, the organization evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders, as well as parents and girls who’ve never been involved in Scouting – to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.

“This decision is true to the BSA’s mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law. The values of Scouting – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example – are important for both young men and women,” said Michael Surbaugh, the BSA’s Chief Scout Executive. “We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children. We strive to bring what our organization does best – developing character and leadership for young people – to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders.”

Families today are busier and more diverse than ever. Most are dual-earners and there are more single-parent households than ever before [1], making convenient programs that serve the whole family more appealing. Additionally, many groups currently underserved by Scouting, including the Hispanic and Asian communities, prefer to participate in activities as a family. Recent surveys [2] of parents not involved with Scouting showed high interest in getting their daughters signed up for programs like Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, with 90 percent expressing interest in a program like Cub Scouts and 87 percent expressing interest in a program like Boy Scouts.  Education experts also evaluated the curriculum and content and confirmed relevancy of the program for young women.

“The BSA’s record of producing leaders with high character and integrity is amazing” said Randall Stephenson, BSA’s national board chairman. “I’ve seen nothing that develops leadership skills and discipline like this organization.  It is time to make these outstanding leadership development programs available to girls.”

Starting in the 2018 program year, families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts. Existing packs may choose to establish a new girl pack, establish a pack that consists of girl dens and boy dens or remain an all-boy pack.  Cub Scout dens will be single-gender — all boys or all girls. Using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts program, the organization will also deliver a program for older girls, which will be announced in 2018 and projected to be available in 2019, that will enable them to earn the Eagle Scout rank. This unique approach allows the organization to maintain the integrity of the single gender model while also meeting the needs of today’s families.

This decision expands the programs that the Boy Scouts of America offers for both boys and girls. Although known for its iconic programs for boys, the BSA has offered co-ed programs since 1971 through Exploring and the Venturing program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018. The STEM Scout pilot program is also available for both boys and girls.

For more information about the expanded opportunities for family Scouting, please visit the family Scouting page.

About the Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of nearly 2.3 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and approximately 960,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

 

[1] PEW Research Center survey conducted Sept. 15 – Oct. 13, 2015 among 1,807 U.S. parents with children younger than 18.

[2] BSA surveys included two external surveys and four internal surveys conducted from April to September 2017. Surveys were conducted online.
via The BSA Expands Programs to Welcome Girls from Cub Scouts to Highest Rank of Eagle Scout – Scouting Newsroom

Wood Badge in American Sign Language

Scouters from all councils are invited attend a bilingual Wood Badge course couducted in both English and American Sign Language (ASL). The Great Salt Lake Council offers this course July 9-14, 2018, at the Monson Training Lodge. More information can be found at https://www.saltlakescouts.org/woodbadge.The course uses a modified curriculum to enable and encourage both Deaf and hearing participants to engage with one another in a cooperative and supportive manner, while learning crucial leadership skills.  Each leadership concept is presented in both ASL and English and all video presentations are closed captioned.  A crew of full time interpreters interpret leadership concepts when presented and to assist in other communication needs between Deaf and hearing participants.

Source: Wood Badge in American Sign Language

Not Your Father’s Eagle Project

Scouts of the 21st Century are used to emerging technologies. They include GPS, drones, smartphones, tablets, and more.

Mark Ray | Writer

Birdhouses. Toy drives. Hiking trails. Flag retirement ceremonies. Park benches.

Those words describe just a few of the tried and true Eagle Scout projects that are done by countless Scouts across the country each year. There’s nothing wrong with those ideas, but there’s also nothing that says Scouts can’t be a little more creative.

Or a lot more creative, in the case of Skyler Chapman from Lehi, Utah. Skyler made the local news recently for his truly unique project: fixing a traffic problem in his hometown. According to a Fox 13 report, he used a camera drone and a team of traffic observers to figure out just why traffic was building up for long periods at one particular intersection. (Spoiler alert: the problem was the lack of a dedicated turn lane.) Armed with the data he’d collected and the results of resident surveys, Skyler crafted a…

View original post 266 more words

Indian Scouts of America |Scouter Red Fox James |MowryJournal.com

1915, Red Fox James at the White House. State, War & Navy Building at far left. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.
1915, Red Fox James at the White House. Note the “Be Prepared” pennant. State, War & Navy Building at far left. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Screen Shot 2017-10-09 at 11.24.48 PM

“In January of 1915, James helped found the Indian Scouts of America, which was a part of the Boy Scouts. He was designated as “Acting Scout Master” according to the record of the event, which you can view here. He was a part of the founding of another organization, the Tipi Order of America, for non-Indians to learn about the Indian culture. That organization (you can find references that use both the Tipi and Teepee spelling) eventually transitioned into an adult fraternal organization.”

Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. On Dec. 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed. (Library of Congress)
Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. On Dec. 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed. (Library of Congress)

Reblogged. Source: https://mowryjournal.com/2013/05/17/red-fox-james/

MowryJournal.com

I subscribe to the SHORPY historical photo archive RSS feed. They have a variety of 20th century photographs … Adam West on the Batman set, beach goers at Atlantic City in the 1920s … you never know what photo they’re going to share each day. The feed is free, and they sell high quality prints of the photographs in the archive.

Subscribe to the free feed here.

They delivered a photo of Red Fox James who was identified as a Blackfoot Indian … and it looked like he was wearing a Boy Scout pin. In a photo dated 1915! This was a story I had to learn. Here’s one picture … click on it to see it full size.

I can’t identify the medal on the ribbon; don’t know if that’s a BSA award or not. He is wearing what looks like a Tenderfoot pin, and has a “BSA” pin…

View original post 426 more words

Guías y Scouts de Costa Rica colaboran en emergencia nacional | Patio Scout – ¡Vive El Movimiento! [ESP] #DisasterRecovery

COSTA-RICA-SCOUTS-PATIOSCOUT1

The Association of Guides and Scouts of Costa Rica, after the declaration of national emergency and the ravages caused by Tropical Storm Nate in the country, activated this Saturday, October 7, “OPERATION ALWAYS READY”. More than 200 groups guides and scouts joined the voluntary work in each of their communities with the collection, classification and packaging of non-perishable products, drinking water and personal hygiene products, throughout the 7 provinces of the country. They have been delivered to the Cross Roja Costa Rican government mandate.

Guías y Scouts de Costa Rica colaboran en emergencia nacional
Posted on 08 octubre 2017. Tags: COSTA RICA, costa rica scout, emergencia nacional, Guías y scouts Costa Rica, noticias scouts, operación Siempre Listos, PATIOSCOUT, radio scout, TORMENTA, vive el movimiento

Cientos de Guías  y Scouts  recaudan alimentos no perecederos, agua potable y productos de higiene personal este fin de semana.
La Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Costa Rica tras la declaratoria de emergencia nacional y los estragos causados por la tormenta tropical Nate en el país, activó este sábado 7 de octubre la “Operación SIEMPRE LISTOS”, en donde más de 200 grupos guías y scouts se sumaron al trabajo voluntario en cada una de sus comunidades con la recolección, clasificación y embalaje de productos no perecederos, agua potable y productos de higiene personal, a lo largo y ancho de las 7 provincias del país, que han sido entregadas a la Cruz Roja Costarricense como mandato gubernamental.
Niños y jóvenes entre los 7 y 21 años han salido a las calles de sus comunidades para colaborar con esta causa en pro de los afectados por este desastre natural. En la comunidad de Bagaces varios grupos cercanos se han acercado a colaborar en los albergues en donde miembros de los grupos guías y scouts también se han visto afectados y son damnificados. Así como grupos guías y scouts de comunidades afectadas también se han sumado a la operación Siempre Listos, en sectores como Pérez Zeledón, Quepos, Cuajiniquil, Bebedero, Corralillo, Jacó, entre otros.

via Guías y Scouts de Costa Rica colaboran en emergencia nacional | Patio Scout – ¡Vive El Movimiento!