SCOUTING SMOKE SIGNALS

BOY SCOUT RECEIVES EAGLE AWARD

Bradley J. Bauman, a member of Boy Scout Troop 348 in Hoagland, Indiana, has earned the Eagle Scout Badge, the highest rank a Boy Scout can earn. Life Scout Bauman led 16 fellow scouts and adults in a building project, general maintenance, and landscaping work for a homeless shelter for mothers and their children. Well done Brad.

 

SILVER BEAVER AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED

Marvin R. McNew Sr. has been awarded the Silver Beaver given out by the Anthony Wayne Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. McNew is the Interpretive Specialist for the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services at J. Edward Roush (formerly Huntington Reservoir), Mississinewa, and Salmonie lakes. He was one of seven chosen from about 3,500 volunteers.

 

SCOUTING IS A LIFE-LONG LEARNING

By Chris Mathes, Scout Executive, AWAC-BSA

(From THE COURIER – official messenger of the Anthony Wayne Area Council)

Learning has always been essential to improving one’s position in life. That’s why the Boy Scouts of America not only instills in youth the desire to learn throughout their lives, but provides them with the resources and skills to do so. A generation ago, baby boomer youth were considered lucky if they were able to attend a college or university. Most workers spent their careers with only one or two companies. These constants are no longer true.

Today and in the future, youth will have to learn new skills and retrain themselves constantly to succeed. In fact, most youth entering college today will need to be retrained anywhere from seven to ten times before retiring from the workforce. Our youth must engage in lifelong learning to succeed in life. Here are some facts to consider: (1)High school dropout rates have steadily increased since 1990 and (2)40 percent of fourth-graders are not at a basic reading level.

From its very foundations the BSA is about learning and exploring. The Boy Scouts of America advancement program, with more than 100 merit badges, recognizes youth for learning and obtaining new skills. Merit badges like Aviation, Architecture, Computers, Cinematography, Geology, Law, Sculpture, and Space Exploration have inspired more than one youth to pursue his dreams as an adult. Others, like Archery, Canoeing, Fishing, Orienteering, Motor Boating, Sports, and Whitewater Rafting, have fostered a love for adventure and respect for the great outdoors.

Boys can receive the official Boy Scout magazine. Boys’ Life is filled with stories of adventure, tales of heroism, and just plain fun stuff designed to encourage boys to read and investigate new subjects. Boys’ Life is a great first step in learning to love reading. Scouts also learn from one another by example. We call this peer-to-peer learning. As today’s youth become adults, they will not only need the desire to learn throughout their lifetimes, but they must also have the skills necessary to do so. Scouting teaches those skills to America’s youth and parents love the fact that their children are learning new skills and strong values in the process.

 

NEWS FROM BOY SCOUT TROOP 38

Boy Scout Troop 38 sponsored by Calvary United Methodist Church says “Summer Camp will find us camping at Camp Chief Little Turtle in Iroquois Campsite, during Session 4 from July 6 to July 12, 2003. Anyone wanting to attend camp with our troop, please contact Scoutmaster Jerry Lloyd at 7pm any Monday night at the church. Boy Scout Summer Camp fees are: $155 for boys and $55 for adults. Payments are due in three increments – March 1, 2003-$55, April 25, 2003-$55, and May 23, 2003-$45. To join, a boy must be at least 11 years old and no older than 18.

Cub Scout Resident Summer Camp Fee is $90 for boys and $35 for adults – Camp dates are Session 1-July 30-August 2, Session 2-August 3-6, and Session 3-August 6-9. Payments should be made April 25, 2003-$30, May 23, 2003-$30, and June 27, 2003-$30. Cub Scouting is for boys age 8 to 11. Contact the Scout Office at 432-9593 for more information. Be prepared to have fun and adventure this summer.

 

BOY SCOUT TROOP 22

Boy Scout Troop 22 sponsored by SouthWest Conservation Club, 5703 Bluffton Road, needs a few good men ages 11 to 17. Scoutmaster Robert Nave (747-1888), Assistant Scoutmaster Troy Schlie (450-6844), and the boys of Boy Scout Troop 22, invite you to come join in the fun and adventure of being a Boy Scout. Troop 22 meets at the SouthWest Conservation Clubhouse, 5703 Bluffton Road, every Tuesday evening from 7pm to 8:30pm. Bring your parents and come on over. Be prepared to have fun and learn.

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