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Better activities, simplified advancement coming to Cub Scouting in 2015

posted Jan 17, 2014, 9:42 AM by webmaster pack72   [ updated Jan 22, 2014, 6:33 PM ]

Improved activities, easier-to-understand advancement and some sweet-looking handbooks — yes, Cub Scouting is about to get even better than before. 

After finding that current achievements are overly passive in nature, activities lack connection to the missions of Scouting and the advancement model is too complicated, the Boy Scouts of America’s volunteer task force created a new and improved Cub Scout program that will debut in May 2015.
By the 2015-2016 Scouting year (which, for most packs, begins in August or September 2015), all packs will use the new requirements. The new requirements coincide with the retiring of the Cub Scout Promise and Law of the Pack. As part of the One Oath, One Law initiative I first told you about in 2012, all packs will switch to the Scout Oath and Scout Law beginning in May 2015. Cub Scouting will keep it's current Cub Scout motto, sign, salute and handshake. Not everything is changing. Follow the jump to see what will and won’t change come May 2015. 

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Fellow Scout in a Tragic Accident

posted Dec 19, 2013, 6:57 AM by webmaster pack72   [ updated Jan 22, 2014, 12:00 PM ]

Alva Corron was killed in a car/train accident this past Saturday. His cousin was driving and supposedly the railroad crossing 
is not well marked. He just became an Eagle Scout in the spring. His Eagle Board of Review was July 21 of this year.   He 
started scouts with Troop 41 in Jefferson but eventually switched to Troop 11.  There will be a celebration of Alva Corron's life at the
Mt Carmel Banquet Center
1200 East 21street
Ashtabula, Ohio
December 28th, 3 to 7 pm

If can attend the family and Scout leaders would be grateful for your presence.  Keep Alva and his family in your prayers.

There is also a Memorial/Benefit rigatoni Dinner for Alva and his cousin Brent on January 4th, 2014.  See flier below for more details.

Remembering John F. Kennedy, the first president to have been a Boy Scout

posted Nov 22, 2013, 9:25 AM by webmaster pack72   [ updated Jan 22, 2014, 1:46 PM ]

When he was 12 years old, John F. Kennedy asked for a raise.

The year was 1929, and Kennedy was a new member of Troop 2 in Bronxville, N.Y. Now that he had reached Scout age, Kennedy reasoned, it was time for his allowance to match his new Boy Scout-level maturity.

With that in mind, he penned this letter to his father:

My recent allowance is 40 cents. This I used for aeroplanes and other playthings of childhood, but now I am a Scout and I put away my childish things. Before I would spend 20 cents of my 40 cents allowance, and in five minutes I would have empty pockets and nothing to gain and 20 cents to lose.

When I am a Scout I have to buy canteens, haversacks, blankets, searchlights, a poncho — things that will last for years and I can always use while I can’t use chocolate marshmallow sundae ice cream, and so I put in my plea for a raise of 30 cents for me to buy Scout things and pay my own way around …

Kennedy dreamed differently throughout his life, and this letter proves that his uniqueness started as a Scout. In fact, he was the first president to have been a Boy Scout. And like all presidents from William Howard Taft to Barack Obama, he served as Honorary President of the Boy Scouts of America.

And so on the 50th anniversary of his death, let’s look back on the life of the man who led our nation and was a strong advocate for Scouting. Find Scouting-related photos, the condolence telegram the BSA sent Jacqueline Kennedy and much more after the jump.

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posted Oct 31, 2013, 5:22 AM by Cubmaster Pack72   [ updated Oct 31, 2013, 5:22 AM by webmaster pack72 ]

Shane Victorino, now playing for the Red Sox, played a major part in the Red Sox 2013 World Series Championship.  Below is his interview with Boys Life Magazine.

The rank of Eagle Scout isn’t the only pinnacle Shane Victorino has reached. The speedy Philadelphia Phillies center fielder has been to the World Series the past two Octobers (winning a title in 2008), played for the USA in the second-ever World Baseball Classic in 2009, has won two consecutive Gold Gloves and led the majors in triples last year with 13. Whew!

Boys’ Life: What did you like most about Scouts?
S.V.: “Hanging out with friends. Camping. There were nights, though, when we were sleeping on the ground, eating not-great meals, thinking, ‘What am I doing here?’ But it taught you survival skills. I was lucky, growing up in Hawaii, so there weren’t zero-degree camp-outs.”

BL: Did you aim for Eagle Scout from the start?
S.V.: “When you fi rst start, you want to get there because it’s the ultimate. But then it just kind of happens; suddenly you’re in a place that not too many people have been.”

BL: Is playing in the World Series a pressure cooker or fun?
S.V.: “Fun. In ’08, all through the playoffs, I kept saying to Matt Stairs, it feels like a regular game. And then Day One of the World Series, he says, ‘Are you nervous yet?’ And I wasn’t. It’s what you dream of as a kid, and that realization helps keep you focused.”

BL: What did you like about playing in the World Baseball Classic?
S.V.: “Seeing how different countries approached the game. I loved pulling on the USA jersey and representing America, but seeing the love and passion different countries had for baseball was incredible.”

BL: What did you take away from Scouts that still helps you as an adult?
S.V.: “Not only leadership skills but the structure that I had all come into play. Structure has helped with everything I do. And, honestly, the motto: Be Prepared. You always have to prepare yourself no matter what’s coming, no matter what you’re doing.”

Watch this space: At least two-thirds of astronauts were Scouts

posted Oct 29, 2013, 10:56 AM by Cubmaster Pack72   [ updated Jan 22, 2014, 6:30 PM by webmaster pack72 ]

George Clooney and Sandra Bullock weren’t Scouts, but odds are their characters would’ve been.

That’s because at least two-thirds of the pilots and scientists selected as astronauts since 1959 were Scouts. This stat comes as no surprise to those of us involved in the program; we know how well Scouting prepares young men and women for life and high-flying careers.

But Kathy, a Scouter who emailed me last week, says that when recruiting new Scouts, statistics like these are worth more than a rock from the surface of Mars. She writes:

Hey Bryan,

Could you get the current info on how many Eagle Scouts are astronauts? I love this info when recruiting new Scouts as it makes such an impact as to the validity of the BSA program and its values.

Thanks, Kathy

Great question. The latest numbers I could find say this: Of the 312 pilots and scientists selected as astronauts since 1959, at least 207 have been identified as having been Scouts or active in Scouting. That list includes 39 Eagle Scouts, 25 Life Scouts, 14 Star Scouts, 26 First Class Scouts, 17 Second Class Scouts, 13 Tenderfoot Scouts, three Explorers, 25 Cub Scouts, 10 Webelos Scouts, one King’s Scout, two Wolf Scouts and 32 with unknown ranks, including 27 who were Girl Scouts.

Perhaps a better picture comes if we look exclusively at space shuttle missions, which began in 1981 and ended in 2011. Half of those missions (67 of 135) included at least one Eagle Scout. (Note that some Eagle Scouts took multiple space shuttle trips.)

This number doesn’t include Eagle Scouts who took trips to the International Space Station aboard Russian Soyuz rockets. The most recent example was Eagle Scout Thomas H. Marshburn, one of three crew members on the 145-day Soyuz TMA-07M mission, which returned to Earth on May 14, 2013.

And sisters of Boy Scouts, rejoice: Former Girl Scouts flew on one-third of space shuttle missions. That includes former Girl Scout Eileen Collins, the first female space shuttle commander.

What’s the takeaway? While we can’t say being a Scout will guarantee a career with NASA, we do know that Scouting’s focus on STEM and its instillment of leadership skills prepared these astronauts for a life spent exploring the cosmos. Just think what the program can do for your son or daughter.

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Minnesota Venturers try underwater basket weaving

posted Sep 19, 2013, 7:39 AM by webmaster pack72   [ updated Sep 19, 2013, 7:39 AM ]

Note: Not a real patch.— no, seriously

Note:  This is not a real patch

In Crew 9820, they’re taking the joke of “underwater basket weaving” to new heights.

Or, technically, new depths.

Last weekend, the Minnesota Venturing crew, which specializes in scuba diving, went below the surface in their field uniform shirts, wetsuits and scuba gear. But they weren’t hunting for fascinating fish or awesome artifacts. They were making baskets.

Why? “Because we could,” says crew Advisor Dave Tengdin.

The crew drove to Square Lake in Stillwater, Minn., and made baskets while immersed in 68-degree water.

“Everybody makes jokes about taking classes in underwater basket weaving,” Tengdin told KSTP-TV. “And we figured, you know what? Let’s just have underwater basket weaving.” Next up for the crew: underwater pumpkin carving. Seriously.

Read a little about the origin of “underwater basket weaving” on the Wikipedia page, watch video of the crew’s event here and follow the jump for more photos. 

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Boy Scouts build a car!

posted Sep 12, 2013, 7:29 AM by webmaster pack72   [ updated Sep 12, 2013, 7:29 AM ]

Watch highlights of the Scout-built race car’s Florida debut   

Good news: The real-life race car built entirely by untrained Scouts and Venturers at the jamboree in July didn’t fall apart in the middle of its racing debut Saturday in Florida.

Better news: The car, helmed by friend of Scouting Scott Lagasse Jr., performed as beautifully as it looked and was driven to a third-place finish.  Click here for the rest of the story ...

News from all over

posted Aug 31, 2013, 8:33 AM by Cubmaster Pack72   [ updated Jan 22, 2014, 6:32 PM by webmaster pack72 ]

Check here for updates on District, Council and Worldwide Scouting News.

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