Eagle Scout Parker J. Lewis' journey to help make the planet "clean and green" has earned him a spot within a unique group of boy scouts who share a common bond and passion for the environment. The William T. Hornaday Medal (originally called the Wildlife Conservation Medal) is the oldest continuously run program and one of the most prestigious conservation awards in the United States of America.
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Since 1914 just a little over 1,100 medals have been awarded. First established by Dr. William T. Hornaday, former director of the Smithsonian's National Zoo and the New York Zoological Society, Dr. Hornaday believed in the power of youth and that a single individual could make a difference. Dr. Hornaday is credited for saving the American Bison from extinction, as well as critical work in the Migratory Bird Treaty Law and the Fur Seal Treaty.
After seven years of actively working to make a difference, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America awarded Parker J. Lewis, from Troop 787 in Winter Springs, the William T. Hornaday Medal for "Distinguished Service to Conservation".
Camping, hiking, canoeing, and respect for the outdoors are a part of the Scouting tradition. Many of the advancement requirements towards the Eagle rank entail an understanding and increased awareness of the natural sciences. So earning merit badges was nothing new for this third generation Eagle Scout who earned more than sixty.
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In addition to identifying five different environmental problems, leadership of the projects must be based on sound scientific principles that will have a long term positive result. Increasing public awareness about our natural resources, understanding, and practicing sound stewardship is learned with hands on experiences in the field.
Just like the trail to becoming an Eagle Scout develops a strong character working on the William T. Hornaday Medal gives you a deeper appreciation for the environment.
Across the Central Florida Council, many units went into their local communities and spent time bringing a bit of "joy" to those in need. Whether it was singing at a local nursing home, collecting clothing, toys and food for the needy, or sending care packages to our military members serving overseas. The Scouts of the Central Florida Council have always been "leaders" in their communities.
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(Pictured above, Cub Scout Cole Y of Pack 38 in Seminole County with his sister [a future Venturer] at a local nursing home.)
|Cox honored by Guiliani
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani recently congratulated Jeff Cox, a 17-year-old senior at West Orange High School, who was the Boy Scouts of America's National Eagle Scout project winner with his 9/11 memorial, during a recent tribute dinner for former U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum hosted by the Frederick Leadership Initiative in Downtown Orlando's Doubletree Hotel.
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Jeff, a member of Local Troop 6, built Windermere Never Forgets Memorial and Garden in Downtown Windermere with a 650-pound piece of twisted steel from the World Trade Center. His 9/11 memorial was the first official World Trade Center Memorial in Florida. The memorial won first place out of 50,000 Eagle Scout projects across the country.
Jeff is a dual-enrolled student at West Orange High School and Valencia College. He is an officer in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and plans to attend the University of Central Florida following graduation.
|Happy New Year! |
Welcome to the January 2012 issues of our Council newsletter. We are publishing this newsletter on a monthly basis, in an effort to provide you timely and up-to-date information on the "goings on" in the Central Florida Council.
If you have information you'd like to include in this newsletter, please, email our editor
|University of Scouting
Join us for the largest training event of the year!
Over 140 classes from which to choose!
Learn new ideas from fantastic instructors and enjoy the fellowship of other adult volunteers and talented youth leaders from all over the state.
And don't worry about eating breakfast before coming to the University of Scouting 2012 - you can grab it there. The Order of the Arrow will be offering a pancake breakfast again this year. For only $3 you can get 2 pancakes and 2 sausage links and we will provide all the fixings. We will also have FREE COFFEE
for the first 2 hours of the morning. If you have pre-registered for the University as suggested, take your free time before classes begin to have a satisfying breakfast prepared by Scouting's National Honor Society.
JANUARY 28, 2012
East River High School
654 Columbia School Road
Orlando, FL 32833 (map
|Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Competition
Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award is selected from received individual submittals. One of those selected projects will receive Central Florida Council 'Grove' Award at the Council's Annual Banquet and be submitted through the Council by the local NESA Committee for the 'Adams' award. Each Council is requested to select a project for submittal of the 'Adams' Award as provided by a Scout who has passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review during the most recent calendar year (January 1 to December 31, 2011) and then forward that Scout's name and project to the National Eagle Scout Association. Beyond the Council level award, a Regional project award selection occurs along with further a single National project award announced on April 15th. HOW TO ENTER
To enter your Eagle Scout Service Project in consideration for the 'Adams' Award, prepare a separate package using this application
. Complete the application, attach a copy of your Eagle Scout Service & Leadership Project binder, and return it to the Council Office;
ATTN: Henry Knowles & NESA CommitteeBEFORE JANUARY 28, 2011
(No applications accepted after that date).
In the above packet, Background information and guidelines are available for your review. Closely read and review the guidelines to verify your submission meets the timeline and requirements. The Council NESA Committee looks forward to receiving your Eagle Scout Service Project submittal and evaluating it.
|Tipisa Native American Weekend
TNAW will be held February 10th -12th at Camp La-No-Che.
Activities will include leatherwork projects, beading, chokers to build, pottery, Dutch oven cooking, dancing, drumming, blacksmithing, flint knapping, stories, history, atlatl spear and tomahawk throwing, blowguns, archery, Friday show and a Saturday Pow-Wow plus much more.
What to know more? Check out this promotional video:
|Friends of Scouting
|The Central Florida Council serves over 26,000 youth members in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Volusia, Lake and Flagler Counties. A budget of $5.7 million is needed to provide the facilities, support materials, programs, activities and professional leadership for our community. The annual FOS Campaign focuses on raising a significant portion of this budget through families who participate in Scouting and friends in the community who support the mission of Scouting. Funds are raised by coordinated presentations made by volunteers to families of Scouts at a special unit event such as a Blue & Gold Banquet or Court of Honor and at a series "Golden Eagle" community events.The annual campaign is planned, directed and conducted by volunteers. There is virtually no other volunteer-run fund raising campaign of this magnitude in the United States! Each volunteer team has a professional advisor (usually a District Executive) to assist with information, training and supplies.
|Have you ever heard of the Sunshine TOR?
Do you wonder what a TOR is all about? The Sunshine Trade-O-Ree (TOR) is an annual event where scouts and scout friends gather together to display, collect, trade, purchase and sell all kinds of scouting memorabilia. What kind of memorabilia you might ask? Well, let me tell you that you will see anything and everything scouting related at the Sunshine TOR. There will be displays of patches of course, but you will also see older uniforms, scouting pins & buttons, coins, flags, hats, neckerchiefs, knives and other tools, newspapers and magazines and the list goes on and on. EVERYTHING scouting related can be found at the Sunshine TOR.
Many TORs are conducted throughout the United States but the Sunshine TOR is one of the best. For a number of years I knew that Central Florida Council, BSA hosted a TOR every year but I did not attend. I figured that it would be another boring event where scouters would be sitting around tables trading a patch now and then. I thought that it just wouldn't be interesting for me, a guy who only recently started collecting patches. Boy was I wrong! I learned more about Central Florida scouting and made more friends at my first Sunshine TOR than I could have imagined.
Because of our location here in Central Florida, we draw many more people than other TOR events can. At the 2012 Sunshine TOR we will have 100 tables that will display scouting items from all around Florida as well as the country. Collectors from Connecticut to Oregon, and all over Florida, will at the 2012 Sunshine TOR.
Do you want to learn about the rich history of scouting? Do you want to make new scout friends? Do you want to earn Cub Scout and Weblos advancements or Boy Scout merit badges? Have you ever wanted to design a patch? Then come to the 2012 Sunshine Trade-O-Ree and have some fun!
The Sunshine Trade-O-Ree will be held on the 3rd and 4th of February at the National Guard Armory, 2809 South Fern Creek, Orlando, Florida 32806 (map
). Doors open at 5:00pm on Friday and 9:00am on Saturday. Go to www.sunshineTOR.com
to find out more about the Sunshine Trade-O-Ree.
Looking for the latest information on BSA Training Classes being held in the Central Florida Council? The Council Training Calendar
is your one-stop shop for all training classes, when they will be held, who is conducting the class, and how to register.
WOOD BADGE is the ultimate BSA Leadership Training. It is designed to help Scout leaders in all programs.
Originated by Lord Baden-Powell, Scouters learn leadership skills in a unique way. Through living the Scouting program ... and applying the leadership skills taught at WOOD BADGE, one will develop a knowledge, and understanding of new skills one can use in one's unit, district, and council. SPRING 2012 course - S4-83-12-1
Friday-Sunday, March 2-4 & March 23-25, 2012, at Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family Scout Reservation, "Camp LaNoChe," in Paisley, Florida. Course Orientation: Sunday, January 22rd, 12:30 - 3:00 PM, at "Camp LaNoChe." (Note: Registration begins at 12:00 PM.)
This two-weekend course begins each Friday morning, at 7:15 AM, and concludes on Sunday afternoon, at approximately 6:00 PM. Attendance is required for both weekends for practical-phase course completion ... and accreditation. QUALIFICATIONS
YOU can participate in this exciting leadership training experience when you:
1. are a currently-registered adult Scouter, active in a Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Team, Venturing Crew, District, or Council.
2. are at least 21 years of age. (Assistant Scoutmasters may be 18 years of age.)
3. have completed New Leader Essentials & Position Specific Training for your position. Note: Outdoor Leader Skills is required for Scoutmasters, and Assistant Scoutmasters. All Basic Leader Training, prior to the year 2000, is an acceptable prerequisite.
4. submit an application, with a non-refundable $50 deposit, to reserve your place on course.
5. submit a completed BSA Medical Form, signed by a physician within the course year. COST
Total SPRING course fee is $225, which may be paid in installments, with remainder fee being paid no later than January 22, 2012. This total fee covers all training materials, and food for the duration of the course. In addition to, you will need personal gear, and uniforms.
|National Youth Leadership Training
The Central Florida Council Training Committee is pleased to offer National Youth Leadership Training Conference (NYLT) in the winter of 2012 at Camp La-No-Che. This training is open to Boy Scouts and Venturers.Course Dates
: January 14-16 & February 18-20, 2012Cost
- At least 13 years old (scouts) - 14 years old (Venturers)
- At least First Class rank (scouts)
- Currently serving in a troop/crew position of responsibility
- Previous long-term camping experience - full knowledge of basic cooking and knots/lashing very helpful
- Be recommended/approved by Scoutmaster or Venturing Crew Leader (adult) and two (2) other adults
- Participant must attend both weekends fully to receive a certificate of completion.
There are only 96 spaces available, so register early to guarantee your place
For more information, download the course flyer
The Central Florida Council is pleased to announce the 2012 Central Florida Scout Show. The largest one day event in Central Florida Scouting! This event is scheduled for Saturday, April 28th at the University of Central Florida - Bright house Stadium. Thanks to McDonald's for their sponsorship of this event.
The Scout Show is a council-wide event that brings all of our Scouts and programs together participating at the same location. We serve Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties.
This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the adventure of Scouting as the Boy Scouts Handbook literally comes to life with exhibits of Scout crafts and skills displayed on a variety of levels.
Turner Wallis, the Scout Show Committee Chairman and his team is excited about the 2012 Central Florida Scout Show. The theme for 2012 is: Prepared. For Life.
You and your unit are cordially invited to join us in this unique Scouting experience.
2012 Camp Card
The Central Florida Council Camp Card fundraising program is designed to help Scouts earn their way to a Summer/Day Camp program. Units participating in the 2012 program will earn up to 40% commission, ($2.00) on each $5 Camp Card they sell. Camp Card Leader Guide with campaign details will be available on January 9th at the Camp Card/Scout Show kick off at McDonald's Sand Lake area at 7:00pm.
The Camp Card program is a 3 months campaign RISK FREE to your unit, simply return any unsold cards.
|January Roundtable||Commitment forms for Camp Cards|
|January/February Meeting||Unit Camp Card Sales Kickoff|
Committee Meeting (or PLC) to plan your interactive booth for the Scout Show
|February Roundtable||Discount cards are distributed. The sale begins!|
Scout Show Booth Commitment forms are due
|February-April Meetings||Track Camp Card sales and have Scouts with successes share!|
Continue planning your Scout Show booth
|April 28th||Scout Show Event|
Money, Prize Orders and unsold cards are DUE
|June Roundtable||Prizes arrive and are distributed|
|Upcoming SEAL Courses in Florida for 2012:Southern Region SL-53-FL-2012 Date: June 16-24, 2012 Location: Miami, Florida Vessel/type:SSTV Trident (45' Viking Sportfish Convertible) motor vesselCost: $250 Contact: Skipper Lee Popham, Popham@earthlink.netThe age for each candidate is 14 and it is a Co-ed training venue.Candidates must have the adult leaders recommendation and approval to attend.There is also a preliminary testing give by the Course Director before entering the course. All applications are due March 1st, 2012. The courses will be located as noted and applications may be downloaded from this link:www.newseascout.org/index.php?option=com_edocman&task=document.viewdoc&id=6&Itemid=183
|2012 Eagle Encampment
Save the Date June 17-22, 2012
Camp Ithiel, Gotha, Florida
Following a very successful inaugural event in 2008, this is the Council's ultimate camp for advancement and Scouting knowledge. Six merit badges required for Eagle Scout are offered this week, plus in-depth information about service projects, NESA, paperwork and many other important details needed for obtaining the highest award in Scouting. This in an intensive week, thus, Scouts should be aware that all of the merit badges offered at camp require work done outside of camp to complete. In order to have the merit badges completed at camp, work done prior to camp must be brought to camp along with properly filled out partial merit badge blue cards. If prior work has not been completed, partial work will be credited at conclusion of camp. Blue cards will not be issued at the conclusion of Eagle Encampment. Instead, official accomplishment documents will be provided to each participant which should be provided to each unit's advancement chairman to ensure the participant receives proper credit at the Troop level
|Meet Ft Gatlin District's new District Director
It is with great pleasure that I announce the newest member of the Central Florida Council team. Jon Garn joined us November 14th. Jon is the new Ft. Gatlin District Director. Jon served as Sr. DE in the Snake River Council. He has been in professional Scouting for over 5 years. He has served successfully in every role he has taken; camp director, staff advisor for Marketing, Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing, Advancement, and Properties Committee.
He has served as staff advisor for 5 Wood Badge courses, 5 major fundraising events, 4 Cub Day camps, popcorn sales, OA, NYLT and several more!!
We look forward to Jon's continued success as our newest team member!!
|What's Going Around: Open Wounds and Lacerations
When you or someone in your family suffers a bad cut or open wound, there is usually blood involved and that can be scary - especially if it's one of your children. Do you know how to stop the bleeding? Are stitches needed? What about a tetanus shot?
How do you know if the injury warrants stitches? Here are some things to look for:
1. Deep, gaping or jagged cuts
2. Cuts longer than 1 inch
3. Cuts that continue to bleed
4. Cuts over a joint
5. Debris in wound
A doctor can determine if stitches are necessary. Have a medical professional evaluate a cut as soon as possible, since a cut should be closed with stitches within 8-12 hours. You should also seek medical attention if the cut has any debris imbedded in it, such as glass, gravel or dirt.
Tetanus is a serious illness caused by tetanus bacteria that often enters through open wounds. So make sure your tetanus booster shot is up-to-date. The first round of tetanus shots are given in a series throughout infancy, followed by a booster between the ages of 4 - 6, and again at around age 11 or 12. Tetanus boosters are recommended every 10 years thereafter, so if it has been more than 10 years and you have an open wound, Centra Care will give a Tetanus booster.
Infection is a primary concern following a laceration. A superficial wound can heal with home treatment. But to avoid infection, be sure to clean the wound thoroughly by pouring clear water over it. Apply an antibacterial ointment and keep the area covered with a bandage; repeat these steps at least once a day. To stop any bleeding, apply constant pressure with a gauze pad or clean cloth.
The following are some things you should NOT do:
- Do NOT assume that a minor wound is clean because you can't see dirt or debris inside.
- Do NOT breathe on an open wound.
- Do NOT try to clean a major wound, especially after the bleeding is under control.
- Do NOT remove a long or deeply embedded object. Seek medical attention.
- Do NOT probe or pick debris from a wound. Seek medical attention.
- Do NOT push exposed body parts back in. Cover them with clean material until medical help arrives.
For more "What's Going Around?" Check out the CentraCare
|Outdoor Education and Leadership
|(This "note" first appeared in the YahooGroup "VenturingList" and is written by Michael Brown.)
For many of us, scouting provides a unique educational program and experience for our youth (and adults), but it's actually part of larger educational "world". Some of us may have heard the terms "outdoor education", "adventure education", "experiential education" and variants of these. Scouting is part of this.
Let's look at "Outdoor education" first. It usually applies to education done in the out of doors. Nature hikes, field trips to museums and nature centers, outdoor activities and the like are part of this. "Adventure education" is a subset of this, focusing on more strenuous activities such as high adventure camping and activities such as white water rafting, rock climbing and the like, which can challenge the participants physically, mentally, and spiritually. "Experiential learning/education" is all about learning by doing, which encompasses all of these. Instead of talking about baking a cake, let's actually bake that cake. Or build that bridge or the like. But it's meant to be more than just doing science experiments in class, but a larger view of learning that gets away from memorization and rote learning. Experience is the best teacher, hence the importance of experiential learning.
As noted, this is what scouting is all about. We have always been about experiential learning over 'book learning' or the like (or you may hear of some scouters who decry 'parlor scouting' and turning scouting into school). And scouting has always been about outing, and becoming better individuals thru the adventures we find in scouting and the outdoors. But I have found that in researching this area, that scouting is usually regulated to footnote status in the world of outdoor/adventure/experiential education. The BSA doesn't even involve itself with the various organizations in this field, such as the Association of Experiential Education (www.aee.org
). I think part of this is because scouting is made up of volunteers, or amateurs, and not professional educators/instructors. And I think we miss out because of that.
|From the Council Key 3 ...
Happy New Year from your Council Key 3! We hope you and your family had a wonderful Holiday Season.
Three Council programs recently made an indelible impression upon me. The first was the Council's annual Cub Scout Halloween Campout, which I attended with my eight year old son, Jack, a Bear Cub. Words cannot do justice to my sense of pride and amazement as I personally witnessed our professional staff and adult volunteers safely shepherd over 2,000 young, hyperactive boys and their parents through three fun filled days of activities. My son and 1,000 of his new found friends enjoyed a fun filled weekend of archery, BB gun shooting, nightly movies, a hay ride, haunted house, and a haunted trail, all without incident, injury, or the slightest hitch. When one considers that the Halloween Campout weekend I attended was just one of four consecutive Halloween Campout weekends, it makes the coordination and organization of the event all the more impressive.
The second event was our Council Camporee, which this year was held at Camp LaNoChe, and was attended by nearly 3,000 Scouts and their leaders. I felt like I was watching a U.S. military exercise so precise was the camp layout and organized were the weekend's activities. To see our Council's Scouts meeting other local Scouts and experiencing the camaraderie of the Scouting movement, all while enjoying country and rock music concerts, having "Fun On A Human Scale" playing Human Foosball, Tarantula Races, and Tank Maneuvers, and engaging in a whole series of "Minute to Win-it" style activities, made me yearn for my own days as a young Scout and made me realize just how far Scouting has come since I was a boy.
The third event was our annual Scouting for Food drive in November, when more than 12,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and volunteers spread out across Central Florida and canvassed our neighborhoods and the streets while collecting more than 550,000 pounds of food for Central Florida's food pantries - food which provided countless meals for Central Florida's families in need during the holidays, a time when no child should ever go hungry. For some of our local food pantries, Scouting for Food is their primary source of food stock from November through March and more than 60 percent of those who receive the food we collect are children.
What struck me about all three of these phenomenally successful programs was that none of this would be possible without you, our adult volunteers, and without our committed, talented staff of professional Scouts. So on my behalf and on behalf of your Key 3, Thank You for all you do each and every week to enrich the lives of our children and our community through this great movement we call Scouting.