Coming Soon to a Screen Near You … 2010 Virtual Top Hands
In lieu of our annual Top Hands conference, we asked the Chief’s office to (briefly!) record their area’s key happenings on video. The result is Virtual Top Hands: a quick, interactive presentation online where you can scroll through a handful of videos and, more important, interact with our leaders through a comments function. So stay tuned and get ready to connect online!
Circle Ten Council Receives $25 Million Donation
The Circle Ten Council recently received a $25 million gift from the Rees-Jones Foundation—the largest monetary gift ever given to a council and the second-largest individual donation ever made to the BSA. The gift will establish the Trevor Rees-Jones Scoutreach Endowment for at-risk youth who may not be able to afford to participate in Scouting. It also will pay for capital improvements at the council’s four camps. For more information, read about the donation in D Magazine and The Dallas Morning News.
‘BSA’s Got Talent’ Entry Deadline Extended
The talent deadline for the “BSA’s Got Talent” competition has been extended to October 13. The Diversity Committee is seeking videos—two to three minutes in length—of you performing a special talent. Select videos will be shared at the October 21 diversity event at the national office conference center. For entry information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Journey to Excellence Webinars Are Under way
Training webinars for Scouting’s Journey to Excellence, our new council performance recognition program, are now available. To view a course schedule and sign up for an upcoming event, visit MyBSA and click Knowledge Base, then MyTraining, and view course information in the blue box on the right side of the screen. (Click on “here” for dates, times, and descriptions.) Please share this link to the Journey to Excellence webinar schedule with your volunteers.
53rd Annual Jamboree-on-the-Air Planned for October 16
The 53rd Annual Jamboree-on-the-Air—an event that connects Scouts worldwide via amateur radio—is at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 16, at the National Scouting Museum. According to ARRL, the national association for amateur radio, “JOTA is an annual event in which … Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared via radio waves. Since 1958, when the first Jamboree-on-the-Air was held, millions of Scouts have met each other through this event.” The first 200 Scouts in attendance will get a free patch. Admission is $5. Call 972-580-2100 for more information.
BSA Partners With Youth-Focused Big Tent Conference
We have signed on as a convening partner with the Big Tent Conference, planned for November 18–20, in Houston. The event, which is an amalgam of workshops and speakers sharing strategies, ideas, and innovations, is sponsored by the Search Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca is featured in the following video clip, which is also available on the Big Tent website.
Boys’ Life 100th Anniversary Card Now Available
To aid councils’ promotion of Boys’ Life subscriptions for all reregistering Cub Scout and Boy Scout program youth, each council will receive approximately one Boys’ Life 100th Anniversary Card per reregistering Scout.
Every Boys’ Life issue in 2011 will be a special, collectible edition—so every Scout will want to receive all 12 commemorative editions. As with the mini-mag, there is no cost to councils for the cards or shipping. If you need additional cards, please contact John Ingram at email@example.com.
The Buzz—PDS Episode Released