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  • Boy Scouts of America Jamboree Camp excludes obese Boy Scouts

    07/16/2013 9:44:13 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 55 replies
    "We required a level of fitness in order to come to the Jamboree that we haven't required before," McCarthy said. "And that has motivated an enormous return in terms of both kids and adults getting serious about improving their health."
  • Special Report: A $439 million camp adds to Boy Scouts money crunch

    07/16/2013 5:20:15 PM PDT · by MacNaughton · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/15/2013 | Robin Respaut and Brian Grow
    Known as The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, the 10,600-acre park opens Monday, when 30,000 scouts are expected to visit for the quadrennial National Jamboree. The Summit will have more than 5 miles of zip lines, a whitewater-rafting circuit, a 120-foot tree house and a stadium for 85,000 people.
  • Overweight Boy Scouts barred from national Jamboree by new BMI requirement

    07/16/2013 5:58:44 AM PDT · by Deadeye Division · 37 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | July 16, 2013 | Natalie Villacorta
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Boy Scouts at this year’s national Jamboree were kayaking, rock climbing, zip-lining and bike riding in 90-degree heat Monday. And for the first time, scouts and their leaders had to meet new health requirements: No one with a body mass index of 40 or higher was eligible to attend. A 16-year-old boy who is 5 feet 9 inches and weighs 150 pounds would have a healthy BMI of about 22. The rugged terrain at Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia, where the Jamboree is taking place for the first time, warrants these new requirements,...
  • US Jamboree requires health-conscious Scouts

    07/15/2013 12:26:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 13, 2013 11:38 AM ED | John Raby
    This year’s Boy Scouts of America’s national Jamboree is being billed as the most physically demanding in its history: There’s rock climbing, rappelling, whitewater rafting and biking. And Scouts will go about the sprawling, hilly landscape the old-fashioned way—on foot. Thousands of Scouts gather for 10 days starting Monday at a new location in West Virginia. Officials designed the 1,000-plus acre Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve to take advantage of the Mountain State’s natural assets, and they also put into place new physical fitness requirements that eliminated morbidly obese Scouts from participating. … This year, 30,000 Scouts ages 12...

    04/01/2011 8:20:35 AM PDT · by seekthetruth · 109 replies · 1+ views
    Freedom Jamboree ^ | 04/01/2011 | seekthetruth
    FREEDOM JAMBOREE, THE NATIONAL TEA PARTY STRAW POLL CONVENTION & LEAVENWORTH 10 FREEDOM RIDE Freedom Jamboree is a coalition of grassroots, independent Tea Party and conservative community organizers from around the country, completely independent of any national Tea Party umbrella organization. Freedom Jamboree sent invitations to all national Tea Party potential candidates for 2012 in mid-January, and will invite any new candidates that announce their candidacy in the next few months. Invitations were sent only to those who have supported the Tea Party movement and its Constitutional principles by both word and deed. Many of them already accepted and many...
  • Obama booed lustily by Boy Scouts

    08/08/2010 9:00:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 70 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 8, 2010 | Rick Moran
    The president decided to pass up the Boy Scouts of America's 100th Anniversary in order to make an "historic" appearance on ABC's "The View." Despite the fact that the Jamboree was just a hop, skip, and a jump from the White House at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, the president sent a recorded message instead of showing up himself. The reaction of the Boy Scouts to the video tells the story ... Never was a Boy Scout myself but I understand that the Jamboree means a lot to those in attendance. And the Boy Scouts have meant a lot...
  • Gates Shares Common Experiences, Vision With Scouts

    07/29/2010 6:21:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies
    WASHINGTON, July 28, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today shared his personal experiences and passion for Boy Scouting with tens of thousands of Scouts and their families gathered for the 100th anniversary celebration of the Boy Scouts of America. Video U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates addresses an audience of more than 45,000 scouts during the Boy Scouts of America 2010 National Scout Jamboree on Fort AP Hill, Va., July 28, 2010. The massive group of boy scouts from all across America came to the 12,000 acre site for 10 days to celebrate the Boy Scouts centennial. DoD...
  • Scouts come together for state's largest celebration of Scouting's 100th anniversary

    04/17/2010 11:04:58 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 250+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | Updated 4/17/10 | Robert Jordan
    PLEASANTON — What birthday would be complete without a song? And to help celebrate 100 years of the Boy Scouts of America, hundreds of packs and troops obliged Friday with their own version. Scouts from throughout Northern California kicked off the Northern California 100th Anniversary Jamboree opening ceremony with their own chant at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Members from as far south as Yosemite to as far north as the Oregon border belted out: "We got spirit, yes we do. We got spirit, how about you?" The chant grew in volume and enthusiasm as it snaked its way from one...
  • Scouts banned from eating burgers and bangers - because of religious beliefs

    08/02/2007 10:07:51 AM PDT · by foolscap · 179 replies · 3,705+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 2nd August 2007 | staff
    Youngsters celebrating the 100th birthday of the scouting movement have been banned from eating burgers and bangers - because they might offend youngsters of other religions. And the scouts have been banned from having campfires and instead have to sit round a potplant - because of safety fears. The traditional camping food made way way for vegetarian dishes - a hundred years after Scout founder Lord Baden-Powell took his first group of 20 boys to the great outdoors. The 1907 boys caught rabbits and cooked them on an open fire on Brownsea Island, in Poole Harbour, Dorset. But in 2007,...
  • Sunrise Marks Our 100th Anniversary (World Scout Jamboree)

    08/02/2007 7:25:58 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 9 replies · 423+ views
    World Scout Jamboree 2007 ^ | August 1, 2007 | Steve Coburn
    The dawn of a new day signals the start of a new century for Scouting.At 8am on August 1st 1907 Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting movement opened the world's first ever scout camp, on Brownsea Island, by sounding his Kudu horn three times. One hundred years later, and the UK Chief Scout, Peter Duncan, was there to blow his Kudu horn three times to mark the beginning of the Worldwide Scouting Sunrise.Throughout the different time zones, Scouts from around the world renewed their Scout Promise at exactly 8am to mark the centenary of the opening camp.Meanwhile, at the...
  • Court: 2010 Jamboree can go forward (Court tells ACLU to butt out)

    04/04/2007 12:37:15 PM PDT · by RB2 · 20 replies · 1,598+ views
    Boy Scouts Legal Affairs Website & Blawg ^ | April 4, 2007 | Boy Scouts of America
    Statement of Boy Scouts of America: Court Rules Boy Scout Jamboree to Go Forward IRVING, Texas, April 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Boy Scouts of America is pleased that the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dismissed the ACLU's lawsuit against the Department of Defense for supporting the National Scout Jamboree. For more than 25 years, Boy Scouts have held the National Scout Jamboree every four years at Fort A.P. Hill near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Scouts from all over the country camp together for ten days and participate in activities emphasizing physical fitness, appreciation of the outdoors, and patriotism. Seven...
  • Statement of Boy Scouts of America: Court Rules Boy Scout Jamboree to Go Forward

    04/04/2007 12:27:16 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 28 replies · 1,424+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | April 4, 2007 | anon
    Statement of Boy Scouts of America: Court Rules Boy Scout Jamboree to Go Forward IRVING, Texas, April 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Boy Scouts of America is pleased that the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dismissed the ACLU's lawsuit against the Department of Defense for supporting the National Scout Jamboree. For more than 25 years, Boy Scouts have held the National Scout Jamboree every four years at Fort A.P. Hill near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Scouts from all over the country camp together for ten days and participate in activities emphasizing physical fitness, appreciation of the outdoors, and...
  • Jamboree documents released

    08/15/2006 1:36:04 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 6 replies · 230+ views
    TIMES-DISPATCH ^ | Tuesday, August 15, 2006 | KIRAN KRISHNAMURTHY
    Army: Witnesses did not recall seeing signs about power lines before four Scout leaders died Three witnesses to the electrocution of four National Scout Jamboree leaders did not recall any signs warning of high-voltage power lines in the vicinity, according to investigative documents. However, a photograph included in the documents does show the presence of a sign. And one Boy Scout from the Western Alaska troop stated he noticed the overhead electrical lines before a metal tent pole touched them on July 25, 2005, the first day of the quadrennial event at the U.S. Army's Fort A.P. Hill in Caroline...
  • ACLU vs Boy Scout Case Heads To Court Of Appeals

    04/05/2006 1:40:13 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 22 replies · 6,593+ views
    Pipeline News ^ | 5-Mar-06 | John Stephenson
    In 2005, a federal district court in Chicago sided with the ACLU and ruled that the military’s support for the National Scout Jamboree - held once every four years at Fort A.P. Hill in Fredericksburg, Virginia - unconstitutional. The case is Winkler v. Rumsfeld, No. 05-3451 (7th Cir.). The ACLU’s claim is that the Scout Oath’s “duty to God” makes the Boy Scouts a religious organization, like a church, and that military support for the Jamboree violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. If the ruling stands, the military may not lend equipment or provide logistical support to the...
  • [Boy Scout] Jamboree report released (OSHA)

    03/07/2006 2:41:05 AM PST · by leadpenny · 14 replies · 646+ views
    The Free Lance-Star ^ | 7Mar06 | JEFF BRANSCOME
    Contractors with a now-defunct Virginia tent company said they never solicited help from four Boy Scout leaders electrocuted while setting up a large dining tent on the opening day of last summer's National Scout Jamboree, according to a report released yesterday. This contradicts a statement issued during the jamboree by officials from the Western Alaska Council, in which they said the contractors asked some of the leaders to help raise the tent. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's report also states that the federal agency would have issued a citation to the Boy Scouts of America for exposing employees to...
  • Support Our Scouts Act

    01/12/2006 11:16:59 AM PST · by RonF · 23 replies · 303+ views ^ | 1/10/2006 | Some Congressional Staffer
    This is the text of the "Support our Scouts Act".SEC. 8173. SUPPORT FOR YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS- (a) Short Title- This Act may be cited as the `Support Our Scouts Act of 2005'.(b) Support for Youth Organizations- (1) DEFINITIONS- In this subsection--(A) the term `Federal agency' means each department, agency, instrumentality, or other entity of the United States Government; and(B) the term `youth organization'--(i) means any organization that is designated by the President as an organization that is primarily intended to--(I) serve individuals under the age of 21 years;(II) provide training in citizenship, leadership, physical fitness, service to community, and teamwork; and(III)...
  • Congressmen back Scouts in ACLU suit

    11/09/2005 7:57:42 AM PST · by Jay777 · 9 replies · 738+ views
    Worldnet Daily ^ | November 9, 2005 | Unknown
    Ninety members of Congress filed a brief yesterday with a federal appeals court declaring support for the U.S. Defense Department in its sponsorship of the Boy Scouts of America's national jamboree. The department's backing of the quadrennial event, attended this year by more than 40,000 Scouts, was opposed in a 1999 lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU contends federal government sponsorship violates the First Amendment, because the Boy Scouts require members to swear an oath to "do my duty to God and my country." The next jamboree is scheduled for 2010 to coincide with the 100th...
  • 2005 Scout Jamboree Memories

    08/11/2005 10:53:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 535+ views
    Home Photo Gallery News & Facts Activities Jambo Map Exhibits Schedule Visiting “Ask Bob” BSA HomeJoin Scouts! Jamboree Today: August 2 August 1   July 31   July 30   July 29   July 28   July 27   July 262005 Jamboree Today Collectors Edition CD Order Form  Memories Are Made Of Presidents, Eagles And Starbursts.....GOPedro Burrowed In At National Exhibits.....GOTalent Search Uncovers Hidden Skills And Abilities.....GOA Letter Of Thanks From Western Alaska Troops.....GOScouts Had Loads Of Fun, Accomplished Much.....GO Memories Are Made Of Presidents, Eagles And Starbursts President George W. Bush shakes hands with Scouts after his address at the closing arena show. (Photo by...
  • The ACLU's 30 Years War

    08/09/2005 6:03:06 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 16 replies · 670+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 8/8/05 | Scott Johnson
    A week ago yesterday President Bush spoke before the more than 30,000 Boy Scouts attending the 16th National Scout Jamboree. The tragic deaths by electrocution of four adult Scout leaders on July 25 dominated news of the Jamboree, and the coverage of Bush's speech was perfunctory at best. Like many of President Bush's formal speeches, however, his remarks are worth reading in their entirety. They are eloquent, funny, personal, and moving. Bush first noted that the "Scouts have set a high standard of service and duty to God and country." He observed that "through the generations, Scouts have made America...
  • Better than aviation education is a really cool patch (BSA)

    08/05/2005 6:15:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 605+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Aug 5, 2005 | Staff Sgt. C. Todd Lopez
    FORT A.P. HILL, Va. -- About 43,000 Boy Scouts departed this Army installation Aug. 3 after 10 days of scouting, camping and learning. As part of the 2005 National Scout Jamboree, Boy Scouts nationwide gathered to make new friends, practice their scouting skills and earn "merit badges." Thanks to retired Lt. Col. Tom Sawner, a former pilot, about 1,000 of those young men left the Jamboree with a new merit badge and a greater appreciation and understanding of aviation. The aviation merit badge is particularly difficult to get, Colonel Sawner said, because the resources needed to complete the requirements for...
  • Bush Salutes Boy Scout Values, Support of U.S. Military

    08/01/2005 7:39:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 530+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug 1, 2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2005 – President Bush praised Boy Scout values of patriotism, integrity and citizenship July 31 at the organization's 16th National Jamboree held at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. The 30,000-plus scouts attending the jamboree from around the world "are carrying on a tradition that dates back almost seven decades," Bush observed, noting that President Franklin Roosevelt came to the first jamboree in 1937. Over the years, millions of Americans have recited the Scout oath, which begins, "On my honor, I'll do my best," said Bush, who was a Cub Scout during his youth Midland, Texas. Bush said he...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush - 8.01.05

    08/01/2005 2:52:39 PM PDT · by snugs · 230 replies · 3,652+ views ^ | 1st August 2005 | Snugs
    Today President George W Bush used his constitutional authority to appoint John Bolton to serve as America's Ambassador to the United Nations. The President said that John Bolton will be an important member of his State Department team, led by Condoleezza Rice. Over the weekend the President had a routine physical on Saturday at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethseda, Maryland. He was pronounced fit for duty and above average fitness for a man of his age. Afterwards he visited wounded sailors and Marines recovering at the hospital. On Sunday evening the President spoke at the Boy Scout National Jamboree...
  • Bush Offers Sympathy at Boy Scout Jamboree

    07/31/2005 5:01:40 PM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies · 1,751+ views
    AP ^ | 7/31/5 | DEB RIECHMANN
    Bowling Green, Va. -- Succeeding on his third try to visit them, President Bush comforted thousands of Boy Scouts on Sunday at a national jamboree marred by the electrocutions of four leaders and stifling heat that sickened 300. "The men you lost were models of good citizenship," Bush told the estimated 50,000 Scouts, leaders and visitors attending the event near Bowling Green, Va., where boys yelled "Boy Scouts Rock!" "As scout leaders, they devoted themselves to helping young men develop the character and skills they need to realize their dreams. These men will always be remembered for their leadership and...
  • Experts Say Boy Scouts Weren't Prepared for Jamboree Which Left 5 Dead, Hundreds Ill From Heat

    07/30/2005 6:22:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 51 replies · 1,595+ views
    COX.Net AP Story ^ | July 30, 2005 | KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press Writers
    BOWLING GREEN, Va. -- Their motto is: "Be prepared." But as the disaster-riddled National Boy Scout Jamboree carries on following five deaths and hundreds of heat-related illnesses, event planners from across the country are wondering just how prepared the Scouts were. "That's the part that breaks my heart _ there are things you can avoid and things you can't," said Phyllis Cambria, an event planner from Boca Raton, Fla., who has written several books on the subject. "This one sounds like it was an avoidable one." Scout officials say they are not ready to place blame and are still investigating...
  • Senate majority leader addresses scout jamboree (BSA)

    07/29/2005 7:43:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 401+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | July 29, 2005 | Sgt. Frank N. Pellegrini
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) came to Fort A.P. Hill July 27 to address the 2005 National Scout Jamboree. Foremost on his mind was the importance of the U.S. military’s support to the scouts gathered before him. “Federal support for the jamboree -- what we are doing here today -- is important in helping to train our brave men and women in the military,” he said. Frist said he was proud to announce the “Support Our Scouts Act of 2005” as an amendment to the Department of Defense Authorization Bill that he sponsored. “The vote was ninety-eight to...
  • Survivor recalls Scout Jamboree tragedy

    07/27/2005 8:29:35 PM PDT · by restornu · 14 replies · 697+ views
    KansasCity/Washington Post ^ | Posted on Wed, Jul. 27, 2005
    WASHINGTON — Larry Call told his wife that he wasn’t sure if it was a few seconds or a few minutes. But as he gripped the metal pole and hoisted it beneath the sprawling white canopy, he found himself suddenly paralyzed, full of electricity and a pain he has not yet found words to describe. He was jolted to the ground and lay there, barely conscious under the canvas, Paula Call said in a telephone interview from Alaska. This was the end, he thought. He looked around at it. There, hurled to the ground along with him were the men...
  • Scores of Boy Scouts Fall Ill From Heat While Waiting for President to Arrive at Jamboree

    07/27/2005 9:25:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 46 replies · 1,918+ views
    COX.Net AP Story ^ | July 27, 2005 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press Writer
    BOWLING GREEN, Va. -- About 300 people, most of them Boy Scouts, were sickened by the heat Wednesday while waiting for President Bush to arrive at a memorial service for four Scout leaders who were killed while pitching a tent beneath a power line. The president's visit to the Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill was postponed because of severe thunderstorms and strong wind. Instead, Bush is scheduled to visit the gathering Thursday. But before the president's appearance was called off, many Scouts fell ill from temperatures that rose into the upper 90s, made worse by high humidity. Half of...
  • Soldiers focus on safety at Scout Jamboree, continue adventure

    07/27/2005 5:27:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 386+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | July 27, 2005 | unattributed
    FORT A.P. HILL, Va. (Army News Service, July 27, 2005) – About 42,000 Boy Scouts and adult leaders from around the world have arrived at the National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., and following an accident July 25 in which four adult leaders were killed, activities continue with an added emphasis on safety. A safety review was conducted by the joint task force supporting the jamboree after the four scouting leaders were electrocuted while setting up their tent. Both scouts and about 2,000 service members of the task force have been cautioned to adhere to all safety procedures,...
  • Tent Put Up Under Power Line Went Against Scout Safety Teachings (Boy Scouts)

    07/27/2005 5:01:35 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 29 replies · 796+ views
    AP ^ | 7-27-05 | Kristen Gelineau
    BOWLING GREEN, Va. (AP) - The four men electrocuted while pitching a dining tent at the Boy Scout Jamboree had ignored scouting teachings by putting the tent under a power line, a spokesman said Wednesday. The Scout leaders also had taken the "somewhat unusual" step of hiring a contractor to help with the task, Scouts spokesman Gregg Shields said. "Boy Scouts are taught not to put their tents under trees or under power lines. I don't know what happened in that case," Shields said. The four leaders killed Monday were to be remembered Wednesday at a memorial to be attended...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush - 7.27.05

    07/27/2005 4:03:04 PM PDT · by ohioWfan · 253 replies · 2,705+ views, | 7.27.05 | ohioWfan
    President Bush went to Capitol Hill this morning, accompanied by Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, to meet with and speak to the House Republican Conference and discuss issues and encourage support for CAFTA. Later he welcomed March of Dimes National Ambassador, Navy Anderson of Logan, Utah in the Oval Office, and then greeted the 2005 Boys and Girls’ Senators in the East Room. The Senators were selected to represent their states by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary. Tonight the President will be traveling to Ft. A.P. Hill in Virginia to address the Boy Scout Jamboree meeting there,...
  • Bush Comforts Mourning Boy Scouts

    07/27/2005 3:11:57 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 844+ views
    AP ^ | 7/27/5 | JENNIFER LOVEN
    WASHINGTON -- President Bush was offering comfort Wednesday to thousands of Boy Scouts mourning the deaths of four of their leaders, telling their national jamboree that the men who died in this week's tragic accident should be honored and remembered. Bush's speech Wednesday evening at the Boy Scouts of America's quadrennial jamboree — initially intended to celebrate volunteerism and military service — was turned into more of a consolation session after four men died on Monday while erecting a large dining tent at the gathering. Military and Scout officials were investigating the incident, in which the adult Scout leaders lost...
  • Boy Scout Jamboree reopens; Bush to visit

    07/27/2005 8:02:09 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 597+ views
    AP ^ | 7/27/5 | KRISTEN GELINEAU
    BOWLING GREEN, Va. - The National Boy Scout Jamboree reopened its gates Wednesday for a somber visit by President Bush and a memorial for four Scout leaders electrocuted in front of stunned children. Timmy Smith, 16, of Wheeling, W. Va., said his troop donated patches to the grieving Anchorage, Alaska, troop that lost the adult leaders Monday when a tent pole came into contact with power lines. "It would feel bad if my dad got affected like that," Smith said. "Scouts are supposed to be kind and help each other out so we helped them out." Some scouts watched in...
  • Boy Scouts 'All Started Screaming'

    07/26/2005 9:43:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 29 replies · 1,082+ views
    wyway via drudge ^ | 07.26.05 | LARRY O'DELL , JEANNETTE J. LEE
    Boy Scouts 'All Started Screaming' Jul 26, 9:28 PM (ET) By LARRY O'DELL and JEANNETTE J. LEE (AP) A day following the deaths of four Boy Scout leaders at the National Jamboree, Boy Scouts line up...Full Image BOWLING GREEN, Va. (AP) - They were deeply devoted to the Boy Scouts, traveling thousands of miles to the woods of northern Virginia for 10 fun-filled days of fishing, archery and storytelling beside the campfire. One of their first tasks: Set up a large tent. But the task went terribly awry when they lost control of a giant tent pole and it hit...
  • Senate Approves Boy Scout Events on Military Bases

    07/26/2005 9:01:51 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 21 replies · 718+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, July 26, 2005 | Unknown
    WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Tuesday to allow U.S. military bases to continue to host Boy Scouts events, responding to lawsuits and a federal court ruling aimed at severing relationships between the government and the youth group. The vote came one day after four adult Scout leaders from an Alaska troop were killed on the opening day of the National Scout Jamboree at the Army's Fort A.P. Hill in Bowling Green, Va., when a tent pole apparently struck a power line. In a 98-0 vote, the Senate approved the provision continuing the hosting of Boy Scout events as part of...
  • Scout Jamboree Closes for Day of Grieving

    07/26/2005 2:21:44 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies · 946+ views
    The Guardian ^ | July 26, 2005 | LARRY O'DELL , AP
    BOWLING GREEN, Va. (AP) - The National Boy Scout Jamboree closed to visitors for a day of grieving and reviewing safety procedures Tuesday following the deaths of four adult scout leaders in an electrical accident. Three sons of the victims returned home to Alaska, officials said. ``Our hearts go out to the families of these dedicated Scout leaders who gave so much to their sons, their troops and their communities,'' Boy Scout spokesman Gregg Shields told reporters, his voice choked with emotion. The accident happened Monday when the Scout leaders were setting up a dining tent. Officials said the gathering,...
  • Senate Backs Scouts' Use of Military Bases

    07/26/2005 1:12:52 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 26 replies · 881+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 26, 2005 | LIZ SIDOTI
    WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Tuesday to allow U.S. military bases to continue to host Boy Scouts events, responding to lawsuits and a federal court ruling aimed at severing relationships between the government and the youth group. The vote came one day after four adult Scout leaders were killed on the opening day of the National Scout Jamboree at the Army's Fort A.P. Hill in Bowling Green, Va., when a tent pole apparently struck a power line. In a 98-0 vote, the Senate approved the provision continuing the hosting of Boy Scout events as part of massive bill setting Defense...
  • JAMBOREE: Three men from Anchorage, one former Alaskan are electrocuted.

    07/26/2005 4:32:35 AM PDT · by bookworm100 · 11 replies · 800+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | July 26th, 2005 | KATIE PESZNECKER and LISA DEMER
    Four Boy Scout leaders were killed in Virginia on Monday, the opening day of the organization's national Jamboree, when a metal tent pole they were holding hit a power line and apparently ignited the canvas tent above them, according to Scout officials and witnesses. Officials late Monday confirmed the leaders who died are Ron Bitzer, Michael Lacroix and Michael Shibe of Anchorage and Scott Powell, who moved to Ohio last year. A fifth Alaska Scout leader, Larry Call, and an unidentified contractor were hospitalized with injuries, according to Boy Scout officials. Call is being treated at a Virginia hospital burn...
  • Four Boy Scout Leaders Die in Va. Accident

    07/25/2005 9:17:03 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies · 1,035+ views
    YahooNews/AP ^ | July 25, 2005
    Four Boy Scout Leaders Die in Va. Accident By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press Writer Four adult Boy Scout leaders from Alaska were killed Monday afternoon in an electrical accident during the opening day of the organization's 2005 Jamboree. The accident happened between 4:30 and 5 p.m. while the leaders were setting up camp, officials said. More than six hours after the deaths, little additional information had been released. The Jamboree is being held on the grounds of the Army's Fort A.P. Hill; Army officials referred questions to Jamboree officials, who declined to detail how the accident occurred. One other leader...
  • Boy Scout World Jamboree or Orgy?

    01/13/2003 1:43:31 PM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies · 1,145+ views
    Bangkok Post ^ | 01.13.03 | Anucha Charoenpo
    20TH WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE Sexual shenanigans spice up camp life It's nothing unusual, say teenage visitors Anucha Charoenpo Young love birds share an intimate moment yesterday during a party for participants in the World Scout Jamboree at Haad Yao beach in Sattahip. _ JETJARAS NA RANONG Scouts from Western countries say having sex and forming relationships is common practice among participants at the 20th World Scout Jamboree in Sattahip. They say they are well aware of the risk of sexually transmitted disease and take the necessary precautions. Rob Rolfe, 17, from Britain, said he believed some couples were having sex...
  • Four Boy Scout Leaders Killed in Electrical Accident at Jamboree Opening in Virginia

    07/25/2005 6:18:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 172 replies · 4,908+ views
    COX.Net AP Story ^ | July 25,2005 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press Writer
    BOWLING GREEN, Va. -- Four adult Boy Scout leaders were killed Monday afternoon in an electrical accident during the opening day of the organization's 2005 Jamboree. Jamboree spokesman Gregg Shields said the accident occurred between 4:30 and 5 p.m. while the leaders were setting up camp. One other leader and a contract worker were injured, and were hospitalized in stable condition, Shields said. No youth Scouts were seriously hurt, he said. He did not say how many might have sustained minor injuries. Shields did not have additional details about the accident, including the victims' names. "We have an investigation under...
  • 5 Boy Scouts leaders killed in an electrical accident at Jamboree...

    07/25/2005 5:02:03 PM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 72 replies · 3,142+ views
    Washington Post & AP ^ | July 25, 2005 | Michael Felberbaum
    BOWLING GREEN, Va. -- The Boy Scouts of America says five of the organization's leaders were killed in an electrical accident during the opening day of the Boy Scout Jamboree.
  • WSJ: ACLU Jamboree - Judge Manning and her ACLU declare war on the Boy Scouts.

    07/20/2005 5:39:54 AM PDT · by OESY · 13 replies · 786+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 20, 2005 | Editorial (full text)
    The American Civil Liberties Union has found a sympathetic ear for its latest assault against the Boy Scouts. At issue is the famous Jamboree, held since 1981 at Fort A. P. Hill in Virginia and indirectly receiving support from the Army in billeting, infrastructure, and so forth. The ACLU argues that this arrangement breaches the First Amendment's separation between church and state. A federal judge in Chicago concurs, declaring government aid for the Jamboree unconstitutional. Because the Scouts require members to "privately exercise their religious faith as directed by their families and religious advisors," the ACLU petitioned the court to...
  • National Episcopal Scouters Association at Jamboree

    07/20/2005 2:00:49 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 21 replies · 207+ views
    Drell's Descant ^ | July 20, 2005 | Fred Goodwin
    National Episcopal Scouters Association The National Episcopal Scouters Association invites you to visit the 2005 National Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, July 25 to August 2. Over 40,000 youth and adult leaders from all over the US and the world will gather for eight days of fun and Scoutcraft. The National Episcopal Scouters Association will share a booth with the Episcopal Church in the Relationships Exhibits area. The mission of the National Episcopal Scouters Association is to encourage parishes to sponsor Boy Scout Troops, and to encourage youth to earn the Episcopal “God & Country” Award....
  • Boy Scout Jamboree returns to Fort A.P. Hill

    07/19/2005 4:16:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 46 replies · 2,060+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | July 19, 2005 | Rey Guzman
    Boy Scout Jamboree returns to Fort A.P. HillBy Rey GuzmanJuly 19, 2005 FORT A.P. Hill, Va. (Army News Service, July 18, 2005) – Thousands of Boy Scouts from across the nation will navigate their way to Fort A.P. Hill, Va., for the 2005 National Scout Jamboree July 25 through Aug. 3. More than 42,000 Boy Scouts and adult leaders, along with an additional 270,000 visitors, are expected to convene at the 10-day, national event conducted every four years by the Boys Scouts of America. About 2,000 Soldiers from the active Army, Army Reserve and National Guard, and an additional 200...
  • The ACLU: Lost without a compass - (relentlessly attacking Boy Scouts, Virginia & God!)

    07/11/2005 4:12:24 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 14 replies · 879+ views
    Some recent events would seem to indicate that the American Civil Liberties Union is lost in the woods without a compass. A moral compass, that is. For the last five years, the ACLU has been fighting the federal departments of Defense and Housing and Urban Development because of their support for the Boy Scouts of America – support that has taken the form of raising money for their national jamborees, allowing military personnel to lead Scout troops in their personal capacities, and providing access to government facilities for free. Now, a federal judge has sided with the ACLU and ruled...
  • Judge: Pentagon Can't Fund Scout Jamboree

    07/10/2005 4:07:06 AM PDT · by DaveTesla · 66 replies · 1,706+ views
    FOX News ^ | Thursday, July 07, 2005 | AP
    CHICAGO — A federal judge has ruled the Pentagon can no longer spend millions in government money to ready a Virginia military base for a national Boy Scout event typically held every four years, the American Civil Liberties Union announced Thursday. U.S. District Judge Blanche Manning's June 22 order stems from a 1999 lawsuit by the ACLU of Illinois that claimed the Defense Department sponsorship violates the First Amendment because the Scouts require members to swear an oath of duty to God. Justice Department spokesman Charles Miller said Thursday the government was still considering its options. The order doesn't cover...
  • Court Order Ending Pentagon’s Special Funding for Boy Scout Jamboree

    07/08/2005 1:15:53 PM PDT · by RonF · 38 replies · 1,905+ views
    ACLU's Web Site ^ | 7/8/05 | Unknown
    CHICAGO -- Two well-known Chicago religious leaders today hailed an injunction by U.S. District Court Judge Blanche Manning that bars the Pentagon from spending millions of dollars to support future Boy Scout Jamborees (the only youth organization event so funded by the Pentagon).
  • Navy Seeks Volunteers for 2005 Boy Scout Jamboree

    05/05/2005 4:15:17 PM PDT · by AZHua87 · 20 replies · 656+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | May 4, 2005 | unattributed
    MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Navy Recruiting Command (CNRC) is seeking volunteers to coordinate Navy exhibits and merit badge booths for the 2005 National Boy Scout Jamboree scheduled from July 23 to Aug. 5 at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. Volunteers will be needed from July 21 to Aug. 5. The quadrennial National Jamboree is expected to play host to more than 40,000 scouts, 100,000 guests and numerous governmental and military dignitaries. Volunteers are sought with expertise in oceanography, weather, emergency preparedness and computers to assist in training scouts for receipt of awards known in the scouting world as merit badges. Additionally,...
  • Military Support: Keep Fort A.P. Hill Open to the Scouts

    04/07/2005 4:30:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 611+ views
    TIMES-DISPATCH GUEST COLUMNIST Washington. This August, a diverse cross-section of American boyhood will eat, camp, learn, and work together during the Boy Scout Jamboree. For nine days every fourth year, the Boy Scouts of America's tent city -- which includes 35,000 scouts and 8,000 adult volunteers -- more than doubles the population of Caroline County, Virginia. At Fort A.P. Hill, a military training center about 40 miles from Richmond, Scouts from every state learn about conservation, practice archery, go rappelling, and study citizenship. As it has done every year since 1937, the United States Army, which runs the fort, will...
  • WSJ: Bashing the Boy Scouts -- The ACLU lawsuits keep on coming.

    11/29/2004 5:35:10 AM PST · by OESY · 21 replies · 1,592+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 26, 2004 | Editorial
    ...The issue this time is the status of Scout troops on military bases. Most troops have institutional sponsors, and the military has traditionally performed this function for troops on bases, especially overseas where other options aren't readily available. The ACLU claims this is religious discrimination because the Boy Scouts require members to believe in God. That argument received a boost last week when the Defense Department agreed to issue an all-points reminder that official sponsorship of Boy Scout troops is against departmental rules. The edict is unlikely to have much practical effect, since most troops can continue under private sponsorship....