Friday, 6 February 2009

Boys Life Contest

Boy's Life Contest
Participants that wish to participate in this contest are to submit a video that they create about the following aspects of smoking:
  • Smoking is a drug addiction that kills people
  • Smoking makes everything smell bad
  • Remember" A Scout is clean!
Basic rules and parameters of the contest include:
  • Video must be no more than 3 minutes long and must be submited by March 4
  • From march 5 to April 30 finalists will be determined by the number of votes each entry receives
  • The winning videos will be announced and shown at the BSA's 2009 National Annual Meeting in May
  • You must be a registered Boy Scout or Varsity Scout to enter
Here are what the you can win:
  • The topp winner will receive a high-definition camcorder and an all-expense paid trip to the BSA high-adventure camp of his choice. Meaning Philmont, Northern Tier, or Florid Sea Base.
  • Three runners up will each receive a IPod Touch with 32 GB of storage.
To submit videos or for further information please visit this site.

Yours in Scouting Service
Mark W
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 1616

2010- Anniversary

Anniversary Year for BSAWhat are you and your council going to do for the 2010 100th anniversary of the BSA. Event though the 99th anniversary has not passed it is not too early to start planning the 2010 anniversary since this will be the 100 year mark. Lets all work together to accomplish at least these things:
  • Reintroduce Scouting to the US as the best and most current youth development program out there.
  • Reach out and learn to work with Hispanic communities. This is vital to see our number go up again instead of continuing to go down hill.
  • Remind the scouts that recruiting of new scouts is not just the responsibility of the council and adults, it is part of everyones job to recruit more people to the program.
  • Help to bring scouting into the 21st century by continuing to apply technology and innovation to the program to entertain a broader spectrum of people.
These things are only a few of the things we as scouts need to look at for the 2010 anniversary but we must examine this anniversary carefully and take steps to ensure the program lasts for at least another 100 years.

Yours in Scouting Service
Mark W
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 1616

NSJ 2010 Bulletin

February 2009 Bulletin
Let’s Get Ready for the Jamboree!

There have been many calls and e-mails concerning the new BSA medical form that must be completed between July 27, 2009, and May 1, 2010, in order to participate in the jamboree. The first thing that may be noticed on the new Annual Health and Medical Record includes a height/weight chart. This is for high-adventure activities or outdoor events that take you more than 30 minutes from ground transportation This chart will not be used for the 2010 Jamboree.

However, the height/weight chart does give reason for thought and excessive body weight is a risk factor at the Jamboree. As with jamborees in the past, this 100th Anniversary also promises that everyone will be walking at least five miles per day. In order to make this the best, most exciting, fun-filled, safest jamboree ever, being prepared and being in the best possible Scouting shape is a must. With the event getting closer, now is the time to SEE our way to the jamboree. The following are some Safe, Effective, and Easy hints that will help with this important preparation.

Mental preparation:
  • Have the desire to go to the jamboree. It needs to be something you want to do.
  • If the desire is there, but you have one or more risk factors listed under the “Be Prepared” section on, please set up a consultation with your physician. Find out if it is safe and practical for you to attend.
  • If it is safe, and there are changes that need to be made in your current lifestyle, make those changes and stick with it. Remember, SEE your way to the jamboree. Ask yourself: Are these goals Safe, Effective, and Easy?
  • You can do it!

Physical preparation:
  • There are several fitness programs that can help you work up to walking at least five miles per day in the hot, humid Virginia environment. The key is starting now. This is a great opportunity for units, districts, and councils to come together in planning.
  • See these Web sites for suggestions on increasing your activity level:
  • Don’t forget to include eating healthy. Nutrition plays an important role in your preparation. SEE
  • Get active! Eat healthy!
Spiritual preparation:
  • From the very beginning, the Scouting movement has encouraged its members to be faithful in the practice of their religious beliefs. As you adopt the idea of healthy eating and becoming more active, extra help may be needed. Spiritual guidance can help in this process. Set up a meeting with your spiritual advisor and share your aspirations and goals. (
  • Maintain a balanced life!

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