Volume I


2006 National Annual Meeting

The Wardman Park Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C., was the location for the Boy Scouts of America's National Annual Meeting, May 24-26, 2006.

The special invited international guests of the International Division were Lidija Pozaic, European Region Committee member from Croatia; John Geoghegan, World Scout Foundation, Switzerland; Jose Hernandez, Interamerican Scout Foundation, Mexico; Seung Soo Hong, Chong II Kim, and Young Ku Lee, Scouts Korea; Guillaume Legaut and Etienne Pere, France; Johan Krabb, WOSM, Sweden; and Aiden Jones, United Kingdom.

The annual International Committee dinner honored outgoing International Commissioner Richard Burdick and International Chairman Jerry Voros. The new international commissioner is Wayne M. Perry, and the new International Committee chairman is Kent Clayburn.

The 2007 National Annual Meeting will be held in Atlanta, Georgia.

Wayne M. Perry

Kent Clayburn

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Wayne Perry Elected to World Scout Committee

Wayne M. Perry was unanimously elected by the World Scout Committee in Geneva, Switzerland, on September 30, 2006, to replace Steve Fossett, who has stepped down from the committee due to other commitments. Fossett will continue his involvement in international Scouting through the International Committee of the Boy Scouts of America.

Perry is a member of the BSA and has a good knowledge of the Scout movement at the local level, through his work with his local council and region, and at the national level as a member of the National Executive Board.

Since May 2006, Perry has also been the international commissioner of the BSA. He will serve as a member of the World Scout Committee until the next World Scout Conference, in July 2008. Perry is the chief executive officer of a cellular telecommunication company in Washington state.

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SAJ-BSA Friendship Program, March 2006

International Scout Forum

On February 28, 2006, Scouts from across America met in Dallas to prepare for the opportunity of a lifetime. The Scouts were selected to participate in the SAJ-BSA Friendship Program international Scout forum. The forum, held in Narita, Japan, was attended by over 200 Scouts from 26 countries.

The theme of the forum was "New Century—New Beginning." The objectives were promotion of international understanding and friendship among all participants, enrichment of the Scouting program through sharing information and experiences among participating countries, and a deepening knowledge of Japan.

After the forum, the Scouts toured Tokyo, visited the emperor's palace, and rode the bullet train to Kyoto, where they met their host families. For three days, the Scouts stayed with their host families and had the opportunity to live the everyday life of the Japanese.

The main reason for the visit was to experience a cultural exchange, but the Scouts experienced a lot more. This was a trip that they'll remember for the rest of their lives!

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SAJ-BSA Friendship Program, August 2006

14th Nippon Jamboree

Phase two of the SAJ-BSA Friendship Program began on July 30, 2006, when a group of 32 Scouts and six leaders arrived in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to unite and become the BSA's contingent to the 14th Nippon Jamboree.

On July 31, 2006, the group departed for Tokyo, Japan. Upon arrival, they were met by representatives of the Scout Association of Japan. Before they traveled to Suzu-city, Ishikawa prefecture, to attend the jamboree, the Scouts enjoyed a visit to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology.

After the jamboree, the Scouts proceeded to the home hospitality portion of their trip. This is a very important part of the program: The Scouts live with a Japanese family for several days and immerse themselves in the culture and customs of a Japanese family.

The last event on the agenda before they came home was the SAJ-BSA-KSA Scout youth forum. The August trip marked the end of the second five-year program with SAJ. The Scout forum with Scouts from Japan and Korea is another manner in which Scouts from other countries work together to formulate ideas that might benefit their development.

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First Eurasian Jamboree in Byurakan, Armenia

Seven Scouts and two leaders from the Sam Houston Area Council left for London, England, on August 10, 2006, a day of high-level alerts after a terrorist plot was uncovered in London. They returned on August 23, 2006, exhilarated and changed, with a new appreciation of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. The adventure for these Boy Scouts and Venturing Scouts began in Yerevan, Armenia, where they spent the night, then climbed aboard a bus with a contingent of Scouts from the Ukraine, and headed for camp near Byurakan for the first Eurasian jamboree. Armenia is a landlocked country bordered by Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.

They learned of the different lifestyles and attitudes toward Scouting as represented by Scouts from the Ukraine, Russia, Tazikstan, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Japan, and the host country, Armenia. The one thing that was unchanged was the universal feeling of Scouting from the Scouts they met, even though Scouting developed in different ways in each country.

Amazingly, some of the Scouts already provided for their families, even though they were high school-aged, yet they still found time for Scouting and service projects in their communities. The American Scouts learned of the different struggles in the lives of the young people they met. The leaders of tomorrow at this jamboree were united through the Scouting movement "exactly the way Baden-Powell would have envisioned it," said one of the members of the BSA contingent. Quite simply, the BSA Scouts said they felt that this was the greatest experience of their young lives. They experienced fellowship and friendship, which is what Scouting is all about. They visited churches and monasteries, and saw other countries' music and dance traditions presented each night.

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2006 International Scouting Conference

The International Scouting Conference at the Philmont Training Center was the largest ever held. Over the years, the International Division's international conference has grown from a small, one-room meeting to an exciting, two-dimensional adventure. One dimension of the 2006 conference was for Scouters who have developed a new interest in international Scouting and would like to learn how to participate in international Scouting events. The second dimension was for Scouters who are experienced in international Scouting programs, tours, and exchanges but would like to become involved in more advanced projects with other countries.

Of course, the specially invited international faculty from other Scouting associations or regions of the World Organization of the Scout Movement gave the conference a very special flavor.

Sharing in the fellowship of international Scouting, the special guest faculty for 2006 included Stephen Peck, director of Program and Development, The Scout Association, United Kingdom.

Subjects covered revolved around the latest plans to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Scouting at the World Scout Jamboree, and how to involve your council in international activities. Marshall Hollis of Ripley, Mississippi, was the conference chairman. Other special guests included newly appointed International Commissioner Wayne Perry and newly appointed International Committee Chairman Kent Clayburn.

The next Philmont International Scouting Conference will be held in the summer of 2008. Look for details on the International Division's Web page in 2007.

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European Camp Staff Counselor at Kandersteg

During the summer of 2006, Byron Houghton, a registered Scout from Old North State Council in Greensboro, North Carolina, spent the summer as a counselor at Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland. As a participant in the Boy Scouts of America's European Camp Staff program, Houghton spent the summer working at the beautiful high-adventure base.

Founded in 1923 by Lord Baden-Powell, the camp is the only international center in the world that serves Scouts of any age or sex. During the summer, Kandersteg offers such activities as hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, and river rafting to Scouts and other campers.

A Boy Scout since he was 7 years old, Houghton said he had wanted to visit Kandersteg for years. When his application to be a European camp staff counselor was accepted, he jumped at the chance.

"It's a pretty incredible place," Houghton said. "It's the World Organization of the Scout Movement's premier high-adventure base. Campers have to sign up for visits two years ahead of time, and they usually go with their local organizations and troops."

While at Kandersteg, Houghton was a "jack of all trades," handling everything from crafts to rock climbing and rappelling. Camp officials often appointed him to lead one- to two-day hikes, a job for which he is well trained.

"We did quite a bit of hiking locally in (Cullowhee, North Carolina's) Troop 914," he said. "And hiking has always been something my family has done as well. So it fit perfectly for me. I loved it."

While the topography of western North Carolina gave some idea of what he would be facing, Houghton said hiking in Switzerland did offer some surprises.

"Some of the trails are similar to the ones around here, but a lot of the terrain is different," he said. "They have these glacial valleys that are unlike anything I have seen in my life.

"Another difference is that the trails are very well marked, but they are measured in time," Houghton said. "Instead of something being two miles ahead, the sign would say something like four hours ahead. That was a little weird."

During his stay at the camp, Houghton said, there would be anywhere from 200 to 1,200 Scouts visiting at a time. Although that many children could be overwhelming, he said, leading hikes offered him and the campers a small escape.

"The hikes were the one time we got to sit down and talk to the kids," he said. "The biggest groups I would take out had 10 or 15 people. It was good to break off from the rest of the campers."

Although he enjoyed spending time with the younger Scouts, Houghton said, looking after kids from different countries often created a communication problem.

"Sometimes they would have a group leader who spoke English," he said. "But many times, I was taking out a group where no one spoke any English. Even if they could, it was very limited. It was hard to show them how to do things, and I think that was the biggest challenge."

Another concern was dealing with accidents, which Houghton said was always an issue when hiking.

"It was a bit overwhelming," Houghton said. "Since you're dealing with kids, accidents happen all the time. At first, that's always on your mind, and you really just want to do the right thing." Making accidents more prevalent were the altitudes at which most of the hikes took place. Although many campers would simply complain of being tired, Houghton said, some of them had a hard time dealing with the thinner air in the Swiss mountains.

"The places we were hiking were up really high, so the kids would get altitude sickness frequently," Houghton said. "That was just one of the things the counselors had to deal with. All the first aid training I got as a Scout really helped prepare me for it. The center also gave us some guide training as well."

Despite these fears, Houghton said, he and the other counselors were prepared to handle almost every situation they faced. Although staff members came from 16 different countries, all of them spoke English, which made communication with them much easier than with the campers.

Spending time with the other counselors also gave Houghton a glimpse of different cultures and viewpoints.

"I was amazed to meet all of these people," Houghton said. "The whole experience helped me to realize that people are pretty similar, no matter where they are from or what language they speak."

Now that Houghton has returned to school, he has fond memories of his time in Switzerland, and is hoping to return at some point.

"I definitely want to go back during the winter to be a ski guide," Houghton said. "I would go back anytime, really. Unfortunately, I have to go to school."

Kandersteg is only one of the many Scout centers that are a part of the European voluntary program of the European region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. For more information on the European camp staff program, please contact the International Division of the Boy Scouts of America.

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Use and Protection of the 2007 Designs and Badges

It is the objective of the 2007 Subcommittee—a body composed of members of the World Scout Committee, regional chairmen, The Scout Association (United Kingdom), and the World Scout Foundation—that the centennial of Scouting be celebrated with certain programs worldwide, and using the same graphic identity.

This graphic identity, based on a common design style, and two specific logos were formally adopted by the World Scout Conference in 2002 in Greece. The logos are:

  • The World 2007 Centenary logo
  • The 21st World Scout Jamboree logo

These two logos have been registered as trademarks. They are therefore protected nationally in the United Kingdom and internationally. Please note that these logos include the World Scout emblem, which is separately protected legally. The WOSM retains the primary intellectual ownership of the World 2007 Centenary logo, and The Scout Association of the 21st World Scout Jamboree logo.

Scouting will benefit directly from the legal protection of the logos. Their commercial use will generate revenue in the form of royalties to support Scouting.

This protection also allows both the World Scout Bureau and The Scout Association to take legal action against any individual or body that reproduces the logos without authorization.

Unauthorized reproduction also includes reproduction without authorization of altered or amended versions of the official logos.

This legal protection also provides all national Scout organizations the power to take legal action against any individual or body within their country using the logos without permission, even if the organization itself has no intention of using the official logos.

Both the World Scout Bureau and The Scout Association would like to be kept informed of such cases and are ready to assist organizations if needed.

The right to take action against those who fail to comply with the regulations will be stronger if the two logos are also registered nationally by each national Scout organization.

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Direct Service 2006

From left, K.C. Thomas' mother, Michelle Thomas; his sister, Hannah Thomas; his father, Blake Thomas; K.C.; John Rood, the U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas; and Gene Arnold, embassy deputy consular chief, were at his recognition ceremony.

Lone Scout's Special Event

It is always a special event when a Cub Scout earns the rank of Webelos Scout, but it was especially so for Lone Cub Scout K.C. Thomas, who lives with his family in the Bahamas. Attending a recognition event and assisting in the ceremony were John Rood, U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas, and Gene Arnold, the embassy's deputy consular chief. Arnold and K.C.'s father, Blake, are both Eagle Scouts.

Ambassador William Eaton with some of the Balboa Academy members who helped raise money for Katrina victims.

Direct Service's Troop and Pack 1849 Raise Funds for Red Cross Disaster Relief

Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack 1849, chartered by the Balboa Academy in Panama, joined forces with other organizations at the academy to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Through different fund-raisers, these amazing children and teenagers were able to raise more than $3,000, which is being donated to Red Cross national disaster relief fund.

Troop 454 participated in the Arab Scout region's Together for Peace Moot, February 2-10, 2006, in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

Direct Service Represents the BSA at Together for Peace Moot

Troop 454, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, represented Direct Service and the Boy Scouts of America at the Together for Peace Moot held February 2-10, 2006, in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. Approximately 1,400 Scouts from 90 countries attended. The moot was hosted by the Royal Commission of Jubail and was organized by the International Union of Muslim Scouts and the Saudi Arabian Boy Scout Association.

Saudi Scouts met our contingent at the airport with the words "Welcome to Saudi Arabia, Welcome to the Land of Peace" in Arabic and English. They were then whisked away in a bus to Jubail, where they were assigned tents under trees in a park. Unless you live in the desert, you have no idea how refreshing and desirable that is.

All expenses for the event, including meals, were paid by the Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association (SABSA) in conjunction with the International Union of Muslim Scouts (IUMS) and the Saudi Arabian government. One of the most popular activities was the Internet tent, with 60 computers connected by DSL, near the dining hall.

The National Wildlife Research Center displayed Saudi wildlife and gave information on conservation. There was an opportunity to see Saudi Arabia's industrial, economic, social, and cultural achievements. Saudi Aramco, the national oil company, took a major role in the activities surrounding the event, which highlighted the kingdom's culture and its responsibility to its citizens.

Congratulations to Direct Service's Newest Eagle Scouts

The following Scouts earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2006. Join us in welcoming these additions to Direct Service's Eagle's Nest!

NameDate earnedUnitLocation
Benedict Joseph Baldauff 10/29/06 701 Cairo, Egypt
Luke Allen Balke 5/1/2006 813 Dubai, UAE
John Carter Barrett 3/9/2006 932 Mexico City, Mexico
Joshua Todd Benson 4/26/2006 707 Discovery Bay, Hong Kong
James Thomas Benson 5/31/2006 707 Discovery Bay, Hong Kong
Mazin Manaf Biviji 5/16/2006 813 Dubai, UAE
Daniel Christopher Borling II 4/17/2006 813 Dubai, UAE
Jacob Ross Bradshaw 4/17/2006 455 Jakarta, Indonesia
Ethan Daniel Call 6/8/2005 28 Chihuahua, Mexico
Connor William Dahl 3/16/2006 252 Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Lewis E. Daniel 9/4/2005 Lone Scout Lane Cove, New South Wales, Australia
Eric Andrew Denker 6/23/2006 252 Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Mikail Langley Desjardins 4/17/2006 455 Jakarta, Indonesia
Jefferson T. Dewey 3/9/2006 932 Mexico City, Mexico
Quintin Alexander Funk 8/5/2006 253 Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Keith Stewart Hatch 5/25/2006 28 Chihuahua, Mexico
Austin Kyle Henck 4/2/2006 701 Cairo, Egypt
Zaid Abdulrahman Jebreen 5/12/2006 257 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Brent Jarrod Lightfoot 11/27/06 943 Beijing, China
Clayton James Lightfoot 2/22/2006 943 Beijing, China
Eric Stanford Magleby 4/2/2006 701 Cairo, Egypt
Edwin Leroy McClannan II 6/8/2006 77 Tel Aviv, Israel
Galen Thomas McVey 5/12/2006 69 New Delhi, India
Thomas Albert Merkel 6/11/2006 257 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Benjamin Jacob Merkley 5/7/2006 970 Doha, Qatar
Scott Robert Morris 5/2/2006 813 Dubai, UAE
William Chad Mosley 3/12/2006 Lone Scout Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Jordan Ernest Nesvold 4/19/2006 813 Dubai, UAE
Fahd Newaz 5/6/2006 69 Dhaka, Bangladesh
Joshua Mark Racey 1/20/2006 806 Amman, Jordan
Jay Marvin Rainsdon 8/1/2006 Lone Scout Moscow, Russia
Steven Colton Romney 8/25/2005 28 Chihuahua, Mexico
Brett Gregory Rowberry 12/24/2005 Lone Scout Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
Ghaith Samer Sadat 6/27/2006 454 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Keith Michael Sager 1/15/2006 943 Beijing, China
Henry Christian Sanders 6/24/2006 253 Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Stephen Charles Scott 10/26/2005 803 Lagos, Nigeria
William Christian Siemer 5/10/2006 818 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Collin Thomas Sims 6/4/2006 701 Cairo, Egypt
Samuel Richard Stites 5/23/2006 1 Hong Kong
Cliff Lamar Summey 1/20/2006 806 Amman, Jordan
Daniel Hobart Temple 3/20/2006 971 Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Alan Lamont Toronto 2/22/2006 943 Beijing, China
Iain Murray Tutwiler 4/2/2006 701 Cairo, Egypt
Kaleb Patrick Valdez 2/12/2006 28 Chihuahua, Mexico
Kevin Robert Vendeland 5/10/2006 818 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Jonathan Douglas Vermillion 6/11/2006 1029 Jakarta, Indonesia
Chase Wahl 1/16/2006 253 Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Jacob Steve Western 1/15/2006 943 Beijing, China
Ty Lucero Whetten 7/24/2005 28 Chihuahua, Mexico
Ryan James Woods 6/30/2006 971 Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Joshua Kevin Wooster 12/15/2005 Lone Scout Moscow, Russia

Direct Service Leader Receives Silver Beaver Award

During a recent court of honor for Troop 257, located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Committee Chairman John Langford was presented with the Silver Beaver Award. The troop's committee and leaders nominated him for this honor and managed to keep it a secret until the evening of the event. Needless to say, he was surprised and pleased to be honored in such a way. When thanking the group, Langford made sure that everyone knew that the award would not have been possible if not for the support of his wife, Rebecca.

The Silver Beaver is awarded to adult Scouters by the Boy Scouts of America's National Court of Honor, in recognition of their distinguished service of exceptional character to youth.

Lone Scout Reaches Mt. Kilimanjaro's Summit

Mark and Max Bertsch hiked five days to reach Africa's highest peak.

Lone Scout Maxwell Bertsch, currently living in South Africa, completed a five-day climb of Mount Kilimanjaro. The mountain is the highest peak in Africa, reaching approximately 19,341 feet. The first day, Max and his father, Mark Bertsch, hiked seven hours through forest to reach the first base camp. On day two, they hiked six hours through the clouds to an elevation where there was little plant life. On the third day, their hike took them through the cold Alpine desert for another six hours. After reaching the base camp on the third day, Max was advised to get a couple hours of sleep because he would have to get up before midnight to make the final push for the summit. Hiking in the dark hid the fact that the hike was very steep, and it reduced the risk of sunburn. The night hike was so exhausting that they had to crawl on their hands and knees over some of the rockiest places. On May 31, 2006, after hiking over glaciers, the father-and-son team reached the summit. Due to the lack of oxygen, bitter cold temperatures, and the risk of sunburn, they had to leave the summit after only 15 minutes. Needless to say, Max's adventure allowed him to complete requirements to earn his Hiking merit badge!

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Evanston, Illinois, Cub Scouts Participate in Unique Jamboree

From left, Pack 924's Scouts Hakeem Quadri, Daniel LeBien, Noah DeMar, and Noah Schuneman and Cubmaster Michael DeMar chat with international Scouts during Jamboree-on-the-Internet.

Cub Scouts from Pack 924 in Evanston spent several hours on the weekend of October 21-22, 2006, meeting and greeting Scouts from such faraway and exotic locales as New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Iceland, Mauritius, and Aruba—all without ever leaving the comfort of the Evanston Public Library.

No, there wasn't an international contingent of Scouts in town: These exchanges all took place in cyberspace during Pack 924's participation in the 10th World Scout Jamboree-on-the-Internet.

Jamboree-on-the-Internet is an annual 48-hour event sponsored by the World Scout Bureau of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. During the Jamboree, thousands of Scouts and Scout leaders from all over the world meet and communicate with each other via the Internet, using locally available technologies such as Web browsers, e-mail, chat programs, document scanners, and digital cameras.

Pack 924's "command center" for this year's Jamboree was the Community Meeting Room at the library's main branch. The location allowed Pack 924's Scouts to connect to the Internet via a free Wi-Fi hotspot and use the library's Internet browser projection equipment to view satellite images of participating Scouts' home locations. Pack 924's Scouts also used a talking interactive globe to check local times around the world, measure distances from Evanston, and learn more about the geography and culture of the different countries in which other participating Scouts reside.

From left, Cubmaster Michael DeMar and Scouts Hakeem Quadri, Daniel LeBien, Noah DeMar, and Noah Schuneman connect to the Internet at their local public library.

Wolf Scout Noah DeMar, participating in his first jamboree, enjoyed meeting and talking with so many Scouts. "It was fun to find out what Scouts in other countries do," he said. "Many of them have the same interests and hobbies as we do, although there were some interesting differences."

Second Year Webelos Scout Daniel LeBien, also participating in his first jamboree, took advantage of the opportunity to communicate with Scouts from Japan, a country that interests him. Daniel sent and received multiple e-mails from Japanese Scouts during the course of this year's Jamboree. He intends to stay in contact with these Scouts throughout the year and exchange information and possibly even patches and other Scouting memorabilia.

Pack 924's Cubmaster Michael DeMar is already looking forward to his group's participation in next year's jamboree. "Jamboree-on-the-Internet gives our Scouts a unique perspective on the world," DeMar said. "They meet kids from countries that perhaps they had never even heard of before, and they communicate with these kids about their Scouting and non-Scouting lives. Hopefully, these early, direct interactions will stick with them and promote greater international understanding."

For more information on Jamboree-on-the-Internet, contact the International Division of the Boy Scouts of America.

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The World Friendship Fund

How It Works, One Little Boy at a Time

The World Friendship Fund was created to help Scouts in other countries develop their Scouting program. Throughout the year, the World Friendship Fund receives contributions from individuals, Cub Scout packs, Wood Badge courses, and camp schools. One of the most heartwarming examples of a World Friendship Fund collection began at an auction for the World Friendship Fund at Philmont Training Center.

The International Division of the Boy Scouts of America conducts an international Scouting conference every two years at Philmont. One of the activities is a silent auction to raise money for the World Friendship Fund. It was at this auction that a little Cub Scout by the name of Cory Anderson first heard of the World Friendship Fund. At the auction, Cory saw a patch he could not resist. Time and again, he went back and increased his bid for this patch. At the end of the bidding, he was in danger of being outbid. Seeing the young Scout's desire to have the patch, the Scouter made a very generous offer to the boy: He could have the patch if he promised to go home and conduct a collection at his council for the World Friendship Fund. Cory Anderson kept his word and organized a collection for the World Friendship Fund. He collected $65.

Little Cory Anderson is what the World Friendship Fund is all about: nickels and dimes collected to help Scouts in other countries have the opportunity to join in Scouting.

If you would like to conduct a World Friendship Fund collection, let the International Division assist you. There is a new DVD available as well as posters and labels for collection cans. Let Cory Anderson be an inspiration to all of us!

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2006 International Scouter's Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following individuals who received the International Scouter's Award during 2006.

  • David Ayersman—Far East Council
  • John A. Badstibner—Transatlantic Council
  • Thomas Bannon—Far East Council
  • Alfred R. Barbour Jr.—Baltimore Area Council
  • Nicholas I. Baxevanis—Daniel Boone Council
  • Wayne P. Bergeron—Transatlantic Council
  • William Scott Brannon—Transatlantic Council
  • Franklin Brown—Chickasaw Council
  • Joe Brown—Far East Council
  • Christopher D. Byers—Far East Council
  • Michael A. Carter—Direct Service Council
  • Richard Clarke—Transatlantic Council
  • George Cook Jr.—Blue Grass Council
  • Allen T. Cooper—Catalina Council
  • Thomas P. Cooper—Mount Diablo Silverado Council
  • Glenn A. Craig—Longhorn Council
  • Raymond S. Eden—Transatlantic Council
  • Nellie C. Ellis—Blue Grass Council
  • William F. English—Alamo Area Council
  • James B. Eppinger—Westchester-Putnam Council
  • George P. Farris—Direct Service Council
  • Thomas E. Fielder—Blue Grass Council
  • Lt. Michael Files, USN—Theodore Roosevelt Council
  • Carl Frentz—Far East Council
  • Alfred R. Friedrich—Monterey Bay Area Council
  • Hermann Greis—Transatlantic Council
  • Timothy C. Griffing—North Florida Council
  • Michel Ludwig Haase—Grand Canyon Council
  • Greg Harding—Far East Council
  • Tanya Hartje—Mecklenburg County Council
  • James H. Hazelwood—Baltimore Area Council
  • Lawrence Holgate—Transatlantic Council
  • James F. Irish—Far East Council
  • Charles L. James—San Diego-Imperial Council
  • Andrew Janowski Jr.—Alamo Area Council
  • Mark Jansen—Potawatomi Area Council
  • Aaron Joseph Jensen—Georgia-Carolina Council
  • Paul A. Karstendiek—Transatlantic Council
  • Timothy B. Killam—Transatlantic Council
  • Kenneth H. Korin—Connecticut Yankee Council
  • Edward J. Lester Jr.—Cradle of Liberty Council
  • Larry Lowe—Blue Grass Council
  • John W. Manz—Montana Council
  • Peter N. Mastopoulos—Coastal Empire Council
  • Edmund J. Maziarski—Far East Council
  • Robbie McKain—Far East Council
  • C.W. McKown—Far East Council
  • Raymond Menzel—Voyageurs Area Council
  • Byron Mertins—Transatlantic Council
  • Stan Michelsen—Utah National Parks Council
  • Charles H. Miller Jr.—Mobile Area Council
  • Michael A. Mitchell—Direct Service Council
  • James A. Morency—North Florida Council
  • Carl Mueller—Pikes Peak Council
  • Michael Nelson—Far East Council
  • Petra E. Odenthal—Transatlantic Council
  • Theodor A. Odenthal—Transatlantic Council
  • Capt. Victor Organ—Direct Service Council
  • Janet G. Orswell—San Gabriel Valley Council
  • Susan Persons—Daniel Boone Council
  • Jed Richardson—San Francisco Bay Area Council
  • Kenneth R. Robinson—Catalina Council
  • Donald H. Roeske—Central New Jersey Council
  • David A. Rohlfing—Connecticut Rivers Council
  • Judy A. Ross—Transatlantic Council
  • Richard E. Sanderson—Heart of America Council
  • William P. Sarther—Des Plaines Valley Council
  • Robert F. Schlegel Jr.—Theodore Roosevelt Council
  • Robert Schodorf—Transatlantic Council
  • Lela M. Shelton—Alamo Area Council
  • William D. Shelton—Alamo Area Council
  • Bonnie Sher—Transatlantic Council
  • Joseph P. Slattery Jr.—Theodore Roosevelt Council
  • Philip Sternberg—National Capital Area Council
  • Andrea Stevens—Transatlantic Council
  • Matt Stevens—Transatlantic Council
  • Linda L. Strickland—Chickasaw Council
  • Robert W. Swanson—San Diego-Imperial Council
  • Robert E. Todd Jr.—Blue Grass Council
  • Arnold F. Traupman—Minsi Trails Council
  • Eric J. Tuttle—Utah National Parks Council
  • Karl E. Van Over—Far East Council
  • Timothy L. Walters—Moraine Trails Council
  • Keith Westergaard—Bay-Lakes Council
  • R. Dean Whinery B.—Direct Service Council
  • Jennifer Denise White—Circle Ten Council
  • John F. Wilcox—Heart of America Council
  • Norcliff W. Wiley—Monterey Bay Area Council
  • Charles E. Williams—Orange County Council
  • Jeffrey D. Woolery—Monterey Bay Area Council
  • Warren Yasuhara—Golden Empire Council
  • William A. Young Jr.—Sam Houston Area Council
  • Francis J. Ziek—French Creek Council

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52nd Baden-Powell World Fellowship

In San Francisco, California, in the Presence of His Majesty the King of Sweden

This very special Scouting event for Baden-Powell Fellows was held September 20-23, 2006, in San Francisco, California. The elegant St. Francis Hotel served as headquarters for the event. The Meadowood Resort in Napa Valley was the location for a pre-event honors program, and a gala reception and dinner at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor was the location for induction of the new Baden-Powell Fellows by his majesty the king of Sweden, honorary president of the World Scout Foundation.

This fund-raising event for the World Scout Foundation helps the growth and development of Scouting worldwide by providing financial support for the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

Invitation to this event was extended to all Baden-Powell members by W. F. "Rick" Cronk, chairman of the World Scout Foundation and president of the Boy Scouts of America. The program was filled with an array of activities to include a welcome reception, tours, a special foundation breakfast, and a visit with local Scouts, and ended with an inspirational reception and, as a grand finale, the elegant gala dinner.

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New Responsibilities for International Representatives

The Council International Representative plays a very important role in his or her council. With this in mind, the duties of the International Representative have been revised and broadened to better assist the local council's leadership with their international Scouting program.

The new duties include added responsibilities with the European camp staff program, international camp staff program, world jamboree recruitment, Jamboree-on-the-Air/Jamboree-on-the-Internet promotion, and the Tours and Exchanges Program.

For more information on the council international representative position, please contact the International Division of the Boy Scouts of America.

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BSA and GSUSA Scout Leaders Travel to Algeria

In November 2006, four Scout leaders from the BSA and from Girl Scouts of the United States of America traveled to Algeria for the first exchange visit with the Algerian Scout Association. The trip was sponsored and coordinated by the United States Embassy in Algiers, with the objective of establishing person-to-person contacts between the Scout associations of the two countries in order to foster better U.S.-Algerian relations.

Participants included BSA International Committee members Bruce Trefz, Piedmont Council, Gastonia, North Carolina, and Bari Saunders, Sam Houston Area Council, Houston, Texas, and GSUSA professional Scouters Sandy Thomas and Souraya Arfan. Thomas is the director of GSUSA's International Division in New York, and Arfan is from the GSUSA's Detroit, Michigan, Council.

The trip stretched over 10 days in November, and included visits with Algerian Scouts and leaders in the Algerian cities of Algiers, Constantine, and Adrar. Leaders of the Algerian Muslim Scouts hosted the trip, which included contacts with unit, council, and district Scout leaders; with government officials responsible for youth programs and general administration; and with various community and religious leaders in the several locations of the exchange. The Algerian press was closely involved in reporting the entire trip, and the visiting Scouters were interviewed for TV, radio, and print media in each location they visited.

It is hoped that a reciprocal visit of Algerian Scout leaders to the United States will be conducted in 2007, involving both BSA and GSUSA experiences; and that these exchanges will lead to the exchange of U.S. and Algerian Scouts in the future. Preliminary plans for the reciprocal visit are being discussed with the U.S. Embassy, which has pledged to assist with the initial Algerian trip to the United States.

The objective of future exchanges with Algerian Scouts and leaders will be to create additional personal contacts and shared experiences that can benefit the BSA, the GSUSA, and the Algerians in expanding international relationships within Scouting and in encouraging better training and membership growth in Scouting.

—C. Bari Saunders

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