The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Troop 151 promotes this mission through a fun and challenging program which provides boys the opportunity to:
Learn life and recreational skills
Gain self reliance and esteem
Develop leadership and team work skills
Create a sense of pride through community service
Build strong character values
All of which support the Aims of Scouting Which Are To:
Build Character, Foster Citizenship and Develop Fitness.
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La insignia al mérito estará disponible para los jóvenes en el programa Scouts BSA a partir del 1 de noviembre
Irving, TX – 1 de noviembre de 2021 – Hoy, los Boy Scouts of America (BSA, por sus siglas en inglés), una de las organizaciones juveniles más grandes de los Estados Unidos, anunció el lanzamiento de la insignia al mérito de Civismo en la Sociedad, su insignia al mérito más reciente para jóvenes en el programa Scouts BSA (de 11 a 17 años). La nueva insignia al mérito alienta a los Scouts a explorar temas importantes en torno a la diversidad, la equidad, la inclusión y el liderazgo ético y aprender por qué estas cualidades son importantes en la sociedad y en el Movimiento Scout. A partir del 1 de julio de 2022, se requerirá la insignia al mérito de Civismo en la Sociedad para cualquier joven que busque alcanzar el prestigioso rango de Eagle Scout.Los Boy Scouts of America presentan la Insignia al Mérito de Civismo en la Sociedad, la insignia al mérito más reciente para los jóvenes en el programa Scouts BSA.
“La misión de los Boy Scouts of America es preparar a los jóvenes para que tomen decisiones éticas y morales a lo largo de sus vidas, inculcándoles los valores del Juramento Scout y la Ley Scout”, dijo Roger Mosby, Presidente y Director Ejecutivo de Los Boy Scouts of America. “Esta insignia al mérito se alinea con el Juramento Scout y la Ley Scout, que alientan a los Scouts a respetar las creencias de los demás, a ser amables y corteses y a ayudar a otras personas en todo momento”.
La insignia al mérito de Civismo en la Sociedad es la más reciente iniciativa como parte del compromiso continuo de BSA de promover la diversidad, la equidad y la inclusión. Desarrollado por la Oficina de Diversidad y Desarrollo Juvenil de BSA, con la aportación de un grupo dedicado de voluntarios del Movimiento Scout, jóvenes y personal profesional de BSA, la insignia al mérito agrupa a Scouts con consejeros de insignias al mérito quienes ayudarán a guiar a los Scouts en su jornada de autodescubrimiento y facilitarán discusiones mientras los Scouts buscan comprender mejor el mundo diverso en el que vivimos.
“La insignia al mérito de Civismo en la Sociedad es una iniciativa importante para ayudar a los Scouts a aprender sobre las diversas identidades que cada uno de nosotros posee, comprender diferentes perspectivas y experiencias y promover la buena ciudadanía en la sociedad”, dijo Elizabeth Ramírez-Washka, Directora de Diversidad y Vicepresidenta de Diversidad e Inclusión de Boy Scouts of America.
La nueva insignia al mérito complementa las insignias al mérito existentes, como las insignias al mérito Culturas Americanas, Civismo en la Comunidad, Conciencia ante la Discapacidad y Herencia Americana, que requieren que los Scouts aprendan y aumenten su comprensión de diversas perspectivas y estimulen la acción positiva.
“Como parte de ganar la insignia al mérito de Civismo en la Sociedad, aprendí que es importante entender diferentes opiniones y perspectivas para convertirte en un buen líder de manera que estés preparado para manejar cualquier situación que surja”, dijo Maya, un Scout de 15 años que participó en el programa piloto. “También disfruté poder discutir temas de diversidad e inclusión con mis amigos en el Movimiento Scout, ya que se sentía como un ambiente seguro para ser abierto y honesto sobre estos temas”.
Para obtener más información sobre la insignia al mérito de Civismo en la Sociedad, favor de visitar www.scouting.org/dei.
Acerca de los Boy Scouts of America
Los Boy Scouts of America ofrecen los programas juveniles más importantes del país de desarrollo del carácter y capacitación en liderazgo basado en valores, que ayuda a los jóvenes a estar “Prepared. For Life.®” (Preparados. Para la Vida.) Para obtener más información sobre los Boy Scouts of America, visita www.Scouting.org.
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Merit badge will be available to youth in Scouts BSA program beginning November 1
Irving, TX – November 1, 2021— Today, The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, announced the launch of the Citizenship in Society merit badge, its newest merit badge for youth in the Scouts BSA program (ages 11-17). The new merit badge encourages Scouts to explore important topics around diversity, equity, inclusion and ethical leadership and learn why these qualities are important in society and in Scouting. Beginning July 1, 2022, the Citizenship in Society merit badge will be required for any youth seeking to achieve the prestigious Eagle Scout rank.The Boy Scouts of America introduces the Citizenship in Society Merit Badge, the newest merit badge for youth in the Scouts BSA program.
“The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law,” said Roger Mosby, president and chief executive officer of The Boy Scouts of America. “This merit badge aligns with both the Scout Oath and Scout Law, which encourage Scouts to respect the beliefs of others, to be kind and courteous, and to help other people at all times.”
The Citizenship in Society merit badge is the latest initiative as part of BSA's ongoing commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. Developed by BSA's Office of Diversity and Youth Development Office, with input from a dedicated group of Scouting volunteers, BSA youth and professional staff, the merit badge pairs Scouts with merit badge counselors who will help guide Scouts on their journey of self-discovery and facilitate discussions as Scouts seek to further understand the diverse world we live in.
“The Citizenship in Society merit badge is an important initiative to help Scouts learn about the diverse identities we each possess, understand different perspectives and experiences, and promote good citizenship in society,” said Elizabeth Ramirez-Washka, chief diversity officer and vice president of diversity & inclusion, Boy Scouts of America.
The new merit badge complements existing merit badges, such as the American Cultures, Citizenship in the Community, Disability Awareness and American Heritage merit badges, which require Scouts to learn and grow their understanding of diverse perspectives and spur positive action.
“As part of earning the Citizenship in Society merit badge, I learned that it's important to understand different opinions and perspectives to become a good leader so that you're prepared to handle any situation that comes up,” said Maya, a 15-year-old Scout who participated in the pilot program. “I also enjoyed getting to discuss diversity and inclusion topics with my friends in Scouting, as it felt like a safe environment to be open and honest about these topics.”
For more information on the Citizenship in Society merit badge, please visit www.scouting.org/dei.
About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation's foremost youth programs of character development and values-based leadership training, which help young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.Scouting.org.
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Series Educates and Empowers Minors to Speak Up About Unsafe Situations
IRVING, Texas (July 19, 2021) — The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has launched a new series of personal safety awareness videos in partnership with the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center as part of ongoing efforts to help keep young people safe. The four new videos were developed and scripted by child advocates, psychologists, and national scholars, and are aimed at youth ages 14-17. The series will also be available to adults who are actively seeking out educational opportunities to learn how to better respond to and identify unsafe situations on behalf of minors.
The age-appropriate guidance is intended to help young people know how to safely seek help in a variety of situations — including when facing abuse by a family member, trusted adult, or another youth. These topics are critically relevant given that more than a third of all sexual offenses against youth reported to police are committed by another youth, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
“We are dedicated to ensuring every child's right to a normal, safe, healthy, and secure life,” said John Thoresen, Director and CEO of the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center. “We do this by providing the tools and resources necessary to identify, prevent, and report unsafe situations. This new personal safety awareness video series with the BSA goes a long way toward fulfilling this goal by providing those involved in Scouting, and all minors, with these resources for creating safer and healthier lives.”
This new series marks the second phase of the partnership between the two organizations, which began in 2019 when the BSA expanded access to the Center's Protect Yourself Rules video series by building it into the existing curriculum and making it available to more than one million Cub Scouts (ages 5-10) and their parents. In a recent survey, nearly 93% of parents of Cub Scouts who utilized the videos said the resources helped them have a conversation with their child about protecting themselves.
“We are committed to constantly improving our youth protection efforts and being part of the broader solution to end child abuse,” said Roger Mosby, Chief Scout Executive, President and CEO of the Boy Scouts of America. “Partnering with the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center to expand the series of animated videos is the latest step in our ongoing efforts to protect young people — in Scouting and everywhere else.”
In addition to the Protect Yourself Rules video series, which is available on Scouting.org for youth ages 5-10 and now teens ages 14-17, the BSA has educational content for youth ages 11-13 as well as multi-layered, expert-informed safeguards in place to help prevent abuse across all age groups. These safeguards include: mandatory youth protection training for all volunteers and employees; a leadership policy that requires at least two youth-protection trained adults be present with youth at all times during Scouting activities and bans one-on-one situations where adults would have any interaction alone with children — either in person, online, or via phone or text; a thorough screening process for adult leaders and staff including criminal background checks; a ban on the use of recording devices/cell phones near bathrooms and shower houses; and the prompt mandatory reporting of any allegation or suspicion of abuse to law enforcement. More information about the BSA's youth safety measures is available at Scouting.org/YouthSafety.
About the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center
Founded in 1986 by Barbara and Frank Sinatra, the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center is dedicated to ensuring every child's right to a normal, healthy and secure childhood. Since its creation, about 23,000 children have received outpatient mental health and counseling services at the center. The Center provides individual, group, and family therapy and special programs that address issues associated with children suffering the effects of child abuse and neglect. An estimated 700 children are counseled annually on an outpatient basis, and no child is ever turned away because of a family's inability to pay. For more information, visit: BarbaraSinatraChildrensCenter.org. The animated video series, funded by the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center Foundation, has reached over 100 million children worldwide and generated over 37 million individual and group viewings on YouTube throughout the United States and abroad.
About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of more than 1 million youth members (ages 5-17), participants (ages 17-21), and adult volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.Scouting.org.
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PlayMonster's Snap Ships Inspires a Custom Program for Cub Scouts and Interactive Modular Design Experiences at Select Scout Camps
BELOIT, Wisc. and IRVING, Texas (March 29, 2021) — PlayMonster LLC and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are excited to announce a year-long promotional partnership for Snap Ships—one of the hottest construction toys this year.
The collaboration will introduce a custom “Modular Design & Build” Preview Adventure that children in Cub Scouts can earn to learn the benefits of modular design along with experiencing modular building with and without instructions using Snap Ships. Scouts will be encouraged to share what they learned with fellow Cub Scouts, friends and family.
“From Pinewood Derby races and now Snap Ship building, Cub Scouting delivers skill-building lessons to children through interactive experiences that spark their interest and imagination,” said Anthony Berger, national director of Cub Scouting for the Boy Scouts of America. “We are so delighted to partner with PlayMonster and Snap Ships to create this hands-on opportunity to engage children in an exciting new activity.”
In addition to the custom “Modular Design & Build” Preview Adventure for Cub Scouts, the partnership will encourage further exploration of modular design by providing 10,000 Snap Ships samples to kids attending Day Camps and Summer Camps to introduce them to the popular #BuildtoBattle Snap Ships experience.
“We are incredibly excited for the opportunity to introduce thousands of Cub Scouts to the Snap Ships experience,” said Scott Flynn, VP Sales and Marketing, PlayMonster. “The Boy Scouts of America has a long history in inspiring learning through fun experiences and it's an absolute honor to have a custom Snap Ships program that builds on that tradition for today's Cub Scouts.”
Snap Ships is a versatile building system for creating multiple crafts with action play, and all sets and pieces are interchangeable, so kids can build however they want. It's built for longevity with a broad universe with narrative-driven repeat builds. Welcome to the future…where humanity is under constant attack from a brutal alien threat. The Komplex spreads through the galaxy and grows stronger with each species they defeat and assimilate. To fight them, humanity relies on an elite team, the Forge, who pilots their own armada of spacecraft known as Snap Ships. Now YOU can Build to Battle! The story of Snap Ships can also be enjoyed through the animated series available on YouTube. The series expands the appeal of Snap Ships and supports the play pattern. Snap Ships is geared toward children ages 8 and up but can be enjoyed by nearly anyone.
About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.Scouting.org.
PlayMonster, a leading international toy and game company, believes in the power of play to make a positive difference in people's lives, and strives to keep play alive for all ages by delivering great play value through designing, manufacturing and marketing innovative and fun toys, games and activities. PlayMonster's diversified portfolio includes popular brands and products such as “TOTY Game of the Year” Yeti in My Spaghetti®, plus THINGS…®, 5 Second Rule®, Relative Insanity®, Farkle, SET®, Five Crowns®, Spirograph®, Colorforms, My Fairy Garden®, Face Paintoos, Fashion Plates®, Latchkits®, and Snap Ships.
 The BSA's response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be informed by expertise from agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Local councils operating day camps and summer camps consult with their local and state health departments, as well as local chartered partners, to implement appropriate protocols to help keep members, volunteers, and employees safe.
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