Boy Scouts of America
My name is David Kratz and I am a member of BSA Scout Troop 795 of Atlanta, GA. As of the moment I am Life Scout, but I develloped this web page so that I could get my last merit badge for Eagle Scout. That badge is Communications. Mrs. Vinyard is helping me with it, so thank you Mrs. Vinyard. Requirement 6 reads,
"Do ONE of the following:
a. Write to the editor of a magazine or your local newspaper to express your opinion or share information (on any subject you choose). Or, write to an individual or organization to request information (on any subject). Send your message by fax or electronic mail, if possible. Otherwise, mail a traditional paper letter.
b. Create a page on the World Wide Web for youself or to give information about your Scout troop, school, or other organization. Include at least one article and one photograph or illustration.
c. Use desktop publishing to produce a newsletter, brochure, flier, or other printed material for your scout troop, school, chartered organization, or other group. Include at least one article and one photograph or illustration.
Incase you haven't guessed, I chose 6b. This is my Web Page. If you follow the link below you will find the rest of my web page that has all of the information on Paintball, IB, Pez, etc.
Just click here.
As far as the article goes... I went to the Scouting Web page at http://www.bsa.scouting.org to find an article.
Here it is:
1997 in Review
In 1997, close to 4.6 million youth actively participated in the values-driven
programs of the Boy Scouts of America. To our youth members, Scouting
is learning new skills, being a team member, and having fun in the
out-of-doors. But Scouting is more than fun and games. It provides an
environment that fosters in youth the initiative to grow and learn while
instilling strong values and morals - traits that will serve them for the rest of
It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to
serve others by helping to instill values in young
people and in other ways to prepare them to make
ethical choices during their lifetime in achieving their
full potential. The values we strive to instill are based
on those found in the Scout Oath and Law.
Scouting helps develop strong values that stay with
youth throughout their lives. This is particularly true
for boys who stay in Scouting for five or more years.
A recent study conducted by Louis Harris & Associates indicates that
Scouts with five years of tenure are more likely than non-Scouts to
Assume a leadership role in clubs or school organizations
Put others' needs before their own
Make the most honest, not the easiest, decisions
This past year our youth membership increased 4 percent to 4,573,621, with
membership growth in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Exploring, and
Learning for Life. This growth follows our programs' strong growth in
Cub Scouting membership - Tiger Cubs, Cub
Scouts, and Webelos Scouts - grew to more than
2.1 million, an increase of 2.7 percent and our
third consecutive year of growth.
The percentage of trained Cub Scout
adult leaders increased to 40 percent, a
gain of 9 percent over 1996.
Cub Scout day, resident, and family camping continued to grow in
popularity, with more than 38 percent of members - almost 570,000
boys - participating in one of these outdoor experiences.
Membership grew 1.6 percent over 1996. Boy
Scouting now serves more than 1 million 11- to
The 14th National Scout Jamboree was
held at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, in August
1997. Praised as one of the most
successful jamborees ever, the nine-day
event was marked by a number of
memorable moments, including an address from President William
Eagle Scout, the highest rank a Scout or Explorer can achieve, was
earned by 40,296 young men - an increase of 2,581 over 1996.
The number of Scouts who went on a long-term camping expedition
reached its highest level ever in 1997, with 57.7 percent of all Boy
Scouts and Varsity Scouts participating.
Exploring enjoyed a seventh consecutive year of
growth, ending 1997 with a 7.8 percent increase.
Young men and women ages 14 to 21 in
Exploring numbered 455,268 in 1997.
Preparations are under way for a summer
1998 gathering of more than 7,000
Explorers and leaders at the University of Maryland.
More than 400 Explorers served as staff members for the 1997
National Scout Jamboree.
Learning for Life
Participation in this classroom-based character-education program grew
7.9 percent to 949,850 in 1997.
Participation increased throughout programs for elementary school,
special needs, junior high/middle school, and high school students.
More than 7,000 schools nationwide used Learning for Life to help
students develop positive skills, attitudes, and values.
The prestigious Silver Buffalo Award is given to distinguished citizens for
exemplary national service to youth. Thomas D. Allen, William J. Clinton,
John M. Coughlin, Siegfred S. Kagawa, Francis H. Olmstead Jr., Robert
H. Reynolds, Samuel K. Skinner, Evelyn T. Smith, and Marvin L. Smith
earned Scouting's highest commendation in 1997.
The National Court of Honor awarded Honor Medals
with Crossed Palms to five Scouts and Scouters "who
demonstrated heroism and extraordinary skill or
resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save life at
extreme risk to themselves." Other awards for lifesaving
and meritorious action were granted to 258 Scouts or
Young American Awards recognize excellence in the
achievements of young people ages 15 to 25. The 1997
recipients were Rob Ferguson, Christopher Fullerton,
Yukitoshi Murasaki, Matthew Spence, and Sabrina
Scouting Into The Next Millennium
Over the past six years, our success in delivering the Scouting program has
been the direct result of our unwavering focus on the five critical issues of
our National Strategic Plan: Positive Public Relations, Urban Emphasis,
Traditional Unit Growth, Endowments, and Unit-Serving Executives.
As we mark the accomplishments of the past year, we also look ahead to
the new millennium. To prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lie
ahead, the Boy Scouts of America will adopt a new National Strategic Plan
in 1998. At the National Leadership Training Conference, scheduled for
August, the entire family of Scouting professionals will gather to begin
implementing this plan which will refocus our efforts and move the
organization forward so we can deliver the promise of Scouting into the
Scouting is an integral part of America. And as our young people face the
growing challenges of an ever-changing, ever more complicated world,
Scouting's role in shaping the young men and women of tomorrow is more
vital than ever. Our movement has made it a priority to touch the lives of
even more youth throughout our diverse nation, offering them the same
opportunities America's youth have enjoyed for the past 88 years.