Saturday, May 28, 2011

Meet The Patrol Z Ambassadors

Patrol Z is a team of digital storytellers. They're Scouts and Venturers armed with cameras and laptops. And they've got the skills to showcase what it means to be a Scout on the way to the Summit in 2013.

Patrol Z Ambassadors have a somewhat different role. Along with the Patrol, they'll be getting Summit news first, and are tasked with spreading that news where and when they can. That might mean presenting on SBR at a Council Meeting, updating a Scout newsletter, or posting here on FB.
Hi everyone, and welcome to this Facebook note announcing the Patrol Z Ambassadors. Get ready to scroll; the list is pretty long, and continues to grow. Here we go:

Bryant Atkins
Anthony Casey
Christian Cloglazier
Mikey Dewey
Mitch Dolan
Logan Fawcett
Gideon Hankins
Jonathan Hebb
Josh Hogue
Granticus Huggman
JC Hulce
Chas Hundley
Daniel Maclaury
Shane MArshall
Luke McConnell
Kevin O’Connor
Mitch Pash
Jessica Reardon
Ash Spears
Atom Stapleton
Kyle Stroh
Tristan Van Tine
Ben Weiner

And the 23 PZ Ambassadors are part of these Councils:

Stonewall Atkins
Revolutionary Trails
Midnight Sun
Half of Heart
Grand Columbia
California Inland Empire
Mountaineer Area
Shenendoah Area
Anthony Wayne
Potawatomi Area
Cascade Pacific
Westchester Putnam
Pine Tree
Middle Tennessee
Suffolk County
Denver Area
Western Massachusetts
Heart of America
Indian Nations
Pacific Harbors
Northern Star
Heart of Virginia

So, we're going ahead and calling that awesome. We'll be looking for more PZ Ambassadors on the road to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, so keep checking back for more info.
Congrats, PZAs! Nice work.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Shape the Summit – Winner Announced!

Over 800 Scouts and Scouters took a moment to complete the Shape the Summit survey to help us make the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia the most incredible Scouting destination on Earth. And now that the survey is over, we’re excited to announce the winner of the Shape the Summit drawing.

Congratulations, Jordan Dunning from Troop #333 in Cicero, New York. You’ve won a trip for you and three friends to visit the New River Gorge and be one of the very first to see The Summit first-hand.

For more updates on the Summit, and to keep up with how Scouts are shaping the Summit, be sure to follow the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve on Facebook.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Patrol Z Update From Summit Website

We asked and you answered. The Summit has put together a team of digital storytellers based on your submissions and applications. Scouts and Venturers from around the country gave it their best shot, and we saw some amazing work!

Submissions for Patrol Z were incredible in their depth and variety. We got videos, pictures, copywriting, web development projects and more. After sifting through all of the applications, the best of the best were interviewed to find out who would make the final cut.

Now that the Patrol Z team is here, we’re looking for stories about Scouts and Venturers, doing the things that bring together everything the Summit represents. High adventure, new challenges, and wild places are the perfect setting for Patrol Z to document what you’re up to out there as part of the Scouting movement.

Got a story idea? Let us know! You can drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter. Tell us what’s on your mind, and why you think Patrol Z should cover it. Also, look for Patrol Z Ambassadors, coming soon to a council meeting near you.

There were a ton of Scouts and Venturers that did great jobs on their submissions, and it was a very difficult process to select the team. Congratulations to everyone who applied. We are proud to introduce the members of Patrol Z:

Samantha Walker – Catalina Council
Alex Call – South Texas Council
Jacob Szrama – Del-Mar-Va Council
Carl Colglazier – Occoneechee Council
Nick Dannemiller – Cascade Pacific Council
Nate Stafford – Occoneechee Council
Chris Sachs – Patriots Path Council
Kevin Montano – Revolutionary Trails Council
Zane Naylor – Crossroads of America Council
JP Montgomery – Miami Valley Council
Troy Mullins – Green Mountain Council
Connor Morabito – Rip Van Winkle Council
Jessica Scanlan – Montana Council

Friday, May 20, 2011

Patrol Z Members Have Been Selected

A few months ago, we asked Scouts to come forward and show us what kind of media skills they had. We were looking for videographers, photographers, designers and developers. We were seeking a group of Scouts who were digital storytellers.

We found them. Scouts and Venturers are on the road to the Summit, and Patrol Z will be telling their stories online.

Check in to see who's on Patrol Z, send them a congrats, and find out if they're from a council close to you. The patrol is already looking for stories to tell about Scouts across the country, so make sure you share your ideas in the comments.

Thanks to everyone who applied, and look for all the names of Patrol Z here.

P.S. We're still choosing Patrol Z Ambassadors (and will be for a while), so make sure you shout out in the comments. You never know who might get chosen ... :-)

Patrol Z Members

Alex Call from the South Texas Council gets a slot. Alex is a social media specialist who told us that the one thing he would change about the last jambo is "direct the national spotlight on the Scouting movement for ten straight days." That's our kind of thinking. What else? Alex loves whitewater rafting, and has a slew of public speaking awards.

Nick Dannemiller from the Cascade Pacific Council makes it on PZ. He's got a background in web development that's super impressive. For high adventure, Nick's partial to sea kayaking. Also cool: he interned at the Oregon Zoo. Oh, and he's an Eagle with 2 Palms.

Jessica Scanlan from the Montana Council. Jessica is her Crew Vice Pres., and she paddled a canoe 150 miles down the Missouri River following the Lewis and Clark Trail. Twice. Jessica is a photographer, and sent us some impressive work. Look for tons of cool pics from Jessica.

Carl Colglazier from the Occoneechee Council. Carl's specialty is video editing. In fact, Carl won C-SPAN's 2011 StudentCam Video Documentary Competition Grand Prize this year. (Part of the prize? A C-Span mug. Seriously.) When he's not building and destroying robots, Carl likes to climb with his Scout Troop.

Zane Naylor from the Crossroads of America Council. Zane's a Life Scout working on Eagle, with canoeing being his favorite way to get outside. He'll be focused on social media for Patrol Z, and has an ear for anything with a good rhythm or story to it. The 2013 Jambo at the Summit will be Zane's third!

Connor Morabito is an Eagle with 6 Palms in the Rip Van Winkle Council, and he's working toward a Venturing Silver Award. He's pulling double duty on Patrol Z in the video editing booth and at the social media controls. Oh, and he's been the webmaster for his troop's site for the past 6 years.

Christopher Sachs is specializing in video production. He's an Eagle in the Patriots' Path Council. Christopher's into kayaking and canoeing, and claims that he'll eat just about anything (always a useful skill). Does he know his stuff? He landed first place in his State FBLA Conference for Digital Video Production competition. Sounds good to us.

Jacob Szrama is also an Eagle, from the Del Mar Va Council. He's focusing on photography in Patrol Z. Jacob's an all-around outdoor kind-of-guy, but he especially loves rock climbing. Also, he claims his photo ninja skills come from being able to down unsafe amounts of chicken pot pie. Alright, we made that last part up. Partially.

JP Montgomery comes to Patrol Z from the Miami Valley Council. JP's going to be working behind the camera as a videographer and in front of the computer as an editor. Between figuring out how to get a job as an astronaut and getting a 4.0 in all honors classes, JP gets outside by going camping. Because, y'know ... he's a Scout.

Patrick Burtchaell, an Eagle from the Southeast Louisiana Council, is a graphic artist. He's designed great things across all kinds of media, from websites and logos to T-shirts and fliers. A student at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, he's figuring out ways to combine his passion for graphics with a love of film. Sounds like a good fit.

Kevin Montano comes to us from the Revolutionary Trails Council. Kevin's a photographer who's outdoor adventure jones falls on canoeing and climbing in equal parts. Kevin kills it in all kinds of media at school, and is very, very into theater. Also, he likes jazz. Also also, he wanted to join Patrol Z to "document history in the making." Which we think is pretty cool.

Nathaniel Stafford comes to Patrol Z from the Occoneechee Council (same as Alex Call), and he'll be working on some interesting social media projects. Get this: Nate's favorite food is Five Guys Burgers and Fries and/or Lobster Ravioli. Awesome combo, no? Also, Nate likes to climb. A lot. He's going to love the Summit.

Troy Mullins is going to be blogging/storytelling for Patrol Z (same thing, right?) and he comes from the Green Mountain Council. Troy's an Eagle with one Palm and more on the way, and he's also working on a Venturing Silver Award. He's also into climbing, and runs his lodge's newsletter, "The Buck." And he founded his Council's VOA.

Samantha Walker is from the Catalina Council, and her favorite high adventure activity is ... wait for it ... SCUBA! With all of those amazing underwater vistas to check out, it's no wonder that she'll be pulling photo duty on Patrol Z. Goal: Along with a bunch of other pretty amazing stuff, she one day hopes to be Western Region President. (Bet she makes it.)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

2013 National Jamboree Registration Now LIVE!

We are very excited about the jamboree and are pleased that you are interested in attending as a participant or staff member. A lot of things about the jamboree at our new home, the Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve, are different from past jamborees. The Summit is a physically demanding facility, and minimum physical fitness standards will be enforced. While the jamboree is not as strenuous as an extended high-adventure trek, it will be appreciably more demanding than the jamborees held at Fort A.P. Hill.

Some of our geographic features at the Summit include:
• Mean elevation of 2,500 feet above sea level
• Elevation change of 200 feet from the Summit Center to the Staff Village
• Hiking (there will be no transportation vehicles to ride) up to three miles to/from the program bases

We want your 2013 National Scout Jamboree experience to be the best 10 days of your life! Please read carefully the Be Prepared policy, check the acknowledgement and you will be on your way!

The national jamboree is a physically demanding experience. West Virginia is called “the Mountain State” for a reason and our new home, the Summit, offers a very different environment than Fort A.P. Hill. The 2013 National Scout Jamboree is “on foot,” with all participants and staff walking/hiking everywhere; there will not be bus circuits or personal vehicles on site. While a lot of the site is level, there are regular changes in grade as part of everyone’s daily schedule. The Staff Village, for example, is 200 feet higher than Twelve Points, the flag plaza in the Summit Center; staff will make that hike, or one that is similar, at least once and probably twice every day, and participants will be hiking even more. A number of our activities require more stamina and fitness too—think climbing, rappelling, rafting, mountain biking, and skateboarding. It is essential that all participants and staff are prepared for their Summit jamboree experience.

Obesity and being overweight have been shown to increase the likelihood of certain diseases and other health problems: hypertension, heart attack, dyslipidemia, and stroke. Anyone who is obese and has multiple risk factors for cardiovascular/cardiopulmonary disease would be at much greater risk of an acute cardiovascular/cardiopulmonary event imposed on them by the environmental stresses of the Summit. Our goal is to prevent any serious health-related event from occurring, and ensuring that all of our participants and staff are “physically strong.”

The Centers for Disease Control is the national body that monitors our overall health as a country, and it makes recommendations to help us stay or become healthy. The CDC suggests using a body mass index as a screening tool for obesity; it is easy and only requires knowing your height and weight. The BMI is a governmental calculation based on nationwide statistics that take into account variables that include geography, age, and sex. The simple online calculator to determine your BMI can be found at

The CDC defines the BMI Healthy Weight as follows:
• If your BMI is less than 18.5, it falls within the “underweight” range.
• If your BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, it falls within the “normal” or Healthy Weight range.
• If your BMI is 25.0 to 29.9, it falls within the “overweight” range.
• If your BMI is 30.0 or higher, it falls within the “obese” range.

We know the BMI is just one of the factors to be considered, and we will take those other ”co-morbidities” into account as we make our decisions about an individual’s inclusion in the jamboree. The BSA high-adventure bases have determined they will exclude anyone from participation that has a BMI of 32.0 or higher, regardless of any other circumstances. The national jamboree at the Summit has some high-adventure elements but is not a 24/7 high-adventure experience, so we have modified the criteria for the jamboree.

Accordingly, it is the policy of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree that:
The national jamboree will uphold a decision by an applicant’s personal health care practitioner to deny participation for medical reasons.

The national jamboree will accept for participation applicants that are recommended for participation by their health care practitioner and have a BMI of 31.9 or less.
The national jamboree will consider for participation applicants with a BMI of 32.0 to 39.9 and/or one of the following risks:
-Diabetes mellitus
-Tobacco use
-Prior heart attack
-Coronary angioplasty/stent
-Prior stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)
-Coronary artery surgery
-Family history of premature (before age 55) coronary artery disease
-Sleep apnea requiring CPAP or BiPAP

*Applicants may be requested to provide further documentation, including cardiac testing, pulmonary testing, or further information from their physician to ensure the applicant’s ability to participate.

Jamboree Medical Services will provide specific instructions to the practitioner to determine eligibility.

The national jamboree cannot accept for participation any applicant with a BMI of 40.0 or higher.

The current Guide to Safe Scouting states:
“Adult leaders should support the attitude that they, as well as youths, are better off without tobacco in any form and may not allow the use of tobacco products at any BSA activity involving youth participants. All Scouting functions, meetings, and activities should be conducted on a smoke-free basis, with smoking areas located away from all participants.”
Accordingly, it is the policy of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree that:
Smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco is prohibited in all national jamboree buildings, tents, and vehicles. While in BSA uniform and/or on duty, smoking or the use of smokeless tobacco is not permitted.
The use of tobacco by visitors or off-duty non-uniformed staff or leaders will be restricted to designated areas.

The current Guide to Safe Scouting states:
The following statement was approved by the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America:
“It is the policy of the Boy Scouts of America that the use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances is not permitted at encampments or activities on property owned and/or operated by the Boy Scouts of America, or at any activity involving participation of youth members.”
Accordingly, it is the policy of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree that:
Alcoholic beverages and controlled substances are not permitted at the national jamboree.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May 2011 Jamboree Committee Meeting Recap

Matt Becker, John Clawson, Roger Denton, Dennis Draper, Mike Eisenhauer, Larry Grantham, Randy Hager, Steven Rosenak

The Pony Express Council’s National Jamboree Committee met for the fourth time on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 to discuss plans for the upcoming 2013 National Scout Jamboree; scheduled to be held from July 15th-July 24th, 2013 in West Virginia.
Using the new agenda format the group split off into their subcommittees at the beginning of the meeting for roughly 35 minutes to discuss the pertinent items that they plan to focus on throughout this planning process. This gave each group enough time to work in their area of focus to continue to develop and see out their plan of action. Attendance was slightly lighter at this meeting, and even though every subcommittee wasn’t represented, a lot was accomplished during the meeting.

The major focus for the promotions committee was to begin the development of the banners to be used at Camp Geiger this summer, and at other events throughout the coming years. The group came up with 2 ideas for the banners, with the first being a banner advertising just the Summit. The second would promote the various jamboree events that the Summit will have to spark interest in the youth. The plan is to get these finished before the Mic-O-Say Tribal Feast on June 4th, which marks the start to the summer camping season at Camp Geiger. The banners will be placed in high traffic areas at camp such as the Headquarters building, and at the Trading Post. Once a design gets approved the images will show up here on the blog as well. Another item that this committee is working on is to set up a video loop of the promotional video that was released at the last committee meeting, during Wednesday night at Camp Geiger.

The finance subcommittee is still working on creating a budget for the event to establish a final trip cost for the participants. Talks with World Strides, the touring company, to acquire a final cost from that portion of the trip has slowed down the process of finalizing a total cost. Although not present, it is my understanding that Ken Siemens has agreed to sit on this subcommittee to help in this process as well. Fundraising options are still being tossed around to help assist the boys in paying their own way. With the goal of giving every interested boy the opportunity to attend, this will be a major focus as time progresses.

Registration for the Jamboree is not currently open (Late Spring 2011); but the recruiting committee has already developed an excellent plan to get participants to sign up. Talks of Wednesday night flyer distribution at Camp Geiger, as well as Tribal Council assistance should prove to fill up the slots quickly. The subcommittee also moved to develop a youth interest form similar to the adult interest form used for leadership positions. That form will be posted on the council website and right here as well, as soon as it is completed. The youth form will be for both the Boy Scout Troop and Venturing Patrol. While on the subject of interest forms, the adult forms have been collected and reviewed, and interviews will need to take place to make a final decision on the troop leadership. The committee received 10 applications, and will be hosting the interviews at the Tribal Feast on June 4th, 2011. The committee will also be releasing another adult interest form tailored to finding 2 adults for the venturing patrol. Both the adult and youth forms will be available before the Venturing Event at Camp Geiger on May 21st, 2011.

The first shakedown has been scheduled for October 20-21st, 2012 at Camp Geiger. Plans for the weekend are being put together and new information will be released as it becomes available.

Everyone was encouraged to read the recently released Mandatory Terms for Participation, which could cause problems with the amount of gear the boys will be allowed to take.

The next meeting has been set for Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at 7 PM. The group will be meeting again in the Herzog Lodge to discuss progress and any new information. The agenda will be emailed out at a later date and posted on the Jamboree Blog.