The Boy Scouts of America's 100th anniversary represents much more than a date on the calendar. It represents an important milestone around which to reintroduce Scouting to America – to celebrate our rich heritage and to reinforce the important role Scouting will play in shaping our country's future.
Scouting is as vital and relevant today as it was when our journey began.
Help us celebrate! If you are—or were—a Scout, family member of a Scout, BSA volunteer, or just someone who Scouting has positively impacted, you’re invited. There are a number of local opportunities for you to take part in our once-in-a-lifetime celebration.
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Where is Simon Kenton Council's 100th Anniversary Truck Stopping Next?
Simon Kenton Council's 100th Anniversary truck will be making stops throughout the communities in our Council during the 100th Anniversary year. Want to see the truck in your city? Fill out the form at the link below and suggest where the truck should be stopping. We are looking for fairs, festivals and major events that will help keeping Scouting visible during this 100th Anniversary year.
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Local Celebration Activities
Calling All Photographers!
Our Scouting Story - A Year of Scouting Through Pictures
We want you to catch Scouting in action during our 100th Anniversary year. If you enjoy taking pictures while at Scouting events, then this is for you! All Scouts and leaders are encouraged to participate and submit photos that represent the following categories: Leadership, Character, Outdoors, Achievement and Service.
Select photos submitted before July 1, 2010 will be on display and voted on at the Ohio State Fair Scout Booth. Pictures will be posted on Simon Kenton Council's web site as they are submitted.
All photos must be taken during the year of 2010 (a Scout is Honest) and must be submitted by November 1, 2010.
Guidelines | Entry Form | Submit Pictures/Entry Form Here
Shining Light Across America
July 31, 2010
FREE and open to the public!
An event you don’t want to miss! Bring your family and friends to enjoy a special presentation by Eric Weihenmayer, the only blind person to climb the ‘Seven Summits,’ the tallest peak on seven continents.
Following Eric’s presentation will be a special satellite transmission of the Centennial Celebration Show from the 100th Anniversary National Scout Jamboree in Fort AP Hill, Va shown on the big screen at the ballpark. If you can’t make the trip to the National Jamboree, this is the place to be! For the first time in the history of the Boy Scouts of America, we will be bringing the entire Scouting community together for a single, nationwide event to celebrate our organization and reflect on what it has meant to millions of America’s youth.
The Bounce Houses and a band will be performing prior to Eric’s presentation so show up around 5:00PM to enjoy the festivities. (Vendors will be available to purchase food).
A Shining Light Across America Council Shoulder Patch as part of the 100th Anniversary set collection will be available for purchase for $5.00 (you can get the CSP and a copy of Eric's book for $10).
National Celebration Activities
For our 100th Anniversary Celebration, the BSA is tapping into the outdoor fun and excitement of geocaching and inviting you along for the adventure! Through Get in the Game! geocaching events, Scouts and non-Scouts alike will search for prizes in this fast-paced orienteering quest. It's a great way to share interesting and useful Scouting skills — and outdoor adventure — with today's tech savvy kids.
Get in the Game! with Geocaching
What is geocaching?
Put simply, it's a high-tech treasure hunt. Players hide containers, called "caches" or "geocaches," outdoors and then share the coordinates. Then, other players seek them out using GPS navigation devices. It's fun, challenging, and interesting for individuals, families, and groups.
What do we need?
- GPS units work well, and several retailers offer discounts to Scout groups. There are also several geocaching apps for the iPhone, and some other cell phones work too. You'll also need a map and compass. The technology only takes you so far. When you get closer to a cache site, traditional orienteering skills come into play.
- To build a cache, all you need is a piece of paper to serve as a log book, Scouting goods like patches and photos, and a plastic container. If you're resourceful, it might not cost you anything at all.
Get in the Game! Activities
The BSA has developed five geocaching activities for the Get in the Game! program.
- Pillars of Scouting — "Travel Bugs®" that go from cache to cache around the nation to highlight core Scouting values.
- Cache to Eagle® — BSA districts across America are hiding caches to showcase some of Scouting's great gifts to America, Eagle Scout service project sites. Learn how this program started at Geoscouting.com.
- Treasures of Scouting — Caches around the country that showcase Scouting people and programs: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Scouting Alumni, and Volunteers.
- Race to 2010 — Pinewood Derby cars will soon be zooming around the nation! More information coming soon.
- Cache In Trash Out — Partnering with Geocaching.com, a single day of service throughout America. More information coming soon.
Geocachers — want to help Scouts “Get in the Game”?
If you're an active geocacher interested in helping Scouts and Scouters in your area, we'd love your help. Contact the 100th Anniversary Staff Adviser at your BSA local council office to enroll in the 100th Anniversary National Leadership Team. Help bring the fun and adventure of geocaching to youth in your community!
A Year of Celebration Patch
For 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has created a strong foundation of leadership, service, and community for millions of America's youth. Through A Year of Celebration, A Century of Making a Difference, we will demonstrate the incredible impact of a century of living the Scout Law.
Program participants will earn recognition for making a difference in their communities due to their dedication to five of Scouting's core values: Leadership, Character, Community Service, Achievement, and the Outdoors. Through that commitment, participants can earn each of five award ribbons to display from our 100th Anniversary commemorative patch.
A Year of Celebration will take place from September 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010. The program is open to all Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, adult leaders, and Scouting alumni. Read the patch requirements to learn more.
WANT TO GET STARTED?
Click here for requirements to earn Ribbons
FINISHED WITH REQUIREMENTS?
Click here to earn the Year of Celebration awards
Please note: Ribbon requirements are entered online, but you must take your order form to a Scout Shop to purchase the awards.
Questions about the requirements and ordering? Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.