Pee Dee Area Council
On February 8, 2010 youth, adult volunteers, alumni, members of the community will gather together and show their support of the Boy Scouts of America. Galas will be set up in different locations around the council in an effort to get as many people as possible involved in the 100 year anniversary.
We will be setting up live internet feeds so that everybody that attends the galas will be able to take part in the national jamboree as well. The 100 year anniversary planning committee will be working hard over the next several months to identify people whose lives have been touched by scouting and would like to be part of this historic event.
Council Strip and Award Patch Contests:
The centennial awards patch will be obtained by getting a smaller piece of the overall patch depending on which events they attend. We will be offering pieces for attending summer camp, scout expo, council camporees and district cuborees.
The council strip patch design contest will begin May 2009 and will conclude in August 2009 and the awards patch design contest will begin July 2009 and will end October 2009. The winners will be revealed the following month after the conclusion of the contest.
Buy A Brick Program:
Camp Coker holds a special place for every Scouter in the Pee Dee Area Council. But now you can purchase a brick to show your permanent acknowledgement as a supporter of Camp Coker.
The anniversary planning committee is working hard with the properties committee to find the perfect location for a brick structure to be created. The program will run from June 2009- December 2009. Once we get more details about the program we will be updating the website so everybody can be a part of Camp Coker.
Art Show Contest:
The 100 year anniversary planning committee is working with local art galleries in and around the Pee Dee Area Council to create a traveling art show for scouters and people in the community.
The art contest will be open to all registered youth in the council and the winners will be able to see their art work in actual art galleries. The overall theme for the contest is the 100 years of Scouting and it values. Winners will be picked from each BSA program. The art show contest will begin in October 2009 and the winners will be picked in January 2010.
Centennial Outdoor Programs:
For the year 2010, every council and district camping opportunity will be planned around the 100 year anniversary. We will be offering a council wide camporee, each district will run their own centennial cuboree and as a special program just for 2010 the council will offer a centennial Scout EXPO. For people who have been around the Pee Dee Area Council for a long time, you may remember a Scout Expo that was held at the Florence fairgrounds. That will be the general outline for the expo planning team.
Council Wide Service Project:
Giving back to the community is one of the most important aspects of the Scouting movement. In an effort to show the great things that Scouting offers to the community, there will be a council wide service project for Scouts in every corner of the council to join together and give back to the community.
Camp Coker Summer Camp Staff Reunion:
Generations of people have attended Camp Coker over the years. We would like for every staff member that has worked at Camp Coker to join together and be a part of the council’s and the BSA’s rich history.
The planning committee will be conducting surveys, looking over old records and working with current volunteers to identify all current staff members and alumni staff members.
BSA National 100 Year
Year of Celebration Award Patches:
We want every Scout, adult leader and Scouting alum to have a chance to be part of our biggest milestone yet- our 100th anniversary celebration. We want to fire up the passion for Scouting while giving everyone an opportunity to make a difference…. And earn recognition.
Individuals can earn patches by demonstrating dedication to five of Scouting’s core values- leadership, achievement, community service, character and outdoors. Participants can earn one patch in each category. The award program will be in effect from September 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010. To earn the awards, Scouts must demonstrate personal growth and teamwork. Adults and alumni must teach skills and become involved in Scouting activities.
Through this celebration element, we will impact our communities and raise awareness of the values we teach as we celebrate a century of living by the scout law.
National Hall of Leadership:
The 100th Anniversary National Hall of Leadership is a one time opportunity to recognize extraordinary individuals for the difference they may through their leadership. It is a simple but high impact program that demonstrates how leadership changes lives
Nominees must be living scouts, Scouters or volunteers who have served in that role for at least 1 year. There are no age requirements and adult nominees do not need to be currently registered with the BSA. All adult nominees must have served or be currently serving as a Scouting volunteer. All youth nominees must be registered members of the BSA.
From Feb 8, 2009 through Aug. 31, 2009, people will submit nominations through the 100th anniversary website (www.scouting.org/100years). The council 100 year celebration committee will then access the nominee data and will submit 12 semi-finalists for national judging. A total of 305 honored individuals- one national and one for each council- will be inducted into the 100th Anniversary National Hall of Leadership.
Inductees will be given national recognition to commemorate their leadership and dedication to living out Scouting virtues in service to others.
BSA Alumni Connection:
The BSA Alumni Connection is our call to find Scouting alumni and get them involved with the BSA once again. Scouting Alumni include everyone impacted by the BSA- former scouts, their family members, community leaders, volunteers, Scouters and the recipients of Scouting’s good works.
The programs three main goals are to:
Because Scouting alumni can vary greatly in age, location, affiliations and technological savvy, we are taking a multifaceted approach. Some features of the program include a redesigned website, an alumni database (accessible to local councils), and an online scrapbook for alumni to share their Scouting memories. We will also build strategic relationships and provide materials to promote the program.
Nearly all youth experience scouting with their family members. Beginning in 2009, we will celebrate this and encourage families to create a legacy through Generation’s Connection. This program will help retain and increase membership by inspiring families to identify Scouting as something to be shared and passed between generations.
The tree is an important symbol of the Generation’s Connection program: a family tree, the lifespan of a tree throughout generations, and the hope that trees will be there to provide for future generations. As part of the program, Scouts and Scouters are encouraged to explore their own Scouting family tree or create their own future family legacy.
Through a new partnership with The National Arbor Day Foundation, special BSA 100th anniversary trees will be designated for families and communities to plant and nurture together. This partnership also provides an opportunity for a tree planting service project through a year of celebration award program and a value-added offering for Scouting alumni and friends.