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    Oct 21

    Boys Scouts offer Pinewood Derby to the community By Ronald Arrellin Jr. Apr 1, 2018 Updated Apr 1, 2018 SAFFORD — On your mark . . . get set . . . go! It was high-speed fun at the Safford Stake Center on Saturday, March 24, when the annual Pinewood Derby was opened to the public. Local Boy Scouts and members of the public made cars out of pine wood that had to meet certain criteria — most notably weight — in order to participate in racing. Andrew Knudsen, district executive of the Eastern Service Area, who headed this event, stated on the Boy Scouts of America Coronado District: Grand Canyon Council: Arizona Facebook page, “What an amazing Scout District Championship and community Pinewood Derby this past weekend. It was full of music, food, science and fun. We had 72 registered scouts (and) 64 registered nonscouts (community friends), including 30 female racers.” The Facebook post also included results for the event. The fastest Tiger Scout (7 years old) was Zeth Jones, the Wolf champion (8 years old) was Brigham Hawkins, the Bear champion (9 years old) was Trayven Richardson, and the Webelos champion was Landon Robbins. Overall fastest Cub Scout was Landon Robbins with an average speed of 188 miles per hour. “Our community youth event was won by Hamilton Bolen, and the adult version was won by his sister, Heidi. Then at the race-off, Heidi edged out the win with a difference of only 0.001 seconds and an average speed of 189 miles per hour,” Knudsen said. To see more about local Boy Scout activities, as well as upcoming events, visit .
  • ddrake4490
    Oct 23

    Scouts of Troop 329 will retire American flags provided by neighbors and veterans Phoenix, Arizona, November 4, 2017– Boy Scouts from Troop 329 of Grand Canyon Council, BSA, will retire or dispose of American flags in the proper method, by burning them in a ceremonial event at North Mountain Park on Veterans Day, November 11, 2017, at 7:00 pm. Veterans contributed some of the flags to be retired. The Scouts gathered other flags in an event at Royal Palms Park on July 3, 2017 “If you love and respect Old Glory, give her the proper retirement ceremony. We’ll be glad to do it for you,” said Assistant Scoutmaster Roger Ottaway. “Don’t throw your old flags in the trash. Dispose of them properly.” The U.S. Flag code states that, “the flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” Thus, when a flag is torn and tattered beyond repair, it's time for it to be retired. The Scouts will place the flag in a fire as part of the ceremony while veterans, elected officials, and parents salute. Ottaway explained how the retirement ceremony came about. “We were preparing to perform our flag ceremony Memorial Day at Madison Meadows Retirement Center. One of the tenants approached and asked the Scouts if they could retire a flag properly. He said he had pulled a flag out of the trash a couple of years ago, and wanted the Scouts to retire it with dignity. I used this opportunity to discuss with the Scouts just how important the flag was to people.” The Troop decided to collect flags at a local neighborhood July 4th celebration this year at Royal Palms Park, and then have a formal retirement ceremony in the fall. Ottaway told the Scouts that, once people knew the Scouts were collecting old flags for retirement, people would go home and bring flags back. And that is exactly what happened. The Scouts collected 18 flags in 2 hours at the event. Arizona Senator Kate Brophy McGee stopped by the Scouts’ table at the July 4th celebration to thank the Scouts for collecting flags for proper disposal. She even offered our Scouts an opportunity to visit her at her office, said Ottaway. Senator Kate Brophy McGee and Phoenix Councilwoman Debra Stark will attend the ceremony. Senator Brophy McGee said: “the Boy Scouts teach so many good lessons. Proper, respectful treatment of our flag, including its disposal, is a great example. I’m honored to be a part of this ceremony. State Representative Kelli Butler is unable to attend, but said the Scout flag retirement ceremony demonstrates respect for the flag. “I understand one of the aims of Scouting is citizenship training. That is a worthy goal. Respect for the flag is a perfect lesson for our youth to learn.” Scouting has three main objectives or aims: character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Its mission 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. According to a study of more than 2,000 Scouts and non-Scouts aged 6-12 by Tufts University: · Over time, Scouts reported significant increases in several character areas while non-Scouts did not. · Scouts are more likely to embrace positive social values than non-Scouts · The longer their tenure the better their character attributes · When asked what was “most important” to them, Scouts were significantly more likely than non-Scouts to choose “helping others” or “doing the right thing” vs. “being smart,” “being the best,” or “playing sports” If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Roger Ottaway at 602-930-8327 or email at
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    Scouts and nearly 100 volunteers will place American flags on the graves of veterans in preparation for Veterans’ Day Phoenix , Arizona, November 2, 2017–Boy Scout Joseph Hand and nearly 100 Scouts and volunteers will place American flags on the graves of veterans buried a Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, on Saturday, November 4, 2018, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Greenwood Cemetery is located at 2300 West Van Buren Street, in Phoenix, Arizona. “I chose this project,” Joseph Hand said, “after trying to visit my grandfather’s grave on Memorial Day. He was a veteran, but it took us a long time to find his grave. The flags should help those trying to find veteran graves on Veterans Day. It’s easy to find opportunities to help others if you look for them.” Greenwood Cemetery is the final resting place of more than 5,000 veterans in veteran specific lots, according to David Watkins, General Manager of the cemetery, and he estimates there may be as many as 15,000 veteran graves in the cemetery. “We have veterans who served in the Cavalry, World War I, and all the way through those who died fighting terrorism,” said Watkins. “We really appreciate the Boy Scouts support in honoring our veterans.” Wayne Chatfield, Chairman of the Americanism Committee of the American Legion, Department of Arizona, also commended Joseph for his Eagle project. “I thank Joseph Hand for his efforts in honoring my fellow veterans on Veterans Day. I applaude his dedication to attain his Eagle Scout Badge,” Chatfield said. Joseph is registered in Troop 285 of Grand Canyon Council, BSA. The troop is based in Chandler, Arizona. Joseph is organizing and directing the flag placement for his Eagle Service Project. The service project is a requirement for Eagle. “While a Life Scout, [the Scout must] plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. (The project must benefit an organization other than the Boy Scouts of America.) A project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, [the Scout’s] Scoutmaster and unit committee, and the council or district before [the Scout] starts.” This requirement is part of Scouting’s emphases on citizenship training, leadership development, and personal growth. If you want to get anything done, said Joseph, you have to keep at it. I learned a lot getting ready for this project. This was not my first idea for a project, but I’m glad I got it right in choosing this one, Joseph said. Another requirement for the rank of Eagle is to earn a total of 21 merit badges, including these 13 merit badges: (a) First Aid, (b) Citizenship in the Community, (c) Citizenship in the Nation, (d) Citizenship in the World, (e) Communication, (f) Cooking, (g) Personal Fitness, (h) Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving, (i) Environmental Science OR Sustainability, (j) Personal Management, (k) Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling, (l) Camping, and (m) Family Life. In order to earn the Eagle, the Scout must also serve actively in the unit for six months in one or more positions of responsibility, such as patrol leader, senior patrol leader, troop guide, den chief (for a Cub Scout den), scribe, historian, or quartermaster. In 2016, the Grand Canyon Council awarded 1,332 Boy Scouts the Eagle Scout Rank. These Eagle Scouts invested 192,237 service hours back into our community through their service projects. At roughly $23 per hour (the figure, these service projects helped save Arizona’s community $ 4,256,125. The end result is a strong investment in youth character and healthy communities. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Daniel Drake at 602-881-5341 or email at
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