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COMING SOON A Bridge to the Future


One of the most-important projects in recent Scouting history, the BSA’s new high-adventure base in West Virginia, has moved a step closer to reality. That’s thanks to a generous gift


J. Brett Harvey


from CONSOL Energy, which recently donated $15 million over five years to build the CONSOL Energy Bridge at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. The bridge, more than 700 feet long and rising 200 feet above a giant ravine, will connect the


main activity area to the eastern half of the property. “This incredibly generous gift, both figuratively and liter-


ally, will help carry us from our first century of Scouting into the next 100 years,” says Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca. “We can all look forward to the day when Scouts will cross this new span to take part in bold new programs that will ultimately transform them from boys into men.” CONSOL’s gift follows last year’s $50 million contribution from the Stephen D. Bechtel Jr. family.


Fact Totem


that Eagle Scout service projects provided to activities that impacted the nation’s water resources, including streams, lakes, and oceans


The number of people, per day, that were connecting with the BSA through its presence on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube by the end of 2009


50,000


The amount that Eagle Scout service projects provided in service to communities across the nation in 2009 (based on an average national value of $20.25 per volunteer hour)


$47 million


The total number of parents who have made a commitment to serve as a Scout Parent


454,488 14 S COUTING ¿ SEPTEMBER•OCTOBER 2010 The approximate amount of hours in 2009 700,000


A model for the CONSOL Energy Bridge. J. Brett Harvey, president and CEO of CONSOL, has a


long history with Scouting as a local volunteer and member of the BSA’s National Executive Board, the BSA National Foundation, and the 2010 jamboree committee. He is serving as chairman of Arrow WV Inc., the BSA subsidiary charged with developing the new high-adventure base that will open for the 2013 jamboree.


ADVISORY


New Policies on Youth Protection The BSA has announced important changes to its Youth Protection policies. Effective June 1, 2010, Youth Protection training is now required for all BSA registered volunteers regardless of position. New leaders must submit a certificate showing the training


has been completed along with their application before volunteer service with youth begins. Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a


volunteer’s training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered. For detailed information and answers to questions about these changes, visit scouting.org/youthprotection.


REMINDER


Venturing Changes The National Executive Board recently changed the eligibil- ity requirements for Venturing to ensure consistency among Venturing, high-adventure bases, and other core programs. Effective May 1, 2010, the minimum age requirements became:


 14 years of age, or


 13 years of age and completion of the eighth grade. Venturers may remain registered as youth members until


their 21st birthday. For more information, see the questions and answers at scouting.org/venturing.


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