As a nation the Boy Scouts of America celebrated 100 Years of Scouting in 2010. In 2013 the Denver Area Council’s celebrates its local 100th Anniversary. For 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council has created a strong foundation of leadership, service, and community for millions of Denver's youth. Through A Year of Celebration, we celebrate this legacy and commit ourselves to inspire and prepare future generations. Our 100th anniversary represents much more than a date on the calendar. It represents an important milestone around which to reintroduce Scouting to Denver and to celebrate our rich heritage and to reinforce the important role Scouting will play in shaping our community's future.
Join the celebration! 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 opportunities for you to take part in our once-in-a-lifetime celebration. As we look to a new century of Scouting achievements, we light a new fire in the next generation of Scouts. We shall instill in them the honor and integrity that comes with being a Scout. We will build their character and ensure they are prepared for something more. We will PREPARE THEM FOR LIFE.
Centennial Council Shoulder Patch (CSP)
Begin the celebration by wearing the Centennial CSP on your uniform designed by "David M. Henshaw, DMH Graphics". This special patch is now available for purchase at the Council Service Center through December 31, 2013.
100th Anniversary Engagement Programs
The 100 – A Year of Celebration
Join the celebration of the Denver Area Council’s 100th Anniversary by participating in "The 100 - A Year of Celebration" special patch awards program. There are six ribbons, each based on core values of the Boy Scouts of America: one for Outdoors, Service, Reverent, Citizenship, Achievement, and Leadership. Each ribbon has different requirements. You must complete at least one item in each category to earn that ribbon. You may want to complete all the requirements, but only one is needed to qualify for the ribbon. Ribbons may be earned as of January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013. Patches and ribbons will be available for purchase in the Council Service Center beginning February 2013 and will also be available to purchase at the 100th Anniversary booth at the Scout Show.
Norman Rockwell and Scouting Art Exhibition
Kick-off the 100th Anniversary Celebration with a special visit to the Frederic C. Hamilton Scout Headquarters to see this art exhibition made possible by the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. The exhibit is open to the public during regular operating hours. Norman Percevel Rockwell was born in New York City in 1894. He expressed an early interest in art—drawing pirates, paper sailing ships, and characters from the novels of Charles Dickens. After completing studies at the Art Students League in Manhattan, Rockwell found initial success as an illustrator of children’s literature. In 1912, he was hired as a staff artist for Boys’ Life magazine, and was soon promoted to the role of Art Editor. During his tenure at Boys’ Life, Rockwell developed his style and earned a reputation for his humorous depictions of youth. He left a salaried position with the magazine in 1917 to focus on work for The Saturday Evening Post and other publications. Rockwell resumed ties with the Boy Scouts in 1925, when he completed the first of fifty-one original illustrations for the organization’s annual calendar. In what would ultimately become the longest professional association of his career, the artist created hundreds of Scouting illustrations inspired by the movement’s principles and practice.
Scout Sunday/Shabbat - February 3, 2013
The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls before February 8 (Scouting Anniversary Day) as Scout Sunday, which is the primary date to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting. All Scouts, volunteer leadership, and Scouting alumni are encouraged to wear their Scout uniform on this Sunday to their place of worship in honor of the Denver Area Council’s 100th Anniversary. Local churches and chartered partners are encouraged to organize a special Scout Sunday Observance. Each chartered organization can use either of two other options to celebrate this special day. An organization can adopt a specific Sunday to celebrate. In the instance of the United Methodist Church, Scout Sunday is celebrated on the second Sunday in February. It also is permissible for a local church to celebrate on the Sunday most acceptable to the pastor and congregation. Locate additional resources here to plan your celebration. Blank programs may also be purchased at the Denver Scout Shop.
Report to the State - February 8, 2013
The Denver Area Council, along with the five other CO Councils will make a “Report to the State” on the accomplishments of Scouting in Colorado. All delegates will have an opportunity to sign up for tours of the capitol. This report covers who the BSA is as an organization; the programs and initiatives it supports; and its major accomplishments and contributions over the past year. Our accomplishments are a mark of pride for us as an organization and should be communicated to our communities.
Report to Cities/Community Partners
The “Report to Cities” presents a significant opportunity for local districts and to tell your story in your city. From the total number of Scouts within the city, total number of service hours donated, key numbers related to summer camps, and other important statistics. You can even give examples of significant projects undertaken by Scouts in your communities. This report is a presentation of who we are and what we do as a community—from the council as a whole down to each individual unit.
Centennial Eagle Scout Recognition Banquet - February 22, 2013
The Denver Area Council will recognize all Scouts that attained the rank of Eagle during the 2012 centennial year with a special celebration at the 2013 Recognition Banquet. The Centennial Eagle Scout Class offers another opportunity to highlight the BSA and the positive impact the organization makes on our nation. For 100 years, Boy Scouts have strived to attain the highest level of Scouting by becoming Eagle Scouts. The Eagle Scout rank is reached by less than 4 percent of all Scouts, yet this elite group has contributed more than 400 million hours of service over the course of its 100-year history. Register here to attend the banquet.
2013 National Jamboree - Help Inaugurate the Summit Bechtel Reserve Tour and Jamboree from July 9-24, 2013
Celebrate 100 Years with a special trip by joining the Denver Area Council Contingent to the 2013 National Jamboree at new Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) in West Virginia. This is one of the most significant events in a Scout’s career, joining 400 Scouts and Scouters from Denver and 45,000 Scouts from the United States and foreign countries. Held once every four years, the national jamboree is a chance to camp out with friends, meet new friends, try high-adventure activities, learn new skills, and enjoy the outdoors. There are exhibits, stadium shows with entertainment, opportunities to work on merit badges — there's something for everybody. Experience high adventure like you've never seen. Whitewater, climbing, zip lines, mountain biking, and much, much more.
The BSA® Adopt-a-School program is an exciting and comprehensive undertaking that will connect Scout packs, troops and crews across the country with schools in their communities. The Denver Area Council has set a goal to adopt 100 schools in honor of the council’s 100th Anniversary celebration. Participating Scouts then work, within clearly defined guidelines, to partner with school administrations and offer to volunteer services that most efficiently meet their school’s needs. With each unit offering their school a minimum one-year commitment, meaningful community relationships are built and significant changes will happen in the schools. The hope at the heart of Adopt-a-School is to build strong, sustaining relationships with these schools… creating thousands of lasting community partnerships across the U.S. Through committed volunteer efforts – from landscaping and clean-up outside the school building to Scouts’ active participation in school events throughout the year – the BSA will become a defined presence in improving our nation’s schools.
Community Festival Recruiting Events
Each district will select a Community Events chair and organize a Scouting recruitment booth at 2-3 community festivals throughout the year. Information and fun activities showing the “fun” in Scouting will be a part of these events to engage parents and new families.
BSA Alumni Connection
The Scouting Alumni Association welcomes everyone positively and personally impacted by the Boy Scouts of America—former Scouts, family members of Scouts past and present, volunteers past and present, and the millions of Americans who benefit from Scouting in their communities every day—to join today. Enjoy the member benefits and support the good work that the BSA continues in its second century. At www.BSAalumni.org, Scouting alumni will be able to find friends and mentors, add photos and stories and more!
Leave Your Legacy to Scouting with a Memorial or Tribute Gift
For over a century, the Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. In partnership with local communities, Denver Area Council provides programs for boys ages 6-21 and girls ages 14-21. The true cost of Scouting is greater than registration fees, dues and camp fees. These fees are kept low so that all youth can experience the fun and excitement of Scouting. Your support of Denver Area Council is crucial for delivering the best programs to our youth. Your gift to the Scout Memorial Fund can be in recognition of a special occasion or person. It can be a birthday, rank advancement, anniversary, or to honor the memory of a family member or friend. Our Memorial Fund recognizes the contributor and routes a dignified notification to the honoree or family. In addition to making a Memorial or Tribute gift, you are encouraged to consider including the Denver Area Council, BSA in your estate plans. These gifts go to our permanent Endowment Fund and the earnings are used each year to support Scouting programs and activities. Special recognition will be given as a way of showing our appreciation for your support. For more information contact Dave Wolvin at 720.266.2147.