Timberline District, Troop 640 attended the United States Air Force Academy where the troop spent two nights camping “under the B-52” camp grounds. While at the Academy, the troop visited the Astronautical Laboratory on campus. Where five cadets showed the scouts all the satellite activities that they were involved in during their four years as students of the Astronautic and Mechanical Engineer Departments. The five cadets designed, built and flew satellites over a three year period. The USAFA is the only institution in the United States which offers such an experience to undergraduate students. Concluding a already great weekend Troop 640 watched the USAFA Falcon’s Vs. Wyoming Cowboys football game.
In Loving Memory of Don Seawell
The Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, is privileged to have counted Don Seawell as a dear friend. We express our sympathy at the recent loss of Don Seawell and extend our appreciation for the legacy of civic leadership he embodied. Don earned the rank of Eagle in 1929, was recognized as a Distinguished Eagle Scout by the Denver Area Council in 1976, and he turned 100 years old on August 1, 2012, during the 100th anniversary of the Eagle Scout rank. The Denver Area Council recognized Don in 2012 for this special achievement at the Annual Business Meeting and Eagle Scout Recognition Banquet.
A native of North Carolina and graduate of the University of North Carolina, he studied law and went to Washington, DC as an early staff member of the securities and exchange commission. At the outbreak of World War II, he went to the war department and the department of justice, on loan from the SEC, serving as director of the anti-subversion division of the justice department and executive secretary of the combined American and British intelligence organizations.
In 1943, he entered the armed services and served on General Eisenhower’s staff until after V-E day when he transferred to the judge advocate general’s department to argue veterans’ re-employment rights before the United States Supreme Court. He then entered the private practice of law in New York.
Don then became involved with theatrical presentations on Broadway and in London … in addition to television and motion picture productions. He was first to bring the Royal Shakespeare Company to America. In 1966, Don became president and CEO of the Denver Post and it was not long before he became chairman and publisher of the post and a full-time resident of Denver. In 1982, he brought the royal national theatre of Great Britain to Denver to participate in a festival of world theatre. He sat on the boards of the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Symphony Orchestra and Central City Opera, was president of the Denver Opera Foundation and helped create the mayor’s commission on the arts.
Finding himself at the crossroads of 14th & Curtis streets in downtown Denver one day, looking at the old auditorium theatre (built in 1908 — now the Ellie Culkins opera house) and the surrounding four blocks, Seawell had an idea for a performing arts center. Ground was broken in December 1974. By 1978 the 2,700-seat Boettcher concert hall – the nation’s only in-the-round concert hall – was completed. By 1979 the auditorium theatre had been renovated, two cabaret spaces and four more theatres had been added. The 2,830-seat Temple Hoyne Buell theatre was completed in 1991 and the grand ballroom atop the space theatre was added in 1998.
As an Eagle Scout Donald R. Seawell continued to serve his god, country and fellowman, following the principles of the scout oath and law, and provided distinguished service to his nation and community.
We remember Don today and thank him for his service as a Distinguished Eagle Scout to the Denver community!
Aiden from Troop 263 was awarded The Honor Medal With Crossed Palms After rescuing his little brother from known and visible rip tide conditions in California during a family vacation early this year. The Honor Medal With Crossed Palms is awarded in exceptional cases to a youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated unusual heroism and extraordinary skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save a life at extreme risk to self. This prestigious awarded has only be given 296 times nation wide as of May 15th, 2015 since 1911 when it was established.
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The 2nd Annual Peaceful Valley Fall Sporting Clays Classic once again brought good people and great shooters to the Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch. The event benefits the Denver Area Council Boy Scouts to help them continue their mission of instilling the values into the youth. Sponsors included Cabela’s, Xcel, Deloitte, Merrick & Company, and EKS&H Audit, Tax, Consulting. The mission of the Boy Scouts of America and Cabela’s are well aligned. Cabela’s was excited to have the opportunity to participate in this event, stated Nicholas Filler who does marketing for the company. Thank you to all of the sponsors’ because of them golf carts and ammunition was provided for all teams, and all shooters, another thanks goes out to Tucanos for providing lunch which was excellent. It was a huge success and all participants enjoyed being able to help an organization they care about.
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The Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council, conducted their Camporee at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch in Elbert County, celebrating 50 years at this location. This event only happens every four years, so the scouts that had the opportunity to attend were very excited.
There were around 4,000 scouts and adults that attended this event. The Council Camporee had many activities for all to participate in such as archery, first aid, and social activities organized by the Venturing program. To a lot of Scouts, one of the highlighted events of the day was an Army Blackhawk that drew a big crowd as it landed in the field adjacent to the lake and allowed scouts to climb in and wear the headsets to see what it is like to be inside of this military aircraft. Scouts also got to learn about the Indian culture, and got to participate in multiple team-building exercises. Everyone got to be a part of something during this event and it was a huge success. A lot of Scouts said that they really like the camaraderie that the camporee brings.
The Council decided that they wanted to try and beat a Guinness World Record for having the largest number of people popping bubble wrap at one given time for 2 minutes. The Scouts were very excited to be a part of this, as anyone would be to get the chance to pop tons of bubble wrap and be a part of breaking a world record. The first step in this though was the generous donation from “SealedAirPack” of the entire amount of bubble wrap to be used by the scouts; without this, the record could not be beaten. During the massive bubble wrap destruction, adult stewards stood in each section of 50 people to ensure that everyone was continuously popping for 2 minutes to have an accurate count for the results. Once the scouts stopped popping bubble wrap, the results were
tallied and the total number of people who continuously popped the donated bubble wrap was 2,681, which beat the Australian record of 1,19 in August of 2014.
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The 8th Annual “Drive a Scout to Camp” Golf Tournament was held at the exclusive Sanctuary Golf Course. The event was a total success and raised over $120,000 for our camp programs. Thank you to all the Sponsors and everyone that attended.
This golf tournament raised money for camperships, which allow all scouts an opportunity to attend camp at Peaceful Valley Scout Camp and Camp Tahosa. It also provides assistance to youth who would not be able to participate in Scouting, and give them the opportunity to do so.
Throughout the rest of the game, this introduction was on my mind because I thought that this shows that no matter how old we may get or even if we have not been around Scouting for many years, we still have a connection to it. The introduction also brought back to mind something one of my scout masters once said when i was growing up; “Once a Scout, Always a Scout”, even after you leave your troop. This bond and connection to Scouting will still be inside you and the values you learn will stay within you and show through you in everything you do.
“Text and Photos by Joshua Murdock”
By August 1, 1944, Poles in the city of Warsaw had seen more than enough. They’d lived through nearly five years of Nazi occupation, and collective outrage toward the invasive forces reached a flash point with the carefully organized Warsaw Uprising. Scouting had long been established in Poland, but the Polish Scouting Organization (ZHP) transformed into the paramilitary “Grey Ranks” upon the outbreak of war. Since the invasion of Poland by Nazi forces in 1939, Boy Scouts (among many other groups of citizens), were subject to imprisonment and mass executions. Because most of the adult men were either fighting abroad or had been killed, it was up to the remaining Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of Warsaw to become the resistance. Older Boy Scouts demolished bridges, carried out attacks against Nazi forces, and assassinated Nazi commanders, while younger Boy Scouts acted as messengers and stealthily painted the Kotwica, the symbol of the Polish Resistance, on buildings and Nazi equipment.
Polish Girl Scouts acted as baby sitters for mothers working in hospitals, helped collect medical supplies, and worked in hospitals themselves. The Warsaw Uprising was strategically timed to coincide with the retreat of Nazi forces from the Soviet Union through Poland, which would theoretically bring liberation in the form of Soviet troops. But the Soviets stopped short, creating a stalemate between the Polish Resistance and the Nazi forces, and the western Allies never launched a fully coordinated effort to assist the Polish Resistance. And so, on October 2, 1944, the Polish Resistance formally surrendered to Nazi forces, thus ending the largest resistance movement of any nation during World War Two. Following the liberation of Poland by the Soviet Union’s Red Army on January 17, 1945, the country became a part of the Eastern Bloc of the U.S.S.R. The Polish Scouting Organization fled to England along with what remained of the pre-war government. With Polish refuges scattered across the globe, the ZHP became the world’s first and only national scouting organization to exist exclusively outside of its home country. Today the ZHP consists of hundreds of troops across the world, each full of boys and girls with direct Polish heritage, and often with ancestral ties to the Warsaw Uprising itself. Totally separate from Boy Scouts of America, Polish Scouts master the Polish language, learn about the history of their organization and its wide intersection with that of Poland, and practice the original (non-violent) scout skills used by the ZHP during the uprising. While there is a major focus on heritage, one of the main goals of the ZHP in the U.S. is to mold youth into outstanding American citizens. “The country you live in and your fatherland – those are the two most important places,” said Zbigiew Pisanski, President of the Boy’s Division of the Polish Scouting Organization in the U.S. He explained that moral values are the “spine” of the ZHP. The organization teaches that “others have the right to think different ways,” and encourages scouts to “not only see the differences [in others], but to understand them.” From July 26 to August 8, the Polish Scouting Organization in the U.S. held a National Jamboree at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch. More than 300 scouts 100 adults were present for the nearly two week encampment. “A big part [of the jamboree] is to keep heritage alive…” said Pisanski, “They feel pretty connected, especially to the experience.” Nearly all activities and interactions during the jamboree were conducted in Polish.
While the weekdays were filled with regular activities of the ZHP and new experiences provided by the camp’s BSA staff, Saturday, August 1, the 71st anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, was a day of contrast and conflicting emotion. The early part of the day was filled with cultural celebration, family and public visitation, and a parade for guests. But at 5 p.m., the camp sirens blared and everyone stood at attention, in solemn silence, for one minute to commemorate the beginning of the Warsaw Uprising. The same moment of silence is observed annually in Warsaw. At exactly 5:01 p.m., war games commenced around the camp, with groups of scouts playing the roles of the Nazi occupiers, citizens of Warsaw, and members of the Polish Resistance. Such games are a yearly tradition for many ZHP troops. “Putting your life not only in danger, but sometimes in sure death [sic], is the ultimate sacrifice to others,” Pisanski said, regarding the importance of instilling in Polish scouts an understanding of their past. “Giving is more than taking,” he said, “It’s a good example. We are Poles, tell us where to fight and we’ll go fight, as long as it’s [for] the right reasons.” Following the war games, scouts, leaders, and visitors assembled on the shores of Silver Lake for a ceremonial campfire. Polish Scouting Organization campfires differ from typical BSA camp fires in that there is no clapping, no eating, and no drinking – only traditional songs, unity, heritage, and somber remembrance of the past that molded the organization into what it is today. But the past is not remembered without a hint of pride, because the Polish Scouting Organization did what no scouts had done before and what none have done since, and their bravery and thirst for justice is splashed across the pages of history.
“Text and Photos by Joshua Murdock”
The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, an organization “with a singular purpose to end homelessness,” visits the Denver Area Council’s Colorado Adventure Point facility each Wednesday during the summer as part of the coalition’s Renaissance Children’s Center program. The children’s center helps more than 100 homeless and low-income families each year with child care services. Overall, the coalition assists more than 18,000 individuals, including many families and children, provides medical and mental healthcare to roughly 13,000 individuals, and typically provides housing for more than 2,300 individuals, including many families.
As a part of their comprehensive approach to combating homelessness and the toll it takes on individuals, especially children, some youths in the care of the coalition have the opportunity to visit Colorado Adventure Point, a 20,000-square-foot indoor adventure and hands-on educational facility at the Denver Area Council’s Hamilton Scout Headquarters in Lakewood, Colorado.
On one visit in early July, children from the coalition practiced their archery skills and then spent time bouldering and climbing on Colorado Adventure Point’s expansive indoor climbing wall. For nearly two hours, Adventure Executive Jesse Greaves-Smith carefully explained the nuances of safe archery to the visitors and mentored them as they practiced the skills themselves at the facility’s indoor range. On their own accord, the children from the coalition listened with remarkable attentiveness and courtesy to everything that was explained and thoroughly enjoyed the archery experience.
After their archery experience was over, the youngsters moved to Colorado Adventure Point’s multi-story indoor climbing gym for an hour of climbing and bouldering, with spotters, of course. With 12 children having to take turns between four belays and one auto-belay machine, the seven remaining youths enthusiastically encouraged their friends on the wall or paired up to boulder on the gym’s lower wall. At the end of the experience, the children from the coalition hopped on the Colorado Adventure Point bus that brought them there and headed back to the Renaissance Children’s Center, already eagerly awaiting the next week’s visit.
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