Youth Protection Training


Why is YPT (article link) so important? Because a safe environment is best achieved when everyone is trained and fully aware, whether explicitly required or not. Troop 21 and BSA take this seriously and so should you.

Training can be done quickly online; go to myscouting.org and log-in or create an account. Upon completion, give a copy of your YPT certificate to the Troop 21 Training Coordinator: Marla Gordon.

Eagle MB Requirement Additions

Beginning January 1st, Cooking became an Eagle required merit badge and the requirements were updated/changed. cialis 20mg Importantly, the merit badge does not have to be re-earned for Eagle and if started under the old requirements, can be completed using either old or new.

Sustainability became an Eagle required merit badge in tandem with Environmental Science. A scout must earn either one of the pair.

Please see this bulletin for more detailed information – Cooking and Sustainability.pdf

When the boss is Uncle Sam

The anecdote sounds like prime material for a David Letterman Top 10 list of governmental inefficiency: To get a pencil at a regional office of the Army Corps of Engineers, an employee recalls having to send a request down to the storage room to check on its availability before he could put in an order for it.

True story. But it’s not the whole story.

Yes,Cheap Jerseys from china http://www.cheapnflnewjerseysusa.top/ federal employees do sometimes throw up their hands in disgust over the bureaucratic hoops they have to jump through. “People increasingly want to go into government because of the psychological compensation they feel they’re doing something important,” says Marc Holzer, chair of the graduate department of public administration at the Newark campus of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Job security is a big plus, too. But a lot of people have been nervous lately about whether that security will last.

The Bush administration is pushing federal agencies to put many more tasks up for competitive bids from the private sector. Up to 850,000 jobs, almost half the federal workforce, are commercial in nature and so should be subject to competition, says Trent Duffy, spokesman for the White House Office of Management and Budget (see story, below).

However many jobs ultimately do shift to the private sector in the coming years, the debate over the administration’s plan, which has spurred strong opposition from labor unions, highlights the less than flattering image of government as “red tape central.”

“The stereotype won’t die,” says Mr. Holzer. “There’s always some story poking fun at bureaucracy.”

How much of this reputation is deserved depends on your perspective. To get behind the generalities and the extremes on both sides of the debate, the Monitor talked with a range of people who have insiders’ views of both the federal government and private companies.

Their stories help explain why 6O percent of federal employees surveyed recently said they would recommend their organization as a good place to work. (See chart.) But they also confirm that there’s always room for improvement.

Stung by the private sector

After 13 years with the Army Corps of Engineers, Stephen Dunbar wanted a change. It bothered him that his master’s degree, engineering license, and initiative didn’t yield extra recognition or pay. (Or even make it easy to requisition pencils.)

“One of the drawbacks to the government,” he says, “is that there’s no really good mechanism for rewarding those who consistently put in extra effort, over someone who just shows up to work every day.”

Mr. Dunbar started managing software development teams for a small private company in Boston in January 2000. After being part of a government entity that employs 34,000 people nationwide, he enjoyed the way managers at his new office could communicate with its 70 person staff more directly and gather input as they made decisions.

“In government,” he says, “usually a directive comes down months after it’s decided what the policy is going to be.”

But the camaraderie at his company began to crumble, Dunbar says, when the IT market went sour and layoffs began.

Business would pick up in spurts and new people later came on board. The face of the company changed. “In the end, it was all 20 somethings, kids fresh out of school willing to work the 50 or 60 hours I was working, or more, for less money,” he says. As a father of four, those hours working after the kids went to bed and on Saturdays wore on him. “It was just ridiculous and it was expected.”

The final straw came last year after Dunbar, under the gun to meet a deadline, made his team work 80 hour weeks for a month to develop a major product.

“The day after we delivered it, they let about seven of those guys go. I didn’t see it coming,” he says. “That just kills your ability to motivate anybody to put that kind of time in.”

After surviving three rounds of layoffs, Dunbar didn’t have to think too long about his answer when the Army Corps of Engineers office in Concord, Mass., asked if he wanted to come back.

Since making the switch in March, he’s had more time with his family, and less pressure at work. “I had one guy tell me in the private sector that he didn’t want to know the new people, because he wasn’t sure how long they would be there.”

It’s also a lot easier to get a pencil now he just takes a walk to the supply cabinet. In the years he was away, Dunbar says, “they appear to have made big strides in streamlining things.”

But pay is still not linked closely to performance. “No matter what you do, you’re looking at a 3 1/2, 4 percent raise every year.” Many people are happy with that automatic bump in salary, but if you want recognition for extra effort, he says, “the only other way to get more than that is to get a promotion, and those are few and far between.”

That may put a damper on ambition, but in most cases, it doesn’t mean people become dead weight. “A small handful, maybe 10 percent or 20 percent of government employees, milk the system completely,” he says. “But the other 80 percent are very committed.”

Dismayed by delays

Ray Lanman finally got on a one way track into the private sector.

He worked for Amtrak for 21 years, and doesn’t discount all he learned there. But he says his eight years as an executive at Herzog, a private engineering and transit company in St. Joseph, Mo., have been “most refreshing” by comparison.

Pele lauds return of the Cosmos

It’s been 36 years since Pele played for the New York Cosmos, 28 years since they’ve played a game at all. But wherever in the world the greatest player of all time goes, people don’t ask him about his glory days with Santos; they ask what happened with the Cosmos, and some wonder when they’ll return.

That’s exactly what’s about to happen this summer, with the 72 year old Pele on hand for today’s jersey sponsorship deal with Emirates at (fittingly) the Cosmopolitan Room at the Four Seasons, and the relaunched team starting in the NASL on Aug. 3 against Fort Lauderdale in Hempstead’s Shuart Stadium.

“Today, if you are all over the world I talked with Giovanni (Savarese, Cosmos coach) just a few minutes ago every place in the world you go, they say “Pele, when are the New York Cosmos coming back?” Sometimes I get a little upset. Cheap Jerseys china I played 25 years in Santos, and nobody asks me,” said Pele. well known. Now we are here to come back to ask for your help, because New York is back. We’re going to start. I’m proud of this. We’re going to work hard to make this possible. I believe.”

Pele, the Cosmos’ honorary president, played for powerhouse Santos from 1956 74, and also led Brazil to three World Cup titles. But he helped make the original Cosmos a phenomenon when he starred here from 1975 77, and their influence still resonates even today, over a generation later.

“It means a lot, because I used to say all over the world, wherever I go, I just play on the (winning) team. God just put me to play on the winner team. To see the Cosmos come back after everything we did (feels great),” said Pele.

“I mentioned that about Santos, everybody laughed and nobody (thinks I’m) serious. I played 25 years in Santos, we won a lot of tournaments, the World Cup I scored a lot of goals. It’s amazing. I arrive in China, I arrive in Africa, they say ”Listen, what happened to New York Cosmos?” That’s very important to know what it means to me to see the New York Cosmos come back. Fantastic.”

Understand, these aren’t the Cosmos of Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Giorgio Chinaglia; that team folded back in 1985. This isn’t even an MLS side, with the United States’ top tier league bringing in New York City FC as its local expansion team in 2015, a $100 purchase between Manchester City and the Yankees.

But with the Cosmos opening play in the second tier NASL this summer and still hoping to eventually build a $400 million, 25,000 seat stadium out at Belmont Park racetrack transit issues be damned CEO Seamus O’Brien is steadfastly convinced that this city is indeed big enough for the both of them, as well as the Red Bulls, an MLS flagship team based in Harrison (NJ).

“That’s a few years away. We’ve got a few years to get our ship up and running,” O’Brien said. “First, we’re not scared of competition. I think in any sport and walk of life that’s a good thing.

“And I think the soccer economy of this city is more than big enough to deal with three teams in three separate areas. I come from a background where big clubs live across street from each other. I think New York will be the biggest soccer market the world in my lifetime; three teams in your largest city that’s not a problem.”

They have a roster that includes ex MLS players like Carlos Mendes, Hunter Freeman and Joseph Nane the former pair having played for the Red Bulls and they are reportedly eyeing former Spanish National Team midfielder Marcos Senna, now with Villarreal.

“We don’t like to talk about players on other clubs. Everybody knows what he’s brought to Villarreal and Spain,” Savarese said of the 36 year old midfielder. “When we’re ready to say things, we’ll say.”

For a team in NASL which is averaging just 4,590 fans this year the Cosmos bring a significant amount of credibility and financial wherewithal. Emirates Air also sponsors the jerseys for such soccer powers as Arsenal, AC Milan, PSG and beginning next season Real Madrid. That’s august company. But they still have to produce on the field and at the gate.

“We know we have to earn every bit of respect afforded to us in the highly competitive sporting city of New York. I’m happy to be judged not by our words but by our deeds,” said O’Brien. “We’re at the beginning of that journey that when we do get to the top again and we will we will stay there long past my lifetime.”.

Redskins shuffle their offensive line

Thursday’s joint practice with the Texans, the first of three scheduled this week, represented Scherff’s first real test as an NFL rookie lineman. And it came with an added twist, with Scherff lining up as right guard rather than right tackle, the position the Redskins had in mind when they chose the Iowa standout with the fifth pick in the draft.

One week into training camp, it looks as if the Redskins have shifted their thinking on how best to deploy their prized young asset. For a second consecutive day, Scherff lined up as a guard, flanked by second year lineman Morgan Moses at right tackle.

“Could be. Could very well be,” Coach Jay Gruden said, asked if the pairing could prove long term. “We’re just going to go out here and give these guys the reps and let the exhibition games take care of themselves, and we’ll make our decisions for 1 / 8the season opener 3 / 8. But that’s a definite possibility, with Morgan at right tackle and Brandon at right guard.”

Scherff insisted he had no preference, coming across as malleable as a 320 pound block of Play Doh.

“I’ll just play wherever they tell me to play,” Scherff said. “Yesterday 1 / 8offensive line coach Bill Callahan 3 / 8 said, ‘Work at guard,’ so I worked at guard. Today they said, ‘Work at guard.’ ”

Moses voiced similar sentiment.

“We all have the same mentality,” Moses said. “Whatever the rsum is for the day left tackle, right tackle, right guard whatever it is, we collectively try to get in there and bust our tails. . . . It’s important to be able to play different positions.”

Assuming Callahan can mold the youngsters into NFL starters in the five weeks that remain before the Sept. 13 season opener, the Redskins would have a massive right side of the line one that packs a visceral, visual punch, with 637 pounds to back it up.

They’d also have the potential of several years to develop together, which would represent a welcome departure from the Redskins’ patchwork approach to line building in the past decade, which has relied heavily on free agents cycling in and out every few years.

Moses is 6 6, 318 and 24 years old, with little wear after a rookie season as a backup that was cut short by a Lisfranc sprain. Scherff is 23.

That youth showed at times against the Texans Thursday, with Watt shooting past Scherff’s inside shoulder on one play and eluding Moses’s grasp on the outside on another.

Gruden was unperturbed, accentuating the positive.

“There were some things to build off of, no question about it,” Gruden said, asked to grade his offensive line’s young right side in 11 on 11 drills. “You’re blocking the best player in pro football right now, voted on his by his peers . . . Watt will win his share of the battles, there’s no doubt about it. Watt.”

As is customary for Callahan’s younger linemen, Scherff stayed on the field after Thursday’s extended practice, which lasted roughly 2 hours 40 minutes, to work with his offensive line coach on skills that need improvement. Thursday, it was hand placement.

“It’s all about fundamentals,” Scherff said. “You win with your hands and feet. You’ve got to get ’em in on him fast.”

Scherff earned his reputation as college football’s best offensive lineman last season at left tackle.

With three time Pro Bowl honoree Trent Williams anchoring the left tackle position, general manager Scot McCloughan envisioned Scherff as a complement at right tackle and used the team’s fifth overall pick to land him.

While McCloughan generally drew favorable grades for his draft day moves, some analysts questioned whether he “overpaid” for Scherff, given that only outstanding left tackles, charged with protecting the quarterback’s blind side, typically command a top five pick.

Guards work in closer confines than tackles; power is paramount. Tackles work on the edge, more “in space;” the position demands explosiveness and athleticism, in addition to power, as well as a long limbed reach.

If Scherff is re cast as a guard, instead, it raises the question of overpayment anew, given that guards typically are taken lower in the draft than right tackles.

Asked if a No. 5 pick was too costly to expend on a guard, Gruden said: “Not if he is really, really good. cheap jerseys All you’re looking for with the fifth pick, or any pick, you want somebody that is going to help your football team be successful. And we feel like Brandon will do that.”

Thursday’s practice drew the biggest crowd of camp yet, 6,278, with several sporting No. 99 Watt jerseys.

The hard hitting session was costly for two Redskins starters. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson fell hard on his right shoulder in pursuit of a ball and suffered a sprained AC joint that’s expected to sideline him for one or two weeks.

baseball game to highlight Ansonia

Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti throws a few pitches during vintage baseball practice Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Shortell Field in Ansonia, Conn. A vintage baseball game between an Ansonia and Derby team will take place in July as part of a daylong festival celebrating Ansonia’s 125th anniversary. less

Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti throws a few pitches during vintage baseball practice Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Shortell Field in Ansonia, Conn.Cheap Jerseys free shipping A vintage baseball game between an Ansonia and Derby team will take . more

Scott Gura, of Shelton, practices vintage baseball using 19th century rules and equipment Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Shortell Field in Ansonia, Conn. A vintage baseball game between an Ansonia and Derby team will take place in July as part of a daylong festival celebrating Ansonia’s 125th anniversary. less

Scott Gura, of Shelton, practices vintage baseball using 19th century rules and equipment Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Shortell Field in Ansonia, Conn. A vintage baseball game between an Ansonia and Derby team . more

Greg Martin, of Ansonia, hits to George French, of Derby, during vintage baseball practice Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Shortell Field in Ansonia, Conn. A vintage baseball game between an Ansonia and Derby team will take place in July as part of a daylong festival celebrating Ansonia’s 125th anniversary. less

Greg Martin, of Ansonia, hits to George French, of Derby, during vintage baseball practice Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Shortell Field in Ansonia, Conn. A vintage baseball game between an Ansonia and Derby team . more

Greg Martin, of Ansonia, leads vintage baseball practice using 19th century rules and equipment Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Shortell Field in Ansonia, Conn. A vintage baseball game between an Ansonia and Derby team will take place in July as part of a daylong festival celebrating Ansonia’s 125th anniversary. less

Greg Martin, of Ansonia, leads vintage baseball practice using 19th century rules and equipment Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Shortell Field in Ansonia, Conn. A vintage baseball game between an Ansonia and Derby . more

Scott Gura, of Shelton, practices vintage baseball using 19th century rules and equipment Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Shortell Field in Ansonia, Conn. A vintage baseball game between an Ansonia and Derby team will take place in July as part of a daylong festival celebrating Ansonia’s 125th anniversary. less

Scott Gura, of Shelton, practices vintage baseball using 19th century rules and equipment Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Shortell Field in Ansonia, Conn. A vintage baseball game between an Ansonia and Derby team . more

Scott Gura, of Shelton, practices vintage baseball using 19th century rules and equipment Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Shortell Field in Ansonia, Conn. A vintage baseball game between an Ansonia and Derby team will take place in July as part of a daylong festival celebrating Ansonia’s 125th anniversary. less

Scott Gura, of Shelton, practices vintage baseball using 19th century rules and equipment Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Shortell Field in Ansonia, Conn. A vintage baseball game between an Ansonia and Derby team . more

Anthony Buono, of Seymour, practices vintage baseball using 19th century rules and equipment Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Shortell Field in Ansonia, Conn. A vintage baseball game between an Ansonia and Derby team will take place in July as part of a daylong festival celebrating Ansonia’s 125th anniversary. less

Anthony Buono, of Seymour, practices vintage baseball using 19th century rules and equipment Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Shortell Field in Ansonia, Conn. A vintage baseball game between an Ansonia and Derby team . more

Anthony Buono, of Seymour, practices vintage baseball using 19th century rules and equipment Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Shortell Field in Ansonia, Conn. A vintage baseball game between an Ansonia and Derby team will take place in July as part of a daylong festival celebrating Ansonia’s 125th anniversary. less

Anthony Buono, of Seymour, practices vintage baseball using 19th century rules and equipment Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Shortell Field in Ansonia, Conn. A vintage baseball game between an Ansonia and Derby team . more

George French, of Derby, practices vintage baseball using 19th century rules and equipment Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Shortell Field in Ansonia, Conn. A vintage baseball game between an Ansonia and Derby team will take place in July as part of a daylong festival celebrating Ansonia’s 125th anniversary. less

George French, of Derby, practices vintage baseball using 19th century rules and equipment Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Shortell Field in Ansonia, Conn. A vintage baseball game between an Ansonia and Derby team . more

Alex Michel, of Seymour, practices vintage baseball using 19th century rules and equipment Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Shortell Field in Ansonia, Conn. A vintage baseball game between an Ansonia and Derby team will take place in July as part of a daylong festival celebrating Ansonia’s 125th anniversary. less

Alex Michel, of Seymour, practices vintage baseball using 19th century rules and equipment Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Shortell Field in Ansonia, Conn. A vintage baseball game between an Ansonia and Derby team . more

Greg Martin, of Ansonia, leads vintage baseball practice using 19th century rules and equipment Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Shortell Field in Ansonia, Conn. A vintage baseball game between an Ansonia and Derby team will take place in July as part of a daylong festival celebrating Ansonia’s 125th anniversary. less

Greg Martin, of Ansonia, leads vintage baseball practice using 19th century rules and equipment Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Shortell Field in Ansonia, Conn. A vintage baseball game between an Ansonia and Derby . more

Or try hitting an oversized, multi stitched spinning hardball with a top heavy, double knobbed bat.

“Most of us are used to playing softball, so you’ve got to get your timing down,” said , who coaches ‘s baseball and guided it to a 2012 state championship. “The extra stitching adds a little curve to the ball .http://www.cheapnfljerseysonlinew.top it almost moves like a Wiffle ball.

Still, George French, Derby’s High School’s football coach, had no problem spraying screaming liners all over Nolan Field on Saturday.

“The ball moves a little more than the ones today,” French said. “But once we get a couple of practices in, everyone should be fine.”

Michel, Buono, Gura and French were among the first Saturday to get a feeling of what’s expected of their play July 19 in a baseball game using 1890 rules and equipment at Nolan Field.

The game will pit the Ansonia Coppermen, in honor of its historic factories, against the rival Derby Osborndales, named for that city’s philanthropic family.

The rules include seven balls required for a walk, but three strikes still make an out. Foul balls count as nothing except an out when caught. Each batter selects his strike zone. Getting hit by a pitch only gives you a bruise, not first base.

Examples Of Awful Sponsorships In Sports CBS Pittsburgh

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I can recall the exact moment that I realized that absolutely everything in sports is for sale. I was at a Jets game with my dad and shockingly, the Jets were actually driving towards the end zone. This didn happen very often in my youth, which might explain why the memory is so vivid. I digress.

The Jets completed a big play and were down at the other teams 15 or so yard line. That when the public address announcer interjected.cheapnfljerseysonlined He said the Jets have just entered into the Heinz Ketchup Red Zone! That right, Heinz had bought the naming rights to a football term that has no official meaning. They bought a phrase that has no tangible qualities and isn even demarcated on the actual field of play. Simply stunning. But while Heinz might have been one of the first to do such a thing, they certainly weren the last.

Stadium names, bowl games and NASCAR races sponsors will buy it all just to get your attention. Here are some of the most head scratching, amusing and just awful examples in the world of sports today.

Today the NCAA announced that they are expanding the number of bowl games this year from 39 to 42, which of course means MORE SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES! And of course, a better chance that your sub mediocre team gets selected to play in the inaugural Actin Tinactin Foot Fungus Bowl, Presented by Reebok, Foot Locker and Under Armour. (Note: That is not a real bowl Yet).

Here were some of the most interesting bowl names from the last few years.

TaxSlayer Bowl Quite possibly the bowl name that does the least to inspire either team to win.

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsetta Bowl By the time you finish saying the name of the bowl the entire game is over.

Duck Commander Independence Bowl The most American bowl name of them all. You literally putting a huge sign up on the side of your building the place you call home for years to come. Choose your sponsor poorly and this is the result.

The KFC Yum! Center Yum! Brands owns KFC, a potentially little known fact that makes this slightly more tolerable. But why put the Yum!http://www.cheapnfljerseysonlined.top part in there? KFC is just fine as a standalone brand, we don need the Yum! part in there so layman like myself can take it to mean that they have to tell me that KFC is yummy. I know it yummy. I been there. Their biscuits are life changing. Cut the Yum! End of rant. It just doesn flow.

Bob, want to come see Springsteen this weekend?

Train Arena. sounds boring. I pass. Group Stadium The name itself might not seem too bad on the surface, but GEO Group the world leading provider of correctional, detention, and community reentry services. Who exactly are they advertising to at these games anyway?Personal opinion: This is the future of all professional sports. There too much money left on the table by almost all professional sports leagues not to take on advertisers for the fronts of team jerseys. Still, I hope they are a little bit more selective than some of the European clubs have been in the past.

Atletico Madrid And Columbia Pictures Just look at what the players were forced to wear below. They had to advertise the awful Halle Berry Gothika movie on their uniforms. And there way more. There were Hellboy jerseys (a better film at least), Spiderman jerseys and Peter Pan ones too. This is NOT a world I want to live in.

Scarborough And Black Death Vodka Nothing says play a fun game of soccer (football, relax) like Black Death Vodka a product that at best makes you think of drunken idiots and at worst reminds you that half the world died in the 13th Century from a disease of the same name. Fun stuff.