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Wood Badge Registration Now Open

posted May 16, 2019, 9:18 PM by Council Web Team

When:  1-6 November 2019
Where:  Tama Hills, Inagi Japan (near Tokyo)
Cost:  $350 in Council, $400 Out of Council
Wood Badge is an advanced leadership course designed for all adult Scouters.  Ideally, every Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing adult leader, as well as council, district, and church youth leaders will take a Wood Badge course within two years of becoming a Scouter. Get all the details by visiting Wood Badge 2019 under the Training Tab or by clicking HERE.

2019 Silver Beaver Winners Announced

posted May 16, 2019, 8:29 PM by Council Web Team

The Silver Beaver Award is the council level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Upon nomination by their local Scout council and with the approval of the National Court of Honor, recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council by implementing the Scouting program and performing community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service .   Congratulations to the below individuals who picked by the selection committee. 

-                    John Harris, Sr.

            Edgar John LaBenne

            Daniel J. O’Neill

            Mallory H. Riegger

Far East Council 2019 Annual Awards (for 2018)

posted Feb 26, 2019, 5:52 PM by Council Web Team

Far East Council 2019 Annual Awards (for 2018)
These council level awards recognize those volunteers who have made significant impact at the council level or specific areas outlined by the award.  All award submission are due by 15 February 2019.   The Awards Packet can be found at THIS LINK.

2018-2019 Far East Council Alumni Awards

posted Feb 26, 2019, 5:50 PM by Council Web Team

2018-2019 Far East Council Alumni Awards

The National Eagle Scout Association established the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award (ESSPY) to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by an Eagle Scout candidate to a religious institution, a school, community or other entity through completion of an Eagle Scout project.  Submissions for this award are due by 8 February 2019.


The NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA) was established during the BSA's 100th Anniversary in 2010 with the first recipient to receive the award a year later. The award was created to recognize notable Eagle Scouts who had either performed distinguished service at the local, state, or regional level or who were known nationally, but had not yet met the 25-year tenure as an Eagle for the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Often, worthy candidates for the NOESA have inspired others through their actions and have devoted a lifetime to their profession, avocation, community, and beliefs, at great sacrifice to themselves and their families. Submissions for this award are due by 30 March 2019

The awards package and details on how to submit the award are available at THIS LINK. 

Council Statement to BSA Financial Future (Originally Posted December 2018)

posted Jan 19, 2019, 11:23 PM by Council Web Team   [ updated Jan 20, 2019, 12:23 AM ]

In a communication released today, the National BSA office reaffirmed its focus on keeping children safe and delivering our nation’s foremost program of character development and values-based leadership training.  The BSA reiterated its commitment to the social and moral responsibility to fairly compensate victims who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting, and the deep care and concern for all victims of child sexual abuse and the proactive steps to help victims heal and prevent future abuse.  We at the BSA stress that at no time in BSA history has the organization knowingly allowed a sexual predator to work with youth and will always seek to act swiftly when alerted to abuse allegations. We are committed to communicating transparently and there are no imminent actions or immediate decisions expected by BSA in light of the WSJ news story.  Assembled below are a few items of information that may be helpful considering the news story.   

The strength of Scouting for over 100 years has been its local domain.  Each troop is owned by its charter partner which is typically a place of worship, service club or educational institution.  Each Council is locally incorporated in the specific area where it operates. The Far East Council is a 501(c)(3) entity with our Certificated of Incorporation in Delaware.  Our Volunteer Service Center, our bank funds and investments are owned and controlled by the Far East Council.  The nature of the relationship for a council with the National BSA organization is that our council is the holder of a charter to conduct the Boy Scouts of America programs in our defined territory.
    Council’s receive no funding from the national organization; in fact, we pay fees to National BSA as a part of our charter agreement and for specific services. We receive value back from the national organization, but we operate as a significantly financially independent not-for-profit organization. Areas where we partner with National BSA, for business purposes, include several insurance programs, services for IT and expertise related to camping, Youth Protection and so on.  Also, important to note is employee benefits such as healthcare and retirement are funded by each council but through programs controlled and operated by National BSA. The Far East Council’s finances, including our endowment, are segregated from BSA National finances and will not be part of any restructuring or settlements at the National level. We hope the National Organization can navigate the difficult waters that many others have faced. With over a century of existence, the BSA is ready and able rise to this challenge.  In the Far East Council, we stand ready to help and will continue our primary focus on bringing high-quality Boy Scouts of America programs to the over 7,000 Scouts and Volunteers in the many countries we serve.  

     Yours in Scouting,

    Don A. Olsen                                                                                           David Nichols
    Scout Executive/ CEO                                                                          Council President
    Far East Council                                                                           

    Sync Your Calendar

    posted Mar 6, 2013, 5:15 PM by Council Web Team   [ updated Mar 7, 2013, 2:54 PM ]

    Would you like to be able to see the latest local scouting calendar on your computer, iphone, android phone, or other mobile device?  Now you can.  Check out the Sync Calendar page of the Far East Council website to learn how to be able to view the Council, your district and other scouting calendars on all your devices.

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