Facebook169Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Boy Scouts of America Pacific Harbor CouncilThe Pacific Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts of America is preparing to welcome girls into the Boy Scout program beginning on February 1, 2019. Applications and meetings are underway to ease the transition into All-Girl Troops in the new program known as Scouts BSA.Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will rebrand itself for the first time in more than 100 years as Scouts BSA. Girls in fifth grade through high school (ages 11-to-17) will be allowed to join and work to become Eagle Scouts.There is high interest in girls joining Scouts BSA with a number of all-female units forming from Tacoma, south to Olympia. Training for new female Scoutmasters is already underway. During 2018, more than 150 girls joined coed Cub Scout units in the South Sound region.A membership launch party will be held on February 1-2, 2019 at Camp Thunderbird (located at Summit Lake, west of Olympia). An introduction to Scouts BSA activities will be held Friday night and Saturday for new female members.There will also be an Adventure Campout during the weekend of March 8-10, 2019 at Camp Thunderbird. Female troops will compete with one another in outdoor activities such as axe-throwing and bow and arrow target contests. More information to come.BackgroundThe admission of girls into Boy Scouts was announced on October 11, 2017 by the national Boy Scouts of America (BSA) organization. Boy Scouts will remain the corporate name of BSA while local units will be rebranded as Scouts BSA troops.Since the initial announcement, more than 60,000 girls have joined Cub Scout packs across the United States. Locally, Scouting has contributed nearly 22,000 hours of community service by 2,100 Scouts and adult volunteers. Projects include helping with food banks, environmental clean-ups, working with seniors, and providing shelter projects that enhance the quality of living in South Sound neighborhoods. During the holidays, Scouts planted flags and wreaths on veteran gravesites and helped recycle Christmas trees.What’s New – All Girl TroopsWhat’s new is that older girls (ages 11 to 17) can now join all-girl troops and work toward the Eagle rank. Only four percent of Scouts advance to Eagle Scouts, which brings benefits such as college admissions credits and scholarships among other things. To earn an Eagle rank, Scouts must spend several years in a troop advancing from the Tenderfoot level on up and earn a minimum of 21 merit badges. Scouts must attain an Eagle ranking by their 18th birthday. Older Scouts joining can petition for extensions based on their circumstances.Youth Protection RequirementsAll Scouting activities will require two-deep leadership (by trained and certified adult leaders). A Scoutmaster can be male or female. Whenever female Scouts are present, a trained and certified female adult leader must be present.Where can girls join?Online registrationFind a unit near youContact the Pacific Harbors Council officeAbout the Pacific Harbors Council – Boy Scouts of AmericaThe Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910 and the Pacific Harbors Council was established shortly thereafter as one of the first Councils in the United States. In more of a century of service, the Pacific Harbors Council has organized Scouting units from Chehalis north to Federal Way and from the Washington coast to the Cascade foothillsOver the years, local Scouts have helped sell War Bonds, organized Block Watch crime prevention programs, collected for recycling projects and conducted search and rescues in local mountains and along Puget Sound. Today, Scouts are involved in environmental clean-up projects, building playgrounds and parklands, collecting food to stock local food banks and serving all of our communities through active outreach through our Venturing, Sea Scouts and Explorer programs. There are more than 9,000 Scouts registered in the Pacific Harbors Council.All of this is partially funded by the Friends of Scouting (FOS). The Council’s Annual FOS fundraising Breakfast will be held March 7, 2019 at the Murano Hotel’s Centennial Pavilion in Tacoma. This year’s keynote speaker will be NFL Hall of Famer Joe Theismann who will talk about the need, more than ever, of the virtues and civility of Scouting Leadership in our country.
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By John BurtonHomes are literally rising along the Jersey Shore as owners work to restore their houses after the pummeling from Super Storm Sandy.House lifter Pete Sommer (center) with his crew, Pete Sommer Jr. (l) and Dennis Grasso (r) in front of a Monmouth Beach house.It’s been a busy six months for contractors who specialize in elevating structures or moving homes as part of their construction business. Owners have been scurrying to find qualified companies that can address their needs and adhere to new regulations for flood level standards that are expected to be issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).“It’s been crazy busy. I can’t even answer the phone right now. I have 150 calls to return,” said Pete Sommer, who lives in the Leonardo section of Middletown and has been lifting houses for 36 years.James Sullivan, who owns and operates Eco-Coastal Building, LLC in Monmouth Beach, was busy a year ago at this time, still working with Hurricane Irene-related locations. Now, “it’s been insane,” he said.His company does house lifting, construction and is an insurance due diligence firm, working with the insured in negotiations with the insurance company. His firm has 67 residences currently under contract to be raised, said Sullivan, who has 25 years experience doing this.During the past six months, Sommer, whose operation is fairly small, has elevated about 12 homes, one structure at a time. He was working this week on a Mann Court, Monmouth Beach, home when he stopped to talk about the work.The project, he said, entailed lifting the two-story home an additional 8 feet to a total of 14 feet above flood plain level. That would make it slightly higher than the current Monmouth Beach standard for the specific area in immediate proximity to the Shrewsbury River. The home was flooded with about 3 feet of water during Super Storm Sandy last October.The work, being done by Sommer, his son, Peter Jr., and another worker, will take the crew about three weeks to complete, Sommer said. “We do everything by hand. We like to do everything slow,” paying painstaking attention to details.The details begin with gutting the home and removing the drywall, then screwing 2-by-12-foot wooden boards to the structure’s walls, and installing 8-inch-by-8-foot steel beams – using 17-inch hydraulic jacks – to slowly raise the building. He then places 6-inch-by-6-foot wooden blocks in place as the building goes higher, usually at 6 to 17 inches at a time.“It’s like putting together a puzzle,” Sommer said.The crisscrossed, stacked wooden blocks look a bit like Jenga, the children’s wooden block stacking game.As the structure is raised, workers place and seal cinderblocks into place where the house will eventually sit. The structure might have some minor cracking, which is normal for the type of job, he said.The cost of the work is about $15 per square foot, according to Sommer.That’s only the beginning. After the home is elevated, additional work is needed, including masonry work for the foundation, which is completed by others, Sommer said.Sullivan said his work costs on average about $50 per square foot, with a 1,200- to 1,400-square-foot first floor footprint, costing, roughly, a little bit under $50,000.The work is more complex than it might initially appear. “A lot of people think they can do this themselves. They can’t,” Sommer warned.Sullivan and the state’s Division of Consumer Protection, advised homeowners to research and check the licensing of contractors they are considering hiring. Neal Buccino, a division spokesman, also recommended not paying more than one-third of the project upfront and consider paying by credit card, which would offer a recourse if there is an issue with the work.The house on Benton Avenue in Leonardo is in the process of being lifted by Pete Sommer and crew.The division has not received any complaints about home improvement contractors raising homes. However, last year the division got more than 1,500 complaints about home improvement contractors, the largest category of complaints, Buccino said.Sullivan also advised checking to see if the contractor has specific house lifting insurance, which usually requires them to have at least two- to four-years experience before it can be issued.Eventually, it’ll be around 100,000 structures that will have to be elevated throughout the state, in response to damage or FEMA and local standards, Sullivan estimated.Sullivan offered a pretty strong warning for area residents: Given what he’s heard from scientists and experts in the field, another severe storm “is going to happen again, not in 100 years, not in 500 years, but it’s going to happen relatively soon.”The work is still coming and things are expected to continue to be hectic for Sommer.“Before, you were looking at people who wanted to do it. Now it’s people who have to do it and they can be a little crazy,” he said.Looking back, it seems a long way from last year for Sommer when he “could ride my motorcycle and have a little fun.”