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 2015 Boy Scouts of America Kindred Meeting (As a part of the American Camp Association Conference) Meeting Information: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 9:30 am – 11:30 am Hilton New Orleans Riverside Two Poydras Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 Hotel Telephone: 504-­‐561-­‐0500 COST: No Cost to attend BSA Kindred Meeting – Coffee, sodas, fruit and muffins will be served. What is the BSA Kindred meeting—The BSA Kindred meeting is a gathering of anyone interested in learning more about the Boy Scouts of America and our outdoor programs. Topics to discuss include, but not limited to: 1) update on what’s new in outdoor programs, 2) update on the BSA National Camp Accreditation Program, 3) newest outdoor merit badges and programs, 4) special programs related to outdoor issues, 5) youth protection training, 6) ScoutStrong initiative in the field of physical fitness and nutrition, 7) update on the new revision of Fieldbook, 8) Camp Scout App connecting to camps around the country, and 9) partnerships and memorandums of agreement formed to broaden collaboration in the outdoor industry. To register for Kindred Session Only: To register, or for more information, contact Keith Christopher, at keith.christopher@scouting.org or 972-­‐580-­‐7810 or go to www.scouting.org/outdoorprogram. If you want to register for the full conference or only for one or two days, see registration details by going to www.ACAcamps.org/conference/registration. There is a discount for registering for the full ACA conference by December 16th. If you need lodging overnight and want to stay at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, make your reservations by going to the link: www.ACAcamps.org/conference/hotel or by calling 504-­‐
561-­‐0500. What are the ground transportation options from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to Hilton New Orleans Riverside? The hotel is located thirteen miles from the airport. It can take approximately thirty minutes or longer depending on traffic and type of transportation used. For the most current info available, visit: http://www.flymsy.com/PageDisplay.asp?p1=6016 Transportation to and from the airport: • Shuttle: Shuttle service is available from the airport to the hotels in the CBD for approximately $20.00 (per person, one-­‐way) or $38.00 (per person, round-­‐trip). For more information, please visit www.airportshuttleneworleans.com. • Taxi: A cab ride costs $33.00 from the airport to the Central Business District (CBD) for one or two persons and $14.00 (per passenger) for three or more passengers. • Local Bus: Please note that travel by bus from airport could potentially require bus transfers and will substantially increase travel time. For more information on public transit in the area, visit the Jefferson Transit website, www.jeffersontransit.org. What is the hotel close to? The Hilton New Orleans Riverside is just blocks away from the following attractions: Aquarium of the Americas (3 blocks), Arts & Warehouse District (3 blocks), Canal Street shops (4 blocks), French Quarter (4 blocks), Jackson Square (6 blocks), National WWII Museum (8 blocks), and more. For more information on nearby attractions, please visit http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/louisiana/hilton-­‐new-­‐orleans-­‐riverside-­‐
MSYNHHH/attractions/index.html. If I plan to drive, what are the best driving routes? Information on the best driving routes is available at http://www.hiltonneworleansriverside.com/map-­‐and-­‐location. Hotel Address: Hilton New Orleans Riverside: Two Poydras Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130. If I plan to drive, what is the parking fee? Hilton Parking The hotel provides convenient on-­‐site self-­‐parking and valet parking for overnight guests and non-­‐guests. Fees apply and are subject to change without notice. Can verify with hotel upon arrival. • Overnight Guest — $31.25 per night for self-­‐parking, $39.29 for valet (with in/out privileges) What are the expected temperatures for New Orleans in February? The average temperatures for New Orleans in February are: High: 65°F, Low: 46°F. The following links will give you the most current weather conditions or forecast: www.neworleansonline.com/tools/weather2.html or http://www.weathercentral.com/weather/us/cities/la_new_orleans.html. What is the appropriate dress for the conference? Casual! Please come in clothes that are comfortable for moving around, enjoying sessions, and stepping outside. Bring comfortable shoes/boots for walking. Remember, session rooms can vary in temperature so you may want to wear layers or bring a light sweater. We look forward to your participation and your council being represented! Outdoor Programs/Properties, National Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving, Texas 75038 Office: 972-­‐580-­‐7810 * Cell: 214-­‐364-­‐8791 * keith.christopher@scouting.org