following article appeared May 10, 2002 in the
Boy Scouts go
camping, hiking and fishing, but thanks to Richard Newman,
High-Tech Productions of Boca Raton, FL, now Scouts are
getting an opportunity to go online, study the stars and explore the
world of microscopic organisms.
High-Tech Productions.com in Boca Raton, a
video production and duplication company, is donating about $25,000
worth of digital and electronic equipment for each science and
technology center built at Boy Scout camps all over the country.
Each center will be
equipped with multimedia computers, digital telescopes, satellite dish systems, TVs,
VCR's, digital cameras, microscopes, weather
forecasting equipment and more.
"I call it the `wow' factor. Kids walk in and
say `wow!' That's a big part of my motivation," Newman said.
So far he has built several of these Science &
Technology Centers. One is located at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in
Narrowsburg, N.Y., where Newman attended as a Scout for eight summers
more than 30 years ago. Another is at the Quail Hill Scout Camp in New Jersey and
one is at the Forestburg Scouting Reservation operated by the Monmouth
Newman plans to create at least one center in every
state. He's contacted the Gulf Stream Council of the Boy Scouts, which
oversees camps from Palm Beach to Indian River counties, to build
centers in South Florida.
director of support service for the Gulf Stream Council in Florida,
said they are waiting for approval from Martin County to build a
facility to house one of Newman's science and technology center's at
the Tanahkeeta Scout Reservation in Tequesta, FL. "This is a very generous offer."
In March 2001, Newman received a call from a friend
saying their former Scoutmaster, Jerry Reimer, had died. Newman
contacted the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts to find out
if anything was going to be done in memory of Reimer, a Scoutmaster
for more than 40 years. He was told that nothing was planned.
So Newman suggested refurbishing an old trading
post at the Ten Mile River Camp, and dedicating it to Reimer, all at
Newman's expense. Council members welcomed his idea and work began
soon afterward. The building is now known as "Reimer's Trading
After the first center Science & Technology
Center was completed, Newman decided to build more because of the
positive affect it had on the Scouts.
"I love kids, and I love being able to give
back," Newman said. "I learned more in the Boy Scouts than I
did in high school. I can't remember the last time I was asked about
geometry, but the lessons learned in the Scouts helps me on a daily
Since the first center was completed, Newman has
been appointed as an executive member of the board of directors of the
Greater New York Council. Council spokesperson Don York said it was an
appointment to show their appreciation and keep Newman involved in
York said that the Scouts at Ten Mile River have put the new center to
good use. Last year alone, several thousand scouts visited the new
at the camp.
"Boys have become excited about science and
technology, because now they have state-of-the-art equipment to
use," York said. "Because of Mr. Newman's center's, we've
even modernized an old idea. Instead of the boys sending postcards to
their parents, they now send e-mails and digital pictures."
Newman said he felt gratified when he heard the
Scout's interests were changing. "I was always into science when I was a Scout.
I loved it, and I want to get more Scouts interested in it,"
Newman said. "These centers also provide underprivileged kids
with computers and other resources they may not have."
Newman also owns numerous electric cars he is
rebuilding and sending to the centers. In fact, Mr. Newman owns the
worlds largest collection of Citicar Electric Vehicles which were the
first production model electric cars, and is donating
his entire collection to his scouting science centers.
For more information
on the Scouting Science & Technology Centers, or to have a center
set up at a camp near you, visit:
or call them toll free 800 662-8336.