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BSA alternative requirements ensure youth with disabilities get the most out of Scouting
Blog     29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
Special needs or disabilities shouldn’t stop a young person from joining Scouting and thriving in our life-changing program. Fortunately, they don’t. BSA alternative requirements benefit Scouts or Venturers with a wide range of documented disabilities, including those that are physical and/or cognitive. These modified requirements allow a registered member to remain in Cub Scouts beyond age 11, in Boy Scouts beyond age 17 and in Venturing or Sea Scouts beyond age 20. Young men with certain documented disabilities may earn Boy Scout ranks, including Eagle Scout, even after they turn 18. They use requirements that challenge them in a specially tailored way. The requirements must be approved by the council advancement committee...


12 Eagle Scouts with Super Bowl ties
Blog     28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
Scouting’s highest honor, meet pro football’s highest honor. With the Super Bowl approaching fast, I thought I’d share this list of 12 Eagle Scouts with Super Bowl ties. New England Patriots proponent? There’s an Eagle Scout offensive lineman on your team’s roster. Seattle Seahawks supporter? Your team’s president is an Eagle Scout. In other words, however Sunday’s game turns out, an Eagle Scout wins. Here’s the list, including the year they earned Scouting’s highest honor. (A “DESA” by their name indicates they received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.) Jordan Devey, 2006 Super Bowl appearances: 1 XLIX (2014 season) as an offensive lineman for the Patriots Team: New England Patriots More: Devey, a rookie offensive lineman for the Patriots, is off...


Scouts, Venturers give a 3-D-printed hand to kids in need
Blog     28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
This could be the coolest STEM-related Scout service project I’ve ever seen. Scouts and Venturers in Baltimore are creating 3-D-printed hands to distribute to kids in need around the world. Increasingly affordable and simple to use, 3-D printers do exactly as their name implies: they create, seemingly out of thin air, a three-dimensional model of pretty much anything you can think of. Prosthetic hands are among the more altruistic 3-D-printed items around. Among the beneficiaries of these 3-D-printed hands: Children born with partially formed arms, a category that accounts for one in every 1,500 children worldwide. Standard prosthetic arms and hands cost thousands of dollars. Assuming you already have access to a 3-D printer,...


Matt Moniz: Eagle Scout, superstar climber, Outdoor Inspiration Award winner (and he’s just 16)
Blog     27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
An incomplete list of the accomplishments of Matt Moniz: Eagle Scout 2010 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year At 12, the youngest and fastest climber to summit all 50 U.S. state high points — he did it in 43 days, three hours and 51 minutes At 16, the youngest person to summit the 27,766-foot Makalu, the world’s fifth-tallest mountain Youngest male climber to summit Mount Elbrus in Russia and Mount Aconcagua in Argentina Sponsored by gear companies Mountain Hardwear, Zamberlan, Q-Force and Leki Advocate for pulmonary hypertension awareness Honored as one of Men’s Journal‘s “22 Greatest Record-Breaking Feats of 2014“ At last week’s Outdoor Retailer winter show in Salt Lake City,...


Honor Guard patch now available for Boy Scouts
Blog     27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
If you want a ceremony done right, call the Boy Scouts. For more than a century, Boy Scout Honor Guards have added reverence, dignity and patriotism to events like baseball games, camporees, parades, inaugurations, funerals and more. And now, for the first time, there’s an official Honor Guard patch to recognize Scouts who take on this important role. The patch, which goes on the right sleeve, is being shipped out to Scout shops (Supply No. 621029) now. It’s also available for shipment from ScoutStuff.org. Before driving to your Scout shop, be sure to call to make sure it has the patch in stock. Here’s what else you need to know about this...



   
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