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The tallest Boy Scout ever was 7-foot-4 at age 13
Blog     30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
As the tallest Boy Scout who ever lived, Robert Pershing Wadlow was the kind of kid you’d want in your Scout patrol. At age 13, he was 7 feet 4 inches tall — head and shoulders (and most of his torso) above anyone else in his troop. One imagines him scoping out the trail ahead with ease, hanging bear bags by hand and being picked first for pretty much any team sport. There were surely drawbacks to his dimensions, though. At 7-foot-4 and 270 pounds, a normal Scout uniform wasn’t going to do. Apparently it took 14 yards of 36-inch-wide material to make his Boy Scout uniform. His sleeping bag and tent would’ve needed...

The 14 things every Boy Scout troop library needs
Blog     29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
Show me a well-read troop leader, and I’ll show you a well-run troop. No, I’m not talking about a Senior Patrol Leader or Scoutmaster versed in Tolstoy or Twain. I mean a leader who has read up on all things Scouting. So today, let’s do an inventory of your troop library. Is it fully stocked with the 14 Scouting essentials I list below? Your library could be physical, or it could be virtual. Either way, a well-stocked one helps make your troop the best it can be. 1. Boy Scout Handbook The primary resource for Boy Scouts (and for Scout leaders who need to learn basic Scouting skills). $12 (perfect-bound) or $17 (coil-bound)...

Pledge to pool safely with your Scouts and family in 2015
Blog     28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
If your summer plans involve a trip to the pool — whether with your family, friends or Scout unit — there’s something you need to take a minute to do. This week (July 27 to Aug. 2, 2015) is Pool Safely Pledge Week, presented by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The pledges, including one for kids and one for adults, keep pool safety at the top of everyone’s mind this summer. Read the pledges below; just a minute could save a life. Want to take this commitment to safety to the next level? The Pool Safely site has downloadable resources to help. Kid pledge I, ________________, pledge to Pool Safely in 2015....

BSA amends adult leadership standards; here’s what the change means for your Scout unit
Blog     27 Jul 2015 | 4:15 pm
Today, the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board ratified a resolution that removes the national restriction on openly gay adult leaders and employees. The change is effective immediately. Of those present and voting, 79 percent voted in favor of the resolution. Today’s decision allows openly gay adult leaders to serve in Scouting while preserving the right of religious chartered organizations to continue to select adult leaders in line with their religion’s beliefs on sexual orientation. In other words, the longstanding ability of chartered organizations to select their adult leaders remains in place. Scouting families — both current and future — can select units chartered...

Extreme Makeovers, Round 5: Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos
Blog     27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
Note: This is the fifth in a series where I share Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos. See the complete collection here. To fully understand the impact Eagle Scout projects have on communities, you need to see to believe. That’s why I asked to see Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos — the same photos prospective Eagles are asked to include with their post-project report. This week’s 12-project collection includes a restored historic caboose, a stunning commemorative archway, a useful physical therapy walking course and more great projects. What’s great is that you can multiply each individual act of stupendous service by 50,000. That’s how many Eagle Scout projects get completed every single year. TIP: Click or tap and drag the slider...








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