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Things Guys Should Know, Vol. 1: How to tie a necktie
Blog     27 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
Business casual, with its short-sleeve shirts and chinos, is gaining ground at offices these days. But let’s not bury the necktie just yet. Teenage guys applying for a summer job, interviewing for a college scholarship or dressing for prom need to know how to tie a necktie. It’s an essential skill of being a guy. After graduation, tons of careers — bankers, lawyers, salesman — still consider the necktie a part of their office uniform. And they might frown upon a new hire bringing his dad to work to help him tie it properly. So today, in the first of a new series, I’ll share this Thing Guys Should Know: How to tie a...


Venturer says Scouting helped prepare her for cancer fight
Blog     27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
Katie Casserly never knew how much the Scout Motto — “Be Prepared” — would apply to her life until she was diagnosed with cancer last fall. The 18-year-old Venturer from Staten Island, N.Y., wanted to be in Scouting ever since she was little, and she has enjoyed every minute. “Scouting teaches you numerous things, gives you millions of chances, makes you cross paths with many people,” she says. “I’ve done things I never would’ve imagined, met people who have become family, and I’ve learned things that have set me for life. Without Scouting, I would have nothing right now.” Katie got the word she had Hodgkin’s lymphoma,...


National Venturing VP describes meeting President Obama to deliver Report to the Nation
Blog     26 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
Jillian Infusino had been to the White House before, but this time was different. This time she was meeting the president of the United States. Jillian, who is the National Venturing Vice President, was part of a Scouting delegation that presented the 2014 Report to the Nation to President Obama on Wednesday. In spite of her monumental responsibility, Jillian said she felt pretty relaxed as the group proceeded through security, toured the East Wing and waited in the Oval Office reception room. Then an aide said it was time, and it hit her. “When we got in line and starting walking down, it was like, oh man, we’re really going to do...


More than a purple patch: On the relationship between BSA and World Scouting
Blog     26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
In physical size, that purple patch above your left pocket is one of the smallest items on your Scout uniform. But in significance, it’s one of the biggest. The purple patch — official name: World Crest — represents the Boy Scouts of America’s membership in the World Organization of the Scout Movement, or WOSM. It’s worn by registered youth and adult leaders in all of the 161 National Scout Organizations around the world. When I blogged about the World Crest last month, many commenters wanted to know more about WOSM and its relationship with the BSA. So I wrote Scott Teare, the former director of the Boy Scouts of America’s International Division who now leads...


2014 merit badge rankings: Which were the most and least popular?
Blog     25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
Step aside, First Aid. There’s a new king of merit badges. The Cooking merit badge, which joined the Eagle-required list on Jan. 1, 2014, was last year’s most-earned merit badge. First Aid came in second after being No. 1 every year since at least 2009 — the first year for which statistics are available. A whopping 99,908 Scouts earned the Cooking MB last year. That was nearly 19,000 more than First Aid. What were Nos. 3 through 136? Find the complete list and tons of analysis after the jump.  About the Cooking MB’s big leap Now that Cooking is required for Eagle, we can expect to see it near the top of the merit badge leaderboard for some...



   
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