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Eagle Scout helps rescue fellow climbers after Everest avalanche
Blog     27 Apr 2015 | 12:49 pm
Matt Moniz started to feel the ground shake, and then he saw a wall of snow heading right for him. The 17-year-old Eagle Scout climber was at a Mount Everest base camp when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday, causing an avalanche on the world’s tallest mountain. More than 4,000 deaths have been confirmed, including at least 18 killed in the Everest avalanche. Fortunately, Matt and his dad, Mike, are safe. Mike told Scouting Newsroom that his son “was able to take shelter behind a large boulder and was shielded from the powder blast.” As one would expect with an Eagle Scout, Matt has spent the...

Chope Phillips, son of Philmont benefactor, dies at 97
Blog     27 Apr 2015 | 7:35 am
Elliott Waite “Chope” Phillips, son of Philmont donor Waite Phillips and a generous philanthropist and friend of Scouting in his own right, died April 26 at his home in Amarillo, Texas. He was 97. Chope, as he preferred to be called, was an active supporter of Philmont and even served on the Philmont Scout Ranch Committee. He received the Silver Buffalo Award, Scouting’s highest honor for adults. He donated money to Philmont in times of need and gave away some of his family’s personal effects, photos and literature to put on display at the stunning Villa Philmonte on the ranch grounds. He and his wife, Virginia Lee...

‘Lizard Bites,’ new travel book written by a Distinguished Eagle Scout, might save your life
Blog     27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
As a Distinguished Eagle Scout, Michael J. Manyak knows a thing or two about being prepared. He’s turned those skills into a career in medicine, specifically expedition medicine. He’s such an authority on preventing and treating travel emergencies, in fact, that he has consulted the National Geographic Society, USA Today, the Peace Corps and NASA on the very subject. Now, with his new book Lizard Bites & Street Riots — Travel Emergencies and Your Health, Safety, and Security, Manyak shares those lifesaving lessons with the public. Think of it as a reference book for the worst that life can throw at you while you’re away from home. I’m talking abdominal pain, bedbugs, civil unrest,...

Top 5 merit badges for Scouts getting the Apple Watch
Blog     24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
The Apple Watch comes out today, and at $349 and up, it ain’t cheap. But a Scout who plans to save up — perhaps by mowing lawns or working at Philmont this summer — can use his new gadget to earn these Top 5 merit badges for Scouts getting the Apple Watch. Know some I should’ve included on my list? Sound off in the comments. American Business Feeling bullish? Now a person can keep track of Apple stock (AAPL) using the Apple product on his wrist. For requirement 3 of the American Business merit badge, Scouts must pretend they have bought $1,000 worth of the stock of their choice and keep a record for three months of...

2015 Guide to Advancement out now; here are 13 of the biggest changes
Blog     23 Apr 2015 | 12:15 pm
The 2015 Guide to Advancement, your official source for administering advancement in all Boy Scouts of America programs, is now available. View or download it by clicking here (PDF). The Guide to Advancement is a critical reference tool for anyone involved in advancement in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing and Sea Scouts. It’s not meant to be read cover to cover. Instead, it’s organized and indexed so you can find answers to your advancement questions quickly. I appreciate that the sometimes-complicated topics covered in the Guide are conveyed in plain English. The Guide to Advancement is updated every two years to reflect changes to programs, requirements and policies. Changes come from a team of national-level professionals and volunteers....








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