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Denver Broncos have two Eagle Scouts on their roster
Blog     5 Feb 2016 | 6:00 am
Turns out the number of Eagle Scouts playing in Super Bowl 50 is twice the number I previously reported. Earlier this week I told you that Denver Broncos center Matt Paradis is an Eagle Scout. I’m delighted to report there’s another Eagle Scout in the Broncos starting lineup: long snapper Aaron Brewer. Brewer, who earned Scouting’s highest honor as a member of Troop 1201 of Fullerton, Calif., is in his fourth season with the team. Like Paradis, Brewer is a center. But instead of playing during offensive possessions, Brewer is on special teams. It’s his job to snap the football a long distance — between 7 and 15 yards — for...

Venturer learns to appreciate Scouting’s global reach
Blog     4 Feb 2016 | 10:00 am
Sometimes it’s easy to think of Scouting as an American thing. After all, the Boy Scouts have been part of the fabric of the United States for longer than almost all of us have been alive — a 106-year-old tradition of service, character and leadership. But Scouting didn’t start here. The BSA boasts an impressive 3.5 million youth and adult members, but that’s just one-eighth of the 28 million registered Scouts and adults worldwide. Many American Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers know little about Scouting in other countries. Pratik Vaidya, Western Region Venturing president, was counted among that group. That is, until last month when he was invited to attend Interamerican Leadership Training, a...

Read Stephen Colbert’s hilariously awesome letter to a new Eagle Scout
Blog     4 Feb 2016 | 5:30 am
Earning the Eagle Scout award is “quite an achievement,” says Stephen Colbert. But more than that, writes The Late Show host, earning Eagle is “the first steppingstone toward having your own TV show.” That’s how “Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, D.F.A.” begins a hilariously awesome congratulatory letter to a newly minted Eagle Scout. The letter provides plenty of laughs — plus a glimpse at Colbert’s feelings about Scouting. Read it below. At the bottom you’ll find the mailing address for the show — a place to send your own fan mail to this famous fan of Scouting.   ...

Scouts, Explorers ring Opening Bell on New York Stock Exchange
Blog     3 Feb 2016 | 10:59 am
Ten New York Scouts and Explorers have joined a prestigious list that includes Nelson Mandela, Bradley Cooper, Phil Mickelson, Miss Piggy and Darth Vader. All have rung the Opening Bell on the New York Stock Exchange. On Wednesday, the Scouts and Explorers from the BSA’s Greater New York Councils joined the fun. Watch video of the bell-ringing here and see photos below. Meanwhile, there’s no word yet on whether these Scouts were able to fulfill any requirements for the American Business merit badge. Who’s who Here’s who is in the photo above. Front row, left to right: Tyler P. (Pack 422, Manhattan), Tayden P. (Pack 422, Manhattan), David P. (Pack 349, Queens), John Tuthill (NYSE employee), Marco S. (Troop 422 Manhattan) Middle...

Get to the Summit Bechtel Reserve this summer for VenturingFest 2016
Blog     3 Feb 2016 | 10:00 am
Been looking for an excuse to check out the Summit Bechtel Reserve, the BSA’s newest national base? Here it is: VenturingFest 2016, a national gathering of Venturers held at one of the coolest spots in Scouting. Billed as a “Scouting experience unlike any other before,” VenturingFest 2016 lets Venturers or older Scouts climb, skateboard, bike, shoot, zip-line, kayak, paddleboard and rappel. At night they’ll enjoy concerts, meet new friends and try new food. As first reported on Scouting Wire last month, VenturingFest will be July 31 to August 5, 2016, at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. Though VenturingFest will surely feature a sea of Venturers clad in green, they...








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