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Eagle Scout praised for bravery, service after London terror attack
Blog     24 Mar 2017 | 6:49 pm
Tobias Ellwood, the politician gaining praise for his heroism after a fatal stabbing outside the U.K. Parliament in London, is an Eagle Scout. Ellwood, born in New York City to British parents, was a member of the Boy Scouts of America’s Transatlantic Council, which serves American Scouts living overseas. He earned Scouting’s highest honor on May 25, 1982, as a member of Troop 427 of Vienna, Austria. On March 22, a terrorist drove a vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing three. He then fatally stabbed a police officer with a knife outside the Parliament complex. Ellwood, who served five years in the British army, was photographed...

Wisconsin police Explorer saves fellow student from choking
Blog     24 Mar 2017 | 10:50 am
Emergencies happen when and where you least expect them. Like on March 22 in the high school cafeteria of Central High School in La Crosse, Wis. Freshman Ian Brown was enjoying lunch when his classmate began to choke. Other students thought Will Olson was being funny, but Ian spotted a change in the color of Will’s neck. As a Law Enforcement Explorer with the La Crosse Police Department, Ian had been trained on what to do next. He jumped up and began to administer abdominal thrusts — upward motions meant to dislodge foreign objects stuck in the airway. Thankfully, the object was expelled, and Ian escorted Will to the nurse’s office. School...

Scouts Then and Now, Chapter 10
Blog     24 Mar 2017 | 10:05 am
Welcome to Scouts Then and Now, a Bryan on Scouting blog series. The premise is simple. I share two photos of the same Scout or Venturer: once in his or her early Scouting years (Cub Scout, younger Boy Scout, younger Venturer) and again in his or her later Scouting years (Life Scout, Eagle Scout, older Venturer). Find Chapter 10 below. And click here to learn how to submit your photos. Kasey from Louisiana Joshua from North Carolina Will from Texas Brennen, Paul and Kevin from Pennsylvania Jacob from Washington Samuel Michael from New Jersey Brian from Illinois Kevin from Illinois Aidan from Texas Jacob from Georgia Send in your photos and see more Click here to send in your photos. Click here to see more in...

Canyon Barry, Florida’s underhand free-throw shooter, is an Eagle Scout
Blog     24 Mar 2017 | 9:00 am
The description of Canyon Barry the basketball player looks exactly like the description of Canyon Barry the Eagle Scout. “He’s a quiet contributor, good teammate, happy for others’ success and he has a good heart,” said Brian Burnett, Canyon’s former Scoutmaster. Burnett has watched Canyon and the University of Florida reach the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. Canyon is the Gators’ first player off the bench and was named his conference’s Sixth Man of the Year. He’s also the son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry. And though Canyon is too humble to brag that he has a famous father, Canyon’s cover is blown the minute he steps up to the free-throw line. That’s because...

Evan Roe, who plays the son on CBS’ ‘Madam Secretary,’ is an Eagle Scout
Blog     24 Mar 2017 | 8:00 am
Evan Roe was a Life Scout when Madam Secretary tapped him to join the family. Producers of the CBS drama wanted to cast Evan as Jason McCord, son of the title character played by Téa Leoni. Slight problem, though. The show films in New York, so accepting the job would require Evan to leave San Diego and Troop 750 behind. Rather than making a choice between Scouting and stardom, Evan chose option C: all of the above. Lacking only his Eagle Scout service project, Evan planned it from afar. He identified a project site, recruited volunteers and crafted a plan — all three time zones away. When he needed materials...

2016 Merit Badge Rankings unveiled: These were the most and least popular
Blog     23 Mar 2017 | 7:00 am
Scouts and Scouters, meet your repeat champion: the First Aid merit badge. After losing its top spot to the Cooking merit badge in 2014, First Aid retook the crown in 2015 and defended its title in 2016. That means more Scouts earned the First Aid merit badge in 2016 than any other badge. It was something of a runaway victory. The badge outranked second place by nearly 8,000 merit badges earned. First Aid: 2016’s king of merit badges Exactly 1,919,912 merit badges were earned in 2016; First Aid accounted for 75,256 — nearly 4 percent. That’s a lot of young men trained to assist someone in an emergency. Swimming was second, third place...

She’s helped 1,000 young men become Eagle Scouts
Blog     22 Mar 2017 | 8:00 am
It happened a few minutes after 7 p.m. on March 14. Inside Room 126 of the Peachtree City (Ga.) United Methodist Church, Preston A. passed his board of review and became an Eagle Scout. The moment wasn’t just monumental for Preston and his family. It was also historic for Ute Whatley, the Eagle Scout Coordinator in Preston’s district (the Fayette District of the Griffin, Ga.-based Flint River Council). Preston was the 1,000th young man to become an Eagle Scout under Whatley’s mentorship. You read that right. Whatley has helped a thousand young men become Eagle Scouts. The BSA doesn’t compile data about district Eagle board coordinators, so we can’t know whether Whatley...

Sea Base crew reunites 36 years after trek to re-create photo
Blog     21 Mar 2017 | 8:00 am
The Scouts of Troop 251 — now full-grown adults with Scouts of their own — wanted to host a reunion of their 1981 Sea Base crew. They read the Bryan on Scouting post about the Philmont crew from Tennessee that re-created a photo taken 34 years earlier, and they wanted to do the same. But there was one problem. The guys from Woodward, Okla., couldn’t track down Mike Gill, the Scoutmaster from that trip. It turns out they wouldn’t need to. The Scoutmaster’s wife, who is something of a social media expert, was separately searching for members of Troop 251 online. Once they connected, the former Scouts and the Scoutmaster’s...







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