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What happens when a NASCAR driver reads an Eagle Scout’s letter about distracted driving?
Blog     3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
This is the last call William Bauman expected to get while serving on staff at Cub Scout day camp last week. It wasn’t Mom checking up on him; it was NASCAR driver Scott Lagasse Jr., calling with some unbelievable news. Lagasse is a major Scouting supporter who drives in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. One of his team sponsors is the Florida Department of Transportation’s “Alert Today Alive Tomorrow” campaign to stop distracted drivers from hitting bicyclists and pedestrians. Last month, Lagasse saw on this very blog William’s open letter to parents and Scouters about distracted driving. He was impressed with the letter and with William’s Eagle Scout project: a campaign to stop texting...

10 times in history when adults earned the Eagle Scout award
Blog     2 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
If you’re like me, you were pretty surprised to read on Scouting Wire last week that there was a time in BSA history when adults could earn the Eagle Scout award. No, I’m not talking about special allowances that allow Scouts with developmental disabilities or severe physical challenges to earn the award after their 18th birthday. Those special advancement rules still exist today. I’m referring to the time before 1965 when adults could start and finish the requirements for Eagle well past their teenage years. (In the case of Ezra Stevens of Provo, Utah, who earned Eagle in 1954 at age 73, really well past.) In a few dozen especially touching cases, an adult even received his Eagle badge at the same time...

As the latest ScoutCast explains, recruiting is a job for everyone
Blog     1 Jul 2015 | 6:10 am
You’ve got a story to tell. It’s about a group of young people who have come together as a team to go on adventures, experience new things, grow as individuals and have a ton of fun. Sounds like the plot for a best-seller, but it’s better. It’s Scouting. Now you just have to find an audience for your story. We call this process recruiting. Finding new Scouting families is vital to the growth of this movement we all love. The job belongs to everyone: volunteer and professional, Cubmaster and committee member, Tiger and Venturer. Knowing your role in recruiting and how you can share your unit’s unique story within the community...

How to keep OA elections from being a popularity contest
Blog     30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
Sometimes, when the votes are counted after an OA election, adult leaders are disappointed with the results. Perhaps they feel a deserving young man wasn’t elected because he’s not as popular as the other boys. Frustrating as it may be, Scouters aren’t permitted to adjust the results of the election. Instead, the secret to better OA election results exists in the days and months and years before election night. Follow these steps, brilliantly devised by National OA Committee Chairman Ray Capp, to keep OA elections from becoming a popularity contest. Bring in the experts In his Ask the Chairman column, on the OA website, Capp suggests bringing in the unit elections...

Extreme Makeovers, Round 1: Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos
Blog     29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
Note: This is the first in a series where I share Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos. Look for a new batch every Monday morning. 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 must include with their post-project report. In the collection below, you’ll see the same spot twice: Once before an Eagle Scout project began and once after. Consider this as you scroll through: You can multiply each individual act of stupendous service by 50,000. That’s how many Eagle Scout projects get completed every single year. Conner...








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