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The only thing cooler than this Scout trailer is the story behind it
Blog     18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
That rolling billboard for Troop 346 of Minnetonka, Minn., offers more than meets the eye. Yes, the troop trailer design cleverly integrates different activities the Scouts of Troop 346 enjoy: paddling, fishing, eating s’mores. But it’s the story behind the design that really impresses. The Scouts designed the trailer as part of their Graphic Arts merit badge class. Scoutmaster Greg Sanderson, understandably proud of the Scouts’ work, sent me some photos. “I know that you dig Scout trailers,” he writes. “Well, we just did a really cool facelift.” He’s right; I’ve blogged about cool Scout trailers before. But this trailer is one of the best yet. A mom in Troop 346 is a graphic designer, and...

Eagle Scout journalist has been missing in Syria for two years
Blog     17 Aug 2014 | 6:36 pm
It’s with a heavy but hopeful heart that I share the news of one of our own missing in Syria. Austin Tice, an Eagle Scout, former U.S. Marine and freelance journalist, has been missing in the war-torn country in western Asia since Aug. 14, 2012. Austin, now 33, was one of the few journalists working in this highly dangerous region. He was contributing to The Washington Post, McClatchy, CBS and other news outlets when he was kidnapped. News about his location or condition has been basically nonexistent. But his parents, Debra and Marc, haven’t given up hope. And we shouldn’t either. Please join me in keeping this Eagle Scout in your thoughts and praying for...

New York Scouts take the Ice Bucket Challenge — is your unit next?
Blog     15 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
They filled a bucket with ice water, dumped the bucket over their heads and challenged someone else to do the same. Yes, the Boy Scouts have officially joined the Ice Bucket Challenge craze. Unlike the Harlem Shake, planking, Gangnam Style or other flash-in-the-pan memes, the Ice Bucket Challenge actually serves a larger purpose. By dumping ice water over themselves, people like the Scouts of Bronx, N.Y., Troop 102 are raising awareness about ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Justin Timberlake, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Ethel Kennedy are among the big names who have doused themselves with frigid water so far. It seems to be working. Between July 29 and Aug. 12, the...

Triple Crown award may soon add the Summit as fourth option (UPDATED)
Blog     15 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
Updated, 2 p.m. Aug. 15: Apparently I jumped the gun with some incorrect information.  The gist is this: The proposal to add the Summit to the Triple Crown of High Adventure hasn’t yet been approved. Here are three important clarifications that supersede what I’ve said in the original post: 1. The Sommers Alumni Association has not formally approved the extension of the Triple Crown award to the Summit. The committee will be making a proposal to do just that at its next board meeting and will take a vote. The outcome of the vote isn’t certain. 2. There are four different combinations of bases that would qualify for the Triple Crown if the proposal...

Eagle Scout invents game-changing device for Alzheimer’s patients
Blog     14 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
Eagle Scout Kenneth Shinozuka has invented a device that could revolutionize care for the more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. And did I mention he’s just 15? The New York City teen’s grandfather is living with the disease, and Kenneth noticed his grandpa would often wander out of bed at night, sometimes injuring himself. Fellow Boy Scouts who volunteered with Kenneth at nursing facilities discovered other Alzheimer’s patients wandered, too. This inspired Kenneth to invent a small sensor an Alzheimer’s patient wears on his or her foot. When the person stands up — to walk around, for example — the device instantly sends an alert to the caregiver’s phone. The invention has already won Kenneth international acclaim — and...








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