North Carolina man, 103, has been an Eagle Scout for nearly 90 years
Blog 2 Oct 2015 | 10:00 am
Among the most memorable of the many indelible Scouting moments in Dick Douglas’ life is the time he walked down Elm Street in Greensboro, N.C., carrying an armload of women’s underwear.
It was the summer of 1925, and Douglas, 13, was participating in a Boy Scout service project at the time.
A store in downtown Greensboro, Meyer’s Department Store, was moving to a new building down the street. The proprietor, W.D. Meyer, had complained to Douglas’ father about the extreme cost of moving everything to a building a mere half-block away.
Douglas’ father had a proposal.
“Bill, let the Boy Scouts move your store,” he said. “We need...
Scoutmaster wants to remove a certain four-letter word from Scouting
Blog 2 Oct 2015 | 6:00 am
Michael Montemarano is on a mission. His goal: eliminate a particularly irksome word from the Scouting vernacular.
The Scoutmaster of Staten Island, N.Y., Troop 8 has heard this four-letter word used quite a bit in his time as a volunteer.
I must admit that I’ve been guilty of using it a few times myself on this very blog.
What’s the word?
Montemarano was struck by how often adult leaders use that word to refer to Scouts — even older Scouts. Some of these young men are nearing their 18th birthdays and will soon enter college or the workforce or the military. And yet many of us still call them kids.
That’s why Montemarano put his foot down. Out of...
How an updated uniform helps with recruiting, retention
Blog 1 Oct 2015 | 10:00 am
For as long as I can remember, my dad and I have kept my mom pretty busy at the sewing machine.
Growing up, I’d return from a court of honor and overturn an envelope full of merit badge emblems, a rank patch and maybe even a new position patch. My dad would often add a square knot to the queue. At national jamboree time, we each wanted three complete uniforms — tripling the sewing workload. (Thanks, Mom!)
One of my mom’s favorite patches to sew on, she once told me with a hint of sarcasm, is the unusually shaped Messengers of Peace ring.
She never complained, and I think she was proud to see my dad...
2015 Jamboree-on-the-Air, Jamboree-on-the-Internet dates set
Blog 1 Oct 2015 | 6:00 am
Each October, there’s something special in the air.
Scouts from down the street, across the country and around the world gather for the annual Jamboree-on-the-Air and Jamboree-on-the-Internet.
The two events, held concurrently the weekend of Oct. 16 to 18, 2015, use amateur radio and Internet-connected devices to link Scouts from all over the Earth.
Will your Scouts be a part of the fun — and earn the patch to prove it? Here’s what you need to know.
2015 Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA)
What: Annual Scouting event that uses amateur radio to link Scouts around the world, across the country and in your own community.
When: Third full weekend of October (this year it’s Oct. 16-18, 2015)
Ken Whisenhunt, Tennessee Titans head coach, is an Eagle Scout
Blog 30 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
Ken Whisenhunt thinks pretty highly of Eagle Scouts, and not just because he is one.
Let’s say the Tennessee Titans head coach has to pick between two players in the draft or free agency. The prospects have similar speed, similar leaping ability, similar football smarts. But one is an Eagle Scout and one is not.
Whisenhunt wouldn’t hesitate. He’d want the Eagle Scout.
“It’s commitment. Discipline,” he says. “You learn that in order to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, you have to have those. And that’s an important part of this game.”
Whisenhunt’s Scouting days took place in Augusta, Ga. He attended a national Scout jamboree. He...
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