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What do the different colors of Scouting shoulder loops mean?
Blog     30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
Blue, orange, silver, gold and two shades of green. Scouting shoulder loops come in multiple colors to help you identify a fellow Scout or Scouter. But what do all the different colors mean? And which do you wear if you’re involved in multiple programs? Here’s a quick guide: What do the loop colors mean? The colored Scouting shoulder loops worn on the shoulder epaulets identify the wearer’s primary registered position in Scouting. Cub Scouting Blue loops, Supply No. 677 Blue uniform shirts for Tigers, Wolves and Bears don’t have epaulets, so boys in those programs don’t wear loops. But Webelos Scouts and all Cub Scout leaders wear blue loops. Boy...

What’s the most interesting or novel Eagle project idea you’ve seen?
Blog     29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
Perhaps it forced you to smile with curiosity while sitting on an Eagle Scout board of review. Maybe it inspired you to clip the story out of your local newspaper. Or, most likely, the Eagle project in question was completed by you, your son or a Scout in your troop. Wherever you first learned of the interesting, novel or unusual Eagle Scout project idea, we want to hear it. Today’s Tuesday Talkback is pretty simple: Share some unique Eagle Scout project ideas in the comments section below. I’ll start: Jacob Martin of Ocean View, Del., installed six life rings at the Indian River Inlet Bridge. As the Summer 2014 edition of Eagles’ Call magazine explains,...

California continues dominance of Koch International Sea Scout Cup
Blog     28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
The team of Laura Roudebush and Ben Brough of Ship 90 from Newport Beach, Calif., won the 2014 William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup late last month. The win means a team from California has won five of the past seven regattas, but this year’s result was in doubt until the very end. Laura and Ben beat Alex Schwinn and William Cassara of Ship 809 from Keller, Texas, by a single point. The Koch International Sea Scout Cup is a weeklong sailing regatta held this year from June 21 to 28 at the Long Beach Sea Scout Base and Long Beach Yacht Club. Including the word “international” in the title of the event is no misnomer. Though...

Scouts gather in Curaçao for the 15th Caribbean Jamboree
Blog     25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
Try to contain your jealousy. While you and I are at the office this week, a few Scouts and Scouters from the BSA are on an island in the Caribbean. The contingent is representing the Boy Scouts of America at the Caribbean Jamboree, held on the island of Curaçao off the Venezuelan coast. They’re meeting Scouts from Aruba, Jamaica, Bermuda, Venezuela and elsewhere. They’ll return with new friends and a lifetime of memories. The 15th Caribbean Jamboree started Monday and lasts a week, and you can follow along on the official Facebook page. Interested in being considered to represent the BSA at future international events like this one? Be sure you’re regularly...

About that letter Scouts must write for Citizenship in the Nation MB
Blog     24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
Americans have dissected every word of our U.S. Constitution ever since it was created. Same goes for requirement 8 of Citizenship in the Nation merit badge. It reads: Name your two senators and the member of Congress from your congressional district. Write a letter about a national issue and send it to one of these elected officials, sharing your view with him or her. Show your letter and any response you receive to your counselor. A Scouter named Mark has encountered some merit badge counselors who amend that requirement by reading beyond what’s on the page. Merit badge requirements must be completed as written; nothing should be added...








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