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Virginia ship earns 2014 Sea Scout National Flagship Award
Blog     11 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
Bravo Zulu — or well done — to the young men and women of Sea Scout Ship 1942. The ship, also known by the awesome name Dragonlady, is based in Arlington, Va., and was recently selected by the Boat Owners Association of The United States and the BSA as the 2014 Sea Scout National Flagship. That award recognizes Dragonlady‘s “exemplary program of seamanship and youth development.” Ship 1942 has something really good going. This year is the third time Dragonlady has found its way into the BSA national spotlight. It was the 2007 Sea Scout National Flagship and was one of the ships named to the 2012 Flagship Fleet. Ship 1942 annually meets the Journey...


BSA’s Jack Link’s partnership is one your Scouts can sink their teeth into
Blog     10 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
Looks like the BSA’s corporate engagement team has good taste. Today the Boy Scouts of America announced a multiyear partnership to make Jack Link’s the “Official Protein Snack of the Boy Scouts of America” and the organization’s four national high-adventure bases. As first announced over at the Scouting Newsroom blog, the partnership really gives Scouts and Scouters something to chew on. “From their high-quality products that are perfect for those who are out enjoying the Scouting experience to their expertise with fundraising programs, Jack Link’s and the Boy Scouts of America are a good fit,” says John Stewart, the BSA’s director of corporate engagement. Stewart says his team is always seeking out relevant brands...


Include STEM activities in your pack or troop’s summer fun
Blog     10 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
You’ve heard a lot about the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) in Scouting. So what you need now are some ideas on how to inject STEM-focused activities into your summer Scouting plans. Richard Stone, who has two degrees in physics and earned his Ph.D. in materials science, is the education and training leader of BSA’s National STEM/Nova Committee. He wrote this excellent guest post full of great ideas: Explore STEM while enjoying summer fun Our guest blogger with the famous Pedro at the 2014 National Annual Meeting. What are your plans for summer fun? Going to the beach or pool? Going fishing? Camping? Having a big picnic and cookout? All Scouts enjoy the...


On wearing a kilt with the Scout uniform
Blog     9 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
Kilts, the knee-length Scottish garment traditionally worn on formal occasions, is gaining popularity for everyday wear. But what about wearing a kilt with a Scout uniform? Over the past few months, several pro-kilt Scouters have asked that very question. For example, here’s Marcus B. from the Cascade Pacific Council: The question What is the BSA policy on wearing the MacLaren Kilt with the BSA uniform? It is my understanding the MacLaren Clan has authorized it to wear with the uniform. But is the policy from the BSA? Is this a subjective part of the rules, or unit discretion? I am also on staff for Wood Badge this...


Amtrak train service to Philmont in jeopardy
Blog     8 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
More than 5,000 Scouts will take Amtrak to and from Philmont this summer. But unless a financial dispute between Amtrak and government leaders gets resolved soon, that convenient and historic transportation option could fade into history. Scouts traveling to Philmont by train ride Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, which runs daily between between Chicago and Los Angeles, cutting right through the rugged and fascinating American West. They get off in Raton, N.M., and hop a bus for an hourlong ride to Philmont’s gates. Amtrak has asked government leaders in Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico to each pitch in $40 million over 20 years for track upgrades and maintenance. The states want Amtrak to foot the...



   
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