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Read the letter Chris Hemsworth gave to an Eagle Scout on ‘Ellen’
Blog     28 Apr 2016 | 8:00 am
When a famous Hollywood actor calls your good turn “an example of excellence and a source of pride for your community,” you know it’s a good day. Seems like Illinois Eagle Scout Tristin Budzyn-Barker has had nothing but good days recently. It started when he found a wallet belonging to actor Chris Hemsworth — Thor himself — while in California. He used the address inside to track down Hemsworth’s manager and returned the wallet — with all the cash still inside, of course. That good deed landed Tristin a spot on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. While on Ellen, he met Hemsworth and received $10,000 in cash to help pay...

In full gear: Here’s your first look at Lion Scouts T-shirts and hats
Blog     28 Apr 2016 | 6:00 am
If seeing is believing, prepare to be a believer. This week we get our first look at the new T-shirts and caps to be worn by Lions — members of the pilot program for kindergarten boys set to roll out in participating councils this fall. The team behind Lions has already answered many of your most-pressing questions and clarified that Lions will wear T-shirts instead of the blue button-up uniform shirts worn by Cub Scouts. Today we get to see those T-shirts and optional caps Lions will wear as their uniform. My two-word review: They’re perfect. My 13-word review: They’ll help Lions look cool and feel like they’re part...

Eagle Scout honored by state of Illinois for helping feed hungry children
Blog     27 Apr 2016 | 6:00 am
Some good turns go unnoticed; others catch the eye of the most powerful person in the state. Eagle Scout K’Von Jackson didn’t seek attention when he started working on his Eagle Scout service project. He just wanted to help the nonprofit Blessings in a Backpack, which provides food on the weekends for schoolchildren who might otherwise go hungry. But this good deed got the attention of the governor of Illinois, who presented K’Von with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award earlier this month. The award honors volunteers who make a difference across the Land of Lincoln, and K’Von was one of just 25 Illinois residents to receive the recognition. K’Von, 15, coordinated a number...

Strengthen your Venturing crew this summer at Philmont, Summit Bechtel Reserve
Blog     26 Apr 2016 | 6:00 am
To paraphrase Will Rogers, the only problem with Venturers is there aren’t enough of them. This summer, do your part to expand Venturing’s reach by attending one of several youth and adult Venturing conferences held this summer at the Philmont Training Center and the John D. Tickle National Training and Leadership Center at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Or if you’re not in the training mood, sign up to attend VenturingFest, the first national gathering of Venturers at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Either way, you’ll be doing your part to amplify the terrific older-youth program known as Venturing. Here are your training options. Growing Venturing in Your Crew and...

Kansas City Royals’ Scout Day one of the best of its kind
Blog     25 Apr 2016 | 6:00 am
If you’re the Kansas City Royals, it’s going to be tough to top last year’s World Series championship. But with events like Scout Day at the K, the 2016 season is off to a pretty great start. On April 10, nearly 12,000 Scouts, Scouters and family members packed Kauffman Stadium for the annual confluence of Scouting and baseball. The Heart of America Council calls it one of the largest Scouting events in the country, and with Scouting families filling nearly one-third of the stadium’s seats, it’s tough to argue. A crowd like that makes an impression that helps showcase the fun and adventure of Scouting to the entire Kansas City community. Scouting’s fingerprints were...

STEM conferences at Philmont, SBR bring science to life
Blog     22 Apr 2016 | 5:31 am
Serious about STEM? Time to prove it. Turn your passion for amplifying the presence of science, technology, engineering and math in your unit into real results by getting trained. Hands-on training conferences this summer at Philmont and the Summit Bechtel Reserve bring the concept of STEM to life in a way sure to benefit your Scouts and Venturers. The Summit Bechtel Reserve offers seven-day training courses for youth and adults that challenge and stimulate your mind in one of the coolest places for Scouting — a place where science and technology are on full display. The Philmont Training Center offers separate seven-day courses for youth and adults....







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Boy Scouts accepting Caddo Sheriff's Camp applications
Sheriff Steve Prator announced Wednesday that applications are being accepted for this summer’s Caddo Sheriff's Camp. The overnight camp for boys aged 9-12 will be held at Kinsey Scout Reservation...

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