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This is how you organize the inside of a troop trailer
Blog     26 Apr 2017 | 8:00 am
In Troop 101, even the layout of the troop trailer follows the patrol method. Everything in the 6-foot-by-12-foot trailer is organized by patrol. That means each group of Scouts is responsible for its own stuff. Patrol gear goes on the right side. Every patrol box, tent and cooler bears its patrol’s name: Ninja, Cobra, Jaguar or Shark. Troop gear goes on the left side. Labels indicate exactly what belongs: spices, paper towels, garbage bags and more. The troop is part of New Jersey’s Monmouth Council. Troop 101 Scoutmaster Peter Grasso has read my other blog posts about troop trailers and thought it was time to share what he and his Scouts had...

More than a quarter of members of Congress have some connection to BSA
Blog     25 Apr 2017 | 8:00 am
Scouts reach some high places. They summit Mount Everest, walk on the moon, become CEOs and win Super Bowls. Some even make their way to the highest political offices, like the U.S. Congress. Of the 535 members of the 115th U.S. Congress, 147 have some sort of connection to the BSA. That’s 27.5 percent. I’m defining “connection” as one or more of the following: They were in Scouting as a youth (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturer, Sea Scout, Explorer) They earned the Eagle Scout rank They served (or are still serving) as a BSA adult volunteer These Scouting alumni come from nearly every state and represent both major political parties....

It’s Volunteer Appreciation Week, so time to #ThankAScouter you know
Blog     24 Apr 2017 | 8:00 am
A year ago, Troop 443 of North Carolina was on a weekend campout when the Scouts made a daunting discovery: They didn’t bring enough food. “We realized that our patrol members failed to plan for all our food needs,” writes Star Scout Miles L. One of the Troop 443 adults, DeeAnn Vincent, quietly left camp, went to a grocery store and purchased additional supplies. She did this without fanfare and with her own money. She never asked for reimbursement from the Scouts or their parents. Miles admits he and his fellow Scouts probably deserved to survive on scant supplies that weekend. That would’ve taught them an important lesson about being prepared. But...

Bring your family to experience the 2017 National Jamboree as visitors
Blog     21 Apr 2017 | 8:00 am
Want to experience the fun of the 2017 National Jamboree but can’t be there for the whole 10 days? Become a Jamboree visitor. Bring your family or friends and live the adventure for a day or two — or more. The Jamboree is July 19 to 28 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia; visitors are welcome July 21 to 27. The per-day visitor price? Less than half the cost of a day at Disney. Learn more and buy your visitor passes today. Read on for additional details. What can visitors do? This year there are two types of visitors: observers and participants. It’s helpful to go over each separately. What can...

Kicking & Screaming Episode 7 recap: ‘Fear Pong’
Blog     20 Apr 2017 | 9:01 pm
The Fox reality show Kicking & Screaming pairs hardcore survivalists with people who have little experience in the outdoors. Now that Eagle Scout Terry Fossum has made it deep into the show, I’ll recap every episode until he’s eliminated … or wins? New episodes air at 9/8 CT Thursdays on Fox. Note: The show is rated TV-14, so parents are cautioned against letting children under the age of 14 watch unattended. Scouts will eat some weird things. Blueberry-chocolate pancakes, potato-chip hamburgers and spaghetti with ranch-dressing sauce. (I’ve seen — and tried — all three while on assignment for Boys’ Life and Scouting magazines.) But even Scouts with the strongest stomachs...

At U.S. military academies, Eagle Scouts and former Scouts are everywhere
Blog     20 Apr 2017 | 8:00 am
Update, April 24: Merchant Marine Academy numbers added. Scouts who enter our nation’s military academies find themselves with a leg up on their classmates. Leadership, patriotism and service? Those are characteristics Scouts are known for. No surprise, then, that student applications from cadets and midshipmen at U.S. military academies reveal an impressive number of Eagle Scouts and former Scouts. Here’s a look, academy by academy. U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, Colo.) There are 4,200 total cadets enrolled at the academy. That includes: 716 Scouts (17.0 percent) 425 Eagle Scouts (10.1 percent) Also worth noting: The academy provides camping facilities to Scout groups. Learn more here. The academy will send congratulatory letters to new Eagle Scouts. Go here...









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