Scouting Service Award combines five awards into one cool new square knot
Blog 17 Feb 2017 | 8:00 am
The release of a new square knot is always cause for celebration. But one square knot that combines five different awards? It’s party time.
Square knots, which are primarily earned by adults, recognize an individual’s service and commitment to Scouting. There are more than 30 different knots recognizing leaders in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing and Sea Scouting.
The new Scouting Service Award recognizes adult volunteers who have earned one of five different awards, each celebrating a leader’s dedication to a special segment of Scouting.
The new knot recognizes Scouters who have earned one of these five awards:
Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award*
¡Scouting…Vale la Pena! Service Award*
Whitney M. Young Jr....
Guion Bluford, first African-American in space, is an Eagle Scout
Blog 16 Feb 2017 | 8:00 am
Long before becoming a barrier-breaking astronaut, Guion Bluford was a pretty typical American boy.
He had a paper route, loved playing table tennis and was a Boy Scout, eventually earning Scouting’s highest honor: the Eagle Scout award.
Few could’ve guessed that some day this Eagle Scout would become the first African-American in space.
In celebration of Black History Month, let’s look at Bluford’s remarkable story.
High school, college and Vietnam
While in high school in Philadelphia, Bluford developed a passion for model airplanes. He wanted to become an aerospace engineer, but his high school counselors didn’t think he was college material.
He quickly proved them wrong. Bluford was accepted into the aerospace engineering program at Penn...
State Department, under Eagle Scout Tillerson, to hand-sign Eagle letters
Blog 15 Feb 2017 | 8:00 am
Rex Tillerson will be extremely busy traveling the world as secretary of state. But he’ll still take time to recognize his fellow Eagle Scouts.
The U.S. Department of State, under the leadership of Distinguished Eagle Scout Tillerson, announced it will continue the department’s long-standing tradition of sending congratulatory letters to Eagle Scouts.
It’s unknown whether previous secretaries of state hand-signed their letters. But the Tillerson State Department, in a blog post last week, emphasized that letters from Tillerson will be personally signed by the secretary himself.
Girl Scouts who achieve the Gold Award, which is that program’s highest honor, also can request letters.
“The State Department is honored to have the opportunity...
For this busy military family, Scouting maximizes that most precious of resources: time
Blog 14 Feb 2017 | 8:00 am
In a lot of ways, the Blackmore family is like any Scouting family. They have too much to do and too little time.
The dad, Brian, is an active-duty sergeant working long hours in the U.S. Army. His son, Jacob, is busy, too, with school, homework, church and chores.
When Brian and Jacob’s precious few hours of free time overlap, they better make it count.
That’s why they joined Pack 810 of Vass, N.C. As Brian helps Jacob through his Webelos requirements, the two spend quality time together.
“Brian has told me that he was bonding and getting closer to his son while accomplishing Webelos adventures together,” says Mike Quintana Jr., Pack 810 assistant...