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Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, currently aboard International Space Station, is an Eagle Scout
Blog     28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
Eagle Scouts reach some incredible heights. Just look at NASA Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, who’s currently flying more than 200 miles above Earth on the International Space Station. Lindgren, whose full name is pronounced CHELL LEND-grin, is an Eagle Scout. The 42-year-old earned Scouting’s highest honor in 1988 at age 15. He was a member of Troop 404 from Burke, Va., which is part of the National Capital Area Council.  Though Lindgren’s day job takes up the majority of his time these days, he’s still connected to Scouting. In fact, he’s a life member of the National Eagle Scout Association. Check out this screenshot from his official record in the NESA database. You don’t see “Job Title: Astronaut” every...

How boys earn adventure loops and pins in new Cub Scout program
Blog     27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
Adventures form the backbone of the new Cub Scout program. They’re fun, engaging and offer the right amount of challenge for boys as they grow up. After a boy completes an adventure, he gets the ultimate reward: a shiny adventure loop for his belt or adventure pin for his Webelos colors or Webelos cap. The loops and pins offer immediate recognition, meaning boys get a tangible link between completing an adventure and receiving a reward. Veteran Cub Scouters will remember the Academics and Sports Program. That program is retired, but its best elements have been incorporated into the new adventures. Here’s everything you need to know about the adventure loops and adventure pins...

New BSA recruiting videos show that Scouting is for families like yours
Blog     26 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
In a new series of well-made BSA recruiting videos, three moms explain why Scouting is the right fit for their family. In the videos, each about two minutes long, Catherine, Michelle and Becky share stories that will sound familiar to anyone who loves Scouting. One mom has an only child who benefits from the lifelong friendships built in Scouting. Another saw Scouting as the best way to teach her son values he’ll carry into adulthood. The third, a single mom, sees her pack as a big extended family. Watch all three videos below. But don’t keep them to yourself. Show them at recruiting events or post them on your unit, district...

Justin Wilson, past driver for BSA IndyCar team, dies from injuries sustained during race
Blog     25 Aug 2015 | 7:55 am
Justin Wilson, who drove the Boy Scouts of America IndyCar in 2013 and 2014, died Monday after a head injury sustained in a race over the weekend. Wilson, a 37-year-old father of two, was hit by a large piece of debris from another car on Sunday at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. This season, Wilson was a driver for Andretti Autosport. Before that, as the driver of the No. 19 car for Dale Coyne Racing, Wilson represented the Boy Scouts of America well. Wilson drove Dale Coyne Racing’s No. 18 car in 2012 and moved to Coyne’s No. 19 BSA car for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Wilson wore a large BSA fleur-de-lis on the chest...

Jere Ratcliffe, BSA Chief Scout Executive from 1993 to 2000, dies at age 78
Blog     25 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
Jere B. Ratcliffe, who served as the BSA’s Chief Scout Executive from 1993 to 2000, died Aug. 21, 2015. He was 78. Ratcliffe, a Distinguished Eagle Scout, worked his way through the Scouting professional ranks in a career that included stops in South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Kansas and Texas. He was involved in Scouting as a youth or professional for all or part of seven different decades: the 1940s to the 2000s. During his time as the BSA’s ninth Chief Scout Executive, Ratcliffe helped elevate the organization’s outreach to at-risk youth, its finances and its connections to Scouting organizations from other countries. As this Scouting Wire post explains, Ratcliffe’s legacy is seen all over Scouting. Ratcliffe...








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