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Steve Harvey salutes Eagle Scout, gets honorary merit badge
Blog     22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
He’s already won two Daytime Emmys, but now Steve Harvey has another award for his mantel: Moviemaking merit badge. OK, so the host of the self-titled talk show is a few decades too old to actually earn a merit badge. So on the Oct. 13 episode of his show, Scouts and Scouters presented Harvey with an honorary version instead. Moviemaking merit badge (previously known as Cinematography merit badge) is the perfect choice for Harvey, whose professional success hasn’t been limited to television. The movies Think Like a Man and Think Like a Man Too, based on Harvey’s book, earned a combined $160 million at the box office. The honorary merit...

The Kansas City Royals’ Kauffman Stadium is named after an Eagle Scout
Blog     21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
Only one ballpark in the American League is named after a person. And it turns out that Ewing Kauffman, the man who started the Kansas City Royals and for whom the team’s stadium is named, was an Eagle Scout. The Royals host Game 1 of the World Series — at Kauffman Stadium — tonight on Fox. Ewing Marion Kauffman, born in 1916 in Missouri, earned the Eagle Scout award on Nov. 6, 1931. After a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, establishing a professional baseball team and his myriad philanthropic efforts, it was an obvious decision to name Kauffman a Distinguished Eagle Scout in 1977. Eight years later, Kauffman got...

Oscar de la Renta, designer of Scout uniforms worn by millions, dies at 82
Blog     21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
Oscar de la Renta, the renowned fashion designer who reimagined the official Scout uniform into a look that became synonymous with Scouting, has died. He was 82. De la Renta’s design for the Scout uniform debuted in 1980 and was the official uniform for nearly three decades. That means his design was worn by millions of boys, girls and adults through the years. De la Renta worked with BSA leaders for two years on the design. And the result was much more than just a new look. It represented an important shift for the organization from the military-centric uniform of the past to the tan-on-olive look still in use today. Of course,...

Debunking myths about wearing camouflage in Scouting
Blog     20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
Scouting supports the men and women of our nation’s armed forces, but the BSA isn’t a military organization. That’s why some adult volunteers object to Boy Scouts of America members wearing camouflage clothing. If you search the Internet long enough, you’ll even find official-looking declarations on the subject of wearing camo in Scouting. Look at this one I saw recently: “The Boy Scouts of America does NOT approve of ANY camo clothing for wear by youth members nor adults at ANY TIME.” Sounds official. But in reality, that’s only half true. The truth is that wearing camo with the button-up shirt of the BSA field uniform is...

Suggest a topic for a future ScoutCast
Blog     17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
Listen up! The team behind ScoutCast, the monthly podcast that fills your ears with tips to make your job as a Scouter easier, needs ideas for future episodes. ScoutCast is meant to help supplement conversations you have at roundtable. So consider what topics you should be discussing at roundtable but, for whatever reason, aren’t. Or if — gasp — you don’t go to roundtable, think about Scouting subjects you’d like to know more about. Maybe it’s a problem plaguing your troop. Or perhaps you’re excited about a BSA program element but don’t know how to implement it. If it’s on your mind, chances are you aren’t alone. Other...








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