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Scouts gather in Curaçao for the 15th Caribbean Jamboree
Blog     25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
Try to contain your jealousy. While you and I are at the office this week, a few Scouts and Scouters from the BSA are on an island in the Caribbean. The contingent is representing the Boy Scouts of America at the Caribbean Jamboree, held on the island of Curaçao off the Venezuelan coast. They’re meeting Scouts from Aruba, Jamaica, Bermuda, Venezuela and elsewhere. They’ll return with new friends and a lifetime of memories. The 15th Caribbean Jamboree started Monday and lasts a week, and you can follow along on the official Facebook page. Interested in being considered to represent the BSA at future international events like this one? Be sure you’re regularly...

About that letter Scouts must write for Citizenship in the Nation MB
Blog     24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
Americans have dissected every word of our U.S. Constitution ever since it was created. Same goes for requirement 8 of Citizenship in the Nation merit badge. It reads: Name your two senators and the member of Congress from your congressional district. Write a letter about a national issue and send it to one of these elected officials, sharing your view with him or her. Show your letter and any response you receive to your counselor. A Scouter named Mark has encountered some merit badge counselors who amend that requirement by reading beyond what’s on the page. Merit badge requirements must be completed as written; nothing should be added...

Putting a face to the names: Take a look at the new Venturing awards
Blog     23 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
We’ve known the requirements for the new Venturing awards, and now we get our first look at what the awards themselves will look like. The four patches, one square knot and one medal representing the Venturing, Discovery, Pathfinder and Summit Awards were first released on Venturing’s Facebook page. (Breaking news about Venturing is another compelling reason to like their page). What you see here are four patches, going from the joining-level Venturing Award to the Summit Award, now the highest honor in Venturing. Each patch incorporates the Venturing logo, and the design gets progressively more intricate as a young man or young woman progresses in Venturing. (Take...

How a ‘failed’ Eagle Scout project became a bill on its way to the president
Blog     23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
Eagle Scout projects make a difference. Apparently, the same can also be said of Eagle project ideas that never quite pan out. Here’s the story of a failed Eagle project that sparked a piece of legislation passed by the U.S. House and Senate. It’s proof that what you do in Scouting matters, even if sometimes it takes a few years to realize it. Meet Chris Sugrue For his project, Chris Sugrue wanted to expand a local cemetery in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The cemetery, built in 1880, is located on U.S. Forest Service property, so it would take an act of Congress — literally — to make any changes to...

Gizmodo writer: Boy Scouts made me the man I am today
Blog     22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
It’s one thing when I tell you how becoming an Eagle Scout changed my life. After all, I work for the Boy Scouts of America. It’s another thing when a writer for one of the top tech blogs says it. That happened last week when Eagle Scout Wes Siler published a piece for Gizmodo’s Indefinitely Wild blog called “Boy Scouts Made Me The Man I Am Today, Here’s How.” Gizmodo, for the few who don’t know, is a technology blog that ranks No. 168 of all websites in the U.S. for traffic. That puts it above the websites for People magazine, NPR and Macy’s (plus about a gazillion others). Siler, turned sideways...








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