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Scouting’s Place in the Big Game This Sunday
Blog     5 Feb 2016 | 8:41 am
Okay, so the Steelers didn’t make it to the Big Game this year. I can live with that. There are still plenty of reasons to look forward to this Sunday. Among them are a couple ties to Scouting. First, Denver’s center, Matt Paradis, is an Eagle Scout. It’s always great to see our Eagle Scouts doing outstanding things on a big stage. Our organization works hard to prepare individuals to be the best they can be, whatever dream they choose to pursue. This weekend, Matt has an opportunity to see his dream come true, and I wish him all the best. Second,...


Explorer Braves Cold Waters to Rescue Crash Victims
Blog     3 Feb 2016 | 9:38 am
A Florida Explorer got more than just a glimpse into the law enforcement profession last Saturday when a vehicle careened into a pond nearby. Explorer Jacob U. of the Gulf Stream Council got a call from his grandmother that evening, telling him to quickly call 911 because a vehicle had crashed into a retention pond. Jacob rushed to the scene to discover the crashed vehicle submerged in the pond. The passengers—a man, woman, and 2-year-old girl had also been thrown into the water along with the vehicle. Explorer Jake U. jumped into a pond to save passengers of a submerged vehicle. (Photo credit: WPBF) Around the same...


Add a High-Adventure Base Experience to Your 2016 Summer Calendar
Blog     3 Feb 2016 | 9:12 am
If a camping adventure with your Scouting friends sounds like the ideal summer activity for you, then we’ve got some exciting news! Philmont Scout Ranch, the Northern Tier, and the Summit Bechtel Reserve High-Adventure Bases still have open spots for this summer and they can’t wait to welcome you and your buddies to experience what they have to offer. Bryan on Scouting recently shared a blog post, giving us the base-by-base breakdown of High-Adventure program availability for the approaching summer. Want to brush up on your blacksmith skills at Philmont? Or perhaps you’d like to zip-line over the forest canopy at the Summit. Even...


How Many Service Hours Did Scouts Perform in National Parks?
Blog     3 Feb 2016 | 9:00 am
Scouting was founded on the premise of doing a Good Turn daily. Community service is very important in the character-building process and, as Scouts, we have made the commitment to give back to our communities. Each year, millions of Scouts perform service projects throughout their communities – but exactly how many hours did they perform? In 2015, 11,635 Scouts performed 56,978 service hours of activities in National Park sites. The graph below illustrates the breakdown by region of Scouts who performed service projects in National Parks throughout the U.S. in 2015. 2015 Boy Scouts in National Parks as measured by National Park Service....


This Isn’t Your Father’s Pinewood Derby
Blog     3 Feb 2016 | 8:22 am
Building a race car from a block of wood, wheels and nails for axles has come a long way since the first Pinewood Derby car sped down a homemade track more than 60 years ago. Since then, more than 100 million Cub Scouts have participated in this annual competition. As a Cub Scout, I was uniquely unsuccessful in the pursuit of a Pinewood Derby ribbon my first year.  My royal blue car was blocky and uneven, but was the epitome of a “boy led” effort.  Even though it came in dead last, the experience and learning that first year did have...


Apply for the NESA Committee Grant to Win $1,000
Blog     2 Feb 2016 | 12:32 pm
Do you have an inventive idea that could help your local NESA committee assist aspiring Eagle Scouts? NESA has a project for you! Each year the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) will award service grants to local council NESA committees by region to provide service to their communities and Scouting. A minimum of one $1,000 grant will be awarded in each region. Projects must be completed in the calendar year the grant was received. Special consideration will be given to grant applications that provide innovative ways for NESA committees to assist Scouts in achieving Eagle rank. How to Apply for the NESA Committee Grant Submit the NESA...


Celebrate BSA’s 106th Anniversary With These Tasty Scout Cake Ideas
Blog     2 Feb 2016 | 9:34 am
On February 8, 2016, Scouters everywhere will celebrate the program that brings them together—the 106th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America! Are you planning a BSA birthday celebration next week? Then you’ve come to the right place. Nothing goes with birthday festivities like cake, and we’ve got a plethora of ideas for a tasty Scout treat, as well as a reminder of what this special day means to Scouting. As you may already know, in 1909, Chicago publisher W.D. Boyce was guided out of a thick fog by a young boy who refused to be tipped because as a Scout, he was...



   
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