Scouting Magazine

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How to help with special needs advancement

Last year in Virginia, blind triplets made history by becoming Eagle Scouts. But Leo, Nick and Steven Cantos aren’t the first Scouts with special needs to achieve success in the movement. Ever since its founding, the BSA has attracted members with physical and mental...

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Here’s what to pack for the ultimate camp kitchen

Car camping isn’t about braving the wilderness with just a knife, a wool blanket and your wits. It’s about temporarily living in nature with some of civilization’s comforts — which should absolutely include a top-notch camp kitchen. Here’s what you need to build your...

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Challenge yourself with an Uniform Parts Crossword

Across     1.  Main part of the World Crest, 3 words     6.  It might be part of dress clothing     9.  Main color of the Wolf badge   10.  Color of the Sea Scout New Century Uniform   11.  See 15 down   13.  Lay asphalt   14.  Rank a Scout progresses through to reach...

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This Venturing leader was present at the program’s creation

Eagle Scout Kris Zahrobsky was working part-time in his local Scout shop when the Scout executive approached him with a surprising proposition. “They’re coming out with this thing called Venturing, and I want you to lead the effort for our council,” she said. He was...

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Bigger, better BALOO training for Cub Scout leaders

If you’re a movie buff, you know the sequel is rarely as good as the original. For the longest time, that was how Cub Scout leaders felt about training, too. Longtime trainers Matt Markham and Jessi King-Markham found that volunteers who willingly attended Basic Adult...

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Scouters in Action: They saved a woman after a fall!

“Scouters in Action” subjects come from the National BSA Court of Honor. If you know of an act of heroism that should be recognized, contact your local BSA council office for a lifesaving or meritorious award application. Note: Consult approved safety guidelines, as...

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The power is yours when it comes to screen time

As her infant daughter moved into toddlerhood, NPR education blogger Anya Kamenetz began searching for a book to help her family navigate the world of screens. When she couldn’t find such a book, she decided to write one herself. The result, The Art of Screen Time:...

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Lost in the wilderness: Should I stay or should I go?

You’re lost. Rather than navigate your way to safety, in many situations, staying in one place is the best thing you can do. After all, there’s no guarantee you’ll find someplace better just around the bend. As a rule, if you don’t have any idea where to go or how to...

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The Exploration merit badge: To boldly go…

Antarctica. The Amazon rainforest. Remote sites like these are great places to explore and to expand mankind’s knowledge. But so is San Antonio, Texas, according to Exploration merit badge counselor Ted Lee. An attorney and member of The Explorers Club, Lee helped a...

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Flagrant foul: Reacting to special treatment

The Dilemma Unlike some of his teammates on the Van Buren High School basketball team, point guard Nick doesn’t stand a chance at earning a hoops scholarship, even at a Division II school. He’s an inch too short, a step too slow and way too inconsistent with his jump...

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This volunteer is growing Scouting in the inner city

The only girl among her brothers and cousins, Lauren Hopper grew up as a Boy Scout tagalong, always envious that she couldn’t fully participate. As an adult, she has gotten that chance, following in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother, both of whom were BSA...

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Check out this gear for the New Year

The Outdoor Research Helium Hybrid Hooded Jacket ($145) isn’t a wind shell or a waterproof-breathable shell — it’s both. True to the “hybrid” name, the Helium combines waterproof-breathable Pertex Shield fabric and taped seams used throughout most of the jacket with a...

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From the Chief: Remembering the Legend

I met William “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt when I was a Scout on staff at junior leader training. For a young person, getting a chance to talk for a few minutes to a Scouting icon was pretty exciting. If you aren’t familiar with Green Bar Bill, turn to page 30 for a...

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Treasure the tradition with the Indian Lore merit badge

Dalton Smith’s Troop 241 Scouts were volunteering at an American Indian festival in Canton, Ga., when he had an epiphany. The event, he realized, was more than just a good service opportunity. It was also a great time for Scouts to work on the Indian Lore merit badge....

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Safety Quiz: Remember your ABCs

This really happened A Scout was eating dinner at the dining hall when his throat began to close up. The Scout is allergic to nuts, and he wasn’t aware the bread he just ate contained them. An adult gave the Scout an epinephrine injection at the health lodge. Two...

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Bright lights, fast cars in Times Square

For the past three years, Times Square has been home to the Pinewood Derby World Championship, organized by the Greater New York Councils. The 2017 event attracted 276 Cub Scouts — representing 26 different states and 60 BSA councils — along with more than 2,000...

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Challenge yourself with a Scouting Awards Crossword

Across 1. One of the activities that could earn a Conservation Good Turn patch, 2 words 9. Wedding promise, 2 words 11.  ____ Preparedness BSA Award, for training and actions to help prepare for disasters 12. Eagle’s claw 13. Friend in French 14. Cheerleader’s cry 16....

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Scouters in Action: He saved his wife from a fire!

  “Scouters in Action” subjects come from the National BSA Court of Honor. If you know of an act of heroism that should be recognized, contact your local BSA council office for a lifesaving or meritorious award application. Note: Consult approved safety guidelines, as...

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Venturing celebrates 20th birthday

Hey, Venturing! You’re 20 years old this year! That’s old enough for rock climbing, shooting, designing videogames, scuba diving, playing card games like Magic: The Gathering, whitewater rafting and just about any other activity a Venturing crew wants to learn about...

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How to recognize and treat frostnip

Emergency Situation: While hiking in Utah’s beautiful and famously snowy Wasatch Mountains, you accidentally step in a snow-covered stream. The water isn’t deep, but it is cold. Very, very cold. Forced to hike out with wet feet, after half an hour you begin to feel...

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What if not following a rule is the better move?

The Dilemma Scoutmaster Donnelly imposes a lot of rules on the members of Troop 74, and his ban on cellphones on campouts is perhaps the most important — and most ignored. Scouts who can’t remember a time without cellphones chafe at this restriction and often sneak...

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How to strengthen pack ties with your chartered organization

Eighteen years later, Jay Perry still remembers the one-two punch that caught him off guard. First, his son’s Cubmaster told him many of Pack 3187’s families were transferring to another unit, leaving him as the sole leader. Second, the pack’s longtime chartered...

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Chivalry isn’t dead for modern-day knights

As a self-proclaimed tomboy, Heather Haupt was sure she would rock what she calls “the boy mom thing.” Then she had three sons — boys who never tired of engaging in mud battles, playing football in the house and pretending to be superheroes. (They might have even told...

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Make the Personal Management merit badge really count

After he leaves your troop, a Scout might never cook over a campfire, hike into the wilderness or use CPR to save a life. But he will undoubtedly need to manage his time and money. How effectively he does that could depend on what he learns from the Personal...

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Those little square knots are a big deal

Look at an experienced Scouter’s uniform and you’ll likely see a row or more of colorful embroidered knots above his or her left pocket. These small rectangular patches represent honors and awards the Scouter has received. Here’s an overview. How many knot awards are...

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Sailing to success aboard the SSS Dominion

It’s official: The SSS Dominion, aka Ship 100 of the National Capital Area Council, has won the 2017 National Flagship Award, presented by the Boat Owners Association of America and Sea Scouts BSA. Skipper Todd Skiles — who has earned the Honor Medal, BSA’s lifesaving...

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Climb on at national climbing directors’ course

It’s common knowledge in the Scouting climbing community that Philmont Training Center offers one of the best climbing courses in the nation. Much of that reputation comes courtesy of Chris Moon, who helped create the National Camping School Climbing Director’s Course...

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Help youth find their way without GPS devices

Let us celebrate the Magnetic North Pole. Mysterious and elusive, it has helped adventurers stay on the straight and narrow since the days before even Baden-Powell. Without it, we would all be lost — at least now and then. From science and technology to engineering...

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