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Safety Quiz: Just Say No to Prohibited Activities

Safety Quiz: Just Say No to Prohibited Activities

The Boy Scouts of America’s publications, policies, procedures, guidelines, rules and regulations are designed to provide a safe and consistent program for Scouts across the country. Trustworthy adult volunteer leaders would never knowingly allow their units to engage...

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How one troop makes an outdoor tradition survive and thrive

How one troop makes an outdoor tradition survive and thrive

“No knives! Not allowed!” Scouter Jonathan Wiik loudly announces over the hubbub of Scouts rooting through their backpacks pulling out gear before the Survivorman Challenge. “No multitools, no rope, no cord, no whistles. I want to see that bag get full. Let’s go!”...

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Get time on your side for work, life and Scouting

Get time on your side for work, life and Scouting

The 1,440 minutes in each day disappear quickly. Let’s say you spend 480 of those minutes asleep and another 480 at work. That leaves one more chunk of 480 minutes — eight hours — for meals, commuting, after-school activities, exercise, chores, errands and perhaps...

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Plan now for a great crossover ceremony

Plan now for a great crossover ceremony

A technical glitch silenced the soundtrack for Pack 183’s crossover ceremony last winter. Despite the hiccup, the Scouts had a great time and the ceremony was a success, according to Laura Dombroski, committee chair for the Vernon, N.J., pack. “That’s when you know...

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From the Chief: Scouting amid the holiday hustle

From the Chief: Scouting amid the holiday hustle

We are entering the “most wonderful time of the year,” starting with a feast focused on gratitude and ending with a countdown to the new calendar. In between is a time that hopefully is joyful, reflective, and full of fun, love and memories. But it’s also incredibly...

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Guiding girls inspires this Pennsylvania Scouter

Guiding girls inspires this Pennsylvania Scouter

When Erin Blank’s brother, Patrick, was a Cub Scout, she would play Akela for him and pretend to check off requirements. She became Akela for real years later when her son Ethan’s Wolf den leader quit unexpectedly. (Her younger son, Adin, is also a Cub Scout.) Blank...

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Scouters in Action: He saved the boy before the car exploded!

Scouters in Action: He saved the boy before the car exploded!

“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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Learn how to create a fire by friction

Learn how to create a fire by friction

What type of fire warms twice? The friction fire! A friction fire not only keeps you warm once you get it going, but it also gets you warm while you’re trying to make the fire. If you find yourself without matches, it’s important to know other fire-starting methods,...

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Strike a chord with the Music merit badge

Strike a chord with the Music merit badge

After the Omaha Symphony’s family concert last March, most musicians headed home or to dinner, or perhaps to a freelance gig. Not assistant principal bassist Bill Ritchie. The longtime Scouter walked down the hall to teach the Music merit badge alongside principal...

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Repel the elements with these rain jackets

Repel the elements with these rain jackets

If you’re looking for the most affordable high-performance rain jacket, the REI Drypoint GTX ($249) might be just what you ordered. Constructed with Gore-Tex Active three-layer membrane, the Drypoint delivers solid protection in any weather, coupled with breathability...

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A path to earning the Hiking merit badge in a big city

A path to earning the Hiking merit badge in a big city

District chairman and former Scoutmaster Mike DiTrani has completed five Philmont treks and frequently hikes in the Adirondacks, but some of his favorite hiking happens much closer to his Staten Island home. “Urban hiking turns sidewalks into trails,” he says....

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From the Chief: An Invitation to Adventure

From the Chief: An Invitation to Adventure

It’s a season of first pages, blank notebooks and new shoes. A time to share stories of adventures with old friends and meet new faces in unfamiliar halls. For the Boy Scouts of America, the new school year is a time of hospitality and invitation. This is our...

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Breaking the silence about youth suicide

Breaking the silence about youth suicide

A ninth-grader at Provo High School in Utah gave his watch to his best friend, saying he wouldn’t be needing it anymore. He told five other friends he planned to kill himself, but no one told an adult. The young man committed suicide the next day. Tragedies like this...

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From the Commissioner: Making a Great Scouting Family

From the Commissioner: Making a Great Scouting Family

Jake, Meredith and John Jack BoozerAs I travel across the country I am always introduced to Scouters I haven’t met before, and many times in the course of the introduction I hear the phrase, “This is a great Scouting family.” There are literally thousands and...

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How should Scouts react when a peer irritates them?

How should Scouts react when a peer irritates them?

The Dilemma Life in the Flaming Scorpion Patrol is good. All seven members came up through Cub Scouting as a den, they enjoy hanging out together and they work well as a team. On campouts, patrol leader Maya rarely has to give orders or even worry about who’s on the...

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World’s Best: International Scouters enhance BSA

World’s Best: International Scouters enhance BSA

Tens of thousands of Scouts and Scouters from around the globe will attend this summer’s World Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. But international Scouts and Scouters have been coming to America since the BSA’s earliest days, bringing with...

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World’s Best: Jan Helge Bøhn

World’s Best: Jan Helge Bøhn

Jan Helge Bøhn joined Cub Scouting in the second grade, as did all but two of the other 13 boys in his grade-school class. Eight were still active when they graduated from high school. That’s no surprise, considering how the Norwegian Scout program combined rugged...

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World’s Best: Marcelo Guerra Hahn

World’s Best: Marcelo Guerra Hahn

Marcelo Guerra Hahn’s memories of Scouting in Uruguay revolve around camping, games and lots of singing and clapping. “What you hear at campfires here we do there all the time,” he says. Earning badges, which is so important to many BSA youth, was far less meaningful...

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World’s Best: Natasha Brand

World’s Best: Natasha Brand

Natasha Brand has no trouble remembering what Scouting was like back home. That’s because she and her youngest child, Sam, spend two months in the U.K. each summer. Sam is a Cub Scout in both countries, while his mom is a den leader here and a group section assistant...

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World’s Best: Frank Fernández

World’s Best: Frank Fernández

Frank Fernández was on the path to Boy Scouting when revolution intervened. In 1961, Fidel Castro’s government disbanded the Association of Scouts of Cuba, replacing it with the state-controlled José Martí Pioneer Organization. A year later, the former Cub Scout and...

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World’s Best: Osama Mourad

World’s Best: Osama Mourad

Osama Mourad became a Cub Scout when he was in the fifth grade. Before he left high school, he was an assistant Scout leader, helping younger Scouts. The Egyptian Scout Federation, like many national Scouting organizations, puts a premium on leadership by older Scouts...

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From the Chief: Welcoming the World to West Virginia

From the Chief: Welcoming the World to West Virginia

This is a landmark year for the Boy Scouts of America. From July 22 to Aug. 2, the BSA will co-host the 24th World Scout Jamboree alongside Scouts Canada and Asociación de Scouts de México. Scouts from around the world will journey to the Summit Bechtel Reserve in the...

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