Scouting Magazine

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Scouters in Action: He saved a driver from drowning!

Scouters in Action: He saved a driver from drowning!

“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...

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Five steps to a safe and fun aquatics program

Five steps to a safe and fun aquatics program

Scouting is a year-round activity. Though the temperatures rise as we enter summer, we still take Scouts outdoors. Hiking, biking, camping … these are all popular summer outings. But there’s one warm-weather activity that rules them all: aquatics. If you...

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How summer activities benefit your pack

How summer activities benefit your pack

The National Summertime Pack Award program features all sorts of prizes. There’s a streamer for the pack flag if the pack holds an activity during each summer month. There’s a streamer for the den flag if the den gets at least half its members to each of...

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Answers to FAQs About Merit Badge Counselors

Answers to FAQs About Merit Badge Counselors

To earn a merit badge, a young person must work with a registered merit badge counselor. Here are some frequently asked questions about these important adult volunteers. What are the requirements to be a merit badge counselor? Counselors must be men or women of good...

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Big Changes Ahead for Scouting — and Scouting Magazine

Big Changes Ahead for Scouting — and Scouting Magazine

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The words might have changed some over the past 110 years, but the meaning of...

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Safety Quiz: Ticked Off

Safety Quiz: Ticked Off

Olivia Goodreau was 6 when she was bitten by a tick. She has been living with Lyme disease ever since. Now 15, she wants people to know they could be just one bite away from getting the disease themselves. Olivia is the founder of the LivLyme Foundation, a nonprofit...

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This Scouter makes a splash in Sea Scouts

This Scouter makes a splash in Sea Scouts

Growing up in rural Arkansas, T.W. Cook spent only a year in Cub Scouting. But adult involvement was pretty much inevitable once he joined a Scouting family — his father-in-law, Verl Underwood, was a 70-year veteran — and had two sons. Cook served as...

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Pick the perfect pack for your daylong diversions

Pick the perfect pack for your daylong diversions

How hard can it be to pick a daypack? Spend a few minutes in an outdoor gear shop; with the wide variety of sizes, shapes, designs, weights and prices available, it might seem more complicated than you thought. We’ll help you decide what type of daypack you need...

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Scouters in Action: He saved them from an unseen gunman!

Scouters in Action: He saved them from an unseen gunman!

“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...

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A closer look at Owasippe Scout Reservation

A closer look at Owasippe Scout Reservation

Owasippe offers two camps for Scouts BSA members: Camp Blackhawk has a traditional dining hall, while Camp Wolverine offers hot meals delivered to your campsite — along with the option of dining in a central pavilion. If family camping is your thing, Camp...

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The sky’s the limit with the Astronomy merit badge

The sky’s the limit with the Astronomy merit badge

When the giant Magellan Telescope opens sometime in the next decade, it will be 10 times more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope. But you don’t need billion-dollar equipment to introduce your Scouts to astronomy, according to veteran merit badge counselor...

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How one council is improving pack-school relationships

How one council is improving pack-school relationships

It was the sort of phone call every Cub Scout leader dreads. Mark Beard, the principal of Stone Lake Elementary School, was on the line, calling to notify Robert Rhymes, Pack 255’s committee chair, that someone at the pack’s last meeting had evidently...

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Scouts earn merit badges at STEM’s hidden gem

Scouts earn merit badges at STEM’s hidden gem

It can be unsettling when you’re driving through 3 million acres of North Carolina mountain wilderness, and a nine-story radio telescope suddenly looms up above the treetops. The massive structure, with its 85-foot dish, is one of four radio telescopes, two...

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Angling for an easy outdoors activity?

Angling for an easy outdoors activity?

Fishing is one of the best things you can do with your Cub Scout pack, Scouts BSA unit, Venturing crew or Sea Scout ship. It gets kids away from their screens. It gets them outdoors. And it gives them opportunities for advancement. At the same time, it doesn’t...

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Going the distance on a Virginia troop’s 115-mile challenge

Going the distance on a Virginia troop’s 115-mile challenge

Dallas Wells was ready to give up. After backpacking, canoeing and cycling 67 miles over the past week, the 13-year-old Scout, along with the other members of Troop 141 from Christiansburg, Va., had to get up at 4 a.m. to pedal another 38 miles into Washington, D.C....

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Safety Quiz: Bug Out

Safety Quiz: Bug Out

Much of Scouting occurs in the outdoors, where we are the visitors and the animals and insects are perfectly at home. A squirrel, raccoon or other creature might be completely comfortable and healthy hanging out in the same area as bugs and other critters. Humans? Not...

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Stop stumbling around camp with these great lamps

Stop stumbling around camp with these great lamps

Quit tripping over stones, tent guylines or your own feet when trying to walk around camp in the dark. Turn to some reliable camp lighting, which basically falls into two categories: Lanterns, flashlights and other lights for drive-in campgrounds, when weight and bulk...

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Scouters in Action: He saved them after their car crashed!

Scouters in Action: He saved them after their car crashed!

“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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Tips for teaching Family Life merit badge today

Tips for teaching Family Life merit badge today

As she drove the girls in her new Scouts BSA troop to a campout last spring, Heather O’Bannon heard plenty of stories of family distress and dysfunction. “I’m sitting there going, ‘Wow, Family Life merit badge is going to be really interesting,’ ” the Hilliard, Ohio,...

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Tips for managing a Cub Scout megapack

Tips for managing a Cub Scout megapack

Fort Leavenworth, Kan., is home to 14,000 people, three elementary schools and just one Cub Scout pack. Pack 1 isn’t just any pack, however. It’s one of the oldest packs west of the Mississippi, and it serves more than 150 boys and girls who attend the U.S. Army...

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