Scouting Magazine

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How to smooth the transition to a Scout troop

When Paula Castleman looked at her district’s track record for Webelos-to-Scout transition a couple of years ago, she was not impressed. “We only had about 25 percent of our boys going from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts,” she says. “There was a problem there, and we needed...

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Safety Quiz: Napping, A to Z

Lose weight! Feel better! Be more alert! In fewer than 30 minutes per day, you — yes, you! — can make a colossal change to your health. But wait; there’s more! Did we mention it’s free, nontoxic and has no dangerous side effects? Obnoxious infomercial approach aside,...

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Reaching new heights at the Summit Bechtel Reserve

Near the top of a climbing route deceptively named “The Butterfly Patch,” Lauren Gogal pauses to catch her breath. She has found a narrow ledge where she can stand, lean against the wall and give her aching arms a break. The 14-year-old from Venturing Crew 91 of...

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Scouters in Action: They saved a woman from a burning car!

“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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You won’t lose any valuable sleep with these bags

Coleman Adjustable Comfort Sleeping Bag: Need a bag for car camping and don’t want to miss a mortgage payment to cover the cost? Fitting adults up to 5 feet, 11 inches (there’s also a big and tall version), this versatile bag “adjusts” to temperatures ranging from...

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From the Chief: Serving Others, Serving All

This is a season of change and opportunity for our movement. With the February launch of our new program for older boys and girls, we enter a new era. And yet, in a way, we simply continue a tradition of serving young women and young men that has been in place for...

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Women blazing a trail at Philmont Scout Ranch

Each summer, more than 1,000 young people from all over the world travel to Cimarron, N.M., to work at Philmont Scout Ranch. Their mission is monumental: deliver wilderness adventures people will remember for the rest of their lives. Philmont Scout Ranch is world...

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This Scouter helps Venturers plan fun into their busy lives

Linda Potvin has done it all. With four children, she has spent nearly two decades as a leader in the Boy Scouts of America. Her heaviest involvement started with her youngest son, whom she followed from Cub Scouting all the way to the rank of Eagle Scout. Today,...

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Survival starts at home

Beyond dedicating time to prepare the route, camping spots and meals, unfortunately too few outdoor enthusiasts consider possible survival situations. If your adventure involves remote areas, then extensive pre-trip planning is vital. It’s not pessimistic to...

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A little planning can save you calories and cash on the road

There is no rule that says a road trip must include your answering the question “Would you like fries with that?” Yet when we travel by car, we stop at fast-food restaurants as though they were mandated highway tolls. We go to them for the convenience, of course. But...

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Moviemaking merit badge lets Scouts be the stars

Not coming soon to a theater near you: Humanic Park, The Dino Infection or Rexy. But these three short films, among the movies created last summer at Camp Josepho, could very well be springboards to Hollywood careers. Scouts attending the Western Los Angeles County...

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Trek to the top of peaks named after the Scouting movement

Climbing the highest peak on every continent — the “Seven Summits” — presents a worthy challenge for serious mountaineers. If traveling around the world seems a little daunting, you can try to scale the “Seven Summits of Scouting.” Choose any of the following...

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Scout Crafts: Uniform Silverware Setting

Supplies: Plastic silverware Napkin Colored markers Scissors Glue stick Scouting magazine template Directions: Here’s the template for this silverware holder. Print it out; it helps to use sturdy paper or cardstock. Your Scout can help you decorate it. Remember to...

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Scout Crafts: Campfire Centerpiece

Supplies: Tissue paper (red, orange, yellow colors) Plate or slice of wood (for the base) Small twigs Scissors (optional) Tape Pebbles Pinecones Mini LED light Scouting magazine paper figure Directions: First, tear up your tissue paper. Tearing instead of cutting...

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Safety Quiz: Oh, Christmas Tree!

For many families that celebrate Christmas, nothing brightens the spirit of the season quite like a live Christmas tree. That freshly scented pine, spruce or fir can really add magic to the holidays. But if you’re not careful, it can be dangerous. What can go wrong...

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Carve out some time for the Wood Carving merit badge

In an age when Scouts can earn merit badges in high-tech fields like Animation and Robotics, a low-tech badge — Wood Carving — remains popular. Last year, it was the fifth most popular elective badge, with 32,943 completions. Assisting with many of those completions...

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Go ahead and say something about drug and alcohol abuse

In 2016, more Americans died from drug overdoses (64,000) than were killed in the entire Vietnam War. Drugs take more lives each year than car crashes and gun violence, too. That’s the bad news. The good news is that drug and alcohol abuse among teenagers is down....

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Help Venturers forge a path toward the Summit Award

Introduced in 2014, Venturing’s awards don’t yet have the same name recognition as the Arrow of Light or Eagle Scout Award. But, like their better-known siblings, Venturing’s awards offer young people a clear path to follow and recognition for their accomplishments....

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The gear to give this year

The giving season is here again. Whether it’s family or friends, Scouts or Scouters, our annual gift guide has a little something for everyone. Cotopaxi Kusa Blanket: Make your cold nights warmer with this ultralight blanket. Stuffed with Cotopaxi’s signature...

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Pause to talk about sharing passwords

The Dilemma Like many teens, 13-year-old Briana watches Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services a lot more than she watches traditional cable TV. The anytime, anywhere nature of streaming fits her lifestyle, and she loves that she can share her login credentials —...

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This Scouter ensures there’s room for all in Scouting

Taylor Thomas was never a Cub Scout, but he made up for lost time after 81-year-old Scoutmaster Gib Kohr came to his school to recruit for Troop 45. (“It was almost a dare from an 81-year-old: ‘I can do this better than you,’ ” Thomas recalls.) Thomas became an Eagle...

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From the Chief: An Adventure in Service

Thirty years ago, while I was the program director for the then-Hiawatha Council in Syracuse, N.Y., I supported the chairman of a new effort that had just been announced: Scouting for Food. The BSA had identified hunger as one of five “unacceptables” in our society....

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Building a campfire requires know-how and good judgment

Scouts today know there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors without kindling a campfire. Modern sleeping bags and layered clothing can eliminate the need of fire for warmth. Lightweight stoves bring instant heat for cooking meals. And one can discover...

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From the Commissioner: A Continuing Commitment to Service

“To help other people at all times” isn’t just part of the Scout Oath. It’s what we do. And I see Scouts doing it all over the country. In June, I had the privilege of representing the BSA at the Gold Medal Awards ceremony for the Congressional Award in Washington,...

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Safety Quiz: Back to Basics

To learn the safe, proper way to use a pocketknife, climb a mountain or navigate whitewater, Scouts can crack a handbook or flip open a merit badge pamphlet. But where should adult leaders turn for guidance on topics like health forms, age-appropriate activities and...

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From the CSE: Opening Possibilities

I firmly believe the values of Scouting are important for everyone, regardless of gender. Last year, when our national board unanimously voted to open our legacy programs to both boys and girls, I was incredibly proud knowing that this decision would allow us to bring...

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From the Commissioner: The Best Way to Welcome New Members

It’s fall! In much of the country that means football. For Scouters, it also means recruitment. This fall thousands of boys and girls will be joining Cub Scout packs. And, come February, thousands of youth — both boys and girls — will be joining Scouts BSA troops. It...

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This Webelos den leader is welcoming girls to her pack

Tiffany Higginson’s first experience with Scouting came at age 16, when her boyfriend showed up for a date wearing his Scout uniform. A third-generation Eagle Scout, Dan had remained active in his troop after becoming an Eagle Scout at 13. He later returned to the...

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Should you use a phone app to track your teen?

The Dilemma Back in the eighth grade, Quinn had to have a smartphone, so she was all too happy to accept her parents’ offer: They would buy her a phone provided she kept the TeenSafe app installed. That app would allow them to review Quinn’s texts and call logs, and...

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