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Posts by Bryan Wendell

Tips for deducting Scouting expenses on your tax return

UPDATED: This text, first published in 2011, was updated Feb. 4, 2019, with 2018 tax season info. This includes a complete refresh and an accuracy review by Eagle Scout Michael B. Carr, CPA. (Thanks, Michael!) DISCLAIMER: While this text was reviewed by a CPA, this material is intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended…

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A fascinating look at the history of the Pinewood Derby

Don Murphy Decades before precision starting gates, glow-in-the-dark cars and electronic finish lines that measure time to the thousandth of a second, there was a two-lane wooden track in California. A lot has changed since Cubmaster Don Murphy dreamed up the idea for the Pinewood Derby in 1953. But a lot has stayed the same,…

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Eagle Scout owns Guinness World Record for longest chain of carabiners

One carabiner can help you carry a water bottle, organize your keys or climb a mountain. But 1,856 carabiners? That’ll help you get a Guinness World Record. Charles Boone, an Eagle Scout from Dormont, Pa., was honored by Guinness World Records for creating the longest chain of carabiners ever. The certifier of superlatives says the record-setting…

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This troop honored its late Scoutmaster with a really cool patch

Troop 121 in Granite Bay, Calif., celebrated its 50th anniversary last fall with a special program, featuring a video presentation, group photo and ice cream and cake afterwards. More than 300 Scouts reached the Eagle Scout rank in those five decades, and more than 255 of them were mentored by Scoutmaster John Hooten, Jr. Earlier…

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