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Extreme Makeovers, Round 26: Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos

Note: This is the 26th in an occasional series where I share Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos. See the complete collection here and submit your own here. To fully understand the impact Eagle Scout projects have on communities, you need to see to believe. That’s why I asked to see Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos — the same photos prospective Eagles are asked to include…

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Philmont prepares to give the Tooth of Time a good brushing

Wildfires forced Philmont Scout Ranch to cancel treks in 2018, but the BSA’s hiking paradise in New Mexico will be ready to welcome trekkers in 2019. To get ready for the busy summer season, Philmont staffers and volunteers are clearing debris, mitigating the risk of future fires — and preparing to give the Tooth of…

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Eagle Scout wins $80,000 in Regeneron Science Talent Search 2019

Where can Scouting take young people? The sky’s the limit. Samuel Ferguson, an Eagle Scout from West Windsor, N.J., received an $80,000 prize for finishing in sixth place in the Regeneron Science Talent Search. He says he’ll put every penny of the money toward paying for college; the 18-year-old plans to attend MIT. I first told…

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Eagle Scout fights human trafficking in Cambodia

James Havey discovered his passion for helping the downtrodden and underprivileged after a trip to Mexico in middle school. He went on a trip with a Christian ministry to volunteer in orphanages around Monterrey, Mexico. “It was on this first trip down to Monterrey that I saw what poverty can do to a family, and what…

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Members of Congress share their thoughts on Scouting

Reps. Sanford Bishop of Georgia (blue shirt) and Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania pose with the Report to the Nation delegates. Both congressmen are members of the Congressional Scouting Caucus. Politicians may not align on every issue, but here’s one topic about which there’s near-unanimous agreement: Scouting helps prepare young men and young women for life.…

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What do you do if a leader is too quick to sign off requirements?

Scoutmaster John notices three Tenderfoot Scouts Liam, Ethan and Aiden across the room huddled around Assistant Scoutmaster Mark at a recent troop meeting, each with a rope in hand. They’re working on Second Class requirement 2g., tying a bowline and describing when to use it. Liam and Ethan enthusiastically craft the knot while Aiden, head…

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