Posts by Bryan Wendell

PhilBreak 2020: An alternative spring break experience for Scouts and adult volunteers

In 2019, hundreds of Scouts, Venturers and adult volunteers spent their spring break at Philmont to help the high-adventure base recover from the fires of 2018. They called it PhilBreak. This year’s sequel promises to be even better. For the 2020 version, PhilBreak has broadened its eligibility requirements, making this alternative spring break experience open…

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Tips for planning a successful, diverse Ten Commandments hike

With Scout Sunday, Sabbath and Jumuah slated for this weekend, it might be an ideal time to examine the 12th point of the Scout Law with your Scouts. Honoring God, being faithful in one’s religious duties and respecting others’ beliefs encapsulates what it means to be “reverent.” One way you can help Scouts respect others’…

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Extreme Makeovers, Round 31: Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos

Note: This is the 31st 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…

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Yes, a Cub Scout really did make that Pinewood Derby car!

From the community-shaking feats of Eagle Scouts to the creativity of Cub Scouts, any parent or volunteer who’s seen Scouts in action will tell you: Never underestimate them. The same is true when you marvel at the designs and speed of the Pinewood Derby creations cropping up all over your social media feeds this time…

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Scouting Show and Tell: Pinewood Derby cars

Let’s go racing, Cub Scouts! It’s Pinewood Derby time, when Scouts turn blocks of wood into fierce and fun race cars. It’s a tradition that dates back to 1953, and today, it’s a very popular Cub Scout activity. Be sure to check out what’s new at the Scout Shop. Your Scout can adorn their car…

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