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Powder Horn in Paradise: Scouters take training course in Hawaii

Scuba diving in enchanting aquamarine waters, sailing in a bay adorned with a lush mountainous backdrop, savoring a delicious fish and rice dinner cooked in leaves and bamboo. Sounds like a great vacation, right? It also sounds like Powder Horn at Hawaii’s Aloha Council. In March, the council hosted 48 Scouts and Scouters from Hawaii and…

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Troop committee member attending 59th consecutive summer camp

Robert Podboy loves Scout summer camp. This month, he’s attending his 59th consecutive one at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation in Pennsylvania. “I do enjoy camping and still go hiking as long as it’s not too strenuous,” the 88-year-old retired optometrist says. Podboy, who serves as a committee member for Troop 97 in Waynesboro, Pa., got involved…

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Guidance for honoring veterans with grave site flags on Memorial Day

For 35 years, Scouts from the Chickasaw Council have honored the veterans buried at the Memphis National Cemetery every Memorial Day by placing American flags at their grave sites. Buddy Crenshaw came up with the endeavor after a Scout, who was seeking ideas for an Eagle Scout project, approached him. “The Memphis Naval Air Station folks had been putting…

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Boy Scout robotics team to compete in World Championship

Robotics and Scouting is “a perfect combination,” Life Scout Nicholas Shunick says. Nicholas and some of his fellow Boy Scouts from Troop 125 in Gainesville, Fla., will head to Houston next week to compete in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST, for short) Lego League Championship. His team is one of hundreds from…

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NESA member mushes in famous Alaskan sled dog race

Slogging through ankle-deep, wet snow and facing 96 miles to the next checkpoint, Iditarod sled dog musher Tom Schonberger thought about his team of Siberian huskies. They trained for months ahead of the nearly 1,000-mile trek across the icy Alaskan landscape from Anchorage to Nome, which started March 3. They qualified for the famous annual sled dog…

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Eagle dog sledding veteran posts best result in Iditarod

Yesterday, we highlighted Tom Schonberger, an Eagle Scout and National Eagle Scout Association lifetime member, who got caught in unfavorable conditions while mushing in his first Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska earlier this month. Read his story here. He wasn’t the only Eagle on the 1,000-mile trail. Eagle Scout Matthew Failor — in his…

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Polish Boy Scout who escaped Auschwitz dies at age 98

Sometimes, we come across news that humbles us, filling our thoughts with gratitude and introspection. Such was the case with the passing of last month. When he was a young man, he embodied the “A Scout is Brave” point of the Scout Law while facing imminent death. Piechowski was a Polish Boy Scout; at 19,…

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Don’t leave your bear bag at home this winter

You’re packing for a winter camping trip. Tent, check. Warm clothes, check. Food, check. Bear bag… Do you really need a bear bag? It’s winter, after all. Aren’t the bears hibernating? Well, first of all, bears don’t hibernate like other mammals. Their body temperature drops by about 12 degrees during their wintertime slumbers, as opposed…

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