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Scouts Attended the Eagle Project Preview Meeting on April 18, 2017

Life Scouts, Star Scouts, their parents, and Scouters turned out for the Eagle Project Preview Meeting on Thursday, April 18, 2017, at the Ridgedale Public Library. New Advancement Subcommittee member, Charlie Jones from Troop 409 (pictured below), walked the through the do’s and don’ts of an Eagle project, provided helpful tips, and outlined expectations. The Eagle…

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Boy Scouts Replant Orange Trees Thieves Stole from a Church

When thieves stole the orange trees from a local church, a group of Boy Scouts stepped in to help. Scouts replanted trees stolen from a church by thieves (photo: CBS Sacramento) “Our first response was, ‘How can we help?’” said Scout Orion P. The church was growing the orange trees so that it could provide an always-fresh…

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Can a Scout complete his Eagle board of review after 18?

Let’s say there’s a Boy Scout who has completed all the requirement for the Eagle Scout rank. He finished the merit badges, service project, active participation, Scout spirit, position of responsibility and unit leader conference. But he still lacks one step: the Eagle Scout board of review. And then — Happy Birthday! — he turns 18. He’s no…

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Congratulations to the 2017 Eagle Scout Scholarship Recipients

Great Work Eagles On behalf of the Northern Star Council’s Eagle Scout Scholarship Committee, Board of Directors, staff and the many financial supporters of the Eagle Scout Scholarship program, congratulations to the recipients of the Northern Star Council 2017 Eagle Scout Scholarship. Last year, we saw 792 young men achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.…

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Top 5 merit badges for when you’re waiting for April the giraffe to give birth

The internet has fallen in love with April, a pregnant 15-year-old giraffe living at the Animal Adventure Park near Binghamton, N.Y. A giraffe pregnancy lasts 15 months, and April has been pregnant for 15 months. So it’s time. Time for everyone to spend hours staring at the live video feed of April’s pen, waiting for baby giraffe hooves to appear. I’ve embedded the video…

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Here’s a complete list of 2017 Boy Scout requirement changes

The BSA’s 2017 Boy Scout Requirements book, detailing major and minor changes to Boy Scout ranks and merit badges, is now available. Inside you’ll find: Modifications to the Second Class and First Class ranks The new Exploration merit badge Major changes to four merit badges Minor changes to 32 merit badges The changes are the work of volunteers…

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Eagle Scout Class of 2016, by the numbers

There were 55,186 Eagle Scouts in 2016. That’s the fourth-largest Eagle Scout class ever — surpassed only by 2012, 2010 and 2013 — and represents a 1.5 percent increase over 2015. Just think about that for a sec: 55,186 Eagle Scouts. Each one has his own story of the challenging but rewarding journey to Scouting’s highest honor. These young men have…

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What was the average age of 2016 Eagle Scouts?

Eagle Scouts are getting older, and that’s not a bad thing. In 1949, the average age of Eagle Scouts was 14.6 years. In 2016, that number was 17.35 years old. (That’s 17 years, 127.75 days.) I see two explanations. First, young men are staying in Scouting longer, meaning they’re enjoying the program and not feeling the…

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