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Does the National Jamboree count toward a National Outdoor Award?

The National Outdoor Awards, which debuted in 2010, are how the BSA recognizes Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Sea Scouts or Venturers who demonstrate knowledge and experience in high-level outdoor activities. Young people can earn badges in one or more of these six areas: Camping, Aquatics, Conservation, Hiking, Riding and Adventure. Once earned, the patch and…

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Lion pilot program for kindergarteners off to a roaring start, with exciting changes coming for 2017-2018

“It’s fun, hands-on and active.” “It’s simple and easy to implement.” “It’s age-appropriate, builds character and develops new skills.” That’s just a glimpse of what parents and youth across the country are saying about Lions, the BSA’s pilot program for kindergarten-age boys. Lions answers the call for fun, character-building after-school adventures for boys 5 or…

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Scouts’ Experiment Launches into Outer Space

(Photo credit: Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune) Monday, a team of Scouts watched in amazement as the project they had diligently designed and built over the last two years blasted into outer space. The launch is part of a unique partnership between the Boy Scouts of America Pathway to Adventure Council and the Center for the Advancement of…

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Teen Earns Eagle Scout by Helping Puppies

Roberto D. has always been a fan of animals. In particular, he loves puppies. He and his family are big supporters of their SPCA, so when it came time for Roberto to complete his Eagle Scout project, helping out the puppies at the SPCA was a natural fit. He constructed dog beds for a local animal…

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These Brave Scouts Stopped a Wildfire

A wildfire might not be a normal part of a hiking experience, but every year, thousands of Scouts go hiking, and, while they don’t always know what they’ll encounter on those hikes, a good Scout knows it’s important to be prepared. Scouts talk about stopping a wildfire while on a hike (photo: NBC KING 5…

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In ‘SOS: How to Survive’ on The Weather Channel, Eagle Scout shares camp hacks that could save your life

It started with the Wilderness Survival merit badge, earned at Maumee Scout Reservation in Indiana. Then there was the 2-inch ad in the back of Boys’ Life magazine promising “amazing hidden secrets about rugged wilderness survival” to anyone who sent $1 for postage and handling. Beginning Sunday, Eagle Scout Creek Stewart’s quest to become the ultimate…

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Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training (classroom component) – At October Roundtable 2017 🗓 🗺

Scoutmaster Position-Specific training is the BSA’s initial level of training for the top leaders of Boy Scout troops. It is designed for Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and Junior Assistant Scoutmasters. However, committee members and other adults connected to a Boy Scout troop are welcome to attend. When Scoutmaster Position-Specific training AND Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) have BOTH been…

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2017 POPCORN WILD WEDNESDAY SEMINAR! – Aug 23, 2017, Glen Lake Activity Center, Minnetonka MN 🗓 🗺

Lake Minnetonka District Scouters who were unable to attend the Super Saturday Seminar, or are experienced Popcorn Chairs who simply want the latest information on this year’s sale, there is still one more seminar you may attend: WILD WEDNESDAY SEMINAR Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Glen Lake Activity Center 14350 Excelsior Blvd Minnetonka, Minnesota 6:30 PM…

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