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She’s helped 1,000 young men become Eagle Scouts

It happened a few minutes after 7 p.m. on March 14. Inside Room 126 of the Peachtree City (Ga.) United Methodist Church, Preston A. passed his board of review and became an Eagle Scout. The moment wasn’t just monumental for Preston and his family. It was also historic for Ute Whatley, the Eagle Scout Coordinator in Preston’s district (the…

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Scouting gets high approval rating from four cabinet secretaries

Four meetings with cabinet secretaries yielded four strong responses to Scouting and the ways in which it prepares young people for life. It’s safe to say that, thanks to the 10 terrific Report to the Nation delegates who represent 2.3 million outstanding youth participants nationwide, the BSA’s approval rating is high. John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security “I stand before…

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What a 190-member troop can teach you about retention

With 190 registered members, Troop 755 of Northville, Mich. — just outside of Detroit — is almost eight times the size of an average 25-member troop. In fact, it could be the biggest troop east of the Mississippi. With such an impressive number of boys, what better source for learning how the troop recruits and…

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At this military base’s Pinewood Derby garage, they’re making more than cars

Guest post by Sgt. David N. Beckstrom, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Reprinted with permission JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – The smell of sawdust wafts through the air. Power tools whine. It’s mid-February, and inside the Scout Hut on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the boys and parents of Pack 462 are preparing for the annual Pinewood Derby in late March. The…

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Spring Camporee Planning Meeting – Mar 22, 2017

Spring Camporee Volunteers, Host Units, their Unit Commissioners, Interested Vendors, Activities Committee Members, and District Committee Members: Spring Camporee Planning Meeting REMINDER Host Troop Schedule *posted to Camporee page of the district website Please join us Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 at  7:00PM Plymouth Public Library Vicksburg Room 15700 36th Ave N. Plymouth, MN  55446 Fresh off the success of…

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Why fans of Scouting are fans of Villanova in this year’s March Madness

When top-seeded Villanova takes the court in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, they’ll have more than Nova Nation behind them. They’ll have Scouting Nation, too. That’s because Josh Hart, the leader (and leading scorer) for Villanova, is an Eagle Scout. Even if you don’t bleed navy and white, there’s plenty of reason to cheer for the Wildcats. For me, the list…

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Scout Leader Specific Training at April Roundtable

April 6, 2017 at 7:00PM Don’t  miss the opportunity to get trained in your  position at the April 6th district roundtable held at the Minnetonka Community Center. JTE 2.0 requires leaders to be trained in their position by October 15th. All the training you need as a Cub Scout leader will be offered starting at…

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