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2017 Fall Camporee – COASTER CAMPOUT AT VALLEYFAIR – Oct 13-14, 2017 – Save The Date! 🗓

Coaster Campout – Halloween Haunt – Save The Date! Valleyfair – Shakopee October 13-14, 2017 Camp overnight or come out just for Saturday to enjoy the amusement park.  CUB SCOUTS, WEBELOS, BOY SCOUTS, VENTURERS, their family and friends are welcome to attend.* Registration will soon be OPEN for the Lake Minnetonka District Fall Camporee. This…

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In ‘Chasing Coral’ on Netflix, Eagle Scout filmmaker documents coral reef decline

Eagle Scout Jeff Orlowski will travel to the ends of the earth to document the ways our planet is transforming. For his award-winning 2012 documentary Chasing Ice, he visited disappearing glaciers in Greenland, Iceland and Alaska. For his 2017 follow-up, Chasing Coral, Orlowski traveled somewhere completely different: underwater. The documentary debuts on Netflix today. Orlowski talked to experts who…

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Jeep Prepared: Feast your eyes on this volunteer’s Boy Scout Expedition Vehicle

Upgraded suspension, reinforced bumpers, bigger tires, an armor-plated underside, a rear-mounted lift jack, eight headlights and a roof-top tent. If Matt Janchar’s Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon seems like it was custom built for Scouting adventures, that’s because it was. Add a khaki paint scheme and some oversize BSA logos, and you’ve got the BEV. That’s Boy Scout…

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Scouter uncovers fascinating new details about BSA’s first Eagle Scout

When Boys’ Life announced in its May 1912 issue that Arthur R. Eldred had become the first Eagle Scout in history, the magazine piled on praise. “He is a sturdy, well-built, keen-eyed little fellow, and his Scoutmaster commends him highly,” BL wrote. “Among the activities in which Eldred has shown himself proficient are handicraft, poultry farming,…

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How the 2017 National Jamboree Will Spotlight Local Agriculture

Those attending the 2017 National Jamboree are in for a delicious treat! As part of a new partnership with the Boy Scouts of America, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture will bring locally sourced food to campers at the Summit Bechtel Reserve during next month’s national event. This dynamic relationship will benefit not only the organizations, but also…

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Shakopee Scout Earns All 137 Merit Badges

15-YEAR-OLD BRANDON NERI SUCCEEDS IN HIS CHALLENGE TO HIMSELF At only 15 years old, Brandon Neri, an Eagle Scout from Troop 316 in Shakopee, MN, has earned all 137 merit badges. Neri joined Scouts as a first grader, and swiftly moved up the ranks to his current rank as Eagle Scout by the age of…

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Why I Hope My Boys Will Always Be In Scouting

Story contributed by Taylor Olmstead, Marketing Coordinator at the Atlanta Area Council on behalf of Erin Stolle, Cub Scout mom and volunteer. This past week was exhausting. It was hot. It was dirty. It will likely be one of my favorite weeks of this summer. I spent this past week as a den guide for Cub Scout…

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Polaris ATV trails at the Summit Bechtel Reserve are full of thrilling twists and turns

Dan Moore, a volunteer in the BSA’s Montana Council, has seen his share of first-rate trails for all-terrain vehicles. He even helped build five miles of ATV trails at a Scout camp in Montana. All this experience means that if you want to get Moore’s heart racing these days, your ATV trail better be world class. Well, ladies and gentlemen, start your…

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