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Celebrating culture at the World Scout Jamboree

Last week, Scouts at the World Scout Jamboree took a break from the high adventure activities that the Summit Bechtel Reserve offers to share what they love about their home countries with their fellow campers. Games, food, dances, traditions — they were all available for Scouts to enjoy as they ventured from their campsites to…

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Emails that make Scouting more fun: Introducing BL BAM!

You’ve never seen an email newsletter like BL BAM! It’s the first and only newsletter for Scouts. No sales pitch. No lengthy reads. Just family-friendly jokes and electrifying how-tos brought to you by Boys’ Life. Read on to learn more, or jump ahead and sign up for BL BAM. 5 reasons Scouts and parents already love…

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Scoutbook should be your go-to app for your next den meeting

If you’re a den leader, you’re going to love the latest update to Scoutbook! The Boy Scouts of America’s online tool for tracking Scouting advancement just rolled out a new update that’s going to make it easier than ever for den leaders to prepare for and lead meetings, track advancement and attendance, and more.   “We…

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Astronaut talks from orbit to Scouts at the World Scout Jamboree

The World Scout Jamboree reaches Scouts and Scouters from nearly every corner of the globe. This week, it connected with a Scouter who is out of this world. Astronaut and assistant Scoutmaster Andrew Morgan of Troop 452 in Friendswood, Texas, answered Scouts’ questions while aboard the International Space Station. He arrived on the ISS just…

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Officials vow to rebuild Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation in Wisconsin after storm

The legendary campfire circle at Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation sits buried under downed trees. Scouters and council leaders are pledging to rebuild Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation, the beloved Wisconsin camp celebrating its 90th anniversary this summer, after an extreme thunderstorm downed thousands of trees and left a scar visible from space. Miraculously, only one person sustained minor…

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What’s the intent behind advancement requirements?

During a campout, Second Class Scout Javier’s patrol worked on First Class requirement 4a.: completing a one-mile orienteering course using a map and compass and measuring designated items. After the course, Javier looks to the next requirement in his handbook, which reads: Demonstrate how to use a handheld GPS unit, GPS app on a smartphone…

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She says Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant and Scouting are a perfect match

A self-proclaimed “nerdy, camp-loving” Scout competing in this week’s Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition wants to prove that Scouting and pageants are not mutually exclusive. In fact, says 17-year-old Rachel Perry, the two complement each other wonderfully. Rachel, a Tenderfoot Scout from Troop 333 of the Narragansett Council, says both programs have “provided great mentors…

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