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Get your top 10 questions about Scouts BSA answered right here

Scouts BSA Troop 8222 of the California Inland Empire Council. There’s enthusiasm for the launch of Scouts BSA everywhere you look. You see it on social media, where young people are saying, #ScoutMeIn. You see it on the news as reporters highlight the BSA’s commitment to the whole family. And you see it in all 50…

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Tips for deducting Scouting expenses on your tax return

UPDATED: This text, first published in 2011, was updated Feb. 4, 2019, with 2018 tax season info. This includes a complete refresh and an accuracy review by Eagle Scout Michael B. Carr, CPA. (Thanks, Michael!) DISCLAIMER: While this text was reviewed by a CPA, this material is intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended…

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A fascinating look at the history of the Pinewood Derby

Don Murphy Decades before precision starting gates, glow-in-the-dark cars and electronic finish lines that measure time to the thousandth of a second, there was a two-lane wooden track in California. A lot has changed since Cubmaster Don Murphy dreamed up the idea for the Pinewood Derby in 1953. But a lot has stayed the same,…

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Eagle Scout owns Guinness World Record for longest chain of carabiners

One carabiner can help you carry a water bottle, organize your keys or climb a mountain. But 1,856 carabiners? That’ll help you get a Guinness World Record. Charles Boone, an Eagle Scout from Dormont, Pa., was honored by Guinness World Records for creating the longest chain of carabiners ever. The certifier of superlatives says the record-setting…

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How to Buy a Great Backpack

Backpacking expands your world, opening up vast backcountry areas for exploration beyond the reach of day hiking. But you’ll have to carry your portable home on your back. Besides boots, no piece of gear will affect how much you enjoy this activity like your backpack. Follow the Gear Guy’s advice to make sure you get…

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