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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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Here’s a complete list of 2017 Boy Scout requirement changes

The BSA’s 2017 Boy Scout Requirements book, detailing major and minor changes to Boy Scout ranks and merit badges, is now available. Inside you’ll find: Modifications to the Second Class and First Class ranks The new Exploration merit badge Major changes to four merit badges Minor changes to 32 merit badges The changes are the work of volunteers…

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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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The 10 best patrol name ideas among 2017 March Madness teams

Eagles and Tigers and Bearcats? Oh my! A look at the nicknames of all 68 teams in the 2017 NCAA Tournament reveals some great ideas for patrol names. Here, the 10 best patrol nicknames taken from this year’s March Madness field. 10. Hurricanes School: University of Miami Why it’s cool: Wild, unpredictable and occasionally destructive. Does that describe…

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