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Can a Scout complete his Eagle board of review after 18?

Let’s say there’s a Boy Scout who has completed all the requirement for the Eagle Scout rank. He finished the merit badges, service project, active participation, Scout spirit, position of responsibility and unit leader conference. But he still lacks one step: the Eagle Scout board of review. And then — Happy Birthday! — he turns 18. He’s no…

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This airbrushed Boy Scout troop trailer is a literal work of art

The coolest thing to hit the streets of central Ohio isn’t a flashy sports car or tricked-out truck. It’s Troop 510’s new trailer. Michael Brooks created the airbrushed design. Brooks is one of the adult volunteers with the New Concord, Ohio, troop and its associated Venturing Crew 510. The troop and crew are part of the Muskingum Valley…

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10 leadership lessons from LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer, owner of the NBA’s LA Clippers, was a special guest at the Greater Los Angeles Area Council’s Business Leaders’ Breakfast last month. During his remarks, which you can watch in full below, Ballmer offered several nuggets of wisdom about leadership. Wearing a green BSA ballcap when he came onstage, Ballmer was his usual engaging…

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The three-pot method: This is how to wash dishes at a campsite

Wash, sanitize, rinse. With the three-step dishwashing system, you can finish camp dishes in no time. That means you’re back to having fun faster. Here’s how to wash dishes at a campsite, courtesy of the BSA Fieldbook (pages 91-92). What you’ll need A dishwashing spot that’s at least 200 feet from any sources of water Hot water (Pro…

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How to create a budget for your pack, troop or crew

Once you and your Scouts have planned a year of Scouting fun, it’s time for the less-fun part. It’s time to figure out how to pay for it all. Creating a budget for your pack, troop, team, post, ship or crew is an essential part of every well-managed, well-financed unit. Asking families for money every week is…

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Top 5 merit badges for when you’re waiting for April the giraffe to give birth

The internet has fallen in love with April, a pregnant 15-year-old giraffe living at the Animal Adventure Park near Binghamton, N.Y. A giraffe pregnancy lasts 15 months, and April has been pregnant for 15 months. So it’s time. Time for everyone to spend hours staring at the live video feed of April’s pen, waiting for baby giraffe hooves to appear. I’ve embedded the video…

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