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State Department, under Eagle Scout Tillerson, to hand-sign Eagle letters

Rex Tillerson will be extremely busy traveling the world as secretary of state. But he’ll still take time to recognize his fellow Eagle Scouts. The U.S. Department of State, under the leadership of Distinguished Eagle Scout Tillerson, announced it will continue the department’s long-standing tradition of sending congratulatory letters to Eagle Scouts. It’s unknown whether previous secretaries of state hand-signed…

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Guion Bluford, first African-American in space, is an Eagle Scout

Long before becoming a barrier-breaking astronaut, Guion Bluford was a pretty typical American boy. He had a paper route, loved playing table tennis and was a Boy Scout, eventually earning Scouting’s highest honor: the Eagle Scout award. Few could’ve guessed that some day this Eagle Scout would become the first African-American in space. In celebration of Black History Month, let’s…

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Let’s get at least 50 percent of direct-contact leaders trained in 2017

Every Scout deserves a trained leader, but less than 50 percent of direct-contact leaders complete basic training for their position. Scouting U wants to change that. The BSA’s training team has set its 2017 goal: at least 50 percent of direct-contact leaders trained this year. Direct-contact leaders, as the name implies, are adult volunteers who have direct contact with…

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Boy Scout retention: Four things you can do so they’ll stick around

If you recruit new Boy Scouts into your troop without a plan for retaining your existing members, you’re just spinning your wheels. Help Boy Scouts get the most out of this life-changing organization with a program that keeps them coming back week after week. Boy Scout retention requires a long-term plan where adult leaders and youth leaders work together to…

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You’re not dreaming: Camping actually does help you sleep better

On a magazine assignment last summer, I joined Troop 7031 from Flagstaff, Ariz., on a canoe trip through Yellowstone National Park. (Shameless plug: Find my story in the May 2017 Boys’ Life and May-June 2017 Scouting!) The first day of paddling was the longest, and we arrived at camp exhausted. We set up tents, hung up bear bags and heated up dinner.…

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Scout Planning Worksheet is a new tool to help Scouts perfect planning skills

When planning an Eagle Scout service project, you have to identify a goal, recruit a team, plan transportation, purchase materials, consider safety and plot each step. It’s a lot of work. So much, in fact, that in an ideal world the Eagle project wouldn’t be a Scout’s first experience with formal, documented project planning. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to…

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3 questions to ask yourself before becoming a merit badge counselor

Planning to teach them Traffic Safety? School them in Scholarship? Impart your insight about Inventing? Before you serve as a merit badge counselor, ask yourself three questions: 1. Am I using the latest pamphlet and requirements? You’ve heard the warning that anything posted online is there forever, right? That’s true of merit badge requirements, too. A Google search turns…

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