– Bryan On Scouting

What Jimmy Stewart said about the Scout Oath

Jimmy Stewart had given acceptance speeches before — after winning an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, for example. But this one was different. This one was all about Scouting. In May 1980, inside a crowded ballroom in one of Los Angeles’ fanciest hotels, Stewart received the Los Angeles Area Council’s Distinguished Scouter Award. As a youngster, Stewart was a…

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Naval Academy hosts Boy Scouts for STEM Merit Badge Jamboree

It’s an event so popular it requires a waiting list. Once every year, Scouts get a chance to earn merit badges in classes taught by real midshipmen on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. At the STEM Merit Badge Jamboree earlier this month, midshipmen — many of whom are Eagle Scouts — led 700 Boy…

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Scouts and presidential inaugurations have a long, fascinating past

Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration used Scouts to provide first aid. Franklin D. Roosevelt requested Eagle Scouts for his personal honor guard. Ronald Reagan’s team invited two Boy Scouts inside on the coldest Inauguration Day ever, and Bill Clinton’s team picked an Eagle Scout to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. For more than 100 years, Boy Scouts and Explorers have performed a patriotic duty…

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BSA makes custom uniform shirt for Cub Scout with aversion to buttons

Fletcher W. has some sensory issues around buttons and snaps. He strongly dislikes them. For this new Cub Scout from Virginia, the blue, button-up uniform shirt was a barrier to his enjoyment of Cub Scouting. So Pack 680 Cubmaster Scott Klempner stepped in. He contacted officials at the Boy Scouts of America’s Supply Group, which runs Scout shops and When…

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New Boy Scout requirements mandatory as of Jan. 1, 2017

Quick heads up for anyone still using pre-2016 Boy Scout rank requirements. As of Jan. 1, 2017, all Boy Scouts — regardless of rank — must begin using the new Boy Scout requirements I blogged about last year. You got a first look at the Boy Scout requirement changes way back in January 2014; the requirements themselves were…

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