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Be Prepared for some Scouts to get homesick this summer

It was late in the evening on his first-ever night at summer camp when my son decided he’d had enough. I remember I was just about to doze off when I heard footsteps and the unmistakable sound of kids whispering because they knew they were breaking curfew. When I stuck my head out of my…

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Happy 50th birthday to NESA! Here are 5 things you need to know about the National Eagle Scout Association

In 1971, Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board made one of its most significant recommendations: That approval be given to establish a National Eagle Scout Association … That the primary purpose be to conserve and develop the manpower potential represented by approximately 30,000 young men who annually become Eagle Scouts plus the more than…

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In this turbulent world, there’s still a lot to learn from the late Gail Halvorsen — ‘Berlin Candy Bomber’ and father of 3 Eagle Scouts

Fifteen years before the grand act of kindness that earned him the nickname the “Berlin Candy Bomber,” Gail Halvorsen was the beneficiary of another act of kindness closer to home. Only, he didn’t realize it until he saw his mother’s ragged shoes. The year was 1933, and Halvorsen was a 12-year-old Boy Scout in Rigby, Idaho.…

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Pharmacist starts scholarship for Eagle Scouts at alma mater

Norman Garges knows not every student earns exemplary grades or holds leadership roles in his or her school. So when employees with the office of development at his alma mater, the University of Illinois, approached him about financially supporting students, he wanted to help those who might not have excelled academically but shined in other…

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Troops recruit local artists to give trailers spectacular flair

It’s been a while since we’ve asked Scouters to share their unit’s trailer designs. It’s great to see Scouts and adult leaders’ creativity and how they advertise their unit and Scouting. We still receive submissions, including the two below, which were done thanks to local artists the troops recruited. Many units pay a company to…

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