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What’s the most positive decision your Scouts could make?

For teens, it just might be saying no — to tobacco, to drugs, and to alcohol.

And now, courageous Scouts and Venturers who pledge to remain tobacco-, drug- and alcohol-free have the opportunity to to win an all-expenses-paid trip to any of the BSA’s high-adventure bases: Philmont Scout Ranch, Northern Tier, or Florida Sea Base. Everything is included — roundtrip flights, ground transportation, program fees — for an enviable prize valued at $3,000.

The sweepstakes is brought to you by Boys’ Life. In other words, sorry, but adults aren’t eligible to enter. It’s solely for registered Boy Scouts or Venturers between the ages of 14 and 17 at time of entry.

So, leaders, send your Scouts to the Trail of Courage contest page to enter. All they do is take the pledge and submit their contact information. It’s simple, but hurry — the contest ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on March 31.

The drawing will yield just one randomly selected winner, but I think all would agree that any Scout or Venturer who takes the pledge to steer clear of tobacco, drugs, and alcohol is winning at life.

6 Comments on What’s the most positive decision your Scouts could make?

  1. Why do Scouts need to be 14 at the time of entry? My oldest will be 14 on April 14th. He is old enough to attend Sea Base this summer. Puzzling.

    • National covers Scouts under a policy group rate based on an actuarial age. If it includes even one Scout under age 14, the group insurances rates for all Scouts would cost more for National, and then the price of the event would be modified for all. It is simply a matter of insurance cost, rather than some arbitrary and unilateral decision made by National.

  2. Gregg Jones // March 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm // Reply

    I agree with Jeff, my son is a Star scout and 13, he won’t be 14 until July. He already has committed to being substance free.

  3. And why cut off Venturers at age 17? Youth can remain in Venturing through age 20.

    • Regulations on what’s allowed in a contest of this magnitude are tricky, so I suspect that’s the reason behind the age limit.

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