Courage. Sacrifice. Selflessness. Patriotism.
Do those words describe an act of service performed by a Scout, Venturer or Scouter you know?
Chances are, they do. And you’ll need to act quickly to recognize this person by nominating him or her to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s Citizen Honors awards. The nomination deadline is Jan. 10, 2014.
The same foundation that honors acts of wartime valor (with the Congressional Medal of Honor) seeks to also celebrate “unsung heroes” or citizens who’ve selflessly put the lives of others first through an act of heroism. And, as Scouts pledge to “help other people at all times,” it’s likely that you know of a Scout, Venturer or fellow Scouter deserving this great distinction.
Nominate this person today — the Jan. 10 deadline is approaching fast. Nominees must be age 18 or older, and this person’s act of selflessness must have occurred in the last three years. Find more details regarding the nominating criteria here.
Read more and watch a video about the award after the jump.
One look at the photo is all it took for our September-October “Where Am I?” winner to recognize the mystery location: the Wind River Range in Wyoming.
142 readers submitted their guesses and random number 35 was chosen as our contest winner: Scouter Kathy Borrell of Cochranville, Penn., who says she’s backpacked the rugged terrain of the Wind River Range.
Borrell has won a $100 Supply Group gift card to use at her local Scout Shop or at ScoutStuff.org. Congrats!
Don’t miss the latest November-December “Where Am I?” contest that will challenge even the most well-traveled readers. Examine a photo and description of this mystery spot, and submit your guess for a chance to win. Contest ends Dec. 20.
Photo by W. Garth Dowling
Stellar accomplishments, like earning the Eagle Scout award, reap stellar rewards. Eagle Scout Tristan Bullard can attest to this, as he watched astronomers take one step closer to completing the Giant Magellan Telescope at Saturday’s rare mirror-firing event.
During a Mirror Lab tour, visitors watch as the massive mirror is “fired” in a spun-cast furnace (shown at back of photo). Courtesy of NESA.
Alongside internationally known scientists and astronomers, Tristan — who was named Eagle Scout Astronomer earlier this year— looked on as liquid glass spun in a gigantic furnace reaching 1170 degrees Celsius at the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory Mirror Lab in Tucson.
The new, 20-ton mirror is the third of seven mirrors needed to construct the Giant Magellan Telescope, a project that will allow astronomers to look into the cosmos with clarity and precision 10 times sharper than the Hubble Space Telescope. The GMT mirror-firing is considered to be the most challenging optics ever undertaken with each mirror measuring 27 feet in diameter.
Tristan says the mirror firing was a once-in-a-lifetime event. And one that he experienced thanks to the National Eagle Scout Association.
Read more about how Tristan got the chance to attend the mirror-firing after the jump. Continue reading
Are you the next Bobby Flay or Giada De Laurentiis when it comes to camp cooking? Share your specialty recipes with us in the new Scouting and Boys’ Life magazines Campout Cuisine Contest.
From Dutch oven concoctions to foil-pack delicacies and more, submit your favorite recipes and a photo of the finished products. You can even get your Scouts involved in the youth-only category! Entrants can submit one recipe per day, but each entry must contain a different recipe.
We’ve tapped two experienced outdoors chefs, Tim and Christine Connors (authors of several camping cookbook series), to serve as judges of the best campout creations. They’ll choose three adult entries and three youth entries to each receive an MSR Dragonfly stove (a $140 value). But even if your recipe isn’t chosen as a winner, it could still be published in an upcoming issue of Scouting magazine — earning you $50.
Contest ends Oct. 31, and winners will be announced in December.
You can also swap your favorite campout recipes with other Scouters on the Scouting magazine Pinterest page. If you pin and share your own creations (tagging with #scoutingcuisine), we’ll repin our favorites.
So fire up the skillet and start firing off your ideas!
Nothing beats a day on the water — in my opinion, at least. Especially when you’re aboard a sailboat exploring new-to-you waters.
The secret location in the May-June 2013 “Where Am I?” contest is a popular boating destination that I’m itching to visit.
We received 257 guesses and randomly selected number 112 as our winner with the correct guess: Continue reading
Early spring, a complimentary box of KIND Snack Bars arrived at the Scouting magazine offices. The sweet, savory, and spicy snack bars quickly disappeared.
(Mmm. We take product testing very seriously.)
The KIND bars make a great afternoon treat, but they’re even better when enjoyed outdoors — on a hike, a long bike ride, or during an afternoon on the lake. The basic ingredients, like dried fruit and nuts, help make the bars guilt-free (with only 5 grams of sugar) while giving you a long-lasting snack to fuel your busy Scouting activities.
This month, four lucky winners in the July Fuel Up Giveaway will receive 12 KIND Snack Bars to help boost their energy during active endeavors. Enter daily for a chance to win before the contest ends July 31.
Good luck! And look below to see if you were one of four winners in June’s Get Your Feet Wet Giveaway featuring Merrell Footwear. Continue reading
The Silver Buffalo Award recognizes leaders whose service to youth is broad-reaching—whether it’s the creation of exciting new programs, the organization of high-magnitude events, or bringing Scouting to under-served youth.
The award is Scouting’s highest honor, and this year’s class joins previous recipients such as Bill Gates, Robert Baden-Powell, Bob Hope, William Hillcourt, and many more.
In February, we announced the list of 2013 Silver Buffalo recipients. Now, learn more about these distinguished Scouters.
If you’re like me, just reading about the Scouting service listed below will make you reflect, give thanks, and even inspire the question, “How can I do more?”
Go barefoot at the lake without worrying about stepping on a painful rock thanks to a pair of Vibram-soled shoes.
The Merrell Barefoot Water Torrent Glove shoes protect bare feet during your favorite water sports — from stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking, and more.
Enter to win one of four pairs of the Merrell shoes in the GET YOUR FEET WET GIVEAWAY, ending June 30.
Four winners will be randomly selected to choose their style (men’s/women’s) and color of Merrell Barefoot Water Torrent Glove shoes (a $100 value).
The GEAR UP AND GET OUT GIVEAWAY has ended with 4,000 entries. The winners of the May giveaway will be announced by June 7.
Spring is here—so get outside!
To help make sure you’re ready for the adventures on your Scouting schedule, we’ve put together the Gear Up and Get Out Giveaway, featuring the Avila Hydrapak water reservoir ($60) and Road ID’s Wrist ID Elite personal identification armband ($30).
Three randomly selected winners will take home a prize package including both of the items above. With these new additions to your gear supply, you’ll be ready for mountain biking, hiking, trail running, and more.
And new this month, we’re asking entrants to tell us: Where are you exploring this spring?
Submit your entry along with your favorite getaway location and you could be randomly selected as one of three winners after the contest ends May 31.
We received more than 7,000 entries in the Be Prepared Giveaway. The below names were randomly selected as our six winners:
- Adrienne Rubin, a committee member in Priceton, N.J.
- Rick McKinstry, a Cubmaster in San Antonio, Texas
- Terrel Schimpf, a pack trainer in Monett, Mo.
- Dan Buchman, a Scoutmaster in Spring Hill, Kan.
- Charles Raymo, an assistant Scoutmaster in Hickory, N.C.
- Frank Ibero, a crew adviser in La Vista, Neb.
It’s a peculiar vision to see snow-capped mountains and dusty, hot sand all in the same line of sight. But these two geographic elements intertwine at the secret destination in the March-April “Where Am I?” contest.
The location? The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, 35 miles north of Alamosa, Colo.
We received 949 votes from readers, and we randomly selected number 585 as our winner.
Jonathan Alfaro (No. 585), a First Class Scout from Silver Spring, Md., submitted a correct guess, which means he will receive a $100 Supply Group gift card. Congratulations, Jonathan!
Want to try your luck on another round of geography trivia? Take a look at the photo and clues in our May-June contest.