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Room for one more? Your ideas for the 13th point of the Scout Law

Don’t panic! The Scout Law isn’t changing.

Why mess with something that’s been guiding Boy Scouts in this country since 1911?

The BSA’s version  — one of several variations from around the world — is a slight tweak from the 10 original points Baden-Powell published in his Scouting for Boys in 1908.

We all know it well, right? Say it with me: A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

Sounds good. But 100-plus years after it was written, it’s fun to think about what — if anything — is missing from the list. What would make a good 13th point for the Scout Law?

I turned to our Facebook friends, and many said they use this same question in Eagle Boards of Review.

Here are the top responses, sorted by number of mentions:

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How to follow the Boy Scouts car at the Indy 500

Scouters and Scouts, start your televisions.

The Indianapolis 500, easily the best-known auto race of the year, is Sunday.

I’ve always enjoyed watching, but ever since the BSA IndyCar debuted in 2010, I’ve had even more reason to tune in to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

This year, driver James Jakes takes the wheel of the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing/Boy Scouts of America car.

Jakes, one of eight rookies in the race, will start in the sixth row, sandwiched between Dario Franchitti and J.R. Hildebrand, who finished second in last year’s Indy 500.

Plan to watch? Here’s all you need to know about the 96th edition of this event:

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Enter to win a Buff in the Gotcha Covered Giveaway

When our gear guru Stephen Regenold (founder of thegearjunkie.com) selects items for Scouting magazine’s “Great Gear” column, he uses two important criteria when making his final selections: style and function. Buff headwear—featured in our May-June issue—meets both of these standards.

That’s why we decided to snag a handful of Buffs to give back to our readers: Enter our GOTCHA COVERED GIVEAWAY for a chance to win one of 10 Buffs. This contest will end in one week, on Monday, May 7.

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March-April ‘Where Am I?’ location, winner announced

Take a peek at the photo from our March-April “Where Am I?” contest and you might think you’re standing in Wind Cave National Park.

But take a closer look at the clues: You can find “frosty, crystal-like adornments” in Jewel Cave National Monument, located in South Dakota’s Black Hills.

We received 666 responses, and randomly selected a winner—Greg Caporale, assistant Cub Master of Pack 326 in Smithtown, N.Y.

For winning, Greg receives a $100 gift card to use at his local Scout shop or at scoutstuff.org.

Didn’t win this time? Try again in our May-June “Where Am I?” contest. You have until June 25 to enter. Good luck!

Photo by Thorsten Scheuermann

Central Park, shown above, is considered the ultimate "urban forest" as it sits in the heart of New York City.

Submit your ‘urban forest’ photos to win U.S. Forest Service contest

While you may dream of a picturesque backyard—dotted with mountain peaks, green trees, and acres of land for you to explore—more than 80 percent of the U.S. population resides in urban areas.

And, as our cities grow, it’s more important than ever to appreciate, conserve, and cultivate urban forests in our neighborhoods. That’s precisely the goal of the U.S. Forest Service’s “My Neighborhood Forest Photo Contest.”

Snap a digital photo of your favorite urban green space—including parks, gardens, greenways, natural areas, and more—and submit your photos at urbanforest.challenge.gov.

After the contest ends July 22, three winners and 12 finalists will be selected by U.S. Forest Service judges. The “Grand Prize” winner will take home $200 worth of outdoors gear (including a daypack, trekking poles, and more); the “Runner Up” will take home $25 worth of gear; and 12 finalists will receive a U.S. Forest Service T-shirt, pen, and water bottle.

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Scouting magazine is now on Pinterest.com

Have you ever run across a great Cub Scout activity on the Web and wished there was an easy way to file the information for later use? (And I’m not talking about writing down the URL address on last night’s dinner napkin.) Enter Pinterest.com.

This clean-cut Web site, with its all-white background and crisp tableau of images, allows users to create their own visual “pin boards” to capture ideas, stories, and scraps of inspiration themed around a topic (like “Great Camping Destinations”) for later use and/or to share with other “Pinners.”

Because the editors at Scouting aim to arm volunteers with the best resources needed to help lead pack, troop, team, and crew activities, we’ve launched our own Scouting magazine Pinterest page. What does this mean? Now you can “follow” Scouting-themed pin boards relevant to your interests—whether it’s “Great Gear,” “Cub Scout Snacks,” “Scouting Cakes,” “Boy Scout Activities,” and much more.

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Catch Pip live tonight on ‘The Voice’ and give him your vote!

Updated with voting info  — see in red below. Voting closes at 10 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday, April 10.

If everybody gets 15 minutes of fame, Pip is in overtime.

The Eagle Scout who grew up singing at troop courts of honor has been on screen for at least 20 minutes so far on The Voice, NBC’s top-rated reality singing competition.

While in Scouts, Pip sang at courts of honor and other troop functions.

And that’s been enough for fans nationwide to get behind the Georgia native with the silky pipes. Fans of Pip are rallying on Facebook and Twitter, calling themselves Team Bowtie, a nod to the 19-year-old’s neckwear.

How is Pip handling his overnight fame? He called me last week during rehearsals in Los Angeles to share.

“I have only been on TV for 20 minutes total, but the fact that all these people are following me on Twitter and constantly messaging me and creating fan pages — it’s a little overwhelming,” he said. “These are people who have taken time out of their lives to be a part of mine. It’s a weird feeling, but it’s cool at the same time. It’s something that you worked for, and you always hoped would happen but never thought it would.”

For Pip’s dream ride to continue, though, he needs the help of Team Scouting. Read on to find out how you can do a Good Turn for this Eagle Scout.

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Tethered hot-air ballooning and the BSA

Ready to take your pack, troop, team, or crew to new heights?

Schedule a ride in a tethered hot-air balloon. The activity, which previously wasn’t approved, was officially OK’d this week by the BSA’s Health and Safety team.

Notice I said tethered hot-air ballooning — not the kind where you ride for miles like the Wizard of Oz. Unlike traditional hot-air ballooning, the tethered variety uses at least three lines connected to the ground to keep the balloon from moving horizontally. The BSA has set the maximum permitted height at 70 feet.

Now, don’t go buying a balloon and trying this yourself. The balloon must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration, and the pilot must be certified and insured.

Before planning a ride, familiarize yourself with some key requirements:

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UPDATE: ‘Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?’ casting expands to seven states; deadline April 16

(UPDATED April 10, 2012)  The Are You Tougher? casting call is growing! See the expanded casting region and new deadline in the “How to Apply” section at the bottom.


Scouts and adults, practice your knots, sharpen your pocketknives — oh, and comb your hair.

Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?, the new National Geographic Channel show I told you about in January, is looking for a few outstanding cast members for its first season.

If you live in California one of seven Western states (see below), read on to learn how you can get in on the fun. If you live elsewhere, I’ve got some exciting details about what kind of people you can expect to see on the show when it premieres this fall.

I spoke with senior casting director Sarah Furlong today, and she’s pumped about the new reality competition show that will pit current Scouts against adults who were Scouts as youth. And it’s all done with the blessing and support of the Boy Scouts of America.

“We’re kind of excited because this is the first time the Boy Scouts have lent their name and given permission to a show like this,” she said.

Furlong, who recently finished casting for upcoming seasons of America’s Got Talent and Storage Wars, said that ideal candidates for Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? are heartfelt people with integrity, a love for the outdoors, and an interesting story.

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Next on ‘The Voice’: An Eagle Scout prepares for battle

UPDATE (March 14, 2012):  — I have just confirmed that Pip’s battle episode will air 8/7 Central on Monday, March 19!

Good thing a Scout is Brave. Phillip Arnold will need all the courage he can get.

The Eagle Scout singer, who goes by the stage name “Pip,” is entering the battle round on NBC’s hit reality singing show, The Voice.

Three weeks have passed since the blind audition episode where Pip blew away the judges — and me — with his rendition of “House of the Rising Sun.” (If you missed it, click here and watch it immediately!)

Of the 75 singers from last round, only six got all four judges to press their “I Want You” button. Pip was one of the six, a clear sign he’s an early favorite.

But he can’t rest on his laurels. It’s time for Pip to go head-to-head with a competitor: Two singers enter, and just one moves on.

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