In a test of outdoors skills, who would win: Boy Scouts or adults who are out of Scouting?
Though the answer seems obvious, it’ll sure be fun to see those adults try.
That’s the promise behind the newest reality show, Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?, set to debut this fall on the National Geographic Channel.
Teamwork. As important in Scouting as it is in Major League Soccer. And both organizations strive to Be Prepared for the future.
Not a stretch, then, to understand why Scouting and the nation’s top professional soccer league announced today they’re on the same team. By forging a special collaboration with the nation’s top youth organization, MLS will use its network to support the BSA’s “youth-focused program of athleticism, character, and leadership.”
Beginning at the start of the soccer season in March, Scouts will receive special access to MLS games, players, coaches, and executives through unique on- and off-field programming designed specifically for Scout packs, troops, teams, and crews. Continue reading
How far would you go to inspire your Scouts?
One assistant Scoutmaster had a specific distance in mind: 140.6 miles.
That’s the distance of an Ironman triathlon — 2.4 miles swimming, 112 miles biking, and 26.2 miles running. All that effort, says Mark Williams of Troop 16 in Parker, Colo., shows his Scouts what training and perseverance can accomplish.
Combine Scouting with comfort food, and what do you get?
In Troop 36′s case, you get a Good Turn. Scouts and Scouters from this California unit heard about people in need 1,200 miles away and decided to help.
It all started a few months ago when First Class Scout Gianluca Allesina of Irvine Ranch, Calif., read about the September fire that destroyed 1,600 homes in Bastrop County, Tex. He immediately asked his parents how he could help Scouts there.
The result? A big dinner prepared by Gianluca’s father, Ugo, an executive chef from Italy. More than 225 parents and community members attended, and their donations totaled $1,322.
That entire sum was sent to Bastrop, Tex., Troop 533, which lost all of its camping gear in the blaze.
How does it feel getting a shout out from Taylor Swift?
Ask Eagle Scout James O’Dwyer, whose relief program in Alabama to provide aid to tornado victims caught Swift’s eye.
The singer, who has donated millions of dollars and hundreds of hours to disaster relief, nominated O’Dwyer to receive a TeenNick HALO Award, given to “teens who work hard to make the world a better place.”
Reading that description, does it surprise you that an Eagle Scout was among the HALO Award recipients? Me either. Continue reading
Help the BSA celebrate its newest merit badge—Chess!—tomorrow by watching fellow Scouts in a live, human chess match.
The event, shown online at this link, will take place between 1:05-1:25 p.m. CST on Saturday, Sept. 10. Scouts will serve as pieces, challenging one another as they move across the gigantic chess board at The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.
Scouts back at home can earn their own Chess merit badge by participating in this ancient game—dating back to 600 A.D.—in addition to learning scorekeeping, organizing a tournament, and teaching another Scout how to play.
Look for the new merit badge at your local Scout Shop after you’ve completed the required tasks.
Read more about the Chess merit badge requirements here.
Nate Stafford isn’t your typical 13-year-old.
While other kids his age worry about saving up for the next must-have video game, Nate has a loftier goal: saving lives, one bed net at a time.
This month, the teenage Boy Scout reached his goal of raising $10,000 to purchase 1,000 life-saving nets. The insecticide-treated nets are crucial in the fight against malaria in Africa.
Today, Nate was honored by the U.N. Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign and the Boy Scouts of America (partners since 2010) during a special reception at the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Tex. Continue reading
Eagle Scouts know to “Be Prepared,” but nobody’s prepared for this.
When a fire started in 18-year-old Reid Vaenuku’s house last March, everyone rushed outside to safety.
Well, not everyone. One member of the family of nine was still inside — Reid’s brother Keio.
Ignoring the fact that smoke was filling the house and his lungs, Reid rushed inside to find Keio still sleeping; he woke his brother and led him to safety. Firefighters later told the family that the roof could easily have collapsed on top of the brothers.
Five months after that dramatic day, the Boy Scouts of America has given Reid its top award for bravery: the Honor Medal with Crossed Palms, given for “unusual heroism and extraordinary skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save life at extreme risk to self.” Continue reading
Long before he won three World Series titles, Pat Gillick received another hard-earned prize: Eagle Scout.
Now, 60 years after joining the elite few who earn Scouting’s highest honor, Gillick enters another exclusive club: the Baseball Hall of Fame. Continue reading
“It’s not every day you get to teach a comedian to tie a sheepshank,” said Boy Scout Colin Goodman.
True. But then again, it’s not every day your Scout troop gets featured on national TV. Continue reading