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Video: Eagle Scout Mike Rowe shares his Scouting story

Here’s a new job for Mike Rowe, he of Dirty Jobs fame: Keynote speaker at a gathering of BSA professionals and volunteers.

Rowe traded his usual duds — well, he kept the jeans — for a nicely pressed shirt at this month’s National Annual Meeting in Orlando.

The Eagle Scout and Discovery Channel star who bulldozed his way onto the Scouting scene at the 2010 jamboree earned the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award at the event. Then he gave a 20-minute, off-the-cuff speech that you won’t want to miss.

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Video: Pip from ‘The Voice’ sings the National Anthem

Earlier this month, I mentioned that Pip wowed the crowd at the BSA’s National Annual Meeting with his rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Now you can see what all the fuss was about.

Pip Arnold, the Eagle Scout who snagged the spotlight on The Voice, received rave reviews from the gathering of volunteers and professionals in Orlando.

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Check out the UK Scout Association’s newest recruiting video

I love what the Boy Scouts of America’s Marketing team has done with its new recruiting materials. (If you haven’t seen them, drop everything and take a look.)

But my BSA pride doesn’t preclude me from pointing out the latest bit of genius from our Scouting friends across the pond.

It started with an e-mail from Elis Matthews. As Senior Editor of the UK version of Scouting magazine, Elis, at least in his job title, is the British version of me — or am I the American version of him? Either way, we’ve never met, but he and I have exchanged e-mails whenever our magazine duties require. So when I get an e-mail from him, I take notice. Continue reading

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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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WATCH: ‘The Voice’ star Pip, at age 10, sings the national anthem for his Boy Scout troop

Long before he turned judges’ chairs on The Voice, Eagle Scout Phillip Arnold turned heads on a much smaller stage.

Phillip, who goes by the stage name Pip, sharpened his singing skills at Boy Scout courts of honor as a member of Marietta, Ga., Troop 287.

Pip’s mom, Chris, has been searching for a video of one of his performances for weeks, and finally — success! — a fellow parent tracked down one from 2003. Watch it below.

I think you’ll agree that Pip’s natural singing ability was already evident nine years ago. And even though the crowd here was 15,999,950 people smaller than the audience for The Voice, Pip still shines.

“I think of every performance as big — even a court of honor,” Pip told me in an interview last month. “I try and give everything I have in every performance. I think being emotionally invested in each performance is what I try to bring.”

Speaking of big performances, Pip’s next appearance on The Voice is Monday, March 19, at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. Central) on NBC. He’ll compete against another singer in the battle rounds where the winner advances to the live shows. If he moves on, he’ll need our votes to keep him alive on the show!

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WATCH: How did our favorite Eagle Scout singer do on ‘The Voice’?

Pip didn’t just sing last night.

He “absolutely blew the roof off the place,” said host Carson Daly.

Phillip Arnold, known on the show as Pip, gave a powerful rendition of The Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun” during last night’s episode. Continue reading

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Man with largest collection of Eagle Scout medals honored

Dr. Terry Grove got his first Eagle Scout Award medal in 1956.

It wouldn’t be his last.

Ever since, he’s been fascinated by the ever-changing design of Eagle Scout medals, patches, hat pins, and other artifacts.

And now, the Central Florida Scouter has amassed the largest collection of Eagle Scout Award medals in the world.

To honor Grove’s efforts to preserve these important pieces of Scouting history, the Boy Scouts of America has presented Grove with its Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, given to fewer than 2,000 Scouters since its inception in 1969.

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