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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

With its new National Outdoor Awards, the BSA honors guys who can’t stand still

UPDATE (1/20/2012): Wear this patch in the temporary patch position — on the right pocket.

Guys join Scouting to experience the outdoors. It’s that simple.

To recognize that passion for adventure, the BSA announces its new National Outdoor Awards. As we told you last year, the awards are available to Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts who meet specific requirements in one of five subject areas: camping, hiking, aquatics, riding, and adventure.

There are two levels of the award. Boys can start with the National Outdoor Badges, seen at left. These are earned by boys who demonstrate “that they are knowledgeable, safe, and comfortable in the outdoor activity covered by the badge.”

Each segment is earned by completing the First Class rank, earning relevant merit badges, and accumulating experience—nights of camping, miles of hiking, hours of swimming, etc.

Once they earn a segment, boys can go the extra mile (in some cases literally) and shoot for gold or silver devices, available for spending extra time on a particular activity.

The badges and devices are impressive, but the highest honor for outdoor lovers is the National Medal for Outdoor Achievement, seen at right.

We originally reported that boys needed all five segments to earn the medal, but the National Camping Task Force has altered those requirements slightly.

The list of requirements is still daunting, though, meaning this medal isn’t for everyone.

Boys must earn the Camping badge with a silver device and two other badges, each with gold devices. They must also earn four outdoor-specific merit badges, plan a unit outing, and take a Wilderness First Aid course and a Leave No Trace course, each 16 hours long.

Ready to introduce these new awards to your guys? You’ll need the full requirements, listed after the jump, and the award applications (link opens PDF).

(Thanks to Brent C. for the tip.)

Follow the jump for the complete requirements.

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BSA unveils fresh, new marketing campaign

Though the organization’s values have remained largely unchanged in the past 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has always evolved with the times. From introducing new merit badges to expanding the program to include young women, the BSA knows the importance of staying current.

That’s also true with the BSA’s marketing team. Take as an example the new set of print and video materials meant to entice non-Scouts into learning more about the excitement of Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing. It’s a continuation of the effective “Words to Live By” campaign that the BSA started last year.

What’s different is the design. Gone are the white backgrounds of last year’s campaign. They’ve been replaced by bright colors that will catch a potential Scout’s eye.

Check out the designs seen at left. The bold colors, sharp photography, and crisp writing will make these materials stand out. They’re available now for units, districts, and councils to use to promote Join Scouting nights and other recruitment events.

The materials are easily customized. There’s space at the bottom for a quick message, and then most of the back is blank to leave room for important facts, such as the time and place of weekly meetings and information on who to contact to learn more about the BSA.

Check out all of the print materials, many available in both English and Spanish, on the BSA Marketing Web site. The fliers are expertly tailored for the program’s age group. Different campaigns are available for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers.

You also don’t want to miss the new television spots that accompany the campaign.

Shot in a documentary style, the short, quick-hitting videos are a look at Scouts in their natural element: the outdoors. Most of these videos are also available in English and Spanish and all can be downloaded for your use.

What do you think of the new campaign? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below.