Scouts Then and Now, Chapter 1: 30 inspiring sets of photos

Scouting takes young people on a life-changing journey.

Some Scouts enter the program at age 6, 7 or 8 and stay in until they’re 16, 17 or 18. That means Scouting was a formative presence for more than half of their lives.

If we look at photos from those two phases of life, the visible changes will be obvious. The nonvisible changes — more confidence, better character, stronger leadership skills — are there, too.

Today I want to introduce a new blog series called Scouts Then and Now. Starting today and continuing for several weeks, I’ll share two photos of the same Scout or Venturer: once in his or her early Scouting years (Cub Scout, younger Boy Scout, younger Venturer) and again in his or her later Scouting years (Life Scout, Eagle Scout, older Venturer).

I’ve already received more than 150 submissions, but you should keep sending yours in. Here’s how.

And now, let’s look at the first batch of 30 inspiring photos.

Austin from Colorado

AustinCO

Hayden from New Hampshire

HaydenNH

Jake from Kansas

JakeKS

Art from Washington

ArtWA

Nick from Florida

NickFL

Jake from Michigan

JakeMI

Andrew from Florida

AndrewFL

Blake from Georgia

BlakeGA

James from Georgia

JamesGA

Jared from Virginia

JaredVA

Drew from Pennsylvania

Drew_PA

 

Sean from Pennsylvania

SeanPA

Matthew from New York

MatthewNY

Billy from Illinois

BillyIL

David from Massachusetts

DavidMA

Matthew and Zach from West Virginia

MatthewAndZachWV

Jonathan from Nevada

JonathanNV

Ben from Maryland

BenMD

Harmon from Texas

HarmonTX

Matthew from Illinois

MatthewIL

Henry, Clarke and Clarke from Pennsylvania

HenryClarkeClarkePA

Aidan and Gavin from Kansas

AidanAndGavinKS

Ian from Texas

IanTX

Dawson from Idaho

DawsonID

Will from Kentucky

WillKY

Aaron from Kentucky

AaronKY

Jacob from Ohio

JacobOH

Cassidy from California

CassidyCA

Hayden from West Virginia

HaydenWV

Camden from Maryland

CamdenMD

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