Happy Friday! Scout saves man’s life, plus other good news from this week

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Scout leaders use CPR training to save a life

While attending Scout camp with his son, Ron Height suffered a cardiac event.

“I started walking off and that’s the last thing I remember,” he says.

Thankfully, there were two other Scout leaders and a paramedic nearby. The men spent 40 minutes performing CPR, then switched to an automated external defibrillator.

“All I could think about was Ron’s kids and his wife and that’s what really got me, kept me going,” one of the men said.

This week, two of them received Heroism Awards for saving Height’s life.

Get more details on the rescue in this story from CBS 17 in Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

Western Massachusetts Council touts membership gains

“This is just a good step forward again, coming out of the pandemic, to be able to say that we’re growing again,” says Art Lobdell, assistant Scout Executive.

Lobdell talks about how the Cub Scouting program was hit the hardest by COVID-19 pandemic, and also how the Exploring program has grown in the last year.

Read more about this council’s efforts in this article from Western Mass News.

Alamo Area Council honors longtime Scout leader

Bill McCalister earned the rank of Eagle in 1958 and fought in the Vietnam War before embarking in a long, successful career in the insurance industry.

Along the way, somehow he found the time to serve as Scoutmaster — for 45 years.

McCalister was formally recognized for his service by other troop leaders, past Eagle Scouts and other members of the community.

Learn more in this article from Community Impact San Antonio.

Church recognizes Scouts for parking lot improvement project

Holy Cross Lutheran Church was trying to replace the parking lot barriers that keep vehicles off the grass. Scouts BSA Troop 575 — and, in particular, Eagle Scout candidate Evan Hendrix — was willing to help.

Find out how the partnership worked out in this story from the Davie County Enterprise Record.

Quite the hike

More than 100 Scouts took part in the Barefoot Mailman Hike, paying tribute to carriers on the first ever U.S. mail route that stretched from Palm Beach to Miami back in the 1800s.

Learn more in this video from CBS Miami.

It’s Scouting for Food season

Each year, North Carolina BSA units celebrate the BSA’s birthday by giving back to the community through the Scouting for Food campaign.

Scouts from the eight counties of the Old North State Council hit the streets on February 4, when they distributed door hangers asking residents to prepare one or more bags of non-perishable food to be picked up the following Saturday.

Read more about how it works in this story from WFMY News 2 in Greensboro, N.C.

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Aaron Derr is the senior editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines, and also a former Cubmaster and Scouts BSA volunteer.