An interview with the first female Eagle Scout in Abilene, plus other good news from this week


Izabella McCutchen has accomplished a lot in her brief time as a member of Scouts BSA. But it was her demeanor during one dinner that maybe says the most about her character.

She attended the mayor’s breakfast earlier this month and sat with some leaders in Abilene, such as CEO of Texas Trails Council Mark Conrad.

“They were just so impressed with her and her ability to lead. She sat at the table and had command of the table. They actually called me the next day and told me the story of how impressed they were with her,” said Conrad.

Read more about this impressive young lady in this story from KRBC news, and watch the interview with her below.

San Francisco troop unearths 90-year-old time capsule

In 1933, members of Troop 88 in San Francisco buried a time capsule at an important site in their community. Last weekend, the current members of that troop dug it up.

Inside the time capsule, they found a phone book, newspapers, photos, a Bible and even an olive branch from Jerusalem. … A new time capsule was also placed in the ground, containing magazines, pandemic-era writing, pictures and even an iPhone.

Read more about this cool experience in this story from NBA Bay Area.

Scouts BSA members present 100-year-old veteran with a special gift

Herb Smith deserved a new American flag. His local Scouts BSA made sure he got one.

The flag in front of the 100-year-old World War II veteran’s home had become ragged and torn. His housekeeper noticed and contacted the local Scouts BSA troop.

Find out what happened next in this story from The News-Herald in Southgate, Michigan.

Newspaper reproduces 1920s story about local Scout troop

Sometime in the early 1920s, a Scout troop from Spokane, Washington, spent a week at winter camp, and their experience was documented in the local paper.

… The Spokane Daily Chronicle called it a “vacation de luxe!” … The deluxe part wasn’t because of the accommodations. When asked whether it was cold out at the camp, one boy “registered disgust at the question.”

“We keep busy during the day,” he said. “Don’t have time to get cold. And we sleep on warm straw beds with plenty of blankets at night.”

Take a look at this humorous account from Scouting’s past in this story from The Spokesman-Review.

Minnesota Scout becomes first in his region to earn the Distinguished Conservation Award

It was a big day for Renzo Vita from Princeton, Minnesota. Not only was he officially promoted to the rank of Eagle, he was also presented with the BSA’s Distinguished Conservation Award.

Renzo has distinguished himself through his active service in Scouting. He has trained and practiced his leadership abilities and is marked by the character gained through the understanding of citizenship and religious beliefs.

Read more about Renzo in this story from the Princeton Union-Times.

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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.