NASCAR racetrack hosts massive Scouting event, plus other good news from the week

Darlington Raceway is best known for hosting NASCAR’s Goodyear 400 and Southern 500 events. But on one recent weekend, it played host to hundreds of Scouts and adults as well.

“It turned out to be one of the best chances and experiences that I’ve had this whole year,” says one participant. “It’s been something else, man.”

Although the raceway has hosted Scouts before, a NASCAR official said this event had the largest turnout of any.

“The NASCAR people are first class,” says one troop leader who attended. “They treat these kids, not like they’re just there hanging out like you would see at a major league baseball game, but like they are VIPs.”

Read more about the event in this story from South Carolina Now.

How inviting girls has benefited Scouts BSA troops in the Albany, N.Y., area

Enrollment is up in the Twin Rivers Council, which serves the Capital District and Adirondack region of New York State, and one of the biggest reasons is the decision to invite girls to join Scouts BSA.

Some of the young women who now help lead Scouts BSA patrols joined because their brothers were in Boy Scouts.

Delmar assistant patrol leader Molly Kelley’s older brother is an Eagle Scout.

“I always saw my brother at meetings and I’d be like ‘Oh my gosh, I want to do that, too,’” she said.

Read more in this story from the Times-Union newspaper.

West Virginia Eagle Scout candidate creates “safe zones”

Transactions conducted over the internet that require in-person interactions – like selling used furniture – can be tricky. That’s why Ethan Cavender created safe zones, where community members can safely meet up and exchange items under the watchful eye of local police.

Learn more about Ethan’s project in the below video from WSAZ NewsChannel 3 in Huntington, West Virginia.

Texas Sea Scout ship recaps epic experience at Florida Sea Base

We explored several different islands and learned about marine life and island habitat. We worked together and sailed the ship on the waters of the Caribbean Sea and the international water of the Atlantic Ocean. We had a crazy amount of fun!

Learn more in this story from Blue Ribbon News in Rockwall, Texas.


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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.