Scouts honored by mayor, plus other goods news from the week

Back in August, we told you about the New Jersey Scouts BSA troop that helped the Coast Guard save someone’s life during a sailing trip to Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

The mayor of East Windsor, New Jersey, has issued a proclamation recognizing the Scouts for their actions.

The Township is proud of Boy Scout Troop 5700 members Cash Colleton, Jack Conner, Adam Lewandowski and Connor Suk as well as scoutmaster Bruce Kramer for their pro-active and skillful actions which resulted in the rescue of this person.

Emergency Preparedness is an essential lesson every Scout learns and the fast-acting Scouts reacted quickly and calmly in a real-life emergency situation.

Read more about these heroes in this story from East Windsor.

Cub Scouts clean up local playground

Pack 412 from Campbellsburg, Kentucky, recently performed a service project that involved cleaning up one of the playgrounds the Scouts regularly use for fun. Parents performed the heavy duty chores, like power washing the sidewalk, while the kids scrubbed the equipment clean.

They even invited guests to join in and learn more about what Cub Scouts is all about.

Amarillo Scouting professional gets chance to promote local council

In a recent interview with a local media outlet, Michael Lopez, a senior district executive got the chance to promote Scouting in his area, and boy did he deliver.

“I was at an Eagle court of honor where, you know, somebody achieved the rank of Eagle,” Lopez says. “I saw some of the leaders that weren’t related to these kids. How emotional they became and the crying and the pinning of the mentor badges. It was beautiful, and all I could think to myself is, ‘I want to spread that around the world.’”

Read more of Lopez’s passionate argument in favor of Scouting in this article from

Scouts BSA troop studies health of local stream

Macroinvertebrates — tiny little creatures that don’t have a vertebrate column — can tell scientists a lot about the health of the water in which they live.

A healthy stream will have a variety of thriving vertebrates. A not-so-healthy stream … not so much.

Scouts from Troop 507 in Lexington County, South Carolina, recently partnered with a local conservation organization to help study a stream in their community.

They found a solid population of caddisfly, stonefly and dragonfly larvae, species that would not be found in a stream overcome with pollution.

“The boys had a great time discovering the animal life in 14 Mile Creek while learning how they interact with the health of the waterway,” says troop committee chair Allison Avila. “It was an impactful lesson in ecology and conservation.”

Read more about this outing in this story from The Lexington Ledger.

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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.