Lifelong friends make community safer with Eagle Scout project, plus other positive news in Scouting this week

Henry Jordan and Andy Phillips, two lifelong friends who started Scouting together more than a decade ago, recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. They each led projects dedicated to improving a 44-mile trail along Beaver Creek in east Tennessee by installing emergency mile markers and enhancing the trail’s safety and navigation.

After investing around 500 volunteer hours over two years, the friends successfully accomplished their goal of making their community safer.

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Troop visits and explores historic World War II ship

Credit: Scouts BSA Troop 4 based in New Hartford, New York

Scouts BSA Troop 4 in New Hartford, New York, recently embarked on an overnight trip to stay aboard the USS Slater-Destroyer Escort Historical Museum in Albany, N.Y.

The USS Slater is one of the few remaining destroyer escort ships from World War II. It played a vital role in combating enemy forces in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

During the trip, the Scouts learned about the ship’s operations and historical significance and engaged in a scavenger hunt. Additionally, they explored the New York State Museum and toured downtown Albany.

Today, restored to its former glory, the USS Slater serves as an educational resource for various groups.

Read more about this story from the Daily Sentinel website.

Cub Scout Pack has Derby cars placed on display

The New Providence Memorial Library in New Jersey is hosting a temporary exhibit showcasing Pinewood Derby cars crafted by Cub Scout Pack 363, along with select cars from a recent outlaw derby at which traditional Pinewood Derby rules didn’t apply.

Credit: Courtesy of New Providence Memorial Library

One of the highlights of the Pack 363 year comes in late January and early February as racers build their cars and compete within their den and against other packs.

The exhibit at the library celebrates the craftsmanship, competitive spirit and enduring legacy of the Pinewood Derby in Scouting. It also serves as a unique recruiting tool for other youth who happen upon it during a visit to the library.

Learn more about this story from the Tap into New Providence website.


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Sheniece Chappell is an associate editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines.