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41st World Scout Conference Concludes with Call to Drive Further Growth and Deepen Impact

World Scouting News - сб, 19/08/2017 - 19:25

At the Closing Session of the 41st World Scout Conference, the Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), Ahmad Alhendawi, called on the Conference/Member Organizatio

41st World Scout Conference Concludes with Call to Drive Further Growth and Deepen Impact

World Scouting News - сб, 19/08/2017 - 09:25

At the Closing Session of the 41st World Scout Conference, the Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), Ahmad Alhendawi, called on the Conference/Member Organizatio

How many young men with the last name Eagle have become Eagle Scouts?

Bryan on Scouting - птн, 18/08/2017 - 19:08

The news this month that an Ohio 17-year-old with the last name Eagle became an Eagle Scout got us at the BSA thinking.

How many Eagle Scouts in history have had that auspicious surname?

So we queried the Eagle Scout database. It should be noted that the database includes most of the 2 million-plus Eagle Scouts in history. But because we’re talking about records going back to 1912, it’s not 100 percent perfect.

With that little caveat out of the way, let’s go.

How many Eagle Scouts have the last name Eagle?

There are 63 Eagle Scouts with the last name Eagle — from Alan to Zachary.

Not counted in that 63 are those whose last names merely start with Eagle.

This longer list includes men with family names like Eagleman, Eagles, Eagleson and — my favorite — Eagleburger.

Add in that group, and the total becomes 141.

Are there any Eagle Scouts with the first name Eagle?

Awesomely, yes. There are three Eagle Scouts whose given name is Eagle.

That means their parents basically predestined them to earn Scouting’s highest honor, and they delivered.

Two are recent Eagle Scouts — 2002 and 2011 — but one, a Mr. Eagle Wilson of Dearborn, Mich., became an Eagle Scout on Dec. 13, 1930.

What about other Scouting ranks as last names?

I’m glad you asked! There are nine Eagle Scouts whose last name is Life. Life, of course, is the Boy Scout rank right before Eagle.

What about the rank before Life? There are eight Eagle Scouts with the last name Star (and 375 more who spell it with an additional r: Starr).

As for Eagle Scouts with the last name Tenderfoot, Second Class or First Class, my search for those turned up empty. But there were five with the last name Scout.

And finally, how’s this for overachieving? Sixty-one Eagle Scouts have the last name Palm.

Being a Youth Advisor to the 2014-2017 World Scout Committee

World Scouting News - птн, 18/08/2017 - 16:05

Every three years, at the World Scout Youth Forum, a team of six young people are elected. On paper, their main role is to serve as Youth Advisors to the World Scout Committee (WSC).

In ‘SOS: How to Survive’ on The Weather Channel, Eagle Scout shares camp hacks that could save your life

Bryan on Scouting - птн, 18/08/2017 - 16:00

It started with the Wilderness Survival merit badge, earned at Maumee Scout Reservation in Indiana.

Then there was the 2-inch ad in the back of Boys’ Life magazine promising “amazing hidden secrets about rugged wilderness survival” to anyone who sent $1 for postage and handling.

Beginning Sunday, Eagle Scout Creek Stewart’s quest to become the ultimate survivalist takes him back to prime-time television.

In SOS: How to Survive on The Weather Channel, Creek recaps real-life survival situations and gives his take on what the individuals did right or wrong when fighting for their lives.

Some of his coolest tips include ways to repurpose everyday objects — using a camera lens to start a fire, for example — when survival is at stake.

“There’s so much to learn, not only from what they went through but also, maybe, what they could’ve done,” Creek says in a promo for the show.

Set your DVR now because SOS: How to Survive premieres at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on The Weather Channel.

Creek is back

Fans of Creek (or this blog) know that SOS: How to Survive isn’t Creek’s first foray into television.

In 2014 and 2015, Creek hosted Fat Guys in the Woods, also on The Weather Channel.

Each week on Fat Guys in the Woods, Creek joined three average Joes on a trip into the wilderness with limited supplies. Creek helped them work through challenges and learn the art and science of outdoor survival while battling the threats of Mother Nature.

SOS: How to Survive takes the stakes even higher. This time, the survival scenarios are completely real. Creek, with the benefit of hindsight, tells what the potential victims could’ve done better.

In the premiere, a young couple leaves the trail for a photo and can’t find their way back. This begins a three-day attempt to hike down extreme mountainous terrain that leads them into a dead-end canyon.

I got a sneak peek at the premiere, and I’m in. In the hourlong episode, Creek offers actual tips that may save your life. He even discusses the mental survival skills needed to keep your head right when the going gets tough.

Future episodes will deal with surviving extreme cold, extreme heat, injuries in the wilderness and hurricanes.

A true friend of Scouting

Creek, a recipient of the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, has been a supporter of Scouting all his life.

He addressed 15,000 Arrowmen at the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference and more than twice that many Boy Scouts, Venturers and adults at the 2017 National Jamboree.

His message to Jamboree participants: Do what you love — even if it doesn’t pay the most money.

Creek’s ad in Boys’ Life

Creek’s survival prowess has only grown since the ad below appeared in the February 1998 issue of Boys’ Life.

Scouts of Montenegro Engaged in Fighting Forest Fires

More and more devastating forest fires mark the summer period in southern parts of Europe. More often than not Scouts are engaged in their local communities to support the firefighters.

World Scouting and UN Women Sign Memorandum of Understanding to advance gender equality in support of UN Women's HeForShe Initiative

World Scouting News - птн, 18/08/2017 - 12:00

The Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), Ahmad Alhendawi, and the Senior Advisor to the Under-Secretary-General of UN Women and Head of HeForShe Initiative, Eli

Out of Eden walk essay contest deadline for Jamboree, Philmont participants is Sept. 1

Bryan on Scouting - чтв, 17/08/2017 - 16:00

National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek’s 21,000-mile walk around the world is about slowing down to appreciate what’s around you.

But if you want to join Salopek, don’t slow down just yet. Any Scouts or Venturers who want to walk alongside Salopek in Asia for a few days of his journey have until Sept. 1 to enter the 2017 Out of Eden Walk essay contest.

All Boy Scouts or Venturers who attended the 2017 National Jamboree or a 2017 summer program at Philmont Scout Ranch are eligible to write an essay and be considered for the top prize. Remember those cool Passport Journals Scouts and Venturers received at Philmont or the Jamboree? These essays will incorporate observations recorded there.

The big prize: Two lucky winners will join Salopek in Asia for a leg of his trip. (And, yes, Youth Protection rules of two-deep leadership and no one-on-one contact will be followed each step of the way.)

This Out of Eden walk is the same opportunity I first told you about back in December.

Hurry to this site for 2017 National Jamboree participants or this site for 2017 Philmont Scout Ranch participants to learn more.

A young person’s passport to intentionality

Scouts or Venturers who attended the Jamboree or Philmont received Passport Journals. The journals, covered in this National Geographic story, encourage young people to reflect on these once-in-a-lifetime experiences through a practice Salopek calls “slow journalism.”

Slow journalism is about taking time to observe what’s around you. It’s about paying attention to the little details of life. It’s about appreciating everyday interactions.

Salopek is looking for Scouts or Venturers who have become familiar with the concept of “slow journalism.” He invites them to write a 500-word essay (about one page) that reflects on their National Jamboree, Philmont and/or Scouting experiences.

Here’s a little more, from the Jamboree opening show:

And the video shown to Philmont participants at the opening campfire:

Last year’s winner

In 2016, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting held its first Out of Eden Walk essay contest.

The winner: Nick Fahy of Milton, Mass., who joined Salopek in Uzbekistan in September.

In his winning essay, Fahy made a comparison between the affluent neighborhood of Milton and the less prosperous Mattapan just to its north. He discussed the atmosphere of the neighborhood, which has seen growth in past years but is still struggling economically.

“[My essay] presented this image of two different Mattapans: one that is growing and one that is stuck in the past,” Fahy said.

His experience in Mattapan carried him to Uzbekistan, where he observed a culture vastly different from his own.

Here is Fahy’s winning essay.

The Old Man and the Seafood

By Nick Fahy

In the trash pail by the side of the road two lottery tickets and a pair of cigarettes slowly disintegrate. The strip to its side seems a wasteland in shades of black and gray, and but for the heat, nothing in the street would tell the season. In the half hour walk down the strip I count five barber shops but not a supermarket in sight, and the only general store is a Dollar Store, graffiti staining the glass windows.

The trash pail itself is a rusting three gallon module of the community of Mattapan in which it lies. The community has in recent years fought a protracted battle against its problems with addiction and dependence, and it manifests itself here, in the twin lottery tickets the consumer who purchased them doubtless could not afford. Across the way, observing the sparse nutritional options, another conclusion comes to mind: this is a community whose children will struggle to grow up healthy if their parents shop for dinner from a drugstore.

It is important — critically important — that slow journalism be active here and in other impoverished communities. Rather than sensationalize, as oftentimes is the goal of the 24-hour news cycle, the goal of slow journalism is to create awareness of the problems in our society, and as such inspire change. When slow journalists report on their findings, the public, informed and inspired by this demographic of journalists, can act to solve society’s biggest problems.

An hour’s walk from the trash pail, a man sits on the ledge of a building twenty years condemned smoking a cigarette. He goes only by his last name, Bay, and he’s just finished the rehab workout his doctor prescribed to recover from his recent knee-replacement surgery. I sit, and we talk, and he tells me he doesn’t know whether Mattapan is changing for the better. “For Mattapan to change, the people have to want to change,” he tells me. Do they want to change? “That’s the thing. I don’t think so.”

The situation looked bleak from the condemned building that afternoon. But as I walked home later that day, I smelled something different from the gasoline and pot smoke common to the strip : seafood. A new restaurant with a small paper sign in the window reading Mattapan Fish Market had just opened across from the new health center. A young child in a red vest stood outside, inhaling the smell of fresh fish. So perhaps, amidst all this desolation, there was hope.

The biggest hope for towns like Mattapan caught in the vicious cycle of poverty is simple : opportunities for children. It means investing in education in impoverished areas, providing healthy food for kids, and ensuring Mattapan’s newest generation has the resources necessary to resist gang violence and addiction. Perhaps that is the core lesson of slow journalism – that to break the patterns of a place that doesn’t want to change, we should invest in our future.

Read some of the runners-up here.

Scouts in Greece Support Firefighters

This is the third day this week that Scouts from Ελληνικός Προσκοπισμός (the Scouts of Greece) are actively supporting firefighters engaged in battles against devastating forest fires in mai

2017-2020 World Scout Committee Elected

World Scouting News - чтв, 17/08/2017 - 11:56

The 41st World Scout Conference today elected the 12 members of the World Scout Committee (WSC), the executive body of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM).

World Scouting Welcomes the Iraq Scout Association

World Scouting News - чтв, 17/08/2017 - 08:46

The Republic of Iraq is a country in Western Asia. Its main ethnic groups are Arabs and Kurds. Others include Assyrians, Turkmen, Shabakis, Yazidis, Armenians, Mandeans, Circassians and Kawliya.

Update your BeAScout pin today, so future Scouting families can find you tomorrow

Bryan on Scouting - ср, 16/08/2017 - 16:00

Today’s parents can do it all online. With a few taps on their tablet, they can buy school supplies, sign up for soccer or hire a babysitter.

And, more and more these days, they’re finding out about Scouting online, too. Today’s parents want, and expect, to learn more about the BSA through a simple-to-use, nicely designed website.

BeAScout.org is that website. It is the first thing many prospective Scouting families see about the BSA, and it tells them what Scouting is, why it’s a good fit for their family and where they can find a pack, troop, crew or ship near them.

That last part — the where — is where you come in. It’s time to update your unit’s listing on BeAScout.org, and I’ll tell you why.

You see, when moms and dads visit BeAScout.org, they can enter their ZIP code to find all the Scout units near them.

These results show up as pins, with each representing a pack, troop or crew nearby.

If your unit is one of those pins, you want that prospective Scout parent to have a direct line of communication to you. That way you can tell them all about how awesome Pack 123 is or what makes Troop 456 so great.

There’s just one problem: some units haven’t updated their pins, meaning there’s an extra obstacle between you and a new member of your unit.

But don’t worry. Updating your pin is easy, and it’s well worth your time.

Two types of pins

There are two types of BeAScout.org pins: council-owned and unit-owned.

Council-owned pins give parents the council’s website or phone number. Unit-owned pins allow parents to communicate their interest directly to the unit leader.

Here’s what the difference looks like on BeAScout.org:

You can see that updating your pin is the way to go. But how’s it done?

How to update your BeAScout.org pin and who can do it

This Scouting Wire post outlines the steps for updating your BeAScout.org pin.

It’s simple, and it’s a good way to make sure your information is current — that it doesn’t list last year’s Cubmaster or meeting time, for example.

Not all adult volunteers can manage the unit’s pin. The capability is restricted to the primary unit leader, unit committee chair and chartered organization representative.

Parents incoming

Last year, there were more than 600,000 visits to BeAScout.org. This year, that number could be even higher.

That’s because the BSA will put some money into paid search results and boosted posts on Facebook — both directing traffic to BeAScout.org. That will ensure that prospective Scouting families come out in full force to the site this fall.

Once there, they’ll learn about Scouting, find units and access the lead form and membership application in the BSA’s new online registration system.

World Scouting Welcomes The Scout Association of Macau

World Scouting News - ср, 16/08/2017 - 13:28

The Scout Association of Macau (TSAM) was established in December 1983 with 200 members.

10 ways to maximize your solar eclipse viewing experience with your Scouts

Bryan on Scouting - вт, 15/08/2017 - 16:00

You might have heard there’s a total solar eclipse coming on Monday, Aug. 21.

In the contiguous United States, the eclipse begins at about 9 a.m. PDT on the Oregon coast. It will then dash across the middle of the country before ending around 4 p.m. EDT off the coast of South Carolina.

Scouts, Venturers, parents and Scout leaders who live along the 168-mile-wide path of totality are in for the biggest treat. But everyone in the lower 48 will see at least a partial eclipse, which is still really cool.

Speaking of really cool, the team at Boys’ Life will host the “Boys’ Life Eclipse Extravaganza” live on Facebook, beginning around 10 a.m. Central on Monday. Be sure to tune in.

With the eclipse now less than a week away, here are some last-minute suggestions for maximizing your viewing experience.

1. See what you’ll see.

This site, from the folks at Google and the University of California, Berkeley, lets you type in your ZIP code or city to see what the eclipse will look like wherever you’ll be on Aug. 21.

It provides exact times, so you can set your alarm accordingly.

2. Plan for the patch.

In June, I told you about the BSA 2017 Solar Eclipse patch, available to Scouts and Venturers who make the most of this awesome opportunity.

Learn more at the official BSA eclipse website.

3. Find an event near you.

If you’re in the path of totality, chances are there’s a Scouting event hosted by your council. That’s the plan at these BSA camps, plus others not listed:

If you aren’t near one of these camps, check this NASA page to find a viewing location near you. Options abound both in and out of the path of totality.

4. Be Prepared for traffic and poor cell service.

If you live or plan to drive to somewhere within the path of totality, expect heavy traffic and overloaded cell towers.

Plan ahead by bringing a standalone GPS device (instead of relying solely on your phone). Print out maps and reservation info for hotels or campsites.

Pack extra water and snacks in your car, too, in case you’re stuck on the road for a while.

5. Teach your Scouts and Venturers what they’ll see.

Use a flashlight and some sports balls to show your Scouts how an eclipse works. Have the tennis ball moon blocking out the flashlight sun, casting a shadow on the basketball earth.

You can also show them this Crash Course Astronomy video from PBS.

6. Stay cool in the shades.

By now I hope you have your eclipse-ready glasses. Look for ones that say they’re ISO 12312-2 compliant. Your local Scout camp, science museum, school or astronomy club might have extras for people to borrow.

Watch out, though, because some companies are selling eclipse viewers and glasses that aren’t safe.

The American Astronomical Society has put together this list of reputable vendors, which includes retail chains and online vendors.

7. Make your own eclipse viewer.

Looking for a hands-on activity that will also help Scouts view the eclipse in a safe way?

Look no further than this solar eclipse viewer from Boys’ Life magazine. Find instructions here, or watch the video below.

8. Prepare to be outside for hours.

Don’t let the eclipse distract you from your typical preparations for being outside in the summer heat.

That means you bring plenty of water, wear sunscreen and a hat, and find a shady spot with camp chairs to wait for the big moment in the sun.

Sunscreen? Yes, even in an eclipse you can get a sunburn.

9. Figure out a foul-weather plan.

Clouds can spoil even the best eclipse-watching plan. So even as you cross your fingers for clear skies, you should still plan for the worst.

If you’re watching at home, bookmark NASA’s Eclipse Live page, where viewers can see the eclipse from a number of unique vantage points, including NASA aircraft and high-altitude balloons.

If you’re watching with a group, bring a laptop and projector so you can share these live videos for all to see.

10. Start planning for 2024.

There will be another eclipse in the United States on April 8, 2024. That one will cut across Texas, through Ohio and into Maine.

In other words, even if you miss out on the 2017 eclipse because of bad weather or other factors, all is not completely lost.

WOSM Secretary General, Ahmad Alhendawi delivers rousing speech at the 41st World Scout Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan.

World Scouting News - вт, 15/08/2017 - 08:10

On behalf of the Chairperson of the World Scout Committee and myself, I am pleased to welcome you to the 41st Conference of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement.

Welcome to the Largest Conference in World Scouting History

World Scouting News - пн, 14/08/2017 - 16:36

The 41st World Scout Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan, will go down in World Scouting history as its largest yet with representation from at least 160 Member Organizations.

Lion pilot program for kindergarteners off to a roaring start, with exciting changes coming for 2017-2018

Bryan on Scouting - пн, 14/08/2017 - 16:00

“It’s fun, hands-on and active.” “It’s simple and easy to implement.” “It’s age-appropriate, builds character and develops new skills.”

That’s just a glimpse of what parents and youth across the country are saying about Lions, the BSA’s pilot program for kindergarten-age boys.

Lions answers the call for fun, character-building after-school adventures for boys 5 or 6 years old or in kindergarten. Lions begins its second season as a nationwide pilot program in the 2017-2018 Scouting year.

Pilot is the operative word here. It means this program is evolving based on feedback from parents and BSA professionals. Based on that feedback, as well as surveys and focus groups, the BSA has some changes to announce for this fall.

I’ll share those changes a little later in the post. First, let’s take a quick look at what people are saying about Lions so far.

What did families think of Lions in 2016-2017?

Lion Guides, parents, and youth agreed that the program content was enjoyable, effective and engaging.

“Overall, the Lion program was a big hit with our pack,” one survey respondent wrote. “In my opinion, this is the best idea the BSA has come up with, next to allowing girls to join Venturing.”

Many said they got the training and support from council and district volunteers to help make their Lion experience a success.

Other highlights from the survey:

  • 61 percent of Lion parents indicated they have no other child in Scouting. This means Lions is both recruiting new families to Scouting as well as serving siblings of existing Scouts.
  • 90 percent of parents said they liked the uniform T-shirt, shared-leadership model, age-appropriate activities, youth Adventure book and immediate recognition stickers. They’re also pleased with the meeting duration, frequency and content. They said the Leader Guidebook was simple and easy to follow and that the Adventures were engaging for the boys.
  • 91 percent of parents say their Lion will be moving to Tigers. This is probably the best indicator of all that the pilot program is success.

What’s new in Lions for 2017-2018?
  • Pack meetings and activities will be open to Lion families who want to participate. Lion families said they wanted more pack involvement, and now they have the option of being included in program, skits, and more.
  • Pinewood Derby open to Lions. Packs have three recommended options for implementing this:
    1. Integrate into the pack Derby with other Cub Scouts.
    2. Use the wedge car from the Scout Shop to eliminate cutting.
    3. Have Lions participate in a Veggie Car Derby, where potatoes and cucumbers replace wood blocks.
  • Fundraising will be allowed as a family option. Although they don’t want mandatory levels of funds to raise, Lion families indicated they do want to have the option to raise funds. Spring fundraising is encouraged. If popcorn is sold by Lions, a show-and-sell approach where older boys and parents are also present is preferred. Door-to-door selling would only be appropriate if the parent is by the youth’s side.
  • Uniform T-shirt won’t change, but families can buy button-down if they want. Parents and boys love the required Lion T-shirt and optional cap. But this change allows families to buy official blue Cub Scout button-down shirts and blue pants as desired for special occasions and pack ceremonies.
  • A Lion-specific page in Boys’ Life. Parents can use this great resource to help unlock the world of reading for their child.

Find tons of great Lion content on this site.

Winning formula: Eagle Scout wins world championship in Microsoft Excel

Bryan on Scouting - птн, 11/08/2017 - 17:00

On the list of unlikely global competitions for teenagers, this one sits on Row 1 of Column A: a Microsoft Excel world championship.

But sure enough, it’s a thing. Each year, students from around the world compete to see who has the sweetest spreadsheet skills.

This year, for the first time ever, an American won the Excel trophy at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship in Anaheim, Calif.

And it wasn’t just any American.

It was Eagle Scout John Dumoulin of Troop 1390 from Woodbridge, Va.

Prepared for the pressure

John, a 17-year-old rising senior, became an Eagle Scout in March 2015, conquering the tough list of requirements completed by the 6 percent of Scouts who earn Scouting’s highest honor.

Two years later, to win the Excel championship, John had to best 560,000 candidates from 122 countries who had entered the competition. At the finals in Anaheim, John and 150 others were given 50 minutes to re-create completed spreadsheets.

John told me that Scouting helped him Be Prepared for that kind of pressure.

“Scouting has given me the mentality that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to, no matter how challenging the feat may be,” he said. “This helped me in the competition.”

Excelling at an early age

John started getting into Excel in middle school, where he loved tracking baseball stats using the software. When he got to Forest Park High School in Woodbridge, John channeled that hobby into something that will serve him well in a future career. Through the school he earned several Microsoft certifications, including one for Excel.

At first, John’s passion for a seemingly mundane program bewildered his friends. But they quickly understood.

“Being a baseball player, my friends were confused when I told them I was competing in an Excel competition, but after I told them what it was they were really supportive and proud of me,” John says.

Surely their support will grow further once they learn of John’s prize for winning the world title: a $7,000 scholarship, a big trophy and an Xbox.

Scouting spreadsheets

John used his skills to help his troop, too. He created a troop calendar in Excel and used it when tracking his progress toward merit badges like Family Life and Personal Fitness.

Of course, John’s hobbies and Scouting experience extend beyond the borders of his laptop screen.

His Eagle project was entirely analog: he preserved trees at a park in Lake Ridge, Va.

“They had an issue with beavers damaging the trees and creating debris on the walkways,” John said. “My volunteers wrapped wire fencing around trees to help preserve them for the park, and we finished with an area cleanup.”

John’s favorite Scouting memories — so far — include learning to ski with his troop, whitewater rafting and his Eagle Scout ceremony.

“Scouting has taught me to strive for excellence and go for high achievement in everything I do,” John said. “I’m glad to bring the Microsoft competition into the world of Scouting and hope for the growth of technology and STEM work in Boy Scouts continues.”

Does the National Jamboree count toward a National Outdoor Award?

Bryan on Scouting - птн, 11/08/2017 - 16:00

The National Outdoor Awards, which debuted in 2010, are how the BSA recognizes Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Sea Scouts or Venturers who demonstrate knowledge and experience in high-level outdoor activities.

Young people can earn badges in one or more of these six areas: Camping, Aquatics, Conservation, Hiking, Riding and Adventure.

Once earned, the patch and segments can be worn in the temporary patch position — on the right pocket.

Go here for the full list of requirements for each of the six National Outdoor Awards.

Now that you’re up to speed on the basics, let’s discuss one very specific detail.

Question from a Scouter

A Scouter named Tony emailed me with this question:

Hi Bryan,

Thank you very much for running your column. It is my go-to place to begin looking for a Scouting-related question.

Also, I hope that the Jamboree was as fun for you as it looked to me as an offsite observer.

Anyway, the question that I anticipate will be: Does attendance and participation at the 2017 National Jamboree meet requirement 3G of the National Outdoor Award for Adventure? That requirement says: “Attend any national high-adventure base or any nationally recognized local high-adventure or specialty-adventure program.”

Yours in Scouting,

Tony

Thanks for the question, Tony. For the answer, I went to Rob Kolb, outdoor programs specialist at the BSA’s National Service Center.

Does the National Jamboree count toward the National Outdoor Award?

Yes, attendance at the Jamboree can count toward requirement 3G of the National Outdoor Award for Adventure. The requirement states that Scouts or Venturers must “attend any national high-adventure base or any nationally recognized local high-adventure or specialty-adventure program.” The Jamboree qualifies.

Bottom line: The Adventure segment of the National Outdoor Awards asks Scouts or Venturers to complete 10 adventure activities. The Jamboree can count as one of those 10.

If a Scout or Venturer is lucky enough to attend two or more Jamborees — perhaps the 2017 National Jamboree and 2019 World Scout Jamboree — he or she may count both toward the 10. That’s confirmed by this sentence in the Adventure award requirements: “Items 3a–g may be repeated as desired.”

BSA photo by Al Drago.

World Scouting to Convene in Baku for the 41st World Scout Conference

World Scouting News - чтв, 10/08/2017 - 22:00

Leadership from 167 National Scout Organizations representing over 40 million Scouts will convene on Monday for the World Scouting’s ‘general assembly’, the World Scout Conference in Baku, Azerbaij

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