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Eagle Scouts Remake Photo Taken 10 Years Earlier as Cub Scouts

In 2007, six Wolf Scouts from Indiana sat at a cafeteria table and took a photo together. In 2017, those same six Scouts - now all Eagles - gathered at the same table to remake that photo - silly poses and expressions included. The group formed as... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 months ago

2017 Order of the Arrow National Officers Elected

Forrest Gertin, an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor OA member from Rochester, N.Y., will serve as 2017 National Chief of the Order of the Arrow. His election was announced late last week by the Order of the Arrow, Scouting's national honor society... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 months ago

NSC Speaker

I've had the good fortune to learn from a lot of good men while volunteering in the Boy Scouts of America. They range from professional artists to scientists, some with a high school diploma and others with too many letters after their name to... From Scoutmaster Musings 3 months ago

Issue 511 â€" December 21, 2016

________________________________________ (I first wrote this story-it's a true one-in 2007. Today, nine years later, we have, in addition to long-time readers, a whole new generation of Scouters, Scouts, and parents reading. So it occurred to me... From Ask Andy 4 months ago

Greatest Hits: Our 16 Most-Read Posts From 2016

Late December brings a spate of year-in-review lists. While overused, they are a handy way to recap the year that was. One way to look back on 2016 in Scouting is by seeing which Bryan on Scouting blog posts were most popular. We write the posts,... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 4 months ago

These Two Will Represent BSA as 2016-2017 NRA Youth Ambassadors

The Boy Scouts of America has selected two young people to serve as the 2016-2017 NRA/BSA Brownell Youth Ambassadors. In this role, the pair will represent all Boy Scouts and Venturers at a variety of shooting sports industry events. They'll work... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 4 months ago

Distinguished Eagle Scout Rex Tillerson Nominated as Secretary of State

Rex Tillerson, a Distinguished Eagle Scout, Silver Buffalo Award recipient and past national president of the Boy Scouts of America, has been nominated to be the nation's next secretary of state. Tillerson, upon Senate confirmation, would be the... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 4 months ago

Before and After: The 10 Top Eagle Scout Project Transformations of 2015-2016

Sometimes, it's like night and day. You look at a spot of land before an Eagle Scout candidate has completed his project there. Then you look at that exact same spot after the project is done. The transformation is so stunning that you're tempted... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 4 months ago

John Glenn, First American to Orbit Earth, Father of Eagle Scout, Dies at 95

John H. Glenn Jr., the first American to orbit the Earth, a Silver Buffalo Award recipient and the father of an Eagle Scout, has died. He was 95. Glenn was never a Scout, but his son, David, is an Eagle Scout. David went on a trek at Philmont Scout... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 4 months ago

Is This the Best-Catered Court of Honor in Eagle Scout History?

From the start, the Eagle Scout court of honor for Brian O'Rourke III in Cambridge, Mass., was destined to be special. Brian's grandfather, Glen McLaughlin, traveled all the way from California to be there. There was a slideshow that had many in... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 4 months ago

Five Ways to Make an Ordinary Troop Meeting Extraordinary

No pressure, but if your troop meetings aren't exciting and extraordinary, you risk losing Scouts to other activities. In other words, one bad meeting could be a young man's last. So how do you add "wow" to your weekly troop meetings? You start by... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 4 months ago

How Hands-on Leadership Lessons Help Young People Soar

Randall Robinson was 10 years old when he saw an ad for Aviation Challenge in Boys' Life magazine. The discovery began a yearlong campaign to convince his parents that he needed to attend this program, offered at Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. "I... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 5 months ago

At Interamerican Forum, Scouts and Scouters Imagine World Peace

Can't we all just get along? If there were more Scouts in the world, absolutely. That's the irresistible takeaway from the 2016 Interamerican Youth Forum and Interamerican Scout Conference, held last month in Texas. Representatives from the BSA met... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 5 months ago

Read This Poem Aloud at a Future Eagle Scout Court of Honor

It must've been pretty dusty in the room when Tom Lalor read the poem he had written for his stepson Jonathan. Everyone in the whole place got a little misty-eyed. Lalor read his poem, which you can see below, at Troop 251's Eagle Scout court of... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 5 months ago

Nominate a Scout or Venturer for the 2017 Outdoor Inspiration Awards

For each of the past two years, the Outdoor Inspiration Awards have recognized a youth who shows leadership and passion for the outdoors. And for each of the past two years, a youth member of the Boy Scouts of America has received that award... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 5 months ago

Nominations for National, Regional Alumnus of the Year Awards Due Dec. 31

Why is the symbol for the Alumnus of the Year Award an acorn? Because the individuals who receive this award at the national, council and - beginning next year - the regional level plant seeds for trees under which they may never sit. From now... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 5 months ago

Actually, You Probably Will Believe What These Five Mom Bloggers Said About Scouting (but Read This Anyway)

You won't believe what these five moms are saying about Scouting! That was my original, clickbait-approved headline for this post. But when I got to thinking about it, I realized that you probably will believe what these five Scout moms had to say... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 5 months ago

Scouts Rebuild Homes for Two Women in Houston

Guest blog post by Thora Qaddumi, a Scouting supporter Gloria Adams, 82, made her way past the ladders and buckets of paint in front of her brick home in the Hiram Clarke area of Houston. She looked up to a newly repaired and painted area under the... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 5 months ago

Those Knots

Every six months or so it seems that the discussion on knots come up.  Now you all know that I am not talking about the bowline or two half hitches, or even a well placed figure 8.  No I am talking about the knots that we wear on our uniforms,... From The Scoutmaster Minute 5 months ago

The Boy Scout Board of Review, a Guide to Getting Started

At certain critical points in a Boy Scout's journey through the program, he's asked to stop and think. He looks back on where he's been and looks ahead to where he's going. We call it the board of review. The board of review is a chance for adults... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 5 months ago

Issue 505 â€" November 1, 2016

________________________________________ (Here are two letters that follow up on last week's troop "horror story"…) Hi Andy, Thanks for sharing the letter from "Puzzled & Confused" last week. Sometimes, when I think our troop is all messed up,... From Ask Andy 5 months ago

Meet the Eagle Scout Who Works on the Megahit Videogame Destiny

The real heroes at Bungie , the videogame company behind sci-fi blockbusters Halo and Destiny , don't wear armor. They're guys like Matthew Ward, Eagle Scout and the company's cinematic director, who wore an untucked button-up, jeans and red... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 5 months ago

Inside the Newly Updated Conservation Handbook, Earth's Instruction Manual

While others offer scary predictions about the future of our planet, Scouts and Venturers do something to ensure those dire warnings never come true. In short, Scouts, Venturers and Scout leaders strive to leave this planet better than they found... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 5 months ago

One Good Turn

Sometimes a Daily Good Turn takes some effort, and sometimes an opportunity literally blows up in your face. You've seen the movies where a briefcase full of cash cracks open, or dollars are thrown from a building, or an explosion blasts money... From Scoutmaster Musings 5 months ago

Issue 504 â€" October 25, 2016

________________________________________ (Nope, this isn't a pre-Halloween horror story… It's real.) Hi Andy, Our son joined a troop of his choosing when he crossed over as an Webelos, and my husband (an Eagle Scout, former Assistant Cubmaster,... From Ask Andy 6 months ago

Close the Back Door

There are two phrases that absolutely drive me up the wall, First is "Aging out" and the other is "Eagleing Out".  No where in Scouting are those two terms found.  These are terms founded by lazy leaders that do not understand the entire Scouting... From The Scoutmaster Minute 6 months ago

The Age-Old Question: How Is Your Troop Organized Into Patrols?

In some troops, incoming Scouts form a new-Scout patrol. In others, new Scouts are integrated immediately into a patrol with older boys. There's no one-size-fits-all technique, but there are upsides and downsides to each approach. For this Tuesday... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 6 months ago

Court of Honor Recognizes 200 Refugee Scouts From 14 Countries

It's right there on the Statue of Liberty for all the world to see: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free … " But for Michael Nebeker and his fellow Scouting volunteers in Utah, those are more than just... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 6 months ago

LSU QB Danny Etling, an Eagle Scout, Says Scouting Made Him a Better Football Player and Person

At first, Danny Etling didn't understand why his mom kept pushing him to stay in Scouting. Sure, he enjoyed camping and earning merit badges, but the four-star football prospect didn't exactly have an abundance of free time in high school. But... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 6 months ago

Toy Drive for Eagle Scout Project Benefits Children Battling Cancer

Zachary Fortuna knows all too well the struggles a young person faces when battling cancer. His little cousin, Chris, was diagnosed at age 4 with advanced-stage neuroblastoma, a cancer of the adrenal glands. Zachary noticed that whenever Chris, now... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 6 months ago

Issue 501 â€" October 8, 2016

________________________________________ The rumors of my… Well, you know the rest. Been traveling out of state and out of the country for the past several weeks. Back in the saddle now, so here we go… Dear Andy, Thank you for your commitment to... From Ask Andy 6 months ago

Eagle Scout Court of Honor Planning

As a scoutmaster I did not plan any Eagle courts of honor. After all, that was not my job. The Eagle Scout plans his court of honor with the help of his parents. I did give advice and help a bit when asked, but I usually stayed away from the... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 6 months ago

At the Eagle Scout Project Showcase, Browse Ideas by Keyword, Location

Looking for Eagle Scout service project ideas? Look no further than  Boys' Life ‘s new Eagle Scout Project Showcase . The site includes more than 101 Eagle Scout projects that visitors can browse by keyword, category and location. And you can... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 6 months ago

Represent

Tonight I had the pleasure of sitting behind a young man as his advocate at his Eagle Scout Board of Review.  I have sat behind many young men as they answered questions and talked to t he board about leadership and their Scouting experience.  Each... From The Scoutmaster Minute 6 months ago

How to Plan a Troop or Camp Reunion to Celebrate 25, 50 or 100 Years

Troop 1 of Sacramento, Calif., celebrated its 100th anniversary with a powerful, well-made video and a special neckerchief . Troop 1 of Wichita Falls, Texas, reminisced about a century of existence at a reunion banquet attended by Glenn Adams,... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 6 months ago

YAEP

Y et A nother E agle P roject was completed this past weekend in our community. This one was interesting, useful, and fun to help with. Our elementary school just invested in an outdoor classroom this summer, spending tens of thousands of dollars... From Scoutmaster Musings 6 months ago

At Philmont, Baltimore Scouts Meet the Man Who Founded Their Troop

Sometimes your past comes back to haunt you. Other times it greets you with open arms. It was the latter for Kevin Dowling this summer at Philmont Scout Ranch, where he serves as general manager. In 1971, Dowling started Troop 918 in the Baltimore... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 6 months ago

Extreme Makeovers, Round 18: Eagle Scout Project Before-and-After Photos

Note: This is the 18th in an occasional series where I share Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos. See the complete collection here . To fully understand the impact Eagle Scout projects have on communities, you need to see to believe. That's... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 6 months ago

Why Dancer Derek Hough and His Dad, Bruce, Are Big Believers in Scouting

Derek Hough sent his dad a text a few weeks back. "Dad, check out my Instagram." Bruce Hough opened Derek's Instagram page , where the  Dancing With the Stars  star shares photos with nearly 2 million followers. And there was Derek, wearing his Cub... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 6 months ago

In New Interview, Dr. Robert M. Gates Shares Thoughts on Leadership, Scouting

In a new interview with  Eagles' Call  magazine, Distinguished Eagle Scout and former defense secretary Dr. Robert M. Gates shares his thoughts on leadership and the value of Scouting. Read the full interview in the Fall 2016 issue of  Eagles' Call... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 7 months ago

Scouts, Win Big Prizes and Share Your MacGyver-Inspired Projects

Trapped on a roof, MacGyver bent the steel shaft of a TV antenna and held on as he zip-lined down a rope to the ground. When he needed a plane, MacGyver built his own using bamboo poles, a tent, a lawnmower engine and - naturally - duct tape. And... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 7 months ago

How to Hold One-on-One Scouting Conversations While Following Youth Protection Guidelines

You'll often find Mike Walton at his nearby Wendy's restaurant - but not because the Tennessee Scouting volunteer is a fan of the Baconator. It's because Walton sees Wendy's as a safe, public place to meet with Scouts about their Eagle Scout... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 7 months ago

Life Scout to Fellow Scouts: Do Not Rush Your Journey to Eagle

The true reward of becoming an Eagle Scout isn't the fanfare at the finish but the experiences along the way. That's why Cameron, a Life Scout in Troop 424 of Katy, Texas, wrote a letter encouraging his fellow Scouts to slow down and enjoy the... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 7 months ago

Eagle Scout Scoutmaster Soars to Paralympic Gold, Breaking His Own World Record

Eagle Scout David Blair won a gold medal and extended his own world record in the men's discus F44 on Friday at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Blair, whom I profiled last week , hurled the discus 64.11 meters - breaking his previous world... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 7 months ago

Extreme Makeovers, Round 17: Eagle Scout Project Before-and-After Photos

Note: This is the 17th in an occasional series where I share Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos. See the complete collection here . To fully understand the impact Eagle Scout projects have on communities, you need to see to believe. That's... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 7 months ago

92-Year-Old Has His Eagle Scout Court of Honor 75 Years Late

Eagle Scouts, Scouting professionals and volunteers celebrated 92-year-old John Prince with an Eagle Scout court of honor 75 years after he earned Scouting's highest honor. Price achieved the rank in 1941, just as the world was erupting in war. His... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 7 months ago

Here Are the Eagle Scouts Playing in the NFL in 2016

Eagle Scouts become CEOs, scientists and soldiers. They also become Broncos, Ravens, Dolphins, Redskins, Chiefs, Texans and Chargers. A search of the NFL's 2016 active rosters - nearly 1,700 players in all - turns up a number of Eagle Scouts. These... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 7 months ago

David Blair, Eagle Scout and World Record-Holder, Prepares for First Paralympics

Everywhere David Blair goes, he sees people staring at his club foot, which he calls his "skinny, atrophied leg." "It's humorous for me because they don't know I can see their eyes, because they are busy looking at my leg," he says. "But, it... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 7 months ago

Help Find the Mystery Eagle Scout Who Saved a Life in California

Joshua Allen and his family were on vacation in the Stanislaus National Forest near Yosemite National Park when Josh fell over a waterfall and needed to be rescued. He later learned he had broken nine ribs and punctured his lung. A mystery man - an... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 7 months ago

John Lithgow Caught the Acting Bug at Boy Scout Summer Camp

If not for Camp Birch near Springfield, Ohio, John Lithgow might not be the award-winning actor he is today. Lithgow is a star of the big screen ( The World According to Garp , Terms of Endearment ); small screen ( 3rd Rock from the Sun , Dexter );... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 7 months ago

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