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Scouting March - April 2019

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Scouting magazine offers original content that is a mixture of information, instruction and inspiration, designed to strengthen readers’ abilities to better perform their leadership roles in Scouting and also to assist them as parents in strengthening families.

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United States
Boy Scouts of America
5 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
scouting is for everyone

ONE OF THE MANY things I appreciate about the Scout Motto is the way it demands self-reliance. To “Be Prepared,” one must take personal responsibility. Self-reliance is one of the main values we work to instill in Scouts, and our program is uniquely positioned to help young people practice it in their daily lives. Something that brings me great joy is the way our movement includes young people who have special needs or disabilities. In our organization, every Scout is a Scout first, and a Scout with unique needs second. In this issue, you will see the incredible story of how the Palmetto Council successfully brought Scouting to a group of children at a local school for the deaf and blind. This story really struck me; throughout my career, I’ve witnessed…

3 min.
scouts honor president george h.w. bush

Inside the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, a Webelos Scout stands tall. His right hand at his brow, he salutes the casket carrying President George H.W. Bush. Hours later, six Boy Scouts and five adult leaders pause in reverential silence to honor our nation’s 41st president, who died Nov. 30, 2018. These separate moments, streamed live on C-SPAN and covered by local and national news outlets, epitomize the first words of the Scout Oath: “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country.…” The Webelos Scout is Eliot Dupree of Pack 116 from Arlington, Va. The Boy Scouts are members of Troop 1717 of Hartwood, Va. All are from the BSA’s National Capital Area Council. We talked to Eliot, his mom, and the senior patrol…

2 min.
cub scout springs into action — twice

Stories of Scouts saving others aren’t uncommon. But how often do you hear about a Scout saving two people’s lives on separate occasions … in the same year? Last year, Webelos Scout Steven Sanders used quick thinking to save his younger brother and, later, his great-grandmother. The first rescue happened in April while Steven and his 3-year-old brother, Troy, were eating breakfast at their home in Le Roy, N.Y. Troy began choking on a hard-boiled egg. By the time the boys’ parents turned around to help, Steven had already jumped into action, grabbing Troy’s left arm to stabilize him while hitting his back with the palm of his other hand. Troy spit up the food. And that was that. “It was like nothing ever happened; it floored me,” says Emily, Steven’s mom. Emily asked…

2 min.
making scouting accessible

Hats off to the Palmetto Council for reaching out to the deaf community through Scouting! What an awesome opportunity for these kids. (Read about this great program on page 18.) As I think about it, I’m reminded of Scouting individuals who have reached out to groups of kids who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to join Scouting. At the urging of individual Scouters, most councils these days have multiple urban Scouting units. In addition to specialized units, there are many Scouts in traditional units who require special attention for any number of reasons. Numerous Scouters have left a legacy in this area. One of my heroes is Jane Grossman (pictured at right). I met Jane in the early 1990s at the Philmont Training Center, where she was combining her expertise in speech…

1 min.
news you need fast 5

1 The BSA has an ongoing memorandum of understanding with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. BSA magazines Scouting and Boys’ Life carry the SFIlabel, certifying the paper comes from a well-managed forest. Many local councils have certified tree farms, and both the Summit Bechtel Reserve and Philmont Scout Ranch have achieved the SFIstamp of approval. Learn more at sfiprogram.org 2 Summer camp season is a few months away, which means camp-physical season is here right now. If you’re participating in a Scouting event lasting longer than 72 hours, you’ll need to take the proper Annual Health and Medical Record form to your doctor. Print your copy at go.scoutingmagazine.org/ahmr 3 Cub Scout leaders, you can now grab the latest editions of the Cub Scout Leader Book and rank-specific Den Leader Guides in print or…

1 min.
street named for beloved scoutmaster

Ken Fineran, the longtime leader of Troop 17 in Short Hills, N.J., was active in Scouting for a total of 57 years, since his youth as a Cub Scout. As Scoutmaster, he helped 84 boys achieve the rank of Eagle. That’s why, when he died of cancer in 2016, his troop decided to memorialize what he meant to their community. “During his 36-year tenure, Scoutmaster Fineran made an indescribable impact on the community and the residents of Millburn Township,” Eagle Scout Jamie Serruto says. Eight of the Scouts who earned their Eagle rank under Fineran have returned as registered adult leaders of the troop. Thanks to the eff orts of the current youth and adults in Troop 17, a road called Fineran Way is officially part of Millburn Township. (Short Hills is an…