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Scouting November - December 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 amid the holiday hustle

WE ARE ENTERING the “most wonderful time of the year,” starting with a feast focused on gratitude and ending with a countdown to the new calendar. In between is a time that hopefully is joyful, reflective, and full of fun, love and memories. But it’s also incredibly busy. The holiday season is one of many times each year when hundreds of thousands of people across the country sacrifice and juggle to find time in their hectic schedules to make Scouting programs happen. I am grateful to each and every one of you leaders, volunteers and parents for giving your time, energy and heart to helping young people have once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Without you, Scouting wouldn’t exist. You mentor and shape the leaders of the future through a thousand small, sometimes thankless tasks: coordinating…

3 min.
unlocking a new world of fun, friendship

Even though she had done it before in her home country, Lauren Noble still felt a little anxious strapping into her zip line harness. Those jitters for the 15-year-old English Explorer quickly dissipated as she sped down the 1,000-foot wire alongside her friends — some of whom she already knew, but many she had met during the nearly two weeks at the 24th World Scout Jamboree this past summer. “My favorite part is just meeting everyone,” Lauren says. “I’ve made great friends and hope we can stay in contact.” More than 41,000 Scouts, volunteers and leaders from 145 countries met at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia for the biggest World Scout Jamboree in history. There, they forged friendships and enjoyed high-adventure activities, such as zip-lining, scuba diving, rock climbing and whitewater…

1 min.
scouting’s balancing act

“It’s only an hour a week” is a common remark heard when Scouters talk about the amount of time their service takes. The often-heard reply is “One hour is all you have left of the week.” Too often, those hackneyed phrases hold more truth than we would like to admit. I don’t think I ever meet a Scouter who wears only one Scouting hat. The truth is, we adults are drawn toward the adventure that every Scouting opportunity offers us. It is hard to say no. This issue of Scouting magazine deals with balancing our Scouting life with everything else in our lives. Over the years, our family has developed a rule that has served us well: “Faith and family first.” Of course, there is work as well. Friends and hobbies are…

1 min.
tennis ball recycling hornaday project is a smashing success

Logan Hine loves playing tennis and is on his high school’s varsity team. But the Eagle Scout with Troop 64 in Maugansville, Md., soon realized something about the sport. “Tennis is an extremely wasteful sport,” Logan says. “Some balls are used for less than an hour and then thrown away. Most balls are not played with more than one time.” Millions of these discarded rubber balls end up in landfills every year. So Logan partnered with Recycle Balls, a nonprofit organization that specializes in recycling tennis balls. The group places bins by tennis courts across the country, which are then shipped to a recycling facility in Vermont. The balls are ground up and incorporated into material for new tennis courts and other rubber products. Recycle Balls has collected 1.9 million balls since 2017…

1 min.
when to cancel an event because of the weather

You check the weather forecast a day before the troop’s campout this weekend: a 60% chance of thunderstorms with possible wind gusts of 30 mph. Should the campout be postponed until a weekend with fairer weather? It can be a tough call, and there are many factors to consider: What is the terrain where the campout will be? Will you be camping in a place susceptible to flash flooding or lightning strikes? What activities are planned? Would bad weather make those activities dangerous to do? What are the typical weather patterns for the area and that time of year? Are there permanent shelters available near the campsite? What are the capabilities and experiences of your unit? Bottom line: Safety and common sense should dictate whether or not you cancel or postpone an…

1 min.
scouts bsa leaders should bookmark these resources

The BSA has refreshed and retooled a pair of online resources for Scouts BSA volunteers. The first is the Program Resources page. Think of it as your quick-start guide to Scouts BSA. Here, you’ll find a collection of links for starting a Scouts BSA troop, helping Scouts earn merit badges, guiding youth leaders toward more effective troop meetings and more. The second is the Program Updates page. This one’s for both newcomers and veterans, and it’s where the National Scouts BSA Committee posts the latest information on any changes to the program. If there’s a new program initiative, updated requirement or any change to Scouts BSA printed material, you’ll find it there first. Learn more at go.scoutingmagazine.org/programresources…