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Scouting May - June 2020

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

1 min
boys’ life preview

A WHOLE NEW WORLD Troop 425 Scouts hopped over from the Hawaiian island of Oahu to Maui to backpack in Haleakal? National Park. Although they weren’t too far from home, they felt like they were on a different planet: spectacular sunrises atop a dormant volcano, rare plants that bloom once in 90 years and terrain that suddenly changes from lush to barren. Read about the troop’s amazing journey in the May issue of Boys’ Life. NOT JUST HORSIN’ AROUND In the June-July issue, read about how girls Troop 220 from Fremont, Calif., spent a weekend camping and horseback riding at Half Moon Bay State Beach. When not horsin’ around, the girls worked on their orienteering skills, knots, knife and ax safety, native plant identification, first aid and more. It was a great opportunity…

2 min
brian white, eagle scout, restaurant entrepreneur

Sometimes a merit badge will spark a future career path for a Scout. For Brian White, it was a leadership outing. White, who earned the Eagle Scout Award in 2004 with Troop 299 of Dublin, Ohio, owns a restaurant in Columbus. The business began six years ago as a food cart on a college campus. He recently opened a brick-and-mortar establishment, specializing in pho, a Vietnamese soup featuring broth, rice noodles and meat. His restaurant, Pho Fast, also serves as a corporate catering company. We caught up with White to ask him about how Scouting specifically helped him. HOW DID SCOUTING HELP SHAPE YOUR CAREER PATH? My most memorable moment was at Brownsea Leadership Training Camp. For the first time in my life, I heard the phrase “use your resources.” That changed my…

1 min
a year in one of the first scouts bsa troops for girls

Madison Burrell uses these adjectives to describe her time at the wet and windy West Point Camporee: “tiring, scary, wet, muddy, crusty and painful.” Hardly a ringing endorsement, right? But then read what Madison says next: “I hope I’ll get to make more memories like this.” For Madison’s mom, Troop 5109 Scoutmaster Christine Burrell, it’s the perfect metaphor for Scouting. “It seems everyone these days is talking about grit as the big predictor of success,” Christine says. “That is what the BSA develops in spades.” Troop 5109 was one of hundreds of Scouts BSA troops for girls that formed on the first possible day: Feb. 1, 2019. In its first year in existence, Troop 5109 camped in sun, rain and snow. They earned merit badges, religious emblems and the Messengers of Peace Award. They met Scouts…

1 min
scouts split up big job for three eagle projects

Tyler Henry wanted to help Memorial United Methodist Church in Summit Point, W.Va., where his grandmother had attended and where Troop 421 met. As a tribute to his grandmother and a thank-you on behalf of his troop, Tyler decided to take on multiple challenging tasks for his Eagle Scout project: replacing the church’s speakers, upgrading the sound booth and building a table for the sound equipment. It seemed too much for one Scout. But for three Scouts? You betcha. So Tyler encouraged Eric McClaflin and Andre Yates to devote their Eagle projects to helping the church, too. Tyler decided to take on the sound booth portion of the massive project. He and fellow Scouts first removed a pew and radiator. The floor was raised so the sound booth operator could have a…

1 min
scouting brings brother and sister closer together

They’re in separate troops, but make no mistake: Charlotte and Alex Beatson are on this Scouting journey together. They’ve worked on merit badges together, were inducted into the Order of the Arrow at the same time, and have even attended some of the same camporees and service projects. “It is full of friendly competition,” says Charlotte, a 15-year-old Star Scout from girls Troop 114. “This drives us to work our hardest and enjoy all we can learn.” Alex, a 12-year-old Life Scout from boys Troop 361, agrees. “It’s been fun to work on some merit badges together,” he says. “It’s been cool to see my sister finally get to do and be recognized for the things I have been doing in Scouting for years.” Families like the Beatsons out of Littleton, Colo., illustrate why the…

5 min
filling the gap

If St. Louis were building its famed Gateway Arch today, it might have trouble finding enough skilled tradespeople to finish the job. According to the State of the St. Louis Workforce 2017 report, nearly 60% of companies that hire workers in the skilled trades say they can’t find enough people with the skills they need. That’s not surprising, given that 53% of jobs in the 16-county region are middle-skill positions — those requiring postsecondary training but not a four-year degree — but only 46% of area adults are middle-skill workers. How can a BSA council address the skills gap? One way is by expanding Exploring, the worksite-based career-education program offered by the BSA’s Learning for Life affiliate. Skilled trades is one of the career fields Exploring focuses on, along with law enforcement,…