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GOTTA HAVE IT


Power From the People


Renewable energy is all the rage—and now, environmentally conscious Scouters and youths can harness their own energy thanks to the nPower PEG (Personal Energy Generator). The device springs from an idea that Aaron LeMieux, founder of Tremont Electric, an alternative energy company, has been working on for several years. Hiking the Appalachian Trail back in the ’90s, LeMieux wished he had a way to


recharge his radio and CD player without carrying the extra weight of disposable batteries. “Several days into that three-month trip, I was inspired by the notion that my backpack possessed a significant amount of kinetic energy through the up-and-down movement derived from walking,” LeMieux recalls. The nPower PEG couldn’t be simpler to use. Just put it in your backpack and go.


While you hike, jog, or bike, the nPower PEG builds up its power reserve. When it’s ready, connect the nPower PEG via USB cable to any mobile phone, MP3 player, or GPS device. (Alas, no laptops.) Users will cut down on environmental waste by eliminating the need for multiple charges and batteries. LeMieux believes that nPower eventually will spread to many other products


such as medical devices, toys, and more. In the meantime, the nPower PEG makes going green even easier. Price: $149 at npowerpeg.com.


HELP WANTED


Attention, Scouts and leaders 18 or older: Super summer jobs await you at the BSA’s three high-adventure bases. Here’s how to apply:


Florida National High Adventure Sea Base SUMMER HIRES: 150


PAY: $900 per month and up— more for specialty positions. Includes room and board.


POSITIONS: program, retail, and food-service staff. Specialized positions such as scuba instruc- tors and boat captains require prior certification.


CONTACT: P. O. Box 1906, Islamorada, FL 33036; 305-664-5612, bsaseabase.org.


Northern Tier National High Adventure Bases SUMMER HIRES: 200


PAY: varies by position; first– year staffers generally make $936.79 a month, plus room and board.


POSITIONS: canoe-trip leaders and outfitting staff.


CONTACT: P. O. Box 509, Ely, MN 55731-0509; 218-365-4811, info@ntier.org.


Philmont Scout Ranch SUMMER HIRES: 1,000


PAY: $950 a month, plus room and board.


POSITIONS: trek rangers, backcountry interpreters, and craft counselors.


CONTACT: 17 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, NM 87714; 575-376-2281, philstaff@ philmontscoutranch.org.


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