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TWO-FER YOU Scouting’s offerings expand again this year with the Search and Rescue and Kayaking merit badges. Doug Palmer, who spent the past 22 years coor- dinating searches at Philmont, says the former introduces Boy Scouts to the science of Search and Rescue, focusing on preparedness for searches in wilderness, urban environments, and water. “You’re actually not looking for the person so

much as you’re looking for clues that will lead you to the person,” Palmer says. “You can’t be in the woods for long without leaving some sort of evidence out there.” As for Kayaking, Pat Noack, chair of the National Aquatics

Task Force, says it’s the fastest-growing paddle sport in the country, and youth in particular have gravitated toward it. Noack says the Kayaking badge is designed for a

flat-water environment. “We’ll have everything from knowl-


Making family vacation plans? Registration is now open for the Philmont Training Center’s summer-season offerings. It’s a great place to enjoy a family bonding experience, while

also sharpening your skills and knowledge. Enjoy old-favorite courses such as “Putting More Outing in Scouting” or try new offerings such as “STEM and Scouting.” Also new this year are the regional Journey to Excellence weeks.

Scouters from all regions are welcome to attend any of the weeks, but there may be a special regional emphasis to some activities. Get more info and sign up at

edge-based components such as materials and design to basic maneuvers and the various paddle strokes. As with any of the boating or swimming merit badges, there’s a strong emphasis on safety.” Find materials for both badges in stores by summer.


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My Windstopper FLEECE HAT. –E.N.

A DOWN-FILLED AIR MATTRESS with an R value (thermal resistance) of 8. A sleeping bag’s loft is compressed under your body, but the down mattress keeps warmth between the ground and me. –J.M.


I buy EXTRA SKI PANTS at garage sales and give them out to cold boys who have recently joined our troop—it’s a $3 gift that makes them smile on cold campouts! –K.R.

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CORRECTION In “Sweat Equity,” our November-December 2011 cover story, a photo caption for the New River Gorge Bridge incorrectly stated its dimensions. The bridge is 876 feet high and 3,030 feet long. We regret the error.




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