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COUNTDOWN TO 2013


HOW YOU CAN JOIN THE JAMBOREE, NOW


PSST! HEY! YEAH, YOU. Wanna be part of the 2013 Jamboree, the first to be held at the new Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia? Well, now’s the time to act! If you’re interested in volun- teering, go to bsajamboree.org and check the list of staff positions needed. You’ll be able to list your top three choices—no guaran- tees, but the majority of volunteers usually get one of their picks. Applications are submitted online. The cost for staff volunteers ages 16 to 25 (through July 14,


2013) is $425. For staff older than 25, it’s $850. Staffers of all ages can work half the jamboree for $425. Send questions to 2013jamboree@scouting.org.


NOW HEAR THIS It’s a Natural


In September, the BSA received the Sustainable Forestry Initiative President’s Award for leadership in embracing third-party forest certification and educating youth about the value of sustainable forest management. Learn more about sustainable for- estry and this award by visiting sfiprogram.org. SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow praised the “natural partnership” between Scouting and SFI, while Chief Scout Executive


Robert Mazzuca noted the organization’s longtime mission of teaching respect for the environment. “Being good stewards of the land is something everyone can and should support, and through SFI certification we can all learn how the forest con- tributes to our everyday life.”


GOTTA HAVE IT THE SUPER SEQUEL


Move over, Avengers. There’s a new hero in town: the GoPro HD Hero 2. This stunning upgrade of the beloved original includes these superpowers: Wi-Fi remote control, video streaming, a language-based LCD menu (adios, clumsy codes), better low-light performance, and twice the processing power of its predecessor. Want to capture 10 crisp, 11-megapixel pictures in a one-second burst


mode? Gotcha covered. Want to film 1080p video while surfing, rap- pelling, skiing? Ditto. Strap the camera to a helmet, a bike, a surfboard, or even a pet for a pup’s-eye view of reality. This is one hero that wins every time. $299 at gopro.com and other retailers.


JOHN R. FULTON JR.


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