Tell It Like It Is
Scouts don’t need to be told that the great outdoors is, well, great, but
Sure, who doesn’t? Now you can put
now they have five new reasons to get out there and master outdoor
those opinions to work for Scouting with
The reasons: New award badges in Camping, Hiking, Riding,
the National Scouting Research Panels, a
Aquatics, and Adventure debut this year. To earn the awards, Scouts
new sounding board where Scouts, adult
must complete: volunteers, and Cub Scout parents can
thinspaceRelevant merit badges that vary for each chime in with constructive comments.
Those who sign up will receive no more
thinspaceThe First Class rank. than four e-mailed surveys per year from
thinspaceLeave No Trace requirements.
the BSA. And everyone who participates
thinspaceActivities measured by nights of
will have a chance at winning an iTunes
camping, miles of hiking, miles of horse-
gift card or other prize.
back riding, hours on or in the water, and Go to scouting.org/scoutsource/
other adventure activities.
applications/bsasurveycenter to get
The fun doesn’t end with the five badges.
started. Once you’re there, you’ll be asked
Also new this year is the National Medal for Outdoor
for a password. Here’s what to enter:
Achievement, which will be the highest outdoor adventure award in
Scouting. The requirements for that medal are:
thinspaceComplete all five National Outdoor Award badges.
CUB SCOUT PARENTS:uni00A0cubparent
REGISTERED ADULT VOLUNTEERS:uni00A0volunteer
thinspaceEarn four additional outdoor merit badges.
Be sure to have your membership card
thinspaceReceive training in Wilderness First Aid.
nearby because you’ll need it to sign up.
thinspaceFinish the Boy Scout Leave No Trace Trainer
The registration process is simple, and
then you’ll be “in the system” and ready
thinspacePlan and lead a unit outing or serve as a youth
to let your voice be heard.
staff member at a council summer camp.
See detailed requirements and application
forms at myscouting.org
Oh, That’s Rich
I’M ONE OF THOSE LEADERS who has
stayed involved in Scouting long after my son
turned 18. I love giving back to a program
that I believe in.
Last year, a first-year Scout asked me to
point out which of the older boys was my son.
I told him my son was in college and wasn’t
in the troop anymore. He replied, “Oh, so you
just do this for the money?”
CHRISTOPHER WEGMAN, CALDWELL, N.J.
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Write it up in 150 words or less and submit it to LOL! at
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