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Honors Program


A challenge: Before reading further, guess how many different awards Scouting offers. Have your guess? Well, when you add up all the awards—Silver Beaver, Arrow of Light, Totin’ Chip, interpreter strips, 50-Miler Award, and more—the answer is … 114! That’s a lot of honors to keep up


with, and that’s why there’s a new, interactive scouting.org site called Awards Central. The site, which replaces the Insignia Guide, will serve as a clearinghouse of info about all the awards, including descriptions, links to the nomination or appli- cation process, approving authority, and deadlines. Bill Evans, of the youth development team, believes the new site will


save councils a lot of time by making all the recognition info easy to attain electronically. And Awards Central can be updated quickly when award details change—for instance, when the 115th award is added. Look for Awards Central to go live in May.


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Building the Future


April brings the long-awaited debut of the Robotics merit badge. Along with the recently unveiled Inventing and Geocaching badges, this one enhances Scouting’s commitment to activities associated with science, technol- ogy, engineering, and math.


Rick Tyler, who advises a Redmond, Wash., robot-


ics Venturing crew and served on the merit badge’s development team, believes the new badge—which depicts a Mars rover—helps to keep Scouting relevant to 21st-century youth who are huge consum- ers of technology but may feel “intimidated” by the idea of creating it themselves. “When I was a Scout, we probably had 35 agricultural merit badges


because this was an agricultural country,” Tyler says. “Now we have something like four. If Scouting wants to keep up with what’s going on in our society and culture, we need to keep up with what Scouts are into. And they’re into technology.” Look for requirements and more information online on April 12.


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