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Bully Be Gone Forget the stereotype of the muscle-bound playground hazer knocking down the little kids. Dr. Diane Thornton, national director of Learning for Life and Exploring, says modern bullying can take less overt, though no less harmful, forms that include cyber intimidation, “sexting,” and sexual harassment.


HISTORICAL MARKER


RARE AIR Scouting and flying go way back; after all, Aviation was one of the original 57 merit badges, started just eight years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight. As World War II burst over Europe in 1939, however, it was clear that air power mattered as never before. The growing fascination with aeronautics led to the formation of the Air Scouts. A major force behind the creation of the Air Scouts was Paul Litchfield,


a longtime supporter of Scouting and a top executive with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio. A few months before Pearl Harbor, Litchfield addressed the BSA’s National Executive Board, saying, “This is the age of flying. Let’s teach our boys about airplanes.” The first Air Scout patrol was established in 1942, becoming a squadron that same year. The Air Scout program had four ranks: Apprentice, Observer,


The educational group, an affiliate program of the BSA, has released three new videos that Scout leaders and parents should check out for the latest words on prevention and intervention in bullying situations. Watch previews of the films at learning.learningforlife.org.


IN SERVICE Tuning Up Tunisia


What’s the Boy Scouts of America’s connection to the “Arab Spring”? Let’s turn back the clock. Last year, the North African nation of Tunisia became the first


of the “Arab Spring” countries to shake off its autocratic form of government and move toward a representative democracy. Roger Schrimp, chairman of the BSA’s International Committee, says the BSA got involved after Faouzi Chaouch, a Scouts of Tunisia leader, spoke with Gen. Carter Ham and Maj. Henry J. Cudney of the United States Africa Command (Africom). General Ham suggested to Chaouch that if Tunisia were


to reorganize its Scouting program in a way that mirrored the BSA’s, the United States would contribute to the cost. “The Tunisians want to help their young people learn leadership skills that include selecting their own


leaders and performing community service,” Schrimp says. “Most importantly, for the first time they’ll be learning about duty to God, duty to country, duty to others, and duty to themselves.” Schrimp says the first steps will involve transferring the BSA program (with some merit badges excluded), translating Scout literature, and sharing techniques for training leaders. Despite the unusual nature of Scouting’s involvement with Tunisia, it’s not unprecedented. After World War II, the BSA sent rep-


resentatives to the Philippines, Japan, and Korea to help these nations reorganize their Scouting programs. “[The Tunisians] want young people to learn through understanding and dialogue,” Schrimp says. “In other words, if you don’t like the way things are, then have a conversation and vote the democratic way rather than trying to change things with force.”


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Craftsman, and Ace. The Observer (above) studied aviation history, flying instruments, and airplane design, while the Ace delved deeper into aero- nautics, engines, and more. In 1949, The Air Scout program came under the Exploring banner and was renamed Air Explorers.


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