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KNOW HOW Polish Your Image

Turn your snapshots into art by signing up for this fall’s second series of photo- graphic workshops at Philmont. Conducted by official BSA photogra-

pher Roger Morgan, whose photos you see frequently in these pages, the work- shops will have a well-focused mission: helping photographers improve their skills to better tell the story of the Boy Scouts of America. Morgan, a 27-year veteran of shooting

photos for the BSA, says photographers can capture “a thousand different stories we can show to people inside and outside of Scouting. It’s not just people tying knots and meeting in church basements. It’s a dynamic program that has value.” He’ll also host additional summer workshops, with daily assignments, lessons, and critiques, at four regional locations announced

later. Morgan says these lessons are geared toward “advanced amateurs”—defined as people fairly comfortable with taking photos but needing to hone their skills to communicate the Scout story. See a few examples of shots from last year’s workshop above. Watch for details on how and when to register.

TREK TECH Are You Lost?

That’s So 20th Century In the not-too-distant future, kids might start asking their parents how people ever got lost. Indeed, misplacing yourself seems impossible with Backpacker’s new Map Maker iPad App. This app allows you to: access more than

70,000 topographic maps in the United States and Canada; search for peaks, passes, lakes, and more; import your own trips and GPS data; and copy and paste coordinates from favorite Web sites, guidebooks, or Google Earth. $4.99 at the iTunes Store.


SHOUT OUT How to Swat Malaria

Now’s your chance to make a difference in the battle against malaria, an insidious disease that kills nearly a million people a year—most of them children under the age of 5. As we approach World Malaria Day on April 25, one of the best ways to pitch in is through the Nothing but Nets (NBN) orga- nization (, the world’s largest grassroots movement fighting malaria. The BSA is a partner along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Basketball Association, and others. For only a $10 donation, NBN can buy an insecticide-treated bed net, deliver it, and educate families about its use. In more than five years of existence, NBN has raised almost $40 million and sent

more than six million nets to 25 African countries. Thousands of Scouts and Scouters have done their part, but few have done more than Scout Nate Stafford (above). Last year, Nate completed a 100-mile hike to raise $10,000 for the life-saving nets. But the Fayetteville, N.C., native didn’t stop there. He’s visited members of Congress and recently penned an op-ed piece for his hometown newspaper. And this year, he’s encouraging everyone, in and out of Scouting, to fight the good fight by dedicating themselves to NBN’s goal of ending malaria deaths by 2015.


Hiking for NBN





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