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4 From the CSE Some say you can’t take the “outing” out of Scouting. This rings true to Chief Scout Executive Robert Mazzuca, who tells why he thinks time spent and lessons learned in the outdoors are vitally important for Scouts.


24 Boys’ Life Preview Has a Scout ever questioned the relevancy of Scouting to real life? If so, show him the March Boys’ Life, featuring a zookeeper whose Eagle project helped launch his career. In April, your Scouts won’t want to miss guides to skateboarding gear and choosing a summer camp.


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6 Start your journey with a trail mix of news, ideas, and fun


In Depth Scouters Call for Change in Michigan


Did You Know? The BSA’s New Soccer Alliance


New Here Meet the Scouting Museum Curator


Advisory Avoid These Top Five Safety Risks


Milestones Celebrating a Century of Sea Scouts


Gotta Have It Zoom In With a Specialty iPhoto Lens


Trek Tech The World at Your Fingertips


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ABOUT OUR COVER: With Colorado’s Flatirons in the background, explorer Andrew Skurka, center, is ready for a day on the trails with Rishabh Yadav, left, of Troop 78 in Boulder, Colo., and Dan Gangwish, the troop’s assistant Scoutmaster. Photograph by Nadia Borowski Scott.


2 SCOUTING ¿   Roundtable


15 Advancement FAQs How to Fairly Measure A Scout’s Participation


16 Cub Scout Corner Tricks and Tips to Help Cubs Memorize the Scout Law


18 Nature of Boys Learn How Unstructured Playtime Encourages Personal Growth


20 Ethics Teaching Scouts the Value Of Telling the Truth


22 What Would You Do? How to Help When a Scout Struggles During a Hike


38 Great Gear Light Up Your Next Adventure With a Specialized Stove


40 Trail Guide An Eerie Texas River Worth Exploring on Canoe or Foot


42 Health & Wellness Sleep Better Tonight With These Eight Eye-Opening Tips


44 Where Am I? Go Below the Earth to Guess This Mysterious Destination


52 Cool Camp Splash Around at a Waterside West Coast Hangout


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14 What I’ve Learned Abdul-Rashid Abdullah’s Thoughts On Scouting’s Interfaith Strengths


DAVE WHEELER CHRIS USHER


THOMAS FUCHS


DARREN THOMPSON


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