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The Outdoor Classroom What keeps the movement vibrant and exciting.

AS WE LOOK AHEAD to our second century, our outdoor programs are more vital than ever. Last Child in the W

oods author Richard Louv

writes about the huge gap between children and the outdoors and how this leads to higher rates of obesity, attention disorders, and depression. At the Boy Scouts of America, we can’t stand by and let that trend con- tinue. Our heritage and passion for the outdoors won’t allow it. The leadership skills our young people learn while hiking, camping,

and being stewards to the outdoors are lessons that last for a lifetime. That’s why it’s so important for us to keep the outdoor adventures that have been the foundation of our move- ment vibrant and exciting. We witnessed great momentum in our outdoor

programs during 2011. All three of our high-adventure bases—Philmont, Northern Tier, and the Florida Sea Base—saw record attendance last year. Our high- adventure numbers were well ahead of the 40,000 we recorded for 2010. And we’re doing all we can to build on that excite-

ment. This summer, we’ll celebrate our one-millionth trail hiker at the Philmont Scout Ranch. In July, 2,000 Scouts will test-drive our new high-adventure camp and national Scout reserve, the Summit Bechtel Reserve. The Summit’s opening will follow a year later. Whether it’s a summer journey to a high-adventure

camp, a weekend overnight trip to a local camp, or a hike through the woods at a state park, the mission is all the same. These terrific outdoor experiences bring wonder, joy, confidence, camaraderie, and a strong sense of independence to each and every Scout who has the opportunity to take part. It’s our job to bring that quality Scouting experience to as many young people in as many communities where we can rally support. We have seen millions of young people grow into

strong adults thanks to the skills Scouting provides through its outdoor classroom. As we anticipate our next 100 years, we need to continue to bring outdoor adventures to our Scouts in new and exciting ways. America’s future relies on these young people, and our work in the out- doors helps inspire the great leaders our country needs.

Scoutîng VOL. 100, NO. 2 ● MAR-APR 2012 J. Warren Young Publisher

J. D. Owen Editor in Chief Magazine Division

John R. Clark Managing Editor Bryan Wendell Senior Editor

Gretchen Sparling Associate Editor Scott Feaster Design Director

Elizabeth Hardaway Morgan Senior Art Director

John R. Fulton Jr. Photographs Edna J. Lemons Photo Editor Bryan Wursten Online Editor

Linda Lawrence Assistant to the Managing Editor

Bob Wiemers Operations Director

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Marcie Rodriguez Imaging Artist John W. Ingram Circulation Director

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Eugene Handon Traffic Manager Brian Cabanban Business Manager Jillian Foley Marketing Specialist

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SCOUTING MAGAZINE (ISSN 0036-9500) is published five times a year by the Boy Scouts of America, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079. Issues are January-February, March-April, May-June, September-October, November-December.

Copyright © 2012 by the Boy Scouts of America. All rights thereunder reserved; anything appearing in Scouting may not be reprinted either wholly or in part without written permission. Send stamped, self- addressed envelope with unsolicited manuscripts, photos, illustrations. Scouting will not be responsible for manuscripts, photos, illustrations in its office or in transit. Postmaster: Send address change to Scouting magazine, P.O. Box 152401, Irving, TX 75015-2401.


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