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Around the Table Matowski suggests another great source: roundtable. At roundtable, Matowski found help with badges such as Craftsman, for which she felt unprepared. “I don’t own eight hammers; I don’t own eight miter boxes. I had to go around and find people to loan me the stuff. And I needed the extra eyes to watch the kids and make sure they weren’t getting hurt.” In return, Matowski, a software engineer by profession, taught Engineer to boys from several dens.


A Walk in the Park Hanks offers other good sources, including local nature centers, parks, and museums that offer special (paid) programs for Scouts. You might even get the fees waived, or get customized


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along the San Andreas Fault, and the guest geologist was able to show the boys signs of past earthquakes. “If I had taken them, I would have had the little brochure from the park and walked around and read what it said,” Giacomi says. That would have been easier than recruiting a guest teacher, but easy isn’t the point. Giacomi says, “It’s about giving the kids the experience of doing some- thing that they’ll find positive.” ¿


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