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“Kids’ attention spans are so short these days; it’s great that [Pamlico] gives them the chance to speed up and slow down. This place has constant entertainment.”


STEVE MAT THEWS,


S COUT ER AND FATHER OF CR EW 61 5 MEMBER ADAM MATTHEWS


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INSPIRE EXPLORE 33 The Geeks Will Inherit the Earth


BY JOHN R. CLARK Nothing’s wrong with being a geek, says former NASA astronaut Dr. Bernard A. Harris. He’s telling all Scouters why they must get their boys interested in science, technology, engi- neering, and math topics and how the BSA’s new STEM-NOVA Award program can help.


38 Ready to Ride


BY GRETCHEN SPARLING Once prohibited in Scouting, the new council- level Personal Watercraft program gives Scouts the keys to safely explore waterways on jet- propelled boats. Cruise along with a Missouri crew during its visit to North Carolina’s Pamlico Sea Base, home to a fleet of Sea-Doos.


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