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Fast Five NEWS YOU NEED


to scouting.org/ messengersofpeace to register your Messengers of Peace service projects. Doing so makes you eligible for a special ring patch. And don’t forget the MOP Day of Service at the jamboree.


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Help make world peace a reality by going


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With the mountain- biking option


now added to Cycling Merit Badge, don’t forget all the great mountain- biking activities at the Summit. Check out the High Gear and Low Gear tracks and more at bit.ly/ jamboactivities.


during Jamborees. Don’t miss out on exciting 2014 Summit high-adventure activities such as The River, Helmets & Harnesses, The Marksman, and Wheels. For info, go to bit.ly/ jamboactivities.


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The Summit will stay open beyond just


Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet. You’ll find leader guidelines, fact sheets, and patch information at scouting.org/jota and scouting.org/joti.


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Start your planning for October’s


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BSA has part- nered with the National


Park Trust to present National Kids to Parks Day on Saturday, May 18. Get involved in all the outdoor fun at parktrust.org.


PROGRAM NOTE One Oath, One Law For All


Come 2015, all members of the Scouting family will be on the same page, reciting the Scout Oath and Scout Law instead of program- specific sayings. That means Cub Scouts will discontinue the 75-year-old Cub Scout Promise and Law of the Pack, while Venturers will no longer use the Venturing Oath and Venturing Code. Bob Scott, senior innovation manager, says the historic changes were sparked by volunteers working on the National Council


strategic plan, looking at ways to make Scouting’s programs more dynamic and relevant. “Our mission talks about bestowing the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law,” Scott says, “but we weren’t using the Oath and Law in all of our programs.” To answer concerns that the Oath and Law were too compli-


cated for Cub Scouts, two teams of volunteers with both Scouting and academic experience were asked to evaluate the language of those as well as the Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack. After the different texts were analyzed for difficulty, the results were surprising, Scott says. Both the Boy Scout and Cub Scout pledges are written at a level above the age groups they serve. “They shoot high,” Scott says. “Some of the concepts in both


are difficult, like the idea of serving others, being trustworthy, and so on. But we compare it to the Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge also has some complex ideas, and we have first-graders reciting it. They don’t start off on something easier and then switch over to the Pledge of Allegiance.” The key, Scott says, is for group leaders to have “different


conversations for different ages” of Scouts as they explore the meaning of the Scout Law and Scout Oath. He says there was some “early resistance” when the changes were announced, but as word spreads about the rationale, the Scouting community has begun to accept it. “Some folks were concerned about the loss of tradition, and we


recognize that tradition,” Scott says. “But keep in mind that in five years we’ll have a whole new group of den leaders and Cub Scouts, and they won’t remember what was done 75 years ago.”


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