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MAY-JUNE 2014 VOLUME 102 • NUMBER 3


LEAD 6 Trailhead 22 Adventures of a Super Troop


BY JIM MORRISON At the foundation of all Troop 99 adventures sits a strategic combination of fun and service. Tag along — and pick up some great planning strategies for your own troop or crew — as the group explores Chesapeake Bay while giving back to the tight-knit community.


28 The Game of Life to Eagle Outdoors


BY MARK RAY Have you experienced the chaos of an eleventh-hour push to help complete a boy’s Eagle Scout rank requirements? Learn how your troop can avoid the stress with a volunteer Life-to-Eagle coordinator who helps ensure Scouts finish what they started.


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


More on the BSA’s new president Good read: a new Fieldbook Report to the Nation recap A challenging Scouting crossword


34 Great Gear Make a splash this summer with kayaking gear for all skill levels


36 Health & Wellness Stand up and move to avoid health repercussions from sitting


38 Ground Rules Test your backcountry camping knowledge with a challenging quiz


Every Issue


ABOUT OUR COVER: Troop 99 of Lancaster, Pa., explores a new region while lending a hand to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Maryland. Scoutmaster Dave Shirk; Life Scout Tony Ciro, 17; and Star Scout Nick Kellam, 15; help build a walking trail to aid conservation of the marsh grasses. Photograph by W. Garth Dowling.


40 Survive This! What to do if you encounter a dust storm when hiking in the desert


2 From the CSE Join Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock as he welcomes Robert M. Gates to the BSA. The former U.S. secretary of defense and former CIA director will serve as the organization’s new national president.


21 Boys’ Life Preview Don’t miss May’s “BL Essentials” feature, filled with everything a Scout should know before heading into the outdoors. And in June, pick up new strategies to help you take top-notch photos with your smartphone.


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41 Where Am I? Examine the photo and clues to discover the mystery location


48 Cool Camp Scouts will go wild at this waterfront camp in New Jersey


14 Roundtable


10 What I’ve Learned Advice from a leader who breaks down barriers for Scouts in need


11 Advancement FAQs Understanding the important role of merit badge counselors


12 Ethics Discuss with Scouts and Venturers the ethical dilemma of shoplifting


14 Cub Scout Corner How your pack can offer financial assistance to families in need


16 Your Kids Strategies to help your kids avoid drug and alcohol abuse


18 Merit Badge Clinic A leader’s guide to teaching the Kayaking merit badge


20 What Would You Do? Advice for Cubmasters in need of parent and committee support


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Scouting’s Manual of Basic and Advanced Skills for Outdoor Adventure


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