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SHOUT OUT The Last Eagle?

As the U.S. space shuttle program came to an end earlier this year, the Scouting family had an eyewitness perspective on the closing of this historical chapter: shuttle astronaut and Distinguished Eagle Scout Mike Fossum, who is scheduled to return in November from the International Space Station. It was the third time into space for Fossum. He and fellow astro-

naut Ronald Garan performed the final spacewalk of the shuttle era when they spent more than six hours moving a cooling pump from the station to the shuttle Atlantis and a robotic refueling apparatus from the shuttle to the station’s lab complex. Bill Steele, director of the National Eagle Scout Association

(NESA), says that Fossum exemplifies the drive and determina- tion of so many notable Eagles. “He’s a great source of pride within the Eagle community and a great recruiting tool, too,” Steele says. “Looking at him, you can’t help but say that great things happen when you have this kind of leadership training.” Fossum, an active Scouter in the Sam Houston Area Council, hitched a ride to the space station on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which will continue servicing the station now that the shuttle program is over. While in space, Fossum sent numerous messages for posting on, one of which might serve as a fitting farewell to the

shuttle program: “Before I entered the ISS airlock for the last time, I was held spellbound looking back at the Atlantis perched on her docking port at the front point of the station... . Let’s all enjoy every minute and lock in the memories until the next amazing flying machines light up the Florida coast, hurtling their crews toward the heavens while we watch, pray, and cheer from below.”

NOW HEAR THIS Get Fit, Stay Fit

Scouting has focused on fitness since its very beginning. But keeping ourselves fit may be more challenging than ever given the screen-potato temptations. Don’t forget easy access to ubiquitous junk food, either. To address these challenges, the BSA has introduced SCOUTStrong, which, in the words of Chief Scout Executive Robert Mazzuca, “seeks to make sure Scouts and all young people are healthy in mind, body, and spirit.” SCOUTStrong is the BSA’s commitment to do even more to address the major health concerns facing today’s youth. After all, healthy living, fitness, and overall wellness have been a part of Scouting’s DNA for more than 100 years. As part of SCOUTStrong, Scouting teamed with the President’s Council on

Fitness, Sports & Nutrition to jointly promote one of its existing award pro- grams, the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA). The BSA challenges every member to achieve this award, which emphasizes regular physical activity and good nutrition. You can earn the award yourself by participating in daily physical activity (30 minutes for adults ages 18 and older; 60 minutes for youth) for five days per week, six out of eight weeks. Log your progress on the Online Activity Tracker, and earn a star for each completed week of fitness. In less than two months you can earn your SCOUTStrong PALA. Get started at SCOUTStrongPALA.

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