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18 Trailhead Every Issue


4 From the CSE Get ready: 2013 is going to be a big year for the BSA. Wayne Brock shares a forecast of what’s to come next year—the highly anticipated 2013 National Scout Jamboree and more. See how you can be a part of the action.


22 Boys’ Life Preview What’s it like to fly with 5 G’s of force? In December, see how BL Senior Writer Aaron Derr fares during a ride-along in a Blue Angels jet. Plus, November’s issue brings excellent beginner backpacking tips for Scouts.


Roundtable


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


One Eagle’s Worldly Perspective 100 Years of Sea Scouting Uncle Dan’s Holiday Sketch Make a Healthier Cheeseburger Nominate a Silver Antelope Recipient The All-New ‘Best Practices Portal’ Gear Ideas for the 2013 Jamboree And More …


Outdoors 42


ABOUT OUR COVER: Tim Birt (center)—a Scouter from Opelika, Ala., in charge of skateboarding at the Summit Shakedown— shows 18-year-old Mark Reis (right) and 13-year-old Nick Johnson how to go big on the ramps at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. Photograph by W. Garth Dowling.


2 S COUTING ¿ NOVEMBER•DECEMBER 2012


16 What I’ve Learned Unit Commissioner Hal Daumé Shares How to Strengthen Units


17 Advancement FAQs Recognize a Scout’s Heroic Actions With One of Three Heroism Awards


18 Cub Scout Corner Tips to Keep Your Pack Organized During the Winter Holiday Season


20 What Would You Do? Scouters Share Insight on Keeping Track of Popcorn Purchases


38 Great Gear Making a Holiday List? Add These Covetable Gear Items


40 Health & Wellness Come on, Get Happy With 10 Mood-Enhancing Tips


42 Survive This! Life Saving Steps to Reverse Poisonous-Mushroom Exposure


44 Where Am I? Locate the Tropical Home Of These Ancient Markings


56 Cool Camp Four-Wheelin’ Fun Attracts Scouts to a Florida Camp


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