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NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013 VOLUME 101 • NUMBER 5


LEAD 6 Trailhead 26 A First Time for Everything


BY W. GARTH DOWLING Scouts and Venturers made history in July when the Summit came to life during the 2013 National Jamboree. Scouting magazine’s own W. Garth Dowling picks his favorite photos — from a take of more than 14,000 images — to revive the magic with six pages of jamboree memories, including even more photos featured on scoutingmagazine.org/2013jamboree.


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ABOUT OUR COVER: New Jersey Scouts Ryan Taggart, 15, and Alex Biehler, 14, get their feet wet learning to stand-up paddleboard, one of many new activities during the 2013 National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Photograph by W. Garth Dowling.


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2 From the CSE Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock reflects on memorable moments in 2013 and shares how Scouters can refocus their sights on the future.


24 Boys’ Life Preview In this issue, we tout the best holiday gear gifts for Scouters. But what about Scouts? Turn to the November issue of Boys’ Life to find the season’s hottest toys. Plus, in December, find out how one Florida troop enjoys snow sports without hours of travel time.


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


Calling All Scouting Alumni Where Am I? Contest Discover Winter at Philmont Recruiting in Diverse Communities Updates to Cooking Merit Badge


18 Roundtable


34 Great Gear Treat Your Favorite Scouter With the Season’s Top Gear


36 Health & Wellness Use This Plan to Indulge With Moderation During the Holidays


38 Ground Rules Test Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Emergency Signaling?


48 Cool Camp Customize Your Own Backpacking Trek From This Montana Basecamp


13 Advancement FAQs Debunk Boards of Review Using This Helpful Guide


14 Cub Scout Corner Motivate Your Cub Scout Leaders And Parents to Get Trained


16 Your Kids Strategies to Help Your Child’s Creativity Thrive


18 Ethics Lead an Ethics Discussion About Cheating at School


20 Merit Badge Clinic How to Give the Engineering Merit Badge an Energy Boost


22 What Would You Do? Engage More Female Venturing Leaders With These Ideas


12 What I’ve Learned Real-Life Recruitment Strategies From a Unit Commissioner


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JOHN KACHIK


W. GARTH DOWLING


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