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Philmont’s Second Season Heats Up

Ready for some cold-weather kicks? Check out Philmont Scout Ranch’s Winter Adventure treks, which run from Dec. 28, 2013, to March 31, 2014. Learn to camp comfortably in the snow, use snowshoes, build snow shelters, sled, cross-country ski and work on merit badges such as Snow Sports and Search and Rescue. David O’Neill, associate director of program at

Philmont, says no previous experience with winter camping is required. Philmont provides most of the spe- cialized gear and clothing outer layers. “All their meals are packed and ready,” he says. “They just need to show up ready to learn and have fun.” Get complete sign-up info at

A New Recipe

New requirements for the updated and Eagle-required Cooking merit badge go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. Steve Bowen, a member of the national advancement committee and the innovation commit- tee, says that the growing concern with obesity was one factor behind the deci- sion to make the badge Eagle-required once again. “Scouting has always been inter-

ested in kids being physically fit and having life skills,” Bowen says. “By that we mean things a boy or young man will use throughout life, such as financial skills and respon- sibility, and knowledge about health. Well, all the aspects of cooking — planning, shopping, sanita- tion, cooking, eating — are part of life forever.” Among other changes, such as more discussion

of budgeting for meals and understanding por- tions, Bowen says the updated badge will put more emphasis on cooking at home, not just in the field.

“We can’t just focus on Dutch oven and foil cooking,” says Bowen.

“We want them to cook well outdoors, but the reality is that once kids are out of Scouting, maybe living alone, this is a skill they need to know. If they don’t learn how to feed themselves and cook properly, it might lead to a lifetime of poor eating habits and poor health.” Scouts already working on the

Cooking badge before Jan. 1 can fulfill either the old requirements or the new ones, and anyone who earned the badge before these changes go into effect will be eligible to get the Eagle- required patch as well. For complete information about the new requirements, go to

STE VE BOWEN CORRECTION Meet Silver Buffalo Recipient Jim Wilson

In our listing of 2013 Silver Buffalo Award recipients in the September-October 2013 issue, we mistakenly omitted the photo of James Wilson, a longtime volunteer from McLean, Va. We regret the error. Thanks to Wilson, Scouts are safer than ever from all forms of child abuse. Among his many accomplishments,

Wilson founded the National Youth Protection Committee, developed a committee charter, introduced the Cyber Chip and planned a Youth Protection Champions program and anti-bullying initiative.


“We can’t just focus on Dutch oven and foil cooking.”



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