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Dude, Nice Shot

If swishing raft-to-raft basketball shots while bouncing down Class III rapids sounds crazy, consider these guys certifiable. Dude Perfect, the trick-shot tacticians with 155 million YouTube views, brought their skills to the Summit Bechtel Reserve in September to test out the base’s 2014 high-adventure offerings. They made shots from the Leap of Faith tower, atop the Sustainability Treehouse and more. You’ll have to see the videos to believe them, but here’s our favorite part: The videos’ audience extends beyond the Scouting family to Dude Perfect’s 1.6 million YouTube subscribers. Watch at

NEW FACE From Bowling to the BSA

“If I’m not learning, I’m not happy.” That’s the mantra of Kelli Thomerson, the new curator of the National Scouting Museum. Formerly curator at the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas, Thomerson took the reins of the National Scouting Museum in late August after Corry Kanzenberg departed to become curator of the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif. Yes, that Charles Schulz, creator of the “Peanuts” comic

strip and the vast commercial empire that grew up around Charlie Brown, Lucy and the gang. Kanzenberg says she will remain connected to Scouting in her new role, noting that Schulz, who died in 2000, was awarded the Silver Buffalo during his life, and of course Snoopy was a Beagle Scout. As for Thomerson (pictured above), she’s happy to join Scouting after almost three

years at the International Bowling Museum, where she learned a great deal about the sport, its history and its luminaries. (Before you ask, however, Thomerson lays no claim to kegling greatness, describing herself as “just a pleasure bowler” with a high game around 130.) Prior to her bowling days, she worked for the Austin American-Statesman and Southwest Airlines’ Spirit magazine and even wrote a few freelance pieces for Boys’ Life. Thomerson, who was familiar with the National Scouting Museum before taking her

new post, loves that the collection includes so many personal items donated by current and former Scouters. “It’s wonderful when you have that personal connection in a museum and so many stories behind the items,” she says. “And the art collection is so impressive. The number of Norman Rockwells — it’s amazing.” The museum’s main goal now, Thomerson says, is to become accredited through the

American Alliance of Museums. “That really increases a museum’s credibility, not just among other museums but the public,” she says. “It means we meet very high standards in preserving and presenting our collection.” In addition, she wants to concentrate on freshening the exhibits, updating some graphics and looking into more use of interactive technologies. Thomerson says she’s happy to be a part of an organization with such a long and fascinating history. “Everyone knows someone who has been involved with Boy Scouts,” she says, citing her brother and her son. “Scouting is just pervasive in American culture.”


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