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TECH TIP BSA Materials Now on Kindle

Now you can carry an entire library of Boy Scouts of America materials in your pocket. The BSA has begun adding select merit badge pamphlets, leader materials and more to its Amazon Kindle library. Just like when you buy the

latest mystery novel as an Amazon download, you don’t need an actual Kindle-branded device to read the BSA’s Kindle books. You simply buy a digital copy of the book once and can read it on pretty much any smartphone, tablet or computer. Just download the Amazon Kindle app, download your book and you’re set. The BSA’s National Supply Group

is adding titles constantly. Already you’ll find pamphlets for most of the Eagle-required merit badges. They’ve

also included leader materials like the always-handy 2014 Boy Scout Requirements book. The Fieldbook: Scouting’s Manual of Basic and Advanced Skills for Outdoor Adventure is there, too. The books cost the same as their

ink-and-paper counterparts and look great on the color screen of your favorite smartphone or tablet. Find the BSA’s Amazon Kindle

library by visiting – Bryan Wendell

FIRST LOOK Sneak a Peek at the

Summit’s New Camp It won’t be long before the June 2015 opening of the James J. Justice National Scout Camp at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, made possible by a $25 million donation from coal and hotel magnate James Justice, a former Boy Scout. We asked Matt Monroe, director of program, to give us a preview: “We will have advancement opportunities for

kids who have already attained the rank of First Class or above and for Venturers,” Monroe says. “This will appeal to older Scouts. We’ll have about a dozen merit badges and a few other pro- grams focused in areas the Summit is known for, the things we really do well. And we will also use those program areas to provide activities related to the Venturing Ranger award requirements. “We are not focused on Eagle-required merit

badges. We’ll have kayaking, cycling with the mountain-bike option, climbing and other outdoor badges that appeal more to the older kids.” Monroe also says plans are underway for

a Summit Survival Challenge, Summit SEAL Challenge and Swift-Water Rescue program to add a level of fun and adventure to the Scout Camp experience. Registration for the weekly camp sessions,

which will run through July 25, 2015, is now open at


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