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DID YOU KNOW? Shields Up!


As episodes of cyberbullying make the news, it’s clear that helping Scouts be “Prepared. For Life.” means helping them cope with the wide-open and confusing world of the Internet. That’s why Scouting partnered with NetSmartz (netsmartz.org), a program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). Michael Johnson, the BSA’s youth pro-


tection director, says online safety is one of Scouting’s highest priorities. “The current and emerging threats for youth are online,” Johnson says. “And nobody knows more about this than NCMEC. The NetSmartz Workshop is an excellent resource for learn-


ing how to keep kids safe online because they develop and prepare materials that are developmentally sensitive for youth, tweens, teens, and adults.” Roarke Lynch, director of NetSmartz,


says the program fits perfectly with the mission of Scouting. “We focus on the role of the trusted adult within a child’s life. We give those adults the tools to talk about these issues with children.” In addition to the NetSmartz alliance,


the BSA announced the rollout of a Cyber Chip at the National Annual Meeting in May. It will be available for both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and can be earned after Scouts make commitments to pro- tecting themselves and others while online (learn more at bit.ly/cyberchip). Johnson and Lynch say that Scout


leaders and parents shouldn’t let unfamiliar technology keep them from involvement in online safety. “Don’t be afraid of the technology,”


Lynch says. “Talk about the feelings, the pressures, the social dynamics they’re facing. They’re the same ones you faced growing up. The only difference is, they’ll be putting everything on Facebook.”


INSIDE THE MUSEUM Far-Out Gear From the Far East


FIT TIP


Chew More, Weigh Less Replace a glass of apple juice with a whole apple. A study in the International Journal of Obesity reports that people reduced their daily calorie intake by up to 20 percent when they substituted a piece of fruit for fruit juice with their lunch. The researchers say that chewing stimulates satiety hormones, while whole food takes longer for your intestines to process, helping you to feel fuller longer and consume less. —Jeff Csatari


After World War II, America played a large part in the reconstruction of Japan. Thousands of American military and support personnel were, and still are, stationed there. Not surprisingly, Scouting followed in 1953 when the Far East Council was established for the military and expatriate community in Japan, Korea, Thailand, and other nearby countries. The National Scouting Museum in Texas


(bsamuseum.org) owns a fascinating trove of Far East Council gear recently provided by former Tokyo Scouter Steven Hales, who in the early 1960s belonged to Troop 1-1 at the U.S. Air Force Dependent Housing Area in Washington Heights, Tokyo. The collection includes patches, pins, shoulder strips, and


more. On the pin and slides, Japanese characters spell


out, “Always Be Prepared.”


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S COUTING ¿ SEPTEMBER•OCTOBER 2012


SEAN KEAN W. GARTH DOWLING


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