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and safety equipment for Scouts and Venturers. If your troop or crew wants to get started, check with your council to see if they off er the ATV program.


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kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding. For more on the change, go to seascout.org.


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Have you seen the newly made-over Guide to Safe Scouting? The new incarnation is smaller, easier to carry


and more water-resistant than its older kin. Best of all, the new guide is spiral-bound, so it should stay open to the right page on a windy day. As for content, you’ll fi nd a new Campout Safety Checklist and an Event Safety Checklist. The online version


In the face of declining membership, the Sea Scouts are broadening their focus to include paddle sports such as


The BSA has partnered with Polaris, a leading manufacturer of off -road vehicles, to provide ATVs, side-by-sides,


is still available and is updated quarterly, as needed. The cost remains the same (a mere 6 bucks!), and the book is available at national Scout shops and at scoutstuff .org.


been updated to incorporate the require- ments of the Ready and Prepared Awards into the curriculum of the award. Among other things, this brings the curriculum in line with evolving industry and national standards, and requires National Incident Management System certifi cations for Boy Scouts and above.


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The BSA’s National Annual Meeting, held this past May in Nashville, Tenn., included some important announce-


ments about the future of Venturing and Cub Scouting. Get up to speed with our coverage on page 28.


September is Emergency Preparedness Month, and the Emergency Preparedness Award has


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