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SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2014 VOLUME 102 • NUMBER 4


28 A Bright Future 32 The Hot Ticket


BY BRYAN WENDELL Learn more about three big changes announced at the BSA’s 2014 National Annual Meeting, including the introduction of a new BSA president, as well as updates to the Venturing and Cub Scouting programs.


BY SEAN MITCHELL The Welding merit badge fuses technical knowledge with the excitement of actually burning metal. And now it’s easier than ever for Scouts to access welding equipment and programs, thanks to the support of Lincoln Electric.


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6 Trailhead Outdoors 36 Our Heroes


BY MARK RAY Like many parents and adult volunteers, these eight Super Scouters juggle busy schedules with the demands of Scouting. They reveal the secrets behind their superpowers with the hope of helping other volunteers succeed.


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ABOUT OUR COVER: Scouter Rick Chambers, committee chairman of Troop 999 in Plano, Texas, heeds the call of Scouting despite his 50- to 60-hour weeks as vice president of customer intelligence and analytics at Zale Corporation. He shares his tips for maintaining a demanding schedule in the feature “Our Heroes” on page 36. Photograph by W. Garth Dowling.


4 Start your journey with a trail mix of news, ideas and fun


A new element to the Outdoor Awards Arrow of Light transition updated Crowdfunding for Eagle projects How to make unit meetings healthier


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44 Great Gear Love to run on pavement? Use this equipment to hit the trails


46 Ground Rules Test your paddling IQ before your unit’s trip down the river


48 Health & Wellness Before you reach for your Rx, consider these healing foods


50 Survive This! Face-to-face with a moose? Use these survival strategies


52 Trail Guide Explore Guadalupe Mountains National Park in West Texas


2 From the CSE As kids head back to school this fall, Scouting’s recruitment time begins. The Chief Scout Executive shares new details on the BSA’s tools for introducing exciting and adventurous Scouting programs to new youth.


26 Boys’ Life Preview Don’t miss the September issue of BL, filled with stories about animals, including a tale about one Scouting family’s experience raising and training a guide dog. In October, your boys will be drooling over a special look at cars with environmentally friendly qualities.


54 Where Am I? Examine the photo and clues to discover the mystery location


64 Cool Camp Experience high country at this remote Scout camp in Utah


Roundtable


18 Merit Badge Clinic A leader’s guide to teaching the Cycling merit badge


20 Your Kids Strategies for disciplining your child without resorting to spanking


22 Ethics Points for discussing with Scouts the ethical dilemma of cheating


24 What Would You Do? Resources for teaching about drug and alcohol abuse and prevention


14 What I’ve Learned Lessons learned by a 32-year veteran of urban Cub Scouting


15 Awards FAQs Two special awards that recognize den and patrol excellence


16 Cub Scout Corner How to make your pack a safe place for Scouts with food allergies


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