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The Daily Flag News—January 23, 2008

Today the news is “All Scouts, All the Time.” I find great reassurance in these stories, that some young men are learning to care for the community and others, before themselves.

Five Eagle Scout presentations for the year is a fantastic accomplishment—for the boys, the leaders, and especially the younger boys working their way up. An active troop is leading boys to becoming men, and learning the importance of sacrifice. Good job Troop 155 from Freehold Township, New Jersey.

Troop 155 congratulates 2007 Eagle Scout recipients | | Asbury Park Press
apptroop155.jpgBoy Scout Troop 155, chartered by the West Freehold School PTO, Freehold Township, congratulated its 2007 Eagle Scout recipients: Stanley Benarick, Dan Crawford, Matthew Grajek, Shawn Lo Bue and Matthew Neaton at its recent Court of Honor Ceremony.

The Trail to Eagle carries on a special significance, not only in Scouting but also as a scout enters higher education, business or industry, and community service. The Eagle Award is a performance-based achievement whose standards have been well-maintained over the years.

According to the Boys Scouts of America, not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank; only about 5 percent of all Boy Scouts do so. This represents more than 1.7 million Boy Scouts who have earned the rank since 1912.

Earning the Eagle Rank by the age of fourteen is difficult, though not impossible. Travis Gibson proves that through hard work and dedication, anything is possible. Another great job from Troop 482 in Lake Placid, Florida.

Scouters Keep Alive Old Tradition, Values
tbo_troop482.jpg“We have to let them find their own way,” said Karl Gibson. “Travis had to drink cereal from a coffee cup without a spoon because he forgot everything. We won’t let them starve, but they don’t learn anything by giving to them.”

Travis Gibson recently was awarded Scouting’s highest honor, and spent more than 100 nights camping last year, while also organizing a blood drive that attracted 127 donors.

The 14-year-old helps run the troop as the top Scout, or Senior Patrol Leader. “Scouting pushed me past my comfort comfort zone,” said Travis Gibson. “It really helped me learn responsibility, leadership and tolerance for other people. And it’s nice to get away for the weekend with other adult role models.”

Team building at the Boy Scout camp was always fun for the kids and adults alike. From reading the account of Troop 235 of Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, these boys learned a lot while having a lot of fun.

Meadville Tribune – Scouts build skills through teamwork at Klondike Derby
tmt_troop235.jpgOne of the activities at this year’s derby was fire building — a timed event in which Scouts had to build a fire from scratch that was high enough to burn a rope that was at a pre-set height.

Blind tent setup was another timed event for the Scouts. In it, Scout teams were blindfolded and had to set up a tent following instructions given to them only by their senior patrol leader or patrol leader, Davis said.

Scouts also practiced pioneering skills — using knots and lashings. They had to build a bridge using rope and logs.

The Scouts had some games involved, too, in the derby, Davis said.

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