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Spirit of Adventure

What will the next generation of American leaders look like? Many of them will look like Eagle Scouts. And many of those already are shaping the future of America—and the world. They’re serving in the military, the Peace Corps, and Teach for America. They’re conserving natural resources, healing the sick, and competing for Super Bowl titles. They’re everywhere, and they’re serving others.

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Know Your Boy Scouts Square Knots

Boy Scouts don’t get to have all the fun. Sure, they can earn more than 120 merit badges, but that doesn’t preclude adults from enhancing their uniforms. But for grown-ups with the urge to advance, it’ll take more than consulting a merit badge pamphlet. To earn a coveted square knot, volunteers must demonstrate continued leadership and service to the program’s ideals.

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A Place to Thrive

Earning the Hornaday Silver Medal, Scouting’s top conservation award, shaped Eagle Scout Joshua Stone as much as he reshaped the environment.

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Advice from an Eagle Scout mom

How can parents best motivate their sons to continue on the Trail to Eagle? A mother of three Eagle Scouts suggests a one-step-at-a-time approach.

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Qualities of the best patrols

Green Bar Bill recounts the qualities of good patrols. A TROOP’S BEST patrols exhibit enthusiasm, teamwork, and camaraderie—that special spark known as patrol spirit. How do your patrols measure up? Here are some tips for building

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Evolution of the Eagle Scout Award

The highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve began as a sort of “super merit badge” for Scouts who earned 21 other merit badges, five of them required.

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Motivating Scouts who don't advance in rank

Scouter M.A. noted in our March-April issue that some Scouts almost never advance in rank. Should the troop committee’s board of review find out why? M.A. asked. What else might motivate boys to advance?