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Troop 869 Assistant Scoutmaster David Ostler, his son Andy, and Bryce Bailey of Park City, Utah, admire the natural beauty of Big Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Cache National Forest near Salt Lake City. Executive Editor Scott Daniels writes about preserving similar areas with Leave No Trace camping techniques. Photograph by Vince Heptig.
The winning essays in Scouting's annual competition describe some meaningful moments and memorable destinations.Keeping a Promise
A special council program in Virginia generates enthusiasm for meeting the BSA's pledge to provide millions of service hours in a nationwide volunteer effort.Scoutmasters Camporee
What began as an informal camp-out in 1960 has become a major annual encampment that draws some 1,500 participants from four Florida councils.Leave No Trace
Scouts and leaders can minimize the impact of backcountry camping by learning skills and making ethical decisions to preserve the environment.Making Right Choices
An Ohio council's juvenile diversion program for "unruly" youth helps to channel their personality traits into positive activities while keeping themout of the court system.Coming of Age on the Continental Divide
A Family Together Feature Over five summers, Mom, Dad, and kids make the trek from Canada to Mexico.Leadership at the Top
Robert Green and William Morriss demonstrate why the council president is vital to Scouting's growth and strength.Akela Camp: Fun for Boys - And Families, Too
Cub Scouts get excited about outdoor adventure while moms, dads, and siblings become 100 percent fans of Scouting.
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