A scout in ASM Jeff Hannan's old scout troop has earned all 129 merit badges. Read more about it in the Seattle Times!

From the BSA's Facebook page: "This Scout climbed his first hill 50 years ago and he blames the Boy Scouts of America for stealing his soul and planting it in the wilderness! We’ll take the credit for that, check out this unique article about a father-son climb and their experiences to new heights featured in National Geographic."

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CN-MBIn early 1940, Kate Smith, a fiercely patriotic American and the biggest star on radio, was deeply worried about her country.

She asked Irving Berlin if he could give her a song that would reignite the spirit of American patriotism and faith.  He said he had a song that he had written in 1917, but never used it.  He said she could have it.

She sat at the piano & played it and realized how good it was.  She called Mr. Berlin and told him that she couldn't take this from him for nothing. So, they agreed that any money that would be  made off the song would be donated to the Boy Scouts of America.

Thanks to Kate Smith and Irving Berlin, the Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties.

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The BSA YouTube channel has a nice piece about the The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, the new Boy Scouts high adventure, summer camp and jamboree location in West Virginia. Looks like it's going to be an awesome high adventure destination!

71 year old Edward Holbrook recently earned Eagle making him perhaps the oldest person to ever earn the badge. Years ago some paperwork got lost and it was recently uncovered when Mr Holbrook asked for old photos from his old scout camp. With them he got records showing he earned badges that made him eligible for Eagle. His daughter took it all to BSA and they decided to award him his Eagle badge.

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Moral of the story? Make sure you keep up with the badges you earn and keep a copy of your records yourself!