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Sea Scouts director receives major award for efforts to promote safer boating in BSA

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National Sea Scouts Director Keith Christopher this month received a lifetime achievement award from the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

The award, presented Sept. 11, 2017, in Rapid City, S.D., honors Christopher’s work to promote recreational boating safety within the Boy Scouts of America’s programs and beyond.

Charles Wurster, National Sea Scout Commodore, calls the award a great honor for a great man.

“Keith Christopher has advanced the cause of safe boating nationwide by his participation and leadership in a number of organizations dedicated to that purpose,” Wurster says. “In his role as National Director of Sea Scouts, BSA, he represents Sea Scouts and the entire Boy Scouts of America organization while striving to bring safe boating and sailing adventures to youth throughout the the country.”

Christopher, who has announced his plans to retire next year, wears many hats within the Boy Scouts of America.

He began his 43-year professional career with the BSA as a district executive in Charlotte, N.C. A string of promotions took him to BSA councils in Alabama, Florida and Louisiana. In 2005, he joined the BSA’s National Service Center in Irving, Texas.

The past two years, I’ve been lucky enough to join Christopher on the annual Report to the Nation trip to Washington, D.C. Christopher leads a delegation of Scouts, Venturers and Explorers as they share news of Scouting success with high-ranking leaders in Washington.

In addition to about a million other responsibilities within the BSA movement, Christopher is the aquatics and boating representative for the BSA, which means he speaks for us on a number of national boards and advisory councils. The goal is to use the latest research and industry feedback to make the BSA’s boating and aquatics programs as safe as they can be.

An Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, Christopher is married with three children, including a daughter and two Eagle Scout sons. He has seven grandchildren.

Congrats, Keith!

Why you should thank this Eagle Scout every time you take a selfie

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The latest iPhones and Androids are millimeters thick but contain cameras capable of capturing magazine-quality photos.

It wouldn’t be possible without Eagle Scout Eric Fossum.

In 1992, Fossum developed the little sensor that allowed cameras to be smaller, cheaper and gentler on battery life. Technically, it’s called the complementary metal oxide semiconductor image sensor, but most people just call it the CMOS image sensor.

Well, most people don’t even know that Fossum’s sensor is there. They just know their smartphone, webcam or other small device with a camera takes photos better than the ones giant cameras could take decades ago.

Fossum developed the CMOS sensor while working at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

“We were trying to improve the performance of cameras in space as well as make them more resistance [sic] to radiation,” he told Time magazine.

Fossum figured the sensor would have applications beyond deep space, but he told Time that he has been surprised by all of the modern uses for the sensor — “from selfies taken by smartphones to pill cameras that can look inside your small intestine.”

Earlier this year, Fossum was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Prize, a British award that honors groundbreaking innovations in engineering. He told Time that he hopes his story and his award will encourage young people, like Scouts, to pursue education and careers in STEM fields like engineering.

“In school, children are often taught to get the right answer, but in engineering and invention you don’t often get the right answer at the right time,” Fossum told Time. “It took us several years to get CMOS right, and that was just in the research lab. … You have to repeat and try again. It’s really important for students and teachers to learn and understand that lesson.”

It started in Scouting

At age 14, Fossum received Scouting’s highest honor. He became an Eagle Scout on May 9, 1973, as a member of Troop 94 of Simsbury, Conn., part of the Connecticut Rivers Council.

After high school, Fossum got a bachelor’s degree in physics and engineering from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. He followed that with a doctorate in engineering from Yale University.

Fossum taught at Columbia University in the electrical engineering department from 1984 to 1990. He then joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, leading the image sensor department.

Fossum invented the CMOS active pixel sensor camera-on-a-chip technology while at NASA and led its transfer of the technology to U.S. industry.

He co-founded Photobit Corp. in 1995 to commercialize the technology. In late 2001, Micron Technology Inc. acquired Photobit. After that, Fossum held a number of roles with various technology companies before joining Dartmouth in 2010.

These days, he’s a professor at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H., where he teaches, performs research on the Quanta Image Sensor, and directs the school’s Ph.D. Innovation Program.

Did I mention he holds 160 U.S. patents and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame?

So, yeah. He’s an engineering rockstar.

Distinguished Eagle Scout

Fossum became a Distinguished Eagle Scout on Aug. 18, 2017.

The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award recognizes Eagle Scouts who earned Eagle at least 25 years ago and have received national-level recognition or fame within their field.

The Maine-based Pine Tree Council presented the award.

Jack O’Toole, an Eagle Scout and Pine Tree Council board member, send me the news of Fossum’s latest award.

“Eric Fossum has been an amazingly successful scientist and a great person,” O’Toole said. “I think that he would be an inspiring example to Scouts.”

Found! Cub Scout uniform that washed ashore after Hurricane Irma belongs to this officer in U.S. Navy

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Pat Gegg during his senior year football season with his grandma.

Pat Gegg thought he had lost everything when Hurricane Irma took his cottage on Ponte Vedra Beach, southeast of Jacksonville, Fla.

Especially painful was the loss of a Rubbermaid tub containing a number of irreplaceable Scouting items. There was his merit badge sash and Order of the Arrow sash. His dad’s Boy Scout uniform shirt from the 1950s. His own Cub Scout uniform shirt.

“There were so many things I wasn’t ready to part with in that small Rubbermaid,” Gegg told me by phone today.

Miraculously, there’s a silver lining here. The Cub Scout shirt, thought to have been lost forever to the Atlantic Ocean, has been found. It’s now on its way back to Gegg.

A Bryan on Scouting reader identified the shirt and contacted me to share the good news. Here’s how it went down.

A lightbulb moment

Gegg, who grew up in St. Joseph, Ill., is now stationed in Jacksonville where he’s a commander in the U.S. Navy. After the storm, Gegg was lamenting the loss of his family’s beach cottage with a fellow active-duty officer in the U.S. Navy, Matt Pottenburgh.

“We were talking in the office,” Pottenburgh said. “The very first thing he said to me was, ‘I lost my Boy Scout merit badge sash.’”

On Thursday, Pottenburgh, a volunteer Scout leader with two Eagle Scout sons and one First Class Scout, read my blog post about the uniform that had washed ashore in Jacksonville.

A lightbulb flared. The shirt belonged to an Illinois Cub Scout. Gegg hadn’t mentioned a missing Cub Scout shirt to Pottenburgh, but Pottenburgh knew Gegg was a Cub Scout in Illinois. Could the shirt belong to his friend?

Pottenburgh immediately called Gegg and showed him the blog post.

“Once I saw the Arrowhead Council and I saw the Parvuli Dei [Catholic religious emblem], I said, ‘that’s mine,’” Gegg said.

Pottenburgh was elated.

“He said, ‘that’s my Cub Scout shirt,’” Pottenburgh said. “It’s only one item of a bunch that he lost, but he’s in tears right now. He is blown away.”

“I would have the exact same sentiment,” Pottenburgh continued. “You can’t replace that stuff, so the fact that this guy found it, it’s an incredible story.”

A silver lining

Gegg said he and his wife are still in shock after losing so many priceless items. But getting his Cub Scout uniform back will be a big step in the healing process.

“Finding something like that is really special for us,” he said. “I’m so grateful that you posted the blog, and people responded, and eventually it’s going to reach me.”

Nikki Presley and her Eagle Scout husband, Dustin, found the uniform while helping clean storm debris from a beach in Jacksonville. Next up, the Presleys will make sure that Gegg gets this priceless piece of his past back in his hands.

Nikki Presley told me by email that she’s been interviewed by a Chicago TV station about her find. But she’s not looking for fame. She’s only happy to have found the uniform’s owner.

“Thank you for putting all this out there!” she said.

Is this your Cub Scout uniform that washed ashore after Hurricane Irma?

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Nikki Presley and her husband, Dustin, were walking on the beach in Jacksonville, Fla., less than a week after Hurricane Irma had passed through.

They were picking up debris — doing their part to help with the clean-up efforts — when Dustin abruptly stopped.

“We were just walking, picking up debris, and he spotted the Progress Toward Ranks beads,” Nikki told me by phone. “And he said, ‘I know what that is.'”

Those beads, Dustin knew, had to be part of a Cub Scout uniform. Sure enough, when he brushed away the sand, that’s just what he saw.

“We picked it up, and he said, ‘this is a Cub Scout uniform,'” Nikki said.

Of course, it’s no surprise Dustin knew what it was. Dustin is an Eagle Scout.

The odds of an Eagle Scout finding a Cub Scout uniform that washed ashore after a hurricane? About like the odds of finding a specific grain of sand on a beach.

Tracking down the uniform’s owner

Once they realized what they had found, the investigation began.

Nikki and Dustin saw the council shoulder patch on the left sleeve. It read “Arrowhead Council, Illinois.” Below that, they could see the shirt belonged to a member of Pack 121.

They quickly realized that the Arrowhead Council no longer exists. In 1991, the Arrowhead and Piankeshaw councils merged to form the Prairielands Council, headquartered in Champaign, Ill.

(Important note: Though the Arrowhead Council didn’t exist after 1991, the owner of the uniform might not have bothered to update his council shoulder patch. In other words, this uniform might have been actively worn after 1991.)

Nikki and Dustin started with a 21st-century approach to finding the uniform’s owner. They shared the photo on Twitter, hoping the power of social media would help them return this lost treasure.

Hey @boyscouts , we were picking up debris on the beach after #hurricaneirma2017 and found this. Any way to return it to its owner?

— n i k k i (@nehpresley) September 17, 2017

They haven’t had any success so far.

Kate Jacobs, marketing and communications director at the Pathway to Adventure Council, spotted the post on Twitter and sent the idea to the BSA’s National Service Center.

Clues so far

Updating this based on your comments!

  • Based on the color scheme of the Honor Unit patch on the right sleeve, the uniform might be from 1985. (Thanks, Brian Wolfe!)
  • The medal is a Catholic religious emblem. (Thanks, Melissa!)
  • The owner is likely about 42 or 43 years old. (Thanks, Nahila Nakne!)
One uniform, infinite possibilities

It’s impossible to look at this misplaced uniform and not daydream a little bit about my own time in a Cub Scout uniform. I had so many great memories in a blue shirt just like this one. (OK, mine had short sleeves, but still.) I remember holding up the letters in “CUBS” at the pack blue and gold banquet, running around the gym at the elementary school after a monthly meeting, and racing the Pinewood Derby car I had built with my dad.

You can read stories about the uniform that washed ashore in Florida just by looking at it.

We know its wearer was part of an honor unit. We know he earned a religious emblem. We know he worked his way through each of Cub Scouting’s ranks — Bobcat, Wolf, Bear and Webelos — and earned the requisite gold and silver arrow points along the way. (The arrow points are no longer used — giving moms and dads one less tiny thing to sew!)

But even more tantalizing is what we don’t know about this uniform.

What inspired its owner to make his way from Illinois to Florida? Perhaps he fell in love with Florida’s warm weather and salty air on a trek at the BSA’s Florida Sea Base. Maybe he moved southeast for work but brought with him a blue-and-gold memento from childhood. Or maybe he stayed in Illinois but sent the uniform to a grandson or nephew in Florida, hoping to inspire a future-generation Cub Scout to experience what Scouting has to offer.

Scouting can take your life in a million directions, and there are an equal number of stories this uniform could tell. What’s your guess? And what stories does your Cub Scout uniform hold?

What to do if you recognize this uniform

Does this uniform look familiar? If you recognize this pack number or uniform, please email me.

Nikki and Dustin are eager to do a big Good Turn for the uniform’s owner.

Me? I’m eager to find out just how a potentially decades-old uniform from a council more than 1,000 miles away in Illinois ended up on a beach in Florida.

Pledge to never, ever use your phone while driving, because #ItCanWait

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It makes no sense.

The latest research says 95 percent of us disapprove of distracted driving. And yet 71 percent of us still use our phones while behind the wheel.

These days, it’s not just texting that’s the problem. Now our phones bleep and buzz every minute with the latest 50-percent-off deal, score update and friend request.

Each notification distracts the driver. Each distraction could be deadly.

It’s time for something to change. It’s time for #ItCanWait.

Scouters, parents, and driving-age Scouts and Venturers should take the #ItCanWait pledge today. By committing to go phones down, eyes up, you’re making the road a safer place for everyone.

AT&T has a wealth of resources about the #ItCanWait pledge, which you can use to share this message with your Boy Scout troop, Venturing crew or Explorer post.

The #ItCanWait pledge

By taking the #ItCanWait pledge, you’re committing to Care, Share and Be Aware:

  • I pledge to Care for those around me and put my phone down when I’m driving.
  • I pledge to Share the message: distracted driving is never OK.
  • I pledge to Be Aware that I’m never alone on the road.

Distracted-driving statistics

Walking on the sidewalks near my office, I see far too many people using their phones while driving. It seems like every other car has someone with one hand on the wheel and two eyes on the phone.

Unfortunately, my anecdotal evidence is backed by real numbers.

Here’s what a new study, commissioned by AT&T, shows:

  • Seven in 10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving.
  • 62 percent of people keep their smartphones within easy reach while driving.
  • Nearly four in 10 smartphone users tap into social media while driving. Almost three in 10 surf the net, and one in 10 video chat.
  • Facebook tops the social platform list, with more than a quarter of those polled saying they use the app while driving. About one in seven said they’re on Twitter behind the wheel.

Resources for you

Speaking of the Traffic Safety merit badge, the resources section has been updated with a link to AT&T’s #ItCanWait campaign.

A simple activity to try at your next meeting

Don’t just tell young people about the ways a phone can distract them from other tasks. Show them.

You’ll need three balloons for every two or three Scouts or Venturers.

  1. Ask the Scouts to begin texting with a friend, scrolling through their news feed or watching a video on their phone.
  2. Once they’ve started, tell them to keep the three balloons in the air.
  3. Have them do this for about a minute — keeping the balloons afloat while still paying attention to their phone.
  4. Once everyone has a turn, have an older Scout or Venturer lead a discussion about doing something when distracted by your phone. What made it difficult? Did they feel like they could do an adequate job keeping the balloons in the air? How did the activity make them feel about distracted driving?
Ways Scouts can get involved
  • Plan a service project that promotes distracted driving awareness.
  • Create an It Can Wait contract for their parents to sign — and make them promise that
    they won’t use their phone while they’re driving.
  • Host an event to raise awareness about distracted driving.
  • Decorate signs that say “Distracted driving is never OK. It Can Wait.”
Ways adults can get involved
  • Change your email signature on your phone to encourage others to wait to respond: “Sent from my phone. This email was not sent while driving. Distracted driving is never OK. It Can Wait.”
  • Be an advocate at your office. Work with your company’s HR to raise awareness about It Can Wait and encourage safe driving.
  • Add an It Can Wait sticker to the back of your phone case to remind you distracted driving is never OK.
  • Download the AT&T DriveMode app, which makes it easier to drive without distractions. Or, if you’ve upgraded your iPhone to iOS 11, use the new “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature.

Sea Base’s Big Munson Island, ‘hit hard’ by Hurricane Irma, ‘will survive and bounce back’

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Hurricane Irma hit the BSA-owned Big Munson Island hard, toppling some trees and stripping bare others.

The 100-acre island, located off Big Pine Key in the lower Florida Keys, is used in the Out Island Program at the BSA’s Florida Sea Base. Treks depart from the Brinton Environmental Center, located on Summerland Key.

Irma brought 3 to 4 feet of sand on the beach at Big Munson, covering the area where some campsites had been located.

While Sea Base general manager Mike Johnson says the devastation “could have been worse,” significant clean-up will be required. Volunteers will be needed beginning Nov. 1; see more info in this post.

“This will likely require a relocation of campsites on the island and possibly different types of tents and coverage depending on vegetation,” Johnson says. “Big Munson Island will survive and bounce back. The topography may be different, but the spirit of Big Munson Island lives on.”

The island, gifted to the BSA’s Florida Sea Base in 1982, gives the Sea Base its own island property for Scouting activities.

In the Out Island Adventure, Scouts and Venturers leave the Brinton Environmental Center and travel 5.5 miles by Polynesian war canoe to the island. Once there, they can fish, snorkel and kayak.

Photos of Big Munson Island after Irma

Sea Base after Irma: The story so far

Volunteers needed to help the Florida Sea Base clean up after Hurricane Irma

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Each time I share an update about how the Florida Sea Base is recovering after Hurricane Irma, the comments pour in. Everyone wants to know how they can help Sea Base get back to doing what it does best: offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences for young people.

Well, service-minded Scouters, your time has come.

Beginning Sept. 25, the Sea Base will invite volunteers to help clean up its main property in Islamorada, Fla., and the Brinton Environmental Center, which is the Sea Base’s satellite facility on Summerland Key, right near where Irma made landfall.

Big Munson Island, “hit hard” by Irma, will need a big clean-up as well. But because of tricky logistics and hot weather, clean-up there will begin in November.

While we hope no other hurricanes will target the Florida Keys this season, it’s always possible. So these plans could change if additional evacuations are necessary.

Here are the requirements to volunteer

Age: Volunteers must be 21 years or older and registered members of the BSA. Sea Base cannot provide housing for family members, children, or others who are not 21 and part of the clean-up effort.

Travel: Volunteers must get to and from the Florida Sea Base on their own.

Schedule and slots available: Beginning Sept. 25 through early December, Sea Base will take up to 15 volunteers per week.

Housing: Until water and power is restored at Brinton Environmental Center (BEC), all volunteers will be housed at the Sea Base. Those working at BEC will travel to and from on a daily basis.

What volunteers will receive: Housing, food, staff uniforms, a Hurricane Irma staff patch and the satisfaction of helping Sea Base facilities get up and running.

Whom to contact if interested: Email Matt Reineck at Include your name, contact information, dates of availability, skills, equipment you can bring and preference for area to work — Sea Base, BEC or Big Munson (after Nov. 1).



Sea Base after Irma: The story so far

Here’s every recipient of the Silver Antelope Award from 2010 to 2017

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The Silver Antelope Award recognizes Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within one of the BSA’s four regions — Central, Northeast, Southern and Western.

It’s part of the so-called “Silver family” of BSA awards, alongside the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service within a council and the Silver Buffalo Award for distinguished service on the national level.

You’ll call me biased, but of all the Silver Antelope Award recipients in history, my favorite is my dad, Don, who received the honor in 2014.

Each of the recipients of the award, created in 1942, has done something remarkable to benefit Scouting. You can see the list of recipients from 2010 to 2017 below. Are there any from your council?

How to nominate someone for the Silver Antelope Award

To nominate someone for the Silver Antelope, contact your local council. Your council will electronically submit its nominations, using this official form, to the National Court of Honor.

Councils must submit nominations by Nov. 30 for consideration the following year. Awards are presented each year at the regional awards luncheon held in conjunction with the BSA’s National Annual Meeting each May.

Recipients get recognized at the luncheon and receive an orange-and-white knot to wear on their uniforms, an orange-and-white ribbon medal, a lapel pin and, of course, a certificate.

2010 Silver Antelope Recipients Central
  • M. Glenn Cameron, Ozark Trails Council, Point Lookout, MO
  • Abner H. George, Jr., Northern Star Council, Minnetonka, MN
  • Charles Victor Lang, Greater Cleveland Council, Chagrin Falls, OH
  • Virgil Reed, Dan Beard Council, Cincinnati, OH
  • Robert E. Vogt, Greater St. Louis Area Council, Ballwin, MO
  • R. Michael Yost, Great Sauk Trail Council, Howell, MI
  • Edward C. Cool, Minsi Trails Council, Bethlehem, PA
  • William E. Johnston, Connecticut Rivers Council, Avon, CT
  • Howard E. Liebmann, Patriots’ Path Council, Mount Arlington, NJ
  • Joseph P. McNally, Greater Pittsburgh Council, Oakmont, PA
  • Maria Molinelli, Puerto Rico Council, San Juan, PR
  • Arnold F. Traupman, MD, Minsi Trails Council, Bethlehem, PA
  • Larry Bahler, Indian Nations Council, Broken Arrow, OK
  • Kimberly Barker, Bay Area Council, League City, TX
  • John T. Bell, Suwanee River Area Council, Tallahassee, FL
  • L. Ronald Bell, South Florida Council, Miami, FL
  • Jean Sylvia Dukes , Blue Ridge Council, Clemson, SC
  • H. Larry Harper, Northeast Georgia Council, Gainesville, GA
  • Aubrey B. Patterson, Yocona Area Council, Tupelo, MS
  • Thomas Henderson Price, DDS, Calcasieu Area Council, Lake Charles, LA
  • Barry A. Smith, Old North State Council, Greensboro, NC
  • John Stuart III, Circle Ten Council, Dallas, TX
  • Chuck Treadway, Northeast Georgia Council, Dohlonega, GA
  • Toby Capps, Chief Seattle Council, Renton, WA
  • Keith Coombs, Marin Council, Novato, CA
  • Larry Gibson, Utah National Parks Council, Highland, UT
  • Michael Hardebeck, Far East Council, Tokyo, Japan
  • Janet Keene, Grand Canyon Council, Gilbert, AZ
  • Howard Kern, Ventura County Council, Westlake Village, CA
  • Cheryl Lant, Utah National Parks Council, Orem, UT
  • Tim McHenry, Pacific-Skyline Council, San Carlos, CA
  • S. Carl Nicolaysen, Ore-Ida Council, Nampa, ID
  • Joseph E. Porter III, Long Beach Area Council, Seal Beach, CA
  • James Rogers, Nevada Area Council, Reno, NV
2011 Silver Antelope Recipients Central
  • Keith Butt, Allohak Council, Logan, OH
  • Connie Elliott, Great Sauk Trail Council, Temperance, MI
  • Christopher Grove, Miami Valley Council, Troy, OH
  • Brian L. Kasal, Chicago Area Council, Chicago, IL
  • John L. Makowski, Milwaukee County Council, Colgate, WI
  • Steve McGowan, Buckskin Council, Cross Lanes, WV
  • Louis E. Milsted, Bay-Lakes Council, Sheboygan, WI
  • Sheryl A. Oakman, Mid-America Council, Bellevue, NE
  • Adolph E. Peschke, Mid-Iowa Council, Des Moines, IA
  • Russell D. Votava, Cornhusker Council, Lincoln, NE
  • Steven R. DeWick, Greater Pittsburgh Council, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Joseph P. Fanelli, Jr., Cradle of Liberty Council, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jeffrey H. Goldsmith, Jershey Shore Council, South Orange, NJ
  • Frances A. Hensen, Baltimore Area Council, Windsor Mill, MD
  • Abelardo LeCompte, Chester County Council, Landenberg, PA
  • Gary M. Schroeder, Monmouth Council, Wall Township, NJ
  • Charles A. Spitz, AIA, NCARB, Greater Niagara Frontier Council, Niagara Falls, NY
  • Darlene R. Sprague, Patriots’ Path Council, Piscataway, NJ
  • Mary Elizal Tomchuk, Puerto Rico Council, Ponce, PR
  • Kaylene D. Trick, Susquehanna Council, New Berlin, PA
  • Robert M. Baldwin, Coastal Carolina Council, Mount Pleasant, SC
  • David Biegler, Circle Ten Council, Dallas, TX
  • Richard Paul Bragga, Heart of Virginia Council, Henrico, VA
  • Ronald Richard Collins, Caddo Area Council, Nash, TX
  • John D. Finch, Middle Tennessee Council, Goodlettsville, TN
  • James A. Flatt, M.D., Greater Alabama Council, Huntsville, AL
  • Charles T. Harbin III, Sam Houston Area Council, Sugar Land, TX
  • David M. Weekley, Sam Houston Area Council, Houston, TX
  • Glenn Thomas Ault. M.D., San Gabriel Valley Council, Hacienda Heights, CA
  • Ken Bower, Santa Clara County Council, San Jose, CA
  • Gary D. Christiansen, West Los Angeles County Council, Santa Clarita, CA
  • J. Robert Coleman, Jr., Piedmont Council, Piedmont, CA
  • John E. Disney, Pacific Harbors Council, Tacoma, WA
  • Capt. John W. Manz USMC (ret), Montana Council, Seeley Lake, MT
  • Michael R. Philbrook, San Diego-Imperial Council, San Diego, CA
  • David W. Rich, Trapper Trails Council, Syracuse, UT
  • Alison K. Schuler, Great Southwest Council, Albuquerque, NM
  • Brad Stevens, Marin Council, San Rafael, CA
  • Larry Tuntland, Nevada Area Council, Reno, NV
2012 Silver Antelope Recipients Central
  • J. Patrick Anderson, Southwest Michigan Council, Portage, MI
  • John A. Chandler, Great Lakes Council, Troy, MI
  • Raymond R. Czech, Greater Cleveland Council, Broadview Heights, MI
  • Charles Dru Goodwin, MD, Miami Valley Council, Dayton, OH
  • Edward Hansen, Great Lakes Council, White Lake, MI
  • Philip J. Johnson, Northern Star Council, Eden Prairie, MN
  • Stephen J. McCollister, Mid-America Council, Valley, NE
  • Cole D. Petersen, Northern Star Council, Burnsville, MN
  • Robert A. Stuart, Jr., Abraham Lincoln Council, Springfield, MO
  • Scott T. Anderson, Patriots’ Path Council, Westfield, NJ
  • Thomas J. Cordaro, Laurel Highlands Council, Glenshaw, PA
  • Warren Dressler, Jr., Northern New Jersey Council, Ridgefield Park, NJ
  • Fred W. Joost, Jr., New Birth of Freedom Council, Lancaster, PA
  • Christopher J. Moon, Connecticut Rivers Council, Naugatuck, CT
  • Greg E. Placy, Daniel Webster Council, Colebrook, NH
  • Robert T. Sadock, MD, Connecticut Yankee Council, Riverside, CT
  • Paul J. Sliney, Knox Trail Council, Marlborough, MA
  • Fernando S. Aran , South Florida Council, Miami, FL
  • Carol and Barney Barnett, Gulf Ridge Council, Lakeland, FL
  • Shawn L. Briese, Central Florida Council, Ormond Beach, FL
  • Mary Fisher, Westark Area Council, Danville, AR
  • Charles K. Hecht, Chattahoochee Council, Columbus, GA
  • Jason P. Hood, Chickasaw Council, Memphis, TN
  • John J. Jenkins, Atlanta Area Council, Berkeley Lake, GA
  • Joseph E. Johnson, Great Smoky Mountain Council, Knoxville, TN
  • James (Jim) D. Virgin, Cascade Pacific Council, Vancouver, WA
  • Roma Bishop, San Francisco Bay Area Council, Pleasanton, CA
  • J Del Bishop, Jr, Chief Seattle Council, Woodinville, WA
  • Robert J. Johnston, Las Vegas Area Council, Las Vegas, NV
  • Timothy I. Malaney, San Diego-Imperial Council, Chula Vista, CA
  • Arthur F. (Skip) Oppenheimer, Ore-Ida Council, Boise, ID
  • Gregory Dean Sawyer, Grand Columbia Council, Yakima, WA
  • Steven Robert Silbiger, Los Angeles Area Council, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Silver Antelope Recipients Central
  • Ernest C. Froemel, Des Plaines Valley Council, La Grange , IL
  • Jeffery W. Geralds, Great Lakes FSC Council, Madison Heights, IL
  • Gregory Allen Godwin, Buckskin Council, Athens, WV
  • Charles r. Maris, MD, Lincoln Trails Council, Charleston, IL
  • Michael Robert St. Pierre, Crossroads of America Council, Indianapolis, IN
  • Delvin Lee Wilkinson, Heart of America Council, Lee’s Summit, MO
  • J. Scott Woolery, Northern Star Council, Plymouth, MN
  • Archpriest John T. Bacon, Old Colony Council, Bridgewater, MA
  • Jason Barlow, Hudson Valley Council, Hopewell Jct, NY
  • R. Clifford Berg, Del-Mar-Va Council, Chadds Ford, PA
  • James Castanzo, Pennsylvania Dutch Council, Lancaster, PA
  • Scott R. Christensen, Greater New York Council, Manhasset, NY
  • John R. Halsey, Boston Minuteman Council, Reading, MA
  • Gerard A. Scanlan, Hudson Valley Council, New City, NY
  • David J. Talbot, Westchester-Putnam Council, North Salem, NY
  • Council J. Armstrong, Jr., Daniel Boone Council, Asheville, NC
  • Terry Bramlett, Northeast Georgia Council, Suches, GA
  • Chris L. Cook, Cherokee Area Council, Bartlesville, OK
  • Linda Goff, Great Smoky Mountain Council, Oak Ridge, TN
  • Jimmie Smith Homburg, South Florida Council, College Station, TX
  • Roger C. Mosby, Sam Houston Area Council, Montgomery, TX
  • David P. Rumbarger, Yocona Area Council, Tupelo, MS
  • Thomas Richard Yarboro, Tuscarora Council, Goldsboro, NC
  • David L. Beck, Great Salt Lake Council, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Richard M. Brenner, Santa Clara County Council, Saratoga, CA
  • Robert B. Carns, Mt. Diablo-Silverado Council, Alamo, CA
  • Gary Crum, Longs Peak Council, Laramie, WY
  • John Charles Keegan, Yucca Council, Peoria, AZ
  • Ronald K. Migita, Aloha Council, Aiea, HI
  • Scott Dean Oki, Chief Seattle Council, Bellevue, WA
  • David A. Wilson, Utah National Parks Council, Orem, UT
2014 Silver Antelope Recipients Central
  • Richard Tucker Boeshaar, Heart of America Council, Mission Hills, KS
  • Richard B. Northrup, Michigan Crossroads Council, Tecumseh, MI
  • Len Roberts, Miami Valley Council, Dayton, OH
  • James H. Simpson , Lewis & Clark Council, O’Falton, IL
  • David L. Steward, Greater St. Louis Area Council, Town & Country, MO
  • Marvin Stonecipher, Northern Star Council, Cottage Grove, MN
  • Rev. Dr. David R. Weyrick, Great Trail Council, Akron, OH
  • Kristopher J. Zahrobsky, Des Plaines Valley Council, Willowbrook, IL
  • Ronald L. Adolphi, National Capital Area Council, Williamsburg, VA
  • Gerard G. Casey, Monmouth Council, Dayton, NJ
  • Frederick “Rick” Hillenbrand, National Capital Area Council, Romney, WV
  • Thomas P. Kehoe, Yankee Clipper Council, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
  • Bernard W. Lockard, Jr., Laurel Highlands Council, Indiana , PA
  • Brian E. McAuliff, Suffolk County Council, Bayport, NY
  • Andrew James Miller, Jr., Daniel Webster Council, Hanover, NH
  • Peter E. Pape, Seneca Waterways Council, Webster, NY
  • Keller S. Carlock, M.D., Atlanta Area Council, Atlanta, GA
  • Charles A. Garwood, Piedmont Council, Shelby, NC
  • Thomas C. Harrison, Daniel Boone Council, Asheville, NC
  • Stanley Lee Kynerd, Andrew Jackson Council, Breandon, MS
  • John Alden (Jack) Metcalfe, Sam Houston Area Council, Houston, TX
  • William Tally IV, Heart of Virginia Council, Petersburg, VA
  • Donald C. Thom, Lincoln Heritage Council, Lousiville, KY
  • Don Wendell, Circle Ten Council, Plano, TX
  • Paul Clyde, Utah National Parks Council, Orem, UT
  • Frederick Grimm, Chief Seattle Council, Seattle, WA
  • H. Ken Hayashi, Chief Seattle Council, Seattle, WA
  • Eric l. Hiser , Grand Canyon Council, Phoenix, AZ
  • Doris R. McCarthy, San Diego Imperial Council, San Diego, CA
  • Paul L. Moffat, Las Vegas Area Council, Las Vegas, NV
  • Daniel Walters, San Francisco Bay Area Council, San Leandro, CA
  • Martin M. Webb, Redwood Empire Council, Sebastopol, CA
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  • Bruce C. Boyle, Buckeye Council, Delaware, OH
  • Morris D. Cooper, Abraham Lincoln Council, Springfield, IL
  • Roger W. Engelbart, Greater St. Louis Area Council, St. Louis, MO
  • Stephen J. Harris, Great Lakes FSC Council, Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • Daniel E. Hunt, Mid-America Council, Blair, NE
  • Michael S. LoPresti, Northeast Illinois Council, Glenview, IL
  • Jay C. Oakman, Mid-America Council, Bellevue, NE
  • David H. Williams, Crossroads of America Council, Fishers, IN
  • Daniel J. Albert, Connecticut Rivers Council, Kensington, CT
  • Bryan Fisk, Northeastern Pennsylvania Council, Clarks Summit, PA
  • Marybeth McCall, MD, Revolutionary Trails Council, Utica, NY
  • Thomas J. McKeever, Jr., National Capital Area Council, West Friendship, MD
  • William E. Rosner, Laurel Highlands Council, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Eric H. Schultz, Boston Minuteman Council, Boston, MA
  • Richard T. Sullivan, Knox Trail Council, Natick, MA
  • John J. Vesey, Greater New York Council, Brooklyn, NY
  • Denise K. Bahler, Indian Nations Council, Broken Arrow, OK
  • Larry Chase, Atlanta Area Council, Marietta, GA
  • Donald James Dare, Great Smoky Mountain Council, Powell, TN
  • Fredereick W. Hyslop, Jr., Blue Ridge Council, Greer, SC
  • Cassandra Harman Johnson, Sam Houston Area Council, Cypress, TX
  • Thomas Roberts, Northeast Georgia Council, Dawsonville, GA
  • Mark D. Rose, Gulf Ridge Council, Lutz, FL
  • William T. Spence, Colonial Virginia Council, Suffolk, VA
  • Scott Beckett, Denver Area Council, Edina, MN
  • Jeffrey Bostwick, San Diego-Imperial Council, San Diego, CA
  • Danny R. Brock, Great Salt Lake Council, Bountiful, UT
  • William C. Collett, Mt. Diablo-Silverado Council, Lafayette, CA
  • Thomas Edwards, Mt. Diablo-Silverado Council, Lafayette, CA
  • Eugene L. Grant, Cascade Pacific Council, Happy Valley, OR
  • Bruce D. Noonan, Grand Columbia Council, Moses Lake, WA
  • Paul Sowards, Great Southwest Council, Albuquerque, NM
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  • Kandra H. Dickerson, Mid-Iowa Council, Johnston, IA
  • Richard A. Koch, Greater St. Louis Area Council, St. Charles, MO
  • Tom E. Monson, Northern Star Council, Eau Claire, WI
  • Veidols Muiznieks, Northern Star Council, St. Paul Park, MN
  • Charles E. Truza, Michigan Crossroads Council, Troy, MI
  • Carm C. Walgamott, Lewis & Clark Council, O’Fallon, IL
  • Stephan B. Wilder, Buckeye Council, Canton, OH
  • John A. Woodall III, Northern Star Council, Spicer, MN
  • Scott R. Berger, Patriots’ Path Council, Scotch Plains, NJ
  • Craig Stephen Donais, Daniel Webster Council, Manchester, NH
  • Douglas C. Fullman, Washington Crossing Council, Plainsboro, NJ
  • Lawrence A. Healey, Jr., Spirit of Adventure Council, Reading, MA
  • Jeffrey L. McKinney, Baden-Powell Council, Binghamton, NY
  • Russell H. Neubauer, Chester County Council, West Chester , PA
  • Hugh Redd, National Capital Area Council, Great Falls, VA
  • Alvin L. Zach, Monmouth Council, East Brunswick, NJ
  • Jennifer Lee Hancock, South Plains Council, Lubbock, TX
  • H. Lawson Hembree IV, Westark Area Council, Ft. Smith, AR
  • David S. Hendrix, Gulf Ridge Council, Brandon, FL
  • Richard B. Hensley, Blue Ridge Mountains Council, Hardy, VA
  • Larry Gene Mahoney, Atlanta Area Council, Acworth, GA
  • James C. Miles, Mecklenburg County Council, Cornelius, NC
  • Fred R. Norton, Caddo Area Council, Texarkana, TX
  • William B. Squire, Cape Fear Council, Wilmington, NC
  • Mark Gubler, Utah National Parks Council, St. George, UT
  • David Hedman, Ventura County Council, Ojai, CA
  • Richard Kagawa, Orange County Council, Huntington Beach, CA
  • James Libbin, Yucca Council, Las Cruces, NM
  • Anthony L. Mei, Marin Council, Novato, CA
  • Jack L. Peterson, Yucca Council, El Paso, TX
  • Paul “Hank” Scherf, Pacific Skyline Council, Menlo Park, CA
  • Scott Suchan, Mount Baker Council, Everett, WA
2017 Silver Antelope Recipients Central
  • Randall J. Corgan, Dan Beard Council, Loveland, OH
  • Dale A. DeGirolamo, Greater Cleveland Council, Elyria, OH
  • Brad L. Epstein, Pathway to Adventure Council, Algonquin, IL
  • Roy A. More, Michigan Crossroads Council, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Eugene J. Schnell, Greater St. Louis Area Council, St. Charles, MO
  • Keith William Sickendick, Heart of America Council, Overland Park, KS
  • Elwin Spray, Tecumseh Council, Beavercreek, OH
  • Mary Wangerin, Northern Star Council, Savage, MN
  • Frederick W. Adriance, Twin Rivers Council, Waterford, NY
  • Richard M. Bausher, Jr., Laurel Highlands Council, Johnstown, PA
  • Hon. Gerard J. Boyle, Daniel Webster Council, Campton, NH
  • Joe Paul Casey, Western Massachusetts Council, Amherst, MA
  • James P. Ganley, Nashua Valley Council, Gardner, MA
  • Robert M. Koch, Suffolk County Council, Ronkonkoma, NY
  • Orrin B. MacMurray, Longhouse Council, Camden, NY
  • Charles A. Morgan, III, Baltimore Area Council, Highland, MD
  • James Hunter Cash, Circle Ten Council, McKinney, TX
  • Jay W. Fox, Ph.D., Stonewall Jackson Area Council, North Garden, VA
  • Steve Gerber, Rio Grande Council, Harlingen, TX
  • Paul Grasse, Quapaw Area Council, Hot Springs Village, AR
  • William E. Guglielmi, Greater Tampa Bay Area Council, Tampa, FL
  • John C. Jennings, III, Central Florida Council, Orlando, FL
  • Joseph E. Pizzi, Jr., Oconeechee Council, Pinehurst, NC
  • Timothy L. Spires , Cherokee Area Council, Cleveland, TN
  • Kevin Baker, Chief Seattle Council, Woodinville, WA
  • Jacques Behar, Verdugo Hills Council, Ogden, UT
  • David Graves, Ventura County Council, Simi Valley, CA
  • Arthur Lipman, Great Salt Lake Council, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Rodney Mangus, Mt. Diablo-Silverado Council, Orinda, CA
  • Dale Radcliff, Piedmont Council, Piedmont, CA
  • Ange Workman, Trapper Trails Council, Morgan, UT
  • Patricia Wrath, Aloha Council, Kailua, HI
Recipients before 2010

What about before 2010? Wikipedia has this list of recipients, but I can’t vouch for its complete accuracy.

FEMA uses Florida Sea Base facility as search-and-rescue staging area after Hurricane Irma

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After Hurricane Irma made landfall on the Florida Keys, the Federal Emergency Management Agency used one of the BSA’s Florida Sea Base facilities as the staging area for search-and-rescue efforts.

With permission from Sea Base general manager Mike Johnson, FEMA brought 80 people — from Florida and from the Los Angeles Fire Department — to the Brinton Environmental Center, which is the Sea Base’s satellite facility on Summerland Key, right near where Irma made landfall.

In true Scouting fashion, the FEMA team “left the location better than they found it,” Johnson says. They even left behind a thank-you note and a genuine FEMA search-and-rescue uniform. Johnson plans to frame both to display in the galley at the Brinton Environmental Center. It’ll be a nice way to remember the post-Irma rebuilding effort.

FEMA workers swept and mopped rooms before departing. They moved storm surge debris. They secured a broken gas line. They organized all the tables under the galley, where FEMA workers had their meals. They stacked the kayaks.

The unit was self-contained, bringing in its own generators and fans so as not to expend the base’s resources. Well, they did drink some of the base’s coffee, but they left behind money for what they used — a gesture Johnson called “totally unnecessary.”

FEMA donated those fans to Sea Base. They also left behind pallets of water and a few cases of MREs, or meals ready to eat, “because they thought Scouts should experience them,” Johnson says.

“They were an absolute class act,” he says.

What the note said

Thank you for allowing FEMA Urban Search & Rescue California Task Force I for using your facility as our base camp.

We are donating these fans to the facility as a token of our appreciation.

Sorry for the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. I know … the leadership of the Boy Scouts [will] start the healing process and recovery of the Keys community.

Good luck and God bless.

The condition of Brinton Environmental Center

After the road to the Lower Keys reopened, Johnson was able to assess the damage to the BEC. Steve Dohman (pictured at the top of this post), the FEMA agent who was the commander at the location, gave him a tour of the aftermath. Here’s what Johnson saw:

Building condition: BEC fared very well. “The place was built to withstand a category 5 storm, and it did,” he says. There is minor damage to the roof of a dorm, the downstairs of all dorms took storm surge damage (impacting storage for snorkel gear, life vests and showers). The dorm rooms and rooms Johnson entered showed no signs of water intrusion, but he’ll do a thorough walkthrough to be sure.

Boats: All boats are fine. There is some damage to the plexiglass in some Dusky cockpits, but overall, the boats fared well.

Vans: Given the storm surge, there may be damage to the vans.

Electric: The BEC does not have electricity and likely won’t for another four to six days. It does not have water, and there is no estimate of when it may be restored. Once restored, it will be nonpotable, which is the case in the entire Keys right now.

General clean-up: There are a lot of downed trees. There’s debris in the water in the marina, debris near the maintenance shed from storm surge, dead mangroves that have been denuded that are next to the property, etc.

Other updates

When clean-up help will be needed: When Johnson is ready, he’ll coordinate with Kevin Dowling for a crew from Philmont to help with clean-up. Timing for help from volunteers is still too early to determine.

Sea Base reservations: Read this post for the latest on that. (Scroll to the subheading “What’s the latest on how this will affect Sea Base reservations?”)

Tropical Storm Maria: The storm is southeast of the windward island and on the same track as Irma. It is expected to become a hurricane, and until more is known, Sea Base will leave storm shutters up on nonessential buildings. “I also am cautious of bringing in too many people that we might have to evacuate in seven to 10 days,” Johnson says.

“Overall the staff did a great job in preparing for this storm. We learned a lot, and hopefully it’s a while before we go through this again,” he says.

Sea Base after Irma: The story so far

The myScouting app puts training, rosters and commissioner tools at your fingertips

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Scouters, now you can carry more of the tools you need to do your job everywhere Scouting takes you.

The myScouting app, the BSA’s official app to help leaders facilitate the Scouting program, has a refreshed look and all-new features.

The app is free and available now for Android devices (Android 4.4 KitKat or higher), as well as iPhones and iPads (iOS 9.0 or higher). Just search “myScouting” in your device’s app store.

When you open the app, you’ll log in with your myScouting username and password. The app will show you the tools available to you based on your Scouting position.

You’ll see your member ID, how many days remain until your Youth Protection training expires, links to resources and much more.

Other noteworthy features of the myScouting app include:

  • An organization roster so you can see all active adult members registered under your governance — down to the unit level. You can filter by Youth Protection trained status, position trained status and more. You can easily update this information, too, and even call or email directly from your device. And of course you can update your own contact info — address, phone number, email — right in the app as well.
  • A training center that lets you complete Youth Protection training and other online trainings right from your device. You can also view, save and send completed training certificates in the app.
  • Commissioner tools so commissioners can complete unit assessments, track roundtables, and view and track commissioner assignments.
  • Calendar and announcements pages so Key 3 members can share updates with members registered under their governance.
  • A resources page with links to the latest BSA material, such as the Guide to Advancement or Handbook for District Operations.

The new app supports both English and Spanish. There’s also a night-mode feature that darkens the screen — so you won’t keep your spouse awake when you’re working on Scouting late at night.

Behind the scenes

The app is the work of the BSA’s information delivery group. An array of volunteer beta testers offered their feedback on ways to improve the user experience.

Have some feedback to share? You can do so from within the app.

Troop’s incredible building for storing equipment honors departed Scoutmaster

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Jim Potjunas left an indelible mark on Troop 101 and the entire community of Warren, Ohio.

Potjunas was just 18 when he helped start the troop 42 years ago. Five years later, he became its Scoutmaster. He led the troop for 37 years, during which time he helped 148 young men become Eagle Scouts. Along the way, he mentored young men as they camped, hiked and performed service projects.

“In all my years in Scouting I have never known a better Scoutmaster than Jim Potjunas,” says Ned Gold, whose son, Gregory, became an Eagle Scout in Troop 101. “And hence the troop is the best I have ever seen.”

Potjunas died on Aug. 5, 2017, in a single-car accident. He was 60.

His legacy survives in the 148 Eagle Scouts and dozens of others progressing down the path toward Eagle. It also lives on in the Jim Potjunas Troop 101 Scout Center, which was completed about two months before Potjunas died.

The Scout center was designed, built and dedicated in honor of Potjunas. Now it stands in his memory.

Here’s the story of a special Scout building and the extraordinary man who inspired it.

More than a storage space

Gold is a 68-year Scouting veteran who serves on the executive board of the Great Trail Council, based in Akron, Ohio.

He said Troop 101’s chartered organization, the Blessed Sacrament Church, provides ample meeting space for the guys. But there’s nowhere to stow all the gear it takes to support Troop 101’s active program.

Active is probably underselling it. During Potjunas’ tenure, the troop went to summer camp every year — Camp Chickagami for the first 20 years and Camp Manatoc for the last 17. They took eight bike trips along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, 20 trips to Algonquin Provincial Park in Canada and hosted 39 spaghetti dinners to raise money to pay for it all.

The church agreed to allow the troop and its alumni association to build a troop building on the far corner of the church property. Through the generosity of Troop 101 alumni, the troop raised $225,000 to build the 2,500-square-foot building.

The building has it all: Two floors of storage space. A bay that can hold the troop trailer when it rains or snows. A cable-and-pulley system for hanging wet tents to dry. A meeting room with videoconferencing capabilities. And then there’s my favorite feature: The Troop 101 Eagle Scout wall, where framed portraits inspire future generations.

A dedicated Scoutmaster

Troop 101’s equipment building officially opened on May 28. Parents, Troop 101 alumni, church leaders and members of the community gathered to celebrate the special day.

The keynote speech came from the man himself: Jim Potjunas.

He said that when the troop started in more than four decades earlier, “I could never have imagined anything like this. Back in 1975 there were six kids and a handful of adults who just had a vision of what Scouting was supposed to be.”

Troop 101 grew and grew, eventually expanding to 70 active youth members. They outgrew four different equipment trailers, and eventually not even a trailer could store all the troop’s gear.

And so to continue its path forward, Troop 101 turned toward its past.

“The Alumni Association took up the challenge of creating this facility to store and maintain our equipment,” Potjunas said. “It only became possible through the generosity of all those families who had come through the program these past 40 years, coupled with many others who believe strongly in the Scouting program and what it has to offer.”

A troop is more than a building

Potjunas ended his remarks in May by saying that trailers, tents, canoes and buildings are great. Having them can make a troop’s program run more smoothly.

“I don’t think any of us ever dreamed we would come out of a basement to something as nice as this,” he said.

But those buildings are worthless if empty. The gear superfluous if it never leaves a stuff sack.

“For me personally, to justify all this these contributions made by so many, we need to reach out and find more of those youth who could benefit from this Scouting program,” he said. “We have the capacity, and we have the resources. Let’s now join together and see how many of the youth in Trumbull County that we can help through Scouting in the next 40 years.”

More photos of the Troop 101 building

All Sea Base sailing captains safe after Hurricane Irma; here’s what else we know

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All sailing captains who work with BSA’s Sea Base in Florida and in the U.S. Virgin Islands are safe and accounted for after Hurricane Irma passed over the Caribbean and the Florida Keys.

That’s the latest bit of good news from Mike Johnson, general manager of the Florida Sea Base.

Johnson and his team are still unable to drive to the Brinton Environmental Center, located on Summerland Key right near where Irma made landfall.

But based on photos he has seen, Johnson is “guardedly optimistic” about its status. Another good sign: The Federal Emergency Management Agency is using the Brinton Environmental Center as a staging area for relief efforts. This was part of an agreement with the Monroe County Emergency Management Department.

Scouters who are fans of Sea Base — which includes pretty much everyone who has been there or has sent a son or daughter there — have been sharing their comments, questions and warm thoughts after Irma hit.

Johnson previously shared news that the Sea Base staff had evacuated well before Irma arrived. He also shared that damage to the main Sea Base in Islamorada, Fla., was minimal, though significant cleanup will be needed.

Today he asked me to share these additional updates with readers:

How are the sailing captains?

All captains both in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been accounted for and are safe. This includes Mike and Kelly Lucivero who direct the USVI Sailing Program.

What about the sailboats?

Coral Reef boats departed the Sea Base dock by Sept. 1 as part of the Sea Base’s standard storm preparation for the fall.

The sailboats in the U.S. Virgin Islands, a smaller fleet, have been accounted for, but there are reports that some have sustained significant damage.

“Until the Sea Base is operational and can communicate with all captains, it is difficult to know the status of all and or specific sailing vessels,” Johnson says.

How are the U.S. Virgin Islands operations?

Based on news reports, St. Thomas was hit very hard by Irma.

Sea Base St. Thomas runs out of the Sapphire Marina and owns no buildings or other infrastructure. At this time Johnson doesn’t know the status of Sapphire Marina.

An aerial image taken after Hurricane Irma. How is the Brinton Environmental Center?

Irma came ashore only a few miles away from the center, and the property experienced very high winds and storm surge.

Based on aerial photos, Johnson says, “we will be guardedly optimistic that BEC has not sustained major damage.”

Still, he says, “it is important to note that while the photo shows roofs intact and boats in the marina at BEC, it is difficult to know the extent of damage.”

Of the five Newton diesel dive boats at Brinton, four were taken to yards in the Keys including Marathon as part of the maintenance plan as well and for safety.

The Newton that was tied up in the canal behind the Sea Base is fine.

When will volunteers be needed to help with cleanup?

This is the message that the Sea Base staff is sending to all who want to help with the cleanup efforts:

Thanks for your concern about the staff and Sea Base and willingness to help with clean up efforts, it is much appreciated. We can confirm that the Sea Base has sustained minor damage but will need significant cleanup. We do not yet know about the Brinton Environmental Center as the authorities are not letting people down past MM 73.

At this time the Sea Base does not have power or cell phone coverage, water pressure is minimal, there is concern over the sewer system backing up, all water must be boiled before drinking and fuel is scarce.

Until we have the basics of power, water and fuel are restored we are not bringing people to either property for clean up or cleanup and repair efforts. Once we are operational with those basics, we will communicate the plan and opportunity for you to help in the clean up effort.

What’s the latest on how this will affect Sea Base reservations?

Given that the main Sea Base has sustained minimal damage, Johnson is “hopeful that overall there will be minor disruption to programs.”

Much will depend on damage to Sea Base boats (dive boats and Dusky boats), damage to Coral Reef and USVI sailboats and availability of boats that can be chartered.

  • Fall 2017: Those with Fall 2017 adventures (including nine crews scheduled for October), will be given additional information by Sept. 20. If the program you signed up must be altered, those changes will be communicated. If you do not want to participate in a changed program, Sea Base will discuss refund options with you. If your program cannot be delivered at all, Sea Base will refund your fees.
  • Winter/Christmas 2017: Those with Winter 2017 adventures will be given additional information by Oct. 30. The same process as noted above will be followed regarding changed or cancelled programs.
  • Spring/Summer 2018: At this time, keep your plans for programs. If there are any changed programs, Sea Base will communicate those to you well in advance.
More updates as I get them

Thanks to Mike Johnson for getting these updates out to the Sea Base family. Even as busy as he is, Johnson has been reading your comments and wanted to answer as many of your questions as he can.

Sea Base after Hurricane Irma: ‘We’re very fortunate given the severity of the storm’

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The Florida Keys partially reopened Tuesday, giving Florida Sea Base staff their first look at the facilities after Hurricane Irma made landfall over the weekend.

We already knew that, thankfully, the Sea Base staff evacuated well before the storm hit. Now we know how the main Sea Base facilities fared.

The damage at the main Sea Base in Islamorada, Fla., is “minimal given the severity of the storm,” says general manager Mike Johnson. “There are many downed palm trees, palm fronds everywhere, downed fences, lots of trash from across the street that has washed into and through our fence, mud on everything, stains on buildings from wind-driven trash, and Sargasso weed all over.”

Damage at the Brinton Environmental Center, located on Summerland Key right near where Irma made landfall, still is not known. The road is closed at mile marker 73 — nearly 50 miles up the keys from Summerland, meaning nobody is allowed down there.

“We can’t get down there,” Johnson says. “As soon as I have some information I will provide it. We’re expecting a lot of cleanup.”

Also still unknown: How Sea Base programs will be affected in 2017 and beyond. I’ll share those updates as soon as I have them.

Read on for more details on the current condition of the Sea Base.

The parade ground has lots of debris. Overview of status of Sea Base

After taking a first look around, here’s Johnson’s report:

Buildings with no damage visible: Thomas Building, scuba dorms, sailing dorms, Adams Building (administrative building), the scuba complex, ship’s store (couldn’t see the roof), T-dock (no visible damage)

Buildings with minimal to moderate damage: Annex (missing roof panels, some siding damage), commissary/ice house (fallen tree on the commissary, missing siding on both buildings), registration building (siding damage), galley (siding damage), maintenance shed (one of the roll up doors is heavily damaged)

Buildings with significant damage: The scuba chickee hut

Staff housing: The four staff houses sustained moderate to severe roof damage. The fence around the property is 50 percent destroyed.

Vehicles: “It doesn’t seem like the storm surge was high enough to have washed into the interiors,” Johnson says.

Fuel: Neither the gas nor the diesel tanks were damaged. There is still no power at the Sea Base, but the fuel will allow staff to run generators soon.

Boats: The Dusky boats at Sea Base are undamaged.

A tree down near the quarterdeck. It fell onto the commissary/ice house. Next steps

Once the Sea Base has power and water, Johnson will contact Philmont to get a crew that can help with cleanup. The teams at each of the BSA’s national high-adventure bases are one big family, and families help each other in times of need.

“There are easily weeks of chain sawing, power washing, basic repair, cleaning and organizing ahead of us,” Johnson says. 

As I mentioned on Monday, troops or crews with Sea Base reservations for fall or winter 2017 or spring or summer 2018 should not call or email Sea Base at this time. The base’s staff is extremely busy and has no power. Also, because the mail service has been impacted, crews should not send Sea Base payments at this time.

As for those volunteering to help or send supplies, the time for that will come as well. I’ll share those needs and next steps as soon as I get them from Johnson and his team.

Sunset over the base on Sept. 12, 2017. The Thomas Building was mostly unscathed with lots of debris around it. Lots of fences are down around the base. View from the scuba dorms.

How Cub Scouts and others in the fourth grade can get into national parks free

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It’s settled. Fourth-graders are officially the coolest kids in school.

They’re the beneficiaries of a federal program that grants free access to national parks, lands and waters.

Thanks to the Department of the Interior’s Every Kid in a Park program, started in 2015, fourth-graders and their families can get free entry into these public lands for a full year.

The year of free access aligns with the school year — Sept. 1 to Aug. 31. The passes can be requested and printed online.

The three-step method

Step 1: Get the pass. Get and print fourth-grade passes to our national lands and waters.

Step 2: Plan a trip. With input from their parent or guardian, fourth-graders plan a fun place to visit. There may be an opportunity to complete Cub Scout adventures along the way.

Step 3: Hit the road. A full year to explore national parks, lands and waters seems like a long time, but it’ll be gone in a flash. Speaking of flashes: remember to take only pictures and leave only footprints.

Things to know
  • Electronic copies of the pass aren’t accepted, so you’ll need to bring a printed copy with you.
  • Each pass has a unique code, so you can’t copy it and share it with friends.
  • The pass is accepted at Forest Service, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation areas.
  • If you visit a site that charges entrance fees per person, the pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults for free.
  • If your group visits a site that charges vehicle entrance fees, the pass admits all children under 16 and all adults in up to one passenger vehicle. Commercial vehicles can’t use a pass to get in.
  • If you arrive at a site on bicycle, the pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults on bicycles.
  • The pass doesn’t cover things like parking fees, camping, boats and special tours. Also, some sites are managed by private operators. They may not honor the pass. Check with the site ahead of time to find out. The pass doesn’t cover fees for local, city, or state parks and recreation areas unless they say that they accept this pass.

At the OA Hackathon 2017, Arrowmen will shape how the OA uses technology

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This is what cheerful service looks like in the era of smartwatches, self-driving cars and Snapchat.

The OA Hackathon, held Oct. 6 to 8 at the Intel offices in Folsom, Calif., will give Arrowmen a hands-on opportunity to reimagine the way the Order of the Arrow uses technology.

Among the projects Arrowmen will tackle:

  • Developing an OA app
  • Revamping LodgeMaster, the OA’s online system for managing lodge membership
  • Experimenting with new technologies, such as NFC (near-field communication) and facial recognition
  • Anything else Arrowmen can design to propel the OA into the 21st Century
Who can participate?

Innovators of all ages — adults and youth — are welcome. The only requirement is that you’re an Arrowman, but those with intermediate to advanced programming skills will have the best experience because they’ll spend less time learning the ropes and more time working with Intel engineers.

Three leagues

Participants will join one of three leagues: Games, Communications and Delivery.

  • The Games League will hack away new technology-based activities that Arrowmen can use to have some fun on the go.
  • The Communications League will focus on developing tools to streamline communication internally and to all Arrowmen.
  • The Delivery League will explore new ways to deliver program to participants to make it easier for both staff and participants to understand what’s happening at events.
The basics: When, where, how much

When: Oct. 6 to 8. Participants should plan to arrive by 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, and depart no sooner than 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8.

Where: Intel offices in Folsom, Calif. Lodging is at the nearby Hampton Inn.

How much: Prices differ depending on bed setup. Prices are as follows:

  • $100, fold-out sofa
  • $125, double bed
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Florida Sea Base staff safe after Hurricane Irma, but damage to base not yet known

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All Florida Sea Base staff is safe and accounted for after Hurricane Irma leveled a direct hit on the Florida Keys, but damage to Sea Base facilities and vessels is not yet known.

Florida Sea Base has two facilities in the Keys: the main Sea Base, located in Islamorada, Fla., on the end of Lower Matecumbe Key, and the Brinton Environmental Center, located on Summerland Key.


Sea Base staff began storm preparation as soon as Irma’s path became clear. Both properties were evacuated on Wednesday — three full days before the storm’s arrival.

Mike Johnson, general manager of the Florida Sea Base, shared an update with me by email. He said he has heard from countless Scouting families who were worried about the base’s staff.

“Thank you to everyone for their prayers and well wishes. The Sea Base staff and Sea Base Committee appreciate it,” he writes. “The good news is that all staff are safe and accounted for. At this point we simply don’t know the extent of damage the Florida Sea Base and the Brinton Environmental Center have sustained.

“As of today, roads into the Keys are impassable, and emergency management and law enforcement are not letting anyone back into the Keys. The Keys have no electricity, no cell service, the lower Keys have no water, upper Keys have water with minimal pressure, none of the hospitals are open, and there is debris from boats and buildings both on the road and in the water — both oceanside and bayside.”

Brinton Environmental Center may have been hardest hit

Johnson notes that Irma came ashore on Cudjoe Key, near the Brinton Environmental Center.

He shared an article from the Miami Herald, which had a reporter in the area, that leads him to believe “damage in the Lower Keys (including Brinton Environmental Center) will be significant.”

What to do if you have a Sea Base reservation in 2017 or 2018

Troops or crews with Sea Base reservations for fall or winter 2017 or spring or summer 2018 should not call or email Sea Base at this time. The base’s staff is extremely busy and doesn’t yet have all the answers.

“It will be many weeks before the base is operational, and we’re going to be focused on the most critical priorities first,” Johnson writes. “Once we know the extent of the damage, we will let crews know if their adventures will be impacted in any way.”

Also, because the mail service has been impacted, crews should not send Sea Base payments at this time.

How to help with cleanup operations

Again, this one counts as “wait and see.”

“For anyone who wants to provide help — i.e., personally coming down to help with recovery efforts or wanting to send support — please wait until we know the damage, needs and next steps,” Johnson writes.

Final thoughts

Irma may have damaged the Florida Sea Base’s facilities, but the base’s mission has not changed.

“From its founding in 1980 by Sam Wampler, the Sea Base has been a unique and amazing place, providing incredible experiences for hundreds of thousands of Scouts,” Johnson writes “We’re fortunate to have great staff at the Sea Base to lead this effort forward as well as tremendous support from our National Service Center. Hurricane Irma will impact how we deliver program in the near future but we are committed to delivering the same exciting, quality program that the Sea Base has for 37 years.”

New York Eagle project honors the ‘man in the red bandanna,’ a 9/11 hero

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For Christopher Walsh, as for most of today’s Scouts, 9/11 is a history lesson. The 17-year-old Life Scout from Nyack, N.Y., was just 8 months old on that dark day.

But Christopher has always felt a particular connection to one of the day’s biggest heroes: Welles Crowther, also from Nyack.

“In elementary school, in middle school, all throughout my childhood, I’ve heard about Welles Crowther,” Christopher told The Journal News. “I play soccer, and I’d always hear about the man in the red bandanna. For our soccer team we had a red bandanna game last year.”

When the time came for Christopher to plan an Eagle Scout service project, he didn’t have to think long. He would build a memorial to the man who had died while saving strangers — strangers who knew only that they had been saved by a man in a red bandanna.

Going back into the smoke

Welles Remy Crowther was just 24 on Sept. 11, 2001. He was in the 104th floor of the South Tower when the first plane hit.

Crowther led a group through the smoke to safety. Instead of leaving the building with them, he turned around and went back up the stairs to find others he could save.

Crowther’s body was found on March 19, 2002 — six months after the towers fell. It’s believed he saved at least 18 people.

It will surprise few to learn that Crowther was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout in Troop 2 of Nyack, N.Y.

Honoring the man

The memorial at Nyack’s Memorial Park contains a piece of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center site.

The final touch will be a red bandanna Christopher received from Crowther’s parents. The bandanna will be dipped in a fiberglass resin and attached to the salvaged steel.

Before proceeding too far with planning, Christopher contacted Crowther’s parents. He wanted their permission to honor Crowther in this way.

“We said absolutely; it’s a beautiful idea,” Alison Crowther told The Journal News.

Crowther’s story becomes new book

A new, young-readers adaptation of Tom Rinaldi’s The Red Bandanna is available now. The book, by the award-winning ESPN reporter, introduces middle-grade readers to Crowther’s story.

You might consider the book as way to introduce young people to the tragedy of 9/11 in an accessible, age-appropriate way.

Air Force veteran, now a Scouting volunteer in St. Louis, was in the Pentagon on 9/11

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On Sept. 11, 2001, Elisa D’Antonio was at the Pentagon attending an Air Force training course.

A little before 9:30 a.m., someone wheeled a TV into the classroom, which was on the building’s south side. The TV flickered on to news coverage, where anchors were reporting that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center.

“They had just turned the tv on and were turning the volume up, and we caught a quick replay of New York,” D’Antonio said. “But, really, it hadn’t registered what was going on. The next thing you know, ka-boom, we heard it and felt it.”

American Airlines Flight 77 had crashed into the western side of the Pentagon. D’Antonio, 11 weeks pregnant at the time, could smell burning jet fuel. Police officers feared that another plane was on the way and were trying to get everyone out of danger as quickly as possible.

Sixteen years later, D’Antonio is the mom of an Eagle Scout and a volunteer who leads the Cub Scout Camping Committee for the Greater St. Louis Area Council. She recently recounted her harrowing experience to Christine Rasure, director of marketing and communications for the council. You can read Rasure’s full story here.

Dedicated to service

Ever since she was 12 or 13, D’Antonio wanted to be astronaut. Science and space fascinated her.

“I was overly serious in high school,” she told Rasure. “I was recruited by the service academies … but I wasn’t quite sure if that was what I wanted to do, so I never completed the application process.”

Rasure picks up the story from here:

At San Jose State, Elisa signed up for ROTC her second year. After the first couple of classes, she knew she had found her calling. Upon graduation, Elisa traveled to Del Rio, Texas, for pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base. After completing the yearlong program, she ended up flying a KC-135 — a 707 four-engine air refueling tanker.

Then, she flew a desk for four years, as she likes to say, before moving to D.C. for the Air Force Flight Standards Agency. When her husband retired from the Air Force, the family moved to Scott Air Force Base [25 miles east of downtown St. Louis] where Elisa finished out active duty.

Sept. 11, 2001

“When I went to work for the Air Force Flight Standards Agency, I got [to Washington, D.C.] at the very end of July in 2001,” D’Antonio told Rasure. “The agency, our bosses, were actually over in the Pentagon, so I had to go through the headquarters’ Air Force orientation class where they told you all the administrative stuff about working at the Pentagon.”

She was on the second day of that course when the plane hit the Pentagon.

“The fire alarms went off right away,” D’Antonio told Rasure. “There was no smoke or damage in the area I was in. As soon as the fire alarms went off, we evacuated the building. We were downwind of the explosion, and the smoke cloud and the fireball that came up from the explosion hadn’t even traveled over to where we were by the time we were out of the building. I came out of the building and I turned and looked to the right and the cloud of smoke was right there.

“We got out of the building and knew right away that it was an airplane that hit because we could smell the burning jet fuel. So we went across the parking lot and sat on the embankment next to the freeway.”

It wasn’t long before the police began evacuating the group again. There were reports that United Airlines Flight 93 was heading toward Washington, D.C.

D’Antonio and a friend walked to a nearby hotel, found pay phones and called their families. By 2 p.m., they made it back home safely. They’re the lucky ones; 189 people were killed at the Pentagon that day, including 64 on the plane and 125 on the ground.

Her Scouting chapter

D’Antonio was always destined to be a Scouter. Here’s another excerpt from Rasure’s story:

Before joining the Air Force, Elisa spent years working with youth first as a camp counselor for the YMCA, and then as a program director for parks and rec in college. These experiences served her well as she entered the world of Scouting.

Although she had no formal Scouting experience before her son Ryan, now an Eagle Scout, joined Cub Scouts, she dove right in as his Tiger den leader.

“At that time, I was still on active duty in the Air Force and wasn’t really looking to be a volunteer at that point, but no one else would step up to be the Tiger den leader, so I was the leader. At some point in second grade, we really didn’t have a functioning Cubmaster, so I kind of got roped into that too.”

In 2010, Elisa took over as the Cub camping chair for the former Lewis & Clark Council and spent time as the Cub Adventure Camp Director. She even served on national camp school staff. As if that wasn’t enough on her plate, she also led her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.

As the council’s Cub Scout camping committee chair, she helps provide the direction for the volunteers who execute the program.

“We set the broad ideas, policies, themes for all Cub Scout camps. Things aren’t going to change overnight. Getting some good, quality survey feedback this summer will allow us to find out what the parents, leaders and kids want [in camping programs], and what they need.”

Boys’ Life offers special discount just in time for International Literacy Day

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Like tying a bowline or hitting a baseball, skills in reading can be improved with practice.

Experts at the National Education Association say that the more young people read for fun on their own time, the higher their reading scores. Also important, the experts say: offering diverse reading materials. That means in addition to books, young people should read magazines.

Hmm. A fun-filled magazine for young people, you say? I know just the thing.

Boost a young person’s reading skills by giving him a subscription to Boys’ Life magazine. And today, in honor of International Literacy Day, anyone can subscribe to Boys’ Life at half price: 12 issues for just $12 a year. That’s the Scout rate of $1 a month, and it’s available to anyone for a limited time.

Go here and enter the promo code NLD17 to subscribe at the special rate.

And remember: Today’s readers are tomorrow’s leaders.

What the experts say about reading

According to the National Education Association:

  • As the number of types of reading materials in the home increases, a student’s reading proficiency increases, too. That means parents should make available magazines, newspapers and merit badge pamphlets in addition to books.
  • Students who read more at home are better readers and have higher math scores.
  • As students get older, they spend less time reading for fun. That makes it increasingly important to give them things they’ll enjoy reading, like Boys’ Life.
  • Reading a lot is one of the crucial components of becoming a good reader. Young readers need to become practiced at recognizing letters and sounds, and the only way to get good at this is to practice. A lot.
  • The more students read for fun on their own time, the higher their reading scores.
What Boys’ Life does to promote literacy


  • Offers young people something to read that’s both enjoyable and age-appropriate.
  • Tailors content to their age group. (Fun fact: There are two versions of BL each month — one for Cub Scouts and another for Boy Scouts. Your reader gets the right one automatically.)
  • Shares suggestions about other books young readers might enjoy.
  • Gives Scouts ideas for future Scouting events, campouts and adventures.

Go here to subscribe. Don’t forget the promo code, NLD17, for the special International Literacy Day rate.

Here are the Eagle Scouts playing in the NFL in 2017

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Not all Eagle Scout go on to be Eagles like Donnie Jones, punter of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Others find careers as Raiders, Dolphins, Chiefs, Ravens, Broncos, Redskins, Texans and Saints.

A search of the NFL’s 2017 active rosters — 1,692 players in all — turns up at least 10 Eagle Scouts. These guys are living proof that great things start in Scouting.

Compiling this list, like winning a Super Bowl, was a team effort. BSA researcher Scott Olson created a spreadsheet of every player on NFL teams’ 53-man rosters. Then the National Eagle Scout Association’s Ryan Larson cross-referenced that list with his own spreadsheet of the 2.4 million-plus Eagle Scouts in history.

That spawned a list of Eagle Scout potentials for me to investigate. First, I eliminated the false positives. For example, there are several NFL players named Chris Jones and lots of Eagle Scouts with that name, but there are no Eagle Scouts named Chris Jones currently playing in the NFL.

After all that, we have confirmation that each of the NFL players below is an Eagle Scout.

Put another way: Scott threw a deep pass, and Ryan caught it for the game-winning touchdown. I was simply there on the sidelines to give them both a high five.

Two things to know:

  • Unlike my annually updated list of Eagle Scouts with Super Bowl ties, this list includes only Eagle Scouts on NFL rosters at the start of 2017 season. Others, including players on the practice squad or reserve rosters, weren’t included.
  • There’s a chance this list is incomplete, so let’s crowdsource it. If you know of an Eagle Scout on a current NFL team, leave a comment below.

OK, it’s game time. Here’s the list!

James Cowser, Oakland Raiders

Position: Defensive end

Date of birth: Sept. 13, 1990

Eagle earned: 1996

Council: Trapper Trails Council

College: Southern Utah University

More: Cowser was undrafted out of college, where the 6-foot-3, 245-pounder set the NCAA FCS record with 43.5 career sacks. Before that, he did his LDS mission trip in Hong Kong and is now fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

John Denney, Miami Dolphins

Position: Long snapper

Date of birth: Dec. 13, 1978

Eagle earned: 1996

Council: Denver Area Council

College: Brigham Young University

More: Denney, signed by the Dolphins in 2005, is the team’s longest-tenured player. He’s in his 13th NFL season with the Dolphins, joining a very short list of players who have had that kind of longevity with one team.

Jordan Devey, Kansas City Chiefs

Position: Guard

Date of birth: Jan. 11, 1988

Eagle earned: 2006

Council: Utah National Parks Council

College: University of Memphis

More: Devey, who won a Super Bowl with New England after the 2014 season, also played for the San Francisco 49ers before joining the Chiefs in 2016.

Donnie Jones, Philadelphia Eagles

Position: Punter

Date of birth: July 5, 1980

Eagle earned: 1998

Council: Istrouma Area

College: Louisiana State University

More: Last season, the 37-year-old had a 45.8-yard punting average and even boomed a 72-yarder.

Bronson Kaufusi, Baltimore Ravens

Position: Defensive end

Date of birth: July 6, 1991

Eagle earned: 2006

Council: Utah National Parks Council

College: Brigham Young University

More: In 2016, the Ravens drafted Kaufusi in the third round — pick No. 70 overall. Unfortunately, he broke his ankle in training camp that year, but he’s fully healed and is eager to make his Ravens debut in 2017.

Matt Paradis, Denver Broncos

Position: Center

Date of birth: Oct. 12, 1989

Eagle earned: 2008

Council: Ore-Ida Council

College: Boise State University

More: For his Eagle Scout service project, Paradis renovated and enlarged a long-jump pit and shotput area. In the recent offseason, Paradis had surgery on both hips. He made a full recovery in time for the 2017 season.

Brandon Scherff, Washington Redskins

Position: Offensive guard

Date of birth: Dec. 26, 1991

Eagle earned: 2009

Council: Mid-America Council

College: University of Iowa

More: Scherff, drafted fifth overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, is the highest-drafted Eagle Scout on this list. After a strong 2016 season in which he started every game, Scherff was named to the Pro Bowl.

Daniel Sorensen, Kansas City Chiefs

Position: Defensive back

Date of birth: March 5, 1990

Eagle earned: 2008

Council: California Inland Empire Council

College: Brigham Young University

More: For his Eagle Scout service project, Sorensen planted 300 trees in his hometown of Grand Terrace, Calif. The trees are still there today — forever a reminder of the young man’s service. Sorensen has become an important part of the Chiefs defense and was rewarded with a four-year contract extension in 2017.

Xavier Su’A-Filo, Houston Texans

Position: Offensive guard

Date of birth: Jan. 1, 1991

Eagle earned: 2009

Council: Utah National Parks Council

College: UCLA

More: Of his Scouting past, Su’A-Filo said: “I think it says a lot about me and my dedication, my leadership and my worth ethic. That’s something that I’ll bring and that I get to bring in the locker room in that environment.”

Manti Te’o, New Orleans Saints

Position: Linebacker

Date of birth: Jan. 26, 1991

Eagle earned: 2008

Council: Aloha Council

College: University of Notre Dame

More: In 2012, Te’o told a crowd about a good deed he had performed for a woman in need. “I had a big smile on my face expecting my dad to tell me how proud he was,” Manti told the group. “But instead, he just simply said, ‘That’s what being a Scout is all about.'”

Any I missed?

I’m looking for more Eagle Scouts on current NFL rosters. If you have any you’d like me to check out, please leave a comment below.


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