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Spirit of Adventure Book Preview March 31, 2009

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Hello fellow Scouters,

Several Scouting bloggers were fortunate to receive an spiritofadventureradvanced copy of Alvin Townley’s second book on Eagle Scouts – “Spirit of Adventure – Eagle Scouts and the Making of America’s Future”. This book is scheduled for publication this May. (Mr. Townley’s first book was “Legacy of Honor”).

I received it last Friday, and have read a couple of chapters. Although I’ve really just started the book, I can already tell that it’s an incredible book. I am having a tough time putting it down.

From what I’ve read up to now, this book shows the quality of the  character of those who earn the rank of Eagle. It also shows how Scouting builds the character inmay2009 those that are in the program, whether they earn this rank or not. I know this will sell well to those in Scouting. My hope is that this book is read by those outside of the Scouting program.

Stay tuned for more information about this great book.

In Scouting,

 – Scouter Jeff <><


Mike Rowe’s Thoughts on Achieving Eagle Scout November 15, 2008

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Hello fellow Scouters,

Happy Sunday to you! The Scouting world is abuzz over Mike Rowe’s recent blog entry on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” and an Eagle Scout, doesn’t mince any words. I think every parent and Boy Scout should read this. Here is the link


I like his comment the best about settling for predictability and mediocrity. Why do mikes_blog_photo_nov_12_08_eagle__2we so often settle for this? How can we teach our boys to drive their life’s path, instead of sit in the passenger seat? I feel that this is one of the strongest benefits of Scouting. By learning skills through the outdoors and merit badge programs, our boys have the chance of finding what they like and what they want to do. I know of one local Scouter who found his career calling in science from working on merit badges as a Boy Scout. Plus, Scouting teaches you how to set goals and attain them. And Scouting teaches you how to lead and follow, not just to follow.  Scouting doesn’t teach you how to wander aimlessly. Scouting doesn’t teach you how to aim low. Scouting doesn’t teach you how to “hang out”. Scouting teaches you how to achieve.

May our boys take Mike’s words to heart!

In Scouting,

-Scouter Jeff <><