Eagle Scout Class of 2016, by the numbers

There were 55,186 Eagle Scouts in 2016. That’s the fourth-largest Eagle Scout class ever — surpassed only by 2012, 2010 and 2013 — and represents a 1.5 percent increase over 2015. Just think about that for a sec: 55,186 Eagle Scouts. Each one has his own story of the challenging but rewarding journey to Scouting’s highest honor. These young men have…

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Amazon Smile Accounts Merged

Participants in Amazon’s Smile Program know it’s a great way to support your favorite charity while making purchases at the online retailer. The Council received final confirmation from Amazon that the accounts from our two legacy councils have been merged into one account. If you have been using Amazon Smile, please update your designated charity…

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This troop ditched the trailer and became an all-backpacking troop

The troop trailer Jim Rosensweet inherited when he became Scoutmaster had seen better days. The year was 1987, but this trailer must have been from the 1950s or 60s. Inside the rickety old thing, Rosensweet found heavily used gear that needed replacing, too. But instead of spending the troop’s money on a new trailer, Rosensweet steered Troop 55 in a different direction. Read…

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Frontier Days Weekend Needs Counselor Instructors

Plans are shaping up for this year’s Frontier Days weekend on Oct. 21-23 at Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation. Morning merit badge classes will be followed by afternoon pioneering skills and competitions. To provide for a robust list of classes and skills, counselors and instructors are needed. Please contact Melissa Riordan by email or phone, (863) 651-4520, to volunteer.…

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