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Scouting in the News

EPA Announces Dallas Student Wins President’s Environmental Youth Award

EPA.gov, September 1, 2022

The Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 is pleased to announce the winner of the President’s Environmental Youth Award, Grade 6-12 category Spencer Jackson Burke of Dallas, Texas.  Spence has led multi-year conservation projects to help native solitary bee species. 

“We are happy to see the next generation take such an interest in preserving our environment,” Regional Administrator Dr. Earthea Nance. “Spencer’s projects showed a strong aptitude for leadership and compassion. We congratulate Spencer on his accomplishments and look forward to how his contributions will increase and strengthen the bee population which is so important to agriculture, food and our planet.” 

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Maya Kamen earns Eagle Scout award

Texas Jewish Post, August 31, 2022

For Maya Kamen, when the Boy Scouts of America was renamed Scouts BSA and began accepting girls into its program in February 2019, it was a dream come true.

Maya was a devoted member of the Girl Scouts of America since she started elementary school. However, she had watched with envy as her brother Jaden’s Boy Scout troop experienced adventurous outdoor programs. She knew she wanted to participate in both organizations, and she became a founding member of Troop #21, chartered by the Plano Early Lions Club.

On Sept. 18, at the Circle Ten Council (BSA) John D. Murchison Scouting Center, Maya will be recognized at a Scouts BSA Court of Honor acknowledging her accomplishments and achievements as an Eagle Scout.

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Eagle Scout project brings ‘Healing with Horses’ experience to children with special needs

Blue Ribbon News, August 30, 2022

A local, aspiring Eagle Scout is partnering with Texas Therapeutic Riding Center located in Wylie, TX to give a unique experience to children with special needs.  Giancarlos Guzman, a BSA scout of Troop 83 of Rockwall TX, is carrying out his Eagle Scout community service project on October 8, 2022. The event aims at  educating children with special needs and their parents on the benefits of horse-assisted therapy. It will not only provide an introduction to the subject, but a hands-on experience. There is no cost of entry, but donations are welcome for those interested in supporting the riding center.

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2022 TEEA Winner – Youth: Spencer Jackson Burke

tceq.texas.gov
 
Over the past five years, Spencer Burke has led multiple environmental projects to combat pollinator and natural habitat decline. It started when this Eagle Scout learned that one in four solitary bees face extinction and that solitary bees constitute nearly 90% of the bee population. Spencer led more than 25 volunteers, dedicating over 500 hours, to create and install 100 solitary bee boxes around the DFW Metroplex area. Each of these boxes was secured to trees using knotted rope to prevent damage to the trees themselves.
 

Right on Time: North Texas Delivery Driver Helps Battle House Fire

NBCDFW, October 5, 2021

UPS driver draws on quick thinking and Boy Scouts skills

A North Texas delivery driver was certainly on time when he noticed the makings of a house fire while on a run in Ellis County.

UPS driver Jeremy Cook said he was about to deliver a package on Wednesday when he noticed smoke coming from a home — the same address where he was set to make the delivery.

Cook noticed the fire beginning to spread to the house next door when he took action, drawing from skills learned in the Boy Scouts.

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Meet Hannah Mercado, one of Oak Cliff’s first female Eagle Scouts

Advocate, September 7, 2021
 

Oak Cliff Nature Preserve is a little more user friendly thanks to signs telling hikers which way to go.

Hannah Mercado, a Science and Engineering Magnet graduate, earned her Eagle Scout badge creating and installing the signs.

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Passion for the environment fuels a Dallas Boy Scout’s conservation award

Dallas Morning News, July 23, 2021

While many 15-year-old boys are playing sports or learning to drive in their spare time, Baxter Perry-Miller was making and installing bee apiaries at Bonton Farms.

Not that the soon-to-be St. Mark’s 10th-grader isn’t into sports or driving — he’s on his school’s junior varsity baseball team and has his driver’s permit. Throughout his young life, the environment has been a driving force for him and his family.

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Dallas teen set to earn Scouting’s rarest award

WFAA, June 9, 2021

On an empty acre of Dallas’ Bonton Farms, something’s creating a buzz.

And it’s not just the bees.

Baxter Perry-Miller, 15, is the talk of the town.

Perry-Miller is a Boy Scout, and the reason he’s getting so much attention is because, by putting bees at Bonton, he’s accomplished something remarkable. 

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14-year-old Eagle Scout builds flagpole at Juliette Fowler

Lakewood Advocate Magazine, April 8, 2021
 

A 14-year-old student raised the American flag on a new flagpole that he built at Juliette Fowler Communities as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Roman Fox was struggling to find a location that would work with him on his Eagle Scout project because of COVID-19 restrictions. As a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, he was familiar with Juliette Fowler and toured the facility, where he learned of the need for a flagpole at the front entrance.

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Eagle Scout with Down syndrome enjoys every minute of journey toward program’s highest rank

Bryan on Scouting, April 7, 2021

It’s been 11 years since Tim Burns first spotted the Eagle Scout badge in his Scout Handbook.

He knew he wanted it — though, like most new Scouts, he didn’t fully understand all the hard work it would take to get there.

He does now. Last month, Tim earned the Eagle Scout Award as part of Troop 263, a troop for Scouts with special needs in the Dallas-based Circle Ten Council.

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Camping Survival Tips for Your Family

Good Morning Texas, March 12, 2021

Learn camping survival tips from expert camper, Grieg Riddle.

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Nearly 1,000 girls become first female Eagle Scouts

CBS Evening News, February 23, 2021

Becoming an Eagle Scout is a rare honor. But they don’t just give it out — a Scout has to earn it. Two years after girls were first allowed into the Boy Scouts, almost 1,000 of them rose to the top rank of Eagle Scout. 

CBS News spoke with some of the first young women who can call themselves Eagle Scouts. 

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The Bee Effect: Spencer Burke is tackling solitary bee decline one grass cluster at a time

Preston Hollow Advocate, December 31, 2020

In the Doctor Who episode “The Stolen Earth”, migrant bees leave the Earth to go back their original planet. The story piqued St. Mark’s junior Spencer Burke’s interest. He started reading about colony collapse disorder, when entire colonies of honeybees abruptly disappear. The “beepocalypse”, a term coined in 2006, made news headlines across the country. Turns out honeybees haven’t rapidly declined: Everyone was up in arms about the wrong bee.

 

The Pandemic Couldn’t Stop The Inaugural Class Of Female Eagle Scouts

KERA, December 29, 2020

COVID-19 meant Scouts couldn’t gather in groups, go camping, or help each other with projects. It also changed recruiting. But it didn’t deter the first batch of girls who will receive their Eagle Scout rank in February.

North Texas Girls To Become Some Of The First Female Eagle Scouts In U.S.

KERA, November 5, 2020

A group of Dallas girls are on the cusp of becoming Eagle Scouts. They are among some of the first girls in the country to earn the highest rank in the Scouts BSA — formerly known as Boy Scouting.

It’s a chilly October morning at the Trinity River Audubon Center in South Dallas. A group of young women Scouts from the Dallas Troop 890 are using shovels and pickaxes to chip away at the hard earth.

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Cedar Hill student becomes one of the first female Eagle Scouts

KDFW4, October 30, 2020

Good Day gives a big congratulations to a Cedar Hill junior who is now part of the first class of female Eagle Scouts. Isabelle Walker explains how all her project plans shifted over the summer because of the pandemic.

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North Texas Teen Among First Female Eagle Scouts in the Country

NBCDFW, October 29, 2020

Girls across the country, including a handful right here in North Texas, are making history. They are part of the inaugural female class of Scouts B.S.A. earning a coveted rank: Eagle Scout.

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Painting with purpose: Eagle Scout hopeful donates art to moms in need

Advocate Magazine, October 22, 2020

Ashlyn Orchard has always enjoyed bringing art to life. Now, she’s using her gift to helps families battling a health crisis as she works toward becoming one of the first female Eagle Scouts in her troop.

The 18-year-old installed a mural of canvases at Mommies In Need, an East Dallas-based nonprofit that provides childcare to families going through a health crisis. The art hangs in Annie’s Place, a new complimentary childcare center that will open in November at Parkland Hospital.

Dallas teen set to become one of the first female Eagle Scouts in the country

WFAA, October 12, 2020

Todd Allen has been involved with Boy Scouts pretty much his entire life. During that time, he’s seen many scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, but he’s never seen one like this.

“No, none quite like this, but it is exciting for sure,” Allen said.

Later this month, 16-year-old Cami Timmons will become one of the first female Eagle Scouts in the country.

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Doing the best at all times: how the Boy Scouts of America have adjusted Scouting programs to fit the new normal

Dallas Morning News, October 12, 2020

As a CEO of one of the area’s largest youth-serving organizations, I wake up every single day hoping COVID-19 is going to give us a break and allow us some sense of normalcy. Our youth need it. Face-to-face interaction has turned into screen-to-screen interaction, and all those summer activities our kids are used to have come to a screeching halt, one-by-one, because of a virus our youth only see as the enemy.

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Preparing tomorrow’s leaders: Boy Scouts of America’s ScoutReach Program instills character and values within young Scouts

Dallas Morning News, October 12, 2020

The Boy Scouts of America has helped lay the foundation for the future for more than 160 million alumni and members, both male and female. Generations of young people have been shaped by our time-tested program that teaches values, builds character, and exposes our most impressionable beings to skills they wouldn’t otherwise acquire.

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Skills to last a lifetime: how the Boy Scouts of America shape youth into future leaders with courage and character

Dallas Morning News, October 12, 2020

Scouting is a vehicle that carries youth on a developmental journey to unlock their full potential and leaves an indelible impression that lasts a lifetime. Scouts are taught self-confidence that allows them to react heroically in tragedy, the importance of serving others and meeting needs when they arise, and what it means to give back.

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How the Boy Scouts of America use Scouting programs to develop character and responsibility for youth

Dallas Morning News, October 12, 2020

Parents are increasingly concerned about the messages children receive from television, music, the Internet, video games and the pervasive “anything goes” mentality that exists in our society.

Unfortunately, no one is born with good character and strong values; those are learned from friends, peers, mentors and religious leaders. While building character is primarily the role of parents, society should be concerned about the state of America’s youth and help them understand that good character is the foundation of a happy and successful life.

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“I think it’s a great honor”: Arizona teen among first to become female Eagle Scout

CBS Evening News, September 9, 2020

A teenager from Arizona is about to join a very exclusive club as one of the few female Eagle Scouts. Victoria Rader, 17, always looked up to her Eagle Scout father and brother. So, when the more-than-100-year-old organization Boy Scouts of America allowed girls in, she joined.

“I was really excited about it,” said Rader. “Girls being able to do the same activities, the same merit badges, the same amount of work.”

Helping grandma escape the hackers

Star Local Media, September 8, 2020

According to the FBI, seniors are preferable targets of cybercriminals.

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center released a report in 2018 showing that people aged 60 and older submitted more than 62,000 fraud complaints that year, totaling approximately $650 million.

Bryan Chew, a junior at Plano West Senior High School, saw a way to help his own community defend itself against this growing problem by committing his Boy Scout Eagle Project to this cause.

In Allen, a Boy Scout continues the service project his Scout father started 20 years ago

Dallas Morning News, August 18, 2020

For his Eagle Scout project, 17-year-old Ethan Garner helped renovate the wooden benches that sit outside of the Allen Animal Shelter — the same benches his father, Michael, built 20 years ago for his Eagle Scout project.

Michael, 37, then a 17-year-old member and now a leader of Boy Scout Troop 224, said he and Ethan have been planning the project since January. COVID-19 put those plans on hold.
 

Leadership, responsibility and more: what the value of Scouting with the Boy Scouts of America offers for youth

Dallas Morning News, August 5, 2020

Most parents believe that Scouting is an outdoor club. After all, we have grown up with images of a Scout Jamboree with tents as far as the eye can see. However, Scouting is actually a values-driven program that uses camping as one of its methods.

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has a great mission — a mission focused on values, a mission that is ingrained in a Scout’s being, a mission that will never go out of style. Scouting prepares young Americans for a productive and happy life.

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Making the world a better place: how the Boy Scouts of America address bullying concerns among Gen Z

Dallas Morning News, August 5, 2020

Generation Z believes bullying is the biggest issue facing their generation. A survey of American youth ages 6 to 17, commissioned by the Boy Scouts of America, found that bullying ranked as the top concern for young people on a community, national and global level.

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Through fun and adventure, Circle Ten Council and Boy Scouts of America shape youth into future leaders

Dallas Morning News, August 5, 2020

Scouting is for the entire family and is packed with adventure, fun, character, leadership and so much more! In Scouting, boys and girls start with their best “right now” selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life.

For more than 110 years, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has been a guiding force for millions of young people, and for 107 years, the Circle Ten Council has provided opportunities and activities while serving the youth of north Texas and southern Oklahoma.

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Leadership for life: Scouting with the Boy Scouts of America prepares young people for growth and responsibility

Dallas Morning News, August 5, 2020

Many children today come home to an empty house because both parents are working outside the home or because there is only one parent to support the family. Scouting helps those young people learn responsibility and self-reliance. The child or young adult is taught how to care for others.

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Out-of-town Scout troops help complete local trail

Fredericksburg Standard,  August 5, 2020

Two female Boy Scouts of America troops from the Dallas-Fort Worth area recently helped complete a local trail for the City of Fredericksburg. During the week of July 12-19, scouts and leaders of two female Boy Scouts of America Troops from Midlothian and Cedar Hill helped the Friends of Fredericksburg Nature Center complete 34 feet of the Vista Loop Nature Trail at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal…

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A place to sit: Boy Scout builds benches for church

Star Local Media, August 27, 2020

Collin Coker of Boy Scout Troop 57 recently did his Eagle Project for First United Methodist Church in Garland. The soon-to-be 15-year-old North Garland High School student worked with the assistant pastor to get a design and quantity of benches needed.

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Scouts restore dignity to overgrown cemetery

Corsicana Daily Sun, July 1, 2020

After a lot of blood, sweat, scrapes and 14 bumblebee stings, Boy Scout Sean Kipp completed his Eagle Scout project by improving the condition of a Navarro County cemetery.

Scout Master Ben Taylor said 21 people came out to help restore dignity to Providence Missionary Baptist Cemetery, a final resting place for many local veterans.

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Park Cities’ All-Girls Boy Scout Troop Makes History

Park Cities People, April 23, 2020

One March evening at Curtis park, eight fifth-graders in khaki Webelo uniforms received the badges that would make them the first all-girls Boy Scouts troop in the Park Cities.

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What I Learned as a 17-Year-Old Girl in Boy Scouts of America

Yahoo!Life, SheKnows, April 18, 2020

On February 1st, 2019, history was made when the Boy Scouts of America welcomed girls to join the Scouts BSA program and enabled them to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout. This was the moment I had waited for since I was a wee 9-year-old at my brother’s Cub Scout Family Camp at Wente Scout Reservation in 2011. I was thrilled to join the Boy Scouts of America as a founding member of BSA Troop 220 — and, yes, as a 17-year-old girl.

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Racing and Rolling: Scouts race cars in their district pinewood derby

The Paris News, March 9, 2020

After months of planning and designing their cars, area scouts finally got the chance to let them rip Saturday afternoon at the Two Rivers District Pinewood Derby.

Although technically a Cub Scout event, any scout along with their parents and siblings were allowed to compete.

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Scouts see how robotics revolutionized medicing at Texas hospital

Bryan on Scouting, February 27, 2020

Robots are everywhere. Car manufacturers use them on the assembly line. Doctors use them to perform intricate surgeries. You might have one to vacuum your house.

Scouts with Troop 125 of Dallas, Texas, recently saw how robotics help Dr. Elizabeth Coronado, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Medical City Plano hospital. The medical team there brought out a da Vinci surgery system for the troop to try out. Using a console that controls robotic arms, the Scouts performed a surgery — on an Operation game. The patient’s nose didn’t flash red as the Scouts carefully maneuvered the arms to remove the plastic bits from inside the game. It was a hands-on demonstration of how precise and helpful the surgery system can be.

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Soaring Higher: Local Paris High student makes Eagle Scout

The Paris News, February 26, 2020

Paris High School junior Christopher Hutson has been awarded the highest Scouts honor, the rank of Eagle Scout, for completing extensive training as a Boy Scout and a notable service project. He has 41 badges, 13 of which are Eagle merits.

Hutson, who earned the rank Thursday, is a member of Lamar Avenue Church of Christ. He noticed that in the park, there were two trees with gnarled roots that posed a safety issue to the kids who played there.

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North Texas Boy Scouts taking part in Scouting for Food drive to help fed those in need

Fox4News, February 8, 2020

Throughout February, North Texas Boy Scouts are collecting food to give to the less fortunate as part of the Scouting for Food Drive.

“Hi, we’re with Troop 198. We’re doing Scouting for Food this morning,” some scouts said while collecting food.

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Hiking brought volunteer closer to her son; then the same happened with her daughter

Bryan on Scouting, October 16, 2019

The years weren’t getting shorter, but Ginger Fearey’s children seemed to be growing up faster and faster. Thankfully, the adult volunteer from Grapevine, Texas, found one place where time seemed to slow down.

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Scout Sculpture Makes Debut in Coppell

Patch.com, October 9, 2019

On Saturday, October 5, a new, 7-foot sculpture called Aloft was unveiled at the Biodiversity Education Center within Coppell Nature Park. Hosting the dedication was Friends of Coppell Nature Park, a non-profit, who with the Coppell Arts Council commissioned the sculpture’s creation on behalf of Scouting. Dallas artist Pascale Pryor was selected from several proposals that were submitted for the project.

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In this Texas troop’s trip to Wyoming for summer camp, there’s a lesson for us all

Bryan on Scouting, October 4, 2019

As the Scouts in Troop 1776 of Plano, Texas, get older, their interest in traditional summer camp activities starts to wane. They want to challenge themselves further, to venture deeper into nature’s mysteries.

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Honor Medal Presented to Local Hero

KXII News 12, September 24, 2019

The BSA’s Honor Medal is awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated unusual heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save life at considerable risk to self. This national award was presented to the Scout who pulled his neighbor from a burning home.

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UK’s Top Running Back Says Boy Scouts Taught Him the ‘Man Skills’ to be a Leader

Kentucky Kernel,  August 29, 2019

In the Boy Scouts of America, reaching the rank of Eagle Scout takes an incredible commitment. I know this because I tried, and ultimately didn’t reach it. One person that did, though – UK football running back AJ Rose. “I didn’t tell anybody (on the team)” Rose said at UK’s Media Day. “I just kept that to myself. A little self-confidence thing, you know?”

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Boy Scouts Look Back on Cultural Experiences at World Jamboree

Herald Banner, August 23, 2019

After two weeks of adventuring with other young people from more than 150 countries, Carter Smiley and William Baley of Royse City’s Troop 312 returned from this year’s World Scout Jamboree earlier this month with plenty of stories to tell. Held once every four years, this year’s Jamboree was extra special as it was only the second time in the Scouts Movement’s 112-year history (which began in the United Kingdom) that the international event was held in the United States – with the first being in 1967.

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Boy Scout unveils new rest area on Santa Fe Trail

Dallas Morning News, July 30, 2019

Along a sunny stretch of the Santa Fe Trail, walkers and bikers can refuel at a new rest area spearheaded by a local Boy Scout. As part of his Eagle Scout project, 14-year-old Abe Randle proposed installing a water fountain, bench and trash can on an underserved section of the trail between Beacon Street and Henderson Avenue

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Most badges require speaking, but one Boy Scout with nonverbal autism has earned the highest rank

CNN, July 21, 2019

Achieving the highest honor of Boy Scouting is no easy feat: One must spend years earning 21 merit badges involving topics such as first aid, communication and environmental science.

Dallas-based youth leadership group visits Fort Leonard Wood

GUIDON, July 18, 2019

Venturing Crew 863, a Boy Scouts of America affiliate program based out of Dallas, Texas, toured Fort Leonard Wood July 12. The co-ed group plans trips, or “ventures,” for its members and advisors, and is primarily operated by youth officers. According to President Alec Cambre, an incoming high school sophomore, the crew decided on visiting Fort Leonard Wood after completing a camping trip in nearby Plato, Missouri.

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Eagle Scouts Remember Ross Perot After His Death

During his 89 years of life, Ross Perot was known for being many things: a businessman, a patriot, a philanthropist and even a leader — all qualities people say he developed as early as a 13-year-old Eagle Scout.

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Plano Fire-Rescue Explorers Post 215 Recognizes Outstanding Young Members

Plano Magazine, July 9, 2019

On June 26, Plano Fire-Rescue recognized the achievements of several outstanding members of Explorers Post 215 for making positive impacts in our community.

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Dallas teen set to earn one of the rarest Boy Scout awards

WFAA, June 11, 2019
 
Most Boy Scouts don’t even know the Hornaday Award exists. For any Boy Scout, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout is a big deal. But 13-year-old Baxter Perry-Miller is trying to do something even rarer. … The Hornaday silver medal is considered the Olympic medal of Boy Scouts. It’s awarded to any Scout who completes four significant projects in environmental conservation.

 

Calvert Soccer Players Also Eagle Scouts

The Calvert Recorder, April 4, 2019

There are so many extracurricular activities that kids today are involved in and finding a balance between those activities can be challenging yet rewarding. In the summer before first grade, four boys — Matthew Harris, Ethan Matteson, Carson Myles and Ryan Wojociechowski — became part of Cub Scout Pack 407 in Calvert County.

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Flying High: Episcopal School Of Dallas Celebrates 12 Eagle Scouts

A dozen Episcopal School of Dallas seniors have earned the rank of Eagle Scout, many spending most of their scouting career together in the same troop. The achievement by the 12 boys translates to nearly one out of every four boys in ESD’s Class of 2019 earning the rank.

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Rare accomplishment of Eagle Scout places Dallas teen among the top percent of Boy Scouts

WFAA, March 25, 2019
 
More than 110 million boys have been Boy Scouts. Less than 400 have achieved the same honor. For any Boy Scout, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout is a lofty goal. Only two percent of Scouts ever earn the distinction. However, after Thomas Farner did it at age 13, he set his sights on something even more impossible.
 
 

Deaf teen designs placards to improve communication with officers

KDFW, February 19, 2019

A deaf teenager with an idea for improving communication is getting support from Frisco police. Jack Musser, a 16-year-old Boy Scout, came up with the idea as part of his Eagle Scout service project. 

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