Saturday, 15 August 2009



Boy Scouts Of America Hop Aboard Technology Movement, Leave Beekeeping Behind

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Mike Mitchell earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1997 and spent most of his adult life working for Boy Scouts of America. He says the scouts helped shape who he is today.
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"I believe I'd still be a good guy, but probably not as well rounded as I am today.  I defintely owe a lot to scouting." says Mitchell.

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And every scout owes a lot to the Boy Scout handbook, but it may be looking a lot different in the future. Many say the Boy Scout handbook is more than just a book, it's a guide to life.  In the book you find information about first aid, building a shelter and making a fire, but starting in September, all the information in this book will be available on your iPhone.

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"It's definitely a sign of the look in there and there are things like map and compass that has always been big with the navigation and now we're getting interest in GPS devices." Mitchell continues.

The scouts also update merit badges every year.

"Composite study, nuclear science...of course, they replace stuff like beekeeping, book binding...things that we dont...maybe not that we don't have a need for it but we don't do a lot of it."

But there is a lot of information in the handbook that will never change.

"95% of everything that is in there 30 years ago, 40 years ago...probably 90% of it is still the same."

"Next year, we've been around 100 years, pretty much the values and the mission statement are still the same."

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