Archive for August, 2012

RIP Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012)

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”
— Neil Armstrong

Armstrong was active in the Boy Scouts and he eventually earned the rank of Eagle Scout. As an adult, he was recognized by the Boy Scouts of America with its Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and Silver Buffalo Award. On July 18, 1969, while flying towards the Moon inside the Columbia, he greeted the Scouts: “I’d like to say hello to all my fellow Scouts and Scouters at Farragut State Park in Idaho having a National Jamboree there this week; and Apollo 11 would like to send them best wishes“. Houston: “Thank you, Apollo 11. I’m sure that, if they didn’t hear that, they’ll get the word through the news. Certainly appreciate that.” [wikipedia]


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For those who had placed the bet on the 25 arriving before the 20; you win.

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The Victorian Scout Info Book 2012 is available from the the vicscout web site Info Book 2012 (5.76 Mb) [PDF].

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On my honour, I promise …

Eagle Scouts Returning Our Badges
Many Eagle Scouts have returned their badges in protest since the Boy Scouts of America announced it’s decision to reaffirm the ban on openly gay people participating in the organization. This site was created to display those letters and encourage more Eagle Scouts to join the movement against BSA bigotry and discrimination.

Scouting should support equality and diversity, not discrimination and exclusion. The fact that these Eagle Scouts are taking a stand and reminding the BSA National Executive Board of their promise is a particularly good of display of character from those Eagles that are involved. I would hope Queen Scouts would show the same strength of character if the same decisions were made here.

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