Write a one-page report titled "The Best Book I Read This Year" and enter it
in the Boys' Life 2003 "Say Yes to Reading!" contest. The book can be
fiction or nonfiction. But the report has to be in your own words—500 words
tops. Enter in one of these three age categories: 8 years old and younger, 9
and 10 years old, or 11 years and older.
First-place winners in each age category will receive a $100 gift certificate
good for any product in the Boy Scouts Official Retail Catalog. Second-place
will receive a $75 gift certificate, and third-place a $50 certificate.
Everyone who enters will get a free patch like the square one above. (The
patch is a temporary insignia, so it can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform
shirt. Proudly display it there or anywhere!) In coming years, you'll have the
opportunity to earn the other patches.
The contest is open to all Boys' Life readers. Be sure to include your
name, address, age and grade on the entry. Send your report, along with a
business-size, self-addressed, stamped envelope, to:
Boys' Life Reading Contest, S306
P.O. Box 152079
Irving, TX 75015-2079
For more details go to
Entries must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2003.
Leave No Trace
With the emphasis from National on every Pack
making sure all new Cubs have an outdoor experience within their first few
month, many Packs and Dens will be out in Camps and Woods and Parks
exploring. BSA has published a Cub Scout Version of the Leave No Trace
principles. It is available as a bin item, # 13-032.
(When requested, Bin items are provided free
from BSA National to your local council.)
Go ask for your copy.
The brochure describes six
Front Country Guidelines
for Cub Scouts to follow while hiking, camping and enjoying the outdoors.
(This is cute play on words –
the hiking area at Philmont is referred to as the backcountry. Now obviously
you don’t want to take Cubs out there – to the backcountry, so we must be
taking them to the front country. CD)
There is even a Cub Scout Leave No Trace award
with a patch for Cub Scouts and leaders to earn.
Making sure our leaders and Cubs are familiar
with theses principles should enable our Cubs to be complimented wherever they
go and help us recruit even more boys!!
Also, useful for your Pack’s outdoor adventures is Cub
Scout Outdoor Program Guidelines, BSA Bin Item # 13-631
Cub Scout Leave No Trace Pledge
I promise to practice the Leave No Trace Front Country
guidelines wherever I go:
- Plan ahead.
Stick to trails.
- Manage your pet.
- Leave what you find.
- Respect other visitors.
Trash your trash
More information, including the requirements for the Cub Scout and
Leader Leave No Trace Awards is available at