Creature (Dis)Comforts, Part I: Scorpions
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Creature (Dis)Comforts, Part I: Scorpions

I am no fan of the creepy crawler. I don’t keep tarantulas and lizards as pets. Big southern roaches completely creep me out. And I let Charles and the terrier-mix Freida track the occasional mouse behind the hot water heater. But a scout knows her wildlife, and that includes the creepiest and dangerous ones. There … Continue reading

An Aha! Moment: How to Reduce Plastic Water Bottle Waste at Airports
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An Aha! Moment: How to Reduce Plastic Water Bottle Waste at Airports

You start a project like this, and you notice that you’ll be asked to do a bit of thinking about how you might help make the world a better place. Scout badges are chock full of tasks intended to improve our homes, our communities, our planet. And last January, after participating in No Impact Week, … Continue reading

The Shuttle Program Takes a Bow
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The Shuttle Program Takes a Bow

Tomorrow, Friday, July 8, 11:36 A.M. EDT,  is the scheduled date for the launch of NASA’s final space shuttle mission, flight # STS-135, Shuttle Atlantis.  I’ll be watching, and I’ll be pretty bummed out, too. I mean seriously bummed out.  It’s worth remembering that our nation’s commitment to space launched with its own kind of rocket booster … Continue reading

Breast Cancer and Genetic Testing: Tough Call
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Breast Cancer and Genetic Testing: Tough Call

For my next badge work I was a little surprised to learn that gene mapping is central to a badge task. Scouts are asked to look into an illness that’s linked to genes, then consider the pros and cons of genetic tests. Would a scout want to know what potential diseases that lay waiting in her … Continue reading

Deepwater Horizon: One Year Later
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Deepwater Horizon: One Year Later

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know that yesterday was the one year anniversary of the BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion, resulting in an oil disaster whose effects will be felt for years to come. Believe it or not, there’s a badge for scouts that’s devoted to teaching girls about oil in our lives … Continue reading

Focus on Water & No Impact Wrap-Up
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Focus on Water & No Impact Wrap-Up

Do you consider yourself a bottled water afficianado? Well, friend, then you definitely want to check out the newly-released report card on bottle waters from the Environmental Working Group. Think you should be worried about the quality of your tap water? It might be better than you think. Here’s a ranking of best tap water in … Continue reading