Boy Scouts of America to allow girls to join, earn Eagle Scout rank

(Reuters) – In a historic shift, the Boy Scouts of America will let girls enroll in Cub Scouts starting next year and allow them to eventually earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout, the organization said on Wednesday. The unanimous decision by the 100-year-old group’s board of directors came after years of requests from families …

Teenager settles suit over alleged school negligence

From TheStar KUALA LUMPUR: A teenager who suffered 25% burns on the body from the alleged negligence of a teacher when he took part in a co-curricular activity as a boy scout has settled his civil suit. Student Haydn Shawe Zanshin Shan Chinson St James, now 19, and his father settled the claim against the …

Scouts put their skills to the test in competition

From TheStar THE just concluded third National Level Scouting Skills Competition organised by the Shiang Yang Scout Troup Bercham drew huge participation from all over the country. Held in conjunction with its first International Level Scouting Skills Competition at the Bercham Recreation Park in Ipoh, the 1,647 scouts and girl guides who took part included …

Proud day for scouts as they receive awards from Regent

By ROSHIDI ABU SAMAH (TheStar) SCOUTING is more than an extra-curricular activity to some. For those like 19-year-old Ooi Ken Lin, it has taught him some of life’s most useful lessons. “Scouting has changed my way of life. King scout: (From left) Mohamad Arif Abdul Razak, T.Dineesh and Ooi admiring their king scout merit badge …

Penang government to scout for a campsite

From TheStar BUKIT MERTAJAM: The state government will help the Penang Scouts Association find a campsite to replace its Coronation Camp in Waterfall Road that was closed in 2006. State Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the camp, which used to be the main venue for scouting activities, including …

SK Bandar Tenggara 1 wins marching competition in JB

By NABILA AHMAD (From The Star) A day under the hot sun did not deter the boy scouts from SK Bandar Tenggara 1 to win the state-level uniformed body marching competition held in Kulaijaya, Johor, recently. Patrol leader Ahmad Ridhwan Jamil, 12 attributed team spirit as the main factor for his troop’s success in winning …

Queen and PM get highest Scouting awards

From TheStar PUTRAJAYA: Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak have been awarded the Bintang Semangat Padi Kelas Pertama (Emas), the highest Scouting award from the Scouts Association of Malaysia. Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin presented the awards at the association’s national-level presentation ceremony at Istana Melawati …

Baden-Powell’s grandson visits Seremban Guides

By CHITRA S. NATHAN (From TheStar) IT WAS a very special Thinking Day for girl guides in Seremban who commemorated the occasion with a visit from Michael Baden-Powell — the grandson of none other than the founding father of the scouts and guides movement — Lord Robert and Lady Olave. Thinking Day is celebrated annually …