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The Eagle Flies Again


Techies love to babble about 3G this and 3G that, but Tennessee Abbott goes them one better. The Seattle Scout from Troop 70 is 4G: a fourth-


generation Eagle Scout who traces his lineage back to great-grand- father Arthur Eldred, who in 1912 became the first boy to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. When Tennessee joined


Scouting in 2000, he wasn’t even aware of his great-grandfather’s honor; a few years later, his grand- mother, Arthur Eldred’s daughter, told him about the family tradition. “She said it would mean a great deal to her if I stayed on track and became an Eagle,” he says. Those words encouraged Tennessee


Tennessee Abbott


during his middle-school years when many of his peers thought Scouting was “uncool.” He drifted away from troop meetings for a few months, but good friends talked him into sticking with it. When he returned, he made the decision to live up to the family legacy and go for Eagle. For his Eagle project, he organized a successful blood drive for the Puget


DOWNLOADABLE Scouting’s on the Map


BeAScout, a new Google-map applica- tion that will help prospective members and their parents find packs, troops, and crews in their communities, is now up and running on the Internet. Unit leaders can update their Google “pins”—the bubbles on Google maps—adding meeting times, locations, and other info. Another feature, “Ask Us! We Can Help!” allows people to e-mail questions to unit leaders. Get the whole download at beascout.scouting.org.


The first Eagle Scout, Arthur Eldred, and his Eagle Scout medal—the first.


Sound Blood Center. His Court of Honor took place May 2. Tennessee, who loves Alpine skiing,


baseball, and soccer, entered the University of Washington this fall. He believes Scouting’s many lessons will serve him well along the way.


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