Cub Scout STEM Quest Postponed to Fall

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Though the Old North State Council STEM Committee has attempted to provide Cub Scout STEM Quest earlier this year, we have not been able to pull together the resources necessary to provide the high quality experience you have come to expect from the STEM programs of the Old North State Council. As such, we will be postponing the Cub Scout STEM Quest event scheduled for this Saturday, May 20. We will plan the event for a date this coming fall when we will have more resources available to us to provide a superior program for your Cub Scouts.

We appreciate your understanding and apologize for the postponement. We hope you will join us at our Dad and da Vinci camp-out in July and our rescheduled Cub Scout STEM Quest this fall. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Colin Lemon at or (336) 378-9166.

Graham Middle School Wins 2nd Annual Innovation Competition!


Teams from across the Piedmont Triad participating in the Young Innovators program came together today for the 2nd annual Innovation Competition in Greensboro. Three teams competed for first place in what came down to a very difficult decision for the judges! In determining the prizes, judges had to consider the level of difficulty of the project, the quality of the presentation, how innovative the project was, the enthusiasm of the team members, how effective the project was carried out within the budget, and a number of other factors.

While all of the  teams did a fantastic job, the “STEMinists” from Graham Middle School stood out and claimed the first place trophy! The “STEMinists”, the programs first all-girls team, designed and carried out a project to extract fuel oil from algae. The team worked through a number of roadblocks and challenges throughout the school year and while they found that the process is not efficient on this scale, they were successful and learned a lot about the scientific process along the way! The team consisted of all sixth grade girls who are absolutely excited about meeting the challenge again in the 2017-2018 school year.

The “STEMinists” of Graham Middle School with their adult advisor and teacher, Rebekah Davis.

Congratulations to the “Leading Edge” from Mendenhall Middle School whose team members worked to design a sugar-based biodegradable candy wrapper and took the second place trophy. Finally, congratulations to the “Hornets” from The Academy at Lincoln whose team designed a prosthetic leg!

The “Leading Edge” of Mendenhall Middle School with their advisors and teachers Judy Mays and Lenny French.
The “Hornets” of The Academy at Lincoln with their advisor and teacher Seema Anand.

Congratulations to all of the teams that participated! What an awesome display of innovation! As always, a special thanks goes to the Carter Family STEM Initiative for their generous support of all things STEM! Without their generosity, programs such as Young Innovators would not be possible.

Young Innovators is a program for middle school young men and women who want to change the world! We are adding more middle schools for the 2017-2018 school year. We are also expanding the program to include high schools this fall! For more information about getting your middle or high school in the Piedmont Triad involved, contact Colin Lemon at or (336) 378-9166.


STEM X Offers Opportunities for Boy Scouts to Work on STEM Merit Badges


STEM X is a program for young men and women to explore different fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and is meant for any young man or woman who is of high school age. But while many young people who participate in STEM X are not registered in any BSA program currently, several participants are registered as Boy Scouts. For those Boy Scouts, why not participate in STEM X and knock out a few merit badge requirements at the same time?

Depending on the program track they choose, Boy Scouts will be able to complete requirements for various merit badges while they enjoy their week at STEM X. The goal of the program is not to earn merit badges so even though they will get credit for completing some requirements, it is not likely that they will finish any merit badges at STEM X and will need to complete further requirements with their home troop.

“Which merit badges will my son earn credit for?”

Great question! The full details can be found by visiting and clicking on “Program Tracks”. The list of merit badges that each program track will touch on can be found by clicking on the individual program track descriptions. But to give you an example, Boy Scouts who participate in the “Architectonics” program track will complete some requirements for these merit badges:

  • Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Drafting
  • Surveying
  • Model Design and Building

Scouts who participate in “The Fifth Element” will complete some requirements for these merit badges:

  • Environmental Science
  • Fish and Wildlife Management
  • Geology
  • Insect Study
  • Nature
  • Plant Science
  • Reptile and Amphibian Study
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Sustainability

Again, STEM X is not about earning merit badges but wouldn’t it be great to come home from a fantastic week at STEM X and have some progress on merit badges to show for it? After all, what Boy Scout doesn’t need more merit badges?!

STEM X will take place at Cherokee Scout Reservation in Yanceyville, North Carolina from July 30 to August 4, 2017. The full cost is $475 per participant but there are scholarships available so don’t miss out without applying for assistance! For full details, visit or email

Not Registered for STEM X Yet? There’s Still Time!


STEM X is an amazing opportunity to spend a week outdoors learning about digital design, blacksmithing, chemistry, hacking (safely, we promise), architecture, movie making, engineering, forestry, environmental science, and much more! There are evening activities like flying drones and don’t forget college night on Wednesday! Spaces are limited so we can keep the quality high in the classes! Want to learn more about STEM X, visit or check out our feature in Scouting Magazine!

If you have not yet registered for STEM X, there is still time to secure a spot! The fee is $475 per participant which includes everything they need from the time they arrive on Sunday until departure on Friday late morning. Those who need some financial assistance to participate in STEM X have until May 15 to submit the Scholarship Application for consideration.

STEM X will take place at Cherokee Scout Reservation in Yanceyville, North Carolina from July 30 through August 4, 2017. For more information and to register, visit STEM X – Fees and Registration.


Cub Scout STEM Quest Registration Opens Tonight!

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Registration for Cub Scout STEM Quest opens tonight at 8:00 so make sure you’re ready to register your Scouts!

This year, Cub Scout STEM Quest will be operating similar to a Boy Scout merit badge college so the Cub Scouts will get the opportunity to work on Adventures (and get a head start on their next rank) or they can work on a Nova Award. If they choose to work on an Adventure, they can register for up to two Adventures to work on because each one takes an hour and a half. If they choose a Nova Award, they will only get to participate in one since they take the full three hours. Please make sure you pay close attention to the time for each class so you don’t double book a Scout into two classes at the same time.

The classes that will be offered are:

Nova Awards

  • Science Everywhere
  • Down and Dirty
  • Nova WILD!
  • Out of This World
  • Swing!
  • 1-2-3 Go!


  • Wolf Cub
    • Code of the Wolf
    • Air of the Wolf
    • Motor Away
  • Bear Cub
    • Make It Move
    • Robotics
    • Super Science
  • Webelos/Arrow of Light
    • Game Design
    • Engineer

When registering for Adventures, Scouts should participate in Adventures for the den they will be in this fall as long as they have finished their current rank badge. For example, a Scout graduating from the 2nd grade this June should register at Cub Scout STEM Quest as a Bear if taking Adventures. Any Wolf, Bear, Webelos, or Arrow of Light Scout can participate in any Nova Award. Upcoming Tigers (and any other boy who is not currently registered in Scouting) can participate in our Bobcat station where they will have the opportunity to register in Scouting and complete requirements for their Bobcat badge.

Because of some very generous STEM sponsors over the years, Cub Scout STEM Quest continues to require no registration fee to participate!

There will be a drawing between classes at 10:15 for a free week of day camp!

Registration is completed by clicking on Cub Scout STEM Quest and securing tickets for the classes your Scouts want to take. Once again, please pay attention to the time of the classes so you don’t register classes that conflict with each other. It is recommended that you go ahead and review the registration page so you are prepared for 8:00 tonight!

Cub Scout STEM Quest has been an awesome time for the past two years so we are looking forward to an amazing experience for the third year! We look forward to seeing you there!

Cub Scout STEM Quest on May 20!


Cub Scout STEM Quest is finally here! Join us for the third annual Cub Scout STEM Quest on May 20 at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, NC. Cub Scouts will register to take either a STEM-related Adventure to help them on their advancement path or they can sign up to take a Nova Award! The program starts at 8:30 AM and will go until noon.

This is a great opportunity for your Cub Scouts to earn a Nova Award or Adventure that your pack might not normally be able to fit into the annual schedule. We will offer six of the seven Cub Scout Nova Awards and a few of the STEM Adventures from each of the Wolf, Bear, and Webelos ranks.

Thanks to our STEM sponsors, Cub Scout STEM Quest is a free event! Registration will begin at 8:00 PM this Friday (5/5/2017). Registration and more details can be found here: Cub Scout STEM Quest. When you click on the link, please notice that not all classes have been posted yet and registration is not yet live. The list of classes is growing right now and will most likely include the following options:

Nova Awards:

  • Science Everywhere
  • Down and Dirty
  • NOVA Wild!
  • Out of This World
  • Swing!
  • 1-2-3 Go!

STEM Adventures:

  • Wolf
    • Code of the Wolf
    • Air of the Wolf
    • Motor Away
  • Bear
    • Make It Move
    • Robotics
    • Super Science
  • Webelos/Arrow of Light
    • Adventures in Science
    • Earth Rocks!
    • Engineer

This is a tentative list but when registration opens Friday, the list will be final. Please talk to your Cub Scouts before Friday to get an idea of what they would like to take. It is likely that Scouts will not complete all of the requirements of their program on May 20 because most programs have requirements that must be completed with their pack or family but the majority of requirements will be completed and a TON of fun will be had!

We hope to see you there for a fantastic day of STEM!

Awesome STEM Experience at Philmont Scout Ranch!

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What’s better than a Scout learning about STEM?

A Scout learning about STEM at Philmont Scout Ranch! Philmont is the largest youth camp in the world and is an awesome outdoor classroom!

This June, Philmont Training Center is offering a course called “#Awesome – STEM Exploration” just for young men and women from 14-20 years old. Participants experience the back-country of New Mexico while they learn about the physics involved in climbing and the challenge course, how cartography and GIS are used in mapping at Philmont, study forestry techniques in the experimental forest at Cathedral Rock, learn about the history and biology of bears at Philmont, and much more!

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience Philmont Scout Ranch, the pinnacle of Scouting, while also learning all about STEM in the outdoors! The course runs from June 11-17 and costs $395 which includes food, lodging, and all of the activities affiliated with the course. Cost does not include transportation to and from Philmont Scout Ranch.

For more details, download this flier (Awesome – STEM Exploration) or email the course adviser Chris Jordan at You can also contact Colin Lemon at for general questions about Philmont Training Center courses and how to register.

I’ll be there taking a similar course so I hope to see you there!

Young Women Experience Unique Opportunities at STEM X


Girls start out as strong in math and science as boys, but lose interest along the way” – CNN: How Do We Get Girls Into STEM?

Did you know that less than 15% of all engineers are women? Only 27% of all computer science jobs are held by women!

Some of the most creative and innovative people I know are female. Not only colleagues and friends but also my daughter and nieces. S.T.E.M. might normally include science, technology, engineering, and math but there are other words that are critical to a quality education such as creativity, problem-solving, communication, etc. Historically, girls have been led to believe that they will excel in writing, dancing, gymnastics, art, music, and teaching but have not been equally encouraged to pursue scientific and technical careers. Times have changed! Female students have been scoring at the same level and sometimes even higher than male students on science and math tests and yet young women tend to lost interest in S.T.E.M. at around 15 years old. Why? Because they are not encouraged enough to study a science or math field.

STEM X is an awesome opportunity to get young women excited about science, technology, engineering, and math! STEM X not only gets young women involved in interesting activities like game design, 3-D printing, architecture, environmental science, and hacking, the program also exposes young women to S.T.E.M. programs in colleges and universities so they can begin preparing for life after high school. STEM X is a unique program in the United States and was featured recently in Scouting Magazine.

This Summer Camp Experience Empowers Teens for Future STEM Careers

But the program is at a Boy Scout camp? How does that work?

While STEM X is located at a Boy Scout camp, the program is fully co-educational. The STEM X program and staff follows all rules and guidelines of the BSA’s Youth Protection program for co-ed programs and includes adult co-ed staff. Young men and women stay in separate overnight accommodations and adult staff stay in the campsites overnight.

STEM X will be held from July 30 to August 4, 2017 at Cherokee Scout Reservation in Yanceyville, NC. The program costs $475 per participant and covers all expenses including food, accommodations, program materials, field trips, etc. To find out more information and register to attend, visit or send an email to

The Future is Now at STEM X in 2017!


“In 2015, there were nearly 8.6 million STEM jobs, 45% were computer science occupations” – U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Computers and other digital technology are becoming more and more important in every aspect of our lives. Who better to take the reins of all of this technology than our youth who are growing up with it?

STEM X offers several programs covering a large variety of STEM topics but for those high school students who want to use computers to design our future, two STEM X program tracks stand out the most.

Digital Design is a returning program track from 2016 because it was incredibly popular! Participants visited High Point University and spent the day developing two Android apps. You can download one of them here to try it out: Flappy Eagle. Not only did Digital Design participants design apps, they also learned how to 3-D scan and print, 3-D modeling, learned how to program using the Raspberry Pi, and even learned how to build and program robots!

In 2017, Digital Design participants will get to experience 3-D scanning, 3-D printing, and app design but will also get to learn about several new STEM areas as well. Participants will visit a local high school to learn about 2-D design for photography, web design, and how to use a CNC (computer numerical control) machine. Participants will also dive deeper into game design as they learn about virtual reality, game character development, and 2-D game design. Digital Design will visit High Point University, Ragsdale High School, and the Greensboro Forge, a local makerspace where they will learn about laser engraving, 3-D printing, and materials fabrication.

New for 2017, the Hacking Reality program track will take participants on an adventure to explore how everything is connected and interrelated. Participants will learn how to hack using the Raspberry Pi program and how to use an artificial intelligence engine. They will explore the possibilities of machine learning using neural networks…how to train a computer as you might train a dog. They will ask the question: can a computer make you think it is a human? Participants will spend a day learning how to program robots and another day learning about autonomous vehicles and human-computer interfaces.

Still following me? Everything above probably sounds like something out of a high tech lab but no…this is STEM X! You think this sounds exciting? These are just two of the ten program tracks offered this summer! It’s an awesome experience for young men and women who are rising 9th graders or older. STEM X takes place July 30 through August 4 and registration is going on right now. To find out more about STEM X, visit Participation is open to any high school-aged youth and is not limited to residents of North Carolina.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to email We look forward to seeing you at STEM X!

National Council Recognizes Larry Warlick with the William T. Hornaday Gold Medal!

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Since 1910, conservation and environmental studies have been an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America. Scouts have rendered distinguished public service by helping to conserve wildlife, energy, forests, soil, and water. Past generations of Scouts have been widely recognized for undertaking conservation Good Turn action projects in their local communities. Through environmental explorations, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts visit the outdoors and discover the natural world around them. Many natural resource careers are born in Scouting.

Since its first appearance in the 1948 edition of the Boy Scout Handbook, the Outdoor Code has reminded Scouts to be conservation-minded.

The Outdoor Code
As an American, I will do my best to—
Be clean in my outdoor manners.
Be careful with fire.
Be considerate in the outdoors.
Be conservation minded.

In the Old North State Council, our camps have been recognized by the Audubon Society, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Forest Stewards Guild for excellent forestry management and status as wildlife sanctuaries. Cherokee Scout Reservation was recognized just last year as a Model Forest, a designation only awarded to 25 forests in the country and the only Boy Scout camp in the country to have received the honor.

The Wiliam T. Hornaday Awards program recognizes truly outstanding efforts undertaken by Scouting units, Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts, adult Scouters, and other individuals, corporations, and institutions contributing significantly to natural resource conservation and environmental protection.

Dr. William T. Hornaday, director of the New York Zoological Park and founder of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., was a champion of natural resource conservation and a leader in saving the American bison from extinction. In 1914, he announced an award he called the Wildlife Protection Medal to challenge Americans to work constructively for wildlife conservation and habitat protection. The award was renamed in Dr. Hornaday’s honor after his death in 1937, and came under the custodianship of the Boy Scouts of America.

The Hornaday Awards continue to inspire learning and increase public awareness about natural resource conservation. The highest conservation award in Scouting, the William T. Hornaday Gold Medal, is by nomination only and is for an adult Scouter who has rendered distinguished and unusual service to natural resource conservation and environmental improvement over a sustained period of at least 20 years. Nominations are accepted from any recognized conservation/environmental protection organization. The nominee’s accomplishments must be at a regional, national, or international level.

Larry Warlick has been registered in Scouting for nearly 70 years. Larry earned his Eagle Scout award in 1955 and as a Scout, he became interested in conservation by earning various conservation-related merit badges. Larry earned a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management and a Master of Science in Wildlife Biology and had a career with the US Forest Service and NC Wildlife Resources Commission that spanned over 30 years.

His conservation service to Scouting has included:

  • Staff for the Ecology and Conservation course at National Camping School for 30 years
  • Contributed to two new editions of National Camping School guide
  • On faculty Philmont Training Center for the Conservation Course nine times, leading six of those courses
  • Taught conservation-related merit badges and served as a Hornaday Award Advisor to Scouts for over 40 years
  • Served as Conservation Committee Chair for the Old North State Council and Area Conservation Chair

In addition to his conservation service to Scouting, Larry has also assisted youth in other ways:

  • Provided conservation programs for school children for such groups as 4-H, FFA, and other school groups. Planned and led programs for Conservation Field days in conjunction with USDA Agencies and teachers
  • Has assisted with the development of nature trails for several camps, schools and parks over the years.
  • Worked with high school seniors completing their senior project relating to wildlife science. Continue to encourage Scouts to consider careers in conservation field.

Larry is the living example of Scouting’s dedication and enthusiasm for conservation and protection of the natural world. To date, only 46 people have received the Gold Medal including Aldo Leopold, the father of wildlife ecology and environmental ethics. Only two medals have been awarded in North Carolina.

On Thursday, March 16 at the council’s annual Eagle Scout and Adult Leader Recognition Banquet, the Old North State Council was proud to award Larry Warlick with the William T. Hornaday Gold Medal. We owe Larry a huge congratulations on this recognition of his lifetime of service and dedication to Scouting and conservation.

Larry Warlick (far right) receiving the William T. Hornaday Gold Medal