In this 4th of July episode, Katrina and Jefferson start off by performing an acoustic version of “America the Beautiful” as a reminder that, as Americans, we belong together and we are here for each other. Tied into the theme of unity and caring, Katrina and JD also unpack the notion that “doing good does you good” and the scientifically supported evidence that proves it! You’ll see how approaching people with kindness transforms not only those receiving kindness, but those giving it as well.
Next, we are excited to introduce you to Scoutmaster Mike Lanning who has selflessly dedicated his life to the future of our country through his commitment to the youth of The Boy Scouts of America. He has been leading Troop 223 in Pacific Palisades, California for 67 years and has guided over 800 boys in attaining the rank of Eagle Scout – a national record of any one Scoutmaster! And now, for the first time in it’s over 100-year history, the iconic program for 11-18 year olds, Scouts BSA, is open to both young men and young women. In addition to his outstanding leadership of Troop 223B (“B” for boys), Scoutmaster Lanning is now leading Troop 223G (“G” for girls), the largest troop of girls in the nation with over 50 young women on their way to becoming some of the first females to earn their Eagle Scout Rank.
Mike Lanning’s dedication and true concern for youth is not only inspiring, it has been recognized through numerous Scouting awards including Distinguished Eagle, and regional, council and district Awards of Merit, Scoutmaster of the Year, the James E. West Society Award and the Americanism Award Honoree (past awardees included Gerald Ford and Bob Hope). Most recently, Mike received an award on behalf of the National Council for his troop’s support of Hispanic scouting in the West Los Angeles County Council. Mike emphasizes that Scouts BSA is all about “Young people leading skillfully, making good choices, and serving others.”
Join us as Scoutmaster Mike Lanning takes us on the ultimate adventure through the wisdom and experience that he has gained from a lifetime of commitment to the Boy Scouts of America—the fun, the adventure, and the challenges. From tying knots to teaching life-saving skills, this podcast is “knot” to be missed!