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Boy Scouts of America Work to Incorporate STEM Skills

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The Boy Scouts of America are encouraging young men to pursue careers that are in demand. Through a new award, one 9-year-old in the Shenandoah Valley is already well on his way to grasping tricky concepts and achieving his dreams.

Verona Elementary School student Daniel Worrell  is the first in the region of his age group to achieve the Supernova Award, the highest level within the Boy Scouts program in the field of science technology engineering and math (STEM). 

Leaders and his family hope it sets a positive example for other young minds.

When you think of the Boy Scouts of America, knot-tying and conquering the outdoors come to mind. But leaders have introduced a new system to create incentives for the scouts to gain a head start on acquiring technical skills, and ultimately top jobs.

Worrell was presented the prestigious supernova award after completing a series of science projects, experiments, and math problems. He is in the select group of 265 people who won the award nationally - but Worrell has much bigger dreams.

"One day, it is to be a vet, and the next day it is something to do with astronomy and space. So, it has changed and doing these projects, and learning about the different careers. It is inspiring,” said Ruth Worrell, Daniel’s mother.

Ruth and other scout leaders hope this encourages children to tackle difficult tasks and continue striving for the best.

"It's important that whether our educational system or our scouting program, or whatever we do, that we're teaching those areas because it is only going to help our youth to improve, go to college, and honestly earn a better living, so to me it's very important that we focus on those four areas,” said Jim Milham, scout executive of Stonewall Jackson Area Council.

Ruth says there is no rest for the weary as he has already asked to begin preparing for the Webelos version of the award, which is in the age group after cub scouts, as soon as he reaches eligibility.
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