We've read books based on Scouting, and inevitably I get lost in the badges, ranks, etc. This one was amazingly different - and utterly unpredictable.
Sure, the tale has all the requisite badge and wilderness survival stuff - but it's chock full of magic, as well, and a MC who discovers his own magical abilities and friends along the way.
Not to be a spoiler, I did not see the rampaging, blood-thirsty creature that hunts the MC in his own house coming at all. As a reader, I'm rarely taken so by surprise - and I enjoyed it!
My 13-year-old son recommends this, with his concise "Yeah, it's a good read."