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Issue 434 – February 24, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, Does a troop have to accept any boy who wants to join? (Name & Council Withheld) "Have to" is an interesting way to phrase your question, so let me ask… What's the situation that's... From Ask Andy 4 days ago

Green Bar Bill and Wood Badge

It's Wood Badge Wednesday time again.  In this post I want to share a bit about my Scouting Hero William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt. Everyone knows that William Hillcourt wrote books for the Boy Scouts of America, but few are aware of all of the... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 week ago

Things Every New District Executive Needs to Know but Won't Be Told Part 3

Here is the next five of 50 things that every new District Executive needs to know but their Local Council Executive Staff won't tell them. This is list is based off of personal experience and in no way represents what a the BSA at either the... From Scouting Maniac 1 week ago

B.P.'s Blog – International Scouting

During his lifetime Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the worldwide Scouting movement, wrote many books and articles directed to Scouters. Each Sunday I'll publish a selection from his writings in the hope that you'll draw inspiration and... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 week ago

Arrowtour Promo Video

In the summer of 2015, the Order of the Arrow will take it's centennial celebration on the road through ArrowTour: Our National Centennial Experience. Check out this video to see what will be traveling on the road, and visit... From Order of the Arrow Youtube Videos 2 weeks ago

For Your Consideration: The World Scout Jamboree

In just five months, more than 30,000 Scouts and leaders from 161 countries around the world will converge on Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan, for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree . The registration deadline is fast approaching - you have until March... From Inside Boys' Life 2 weeks ago

Issue 432 – February 10, 2015

________________________________________ Thanks to you loyal readers and great Scouters for being patient with me! Yup, took a vacation. But by the time I returned I had a major client assignment in my lap, so I did the unthinkable: I let my work... From Ask Andy 2 weeks ago

The Way Things Work

I recently attended a presentation on the new Cub Scout Adventure program. Aimed at Scouters who will be implementing the program starting later this year, it was conducted by a member of the national task force that created the new program. He... From Bobwhite's Blather 3 weeks ago

Scoutmaster's Conference FAQ

Here's an comprehensive look at the Scoutmaster's conference. All of the references below are official publications of the BSA (the Guide to Advancement 2013 and the Scoutmaster's Handbook ). I have refrained from adding any commentary or opinion... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 3 weeks ago

Calvin Coolidge: The President and the Scout

In July, 1924, tragedy struck America's first family. President Coolidge and Boy Scouts Calvin Jr., the son of President Calvin Coolidge, died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 16 from blood poisoning. Coolidge was devastated, and the whole... From Scouting Rediscovered 4 weeks ago

So You Want to Change the World?

"The Movement has already, in the comparatively short period of its existence, established itself onto a wide and so strong a footing as to show most encouraging promise of what may be possible to it in the coming years. Its aim is to produce... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 month ago

2015 Paul R. Christen HAB FREE Custom Shirts Promotion

We are excited to present our special springtime promotional offer! When your qualifying crew signs up for the 2015 Paul R. Chris ten High Adventure Base season…each crew member will get a FREE Summit shirt!!! How cool is that?!?!  Not only... From Summit Blog 1 month ago

Why We Salute

Over the years I have various discussions as to why we salute in Scouting.  The question or discussion typically stems from a misunderstanding of what the salute means.  Many of the discussions try to compare the Boy Scouts with the Military.  This... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 month ago

B.P.'s Blog – Nature Study

During his lifetime Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the worldwide Scouting movement, wrote many books and articles directed to Scouters. Each Sunday I'll publish a selection from his writings in the hope that you'll draw inspiration and... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 month ago

More Commemorative America the Beautiful Quarters Are on the Way. Since 2010, Five New Quarters Per...

More commemorative America the Beautiful Quarters are on the way. Since 2010, five new quarters per year have been released in the order that each national site was established. In 2015, the U.S. Mint will introduce quarters for Homestead National... From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

Issue 431 – January 13, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, A Life Scout in my troop informed me last week that his Eagle project was complete and that he'd like to have a Scoutmaster conference with me. While I was aware that the project was in the works,... From Ask Andy 1 month ago

Your Chance to Voice Your Opinion on Scouting

The BSA programs are changing . Some have already happened, some are happening now, and some are still to come. Since you're part of Scouting, you probably have some opinions, one way or the other. Here's your chance to make them heard - by signing... From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

Philmont Dining Fly Infographic

The Philmont dining fly or crew tarp is a 12′ by 12′ nylon tarp rigged for simple, easy setup. Hiking sticks or trekking poles can be used as poles, eight stakes and three paracord lines are all else that's required. A 40′... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 month ago

OA Establishes Centurion Award as Part of Centennial Celebration

As part of the Order of the Arrow's centennial anniversary, the Centurion Award has been made available for local lodges to submit nominations. The Centurion Award aims to highlight "Hometown Heroes," or Arrowmen who have meaningfully contributed... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

Exploring and LFL Certification Now Available-Meet the First Recipients

Interested in the Learning for Life and Exploring certifications? Professionals of all tenures and titles can choose to attend one or both of the Exploring and Learning for Life Curriculum Based certification courses offered throughout the country... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

#NOAC2015 Theme LIVE Stream Announcement

At the 2014 National Planning Meeting, the 2015 NOAC theme was announced during a live event. The theme is "It Starts With Us". Enjoy the recording of the event! -- Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America Twitter:... From Order of the Arrow Youtube Videos 2 months ago

Issue 427 – December 23, 2014

________________________________________ Here's what a reader recently had to say about Eagle Scouts… Most last-minute Eagles think the rank will help them in the future, particularly getting into the military academies. These last-minute... From Ask Andy 2 months ago

Peace and Scouting

In this season of peace take a moment to consider your connection, as a Scouter, to the lofty goal set by our founder: … let us go forth from here fully determined that we will develop among ourselves and our boys that comradeship, through... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 2 months ago

Lease Car for Sale: 2011 GMC Terrain FWD SLE-2

The National Council has the following lease vehicle for sale: 2011 GMC Terrain FWD SLE – 2 Approximate miles: 62,161 Exterior color: Quicksilver Metallic Interior color: Light titanium cloth seats Asking price: $14,131 Location:  National Council,... From Scout Wire 2 months ago

Paul R. Christen HAB 2016 Contingent Info

2016 Council Contingent Info It's here! 2016 council contingent information for the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base . The Summit's a big place and there's a ton of fun and development to be had for Scouts and Venturers alike. Let this... From Summit Blog 2 months ago

Paul R. Christen HAB 2016 Contingent Info

2016 Council Contingent Info It's here! 2016 council contingent information for the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base . The Summit's a big place and there's a ton of fun and development to be had for Scouts and Venturers alike. Let this... From Summit Blog 2 months ago

2015 BSA Kindred Meeting to Be Held Feb. 3 in New Orleans

The BSA is hosting its 2015 Kindred meeting on Tuesday, February 3, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside as part of the American Camp Association National Conference. The BSA Kindred meeting is a gathering of anyone interested in learning more about... From Scout Wire 2 months ago

Philmont or Bust! 2016

It is official! Boy Scout Troop 68 of Melrose is going to Philmont Scout Ranch in the summer of 2016. Our committee chairperson received confirmation of our trek registration last week. Let the planning begin! It has been a decade since the troop... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 2 months ago

Issue 425 – December 10, 2014

________________________________________ Dear Andy, When I click on the bookmark I have for your columns, I ask myself, "How is he going to find a way to be unkind this week?" Yes, I know this isn't a discussion forum and I'm not asking a question... From Ask Andy 2 months ago

Happy Holidays From the National Key 3

The Boy Scouts of America's National Key 3-National President Dr. Robert M. Gates, Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock, and National Commissioner Tico Perez-wish the BSA family a safe and happy holiday season... From Scout Wire 2 months ago

Things Every New District Executive Needs to Know but Won't Be Told Part 2

Here is the next five of 50 things that every new District Executive needs to know but their Local Council Executive Staff won't tell them. This is list is based off of personal experience and in no way represents what a the BSA at either the... From Scouting Maniac 2 months ago

Gifts for Scouts & Scouters – Great Books

Here's more holiday gifts for Scouts or Scouters. These books have helped me as a Scouter and outdoorsman, they have been a source of inspiration and  learning practical skills, Scouting history, outdoor lore, and the Scouting program for many... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 2 months ago

Things Every New District Executive Needs to Know but Won't Be Told Part 1

Here is the first five of 50 things that every new District Executive needs to know but their Local Council Executive Staff won't tell them. This is list is based off of personal experience and in no way represents what a the BSA at either the... From Scouting Maniac 2 months ago

Issue 424 – December 2, 2014

________________________________________ Dear Andy, This isn't a question; I just want to comment on that letter about the Scout who was denied his Eagle rank (he'd completed all requirements as stated) by a dubious board because of his supposed... From Ask Andy 2 months ago

Gear Alternatives

As you know by reading the blog, I am a fan of gear.  I like to play around with gear, test it, try it, and change it often.  There are pieces of gear that I love and pieces of gear that I am always looking for the newer, better, more efficient, or... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 months ago

A Time to Celebrate and Give Thanks

As we approach Thanksgiving, I find it appropriate to reflect on special moments from the year. It goes without saying that I have a lot to be thankful for as a husband and father, and my role as Chief Scout Executive gives me additional... From Chief's Corner 3 months ago

It's Waaay Different!

It's been said that change is inevitable, and that nothing worthwhile is accomplished without change. We cannot start to change until we move out of our comfort zone. Cub Scout leaders, prepare to be uncomfortable! We're a little under a year away... From Bobwhite's Blather 3 months ago

The BSA Fieldbook: It's Pretty Darn Good

The BSA Fieldbook: It's Pretty Darn Good We've all know for awhile that the BSA Fieldbook , officially called  Fieldbook: Scouting's Manual of Basic and Advanced Skills for Outdoor Adventure,  is a pretty useful resource. It seems some other folks... From Inside Boys' Life 3 months ago

Fall Voice of the Scout Session Is Over … Now What?

Experience Recovery reports from the Voice of the Scout fall session are now available for Scout executives to view on MyBSA. These reports list requests made by members to have someone from their council contact them about their Scouting... From Scout Wire 3 months ago

2017 Jamboree Theme, Logo Invite Members to 'Live Scouting's Adventure'

Although it seems like the 2013 National Scout Jamboree just wrapped up, the official theme and logo for the next jamboree-planned for July 19-28, 2017-have been released. The 2017 theme, "Live Scouting's Adventure," symbolizes the adventurous... From Scout Wire 3 months ago

NCAP Updates: Annual COPE/Climbing Inspections, Zip Line Regulations Reminders

The BSA's National Camp Accreditation Program (NCAP) require professional challenge course inspections each year. To help reduce the cost of these inspections and to bring consistency to the process, councils in some regions have banded together to... From Scout Wire 3 months ago

2015 National Camping School Dates Announced

The 2015 National Camping School informational brochure is now available online. National Camping School provides adults with training needed to operate council camps. These key staff members will, in turn, train and supervise other staff personnel... From Scout Wire 3 months ago

ArrowCorps Mt Hood RoyaltyFree V2

ArrowCorps 2014 was a multi-faceted conservation and service project coordinated, with the US Forest Service and conducted across 4 the Ranger Districts that comprise the Mount Hood National Forest, held August 17 thru 23, 2014. This event was... From Order of the Arrow Youtube Videos 3 months ago

Stay Tuned Into BSA's Program Updates by Attending a 2015 Conference at Philmont Training Center

The next few years promise to be exciting for Scouting as our traditional programs will be updated based on several years of volunteer-led research and development. These changes are part of the BSA's current strategic plan that emphasizes the need... From Scout Wire 3 months ago

Live Scouting's Adventure: 2017 Jamboree

It's here! The BSA has officially released the logo and theme of the 2017 National Scout Jamboree . At the second jamboree to be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, you'll be able to explore the mystery, adventure, and beauty of a West Virginia... From Summit Blog 3 months ago

Live Scouting's Adventure: 2017 Jamboree

It's here! The BSA has officially released the logo and theme of the 2017 National Scout Jamboree . At the second jamboree to be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, you'll be able to explore the mystery, adventure, and beauty of a West Virginia... From Summit Blog 3 months ago

Announcing Our 2017 National Jamboree

It seems like we just finished catching our breath from the 2013 National Jamboree when we are now announcing the official theme and logo for the next Jamboree in 2017 – where has the time gone? From going big and getting wild in 2013, in 2017, we... From Chief's Corner 3 months ago

ArrowCorps 2014 - Mt. Rainier

ArrowCorps2014 was a weeklong conservation service project in Mount Rainier National Park and the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, held August 3-9, 2014. This event was hosted by the T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge of the Order of the Arrow, BSA -- Order... From Order of the Arrow Youtube Videos 3 months ago

Setting a Sustainable Example

I just wrapped up our 2014 Sustainability Summit and wanted to give you some highlights of what we covered the last few days. It was a terrific experience. We had environmental experts with both national and global credentials helping us define... From Chief's Corner 4 months ago

The Missing Trading Post

If you have been following this blog then you know my frustration in not being able to find the missing piece to my Scouting Village collection, the Trading Post. I was not quick enough that first year in buying the pieces and missed that building... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 4 months ago

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