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2014 Programs: Summit Images

The first season of programs at the Summit Bechtel Reserve is in the books. Scouts and Venturers from all over pushed themselves further this summer and took their Scouting to a new level. For a glimpse of Summit scenes, enjoy the slideshow below... From Summit Blog 22 hours ago

August 2014 Be Prepared® Newsletter

   August, 2014                                                                                                    Vol. 6, No. 8   ONE IN A MILLION EDITION A Million Philmont Campers Scouting by the Millions   Millions of Cook Kits   Future Numbers... From ScoutStuff Blog 1 week ago

A Few Fun Facts for the 2015 World Scout Jamboree Http://t.co/wb6jlLYCmk

A Few Fun Facts For The 2015 World Scout Jamboree http://t.co/wb6jlLYCmk : via Twitter http://ift.tt/1714avm... From Inside Boys' Life 2 weeks ago

A Few Fun Facts for the 2015 World Scout Jamboree

The time to register for the 2015 World Scout Jamboree is now . Just in case you're still on the fence, here are few things you need to know: 1. Where is it? The 2015 World Scout Jamboree will be held at Kirarahama, a beach located in the Yamaguchi... From Inside Boys' Life 2 weeks ago

What Will You Say…

Last night I had the pleasure as I do every Monday night of having some interesting conversations with the young men of my Troop.  Much to their surprise or dismay, it ends up on the blog now and then.  Last nights conversation got me to thinking... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 weeks ago

8 Months… Where Are You?

It's August, 8 months into the year 2014, 8 months into "The POLICY" Change that sent Scouters into a tail spin running for the hills and screaming that our values suddenly changed.  8 months since the "End of Scouting" as we know it.  Really?... From The Scoutmaster Minute 3 weeks ago

Why? Because I Believe.

This summer our Troop went on a great adventure.  We backpacked in the Olympic National Park.  We.. the whole Troop.  We broke up the Troop into three crews, that way we could maintain Wilderness area policies of no more than 12 heartbeats and good... From The Scoutmaster Minute 3 weeks ago

Your Legacy – Mentoring

When teaching leadership to both our youth and adults, we spend a fair amount of time discussing what it is that leaders do.  Being a Teacher, Coach, Trainer, and Mentor is found within the job description of any leader.  We find ourselves as... From The Scoutmaster Minute 3 weeks ago

Agreement Without Argument

It seems like every time you turn on the news or look at the paper, you see a story about how our national elected leaders seem to be incapable of getting any work done. Far worse than what was labeled as the "do-nothing" Congress of the Truman... From Bobwhite's Blather 3 weeks ago

Time to Register for the 2015 World Scout Jamboree Http://t.co/zg8LWAMIab

Time To Register For The 2015 World Scout Jamboree http://t.co/zg8LWAMIab : via Twitter http://ift.tt/1714avm... From Inside Boys' Life 4 weeks ago

Time to Register for the 2015 World Scout Jamboree

The World Scout Jamboree is kind of like the Olympics: It only comes around every four years, and you don't want to miss it. But unlike the Olympics, you don't have to be a world-class athlete to represent your country. The BSA is accepting... From Inside Boys' Life 4 weeks ago

Scholarships Available for NextConnect National Marketing Summits-Register Now!

David Weekley, the newly elected national vice president of marketing of the Boy Scouts of America, wants to make you aware of special scholarship funds that have become available to help offset travel expenses so every council can send at least... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

The Buzz: New President Inducted at 2014 National Annual Meeting

Did you miss out on this year's National Annual Meeting, held in Nashville, Tenn.? If you did-or even if you were there, and would like to see a quick recap of the busy week's events-the latest episode of The Buzz is dedicated to the event's high... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

Celebrate! It's National Hot Dog Day! Http://t.co/4sMyn4RV59 Http://t.co/RveMnDRgHI

Celebrate! It's National Hot Dog Day! http://t.co/4sMyn4RV59 http://t.co/RveMnDRgHI : via Twitter http://ift.tt/1714avm... From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

New Features, Updates Added to My.Scouting Tools

We are happy to announce the latest new features and improvements that are available on my .Scouting Tools , including the following: New! Organization Security Manager Tool Key 3s at each organization level, including council, area, region and... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

The Buzz - June 2014, "National Annual Meeting"

While the name of the event remained the same, there were lots of changes introduced at the 2014 National Annual Meeting, held May 21-23 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn., including: The final address from Wayne Perry, the BSA's... From BSA Internal Communications Youtube Videos 1 month ago

RT @ScoutmasterJose: #BSA Scouts at Opening Campfire of Caribbean Jamboree 2014. Http://t.co/LIhpVZsHun

RT @ScoutmasterJose: #BSA scouts at opening campfire of Caribbean Jamboree 2014. http://t.co/LIhpVZsHun : via Twitter http://ift.tt/1714avm... From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

Celebrate National Hammock Day With BL Http://t.co/qhh7M8OCUu

Celebrate National Hammock Day with BL http://t.co/qhh7M8OCUu : via Twitter http://ift.tt/1714avm... From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

Philmont Reaches 1-Million Camper Milestone

This summer, Philmont Scout Ranch reached the milestone of one million campers. It all started 75 years ago when Waite Phillips offered 35,857 acres of his ranch to the Boy Scouts of America in 1938 to serve as a national wilderness camping area... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

How to Get Started Caving

Expert caver on the 5 best places to get started caving: Bill Steele started caving as a Scout almost 50 years ago, and since then, he has explored hundreds of caves throughout the United States and in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and China. He has... From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

The Summit Bechtel Reserve | Explore the Adventure of Scouting

The Summit Bechtel Reserve. A place like no other in the world tucked in the heart of West Virginia. A place made possible through the generosity of donors who see The Bechtel Summit's adventures, programs and technological opportunities as vital to... From The Bechtel Summit Youtube Videos 1 month ago

Scouts Can Really Sink Their Teeth Into BSA's Latest Tasty Partnership

The Boy Scouts of America and Jack Link's have teamed up on a multiyear partnership that will make Jack Link's "The Official Protein Snack of the Boy Scouts of America" and the organization's four national high-adventure bases. The agreement will... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

Q&A: SSNs, Background Checks, Merit Badge Counselors

Time for a few more answers to your questions, this time about Social Security numbers on adult applications, the criminal background check and how to become a merit badge counselor. I don't like giving out my Social Security number. Why is it... From Bobwhite's Blather 1 month ago

Choosing a Patrol Name

I remember very clearly the time I first sat down with my new Patrol to choose a Patrol name. We had some suggestions from the Boy Scout Handbook and an old printed list of a couple-dozen creative names. We didn't think much about what should go... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 month ago

Scout Camp 2015, Summit Style

Scout camp-the learning, the merit badges, the advancement-it's pretty cool, a classic Scouting experience. The new Walter Scott Summit Center at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve-with its lakes, trails, zip lines, boulder cove,... From Summit Blog 1 month ago

Scout Camp 2015, Summit Style

Scout camp-the learning, the merit badges, the advancement-it's pretty cool, a classic Scouting experience. The new Walter Scott Summit Center at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve-with its lakes, trails, zip lines, boulder cove,... From Summit Blog 1 month ago

Patch Trading at the Training Center

It is inevitable. If you are in the Scouting program for several years you will start collecting something. It could be activity patches. Maybe it will be council shoulder patches (csp's) or Order of the Arrow lodge flaps. It might be coffee mugs... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 month ago

National Outdoor Awards Aren't Easy to Earn Http://t.co/Z7oMyMMiL2

National Outdoor Awards Aren't Easy To Earn http://t.co/Z7oMyMMiL2 : via Twitter http://ift.tt/1714avm... From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

National Outdoor Awards Aren't Easy to Earn

National Outdoor Awards Aren't Easy To Earn The BSA's National Outdoor Awards take a lot of work. That's what makes the award so prestigious. When Wisconsin Scout Christopher Hagen became an Eagle Scout, he didn't stop there. Instead, he kept... From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

2014 Section SR-7B Conclave

Section SR-7B held their 2014 Section Conclave at Camp Bowers, NC on April 25-27, 2014. Here is a look at the activities enjoyed by all the Arrowmen present including National Chief, Nick Dannemiller. -- Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America... From Order of the Arrow Youtube Videos 1 month ago

Scout Video – Flintstones & Flash Mobs

My Scout video picks for this week include Flintstones, a  flash mob, and futuristic publications. Flintstones Jamboree Fred and Barney lead a rousing rendition of  "Old MacDonald" at a World Jamboree. Scout video of Flash Mob in Turin, Italy A... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 month ago

Yum! The BSA Now Has an Official Protein Snack

Jerky, anyone? The tasty snack is now the official BSA protein snack, thanks to a deal between the BSA and Jack Link's . What does this mean to you? It means that Jack Link's products will soon be available at the BSA's retail facilities and also... From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

2012 National Vice Chief Preston Marquis

Preston Marquis, 2012 National Vice Chief of the Order of the Arrow, tells his Scouting story at the 2013 National Planning Meeting in Dallas, TX. -- Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America Twitter: www.twitter.com/oabsa Instagram:... From Order of the Arrow Youtube Videos 1 month ago

Shaking Things Up: The Left-Handed Scout Handshake

What's one of the most common forms of nonverbal communication used between two  people?  No, it's not the fist bump, high five, a hug or even a kiss.  It's the handshake — a simple handshake involves  extending one's hand ? typically the... From ScoutStuff Blog 1 month ago

What Are You Getting?

On the eve of my youngest son departing for college it is once again a time to think back on the past 18 years watching him grow into this great young man.  I can't help but think about getting the most out of life when I think about Josh's... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 month ago

Bryan's Top 10 Jamboree Memories Http://t.co/oB9YgUhnY6

Bryan's top 10 jamboree memories http://t.co/oB9YgUhnY6 : via Twitter http://ift.tt/1714avm... From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

New Policy Ensures Safe Use of Aquatics Play Structures

Innovative and creative aquatics play structures currently exist in many Scouting settings, with more councils and Scouting groups evaluating the many play structure options entering the marketplace. Many local councils have asked about safety... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

Commissioner Tools Undergo Final Testing Before Fall Launch

Earlier this year, we announced the development of Commissioner Tools, a set of resources within MyScouting that will replace the Unit Visit Tracking System. The following 16 councils are currently testing these Commissioner Tools, with the... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

Issue 403 – July 1, 2014

________________________________________ Independence Day is just three days away so let's consider what Benjamin Franklin had to say about democracy and liberty… "DEMOCRACY is two wolves and a lamb deciding the lunch menu; LIBERTY is a well-armed... From Ask Andy 1 month ago

Registration Open for 2015 World Scout Jamboree

(Adapted from Bryan on Scouting blog) Odds are 19 out of every 20 people you meet at the 2015 World Scout Jamboree will be from a country other than the United States. How about those odds for making friends with Scouts from one of 161 different... From Scout Wire 2 months ago

Introducing BSA's New International Commissioner

Our relationship with other Scouting organizations around the world has become increasingly important, and it requires a strong and creative ambassador to keep us all connected and serving each other's needs to the best of our ability. That's where... From Chief's Corner 2 months ago

Opening Week: 2014 High Adventure – Gallery

Opening week of 2014 high adventure programs at The Summit Bechtel Reserve kicked off June 8, 2014 and we've captured some of the sights. From setting up camp to mountain biking to shooting sports , participants dug in and learned a little bit... From Summit Blog 2 months ago

Scouts Survive Boundary Waters Canoe Mishap

Scouts and their guide paddle during the beginning of a storm that threatened the lives of a group of Scouts. (photo from Cincinnati .com) On Thursday June 12th a group of Scouts on a trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness with the Northern... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 2 months ago

Issue 402 – June 25, 2014

________________________________________ Dear Andy, Does a Boy Scout troop have to accept all boys who want to join? I'm asking because we're a troop in a small town. There were a couple of parents who didn't like the way the troop was being run,... From Ask Andy 2 months ago

Where Do Boy Scouts Learn Skills?

Becky sent in this question: I understand only an older scout can sign off on rank requirements, but when do the scouts learn the skills and do the items they need? Is it only during scout events? It is typical for them to learn the skills at... From Scouter Mom 2 months ago

Best Online Resources for Learning Morse Code

Ham Radio and Scouting have had a long and solid relationship. Back in 2012, I wrote an article of the Top 10 Reasons You Should Get a Ham Radio License . I also wrote a couple of articles ( here and here ) about Jamboree On The Air – the annual... From Scouting Rediscovered 2 months ago

Volunteers for the 2017 Jamboree

Volunteers Like You! That's who we're looking for to make the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at The Summit Bechtel Reserve an amazing Scouting experience. Volunteers in the Boy Scouts of America know what it means to serve. It's the volunteer spirit... From Summit Blog 2 months ago

A Week at Philmont Training Center

Well, the week is now a part of history. Last week I spent my vacation at the Philmont Training Center at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. It was awesome! Sunny every day. Not a drop of rain. Great Scouters and instructors everywhere. And only... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 2 months ago

Register Now for Top Hands 2014: Aug. 20-22

This year, the professional leadership of the Boy Scouts of America will gather in Anaheim, California, Aug. 20-22. The main focus for this year's Top Hands is: the Scouting experience. The experience that youth, families, volunteers, donors, and... From Scout Wire 2 months ago

A Message for New Ordeal Candidates

Matt Brown, 2013 National Chief, has a message for new ordeal candidates. -- Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America Twitter: www.twitter.com/oabsa Instagram: www.instagram.com/oabsa Facebook:... From Order of the Arrow Youtube Videos 2 months ago

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