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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 8 hours 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 6 days 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks ago

AP14 Recap 5

ArrowPower2014 was a week of successes, hard work, fun, friends, and surprises. We made both the National Park Service and Ice Age Trail hunt for more work to keep our dedicated crews active. Here are pictures and video from the tasks on the... From Order of the Arrow Youtube Videos 4 weeks ago

The Membership Discussion

Lets talk about membership. We all know that we need members to keep Scouting alive.  There are many different angles and directions to answer the membership question.  I am not going to solve this issue in this post, rather, I am opening up the... From The Scoutmaster Minute 4 weeks ago

Leadership? Yeah, We Do That.

Last weekend my son was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, an honor society for students with high grade-point averages and in the top 20 percent of their class. NSCS is notable in that inductees are freshmen and sophomores,... From Bobwhite's Blather 1 month ago

13 Year Old Eagle.

From the Facebook page of Steve Harvey I thought I would let it simmer for a bit before I weighed in.. and now I just can't keep my blog silent on this. So, at a risk of pissing a bunch of folks off.. here it goes. By now, if you are an active... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 month ago

Summit Core Values: Spotlight on Adventure

As you may already know, The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, or just SBR for short, is guided by four core values: leadership, training, sustainability and adventure. Scouting itself is an adventure of many kinds, not just physical... From Summit Blog 1 month ago

Sandringham JOTA JOTI 2013 Tower

The largest annual Scouting event in the world, The combined J amboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet , starts today. Around 700,000 Scouts and Guides from around the world are participating. Last year, this tower, designed and built by... From Ropes and Poles 1 month ago

ArrowPower 2014

ArrowPower2014 was a week of successes, hard work, fun, friends, and surprises. We made both the National Park Service and Ice Age Trail hunt for more work to keep our dedicated crews active. Here are pictures and video from the tasks on the... From Order of the Arrow Youtube Videos 1 month ago

November Pack Meeting – Gives Goodwill (Citizenship)

The Cub Scout core value for the month of November is  Citizenship . BSA has a Cub Scout pack meeting plan called Gives Goodwill  related to this core value. The Gives Goodwill meeting plan features ideas for the core value of citizenship â€“... From Scouter Mom 1 month ago

This Patch Should Have Been a Clue That Something Wasn't...

This patch should have been a clue that something wasn't quite right at the Monster Jamboree … read the short story at From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

Confused About COPE/Climbing Training Programs? Read On

Recently there have been some questions and misunderstandings about the process for COPE and climbing training program evaluations. The COPE and Climbing National Task Force is committed to providing support to local councils and multi-council... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

Esquire Asks, 'Are There Still Boy Scouts?' in Profile of Dr. Robert Gates

In the October edition of Esquire magazine , writer Mike Sager profiles our national president, Dr. Robert M. Gates, and the Boy Scouts of America. Click on the link above to go to the site for the full story, which is available on newsstands now... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

New Unit Sales Kit and Chartered Organization Resource Guide Now Available

A New-Unit Sales Kit called "Strengthening Your Organization Through Scouting" and the Chartered Organization Resource Guide have both been redeveloped for use by local councils to focus specifically on properly researching, planning, and making... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

Join Some of the Industry's Top Leaders at the BSA Sustainability Summit

The BSA's 2014 Sustainability Summit at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia on Oct. 27-30 is fast approaching. This platform will enable you to create a unique sustainability vision that can help you grow your membership, raise more money, and... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

Reserve Your Spot Now for 2015 Season at the Summit Bechtel Reserve

Register now for the 2015 season at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve ! From leadership training to high-adventure, find the program that's right for you and your Scouts... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

Budget Building Bulletin Now Available on

The 2015 Budget-Building Bulletin is now available. This resource is published annually to help local councils develop their upcoming fiscal year budgets. Please note, councils' executive boards must approve their 2015 budgets no later than... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

Put Your Scouts in Touch With Other Youth From Around the World at JOTA/JOTI

Jamboree-on-the-Air and Jamboree-on-the-Internet will be held October 18–19. JOTA and JOTI are annual World Scouting events that provide an opportunity for Scouts to communicate with other Scouts from around the world! Visit JOTA's webpage,... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

Listen to Scouting Topics on the Go With ScoutCast Podcasts

If you haven't had a chance to download and listen to the Scouting podcasts created each month by the National Council for Cub Leaders (CubCast) and Scout/Venturing leaders (ScoutCast), new October topics are now available at From Scout Wire 1 month ago

De Tan Nguyen Added to ScoutingU Team

De Tan Nguyen has been named learning delivery team leader at Scouting University. De gives leadership to the Learning Delivery Training Team in ScoutingU and is responsible for the operations to ensure our customers are appropriately qualified,... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

Discovery Award Requirements

The Discovery award is the second level award in the newly remodeled award system for Venturers. This award emphasizes participation, skill development, and goal setting. Venturers who were registered before June 1, 2014 begin with... From Scouter Mom 1 month ago

Trophic Cascades and the Scout Law

One of my favorite writers and noted American naturalist  Aldo Leopold is, perhaps, the first to describe what is now known as a "trophic cascade". Leopold observed over-grazed mountain slopes and connected this with the extermination of wolves... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 month ago


LIFE OTHER THAN SCOUTING (LOTS) And the great sports debate continues.  Last night I attended our parent meeting where the annual plan was discussed.  The plan is set, so now it is time for the Troop Committee to figure out how they are going to... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 month ago

November Cub Scout Theme – Gives Goodwill (Citizenship)

BSA offers supplemental pack program ideas for each month. One theme for the November core value of  Citizenship  s a  Gives Goodwill  theme. Here is what the  program helps say about this theme:  Cub Scouts learn about the true spirit of Scouting... From Scouter Mom 1 month ago

Summit National Training Center: 2015 Programs

The Summit National Training Center is set to officially open in 2016, but hey, that doesn't mean we're skipping 2015. Next summer, you can elevate your game with a new spate of rock-solid development  and adventure training courses. Whether you... From Summit Blog 1 month ago

2014 Fall VOS: 10 Quick Facts About the Voice of the Scout

Click to see Spring 2014 results The purpose of the Voice of the Scout is to ultimately deliver a Scouting experience that surpasses the expectations of members. In doing so, Scouting will generate powerful, grassroots recommendations that... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

2015 Programs Are Waiting for You | Summit Bechtel Reserve

2015 Summit Programs. In addition to getting your stoke on with high adventure programs at the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base, you can take your Scouting further at the James C. Justice National Scout Camp and Summit National Training... From The Bechtel Summit Youtube Videos 1 month ago

The 2015 Summit Program Catalog Is Here!

THE catalog for choosing the right Summit program for your Scouts and Venturers. Ready to plan? The latest Summit program catalog delivers the goods on everything going on in 2015 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. This catalog is divided into three... From Summit Blog 1 month ago

Court of Honor FAQ

Here's what the official resources say about Courts of Honor: The Guide to Advancement 2013: The Scout Is Recognized When the board of review has approved his advancement, the Scout deserves recognition as soon as possible. This should be... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 month ago


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Inspiring Service Project Honors 16,000-Plus Fallen Heroes

Boy Scout Joshua Katz of Lake Worth, Florida, knew he wanted to honor the fallen soldiers buried at South Florida National Cemetery, but he also knew he didn't want to leave any one hero out. How to honor 16,000-plus fallen soldiers all at once?... From Inside Boys' Life 2 months ago

Good Scoutmaster Material

Ok.. so I posted then went quiet again… What gives? I am currently being attacked with SPAM here at the blog.  It seems that it is all I can do to stay ahead of the spam, thank goodness the filter is doing a pretty good job of catching... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 months ago

B.P.'s Blog – Where Drill Fails

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 2 months ago

Outdoor Knowledge

What we know and learn about the outdoors is not only great for our recreation; it can make a huge difference in how we preserve these natural resources for the future. Recent incidents are discouraging.  In early August, a tourist crashed a drone... From Chief's Corner 2 months ago

Looking at Scouting Through Two Pairs of Eyes

I just read the story appearing in the latest issue of Esquire magazine featuring our National President Robert Gates, headlined:   Are There Still Boy Scouts ? His current leadership role in Scouting aside, what a fascinating article! I enjoyed... From Chief's Corner 2 months ago

Inspiring Story About the World Scout Jamboree Http://

Inspiring Story About The World Scout Jamboree : via Twitter From Inside Boys' Life 2 months ago

Inspiring Story About the World Scout Jamboree

If you're looking for evidence that the World Scout Jamboree does in fact bring people together, try this: In the 1993 book "4000 Bowls Of Rice," author Linda Goetz Holmes wrote about a story told to her by a World War II Australian soldier named... From Inside Boys' Life 2 months ago

Training News and Updates

The national training team has been busy not only with revisions to training courses but also with changes to several other tools and opportunities that will help us better serve our units. Here is a summary of the latest updates on the training... From Bobwhite's Blather 2 months ago

Jambo Patch Collection Grows

I know many of you collect patches, be they council strips, Order of the Arrow lodge flaps, or activity patches. One of the several patch collection I have is of the 2001 National Jamboree. I collect from that event because I attended it with nine... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 2 months ago

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