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Challenge Yourself With Scouting Magazine's January-February 'Where Am I?' Contest

Brr! Grab a jacket and take a look at the picture above. Read through the clues and take a guess - you could be chosen as the winner of the Where Am I? Contest , earning you a $100 gift card to Scoutstuff.org  or your local Scout shop. Important :... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

10 Tremendous Scouting Resolutions for the New Year

Eat healthier, get more exercise and read more. We hear about the same old resolutions New Year after New Year. So I asked Scouting magazine readers for their BSA-focused resolutions for the new year. Here are 10 of my favorites. 1. Recruit more... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

2017 Order of the Arrow National Officers Elected

Forrest Gertin, an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor OA member from Rochester, N.Y., will serve as 2017 National Chief of the Order of the Arrow. His election was announced late last week by the Order of the Arrow, Scouting's national honor society... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

Scout Jobs

Already tired of winter vacation? Bored with your current job? The week after Christmas is a great time to think about new opportunities. As a scout with lots of outdoors skills, leadership qualities, and interpersonal communications, there are... From Scoutmaster Musings 3 weeks ago

Man on 21,000-Mile Walk Around the World Invites 2 Lucky Scouts to Join

There's a guy spending a decade walking around the world. Just let that sink in for a sec. Photo by Mark Schulte His route traces the pathways of the first humans and spans 21,000 miles. In a refreshing departure from the norm, he isn't looking to... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 weeks ago

BSA Renews Alliance With National Park Service

Some of the best Scouting happens in National Park Service sites - including national parks, national monuments, national battlefields and more. So it's only, well, natural for Scouting and the National Park Service to become close friends. That... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 weeks ago

Watch a Special Holiday Message From Your National Key 3

The Boy Scouts of America's National Key 3 has a special holiday message for you and the members of your Scouting family. The video message opens with a montage of Scouts and Venturers saying, in their own words, what they learned in Scouting in... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

World Conservation Award Has New Requirements, Effective Immediately

Whether you know the World Conservation Award as the "panda patch" or as the award that encourages Scouts and Venturers to think globally and act locally to improve and conserve our environment, there's something you need to know. The BSA National... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

These Two Will Represent BSA as 2016-2017 NRA Youth Ambassadors

The Boy Scouts of America has selected two young people to serve as the 2016-2017 NRA/BSA Brownell Youth Ambassadors. In this role, the pair will represent all Boy Scouts and Venturers at a variety of shooting sports industry events. They'll work... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

The Race Cars at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, Are Some of the Fastest...

The race cars at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, are some of the fastest ever. The Pinewood Derby cars are not too shabby, either. The Mecklenburg County Council held its championship Pinewood Derby race right smack in the... From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

Distinguished Eagle Scout Rex Tillerson Nominated as Secretary of State

Rex Tillerson, a Distinguished Eagle Scout, Silver Buffalo Award recipient and past national president of the Boy Scouts of America, has been nominated to be the nation's next secretary of state. Tillerson, upon Senate confirmation, would be the... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

John Glenn, First American to Orbit Earth, Father of Eagle Scout, Dies at 95

John H. Glenn Jr., the first American to orbit the Earth, a Silver Buffalo Award recipient and the father of an Eagle Scout, has died. He was 95. Glenn was never a Scout, but his son, David, is an Eagle Scout. David went on a trek at Philmont Scout... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Answers to Your Questions About the Cub Scout Modifications

The BSA announced this week that some Cub Scout adventure requirements that previously were mandatory will become optional, in a move intended to give Cub Scouters more control over their den program. On Facebook, on this blog and elsewhere, Cub... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Trail Volunteer Law

The National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act just became law! So? Well, it directs the USDA to significantly increase the role of volunteers in trail maintenance projects. That means more opportunities for scouts to step up and provide... From Scoutmaster Musings 1 month ago

The Summit Is Ready to Weather the Storm

Anyone who has visited the Summit Bechtel Reserve knows that the weather can change very quickly. West Virginia, and the Summit's, unique topography creates beautiful vistas - and rapidly evolving forecasts! Since the 2013 National Scout Jamboree,... From Summit Blog 1 month ago

Modifications to Cub Scout Program Give Den Leaders More Flexibility

The Boy Scouts of America has announced modifications to Cub Scouting that make the program more flexible for busy parents, den leaders and Cubmasters. The BSA gathered feedback from den leaders who had delivered the new Cub Scouting program for a... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Fly High With an Aerial Sports Job at the 2017 National Jamboree

How about a jamboree job where people look up to you all day long? That's the promise of the Aerial Sports team at the 2017 National Jamboree, held July 19 to 28 at the stunning Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. The perks of the job - like... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Readers Name Boys' Life the Hottest Kids/Teen Magazine of 2016

The readers of  Boys' Life  magazine have spoken in a big way. BL  joined  The New Yorker , Bon Appétit and Esquire  magazines as reader picks for tops in their respective categories. The recognition for Boys' Life  came in the Hottest Kids/Teen... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

NCT Hiking Patch

Check out my North Country Trail 100 Miles patch! Any scout can receive this patch and certificate by hiking at least 100 miles on the North Country National Scenic Trail by the end of 2016. So, you've got a month remaining to get out on the trail... From Scoutmaster Musings 1 month ago

Money Money Money…. Money

I received a question regarding raising money for a unit.. in light of a recent, or recent rash of unit trailers, canoes, and equipment being stolen.  It seems that we are always hearing of a Scout Troop here and there having to deal with theft... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 month ago

Your Direct Link to the 2017 National Scout Jamboree!

Timely, effective communication is essential to a successful Jamboree experience. Efforts to transform how staff, participants, leaders and guests are informed have been improving since the close of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, and have taken... From Summit Blog 1 month ago

The Council QSO

On Thursday 11/18 eight Scouters and a Scout met in the Skyloo room at Cascade Pacific Council to discuss how to bring Ham Radio into Scouting in the area.  There is a BSA National Amateur Radio Group, however the old … Continue reading... From Scouter Adam 1 month ago

Jamboree Aerial Sports Training Requirements

Hello Potential Jamboree Staff! As you may know, the Aerial Sports program at the Jamboree are among the most popular. This Jamboree we have streamlined the Aerial Sports training requirements to make the process easier for you, our volunteer staff... From Summit Blog 2 months ago

At Interamerican Forum, Scouts and Scouters Imagine World Peace

Can't we all just get along? If there were more Scouts in the world, absolutely. That's the irresistible takeaway from the 2016 Interamerican Youth Forum and Interamerican Scout Conference, held last month in Texas. Representatives from the BSA met... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Social Justice?

I am going to do my very best to keep this post "Political Neutral".  I am not soliciting debate or political opinion.. I have kept very quiet about the election and aftermath of election day in this blog.  This blog is about positive solutions and... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 months ago

The Summit Bechtel Reserve and West Virginia University: A Match Made in (Almost) Heaven

If you lived near the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, you'd want to return again and again. Its beautiful rolling hills, wide-open spaces and world-class adventure activities are magnetic. That must explain why West Virginia University -... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

The Network

This weekend I spent the better part of it at the Area 1 of the Western Region Training Conference.  This was my second time going to the conference, last year I had to go as the "back up Course Director" and this year to certify as a Course... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 months ago

Veteran's Appreciation Day 2017

THANK YOU VETERANS! With today being Veterans Day we wanted to show our appreciation for our men and women of the United States Armed Forces by announcing our third annual Veteran's Appreciation Day! Veterans and their families should mark their... From Summit Blog 2 months ago

Nominations for National, Regional Alumnus of the Year Awards Due Dec. 31

Why is the symbol for the Alumnus of the Year Award an acorn? Because the individuals who receive this award at the national, council and - beginning next year - the regional level plant seeds for trees under which they may never sit. From now... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Safety Central App Lets Parents Act Quickly if a Child Goes Missing

I hope you'll never have to use all the features of Safety Central, a new app from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. But if that nightmare scenario of a missing child ever happens, Safety Central could be the most important... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Where Are You Going?

Well.. it's election day here in the good ole' US of A.  I promise I will not get political on you.  Your choice is your choice and that's that.  I want to focus on the process.  The fact that in our country we are allowed to have the discussion... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 months ago

Those Knots

Every six months or so it seems that the discussion on knots come up.  Now you all know that I am not talking about the bowline or two half hitches, or even a well placed figure 8.  No I am talking about the knots that we wear on our uniforms,... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 months ago

Scout Executive Loses 112 Pounds to Ride New Zip Line at West Virginia Camp

Scout Executive Jeff Doty was proud of his efforts to bring a zip line to Camp Mountaineer in West Virginia. There was just one problem: At the time the zip line was announced, Doty weighed too much to ride the quarter-mile zip line himself. And so... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Issue 505 â€" November 1, 2016

________________________________________ (Here are two letters that follow up on last week's troop "horror story"…) Hi Andy, Thanks for sharing the letter from "Puzzled & Confused" last week. Sometimes, when I think our troop is all messed up,... From Ask Andy 2 months ago

Meet the Eagle Scout Who Works on the Megahit Videogame Destiny

The real heroes at Bungie , the videogame company behind sci-fi blockbusters Halo and Destiny , don't wear armor. They're guys like Matthew Ward, Eagle Scout and the company's cinematic director, who wore an untucked button-up, jeans and red... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Me and My Wood Badge Mentor Sheryl "Associate With Men of G

Me and my Wood Badge Mentor Sheryl "Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company." – George Washington This weekend was our annual University of Scouting training... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 months ago

How to Register for a 2017 or 2018 BSA High-Adventure Base Trip

It's the third-annual High-Adventure Week here on Bryan on Scouting. It's time to celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime experiences offered at the BSA's four national high-adventure bases - and give you tips on how to secure your spot in 2017, 2018 and... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

The Last Photo Album?

I have a lot of photo albums. Scouting photo albums, that is. Most of them include pictures of troop meetings, weekend outings, summer camps, and courts of honor. There are also albums of the trips to Philmont Scout Ranch, the High Knoll Trail, and... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 2 months ago

2017-2018 Preview: Northern Tier National High Adventure Bases

It's the third-annual High-Adventure Week here on Bryan on Scouting. It's time to celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime experiences offered at the BSA's four national high-adventure bases - and give you tips on how to secure your spot in 2017, 2018 and... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Building My High Performance Team

In the Wood Badge program everything we do.. and I mean everything, is a model for what the Scouting program is supposed to look like.  From the way we dress to the way we strive to be a High Performance Team, the Wood Badge staff models success... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 months ago

2017-2018 Preview: Philmont Scout Ranch

It's the third-annual High-Adventure Week here on Bryan on Scouting. It's time to celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime experiences offered at the BSA's four national high-adventure bases - and give you tips on how to secure your spot in 2017, 2018 and... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

2017-2018 Preview: Florida National High Adventure Sea Base

It's the third-annual High-Adventure Week here on Bryan on Scouting. It's time to celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime experiences offered at the BSA's four national high-adventure bases - and give you tips on how to secure your spot in 2017, 2018 and... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Challenge Yourself With Scouting Magazine's Where Am I? Contest for November-December 2016

The end of the year brings gift-giving season. Take the sting out of holiday gift expenses by winning this awesome gift card. Examine the photo and clues and take a guess - you could be chosen as the winner of the Where Am I? contest , earning you... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

2017 Preview: Paul R. Christen High Adventure Base at Summit Bechtel Reserve

It's the third-annual High-Adventure Week here on Bryan on Scouting. It's time to celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime experiences offered at the BSA's four national high-adventure bases - and give you tips on how to secure your spot in 2017, 2018 and... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Why One Troop in Illinois Is Sending 43 Scouts to the 2017 National Jamboree

When I got the email, I did a double take. Betsy Hough, committee chairwoman of Troop 48 out of Lake Forest, Ill., wrote that 43 Scouts from her troop - nearly half the troop's youth members - are registered for the 2017 National Jamboree at the... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Vote for Boys' Life in the 2016 Adweek Readers' Choice Awards

What does  Boys' Life have in common with  Fast Company ,  The New Yorker and  Sports Illustrated ? All are high-quality magazines regularly singled out as the best in their class. The latest honor for  Boys' Life  is the magazine's nomination in... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Breaking News: Join the Boys' Life Team for the Coolest Job at the Jamboree

Did you hear the news? Whether you're a working journalist helping inform the public or simply a fan of the world's greatest magazine for boys, you are formally invited to join the Boys' Life team at the 2017 National Jamboree. Boys' Life is... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

The New Spirit of Scouting

The Norman Rockwell reprint set I wrote about in the last post is not the only Scouting print set I own. I also have The New Spirit Of Scouting  set featuring ten paintings of  Joseph Csatari. These prints are also 11″ x 17″ and are... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 3 months ago

Donn Fendler, Whose Scout Training Helped Him Survive 9 Days Lost in Maine as a Boy, Dies at 90

Donn Fendler, who says his Scout training and faith in God helped him survive nine days lost in the woods of Maine at age 12, died Monday. He was 90. Fendler's story, recounted in his 1978 book Lost on a Mountain in Maine , seems almost... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 months ago

Inside the Thomas S. Monson Lodge in Utah, a New Scouting Masterpiece

The building, with its striking design in a breathtaking setting, looks almost too nice to use. Fortunately for the Scouts and Scouters of Utah, though, the Thomas S. Monson Lodge has as much function as form. The 18,000-square-foot Scouting... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 months ago

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