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Fishing the Summit Lives Up to Hype Whether You're Headed To...

Fishing the Summit lives up to hype Whether you're headed to jamboree next summer, or on any trip to the Summit Bechtel Reserve, you owe it to yourself to try a little fishing. And that's not just a load of hype... From Inside Boys' Life 2 days ago

Insight to a National Process

I have always been interested in how things work.  Be it mechanical or within an organization or a team.  I like seeing what is happening behind the scene.  Being asked to be part of a team is great.  So far, … Continue reading →... From Scouter Adam 3 days ago

Great American Campout

Enjoy the outdoors with your Cub Scout during the Great American Campout. Learn about the National Wildlife Federation's annual event. The post Great American Campout appeared first on Cub Scout Ideas ... From Cub Scout Ideas 4 days ago

Issue 492 – June 21, 2016

________________________________________ Hi, Andy, I have a question about the Camping National Outdoor Award that you probably have addressed before, and I'm not sure where else to go. I have done an internet search, but have not found a source to... From Ask Andy 5 days ago

Cub Scout National Summertime Pack Award

The Cub Scout National Summertime Pack Award recognizes packs that are active during the school's summer vacation. Boys can also earn an individual award. The post Cub Scout National Summertime Pack Award appeared first on Cub Scout Ideas ... From Cub Scout Ideas 6 days ago

An Impressively High Number of U.S. Senators Are Eagle Scouts

You've heard it again and again: Eagle Scouts become sports heroes, astronauts, CEOs and high-ranking politicians. Now we have the numbers to prove just how many U.S. Senators - some of the country's most powerful politicians - earned Scouting's... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 6 days ago

A Father's Day Salute to Scouting Dads

Where would we be without our Scouting dads? They sacrifice time, money and precious vacation days for the betterment of packs, troops, teams, crews, posts and ships across the country and around the world. From 1992 to 2002 - my youth Scouting... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex

Here in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, Scouts have unforgettable adventures at the Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR). Our site has become a pinnacle of the Scouting experience, with incredible outdoor programs and state-of-the art facilities that offer... From Summit Blog 1 week ago

\'The Scoutmaster' Turns 60: The Story Behind the Rockwell Classic

On its surface, Norman Rockwell's The Scoutmaster  painting depicts a satisfied and pensive adult leader peering into a fading campfire. The sun has set. The Scouts are asleep. All is quiet. But go a layer deeper, and there's more to  The... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

Accept No Substitutes: On June 15, 1916, Woodrow Wilson Made the BSA Official

In 1916, the 6-year-old Boy Scouts of America faced increasing competition from other organizations - groups that wished to capitalize on the growing interest in all things Scouting generated by the BSA. These imitators,  Scouting magazine... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

Youth Protection and Texting With Scouts

Waiting on that Scout to email or call you back? You could be waiting a long time. These days, three-fourths of teens have smartphones, and their favorite way to communicate is by texting, according to the latest research . If you're a Scout... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

Scoutmaster Has Been Developing Future Leaders in Savannah for 35 Years

For more than three decades, Troop 210 has been developing future leaders in inner-city Savannah, Ga. Throughout it all, Herbert DeLoach Sr. has been there as a positive adult male role model to young men - many from single-parent households. For... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

Five Ways to Keep Scouts Safe on Snapchat, Facebook and Whatever Else Teens Use

Just when you think you have social media figured out, something new comes along. Today's teens and tweens fill their home screens with Snapchat, Instagram, Kik, Yik Yak, Whisper, Tumblr and a dozen other apps I've never heard of... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

How to Earn the National Den Award

For delivering an outstanding, year-round Cub Scouting experience for your boys, you deserve an award. You deserve the National Den Award. The National Den Award recognizes dens that run a great program. You can earn it once in a 12-month period;... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 weeks ago

District Serving Manhattan Has a Rare All-Female Key 3

Randall Stephenson, AT&T CEO and BSA national president, has called on the movement  to continue to broaden and diversify our leadership. In the BSA district in the heart of the nation's most-visited city, that's already happening. In a... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 weeks ago

Who Can Sign Off on Boy Scout Requirements?

It's a question every Scout will face: Once I finish requirements for merit badges and rank advancement, who signs off? Is it the Scoutmaster? The merit badge counselor? My senior patrol leader? Mom or Dad? The answer is all of the above. Or at... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 weeks ago

How These 2016 National Venturing Leadership Award Recipients Achieved Greenshirt Greatness

Spend five minutes with some Greenshirts and one thing becomes clear: The passion and enthusiasm among Venturers for this older-youth program is high. Venturers, unofficially known as Greenshirts because of the unique hue to their uniform shirts,... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 weeks ago

Americans' Three Favorite Outdoor Activities Have One Thing in Common

Some surveys and studies surprise you. Others do not. Into the latter category goes a new survey from the National Recreation and Park Association that asked Americans to select their favorite summer outdoor activities. The top three - taking... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 weeks ago

How Would You Handle a Scout Who Is Consistently Late to Meetings?

Right when Troop 55 gets to the "mentally awake" section of the Scout Oath, the meeting room doors crash open. Everyone's head turns to see Colton is here. He's nearly 10 minutes late, as always. Something must be done to reverse this habit. But... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 weeks ago

Randall Stephenson, AT&T CEO and BSA President: 'It's a New Day in Scouting'

Randall Stephenson has a quote on his office wall from Eric Shinseki, the former secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. It reads: "If you don't like change, you are going to like irrelevance even less." Stephenson, the AT&T CEO who... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 weeks ago

What Are the BSA's Regions and Areas?

Some are pretty obvious: the Boston Minuteman Council is in the Northeast Region, the South Florida Council is in the Southern Region, the Mid-Iowa Council is Central and the San Francisco Bay Area Council is Western. Others are less so. Like,... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 weeks ago

The Road to 2017

14 months from now, 35,000 Scouts and Scouters will descend upon the Summit Bechtel Reserve for the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. There is an incredible amount of work to be done between now and then, all of which will be driven forward by a team... From Summit Blog 3 weeks ago

#jambo2017: The Most Connected Jamboree Ever

You're on a "need to know" basis – and you need to know! During an event as complex as the National Scout Jamboree, it is essential that staff, participants and leaders have access to the most timely information. In 2017, a new team has been... From Summit Blog 3 weeks ago

Now's the Time to Sign Up!

Staff registration for the 2017 NSJ is open! July 14, 2017 may seem like a long ways away, but the next year will pass quickly – which makes today the perfect time to formalize your jamboree staff commitment by registering for jamboree staff. To... From Summit Blog 3 weeks ago

We Listened; We Learned

What you can expect from staffing the 2017 NSJ Staffers returning from the 2013 National Scout Jamboree agree that our inaugural event at the Summit Bechtel Reserve was an unqualified success – but as with all new endeavors, we learned there were... From Summit Blog 3 weeks ago

U.S. Naval Academy's Top Graduate Is an Eagle Scout, Former Venturing Officer

Eagle Scouts lead the way in business, on sports teams and at our nation's military academies. How fitting, then, that the man who led the graduates this year at the U.S. Naval Academy is an Eagle Scout. (Especially considering one in 10 midshipmen... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 weeks ago

Issue 489 – May 31, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, You recently answered a question about where the Doctorate of Commissioner Science patch could be worn. There is, in fact, a DCS "square knot" that can be worn on the uniform. It's Item #18093 in... From Ask Andy 3 weeks ago

Meet Your 2016 Silver Buffalo Award Class

The Archbishop of New York, the former CEO of Kampgrounds of America and the driving force behind the Composite Materials merit badge are three of the dedicated Scouters who received the Silver Buffalo Award at a special ceremony tonight. The 2016... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Meet the Eagle Scouts Who Received NESA's Two Biggest Scholarships in 2016

An Eagle Scout from Wisconsin who built an elementary school playground for his service project and another from South Carolina who wants to be an astrophysicist are the recipients of major scholarships from the National Eagle Scout Association... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO, Becomes BSA National President

The Boy Scouts of America today elected Randall Stephenson, the AT&T chairman and CEO, as its 36th national president. Stephenson, in the BSA's  official release about his election , called the BSA "one of the best character-building and... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Dr. Robert M. Gates, in Farewell Address, Says 'America Needs Scouting'

Dr. Robert M. Gates, in his farewell address as BSA national president, said America needs Scouting and offered three priority areas for the continued success of our movement. Gates, the former defense secretary and director of the CIA, addressed a... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

A Salute to Outgoing National Commissioner Tico Perez, a Scouting Stalwart

Tico Perez has received nearly every award in Scouting: Eagle Scout, Silver Buffalo Award, Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award - the list goes on. He has served on the committees that selected the past three Chief Scout Executives. And... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Outgoing NESA President Glenn A. Adams Helped Countless Scouts Down the Eagle Trail

Glenn A. Adams ended each of his quarterly columns for  Eagles' Call  magazine the same way: "from the Eagle trail." How appropriate, because for eight years as president of the National Eagle Scout Association, he has led the way as countless... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Documentary Sheds New Light on Gerald Ford, Our Only Eagle Scout President

When Richard Nixon resigned as president in 1974, the United States was in turmoil. It needed a leader. It needed a man of character to right the ship. It needed an Eagle Scout. A new documentary on the National Geographic Channel highlights Gerald... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

American Legion: We Want to Help Grow Scouting

The American Legion has been committed to Scouting ever since its congressional charter in 1919. In fact, at its first national convention in Minneapolis in November 1919, the Legion passed a resolution in support of the Boy Scouts of America. That... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Sea Scout Leadership Award, Debuting in 2017, to Honor Youth and Adults

Now that Sea Scouts have their own program , it's time for them to have their own leadership awards. The new Sea Scout Leadership Award will debut in 2017 to recognize outstanding service to Sea Scouting in 2016. There will be awards to celebrate... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Issue 488 – May 24, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, My thesis for "Doctorate of Commissioner Science" has just been approved; I've received my certificate and the "DCS" patch. But although I've asked, nobody seems to be sure about where it's worn... From Ask Andy 1 month ago

Take a Minute to Refresh Your Drowning-Prevention Knowledge

Someone can drown in the time it takes you to respond to a text message. And it can happen without a sound . That's meant not to scare you but to remind you that awareness and supervision are critical tools for keeping Scout-age children safe in... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

My Two Cents: Why It's OK to Wait Until Age 17 to Earn Eagle

So you earned Eagle at age 17. (Or was it 17.5? Or 17.9?) The point is you made it. You're an Eagle Scout for life. I know your parents, leaders and fellow Eagle Scouts are extremely proud of you. I also know that as a 17-year-old Eagle, you might... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Issue 487 – May 19, 2016

________________________________________ Some wag once said, "The good guys always finish last." Wrong! If you're a regular reader, you'll remember this letter from a Scout parent in my April 19th column (abbreviated here)… Hi Andy, Out of the... From Ask Andy 1 month ago

If Anyone Doubts the Power of Scouting, Show Them This Video

Justice Boston grew up hearing gunshots and seeing the red-and-blue lights of police cars on his street. Scouting offered a way out. Justice, an Eagle Scout, shares his story in a powerful new video from the National Capital Area Council. "I hated... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Cub Scouters, Bring Your Family to the Philmont Training Center This Summer

Make yourself a better Cub Scout leader and  enjoy an affordable, incredible family vacation? Yes, this summer, you really can have it all. And yes, there's still time to sign up. Cub Scout conferences at the Philmont Training Center  deliver a... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Mississippi High School Has 12 Eagle Scouts in Its Graduating Class

Isaiah Knox, not pictured in the group photo above, is the 12th Starkville High School Eagle Scout in this year's class. With all due respect to the Yellow Jackets that are their high school's mascot, 2016 is the year of the Eagles in Starkville,... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Issue 486 – May 10, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, I'm a new Boy Scout parent, trying to get familiar with the 2016 rank requirements. Can you help me with the requirements for camping to reach First Class? There seem to be a couple of opinions... From Ask Andy 1 month ago

Why This Sea Scout Ship Was Named Best in the Country in 2016

An all-female Sea Scout ship from San Francisco that operates on a historic wooden whaleboat has been named the BSA's top ship for 2016. The 2016 National Flagship Award goes to Ship 100, nicknamed the "Viking," which is part of the San Francisco... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

With Your Help, 2017 Journey to Excellence Will Be Even Better

Journey to Excellence (JTE) give you feedback on your Scout unit's progress during the entire Scouting year. And now the team behind JTE wants feedback to make the JTE requirements and scorecards even more useful. JTE - the BSA's tool for helping... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

10 Fascinating Facts About Scouting Founder Ernest Thompson Seton

He was the first Chief Scout of the Boy Scouts of America. He helped write the first  Boy Scout Handbook . And today there's a Scout camp in Greenwich, Conn., that bears his name. But there's a lot you probably don't know about Ernest Thompson... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Virginia Venturing Crew Starts Scout Unit at Orphanage in Haiti

Things were a little different the second time Hannah Wheaton visited Haiti. In her first trip, in 2014, Hannah visited Haiti with a grand but complicated idea for a service project: Her Venturing crew wanted to start a Scout unit at a Haitian... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Will Lions Join Tigers and Bears? Oh My! - a Lions FAQ

Lions: Answers to your top questions We've seen a lot of great feedback, comments and questions from the announcement earlier this year about Lions, the pilot program for kindergarten boys slated to roll out this fall. It's been great to see so... From Summit Blog 2 months ago

Issue 484 – April 19, 2016

________________________________________ Hi Andy, I hope you can guide us! In just this past week, our Chartered Organization Representative ("CR") out of the blue started tearing apart our troop. First, he removed our Scoutmaster, replaced her... From Ask Andy 2 months ago

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