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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 day 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 6 days 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 week 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 week 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 2 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 1 month 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 1 month ago

Issue 505 – 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago

Hometown USA Award Rewards Scouts for Efforts to Keep America Beautiful

Always leave a place better than you found it. For more than 100 years, Scouts have followed that doctrine everywhere they go. It's in our DNA. And it's why the Boy Scouts of America has teamed up with  Keep America Beautiful , a nonprofit devoted... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

At the Eagle Scout Project Showcase, Browse Ideas by Keyword, Location

Looking for Eagle Scout service project ideas? Look no further than  Boys' Life ‘s new Eagle Scout Project Showcase . The site includes more than 101 Eagle Scout projects that visitors can browse by keyword, category and location. And you can... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

The Best Scouting Apps of 2016

It's 2016. The smartphone doesn't detract from the Scouting experience; it enhances it. Where in the past there was a debate over whether smartphone use is appropriate in Scouting, these days most Scouters see the devices like pocketknives... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

The Life of a Serendipitist

I think it is important to have "Hero's" in life. People that we look up to or try to learn from chapters of their lives. William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt is one of my hero's. His love for the Scouting program drove him and in the end elevated... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 months ago

How to Plan a Troop or Camp Reunion to Celebrate 25, 50 or 100 Years

Troop 1 of Sacramento, Calif., celebrated its 100th anniversary with a powerful, well-made video and a special neckerchief . Troop 1 of Wichita Falls, Texas, reminisced about a century of existence at a reunion banquet attended by Glenn Adams,... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Why Dancer Derek Hough and His Dad, Bruce, Are Big Believers in Scouting

Derek Hough sent his dad a text a few weeks back. "Dad, check out my Instagram." Bruce Hough opened Derek's Instagram page , where the  Dancing With the Stars  star shares photos with nearly 2 million followers. And there was Derek, wearing his Cub... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

In New Interview, Dr. Robert M. Gates Shares Thoughts on Leadership, Scouting

In a new interview with  Eagles' Call  magazine, Distinguished Eagle Scout and former defense secretary Dr. Robert M. Gates shares his thoughts on leadership and the value of Scouting. Read the full interview in the Fall 2016 issue of  Eagles' Call... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

New Smokey Bear PSAs Add Fuel to Fire-Prevention Message

Scouts and Smokey Bear have been allies in the cause of wildfire prevention ever since the mascot's 1944 debut. Scouts have made Smokey conservation posters, sold Smokey Bear litter baskets for fundraisers and posed for photos with Smokey at... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Charlie Green 1925-2016

We hadn't gone more than a hundred yards or so when an enemy rose up in front of us and started spraying us with a Schmeizer machine gun or ‘burp gun' as we called them. We hit the ground and I, for one, just tried to get closer to the earth... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 2 months ago

Scout Family Halfway to Goal of Visiting All 413 National Park Service Sites

There are more than 400 National Park Service sites across America, including national parks, national seashores and national battlefields. The Rice family of Atlanta - a proud Scouting bunch - is on a mission to visit every single one. In... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Eagle Scout Scoutmaster Soars to Paralympic Gold, Breaking His Own World Record

Eagle Scout David Blair won a gold medal and extended his own world record in the men's discus F44 on Friday at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Blair, whom I profiled last week , hurled the discus 64.11 meters - breaking his previous world... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Extreme Makeovers, Round 17: Eagle Scout Project Before-and-After Photos

Note: This is the 17th in an occasional series where I share Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos. See the complete collection here . To fully understand the impact Eagle Scout projects have on communities, you need to see to believe. That's... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

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