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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 day 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 day 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 3 days 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago

Here Are the Eagle Scouts Playing in the NFL in 2016

Eagle Scouts become CEOs, scientists and soldiers. They also become Broncos, Ravens, Dolphins, Redskins, Chiefs, Texans and Chargers. A search of the NFL's 2016 active rosters - nearly 1,700 players in all - turns up a number of Eagle Scouts. These... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

David Blair, Eagle Scout and World Record-Holder, Prepares for First Paralympics

Everywhere David Blair goes, he sees people staring at his club foot, which he calls his "skinny, atrophied leg." "It's humorous for me because they don't know I can see their eyes, because they are busy looking at my leg," he says. "But, it... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Jamboree Gateway Signatures

2001 National Jamboree Gateway In 2001, I served as the scoutmaster for Troop 1417 of the Central Minnesota Council for the National Jamboree, which was held at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. I had a great time. I also had great assistant... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 month ago

Help Find the Mystery Eagle Scout Who Saved a Life in California

Joshua Allen and his family were on vacation in the Stanislaus National Forest near Yosemite National Park when Josh fell over a waterfall and needed to be rescued. He later learned he had broken nine ribs and punctured his lung. A mystery man - an... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Philmont Photo Archive Spans 50 Years: 1966 to 2016

The Philmont Photo Archive now stretches back to 1966, the year U.S. troops in Vietnam numbered 250,000, the American Football League and National Football League agreed to merge and the Beatles performed for the final time in the U.S. If you... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Issue 500 – September 6, 2016

________________________________________ Today my 500th issue coincides with my very first, published 15 years ago this month. That first issue was published in the monthly newsletter of a single council. Today, these columns are regularly read in... From Ask Andy 1 month ago

Issue 499.5 – September 1, 2016

_______________________________________ This issue is an extension of my earlier column this week (No. 499-8/30/16), thanks to four dedicated Scouters who have information expanding on or fine-tuning answers to three issues in that column: Bob... From Ask Andy 1 month ago

At the 2016 National Youth Protection Symposium, Join the Fight Against Abuse

In 2015, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's CyberTipline received 4.4 million reports of child sexual abuse. That's a fact not meant to scare you but to clarify what we - the Boy Scouts of America and other youth-serving... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

2017 National Jamboree Subcamps Will Be Named After National Parks (With Patches to Match)

It's the National Park Service's 100th birthday, but you get the gift. 2017 National Jamboree leaders this week announced the creation of 22 special subcamp patches, each celebrating a different national park. As first reported on the Summit... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Jamboree Subcamps Renamed in Honor of the National Park Service Centennial

August 25, 2016 is the one hundredth anniversary of America's National Park Service. Just two months after he signed the congressional charter for the Boy Scouts of America, President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Organic Act,... From Summit Blog 1 month ago

Maximize Your Opportunity to Serve on IST Staff at the 24th World Scout Jamboree

Members of the International Service Team (IST) who will staff the 24 th World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) at the Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) in 2019 will come from more than 160 National Scouting Organizations. The geographic diversity of the IST means... From Summit Blog 1 month ago

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

Time for a new uniform? Or how about a new pair of boots? If a visit to your local Scout shop is imminent, take this chance to put some extra cash in your pocket. Test your knowledge of U.S. geography in the Scouting magazine Where Am I? contest ... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

How Councils Use Polaris ATVs to Rev Up Excitement for Scouting

It wasn't adrenaline or horsepower that first got Pat Currie interested in all-terrain vehicles. It was the potential these four-wheeled machines have to recruit new Scouts and to retain older Scouts and Venturers. Currie, Scout Executive of the... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Issue 498 – August 16, 2016

________________________________________ In my previous column (No. 497 – August 3rd), Jim Byers asked, "In Venturing and Sea Scouts, if you have a coed group on an overnight outing, you need both a male and a female adult leader. Okay so far, but... From Ask Andy 2 months ago

Kodiak Challenge Offers Hands-on Leadership Training for Scouts and Venturers

Looking to add a dose of leadership training to your next big Scouting adventure? Integrate Kodiak Challenge into the plan, and you'll double the impact the trip has on Scouts and Venturers. Kodiak Challenge invites young people to step outside... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

1896 Olympic Discus Champion Brought Scouting to Baltimore in 1910

I've told you about  2016 Olympians with Scouting ties , but today we step back 120 years to uncover Scouting connections at the very first Olympics of the modern era. In 1896 in Athens, Robert Garrett of Baltimore became the first modern Olympic... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Eagle Scout Olympian Ryan Held Wins Gold in 4×100 Freestyle Relay

Eagle Scout. Arrowman. Olympic gold medalist. Personable  Today show guest. Is there anything Ryan Held can't do? The 21-year-old, who is one of seven Eagle Scouts on the 2016 U.S. Olympic roster , won a gold medal Sunday night as a member of Team... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Time to Learn the Name of Ryan Held, Eagle Scout and Olympic Swimmer

At the U.S Olympic Swimming Trials in June in Omaha, Neb., nobody was talking about Ryan Held. Even NBC's colorful analyst Rowdy Gaines, usually prone to hyperbole,  called Held a "no-name." But there he was, on the blocks in the 100-meter... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Casey Patterson: Beach Volleyball Olympian, Hairstyle Icon, Eagle Scout

As the Eagle Scout on Team USA's beach volleyball team, Casey Patterson has built up quite a reputation. "I am the guy who has everything when we travel. I fix the net, court and anything else needed to travel the world," he says. "I love being... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

2018 VenturingFest Will Celebrate the Program's 20th Anniversary

Venturing turns 20 in 2018, and you and your crew are invited to the party. The BSA's high-adventure program for young men and young women has announced that the next VenturingFest, celebrating the program's 20th anniversary, will take place July 1... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Window for 2017 Eagle Scout Scholarships Open Till Oct. 31, 2016

The National Eagle Scout Association wants to make college more affordable for more than 100 worthy Eagle Scouts across the country. The window for 2017 Eagle Scout scholarships opened Aug. 1, 2016, and will slam shut on Oct. 31, 2016. In the... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Issue 497 – August 3, 2016

________________________________________ Hi Andy, Can to explain to me the rationale behind this anomaly in the BSA's GUIDE TO SAFE SCOUTING? Here it is: In Venturing and Sea Scouts, if you have a coed group on an overnight outing, you need both a... From Ask Andy 2 months ago

2016 U.S. Olympic Team Boasts at Least Five Eagle Scouts

At least five members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team competing in Rio de Janeiro this month are Eagle Scouts, the National Eagle Scout Association has confirmed. Before they wore red, white and blue uniforms for Team USA, these men - two swimmers, a... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Now Hear This: 2016 Jamboree-on-the-Air, Jamboree-on-the-Internet Dates Set

On the third weekend in October, 1 million Scouts from 150 different countries will unite to celebrate the global power of Scouting. And they'll do it without leaving the neighborhood. Join the fun by involving your pack, troop, team, post, ship or... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Issue 496 – July 26, 2016

________________________________________ Hi Andy, We held a Tenderfoot board of review last night for one of our newest Scouts. We had two committee members present. I had sent out an email to the committee last week, right after I'd conferenced... From Ask Andy 2 months ago

Can Packs, Troops, Teams or Crews Participate in Political Rallies?

The Boy Scouts of America might be the most patriotic organization in the U.S. But we don't endorse any one political party. You could say that rather than being pro-left or pro-right, the Boy Scouts of America is pro-America. The same applies to... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 months ago

American Hiking Society Has a Deal for 2016 High-Adventure Base Attendees

If your Summer of Scouting 2016 included (or will include) a trip to a BSA high-adventure base, you're pretty lucky. And not just because you experienced the adventure of a lifetime in New Mexico, Florida, Minnesota, Canada or West Virginia. The... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 months ago

Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden Is an Eagle Scout

Brad Tilden runs his company like a real Eagle Scout. Makes sense, because the president and CEO of Alaska Airlines is a real Eagle Scout. In the viciously competitive airline industry, Tilden offers refreshing proof that nice guys can finish... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 months ago

Join the Adventure Experience Team Today

We are still looking for great staff members in all program areas for the Jamboree. Especially in our Adventure Experience areas: wheeled sports, shooting sports, aquatic sports and aerial sports. One of the biggest misconceptions out there is... From Summit Blog 3 months ago

How Scouts, Explorers in North Texas Are Supporting Dallas Police

For decades, the Dallas-based Circle Ten Council and the Dallas Police Department have been partners in developing young people into responsible adults. Dallas Police Chief David Brown is a member of the council's board of directors, and 371 young... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 months ago

Eagle Scout Offers Tips for Being Safe While Playing PokéMon GO

If you're not careful, the effort to catch all the Pokémon for your Pokédex could leave you with a Poké-compound fracture. That's why the Eagle Scout who made headlines last year with a campaign against texting while driving is back with... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 months ago

Bus Service at the Jamboree Is Expanding

Your hiking boots just got a little happier. Thanks to feedback from staffers in 2013, next summer's Jamboree will feature a greatly expanded busing system. Here are the 11 planned routes for the 2017 National Scout Jamboree: Staff Support (staff... From Summit Blog 3 months ago

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