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

It's Time to Schedule an Appointment With Your Doctor!

If you're one of the lucky people that have already registered for the 2017 National Jamboree - keep an eye on your inbox! Very shortly, every registered staff member will receive the following message: That's an invitation to set your password for... From Summit Blog 2 months ago

Philmont Scout Ranch Plays Vital Role in Supporting Northern New Mexico

If not for Philmont Scout Ranch just down the road, "Cimarron would be a ghost town," says Judy LeDoux, mayor of this New Mexico village of 1,021 people. A new, fascinating story in the Albuquerque Journal  tells of the economic and social impact... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

One Year Away From the 2017 National Jamboree

In one short year from today, my Council will be on our way to a scouting experience of a lifetime… the 2017 National Jamboree !  You might think that's a long way off, but I remember thinking this same thing last July  â€¦and those past 12... From My Scout Stuff - A Scoutmaster's Blog 2 months ago

Issue 495 – July 12, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, I think your advice to that granddad about uniform wearing (Issue 494 – July 5, 2016) was perfect. My 14-year-old Star Scout son didn't want to wear his uniform pants to a den meeting where he was... From Ask Andy 2 months ago

Five Myths About the 2017 National Jamboree, Debunked

With the 2017 National Jamboree a year away, many Scouts, Venturers and Scouters think they've missed their chance to attend this quintessential quadrennial Scouting event. But there's good news: The door to the jamboree is still very much open. In... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

There's a PokéMon GO PokéStop Outside BSA Headquarters - Where Else Have You Found One?

By now you've heard about Pokémon GO - the augmented-reality app for iPhone and Android that's encouraging people young and old to get outside and explore. Here are the basics: You download the app and head outside. Then you walk around an area... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Our Eagle Scout President

As a Scouter, you're most likely more familiar with American history and civics than most people. You also probably know which U.S. president: was never elected to national office? was the only one from the state of Michigan? was the only one to... From Bobwhite's Blather 2 months ago

OA Foremen Teach Volunteer Staff Proper Trail-Building Techniques at Summit Bechtel Reserve

During Staff Training at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, OA Foremen taught volunteer staff proper trail-building techniques during a half-day service project building mountain bike trail for the New River Gorge National River. The Order of the Arrow... From Summit Blog 2 months ago

Issue 494 – July 5, 2016

________________________________________ Hi Andy, I have a problem with my grandson, who's a Star rank Scout. I'm an "old timer"-been in Scouting as an adult since 1988-and still proud of my Scout uniform. My wife (his grandmother) and I pay for my... From Ask Andy 2 months ago

Family Feud Involving the Founder's Birthplace

HERE IS OUR "WHITE PAPER" ON THE SUBJECT OF OUR ANCESTRAL HOME AND THE GSUSA CHANGES TO THE BIRTHPLACE Hello Friends, In 1953, Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low's childhood home (the Birthplace) in Savannah, Ga. was sold to the Girl Scouts of the USA by... From Scouting News 2 months ago

A Message From Girl Scouts of the USA's Interim CEO, Sylvia Acevedo

Hello, Girl Scouts! As you may have heard, I was recently appointed interim CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), and I am thrilled to help during this time of transition. I am succeeding Anna Maria Chávez, who is departing GSUSA to pursue a... From Scouting News 3 months ago

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