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Leadership? Yeah, We Do That.

Last weekend my son was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, an honor society for students with high grade-point averages and in the top 20 percent of their class. NSCS is notable in that inductees are freshmen and sophomores,... From Bobwhite's Blather 1 day ago

13 Year Old Eagle.

From the Facebook page of Steve Harvey I thought I would let it simmer for a bit before I weighed in.. and now I just can't keep my blog silent on this. So, at a risk of pissing a bunch of folks off.. here it goes. By now, if you are an active... From The Scoutmaster Minute 3 days ago

Summit Core Values: Spotlight on Adventure

As you may already know, The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, or just SBR for short, is guided by four core values: leadership, training, sustainability and adventure. Scouting itself is an adventure of many kinds, not just physical... From Summit Blog 3 days ago

Sandringham JOTA JOTI 2013 Tower

The largest annual Scouting event in the world, The combined J amboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet , starts today. Around 700,000 Scouts and Guides from around the world are participating. Last year, this tower, designed and built by... From Ropes and Poles 1 week ago

ArrowPower 2014

ArrowPower2014 was a week of successes, hard work, fun, friends, and surprises. We made both the National Park Service and Ice Age Trail hunt for more work to keep our dedicated crews active. Here are pictures and video from the tasks on the... From Order of the Arrow Youtube Videos 1 week ago

November Pack Meeting – Gives Goodwill (Citizenship)

The Cub Scout core value for the month of November is  Citizenship . BSA has a Cub Scout pack meeting plan called Gives Goodwill  related to this core value. The Gives Goodwill meeting plan features ideas for the core value of citizenship â€“... From Scouter Mom 1 week ago

This Patch Should Have Been a Clue That Something Wasn't...

This patch should have been a clue that something wasn't quite right at the Monster Jamboree … read the short story at From Inside Boys' Life 1 week ago

Confused About COPE/Climbing Training Programs? Read On

Recently there have been some questions and misunderstandings about the process for COPE and climbing training program evaluations. The COPE and Climbing National Task Force is committed to providing support to local councils and multi-council... From Scout Wire 1 week ago

Esquire Asks, 'Are There Still Boy Scouts?' in Profile of Dr. Robert Gates

In the October edition of Esquire magazine , writer Mike Sager profiles our national president, Dr. Robert M. Gates, and the Boy Scouts of America. Click on the link above to go to the site for the full story, which is available on newsstands now... From Scout Wire 1 week ago

New Unit Sales Kit and Chartered Organization Resource Guide Now Available

A New-Unit Sales Kit called "Strengthening Your Organization Through Scouting" and the Chartered Organization Resource Guide have both been redeveloped for use by local councils to focus specifically on properly researching, planning, and making... From Scout Wire 1 week ago

Join Some of the Industry's Top Leaders at the BSA Sustainability Summit

The BSA's 2014 Sustainability Summit at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia on Oct. 27-30 is fast approaching. This platform will enable you to create a unique sustainability vision that can help you grow your membership, raise more money, and... From Scout Wire 1 week ago

Reserve Your Spot Now for 2015 Season at the Summit Bechtel Reserve

Register now for the 2015 season at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve ! From leadership training to high-adventure, find the program that's right for you and your Scouts... From Scout Wire 1 week ago

Budget Building Bulletin Now Available on

The 2015 Budget-Building Bulletin is now available. This resource is published annually to help local councils develop their upcoming fiscal year budgets. Please note, councils' executive boards must approve their 2015 budgets no later than... From Scout Wire 2 weeks ago

Put Your Scouts in Touch With Other Youth From Around the World at JOTA/JOTI

Jamboree-on-the-Air and Jamboree-on-the-Internet will be held October 18–19. JOTA and JOTI are annual World Scouting events that provide an opportunity for Scouts to communicate with other Scouts from around the world! Visit JOTA's webpage,... From Scout Wire 2 weeks ago

Listen to Scouting Topics on the Go With ScoutCast Podcasts

If you haven't had a chance to download and listen to the Scouting podcasts created each month by the National Council for Cub Leaders (CubCast) and Scout/Venturing leaders (ScoutCast), new October topics are now available at From Scout Wire 2 weeks ago

De Tan Nguyen Added to ScoutingU Team

De Tan Nguyen has been named learning delivery team leader at Scouting University. De gives leadership to the Learning Delivery Training Team in ScoutingU and is responsible for the operations to ensure our customers are appropriately qualified,... From Scout Wire 2 weeks ago

Discovery Award Requirements

The Discovery award is the second level award in the newly remodeled award system for Venturers. This award emphasizes participation, skill development, and goal setting. Venturers who were registered before June 1, 2014 begin with... From Scouter Mom 2 weeks ago

Trophic Cascades and the Scout Law

One of my favorite writers and noted American naturalist  Aldo Leopold is, perhaps, the first to describe what is now known as a "trophic cascade". Leopold observed over-grazed mountain slopes and connected this with the extermination of wolves... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 2 weeks ago


LIFE OTHER THAN SCOUTING (LOTS) And the great sports debate continues.  Last night I attended our parent meeting where the annual plan was discussed.  The plan is set, so now it is time for the Troop Committee to figure out how they are going to... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 weeks ago

November Cub Scout Theme – Gives Goodwill (Citizenship)

BSA offers supplemental pack program ideas for each month. One theme for the November core value of  Citizenship  s a  Gives Goodwill  theme. Here is what the  program helps say about this theme:  Cub Scouts learn about the true spirit of Scouting... From Scouter Mom 2 weeks ago

Summit National Training Center: 2015 Programs

The Summit National Training Center is set to officially open in 2016, but hey, that doesn't mean we're skipping 2015. Next summer, you can elevate your game with a new spate of rock-solid development  and adventure training courses. Whether you... From Summit Blog 2 weeks ago

2014 Fall VOS: 10 Quick Facts About the Voice of the Scout

Click to see Spring 2014 results The purpose of the Voice of the Scout is to ultimately deliver a Scouting experience that surpasses the expectations of members. In doing so, Scouting will generate powerful, grassroots recommendations that... From Scout Wire 3 weeks ago

2015 Programs Are Waiting for You | Summit Bechtel Reserve

2015 Summit Programs. In addition to getting your stoke on with high adventure programs at the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base, you can take your Scouting further at the James C. Justice National Scout Camp and Summit National Training... From The Bechtel Summit Youtube Videos 3 weeks ago

The 2015 Summit Program Catalog Is Here!

THE catalog for choosing the right Summit program for your Scouts and Venturers. Ready to plan? The latest Summit program catalog delivers the goods on everything going on in 2015 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. This catalog is divided into three... From Summit Blog 3 weeks ago

Court of Honor FAQ

Here's what the official resources say about Courts of Honor: The Guide to Advancement 2013: The Scout Is Recognized When the board of review has approved his advancement, the Scout deserves recognition as soon as possible. This should be... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 3 weeks ago


fra·ter·ni·ty fr??t?rn?t?/ noun 1. a group of people sharing a common profession or interests. "members of the hunting fraternity" synonyms: profession, body of workers; a male students' society in a university or college. synonyms: society, club,... From The Scoutmaster Minute 3 weeks ago

Inspiring Service Project Honors 16,000-Plus Fallen Heroes

Boy Scout Joshua Katz of Lake Worth, Florida, knew he wanted to honor the fallen soldiers buried at South Florida National Cemetery, but he also knew he didn't want to leave any one hero out. How to honor 16,000-plus fallen soldiers all at once?... From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

Good Scoutmaster Material

Ok.. so I posted then went quiet again… What gives? I am currently being attacked with SPAM here at the blog.  It seems that it is all I can do to stay ahead of the spam, thank goodness the filter is doing a pretty good job of catching... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 month ago

B.P.'s Blog – Where Drill Fails

During his lifetime Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the worldwide Scouting movement, wrote many books and articles directed to Scouters. Each Sunday I'll publish a selection from his writings in the hope that you'll draw inspiration and... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 month ago

Outdoor Knowledge

What we know and learn about the outdoors is not only great for our recreation; it can make a huge difference in how we preserve these natural resources for the future. Recent incidents are discouraging.  In early August, a tourist crashed a drone... From Chief's Corner 1 month ago

Looking at Scouting Through Two Pairs of Eyes

I just read the story appearing in the latest issue of Esquire magazine featuring our National President Robert Gates, headlined:   Are There Still Boy Scouts ? His current leadership role in Scouting aside, what a fascinating article! I enjoyed... From Chief's Corner 1 month ago

Inspiring Story About the World Scout Jamboree Http://

Inspiring Story About The World Scout Jamboree : via Twitter From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

Inspiring Story About the World Scout Jamboree

If you're looking for evidence that the World Scout Jamboree does in fact bring people together, try this: In the 1993 book "4000 Bowls Of Rice," author Linda Goetz Holmes wrote about a story told to her by a World War II Australian soldier named... From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

Training News and Updates

The national training team has been busy not only with revisions to training courses but also with changes to several other tools and opportunities that will help us better serve our units. Here is a summary of the latest updates on the training... From Bobwhite's Blather 1 month ago

Jambo Patch Collection Grows

I know many of you collect patches, be they council strips, Order of the Arrow lodge flaps, or activity patches. One of the several patch collection I have is of the 2001 National Jamboree. I collect from that event because I attended it with nine... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 month ago

We Will Always Remember

September 11, 2001 is one of those dates that will forever be ingrained in my memory. And yesterday, on the 13 th anniversary, I along with millions of others spent it honoring the memory of the innocent victims, first responders and others who... From Chief's Corner 1 month ago

Seeing the Forest for the Trees

Scouts that join our units begin their walk on the Eagle Trail through our program forest.  This forest of Scouting has much to offer the passer-by.  When you enter the forest the trail is clearly marked and a guide is provided.  This guide keeps... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 month ago

'Build an Adventure' With New National Recruiting Campaign

Earlier this year, we unveiled the multiyear recruitment campaign called "Build an Adventure," that will give everyone a fresh look at all Scouting has to offer. The campaign was designed for use in 2015; however, when we unveiled the campaign at... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

Register Now for the 2014 National Aquatics Workshop

Join us for the biannual National Aquatics Workshop at the Florida Sea Base October 22-26. This workshop is designed for anyone, volunteer or professional, engaged with aquatics activities at the local council, area, region, or national level... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

'Contracting 101' Webinar Will Help Take Fear Out of Contract Process

Dreading the next contract you have to deal with? Are your eyes burning already at the mere thought of all that "legalese" and fine print? Never fear-"Contracting 101" is here. The Legal department, in collaboration with the Properties department,... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

2015 World Jamboree: Five Fun Facts!

(Reposted from Boys' Life magazine's Scouting Around blog .) The time to register for the 2015 World Scout Jamboree is now. Just in case you're still on the fence, here are few things you need to know … 1. Where is it? The 2015 World Scout Jamboree... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

Lease Car for Sale: 2012 Ford F-150 4×4 Super Cab XL

The National Council has the following lease vehicle for sale: 2012 Ford F-150 4×4 Super Cab XL Approximate mileage: 64,474 miles Exterior color: Tuxedo Black metallic Interior color: Steel gray vinyl Asking price: $17,800 Location: Charlotte,... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

2015 OA Lodge Matching Service Grant Applications Due Oct. 31

If your Order of the Arrow lodge plans a council camp or service center project during 2015, you can apply now for a 2015 OA Matching Service Grant. All lodges applying for the grant must have been a 2013 JTE Lodge (bronze level or higher) and... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

This Video Will Make You Want to Pack Your Bags for Japan

The 23rd World Scout Jamboree will be hosted by Japan in the Yamaguchi Prefecture . (In Japan, a prefecture is kind of like what we here in the U.S. call states.) There will be lots of things to do , but maybe the best part of the whole thing... From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

Boy Scout Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award

Last week we looked at the Cub Scout Outdoor Ethics Awareness award. There is also a Boy Scout Outdoor Ethics Awareness award (and another award for Venturers). So today we will look at the requirements for Boy Scouts. By earning this award, Boy... From Scouter Mom 1 month ago

Changes to OA Lodge Chartering Process Coming Soon

At the May 2014 BSA national annual meeting, the national Order of the Arrow committee accepted a resolution that OA LodgeMaster (OALM) become the sole means of submitting lodge charter and Journey to Excellence (JTE) petitions. In order to receive... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants

First… uh-oh, itching. Then…surprise, a red rash. And finally… oh-boy, blisters. These symptoms of poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac can start within a few hours or several days after exposure to the plant oil found in the sap of these... From ScoutStuff Blog 1 month ago

New OA Arrowman Service Award to Honor Order's 100th Year

Starting in July this year through December 2015, Arrowmen in good standing with the BSA, their local council, and their Order of the Arrow lodge will be able to commemorate the Order of the Arrow centennial by working to complete the Arrowman... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

B.P.'s Blog – Education: Debts and Credits

During his lifetime Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the worldwide Scouting movement, wrote many books and articles directed to Scouters. Each Sunday I'll publish a selection from his writings in the hope that you'll draw inspiration and... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 month ago

Still Collecting Jambo Patches

Maybe I should not have done it. After all, it has been 13 years since that event was held. But I had a good time and a great group of Scouts along so I will always remember the 2001 National Jamboree fondly. So, last night I decided to try to... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 month ago

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