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

By Aaron Derr Photographs by Beth Wald and Rachid Dahnoun When the Young Men of Troop 16 In...

By Aaron Derr Photographs by Beth Wald and Rachid Dahnoun When the young men of Troop 16 in Columbus, Ohio, went west last summer, they did it in style: 13 days, thousands of miles on a train, six major cities, two national parks … and one giant... From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

Melrose Museum Scouting Display

I am not sure how many small town communities have their own museum of local history, but I am happy to say the Melrose has one. The Melrose Area Museum is located in the old St. Mary's convent building, found near St. Mary's Catholic Church and... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 month ago

From Streams to Rivers to Lakes, You Can Fish It All at Fish Camp. by Aaron Derr Photographs by W....

From streams to rivers to lakes, you can fish it all at fish camp. By Aaron Derr Photographs by W. Garth Dowling There are lots of different ways to experience freshwater fishing. You can take a trip to a river, you can take a trip to a stream or... From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

White Rim Trail, March 2016

After spending the winter months getting the trailer ready for camping duty, we were itching to get out and put it through it's paces. What better place to do that than the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park ? Day 0 We left Denver after... From A Volunteer in the Movement 1 month ago

The Jamboree Band Will Provide Music for Ceremonies, Events and Shows Throughout the 2017 National...

The Jamboree Band will provide music for ceremonies, events and shows throughout the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. But first, they need to find the right musicians. Jamboree Band members should be Scouts, Venturers or adult leaders who can play an... From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

Issue 480 – March 29, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, Do we have to have at least one CPR-certified person if we're taking a troop on an overnight camp-out? I can't find any reference that says if it's required or not. (Name & Council Withheld)... From Ask Andy 1 month ago

Issue 479 – March 22, 2016

________________________________________ Hello Andy, Can an older (age 21) Eagle Scout wear his old Scout uniform and Eagle medal to his younger brother's Eagle court of honor, even though he's no longer active or registered in Scouting? (Ray... From Ask Andy 2 months ago

Veterans' Appreciation Day 2016

Attention Veterans! In an effort to strengthen Boy Scouts' Duty to Country, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has teamed up with several veterans organizations, including The West Virginia National Guard, Paralyzed Veterans of America…... From Summit Blog 2 months ago

Issue 478 – March 15, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, I've noticed that the activities qualifying for certain segments of the National Outdoor Awards have been changing rather quickly, but a few BSA activities still seem to have been left out... From Ask Andy 2 months ago

Issue 477 – March 11, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, I'm the Chartered Organization Representative for a Boy Scout troop. Recently, our Scoutmaster started demanding access to the troop's checking account. We said no, as it's been our policy since... From Ask Andy 2 months ago

You Can't Conquer Half Dome Halfheartedly. Thousands of Hikers Make It to the Top of the Granite...

You can't conquer Half Dome halfheartedly. Thousands of hikers make it to the top of the granite rock formation in Yosemite National Park each year, thanks to steel cables that run 4,800 feet up, but that doesn't make the trip any less intimidating... From Inside Boys' Life 2 months ago

Issue 476 – March 1, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, My district has established an "Every Leader Trained" emphasis to encourage volunteers to train for their position. So far, training is up four percent. Looking at individual unit size and the... From Ask Andy 2 months ago

Podcast 304 – Founder's Day

What do you know about Scouting's founder? February 22nd is founder's day, the birthday of Scouting's founder, born in 1857, 159 years ago, in Paddington, London, England World Thinking Day is celebrated annually on 22 February by all Girl Guides... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 3 months ago

Troop 118 From Glendale, California, Didn't Visit Just One National Park for Their Big Summer...

Troop 118 from Glendale, California, didn't visit just one national park for their big summer trip last year. When Troop 118 traveled, they went big-time, visiting four national parks on one epic outing. First, the guys drove 530 miles to Bryce... From Inside Boys' Life 3 months ago

Creating Separation

Once a Scout meets the requirements for First Class the focus changes from basic skills development to discovering all that Scouting has to offer, service, and leadership. The Scout will discover Scouting through the merit badge program, high... From The Scoutmaster Minute 3 months ago

With Only Some Basic Knowledge and Inexpensive Gear, You Can Have a Safe, Fun Outdoors...

With only some basic knowledge and inexpensive gear, you can have a safe, fun outdoors experience in even the coldest weather. By Aaron Derr Photographs by Jim Evans If you live in a climate like Miami, Florida, where the average low temperature in... From Inside Boys' Life 3 months ago

Issue 472 – February 2, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, A tradition in our troop is to have a Scout who's about to age out do the Scoutmaster's minute at his last meeting as a youth member. I think what our most recent "Scoutmaster-for-the-moment" and... From Ask Andy 3 months ago


Each year our Order of the Arrow Lodge hosts two gathering events.  The first is our Native American Arts and Ceremonies Seminar (NAACS) and the other is the Rendezvous of the Order.  The latter being the largest event of the lodge and during which... From The Scoutmaster Minute 4 months ago

Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. Honors Paul R. Christen

The Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association recently released their Fall 2015 newsletter . Dave Hyink wrote an article for the newsletter about the Honorary Life Membership that was awarded to Paul R. Christen. Below is the article. At its February... From Summit Blog 4 months ago

Issue 467 – December 29, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, Last week (December 22 – Issue 466), in response to a 14 year-old Scout who's been getting into fights, with punching Scouts in the face, kicking them in the shins with steel-toed boots, and... From Ask Andy 4 months ago

Another Great Year

Happy New Year!!! Wow, 2015 just flew by but what a great year it was. With this being only our second year of running a summer program, we had all sorts of new milestones. We had our official opening of the James C. Justice National Scout Camp ,... From Summit Blog 4 months ago

The Worthy Cause

As I was driving home from work I was listening to a local Classical Music station.. it sooths me.  What I like about the Classical station and most talk radio stations is that they do not play a lot of advertisements.  This often goes without... From The Scoutmaster Minute 5 months ago

2017 High Adventure Early Bird Discount

Attention Scouters…It's back! We will be offering our Early-Bird Discount again for the 2017 the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base at the Summit Bechtel Reserve! Some of you may have thought "Well, with National Jamboree going on... From Summit Blog 5 months ago

ILST.. What Did We Learn?

Introduction to Leadership Skills Training (ILST), for some of you it means JLT others remember TLT.. either way it amounts to training your youth leaders to make their troop better.  Each year we conduct our youth training with the goal of getting... From The Scoutmaster Minute 5 months ago

Issue 463 – December 1, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, I have a question regarding the relationship between a troop and its chartered organization-in our case, a church, which provides us with meeting and storage spaces. In return, the Scouts of our... From Ask Andy 5 months ago

High Adventure Girl Scout Style

Last year we held the first ever Girl Scout Jamboree. With more than 11 different chapters and over 250 Girl Scouts in attendance, these young ladies bounced, and I mean bounced , between every activity we offer in the Scott Summit Center. They did... From Summit Blog 5 months ago

B-P's Blog – a Mountain Dream

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 5 months ago

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