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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 day 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 3 days 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 6 days ago

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Inspiring Story About The World Scout Jamboree http://t.co/xKzP8szDDL : via Twitter http://ift.tt/1714avm... From Inside Boys' Life 6 days 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 6 days 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks ago

Take Your Scouts to Kandersteg in 2015

The natural beauty of Switzerland's Bernese Oberland, along with the fellowship of a mini world jamboree awaits you and your Scouts in Kandersteg next summer. I've successfully provided the opportunity for my Scouts to take advantage this... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 3 weeks ago

2014 Programs: Summit Images

The first season of programs at the Summit Bechtel Reserve is in the books. Scouts and Venturers from all over pushed themselves further this summer and took their Scouting to a new level. For a glimpse of Summit scenes, enjoy the slideshow below... From Summit Blog 3 weeks ago

August 2014 Be Prepared® Newsletter

   August, 2014                                                                                                    Vol. 6, No. 8   ONE IN A MILLION EDITION A Million Philmont Campers Scouting by the Millions   Millions of Cook Kits   Future Numbers... From ScoutStuff Blog 1 month ago

A Few Fun Facts for the 2015 World Scout Jamboree Http://t.co/wb6jlLYCmk

A Few Fun Facts For The 2015 World Scout Jamboree http://t.co/wb6jlLYCmk : via Twitter http://ift.tt/1714avm... From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

A Few Fun Facts for the 2015 World Scout Jamboree

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 will be held at Kirarahama, a beach located in the Yamaguchi... From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

What Will You Say…

Last night I had the pleasure as I do every Monday night of having some interesting conversations with the young men of my Troop.  Much to their surprise or dismay, it ends up on the blog now and then.  Last nights conversation got me to thinking... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 month ago

8 Months… Where Are You?

It's August, 8 months into the year 2014, 8 months into "The POLICY" Change that sent Scouters into a tail spin running for the hills and screaming that our values suddenly changed.  8 months since the "End of Scouting" as we know it.  Really?... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 month ago

Why? Because I Believe.

This summer our Troop went on a great adventure.  We backpacked in the Olympic National Park.  We.. the whole Troop.  We broke up the Troop into three crews, that way we could maintain Wilderness area policies of no more than 12 heartbeats and good... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 month ago

Your Legacy – Mentoring

When teaching leadership to both our youth and adults, we spend a fair amount of time discussing what it is that leaders do.  Being a Teacher, Coach, Trainer, and Mentor is found within the job description of any leader.  We find ourselves as... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 month ago

Agreement Without Argument

It seems like every time you turn on the news or look at the paper, you see a story about how our national elected leaders seem to be incapable of getting any work done. Far worse than what was labeled as the "do-nothing" Congress of the Truman... From Bobwhite's Blather 1 month ago

Time to Register for the 2015 World Scout Jamboree Http://t.co/zg8LWAMIab

Time To Register For The 2015 World Scout Jamboree http://t.co/zg8LWAMIab : via Twitter http://ift.tt/1714avm... From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

Time to Register for the 2015 World Scout Jamboree

The World Scout Jamboree is kind of like the Olympics: It only comes around every four years, and you don't want to miss it. But unlike the Olympics, you don't have to be a world-class athlete to represent your country. The BSA is accepting... From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

Scholarships Available for NextConnect National Marketing Summits-Register Now!

David Weekley, the newly elected national vice president of marketing of the Boy Scouts of America, wants to make you aware of special scholarship funds that have become available to help offset travel expenses so every council can send at least... From Scout Wire 1 month ago

The Buzz: New President Inducted at 2014 National Annual Meeting

Did you miss out on this year's National Annual Meeting, held in Nashville, Tenn.? If you did-or even if you were there, and would like to see a quick recap of the busy week's events-the latest episode of The Buzz is dedicated to the event's high... From Scout Wire 2 months ago

Celebrate! It's National Hot Dog Day! Http://t.co/4sMyn4RV59 Http://t.co/RveMnDRgHI

Celebrate! It's National Hot Dog Day! http://t.co/4sMyn4RV59 http://t.co/RveMnDRgHI : via Twitter http://ift.tt/1714avm... From Inside Boys' Life 2 months ago

New Features, Updates Added to My.Scouting Tools

We are happy to announce the latest new features and improvements that are available on my .Scouting Tools , including the following: New! Organization Security Manager Tool Key 3s at each organization level, including council, area, region and... From Scout Wire 2 months ago

The Buzz - June 2014, "National Annual Meeting"

While the name of the event remained the same, there were lots of changes introduced at the 2014 National Annual Meeting, held May 21-23 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn., including: The final address from Wayne Perry, the BSA's... From BSA Internal Communications Youtube Videos 2 months ago

RT @ScoutmasterJose: #BSA Scouts at Opening Campfire of Caribbean Jamboree 2014. Http://t.co/LIhpVZsHun

RT @ScoutmasterJose: #BSA scouts at opening campfire of Caribbean Jamboree 2014. http://t.co/LIhpVZsHun : via Twitter http://ift.tt/1714avm... From Inside Boys' Life 2 months ago

Celebrate National Hammock Day With BL Http://t.co/qhh7M8OCUu

Celebrate National Hammock Day with BL http://t.co/qhh7M8OCUu : via Twitter http://ift.tt/1714avm... From Inside Boys' Life 2 months ago

Philmont Reaches 1-Million Camper Milestone

This summer, Philmont Scout Ranch reached the milestone of one million campers. It all started 75 years ago when Waite Phillips offered 35,857 acres of his ranch to the Boy Scouts of America in 1938 to serve as a national wilderness camping area... From Scout Wire 2 months ago

How to Get Started Caving

Expert caver on the 5 best places to get started caving: Bill Steele started caving as a Scout almost 50 years ago, and since then, he has explored hundreds of caves throughout the United States and in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and China. He has... From Inside Boys' Life 2 months ago

The Summit Bechtel Reserve | Explore the Adventure of Scouting

The Summit Bechtel Reserve. A place like no other in the world tucked in the heart of West Virginia. A place made possible through the generosity of donors who see The Bechtel Summit's adventures, programs and technological opportunities as vital to... From The Bechtel Summit Youtube Videos 2 months ago

Scouts Can Really Sink Their Teeth Into BSA's Latest Tasty Partnership

The Boy Scouts of America and Jack Link's have teamed up on a multiyear partnership that will make Jack Link's "The Official Protein Snack of the Boy Scouts of America" and the organization's four national high-adventure bases. The agreement will... From Scout Wire 2 months ago

Q&A: SSNs, Background Checks, Merit Badge Counselors

Time for a few more answers to your questions, this time about Social Security numbers on adult applications, the criminal background check and how to become a merit badge counselor. I don't like giving out my Social Security number. Why is it... From Bobwhite's Blather 2 months ago

Choosing a Patrol Name

I remember very clearly the time I first sat down with my new Patrol to choose a Patrol name. We had some suggestions from the Boy Scout Handbook and an old printed list of a couple-dozen creative names. We didn't think much about what should go... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 2 months ago

Scout Camp 2015, Summit Style

Scout camp-the learning, the merit badges, the advancement-it's pretty cool, a classic Scouting experience. The new Walter Scott Summit Center at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve-with its lakes, trails, zip lines, boulder cove,... From Summit Blog 2 months ago

Scout Camp 2015, Summit Style

Scout camp-the learning, the merit badges, the advancement-it's pretty cool, a classic Scouting experience. The new Walter Scott Summit Center at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve-with its lakes, trails, zip lines, boulder cove,... From Summit Blog 2 months ago

Patch Trading at the Training Center

It is inevitable. If you are in the Scouting program for several years you will start collecting something. It could be activity patches. Maybe it will be council shoulder patches (csp's) or Order of the Arrow lodge flaps. It might be coffee mugs... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 2 months ago

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