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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 23 hours 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 23 hours 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 days 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 4 days 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 week 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 week 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago

Cub Scouts Study Meteors

Find out what your Cub Scout can do on National Meteor Watch Day to complete some requirements. Will they see some meteors? The post Cub Scouts Study Meteors appeared first on Cub Scout Ideas ... From Cub Scout Ideas 1 month ago

On Point: Boy Scouts of America, USA Archery Announce Partnership

Now this is a bull's-eye. Just in time for the 2016 Olympic Games, the Boy Scouts of America and USA Archery, the national governing body for the Olympic sport of archery, have announced a new partnership aimed at enhancing the awareness of youth... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Jeff Segler Named BSA's National Artist, Following in Footsteps of Rockwell and Csatari

The story of Scouting has been told through campfire tales, physical and digital photo albums, and official Boy Scouts of America paintings. In history, only two men have created those official paintings: Norman Rockwell and Joseph Csatari. Now a... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Get Your 2017 National Jamboree Questions Answered Live

From high-octane adventure to making lifelong friends, your Scouts and Venturers will be talking about the 2017 National Jamboree for years to come.  An event this memorable takes a lot of planning, which is why the experts are stepping in to help... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 month ago

Exploring Coyote Gulch With Scouts

I've been asked all year if we are planning another trip to Goblin Valley this summer.  Remembering last year's experience , my answers were always vague and uncertain as I was contemplating the possibility of another option.  I really liked having... From My Scout Stuff - A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 month ago

Fishing the Summit Lives Up to Hype Whether You're Headed To...

Fishing the Summit lives up to hype Whether you're headed to jamboree next summer, or on any trip to the Summit Bechtel Reserve, you owe it to yourself to try a little fishing. And that's not just a load of hype... From Inside Boys' Life 1 month ago

Insight to a National Process

I have always been interested in how things work.  Be it mechanical or within an organization or a team.  I like seeing what is happening behind the scene.  Being asked to be part of a team is great.  So far, … Continue reading →... From Scouter Adam 2 months ago

Great American Campout

Enjoy the outdoors with your Cub Scout during the Great American Campout. Learn about the National Wildlife Federation's annual event. The post Great American Campout appeared first on Cub Scout Ideas ... From Cub Scout Ideas 2 months ago

Issue 492 – June 21, 2016

________________________________________ Hi, Andy, I have a question about the Camping National Outdoor Award that you probably have addressed before, and I'm not sure where else to go. I have done an internet search, but have not found a source to... From Ask Andy 2 months ago

Cub Scout National Summertime Pack Award

The Cub Scout National Summertime Pack Award recognizes packs that are active during the school's summer vacation. Boys can also earn an individual award. The post Cub Scout National Summertime Pack Award appeared first on Cub Scout Ideas ... From Cub Scout Ideas 2 months ago

An Impressively High Number of U.S. Senators Are Eagle Scouts

You've heard it again and again: Eagle Scouts become sports heroes, astronauts, CEOs and high-ranking politicians. Now we have the numbers to prove just how many U.S. Senators - some of the country's most powerful politicians - earned Scouting's... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

A Father's Day Salute to Scouting Dads

Where would we be without our Scouting dads? They sacrifice time, money and precious vacation days for the betterment of packs, troops, teams, crews, posts and ships across the country and around the world. From 1992 to 2002 - my youth Scouting... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex

Here in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, Scouts have unforgettable adventures at the Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR). Our site has become a pinnacle of the Scouting experience, with incredible outdoor programs and state-of-the art facilities that offer... From Summit Blog 2 months ago

\'The Scoutmaster' Turns 60: The Story Behind the Rockwell Classic

On its surface, Norman Rockwell's The Scoutmaster  painting depicts a satisfied and pensive adult leader peering into a fading campfire. The sun has set. The Scouts are asleep. All is quiet. But go a layer deeper, and there's more to  The... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Accept No Substitutes: On June 15, 1916, Woodrow Wilson Made the BSA Official

In 1916, the 6-year-old Boy Scouts of America faced increasing competition from other organizations - groups that wished to capitalize on the growing interest in all things Scouting generated by the BSA. These imitators,  Scouting magazine... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Youth Protection and Texting With Scouts

Waiting on that Scout to email or call you back? You could be waiting a long time. These days, three-fourths of teens have smartphones, and their favorite way to communicate is by texting, according to the latest research . If you're a Scout... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

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