2017 Jamboree Featured

2017 Jamboree Theme, Logo Invite Members to ‘Live Scouting’s Adventure’

Although it seems like the 2013 National Scout Jamboree just wrapped up, the official theme and logo for the next More »

WV Amendment Featured

WV Voters Approve Amendment to Extend Usage of Summit Bechtel Reserve

On November 4, the voters of West Virginia overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution that will allow the More »

Scout Zipline Featured

NCAP Updates: Annual COPE/Climbing Inspections, Zip Line Regulations Reminders

The BSA’s National Camp Accreditation Program (NCAP) require professional challenge course inspections each year. To help reduce the cost of these More »

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2015 National Camping School Dates Announced

The 2015 National Camping School informational brochure is now available online. National Camping School provides adults with training needed to More »

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Stay Tuned Into BSA’s Program Updates by Attending a 2015 Conference at Philmont Training Center

The next few years promise to be exciting for Scouting as our traditional programs will be updated based on several More »

Giving Tuesday Featured

You’ve Heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, How About ‘Giving Tuesday’?

“Giving Tuesday” is a world-wide effort to focus the public’s attention on giving, particularly through online giving. This year, Giving More »

Fall Voice of the Scout Session is Over … Now What?

Experience Recovery reports from the Voice of the Scout fall session are now available for Scout executives to view on MyBSA. These reports list requests made by members to have someone from their council contact them about their Scouting experience.

2017 Jamboree Theme, Logo Invite Members to ‘Live Scouting’s Adventure’

Although it seems like the 2013 National Scout Jamboree just wrapped up, the official theme and logo for the next jamboree—planned for July 19-28, 2017—have been released. The 2017 theme, “Live Scouting’s Adventure,” symbolizes the adventurous spirit and exciting high-adventure

WV Voters Approve Amendment to Extend Usage of Summit Bechtel Reserve

On November 4, the voters of West Virginia overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution that will allow the Summit Bechtel Reserve to be leased or used to generate revenue while still being exempt from property taxation. The use

Have Questions About Venturing Program Changes? We Have Answers

With the release of the new program updates, there are lots of questions regarding the Venturing program. Here are a few answers to the most commonly asked queries … Training: There is now training for Crew advisors and the Crew

LFL Newsletter: November Issue Is Out!

The November issue of Learning for Life newsletter has been published and is now available online. In this issue, you can read more about the 2013 Learning for Life Annual Report, preparing for year-end, and information on how to order

Philmont Training Center Invitation Process Underway

Recently, all Scout executives received an email with details on how to submit an invitation list to the Philmont Training Center (PTC) for 2015 conferences. The PTC invitation process enables you and your council staff to submit names of Scouters

Finance Impact e-Letter: Shared Services Can Save Councils Money and Reduce Leadership Hassles

Boy Scouts of America Unemployment Plan Most states require employers to pay unemployment insurance premiums to the state. The council is then responsible for handling all unemployment claims, appeals, etc., as they arise. Participants in the BSA Unemployment Plan can

Youth Protection Incident Information Report Forms, Tips Now Available

As announced in the May 8, 2014, issue of Scout Wire, a Youth Protection/Membership Incident Information Report form and sheet of incident documenting and reporting tips has been produced for inclusion in the existing Incident Reporting Kit (680-147, burnt orange

NCAP Updates: Annual COPE/Climbing Inspections, Zip Line Regulations Reminders

The BSA’s National Camp Accreditation Program (NCAP) require professional challenge course inspections each year. To help reduce the cost of these inspections and to bring consistency to the process, councils in some regions have banded together to contract group inspections by

2015 National Camping School Dates Announced

The 2015 National Camping School informational brochure is now available online. National Camping School provides adults with training needed to operate council camps. These key staff members will, in turn, train and supervise other staff personnel in your council camping

Scoutmaster Reflects on Contingent’s Northern Tier Experience

Northern Tier’s Ely Trail staff director received the following letter from a Scoutmaster. The letter is a true testimonial to the benefit of having a Northern Tier interpreter and the value of a Northern Tier trek: Good afternoon: I wanted

Commissioner Tools Update

We’re excited to announce that to date, 18 councils have successfully transitioned to the new Commissioners Tools. Councils that wish to know more about this new tool are encouraged to visit the Commissioners website for important information.

E-cigarettes, Vaping Added to BSA’s Tobacco Use Policy

In May 2014, the Risk Management Advisory panel (RMAP) which is made up of two Scout executives from each region passed a motion recommending to the Chief Scout Executive that vaping be added to BSA’s tobacco use policy. Chief Scout

Scouting Safely Alert: OSHA Reporting Criteria Changing Jan. 1

Effective January 1, 2015, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration is lowering the threshold of when you must orally report injuries to them. While the mandatory reporting of work related fatalities has not changed (within 8 hours), the new standard

Venturing Ranger, Leadership Award Updates

Venturing Ranger Award Due to an oversight, the electives for Shooting Sports and Scuba were left out of the new Venturing Awards and Requirements (SKU 618767). These will be added to the e-pub and will be included in the next

Stay Tuned Into BSA’s Program Updates by Attending a 2015 Conference at Philmont Training Center

The next few years promise to be exciting for Scouting as our traditional programs will be updated based on several years of volunteer-led research and development. These changes are part of the BSA’s current strategic plan that emphasizes the need

You’ve Heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, How About ‘Giving Tuesday’?

“Giving Tuesday” is a world-wide effort to focus the public’s attention on giving, particularly through online giving. This year, Giving Tuesday falls on December 2 and the BSA is providing some support to local councils who want to encourage people

New Report Takes a Look at School Access Challenges

Access to schools takes many forms. It may be the ability to send home a message with boys who are prospective Cub Scouts. It may be the opportunity to present a “boy talk” to prospective Cub Scouts. It may be

Trailblazers: Tom Jansen, Carol Whitebook Join Strategic Performance Office

To read the full announcements, please visit our Trailblazers page. Tom Jansen has been named team lead for the Strategy Team, in the Strategic Performance office. In this role, he will be responsible for assisting and supporting the BSA strategic

Lease Car for Sale: 2011 Ford Edge SEL

The National Council has the following lease vehicle for sale: 2011 Ford Edge SEL FWD Approximate miles: 34,711 Exterior color: Tuxedo Black Metallic Interior color: Charcoal black cloth bucket seats Asking Price: $17,512 Location: National Council Equipment/Features: 3.5L Ti-VCT V6