Dr Gates Featured

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 More »

Philmont Registration Featured

Philmont 2016 Unit Reservations Opening Soon!

Are you or someone you know interested in a 2016 High Adventure experience? On October 29, the registration entry period More »

Sustainability Summit Featured

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 More »

Summit Rafting Featured

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 More »

JOTA JOTI 2014 Featured

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 More »

COPE Featured

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 More »

Paddling App Featured

New ‘Paddle Ready’ App Available for Paddlers

We’re thrilled to announce the release of Paddle Ready—a free, user-friendly iPhone/Android mobile app designed just for paddlers. This resource More »

Philmont Trail Meals Featured

Surplus Philmont Trail Meals Now for Sale

The Philmont Commissary is now offering surplus 2014 trail meals to anyone who has a need for packaged, ready-to-eat meals. More »

2014 Fall VOS: Voice of the Scout Survey Will Go Live October 7

On October 7, thousands of Scouts, parents, volunteers, and chartered organizations will receive the fall edition of our twice-yearly Voice of the Scout survey. Launched in 2012, VOS is designed to measure the value of Scouting in the community and

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

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 galvanize others to join. Here are 10 facts about

2014 Fall VOS: Incentive Gives Units $500 to Reinvest Into the Scouting Experience

For the fall 2014 release (October 7-22), those units where the responses from Cub Scout parents, Boy Scouts/Venturers, or Boy Scout parents total more than 50 percent of the unit’s youth membership will be entered into a drawing to win $500. Drawings

2014 Fall VOS: The ABCs to Increase VOS Participation and Email Saturation

Get the word out to units! While we need feedback from all of our members, the biggest opportunity to increase response rates is to hear more from our parents and Boy Scout/Venturer youth. The unit incentive above should help you generate

2014 Fall VOS: Three Tools to Address the Scouting Experience for At-Risk Members

During VOS surveys, those who rank themselves as detractors are asked if they want someone from the council to contact them. Those who opt-in will be asked to provide their name, phone/email, and preferred contact time. This information will be included on the

‘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

LFL Newsletter: September Issue Features LFL License Agreement, Professional Certifications, and More

The September issue of the Learning for Life newsletter has been published and is available online. In this issue, you can read more about changes in store for the Exploring program and related materials, as well as access the 2014-2015

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

Register Now for the 2014 Sustainability Summit

Join us October 27-30, 2014 at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia to discover how to leverage the BSA’s sustainability efforts and inspire your council’s youth, staff, and alumni. In addition to the main conference, we are holding a special

Finance Impact e-Letter: September 1 Issue is Out

The September 1 issue of the Finance Impact e-Letter has been published and is available online. In this issue, you can read more about special discounts for Scouting families on SAT and ACT test prep programs, as well as an

Learn More About the LDS Church at the LDS-BSA Relationships Conference

We would like to invite you, your LDS-BSA Relationships Chairman and LDS-BSA staff advisor to join us at our October LDS-BSA Relationships conference held in conjunction with the semi-annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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

Strengthen Your Council’s Fishing Lineup With the Certified Angler Instructor Program

To help councils understand the great opportunity that fishing offers for recruitment and retention, it takes a local champion. That is what the Certified Angler Instructor (CAI) program is all about! Trained champions can promote the need for a good

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

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. Sessions will include

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

Training Times: Summer Issue Features Updates on MyScouting Tools and Upcoming Training Opportunities

The summer issue of Training Times is out! We are sorry for the delay but there are a couple of items in there that we wanted to finish/release before we sent it out. Look on the “Training Updates” page, and

New Sea Base Scuba Complex Opens

The final inspection was passed and the first divers began using the new Sea Base Scuba Complex shortly before the last crews departed for the summer. According to a recent post made on the Sea Base Facebook page, the new

Dreaming of Philmont? 2016 Reservations Begin Soon!

An exciting summer of activities may have just wrapped up at the BSA’s four high-adventure bases, but it’s never too soon to start planning for future treks! Philmont will begin accepting 2016 reservation entries this fall—learn how you can start

‘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, will