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 »

PTC Featured

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 »

BSA’s First Sustainability Report Creates Roadmap for Future Efforts

The Boy Scouts of America has created its first-ever Sustainability Report as part of an effort to define what this important topic means to our organization. The interactive online report features thoughts from Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock, as well

Tune-in Online to the BSA Sustainability Summit

(Reposted from Scouting magazine’s “Bryan on Scouting” blog … To learn more about how to tune-in to the BSA Sustainability Summit and participate in the conversation via social media, read the full post here.) Sustainability has been a part of

Help Spread the Word About Voice of the Scout Survey

On October 7, thousands of Scouts, parents, volunteers, and chartered organizations received the fall edition of the BSA Voice of the Scout survey. Voice of the Scout is designed to measure the value of Scouting in our community and to

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 Boy Scouts of America. Click on the link above to go to the site for the full story, which is

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 for 2016 Philmont 12-day and 7-day expeditions begins. This short period lasts only through November 19. Who Can Register? Each

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 will enable you to create a unique sustainability vision that can help you grow your membership, raise more money, and

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 the program that’s right for you and your Scouts.

Finance Impact e-Letter: October 1 Issue is Out

The October 1 issue of the Finance Impact e-Letter has been published and is available online. In this issue, you can read more about new credit card technology that will affect councils, an audit referral program, group vendor discounts, Blackbaud

Budget Building Bulletin Now Available on scouting.org

The 2015 Budget-Building Bulletin is now available. This resource is published annually to help local councils develop their upcoming fiscal year budgets. Please note, councils’ executive boards must approve their 2015 budgets no later than December 31, 2014. Several departments

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 for Scouts to communicate with other Scouts from around the world! Visit JOTA’s webpage, www.scouting.org/jota, and JOTI’s webpage, www.scouting.org/joti, for

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 and Climbing National Task Force is committed to providing support to local councils and multi-council collaborations as they work through

LDS-BSA Relationships Newsletter Covers Philmont Summer Conference

The latest issue of the LDS-BSA Relationships newsletter has been published and is available online. In this issue, you can read more about the Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting held at Philmont each summer, excerpts from the Scouting Handbook for

New Unit Sales Kit and Chartered Organization Resource Guide Now Available

A New-Unit Sales Kit called “Strengthening Your Organization Through Scouting” and the Chartered Organization Resource Guide have both been redeveloped for use by local councils to focus specifically on properly researching, planning, and making productive visits to multiple prospective chartered

Commissioner Tools Rollout Continues

We’re excited to announce that the following councils have gone live with Commissioner Tools: Crossroads of America Council (9/18/14) Los Padres Council (9/18/14) Theodore Roosevelt Council (9/18/14) Capital Area Council (10/1/14) Chester County Council (10/1/14) Cradle of Liberty Council (10/1/14)

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 for a safer aquatics program has been provided by one of our partners—American Canoe Association. The ACA has created Paddle

Let BSAAM Help With Your Council’s Investment Returns

As of August 31, 2014, 61 local council affiliated partners representing $123.9 million in assets now use BSA Asset Management, LLC (BSAAM) as an investment manager. In the three months ending on August 31, the fund earned 2.21 percent while

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. Sales are open from now through whenever they sell out. You may purchase any quantity of meals simply by emailing

United Methodist Church Works to Grow Scouting Membership

(Reprinted from the September 9 issue of the United Methodist Reporter.) The number of young people involved in Scouting declined from 2.85 million in 2012 to 2.49 million in 2013 (the last full year of reporting). The number of youth

Listen to Scouting Topics on the Go with ScoutCast Podcasts

If you haven’t had a chance to download and listen to the Scouting podcasts created each month by the National Council for Cub Leaders (CubCast) and Scout/Venturing leaders (ScoutCast), new October topics are now available at scouting.org/scoutcast (or via iTunes

De Tan Nguyen Added to ScoutingU Team

De Tan Nguyen has been named learning delivery team leader at Scouting University. De gives leadership to the Learning Delivery Training Team in ScoutingU and is responsible for the operations to ensure our customers are appropriately qualified, certified, and trained