Bryan on Scouting

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The colorful connection between the BSA and Dennis the Menace

The colorful connection between the BSA and Dennis the Menace

Scouts shouldn’t be menaces to their neighbors, but according to one cartoon, one got into his fair share of trouble. The “Dennis the Menace” comic debuted in March 1951. Since then, the mischievous 5-year-old that cartoonist Hank Ketcham created has been featured in...

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2020 merit badge rankings: A list rewritten by the pandemic

2020 merit badge rankings: A list rewritten by the pandemic

The pandemic didn’t stop Scouts from earning merit badges in 2020, but it did cause a dramatic shift in which merit badges Scouts earned most. Ever since we started publishing merit badge rankings back in 2012, the top of the list has been dominated by merit badges...

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Scouting Show and Tell: Pandemic Blue and Gold

Scouting Show and Tell: Pandemic Blue and Gold

The blue and gold banquet is a special Cub Scout annual event, celebrating the founding of the Boy Scouts of America on Feb. 8. Packs roll out the red carpet, often hosting themed parties with food, awards and fun. Last year, Cub Scout Pack 555 of Midland, Ga., hosted...

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Scouts can help test a merit badge resource app

Scouts can help test a merit badge resource app

You found a cool link with useful information your Scouts could use for the First Aid merit badge. You could send it out in an email blast or post it on the troop’s social media page, but as time marches on, the link likely would get lost in those busy channels. If...

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Illinois Scouter credits BSA health exam to saving his life

Illinois Scouter credits BSA health exam to saving his life

Greg Bedell had prostate cancer. He didn’t know, though. It was discovered thanks to the BSA physical exam that eventually led to the diagnosis. “Scouting saved my life,” he says. “This is not an exaggeration.” Before joining his son on a Philmont Scout Ranch trek in...

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Unsung Hero: He saved his ‘Memaw’ from a kitchen fire

Unsung Hero: He saved his ‘Memaw’ from a kitchen fire

This is Unsung Heroes, a Bryan on Scouting blog series celebrating under-reported acts of Scouting heroism. These are stories that don’t make national headlines — but should. That’s doubly true in this world that can always use more good news. Read the latest story...

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Before you meet, make sure you screen for COVID-19

Before you meet, make sure you screen for COVID-19

There’s a lot about 2020 most of us would like to forget, but protecting ourselves and our Scouts from COVID-19 is something we all must remember to do. In surveys the BSA sent out to more than 14,500 unit leaders, two-thirds of those polled indicated they were...

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20 ideas for unique Eagle Scout service project beneficiaries

20 ideas for unique Eagle Scout service project beneficiaries

Benjamin Meybaum was hiking with his family along the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania when he spotted the sign. The modest wooden marker, a little faded by its years outside, read: “This site was made as an Eagle Scout project.” It listed the Eagle Scout’s name...

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