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Gauley Season at the Summit Bechtel Reserve

Article contributed by Jim Rushton, Team Lead, Summit High Adventure Base Gauley Season – September/October 2019 Come visit the Summit Bechtel Reserve for our inaugural Gauley Season. This is a great Unit High Adventure program as well as a great team building...

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Top Tips for Second Round Recruitment

Article contributed by Christen Oswald, District Executive Etowah of the Greater Alabama Council You did it! You and the recruitment team went to schools and handed out flyers, went to the classroom, and got all the kids super pumped to join Scouting. You had your...

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The Number of Scouts BSA Troops for Girls Continues to Climb

Article contributed by Wendy Shaw, National Director of Membership Growth Last month we shared the national aspirational goal of having a Scouts BSA troop for girls in every district. The number of those troops continues to climb. Let’s look at some of the highlights...

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How to Attend Growth Conference 2020

Article contributed by Wendy Shaw, National Director of Membership Growth 2020 Growth Conference We heard positive feedback from those of you who attended the 2019 Regional Growth Conferences for Scouting professionals. The feedback was so positive that we are pleased...

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Scoutbook: Simplifying Cub Scout Leadership

Cub Scouts doesn’t happen without our parents and volunteers. It is, at its core, a family program. I say it often and I’ll say it again: I am incredibly grateful to each of you who give your time to drive your children to meetings, volunteer to coordinate program...

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How The Boy Scouts of America Keeps Kids Safe Today

This article was contributed by Michael Johnson, National Youth Protection Director for the Boy Scouts of America. Recent media reports have highlighted claims of abuse against the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). As Director of Youth Protection here at the BSA, I share...

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Discovering and Empowering Leaders: A Different Perspective

Article contributed by Eric Wagstaff, district executive from Portland, OR Empowering community members to promote their positive Scouting experiences is one of the most poignant and rewarding aspects of being a Scouting professional. We have each encountered...

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Leveraging Your Membership Committees, Big or Small!

Article submitted by Harold C. Young Jr., Southern Region Team Lead “How can I use my membership committee effectively?” “My membership committee is too small!” “Where can I plus them in?” We’ve heard your questions and comments, and we’re here to help. Membership...

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Building a Vibrant Exploring Program in Your District

Article contributed by Colin Lemon, Director of Exploring – Western and Southern Regions Exploring is the career education program of the Boy Scouts of America, and it’s celebrating its 70th anniversary this year! What does Exploring look like in your service area?...

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Utilizing Facebook Live for Open House and Join Events

Article contributed by Karrie Baxter, Full Family Executive of the Crossroads of America Council As Scouting professionals, we must always meet our volunteers where they are – which sometimes means meeting online! Using Facebook Live as a meeting and promotion tool...

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Strive to Reach This 2019 Aspirational Goal

Article contributed by Wendy Shaw, National Director of Membership Growth, and Patrick Sterrett, National Director of Field Service. The Boy Scouts of America has had a tremendous amount of momentum in the short period of time that girls have been welcomed to join...

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How Scouting Became This Family’s “Second Family”

Read how Alma Castaneda, Scouter and mom from the Yucca Council, went from Scouting skeptic to Committee Chair for her son’s pack, thanks to inclusivity and family fun in this ‘Families Like Mine’ story.  Scouting Wire: What Scouting programs are you connected to?...

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Chicago Sun-Times Op-Ed Focuses on Girls in Scouting

Over the Independence Day holiday, Chicago Sun-Times Columnist Neil Steinberg did the same thing as thousands (maybe millions) of other Americans in cities and towns all across the nation – he went to a Fourth of July parade. What he saw at that parade was also...

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John Overland Selected as Scout Executive of Samoset Council

Congratulations to John Overland, who has been selected to serve as Scout executive of the Samoset Council in Weston, Wisconsin, effective August 1, 2019. John began his Scouting career as a district executive at the Indianhead Council in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He...

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The Meaning of Duty to Country

“On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country …” Patriotism is in our movement’s DNA. Duty to country is in the first line of our oath and prominent in our programs. This is a wonderful time of year to express that value—as Scouts do year-round....

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Engaging Scouting Ambassadors to Reach More Parents, Leaders

With every camporee and merit badge earned by Scouts at camp this summer, we know that thousands of Scouts are benefitting from the programs you help bring to life in your community. Yet we also know that we are facing a challenging time as an organization. Your...

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The Annual Report for 2018 Is Now Available

The new Annual Report for the Boy Scouts of America, 2018, A Year in Scouting, is now available to review and share. The report highlights and celebrates the impact that Scouting volunteers, donors, and youth have in communities all over the United States and beyond....

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The Secret to a Successful Fall Membership Campaign

Article contributed by Laura Clay, Western Los Angeles County Council Are you a Scouting professional who wants to know the secret to hitting year-end growth, raising more money, and increasing participation in program? With a bit of planning and proactive work, these...

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An Astronaut’s Take on Innovation and Scouting

Gregory H. Johnson; photo credit: NASA As a child, Gregory H. Johnson enjoyed asking questions, especially when he could discover the answer for himself. And as Johnson explains in a recent article in the U.S. News and World Report, Scouting served as an avenue for...

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How to Use Geofencing for Scout Recruitment

Story contributed by Wendy Kurten, Northeast Region Team Lead/National Alliances Director What if you could send parents an invitation to attend a Join Scouting event directly through Facebook? By creating an event on Facebook and ‘geofencing’ it, you can. It’s easy,...

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Tips and Tools for Preparing for Fall Recruitment

Story contributed by David Rico “Rico,” Southern Region – Membership Growth Coach In 1907, Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouting movement, devised the Scout motto: Be Prepared. He wanted young people to have the tools to face challenges. With that in mind, our goal is...

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Why Camp Visits Are Crucial for District Executives

Story contributed by Anthony Gonnello, district executive at the Heart of America Council From the smallest Lion Cub to the most seasoned commissioner, everyone knows that summer camp is where our program really shines. It is where Scouting comes alive, and where our...

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