Scouting Wire

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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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The advantage of kindness and character

Congratulations to all the Scouts, Venturers and Explorers graduating this month! If you’re headed off to college, getting vocational training or launching into the workforce, I know what you’ve learned through Scouting and all of our BSA programs will serve you well....

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Greg Leitch Selected as Scout Executive of Sequoyah Council

Congratulations to Greg Leitch, who will serve as Scout executive of the Sequoyah Council in Johnson City, Tennessee, effective June 1, 2019. Greg began his Scouting career as a district executive at the Great Smoky Mountain Council in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he...

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John Sumner Selected as Scout Executive of Cornhusker Council

Please join us as we congratulate John Sumner, who will serve as Scout executive of the Cornhusker Council in Lincoln, Nebraska, effective June 16, 2019. John began his Scouting career as a district executive at the Denver Area Council in Denver, Colorado. He moved on...

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How This Texas Cub Scout Den Recognizes Ramadan

As part of a new series, Scouting Wire is taking a look at how members of our Scouting family across the country observe a variety of religious holidays of their own faith and support fellow unit members in theirs. This month, join us as we hear from the leader of a...

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Dirk Smith Selected as Scout Executive of Montana Council

Congratulations to Dirk M. Smith, who will serve as Scout executive of the Montana Council in Great Falls, Montana effective May 16, 2019. Dirk began his Scouting career as a district executive at the Put-Han-Sen Area Council in Findlay, Ohio. He moved on to become...

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Are You Prepared for Your District Program Planning Kickoff?

Providing a quality, year-round Scouting program should be the goal of every Scouting unit. This program planning guide will help district executives develop an annual program plan, a budget to go along with that plan, and a fundraising plan to reach  program goals....

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Why You Should Visit the Philmont Training Center

Are you looking for a training opportunity that will take your volunteering experience to the next level? District and unit volunteers are invited to visit the Philmont Training Center to explore unique ways to better serve their Scouting communities. The Philmont...

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