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2014 Fieldbook Hits the Shelves
Blog     17 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
The fifth edition of Fieldbook: Scouting’s Manual of Basic and Advanced Skills for Outdoor Adventure is now available. It covers hiking, camping, canoeing, mountain travel, ultralight backpacking, wilderness navigation, whitewater kayaking, and much more. Often described as “the best all-around guide to outdoor adventure on the market today,” the Fieldbook is the go-to manual for everyone interested in backcountry challenges. “For more than a century, our organization has focused on teaching outdoor skills and leadership and providing opportunities for adventure and life-changing experiences,” said Wayne Brock, chief Scout executive. “The Fieldbook isn’t just for our Scouts—we want to share these important lessons with anyone who seeks to explore,...

Sea Base Announces 2014 National Aquatics Workshop
Blog     17 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
The 2014 National Aquatics Workshop will be held Oct. 22–26 at the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base in Islamorada, Florida. The schedule includes ample time to enjoy the warm climate and natural beauty of the Florida Keys. The conference is especially well-suited for council aquatic chairs and National Camping School staff members. The conference begins with dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 22, and concludes after breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 26. A what-to-bring list will be provided about 30 days prior to the workshop. Each session will be staffed by experienced, well-informed Scouters. Some of the topics to be covered include: Stand Up Paddleboarding Aquatics...

The Search Is On for the BSA’s Most Sustainable Camps and Programs
Blog     17 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
Does your BSA camp, office, or service center raise the bar when it comes to sustainable practices? Are you teaching the Sustainability Merit Badge in a unique way? Are you taking sustainability to the next level in your programs? We’d like to hear about it! Over the next several months, a representative from the Office of Sustainability will be visiting BSA properties that incorporate sustainable practices into their buildings, trails, or camp operations to help protect and preserve the environment. These properties will be featured in the BSA’s first-ever Sustainability Report this fall, and the best practices will appear in the upcoming...

Register Now for NextConnect ’14: The National Marketing Summits
Blog     17 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
With new BSA research and strategic insights at play, it has never been more critical that we reach out to families in innovative ways. From the latest in digital and social media techniques to new recruitment campaign materials, you’ll learn how to market the Scouting experience to busy moms and families. Hear the latest in consumer research about what motivates a mom and her son to join. Learn how to make sure that every boy in your community has the opportunity to engage in the life-changing experiences only Scouting can provide. Discover ways to engage families through experiential marketing. Making...

Finance Impact e-Letter: April 15 Issue Features Member Data Shared Services
Blog     17 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
Click image to view e-Letter The April 15 edition of the Finance Impact Department’s e-Letter has been published and is now available online. In this issue, you’ll learn about Member Data Shared Services, a new service where local councils can outsource their membership processes to a team that reviews their registrations for accuracy and completeness, emails unit service executives directly to resolve issues, submits all new adult registrations for criminal background checks, provides management reporting of outstanding defective registrations, performs registration fee reconciliation, and does the daily posting details. This new service has been piloted since 2012, and is now a proven...

Top Hands 2014: August 20-22 in Anaheim
Blog     17 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
Top Hands 2014 will be an exciting opportunity for fellowship, learning, team building, sharing of ideas and a fun time for professionals and spouses! Make plans now to attend and bring key staff members. Joining us for a keynote address will be Dr. Robert M. Gates, the new President of the Boy Scouts of America. See you in Anaheim!...

Final Webinar for Mining In Society Merit Badge – April 30
Blog     16 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
The launch of the Mining in Society Merit Badge was a grand success! Now it is the responsibility of Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) members and others knowledgeable about the mining industry to promote the badge and to become Mining in Society Merit Badge Counselors. Register now for the Mining in Society Counselor Training on April 30. This is a free SME webinar to learn more about the badge and how to become a badge counselor. The session will be one hour. To purchase the limited-edition SME/Mining in Society baseball cap, click here....

Camp Scout! App Puts Scouting Information at Your Fingertips
Blog     16 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
(Article adapted from Bryan on Scouting blog) The annual practice of troops picking the perfect summer camp just got upgraded to the smartphone age. Clear a spot on your home screen for Camp Scout!, a free iPhone app brought to you by Boys’ Life magazine and the BSA’s Outdoor Adventures team. Let the iPhone detect your current location—or enter an address, place name, or zip code—and Camp Scout! will show you the nearest BSA-owned properties. Too many results? The “Things to Do” filter lets you see only camps with your unit’s favorite activities. Do your Scouts or Venturers fancy a place that offers...





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