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Scholarships Available for NextConnect National Marketing Summits—Register Now!
Blog     24 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
David Weekley, the newly elected national vice president of marketing of the Boy Scouts of America, wants to make you aware of special scholarship funds that have become available to help offset travel expenses so every council can send at least one volunteer to the NextConnect conferences Aug. 7-8 in Dallas or Aug. 11-12 in Chicago. The scholarship dollars will be provided for the volunteer who you believe can become a spark plug for greater effectiveness in your council. The Marketing Group will provide scholarships as follows: Class 300 councils and smaller: $500 for one volunteer to attend. Class 200 councils: $500 each...

The Buzz: New President Inducted at 2014 National Annual Meeting
Blog     24 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
Did you miss out on this year’s National Annual Meeting, held in Nashville, Tenn.? If you did—or even if you were there, and would like to see a quick recap of the busy week’s events—the latest episode of The Buzz is dedicated to the event’s high points, including: The final address from Wayne Perry, the BSA’s 34th national president, and the induction of Dr. Robert M. Gates as the 35th national president. For more sights and sounds from the 2014 event–including Dr. Gates’ full, unedited remarks–head to the Scout Wire NAM page....

Finance Impact e-Letter: July 15 Issue Covers Shared Services, Calculating Insurance Costs, and More
Blog     24 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
The July 15 issue of the Finance Impact Department’s e-Letter has been published and is available online. In this issue of the e-Letter, we look at the benefits of moving toward a shared services model for council fiscal management, as well as the ins and outs of calculating insurance costs and some upcoming Blackbaud Constituent Relationship Management (BBCRM) conversion webinars. To read the entire issue, click the link above or the image at left. Previous issues of the newsletter are available by following the links under the BSA Newsletters header at right....

New Features, Updates Added to my.Scouting Tools
Blog     24 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
We are happy to announce the latest new features and improvements that are available on my.Scouting Tools, including the following: New! Organization Security Manager Tool Key 3s at each organization level, including council, area, region and national, now have the ability to grant three people Key 3 access (a.k.a. Plus 3). Key 3s have the ability to assign certain functional positions access to the Training Manager tool.  Additional roles will be added as needed and as new tools become available.  Member Manager will now contain only unit related roles applicable to sub units (i.e. Dens, Patrols, Squads, Groups, Crews) available for assignment. For answers...

Are Boys in Your Council ‘Hooked on Scouting?’ They Should Be!
Blog     24 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
Are you hooked on Scouting? Well, you can be. Councils are using the “Hooked on Scouting” program to reel in Cub Scout-age boys who love fishing or who want to learn. The program can help turn Scouting into a family affair and provide a great fishing experience for young boys joining Cub Scouting. Boys who join can receive a free rod and reel and a free tackle pack. Unit events can be adapted to the “Build an Adventure” recruiting campaign. New resources for “Hooked on Scouting” are now available online in the Marketing Toolbox....

Philmont Reaches 1-million Camper Milestone
Blog     24 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
This summer, Philmont Scout Ranch reached the milestone of one million campers. It all started 75 years ago when Waite Phillips offered 35,857 acres of his ranch to the Boy Scouts of America in 1938 to serve as a national wilderness camping area. The area was named Philturn Rockymountain Scoutcamp (after Phillips’ name and the Scout slogan “Do a Good Turn Daily”). Fees for the first summer were set at $1 per week per camper, and 189 Scouts from Texas, Kansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma arrived for the first experience at a national backcountry Scout camp. To read more, head to

Scouts Can Really Sink Their Teeth Into BSA’s Latest Tasty Partnership
Blog     24 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
The Boy Scouts of America and Jack Link’s have teamed up on a multiyear partnership that will make Jack Link’s “The Official Protein Snack of the Boy Scouts of America” and the organization’s four national high-adventure bases. The agreement will put many of Jack Link’s popular beef, pork, and turkey jerky products onto the shelves of BSA retail facilities and into the hands of the thousands of youth and adult members who sign up each year for adrenaline-pumping adventures at its national high-adventure bases in Florida, Minnesota, New Mexico, and West Virginia. Resources Press release on “Scoutin’ With Sasquatch” videos






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Finance Impact e-Letter: July 15 Issue Covers Shared Services, Calculating Insurance Costs, and More
The July 15 issue of the Finance Impact Department’s e-Letter has been published and is available online. In this issue of the e-Letter, we look at the benefits of moving toward...


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