Where can you get the best of Scouting in one place?
At the 2017 National Jamboree, set for July 19 to 28, 2017.
Jamborees are one of the Boy Scouts of America’s coolest traditions. They’ve been around since 1937, and they just get better every four years.
Jamborees are a place to make new friends, to experience adrenaline-raising activities, to attend high-energy stadium shows, to trade patches with Scouts from across the country, to explore the stunning high-adventure playground called the Summit Bechtel Reserve and to unite with tens of thousands of fellow Scouts and Scouters.
I’ve been lucky enough to attend or serve on staff at every jamboree...
Scoutbook creator Shawn Jackson says having his game-changing web app acquired by the BSA is the best thing that could’ve happened to it.
With the BSA’s backing, features and improvements he’s wanted to add for some time will be possible now.
Jackson shares that sentiment and more in a short video interview conducted at last week’s BSA National Annual Meeting in Atlanta. You can watch it below.
After the exhibit hall closed for the day (and as loud street noises permeated the space … sorry about that), Jackson shared his vision for Scoutbook’s future.
After I talked to Jackson, it became clear the BSA had made a wise choice in acquiring Scoutbook...
A parent’s schedule is a constant balancing act. That means sometimes Mom or Dad can’t help but bring along their younger, not-quite-Scout-age children to meetings or events.
Where some see a problem, Virginia Scouter Rob H. sees an opportunity. While he won’t let younger siblings participate in activities restricted to older Scouts or Venturers, he also doesn’t want these boys or girls sitting around feeling bored for an hour or two.
After all, today’s younger sibling is tomorrow’s Cub Scout, Boy Scout or Venturer.
For today’s Tuesday Talkback, Rob wanted to know how unit leaders keep younger siblings entertained. Read Rob’s email to me and then...
Earlier today, I told you about the new interactive digital merit badge pamphlets.
I just purchased one myself and can report back that the process is very user-friendly.
Just in case you need a little help, I put together this step-by-step guide. Here’s how to buy them:
Step 1: Visit ScoutStuff.org
Step 2: Add one (or all!) to your bag
Step 3: Go to checkout when ready
Step 4: Log in or set up an account with ScoutStuff (it’s easy)
Step 5: Continue checking out. Be sure to use a working email address. That’s how you’ll get a link to your digital download.
Step 6: Continue payment
Step 7: Enter payment info
Step 8: Finalize...
This is an exciting time to be a Scout.
The Boy Scouts of America just released its first wave of interactive digital merit badge pamphlets, and they’re insanely cool.
Starting now, Boy Scouts (and troop leaders and merit badge counselors) can download digital versions of the pamphlets for Cooking, First Aid, Animation and Robotics merit badges. More are coming soon (see the list below).
These digital pamphlets are the same price as their print siblings ($4.99), but you get so much more for your money. In addition to everything in the paper versions, Scouts who use the digital versions get:
Videos, including “how-to” clips, career bios, virtual...
Meet your 2015 Silver Buffalo Award class
You can call these people Scouting legends. Or maybe Scouting Hall of Famers.
Whatever you call them, call me grateful for their incredible service to the Boy Scouts of America.
The 2015 Silver...