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Answers to your questions about the Cub Scout modifications
Blog     3 Dec 2016 | 2:10 pm
The BSA announced this week that some Cub Scout adventure requirements that previously were mandatory will become optional, in a move intended to give Cub Scouters more control over their den program. On Facebook, on this blog and elsewhere, Cub Scouters have shared questions about how these modifications will affect their pack and den. The National Cub Scouting Committee has supplied the following answers: Q1. Why were these modifications made? A1. Extensive feedback from the field indicated that many dens were finding it difficult or impossible to complete the adventures required for advancement. In a survey conducted in September 2016, only 36 percent of...

Michigan Cub Scout breaks regional record for popcorn sales
Blog     2 Dec 2016 | 8:00 am
Mason Schlafer, a 10-year-old Cub Scout in Pack 4055 of the Michigan Crossroads Council, sold a lot of popcorn this year. So much, the council and its popcorn supplier say, that Mason broke a Central Region record. To date, the Cub Scout has sold more than $20,800 worth of the stuff, and the motivation for his record-breaking haul is rooted firmly in the Scout Oath: “to help other people at all times.” And the winner is … At a recent Pinewood Derby, Mason noticed that the trophies the pack presented to winners were a little, let’s say, lacking. They actually were plastic glasses spray-painted gold — a clever and inexpensive solution. But, says Andrea...

What is Journey to Excellence, and why should you care?
Blog     1 Dec 2016 | 8:32 am
You think you’re making all the right moves for your Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts or Venturers, but do you really know? With the BSA’s Journey to Excellence scorecards in hand, you can answer that question with a satisfying yes. Journey to Excellence, often shortened to JTE, is a self-evaluation tool that lets unit leaders see, quantitatively, how well their unit is meeting the goals of Scouting. Think of it as a progress report. You can check in regularly to make sure you’re delivering the best possible program for our Scouts and Venturers. The process is simple, and the benefits are tangible. Here’s a quick...

Modifications to Cub Scout program give den leaders more flexibility
Blog     30 Nov 2016 | 3:00 pm
Dec. 3 update: The National Cub Scouting Committee has answered some of your questions about these changes here.  The Boy Scouts of America has announced modifications to Cub Scouting that make the program more flexible for busy parents, den leaders and Cubmasters. The BSA gathered feedback from den leaders who had delivered the new Cub Scouting program for a year. What they learned was that some den leaders had difficulty fitting into their program year all of the adventures required for advancement. This resulted in boys not advancing. After a thoughtful and deliberate review, the BSA has released some modifications to address this concern. What are...

Fly high with an Aerial Sports job at the 2017 National Jamboree
Blog     30 Nov 2016 | 8:00 am
How about a jamboree job where people look up to you all day long? That’s the promise of the Aerial Sports team at the 2017 National Jamboree, held July 19 to 28 at the stunning Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. The perks of the job — like the chance to deliver life-changing experiences to young people — are sky-high. The job requirements are not. In other words, you don’t have to be a Cirque du Soleil performer or that guy who tightrope-walked across the Grand Canyon to work in Aerial Sports. You’ll get all the training you need to offer a safe and...

Readers name Boys’ Life the hottest kids/teen magazine of 2016
Blog     29 Nov 2016 | 1:46 pm
The readers of Boys’ Life magazine have spoken in a big way. BL joined The New Yorker, Bon Appétit and Esquire magazines as reader picks for tops in their respective categories. The recognition for Boys’ Life came in the Hottest Kids/Teen Magazine category of the 2016 Adweek’s Readers’ Choice awards. Adweek, a well-known advertising trade publication, selected BL as one of six finalists. The others were J-14, National Geographic Kids, Seventeen, Sports Illustrated Kids and Teen Vogue.  The editors picked the finalists, and readers got the final say, giving Boys’ Life 39 percent of the vote. J-14 finished in second with 26.8 percent. Competing against that same crop of finalists in 2014, Boys’ Life won. Thanks to the support of BL‘s loyal fans, 2016 was...









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