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You can teach a Scout to fish — with proper training
Blog     15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
If your idea of teaching Scouts how to fish is telling them to “watch what I do,” you probably could use some training. And I’ve got just the thing: the Certified Angling Instructor Training course, taught Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, 2014, at (where else?) Florida Sea Base. Conference attendees will earn the BSA’s Certified Angling Instructor recognition, meaning they’re certified to run fishing programs at BSA summer camps and instruct the Fishing and Fly-Fishing merit badges. Think of it as the fishing equivalent of firearm or climbing instructor training. Of course, if you’re a registered merit badge counselor, you may teach Fishing and Fly-Fishing merit...

Esquire: ‘Are There Still Boy Scouts?’
Blog     12 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
The headline and teaser alone will hook you: “Are There Still Boy Scouts? Millions of them, in tens of thousands of troops, though not nearly as many as there once were. Robert Gates is hoping to change that.” Esquire, the highly respected men’s magazine that reaches 2.6 million adults, profiles BSA National President Robert M. Gates in its October 2014 issue. I got a sneak peek at the article this morning and can tell you it’s a must-read. The 3,100-word piece covers Gates’ own experience as the son of a Boy Scout, as an Eagle Scout and now as the BSA’s top national volunteer. Gates tells the article’s writer, Mike Sager, that “the country...

Enter the NFL Play 60 Super Kid contest, win a trip to the Super Bowl
Blog     12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
Your favorite NFL team is eyeing a trip to the Super Bowl, and so should you. Show the NFL why your child is the next NFL Play 60 Super Kid, and your family could win a trip to Super Bowl XLIX. Last season’s winner was a Cub Scout, and here’s hoping this year’s winner will come from our ranks, too. You might remember that in February, Cub Scout Thomas Brown attended the Super Bowl as the NFL Play 60 Super Kid. Thomas, who learned about the contest in Boys’ Life magazine, got to deliver the official game ball to the ref, enjoy a week of Super Bowl festivities and attend the nation’s...

Vogue article proves the words ‘Eagle Scout’ speak volumes
Blog     11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
You’ll find positive mentions of Eagle Scouts all over newspapers and TV. But one place I wasn’t expecting to see a reference to Scouting’s highest honor was in Vogue magazine. I’m not a regular reader of the monthly fashion magazine, but 1.3 million people, mostly women, pick up each issue. A Scouter told me to check out the August 2014 issue for something noteworthy. And sure enough, I found it on Page 96. The article is written by Joyce Maynard, who also penned the novel Labor Day, which became a movie starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin last year. Maynard tells the true story about her own perilous quest to find love in her late 50s. Finally, she meets...

Have your say in the next generation of Venturing uniforms
Blog     10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
It’s time to update the Venturing uniform, and the BSA’s older-youth program wants your help. In a move that befits a youth-led program, Venturing’s top youth leaders are in charge of coming up with ideas for the next generation of Venturing uniform. But they don’t plan to do it alone. This is where you come in. I heard from National Venturing Vice President Jillian Infusino (pictured here), who asked me to share the six questions below with you. “We have been given the opportunity to present some ideas about a new Venturing uniform to [Deputy Chief Scout Executive] Gary Butler at the Fall National Committee Meetings,” Infusino says. “We want to hear...








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