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U.S. Forest Service aims to ease special-use permitting process
Blog     30 Jun 2016 | 6:00 am
If you’ve ever tried to obtain a special-use permit for a troop activity on land managed by the U.S. Forest Service, you understand that the process can be frustrating. The agency admits the sometimes-clunky operations have, in some cases, thwarted visitors from getting out and enjoying our country’s lands. Now the U.S. Forest Service says upcoming changes will streamline the permitting process for outfitters, guides, schools and nonprofits like the Boy Scouts of America — all while keeping these lands wild and clean. These changes will simplify the special-use application process using an electronic permit application; increase the number of staff available to...

On point: Boy Scouts of America, USA Archery announce partnership
Blog     29 Jun 2016 | 6:00 am
Now this is a bull’s-eye. Just in time for the 2016 Olympic Games, the Boy Scouts of America and USA Archery, the national governing body for the Olympic sport of archery, have announced a new partnership aimed at enhancing the awareness of youth archery. Archery is already wildly popular within Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops. In 2015, 41,879 Scouts earned the Archery merit badge, making it the third-most-popular elective merit badge last year. But this new partnership will further grow the sport’s popularity within Scouting. It will strengthen relationships between local BSA councils and USA Archery, promote instructor certification and improve delivery of the Archery merit badge at Scout...

Jeff Segler named BSA’s national artist, following in footsteps of Rockwell and Csatari
Blog     28 Jun 2016 | 6:00 am
The story of Scouting has been told through campfire tales, physical and digital photo albums, and official Boy Scouts of America paintings. In history, only two men have created those official paintings: Norman Rockwell and Joseph Csatari. Now a third has joined that colorful lineage. Jeff Segler, an Eagle Scout and former Philmont staffer who has been involved with Scouting for nearly 50 years, has been named national artist of the Boy Scouts of America. Segler, who lives in Santa Fe, N.M., says he was “stunned” and “honored” to be offered the position. He says he will continue to showcase the magic of Scouting in the spirit of Rockwell and Csatari. “Both...

Get your 2017 National Jamboree questions answered live
Blog     27 Jun 2016 | 10:21 am
From high-octane adventure to making lifelong friends, your Scouts and Venturers will be talking about the 2017 National Jamboree for years to come.  An event this memorable takes a lot of planning, which is why the experts are stepping in to help answer all of your questions about the 2017 National Jamboree. Tune in at 7 p.m./6 p.m. Central on Tuesday, June 28, to a 30-minute Livestream session featuring 2017 National Jamboree Chairman Ralph de la Vega, 2017 National Jamboree Director Matt Myers and Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh. The panel will answer questions like: Why is the jamboree important to the BSA? How is the 2017 National Jamboree...

Wood Badge methods inspire executive training program in Rwanda
Blog     27 Jun 2016 | 6:00 am
We think of Wood Badge as a way to deepen our impact within our immediate circles: at home, in Scouting, at work. But Kevin Etter, whose Wood Badge critter is a Bear, has unlocked a way to bring Wood Badge principles beyond Scouting and, indeed, beyond American borders. Etter works for UPS as something called a humanitarian logistician. Two years ago, UPS loaned his services to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance based in Geneva that aims to provide routine childhood vaccinations in the world’s 73 poorest countries. Gavi asked Etter to create an executive training program to enhance the leadership skills of its top officials. “I was asked to develop a program...

MasterChef Junior announces open casting calls for young cooks
Blog     24 Jun 2016 | 6:00 am
A Boy Scout won Season 2 of MasterChef Junior back in December 2014. If you ask me, it’s time for seconds. MasterChef Junior, the Fox competition that awards $100,000 to a preteen cook, is hosting open casting calls for Season 6 in New Orleans, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Houston, and Jacksonville, Fla. The young cook must be at least 8 years old by Aug. 1, 2017, and no older than 13. And (though this should go without saying), the minor must be accompanied by an adult guardian throughout the open call. Though attending a casting call is considered “the preferred method,” interested applicants may apply by sending in a video. Learn how here, and pay...







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Arlington Eagle Scouts earn recognition
On June 11, Boy Scout Troop 306, held a ceremony to honor three Scouts: Liam Durant, Liam Lanigan and Trevor Brown, for attaining Boy Scouting’s highest rank, the Eagle Scout...

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