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Meet your 2016 Silver Buffalo Award class
Blog     27 May 2016 | 4:00 pm
The Archbishop of New York, the former CEO of Kampgrounds of America and the driving force behind the Composite Materials merit badge are three of the dedicated Scouters who received the Silver Buffalo Award at a special ceremony tonight. The 2016 Silver Buffalo Award class includes 13 Scouting volunteers whose contributions to our movement on a national level are deserving of the highest recognition the Boy Scouts of America can give to adults. These 12 men and one woman join the prestigious list of Scouters who have received this award since 1926. The list includes massive names in Scouting (Robert Baden-Powell, “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt), Hollywood (Walt Disney, Jimmy Stewart), sports (Yogi Berra, Archie...

How a Camp Masters fundraiser is about more than selling popcorn
Blog     27 May 2016 | 12:00 pm
When a Scout sells a box or tin of Camp Masters popcorn, he’s selling more than just a tasty treat. He’s selling the life-changing Scouting program made possible by fundraisers like the one Camp Masters helps councils and units run each year. I sat down with Doug Dent, director of marketing for Camp Masters, to learn about what makes his company’s fundraisers a success. Sure, the popcorn is irresistible (I couldn’t stop eating the caramel corn, myself), but Doug knows selling his company’s product is about more than bite-size goodness. It’s about building Scouts into more confident young men. For the proof, all he had to do was watch...

Meet the Eagle Scouts who received NESA’s two biggest scholarships in 2016
Blog     27 May 2016 | 9:10 am
An Eagle Scout from Wisconsin who built an elementary school playground for his service project and another from South Carolina who wants to be an astrophysicist are the recipients of major scholarships from the National Eagle Scout Association. The young men were honored this morning at NESA’s popular Americanism Breakfast at the BSA’s annual meeting. Zachary Blohm from Troop 218 of Oak Creek, Wis., received the 2016 Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award. For his project, Zach oversaw and participated in the construction of a community-built playground at the local elementary school. In sixth grade, Zach heard from...

This car in the Indy 500 has Scouting written all over it
Blog     27 May 2016 | 7:00 am
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. That blur you saw zip by at more than 200 mph really did say “Scouting!” on it. That’s the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America car, owned by longtime Scouting supporters Dale and Gail Coyne. The car, driven by Colombian-born Gabby Chaves — last year’s rookie of the year — will start in 21st position in Sunday’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. The race starts at noon Eastern on ABC, so be sure to cheer on the white, red and blue car with “Be A Scout!” and “Scouting!” on its sides. Having a Scouting car in the biggest automobile race...

Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO, becomes BSA national president
Blog     26 May 2016 | 5:18 pm
The Boy Scouts of America today elected Randall Stephenson, the AT&T chairman and CEO, as its 36th national president. Stephenson, in the BSA’s official release about his election, called the BSA “one of the best character-building and leadership development organizations in the world.” “The values Scouts learn as young men — integrity, selflessness and self-reliance — are fundamental to a strong, healthy society,” he said. “It’s no surprise that so many of America’s leaders, in every field of endeavor and from all walks of life, have Scouting in their backgrounds.” Stephenson, in his volunteer role, joins Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh and National Commissioner Charles Dahlquist to...

Dr. Robert M. Gates, in farewell address, says ‘America needs Scouting’
Blog     26 May 2016 | 4:27 pm
Dr. Robert M. Gates, in his farewell address as BSA national president, said America needs Scouting and offered three priority areas for the continued success of our movement. Gates, the former defense secretary and director of the CIA, addressed a crowd of volunteers and professionals at the BSA’s annual meeting this morning in San Diego. It was the Distinguished Eagle Scout’s final official address as the BSA’s top volunteer. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson begins his two-year term as the BSA’s national president today. Among the many reasons Scouting is essential, Gates told the rapt crowd, is that it recognizes young people for what they do — not simply for showing up....

A salute to outgoing National Commissioner Tico Perez, a Scouting stalwart
Blog     26 May 2016 | 10:00 am
Tico Perez has received nearly every award in Scouting: Eagle Scout, Silver Buffalo Award, Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award — the list goes on. He has served on the committees that selected the past three Chief Scout Executives. And everywhere he goes he speaks passionately about Scouting, presenting a powerful, often off-the-cuff argument for why this movement matters so much. His words envelop you. His successor as national commissioner, Charles Dahlquist, is well equipped to take the mantle. But first, I wanted to look back on Tico’s transformative tenure. During some times of immense change for the Scouting movement, Tico has helped lead the way. (Though I typically refer to adults by their last names...

Outgoing NESA president Glenn A. Adams helped countless Scouts down the Eagle trail
Blog     25 May 2016 | 6:00 am
Glenn A. Adams ended each of his quarterly columns for Eagles’ Call magazine the same way: “from the Eagle trail.” How appropriate, because for eight years as president of the National Eagle Scout Association, he has led the way as countless Scouts took the trail toward Scouting’s highest honor. Just as important, though, has been Adams’ understanding that the Eagle trail doesn’t end with the awarding of the red, white and blue medal and badge. Once you’re an Eagle, you’re an Eagle for life, which is why Adams was committed to tracking down and inviting Eagle Scout alumni to reconnect with the program by joining NESA. Under his leadership, NESA located more than...





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A salute to outgoing National Commissioner Tico Perez, a Scouting stalwart
Tico Perez has received nearly every award in Scouting: Eagle Scout, Silver Buffalo Award, Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award — the list goes on. He has served on the committees...

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