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Can packs, troops, teams or crews participate in political rallies?
Blog     22 Jul 2016 | 6:00 am
The Boy Scouts of America might be the most patriotic organization in the U.S. But we don’t endorse any one political party. You could say that rather than being pro-left or pro-right, the Boy Scouts of America is pro-America. The same applies to your pack, troop, team, post, ship or crew. You and your Scouts should Do Your Duty to Country but not by endorsing any one candidate. During election years, the line between patriotism and political favoritism becomes thin, making it important to remind you of the BSA’s official policy on Scout participation in political rallies. Fact is, Scout units like the one pictured above are...

American Hiking Society has a deal for 2016 high-adventure base attendees
Blog     21 Jul 2016 | 6:00 am
If your Summer of Scouting 2016 included (or will include) a trip to a BSA high-adventure base, you’re pretty lucky. And not just because you experienced the adventure of a lifetime in New Mexico, Florida, Minnesota, Canada or West Virginia. The American Hiking Society has a special offer for participants of 2016 high-adventure programs at Philmont, Sea Base, Northern Tier or the Paul R. Christen High Adventure Base at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Scouts and Scouters can get a membership to the American Hiking Society — normally $40 — for just $10. Membership comes with benefits: tips about backpacking, camping and hiking; gear reviews; and a one-year digital subscription to Backpacker...

Neil Armstrong’s success in space didn’t surprise his fellow Boy Scouts
Blog     20 Jul 2016 | 12:42 pm
Neil Armstrong wasn’t your typical Boy Scout. While the other boys in Troop 25 out of Sandusky, Ohio, were horsing around at meetings and campouts, “Neil was buckling down to learning things like the flag semaphore code and first aid,” one of his troopmates told Scouting magazine in our March-April 1970 issue. And so when Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, those who knew him way back when weren’t a bit surprised. They expected this Eagle Scout to do some out-of-this-world things. A 17-year-old Eagle Scout Always a step ahead of his classmates, Armstrong skipped a grade in school and graduated early. At age...

Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden is an Eagle Scout
Blog     20 Jul 2016 | 6:00 am
Brad Tilden runs his company like a real Eagle Scout. Makes sense, because the president and CEO of Alaska Airlines is a real Eagle Scout. In the viciously competitive airline industry, Tilden offers refreshing proof that nice guys can finish first. He takes time to learn employees’ names. He regularly walks airport terminals to get a ground-level perspective. And he hires leaders based on a set of leadership principles that look strikingly similar to the Scout Oath and Scout Law. He does all that without forgetting he’s there to run a business — not make friends. So he pushes employees in a friendly but fierce way. That must be...

Pokémon sightings reported at Eagle projects, Scout camps, council offices
Blog     19 Jul 2016 | 6:00 am
Pokémon GO trainers are finding Pokémon, PokéStops and gyms at Boy Scout summer camps, Eagle Scout service project sites and local Boy Scout council offices. The discovery brings this crazily popular virtual game into the real world of Scouting. We’ve already talked about the importance of being safe when playing Pokémon GO. My post on the subject includes helpful reminders like: Never play Pokémon GO alone. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Never enter private property without permission. (If a Pokéstop is on private property that belongs to you or your council, see the bottom of this post to learn how to request its removal.) But today’s all...

2016 Pool Safely Pledge: Take a minute, save a life
Blog     18 Jul 2016 | 6:30 am
At summer camps and water parks, in community centers and backyards, pool season is in full swing. That makes now an auspicious time to remind you about the ways you can keep your children, Scouts and Venturers safe when swimming. Today begins the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s third-annual Pool Safely Pledge Week, set for July 18 to 24, 2016. The Boy Scouts of America is a partner in promoting this important safety message. There are separate pledges for youth and for adults, and they take just a minute to complete. The process is simple; the effort could save someone’s life. The youth pledge I pledge that I will … Pool Safely in...







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