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U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO to companies: Use Exploring to build a talent pipeline
Blog     25 Aug 2016 | 12:14 pm
Thomas Donohue, a Distinguished Eagle Scout who is president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has a message for the 3 million businesses — companies large and small — who are members of the Chamber. He says Exploring, the BSA’s hands-on career-development program for young people ages 14 to 21, is a powerful tool for companies looking to develop a talent pipeline. “Exploring is not just a good thing to do,” he said. “Exploring is a smart way to identify, train and recruit young talent.” Donohue, a former professional Scouter with three Eagle Scout sons, delivered a keynote address Thursday morning at the BSA’s Top...

With the Scouting magazine app, get every issue ever printed for $4.99 a year
Blog     25 Aug 2016 | 6:00 am
Carry a century of Scouting stories, knowledge and history everywhere you go by downloading the new Scouting magazine app. With the app, available for iOS, Android and Kindle devices, you can browse every issue of Scouting magazine ever printed — 1913 to today — for just $4.99 a year. Put another way: A one-year pass to 103 years of Scouting magazine content costs the same as a Venti Mocha Frappuccino. The app is free and can be downloaded by searching “Scouting magazine (BSA)” in the app store on your tablet or smartphone. Once inside the app, enjoy a free, two-minute preview of any issue. Or buy any single issue for $3.99. The best deal, though,...

STEM Scouts pilot adds seven councils, bringing total to 20
Blog     24 Aug 2016 | 6:00 am
For every two open STEM jobs right now, there’s only one qualified candidate. And while lots of people are talking about the dearth of hands-on STEM experience for young people, the Boy Scouts of America is doing something about it. Last week, the BSA announced that its popular STEM Scouts pilot program will add seven new councils this fall, bringing the total to 20. “Expanding this program affords us the opportunity to help youth more easily grasp what they learn in the classroom — or, in some cases, get ahead of what they will learn in class,” said BSA Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh. The expansion is great news for...

Have Scouts who take medications? Read these instructions, too
Blog     23 Aug 2016 | 6:00 am
Plan ahead. Talk to the Scout’s parents. Be smart about storage and labeling. Taking these steps and others when dealing with a youth member’s medication is a vital part of keeping our Scouts and Venturers safe and healthy. Here’s the latest: The July 2016 update to the Guide to Safe Scouting includes some new guidance on medication use in Scouting. It’s all covered in this PDF, but I have included some highlights below from the BSA’s Health and Safety team. 8 elements of safe medication use Annual Health and Medical Record: Using the Annual Health and Medical Record and listing all medications in the “Health History” section is how information is documented. Plan: Having...

Challenge yourself with Scouting magazine’s ‘Where Am I?’ contest
Blog     22 Aug 2016 | 6:00 am
Time for a new uniform? Or how about a new pair of boots? If a visit to your local Scout shop is imminent, take this chance to put some extra cash in your pocket. Test your knowledge of U.S. geography in the Scouting magazine Where Am I? contest. Examine the photo and clues and take a guess — you could win a $100 gift card to or your local Scout shop! Take a closer look at the photo featured above and read the clues in the newest Where Am I? contest, “Spirit of the Island.” Important: Don’t leave your guess as a comment below; submit...

How councils use Polaris ATVs to rev up excitement for Scouting
Blog     19 Aug 2016 | 7:00 am
It wasn’t adrenaline or horsepower that first got Pat Currie interested in all-terrain vehicles. It was the potential these four-wheeled machines have to recruit new Scouts and to retain older Scouts and Venturers. Currie, Scout Executive of the Dallas-based Circle Ten Council, learned of the Polaris ATV program after the BSA’s National Service Center conducted some eye-opening research. The BSA identified activities that young men and young women enjoy that aren’t offered in Scouting. ATVs were high on the list. OK, so nobody disputes that Scouts would love riding ATVs at council camps. But who’s going to pay for these machines? That’s where Polaris Industries Inc. stepped in. They offered...

Jared Ward, Eagle Scout and Olympic marathoner: Scouting taught me to do hard things
Blog     19 Aug 2016 | 6:00 am
Jared Ward is an elite-level marathon racer, a statistics professor at BYU, a father of two and a member of Team USA’s 2016 Olympic team. So, yeah. The 27-year-old has experienced some incredible things in his life. That makes it all the more remarkable to hear him say this: “Some of my best memories came while I was in a Boy Scout uniform.” Yes, Ward is an Eagle Scout. He earned Scouting’s highest honor in 2006 in Kaysville, Utah. He’ll race for Team USA in the 2016 Olympic marathon on the Games’ final day. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. EDT on Sunday, Aug. 21, and will be broadcast live on...






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