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Why one troop in Illinois is sending 43 Scouts to the 2017 National Jamboree
Blog     21 Oct 2016 | 7:00 am
When I got the email, I did a double take. Betsy Hough, committee chairwoman of Troop 48 out of Lake Forest, Ill., wrote that 43 Scouts from her troop — nearly half the troop’s youth members — are registered for the 2017 National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. Forty-three Scouts. That’s enough to fill an entire jamboree troop — and still have seven Scouts left to join other Scouts in a second troop. So what’s the secret? A dynamic program, robust financial assistance and dedicated leaders — to name a few. Hough and her troop’s leadership came up with these thoughts on how Troop...

Vote for Boys’ Life in the 2016 Adweek Readers’ Choice Awards
Blog     21 Oct 2016 | 6:00 am
What does Boys’ Life have in common with Fast Company, The New Yorker and Sports Illustrated? All are high-quality magazines regularly singled out as the best in their class. The latest honor for Boys’ Life is the magazine’s nomination in the 2016 Adweek Hot List Readers’ Choice Awards. Adweek, a well-known advertising trade publication, selected Boys’ Life as one of six finalists for “Hottest Kids/Teen Magazine.” The editors picked the finalists, but readers get the final say. I’m urging you to click here to vote for Boys’ Life. Then get your pack, troop, team, post, ship or crew to do the same. You and your Scouts or Venturers can vote as often as you want through Oct. 31. Winners are revealed Nov....

Scouter who completes 1 millionth eLearning module will win free Philmont conference registration
Blog     20 Oct 2016 | 6:00 am
Getting trained for your Scouting position is its own reward. But the Scouter who completes the 1 millionth module in the BSA Learn Center will get an additional reward: free registration for a conference at the Philmont Training Center — up to $540 in value. The BSA Learn Center’s web-based training courses, created in response to feedback from leaders saying they want position-specific information delivered on multiple devices, went live in September 2015. They were an instant success, especially among busy parents. As of this writing, more than 975,000 modules have been completed. In other words, the 1 million mark is just around the corner. The free courses, available at,...

Breaking news: Join the Boys’ Life team for the coolest job at the jamboree
Blog     19 Oct 2016 | 6:00 am
Did you hear the news? Whether you’re a working journalist helping inform the public or simply a fan of the world’s greatest magazine for boys, you are formally invited to join the Boys’ Life team at the 2017 National Jamboree. Boys’ Life is looking for any of the following: Journalism merit badge counselors. Anyone with knowledge and experience in the fields of broadcast, print or online journalism. Anyone who would like to join the BL team! It’s no exaggeration to say this will be one of the most exciting and rewarding staff positions at the 2017 National Jamboree. What is the Boys’ Life Media Experience? The Boys’ Life Media Experience (BLME), which...

The age-old question: How is your troop organized into patrols?
Blog     18 Oct 2016 | 6:00 am
In some troops, incoming Scouts form a new-Scout patrol. In others, new Scouts are integrated immediately into a patrol with older boys. There’s no one-size-fits-all technique, but there are upsides and downsides to each approach. For this Tuesday Talkback, I’ll share the BSA’s recommendations and ask you to make a case for your preferred method of patrol organization. What is a patrol? As I’ve mentioned before, the patrol method isn’t one way to run a troop. It’s the only way. But what is a patrol? Vol. 1 of the Troop Leader Guidebook defines a patrol as a subgroup of the troop consisting of approximately eight Scouts. “It is the place where boys learn skills, take on leadership responsibility...

Court of honor recognizes 200 refugee Scouts from 14 countries
Blog     17 Oct 2016 | 6:00 am
It’s right there on the Statue of Liberty for all the world to see: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free … ” But for Michael Nebeker and his fellow Scouting volunteers in Utah, those are more than just words. They’re a way of life. Nebeker is chairman of the Utah Refugee Scout Program, which introduces refugees families to the value of Scouting. “Refugee moms and dads are stretched to the max dealing with their new lives in America and have little time and capacity to introduce their sons to the great outdoors,” Nebeker says. “The refugee Scouts love the outdoors, adventure,...









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