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Coming Together as a Family at Top Hands 2015
Blog     26 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm
The 2015 Top Hands closing ceremony gathered Scouting professionals from across the Scouting nation for a memorable dinner in true Scouting fashion – around the familiar glow of the campfire. Scouting’s professional leadership including Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock and incoming Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh, along with Eagle Scout climber Matt Moniz and National OA Chief Alex Call, shared a night of storytelling and fond memories, and what it means to be a part of the Scouting family. Paying tribute to the outdoor Scouting brand , Scouts representing programs from Cub Scouts to Venturing, and even Explorers, huddled around a campsite in...


How the BSA Compares to Harley-Davidson
Blog     26 Aug 2015 | 1:54 pm
What do The Boy Scouts of America and Harley-Davidson – two iconic American brands – have in common?  More than you might think – as incoming Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh explained last Friday at the annual meeting of Scouting professionals, Top Hands. Chief Surbaugh reved up the crowed when he discussed the parallels between the BSA and Harley-Davidson. Not immediately seeing the similarities? We’ve got you covered. How the Boy Scouts of America and Harley-Davidson Share Legacies Both Harley-Davidson and the BSA were born around the turn of the last century. Harley-Davidson represented basic transportation for riders. The BSA  represented basic values and character-building for boys. As...


5 Questions with Boy Scout Experience Manager AJ Wilson
Blog     26 Aug 2015 | 8:41 am
Making the Scouting experience the best it can possibly be is the reason we’re all here. Volunteers and professionals in the BSA funnel their energy and time into making sure youth get the programs they deserve. And a new face around the National Service Center – AJ Wilson – is working to make this mission easier than ever. As the Boy Scout experience manager, AJ is tasked with making sure every Boy Scout from every part of the country is having an awesome time in the program. How does he do it? Find out by reading up on the leader in our 5 Questions series below.     What’s most...


There’s a First Time for Everything
Blog     26 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
There’s a first time for everything, as the saying goes. We have a seemingly endless list of firsts throughout our lifetimes: First steps, first words, first day of school and the first day at a new job.  Today, I add a new entry to my personal list of firsts by sharing my first-ever Chief’s Corner blog post. In it, I want to do something else for the first — but most certainly not the last — time, and that is to say thank you to the Scouting community. Thank you — volunteers, staff and Scouts alike — for everything you do...


Creating a Collaborative Workplace for All Gens
Blog     25 Aug 2015 | 11:22 am
Professional and volunteer Scouters of all ages can rejoice because this year Top Hands delivered a clear message for all generations involved in Scouting: Let’s enjoy working together! If you didn’t attend the conference this year, fear not. We have the scoop on generational synergy recapped for you below. Check it out and take notes, whether that’s on the standby pen and paper (baby boomers) or dictated to your notes app (millennials). Valued, Challenged, Included: Engaging Millennials Forget about minding the gap. Working with the youngest adults in the work force gives you the chance to bridge the gap – the generation gap, that...


Second Annual Scout Day at Natural Bridge Park
Blog     25 Aug 2015 | 9:27 am
As the National Park Service celebrates its 99th birthday today, we reflect on a century’s worth of Scouts and parks as a dynamic duo. Scouting in a park setting is timeless. That’s why national, state, and city parks make a tradition of hosting big events for Scouts. The Natural Bridge Park in Virginia is hosting a Scout Day on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you know a Scout or troop in the area, be sure to share the following information with them. Scout Day at Natural Bridge Park Cost per person is $15 and includes admission to open activities, one special activity, and a...


Firefighter Eagle Scouts: Take the Fire Safety Merit Badge Challenge
Blog     24 Aug 2015 | 1:37 pm
You’ve read about the heroic fire-fighting efforts of Scouts who knew how to keep their cool during a blaze and understood the importance of fire safety on Scouting Newsroom. But did you know you can play a major role in teaching fire safety to Scouts like these? That’s right – if you are a firefighter Eagle Scout, then NESA has a challenge for you! The National Eagle Scout Association Firefighter group is asking all firefighter Eagles to take the Fire Safety Merit Badge challenge during Fire Prevention week (October 5-11) by offering Fire Safety Merit Badges at their firehouses. This challenge encourages training Scouts on fire...


Remembering 9th Chief Scout Executive Jere Ratcliffe
Blog     24 Aug 2015 | 10:06 am
The Boy Scouts of America reflects upon the legacy of former Chief Scout Executive Jere Ratcliffe, who passed away on Friday, August 21, 2015. Ratcliffe led the organization from February 1993 through May 2000 as the 9th Chief Scout Executive. Ratcliffe’s love for Scouting was evident throughout his life. Well beyond his retirement, he stayed close to Scouting volunteers and professionals, both locally and nationally. He earned the Eagle Scout rank from Tecumseh Council in 1955. After graduating from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, he volunteered at North Florida Council in Jacksonville. While there, he pursued a career as a Scouting professional and attended the National Training...



   
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