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There’s So Much to Be Thankful for This Year
Blog     25 Nov 2015 | 9:31 am
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect on what we are most grateful for not only in the past year, but in our everyday lives. For me, it’s family. My wife and I really have enjoyed watching our three nephews grow over the years, and getting together for a huge holiday meal gives us all a great chance to catch up. One is an Eagle Scout, one is close to earning his Eagle Award, and the third may catch the Scouting bug. My brother is a great dad and he and his wife have done a wonderful job of raising these...

Ask the Expert: Can Scouting and Sports Coexist?
Blog     24 Nov 2015 | 2:09 pm
Who’s too busy? You and your family, that’s for sure – running from work to school, having family time, shopping for food or clothes and add in an occasional movie or visit with friends each week…your calendar is already full. Now let’s add an after-school activity! Popular After-School Activities Parents have some influence over which activities are appropriate for their children. In a recent survey, parents of boys age seven to 12 reported that youth sports (40%), church groups (29%) and after-school STEM programs (18%) were most popular. However, Cub Scouts (15%) and Boy Scouts (15%) measured the same or higher than...

Strengthen Your Marketing Strategy with BSA’s New Webinar Series
Blog     24 Nov 2015 | 2:08 pm
How great would it be to receive ideas and insights straight from the BSA marketing experts? Well thanks to our new webinar series, NextConnect, you can! NextConnect is a monthly segment that provides valuable recruitment and marketing tools to council leaders around the country. Michael Ramsey, Marketing and Experience Management department manager, shares all kinds of tips and resources to help strengthen your council’s strategy. If you missed the debut webinar, you can still catch up online. Here are just a few topics from the November episode you won’t want to miss: The Tufts University study on the character of Scouts How to use the BSA Brand Center How to share your own Scouting story Building...

Read Tales of Scouting Heroism and Valor in This New Page Turner
Blog     24 Nov 2015 | 12:00 pm
From the author who brought us the popular Scouting read, Four Percent, Michael S. Malone shares the untold stories of Scout courage in his newest book, Running Toward Danger: Real Life Scouting Action Stories of Heroism, Valor and Guts. Featuring 170 of the most exciting rescues in the history of the BSA’s heroism awards, the book uncovers the significance of lifesaving awards through the years and invites readers to discover the backstory behind the medal’s creation and development. By tapping into the memories of Honor Medal recipients through history, the book illustrates the importance of the Scout motto, “Be Prepared,” and echoes the positive impact of...

Fall VOS Feedback Is Live: Four Ways Districts Can Take Action
Blog     24 Nov 2015 | 10:03 am
Councils and districts can now peer into the minds of more than 98,000 Scouts, parents, volunteers and chartered organization representatives thanks to the feedback and insights collected in October’s Voice of the Scout. The results can be found on your VOS dashboard, providing a structured, streamlined way to review feedback at both council and district levels. Using this information helps identify strengths and weaknesses, while also gathering ideas for improvement directly from the families, volunteers and organizations. How to Best Use These Results As an outreach, VOS becomes more effective when action is taken from the feedback. Getting to the district level makes this exercise less intensive and makes the most of Scouting’s youth,...








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