Program Updates: What’s Changing? What Isn’t?
Blog 6 Mar 2014 | 9:24 am
There has been a lot of “buzz” recently about upcoming program changes, particularly to the Cub Scout program. In this episode of The Buzz, tune in to hear Russ Hunsaker, chairman of the Program Innovation Task Force, discuss what is—and what is NOT—changing across our program offerings. For the past few years, Russ has led a group of more than 75 volunteers from across the country who have left no stone unturned in their quest to make BSA programs more fun and more active for boys and simpler for leaders to deliver.
To learn more about the updates coming to Cub Scouting, attend one...
Register Now for the All Markets Strategy Summit – May 20
Blog 6 Mar 2014 | 9:20 am
Perhaps the most critical factor to Scouting’s future success is the ability to engage underserved segments of the U.S. population. In each community, there are youth from many cultures not currently served by Scouting. We must change that.
Families—all families—need Scouting more than ever before. For more than 100 years, Scouting has been a symbol of adventure, excitement, and achievement. Scouting provides unique experiences that prepare the next generation of young people for a lifetime of opportunity. Every young person deserves those experiences. Yet there are many who simply do not have access to a unit or have never been asked...
Nine of Scouting’s Finest Deliver 2013 Report to the Nation
Blog 6 Mar 2014 | 9:16 am
Did you know that Scouts camped a total of 6,093,410 nights during 2013? Or that Scouts across America recorded 17,042,938 hours of service to their communities last year? These are just two of the facts compiled in the 2013 Report to the Nation, which was delivered to members of Congress and other government leaders in late February.
The Report to the Nation fulfills one of the obligations of the BSA’s congressional charter under Title 36 of the United States Code. Each year, a delegation representing Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts is handpicked to deliver the report to U.S....
Marketing Awards Entry Period Closes March 17
Blog 6 Mar 2014 | 9:08 am
Has your council developed a great brochure or a killer social media campaign? Does the Annual Report or All Markets material look better than it has in years? Now’s your chance to be recognized! The entry period for the 16th Annual National President’s Awards for Marketing Excellence closes on Monday, March 17. Enter now!
For more information or to submit an entry, visit the Marketing Awards page on Scouting.org....
SCOUTStrong Joins Forces With USA Triathlon to Promote Active Lifestyle
Blog 6 Mar 2014 | 9:05 am
The BSA has formed an alliance with USA Triathlon to promote healthy, active lifestyles through the organization’s Splash and Dash Youth Aquathlon Series.
Fifty swim-run events from across the United States comprise the third annual Splash and Dash Youth Aquathlon Series, which runs from March through November 2014. Open to young athletes ages 7-15, the series focuses on participation and having fun rather than competition, and many of the events are not timed.
As part of our alliance, a co-branded “SCOUTStrong® Fit · Fuel · Fun” patch will be distributed to all participants. In addition, a Splash-and-Dash-in-a-box program, outlining how to host a...
Join Transatlantic Council Scouts to Save the D-Day Beaches
Blog 6 Mar 2014 | 8:59 am
(Adapted from Scouting magazine’s “Bryan on Scouting” blog) Love of country and reverence for our nation’s heroes are staples of the Boy Scouts of America.
So it should come as no surprise that BSA Scouts and Scouters are leading efforts to preserve the beaches at Normandy, where allied forces made landfall on D-Day. You’re a vital part of this effort, and you can help without traveling 3,600 miles to France. All you need is your laptop and 60 seconds.
The Transatlantic Council, a traditional Scouting council serving Americans living in Europe, is presenting UNESCO with a petition to request World Heritage Site status...
Councils Merge to Form Coastal Georgia Council
Blog 6 Mar 2014 | 8:52 am
Councils in Waycross and Savannah, Georgia, have approved the merger of the two councils to form the Coastal Georgia Council No. 99, effective March 1, 2014. The new council will be located in Savannah with the same contact information as before. The Coastal Georgia Council will be in Area 9 of the Southern Region....
JTE Leadership Hour to Showcase Members’ Digital Experience: March 5
Blog 28 Feb 2014 | 9:31 am
The March JTE Leadership Hour takes a deep dive into the rapidly evolving world of our members’ digital experience. Please join Gary Butler, deputy chief scout executive, and our Marketing Team for a revealing look at trends in digital behavior, what’s hot, and what’s on the horizon. During this session we will discuss the Boy Scouts of America’s digital strategy, as well as the tools and resources currently available and those coming in the future. The digital experts on our panel will discuss the value of using social media, on-line Web experience, email, and other tools and platforms to enhance...
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Programming Merit Badge
As a software developer, I was really excited to see the Programming merit badge for Boy Scouts introduced. Today’s youth are more and more connected via technology. Understanding programming will...