Scouting Rocks — Just Ask Renowned Musician Johnny Nicholas
Blog 29 Apr 2016 | 12:49 pm
If you’ve been a regular reader of Chief’s Corner — where content largely focuses on how Scouting helps develop the character and leadership skills of young men and boys — you probably wouldn’t expect me to extol the virtues of someone whose Scouting career promptly came to an end when he tossed a cherry bomb into a latrine at Scout camp. After all, that behavior isn’t exactly congruent with the Scout Oath or Scout Law.
But then again Johnny Nicholas, the well-known musician — and big fan of Scouting, might I add — who suffered that very fate, isn’t exactly a...
DEA Advisor and Youth Member Share How Exploring Shaped Their Futures
Blog 27 Apr 2016 | 11:01 am
Despite coming from different backgrounds and facing unique challenges of their own, two individuals from DEA Exploring Post 9910 say it’s Exploring that turned their obstacles into opportunities and opened their eyes to a better tomorrow. Exploring helped guide two teens on a path toward success, confidence, and trust and now they are sharing the many ways their life improved after joining the law enforcement program.
Jarius is a law enforcement Exploring advisor who says Exploring helped him turn his back on the gangs, drugs, and violence that plagued his neighborhood growing up in the Bronx of New York City. Adrianna is an Explorer...
The New Gear Lions Will Be Sporting This Fall
Blog 27 Apr 2016 | 9:37 am
When the Lions begin to roar this fall, they’ll be wearing a cool new t-shirt and optional cap as their uniform! As we know, uniforming is an important method of Scouting. It helps BSA’s youth members feel special and a part of something great. That includes Lions!
For councils participating in the pilot, your Scout Shops will soon learn how to obtain these great products. Check out the awesome designs in this sneak peek…
What do you think about the new Lion merchandise? Share your comments and questions below!
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Fuel Your Growth Plan With These Council Success Stories
Blog 27 Apr 2016 | 8:47 am
Last week, BSA hosted the National Growth Conference, an event created to build excitement and alignment around membership growth, nationwide. The conference was broadcast live from an AT&T studio in downtown Dallas, not far from the National Service Center.
Staff members and volunteers from across the country shared fresh takes on our Game Plan, membership goals, and inspiring best practices, all with a goal of expanding Scouting’s programs to more of our nation’s youth. Just a few of the topics discussed were:
A district executive who doubled his Cub Scout recruiting year over year
How a council surpassed their Build an Adventure recruitment goals...
The BSA Welcomes a New Director of Communications
Blog 26 Apr 2016 | 12:53 pm
Effie Delimarkos has been named Communications Director for the Boy Scouts of America’s National Service Center, effective April 25.
She joins the BSA after spending the previous 14 years in a number of public relations and marketing communication roles, including at Ketchum Public Relations; Johnson & Johnson; Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide; and, most recently, as director – corporate reputation at Golin. Over the years, her clients have included a range of corporate, food, sustainability, and retail brands.
Effie has extensive experience in developing integrated marketing communications that increase brand awareness and reputation, as well as in executing communications strategies to support business...
Congratulations to the 2015 OA National Service Award Recipients
Blog 26 Apr 2016 | 10:00 am
Eight stand-out lodges across Scouting Nation have been chosen to receive the National Service Award. Selected by the National Committee of the Order of the Arrow, these lodges were honored based on the service of their members in their local councils in 2015. As the Order of the Arrow blog explains, these lodges truly represent the “Brotherhood of Cheerful Service.”
What Is the National Service Award?
The National Service Award was established in 1999 by former National Vice Chief Ryan Miske to recognize lodges in each region that have performed outstanding service to their council. The National Service Award is always presented the year following...
The Handbook’s Fourth Edition Guided Scouts’ Duty to Country
Blog 25 Apr 2016 | 12:24 pm
Our study of handbooks though history brings us to the Handbook for Boys, Fourth Edition this week, as we discover Scouting in the 1940s!
Similarly, to its predecessor, the fourth edition of the handbook is officially titled, The Revised Handbook for Boys, First Edition, although “First Edition” was removed in later printings.
The cover of the fourth edition featured Norman Rockwell’s “The Scouting Trail,” and depicts a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Sea Scout out on a trek. The artist’s relationship with BSA was progressing and this was Rockwell’s sophomore rendering for a Boy Scout Handbook cover.
Many Scouts carried this version of the handbook as they worked tirelessly to help...
Old North State Council Welcomes New Scout Executive
Blog 25 Apr 2016 | 6:40 am
Congratulations to Ed Martin who will begin serving as Scout Executive of the Old North State Council on May 1, 2016.
Ed started his Scouting career as a district executive at the Central Florida Council in Orlando, Fla and then served as the field director. He was then the finance director and later the director of field service with the North Florida Council in Jacksonville, Fla. He served the Northwest Texas Council in Wichita Falls, TX, as the Scout Executive and then moved on to be the Scout Executive of the Black Warrior Council in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Ed enjoys outdoor adventures, physical fitness,...
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