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A Simple Way to Supply a Scout in Need
Blog     2 Dec 2016 | 10:59 am
National Scout shops are providing the Scouting community an opportunity to help local Scouts who may be in need of uniforms, Scouting equipment, and other program needs. Similar to an Angel Tree, the Ethan Giving Tree allows customers, Scouts and Scouters to select a Scout in need using cards on a Christmas tree from any of our Scout shops. The card has the Scout’s first name and the items in need. Once selected, the supporter can purchase one or all the items needed from the card and provide them to the Scout Shop Team, who in turn will collect and provide all the items...

How Cub Scouting Will Offer More Flexibility for Den Leaders
Blog     30 Nov 2016 | 4:01 pm
Busy parents, den leaders and Cubmasters are in for a treat this holiday season that will provide greater flexibility and control over the Cub Scouting program. Effective today, some adventure requirements that were previously mandatory will become optional. In response to the feedback we’ve heard from den leaders, these modifications were developed to allow Cub Scouters more control over their den program. A national volunteer task force has reviewed the feedback and determined that the best solution is to make more of the adventure requirements optional, providing maximum flexibility and matching the needs of dens. As Bryan on Scouting puts it, the...

6 Ways to Fuel Your Exploring Membership by 2017
Blog     30 Nov 2016 | 3:01 pm
Councils across the country have been working hard to grow Exploring, and we’ve got the membership to prove it! These councils are contributing to the future of BSA in a huge way by stepping up and taking the Exploring program to new heights. We’ve made incredible progress in 2016, but the year isn’t over just yet. There’s still time to give your council’s membership that extra boost before this year comes to a close. Whether you already surpassed your council’s goals and want to underscore your impressive achievement, or just need that extra little push to reach your annual goal, check out...

5 Gift Ideas for the MVP Scouter
Blog     30 Nov 2016 | 2:54 pm
Any Scout can tell you the importance of dedicated Scouters. They always seem to have just the answer. They’re always there when you need them, offering a helping hand. They always manage to keep it together, even when camping plans run amuck.  How can we ever repay these MVP Scouters? We may never know, but here are 5 of our best ideas:   Lodge® BSA 6-Quart Dutch Oven Perfect for: Cooking up your favorite feast in the great outdoors. For the Scouter who: Can make even the pickiest eaters plea for seconds. Price: $69.99 Get it here!   BSA Scouting Village Lighted Ornament Set Perfect for: Adding holiday cheer to unit meetings. For the Scouter...

Complete the 2017 Voice of the Scout Surveys to Let Your Voice Be Heard!
Blog     28 Nov 2016 | 12:54 pm
Calling all volunteers, parents, and Scouts!  The Voice of the Scout surveys are being redesigned to empower councils to better serve the unit and we need to hear your voice!  Last time we distributed the Voice of the Scout, we attempted to reach 1.45 million Scouts, volunteers, and parents. Unfortunately, we only heard back from 9% of people and were unable to reach another 9% due to bad email addresses. To let your voice be heard in 2017, log in or create an account at My.Scouting Tools ( so we can contact you. If you have already created an account, make...

How to Apply for Sea Scout Boatswain Positions
Blog     28 Nov 2016 | 12:11 pm
Calling all Sea Scouts! Are you ready to step up and be a part of expanding the Sea Scout program for the future? If you answered ‘yes,’ then you’re in luck because we’ve got just the opportunity you’re looking for—applications are now being accepted for the Sea Scout Boatswain position. Youth who are involved in Sea Scouts can apply for the Boatswain position on a national, regional, or area (flotilla) level. Sea Scouts can even apply to be considered for all three levels, or simply select the one for which they feel most qualified. Deadlines All submissions must be sent by February 15, 2017 for...









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