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Scouting and Good Sportsmanship Are Inseparable
Blog     6 Oct 2015 | 12:38 pm
With football season in full swing, I have been thinking about how the values we teach in Scouting also are applicable on the gridiron. Earlier this year I was pleased to see the NFL present its first-ever recognition for outstanding sportsmanship, The Art Rooney Award, named for the late Hall of Famer and founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. As a long-time Pittsburgher, I was particularly happy to see that Mr. Rooney’s legacy of good sportsmanship and fairness to everyone honored in this way. (By the way, the inaugural winner of The Art Rooney Trophy was Larry Fitzgerald of the...

Why You’ll Want to Join the Summit’s Staff Association
Blog     6 Oct 2015 | 9:23 am
Want to be a charter member in a brand new Scouting organization? In the Summit Bechtel Reserve Staff Association (SBRSA), you can! Joining SBRSA opens staff and registered members to a new way of connecting with one of Scouting’s most prized treasures: the Summit. It invites members to share their great ideas on how to make the Summit experience the best it can be and support Scouting activities through the programs and events held at the Summit. SBRSA encourages fun and fellowship and celebrates the hard work of its members in a variety of ways. Check out some of the benefits to membership below to...

This Is How We Will Grow Scouting
Blog     2 Oct 2015 | 7:05 am
Last month, I shared my belief that a comprehensive business plan would help ensure we achieve our objectives, reconcile our dollars and cents and grow our organization for future success. I explained that as part of that plan, we should have a dedicated growth component. Today, I’d like to go into a little more detail on what I think that growth plan should look like, based on many ideas from volunteers and staff from around the nation. First, a little background: In 1972, the BSA had more than 4.8 million registered youth members. Last year, we had just 2.4 million. That’s a...

Reflecting on the pope’s message and its relevance to Scouting
Blog     30 Sep 2015 | 2:18 pm
I am still basking in the message of peace and hope delivered by Pope Francis during his visit to the U.S. last week. I was touched by his warmth and compassion as he made his way from the halls of Congress, where he reminded legislators to care for others; to the U.N. General Assembly, where told world leaders to think of the poor; to Philadelphia, where he warned that injustice can tear down a society. And I was especially proud that two Eagle Scouts from New York — 19-year-old Stephen Reilly from Troop 23 in Queens and 18-year-old Rennie Santana from...

Mom Brings Son to Scouting Open House, Here’s What She Found
Blog     30 Sep 2015 | 8:42 am
The Indian Nations Council‘s recent open-invitation Scouting event welcomed tons of prospective Scouts outdoors to experience the fun that can only be found in Boy Scouts. And the hands-on, hardy fun of the day reined in the attention of mom blogger Kristy, creator of Mommy Hates Cooking. When Kristy and her family headed to the open-house event, they didn’t really know what they were getting into. But by the end of the day, Kristy’s son was thriving in the array of active adventures tailored to kids. From zip lines to BB gun practice, the activities captivating the youth there left Kristy’s son sad to leave for the day. In turn,...

Families Like Yours Share How Scouting Makes a Difference in New Video Series
Blog     30 Sep 2015 | 8:22 am
For parents looking to remain a lasting influence on their children’s lives, what’s more helpful than borrowing character-building insights from fellow parents? If you’ve been keeping up with our “Families Like Yours” video series, you’ve seen Juan’s emotional video on how Scouting looks from a father’s perspective. You’ve heard Catherine explain how Cub Scouts gave her son the siblings he never had. Now, you can check out and utilize the entire video series in one spot. Head to the Marketing and Membership Hub to find links to download these seven videos. Then, you can upload the files to your social media channels and strategically promote the emotion-evoking...

How to Grow Exploring in Your Council
Blog     30 Sep 2015 | 7:39 am
Is your council looking for exciting new ways to grow Exploring? If so, taking on the Exploring Explosion campaign and attending the Exploring Explosion Orientation Webinar is a must for you! Exploring Explosion is a mission-driven Exploring growth campaign powered to engage more volunteers and professionals, advance local programs, and ultimately improve Journey to Excellence scores for councils. Why You Can’t Miss the Webinar Council staff advisors and volunteer chairs are encouraged to join the webinar to learn about the resources and tools needed for a successful Exploring Explosion kickoff and campaign. The webinar kicks off by introducing viewers to the Exploring Explosion website and points to helpful campaign...






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