How Interactive Digital Pamphlets Are Revitalizing Merit Badges
Blog 20 Oct 2016 | 1:18 pm
Story Janice Downey, National Service Center Pilots & Program Development and Pearson Education
When the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) started updating and innovating the merit badge program, I knew it would be an interesting journey full of possibilities and potential opportunities. The project involved more than just creating digital fliers and web pages; we wanted to provide an interactive experience that would inform and inspire a renewed enthusiasm for the entire organization. Now that we have rolled out the program, we are getting great responses from users including Scouts, their parents, merit badge counselors, and leaders.
But before I cover the...
What Councils Need to Do for #GivingTuesday
Blog 19 Oct 2016 | 9:27 am
The BSA has a proven track record of shaping youth into people of outstanding character – people who understand the meaning of accountability and the importance of servant leadership. On #GivingTuesday, November 29, 2016, we’re continuing that record by helping Scouts become the leaders of the future.
Read on to discover how you can help invest in tomorrow’s leaders this #GivingTuesday.
What Is #GivingTuesday?
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus...
6 Ways to Raise Awareness for Cyber Security and Online Safety This Month
Blog 18 Oct 2016 | 7:47 am
At the BSA we’re committed to online safety for both Scouts and Scouters, and we have a plethora of resources to help keep you and your family protected on the web. In fact, October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity.
We live in a world that is more connected than ever before. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise...
How These Scouts Used Pokémon Go to Boost Popcorn Sales
Blog 17 Oct 2016 | 12:19 pm
Story contributed by Taylor Olmstead, Marketing Coordinator at the Atlanta Area Council
The Scouts in pack 420 really get energized about popcorn sales when they are out in public. This was especially true at our booth at the Duluth Fall Festival. The Scouts sold popcorn and took donations for members of our United States Armed Forces.
With Pokémon Go being so popular, this year, the Scouts have been out and about hunting for in-game Pokéstops for weeks. Our booth at the festival just happened to be near two Pokéstops, so a former pack 420 Cub Scout, and current Star Scout with troop 419, Joseph, decided to help...
Looking for Eagle Project Ideas? Use This Resource
Blog 17 Oct 2016 | 2:00 am
As they consider Eagle project ideas during the planning stages for an Eagle Scout project, many Scouts run through a series of thoughts about what might work. Indeed, part of the process requires a Scout to weigh a number of options concerning feasibility and logistics for any particular project.
Eagle project ideas that might at first seem perfect may come with unforeseen challenges or difficulties. And sometimes Scouts need one or more backup Eagle project ideas to help ensure that they have options should they encounter impassible roadblocks on their initial project.
Additionally, some Scouts are just looking for a place to begin...