What the Omaha Beach Camporee Experience Means to Me
Blog 18 May 2016 | 9:11 am
As you learned back in March, the Omaha Beach Camporee invites Scouts and Scouters from across the world to recognize the sacrifices of American and Allied soldiers who fought and died fighting for freedom and peace in 1944, during an unforgettable experience in Normandy, France. The camporee takes place April 21-23, 2017 yet it precedes many momentous events of years past. Diann Johnson of the Mayflower District has attended every Omaha Beach Camporee since its beginning and recounts what the Scouting event has meant to her in a touching testimonial below. Continue reading to learn more about why she continues to attend and why you should make plans to go,...
The Handbook’s Seventh Edition Sees a Lunar Landing & More
Blog 17 May 2016 | 2:42 pm
In its seven years of publication, the seventh edition of the Boy Scout Handbook saw several momentous days in history. Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the 26th Amendment brought the voting age to 18, and the Distinguished Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.
The seventh edition was written by William “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt, an influential leader of the American Scouting movement. Hillcourt’s previous works included BSA’s Handbook for Scoutmasters, the Handbook for Patrol Leaders, and of course, the Boy Scout Handbook,...
Check Out Scoutbook’s Latest Improvements & See What’s In Store
Blog 17 May 2016 | 9:36 am
Since its introduction in 2013, Scoutbook has been documenting the Scouting journey for thousands of youths and their families. The web-based Scouting app has gained more than 800,000 connected users and nearly 12,000 subscriptions!
Although Scoutbook has already rolled right through some serious web app achievements, it continues to grow and improve. Some of the recent feature developments include:
Updated merit badge and Cub Scout award requirements
Correct application of Webelos/Arrow of Light electives
Changes to Report Builder to support multiple versions or ranks/merit badges
Upgrades to web and database servers (to serve you super-fast!)
The web app’s popularity isn’t slowing down anytime soon and neither will...
See Why People are Wearing Life Jackets to Work on Friday
Blog 17 May 2016 | 6:28 am
This Friday, you might see people going about their daily lives with some out-of-place aquatic wardrobe—life jackets! No, this isn’t a fashion statement or a trendy fad. So then what’s with all the floatation devices?
Sea Scouts, BSA has teamed up with boating professionals and boating enthusiasts in support of “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work” Day on Friday, May 20. The goal of this oceanic event is to educate people about the types of life jackets available and how easy is it to sport these life-saving accessories.
The annual event, hosted by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), kicks off National...
101-Year-Old Eagle Donates His Scouting Treasures
Blog 17 May 2016 | 6:07 am
Burke shares his Scouting story with Austin and Montrois. (Photo credit: Stephen Swofford/ The Watertown Daily Times)
Scouts at the Longhouse Council received a historic gift last week when 101-year-old Eagle Scout Bernard W. Burke donated his Scouting memorabilia to the William Hillcourt Scout Museum in Constantia, New York.
The Watertown Daily Times and The Daily News Online recount how this former Scout’s giving spirit is leaving a legacy in his community.
Lise T. Montrois, Burke’s daughter, was looking for a beneficiary for her father’s Scout gear when she discovered the volunteer-operated museum and decided to give them a call. Before long, the Scouting alumnus was sharing his story with the...
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