2017 Most Read, Most Controversial and Most Beloved Scouting Articles

Each year brings new triumphs, challenges, and changes. This past year here at the Voice of Scouting, we were impressed and inspired by Scouts who achieved so much and helped others in unique and...

Happy Holidays from the Boy Scouts of America

The holidays are a special time to look back on the Scouting memories of the past year. Thank you to all of the leaders, volunteers, Scouters, and families who have helped make our mission of serving...

Eric Dowdle Turns A Scout Camp into New Puzzle

"God, family, country" — those are the three words often paired with folk artist Eric Dowdle. "His whimsical, patriotic art stirs nostalgic and cheerful emotions for what makes our vast world intimate and extraordinary. Rich...

Give to Scouting On #GivingTuesday 2017

The BSA has a long history of shaping youth into leaders of the future – people of outstanding character who understand the importance of service. On #GivingTuesday, November 28, 2017, we’re continuing that history by helping Scouts...

More Armchair Quarterbacking for the Boy Scouts

It’s football season and “experts” abound. “Coaching” in the stands would be comical if it weren’t so annoying. Often the loudest critics know so little about the game. Many neither wore a jersey or...

Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh Interviews with CNN About Girls in Scouting

"Consider for a moment the benefits of camaraderie, confidence, resilience, trustworthiness, courage and kindness. If we hope to see these attributes in our children and in the future generation of leaders, it is important...

If Superheroes Were Merit Badge Counselors, What Would They Teach?!?

Trudging between classes on a brisk fall Saturday was hardly how I wanted to spend my adolescent weekends for an month. Doing homework, in addition to my normal school load, was not exactly my...

Girls in Boy Scouts = Scouts

Who am I to complain?  I was a died in the wool “tomboy” until I started Junior High in seventh grade.  I could outrun, outkick, out-throw and outshoot any boy in the neighborhood.  I...

Mark Griffin: Q&A Regarding the BSA Family Program Announcement

On October 11th history was made, girls were given the opportunity to be a part of Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting. Since then, I have received a flood of questions from my local council in...

What to Expect When Girls Join Cub Scouts

As you may have heard, the BSA announced that moving forward, it will allow girls to fully participate and register in Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs, should local Scouting partners choose to recruit...