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...

Catholic Scouting Committee Applauds Adding Girls, Other Catholics Not So Enthusiastic

Although the Boy Scouts of America has been offering co-ed options for Exploring and Venturing programs since 1971, the BSA's new decision to invite girls to join Cub Scout packs (ages 6-11) and to...

What does the National Council do for Scouting on the Local Level?

The BSA membership fee will increase to $33 for all registered youth and adult leaders, effective December 1, 2017. Membership fees support the services that are necessary to provide Scouting to youth from 7 to...

Safety Tips and Halloween Activities for Scouts to Enjoy

Today, Scouts all over the country will cloak themselves in Star Wars capes, paint their faces Zombie green and race to your front doors with pillow cases in hand, eagerly awaiting an array of...

Hiking With Younger Kids

Now that the weather is getting cooler, lots of Cub Scout leaders will be taking younger youth on day hikes.  I think there are some very important rules.  The most important being …never lose...

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...

Duty to God is Essential to Scouting

The connection between a youth's duty to God has long been one of Scouting's tenets. The first Boy Scouts of America Handbook for Boys, published over a century ago, stated, “No boy can grow into the...

Scout Pack Activity: How to Carve the Perfect Pumpkin

Need a fun father-son pack activity this month that's Halloween-themed? How about a pumpkin carving contest? You get some good quality time together, it's creative, and it's some friendly father-son competition. Since you're carving to...

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...

You’re in Deep Water: Scouts Scuba Dive at Jamboree 2017

The Jamboree staff wasn't lying when they said the 2017 National Scout Jamboree would be the most extensive and engaging programming that has ever been available to young Scouts.  Although they were nowhere near the...