How To Pack for a Backpacking Trip Like a Pro

Backpacking has always been the quintessential Scout activity, and for many reasons. It is one of the only ways you can get out and see some of the most beautiful places on earth. It...

Join Other Scouters Who Make Youth Protection Matter

The BSA's brand new version of Youth Protection Training rolled out March 1, 2018. This new program, known as YPT-2, is mandatory for all registered BSA volunteers and employees. Because of the changes to...

Safety Moment: Propane Stoves

Years ago in Scouting, we had to talk a lot more about chemical fuels and equipment, but these days most Scouters I know have moved to propane. In this post, we will consider some...

A Female Indie Culture Journalist Finds Her Place in the Boy Scouts

Maddy Agers is not your average Boy Scout. For one thing, she's a girl. For another, there's not much average about her. She conquered her dreams to be editor-in-chief of her own pop culture site...

Hobie Call: “Superstar” World Spartan Winner Inspires Boy Scouts

200 feet loomed between him and the finish line of the World Championships. But one taxing challenge remained—a super slippery, slick sideways rock climbing wall. If he made it across, he could win first place. If...
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Jamboree, A History

The first National Scout Jamboree was in Washington D.C. in July 1937. Around 25,000 Scouts attended the gathering, mostly arriving by train. Over 600 reporters showed up,  President Franklin D. Roosevelt attended, and Dan Beard started...
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After Scoutmaster Basic Training, What’s Next?

Last Spring BSA announced online training for all Scouting programs on BSA's Learn Center. Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, Team Coaches and their assistants must must complete leader specific training online or from their district or council...

Seven Intangible Merit Badges Adult Scouters Earn

If adult leaders received merit badges for their Scouting efforts, what would they earn?  Inspired by CashNetUSA's list of 14 merit badges for adulting, we decided to put together our own list of imaginary merit badges....

How Scouts Can Be Prepared For an Active Shooter Situation

From its beginning, the Scouting movement has taught young people to do their best, to do their duty to God and country, to help others, and to prepare themselves physically, mentally, and morally to...

This Couple’s Jamboree Staff Position Became a Life-Changing Experience

At the 2017 Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, the focus is on the youth. Activities are centered around ensuring the thousands of young visitors have a memorable experience. However, behind the scenes, the...