Scout Wire – March 4, 2011

March 3, 2011

Regional Exploring Training to be Offered this Spring

Members of the Learning for Life national staff will visit 14 local councils (PDF) from March through May to provide specific steps to grow the Exploring program. The target audience for each two-day event includes council staff members and district and council volunteers. The training will cover new developments in Exploring and specific skills related to prospecting, sales calls, and organizing and supporting Explorer posts and leaders. Staff and volunteers from areas surrounding the 15 listed councils are encouraged to attend. The growth of Exploring can have a direct, positive impact on the Journey to Excellence! For more information, contact Doug Brown at

2010 Report to the Nation Delegation Continues BSA Tradition

A nine-member youth delegation representing each of Scouting’s programs recently visited Capitol Hill to present our annual Report to the Nation, which highlighted our achievements during the BSA’s 100th anniversary year. This year’s delegation—which was joined by host couple Ron and June Coleman of Decatur, Georgia—had the chance to present the report to President Barack Obama, Speaker of the House John Boehner, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who is a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and a past NESA president. To learn more, and to see photos from the trip, visit the Report to the Nation site on You also may read about the delegation’s experiences on Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca’s Bob’s Blog (login required). [Photos courtesy of the White House.]

Diversity Efforts Integrated Throughout National Council

The Membership Impact Department was launched in 2008 with the goal of offering a quality Scouting experience to all youth in every community. Since that time, the efforts of the staff and volunteer teams to focus on outreach to Hispanic and multicultural markets have been successful in developing new methods, programs, and messages. The logical next step to build on this success in 2011 and beyond is to equip every National Council team to participate in this outreach. To do so, the Hispanic Initiatives and Multicultural Markets team members have been deployed into positions throughout the National Council.

A task force and volunteer oversight committee that represents each focus will remain in place as we transition through Phase II. It is our expectation that by the end of Phase II, diversity and inclusion will have moved from an “initiative” to “how we do business.” The future state of Scouting is as an organization that fully represents the communities we serve.

New Award Honors BSA Alumni

The national Alumni Relations Committee has created a new award designed to honor Scouting alumni who have helped other former members reconnect with the program. The new Alumni Award recognizes accomplishments in four areas: alumni identification and promotion, alumni engagement, personal participation, and personal education. The requirements for the award are available at for registered alumni. For more information on the award or on forming an alumni committee, please contact Bill Steele at or 972-580-2032.

National Youth Forum Explores the Wants, Needs of Boys

Last fall, the BSA hosted its first National Youth Forum consisting of eight speakers who are nationally recognized experts on child development. Held in Dallas near the National Council office, the daylong event covered topics ranging from “The Purpose of Boys” and “Understanding Boy Culture” to the latest research on how children learn and play. Key excerpts from each presentation, as well as an introduction from Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca, are included in the presentation below. Please leave your thoughts using the comments feature next to the video window.

BSA Professionals Receive Half Off a NESA Life Membership

The National Eagle Scout Association recently approved a 50-percent reduction in the cost of a life membership for professional Scouters. Until July 1, the NESA life membership fee is $180, making the cost for professional Scouters only $90. After July 1, however, all NESA membership fees are changing, with life membership increasing to $250 (or $125 for professional Scouters). Act now and save yourself some money!

BSA, Amateur Radio Relay League Make Partnership Official

Through the now-defunct Wireless and present-day Radio merit badges, the Jamboree-on-the-Air, and K2BSA at the national Scout jamboree, the Boy Scouts of America and the Amateur Radio Relay League have a partnership that has spanned generations. The two organizations recently made their bond official with the signing of a memorandum of understanding. Read the complete memorandum (PDF) or watch the video below for a summary of how this partnership affects you.

There’s a Lot Happening in Supply … Learn More on The Buzz

With spring just around the corner, the Supply Group has a range of new, cutting-edge equipment and products that will hit the shelves of your local Scout shop in the coming weeks. Also, learn more about the exciting changes in store for in this episode of The Buzz.

What’s on Your Technology Wish List? Weigh In on WBtv

In episode No. 4 of WBtv, Deputy Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock talks technology. So what’s on your BSA technology wish list? Be sure to visit to leave a comment.


Scout Wire – February 10, 2011

February 10, 2011

The Summit Website Goes Live!

Snow may be on the ground in West Virginia, but things are still happening at the Summit, the BSA’s fourth high-adventure base and new home of the national jamboree. On Wednesday, the BSA flipped the switch on the facility’s new website, bringing it to life at The site features videos, information on the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, and two key interactive functions: the “Shape the Summit” survey and “Patrol Z” project, which will allow Scouts to provide input to help in the development of the property and digitally document their journey to the 2013 National Jamboree.

Ready for the 2013 Jamboree? Catch a Peek of the Logo Online

The logo for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree—the inaugural event planned for the 10,600-acre site—has been unveiled at the Summit’s new website. While registration for the 2013 event won’t be available until late spring, the site features participant qualifications and other jamboree information.

Tooth of Time Traders, BSA Retail Stores Win Top Retailer Awards

The BSA recently took home a pair of honors from the annual Outdoor Retailer Winter Market event in Salt Lake City, where SNEWS and Backpacker magazine named the 2011 Retailer of the Year award winners. Philmont’s Tooth of Time Traders was honored for “Best in Growth of Outdoor Sports,” while the Supply Group’s retail stores were awarded for “Best in Youth Involvement.” The awards mark the first time the BSA has been a finalist in any category at the event. The BSA’s push to strengthen our ties with the outdoor industry also was profiled in an edition of the four-day event’s journal, Outdoor Retailer Daily (flip to page 57).

BSA Marked 101st Birthday on February 8

The anniversary of the founding of the BSA is always a big day. Now that we’re a full year into our second century, a great way to mark the occasion is to consider how far we’ve come and where we’re headed. Bob Mersereau, director of the Office of the Chief Scout Executive, talks about “Continuing the Scouting Journey” into our second century in a recent ProSpeak article, while Bryan Wendell ponders our anniversary in the newly renamed Scouting magazine blog, Bryan on Scouting. And finally, hear from the Chief himself about timeless Scouting values on Bob’s Blog (login required, click on “Bob’s Blog” under the “Your Source” header).

Snapshots of Top Three Tapestry Segments Now Available by Zip Code

Esri, the provider of geographic information system (GIS) technology, has created a new tool that provides a demographic snapshot of any zip code. It provides a fast, easy way to see the top three Tapestry segments and specific demographic information, such as household income, unemployment, and age and race/ethnicity breakdowns for each specific zip code. For more information, visit or contact

ProSpeak e-Newsletter on Brief Hiatus

The BSA’s ProSpeak newsletter has long aimed to provide our frontline employees with the latest program information, career tips, and other essential facts and news. In recent months, we’ve polled our youth-serving executives to determine which direction you would like us to head with this publication. Until we’ve finished gathering and tallying all of this information, ProSpeak will be going on a brief hiatus. In the meantime, all key BSA news, best-practices stories, and other important announcements will be featured here in Scout Wire.

Boys’ Life 100th Anniversary Episode of The Buzz Available Online

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Boys’ Life magazine—and the 150th anniversary of the Medal of Honor being signed into law—the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation has invited the Boy Scouts of America to select an outstanding Scout to receive the American Spirit Award. Learn more in this episode of The Buzz.

Scout Wire – January 21, 2011

January 21, 2011

The Summit Chosen as Site of 2019 World Scout Jamboree

The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve has been chosen as the site of the 24th World Scout Jamboree in 2019. The event will be hosted jointly by the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada, and the Scout Association of Mexico, and will be the first world Scout jamboree held in the United States since the 12th world gathering was held at Farragut State Park, Idaho, in 1967. The 22nd World Scout Jamboree will be held this year in Rinkaby, Sweden, while the 23rd annual event will take place at Kirarahama, Yamaguchi, Japan, in 2015.

Learn More About Journey to Excellence Dashboard at Upcoming Webinars

Webinars will be offered on February 3 and 4 to teach area, regional, and national employees about the new Journey to Excellence dashboard, while council webinars will be held on February 7 and 8. To learn more and sign up for a session, follow the link that applies to you.

Follow Hawkeye Area Council Online to Achieve JTE Gold

The Hawkeye Area Council in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is harnessing the power of social media to help other local councils achieve Gold status in the new Journey to Excellence recognition program. To learn more about the “Top 10 ways to make the gold,” head to the council’s Facebook or Twitter page and look for the JTE-related posts.

Vote for the American Spirit Award Winner Now!

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Medal of Honor being signed into law—and the 100th anniversary of Boys’ Life magazine—the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation has invited the Boy Scouts of America to select an outstanding Scout for the American Spirit Award. In response, the editorial staff of Boys’ Life conducted a national search of Scouts whose achievements qualify them as potential recipients of this prestigious honor. To read more about the nominees and cast your vote, visit Voting will close February 11.

Help is Needed to Develop the National Outdoor Conference Agenda

The National Outdoor Conference is a forum for professional and volunteer Scouters responsible for outdoor programming to learn about new programs and techniques that can help them expand their local council’s outdoor programs. To ensure we include sessions that are relevant to local council programs, a short survey is available at for you to complete. Please forward this link to volunteers in your council so we may collect a wide variety of ideas. The survey will close February 4.

Heading to Philmont? Be Sure to Pack the New Field Guide

If you’re planning a trip to Philmont, now you can have a personal guide to the natural and cultural history of the high-adventure base and the surrounding area. The Philmont Field Guide contains 11 chapters, ranging from weather and geology to astronomy and Leave No Trace techniques. As a supplement, Philmont is also introducing an online photo database of the area’s natural features. As you browse the database, you may notice that some titles contain question marks. We will be adding a feedback section to this page shortly, allowing all photo experts to help us confirm the last few flowers.

Information Delivery Group Charts New Course

Today, we have access to the latest technologies and up-to-the-minute news and information. We, in the Information Delivery Group (IDG), live in this same information-driven world, and share your same expectations for immediacy, value, and performance. We recognize this reality. So, starting soon—and in very simple ways—you’ll see from us higher levels of service quality, new technologies, and improved tools to help you better focus on your personal Scouting mission. This change also includes more communication from the IDG leadership team. To help start this dialogue, please feel free to send your questions or ideas via e-mail to Chief Information Officer Ron Tozzie at

Learn More About the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at The Summit on The Buzz

Scout Wire – December 17, 2010

December 17, 2010

BSA Joins Forces With the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation

In 2011, in celebration of a century of turning “today’s readers into tomorrow’s leaders,” Boys’ Life magazine will work with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation to give readers the opportunity to help select a Scout or Scouts to receive the foundation’s American Spirit Award. It will recognize those who demonstrate extraordinary skill, professionalism, and a spirit of excellence in a challenging situation. More information will be released in early January on the award’s finalists.

Strategic Goal 411: What Is It? How Will It Affect the BSA?

In the National Council Strategic Plan for 2011–2015, seven strategic areas are identified as the plan’s main focus, or “pillars.” Under the fourth pillar, “Dynamic & Relevant Program,” the first objective states that, “The BSA’s programs match what today’s youth both want and need.” To accomplish this rather tall order, the first goal calls for reviewing our programs and changing them where necessary to ensure they are appealing, exciting, and culturally relevant. View the video for a brief overview of 411. More information will be shared in early 2011.

Journey to Excellence Dashboard Goes Live February 9

The Journey to Excellence performance dashboard for tracking council-level metrics will launch February 9 for BSA employees. National, regional, and area volunteers will gain access to this tool in mid-March, along with council board members, district chairs, and commissioners.

Learn, Do, Improve With CPD Classes in 2011

Powerful training experiences offered by the Center for Professional Development (CPD) await you and your staff in the new year. Learn more. Do more. Improve performance. Get course information and register by going to MyBSA. Click on Resources, then Center for Professional Development, and Professional Training Courses on the top menu.

It’s Time for Winter Sports! Be Sure Your Scouts Are Protected

Now that we’re in the heart of the winter sports season, please be sure you’re aware of the change to Item 3 of the Winter Sports Safety section in the Guide to Safe Scouting, which includes updated rules and recommendations for the use of helmets.

BSA Holiday Card Available on

A BSA holiday card has been developed by Media Studio to help spread cheer this holiday season. A downloadable .wmv version of the card is available on the Marketing Toolbox section of here:

Catch a Recap of Our 100th Year Activities on The Buzz

Scout Wire – December 3, 2010

December 3, 2010

Geocaching Merit Badge Pamphlets, Patches Now Available

You won’t need a GPS unit to find the official Geocaching merit badge pamphlet and badge–both are now available through the National Distribution Center (SKUs #610765 and #612253, respectively). The merit badge also is active in PAS/ScoutNet as #145.

Make sure your Scout Shop/local service center is well-stocked for the holidays so your Scouts can begin working on this exciting new merit badge.

December Already? Must Be Time for 2010 Annual Reviews in PDS

The start of December means the holidays are upon us and the year is winding down. It also means that the annual review process is now open in PDS. To help remind you about this important annual event and provide an update on some key changes to PDS, Fred Meijering, group director for the Human Resources and Innovation and Research teams, has recorded a quick video update.

L.A.-Area Scout Camp Puts ‘Eco-Cabins’ to Use

Embracing the BSA’s Leave No Trace mantra, architecture and design firm Gensler has created an “eco-cabin” for the Western Los Angeles County Council’s Camp Emerald Bay on Catalina Island. Utilizing sustainable design principles, renewable energy, and two 20-foot shipping containers, the cabin is the first of 20 planned 12-person structures that will be powered entirely by solar panels. The cabin was built in L.A. and shipped to the island with all materials packed inside the containers. To see more photos, please visit the blog.

Boy Scouts ‘Blamed’ for Adventurer’s Love of the Outdoors

Writer, broadcaster, and Eagle Scout Boyd Matson writes in the latest issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine about a recent quest to climb a mountain he first conquered as a Boy Scout in West Texas. When the climb proves to be a bit more difficult than he bargained for, he reflects on the events in his life that brought him to that point: “I blame the Boy Scouts of America. That organization stole my soul when I was a kid and planted it in the wilderness,” he says. “I was too young to resist their clever sales pitch built around hiking and camping trips. And their system of rewarding accomplishments with higher ranks and colorful merit badges meant, in effect, there was always one more goal to reach, one more mountain to climb.”

Watch WBTV for a Chance to Voice Your Opinion on Key BSA Topics

Deputy Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock recently launched WBTV, a video blog covering a range of topics on the culture, programs, and operations of the BSA. New episodes will be posted each month, and a comments function allows all employees to weigh in with their thoughts, questions, and suggestions for future topics. Wayne’s first blog, covering the creation of a strong culture at the BSA, was posted on November 17. Since that time, roughly 80 comments and questions have been posted on the site. All employees will be notified via e-mail when new videos are added to the site at

Scouting’s Journey to Excellence Featured on The Buzz

Scout Wire – November 11, 2010

November 11, 2010

Benefits Enrollment Ends Tomorrow—Log On Today!

You can enroll or make any changes to your benefits through Friday, November 12, on the BSA Benefits website. The changes you make will be effective January 1, 2011. If you need assistance using the site, call the BSA Benefits Center at 800-444-4416 (972-720-2000 from outside the United States) any business day between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Central time. If you make no changes, your medical plan option will be the new High Deductible plan for 2011 (unless you enrolled after August 1, 2010). Current elections for all remaining benefits will continue into 2011.

BSA and Ducks Unlimited Team Up to Promote Scouting, Conservation

The BSA and Ducks Unlimited are coming together to promote conservation and offer program options for Scouts. DU will encourage its chapters to offer programs for units, serve as merit badge counselors and unit volunteers, and assist with projects in support of habitat conservation. The BSA will be encouraged to participate in DU programs such as Greenwing or other conservation and educational opportunities. You can search for local DU chapters at (Click “In Your State” at the top of the screen.)

Sea Scouts Get New Manual in Preparation for 100th Year in 2012

The latest edition of the Sea Scout Manual is now available for purchase through The new manual is designed to support Sea Scouting’s youth members and to provide guidance and information in four main areas: ship organization and uniform, ship operation, advancement and recognition, and safety and seamanship. For more information, go to and look under the “News” header on the right side of the screen.

NESA Introduces Outstanding Eagle Scout Award

The National Eagle Scout Association has created the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award to honor Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state, or regional level. Unlike the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, which is a national award, the NOESA recognizes Eagle Scouts whose efforts have made a positive impact closer to home. For more information about the award’s requirements and procedures, contact the NESA office at

2011 is Almost Here—Time to Set Your Goals in PDS

With 2011 fast approaching, it’s time to set your annual goals and enter them into PDS. Once inside the system, click “Add a goal” to add three to five goals for the performance period. Be sure to write your goals in the SMART format: Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Realistic, and Time- and Resource-Based. Also, try to align one or more of your goals (or a component of a goal) to the national Strategic Plan.

Philmont Offers Web Widget for Council Websites

Would you like an easy way to link Scouts and Scouters in your council with the latest Philmont information? Shown at left is a widget that can easily be added to your website, guaranteeing that you’ll never have to update broken or out-of-date Philmont links again. A click on each mini window will take visitors to a website featuring one of Philmont’s program areas. To install the widget on your site, simply copy the embed code and paste it into your website’s HTML. If your site is powered by Sitecore, follow the Sitecore Step-by-Step instructions.

The National Outdoor Adventure Summit Needs Your Input

The National Outdoor Adventure Summit steering committee is accepting proposals from local councils that wish to conduct an elective at the 2011 National Outdoor Adventure Summit, scheduled for September 7–11, 2011, at the Northern Tier National High Adventure Base in Ely, Minn. The committee is seeking innovative programs that councils are willing to share with volunteers and professionals from across the county. These electives will supplement other electives presented by the BSA, national partners, agencies, and other organizations. For more information, check out the National Outdoor Adventure Summit RFP [Word].

Join Scouts from Six Continents at the 2011 World Jamboree

Be a part of Simply Scouting, the 2011 World Scout Jamboree on the fields of Rinkaby, not far from the town of Kristianstad, in the province of Skåne, southern Sweden. Hosted by The Swedish Guide and Scout Council, the 22nd World Scout Jamboree will run July 27 through August 7, 2011. The purpose of the event is to bring together Boy Scouts, Venturers, adult leaders, and staff to share international friendship and adventure for personal growth and development.

The Buzz Hispanic Initiatives Episode Released—English

The Buzz Hispanic Initiatives Episode Released—Spanish

Scout Wire – October 28, 2010

October 28, 2010

Groundbreaking at The Summit Marks New Era for BSA

Scouts, volunteers, and BSA professionals joined with area officials in West Virginia last week at the groundbreaking ceremony for our newest high-adventure base and future home of the national jamboree—The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. Dates for the 2013 Jamboree—July 15-24—also were announced at the ceremony. To follow developments at the site, visit The Summit’s Facebook page and check out the “Scouts in the News” feed on

Coming Soon: 2011 Boy Scouts of America Stationery

Get “Prepared. For Life.” and for the next century of Scouting! That’s what the new brand identity pieces for 2011 and beyond embody while featuring a fresh, yet professional, look. The official rollout of new materials is November 4. The BSA-approved stationery displaying the new national theme, “Prepared. For Life.” includes: letterhead with envelope, business cards, e-mail signature, and buckslip/notepad. All of these materials are available for customizing on Brand on Demand. (Licenses for Brand on Demand can be obtained through the National Service Desk at 800-627-3025.) They will also be featured on the Marketing Toolbox on

Interactive BSA Uniforms Site Launched

The new, official uniforms website is now active. It includes a number of features that make it a valuable resource not only for Scouts and parents, but for leaders, Scout Shops, councils, distributors, and customer service. The interactive format takes visitors through Scouting’s ranks and programs, with 360-degree views of what the official uniform should look like when complete. Other features include drag-and-drop insignia, full descriptions of each uniform piece, and a “Shop Now” link that takes you directly to the site.

Brush Up on Your Driving Skills While Helping the BSA

The BSA and the National Safety Council have joined to offer two great benefits for employees, volunteers, and the organization: online defensive driving at the discounted rate of $19.95 (less than half of the original price) with an added bonus of a $4 donation to the BSA. For more information, go to

Jamboree Souvenir DVD Now on Sale

Own a piece of history. The Boys’ Life 2010 National Scout Jamboree Souvenir DVD is now available for preorder at
The DVD provides almost 90 minutes of jamboree excitement, including arena show highlights, “Behind the Scenes at Boys’ Life,” and more than 600 jamboree troop photographs. For discounts on 51-plus DVDs mailed to the same address, or for questions, call 972-580-2376.
Please forward this e-mail to your jamboree leaders and others who may be interested.

New Training Will Be Offered for Venturing Leaders

The Venturing Leadership Skills Course (VLSC) is being replaced by a new course entitled Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews, or ILSC. The purpose of ILSC, which is the first course in the series of Venturing leadership training, is to teach crew members with leadership positions what their new responsibility is and how to most effectively reach success in that role. Completion of the course is a prerequisite for participation in more advanced leadership programs. The Volunteer Development Team expects this course to be released to the Scouting community within 30 days. Watch the training page on for updates.

Watch Virtual Top Hands, Leave a Comment, Win Prizes!

A quick, interactive substitute for our annual Top Hands meeting—called Virtual Top Hands—was recently sent to all employees. Featuring a series of brief videos recorded by our top leaders, the presentation also includes a comments function that allows you to interact with the Chief’s office and post questions. Several of you have already participated, but we’d like to hear from more of you!

Beginning today, we will send a special token of our appreciation to the first 25 people who leave a comment on the site. To sweeten the pot even more, one of those 25 will be randomly chosen to receive a special gift from the National Council. To participate, visit the Virtual Top Hands site and leave your comment today! (If you experience difficulty using the comments section, please send your comment to and we’ll post it for you.)

Geocaching Merit Badge Episode of The Buzz Available Online

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