Scout Wire – 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 scouting.org.

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 scouting.org.

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 Scoutstuff.org 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 www.scouting.org/nsc.

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 boyslife.org/jambodvd.
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 scouting.org 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 internal.communications@scouting.org and we’ll post it for you.)

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One Response to Scout Wire – October 28, 2010

  1. Diann Conde says:

    The 2010 Virtal Top Hands Video is a great tool! It makes the local council feel connected to the National Office. Helps to keep everyone on the same page. Thanks for all the information and look forward to more of these videos.

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