Scout Wire – 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.


3 Responses to Scout Wire – February 10, 2011

  1. Ed Brandon says:

    Will you post Trailblazers info anywhere while ProSpeak is offline?

  2. Ed — That’s a good question, and one that we’ve considered. However, we haven’t yet figured out the best course of action for Trailblazers (which is one of ProSpeak’s most popular features). As soon as we do, we’ll announce it here on Scout Wire. Thanks,

    John Churchill

  3. matt thornton says:

    Love the new Jambo logo. Looks like action!!!!!

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