Scout Wire – March 4, 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 dbrown@lflmail.org.

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 Scouting.org. 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 www.BSAalumni.org for registered alumni. For more information on the award or on forming an alumni committee, please contact Bill Steele at bill.steele@scouting.org 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 Scoutstuff.org 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 waynebrock.wordpress.com to leave a comment.

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One Response to Scout Wire – March 4, 2011

  1. Jeremy Burke says:

    Is the “Trailblazers” from the old prospeak still available? It was always nice to see where your PDL classmates were moving to. Thanks!

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