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Wood Badge participant reflects on her ‘life-changing experience’

After her first day of Wood Badge, Renee Estrella-Wells was tired and more than a little overwhelmed. By the second day, though, things started to change. The magic of Wood Badge started to appear. Wood Badge, a national-level course hosted and staffed by local councils, is the BSA’s advanced leadership training for adults. After six days (one week or two…

New Troop Leader Resources website!

Troop Leader Resources — available at troopleader.org — is a new, BSA-authorized website that helps Scouts and Scouters plan better meetings. With its videos of real Scouts in real troops, the site is a one-stop shop for new and experienced troop leaders. To read the seven helpful things you’ll find there, go to Bryan’s Blog

Inside the Scouter Code of Conduct, a critical checklist for adult volunteers

We ask our Scouts to follow the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Adult leaders, though, are held to an additional standard. It’s called the Scouter Code of Conduct. Think of it as a checklist of expectations for adult conduct in the Scouting program. At Scouting meetings and events, these are your rules to live by. The Scouter Code of Conduct, available here…

Modifications to Cub Scout program give den leaders more flexibility

This article is originally from the Bryan on Scouting blog. You can find the original post here. The Boy Scouts of America has announced modifications to Cub Scouting that make the program more flexible for busy parents, den leaders and Cubmasters. The BSA gathered feedback from den leaders who had delivered the new Cub Scouting program…

Re-Enroll in Kroger Community Rewards

It’s time to re-enroll for the new year of Kroger Community Rewards. Please let your participants know that they need to re-enroll in the month of April in order to continue contributing to your organization through the May 1st 2016 to April 30th 2017 year. For a participant to re-enroll their card they simply go…

New Cub Scouts Shooting Sports Awards

Take aim at fun and excitement in your council with the new Cub Scouts Shooting Sports Awards. The awards, which are available for immediate use, will be offered in three disciplines: BBs, Archery and Slingshots. Councils may choose to offer one or more of the disciplines. Insignia will arrive in national Scout Shops (and is…

Pinewood Derby Time is Here!

Does your local council or district have special Pinewood Derby rules and regulations? If so, you should adopt those same rules for your pack’s Pinewood Derby. Following the racing rule book ensures a level race field for all Scouts. Follow the above link for a complete set of rules!

How does two-deep leadership apply when driving to Scouting events?

The BSA’s top-notch Youth Protection training includes a number of Barriers to Abuse. These policies, which you can review here, provide additional safety for your child and all who are involved in Scouting. One of these policies is two-deep leadership, which says: “At minimum, two registered adult leaders, or one registered leader and a participating Scout’s parent…