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Take the Weather Safety Quiz

By |2019-04-30T06:24:53-04:00April 30th, 2019|Categories: Activities, Cub Scouts, Scouting Safely, Scouts BSA, Venturing|

Taking your Pack or Troop Camping?  How prepared are you for the weather? Take this safety quiz and find out.  Every leader should complete Hazardous Weather training at

A Message from The Chief Scout Executive

By |2019-04-25T10:58:31-04:00April 25th, 2019|Categories: Council News, Scouting Safely, Youth Protection|

ALL MEMBERS OF THE SCOUTING FAMILY MUST BE ADVOCATES FOR PREVENTION OF CHILD ABUSE AND SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS Fellow Scouters, The tragedy of child abuse, be it physical, sexual, or emotional is one that is truly heartbreaking. Painfully, there have been incidents of abuse that occurred in our program, and we sincerely apologize that some [...]

Tips for working with school digital communications platform Peachjar

By |2019-04-18T22:24:42-04:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Council News, Cub Scouts, Marketing, Membership, Scouts BSA|

Many school districts are beginning to use digital communications platforms like Peachjar for delivering items like activity fliers to parents. For Scouting, that means learning how to follow some basic guidelines to optimize communications items for that platform. Here, we explain more about what Peachjar is, how to follow their guidelines, and their expert design tips! How [...]

Youth Protection Training is Now Available in Spanish

By |2019-04-15T06:01:53-04:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Council News, Scouting Safely|

To ensure that BSA Youth Protection training is accessible to as many families as possible, the required BSA Youth Protection Training program is now available in Spanish! Spanish language training has the same information, material and expert resources as the English version, and gives Spanish-speaking families the tools they need to help keep all young [...]

New Scoutbook Help Knowledge Base

By |2019-04-10T19:07:43-04:00April 10th, 2019|Categories: Council News, Scoutbook, Unit Management Tools|

Looking for help guides and videos for Scoutbook just got easier! BSA IT and the SUAC have just launched the new Scoutbook help knowledge base. Located at the knowledge base has all the previous SUAC guides and videos and even more information! It has an extensive search feature and also has topics arranged by [...]

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) Update

By |2019-04-09T11:42:31-04:00April 9th, 2019|Categories: Council News, Program Updates, Training|

BALOO’s online modules have been updated! As part of a two-part blended learning format, these online modules are the first step to become BALOO trained. The online training modules contain introductory and basic information that will be built upon during the practical training that is completed during an in-person, council instructed course. The in-person syllabus [...]

The ABC’s about the Annual Health & Medical Record

By |2019-04-07T11:24:51-04:00April 7th, 2019|Categories: Council News, Outdoor Adventures, Scouting Safely|

From the Annual Health and Medial Record website, a pre-participation physical is needed for resident campers (at summer or winter camps) and for Scouts and adult leaders attending events that last 72 hours or more. Why is an Annual Health and Medical Record required? Since at least the 1930s, the BSA has required the use of standardized health [...]

Scoutify your Commute with Scouting Podcasts

By |2019-04-01T18:35:13-04:00April 1st, 2019|Categories: Council News, Marketing, Program Updates|

With CubCast and ScoutCast, the BSA’s pair of monthly podcasts, you’ll become a more-informed Scouting volunteer as you drive to work, empty the dishwasher or walk your dog. Each month’s topic is so expertly timed to give you helpful information, you’ll think the team behind CubCast and ScoutCast can read your mind. [...]

National Scouts BSA Committee – LIVE OFFICE HOURS

By |2019-03-31T13:04:26-04:00March 31st, 2019|Categories: Council News, Membership, Program Updates, Scouts BSA|Tags: , , , , , , |

Join the National Scouts BSA committee and Scouters from around the country to learn more about the Scouts BSA program on April 18, 2019 during our live office hours. Time:  Apr 18, 2019 8:30 PM (Eastern Time) This Q&A session is great for new Scouts BSA leaders to get answers to any question they have [...]

2019 Guide to Awards and Insignia

By |2019-03-17T18:30:47-04:00March 17th, 2019|Categories: Advancement, Council News, Program Updates|Tags: , , , |

Just released. Here is your resource for everything awards and insignia.  Download this resource guide for the latest information. Download Guide


The Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.