Council News

‘Scouts BSA’ Also Unveiled as the Name of the Program for Older Boys and Girls to Ensure All Youth Are Welcome and Can See Themselves in Scouting

Irving, Texas – May 2, 2018 – The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) made history today by unveiling the new Scout Me In campaign that features girls, as well as boys, in its iconic Cub Scout program for the first time. Starting this summer, all kids are invited to say, “Scout Me In,” as they join the fun, adventure and character-building opportunities found in Cub Scouts. The campaign presents an energizing Scouting experience that speaks to kids by putting them in the middle of the action. It also engages parents who are looking for ways to make the most of the time they have with their kids and help them to be Prepared. For Life.

The Scout Me In creative shifts the perspective by showing what it’s like to be a Scout from a kid’s point of view. Instead of simply showing Scouts participating in activities, the campaign brings the young viewer into the middle of the action – from fishing, biking and canoeing to launching rockets and making slime – where they get even closer to the experiences that Scouting brings to life.

“Cub Scouts is a lot of fun, and now it’s available to all kids,” said Stephen Medlicott, National Marketing Group Director of Boy Scouts of America. “That’s why we love ‘Scout Me In’ – because it speaks to girls and boys and tells them, ‘This is for you. We want you to join!’”

The Scout Me In campaign celebrates the BSA’s expansion to serve families and welcome girls and boys into Scouting in communities across the country. It reinforces that the mission and core values in the Scout Oath and Scout Law are welcoming, inclusive and foundational for both young men and women. Since announcing the BSA’s historic decision to welcome girls into Scouting, more than 3,000 girls across the nation have already enrolled in the BSA’s Early Adopter Program and are participating in Cub Scouts ahead of the full launch later this year.

“As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting in every way possible. That is why it is important that the name for our Scouting program for older youth remain consistent with the single name approach used for the Cub Scouts,” said Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. “Starting in February 2019, the name of the older youth program will be ‘Scouts BSA,’ and the name of our iconic organization will continue to be Boy Scouts of America.”

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May - July Trail Signs

The latest council printed newsletter is in production and will be mailed soon; however, it is available for download here and now!


Construction is Underway at MSR

New program area shelters are being constructed to support Scoutcraft and Eagle Quest programs for 2018 Boy Scout Summer Camp.  Also new campsite shelters will benefit those troops staying in Cheyenne Campsite.  The Administration building is getting a much needed facelift.  Finally, we are adding some wow-factor to our waterfront with this floating challenge course!  Register for camp here.  


New Scouting Mobile App Pulls Advancement Data from Scoutbook

BSA’s Information Technology Group, along with many volunteer beta testers, are excited to announce the new Scouting mobile app, which is now available for both iPhone and Android devices.

You can search for “Scouting BSA,” or click these direct links to download from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Scouting makes it easier than ever for youth and their parents to view and track advancement in the Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting programs — as well as youth recognition in the Venturing program. The app pulls existing advancement data straight from Scoutbook for viewing on an enhanced user interface.

No cell service? No problem! If your Scouting Adventures take you off the grid, this app’s offline capability allows parents and youth (13 and older) to access advancement data anywhere at any time.

Once the app is downloaded, parents and youth should use their Scoutbook credentials to login. If you don’t have a Scoutbook account yet, visit Scoutbook.com to create one. Note, a youth and parent can still setup a Scouting account for the new mobile app without a unit subscription to Scoutbook.

The initial release of the app contains the following functions:

Track a Scout’s advancement
Track logs like service hours, hiking, and camping
View parent and/or Scout profile
Submit feedback
Provide parent access to your Scouts’ accounts

The new app also supports a night-mode feature, user default data settings, and offline capabilities (under settings). Additional features like a Scout community, notifications, leadership, calendar, and Scout challenges will also be added throughout 2018.

For screen captures from the new app, check out the full story on Scouting Wire.


2018 Platinum Journey to Excellence Tracking

This recognition honors units that are the best of the best.  Check out where your Scout unit stands, early and often, to help keep you on track to achieve PJTE.


2018 Summer Camp Registration and Merit Badge Sign-ups are now live!

Don't miss out on a summer full of fun and excitement!  Longtime Favorites such as Welding, Sailing, Discover Scuba, and COVERT are coming back!  We are also reintroducing Photography, Electricity, Moviemaking, Painting, and Rowing Merit Badges to our lineup! Some brand new merit badges we are offering this year include Engineering, Gardening, Animal Science!  The Mountaineer Challenge program will be back for its second year and will be offering Ridge Runner and the new Voyageur challenge, now open all day!  We are looking forward to providing your unit and scouts a top-notch program and a week full of memorable experiences!  We can't wait to see you!  As always, welcome to camp.  Sites are already filling up, register your troop today.


Major Gifts Initiative

We have added content to our MGI webpage, including site plans, project spec sheets, building drawings, an MGI newsletter and more.  Check it out.  Scout units can participate in the investments in our camps, an Adopt a Campsite option has been made available, through which a Scout unit or individual can commit to a gift of support, payable over three years.  Special recognition will be posted in the campsite.  Presently four such shelters are being installed at MSR.  Get more details on this opportunity.


Order of the Arrow Dues

Brothers in the OA can now pay their 2018 Lodge Dues conveniently here to remain in good standing in the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service.

Help Spread the Word About Scouting Podcasts

It goes without saying that Scouting's adult volunteers are busy. To help them stay current with the latest program and membership developments, the National Service Center has created two podcasts, Scout

Cast and CubCast, that can be enjoyed while exercising, commuting, or while multitasking at home.

To access both, as well as several years'-worth of past episodes, head to: 

https://podcast.scouting.org. You also can subscribe on iTunes (search for "CubCast" or "ScoutCast

Wood Badge 2018

In 1911, Baden-Powell took the first steps in training Scouting’s leaders by organizing a series of lectures and activities. Wood Badge provides the opportunity to: Understand Scouting as a family of interrelated, values-based programs providing age-appropriate activities for youth. Recognize contemporary leadership concepts and discover how they are relevant to the Scouting movement and life in general. Apply the skills learned as a member of a successful working team. Renew one’s commitment to Scouting by sharing in an inspirational experience that provides Scouting with revitalized leadership. And, Have FUN !  Many consider Wood Badge to be a peak experience of their Scouting careers. It has served as a source of training and inspiration to thousands.  Download WB18 FlierRegister for the Course