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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 21:18

Welcome to Scouts BSA

Scouting family, we are once again at a historic milestone as we answer the call we heard from so many of you: to make our iconic programs available to boys and girls. Since we first announced this intention, the feeling of momentum in our movement has been widespread. In the last year, we invited families to Cub Scouts and welcomed tens of thousands of new young people to packs across the nation. Simultaneously, thousands of professionals and volunteers have put in countless hours of hard work to prepare our older youth program for the introduction of Scouts BSA.

I could not be more excited for what this means for our movement and for the next generation of leaders in our nation. I fervently believe in the strength of our programs and their ability to change lives. In just a few days, young men and women will be able to benefit from our unique approach to character and leadership development through any of our programs. At the same time, those who continue to provide Scouting to all-boy packs and troops are supported in their decision to offer youth in their community that opportunity. Regardless of unit-specific approaches, through Scouts BSA, more young people than ever before will get to experience the benefits of camaraderie, confidence, resilience, trustworthiness, courage and kindness. They will have the opportunity to progress through a program that has been proven to build character and leadership.

This step better aligns our offerings with the needs of today’s families, who are busier than ever and want their daughters and sons to be able to grow through activities that spark their interest and imagination. Right now, most families in this country – 70 million children – are not engaged with any character-building youth development program. Scouts BSA can now help address that unmet need. Our country needs and deserves more young people focused on the values that serve as the bedrock of our movement; duty to God and country, with a desire to help other people at all times.

Thank you to every person whose efforts have brought us here. And thank you all in advance for the energy and heart that I know you will put into giving new Scouts and their families a warm welcome into our programs.

To those who are new, I am proud to welcome you, and to those that return, thank you for being the heart of what makes our movement great. We are thrilled for the steps you take today and for the journey and life lessons that await in the adventures ahead.

Yours in Scouting,


As the Scouts BSA program launches, it’s time to encourage everyone to use social media to spread the word about this incredible opportunity. 

You can start sharing right now with a few simple items like a Facebook frame, hashtags, and ready-to-post social content. 

Be sure to use Scouts BSA social media images and videos from the BSA Brand Center, which have been tailored to social platforms, and direct people to or so they can learn more or join!

As a reminder, focus your social posts on the value of the programs of the Boy Scouts of America, and never criticize other youth activities/organizations or those who may not share your perspective.


Use the Scouts BSA “Scout Me In” Facebook profile frame to show off your excitement for the program. 


Incorporate one or more of the hashtags below in short social posts about your troop’s open house, a positive personal Scouting experience, or why this opportunity is meaningful to your family.

  • #ScoutMeIn
  • #ScoutsBSA
  • #BeAScout
  • #BoyScoutsofAmerica



  • When it comes to adventure, you just have to get your feet wet. Scouts BSA will give your daughter the skills she’ll need to make waves in the world.  
  • Scouts BSA will help your daughter see that nothing is impossible when you’re Prepared for Life. Learn more at 
  • For the first time in Scouting history, your son OR daughter can earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Find a Scouts BSA troop near you at
  • Scouts BSA can give your daughter the tools she’ll need to succeed now and throughout her life. Find out more at
  • We’re inviting all boys and girls ages 11-17 to say “Scout Me In” to Scouts BSA! Experience fun and adventure while learning life skills and giving back to the community. To learn more, visit


Use these text options to complement photos of the incredible adventures Scouts BSA has to offer. You can find some great photos to use in the BSA Brand Center

TIP: Instagram does not allow links in captions so be sure to add to your bio and reference it in your captions. Remember to use hashtags. 

  • Sometimes the road less traveled isn’t a road.
  • It’s a big world. Explore it in Scouts BSA.
  • Scouting. It’s not just something I do. It’s something I am. #ScoutsBSA 
  • Scouting is learning to be your best. #ScoutsBSA 

For years, many young women have looked on while their fathers and brothers took part in amazing Boy Scout adventures – adventures those young women wished they, too, could experience.

With the launch of the Scouts BSA program on February 1, that familiar story has a new, fun-filled twist as young women prepare to join new Scouts BSA girl troops that are getting revved up in communities right now. 

Watch the video below, and download it from the BSA Brand Center to share on your own social media channels. 

If you’re interested in learning more about the Scouts BSA program, check out all of the latest info at

Sponsored post courtesy of Educational Travel Services, Inc.

It’s the start of a new year and that means it’s time to start planning for all the Scouting trips in the months ahead! Whether you’re dreaming of a Philmont trek with your troop or taking the whole family out to your local campsite, you’ll need to Be. Prepared and make plans ahead of time. To help you get started, Educational Travel Services, Inc. developed a handy guide outlining the five W’s to planning your next Scouting adventure. Keep reading and start making plans now!

Who is traveling? It’s not a group trip until you first have a group! Before you being planning the trip, you must determine who is going. Is it your troop, your council, or maybe a leadership tour? How many travelers are you planning for?  The number of travelers on a trip helps determine budget, transportation needs, and even availability of discounted rates.

Where are you headed? Choosing the right destination is paramount in designing the perfect trip and realizing your travel goals. Are you desiring a short weekend excursion like a local camping tour or something much longer and more distant like the International Normandy Camporee? Or, maybe your group is planning something in between, like an extension to your trek at Philmont or SeaBase or a weeklong tour of our Nation’s Capitol.

What kind of trip? Is your goal to have an educational experience touring museums or historical sites? Or is this trip more about challenging activities? For the National Jamboree, a pre-trip to Washington, DC is a perfect fit.  Some venues that are popular for Scouts include Mt. Vernon, the United States Capitol and Arlington National Cemetery. If your group is heading to a trek at Philmont maybe a pre-tour would include white water rafting and zip lining. 

When is your tour and how far out do you need to be planning? Is your trip something that can be scheduled any time or is it connected on a scheduled event? For example, are you planning a trip that stands alone and has flexibly with your travel dates or are you coordinating with a date specific event such as National Jamboree. The planning for some trips can be booked only a few months ahead of time. Others, such as a pre-Jamboree tour, can require making trip decisions as far as two years ahead of your departure.

Why choosing a reputable tour company to assist with your tour planning can make all the difference in the success of your tour.  An experienced travel company can guide your group in creating and achieving your travel goals in the most efficient and cost-effective way. A good tour company can also help provide quality hotels and motorcoaches, suggest age appropriate activities and support the leaders every step of the way. Educational Travel Services, Inc. has been facilitating student tours for over 30 years. Our proven record of successful youth tours can give leaders confidence that partnering with ETSI will place them in reliable hands capable of attending to all of the necessary details of a successful group tour.  Working with a professional tour company like ETSI takes the worry out of group travel planning, so Scout leaders can focus on Scouts.

Many safe travels!

Your friends at Educational Travel Services, Inc.

Congratulations to Jared White, who will serve as Scout executive of the Prairielands Council in Champaign, Illinois, effective January 16, 2019.

Jared began his Scouting career as a district executive for the Greater St. Louis Area Council in St. Louis, Missouri. He later served as a senior district executive, district director, and field director within the Greater St. Louis Area Council. He currently serves as the assistant director of field service for the Greater St. Louis Area Council.

Jared is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow who enjoys working outside, completing home improvement projects, and working on his project car.

Jared and his wife, Christina, have 3 children: Jack (9) a Bear Scout, Levi (6) a Tiger Scout, and Molly (4) a Scout sister.

Please join us as we congratulate Jared in the comments below as he joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of the Prairielands Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

As the launch of the Scouts BSA program approaches, councils are preparing to welcome young women to the iconic program of the Boy Scouts of America for the first time. 

To help ensure a successful launch, Justin K. Williams, the Director of Field Service for the Great Lakes Field Service Council in Detroit, Michigan, shared these five steps the council is taking. 

  1. Build a team of volunteer Champions:  Early in the year we recruited a Council Family Champion who then helped us recruit a Family Champion in each district. This group of motivated volunteers have taken the lead on communicating with our units and planning out our Cub Scout and now Scouts BSA launch. Traditionally, we have really struggled with our membership manpower, so the enthusiasm of this group and the ease of recruiting them was surprising. Even more surprising is that most of the group has already told me they plan to join their district’s membership team full time once the Scouts BSA launch winds down. 
  2. Ensure you have enough Troops to meet demand: Our committee wants to launch with enough girl troops on February 1 to ensure that any girl in our Council has a troop to join within 5 miles of them. We started out by listing the major communities in each district and then writing in any leads we already knew about. We then sent an electronic survey to all existing boy troops to find out if any of them planned to help start a girl troop. To date we have identified over 30 troops that will be ready to go by February 1 and are working toward launching with 45+.
  3. Communicate: As we identify leads for new girl troops we ensure that our District Champions start to communicate with them regularly. We have also held multiple Scouts BSA information sessions at Roundtables to help these new troops with completing their paperwork. To further incentivize these units to get their paperwork in with plenty of time to spare we’re providing a commemorative council shoulder strip. 
  4. Train Adult and Youth Leaders: Anticipating more adult leaders needing training before February we added an additional session of IOLS in December. We are also offering a council-hosted Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops in January to help girls planning to join a Scouts BSA unit develop the leadership skills needed to hold troop leadership positions. 
  5. Have a Launch Party: Our committee was really excited when they realized that February 1, 2019, falls on a Friday. They are planning to host a Scouts BSA launch party/lock-in that night and invite all the newly chartered girl troops to attend. Introductory Scout skills will be taught throughout the night to help these new Scouts get a jump start toward their First Class rank. We will also be inviting all 5th grade girls to help them connect with a troop in their area. In addition to being an exciting first event for these new Scouts, this will provide an opportune media event to further promote Scouts BSA to the community. 

Content contributed by Justin K. Williams, Director of Field Service at the Great Lakes Field Service Council in Detroit, Michigan. 

Congratulations to Dan Bettison, who will serve as Scout executive of the Ohio River Valley Council in Wheeling, West Virginia, effective January 1, 2019.

Dan began his Scouting career as district executive at the Dan Beard Council in Cincinnati, Ohio. He moved on to become the senior district executive and later field director with the Chicago Area Council in Chicago, Illinois. He also served as field director of the Northwest Suburban Council in Mt. Prospect, Illinois until his promotion to Scout executive of Chief Okemos Council in Lansing, Michigan. From there, Dan moved on to become the assistant director of field service for the Three Harbors Council in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and then field director for the Three Fires Council in St. Charles, Illinois.

Dan is an Eagle Scout who enjoys fishing, canoeing, and skiing.

Dan and his wife Bonnie have 2 children, daughter Jordan and son Josh.

In the comments below, please help us send Dan our well wishes as he joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of the Ohio River Valley Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

Please join us as we congratulate William Bryant, Jr., who will serve as Scout executive of the Mobile Area Council in Mobile, Alabama, effective January 15, 2019.

William began his Scouting career as a district executive at the Atlanta Area Council in Atlanta, Georgia. He moved on to become a district director, field director, director of Scoutreach, finance and endowment director, and senior development director with the Atlanta Area Council. In 2016, William was promoted to performance and standards coach as a subject matter expert in fund development with the National Service Center. This position then transitioned into a revenue and membership growth coach, and is now known as a growth coach.

William enjoys traveling, playing basketball, playing the saxophone, and reading.

In the comments below, help us welcome William to his new role in Scouting as he joins the volunteers and staff of the Mobile Area Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

Congratulations to Jeffrey Spencer, who will serve as Scout executive of the Chester County Council in West Chester, Pennsylvania, effective January 1, 2019.

Jeff began his Scouting career in the Allegheny Trails Council, which later became the Greater Pittsburgh Council and is now known as the Laurel Highlands Council in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He moved on to serve the Twin Rivers Council in Albany, New York and the Del-Mar-Va Council in Wilmington, Delaware before being promoted to the director of field service in the Daniel Webster Council in Manchester, New Hampshire. He has recently been serving as the director of development in the New Birth of Freedom Council in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

Jeff is an Eagle Scout who enjoys traveling, skiing and golfing with his wife, Ann.

Please help us send Jeff our well wishes in the comments below, as he joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of the Chester County Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

Join us as we congratulate John Echevarria, who will serve as Scout executive of the Western Massachusetts Council in Westfield, Massachusetts, effective January 1, 2019.

John began his Scouting career as an intern at the Greater New York Council in New York City, New York. He moved on to become a para-professional, district executive, senior district executive and later district director with the Puerto Rico Council in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. He was promoted to field director and later to director of field service of the Alamo Area Council in San Antonio, Texas.

As a youth, John never had an opportunity to become a Scout. For that reason, he is so passionate about making sure every youth has an opportunity to join Scouting.

John and his wife Mila have two older daughters, a son-in-law and a beautiful two-year-old granddaughter. They also have twin boys that have started the Scouting legacy for their family. They started when they were Tigers and are now Bears.

In the comments below, help us welcome John to his new role in Scouting as he joins the volunteers and staff of the Western Massachusetts Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.


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