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New Cub Scout Anna F. led the opening ceremony for Pack 42 for the very first time, complete with flags, Scout salutes and pledges. But that’s not the only way she’s leading the pack.

Seven-year-old Anna is one of the first girls to join Cub Scouts, blazing a trail behind her for many other eager young ladies since the BSA announced that it would welcome girls. She and her twin sister, Lily, are the pack’s first female members.

The twins’ 9-year-old brother, James had been a Cub Scout for more than a year when the twins heard the good news.

“It just seemed natural to sign my daughters up and let them be part of Boy Scouts,” mom, Terri said to The News Tribune. “It’s a family thing.”

Terri says this change has been a welcome benefit for the family because it brings the family together and works better in their busy schedules.

“We were going to end up being split,” Terri said. “My husband and son would have gone one direction, and we would have gone the other.”

Bringing the family together to experience Scouting was one of the key reasons the BSA chose to expand its programs to welcome girls.

“(Parents) were telling us that separating the boys and girls was making it difficult to participate,” Ralph Voelker, Scout Executive of the Pacific Harbors Council, said. “Our volunteers have been asking us to do this for a long time.”

Voelker says this will also encourage greater participation from cultural groups where gender segregation is less common.

“This is going to allow us to serve some cultures where they prefer to participate as a family,” he said.

Recruitment begins in the fall, but Voelker says the program expansion already has an unintended benefit.

“For every two girls we’ve recruited, we’ve recruited one of their brothers,” he said.

To learn more about this family joining together in Scouting, watch the video below and read the full story from The News Tribune.

Join us as we congratulate Dennis J. Dugan, who will serve as Scout executive of Susquehanna Council in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, effective July 16, 2018.

Dennis began his Scouting career as a district executive at Otschodela Council in Oneonta, New York. He moved on to become the district director and later program director with Twin Rivers Council in Albany, New York. He was promoted to the council’s director of camping services, followed by a promotion to assistant Scout executive in January 2016.

Dennis is an Eagle Scout who enjoys golf and family time. He and his wife, Lorraine, have four children.

In the comments below, help us welcome Dennis as he joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of Susquehanna Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

Service is a given part of Scouting, so naturally, it’s a part of Scouting’s National Annual Meetings.

During the 2018 National Annual Meeting in Dallas, RISE, a women-led BSA resource group, collaborated with the Office of Diversity to organize a service project benefitting young people in North Texas communities. 

Scouting professionals and volunteers from across the country rallied together for the service event, where they packaged more than 250 “blessing bags.” Equipped with hygiene and personal care items, these bags will be distributed through Hope Supply Co.—a Dallas-based nonprofit with a mission to meet the needs of homeless and at-risk children.

“Service projects can make quite a difference in the lives of young people, which is what the Scouting movement is all about,” RISE Chairperson Dinaz Kachhi-Jiwani said. “Thanks to the support of our volunteers, professionals, and spouses at NAM, RISE was able to impact Dallas-area youth and families in a big way.”

And help, they did! Not only did the group prepare hundreds of blessing bags in just one afternoon; they also raised nearly $800 in donations to further help local families.  

RISE is a resource group for Scouting professionals throughout the BSA— both men and women. RISE works to recognize, inspire, support, and empower the women of Scouting by positively impacting female recruitment, engagement, mentorship, and the building of a culture that is most favorable to serving our nation’s youth, families, and communities.

Join us as we welcome Matt Hill to his new role as Scout executive of Mid-Iowa Council in Des Moines, Iowa, effective August 1, 2018.

Matt began his Scouting career as a district executive at Western Alaska Council in Anchorage, Alaska. He moved on to become a district director and, later, field director with Great Alaska Council. He was promoted to director of field service of Aloha Council in Honolulu, Hawaii, and then to Scout executive of Chippewa Valley Council, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Finally, he served as deputy Scout executive of Heart of America Council in Kansas City, Missouri.

Matt is an Eagle Scout who enjoys sports, golf, and being in the outdoors. He and his wife, Rachel, have one daughter, Kai.

Help us congratulate Matt in the comments below, as he joins the volunteers and staff of Mid-Iowa Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

Scouting offers young people a place to belong and build character – a place that represents the best of America and what it means to be an American. For Scouts in Troop 1532, they’ve come a long way from home in hopes of making a new home in America. It hasn’t been easy, yet through Scouting and the help of their dedicated Scoutmaster, they’re learning what it means to be an American and a Scout. Read on to learn more about this unique Scout refugee troop.

Bridging the Divide Through Scouting 

Like many Scout troops, Troop 1532 is full of energy around the campfire, swapping camp side stories and roasting marshmallows. But this group isn’t your typical Scout troop – these boys speak a variety of languages and might also be preparing their favorite Congolese or Nepalese dishes by the fire versus a traditional American hamburger. These Scouts are learning to merge their cultures from countries like Tanzania, Malaysia, and Nepal with American traditions.

Scoutmaster PJ Parmar is the catalyst that’s helped make that happen.

Scoutmaster PJ drives Troop 1532 to a campout. (Photo via CNN)

“We just started off by taking five kids camping at a time. After that, it really becomes all word of mouth,” PJ shared with CNN.

The troop grew into what it is today thanks to Parmar’s family medical practice in the suburbs outside Denver, where he focuses on treating refugee families. He hopes Scouting will help the young men in the same way that it made a difference to him in his youth.
 
“Boy Scouts to me was a place of acceptance. I actually faced a lot of racism in the public schools growing up where I was, being in an immigrant family,” says Parmar. “When I joined the Boy Scouts, I found a very accepting group of friends.”
 
Parmar’s parents moved from India to Canada just before he was born. Just a year later, the family moved to Chicago where Parmar says he found it challenging to find his place in America.
 
Parmar says he notices a similar experience for the Scouts in his troop and hopes to utilize Scouting as a way to get them out of the house and into the outdoors.
 
“They’re learning to assimilate and they have to be like the other kids, not only to avoid racism, but just to advance in what they’re doing,” he explained. “We need to have these bridge areas where they can feel safe in what they do, but also become part of society.”
 
All of the gear Troop 1532 needs for outings is completely provided to them through Mango House, a non-profit Parmar launched as a center for refugee services. Items like sleeping bags, tents and hiking gear are available for the Scouts without any personal expense. 
 
“We don’t expect them to show up with anything more than a shirt on their back,” Parmar says.

Scouts at the campfire. (Photo via CNN)

A Place Where Kids Can Be Kids

Scouting offers youth an opportunity to come together and experience shared values, while also having a great time along the way. 

Tapas K., a 13-year-old refugee from Nepal, is the senior troop leader. He’s also the only member of his family who speaks English.
 
“I gotta check my mom’s bank account. I gotta check my dad’s. I gotta pay bills from my dad’s bank account, and for the car and stuff,” he shared with CNN at the Scouts’ campsite. “I feel relief here, ’cause I don’t have to do all the work, and I get to hang out with my friends, have fun.”
 
Justin M., who was born in Tanzania, and moved to the US from a refugee camp in the Congo, says being a part of Troop 1532 has helped him learn critical skills like how to speak English.
 
“I’m so proud of myself, I’m going in high school and I speak good English now. I can talk to other people. I can meet other nice people,” he beamed.

The Future of Refugee Troops in Scouting

Scouting canoeing near camp. (Photo via CNN)

Parmar is working to ensure that economic and racial diversity is prioritized in Scouting and beyond. He also leads Venture Crew 1532, a group of female Scouts.
 
“Working with the Scouts has helped to bring me back to my own roots, my own culture,” Parmar says. “Now being able to relate to them it’s helped me, remind me of where I came from.”

Read more about PJ’s inspiring narrative and how he’s serving refugees in Troop 1532 by reading the full story from CNN. We invite you to share this story in your council to highlight this unique Scouting experience. 

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 new Scout Me In campaign features girls and boys in its iconic Cub Scout program for the first time.

This new campaign has been welcomed with open arms by volunteers, professionals and parents, alike, on social media and at our recent National Annual Meeting. We’re excited to continue building this momentum as we introduce new materials to help you bring Scouting to life in your area. 

A Fresh Perspective for Recruitment Materials

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. The campaign presents an energizing Scouting experience that speaks to kids but also engages parents who are looking for ways to make the most of the time they have with their children and help them to be Prepared. For Life.

We’ve been introducing new campaign materials since early May and will continue to release more assets daily to the Brand Center. On the Brand Center you can access campaign collateral like posters, fliers, e-mail templates, a video, and a slew of fresh new photos highlighting the energy and excitement of Scout Me In.

Get Your ‘Scout Me In’ Swag

You can also order custom Scout Me In patches, pins, table tents, stickers, and all other types of promotional products in preparation for your next event now.

For ordering information, go to http://licensingbsa.org/scout-me-in/ to work with an official BSA licensee or connect with the National Supply Group, Specialty Products, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Keep an eye out for more Scout Me In recruiting updates for an epic fall season! 

Congratulations to John M. Cary, who will serve as Scout executive of LaSalle Council in South Bend, Indiana, effective July 16, 2018.

John began his Scouting career as a district executive at Lincoln Heritage Council in Louisville, Kentucky. He moved on to become assistant Scout executive with Pine Tree Council in Portland, Maine, and, later, assistant Scout executive with Baltimore Area Council in Baltimore, Maryland.

John enjoys sporting clays and bird hunting. He and his wife, Mary, have one child.

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

The National Scouting Alumni and Friends committee has launched a new online training for Scout executives, council Scouting Alumni and Friends committee chairs, committee members, and anyone interesting in learning more about Scouting Alumni and Friends.

Working with Scouting U, the Scouting Alumni and Friends Training Committee developed training to meet the needs of the local council, area, and region. This training is now available in the BSA Learn Center in the Expanded Learning section.

The following courses will be offered: 

  • Scouting Alumni — Creating the Committee
    An introductory course that describes the process used to establish an active Scouting Alumni and Friends committee as well as review the size and structure of the committee. In other words, what are we getting into? 
  • Scouting Alumni — The Committee Chair’s Role
    A course to help the Scouting Alumni and Friends committee chair understand the responsibilities as the lead of the Scouting Alumni and Friends committee and the role of the Scouting Alumni and Friends committee within the council. It is an overview of how the committee should function.
  • Scouting Alumni — The Scout Executive’s Role
    An overview of the added value of starting a Scouting Alumni and Friends Committee within the council. It answers the question, why should I start a Scouting Alumni and Friends Committee in my council? What’s in it for me or my council? 
  • Scouting Alumni — Affiliate Relationships
    An overview of the affiliate relationships that are part of the Scouting Alumni and Friends Committee at all levels. The module covers what Scouting groups are affiliated with the Scouting Alumni and Friends Committee. 
  • Scouting Alumni — Awards and Recognition
    An overview of available Scouting Alumni and Friends awards and recognition items. It explains how to recognize those who help make Scouting Alumni and Friends as success.
  • Scouting Alumni — Communications
    A course on how to properly communicate to Scouting Alumni and Friends using the Scouting Alumni network. The module explains how to reach out using different methods to get alumni and friends involved in Scouting again. 

The course materials were developed by Kandra Dickerson, Craig Donais, Alvah Downs and Tim Acree of the Scouting Alumni and Friends Training Committee.

If you have any questions on this training, please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Boy Scouts of America and Jack Link’s® have teamed up for an exclusive multi-year partnership, making Jack Link’s “The Official Protein Snack of the Boy Scouts of America.” 

Boy Scouts of America & Jack Links: A Natural Partnership

Teaming up with Jack Link’s is not only a tasty partnership attuned to the needs of any Scout or Scouter in the outdoors, but this partnership also joins two like-minded organizations with shared common values. Jack Link’s core values include “stewardship, self- discipline, be real and show awesome character”. These core values reflect the Boy Scout culture of being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

“Growing up as a Boy Scout left a memorable impression that strongly impacted my future,” shared Jack Link, Founder of Jack Link’s. “From troop meetings to camping trips, my years with Troop 97 in Minong, Wisconsin shaped me into the man I am today.”

What Does This Partnership Mean for Councils?

At Top Hands this fall, we will be providing tools for councils to use for their upcoming spring 2019 fundraising efforts.

Hungry for more information?

Keep an eye out for updates on Scouting Wire and make sure to attend Top Hands this year for the latest tools your council will need to ensure successful fundraising efforts.

We understand what it takes to be a volunteer – the tireless commitment, selflessness, dedication, strength, knowledge, and the list goes on. Those are qualities that exemplify the men and women in Scouting, and we appreciate their efforts everyday. 

Volunteers like Chad Frisque are combining his talents in technology, theatre and service to enrich his life in a variety of ways.

“Volunteering has really helped me in other parts of my life,” said Frisque, Assistant Scoutmaster and Training Coordinator for Troop 474 of the San Diego-Imperial Council to Burwood.com. “I’ve learned a lot about myself working with children, and it’s taught me how to structure meetings, deal with people with short attention spans and keep people engaged.”

Frisque is a Senior Business Development Manager at Burwood, an IT consulting and integration firm, and he also performs as a tenor section leader and soloist with the San Diego Opera and his own company, FAB United. 

“Learning how to present yourself, learning how to interact with people, and being able to confidently deliver a message — those are all incredibly important things I’ve learned as a singer that have translated to every other area of my life,” Frisque said.

He says his artistic side has been hugely beneficial in his life, especially at Burwood, where he helps technology leaders solve their biggest IT challenges. Burwood has been an incredible supporter of Frique’s service in Scouting and has even invited his troop  to come to the offices for leadership training and merit badge days.

Among the youth in his troop is his 12-year-old son, Maxwell. Maxwell is a First Class Scout and patrol leader. Chad says “it’s been amazing to spend so much quality time with Maxwell.”

“My experience with Scouting and the troop has been very, very positive,” Frisque shared.

Learn more about how this volunteer is merging his passions to better serve in Scouting by reading the full story on Burwood.com

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