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Please join us in congratulating Stuart Williams, who will serve as Scout executive of the Central North Carolina Council in Albemarle, North Carolina, effective January 16, 2020.

Stuart began his Scouting career as a district executive at the Gulf Ridge Council in Tampa, Florida. He moved on to become the program director and later field director of the council. He was promoted to assistant Scout executive of the Cherokee Area Council in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and then selected to serve as Scout executive of the Shenandoah Area Council in Winchester, Virginia.

Stuart is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow who enjoys the beach, spending time outdoors, cookouts and time around the fire with friends and family, fishing, and watching his children compete in baseball, cheerleading, and volleyball.

Stuart and his wife, Jennifer, have three children: twins Bryce and McKenna, and Addison. Bryce is an Eagle Scout class of 2017.

In the comments below, please help us congratulate Stuart as he joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of the Central North Carolina Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

By now, you’ve probably caught word of Scoutbook’s Den Leader Experience, the free web app that makes it easier than ever for den leaders to prepare for and lead meetings, track advancement and attendance, and more (if not, just check out the video at the end of this post). So, how could preparing for a den meeting possibly get any easier?

Leave it to the Scoutbook team to find new ways to streamline and simplify the den leading process—because they’ve now introduced a video series to help you navigate the Den Leader Experience app and get the most out of this terrific new tool.  

Based on the top questions the Scoutbook team received since the launch of the Den Leader Experience, these videos were created in the spirit of continuous improvement. The video series uses quick, to-the-point snapshots that will help any den leader get started, whether you’re a tech novice or an app aficionado.

From home screen how-tos to den invitations, check out the list below to see how these videos can offer you the best Den Leader Experience possible. You can also find all 17 videos at Scouting.org/DenLeaderTips, or on the YouTube playlist here.

Getting Started:
Adding Scoutbook to Your Home Screen

Dashboard:
Accessing Your Account
Navigating the Main Pages
Taking Training
Finding Resources
Preparing for the Next Meeting
Selecting Your Den
Setting Up a Den

Meetings:
Understanding the Calendar View
Editing Your Calendar
Taking Attendance

Roster:
Finding Parents
Finding Your Scouts
Inviting a Leader to Your Den
Inviting a Parent to Your Den
Inviting a Scout to Your Den
Viewing an Adult’s Profile

 

Check out the Den Leader Experience for yourself through Scoutbook and be sure to head toBryan on Scouting’s story to learn more about the awesome features! 

For questions on the Den Leader Experience or Scoutbook in general, you can always contact the Scoutbook support team at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also read answers to frequently asked questions here.

As always, keep an eye on Scoutbook.com for updates and stay tuned to Scouting Wire for details on another new video series featuring den leader tips and Cub Scout rank overviews!

Congratulations to Michael R. Marchese, who will serve as Scout executive of the Sequoia Council in Fresno, California, effective January 1, 2020.

Mike began his Scouting career as a district executive, district director and then assistant Scout executive at the Oregon Trail Council in Eugene, Oregon. He moved on to become the director of field service of the Grand Teton Council in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and was later promoted to director of field service of the Grand Canyon Council in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2009, Mike was selected as Scout executive of the Trapper Trails Council in Ogden, Utah, and in 2012, was promoted to area director for Area 5 of the Western Region, which later merged into Area 2. In 2016, Mike was selected as Scout executive of the Las Vegas Area Council in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mike was a Scout in California and Oregon, is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, and has served on staff of the last four National Scout Jamborees. Mike enjoys old cars, outdoor activities, shooting sports, being with his family, and church service.

Mike and his wife, Cherylann, have two children: Katie and Christian, a Life Scout.

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

Please join us as we congratulate Dana Kuhns, who will serve as Scout executive of the Rip Van Winkle Council in Kingston, New York, effective January 13, 2020.

Dana began his Scouting career as a district executive at the Bucktail Council in DuBois, Pennsylvania. He was promoted to senior district executive at the Pine Tree Council in Portland, Maine, and then to district director at the Keystone Area Council (now known as the Birth of Freedom Council) in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He was later selected as Scout executive of the Chief Cornplanter Council in Warren, Pennsylvania. He moved on to serve as district director at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council in Moosic, Pennsylvania, and then field director of the Washington Crossing Council in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Dana is an Eagle Scout who enjoys spending time with his wife and family, getting outdoors, and finds satisfaction in being a volunteer firefighter.

Dana and his wife, Joanna, have four grown sons. One of Dana’s granddaughters is currently registered as a Tiger Cub Scout.

Send Dana your well wishes in the comments below as he joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of the Rip Van Winkle Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

Tanya Acker, a judge on the hit television show Hot Bench, recently talked with major national media outlet Parade.com about her involvement with Scouting and her excitement about the opportunities available to young people as part of the Scouts BSA program. 

She offered her thoughts on the addition of girls to multiple Scouting programs, including the fact that girls will now be able to earn the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout as part of the Scouts BSA program. She shared the following with Parade.com:

“The Scouts is an incredible organization because it’s one of the few organizations and one of the few institutions where kids from a variety of economic backgrounds can have access to the sorts of activities and the opportunities that we provide. It’s an incredible leadership organization. And the rank of Eagle really means something; it means that you’ve achieved something that not very many people do and not even very many Scouts do. It’s a very small percentage. And so for me to see that young women in the program are now going to have the opportunity to compete for that and achieve that, I think it’s just incredible. I think that these opportunities and what Scouting has to offer kids is as valuable to young women as it has long been to young men. So I’m absolutely thrilled that we’re doing this.”

Be sure to check out the entire Parade.com article for all of Acker’s thoughts on the Scouting program as well as details on how she navigates an extremely busy schedule and maintains a healthy work-life balance. 

Acker can be seen on weekdays on the nationally syndicated Hot Bench, where she deliberates with fellow judges and rules on a variety of unique cases. 

(Photo courtesy of Hot Bench

Congratulations to Kenn Miller, who will serve as Scout executive of the Baltimore Area Council in Baltimore, Maryland, effective January 15, 2020.

Kenn began his Scouting career as a district executive and then field director of the Northeast Illinois Council in Highland Park, Illinois. He was promoted to director of field service of the Lincoln Heritage Council in Louisville, Kentucky, and then selected as Scout executive of the Black Swamp Area Council in Findlay, Ohio. He moved on to serve as the Scout executive of the Greater Cleveland Council in Cleveland, Ohio, before joining the Central Region staff as deputy regional director. Kenn was then selected to serve as the Scout executive of the Heart of America Council in Kansas City, Missouri. Since March 2018, Kenn has served as the director of program & operations at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia.

Kenn is an Eagle Scout from Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and enjoys camping, golf, sporting clays, and being involved in community activities.

Kenn and his wife, Laura, have three grown children, two daughters and a son who is an Eagle Scout. Kenn and Laura are expecting their first grandchild in January.

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

Congratulations to John K. Fabsits, who will serve as Scout executive of the Great Rivers Council in Columbia, Missouri, effective January 1, 2020.

John began his Scouting career as a district executive at the Great Rivers Council in Columbia, Missouri. He moved on to become the development director and later assistant Scout executive of the council. In June 2016, he was promoted to director of field service of the Greater Cleveland Council, now known as the Lake Erie Council, in Cleveland, Ohio.

John is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow who enjoys running, traveling, attending concerts and sporting events, flea markets, and volunteering with his college fraternity.

John and his wife, Izzy, share the house with their dog, Shiloh.

Please join us in congratulating John in the comments below as he joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of the Great Rivers Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

Article contributed by Brian Gorman, Sr District Executive at the Theodore Roosevelt Council

More than 18 months ago we began our relationship with the Hillside Islamic Center to begin the process of bringing Scouting to their mosque. The main reason this worked was because they wanted to partner with an organization that represented American culture and that helped to build character and opportunities for the outdoor programing for youth.

We started with Cub Scout Pack 9963, Boy Scout Troop 9963. I instantly knew this was a great match due to the interest from all families. Within just four months we had over 80 Scouts in both units. They took trainings, learned from each of my volunteers and learned from us too. The pack we started even became a family pack! This is how we grew so quickly with membership. As the year went on, the girls in the pack were showing great interest in continuing in Scouting. Once Feb 1st, 2019 arrived, we began the paperwork to have these girls cross over into Scouts BSA Girl Troop 9963. There are 14 girls in the troop today and each February there are a few more that will join. In fact, these three units are some of my strongest that I oversee in my districts.

I am so proud to have started the first Scouts BSA Girl Troop in a mosque. The pillars of Islam and Scouting align greatly and more units can be formed using this principle. We were open and honest with each family, working around family commitments to ensure optimal participation. Scouts met weekly on Sundays after prayers in the mosque because families are present, making it easier for Scouts to attend their troop meetings. 

My best tip? Don’t be afraid of reaching outside your comfort zone! You never know what opportunities for community partnership are in your area. For any questions in regards to how to start Scouting to your local mosque, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scouting Wire would like to thank Brian for submitting this article.

Thursday, 19 December 2019 13:52

Need a New Unit? Just Add Water!

Article contributed by Owen McCulloch, National Venturing and Sea Scouting Director

In November 2019, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCG-AUX) announced their new national official youth program: Sea Scouts BSA.  There are over 800 USCG-AUX flotillas (like a council) across the USA (except ND, SD, WY…sorry!), and each of them has been asked by their national organization to start a new Sea Scout ship (unit) with the BSA.

We’ve got a page dedicated to answering questions about how this works:  https://seascout.org/cgaux/, and have held multiple webinars with the USCG-AUX letting them know how to start a Sea Scout ship.  There are also lots of resources available on the national Sea Scouting webpage to help you.

For more information on how councils can take advantage of this new national relationship please watch this 8-minute video: https://youtu.be/eurZtO5ph3E, and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more assistance.

Get “on board” with this exciting new membership initiative and start a Sea Scout ship in your area. Just add water!

Scouting Wire would like to thank Owen for submitting this article. Photo: Map of USCG-AUX flotilla contacts across the USA.

Please join us as we celebrate the selection of Robert Nakagawa as Scout executive of the Del-Mar-Va Council in Wilmington, Delaware, effective January 1, 2020.

Robert began his Scouting career as a district executive at the Aloha Council in Honolulu, Hawaii. He moved on to become a senior district executive, field director, assistant Scout executive, and director of field service of the council before being selected to serve as Scout executive of the Maui County Council in Wailuku, Hawaii. He was later promoted to deputy Scout executive of the Denver Area Council in Denver, Colorado.

Robert is an Eagle Scout who enjoys his family, fishing, the outdoors, and traveling.

Robert and his wife, Becky, have four children.

In the comments below, please help us congratulate Robert as he joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of the Del-Mar-Va Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

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