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ScoutCast: A BSA podcast, all grown up

scoutcast-logo1Scouters love to shoot the breeze about the next campout, newest merit badge, or tastiest recipe.

But when someone brings up a more-sensitive topic at a roundtable or leader meeting, it’s often greeted by silence.

That’s where the new ScoutCast comes in. The new podcast, a close relative of the popular CubCast, will focus on topics that you might not feel comfortable talking about at roundtable meetings, such as bullying. That’s January’s subject.

The goal: Get you and your fellow Scouters thinking and, ideally, talking about these critical issues facing Boy Scouts.

The hosts are familiar faces voices to those of us who work for the BSA’s magazines. Meet J.D. Owen, editor-in-chief of Boys’ LifeScouting, and Eagle Scout magazines, and Paula Murphey, senior editor of Boys’ Life.

For the debut episode, J.D. and Paula chat with New York Times best-selling author Michael Gurian about the best ways to handle bullying in your troop. (P.S.: Read Scouting magazine’s 2010 article on the subject for more insight.)

Click here to listen or to download the file to your smartphone or MP3 player for offline listening.

13 Comments on ScoutCast: A BSA podcast, all grown up

  1. As a Roundtable Commissioner I think this would be good to play at roundtable.

    • Good idea! That would certainly help spark some healthy discussion. -Bryan

  2. Please add this podcast to iTunes. I’d love to subscribe and have it automatically download each episode!

    • Cubcast was set up on iTunes, but I do not see the new episode. Is this just a bug, and we’ll see that, and Scoutcast, on iTunes soon?

  3. Can you set up an RSS feed so podcast software can automatically download new episodes?

  4. Is there an RSS link so that we can subscribe to new episodes?

  5. Reblogged this on Lewis and Clark District Committee.

  6. In addition to the RSS feed, how about properly tagging the MP3 files (along with not naming the file “audio.mp3″) so they will index in our music libraries properly.

  7. Agree – with some of these comments above: this is not really a podcast until there is a “feed” associated with it. Until then it is just a bunch of mp3 files. Want to listen to it as a podcast!

  8. Connie Knie // January 4, 2013 at 5:41 pm // Reply

    I haven’t seen any responses to the RSS comments and I am a newbie to pod casts so have to ask. Is an RSS feed what needs to happen so that I can somehow subscribe? I am not good at remembering to check websites to see if new items have been posted.

    • Joseph Potthast // January 11, 2013 at 12:52 pm // Reply

      Correct Connie,
      An RSS Feed is basically a listing of episodes and information about each podcast including where the actual audio file is. This allows podcasting apps or subscription based services to check periodically to see if there are new episodes. That way you just have to check your one app or program and it looks at all the different podcasts you may be interested in. Currently right now it looks like National only has that one page for each podcast and you have to manually go and check for new episodes.

      • Thanks Joseph,
        Unfortunately that is so not my strong suit……..checking for new episodes……….

  9. Over a month later and episode #2 is out. Unfortunately STILL NO RSS LINK.

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