Violence rages in nearly every corner of the world.
That makes Baden-Powell’s vision for Scouts promoting world peace seem even more prescient today than it did a century ago.
Fortunately, Scouts and Scouters in the U.S. live far from any war zone. But that doesn’t mean your unit can’t do its part to bring peace to the world.
Join the Messengers of Peace and start making a difference today. Here’s how: Continue reading
I love what the Boy Scouts of America’s Marketing team has done with its new recruiting materials. (If you haven’t seen them, drop everything and take a look.)
But my BSA pride doesn’t preclude me from pointing out the latest bit of genius from our Scouting friends across the pond.
It started with an e-mail from Elis Matthews. As Senior Editor of the UK version of Scouting magazine, Elis, at least in his job title, is the British version of me — or am I the American version of him? Either way, we’ve never met, but he and I have exchanged e-mails whenever our magazine duties require. So when I get an e-mail from him, I take notice. Continue reading
If you’re a ham radio buff, the six-month wait until the next Jamboree on the Air feels like a lifetime.
Fortunately, there’s hope. Wait just two months and attend the American Radio Relay League’s annual Field Day on June 23 and 24.
Both events have ties to the ARRL, but unlike JOTA, the Field Day doesn’t have any direct Scouting ties.
Still, it’s a great opportunity to meet local amateur radio operators and ask them to get involved in the Jamboree on the Air in October. Plus, it’s a great way to introduce your Scouts or Venturers to the fun and technology of amateur radio.
Here’s the scoop:
Lord Robert Baden-Powell had a habit for sounding smart.
But really, what would you expect from the founder of the worldwide Scout movement, which now boasts 30 million Scouts in 161 countries?
Three of my favorite quotes from the Scouting legend speak for themselves:
- “It is risky to order a boy not to do something; it immediately opens to him the adventure of doing it.”
- “The open-air is the real objective of Scouting and the key to its success.”
- “There’s nothing like ‘Being Prepared,’ is there? For what might seem possible, even if it may not seem probable.”
B-P’s words of wisdom have molded the Boy Scouts of America for more than 100 years, and that’s why we celebrate his life on Founder’s Day every Feb. 22.
Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell was born Feb. 22, 1857, and until his death in 1941, he worked tirelessly to support the world Scout movement. Today, more than a century and a half since his birth, that indelible imprint has grown exponentially.
Take a moment today to celebrate this man’s amazing life. Here’s how:
Now tell me: How has Baden-Powell affected your life? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
BSA file photo above shows Baden-Powell (right) with William “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt
No shock that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is making headlines again.
But what may surprise you is why: She just joined the global Scouting movement as a volunteer with the U.K. Scout Association.
The “other” Scouting magazine, which serves 400,000 boys and girls involved with Scouting in the U.K., features Kate in a cover story for its February-March issue, due out next week. Check out the cover at left. Sure beats People or Vogue, if you ask me.
Kate will join 40,000 female Scouters in the U.K. Her plans include volunteering with Scout units near the royal couple’s home in north Wales, recruiting additional Scouters, and traveling the country to lead activities relevant to her skills and interests.
Check out what our neighbors to the north will be wearing this season.
On Friday, Scouts Canada, which will co-host the 2019 World Scout Jamboree with the Boy Scouts of America and Asociación de Scouts de México, unveiled a totally revamped uniform.
The 100,000-member organization says the new duds, designed by the clothing company Joe Fresh, were the product of a 5,000-member survey followed by extensive focus groups and market research. Continue reading