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BSA’s Scott Teare takes the reins of World Scouting

wosm-logoScouting is global. The movement was created outside of the U.S., and BSA members make up just 10 percent of Scouts worldwide.

So it’s big news when one of the BSA’s own is tapped to lead the World Organization of the Scout Movement and its 30 million members in 161 countries.

A big BSA huzzah to Scott Teare, who left his post as director of the Boy Scouts of America’s International Division to serve as Secretary General of World Scouting. That makes Teare the CEO of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, a job that tasks him with “promoting and safeguarding the interests of the movement.” He’ll do so from the World Scout Bureau’s Central Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

Teare, who has earned World Scouting’s prestigious Bronze Wolf Award, takes office at a crucial time for World Scouting as it undergoes changes in its current management and relocation processes.

The American Teare follows past secretaries Luc Panissod of France, Eduardo Missoni of Italy, Jacques Moreillon of Switzerland, and László Nagy of Hungary.

In an interview published on World Scouting’s official Web site, Teare explains his humble beginnings in Scouting:

“I joined the Cub Scouts at the age of eight,” he writes. “I remember sitting in the back of the school bus with my buddies learning the Cub Scout Promise and Law of the Pack. At that particular moment in time, the center of the entire Scouting universe was right there in my little neighborhood where I sat with my best friends. Who could ever have guessed that joining the Cub Scouts would lead me to a lifetime of friendships that would eventually span the globe?”

And now, decades later, Teare gets the chance of a lifetime as he helps guide World Scouting and “do everything possible to reach more young people with the ‘magic’ that Scouting brings to change lives.”

Help me extend well wishes to Scott from the US of A!

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Radio-active JOTA participation reaches new heights

JOTA, I hear you loud and clear.

More than 18,000 American Scouts participated in the 2012 edition of the Jamboree on the Air last month. That’s a whopping 482 percent leap over last year’s participant total.

So let me extend a big Bravo Zulu (that’s “well done” in radio speak) to the 136 Scout councils, 41 states, and 18,537 Scouts who expanded their minds through long-distance radio communication. And even more kudos to Jim Wilson (K5ND) and the eight-member National Radio Scouting Committee.

Scouts from the U.S. contacted other participants in all 50 states and in 66 different countries. Max Siles, a New Jersey unit commissioner, was impressed.  Continue reading

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Far out! Jamboree on the Air event crosses the final frontier

How do you expand the reach of an event that’s already global?

Find something out of this world.

This weekend, the National Scouting Museum became the only Jamboree on the Air location on earth to enable 10 Scouts to directly communicate with the International Space Station as it hovered 255 miles above Earth.

The turnout was great, and — as you can see above — the event caught the eye of local news stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The Scouts chatted with NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, who holds the record for the longest space flight by a woman. It was all part of JOTA, the annual event that links Scouts around the world.

The long-distance call was made possible through a program from NASA and the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. It is one in a series of educational activities in the United States and abroad to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

If you weren’t there in person, you can watch a stream of the event here.

Final thought: Anyone want to guess how long until Scouts are talking to someone on Mars?

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“We come in peace,” say Scouts around the world

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

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Check out the UK Scout Association’s newest recruiting video

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

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Amateur radio fans: Have a Field Day!

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:

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Founder’s Day celebrates Baden-Powell’s legendary life

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

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U.K.’s newest Scouter: Kate Middleton

Scouting-UK-KateNo 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 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.

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Scouts Canada shows off its redesigned uniforms

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