New Scoutingmagazine.org Web Site

The new Scoutingmagazine.org

You rely on Scouting for relevant information to help you better serve Scouts. Now, you can find this same advice and much more on the Web, at the redesigned and easy-to-navigate scoutingmagazine.org.

Whether it’s up-to-date policy information, guides to advancement, outdoor advice, and more, you’ll find that scoutingmagazine.org goes beyond the magazine pages to offer readers additional in-depth tips and tools.

To help tell you more about the new features of scoutingmagazine.org, we called on our friend Tico Perez, National Commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America. In this brief clip, shown if you click “Read More”, Tico shares why he thinks Scouters and volunteers should bookmark scoutingmagazine.org and keep coming back for more.

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May-June 2011 “Where Am I?” winner, mystery location revealed

For Patricia Davis, it was the “moss-covered cypress trees” that gave it away.

The Webelos leader in the Baltimore Area Council used that clue to correctly guess the mystery location in Scouting magazine’s May-June 2011 edition of “Where Am I?”

The correct answer? The Okefenokee Swamp, a 438,000-acre wetland on the Georgia-Florida border. In the clues, we also alluded to the “gator forecast,” something unique to Okefenokee. Continue reading

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Go behind the scenes of my Rogue River video shoot for Scouting magazine

About the time they were touching up my makeup, preparing the teleprompter, and adjusting the lighting on the green screen, I had a thought: Making a three-minute video takes a ton of work.

It’s also a ton of fun.

We spent part of last week shooting and editing the video seen above as a special introduction to my Scouting magazine feature, “Going Rogue.” Continue reading

Redesigned and refocused: The new Bryan on Scouting blog

After 22 months, and nearly 400,000 page views, Cracker Barrel is no more.

Scouting magazine’s official blog is now Bryan on Scouting, written by me, Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout and the associate editor of Scouting magazine.

Like you, I’m passionate about the Scouting program and am always looking for compelling stories, fascinating people, and innovative ways to improve the BSA.

Like you, I want to know about important BSA news as soon as possible, and I want the information to be clear and accurate.

Like you, I know the program is all about our young people but can’t exist without trained and motivated adult leaders.

So I’m bringing you a revamped blog that will have more of what you want presented in a clean, fresh format.

But before we look at where we’re going with Bryan on Scouting, let’s look at where we’ve been.

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November-December 2010 Where Am I? winner announced

Whereami6In our November-December 2010 edition of Where Am I?, the gorgeous picture at left was a nice treat for all of our readers.

But only one reader got an additional treat: a $100 gift card to the BSA’s supply division.

We received nearly 1,000 responses to this edition of the contest, and 653 correctly identified the mystery location: Vermont’s Quechee Gorge Bridge along Route 4.

We accepted pretty much any answer containing the word Quechee, whether you named Quechee Gorge, Quechee State Park, or Quechee Gorge Bridge.

Ottauquechee River, which flows through the gorge, was also accepted.

We used a random-number generator to pick our winner: Bob Manfredo, a Scouter from Bethel Park, Pa.

Bob had an interesting story to tell us when we contacted him with the good news. He said that he had promised the boys in his troop’s Venture Patrol that if he won this contest, he would give them the gift card.

Now that he beat the odds and won, will he keep that promise?

You bet he will. The patrol, called the Thunderbird Extreme Patrol, needs some camping equipment, so this $100 gift card will go a long way toward helping them acquire some needed supplies, Bob says.

Congratulations to Bob for winning our contest, and to the Thunderbird Extreme guys: enjoy your Scouting gear!

September-October 2010 Where Am I? winner announced

Whereami5 With readers like you, who needs a map?

We presented you with the mystery location seen at left in the September-October 2010 edition of Where Am I? We also gave a few clues, such as telling you that the site is located on the border of the 45th and 48th states (that's Utah and Arizona) and that a Native American tribe owns the area and operates tours to look at the formations.

Then it was your turn to tell us the name of this specific spot.

Well, a record number of you responded. We got 1,411 answers sent in via snail mail and our Web site. And more than half, 739, gave us the correct answer: Antelope Canyon, located on Navajo land near Page, Ariz.

We took those 739 correct answers and used a random-number generator to select our winner: entrant No. 473. That lucky entry belonged to Jennifer Peterson, an assistant den leader from Chandler, Ariz.

Congratulations, Jennifer! For being our lucky winner, she'll receive a $100 gift card to the BSA's Supply Division. That card is good at local Scout Shops or at scoutstuff.org.

Bummed that you didn't win? No worries. We've got another Where Am I? challenge for you in our November-December 2010 issue, due out at the end of this month. Grab the issue and send us your guess for a chance at another $100 prize.

One week left to enter to win a $100 BSA Supply Group gift card

Whereami1 Picture yourself in the location seen at left. Then ask yourself: "Where Am I?"

If you know the answer, you could be the lucky winner of a $100 BSA Supply Group gift card, good at your local Scout Shop or at scoutstuff.org.

The clock is ticking to enter Scouting magazine's "Where Am I?" reader contest. Simply click here to be taken to the contest page, and submit your guess as to the location of the picture shown.

The deadline to enter is Friday, Oct. 8, meaning you have exactly one week to hunt down the correct answer.

We'll take all of the correct responses and randomly select one to be the big winner. The answer and the winner will be announced right here on Cracker Barrel in mid-October.

Good luck!

September-October 2010 issue of Scouting magazine arriving soon


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The wait is almost over. Today we begin shipping out Scouting magazine's September-October 2010 issue. That means it'll be showing up in your mailbox shortly.

Our cover story, written by senior editor John Clark, takes you on a trip to Hawaii with Baltimore-area Troop 315. Sure, it was an adventure through paradise, but it didn't come without a good deal of hard work.

You'll also get an in-depth piece on how to deal with troop bullies, Scouts who intimidate other boys in your unit. We talked with experienced Scout leaders and psychologists to help you spot the warning signs and know what to do when it happens in your troop.

Our third feature delves into the BSA's strategic plan for the next five years of the program. Managing editor Scott Daniels fills you in on the program's vision for the near future.

Those stories are just the beginning. Our Trailhead section leads the magazine off with news, ideas, and fun that you won't want to miss. In Roundtable, you'll get info on how to be a better leader in your pack, troop, or crew. And our Outdoors section gets you ready for fall with tent reviews, exercises, camping tips, and much more. 

As always, we'd love to hear what you think about our magazine. Just send the editors an e-mail to share your opinion. We print select letters in future issues of Scouting.

Follow the 2010 National Scout Jamboree from wherever you are

JambologoTechnology has changed quite a bit since 2005, the year of the last BSA jamboree.

In December of that year, Facebook added its 5.5 millionth member. Today it has 500 million.

Twitter didn't exist at the last jamboree. The 140-character craze wouldn't begin until the next year.

And in the world of gadgets, October of 2005 saw the introduction of the first iPod to play video. Apple's new device had a 2.5-inch screen, held 30 GB of content, and sold for $299.

A lot has changed in five years, hasn't it?

During next week's 2010 National Scout Jamboree, Scouts and Scouters from anywhere in the country will stay connected in unprecedented ways. A Scout at the jamboree can post photos to Facebook while hanging out at camp, and a Scouter in California can follow jamboree-related Tweets to pass the time during a dull office meeting. And they can do it while using a cell phone or smartphone that probably cost less than that comparatively puny iPod from 2005.

Also gone from 2005 are the dead zones of cell coverage at Fort A.P. Hill. This time, AT&T will provide a cellular and Wi-Fi network for participants, visitors, and staff.

Yes, this will be the first fully digital jamboree. But you don't have to be in Fort A.P. Hill, Va., to experience the excitement. 

Here's how to stay connected with what's happening at the jamboree from opening day on Monday all the way till the tents are packed up on Aug. 4:

On Cracker Barrel:

Scouting magazine's blog will be your best resource for daily news and features straight from Fort A.P. Hill. The Cracker Barrel team will be on site to bring you breaking news, interviews, and photos about what makes the jamboree experience so unique.

We know that most of our readers won't be attending the jamboree, so our posts will be designed to help you use information from the event to make your pack, troop, or crew even better.

On Twitter:

Scouting magazine and Cracker Barrel's official Twitter account, @scouting, will be quite active during the jamboree. That's where we'll post short items and photos that won't make it onto the blog. You'll also want to be following @boyscouts, the BSA's official Twitter account.

Do you plan to Tweet jamboree-related messages during the event, or do you want to read what others are saying? Search for or use these official hashtags:

On Facebook:

Be sure to bookmark Scouting magazine's Facebook page and the official Boy Scouts of America Facebook page. Both will be very active during the jamboree.

Also, your Scouts might be interested in checking out the official page for Boys' Life magazine.

With daily blog updates on Cracker Barrel, numerous Tweets, and posts to Facebook, we think you'll get your fix of jamboree information—even if you're thousands of miles from Virginia.

Occasions like these only come around once every few years, so don't miss out on the excitement!