Announcing my first-ever Golden Eagle Awards for best Eagle project videos

golden-eagle-awardsThough certainly not a requirement for earning the Eagle Scout Award, an Eagle Scout Service Project video can be icing on the cake, celebrating and commemorating a boy’s hard work and planning.

And with HD cameras built into modern smartphones and inexpensive, user-friendly video-editing software available, it’s easier than ever to produce high-quality videos like the ones I’ve chosen to show here.

So allow me to present the first-ever Bryan on Scouting Golden Eagle Awards for Eagle Scout videos. I’ve watched several-dozen so far, and they’re all great. But I’ve singled out five in particular for these awards, which come with neither a statuette nor any prize money — just my pat on the back for a job well done.

So, without further ado…  Continue reading


A stunning look at Philmont through the eyes of a Ranger

Tucker Prescott, the mind behind the video.

Tucker Prescott, the mind behind the video.

What’s it like to spend a summer as a Philmont Ranger?

Incredible seems too weak a word, and amazing doesn’t quite cut it either.

When words fail, try video. That’s the approach Tucker Prescott took with his magical, transcendent short film called “Philmont: A Ranger’s Summer.”

It manages to be both understated and powerful by sharing what one Ranger’s summer looked like.

Enough words; just watch:  Continue reading


Scouts aren’t immune to Harlem Shake

You knew it was bound to happen.

The Harlem Shake, the Internet meme that came from nowhere last month and is now impossible to avoid, has caught the eye of more than a few Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs.

Scouts from Salt Lake City, Puerto Rico, and several places in between have created their own versions of the viral video, which starts with one person dancing alone for 15 seconds before a quick cut to a chaotic group dance lasting another 15 seconds.

Most of the Scouts’ videos I found were tasteful and fun and they show Scouts doing what Scouts do — laughing, bonding, and acting crazy. One video starred the staff of a summer youth leadership course in Utah, and at the end included a message for Scouts to register for the event. Smart marketing!

Check out five Boy Scout versions (and one Cub Scout version) of the Harlem Shake: Continue reading


Finally, a commercial that doesn’t scream at you

venturing-videoDespite what car dealerships seem to believe, subtlety in advertising isn’t dead.

Case in point: the BSA’s new “We Are Venturers” promo video, a 90-second glimpse into a typical day in the life of a real group of Venturers. Watch the video after the jump.

The messaging eschews the hard-sell approach common in today’s TV commercials for a toned-down feel better suited for teens. I caught up with Ryan Hill, part of the BSA’s national marketing team that shot the video near San Francisco, to find out more.

“We already have videos of Venturers hanging off cliffs and ice climbing and traveling to New York and Paris,” he says. “So I wanted this video to highlight the more-accessible aspects of Venturing and nod to the adage that ‘it’s not what you do but who you do it with.’”

Indeed, social interaction represents one of Venturing’s core qualities. That’s why the BSA recently added an official Facebook page for Venturing. Be sure you and your crew give it a Like. It’s a natural extension of Venturing camaraderie into the digital realm.

“Venturers make the most of whatever they do together, whether it’s a river clean-up service project, a day hike, or just hanging out in the park for the afternoon,” Hill says. “With that in mind, we also focused on capturing a lot of laughter and interaction between Venturers. And we really wanted to drive home the co-ed element of Venturing that makes it so unique from other BSA offerings. Nothing flirtatious, just guys and girls — as buddies — hanging out.”

And how has the response been?

“We showed this to our Venturing youth leadership panel, and they all reacted overwhelmingly positively, making statements like, ‘I feel so proud to be a Venturer’ and ‘I can’t wait to share this with all my friends and family because THIS is what Venturing looks like for me.’”

That’s high praise. Take a look …  Continue reading


Jamboree calls on Carly for opening stadium show at the Summit

Carly-2The hits just keep on coming.

Exactly one month after the BSA locked in Train to close the 2013 jamboree, we now know who will kick things off at the Summit Bechtel Reserve next summer.

It’s Carly Rae Jepsen, the 27-year-old Canadian songstress whose single “Call Me Maybe” won MTV’s Best Song Of 2012 honors and has been seen more than 360 million times on YouTube — and counting.

Carly, who’s up for two Grammy Awards in February, will headline the “Welcome to the Summit” show on Tuesday morning, July 16, at the stadium (the area known as the arena at past jamborees).

If, somehow, you’ve missed the video or the dozens of spinoffs it spawned — from the USA Olympic Swim Team, NASA, Sesame Street, and the U.S. Armed Forces, to name a few — you can watch the original below. But fair warning: The infectious tune will stick in your head till July.

Need proof that Scouts are Carly fans? Watch thousands of Arrowmen at NOAC 2012 singing their hearts out to Carly’s hit:  Continue reading


Join the Eagle celebration live from your couch

Can’t be in Texas for tomorrow’s big Eagle Scout party?

I’ve got the next best thing: Watch the Eagle Scout Heritage Celebration streaming live to your computer.

At 11 a.m. (Central) on Saturday, Aug. 11, watch a live webcast of the Eagle Scout Heritage Celebration’s Kickoff Event from the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Tex.

Eagle Scouts who attend in person receive a commemorative patch and free museum admission. But everyone watching at home can join in on the fun that includes a keynote speech from Boy Scouts of America National Commissioner and Distinguished Eagle Scout Tico Perez.

Also on view to the public for the very first time: Joseph Csatari’s 100 Years of Eagle Scouts painting. Csatari was commissioned by the National Eagle Scout Association to create a new painting honoring the 100th anniversary of the Eagle Scout Award. The model for the artwork, Eagle Scout Matthew Dobromilsky, will host the signing of a limited number of prints that will be sold following the program.

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Check out the Buzz from the Summit Shakedown

You read my impressions after I visited the Summit for the first time last month.

Now hear it straight from the Scouts. While attending July’s Summit Shakedown, I shot an episode of the Buzz, the informative, biweekly video produced by the BSA’s internal communications team.

Usually, Marianne Elden, internal communications team leader, hosts the videos. But she let me take over, just this once, for the video seen below. I tried not to embarrass myself too badly.

(Fun fact: One of the Scouts I interviewed is Nate Stafford, the impressive Scout whose fight against malaria in Africa was the subject of a blog post I wrote last year.)

Take a look at the Summit Shakedown Buzz: Continue reading


PhilCast’s second season takes you deeper inside Philmont

Think you know Philmont? Never been?

Either way, you can get a backstage pass to the BSA’s famous hiking and training destination in New Mexico with PhilCast, the weekly behind-the-scenes video series I told you about last summer.

It’s back for a second season, and you can watch all the 2012 videos right here.

Bryan Hayek, Philmont’s marketing manager, told me that this season’s videos employ a fresher, tighter shooting style compared with last year’s episodes. Also new: The 2012 season will have just one host instead of a different one each week. Continue reading


Watch a sneak peek of ‘Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?’

“Are You Tougher?” comes from Thom Beers, the man behind “Deadliest Catch,” “Ice Road Truckers,” “Ax Men,” “Storage Wars,” and “Pitchmen.”

UPDATE (June 29): While the viewing period for the sneak preview clip is now over, stay tuned to Bryan on Scouting for more details on the show as soon as I get them!

If seeing is believing, consider me a believer.

Five months after I first told you about Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?, the new reality show on the National Geographic Channel, we now get our first look at the series.

First impression? This is gonna be awesome.

The show, which pits real Scouts against adults who didn’t quite make Eagle as boys, is scheduled to debut this November.

Count on me to keep you updated once we have a firm air date and more information.

What did you think of the clip?