Monday, November 30, 2009

100 Years of Scouting in Video has a wonderful series of four YouTube videos that capture a century of Scouting in the United States. The fully narrated series of videos is awesome. To view these videos visit

If you like the video, you may also want to think about getting Boy Scouts of America: A Centennial History Book for yourself or giving it as a holiday gift. Great way to support Scouting!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Advancement and Awards news of note

We've added a few new items in the past few days which may be of interest to Scouts and Scouters:

Awards -- see for these items:

We now have information and the requirements for the "2010 - A Year of Celebration" awards.

Unit Leader's Award of Merit
- A new award has been developed which replaces the old Scoutmaster's AoM, Varsity Coach's AoM, and Venturing Advisor's AoM, and which is now also available to Cubmasters. The award includes a new square knot (design as yet unknown) and gold bordered position patches.

We've posted some revisions and corrections to the Philmont Training Center Masters Knot, including an image of the PTC device which goes to recipients for the third level award.

Advancements - see for these items:

13 new Cub Scout Belt Loops and Pins (8 Academics and 5 sports) are now being released. The new awards should be in the shops any day now, and the new guide in January, but we've found and posted copies of what we understand to be the proposed requirements. Until the new Guide is available, these requirements are not official, of course.

The new Academics subjects are:
  • Disabilities Awareness (originally discussed as "Abilities Awareness")
  • Family Travel
  • Good Manners
  • Nutrition
  • Pet Care
  • Photography
  • Reading and Writing
  • Video Games
The new Sports are:
  • Hiking
  • Hockey
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kickball
  • Skateboarding
Scuba Diving Merit Badge is official as of Tuesday, December 1, 2009.

Four other new merit badges will appear over the course of the coming year:
  • Inventing (First quarter 2010)
  • Geocaching (Second quarter 2010)
  • Scouting Heritage (Second quarter 2010)
  • Robotics (Fourth quarter 2010)
The Geocaching badge is obviously the GIS\GPS badge that had been rumored over the last year or so.

Nothing on any merit badges being dropped. Of course, come January, we'll have to wait until the new Boy Scout Requirements booklet comes out to see what else changes, including any clarifications on the new rank requirements in the new Handbook.

Holiday Mail for Heroes

During the next week you can do a good turn for service members by sending a holiday card to

Holiday Mail For Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

All cards must be received no later than Monday, December 7th. Cards received after this date will unfortunately be returned to the sender. This deadline ensures enough time to sort and distribute cards before the holidays. For more details visit

BSA Nationwide 100th Anniversary Kick-Off Rally

BSA has sent the following announcement about its 100th Anniversary Kick-Off:


Join Our Nationwide 100th Anniversary Kick-Off Rally!

Just one month to go!

The year we celebrate our centennial and begin our next century of service.

One of the most exciting moments in our history.

To jump start the celebration, we're bringing together Scouting enthusiasts from coast-to-coast for a nationwide 100th Anniversary Kick-Off Rally. Hosted by AT&T CEO and Chairman and 100th Anniversary Chair Randall Stephenson, National President John Gottschalk, National Commissioner Tico Perez, and me, Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca, we'll recognize your important role and the difference you make - everyday. Through this live audiocast, we'll share important information about how you can be part of the 100th Anniversary. We'll also answer some of your questions (submitted in advance through the link below). Our goal is to rally more than a quarter of a million Scouting enthusiasts - the largest single gathering of its kind in BSA history.

What: 100th Anniversary Kick-Off Audiocast Rally

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2009

8:00 - 8:30 p.m. Eastern
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Central
6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Mountain
5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Pacific

How: RSVP by clicking on "100th Anniversary Kick-Off Rally" at That's also where you'll find the link to the audiocast on December 10th.

You are the reason this great movement works - the passionate supporters and boots on the ground serving youth across America. The 100th Anniversary celebration is meant to inspire, excite, and engage the entire Scouting family. Join us as we embark upon this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Save the date! And, tune in on December 10th.

Baloo's Bugle for January's Theme, "Power UP," and December's RTs is on line

Lots of hints for Power Up - games, openings, closings, ceremonies, jokes, and more
Ideas are technical and physical to help our Cubs power themselves up

Jim Jones talks about Training and Little blue Box of Energy.

Bill Smith, the Roundtable guy, returns and writes about the Cub Scout Program

Have your Scouts do their Good Turn for America

Do your Blue & Gold Vegas Style -
The Pack Admin hints rticle is from their Pow Wow CD

Activities for Webelos Fitness and Scientist

Link to National's website section on Cub Scouts 2010 -

Read it and have fun.

As Dave in California wrote me, "I was named Cubmaster of the year but I am just an ordinary guy with a copy of Baloo's Bugle under my arm."

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve

BSA has announced the approved site for a new Eastern High Adventure Center in the New River Gorge area near Bechtel, West Virginia, to be named The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. The over 10,000 acre site will also serve, beginning in 2013, as the permanent home of the quadrennial National Boy Scout Jamborees.

Through the efforts of a Scouter active on the web site, which complements the US Scouting Service Project sites, we've obtained and posted some images of the site.

An aerial photo (apparently derived from Google Earth) of the area, showing an outline of the site at

A topographic map (composite of USGS quads) of the area, also showing an outline of the site at

and a very preliminary site plan of the site, showing general plans for the various facilities which will be developed to support the high adventure center and Jamborees, at

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Baloo's Bugle for November's RTs and December's Theme, "Works of Art," is on-line

Lots of hints for Works of Art - games, openings, closings, ceremonies, jokes, and more
Items for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, too

Ways to have your Cubs display their talent
Suggestions to connect the core value of Faith to the theme, Works of Art.
Check out the back page for one of God's works of art.

Jim Jones talks about God;s masterpiece.

Have your Scouts earn the Art Loop and Pin - see Special Opportunity
(Also, Boys' Life Reading Contest - last chance for 2009)

Activities for Webelos Craftsman and Scientist

Link to National's website section on Cub Scouts 2010 -

Read it and have fun.

As Dave in California wrote me, "I was named Cubmaster of the year but I am just an ordinary guy with a copy of Baloo's Bugle under my arm."

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