A time to celebrate and give thanks

As we approach Thanksgiving, I find it appropriate to reflect on special moments from the year. It goes without saying that I have a lot to be thankful for as a husband and father, and my role as Chief Scout Executive gives me additional opportunities to give thanks.

I want to take a moment to share some of my favorite Scouting memories from the year and to express my appreciation for the hard work of everyone at BSA.

Ranking among those memorable events was the Normandy camporee conducted by the TransAtlantic Council commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day in memory of those who died and fought for our freedom.  To see highlights of the event click here.

BSA inducted Dr. Robert Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA Director as our national president. Dr. Gates embraced his new role in May, and has already started to make an impact on councils across the country. Dr. Gates followed Wayne Perry and we were able to show our appreciation to him with a standing ovation at the National Annual Meeting general session.

In July I attended the World Scout Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia.  It is always inspiring to hear about the impact the Scouting Movement is making around the world especially through the Messengers of Peace program. Read more »

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Honoring our Veterans

It’s always inspiring to witness how many communities involve Scouting in their annual Veterans Day observances.

Whether it’s placing flags on military grave sites, marching in parades or holding a recognition breakfast, Scouting plays a major role in honoring those currently serving our country, those service men and women who have passed away, and those who have given their lives to protect our freedom.

I’m going to let these photos from past Veterans Day events involving Scouting do most of the talking for the rest of this blog.


Cub Scouts from Pack 461 place American flags at Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. // Photo courtesy of The Sacramento Bee


Scouts place flags at veterans’ graves in Santa Clarita, CA // Photo courtesy of SCV News

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Announcing our 2017 National Jamboree

It seems like we just finished catching our breath from the 2013 National Jamboree when we are now announcing the official theme and logo for the next Jamboree in 2017 – where has the time gone?

From going big and getting wild in 2013, in 2017, we will “Live Scouting’s Adventure.” This is the theme that will welcome thousands of Scouts, Venturers, volunteers and staff from across the nation to the mountains of West Virginia, as we launch our 2017 National Jamboree at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.

Here’s a look at the 2017 official logo, just unveiled today within one of many banners we have created:

2017 National Jamboree

“Live Scouting’s Adventure” captures both Scouting’s legacy of creating adventures that develop young people into leaders of tomorrow, as well as to the future adventures of the next century of Scouting. The theme and logo truly symbolize the adventurous spirit and exciting high adventure and outdoor opportunities available to youth and adults in the Scouting program. Read more »

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