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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Keeping an eye on our mental health  

Many of us (including me) have to struggle to maintain a physical fitness schedule, but how often do we consider ways to keep our mental fitness healthy and well-exercised? Focusing on positive thinking is a mental exercise we can all take advantage of as part of our daily routine.

I’d like to welcome back Dr. Carla-Krystin (ck) Andrade as a guest blogger on mental fitness. Dr. Andrade is a volunteer Scouter in the Pacific Skyline Council/Discovery District and a member of the BSA Emotional Fitness Task Force. She teaches youth in Scouting and the community how to master the art of positive thinking.


Think Positive, Boost Your Self-Esteem, and Stress Less

“I think I can, I think I can!” Many of us know that saying from The Little Engine that Could. Without realizing it, the Little Blue Engine had mastered one of the secrets of high self-esteem and low stress level – positive thinking.

The Little Engine that Could

Here’s how it works. We’ve all feel stressed from time-to-time. Each of us experiences this in our own way: headaches, shoulder tension, stomach pains, anger, anxiety, frustration, etc.

Yet, what we have in common is an overworked stress response or ‘fight or flight’ response that leads to us to experience these signs of stress. If we look closely at what triggers this stress response, we find that the culprit is our thoughts. Read more »

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