Share your tips for building a Scout-led troop

Becoming a Scout-led troop is the goal of most Scout leaders. But what does a Scout-led troop look like, and — better yet — how do you get there?

That’s exactly what we’re looking to reveal in an upcoming Scouting magazine story, which means we need your help.

If the leadership in your troop has been successful at building a Scout-led troop, we want to hear from you. We’re especially interested in hearing from troops that have recently moved from adult-led to Scout-led, and we’d love to get the perspective of some successful senior patrol leaders, too.

Send an email to scoutingmag@gmail.com with your name and contact information, as well as a brief description of your troop. Your advice might appear in an upcoming issue of Scouting.

Thanks for your feedback.


Illustration by George Angelini

Follow along as we cover the jamboree from a Scouter’s perspective

Even if you’re not among the fortunate few attending, staffing, or visiting the jamboree next week, you can still play along at home.

Scouting magazine will cover the jamboree from a Scouter’s perspective, sharing news about programs; requirements for new merit badges released at the jamboree; interviews with Scouts, Venturers, and leaders; and compelling anecdotes.

But mostly we’ll cover those unexpected, only-at-jamboree moments that are impossible to plan for in advance.

You’ll find Scouting magazine in four places online: here at Bryan on Scouting, of course, but also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

On Twitter, we’ll tag our posts with #2013jambo and sign “-bw” for tweets from me and “-gs” for tweets from my magazine colleague Gretchen Sparling. Continue reading

Scouting magazine is now on Pinterest.com

Have you ever run across a great Cub Scout activity on the Web and wished there was an easy way to file the information for later use? (And I’m not talking about writing down the URL address on last night’s dinner napkin.) Enter Pinterest.com.

This clean-cut Web site, with its all-white background and crisp tableau of images, allows users to create their own visual “pin boards” to capture ideas, stories, and scraps of inspiration themed around a topic (like “Great Camping Destinations”) for later use and/or to share with other “Pinners.”

Because the editors at Scouting aim to arm volunteers with the best resources needed to help lead pack, troop, team, and crew activities, we’ve launched our own Scouting magazine Pinterest page. What does this mean? Now you can “follow” Scouting-themed pin boards relevant to your interests—whether it’s “Great Gear,” “Cub Scout Snacks,” “Scouting Cakes,” “Boy Scout Activities,” and much more.

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Hit me with your best shot: Now seeking submissions for our Facebook cover

Make your great Scouting photos more than just pretty wallpaper for your computer or tablet.

Our Facebook Cover Image Search can show them off to nearly 15,000 of your fellow Scouters.

Selected photos will spend a week as the cover image on our new and improved Facebook page, which we recently switched over to the new Facebook timeline design for pages.

We’ll consider any great photo that represents Scouting. And for each photo we select, we’ll also include the Scouter’s name, unit, and hometown so others know whose work they’re admiring.

Ready to give it your best shot? Click here to learn more.


Photo of Northern Tier by Flickr user mtvre.

November-December 2011 “Where Am I?” winner, mystery location revealed

I can think of hundreds of reasons for you to visit the location pictured here and found on Page 46 of our November-December 2011 issue.

There’s the 300-foot redwoods, the massive limekilns, the cute otters diving into the sea, the banana slugs, the picturesque trails…

There’s also this: It’s the mystery location for our Where Am I? reader contest, and visiting there would surely give you an edge to enter and win a $100 BSA Supply Group gift card.

Talk about a visit that pays dividends!

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Enter daily to win warmth

Did Santa forget to put a warm jacket under your tree? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered.

Enter today to win a Columbia Bugaboo Tech Parka—a $300 value!

One lucky Scouting magazine reader will win the COLD COMFORT GIVEAWAY featuring this classic parka that’s perfect for camping, snowshoeing, skiing, or just enjoying the outdoors with your Scouts.

How can you win? Visit scoutingmagazine.org/contests to register to win. Then, be sure to visit the contest page and to enter daily and increase your chances of winning. The contest will end Jan. 31.

One winner will be randomly selected and announced here at blog.scoutingmagazine.org.

Plus, a new February contest will be announced Feb. 1—you won’t want to miss it! (Hint: We’ll make sure you’ve got the right footwear for your upcoming hiking adventures.)

Good luck!