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BSA Announces Family Scouting

Today the BSA announced Family Scouting starting next fall with girls in Cub Scouting, and "a program for older girls, which will be announced in 2018 and projected to be available in 2019, that will enable them to earn the Eagle Scout rank." There are certainly a number of things to discuss but today I just wanted to post links to key resources about the announcement: BSA Press … [Read More...]

Scoutmaster Podcast 354 Gender and Scouting

Should gender define Scouting? This week I want to discuss responses to a post I published last week about gender in Scouting: Girls in the BSA. The post garnered lot's of responses both for and against the idea of the BSA becoming a co-ed organization, and I'll discuss some of the objections in this podcast.¬† The question of gender and Scouting can be an explosive one since gender issues have … [Read More...]

Girls in the BSA?

Yes, girls in the BSA. I want the BSA to be a fully co-ed organization with no limitations on how girls participate. Before you lose it understand I don't think girls in the BSA should be forced on anyone. More about that later. I think we can and must make this happen for one simple reason: it is the right thing to do. I can't say I always thought this way. We first visited … [Read More...]

Scoutmaster Podcast 353 Two Key Ideas for Scouters

I'll be brief, well, kind of... ... join me as I talk about two key ideas for Scouters I hope you find helpful . This podcast condenses into one talk the answers I wrote to several common email questions I had this summer. I want to share two key ideas I have talked about many times before, but I think are always important to emphasize. You can't talk too much about these two ideas for … [Read More...]

Scoutmaster Podcast 352 Catching Up

Hey! I'm still here, are you? My summer break stretched into the fall a little! Spend some time catching up with me in this briefer edition of the podcast, lots to talk about! We had a great trip to Kandersteg International Scout Center in Switzerland, the troop had a great week at summer camp and have laid the foundations for a great year of activities for our Scouts. The BSA began a … [Read More...]