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ScoutCast is an audio podcast featuring a variety of how-to and information topics for Scouting leaders and parents.

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ScoutCast is an audio podcast featuring a variety of how-to and information topics for Scouting leaders and parents.

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Venturing?

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I think the podcasts are great, but I was wondering if you could have more about venturing?

iTunes Ratings

29 Ratings
Average Ratings
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1

Great for us BSA Leaders

By dsweet0627 - Jul 21 2017
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Inspirational

Venturing?

By Venturer1253 - Feb 17 2014
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I think the podcasts are great, but I was wondering if you could have more about venturing?

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ScoutCast

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ScoutCast is an audio podcast featuring a variety of how-to and information topics for Scouting leaders and parents.

March 2018 – The Webelos Den and Your Scout Troop

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In this special CubCast/ScoutCast episode, Amy and Bryan chat with Linda Baker, Program Vice President of the Northeast Region, about preparing both your Webelos Den and your Scout troop for the Webelos-to-Scout transition plan. Linda is currently working on the task force updating the Cub Scout handbooks and is a local Troop Committee Chair, so she has a great perspective from both sides of the transition process.

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Mar 01 2018

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May 2018 – New-Unit Development: Providing Scouting to Girls

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We all know by now that girls will be able to join Scouting in 2019, but it’s already May, which means 2019 is just seven months away. That seems like a long time but we all know it’ll be here before we know it. Gene Butler, the Business Development Specialist for the National Alliances team at the National Service Center, joins us to explain what’s needed to start a troop so we’re ready on day one to provide this wonderful program we call Scouting to girls.

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May 01 2018

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March 2019 – Explaining Advancement-The Trail to Eagle

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Advancement is an important part of the Scouting program, but you already know that, right? But advancement in Scouts BSA is very different from Cub Scout advancement. Wayne Huddleston, who serves on the National Advancement Task Force, explains the purpose of advancement for Scouts BSA members, what resources are available, and everything in between. Host Bryan Wendell shares his own experience with advancement in Scouting.

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Feb 21 2019

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June 2015 – Just What is the Order of the Arrow?

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You’ve probably heard of it, maybe even know someone who’s in it. Some people think it has something to do with Indians…(maybe?) Some even suspect it’s a “secret society” within the Boy Scout organization. And why are the members so gosh-darn loyal? National Chief Nick Dannemiller joins us as we explore the mystery that is the Order of the Arrow. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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Jun 01 2015

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May 2014 – Duty to God – It’s More Than a Patch

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A priest and a rabbi walk into ScoutCast…to talk about Duty to God. No, it’s not a joke; Father Don Hummel and Rabbi Peter Hyman join us to explore the concept of Duty to God in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America. How does the BSA define religion? Do you have members in your troop or crew who are of different faiths? How do you deal with that? If you want the answers to these questions, just click the download button.

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June 2013 – Economic Diversity in Your Troop

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As much as we’d like it to be, Scouting isn’t free; uniforms, camping equipment, and activities, cost money. What do you do when you have kids that come from all different economic backgrounds, or if someone’s economic situation changes? Joining us for this fascinating topic is the team leader of the Council Fund Development Team, Mark Moshier, who shares with us how to keep funds from being a problem in a Scout’s involvement.

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Jun 01 2013

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January 2015 – Getting Permission to Handle Awkward Situations

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If you’re a seasoned Scoutmaster, assistant Scoutmaster, or Venturing Advisor, you know what we’re talking about. Awkward situations and the discussions that need to take place because of them is a common occurrence in Scouting. But, the Scout or Venturer is not your child, so first you have to have an awkward conversation with the parent or guardian to get permission to have that discussion. It takes some experience to know how to handle these situations tactfully, so longtime Scoutmaster and current Venturing Advisor Peter Self shares the microphone with us to discuss in great detail how to get permission to handle awkward situations.

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Jan 01 2015

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May 2013 – Youth Leadership

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Most people agree that there are natural born leaders, but the Boy Scouts of America believes that leadership is a skill that can be developed. Joining us for this discussion on developing youth leadership is Linda McKnight, vice president of program with the South Florida Council. Linda has been course director for Wood Badge and NYLT and has facilitated many Philmont conferences, including What’s New in Youth Leadership Training.

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May 01 2013

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February 2019 – Training: Why You Need it and How to Get It

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This episode is all about training. We’re talking with seasoned Scouting veteran Dan Maxfield about why it’s important, how to get trained, and everything you need to know about training. Whether you’re new to Scouting or have been around the Scouting block a time or two, you’ll be left wondering, “With so many training opportunities available and all the fun and innovative ways to get that training, why didn’t I get trained sooner?”

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Jan 24 2019

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October 2013 – Who’s Who in the Zoo

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Unit committee, unit commissioner, district commissioner— just who are all these people? We know being a new leader can be pretty overwhelming, but these are people who can help you with this “job” you volunteered for, making it a much better experience for you and the kids. Joining us for this episode is Ed Martin, Scout Executive for the Black Warrior Council in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and, expert on who’s who in this zoo we call scouting.

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Oct 01 2013

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September 2015 – How to Sell Popcorn When You’re No Longer an Adorable Cub Scout

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Everyone knows Scouting is full of really cool activities like camping and kayaking and building robots, but like everything else on Planet Earth, it costs money. So another big part of Scouting is fundraising. It’s not too difficult when you’re a cute little Cub Scout, and you give a great big smile with those adorable chubby cheeks and start stumbling through your script. You’re just so doggone precious, people gladly buy whatever you’re selling. But what about when the Scouts get older and a little less adorable? Donovan Fisher, aka The Popcorn Scout, and his dad, Scott, with the Washington Crossing Council in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, are here to share with us Donovan’s secrets as the third highest selling Scout in 2013 with more than $23,000 in sales. Did Dad help? Let’s find out.

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Sep 01 2015

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November 2013 – Working With Problem Parents

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We asked 56 experienced Scoutmasters from across the country, “What do you know now that you wish you knew as a new Scoutmaster?” The overwhelming response was not handling issues with the kids, but with…their parents!

So with the help of Zach Chopp-Adams, who has been a Scoutmaster or assistant Scoutmaster since he was only 18 years old and serves as Advisor for the new Section C2 in the Michigan Crossroads Council, we discover how the grown-ups can be the problem and how to handle it when they are.

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April 2013 – Anger Management

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Anger is one of every human’s basic emotions, but it’s difficult to keep calm and cool yourself when handling a boy in your troop who has anger issues. Download this episode for an interesting conversation with Suzette Rizzi, a 25-year licensed social worker in Illinois and a member of the National Committee for Scouts With Special Needs, as she shares with us the skills and strategies for manage anger in ourselves and the youth in our troop.

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July 2015 – Recruiting in Your Community

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Letting your community know what your unit is up to is good for both the unit and the community. Michael Ramsey, department manager of Marketing and Experience Management, is here to explain how spreading the joy of Scouting in our communities can be your best recruiting tool.

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Jul 01 2015

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September 2013 – The Chartered Organization and You

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You may think of the chartered organization as the place to hold your weekly troop meetings, but Charles Dahlquist, long-term Scouter with the Great Salt Lake Council, is here to tell us that it can be so much more than that. Tune in as he explains the relationship you should be having with your chartered organization and the benefits from cultivating that relationship.

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July 2018 – Recruiting Campaigns

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If you’re a regular listener (and of course you are), you’ll recall that back in May we discussed what you need to do to start a new unit. But first, you need the youth for that unit. Now is the time to start recruiting. We need some fresh ideas for the digital times we live in, so join us to discuss recruiting campaigns with Hayley Cordaro, the Social Media Specialist with the Communications Team here at the National Service Center. One of her main responsibilities is developing digital strategies for the BSA.

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Jul 01 2018

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October 2015 – Advanced Leadership Training: What’s In It for You?

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Don Wendell, father of ScoutCast co-host Bryan Wendell and former chair of the National Advanced Leadership Task Force, stops by the ScoutCast studio to tell us all about the various advanced leadership courses that the BSA offers and how those courses will help you become not only a better leader (which makes the program better for the youth), but also a better employee, manager, parent, etc., and have a good time doing so. Take the first step to being a better you and click the Download button to hear more.

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August 2018 – Finding Leaders for Your All-Girl Troop

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Girls will become eligible to become Scouts BSA troops in 2019, which will be here before you know it. We talked a few months ago about new unit development, so now let’s talk about recruiting leaders for those units with Scott Berger, a 50-year BSA veteran who currently serves on a multitude of committees and task forces with the Patriots’ Path Council in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey.

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May 2019 – Bullying

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Talking about bullying doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. You just have to shine a light on it. We get a lot of questions regarding how to handle bullying in a Scouting context, so we thought this might be a good time to talk to Cody Solesbee, a doctoral student in the School of Psychology at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He’s a researcher for the Nebraska Bullying Prevention and Intervention Initiative, which has a goal of addressing the personal, social, and cultural factors that underlie bullying behaviors in order to advance solutions to promote healthy relationships within families, schools, communities, and out-of-school organizations like Scouting.

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March 2015 – Incorporating STEM into Your Troop Meetings

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Is your troop stuck in a rut, doing the same activities year after year? How about using pipe foam and duct tape to build a miniature roller coaster (and learning about kinetic energy) or making a catapult out of craft sticks and rubber bands and sending things flying through the air (while secretly measuring velocity and distance)? Ron Colletti of the Greater St. Louis Council shares the kits he prepares for incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in your den and pack Meetings. Your Scouts will have a blast…literally!

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December 2019 – The Merit Badge Process – Don’t Cut Corners

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You may remember that back in March we talked about the Advancement Process, part of which is earning merit badges. Well, we’ll be ending the ScoutCast year with Jeff Bostwick, Chair of the National Merit Badge Sub Committee with an in-depth discussion on the Merit Badge Process and why it’s so important that you don’t cut corners.

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Nov 26 2019

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November 2019 – Winter Camping – Why You Should Brave the Cold

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Why would anyone want to go camping in cold weather? Seriously – we want to know. So we invited Zach Chopp-Adams, district member at large for the Three Fires District in Southern Shores Field Service Council located in Southern Michigan. Zach has been winter camping for over 20 years – and he’s only 33.

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Oct 28 2019

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October 2019 – How to Have a Meaningful Court of Honor

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OK, listeners, we’ve had discussions on recruiting youth and leaders, how to start a troop, training and advancement. And NOW is the time to start planning those courts of honor. Steve Bowen, who is a member of the Scouts BSA committee and other national committees, guides us through this month’s episode as we figure out what we need to do to prepare for a meaningful court of honor.

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Sep 27 2019

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September 2019 – Parent Orientation

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Hopefully your recruiting efforts are bringing lots of new members into your troops. But welcoming new members also means welcoming new parents, and you need to let those new to the program know what’s expected of both the Scout and the parent. Ah, yes! Parent orientation. Let’s find out what that entails with Julie Bucciarelli, the founding Scoutmaster for Troop 2119, an all-girl troop in Bartlett, Illinois.

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Aug 27 2019

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August 2019 – Peer-to-Peer Recruiting

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Joining us on ScoutCast to share everything we need to know about peer-to-peer recruiting are Scoutmaster Angie LoSavio and senior patrol leader Karina Venegas of Troop 216 from the Pathway to Adventure Council. Angie has been involved in Scouting over the last eight years, having served as an assistant den leader and an assistant Scoutmaster. She is excited to be the founding Scoutmaster for a troop of girls, whose membership is growing by leaps and bounds thanks to Karina and her impeccable peer-to-peer recruiting skills.

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Jul 24 2019

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July 2019 – Linked Troops

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Don’t feel silly if you don’t know what a linked troop is. Heck—we didn’t know either! We heard the term once or twice and decided it might be good to find out more, so let’s learn together with our listeners. Please join our new ScoutCast hosts, Anissa Hicks and Ryan Larson, in their inaugural episode with guests Scoutmaster Paige Samdal of Troop 1505 and Neil Goltermann, chartered organization representative for Knox Presbyterian Church of Naperville, Illinois, as we discover the benefits of a linked troop.

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Jun 25 2019

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June 2019 – Security

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Imagine this: Your unit is ready to depart for a big adventure. All the Scouts and adult volunteers are on time, the weather is perfect, and everything is ready. Then you realize you’re missing something, and it’s a big something: Your unit’s trailer and all the gear inside—hundreds or even thousands of dollars’ worth of stuff—is gone, all gone. So, after you call the police, you might be asking yourself, how can we make sure our stuff is secure?

Keeping Scouts, volunteers, and their gear safe and sound—whether at your meeting place or on the trail—is Richard Bourlon’s mission in life. Richard is the team lead for Health and Safety Services here at the national service center and will share with us some do’s and don’ts and helpful tips to keep everyone and everything safe and secure.

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May 29 2019

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May 2019 – Bullying

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Talking about bullying doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. You just have to shine a light on it. We get a lot of questions regarding how to handle bullying in a Scouting context, so we thought this might be a good time to talk to Cody Solesbee, a doctoral student in the School of Psychology at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He’s a researcher for the Nebraska Bullying Prevention and Intervention Initiative, which has a goal of addressing the personal, social, and cultural factors that underlie bullying behaviors in order to advance solutions to promote healthy relationships within families, schools, communities, and out-of-school organizations like Scouting.

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Apr 26 2019

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April 2019 – Scouts with Special Needs

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Last December there was a post on the Bryan on Scouting blog about Benjamin Waggoner, a Scout who has spina bifida and is Eagle Scout No. 527 in Troop 890 in Dallas, Texas. So, we invited Benjamin and his dad, Chip Waggoner, to chat with us about Scouts with special needs from the perspectives of a Scout and a parent.

If you’re interested, our little sibling, CubCast, addresses this same topic from a leader’s point of view. And even if you don’t have any special needs youth in your troop or crew, you’re sure to find this episode both enlightening and inspiring!

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Mar 28 2019

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March 2019 – Explaining Advancement-The Trail to Eagle

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Advancement is an important part of the Scouting program, but you already know that, right? But advancement in Scouts BSA is very different from Cub Scout advancement. Wayne Huddleston, who serves on the National Advancement Task Force, explains the purpose of advancement for Scouts BSA members, what resources are available, and everything in between. Host Bryan Wendell shares his own experience with advancement in Scouting.

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Feb 21 2019

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February 2019 – Training: Why You Need it and How to Get It

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This episode is all about training. We’re talking with seasoned Scouting veteran Dan Maxfield about why it’s important, how to get trained, and everything you need to know about training. Whether you’re new to Scouting or have been around the Scouting block a time or two, you’ll be left wondering, “With so many training opportunities available and all the fun and innovative ways to get that training, why didn’t I get trained sooner?”

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Jan 24 2019

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January 2019 – A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting a Troop

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So, you’ve decided you might like to be a Scoutmaster. Congratulations! Are you a member of a school, church, or civic club that thinks it might be a good idea to have a troop? Good for you! But, hmmm … where do you begin? Fear not! This episode gives you a step-by-step guide to starting a troop. You’ve got this!

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Jan 01 2019

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December 2018 – Scouts BSA Frequently Asked Questions

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The new Scouts BSA program—in case anyone out there hasn’t already heard—means girls will be allowed to join Scout troops in February 2019. This is a big change to our already fantastic organization, so naturally the questions have been pouring in. We’ve gathered a list of the most frequently asked questions and joining us is the woman with all the answers—April McMillian. April is the department manager of Program Development here at the BSA National Service Center and will help us get the right answers to all those burning questions.

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Dec 01 2018

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November 2018 – Crossover for Adults

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This month’s episode stems from a tweet we received asking if we could have an episode not on youth who cross over from Cub Scouting to Scouts BSA but on adults who cross over from Cub Scouting to Scouts BSA. And we agreed that would make for an interesting discussion. So, we invited Steve Bowen back to the show. You may remember Steve from the November 2014 show where we discussed the development of merit badges. In addition to being on the National Merit Badge Subcommittee and other national committees, Steve has served as both a Cubmaster and a Scoutmaster, so we look to him for guidance on this topic.

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Nov 01 2018

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October 2018 – Be Prepared for Your First Meeting

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OK, listeners, we’ve had discussions on new-unit development and recruiting youth and leaders, so now is the time to start planning those meetings and activities. But we don’t want to throw everything out there at once, so let’s figure out what you need to do to Be Prepared for that first meeting. To help us with that is Lorie McGraw, a Scouting volunteer for 23 years with the Indian Waters Council in Columbia, South Carolina, Somehow, she found time to also prepare to be an assistant Scoutmaster for a new all-girl troop that will start next year.

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Oct 01 2018

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September 2018 – Can We Talk? Make New Friends From All Over the World!

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Jamboree-on-the Air and Jamboree-on-the-Internet events held every October. The World Scout Bureau reported that last year, JOTA and JOTI events had more than 1.5 million Scout participants from more than 160 countries! In this month’s episode, 2 of the JOTA/JOTI team members, Jim Wilson, (JOTA rep) and Greg Wojcicki (JOTI rep) share with us how you can be a part of these world-wide events. The events take place in October so you should listen to this episode soon… like right now.

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August 2018 – Finding Leaders for Your All-Girl Troop

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Girls will become eligible to become Scouts BSA troops in 2019, which will be here before you know it. We talked a few months ago about new unit development, so now let’s talk about recruiting leaders for those units with Scott Berger, a 50-year BSA veteran who currently serves on a multitude of committees and task forces with the Patriots’ Path Council in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey.

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July 2018 – Recruiting Campaigns

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If you’re a regular listener (and of course you are), you’ll recall that back in May we discussed what you need to do to start a new unit. But first, you need the youth for that unit. Now is the time to start recruiting. We need some fresh ideas for the digital times we live in, so join us to discuss recruiting campaigns with Hayley Cordaro, the Social Media Specialist with the Communications Team here at the National Service Center. One of her main responsibilities is developing digital strategies for the BSA.

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Jul 01 2018

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June 2018 – Everything You’re Doing Is Already STEM

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Back in March of 2015, we did an episode about introducing STEM into your unit, and we talked about some pretty cool STEM activities. Since then, STEM has gotten pretty popular, and units are really taking their activities to the next level. In this episode, Emily Campbell Roundtable Commissioner for in the Gulf Coast Council in Pensacola, Florida, shows us how STEM can be integrated into stuff you’re already doing to earn the Nova and Supernova awards.

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Jun 01 2018

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May 2018 – New-Unit Development: Providing Scouting to Girls

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We all know by now that girls will be able to join Scouting in 2019, but it’s already May, which means 2019 is just seven months away. That seems like a long time but we all know it’ll be here before we know it. Gene Butler, the Business Development Specialist for the National Alliances team at the National Service Center, joins us to explain what’s needed to start a troop so we’re ready on day one to provide this wonderful program we call Scouting to girls.

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