After Pearl Harbor was attacked, Boy Scouts sprang into action

Be Prepared for Emergencies. Excellent article from Scouting Magazine about how Scouts were prepared in first aid and emergency communications

For many months leading up to Dec. 7, 1941, the Boy Scouts of the Honolulu Council had been training. They were sharpening their skills in first aid and emergency communications.Like Scouts today, they didn’t know when — or if — they might put these skills to use. They just wanted to Be Prepared.

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Scout executive loses 112 pounds to ride new zip line at West Virginia camp — Bryan on Scouting

If you are living your #SecondChange you better stay healthy. If you are in your #FirstChange, please don’t take the risk. #HealthyHearts.

Scout Executive Jeff Doty was proud of his efforts to bring a zip line to Camp Mountaineer in West Virginia. There was just one problem: At the time the zip line was announced, Doty weighed too much to ride the quarter-mile zip line himself. And so the busy Scout professional from the Mountaineer Area Council made a change.…

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Scouter who completes 1 millionth eLearning module will win free Philmont conference registration — Bryan on Scouting

Getting trained for your Scouting position is its own reward. But the Scouter who completes the 1 millionth module in the BSA Learn Center will get an additional reward: free registration for a conference at the Philmont Training Center — up to $540 in value. The BSA Learn Center’s web-based training courses, created in response to feedback from leaders saying…

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The Best Scouting Apps of 2016 — Bryan on Scouting

The “Next Generation of Digital Leaders” uses “Device Oriented Learning” to expand their knowledge.

It’s 2016. The smartphone doesn’t detract from the Scouting experience; it enhances it. Where in the past there was a debate over whether smartphone use is appropriate in Scouting, these days most Scouters see the devices like pocketknives. They are multitools that — with guidance to prevent misuse — are an important part of the Scouting experience. With the right apps,…

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A study to explore the impact of Boy Scouts of America programs on youth character development. #TuftsUniversity

A study to explore the impact of Boy Scouts of America programs on youth character development.

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Tufts University CAMP Study Website!

Welcome to the website for the Tufts Character and Merit Project, or the CAMP study. In collaboration with the Cradle of Liberty Council and funded through a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, Tufts University is conducting a study to gauge the impact of the Boy Scouts of America programs on the academic and personal development of male students.

This website is dedicated to informing the national community of this monumental study and to serve as a resource for those interested in learning more about the research.
Visit Tufts University CAMP Study Website. Several presentations have been made available which detail the CAMP Study and its results. Share them.
Reports about the study:

Research proves that Scouting builds character in youth

Best Scouting apps for iPhone and Android, 2014 edition

Be prepared for emergencies.
FIRST AID BY AMERICAN RED CROSS
Devices: Android, iOS

Cost: Free

Description: The only app on this list that may some day save a life. The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand.

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Empty your backpack and leave everything behind. All you need on your next Scouting outing is your smartphone.

OK, so maybe that’s an exaggeration.

What is true, though, is that for the two-thirds of Americans who own smartphones, it’s now possible to fit reference books, a GPS device, a weather radio, a compass, a map, a camera, a field guide, a recipe book and more in your pocket.

But which apps are worthy of downloading (or even — gasp! — paying for) to enhance your Scouting experience? Your fellow Scouters helped me compile the ultimate list below.

First, though, a quick note on smartphones in Scouting. They’re here to stay; resistance is futile. When used properly, these technological tools can actually improve your Scout unit. The BSA’s Deputy Chief Scout Executive, Gary Butler, made a compelling case for viewing them as a cure, not a curse. Read his comments here.

With that out of the way, check out the best Scouting-related apps after…

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