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The Scout Association of Timor-Leste joins WOSM

In September 2003, a delegation from the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and the Asia-Pacific Region (APR) visited Timor-Leste for the first time and began to coordinate the establi

Century-old printing presses breathe new life into Graphic Arts merit badge

Bryan on Scouting - чтв, 22/06/2017 - 16:00

With our modern fixation on shiny new technology, it’s refreshing to see Scouts get excited about something from the predigital age.

That’s exactly what’s happening in Lancaster, Pa., where one Scouter has channeled his passion for Gutenberg-style printing into a volunteer Scouting role.

In 2009, Ken Kulakowsky, who has been involved with Scouting since he was a Cub Scout in 1957, began hosting Graphic Arts merit badge workshops. Using technology invented in 1440 on printing presses built 100 years ago, Scouts earn one of the BSA’s least-earned merit badges.

Kulakowsky’s original Graphic Arts merit badge workshop saw 15 Scouts in attendance. Now he hosts five workshops a year with 26 Scouts at each one. There’s a waiting list of 50 Scouts; demand exceeds the amount of space inside the printing lab.

And it’s not just Scouts from the Pennsylvania Dutch Council who show up. Scouts have attended from as far north as Albany, N.Y., and Centerbrook, Conn. They have come from Fayetteville, N.C., in the South and Pittsburgh in the West.

What Scouts get to do
  • Design a memo pad and print it using the letterpress process developed by Gutenberg in the 15th century
  • Screen-print a specially designed T-shirt
  • See firsthand the offset printing process and take home a BSA Scout Law memo pad
  • Tour the Graphic Communications labs of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology — Pennsylvania’s top-rated technical college
  • Converse with a group of dedicated .918 Club volunteers who do everything possible to help the Scouts succeed

There are still two more workshops in 2017. Learn more here.

How rare is Graphic Arts MB?

In 2016, Graphic Arts ranked in the bottom 15 percent of all merit badges based on popularity (107th out of 137). Just 3,251 Boy Scouts earned the merit badge last year.

The Scout Association of Timor-Leste joins WOSM

World Scouting News - чтв, 22/06/2017 - 15:41

In September 2003, a delegation from the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and the Asia-Pacific Region (APR) visited Timor-Leste for the first time and began to coordinate the establi

Scouts support Portugal forest fire relief efforts

World Scouting News - чтв, 22/06/2017 - 06:54

On 17 June, a series of deadly wildfires erupted across central Portugal, killing or injuring over 100 people. More than 1,700 firefighters nationwide were dispatched to put out the blazes.

Call for Participants: The Academy 2017

The European Scout Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and the Europe Region of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is pleased to call for partic

Young leader, Rover win in Hong Kong’s Youth Award Scheme Kayaking 2017

Big win for Hong Kong Scout Association (HKSA) for bagging the 1st runner-up in the Hong Kong’s Youth Award Scheme Kayaking on 18 June 2017.

Scouts are standing together #WithRefugees!

World Scouting News - вт, 20/06/2017 - 20:20

On World Refugee Day, we reflect on the story of Omar and Saad, #Scouts who were serving the refugees when the Syrian civil war broke out, before they themselves became refugees.

Austrian Scouts Engage in Reforestation

“Well done, Scouts!” titled the newspaper earlier this summer, when it featured the local Scout and Guide Group’s volunteer engagement in their home town.

Time to be welcome: youth work and integration of young refugees

On World Refugee Day 2017, WOSM launches its new project “Time to be Welcome”.

10 Reasons to send your kid to Scout Camp

World Scouting News - пн, 19/06/2017 - 15:17

"I love Scout Camp. I’ve been a “camp guy” for the better part of 30 years, in just about every capacity. I’ve been a camper. A Scout leader.

Gone home: Nicolas Clervil, Chief Commissioner of Scouts d’Haiti

World Scouting News - пн, 19/06/2017 - 11:47

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Nicolas Clervil, the Chief Commissioner of Scouts d’Haiti.

Rovers and Scouters help on rescue and relief operations

Around 50 Rovers and Scouters of Khagrachori and Rangamati are working with the district disaster team on rescue and relief operations on a shift basis, after a series of landslides hit three distr

Rovers and Scouters help on rescue and relief operations

Around 50 Rovers and Scouters of Khagrachori and Rangamati are working with the district disaster team on rescue and relief operations on a shift basis, after a series of landslides hit three distr

Polaris ATV trails at the Summit Bechtel Reserve are full of thrilling twists and turns

Bryan on Scouting - птн, 16/06/2017 - 16:00

Dan Moore, a volunteer in the BSA’s Montana Council, has seen his share of first-rate trails for all-terrain vehicles.

He even helped build five miles of ATV trails at a Scout camp in Montana.

All this experience means that if you want to get Moore’s heart racing these days, your ATV trail better be world class.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. A world-class ATV experience now awaits Scouts and Venturers at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

It’s called the Polaris OHV Center for Excellence.

Moore himself helped design the trails, and they’re sponsored by Polaris, the top name in ATVs and UTVs (utility task vehicles). Polaris has generously signed on to be the official ATV and UTV provider of the BSA and SBR.

The new ATV trails and ATV educational safety pavilion were designed to meet two major goals: they had to be fun, and they had to be safe.

Check and check.

“The whole trail is fun and exciting, but there is one particular section where there are so many twists and turns you really lose track of whether you are going up or down or right or left,” Moore says. “Scouts will come away from the experience with life skills and wide smiles.”

How to enjoy the ATV trails at SBR

Scouts and Venturers who attend this summer’s National Scout Jamboree will be the first to try these new trails. After that, Scouts and Venturers who participate in a high-adventure program at SBR can make ATVs part of their week of fun.

For ATV participation at the Jamboree:

  • Be 14 or older.
  • Complete the free, online ATV safety course.
  • Complete the parental consent waiver.
  • Participants must bring a printed copy of their completed safety course certificate and parental consent waiver to the Jamboree. They can bring printed copies or take a picture of the waiver and the safety certificate and have it saved on their phone.
  • Sign up for a time slot at the Polaris ATV Program Area at the Jamboree. There is limited capacity, so it’s suggested that you stop by the Polaris ATV Training site early in the Jamboree to reserve a spot later in the event.
  • Participants must wear hiking boots, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt while in the ATV program. All other safety gear will be provided.

For ATV participation after the Jamboree:

Keep an eye on the Summit Bechtel Reserve website to learn how you can try the new course after the Jamboree.

How the trails were built

When Dick Dufourd of RecConnect and Russ Ehnes of NOHVCC (the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council) built these trails, they knew they’d need to both protect the environment and meet the needs of ATV riders.

So they planned, designed and constructed trails that are challenging, thrilling and environmentally responsible.

Unlike freely riding around in an open field (which can still be a blast), the ATV trails at SBR add turns and obstacles to the mix.

Plus, established trails focus the impact on the environment. Trails that are safe and fun ensure that people don’t skip the trails and search for other unmanaged places to have fun.

Why the trails are safe

The ATV trails:

  • Keep the trails curvilinear, which keeps the speeds down but the fun factor high.
  • Include proper signage, meaning riders can concentrate on the technical aspects of the trail without worrying about getting lost or off-trail.
  • Open sight lines enough for the riders to be able to look ahead — but not so much that they see a long enough distance ahead to increase speed.
  • Add rails to a low bridge that is part of a skills-development obstacle.

The trails themselves are half of the equation. The other half is the rider-education course, where ATV riders learn to use their body position to control their machine.

“Scouts can expect to learn safe and responsible riding in a safe and controlled manner and have a blast doing it,” Moore says. “The riders will definitely experience every aspect of the safe rider training they receive.”

Download the official app of the 2017 National Jamboree

Bryan on Scouting - ср, 14/06/2017 - 21:00

You’ve sewn on your official Jamboree patch. You’ve finalized your travel plans. You’ve finished packing — or at least your packing list.

The next step in prepping for the 2017 National Jamboree takes just seconds but will enhance your Jamboree experience in big ways. It’s time to download the official 2017 National Jamboree app.

The 2017 National Jamboree app is available now for iOS and Android devices. The app includes a list of activities, event schedules, updated wait times for attractions, interactive maps, real-time notifications and more.

It’s everything you need to know about the 2017 National Jamboree — all in the palm of your hand.

To download, click here on your iOS device or click here on your Android. You can also search “2017 Jamboree” in the App Store or Google Play. Jamboree participants, staff volunteers, and visitors should get the app today and find a prominent spot for it on their home screen. Those who aren’t going to the Jamboree are welcome to download the app and follow along from home.

2017 National Jamboree app features
  • Personalized agendas: A complete list of Jamboree events, giving Scouts and Venturers helpful information like the time, location and details of all activities. Participants can even craft their own personalized agenda, showcasing their own can’t-miss Jamboree events.
  • Updated wait times: Scouts and Venturers can view regularly updated wait times for the most popular Jamboree activities. This will enable participants to get the most out of each day, and it’ll help with the overall flow of traffic at the Jamboree. Sweet.
  • Interactive maps: This full array of maps shows the locations of shuttles, first-aid stands, charging stations and key points of interest. Scouts and Venturers can get walking directions and see the estimated travel times by foot to various points throughout the Summit Bechtel Reserve.
  • Real-time notifications: Scouts and Venturers can opt in to receive notifications about schedule changes, emergency information, weather alerts and more.
  • Sponsors: Participants can scroll through the many friends of Scouting whose support helps make the Jamboree Scouting’s premier event.
Who’s behind the 2017 National Jamboree app?

AT&T powers the 2017 National Jamboree app, which was developed in partnership with the volunteers on the National Jamboree Program Team. Let’s give a big shout-out to the National Jamboree Program Team for their work in turning a cool concept into an awesome app.

What about the previous version of the Jamboree app?

Some Jamboree participants, leaders and staffers downloaded an early version of the Jamboree app under a different name. Please note the earlier version is no longer supported and won’t be updated during the 2017 National Jamboree. The newer version, powered by AT&T, is available at the links above. That’s the one you want.

West Java Scout Adventure

The adventure of West Java Scout Jamboree 2017 will soon roll as it opens on 31 July – 8 August 2017.

Scouts go Solar Team Philippines

Congratulations to the Scouts go Solar Team Philippines for a successful road show and solar exhibit on 12 June 2017, coinciding the country’s Independence Day.

Parents of boy with autism were told to ‘try Scouting,’ and this happened

Bryan on Scouting - пн, 12/06/2017 - 16:00

If you had to pick just one point of the Scout Law to describe Isaiah V., it would be “brave.” That same word applies to his mom and dad, too.

Isaiah was diagnosed with high-functioning autism at age 3.

“At first I thought, ‘what are we going to do?'” says Isaiah’s dad, Rolando. “Our world was turned upside down.”

As Isaiah got older, more symptoms began to show. He was shy and rarely spoke. He didn’t like playing with other kids and had a short temper. He never made eye contact.

Rolando and his wife, Lisa, talked to health professionals. They considered team sports.

Then a good friend shared what turned out to be a life-changing idea: “Try Scouting,” the friend said. “It is a fail-safe environment.”

They did. In November 2014, the family joined Pack 217 of the Central Florida Council, based in Orlando.

Rolando still remembers that first den meeting. It was a Thursday. The Scouts were making American flags for Veterans Day. Isaiah seemed to be having fun, but Rolando and Lisa weren’t sure.

The following Wednesday, Isaiah turned to his parents.

“Scouts tomorrow?” Isaiah said.

“And our jaws dropped!” Rolando says. “Ever since, Isaiah has been speaking more and more, making new friends and continues to strive in Scouting. He even earned his Supernova Award with his den.”

They’re a Scouting family now, the three of them. Lisa is a committee member, and Rolando is the committee chairman.

Whenever Isaiah’s behavior needs a little correcting, Mom or Dad will say, “Is this good Scout behavior?” Works every time.

Rolando’s favorite Scouting moment — so far — comes from a Webelos weekend at Camp La-No-Che.

“In the high-adventure part of the camp, they have this wall where the Scout learns how to rappel for the very first time,” Rolando says. “At first, we were skeptical because several Scouts refused to rappel due to their fear of heights. No, sir! Isaiah took that wall without hesitation and made it to the ground safely. Then he turns and said, ‘Can we do it again?’ As a tear fell from my face, I replied, ‘As many times as you want.'”

Pope Francis presides over MoU signing ceremony between WOSM and SCHOLAS

World Scouting News - пн, 12/06/2017 - 12:03

Representatives from the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and Pontificia Scholas Occurrentes (SCHOLAS*) signed on 9 June 2017, a


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