Previously Published News & Briefing Articles
New BSA CEO / President
I am happy to let you know that earlier this evening, the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America named Roger C. Mosby as the organization’s CEO and President after a focused search, which was initiated when former CEO and President Michael B. Surbaugh retired after a tenure of more than four years.
As the BSA moves through an extraordinary time of both change and opportunity, we believe Roger’s experience as a seasoned executive, adept at guiding transformation and driving growth, will bring the right combination of strength and focus needed to steer our organization toward a promising future.
Roger Mosby most recently ran his own consulting firm focused on executive coaching, following his retirement from leading energy infrastructure company Kinder Morgan in 2015. During nearly two decades with the company, he served as HR lead and was one of the original six officers. During his tenure, Kinder Morgan grew from 175 to more than 11,000 employees, with Mosby leading extensive change management and cultural transformation efforts.
Roger was a Scout as a youth and served for more than 33 years as a volunteer in the Mid-America and Sam Houston Area councils, in addition to positions with the Southern Region and National Committees of the Boy Scouts of America, as well as the World Organization of the Scout Movement. He has received the Silver Antelope Award and the Silver Beaver Award and is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.
We thank Michael Surbaugh for his years of service and leadership to the Boy Scouts of America.
Now, as we enter the next stage, we welcome Roger and his well-suited expertise to guide us toward even more opportunities to bring the benefits of Scouting to more youth, families and communities.
Yours in Scouting,
National Chair, Boy Scouts of America
BSA statement about abuse litigation
First and foremost, we care deeply about all victims of child abuse and sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting. We are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our program to abuse innocent children. We believe victims, we support them, we pay for counseling by a provider of their choice and we encourage them to come forward. It is the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) policy that all incidents of suspected abuse are reported to law enforcement.
The Boy Scouts of America is committed to fulfilling our social and moral responsibility to fairly compensate victims who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting, while also ensuring that we carry out our mission to serve youth, families and local communities through our programs.
Nothing is more important than the safety and protection of children in our Scouting programs – it is our top priority. The BSA has a multi-layered process of safeguards informed by experts, including the following, all of which act as barriers to abuse: a leadership policy that requires at least two youthprotection trained adults be present with youth at all times and bans one-on-one situations where adults would have any interactions alone with children – either in person, online, or via text; a thorough screening process for adult leaders and staff including criminal background checks, and the prompt mandatory reporting of any allegation or suspicion of abuse.
The BSA also offers a 24/7 Scouts First Helpline (1-844-726-8871) and email contact address (email@example.com) to access counseling and help needed to report any suspected abuse or inappropriate behavior.
We steadfastly believe that one incident of abuse is one too many and we are continually improving all of our policies to prevent abuse. This is precisely why we fully support and advocate for the creation of a national registry overseen by a governmental entity, similar to the national sex offender registry, of those who are suspected of child abuse or inappropriate behavior with a child, thus allowing all youth-serving organizations to share and access such information. We call upon Congress and other youth- serving organizations to support this initiative.
Eagle Scout extension
Boys and girls who registered this year in a Scouts BSA Troop when they were 16 or 17 years old quite possibly would be unable to meet all the requirements for Eagle Rank before reaching their 18th birthday. A situation made more real by the recent admission of girls to Scouts BSA Troops. With this in mind, the National Executive Committee elected to offer a one-time, limited exception to the BSA’s age requirements for the Eagle Scout Award. Those who apply for the extension will have 24 months from the initial date of registration to complete all requirements for the Award.
- To be eligible, the young man OR young woman must be at least 16 but not yet 18 on Feb. 1, 2019.
- Also, to be eligible, the young man or young woman must register as a member of Scouts BSA on or before Dec. 31, 2019.
- The troop/crew Key 3 leader or advancement chair must log onto either ScoutBook or Internet Advancement 2, locate the eligible scout’s records and click on the extension request icon.
The extension process is quite simple BUT MUST be done by the troop/crew Key 3 leaders by 12/31/2019. As usual, there are terms and conditions and limits. The following links will help provide a full understanding of what a Scout needs to do to qualify for an extension.
Bryan on Scouting – link to an article posted in May 2019.
Scoutbook – a section from the ScoutBook knowledge-base with specific instructions.
Background check disclosure
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is committed first and foremost to keeping youth safe. Part of that commitment includes continually updating our youth protection policies to help ensure we are always on the forefront of youth safety.
As you know, one of the BSA’s many barriers to abuse is a mandatory criminal background check during the adult volunteer application process. The BSA will now also perform periodic rechecks of criminal backgrounds to support the continued safety of youth in our programs.
Please complete the new form at your earliest availability to help us continue to provide the safest environment possible for our Scouts and leaders. Please note that these steps must be completed before your 2020 annual registration can be processed. Please turn in the signed “Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization” form promptly to your unit leader, district executive. or local council service center. If you choose to decline the background check, or if you do not complete the Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization form and return it, your 2020 annual registration will not be processed.
Be Prepared for a better commute.
With CubCast and ScoutCast, the BSA’s pair of monthly podcasts, you’ll become a more-informed Scouting volunteer as you drive to work, empty the dishwasher or walk your dog. . . . Read More
We want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees is an important part of the Scouting experience. Youth develop traits of citizenship, character, fitness, and leadership during age-appropriate events when challenged to move beyond their normal comfort level and discover their abilities. This is appropriate when risks are identified and mitigated.
The Scouting program, as contained in our handbooks and literature, integrates many safety features. However, no policy or procedure will replace the review and vigilance of trusted adults and leaders at the point of program execution.
Commit yourself to creating a safe and healthy environment by:
- Knowing and executing the BSA program as contained in our publications
- Planning tours, activities, and events with vigilance using the tools provided
- Setting the example for safe behavior and equipment use during program
- Engaging and educating all participants in discussions about hazards and risks
- Reporting incidents in a timely manner- Updated BSA Incident Reporting Requirements-6/24/19
Summer brings more Scouting activities and Summer camps. Scouts are enjoying many different adventures from rafting, repelling, sailing, swimming, hiking and many more. All activities should have proper planning and preparation to avoid injuries and accidents.
Scouting.org has a new Safety Moments page, which provides information and guidance on everything from Acute mountain sickness recognition and prevention to zip lines. Each page provides information on the topic, plus BSA forms and guides as well as links to more information.
On the Scouting Safely page, the Guide to Safe Scouting, Wilderness First Aid training, Safe Scouting newsletters, Youth Protection and General Health and Safe FAQ’s are all included to provide our leaders and Scout parents with proper tools to prepare for safe and fun Scouting activities!
Thank you for being part of the Scouting movement and creating an exciting and safe experience for every participant.
New Scoutbook Features
The latest update make program delivery and advancement tracking even simpler.
Internet Advancement – upgrade
BSA has introduced an array of upgrades designed to make your life easier. The improvements make inputting advancement updates faster, allow leaders to search advancement history in a snap and give Scouters more control over printable reports — like the kind used to make purchases at the Scout Shop.
Internet Advancement ver 2
Q: When and who will this be communicated too?
A: BSA wide release announcement via Bryan’s Blog and other normal BSA channels.
Q: Why is Internet Advancement going away?
A: The Internet Advancement platform is written with old technology that we are upgrading.
Q: Why is it separate from Scoutbook?
A: Internet Advancement is the quick entry tool for unit leaders to record advancement items for units.
Q: Why can’t anyone enter advancements like before?
A: Previously a code was generated for the unit leader. Today the BSA is simplifying login for unit leaders by allowing unit leaders to use their existing my.scouting login credentials. Key 3 and their delegates always have access to Internet Advancement 2 plus the unit can designate any adult to the Unit Advancement Chair position using the Organization Security Manager.
More information here: http://help.scoutbook.com
Upgrades to Internet Advancement Makes Live Easier! (Bryan on Scouting)
Personally Identifiable Information
Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is sensitive information that is associated with an individual person . . . Read more
MDSC refund policy
Effective January 1, 2019, MDSC instituted a necessary refund policy. Click on the link below for the details . . . Refund Policy
Unit product sales liability
Units that sell goods purchased from manufacturers, distributors, or even individuals may be subject to product liability lawsuits . . . Read More
Starting next year, the Boy Scouts of America membership fee will be $60 a year for all registered youth in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts. The annual fee for adult members and youth in the Exploring program will be $36. While costs to the organization have increased every year, the BSA has worked to keep the annual membership fee as low as possible by subsidizing core costs, including liability insurance the BSA must carry to cover all official Scouting activities. To ensure the BSA has the resources to fulfill the promise of Scouting despite increasing operating costs, the National Executive Board made the difficult, but necessary decision to increase the annual membership fee effective January 1, 2020. The MDSC-provided Accident & Sickness Insurance will be an additional $3/year for all scouts and adult leaders (same as last year). Boys’ Life (optional but highly recommended) will remain at $12/year.
Over the past several weeks, you may have heard from people with misconceptions about BSA’s commitment to keeping kids safe. This site offers easy-to-understand explanations of the steps BSA takes to fulfill that commitment. The site also features information from child safety experts and directly addresses several myths. Be sure to share this site with anyone who has questions or may be misinformed about the BSA’s commitment to youth safety.
New 2020 Additional Disclosures and Background Check Authorization
BSA’s commitment includes continually updating our youth protection policies to help ensure we are always on the forefront of youth safety. The BSA will now also perform periodic rechecks of criminal backgrounds to support the continued safety of youth in our programs. Please complete the new form at your earliest availability to help us continue to provide the safest environment possible for our Scouts and leaders.
August 14, 2019
This article was contributed by Michael Johnson, National Youth Protection Director for the Boy Scouts of America.
Recent media reports have highlighted claims of abuse against the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). As Director of Youth Protection here at the BSA, I share the same concerns as anyone seeing these stories, and I have the utmost respect for the courage demonstrated by these men coming forward. These claims understandably raise questions about what we do to keep kids safe in Scouting today, and I’d like to take the time to address those questions.
Report to the State
Every year, BSA produces a Report to the State of California. It’s a pretty amazing summary of what Scouts do for their communities.
Duke of Edinburgh’s International award
Earning the Eagle Scout Award or Venturing Summit Award opens doors. The awards are a proven launchpad in the United States, sending a young man or young woman on a rewarding career path.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award brings similar résumé-building clout to young people — only on a global scale.
A new national partnership between the Boy Scouts of America and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award USA brings the opportunity to the United States
excepted from Bryan on Scouting, 2/12/18
For more information, check
What is the Award
If you are interested in finding out more about this program as either an Assessor or as an activity for your Unit, contact:
David Miura – Pacific Skyline Council
Eagle Palm Award – request procedure
To request a Palm Award, a Scout completes an Advancement Report No. 34403 entering the Palms being requested. Multiple Palm requests may be entered on the form, and there is no need to specify which Merit Badges are to be associated with each Palm Award. The Scoutmaster must sign the form. On completion, take the form to the MDSC Service Center for processing.
Note: Eagle Scout Palms have not been implemented in Internet Advancement at this time.
Eagle Palms are bronze, gold and silver awards presented to young men who earn five, 10, 15 or more merit badges beyond the 21 required to become an Eagle Scout. The BSA has announced significant changes to the way Scouts earn Eagle Palms. The modifications took effect Aug. 1, 2017. The biggest change is all Palms earned before achieving Eagle Rank may be awarded instantly to new Eagle Scouts at their Eagle Court of Honor . . . Details & FAQ
Scoutbook is an online unit management tool that ensures that you never miss a Scouting moment—from tracking advancements to milestone achievements along the Scouting adventure. In an effort to drive program consistency and deeper engagement with our youth and leaders, Boy Scouts of America is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2019, Scoutbook subscriptions will be free to all BSA units . . . More info.
Starting New Units
This new toolkit is a great place to find information on working with Chartered Organizations to start new units . . . Guidebook