National Youth Protection Symposium Strengthens Collaboration Among Top Youth-Serving Organizations to Help Keep Kids Safe
The Boy Scouts of America is responding today to the release by a Portland-based attorney of its ineligible volunteer files from 1965 to 1985. Established more than 80 years ago, the files are a key method used to keep Scouts safe. Essentially, the files are a list of people who do not meet the BSA's membership standards because of known or suspected abuse or other inappropriate conduct either inside or outside of Scouting.

Boy Scouts of America® and Edison Nation® Select Two Youth Inventor Finalists for $1 Million Innovation Challenge
The Boy Scouts of America® (BSA), one of the nation's largest and most prominent youth development organizations, and Edison Nation®, an idea-to-shelf product developer found at EdisonNation.com, announce the selection of two youth inventor finalists from the Boy Scouts of America Innovation Challenge. The Boy Scouts of America Innovation Challenge was an online call for young inventors, open to all boys and girls age 7 to 21 years, tasked with solving today’s challenges with tomorrow’s products.

Eagle Scout Earns Underwater Excursion of a Lifetime
One hundred years after the Titanic sank to the bottom of the ocean, Dr. Robert Ballard, a Life Scout and a world renowned oceanographer responsible for discovering the legendary ship, has invited an Eagle Scout and future leader in marine archaeology to explore the mysteries of the Black Sea. Alex Overman, an Old Dominion graduate from Hamilton, Va., has been selected as the Eagle Scout Argonaut to accompany Dr. Ballard’s team aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus from July 24–26. The opportunity has been made available through the National Eagle Scout Association, the Boy Scouts of America’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiative, and Ballard’s JASON Project.

BSA Introduces Search and Rescue Merit Badge
Every year, thousands of people who were reported missing are saved by specialized search and rescue (SAR) teams. With high-tech navigation tools readily available, many people are able to self-evacuate from remote areas. But the critical skills of SAR are still essential to saving lives. That’s why today, the BSA is announcing its first Search and Rescue merit badge at the 2012 National Search and Rescue Conference hosted by the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) and the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Wayne Brock Appointed Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America
Following an extensive selection process, the Boy Scouts of America named Wayne Brock its next Chief Scout Executive, the organization's top professional. Brock, the BSA's current deputy Chief Scout Executive and chief operating officer, will provide general direction of administrative work of the BSA. He follows Robert "Bob" Mazzuca, who will retire in August at the conclusion of his five-year term as Chief Scout Executive. The professional leadership change coincides with a transition of Scouting's national president, the organization's top volunteer leader.

Icom America Announces Plans for Amateur Radio Operations at Boy Scouts of America’s 2013 National Jamboree
Today, at the 2012 Dayton Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio, Icom America announced a sponsorship agreement with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for the organization’s 2013 National Scout Jamboree. As the BSA’s official amateur radio transceiver supplier for the jamboree, Icom will provide equipment and technical support for the K2BSA radio operation, the Radio merit badge, and Jamboree-on-the-Air.

New Research Illustrates Tremendous Impact of Eagle Scouts on Communities, Nation
One hundred years after Arthur Eldred of New York earned this nation's first Eagle Scout Award, new, independent research demonstrates the significant, positive impact Eagle Scouts have on society every day. Since it was first awarded in 1912, more than 2 million young men have achieved the Boy Scouts of America's highest rank.

Eagle Scout Recognized for Service by Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
Spencer Zimmerman, a 15-year-old Eagle Scout from the Phoenix area and member of the Grand Canyon Council, will receive this week one of the nation’s highest civilian honors recognizing youth, the American Spirit Award. The award recognizes an individual or group who demonstrate extraordinary leadership and skill, the courage of their convictions, and a commitment to high standards of excellence in a challenging situation. It is presented by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and Society.

Nation's Leaders Gather to Celebrate A Century of Eagle Scouts' Positive Impact on America
Since the first Eagle Scout Award was earned in 1912, more than 2 million young men have gone on to achieve the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank. Today, a Gathering of Eagles on Capitol Hill will bring together some of the nation’s most influential leaders to honor the centennial of the hard-earned achievement.

Boy Scouts of America Launches New E-Funding Website, Enables Support of Scouting Online
Supporting the Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest and most prominent youth character development organizations, is now just a mouse click away.

Boy Scouts of America Delegation Delivers Annual Report To The Nation To Top Washington Officials, Details 2011 Accomplishments
A delegation of nine young people from across the country will represent the Boy Scouts of America® in Washington, D.C., February 11–15, to present the organization’s annual Report to the Nation to top U.S. officials.

Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?
Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? It’s the question being asked by a new unscripted series from Original Productions (Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers) set to air this fall on the National Geographic Channel.



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