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BSA Responds to Stories Recently Published by Hearst Newspapers

Posted on 29 January 2009 by Dan

The National Council has issued a response to the news stories published today as a result of a joint investigative project from five Hearst Newspapers.

While you can read the full article, Profit trumps preservation for Boy Scout councils nationwide, here are some “highlights”:

The Hearst journalists found that over the past 20 years, scouting councils nationwide have carried out clearcuts and other commercial timber harvests in and around sensitive and protected forests. Local Boy Scouts administrations across America have also reaped tens of millions of dollars from selling campgrounds and other properties.

Hearst Newspapers found some Scouts’ executive salaries and retirement packages were larger than those offered by many comparable non-profits.

Also, the reporters found examples of cozy relationships between councils and influential volunteers, including timber company employees serving in key Boy Scouts board positions.

The National Council issued a response, which appeared on front page of Scouting.org, to the stories recently published by Hearst Newspapers.

Today’s story focuses on some of the most difficult and emotional decisions councils must make in order to be good stewards of their resources. So why does an organization like the BSA harvest timber and sell property? There are many reasons councils harvest timber, including safety, health of the forest and wise use of the income to serve our youth. Similarly, local executive boards have the duty to use all council assets in the best interests of Scouting – which might include the sale of properties. But in both cases, the real reason goes back to why we exist, our mission — to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

You can read the complete response to the stories issued by the National Council.

The National Council has also made public a memorandum titled Response to various inquiries regarding the Boy Scouts of America which they sent to the reporters involved in the research of the stories.

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New Leave No Trace Supplemental Training

Posted on 18 December 2008 by Dan

The National Council Boy Scouts of America has made available another great supplemental training module: Leave No Trace: Preserving the Beauty and Maintaining Our Access to the Land

If you haven’t checked out the supplemental training modules section of the National Council’s website you are missing some great opportunities:

    • Disc Golf in Support of Scouting
      Chain Saw Safety
      Merit Badge Counselor Instructors Guide
      Board of Review Training
      Geocaching to Promote Scouting
      The Order of the Arrow and Your Troop
      Orientation for New Boy Scout Parents
      Planning and Conducting a Safe Scout Outing
      Recruiting Quality Training Staff
      Scoutmaster Conference Training
      Varsity Leader Fast Start
      Selecting Quality Leaders
      The Youth Leadership Training Continuum
      Bullying: Prevention and Intervention Tips for Scout Leaders and Parents
      Conducting an Interfaith Service
      Cub Scout Commissioner Roundtable Fast Start
  • The new Leave No Trace module is everything you need to be able to teach the basics of Leave No Trace.

    Training Summary
    Participants will identify personal nature awareness and stewardship goals. Advanced skills, but simple ones, will be learned to ensure a minimum-impact (Leave No Trace) experience on all outdoor experiences.

    Time Required
    60 minutes

    Target Audience
    Training is effective for adults and youth within all families of the Boy Scouts of America: Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, Venturing crews, and Explorer posts.

    Learning Objectives
    At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Identify personal nature awareness and stewardship goals.
      Learn simple, but effective, skills related to minimum impact outdoor activities.
      Develop an action plan for implementing Leave No Trace principles on future outdoor activities.
  • Training Format
    Training will be a lecture format with an individual goal-setting period at the end of the session. It is suggested that training take place in an outdoor setting, even if it is only on the lawn where you normally meet for training.

    When possible, use photos and articles that illustrate high impact on local areas. The addition of local resources will create meaningful teaching moments that make the training real, relevant, and personal to participants.

    Required Materials
    Each section includes a list of training props. These can be actual items or photos of the item from magazines, the Internet, etc. It is not necessary to have all of the items. The training will be more effective with props and/or photos but will still be successful without them.

    See the entire supplemental training module :

    Please note the link to download the module in pdf is incorrect on the National Council’s website. Until it is fixed, this is the correct link to the Leave No Trace PDF module:

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    BSA Leverages Sitecore’s Web CMS for Nationwide Web Brand Management

    Posted on 04 December 2008 by Dan

    Hat Tip: BoyandGirlScouts.com: BSA McWebsite

    Sitecore, the leading provider of .NET Web Content Management System (CMS) and portal software, today announced that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, has deployed Sitecore’s Web CMS for their national and local sites. Sitecore’s multi-site management capabilities offer streamlined content management for all of their websites, while maintaining a consistent message and brand.

    The BSA has hundreds of affiliated websites dedicated to serving the Scout community, ranging from the corporate level, with approximately 40 sites, down to local councils, with approximately 304 sites. mindSHIFT Technologies, a Sitecore partner, was selected by the BSA to achieve BSA’s online goals to obtain content management capabilities across all their sites. Sitecore’s Web CMS was chosen for its flexibility and ability to scale to hundreds of sites. Utilizing Sitecore, mindSHIFT and BSA developed a site creation wizard that allows for individual or region-specific content, while maintaining a united brand standard for site items such as fonts, colors and corporate content.

    “We needed to move into a CMS to gain content management capabilities as well as easily host and manage our numerous local council and national websites from a central location,” said Eric Brown, CMS Project Manager, Boy Scouts of America. “Sitecore was selected due to its ability to customize and extend. Its flexibility allows content managers to seamlessly maintain brand messaging and presentation of the content. The fact that it is a 100% .NET solution also fit into the Boy Scouts of America IT strategy.”

    Today, the BSA national site, www.scouting.org, offers rich content, updated web pages, RSS feeds and an internal search function. In a second phase to this project, mindSHIFT and BSA will implement Sitecore within 33 national Boy Scout sites, as well as the 300-plus local council sites. The sites will also expand in both functionality and accessibility by incorporating social media features to build the scouting community as well as develop a Spanish language version of their main site.

    “The Boy Scouts of America is an amazing organization and we are very excited and honored to be a part of their online presence,” said Jason Crea, VP of Client and Partner Engagement, Sitecore. “The main BSA site has already been very well-received by the entire community and we look forward to seeing how they utilize our technology to further their online initiative.”

    About Sitecore
    Sitecore’s Web Content Management System (CMS) and portal software solutions enable companies to deliver compelling web experiences. Sitecore’s award-winning CMS software makes it easy for businesses to create and keep up-to-date dynamic, full featured Web sites of all types. Sitecore’s industry leading flexibility and scalability allows companies to better leverage their content to improve customer experience and drive business growth.

    Thousands of public and private organizations, including national governments and Fortune 500 companies utilize Sitecore solutions for their Web sites. These organizations have created and now manage over 5000 dynamic Web sites with Sitecore including Microsoft, Sara Lee, Siemens, Toshiba, Omni Hotels, Computer Associates, WebTrends and the Atlanta Falcons. www.sitecore.net

    About The Boy Scouts of America
    Serving nearly 4.7 million young people between 7 and 20 years of age with more than 300 councils throughout the United States and its territories, the Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.

    About mindSHIFT
    mindSHIFT provides technology peace of mind to small and medium-sized organizations by delivering premier IT infrastructure and software services that utilize the most reliable and advanced systems and processes in the world. Organizations use mindSHIFT’s managed IT services to focus on their core business, increase reliability and protect mission-critical data. We make IT work for your business.(R)

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