Hello, Girl Scouts!
As you may have heard, I was recently appointed interim CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), and I am thrilled to help during this time of transition. I am succeeding Anna Maria Chávez, who is departing GSUSA to pursue a return to public service. I hope you will join me in thanking Anna for her eight years of service to Girl Scouts, at both the local and national levels.
To provide some background, before becoming interim CEO, in appreciation for all that our Movement has done for my family and me, I served for many years as a volunteer, most recently as Secretary of GSUSA’s Board of Directors. I credit Girl Scouts with giving me the experiences that helped me develop the confidence and skills to discover and pursue my love of the outdoors and science, leading me to become a rocket scientist and one of the ...
Scouts from Troop 255 of the Southwest Florida Council where on a camping trip when they heard cries for help and rushed into action. They discovered a pair of unsupervised children swimming in a large creek. One was going under and the other was caught off shore in weeds. Two of the Boy Scouts assisted the closest victim to shore using rescue techniques they learned through training. The Scoutmaster went about twenty feet out into the seven foot deep water and performed a “go” rescue to save the other victim. The news story below features interviews with the Scoutmaster and boys who will not be nominated for a Heroism Award for their actions.
Last Saturday was a special time for one local girl when she was named to the highest position within the Sea Scouts, Quarter Master.
Gina Beckman, who attends the University of Tennessee Martin, has been involved with the Sea Scouts for a number of years.
“I had a friend ask me to come out and join the fun and I went sailing and I really liked it,” she said before the formal ceremony on Saturday in Mt. Juliet. Not only has she risen to the ranks of Sea Scouts Grand Master, she has also achieved the Gold Award, which is the highest level one can achieve in Girl Scouts.
George Warde, the Middle Tennessee Council Sea Scout Commodore, said Sea Scouting is “the quietest and best kept secret in Boy Scouts. It was started a year after boy scouts and has been going on here in the U.S. and around the world.”
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I enjoy listening to New York Times Columnist David Brooks both on NPR and as part of the Shields and Brooks pundit pair on the PBS Newshour. Brooks describes himself as a recovering secularist so the topic for his new book struck a cord with me. In “The Road To Character” he describes how each of us has what he calls “resume virtues” and “eulogy virtues”. For many of us we spend most of our life focused on those resume virtues to propel our career forward. However, after you are gone what really matters are what people will say about you and that will have nothing to do with how far you got in your career. It will come back to your character and how you treated humanity.
David Brooks admits that he only realized later in life fundamental words like grace, humility, and sin should be in the vocabulary of ...
I was attending a Girl Scout event today and brought along my copy of the GSA 100th Anniversary book in case there was some down time while the girls were in class. They were working with Engineering students at North Carolina State University and the leaders were asked just to hang back (and so I did!). A few pages into the history book I came across a caption that mentioned a silent movie the GSA produced in 1918 called “A Golden Eaglet”. It tells the fictional story of a Scout named Margaret who passes through the ranks in the early teens eventually earning her Golden Eaglet. As you can see by this screen grab none other than the founder Juliette Gordon Low pinned the badge on her after she successfully earned 21 merit badges.
While some of the Scouting portrayed in this movie might seem a little old fashioned (like helping ...
Now here is a video that will put a smile on your face! Published by Larry Green from over at www.scoutpioneering.com this is a collection of photos illustrating some features of the Boy Scouts of America’s multifaceted Program, set to the Music, “Born to Be a Scout” by The Alex Boye’ Review. Be sure to hit the share button with your friends!
SCOUTPIONEERING.COM IS PUTTING THE OUTING IN SCOUTING
We were happy this week to run across a great website thanks to a video that was shared on Facebook. The video linked in below was taken over the weekend at a community event in the town of Aynor, South Carolina. What you’ll find is a great example of a Boy Scout troop building a sharp pioneering project – in this case a camp seesaw. This classic Scoutcraft is being kept alive on a website we discovered from the author of the video – Larry Green. Check out the website www.Scoutpioneering.com if you want to see a really motivational blog on what is a powerful but sometimes forgotten part of the program.
It’s that time of year when Boy Scout roundups are taking place all across the country. In the days of shareable social media that Boy Scouts of American has caught on and is producing and publishing media projects to help with recruitment. This video that just came out is an example aimed at showing the adventure and possibilities of Scouting. I hope you like it! Share this post if you give it a thumbs up.