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ScoutCast

Scoutcast is a monthly audio podcast featuring a variety of how-to and information topics for Scout leaders and parents produced by the BSA.

ScoutCast is an audio podcast for Scouting leaders and parents.
  1. May 2020 – 2021 Jamboree!

    The next National Jamboree is only a year away, but many Scouts have yet to sign up. Maybe you think that door has been closed. Alexander Graham Bell once said, “When one door closes, another one opens.” But you know what? It’s a door — if it’s closed, just open it! So, this month we’ll […]

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  2. April 2020 – Finding Your Adventure

    Whether you live in the north, south, east or west part of the grand ol’ USA, the BSA has a high-adventure base for you! And you’re not limited to going to the one near you. Each BSA high adventure base provides different adventures, so you can pick the one that’s right for you! Joining us […]

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  3. March 2020 – How Venturing Can Help, Not Hurt, Your Troop

    You know how at the end of every show, we invite you to send your ideas for topics you’d like to discuss?  We read them and give each one careful consideration, and several of you have asked for more discussions concerning the Venturing program.  Joining us this month is David Bush, Advisor for Venturing Crew […]

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  4. February 2020 – Cultivating New Leaders

    This month, let’s talk about Cultivating New Leaders, also called Succession Planning: Having the right person in place to take over if, for whatever reason, a scoutmaster, assistant scoutmaster or committee member needs to bow out of his or her commitment. There’s a little more to it than just having the first available warm body […]

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  5. January 2020 – What is a COR?

    Do you know who your COR is? Do you what a COR is? COR is the acronym for Chartered Organization Representative. If that still doesn’t ring a bell, this episode is for you! On second thought – even if you do know, you might want to tune in, anyway, because joining us is podcast favorite […]

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  6. December 2019 – The Merit Badge Process – Don’t Cut Corners

    You may remember that back in March we talked about the Advancement Process, part of which is earning merit badges. Well, we’ll be ending the ScoutCast year with Jeff Bostwick, Chair of the National Merit Badge Sub Committee with an in-depth discussion on the Merit Badge Process and why it’s so important that you don’t […]

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  7. November 2019 – Winter Camping – Why You Should Brave the Cold

    Why would anyone want to go camping in cold weather? Seriously – we want to know. So we invited Zach Chopp-Adams, district member at large for the Three Fires District in Southern Shores Field Service Council located in Southern Michigan. Zach has been winter camping for over 20 years – and he’s only 33. TRANSCRIPT

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  8. October 2019 – How to Have a Meaningful Court of Honor

    OK, listeners, we’ve had discussions on recruiting youth and leaders, how to start a troop, training and advancement. And NOW is the time to start planning those courts of honor. Steve Bowen, who is a member of the Scouts BSA committee and other national committees, guides us through this month’s episode as we figure out what we […]

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  9. September 2019 – Parent Orientation

    Hopefully your recruiting efforts are bringing lots of new members into your troops. But welcoming new members also means welcoming new parents, and you need to let those new to the program know what’s expected of both the Scout and the parent. Ah, yes! Parent orientation. Let’s find out what that entails with Julie Bucciarelli, […]

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  10. August 2019 – Peer-to-Peer Recruiting

    Joining us on ScoutCast to share everything we need to know about peer-to-peer recruiting are Scoutmaster Angie LoSavio and senior patrol leader Karina Venegas of Troop 216 from the Pathway to Adventure Council. Angie has been involved in Scouting over the last eight years, having served as an assistant den leader and an assistant Scoutmaster. […]

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  11. July 2019 – Linked Troops

    Don’t feel silly if you don’t know what a linked troop is. Heck—we didn’t know either! We heard the term once or twice and decided it might be good to find out more, so let’s learn together with our listeners. Please join our new ScoutCast hosts, Anissa Hicks and Ryan Larson, in their inaugural episode […]

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  12. June 2019 – Security

    Imagine this: Your unit is ready to depart for a big adventure. All the Scouts and adult volunteers are on time, the weather is perfect, and everything is ready. Then you realize you’re missing something, and it’s a big something: Your unit’s trailer and all the gear inside—hundreds or even thousands of dollars’ worth of […]

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  13. May 2019 – Bullying

    Talking about bullying doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. You just have to shine a light on it. We get a lot of questions regarding how to handle bullying in a Scouting context, so we thought this might be a good time to talk to Cody Solesbee, a doctoral student in the School of Psychology at […]

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  14. April 2019 – Scouts with Special Needs

    Last December there was a post on the Bryan on Scouting blog about Benjamin Waggoner, a Scout who has spina bifida and is Eagle Scout No. 527 in Troop 890 in Dallas, Texas. So, we invited Benjamin and his dad, Chip Waggoner, to chat with us about Scouts with special needs from the perspectives of […]

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  15. March 2019 – Explaining Advancement-The Trail to Eagle

    Advancement is an important part of the Scouting program, but you already know that, right? But advancement in Scouts BSA is very different from Cub Scout advancement. Wayne Huddleston, who serves on the National Advancement Task Force, explains the purpose of advancement for Scouts BSA members, what resources are available, and everything in between. Host […]

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  16. February 2019 – Training: Why You Need it and How to Get It

    This episode is all about training. We’re talking with seasoned Scouting veteran Dan Maxfield about why it’s important, how to get trained, and everything you need to know about training. Whether you’re new to Scouting or have been around the Scouting block a time or two, you’ll be left wondering, “With so many training opportunities […]

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  17. January 2019 – A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting a Troop

    So, you’ve decided you might like to be a Scoutmaster. Congratulations! Are you a member of a school, church, or civic club that thinks it might be a good idea to have a troop? Good for you! But, hmmm … where do you begin? Fear not! This episode gives you a step-by-step guide to starting […]

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  18. December 2018 – Scouts BSA Frequently Asked Questions

    The new Scouts BSA program—in case anyone out there hasn’t already heard—means girls will be allowed to join Scout troops in February 2019. This is a big change to our already fantastic organization, so naturally the questions have been pouring in. We’ve gathered a list of the most frequently asked questions and joining us is […]

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  19. November 2018 – Crossover for Adults

    This month’s episode stems from a tweet we received asking if we could have an episode not on youth who cross over from Cub Scouting to Scouts BSA but on adults who cross over from Cub Scouting to Scouts BSA. And we agreed that would make for an interesting discussion. So, we invited Steve Bowen […]

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  20. October 2018 – Be Prepared for Your First Meeting

    OK, listeners, we’ve had discussions on new-unit development and recruiting youth and leaders, so now is the time to start planning those meetings and activities. But we don’t want to throw everything out there at once, so let’s figure out what you need to do to Be Prepared for that first meeting. To help us […]

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