The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
The words might have changed some over the past 110 years, but the meaning of our mission is clear: The BSA is in the business of building better young people.
For 107 of those years, Scouting magazine has been the flagship publication for adults of the BSA. Note how the mission of the BSA and the mission of this magazine
support each other:
… to support all Scouting adults through content that is a mixture of information, instruction and inspiration, designed to strengthen readers’ abilities to better perform their leadership roles and enrich their experiences in Scouting and also to assist them as parents in strengthening families.
Strong leaders. Strong families. Strong youth.
Our duty with this magazine is to deliver on our promise to lead, inspire and explore. No matter our positions in the BSA, professional or volunteer, everything we create, deliver and do is ultimately for the benefit of one audience: the youth of the BSA.
It’s no secret our movement is going through some interesting times. Changes have been made, changes are being made and changes will continue to be made, all with the common goal of better serving our mission.
You’ll notice a change in Scouting magazine as well. You are holding the last printed issue of this storied publication. The end of Scouting? Hardly. Instead of this magazine being delivered to you five times a year, you will get almost instantaneous access to the content that has made and will continue to make Scouting — and Scouting — great. You will have choices:
- A digital version of this magazine, now available for free on just about any device, will continue to deliver the great long-form and feature content you’ve told us you love.
- The website, scoutingmagazine.org, will be updated almost daily with the latest and greatest Scouting content around.
- And we will continue to evolve our online presentations to maintain Scouting’s status as your flagship source of Scouting news and resources.
As always, thank you so much for all you do for Scouting — past, present and future. You are guiding the next generation of leaders. And, as for the past 107 years, we at Scouting magazine will be with you every step of the way.
For the future of Scouting,
President and CEO