Camping

Lead an ethics debate on Leave No Trace values

Read our Leader’s Guide to Leave No Trace and learn how—and why—you should teach Scouts the importance of Leave No Trace values. THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES of Leave No Trace (below) are intentionally open-ended—some might say

Cub Scout Leadership

Leaders discuss new Journey to Excellence metrics

Stay in-the-know when it comes to the BSA’s newest strategy to better the movement: Journey to Excellence. This program — discussed in detail at this year’s National Annual Meeting in San Diego — rolls out a new metrics system used by councils, units, and leaders to measure success.

Leader Advice and Inspiration

Scouters share the value of a troop Venture patrol

E.A. says his troop’s Scoutmaster was reluctant to start a Venture patrol because he feared it would reduce the number of available boy leaders. How, he asks, do you convince Scoutmasters that Venture patrols keep older Scouts in Scouting?

Leaders

What to do when older Scouts just want to hang out

Scouter S.C.’s troop tries to keep older Scouts busy teaching skills to younger boys, but a few just want to hang out with their friends. He’s looking for suggestions to keep these older Scouts engaged in the troop program.