Important News for Youth joining the Scouts BSA Program in 2019

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On February 1, 2019, the Boy Scouts of America will begin admitting girls into Scouts BSA (formerly the Boy Scout program).

The policies of the BSA indicate that, except in extraordinary circumstances, a youth desiring to achieve the rank of Eagle must do so before the youth’s 18th birthday. This will continue to be our policy.

It is in the interests of the entire BSA, and in fact our nation, that all girls who join the BSA in 2019 should have an opportunity to earn their Eagle Scout rank should they diligently and promptly complete all requirements.

Accordingly, after carefully considering recommendations from stakeholders, including feedback from volunteers and professionals at the 2018 Top Hands Meeting, the National Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America has approved the attached temporary transition rules regarding extensions for youth over 16 but not yet 18 years of age on February 1, 2019 to complete the requirements for the Eagle Scout award.

To preserve the integrity of the Eagle Scout Award, no exceptions to or waivers of any of the requirements for the Eagle Scout Award are permitted under this limited exception, and all requirements must be completed while the individual is a registered member of Scouts BSA, or after achieving the First-Class Rank in Scouts BSA (as specified in the BSA Advancement Guide).

For more information and details, please read the Eagle Scout Rank Section of the Guide to Advancement, and the temporary transition rules.

Does Scouting Work? This Video Proves It.

For 106 years (as of this week) Boy Scouts of America has been the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, helping young people to be “Prepared. For Life.” We know it, parents know it, Scouts and Scouters know it – but we wanted scientific proof that Scouting positively impacts character development in youth. So we got it and shared it on Scouting Wire.

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Scouting Builds Positive Character

To recap, a research team from Tufts University worked with the Cradle of Liberty Council to measure the character attributes of both Scouts and non-Scouts. The project, which was funded by the John Templeton Foundation and led by Dr. Richard M. Lerner, surveyed nearly 1,800 Cub Scouts and nearly 400 non-Scouts to better understand character development of Scouts. After a two-and-a-half-year period, the study proved Scouting builds positive character and prepares young people for life.

Add This New Video to Your Toolkit

We packaged up some helpful tools to further show the value of Scouting in Resources to Help You Prove the Value of Scouting – but now we’ve got one more asset to add to your council’s toolkit!

Internet users – especially millennials- are consuming more video content than ever, so it’s important to reach potential Scouting families via the medium that’s most engaging and interesting to them. The video below showcases the study’s findings in a brief, animated summary that’s easy to understand and fun to watch. It’s the perfect recruiting tool to highlight why Scouting is the right choice for any parent seeking valuable experiences for their children.

Watch the video for yourself and then share in your councils and social networks. You can share the video from YouTube and download it via the Marketing and Membership Hub. How do you plan to use this video for your local recruiting efforts? Tell us in the comments.

Muslim Boy Scout troop thrives in Astoria

by Daniel Bush, May 10, 2011

 For Pack 777, learning Arabic and fire-starting techniques go hand-in-hand.

Based out of the Dar Al-Dawah Mosque on 23rd Street in Astoria, the fledgling Boy Scout group is the only all-Muslim troop in Western Queens.

It’s the brainchild of Badr Zahzouhi, an Air Canada employee and Moroccan immigrant who caught the Boy Scout bug before moving to Queens in the mid-1980’s.

“As a kid I had so much fun being a boy scout in Morocco,” said Zahzouhi.

He came up with the idea to start a troop for Astoria’s Muslim community last summer. Since it launched in January the troop, which is open to everyone, has attracted nearly 30 children from the families of immigrants from Egypt, Algeria, Morocco and elsewhere.

Zahzouhi said the scouts, aged five to 17 years old, share a love for community service and the outdoors – the hallmarks of the American Boy Scout tradition – as well as an interest in their cultural and religious heritage, elements of which are built into the pack’s curriculum.

“They want to be part of the American dream,” Zahzouhi said. “We want these kids to think they’re as special as any other kids in America.”

The pack meets at the mosque on Saturdays, where members learn Arabic, survival and woodworking skills, and plan for volunteer opportunities, field trips and an upcoming summer camp.

“I enjoy crafts and just making things,” said Daniel Zahzouhi, 11, a member of the troop his father helped found. He plans to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, who recently graduated to Eagle Scout and was accepted into the Naval Academy.

Being a boy scout is also “helping me for high school and college,” he said.

Ahmed Taha, the mosque’s director, said the Boy Scout ethos has provided members with invaluable lessons. “They like it because they are learning something new,” Taha said.

Zahzouhi said the next step is finding enough volunteers to keep pace with the pack’s’ rapid growth. “There’s not a week where we don’t get a new application,” he said. Pack 777’s members “can’t wait for the next meeting,” he added. “They’re looking forward to the summer.”

Read more: Leader-Observer – Muslim Boy Scout troop thrives in Astoria