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ScoutCast is an audio podcast featuring a variety of how-to and information topics for Scouting leaders and parents. You can download the .mp3 audio files directly from this page, for use on your computer or digital music player.

ScoutCast is an audio podcast featuring a variety of how-to and information topics for Scouting leaders and parents. You can download the .mp3 audio files directly from this page, for use on your computer or digital music player.
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ScoutCast is an audio podcast featuring a variety of how-to and information topics for Scouting leaders and parents. You can download the .mp3 audio files directly from this page, for use on your computer or digital music player.

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English


Episodes

September 2018 - Can We Talk? Make New Friends From All Over the World!

8/24/2018
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Jamboree-on-the Air and Jamboree-on-the-Internet events held every October. The World Scout Bureau reported that last year, JOTA and JOTI events had more than 1.5 million Scout participants from more than 160 countries! In this month’s episode, 2 of the JOTA/JOTI team members, Jim Wilson, (JOTA rep) and Greg Wojcicki (JOTI rep) share with us how you can be a part of these world-wide events. The events take place in October so you should listen to this episode soon… like right now.

Duration:00:15:47

August 2018 - Finding Leaders for Your All-Girl Troop

7/27/2018
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Girls will become eligible to become Scouts BSA troops in 2019, which will be here before you know it. We talked a few months ago about new unit development, so now let’s talk about recruiting leaders for those units with Scott Berger, a 50-year BSA veteran who currently serves on a multitude of committees and task forces with the Patriots’ Path Council in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey.

Duration:00:14:04

July 2018 - Recruiting Campaigns

6/27/2018
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If you’re a regular listener (and of course you are), you’ll recall that back in May we discussed what you need to do to start a new unit. But first, you need the youth for that unit. Now is the time to start recruiting. We need some fresh ideas for the digital times we live in, so join us to discuss recruiting campaigns with Hayley Cordaro, the Social Media Specialist with the Communications Team here at the National Service Center. One of her main responsibilities is developing digital...

Duration:00:13:27

June 2018 - Everything You’re Doing Is Already STEM

5/29/2018
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Back in March of 2015, we did an episode about introducing STEM into your unit, and we talked about some pretty cool STEM activities. Since then, STEM has gotten pretty popular, and units are really taking their activities to the next level. In this episode, Emily Campbell Roundtable Commissioner for in the Gulf Coast Council in Pensacola, Florida, shows us how STEM can be integrated into stuff you’re already doing to earn the Nova and Supernova awards.

Duration:00:15:30

May 2018 - New-Unit Development: Providing Scouting to Girls

4/28/2018
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We all know by now that girls will be able to join Scouting in 2019, but it’s already May, which means 2019 is just seven months away. That seems like a long time but we all know it’ll be here before we know it. Gene Butler, the Business Development Specialist for the National Alliances team at the National Service Center, joins us to explain what’s needed to start a troop so we’re ready on day one to provide this wonderful program we call Scouting to girls.

Duration:00:08:49

April 2018 - Youth Protection Training

3/30/2018
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April is Youth Protection Month and the Boy Scouts of America takes that very seriously. True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. In this special crossover CubCast/ScoutCast episode, BSA Director of Youth Protection, Michael Johnson, explains how the revised Youth Protection training helps volunteers and professionals maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety at the national, regional, area, council, district, and...

Duration:00:11:39

February 2018 - The Den Chief

1/30/2018
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Why are we talking about Den Chiefs in ScoutCast? Because not only is a Den Chief great for a den (and we’ll talk about that, too), but Northeast Illinois Council Commissioner John Duncan shares with us how it’s fantastic leadership training for your Scout or Venturer.

Duration:00:12:56

January 2018 - Why You Should Go to the World Jamboree!

12/28/2017
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We’re starting the ScoutCast year by talking about the World Scout Jamboree to be held right here in the USA at the Summit! Sign-ups are already underway, so we’re here to talk about why you should register to attend this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We’ll be discussing things like dealing with all the different languages and cultural differences – especially food - of all the contingents. We’re joined by World Jamboree Team Lead Marty Walsh, who shares with us all the wonders that...

Duration:00:21:05

December 2017 - The Importance of Adult Recognition

11/10/2017
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While Scouters don’t volunteer just for the awards, it’s sure nice to get some recognition for your hard work from time to time. District Executive Kenneth Toole of the Central Minnesota Council contacted the ScoutCast mailbox and said he’s got someone so fantastic at promoting those adult awards that we should invite him onto the show. And that’s exactly what we did. Loren Meinke of Brainerd, Minnesota, who’s been volunteering his time with the Boy Scouts for 48 years shares with us the...

Duration:00:14:35

November 2017 - The e-Bully

10/26/2017
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This month’s ScoutCast is ripped from the pages of the November issue of Boys’ Life Magazine where there’s a fictional, heart-warming tale about two boys who are bullied who then find ways to use that bullying to their advantage. And it’s written by none other than James Patterson, the award-winning, best=selling author. So we at ScoutCast thought bullying would be an important topic to discuss this month - specifically, the kind found out there on the internet because there ain’t no bully...

Duration:00:12:12

October 2017 - Scouts and Screen Time

9/28/2017
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There’s a fascinating new book that came out a few months ago called Saving Our Sons: A New Path for Raising Healthy and Resilient Boys. This book features the latest research on how too much screen time with electronics and video games can affect male emotional intelligence, male motivation development, and the male brain. Join Bryan and Lee as they discuss this hot topic with the book’s author, Michael Gurian.

Duration:00:15:09

September 2017 - Scouts and Scholarships

9/1/2017
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Did someone say, “Free money”? Let’s face it – because Scouts get to have some incredible experiences, they already have an advantage to receiving a lot of scholarships that are out there. But did you know that there are many scholarships that are Eagle Scout-specific? Ryan Larson, the Associate Director for Alumni Relations at the National Service Center, joins us to explain what’s out there, where they are, and how and when to apply.

Duration:00:13:01

August 2017 - Boy Scouting e-Training

7/28/2017
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So, you’re a new Scouting volunteer. Thanks for joining us! You’re probably wondering right about now what you’ve got yourself into. But relax – this month’s episode is all about what is probably the best advice you’re ever going to get in Scouting and that is: Always ask who snores before picking a tent mate. No, wait! The best advice is actually TAKE. THE. TRAINING. Just click the Download button as Dan Maxfield, who served on the task force that created these online training courses,...

Duration:00:15:11

July 2017 - Cultivating Volunteers

6/28/2017
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Do you remember the episode on Succession Planning we did back in January? We talked about looking within your unit for that special person who might someday take your place. Well, this month we take it a step further by looking for volunteers who are needed right now and explaining where you can find them outside your unit. Helping us in this search for volunteers is Shooting Sports Instructor and ScoutCast veteran Bill Adams, from the Southern Shores Field Service office in Hartland,...

Duration:00:11:09

June 2017 - Presenting the New Member Coordinator

6/19/2017
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It’s a topic so big it cannot be contained in one podcast! Ellie Morrison, assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 308 in Waco, Texas, joins CubCast’s Amy Hutcherson and ScoutCast’s Bryan Wendell in a special CubCast/ScoutCast crossover episode to share with us everything you need to know about the New Member Coordinator (meaning a coordinator for new members, even though, yes, it is a new position … well, you get it).

Duration:00:11:29

May 2017 - Something EDGE-y

5/4/2017
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The May/June issue of Scouting magazine features a story by our very own ScoutCast host, Bryan Wendell as he accompanied Troop 7031 of Flagstaff, Arizona on a pretty exciting canoeing adventure to Yellowstone National Park. He witnessed the incredible leadership of Matt Nichols, the Assistant Scoutmaster as he brought the Teaching EDGE to life. So please join us as Bryan and Lee chat with Matt in greater detail about that trip and the finer points of EDGE.

Duration:00:13:38

April 2017 - Building the Budget

3/30/2017
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OK, listeners, let’s talk budgets. Sure, the best things in life are free, but everything else costs money and practically every entity runs on a budget: the government, businesses, households. Even your troop needs to budget for all those fun activities and trips. We checked in with a few Scoutmasters who told us that sometimes, they just let the Troop Committee handle the budget because it can be a bit overwhelming. So we got some help on that for you. Charlie Garwood, who joined us in...

Duration:00:17:33

March 2017 - Generational Diversity

2/24/2017
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OK – “generational” probably has to do with generations, right? And “diversity” means different types of people. So one could assume that together this means different generations. But, what does that have to do with Scouting or, more specifically, your troop or crew? Pat Wellen, manager of the Research and Strategy Team at the National Service Center, tells us how figuring out the right strategy to ask for parent participation specifically depends on what generation they’re from. It’s...

Duration:00:10:38

February 2017 - Boy Scout Retention

1/30/2017
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Webelos are beginning to cross over into your troop and while getting boys into your troop is one thing, it’s important to know how to keep them in the troop and coming back week after week. Charles “Doc” Goodwin is the Scoutmaster of Troop 236 in Kettering, Ohio, and for more than 30 years his troop consistently has had more than 100 Scouts! So what’s his secret?

Duration:00:12:57

January 2017 - Succession Planning

12/29/2016
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Sometimes here on ScoutCast, we remind listeners that they need to have a succession plan in place should a leader or committee member be unable to keep their commitment, but we realized it might be a good idea to also help listeners put a good succession plan in place. Committee chair Kathleen Daggett of Santa Rosa, California, joins us for this eye-opening discussion. (What? Leaders don’t grow on trees?)

Duration:00:14:03