2013 ScoutCast

December - Unique Challenges With the Eagle Scout Process

As a young man grows from Life Scout to Eagle Scout, he goes through a set of prescribed requirements that must be met in order to earn the esteemed award. Sounds reasonable enough, right?  Well, Wayne Huddleston, Eagle rank and Palm specialist on the National Advancement Committee, shares with us that sometimes the road to Eagle Scout doesn't go as smoothly as it should.  Click the Download button to find out more.

November - Working With Problem Parents

We asked 56 experienced Scoutmasters from across the country, “What do you know now that you wish you knew as a new Scoutmaster?”  The overwhelming response was not handling issues with the kids, but with…their parents!

So with the help of Zach Chopp-Adams, who has been a Scoutmaster or assistant Scoutmaster since he was only 18 years old and serves as Advisor for the new Section C2 in the Michigan Crossroads Council, we discover how the grown-ups can be the problem and how to handle it when they are.

October - Who's Who in the Zoo

Unit committee, unit commissioner, district commissioner— just who are all these people?  We know being a new leader can be pretty overwhelming, but these are people who can help you with this "job" you volunteered for, making it a much better experience for you and the kids.  Joining us for this episode is Ed Martin, Scout Executive for the Black Warrior Council in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and, expert on who’s who in this zoo we call scouting

September - The Chartered Organization and You

You may think of the chartered organization as the place to hold your weekly troop meetings, but Charles Dahlquist, long-term Scouter with the Great Salt Lake Council, is here to tell us that it can be so much more than that. Tune in as he explains the relationship you should be having with your chartered organization and the benefits from cultivating that relationship.

August - How to Answer a Parent's Youth Protection Questions

As parents consider Scouting, they are sure to have questions about keeping their child safe. Heidi Steppe is joining us to help answer those questions. For over 20 years, Heidi has dealt heavily with youth protection questions in Scouting's Legal Department and is also the Youth Protection and Membership Standards Advisor. More importantly, as a mom, Heidi can definitely relate to the concerns any parent has in placing his or her child in an extracurricular activity.

July - Technology and Your Troop: A Blessing and a Curse

"Bryan on Scouting" is Scouting magazine's award-winning blog. We asked Bryan about ever-changing technology and whether a troop should change along with it. His answers may surprise you, so put on those earbuds and click the download button for a fun discussion on how technology is both a blessing and a curse for your troop.

June - Membership Standards Review

Many of you have a lot of questions regarding the recent vote at our National Annual Meeting last month. The resolution was approved to remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone by a 61 percent majority. The adult standard remains the same. Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock joins us from the Summit Bechtel Reserve, home of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree to answer those questions.

June - Economic Diversity in Your Troop

As much as we'd like it to be, Scouting isn't free; uniforms, camping equipment, and activities, cost money. What do you do when you have kids that come from all different economic backgrounds, or if someone's economic situation changes? Joining us for this fascinating topic is the team leader of the Council Fund Development Team, Mark Moshier, who shares with us how to keep funds from being a problem in a Scout's involvement.

May - Youth Leadership

Most people agree that there are natural born leaders, but the Boy Scouts of America believes that leadership is a skill that can be developed.  Joining us for this discussion on developing youth leadership is Linda McKnight, vice president of program with the South Florida Council.  Linda has been course director for Wood Badge and NYLT and has facilitated many Philmont conferences, including What's New in Youth Leadership Training.  

April - Anger Management

Anger is one of every human's basic emotions, but it's difficult to keep calm and cool yourself when handling a boy in your troop who has anger issues. Download this episode for an interesting conversation with Suzette Rizzi, a 25-year licensed social worker in Illinois and a member of the National Committee for Scouts With Special Needs, as she shares with us the skills and strategies for manage anger in ourselves and the youth in our troop

March - How to Handle Boys in the Troop With ADD, ADD/ADHD, and Special Needs

Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. What is it? How do you know if someone in your troop has it and, more important, how do you as a leader handle a boy who has this disorder or other special needs? Joining us for this delicate yet important discussion is Tony Mei, a 40-year Scout volunteer with the Marin Council in San Rafael, California. He's been working with Scouts with disabilities for almost 15 of those years and has developed training for College of Commissioner Science classes for Scouting with special needs and disabilities, including ADHD and autism spectrum.

February - How to Handle Discipline in the Troop

How so you handle discipline in your troop without spoiling the fun or spending all your time going over rules and regulations?  What's the difference between discipline and punishment?     Here to explain it all is organization psychologist, Betsy Eubanks, who serves as a Venturing crew Advisor and assistant district commissioner with the Montana Council and teaches a class at the Philmont Training Center called Boy Management.   (Even if you already know the difference, this podcast will serve as a good reminder).

January - How to Handle Bullying in the Troop

Welcome to the new ScoutCast for Scout leaders and parents! This series of monthly podcasts is designed to bring you topics that you might not feel comfortable talking about at roundtable meetings (but should). Perhaps these episodes will give you talking points for your meeting.

So please join hosts J.D. Owen, editor-in-chief of Boys' Life and Scouting magazines; Paula Murphey, senior editor of Boys' Life; and our very special guest for this first Scoutcast, New York Times best-selling author of 26 books, including The Wonder of Boys and Leadership and the Sexes, Michael Gurian as they discuss the best ways to handle bullying in your troop.