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What’s the mark of a good Scoutmaster? According to Dave Prestia, it’s the question mark. He says his SPL is good at running meetings but, “You still need the Scoutmaster saying, ‘Did you think this through?’ or


‘What about this?’” MARK RAY, 2009


“Geocaching captures the technology aspect of what kids live with these days but puts them outside and gives them


exposure to nature.” FRANK REIGELMAN, BSA’S DIRECTOR OF OUTDOOR PROGRAMS, 2010


With its new Journey to Excellence evaluation system, the BSA quantifies the effectiveness of councils and units. “It’s about the experience we’re giving to the young person,” says then- BSA President Rex Tillerson.


Boys’ Life, the BSA’s official youth magazine, turns 100. That’s 100 years of Scouts rushing to the mailbox to grab it before their siblings or parents get to it first.


At the Summit Shakedown, a trial run for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, Scouts test-drive the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. Early returns: It’s bigger, better, and bolder than anything Scouts have seen before.


2013   ¿ SCOUTING 37


JOHN R. FULTON JR. (4)


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