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GET TO PHILMONT — PRONTO! Philmont Scout


Ranch near Cimarron, N.M., is the world’s largest youth camping facility. It’s also the BSA’s national volunteer training center. Every summer, the Philmont Training Center offers dozens of weeklong conferences for Scouters of all experience levels. Best of all, your spouse and children can par- ticipate in great family programs while you’re in class. Details at philmontscoutranch.org/ptc.aspx.


COPE KISMIF NOAC WOSM If you don’t know NESA from NOAC, bookmark the Language of Scouting website (scouting.org/scoutsource/ Media/LOS.aspx). You’ll never be at a loss when veteran Scouters start tossing jargon around.


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KISMIF? OMG! Quick! What do the following acronyms and initialisms mean?


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ON THE MAP. Have you visited Beascout.org? This


spiffy new unit locator uses Google Maps to help pro- spective Scouts find you. The BSA’s Beascout.org is so new that many veterans don’t know about it. Introduce your unit to it, and you’ll no longer be the newbie.


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DO YOU LIKE US? You are on Facebook, aren’t


you? Then “like” the pages for the BSA and Scouting and Boys’ Life magazines. When you do, you’ll get the latest Scouting news. Find us at facebook.com/ scoutingmagazine.


FIND DIRECTION. What do you want to accomplish


this year or before you leave Scouting? (Which we hope won’t be this year.) Write down your goals and paste them in your leader book to help you stay on track.


SCOUT ING ¿ SEPTEMBER•OCTOBER 2012


CATCH UP ON SOME READING. Read the


appropriate youth and adult handbooks that relate to your position. If you’re a Wolf den leader, get the Wolf Cub Scout Handbook and Cub Scout Leader Book. If you’re an assistant Scoutmaster, get the Boy Scout Handbook and Scoutmaster Handbook. If you’re a Venturing Advisor, get the Venturing/Ranger Handbook and the Venturing Leader Manual. If you’re a … Well, you get the idea.


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REACH THE SUMMIT. The Summit Bechtel Reserve


in West Virginia promises a world of excitement for older Scouts and Venturers. You can’t visit until next summer, but the Web site is open for busi- ness now: summit.scouting.org.


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START YOUR JOURNEY. Journey to Excellence


is the BSA’s performance rec- ognition program for units, districts, and councils. JTE, which replaces the Quality Unit program, measures advancement, activities, leader training, and more. Visit bit.ly/BSAjourneytoexcellence to learn about the specific goals for your type of unit. Then ask your unit leader about your unit’s progress toward Bronze, Silver, or Gold recognition.


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MEET A FOUNDER. Scouting’s founder,


Robert Baden-Powell, died in 1941, but his spirit is alive and well today. You can read many of his books, including Scouting for Boys (the first Boy Scout handbook), at bit.ly/bpowell.


SHARE YOUR ADVICE for new leaders! Ten readers who leave a tip at scoutingmagazine.org/newleaderguide by Sept. 30 will be randomly selected to receive a $10 Supply Group gift card. And be sure to visit the link above on Oct. 1 to take the “Be Ready to Lead” Quiz.


COPE—Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (Project COPE is the name given to the challenging team-building courses found at many Scout camps)


KISMIF—Keep it simple; make it fun (the guiding philosophy behind good Scouting activities)


NOAC—National Order of the Arrow Conference (conference of Scouting’s national honor society, held every two years)


WOSM—World Organization of the Scout Movement (a sort of United Nations for Scout associations in 161 countries around the world)


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