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Feedback That’s Right on Track


Recent findings from Voice of the Scout (VOS), the BSA’s ongoing effort to gather opinions and feedback about the Scouting experience, show that even amid the pas- sionate discussion over the membership policy, the great majority of respondents held a favorable view of Scouting. Michael Watkins, with the


BSA’s Mission Impact team, says that about 250,000 people responded in the spring survey, a strong 21 percent response rate no doubt boosted by the public- ity over the policy discussion. Despite the controversy, Watkins says, loyalty scores


through 2014, building the dashboard down to the district level. “Maybe a Roundtable gets low scores, but what if the council has six districts?” Watkins asks. “Are all the Roundtables bad? Are some better than others? We’re working on another ‘drill-down’ level so councils can find out where poor communication and great communication are happening.” The ultimate goal,


increased for the majority of segment audiences. “We found out that people love Scouting despite any disagree- ment over the policy,” Watkins says. “This confirmed what we know anecdotally. Families see the program making a differ- ence in the lives of their sons.” One Boy Scout parent


had this to say about his family’s experience: “I believe Scouting is incredibly healthy—physically, morally, mentally—for youth and it equips them to be leaders later on in life.” Going forward, Watkins


says that VOS will focus on technology improvements


Watkins says, is to gather feedback all the way down to the unit level so that unit leaders can go online and see what their parents are saying about their program. Surveys will continue to


be sent by email every six months to help stay con- nected to the experiences people are having in Scouting. National findings and key themes will be identified twice each year, with related reports made available to all at scouting.org/jte.


ENTER AND WIN! Send Us Your Favorite Camp-Cooking Recipes


Are you the next Bobby Flay or Giada De Laurentiis when it comes to camp cooking? Share your Dutch oven concoctions, foil-pack delicacies, and camp-stove creations in Scouting and Boys’ Life magazines’ Campout Cuisine Contest. Submit your favorite recipes and a photo of the finished product at scoutingmagazine.org/campoutcuisine. And get your Scouts involved in the youth-only category. Contest ends Oct. 31, and winners will be announced in December. Judges Tim and Christine Conners, authors of a camping cookbook series, will select six top


campout chefs (three adults and three youths) as recipients of an MSR Dragonfly Stove, a $140 value. But even if your recipe isn’t chosen as a winner, it could still be published in an upcoming issue of Scouting—earning you $50. Plus, swap favorite campout recipes at pinterest.com/scoutingmag. Follow Scouting magazine


on Pinterest, and pin your own creations—tagging each with #scoutingcuisine. We’ll repin our favorite recipes. (You’ll still need to fill out the contest’s registration form for a chance to win.) Fire up the skillet and fire off your ideas to scoutingmagazine.org/campoutcuisine.


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