The Chief

Michael Surbaugh is the Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America and a member of the organization's "Key 3" providing leadership and vision to the Scouting movement all across the United States. Find weekly posts at the Chief's Corner on

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A Time To Say Thank You

November 21, 2017 7:07 pm Published by

In this season of gratitude, service and giving, I’m reflecting on the many things I am thankful for in this organization. First, thank you to all the leaders, volunteers and parents who have given their time and energy

Applying the Principles of Scouting in Athletics

September 21, 2017 2:55 pm Published by

With the new school year underway, I know many families have returned to a whirlwind of carpools, homework and after-school obligations. In the midst of the non-stop action, it can be hard to know what impact the time

Building Resilience Through Scouting

September 5, 2017 9:39 pm Published by

Resilience is the ability to adapt well in the face of adversity, to bounce back from difficult experiences. This can be a particularly tricky character trait to teach because it is natural to want to protect children from

Exploring Beyond Our Horizon

August 18, 2017 1:30 pm Published by

Exploration is at the heart of Scouting, giving young people the chance to experience places they’ve never been before and to dive into new adventures. This month, many Scouts have unique opportunities to vicariously explore outer space and

From the Chief: Our Perspective on the Presidential Visit

July 27, 2017 3:27 pm Published by

Scouting Family, In the last two weeks, we have celebrated the best of Scouting at our 20th National Jamboree with nearly 40,000 participants, volunteers, staff and visitors. The 2017 National Jamboree has showcased and furthered the Scouting mission

The Adventure Begins

July 19, 2017 4:04 pm Published by

Whether you are stuffing the last of your gear into a duffle or scouring social media for #2017Jambo posts, I hope you’re ready for what’s about to happen. The BSA’s quintessential event is finally here and I couldn’t

Thoughts on a Star-Spangled Season

June 14, 2017 9:19 pm Published by

We are in a very patriotic stretch of the calendar year: Memorial Day just passed, Flag Day (June 14) has arrived and Independence Day is fast approaching. Flag Day commemorates the day the flag of the United States

Nat’l Commissioner Charles Dahlquist on the BSA-LDS Relationship

May 12, 2017 1:58 pm Published by

Many of you know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has been a chartered partner of the Boy Scouts of America for more than a century. Today, I’ve invited our National Commissioner, Charles Dahlquist,

Shaping Lives, Saving Lives – Exploring Offers More Than Just Career Training

May 2, 2017 3:03 pm Published by

You’ve heard me talk before about how Exploring is a vehicle for growth for our organization, along with serving its primary purpose of helping Explorers grow their skills and reach their full potential. It is successfully serving this

Answering the Call to Serve

April 25, 2017 2:09 pm Published by

April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month and I want to express my deep gratitude to all the men and women who volunteer with our organization. It is your generosity with your time, resources and knowledge that helps Scouting