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 Scoutingwire.org

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Commit to Serve on This MLK Day

January 12, 2017 10:16 pm Published by

Happy New Year! If you’re like me, the start of the new year is a welcomed reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. It’s a time to hit the reset button, make resolutions, establish goals and


‘Tis the Season of Giving

December 22, 2016 6:09 pm Published by

The holiday season is known as the season of giving – giving to friends, family and loved ones. But it is also a season for giving back to the community. It is no surprise that our Scouts are


I’m Thankful for Scouts like Spencer

November 22, 2016 6:41 pm Published by

At Thanksgiving time, one would expect to see many words written about what a wonderful time it is to reflect on what we truly are thankful for: our families, friends and the things we value most. This year,


The Impact Scouts Have on Me

November 15, 2016 4:32 pm Published by

For nearly a year I’ve been using this blog to share with you all my thoughts on Scouting – what it means to me and where we are going. But throughout this time, I’ve also been meeting Scouts


I Can’t Talk Enough About STEM

October 31, 2016 1:58 pm Published by

Over the past year, you’ve learned that I’m a big fan of STEM – science, technology, engineering and math. Not only do these fields provide pathways for success for young people, but STEM also represents a bright future


Exploring Expands with Our U.S. Chamber of Commerce Partnership

September 29, 2016 9:44 pm Published by

Last October, I shared a Chief’s Corner blog post that detailed our “Game Plan” for growing Scouting. A key focus of that plan was on growing our Exploring program. Nearly one year later, the program continues to expand


American Legion: Proud Partners of Scouting for Almost 100 Years

September 21, 2016 6:52 pm Published by

“Veterans. Defense. Youth. Americanism. Communities.” That’s what you see when you visit the American Legion website. This description closely aligns with Scouting. And that’s only where our similarities begin. In addition to being the nation’s largest veteran’s service


Reiterating the Importance of Character

September 7, 2016 3:42 pm Published by

You often hear me speak about character and leadership. Not only are they the cornerstones of our movement; our commitment to these principles is what differentiates us as a youth-serving organization. But what is character? Merriam-Webster defines it


Watch These Scouts Become Mini Engineers Before Your Eyes

July 27, 2016 3:29 pm Published by

I don’t think it’s a secret that I’m a really big fan of science, technology, engineering and math — also known as STEM. These fields are fascinating to me. And I’m not the only one. These topics captivate


Going Crazy for Pokémon GO? Great — but Be Safe

July 20, 2016 5:29 pm Published by

With more than 15 million downloads according to some estimates, Pokémon Go continues to take the world by storm. I contributed a Huffington Post blog post explaining why I think the game is so wildly popular, bringing together