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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Keeping the Balance in a Technology Era

March 28, 2017 1:56 pm Published by

It’s no secret that I’m an outdoor enthusiast. Lately, I’ve been thinking about the reasons why Scouting provides fun, life-changing outdoor experiences young people can’t get anywhere else. I recently saw a news story about how kids and

Keep an Eye Out for Eagle Scout Josh Hart of Villanova This Month!

March 14, 2017 4:00 pm Published by

It’s March, which means that the minds of many turn to college basketball as the NCAA hosts its annual championship tournament. This year, you can see an Eagle Scout in action on the court – Villanova’s star senior

Report to the Nation Offers Scouts a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

March 7, 2017 5:25 pm Published by

A delegation of Scouts from across the country is participating this week in an annual tradition that the Boy Scouts of America has observed since we were given our congressional charter in 1916: the Report to the Nation.

Looking to the Future During Black History Month

February 23, 2017 5:08 pm Published by

The Academy Awards are days away, and they’re bringing pop culture and the future of Scouting to a timely intersection with Black History Month. The Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures tells the inspiring true story of three African-American women

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