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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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

What’s More American Than Fourth of July and Scouting?

June 30, 2016 2:42 pm Published by

Our nation is 240 years young this Fourth of July, a great opportunity to gather family and friends to remember why our independence is worth celebrating and honor those who have contributed to our freedom. President Franklin D.

Reinforcing Our Commitment To Building The Next Generation Of Leaders

June 20, 2016 8:33 pm Published by

Leadership and character are the cornerstones of our movement. For all of the adventure we provide youth such as hiking, camping and sailing, those activities are proven pathways and opportunities to develop leadership skills and become a person

Introducing the 2016 Silver Buffalo Award Winners

June 1, 2016 3:33 pm Published by

BSA’s Silver Buffalo Award, the highest national recognition for adult members, is a rare honor given to dedicated volunteers who have put tremendous effort into growing the Scouting movement. You may not recognize all of their names. But because

Welcome to our New BSA National President, Randall Stephenson

May 31, 2016 7:43 pm Published by

The week of our National Annual Meeting is always important for Scouting, and it’s a time of year I very much look forward to. It’s so nice to reconnect with so many friends and colleagues together in one

Thank you, Dr. Gates

May 25, 2016 6:24 pm Published by

Each of our BSA National Presidents has played an important role in shaping the future of Scouting. As his term comes to an end, I want to thank former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Dr. Robert

Bidding a Fond Farewell to National Commissioner Tico Perez and Welcoming Charles Dahlquist

May 23, 2016 7:48 pm Published by

Without any doubt, Scouting is a movement that relies on the strength of its more than 1 million adult volunteers to provide the values-focused, character development programs that define us. This week, we salute our outgoing National Commissioner, Tico