John Churchill

John Churchill is a communications manager for the Boy Scouts of America, as well as an Eagle Scout and volunteer Scouter. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at

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‘Half Troops’ Option May Help Your Council Send More Scouts to the Jamboree

March 15, 2017 7:50 pm Published by

If you have Scouts on your council’s 2017 National Jamboree waitlist, but not enough to constitute a full contingent, the Jamboree Team may have a solution for you: “half troops,” consisting of 18 youth members and two adult volunteers! Due

How to Share the 2016 Report to the Nation in Your Council

March 15, 2017 4:35 pm Published by

Last week, a group of 10 youth delegates from across the United States traveled to Washington, D.C., to represent the BSA and deliver our annual Report to the Nation to elected officials and agency heads throughout the nation’s capital. The

Find Out How This Council Team Excels With Fun and Feedback

March 8, 2017 9:45 pm Published by

Serving youth in the northern suburbs of Chicago, the high-functioning team at Northeast Illinois Council has hit upon a two-pronged approach to uniting behind a shared mission: Fun and Feedback. Cynthia Gentleman, who serves as the council’s Potawatomi District director,

Get Geared Up for the National Jamboree at

March 1, 2017 4:59 pm Published by

Great news for jamboree attendees, Scouting memorabilia collectors, and anyone else looking for the latest Scouting gear: the 2017 National Jamboree online catalog is now available. While anyone can head to and buy a range of jamboree-branded merchandise,

Four Key Ingredients for Creating a Highly Engaged Team

February 8, 2017 8:28 pm Published by

When the results of a recent survey revealed that the staff of the Orange County Council in southern California felt largely satisfied with their jobs and were engaged in the council’s work to deliver Scouting programs to more than 20,000 youth

Take a Sneak Peek at the 2017 National Jamboree Program

February 1, 2017 6:09 pm Published by

Are you heading to the 2017 National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve? If so, you’ll get a chance to experience some of the most extensive, engaging programming available in one location. The Summit Program Leadership Action Team, known

Hear Why One Venturer Will Be Going Back to the Jamboree This Summer

January 18, 2017 9:32 pm Published by

Although Venturer Savannah McMillan of the Great Smoky Mountain Council had an incredible time while serving on the STEM staff at the 2013 National Jamboree, it wouldn’t be accurate to call it a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience. Why is that? Because

Give the Gift of Scouting’s Premier Event

December 20, 2016 11:34 pm Published by

Are you still searching for the perfect gift this holiday season? Well, look no further, because there is still time to give a Boy Scout, Venturer, or Explorer the gift of a lifetime with a trip to the

Voice of the Scout (VOS) is Evolving to Better Serve Members

December 14, 2016 8:51 pm Published by

When the Voice of the Scout (VOS) survey was originally developed, the goal was to hear from members and volunteers about the quality of their Scouting experiences and their satisfaction with the support and resources of the BSA.

Five Things to Know About the 2017 National Jamboree

November 16, 2016 7:38 pm Published by

The 2017 National Jamboree will be here before you know it … Whether you’ve already registered as an attendee or staff member, or have been looking for a good reason to do so, here are five things to