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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Nominate a Scouting Star for the Silver Buffalo Award

June 27, 2017 3:11 pm Published by

Some have names you know: Robert Baden-Powell, Charles Lindbergh, Hank Aaron. Others are Scouters whose names are less universally known but whose impact on Scouting has been just as transformative. Their common bond: the Silver Buffalo Award — the Boy Scouts of

5 Things to Do Before The National Jamboree

June 21, 2017 4:38 pm Published by

It’s hard to believe, but the 2017 National Jamboree is less than a month out. If you’re heading to Scouting’s main event in the hills of West Virginia, (or even if you’re still on the fence about making

Looking to Host Large Camping Events in Your Council? We Have Your Gear

May 31, 2017 6:25 pm Published by

When your council contingents depart from the 2017 National Jamboree this summer, they can bring the equipment home to support local council/troop camping opportunities back home. If your council is not interested in acquiring the equipment, participants will

Are You a Lion Parent or Guide? We Want to Know What You Think!

May 21, 2017 3:27 pm Published by

Since its launch last fall, the Lion pilot program has grown from just four councils to more than 200. As we start laying the groundwork for recruiting and another year of activities, now is the perfect time to

Less Than 100 Days Until Jambo 2017 — Here’s What You Need to Know

April 12, 2017 9:21 pm Published by

Are you or your Scout (or Explorer or Venturer) heading to the 2017 National Jamboree this summer? If the answer is “yes,” then one thing’s for certain, no matter if you’re a staff member or attendee: you’re going to

Help Staff the Jamboree and Serve Youth as Part of the Medical Services Team

March 29, 2017 6:42 pm Published by

The 2017 National Jamboree is just around the corner, and we are looking for volunteers like you to help create this once-in-a-lifetime experience for Scouts. We want you! We invite you to join us as volunteer medical staff to provide Scouts

‘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,