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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Finding Inspiration from Role Models

February 12, 2018 9:30 am Published by

What do you want to be when you grow up? We ask children that question all the time. It’s a tough question because it requires children to bring together their interests, experiences and visions for what they’d like


The Value of Unplugging

January 23, 2018 4:35 pm Published by

I recently saw a study that looked into the technology habits of children, and some of the results really got me thinking about the benefits of the Cub Scouts experience. This study showed that on average, children between


In Memory of Thomas S. Monson

January 3, 2018 4:54 pm Published by

The Boy Scouts of America is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Thomas S. Monson, the 16th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. President Monson was a selfless volunteer with a life-long


Happy Holidays to All

December 20, 2017 6:57 pm Published by

Here we are again on the last page of the calendar. As the year draws to a close, we enter into a wonderful time of celebration, giving and reflection. Looking back on this year, our organization has so


A Time To Say Thank You

November 21, 2017 7:07 pm Published by

In this season of gratitude, service and giving, I’m reflecting on the many things I am thankful for in this organization. First, thank you to all the leaders, volunteers and parents who have given their time and energy


Applying the Principles of Scouting in Athletics

September 21, 2017 2:55 pm Published by

With the new school year underway, I know many families have returned to a whirlwind of carpools, homework and after-school obligations. In the midst of the non-stop action, it can be hard to know what impact the time


Building Resilience Through Scouting

September 5, 2017 9:39 pm Published by

Resilience is the ability to adapt well in the face of adversity, to bounce back from difficult experiences. This can be a particularly tricky character trait to teach because it is natural to want to protect children from


Exploring Beyond Our Horizon

August 18, 2017 1:30 pm Published by

Exploration is at the heart of Scouting, giving young people the chance to experience places they’ve never been before and to dive into new adventures. This month, many Scouts have unique opportunities to vicariously explore outer space and


From the Chief: Our Perspective on the Presidential Visit

July 27, 2017 3:27 pm Published by

Scouting Family, In the last two weeks, we have celebrated the best of Scouting at our 20th National Jamboree with nearly 40,000 participants, volunteers, staff and visitors. The 2017 National Jamboree has showcased and furthered the Scouting mission


The Adventure Begins

July 19, 2017 4:04 pm Published by

Whether you are stuffing the last of your gear into a duffle or scouring social media for #2017Jambo posts, I hope you’re ready for what’s about to happen. The BSA’s quintessential event is finally here and I couldn’t