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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Thoughts on a Star-Spangled Season

June 14, 2017 9:19 pm Published by

We are in a very patriotic stretch of the calendar year: Memorial Day just passed, Flag Day (June 14) has arrived and Independence Day is fast approaching. Flag Day commemorates the day the flag of the United States

Nat’l Commissioner Charles Dahlquist on the BSA-LDS Relationship

May 12, 2017 1:58 pm Published by

Many of you know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has been a chartered partner of the Boy Scouts of America for more than a century. Today, I’ve invited our National Commissioner, Charles Dahlquist,

Shaping Lives, Saving Lives – Exploring Offers More Than Just Career Training

May 2, 2017 3:03 pm Published by

You’ve heard me talk before about how Exploring is a vehicle for growth for our organization, along with serving its primary purpose of helping Explorers grow their skills and reach their full potential. It is successfully serving this

Answering the Call to Serve

April 25, 2017 2:09 pm Published by

April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month and I want to express my deep gratitude to all the men and women who volunteer with our organization. It is your generosity with your time, resources and knowledge that helps Scouting

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