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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I’m Thankful for Scouts like Spencer

November 22, 2016 6:41 pm Published by

At Thanksgiving time, one would expect to see many words written about what a wonderful time it is to reflect on what we truly are thankful for: our families, friends and the things we value most. This year,

The Impact Scouts Have on Me

November 15, 2016 4:32 pm Published by

For nearly a year I’ve been using this blog to share with you all my thoughts on Scouting – what it means to me and where we are going. But throughout this time, I’ve also been meeting Scouts

I Can’t Talk Enough About STEM

October 31, 2016 1:58 pm Published by

Over the past year, you’ve learned that I’m a big fan of STEM – science, technology, engineering and math. Not only do these fields provide pathways for success for young people, but STEM also represents a bright future

Exploring Expands with Our U.S. Chamber of Commerce Partnership

September 29, 2016 9:44 pm Published by

Last October, I shared a Chief’s Corner blog post that detailed our “Game Plan” for growing Scouting. A key focus of that plan was on growing our Exploring program. Nearly one year later, the program continues to expand

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