The Top 10 Scouting Wire Stories You Were Glued to in 2016

The Top 10 Scouting Wire Stories You Were Glued to in 2016

2016 was an incredible year of growth for Scouting Wire. Officially named the blog of the Scouting Movement, Scouting Wire was designed to be every volunteer and employee’s hub for Boy Scouts of America program updates, leadership news, training, recruiting, fundraising, Scouting success stories and more.

By developing content tailored to the needs of our volunteers and employees, Scouting Wire has proven itself in 2016 as a must-have resource for any Scouter – and it’s still growing at a tremendous rate. More than 150,000 people get the Scouting Wire newsletters in their inbox every week, and the website reached a total of 1.5 million views for the year. That’s a lot of new eyes on Scouting Wire.

Scouting Wire welcomed new ideas and content from our volunteers and employees via the Scouting Wire Contributor Program, and garnered a variety of impactful stories from local councils that were shared with thousands of Scouters across the nation. 2016 also saw the expansion of the Marketing and Membership Hub and the BSA Brand Center. Since launching last year, these tools have been updated and continue to be the one-stop-shop for photos, videos, and marketing resources galore, like the recently released 2017 Growth Plan.

What’s next for 2017? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out! In the meantime, check out the top ten most clicked Scouting Wire stories from 2016 in the countdown list below.

10 Most Popular Scouting Wire Stories in 2016

10. Answers to Your Lion Program Questions Revealed!

9. 35 Trail Mix Ingredients Ranked from Best to Worst

8. 7 Reasons Why Parents Should Consider Scouting

7. One Easy Thing You Need to Do That Will Grow Membership

6. What’s a Lion, Exactly? Here’s the Scoop

5. 5 Dutch Oven Recipes You Have to Try Right Now

4. Watch This Video to Get the Lowdown on the 2017 Jamboree

3. 7 Ways to Take Advantage of Pokémon GO for Your Local Scouting Efforts

2. New Lion Program Piloting This Fall!

1. Does Scouting Work? This Video Proves It!

Thanks for Reading, Scouting Nation!

So there you have it, folks! The top ten Scouting Wire stories of 2016, with our number one story featuring a video (and excellent recruiting tool!) that demonstrates how Scouting positively impacts character development in youth with scientific proof from a research team from Tufts University. What was your favorite Scouting Wire story this year? Let us know in the comments below!

Hayley Cordaro

Hayley Cordaro is a member of the Communications team at Boy Scouts of America. She loves sharing inspiring success stories and uncovering new ways volunteers and employees can make the most of their Scouting experience. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at


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The Top 10 Scouting Wire Stories You Were Glued to in 2016
The Top 10 Scouting Wire Stories You Were Glued to in 2016
The Top 10 Scouting Wire Stories You Were Glued to in 2016