The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent
value-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
For nearly a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through nearly a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is the key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

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Please join me for the 2015 World Jamboree in Yamaguchi, Japan!  The dates of the Jamboree are July 28 – August 8, 2015, but there will be travel days both before and after those dates—AND we will tour Japan for a couple of days after the Jamboree concludes.  For purposes of planning your time away, you might use the dates July 26 – August 12, 2015.

You must be between 14 and 17 years of age on July 28, 2015, to attend.  The “turn-key” cost to participate (which includes all travel, Jamboree and the post-tour) is $5,750.  Now please don’t let that number discourage you!  Some local, regional and national “campership” money will be available for qualifying Scouts.

A World Jamboree is significantly different from a National Jamboree.  Much emphasis is placed on developing relationships with Scouts from foreign countries through shared experiences of problem-solving and team activities.  It was Baden-Powell’s dream that world peace could be achieved if young people around the world joined together in the spirit of making the world a better place for all of us.  Needless to say, we’re still working on that!

The registration website is now open.  You will find it at

If you are interested in—or even curious about—this opportunity, please visit the website and let me know if you have any questions.  It is anticipated that the U.S. contingent to Japan will include no more than 1,600 Scouts and Scouters.

Don’t miss out on this “once in a lifetime” opportunity!

Yours in Scouting,

Fred Norton, Jr.

6 Oak Hill Place

Texarkana, Texas  75503

(903) 277-8910




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Council Pinewood Derby Rules

Click HERE for derby rules.


Annual Membership Fee Increase

Annual Membership Fee Increase Download


New MyScouting Tools Released

New MyScouting Tools


Camping & Properties Task Force

Membership Standards Task Force Summary Reports


Membership Standards Implementation

Implementation FAQ for Unit Leaders 8 15 2013


Unit Religious Emblems Coordinator (UREC) Resources

Unit Religious Emblem (UREC) Rescources


2013 Jamboree Pictures

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Discover Card Program Benefits Scouts, Scouting

BSA Unveils New Discover Card Programs

The Scout prepaid card is designed as a Scout’s first financial tool to teach financial education and responsibility. It will include many of the same features of a typical bank account, as well as these additional benefits:

  • Online and mobile access to the card account
  • Special financial education information for parents and Scouts to discuss
  • Direct ties to earning-related merit badges
  • Safety concierge service for Scouts in emergency situations
  • Access to discounts at tens of thousands of merchants nationwide

The BSA Discover credit card is designed to be used by adults as a responsible financial tool that will benefit the BSA and cardholders alike. The cards will include many of the same features as a typical credit card, but with ties to Scouting.

To learn more about the Scout prepaid card program, please To learn more about the BSA Discover credit card program, please visit While there, be sure to sign up for ongoing notifications as the cards draw closer to launch. We will be unveiling new pages on the sites over the coming weeks and will keep you updated on these enhancements. Local councils are expected to earn as much as $10 million through this program over the next five years. You can start spreading the word now and encouraging Scouters and parents to visit the above mentioned sites and sign up for more information.

The Boy Scouts of America credit card will be issued by UMB Bank, N.A. pursuant to a license from the Discover Network. The Boy Scouts of America prepaid card will be issued by First California Bank (FCB) pursuant to a license from the Discover Network. mFunds Global Payment Solutions is a registered ISO of FCB. UMB® is a registered trademark of UMB Financial Corporation. Discover® and the Discover acceptance mark are service marks used by mFunds and UMB Bank N.A. under a license from Discover Financial Services.






TOUR PLAN (replaces the National and Local Tour Permits)



Effective March 1, 2011, what are currently known as local and national tour permits will be superseded by what will be called the tour plan. *The online tour permit system will be suspended. This update is the accumulation of work by a cross-functional team of volunteers and staff including the Health and Safety Support Committee, Council Solutions, Outdoor Program Group, and Risk Management Advisory Panels.



Here is the definition of the tour plan in the Language of Scouting: “Units complete this form when planning for local, national, or international adventure. The plan helps ensure the unit is properly prepared, that qualified and trained leadership is in place, and that the right equipment is available for the adventure.”


The plan is available for your staff to see and begin training with at this link:

If you, your staff, or your volunteers have any other concerns, please direct them to


Annual Health and Medical Record Update

The Annual Health and Medical Record was released in December 2008, and its use became mandatory on January 1, 2010. The latest update to the record consolidates all records from the National Council and the three national high-adventure base forms, enabling a single medical form to be used across all BSA activities. The new form, bin No. 680-001, supersedes the previous, catalog No. 34605; this new item should be phased in immediately as it renders the old forms obsolete.

The Annual Health and Medical Record is required for participation in all Scouting events, including day and resident camps and high-adventure bases. It should be updated no less than annually.

Highlights/changes with the 2011 update:


?The record now lives on an interactive web page on Scouting Safely. Scouts, Scouters, parents and staff can download, fill in, and print it on standard paper, and can save an electronic copy for their personal files. The link is now live at and should be substituted for any outdated links you may have hosting the record.


?Parts A and B-the health history and release statement-will be utilized the most.

?Part C is the physical exam.


?Part D is a review piece for participants attending any of the national high-adventure bases.

?The record 680-001 supersedes and is the equivalent for meeting day and resident camp standard requirements that for 2011 still reference No. 34605.

?Local councils should not modify the medical record. If customization is deemed necessary, please contact us at

The frequently asked questions (FAQs),, have been updated to reflect the changes in the record. We strongly encourage councils to highlight the link to the FAQs; experience indicates that 95 percent of the questions we receive are answered on this page.

If you, your staff, or your volunteers have any other concerns, please direct them to If you have questions for a specific high-adventure base, please contact the base directly.

Thank you for all you do for Scouting!


Pine Burr Area Council Scouter’s Walk Brick Order Form

Funding for the Future…….Paving the Way!!

All money raised from the Scouter’s Walk program will be designed to the Council’s general operating and capital funds. In keeping with the desire to promote family loyalty and pride offering quality Scouting for future Scouts of the Pine Burr Area Council.To order your personal or corporate brick(s), please complete the order form and return it with your donation to Pine Burr Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1318 Hardy Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401.
Questions reguarding brick orders and logos for corporate bricks may be directed to the office of the Scout Executive at (601) 582-2326.



Contact you local Districts Executive or the Council Service Center at 601-582-2326 or 1-866-424-3188.