Scouting News

Learn More About the Mining in Society Merit Badge

Mining in Society merit badge counselors, here’s your chance to sharpen your skills before teaching the BSA’s newest merit badge to Scouts. The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) will offer two free webinars for Mining in Society merit badge counselors. The course takes an hour, and you can complete it from the comfort of your home computer.

Anyone is welcome to attend, but seats are limited. Register for the free webinar at this link. Though they’re listed as “Training I” and “Training II,” the courses are identical. Choose the one that is most convenient for you:

  • Thursday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time (6:30 p.m. Central, 5:30 p.m. Mountain, 4:30 p.m. Pacific)
  • Wednesday, April 30, at 9 p.m. Eastern time (8 p.m. Central, 7 p.m. Mountain, 6 p.m. Pacific)

Visit the SME website to locate SME student chapters that might provide support for the Mining in Society merit badge or to locate SME professional members in your area.

SME has also produced a video that highlights the Mining in Society merit badge. View it and share with your Scouts and Merit Badge Counselors to build excitement about our newest merit badge opportunity. 




Historic Flag Returns to Troop 87

Back Row, left to right: Lee Millar, Don Hinshelwood (Scoutmaster), Josh Davis, Jordan Lin, Tolik German, Richard Markley (ASM), Chuck Sullivan (ASM), Cal Davis.
Front Row, floor: Luke Bettendorf, Kola German, Charlie Sullivan, Bryson Hayes, Will Eggleston, Bbaden Dobbs.

The original 1938 troop flag of Boy Scout Troop 87 of Germantown was recently re-presented to the Scouts after being restored by museum conservators.  Scoutmaster Don Hinschelwood and members of the troop accepted the 75-year old flag at a ceremony at the troop’s meeting hall at St. George’s Episcopal Church.  The flag was originally presented to the troop when it was formed in Germantown on August 1, 1938.   From that time of the organization’s founding the flag had been carried by hundreds of Germantown Scouters to untold campouts, camporees, national jamborees, and noted Scout campgrounds such as Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, as well as Kia Kima, AR, and Camp Courier, MS.  In 1971 scoutmaster Glenn L. Millar, Jr., who had served for almost ten years, since 1962, retired as the group’s leader and a new flag was given to the troop in Scoutmaster Millar’s name.  The old flag had become so tattered and worn that it needed to be replaced with a new one, and Millar’s retirement served as the appropriate opportunity.  The venerable scoutmaster and the first flag would be retired at the same time. Millar, who continued to serve on the troop committee for another two years, saved the old flag for the troop’s archives.  Glenn Millar (1924 – 2006) is also known for being the first elected judge for the city of Germantown. 

 Glenn Millar’s sons, Lee Millar of Collierville and Richard Millar of Richmond, VA, along with grandson Casey Millar of Spring Hill, TN, discovered the 1938 flag in some old possessions and the men immediately determined to restore the flag.  Lee is an Eagle Scout of Troop 87 and Richard was a Life Scout.  Grandson Casey is also an Eagle Scout.   They called in a flag conservator from the Pink Palace Museum and the work began.  The flag was painstakingly laid out, tattered portions pieced together, the flag sewn to a preservator canvas backing, then mounted on acid-free display board, and framed with museum-grade frame and UV acrylic glass.   In a special ceremony on Monday, October 21, 2013, the 75-year old flag was presented to Troop 87 and it was gratefully accepted by Senior Patrol Leader Jordan Lin and Asst Senior Patrol Leader Charlie Sullivan.           

Boy Scout Troop 87, as it embarks on its second 75 years, invites all boys and their parents to consider membership in the troop.  The group meets every Monday at 7:00 pm at St. George’s Episcopal Church at 2425 S. Germantown Road.  As with Boy Scouting nationally, Troop 87 believes in the mission to “promote…the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others, to train them in Scoutcraft, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues….”            

For more information, contact: Don Hinshelwood <>; David Hayes <>; William Bettendorf <>;   Lee Millar, 901-550-5772   Eileen Fields <>; Kit Decker <>;





New Online: Theme-Based Pack Meeting Plans

 To help Cubmasters and roundtable commissioners develop rewarding, theme-based Cub Scout pack meetings each month, the National Council has created a series of meeting plans centered around the program’s 12 core values that use various themes to enhance the meeting environment.

The plans—which contain several pages of program suggestions, stories, puzzles, and more, compiled into a downloadable PDF file—are being rolled out between now and next May. The first three, centered around the values of cooperation, responsibility, and citizenship, are already online at the Pack Meeting Plans site on

When all the meeting plans are developed, there will be a total of 48 theme-related resources—four for each core value. The Cubmaster can simply go online and choose which theme he/she would like to use for the pack meeting that focuses on that core value. Cub Scout roundtable commissioners also will be able to select a theme to present each month to help prepare Cubmasters.

Please send all questions or comments regarding Cub Scout resources or program delivery to



New Advancement and Life to Eagle policies for 2012

The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America has recently published a revised copy of the “Guide to Advancement 2011”.  This new publication covers, in great detail, the aims and processes of the Boy Scout Advancement program.  Additionally, starting on January 1, 2012, the Boy Scouts of America will be using a new “Eagle Scout Project Workbook” and “Eagle Scout Rank Application”.  All of these documents are currently available online at     

In accordance with the recommendations of the National Council of the BSA, our Chickasaw Council Advancement Committee has established a working group of volunteers to review the new “Guide to Advancement 2011” as well as the new “Eagle Scout Project Workbook” and “Eagle Scout Rank Application.”  Members of this group will include past Scoutmasters with a history of Eagle Scouts under their leadership, parents of Eagle Scout award recipients, Chickasaw Council Executive Board Members, and tenured Scouters with a working knowledge of the Boy Scout advancement program and Life to Eagle process. 

This group will field questions from parents and volunteers through the end of 2011 and will make recommendations to Council Advancement Committee as to any local Council policies and procedures needed to help comply with the new Life to Eagle process.  

The goal is to have these local policies and procedures in place and to begin conducting orientation sessions for Scouts, volunteers and parents on or before the University of Scouting training conference in early 2012.  Chickasaw Council Advancement Committee has asked Ken Kimble to serve as the Chairman of this project.  Ken is an Eagle Scout with a detailed knowledge of the BSA advancement program.  You can forward questions regarding the new Life to Eagle and Eagle Scout Project Workbook to Mr. Kimble at 

In the meantime, Scouts may use either the 2011 or 2012 “Guide to Advancement”, “Eagle Scout Project Workbook” or “Eagle Scout Rank Application” through December 31, 2011.  Any Life Scout who starts his Life to Eagle process after December 31, 2011 must use the 2012 publication and requirements.



‘Scouting’ Magazine Launches New Website

Have you checked out the new Scouting magazine website? has recently been redesigned to better suit the fast-paced world of the BSA volunteer. They’re busy people—with work, family, and Scouting. That’s why they need more than just the award-winning stories and photographs that appear five times a year in the print version of Scouting magazine. They need relevant information that’s easy to access and better helps them serve their Scouts.

On the new site, volunteers are just a click away from everything they need to know to offer a quality Scouting program to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers, including up-to-date policy information, outdoor tips and techniques, health-and-safety procedures, expert advice from Scouting professionals and longtime leaders, and much more. And, when they want it, they can still find the same useful and exciting articles that appear in every issue of Scouting magazine.

Built on wisdom from longtime Scouters and authorities in a variety of disciplines, the information provided on the new Scouting magazine website draws from many great sources: recent and archival issues of the magazine,, and diverse online sites related to the BSA. It’s a virtual “one-stop shop” for all things Scouting.

Volunteers will enjoy the brief video clip by Tico Perez, national commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America, who offers his thoughts on why everyone should bookmark and keep coming back for more. And for those who want daily updates on the latest news from Scouting, they can always check the magazine’s official blog: Bryan on Scouting, at