Top Hands Conference

Hyatt Regency New Orleans
August 24-26, 2016

A Message From the Chief Scout Executive

Fellow Boy Scouts of America executives and staff members,

I’m grateful to serve as Chief Scout Executive alongside each of you. Together we are serving at a unique and critical moment in time for our movement.

Positive forward momentum is on our side. Our volunteers and staff are feeling upbeat and energized. The challenges we face and the pathways through and around each are known. There has not been a recent generation of BSA leaders with greater opportunity to grow and expand Scouting.

I’m excited, optimistic, and enthusiastic. I hope you are too.

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We, as an organization, have an opportunity to better model the values that we share with our youth and families. Let us join together in supporting and embodying a healthy way of living through BSA ALIVE.

BSA ALIVE is a platform by which we create and sustain a healthy organization filled with people who are fit and active—behaviors that are aligned with the Scout Oath and Scout Law—and built on policies that demonstrate we care about ourselves, our employees, and our volunteers. BSA ALIVE is designed to model the leadership and lifestyle choices that we teach the youth we serve.

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Top Hands Good Turn Service Project: Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

Join your Top Hands friends and family for a “groundbreaking” service project on Wednesday morning! This first-time program option will be our opportunity to give back to our host community—the historic city of New Orleans. We have partnered with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans (YRNO), a program that educates and empowers young people while at the same time reducing blight and providing affordable homes for deserving teachers.

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