Top Hands Conference

Sheraton Dallas Hotel
August 23-25, 2017

A Message From Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh

Fellow executives and staff members,

This past year was the beginning of remarkable progress in the growth of Scouting for councils across the country.

In 2017, 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.

At this 2017 Top Hands Meeting, we’ll continue charting our path forward. I’m excited, optimistic, and enthusiastic. I hope you are too.

I’m looking forward to seeing you in Dallas!


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.

More About BSA ALIVE

Top Hands Good Turn Service Project

Take Top Hands to the next level with this “Texas-sized good turn,” and get ready to give back to the Dallas community. We’ve partnered with several local programs to help spruce up nearby neighborhoods. All tools, materials, water, and safety equipment will be provided – all we need is you!

More about the service project and other activities