January 2019

Final Scouts BSA Training 1-8-19
Those who attend will learn about and qualify for a start-up loan of up to $1000 to help fund your new troop.

Interested in starting a Scouts BSA Troop for girls? As we all prepare to welcome middle school & high school aged girls into the BSA family, the Dan Beard Council wants to work with you to get things kicked off. This event will help you offer an outstanding program experience to the BSA’s inaugural class of girls.

We’ll be providing resources, training, and networking opportunities for anyone interested in starting a new troop.

Please visit for more information.
Scoutbook is FREE Starting January 1st!

I t’s here! Scoutbook – our suite of online unit-management tools – will be completely free  starting January 1, 2019 . A helpful new  Bryan on Scouting  blog post will go live  January 1st to aid volunteers and parents. 

Please note that Scoutbook is down for scheduled maintenance through December 31st in preparation for the launch.
Kick Off Cub Scout Camping with a Cub Camp Rally in January!

This year we are changing things up. We are excited to offer a brand-new Cub Camp Rally series that will benefit your unit. Please mark your calendar to send a representative from your unit to 1 of the 4 rally events on January 28-31, 2019 .

Every unit who attends will qualify for premium pricing at camp this summer .

You can also pick up free materials, learn about camp offerings, and hear about special bonus incentives for your Scouts. For your convenience, we’re also offering a Camp Card kickoff just beforehand to help pay for camp.

Mark your calendar and register online now at
Eagle Scouts to be Honored at Commemorative Council Event

The Dan Beard Council will honor the 2018 Class of Eagle Scouts in front of families and friends at a very special commemorative event on Saturday, February 9, 2019 .

Over 300 proud Eagle Scouts earned the Eagle rank in 2018. Each Eagle Scout in attendance will be individually honored by Council CEO, Tom Dugger and local dignitaries. The event is free to attend for Eagle Scouts and their families, and each Eagle Scout in attendance also receives commemorative items thanks to the special contributions of many local supporters.

The deadline to register is Monday, January 25th.

Learn more at
It's Time to Sign Your Unit Up for the 2019 Camp Card Sale!

The Camp Card Initiative is designed to help units and their members earn their way to summer resident camp, high adventure base, day camp or other fun summer events.

The Camp Card is a “discount card” that offers deals at area businesses to the purchaser. Several companies have offered generous one-time and multiple use discounts that makes the sale of this card a no-brainer. The purchase price of a Camp Card is $10.00, and participating Scouts will earn 50% for each card they sell!

Good Scout Award Luncheon 2019

On Wednesday, March 13th , more than 1,000 supporters of the Dan Beard Council will gather for the 2019 Good Scout Award Luncheon.

Join in the excitement of hearing from “Sweet Lou”, Lou Piniella, as he talks baseball, leadership, life and the 1990 World Series Champion Cincinnati Reds!
Proceeds from the event go to support Scouting here in the Greater Cincinnati area. Register now to be a part of the our single largest fundraising event.

Friends of Scouting Annual Giving Campaign

Friends of Scouting is our local annual fundraising campaign to support our local Scouting programs. Friends of Scouting helps to ensure a strong and vibrant Scouting program here in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Over the next couple of months, a volunteer will likely visit your unit to share more about how giving back helps to change lives, impact our community, and support future generations.
Camp Friedlander Staff Reunion on January 19, 2019

The celebration of Camp Edgar Friedlander’s centennial kicks off with a staff reunion on January 19, 2019. The event, featuring barbecue and fellowship at the Friedlander dining hall, is a chance for staff alumni from all Dan Beard Council camps to reunite and reminisce. The Centennial Committee is in search of camp staff alumni. If you served on staff or know someone who did, connect with us at   
Camp Friedlander Fun Fact

Arthur E. Roberts served as Camp Director for Camp Friedlander for many years, and established the Tribe of Ku-Ni-Eh program in 1922. The Tribe of Ku-Ni-Eh joined the Order of the Arrow program in 1951, but by that time the Tribe of Ku-Ni-Eh system was utilized by over 250 councils.
Silver Beaver Award Nominations Due by February 15!

Do you know a registered Scouter who have made an impact on lives of the Scouting youth through service? Anyone can nominate any deserving registered Scouter to the council for the Silver Beaver Award. The prestigious award is selected for those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard-work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. If you know a registered Scouter who fits that description, nominate them by February 15, 2019 for consideration.
2019 Soles4Souls Shoe Drive
A Community-Wide Good Turn

Soles 4 Souls is a massive community-wide service project where Scout units come together to support a good-turn effort through the collection of "old shoes." This council-wide campaign asks packs, troops and crews to help in the collection of shoes. As a part of Scout Sunday on February 3, 2019 , units will work with their chartering organization to promote a used shoe drive to collect and turn in shoes.
Our goal in 2019 is to collect 25,000 pairs of shoes. Donated shoes are given to Soles 4 Souls who will distribute them to those in need – whether that is a third-world nation or a part of the United States that is impacted by a natural disaster. 
Sign-up now to make sure your unit is ready to participate in February. Collection boxes and promotional posters will be distributed at January and February district roundtable meetings for participating units to use at their chartered organization.

Register your unit HERE or learn more at:
The 2019 Merit Badge Challenge and Various Leadership Courses are Starting Soon!

This popular event improves advancement and provides youth the opportunity to explore vocations and new hobbies while working on merit badges. Nearly 2,000 Scouts attend 4 convenient locations.

In addition to merit badge classes, various leadership courses will be offered at the following Merit Badge Challenge locations:

- Troop Committee Challenge
- Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Specific

- Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Specific
- Coaching the Coach
- Journey to Excellence Made Easy

Northern Kentucky
- CPR ($20 fee)
- CPR + Wilderness First Aid ($80 fee)
- Den Leader Specific
- Pack Committee Challenge
- Troop Committee Challenge
- Youth Protection Training

For more information, visit
2019 Summer Camp Staff Application Available!

There's no better way to spend your summer! If you enjoy working with kids, believe in the Scouting program, and love camp, then the Dan Beard Scout Reservation is a great place to work and play. Each summer we hire over 120 men and women to serve as part of our camp staff. This life-changing opportunity is a great, fun, and rewarding place to be. For more information and to access our new online application, please visit
Amazon Smile Giveback Program

In the new year, remember to use the Amazon Smile Giveback program to help support local Scouts with the purchases you're already making. Simply choose Dan Beard Council as your charity of choice and Amazon will support the Scouts. Remember to use to make purchases (Note: this must be in a computer or mobile browser, not in the app).

To learn how to use Amazon Smile visit:
The Boy Scouts of America, Dan Beard Council is a proud United Way Agency Partner