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Impact of PA’s Latest COVID-19 Mitigation Orders on Scouting Activities

On July 15, in response to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine issued new targeted mitigation orders that will directly impact meetings and other Scouting activities. Among the various measures announced by Governor Wolf and Secretary Levine, indoor events and gatherings of...

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“Green” Does Not Mean We Can Go Back to Normal

We’ve all had enough of wearing masks, physical distancing, and washing our hands countless times a day.  I’m almost embarrassed to share how much I miss being able to enjoy watching sports, even though, as a born-and-raised Pittsburgher, I know my beloved Pirates once again have no shot at a World Series this year.  I...

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BSA’s Commitment to Act Against Racial Injustice

As our country reckons with racial injustice, we all must consider our role and our failures and commit to meaningful action. The twelve points of the Scout Law that define a Scout are all important, but at this moment, we are called on to be brave. Brave means taking action because it is the right...

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BSA Membership Fee Increase Details And FAQ

Over the last few months, we have seen the Scouting community come together, even while physically apart, to bring solutions, relief, and comfort to those in need. From making masks to supporting food banks, Scouting has been a vital partner for communities across the country. The value of Scouting is undeniable for those within the...

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Scout Shops Are Open for In-Store or Curbside Pickup

Both the Mechanicsburg and York Scout Shops have reopened as of June 2 and are looking forward to welcoming customers! The Scout Shops are operated by Boy Scouts of America’s National Supply Group and carry a wide variety of BSA supply merchandise, uniforms, literature, and recognitions. Catalog and custom-design orders are also available through the Scout...

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Service Centers to Reopen June 1, Scout Shops June 2

It was March 16, which seems like a very long time ago, when we hurriedly closed the Mechanicsburg and York Service Centers and Scout Shops after Governor Wolf ordered all non-essential businesses to shut down to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.  No one that day would have predicted what all was to...

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Order of the Arrow Temporary Camping Night Policy Due to COVID-19

In light of the extended period of camping restrictions attributable to COVID-19, the following temporary modification is being made to the camping requirements for OA eligibility: Virtual camping (i.e., backyard or solo camping) may be counted toward the required nights of camping for OA election eligibility if all the following stipulations are met: To be...

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