Tom Talks

Tom Dugger | CEO / Scout Executive

May 2015

The Scout Family

Family is an important influence on our youth and we believe in involving the family in the Scouting program. The Scouting program has makes an impact on the fabric of our community and the tie that binds us all together, “family”.  Please know that Dan Beard Council takes its responsibility to family very seriously.  The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare youth to make ethical and moral choices over the course of their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.  Values like service and patriotism, leadership and good character. All of which builds stronger individuals and stronger families.

Scouting provides young men the opportunity to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce ethical standards. These opportunities not only help them when they are young, but also carry forward into their adult lives -- improving their relationships, their work lives, their family lives, and the values by which they live.

The word family has such a connection to it. Family, tribe, clan, group, network - call it what you will, it's us - all of us!  Mothers, Fathers, Uncles, Aunts, brothers, sisters, and cousins, old and young, generations that are linked together who are making a difference and supporting one another.  Everything we’ve experienced along the way has played its part in shaping us.  And as we reflect on the memories of our childhood, the ones who loved us, the friends we made, and the things we learned; we honor those in our lives who taught and encouraged us.  Those who supported us a part of their family.  Scouting is a family of ONE and Scouting works to strengthen families.  It connects a family with the activities they do together.  It creates a parental bond that is different than other activities and sports because families participate together.  It connects your community through local community service projects and by bringing local families together.  Scouting connects your country through patriotism, united service, and Duty to God.  Scouting connects countries to one another through International Jamborees, the World Friendship Fund, and Scouting foreign exchange programs.  Scouting truly connects the WORLD as a FAMILY. There are many different types of family structures in today's world. Scouting is a support to all types of families as well as to organizations to which families belong and I believe that the Scout family offers one of the strongest, most durable forms of partnership. 

So, from my family to the scouting family of the Dan Beard Council, I offer a salute to all of the young men and supportive families currently climbing the eagle trail.

Yours in Scouting,

Tom Dugger



April 2015

Good Quality Scout Experience

Each year at this time we begin to sign up for Summer Camp. At all levels of our program, camping is Scouting's eternal call. It is in the outdoors that Scouting works best. The Founder of Scouting, Robert Baden- Powell understood this very well. The very first Scout Camp was a weeklong event on a small island in Poole Harbor England. From this experience, the Scouting adventure began. All Scout Camps trace their lineage to Brownsea Island. The formula that Robert Baden- Powell created over 100 years ago still works today -- fun and adventure under the open sky, campfire stories and the unforgettable experience of a week with your friends.

Many years ago one of my mentors said to me "If you take the Outing out of Scouting all you have left is SC and that stands for Second Class Program". Outdoor adventure and the Summer Camp experience are vital to a Quality Scouting experience.

As summer approaches, make your plans to attend Summer Camp. There is not a better experience than a Dan Beard Council Summer Camp. Let us help you plan your week. Contact your District Executive today.  I hope to see you at Camp!





Council Commissioner Minute

Scott Snow | Council Commissioner

May 2015

Commissioning is all about “Unit Service”!

Did you know that Dan Beard Council recently implemented a new “Commissioner Tools” program.  Commissioner Tools was developed to enable commissioners to provide Unit Service quicker and more efficiently. We are excited to be part of those nationwide initiative!

Commissioning is all about “Unit Service”!  The mission of Unit Service is to help units better serve more youth through Scouting. To accomplish that, commissioners must accomplish four objectives:

  1. Support unit growth through the Journey to Excellence
  2. Contact units and capture their strengths and needs in Commissioner Tools
  3. Link unit needs to district operating committee resources
  4. Support timely charter renewal.

Commissioner Tools was designed to help commissioners fulfill their mission by providing benefits in four areas:

  1. 1. Enabling easy access to actionable information
  2. 2. Enabling improved focus on their primary objectives
  3. 3. Supporting Roundtable administration and promotion
  4. 4. Supporting commissioner administration

Simply stated, Commissioner Tools is a better way to:

  1. 1. Improve the retention rate of traditional units
  2. 2. Support implementation of the Unit Service Plan through detailed assessments and an increased number of significant unit contacts.
  3. 3. Improve the performance rating of units using Journey to Excellence metrics.

If you would like more information on Commissioner Tools, please visit:





April 2015

Camping Programs Provide Opportunities and Resources

“A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room.”  These are the words of Boy Scouts founder Baden Powell and they still ring true today.  We are most fortunate to have some of the best camping programs in the nation, right here is Dan Beard Council.  What better way to put Scouting into action but to provide the ideal outdoor laboratory for a boy to put into practice the camping and Scout skills that he has learned through the year.


Our camping programs provide opportunities and resources for boys to experience and overcome new challenges.  These camps not only provide fun, foster friendships and make lasting memories but also provide a sense of spirituality by bringing boys into the serenity and beauty of God’s creation.


If you haven’t considered one of our camping programs, it’s not too late!


The Scouting movement has been strong in the Greater Cincinnati area since Daniel Carter Beard's days with his "Sons of Daniel Boone" in Covington, Kentucky over 100 years ago. Today, with a membership of over 30,000 Scouts and their families impacted by great Scouting programs, and a community that embraces the important work of character development that Scouting delivers, the Dan Beard Council Scout Achievement Center (SAC) serves as the home and headquarters for Scouting in our area.

This impressive 27,000 square foot structure celebrates the traditions of Scouting, provides a state-of-the-art meeting place for thousands of volunteers, and houses the council service center. Built with the next 100 years of Scouting in mind, the Scout Achievement Center project has become a landmark in the Scouting world and the Cincinnati community, incorporating green features, a beautiful natural building design, and future-ready technology.


Reserving the Scout Achievement Center


Written by Mike Swofford Monday, 10 January 2011 01:59

sac_reservingThe Scout Achievement Center (SAC) is the perfect place for your group to hold a meeting or event! At the center is the The Rettig Volunteer Training Center with a variety of meeting rooms, each with full audio/video capabilities. A great place for Scouting unit meeting as well as business meetings, banquets, committee planning sessions, or training, the SAC can be reserved as available for your group. We invite you to learn more about the amenities available to your group and how to make a reservation...

Last Updated on Monday, 07 February 2011 12:56



The Scout Achievement Center Story


Written by Mike Swofford Sunday, 09 January 2011 18:58

sac_logoThe story of the Scout Achievement Center shows the commitment of the Greater Cincinnati community to the ideals of Scouting. Years of planning, generous support from hundreds of donors, and input from thousands of Scouting volunteers led to the completion of the SAC project in July, 2009.

Click the Read More button to learn the history of this incredible project and the development of a one-of-a-kind Scouting building...

Last Updated on Monday, 07 February 2011 12:56



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