Boy Scouts of America Announces 2017 National Scout Jamboree Theme

Outside of his career as a financial executive, Brian L. Kasal contributes to a number of nonprofit organizations. As a longtime member of the National Eagle Scout Association, Brian L. Kasal is especially involved in local and national volunteer efforts with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

The BSA recently announced the theme and logo for the organization’s next National Scout Jamboree, a Scouting celebration that takes places every four years. In 2017, Scouts, Venturers, staff, and volunteers from across the United States will gather at the event, themed “Live Scouting’s Adventure.” The BSA states that the theme epitomizes the adventurous activities and outdoor opportunities that members of the Scouting program experience.

Held at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia’s New River Gorge region, the jamboree allows youth members to engage in diverse and memorable activities such as kayaking, bouldering, and rock climbing. The location also offers zip line courses and mountain bike trails, as well as ranges for shooting sports. In 2013, an estimated 30,000 National Scout Jamboree participants enjoyed the outdoor activities available at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.

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Requirements for Earning an Eagle Scout Rank

Founder of FourStar Wealth Advisors, LLC, Brian L. Kasal is also on the Central Region Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts of America. Brian L. Kasal earned the Eagle Scout rank as a young man and has gone on to earn other distinguished awards with the organization, including the Silver Antelope and Order of the Arrow National Distinguished awards.

The Eagle Scout rank is the highest achievement a scout can earn as a member of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Earning the rank represents a young man’s ability to demonstrate exceptional leadership, outdoor skills, and service, while still fulfilling the BSA oath of helping others at all times.

To earn the Eagle Scout rank, a BSA member must complete a project that benefits the greater community. The project can be applied to an educational institution, religious group, or community organization. Each BSA member will develop his own service project that will display his proficiency in leadership and project management. Leading up to the project, the Boy Scout will work on earning merit badges that will advance him through the five ranks necessary for achieving the highest title. In total, a scout must earn 21 merit badges, including the badge for citizenship in the community and camping, to be eligible for the Eagle Scout status.

The Eagle Scout rank is not awarded to all Boy Scout members. Since the organization’s inception in 1912, more than 2.25 million scouts have earned the accolade; Brian Kasal earned the rank in 1974.

The Silver Antelope Award

An experienced business professional and public servant, Brian L. Kasal is also a longtime member of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). He also has served as a volunteer trustee of the National BSA Foundation Advisory Committee and a member of the BSA Central Region Board of Directors. In 2011, the BSA honored Brian Kasal with its prestigious Silver Antelope Award.

Established in 1942, the Silver Antelope Award is a product of the BSA and its National Court of Honor. The Award is bestowed at the regional level to registered scout leaders of “exceptional character who have provided distinguished service.”

Individuals who wish to recommend a local BSA leader for the Silver Antelope Award can complete an online nomination form and submit it electronically to their regional council. After vetting the candidate, regional BSA councils forward the form to the National Court of Honor.

Silver Antelope Awards are presented on a yearly basis in conjunction with the BSA National Annual Meeting each May. In addition to awarding certificates, regions give Silver Antelope Award winners an official medallion suspended from an orange and white ribbon knot, a lapel pin for civilian attire, and a ceremonial knot for the BSA uniform that is worn just above the left pocket.