For Scouts and Parents

Boys’ Life Magazine – annual dues for Troop 28 include a subscription to Boys’ Life Magazine, which is mailed to the scout’s home 12 times a year; the online website includes equipment reviews, articles about scouts and troops, and material “just for fun”

BSA guide to Insignia Placement – Troop 28 is fairly forgiving about insignia placement and comprehensiveness, but BSA has specific expectations for where insignia should be placed. If you need assistance sewing on badges, please contact the Advancement Chair for recommendations for local services who will sew patches on for a modest fee.

For Adult Leaders

Scouting Magazine – feature stories, tips, and advice for adult leaders

Bryan on Scouting – a terrific source of information on all things Scouting including the excellent “Ask the Expert” Q&A

ScoutCast – the official BSA podcast; monthly episodes are generally about 15-20 minutes in duration and can be heard online or subscribed via Apple’s Podcast service (online training center and learning management system) – source of position-specific training as well as mandatory Youth Protection Training

ScoutingWire – a weekly digital newsletter for Scouting parents and leaders

For Scout Gear

Scout Stuff – official BSA online shop for uniform, insignia, merit badge pamphlets, camping gear and more (note pricing for items at Scout Stuff is generally comparable to pricing at the local Council shop, and is almost always MUCH better than on

NEIC Store, located at 850 Forest Edge Drive in Vernon Hills.  NOTE the Highland Park location on Skokie Valley Road shut in the summer of 2018. The Vernon Hills shop is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The shop is closed on Sundays. Please check the NEIC site for updated hours.  Click here for directions.