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Best Scouting Apps for iPhone and Android, 2014 Edition

Empty your backpack and leave everything behind. All you need on your next Scouting outing is your smartphone. OK, so maybe that's an exaggeration. What is true, though, is that for the two-thirds of Americans who own smartphones, it's now possible... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 5 hours ago

Scouter Training Do's and Don'ts

I've headed up a number of Scouter training events, and been trained in several different volunteer positions. Scouters are typically gregarious, good-spirited folks; but the dedication and single-mindedness required to be a good Scouter sometimes... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 9 hours ago

Digital Technology Merit Badge

Scouts today are familiar with many types of digital technology – the Internet, smart phones, tablets, computers. The Digital Technology merit badge teaches Boy Scouts how to use technology safely and responsibly. Technology has come a long... From Scouter Mom 9 hours ago

Planning a Backpacking Trek Pt. 3

The motto of the Boy Scouts of America is "Be Prepared".  Prepared for what?  Well, any old thing said our founder.  Being prepared for your backpacking trek is an absolute must.  When planning your next trek you need to consider those things that... From The Scoutmaster Minute 21 hours ago

Gregg H. Rox!

Gulf Ridge Council presented a Silver Beaver award to Gregg Hilferding who works at in Florida. The silver beaver is the top recognition a council can present to an adult volunteer, and I wholeheartedly applaud their choice in Gregg... From Scoutmaster Musings 1 day ago

Drink Right: Why Now's the Time to Replace Soda and Bug Juice With Water

When Scout Executive Michael Riley made the choice to eliminate bug juice at the Cape Cod & Islands Council's summer day camps, he braced for a revolt. But no uprising came. Sugar-saturated bug juice was available one summer, and the next... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 day ago

Action Packer Patrol Box Ideas

Here's some pictures of a customized Rubbermaid  Action Packer from a post at FJ Crusier Forums . The modifications include a hinge on the lid reinforced with electrical conduit,  wire organizers  attached to the inside, a knife rack, and paper... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 day ago

Inspiration To "Go Green"

When we talk about how Scouting "creates life-changing experiences," it's often not just about changing the lives of our Scouts, but the people and communities they serve. Case in point: I read a great story about Troop 25 in Madison, New Jersey... From Chief's Corner 1 day ago

Issue 394 – April 22, 2014

________________________________________ Dear Andy, Our troop committee members, together with a district advancement representative, recently conducted an Eagle Scout board of review. We declined the candidate. The vote was unanimous. In the... From Ask Andy 1 day ago

Kyle Piper | Summit Summer

2014 Northeast Region Chief Kyle Piper wants a Summit Summer so he can go rafting on the New River's world class rapids. Section NE-2A Chief Mitchell Heisler wants a Summit Summer so he can fly down the zip line in his mink coat. Why do you want a... From Order of the Arrow Youtube Videos 1 day ago

Scoutmaster Podcast 218 – "Forming" Youth Leadership

Sponsored By Backers In this podcast I answer email questions about medical issues and we return to the eternal question of "forming" youth leadership ("forming" -  listen to find out how funny that is!) LEnd a hand to answering... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 2 days ago

Planning a Backpacking Trek Pt. 2

We have picked our destination, did a good map survey, know how long we are going be gone, and are super pumped that we will soon be on the trail. The next thing that we need to plan is our food. Why do I plan food second?  Food is an important... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 days ago

A 1000 Thank You's!

Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you… a thousand times thank you!!! Today.. Easter Sunday the Scoutmaster Minute Blog reached 1000 Followers!!! Thank you all that come here and participate in this community. I hope that I can... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 days ago

Mitchell Heisler | Summit Summer

Section NE-2A Chief Mitchell Heisler wants a Summit Summer so he can fly down the zip line in his mink coat. Why do you want a Summit Summer? Create a 30-second video telling us why and you could win a trip to The Summit Bechtel Family Scout Reserve... From Order of the Arrow Youtube Videos 2 days ago

Nick Dannemiller | Summit Summer

2014 National Chief Nick Dannemiller wants a Summit Summer so he can take selfies on the canopy tour. Why do you want a Summit Summer? Create a 30-second video telling us why and you could win a trip to The Summit Bechtel Family Scout Reserve this... From Order of the Arrow Youtube Videos 3 days ago

B.P.'s Blog – Camps

During his lifetime Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the worldwide Scouting movement, wrote many books and articles directed to Scouters. Each Sunday I'll publish a selection from his writings in the hope that you'll draw inspiration and... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 3 days ago

He Is Risen!

I just wanted to take this moment in your life to wish you a very Blessed Easter. It is in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ that we have Hope. His Life, Death, and Resurrection is perhaps the most significant historical event in the world.  For the... From The Scoutmaster Minute 3 days ago

Planning a Backpacking Trek Pt. 1

Whether it is for your Scout Troop or you are heading out into the wilderness by yourself or with buddies there are some things that need to be planned before you go.  To get the most of your backpacking experience if you follow a few steps, you... From The Scoutmaster Minute 4 days ago

Lyme Disease Season

I was reminded (thank's Jeff!) to remind you that Lyme disease season is upon us.  The map above shows where Lyme is an issue when camping and hiking in the outdoors. Consult this CDC website for a comprehensive set of resources to better... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 4 days ago

Training, Nature or Nurture

The other day I posted my thoughts on training.  I received some great feedback and feel that I need to address a couple of the comments, specifically a question that came up about the leaders themselves in the unit and how our attitude toward... From The Scoutmaster Minute 4 days ago

Without Bugs

How bad will the mosquitos be at camp this summer? When was the last time that bunkhouse mattress was cleaned? Are there mice running around these floors at night? Whenever a night is spent at scout camp, these sorts of questions might keep you... From Scoutmaster Musings 5 days ago

2014 Fieldbook Hits the Shelves

The fifth edition of  Fieldbook: Scouting's Manual of Basic and Advanced Skills for Outdoor Adventure  is now available. It covers hiking, camping, canoeing, mountain travel, ultralight backpacking, wilderness navigation, whitewater kayaking, and... From Scout Wire 6 days ago

Finance Impact E-Letter: April 15 Issue Features Member Data Shared Services

Click image to view e-Letter The April 15 edition of the Finance Impact Department's e-Letter has been published and is now available online. In this issue, you'll learn about Member Data Shared Services, a new service where local councils can... From Scout Wire 6 days ago

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