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A quick word about the ads that are in the sidebar of the blog. I have had a few questions asking about the ads in the sidebar of the blog… well.. not so much questions, but concerns that I am monetizing the blog or making a profit off of it... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 days ago

What Is A "Boy-Led Troop"?

Many Scouters claim; "We have a boy-led (or youth-led, or Scout-led) Troop," but what does that really mean? Official literature mentions this sort of thing often , but how is do we really define "boy-led"? We'd like to think what the Scouts do and... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 4 days ago

Patrol Leadership Training Program (With PDF Workbooks)

I can get really excited about traditional Scouting, but sometimes it's difficult to implement all of the principles in real life. It's especially hard for Scoutmasters, because traditional Scouting isn't just a system that can be mandated from the... From Scouting Rediscovered 5 days ago

Is Your Committee on Mute?

Meetings are almost universally despised. For most people, unless they absolutely have to be there (the committee chair, for example), they either attend grudgingly or find a reason to skip out. Unless a meeting is compelling and productive –... From Bobwhite's Blather 1 hour ago

Starting Scouting's Story

In this weeks Vlog we start the discussion on telling Scouting's story. I am a huge believer in setting the rules for how our story is told, shared, and promoted. We live in a great time for communicating what Scouting is all about.  The people,... From The Scoutmaster Minute 3 days ago

Arrow of Light Arrow Striping

The Arrow of Light is Cub Scout's highest rank. In many packs, it's customary to honor Arrow of Light recipients with a plaque, a ceremonial arrow or both. One of the traditions observed by many packs is to put stripes on the shaft of the arrow to... From Cub Scout Ideas 3 days ago

Issue 472 – February 2, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, A tradition in our troop is to have a Scout who's about to age out do the Scoutmaster's minute at his last meeting as a youth member. I think what our most recent "Scoutmaster-for-the-moment" and... From Ask Andy 4 days ago

Pinewood Derby Poems

I realize that many packs have completed their Pinewood Derbies, but I recently found this in my archives and thought it would be fun to share it again. Maybe these could be read during your council Pinewood Derby. In December of 2008, Len of Pack... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 6 days ago

Write a Funny Caption for This Photo

Write a funny caption for this photo What's going on in this picture? What is that lion doing and what is it thinking? If you can think of a funny caption for this photo, just post it in the comment form at the bottom of this page. After we approve... From Inside Boys' Life 6 days ago

Scoutmaster Podcast 301- Your Scouting Vision

What's your vision for Scouting? Have you ever taken the time to really examine your Scouting vision, how you picture where you are headed as a Scouter?  When I first became a Scoutmaster my vision was defined by what I knew at the time.  The... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 6 days ago

Surviving Your First Blue & Gold Banquet: The Big Day

Your Blue & Gold Banquet is tomorrow and you're fully prepared. You've planned, checked and re-checked every detail. Your committee, den leaders and parent helpers have everything taken care of, and you're ready to step up and run a successful... From Bobwhite's Blather 1 week ago

Snow Peak Giga Power Stove Review

Like I state in the video this is a Super Stove for all Scouts, especially the first year Scouts looking to get a stove that will last a long time. The Snow Peak Giga Power Auto Stove is light weight, compact, and is tough as nails. It weighs in at... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 week ago

"Math"

From Inside Boys' Life 1 week ago

How to Use a Camp Saw

Video: How to properly use a camp saw. A saw is a helpful tool for cutting firewood, sawing tree limbs or clearing a tree that has fallen across a trail. When sawing for firewood, brace the piece of wood against some kind of solid support and cut... From Inside Boys' Life 1 week ago

The Advancement Coordinator

I have recently accepted the position of advancement coordinator for Melrose Boy Scout Troop 68, so I have been checking out the 2013 Committee Guidebook to see what my new responsibilities will be, and how much work I have gotten myself into... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 week ago

Food Storage Options

Hey all… First of all I want to thank you for your patience.  In my next post I will do some explaining on the direction of the Blog and where we go from here.. but today I want to share with you some options when it comes to storing and... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 week ago

The Opening Song

As a take a break from writing today I thought it would be a good time to introduce to you, or reintroduce to you, a song performed by the Boy Scouts of Troop 68. Years ago the troop would do an annual show they called Laughs For Lunch. It was a... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 week ago

A Fire Can Save Your Life in Winter

A fire can save your life in winter In cold weather, a fire can be important to staying warm and dry. But even in a survival situation, you should still take the time to build a fire in a way that does not put the environment or yourself at risk... From Inside Boys' Life 1 week ago

Leadership, Power, Responsibility, and Service

Anyone who takes on a position of responsibility as a leader will feel pretty self-important at first. After all, you have been chosen, or you stepped in when no one else did. It's a big ego boost to have a title, to have people follow your... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 week ago

Treasurer vs Advancement

Shortly after I retired as the scoutmaster of Troop 68 a few years ago I became the troop committee treasurer. It did not take me long to realize that I did not care to hold that position. It was not that it took a lot of work. It was just that I... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 week ago

All About the Witness

Games Guru says The Witness video game is visually stunning, incredibly lengthy and altogether mysterious. If you're a gamer, you've likely heard a lot about The Witness (Jonathan Blow for PC, PS4; the-witness.net ). But what's it all about? The... From Inside Boys' Life 1 week ago

The New Handbooks

Gosh! I do not know if you have heard or not but the Boy Scouts of America have changed the requirements for the Boy Scout advancement program. Scout is now a rank, which means there are seven ranks instead of six. Tenderfoot, Second Class, and... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 week ago

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