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How Scouting Was Saved in '79

There is a period in the history of the Boy Scouts of America that not many people like to talk about. Some of you may have heard the story before; some of you may have lived through it. I think it is vitally important for all Scouters to know... From Scouting Rediscovered 1 day ago

Build Your Own Fitness Equipment

BL Workshop: Build your own #fitnessequipment #diy Build the strength and endurance to take part in all your adventures. Medicine Ball What You'll Need: An old soccer ball, volleyball or basketball Air nozzle to let the air out of the ball Pointy... From Inside Boys' Life 1 day ago

'Now & Then' Newsletter Now Available Online

Now & Then , the newsletter for retirees of the Boy Scouts of America, is now available online! You can find it under the BSA Newsletters header on the right. Past issues (as well as the current issue) also will be added to the Now & Then... From Scout Wire 1 day ago


I got a draft notice last night. Well, sort of. Our council's Dean of Boy Scouts for University of Scouting e-mailed me to ask if I could teach the Strictly for Committee Chairs class, and I agreed to be drafted into service once again. I've taught... From Bobwhite's Blather 1 day ago

Lease Car for Sale: 2011 GMC Terrain FWD SLE-2

The National Council has the following lease vehicle for sale: 2011 GMC Terrain FWD SLE – 2 Approximate miles: 62,161 Exterior color: Quicksilver Metallic Interior color: Light titanium cloth seats Asking price: $14,131 Location:  National Council,... From Scout Wire 1 day ago

Boy Scouts Assist in Creating Disc Golf Park in Melrose

It is official! The Melrose city council appropriated the funds at last month's meeting, and tonight the Melrose park board has approved the purchase of equipment needed for a nine hole disc golf course to be installed at the Sauk River Park in the... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 2 days ago

A New Scoutmaster – Chapter Fourteen

This is the fourteenth installment in a story that follows a new Scoutmaster, Chuck Grant, attempting to use the patrol method in a troop that has forgotten how. I've based this work of fiction on the stories shared by readers and listeners,... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 2 days ago

To Do My Duty…

During Scoutmaster conferences I often ask the Scout what the Scout Oath and Law mean to them.  In their own words what do the values and the promises found in the Oath and Law mean. It seems that, by and large, there is a lack of knowledge in so... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 days ago

"You Make the Call" Follow-Up

In first "You Make the Call" post I made our goals that I needed to work towards completing. As a reminder the goals are as follows: Goal 1: I will make a sincere effort to say 5 positive things that happened each day. These 5 positive things will... From Scouting Maniac 3 days ago

Twas Our First Night Out Camping…

Here's the "poem" I read on Podcast 248. I've had several requests for a print version of the poem I read on Podcast 248 . A PDF of the image below is available to download (link at the bottom of this post) and I have included a text version below... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 3 days ago

Cub Scout Journey to Excellence, 2015

I would like to see Cub Scout Pack 68 earn the 2015 Journey To Excellence (JTE) award because I think we can do it. I made this statement during last night's pack committee meeting, and than reviewed the requirements. By the time I finished I... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 3 days ago

Use Science to Make a Fast Pinewood Derby Car

How to use science to make a faster pinewood derby car A former NASA engineer explains how you can use science to succeed at your next pinewood derby. For seven years, I worked at NASA on the Mars Curiosity rover. It is just like a pinewood derby... From Inside Boys' Life 4 days ago

A New Scoutmaster – Chapter Thirteen

This is the thirteenth installment in a story that follows a new Scoutmaster, Chuck Grant, attempting to use the patrol method in a troop that has forgotten how. I've based this work of fiction on the stories shared by readers and listeners,... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 4 days ago

2014 Troop Auction Results

Wow! It was a lively troop auction this year. The Boy Scouts of Melrose Troop 68 seemed to like the selection of prizes and they were ready to spend their "troop bucks". (See the last post for the explanation of the troop auction and the troop... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 4 days ago

12 Great Stocking Stuffers for Boys

Do you have trouble coming up with great stocking stuffers for boys?  I know I do!  I want to buy things they'll like and use, but I don't want to spend a lot of money. I searched through several lists on Pinterest looking for items that would be... From Cub Scout Ideas 5 days ago

Jack Rabbit Posing Game

Our Crew president led this jack rabbit posing game at our last meeting. It is a fun game for teenagers, but would work for other age groups also. The idea of this game is to remember different poses and to strike the correct pose quickly. There... From Scouter Mom 5 days ago

Podcast 248 – Happy Holidays!

Next week is Christmas and the following is new year's, so for the next two weeks the podcast will be on vacation right along with you as you enjoy the holidays with your friends and family . I'll return on January 5th with Podcast number 249. You... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 5 days ago

Anchoring Your Tent

Here is a technique for anchoring your tent.  In this video, I demonstrate using a snow stake.  A stick works just as well.  Snow stakes are versatile and light and are worth carrying into camp. It is important to anchor your tent well.  Winter... From The Scoutmaster Minute 5 days ago

Boys or Scouts?

We sometimes use the terms interchangeably. We have a boy-led troop with boy-led patrols. They read Boys' Life. "Never do anything a boy can do" is a key piece of advice, and Baden-Powell made frequent references such as "The Scoutmaster teaches... From Bobwhite's Blather 5 days ago

Cold Weather Camping – Sleep System

photo courtesy of Thermarest Getting a good nights sleep is an important part of any camp out, and very important when camping in the cold.  Sleeping in the cold creates some anxiety in young Scouts.  While the Scout is up and moving he can control... From The Scoutmaster Minute 6 days ago

B.P.'s Blog – Religion of the Backwoods

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 6 days ago

Solo Stove Give Away!

Today I was putting up the Christmas lights and getting the tree ready to decorate.  Carols being sung in the background and the smell of Christmas in the air.  When what to my wandering mind did ah ha!!!  A give away of gear! So here is the way... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 week ago

Cold Weather Camping Pt. 2 Skills

Just as a recap… Cold weather camping is a High Risk activity that is challenging, fun, and rewarding for those that venture into the cold weather environment.  This type of camping takes discipline, skills, and a great attitude. Once leaders... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 week ago

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