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"Over the Top"

Published in Boys' Life July, 1918 " Private Edward J. Kelly, One Hundred and Sixty-fifth United States Infantry, went over the top one night in a raid, and the end of his story was written in the darkness of No Man's Land. He was sixteen. A few... From Scouting Rediscovered 14 hours ago

Podcast 318 – Troop Leader Guidebook Vol. 2 PART TWO

No 11-year-old boy joins Scouting to get his character developed… … and few boys join to attend troop meetings, wear the Scout uniform, or sit before boards of review. Instead, they sign up for fun and adventure. Last month Walter... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 16 hours ago

The Bridge

I am constantly amazed by Cub Scouts and the way they look at life. I love the way everything seems to bring a sense of wonderment and excitement to them. The are full of energy and fun, always looking for a good time. And they seem to have a hard... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 21 hours ago

Issue 489 – May 31, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, You recently answered a question about where the Doctorate of Commissioner Science patch could be worn. There is, in fact, a DCS "square knot" that can be worn on the uniform. It's Item #18093 in... From Ask Andy 6 hours ago

Meet Your 2016 Silver Buffalo Award Class

The Archbishop of New York, the former CEO of Kampgrounds of America and the driving force behind the Composite Materials merit badge are three of the dedicated Scouters who received the Silver Buffalo Award at a special ceremony tonight. The 2016... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 days ago

How a Camp Masters Fundraiser Is About More Than Selling Popcorn

When a Scout sells a box or tin of Camp Masters popcorn, he's selling more than just a tasty treat. He's selling the life-changing Scouting program made possible by fundraisers like the one Camp Masters helps councils and units run each year. I sat... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 days ago

...and 6 others from Bryan on Scouting Magazine.

Documentary Sheds New Light on Gerald Ford, Our Only Eagle Scout President

When Richard Nixon resigned as president in 1974, the United States was in turmoil. It needed a leader. It needed a man of character to right the ship. It needed an Eagle Scout. A new documentary on the National Geographic Channel highlights Gerald... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 6 days ago

American Legion: We Want to Help Grow Scouting

The American Legion has been committed to Scouting ever since its congressional charter in 1919. In fact, at its first national convention in Minneapolis in November 1919, the Legion passed a resolution in support of the Boy Scouts of America. That... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 6 days ago

...and 1 other from Bryan on Scouting Magazine.

Issue 488 – May 24, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, My thesis for "Doctorate of Commissioner Science" has just been approved; I've received my certificate and the "DCS" patch. But although I've asked, nobody seems to be sure about where it's worn... From Ask Andy 6 days ago

Developing Patrol Identity

Think back to those exceptional, specific moments when you saw a Patrol in your Troop really shine. Maybe it was the way they prepared a meal during that camping trip last Fall: everyone doing their job quickly and enthusiastically. Maybe it was... From Scouting Rediscovered 1 week ago

Developing Patrol Identity

Think back to those exceptional, specific moments when you saw a Patrol in your Troop really shine. Maybe it was the way they prepared a meal during that camping trip last Fall: everyone doing their job quickly and enthusiastically. Maybe it was... From Scouting Rediscovered 1 week ago

Seven Ways to Improve Your Committee Meetings

The unit committee is where the business of the pack or troop takes place. While the Scouts are busy doing the things Scouts do, the adults are taking care of things like finance, logistics, equipment and recordkeeping. And just like any other... From Bobwhite's Blather 1 week ago

Podcast 317 – Troop Leader Guidebook Vol. 2 PART ONE

What is the ninth method of Scouting? Author Mark Ray begins the second volume of the Troop Leader Guidebook with these words; Back when you first attended Scout leader training, you learned that Boy Scouting has eight methods: adult... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 week ago

Take a Minute to Refresh Your Drowning-Prevention Knowledge

Someone can drown in the time it takes you to respond to a text message. And it can happen without a sound . That's meant not to scare you but to remind you that awareness and supervision are critical tools for keeping Scout-age children safe in... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

71 Years Later, Lost Wallet Returned - With Boy Scout Card Still Inside

While renovating the Talent Factory Theater in Nevada, Iowa, Larry Sloan and his wife found an old wallet lodged in the floorboards. Inside the plastic wallet were some generations-old clues to its age and owner's identity: a 1944 pocket calendar,... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

...and 2 others from Bryan on Scouting Magazine.

Issue 487 – May 19, 2016

________________________________________ Some wag once said, "The good guys always finish last." Wrong! If you're a regular reader, you'll remember this letter from a Scout parent in my April 19th column (abbreviated here)… Hi Andy, Out of the... From Ask Andy 1 week ago

All the DEETs on Protecting Yourself and Your Scouts From Mosquitoes

As a Scout attending summer camp one year, I remember taking garlic tablets to repel mosquitoes. Bad news: We still got bitten. Good news: We didn't see a single vampire the whole week. These days, defending yourself and your Scouts from mosquitoes... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

Vice President Joe Biden, a Former Boy Scout, Says Scouting Teaches 'Valuable Life Lessons'

Vice President Joe Biden says Scouting teaches young people "many valuable life lessons." Scouts "acquire numerous important skills, adopt guiding principles, and forge new and lasting friendships." And how does he know all this? "Because I was... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

Read BL's Interview With the Designer of the Last Guardian

Read BL's interview with the designer of The Last Guardian The Last Guardian is one of the most highly-anticipated games of 2016. In it, you'll explore mysterious temples with a young boy and Trico, a giant monster that's both delightful and... From Inside Boys' Life 1 week ago

If Anyone Doubts the Power of Scouting, Show Them This Video

Justice Boston grew up hearing gunshots and seeing the red-and-blue lights of police cars on his street. Scouting offered a way out. Justice, an Eagle Scout, shares his story in a powerful new video from the National Capital Area Council. "I hated... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

Read What 'Game of Thrones' Author George R. R. Martin Wrote to a New Eagle Scout

Sam Charles received several congratulatory letters when he became an Eagle Scout last year - from astronauts, politicians and coaches. But only one came from the man who dreamed up Jon Snow, Arya Stark and Tyrion Lannister. Yes, the letter... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

...and 1 other from Bryan on Scouting Magazine.

Podcast 316 – Scouting Is Discovery

What has a Mesoamerican Step Pyramid got to do with this? Today I want to talk about leadership, but I want to see if I can get you to come along with me and really examine what this means in Scouting.  Leadership in Scouting is based on discovery... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 2 weeks ago

Scouts Then and Now, Chapter 4: 73 Inspiring Sets of Photos

Look at photos of the same Scout or Venturer - once in his or her early Scouting years and once later in life. The visible changes will be obvious. The nonvisible changes, such as more confidence, better character and stronger leadership... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 weeks ago

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