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Watch for These Great Games in 2016

Watch for these great games in 2016 This year is shaping up to be one of the greatest for gaming in a long time. Here are a few of the best games to watch for: THE LEGEND OF ZELDA (Nintendo for Wii U) Delays have pushed this epic game back nearly a... From Inside Boys' Life 19 hours ago

How Can I Keep Ticks Away?

How can I keep ticks away? Q. How can I keep ticks away? I love to go hiking, but every time I go outside, I always get attacked by ticks! What can I do? - Ticked-Off Nicolas, Nevada, Iowa A. I feel your pain. Not only are ticks annoying, their... From Inside Boys' Life 1 day ago

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Issue 473 – February 11, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, There's a young man (let's call him Jack; he's coming up on his 16th birthday) in our troop who has struggled with maturity issues. About nine months ago, my son mentioned that Jack had been... From Ask Andy 1 day ago

Just Because a Lake Is Frozen, It Doesn't Mean There Aren't Fish to Catch. by Aaron...

Just because a lake is frozen, it doesn't mean there aren't fish to catch. By Aaron Derr Photographs by Jim Evans In the winter, some lakes get so cold that the surface freezes over. In the summer, it looks like a great place to go swimming. In the... From Inside Boys' Life 1 day ago

Creating Separation

Once a Scout meets the requirements for First Class the focus changes from basic skills development to discovering all that Scouting has to offer, service, and leadership. The Scout will discover Scouting through the merit badge program, high... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 days ago

With Only Some Basic Knowledge and Inexpensive Gear, You Can Have a Safe, Fun Outdoors...

With only some basic knowledge and inexpensive gear, you can have a safe, fun outdoors experience in even the coldest weather. By Aaron Derr Photographs by Jim Evans If you live in a climate like Miami, Florida, where the average low temperature in... From Inside Boys' Life 3 days ago

Share Your Scouting Story

I'd like to share your Scouting story on the Scoutmaster Podcast, here's why and how; Why Share? Because your story will help other Scouters. We all share the same challenges and difficulties, the same accomplishments and victories. How did you... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 3 days ago

Camping Checklist for Scouts

When preparing for a campout, one of the most common questions from less experienced campers is "What should I bring?" This article from Boy's Life magazine is a good list of must haves for that campout. It covers the outdoor essentials you should... From Scouter Mom 3 days ago

Which Way Did He Go?

I'm still here! I spent most of January on a hiking adventure through Florida. It was great to escape the bitter cold of Minnesota, but did no scout blogging. I hiked almost 500 miles. My son and I started at the southernmost point in Key West and... From Scoutmaster Musings 3 days ago

Scoutmaster Podcast 302 – a Scout IS…

How would you answer that question? Sure, we have the Scout law but would you add anything? Find out how one Eagle Scout just about to "age out" answered that question in this week's podcast. In This Podcast Intro  [1:05 ] Chris M's Scout Law ... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 4 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 4 days ago


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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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

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