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Giving Up

This post is not going to sit well with some folks, but be that as it may, it is a message that I feel is an important part of the Character, Citizenship, and Overall fitness of the Scouts that we are trying to develop. As with most ideas or... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 days ago

The Germ Song for Germs Alive!

Sandie sent in this question: Where do I find the "Germ Song", the Mucus demonstration and the Sneeze demonstration? Thanks for the question. These are all requirements for the Wolf Germs Alive! adventure. The song and instructions for the... From Scouter Mom 2 days ago

Night Hike

When's the last time you went on a night hike? Nighttime is a great opportunity to learn about wildlife, to conquer fear of the dark, and to understand how our eyes work. Night hikes build important outdoor skills and hone your powers of... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 2 days ago

Advice - Eagle Too Soon?

Any advice from all of you about what you think of the situation in which a First Class scout named Robert finds himself? Please leave a comment that might help him out. hello, I am a first class scout. I wanted help and advice. My parents showed... From Scoutmaster Musings 3 days ago

Youth Leader Training

Like most three-year-olds my granddaughter is a expert learner – she soaks up everything around her like a sponge. There's a new discovery every hour of the day, it's a challenge keeping up. How do three-year-olds learn?  Through a process of... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 3 days ago

Issue 456 – October 6, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, The Silver Beaver nomination process seems to blur across the BSA councils. Councils don't like to reveal their selection process, have crude ranking procedures, ignore potential information on... From Ask Andy 4 days ago

Top 10 Pragmatic Scoutmaster Skills

The successful Scoutmaster is a big brother to the scouts in his charge. His role is important but, when done correctly, appears to be easy and not very crucial to what is going on. These 10 skills will help a Scoutmaster succeed in his role: Fire... From Scoutmaster Musings 4 days ago

9 Great Prepackaged Trail Meals

Gear Guy reviews 9 great prepackaged trail meals. It seems as though you've been on the trail forever. All you can think about is getting to camp so you can cook up something warm and tasty There's nothing like enjoying a Dutch oven meal, but... From Inside Boys' Life 4 days ago

Issues While Rechartering

A reader sent in this question: Does the BSA ever deny a charter during recharter, and for what reasons would they deny a recharter? I am not personally aware of a charter being denied provided the membership fees are paid and the paperwork is in... From Scouter Mom 4 days ago

Write a Funny Caption

Write a funny caption for this photo. We’ll print the best in the January issue! What's going on in this picture? What is that deer doing and what is the snowman thinking? If you can think of a funny caption for this photo, just post it in... From Inside Boys' Life 4 days ago

Podcast 287 – Small Troops

When is a group of Scouts a Troop, and when are they a patrol? We begin answering that question by forgetting everything we think we know and building a logical approach, by serving the interests of the individual Scout rather than the interest of... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 4 days ago

A Proving Ground for Manhood

A lot of pressure is put on boys in our society to develop and exhibit characteristics and behavior that many view as typical masculine traits. Many people would give as examples of such traits toughness, perseverance, determination and confidence... From Bobwhite's Blather 5 days ago

B-P's Blog – Reluctant Scoutmaster

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 5 days ago

Issue 455 – September 29, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, On the question of "Should a group of Scouters band together and purchase a James E. West Fellowship for another Scouter?"-Without a doubt, Yes! I'm on the professional side of the campsite. When... From Ask Andy 1 week ago

How to Build a Mason Jar Bird Feeder

How to build a Mason jar bird feeder This project can help keep backyard birds fed during the winter. WHAT YOU'LL NEED 1? x 8? x 5? pine board cut into the following seven pieces: 7-1/2? x 7-1/2? 6? x 6? 7-1/2? x 10-1/2? 6-3/4? x 10 1/2? 5-1/4? x... From Inside Boys' Life 1 week ago

The 5 Greatest Videogame Baddies of All-Time

The 5 Greatest Videogame Baddies of All-Time Videogame villains are be ruthless, frustrating and - maybe more than anything - memorable. Here's our list of the top five videogame baddies of all time. Don't forget to sound off with your own list in... From Inside Boys' Life 1 week ago

Who Should Wear a Boy Scout Uniform?

Katie sent in this question: Hello, I am the Religious Emblems Coordinator for our troop and have been for the past 3 years. I am also a committee member at large. I've never bought myself a boy scout uniform. In your opinion, should I be wearing... From Scouter Mom 1 week ago

Podcast 286 – Positions of Responsibility

What are the basic principles behind Scouts taking on positions of responsibility in Scouting? Our procedures are based on something more than policy or practice they have to have a basis in principles, in what makes Scouting what it is. If you... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 week ago

Explore STEM With the BSA's Nova Awards

Explore STEM with the BSA's Nova awards Our country needs more professionals working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Find out if one of these fields might be right for you by working on one of the BSA's Nova awards. Each... From Inside Boys' Life 1 week ago

Do You Need a Policy Handbook?

It seems like we live our life by rule books. We have policies and procedures to follow at work. The clubs and organizations we belong to have by-laws, rules and regulations. Every sport has an official rule book, and most sports teams have a policy... From Bobwhite's Blather 1 week ago

B-P's Blog – Adventure

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 1 week ago

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