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Bobcat Ceremony for Space Derby

Jennifer sent in a Bobcat advancement ceremony to share with all of you: I recently helped put together a bobcat ceremony for our space derby. I couldn't find one I liked, so I incorporated a lot of different ideas I had found plus my own. I think... From Scouter Mom 9 hours ago

Scoutmaster Podcast 295 – Apples and Oranges

Apples and oranges – I love a good idiom! A lot of us get caught making "apples and oranges" comparisons between our Scouts. It may be useful to remember t here are no comparisons in the Scout oath – only personal pronouns; on my honor... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 12 hours ago

Make a Classic Tangram Puzzle

Make a classic tangram puzzle A tangram is a Chinese puzzle made by cutting a square of thin material into seven shapes that can be recombined in many different figures. WHAT YOU'LL NEED 1?4? x 8? x 8? square of smooth plywood. If your plywood is a... From Inside Boys' Life 13 hours ago

The Part-Time Patrol Method

As a unit commissioner and Friends of Scouting presenter, I have the opportunity to visit many troops and packs and get insight into how they operate. We commissioners also talk among ourselves about problems and issues in our units. One of the... From Bobwhite's Blather 16 hours ago

B-P's Blog – a Mountain Dream

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 day ago

Black Friday.. Opting Outside

There was a lot of hub bub over a decision that the outdoor retailer REI made to close it's stores nation wide on "Black Friday" encouraging their customers and employees to get outside on the that day and have an adventure. I LOVE IT. The fact... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 day ago

Is Wood Badge Training for You?

Earlier this month, I served on staff for another Wood Badge course… this time as Senior Patrol Leader. What another great occasion it was to be surrounded by amazing people with a desire to do their best in a program that was designed to change... From My Scout Stuff - A Scoutmaster's Blog 3 days ago

Camp Cooking Wishlist

Cooking over an fire is probably the thing I like most about camping. Over the years I've tried a number of tools and techniques – here's some of my current favorites – You can send a wishlist from this post too! You'll find it after... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 3 days ago

Traditional Scouting 101 – Introduction to the Patrol System

"What in the world is this ‘Patrol System'?" When I first seriously started studying Scouting and its history, I kept running across references to something called the "Patrol Method" or "Patrol System". They weren't just simply referring to... From Scouting Rediscovered 4 days ago

Happy Thanksgiving Day

When we found the spear point and the potsherd under a sheltering wall of rock the dig began. An archaeologist's expert hand uncovered the story. A fire-blackened circle of stones, charcoal, fragments of bones. A dozen centuries ago our unmet... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 4 days ago

Triangle Thingies

Yes… Triangle Thingies.. that's what they are called.  What do they do?  Well, if you are like me and want to have an enjoyable time when you get into camp you find ways to stream line your set up and take down.  No knots, no instructions, no... From The Scoutmaster Minute 5 days ago

Free First Aid Training

Looking for something worthwhile for scouts to do over their Christmas break to fill some of that down time? Through December 31, the Red Cross is offering FREE online first aid and CPR training. It doesn't result in any certification, but it's a... From Scoutmaster Musings 5 days ago

Extraordinary People

On one of his first episodes of the Scoutmaster Podcast, my friend Clarke Green offered an essay in tribute to Extraordinary people. I found it to be one of the most true-to-life descriptions of the kind of person who becomes a Scouter. At this time... From Bobwhite's Blather 5 days ago

Lead to Performance

Show me a team that is not performing at a high level and I will show you a lack of vision. The mark of a high performance team is a team that is heading in the same direction with the same purpose and goals oriented toward seeing a vision become... From The Scoutmaster Minute 6 days ago

Scouting and Outdoors Books Wishlist

Create a wishlist of books you can send to yourself and others at the bottom of this page! Here's a big selection of Scouting and outdoors books have helped me as a Scouter and outdoorsman, they have been a source of inspiration and... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 6 days ago

Issue 462 – November 24, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, I just read your last week's issue (November 19th) regarding adult leader training. I may have missed reading it in your reply, but I thought Youth Protection Training was mandatory for all adult... From Ask Andy 6 days ago

Thanksgiving Lunch at the Summit

Ah yes, it is one of the best times of the year. Time to give thanks for all the amazing things we have in our lives. Time to give thanks to the family and friends we have for all that they do for us. Lastly, time to give thanks for the amazing... From Summit Blog 6 days ago

Square Knot Song and Overhand Knot Song

Marianna from Pack 377 in Fort Meade, MD sent in these two songs which she made up to help teach knots to her Wolves about square knots and overhand knots. She is an early childhood coach by day and a Den Leader by night so her den often learns... From Scouter Mom 1 week ago

Podcast 294 – Cooperative Volunteering

What if you aren't running the show? Not every Scouter is in a key position to effect change, not every scouter shares your exact understanding of the ‘right' way to do things, so how do you volunteer cooperatively? The answer isn't all that... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 week ago

Should You Skew the Numbers?

I heard from a pack committee chair, who asked me: Our unit commissioner was helping me with our charter renewal and suggested that we register one of our den leaders as an assistant Cubmaster instead. He could still function as den leader, but it... From Bobwhite's Blather 1 week ago


If you play a game that has a desired outcome or purpose it is important that you first know what that purpose is and then have some way of knowing if you achieved the results you were looking for. By and large that is the reason we have an Eagle... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 week ago

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