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Surprising School Night Numbers

As the annual School Night To Join Scouting approached I told the current Cub Scouts that we should try to double the size of our pack, which is currently at 17 members. I explained that they are our best recruiters and that they should talk to... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 20 hours ago

This Troop Ditched the Trailer and Became an All-Backpacking Troop

The troop trailer Jim Rosensweet inherited when he became Scoutmaster had seen better days. The year was 1987, but this trailer must have been from the 1950s or 60s. Inside the rickety old thing, Rosensweet found heavily used gear that needed... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 day ago

In New Interview, Dr. Robert M. Gates Shares Thoughts on Leadership, Scouting

In a new interview with  Eagles' Call  magazine, Distinguished Eagle Scout and former defense secretary Dr. Robert M. Gates shares his thoughts on leadership and the value of Scouting. Read the full interview in the Fall 2016 issue of  Eagles' Call... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 day ago


Hey everyone, I hope everyone is doing well. This is our travel blog, we are excited for everyone to be here and to make as we are currently making some updates and changes with the blog but it won't be long until you are ready to come back and... From True North Scouting 1 day ago

Two-Tent Raft in Malta

Sean from Mosta Scout Group in Malta shared these photographs with me- of a raft sitting in this stunning location against the cliffs in the Mediterranean. Sean says: "With 100 lashings, 40 staves, 30 barrels and 10 Marine Ply, a massive Double... From Ropes and Poles 1 day ago

Inside the October 2016 Issue

Inside the October 2016 issue Here's what you'll find inside the October 2016 issue of Boys' Life magazine. Remember, many articles are only available to subscribers and are not available online. To subscribe to the print or digital editions of... From Inside Boys' Life 2 days ago

Scouts, Win Big Prizes and Share Your MacGyver-Inspired Projects

Trapped on a roof, MacGyver bent the steel shaft of a TV antenna and held on as he zip-lined down a rope to the ground. When he needed a plane, MacGyver built his own using bamboo poles, a tent, a lawnmower engine and - naturally - duct tape. And... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 days ago

New Smokey Bear PSAs Add Fuel to Fire-Prevention Message

Scouts and Smokey Bear have been allies in the cause of wildfire prevention ever since the mascot's 1944 debut. Scouts have made Smokey conservation posters, sold Smokey Bear litter baskets for fundraisers and posed for photos with Smokey at... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 days ago

Charlie Green 1925-2016

We hadn't gone more than a hundred yards or so when an enemy rose up in front of us and started spraying us with a Schmeizer machine gun or ‘burp gun' as we called them. We hit the ground and I, for one, just tried to get closer to the earth... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 2 days ago

Scout Family Halfway to Goal of Visiting All 413 National Park Service Sites

There are more than 400 National Park Service sites across America, including national parks, national seashores and national battlefields. The Rice family of Atlanta - a proud Scouting bunch - is on a mission to visit every single one. In... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 days ago

Ducttape and Paperclips

Making things from old junk stretches the imagination of a boy and gives him freedom to invent, explore, and learn. I had access to lots of old equipment, building supplies, and junk while growing up on USFS ranger stations. I made some awesome... From Scoutmaster Musings 2 days ago

Printable Cub Scout Cards: Fun Resource

I discovered this awesome printable Cub Scout cards on Etsy!  It is so cute, but in a rugged, Cub Scout way.  When I saw them, I knew they would be perfect to give to our Cub Scouts as we started the new year–especially the new Cub Scouts. On... From Cub Scout Ideas 3 days ago

Summer Months Count Toward Scout Advancement, Whether a Troop Meets or Not

Some troops take a break between summer camp and the resumption of school. That's fine, but what about those Scouts who are serving in a position of responsibility when this summer break occurs? Does their time still count even if their troop isn't... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 days ago

How to Hold One-on-One Scouting Conversations While Following Youth Protection Guidelines

You'll often find Mike Walton at his nearby Wendy's restaurant - but not because the Tennessee Scouting volunteer is a fan of the Baconator. It's because Walton sees Wendy's as a safe, public place to meet with Scouts about their Eagle Scout... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 days ago

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We Sustain the Wings

It's not likely that many, if any, readers of this column were around during World War II, but perhaps your parents or grandparents were. If so, then they most likely remember a show on the NBC Radio Network called I Sustain the Wings. The show's... From Bobwhite's Blather 5 days ago

Are You a Scouter and a Teacher? Your Feedback Is Needed for BSA Pilot Programs

In a way, all Scouters are teachers. All Scouters shape the lives of America's youth and introduce them to new ways of seeing the world. But some Scouters are paid (though not nearly enough) to teach for a living. If that's you, the Boy Scouts of... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

Here Are the Eagle Scouts Playing in the NFL in 2016

Eagle Scouts become CEOs, scientists and soldiers. They also become Broncos, Ravens, Dolphins, Redskins, Chiefs, Texans and Chargers. A search of the NFL's 2016 active rosters - nearly 1,700 players in all - turns up a number of Eagle Scouts. These... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

Ropes and Pole Badges - Selected Design

Thanks to everyone who voted in my earlier poll to help me choose a badge design for the blog. As you can see below, the Hy-par pavilion was by far the most popular design. I have sent the badge off for quotes and will have news soon about where... From Ropes and Poles 1 week ago

Boys' Life Short Story by Henry Winkler Becoming Next Here's Hank Novel

Perfectamundo! A short story by Henry Winkler, originally published in the August 2016 edition of  Boys' Life  magazine, is becoming the basis for the next Here's Hank novel. The  Happy Days  star announced last week on Twitter that he and... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

David Blair, Eagle Scout and World Record-Holder, Prepares for First Paralympics

Everywhere David Blair goes, he sees people staring at his club foot, which he calls his "skinny, atrophied leg." "It's humorous for me because they don't know I can see their eyes, because they are busy looking at my leg," he says. "But, it... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

Jamboree Gateway Signatures

2001 National Jamboree Gateway In 2001, I served as the scoutmaster for Troop 1417 of the Central Minnesota Council for the National Jamboree, which was held at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. I had a great time. I also had great assistant... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 week ago

Help Find the Mystery Eagle Scout Who Saved a Life in California

Joshua Allen and his family were on vacation in the Stanislaus National Forest near Yosemite National Park when Josh fell over a waterfall and needed to be rescued. He later learned he had broken nine ribs and punctured his lung. A mystery man - an... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

Philmont Photo Archive Spans 50 Years: 1966 to 2016

The Philmont Photo Archive now stretches back to 1966, the year U.S. troops in Vietnam numbered 250,000, the American Football League and National Football League agreed to merge and the Beatles performed for the final time in the U.S. If you... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

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