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What Is a Pack Meeting?

Tammy sent in this question: What is considered a Pack Meeting? Our pack has monthly pack meetings and also other events for the entire pack, such as family camping, pinewood derby, etc. Do events such as these take the place of the pack meeting... From Scouter Mom 12 hours ago

Not Just Canoeing Wild Rivers

Reading Canoeing Wild Rivers  is like attending a master class in wilderness travel. Cliff Jacobson's 30th anniversary edition of the classic Expedition Canoeing ( now  Canoeing Wild Rivers)  is required reading for anyone planning or even thinking... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 day ago

Scouting for Grown-Ups

Scouting volunteers know that the Scouting program is all about youth. We are here specifically to support and provide a Scouting experience for the Scouts. And while we may have some fun along the way, the program isn't in place just so the adults... From Bobwhite's Blather 1 day ago

Visiting a Boy Scout Troop

James sent in this question: My son has earned his Webelos badge and is working on AOL . all he has left to do for his AOL is with your Webelos den attend one boy scout troop meeting . The other boys in his den have barely got there Webelos badge... From Scouter Mom 1 day ago

Emergency Preparedness BSA – Cub Scout Requirements

With the updates to the Cub Scout program, many of the requirements for various awards need to be updated also. These are the new requirements for the Emergency Preparedness BSA award for Cub Scouts. (...) Continue reading the article at... From Scouter Mom 2 days ago


Like most units, our Troop has a new Scout Patrol that has started their Scouting adventure in earnest. They crossed over in February, like most Webelos and went on their first camp out with the Troop that following week.  The Troop went to Camp... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 days ago

Scouts Can Salute "Citizen Perot" And Earn a Patch

Scouts can salute "Citizen Perot" and earn a patch The Caddo Area Council's Scout-O-Rama event coming up in Texarkana, Texas, looks pretty darn cool. For the Scouts, there will be fishing, Dutch oven cooking , push-cart races, zip lines, fireworks... From Inside Boys' Life 3 days ago

Eagle Scout Gifts

Every so often I am asked for ideas about choosing gifts for Eagle Scouts (gifts for new Eagles Scouts are nice, but they aren't expected as a rule).  I believe any Eagle Scout would be pleased to receive any of the gifts listed here. Here's a... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 3 days ago

Suburban Chicago Explorer Honored for Saving Girl's Life

Suburban #Chicago #Explorer Honored for Saving Girl's Life #hero #heroism #merit #scouting A 16-year-old, Explorer from Elgin, Ill. was honored by the Elgin Police Department with a lifesaving award on March 6. High school sophomore Andrew Wilson... From Inside Boys' Life 3 days ago

Scouting Right Away

"A boy on joining wants to begin Scouting right away" – Robert Baden-Powell Scouts didn't sign up to be lined up in chairs listening to somebody talk. There is a time and place for instruction, but what the youth are really longing for is... From Scouter Mom 3 days ago

Scoutmaster Podcast 260 Paperwork!

Scouts and paperwork can be like oil and water! In this week's podcast an update on our 2016 trip to Kandersteg ,  I'll answer email questions about handling permission slips ( get in touch and tell me how you handle paperwork and deadlines), youth... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 4 days ago

Cub Scout Program Updates

I have been receiving a lot of questions like these lately: Will you be updating your website to reflect the new Cub Scouting requirements that will start on June 1, 2015 ? ideas, etc for the new program? Thanks, Laura Hello. Do you know with the... From Scouter Mom 4 days ago

Scouts Who Are Not Advancing

I got an e-mail from a reader: I'm the advancement coordinator for our troop. Recently I was running the "Scouts Not Advancing" report in Troopmaster and noticed that we have a good number of Scouts who haven't advanced in rank in 18 months or more... From Bobwhite's Blather 4 days ago

B.P.'s Blog – the Game of Scouting

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

Michigan Camp's 'Beast Feast' Teaches Scouts Cooking Skills

MIchigan Camp's ‘Beast Feast' Teaches Scouts Cooking Skills For this meal, you're gonna need a bigger plate. Beast Feast, held every Monday night during summer camp at Cole Canoe Base in Michigan, is billed as the largest outdoor cooking... From Inside Boys' Life 1 week ago

Mario Party 10 Game Review

Mario Party 10 Game Review #marioparty10 #nintendo #gamereviews Mario Party 10 (Nintendo, Wii U) Gameplay:  8.2 Graphics:  8.2 Sound:  7.8 Replay Value:  8.5 Overall Score:  8.1 Pros:  Bowser Party rocks, Use your amiibo, 70 mini games. Cons:  Long... From Inside Boys' Life 1 week ago

Raft Barrel Lashings

Kontiki season is picking up here in Southern Africa, with Windhoek, Namibia hosting their event this weekend, and the Western Cape hosting theirs next weekend. The diagram above shows one way of fastening barrels that worked well for my troop ... From Ropes and Poles 1 week ago

Cub Scout Song Book

Amy wrote me and asked me if I would post a Cub Scout song book she made to fill a ticket for her Woodbadge course. My answer was yes! Her song book is below. It contains a lot of classics your pack will enjoy singing also.(...) Continue reading... From Scouter Mom 1 week ago

What Kind of a Leader Are You?

With the renewed emphasis on leadership – something Scouting has always produced as a by-product of our program – we're compelled to examine just what we mean by leadership. It's been said that leadership is all about getting results... From Bobwhite's Blather 1 week ago

Issue 437 – March 18, 2015

________________________________________ Here's a letter I received from Paul Wolf, the USSSP.ORG's resident guru on advancement requirements… Hi Andy – In your column last week (No. 436 – March 10, 2015), one of your readers asked, "Is there a... From Ask Andy 1 week ago

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