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New Star Rank Requirements

This is is fifth in a series of posts abut the new rank requirements that take effect on January 1, 2016. Scout  | Tenderfoot | Second Class | First Class | Star | Life | Eagle (these links will be active as each installment is published ) Exactly... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 17 hours ago

Make a Clock Out of Flatware

What You'll Need: 6 plastic spoons and 6 plastic forks, new or used Clock mechanism (from a hobby store) A circle cut from 1?4? or 1?2? wood of any type, about 7? to 9? in diameter. This will become the clock face. (You can also get a precut wooden... From Inside Boys' Life 1 day ago

BSA Ends the Ban on Gay Leaders

"For far too long, this issue has divided and distracted us. Now it's time to unite behind our shared belief in the extraordinary power of Scouting to be a force for good." Robert Gates, BSA president. In a vote of the executive committee yesterday... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 day ago

Scoutmaster Podcast 277 – Hiker's Gear Guide

This encore presentation features my interview with ultimate hiker Andrew Skurka. Skurka's  Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide is my new go-to resource for backpacking  gear information. The first section of the book asks and answers the questions that... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 2 days ago

We're All About Life Skills

Life skills. Just about every youth activity touts that it teaches "life skills." Baseball teaches life skills. Karate teaches life skills. Dance teaches life skills. Church groups teach life skills. And Scouting teaches life skills – but ours... From Bobwhite's Blather 2 days ago

B-P's Blog – Health

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 3 days ago

Operation Heroes Honors Veterans at the Summit

The Summit Bechtel Reserve can provide a great experience for Scouts. But last weekend, it was all about our veterans. Operation Heroes, hosted by the Summit in partnership with the West Virginia National Guard, the Paralyzed Veterans of America... From Inside Boys' Life 5 days ago

Troop Leader Guidebook Now Available

The first of two volumes of the long-awaited Troop Leader Guidebook is finally available through theBSA Supply Division's ScoutStuff.org website and at many Scout Shops in local councils. The Guidebook, priced at $12.99, replaces the Scoutmaster... From Bobwhite's Blather 6 days ago

New First Class Rank Requirements

This is is fourth in a series of posts abut the new rank requirements that take effect on January 1, 2016. Scout  | Tenderfoot | Second Class | First Class | Star | Life | Eagle (these links will be active as each installment is published ) Exactly... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 6 days ago

Bringing Scouting to the Differently Abled

Bringing Scouting to the differently abled Troop 85 in Asheville, North Carolina, is devoted to developmentally and physically challenged Scouts. They've got guys with Down syndrome, autism and other physical and mental challenges. At the same... From Inside Boys' Life 1 week ago

Critical Eyes

Leaders must have a critical eye.  They must develop a habit of looking for opportunities to improve themselves and their team.  With a critical eye they will start seeing those opportunities. Now, when I say opportunities, I am not suggesting that... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 week ago

New Second Class Rank Requirements

This is third in a series of posts abut the new rank requirements that take effect on January 1, 2016. Scout  | Tenderfoot | Second Class | First Class | Star | Life | Eagle (these links will be active as each installment is published ) Exactly how... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 week ago

Scouts Save Elderly Man During Hike

Scouts save elderly man during hike As a Boy Scout, you never know when you're going to be called upon to be prepared . Troop 301 in Anderson, Indiana, answered the call on a recent hiking trip to South Carolina's  Table Rock State Park . During a... From Inside Boys' Life 1 week ago

2016 High Adventure Early-Bird Discount

Attention Scouters! Register now and take advantage of discounts on 2016 fees at the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Groups that register for the 2016 H igh Adventure season and pay a $100 per person... From Summit Blog 1 week ago

Scoutmaster Podcast 276 – Patrol Method

This encore presentation features an interview with the authors of  Working the Patrol Method,   a Scout leader's guide to youth leadership training. I think this is   the best work on the patrol method since 'Green Bar' Bill Hillcourt's Handbook... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 week ago

Financial Practices for Units: Bank Accounts

In the first article in this series, I offered some recommendations on being prepared financially through creating and following an annual unit budget. In this post, we'll look at some banking best practices for your troop or pack. Let me first say... From Bobwhite's Blather 1 week ago

B-P's Blog – Scouting – Game, Not Science

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

Join Alex at the World Jamboree

The 23rd World Jamboree begins Tuesday, 28 July and concludes Saturday, 8 August 2015 in Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan Alex, a 16 year-old young leader of 1st Southbourne Sea Scouts , and an Explorer at Southbourne... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 week ago

Issue 447 – July 17, 2015

________________________________________ Hi Andy, I have to point out your response about shooting sports targets isn't completely right. Starting on page 52 of the BSA NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS MANUAL, it says the following for Boy Scout and... From Ask Andy 1 week ago

Splatoon Game Tips

Any tips for Splatoon? Games Guru: Here's a few helpful tips. • Splatter everywhere. Only ink sprayed on the ground - not the walls - counts toward your team's point total during a Turf War. So make a mess! • Special weapons. Keep spraying ink to... From Inside Boys' Life 1 week ago

MPSC Leader's Video 2015

This week nine Boy Scouts from Melrose Troop 68 are attending summer camp at Many Point Scout Camp in northern Minnesota. I was there with them from Sunday through Wednesday and I can tell you, they are having a blast, even though the weather could... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 week ago

Newbie Summer Camp Advice

In one of the Scouting circles on Google Plus, a member asked for advice on going to summer camp for the first-time as an adult. "What one thing should I bring, or not bring?  Or what should I absolutely do?" Circle members offered a variety of... From Bobwhite's Blather 1 week ago

New Tenderfoot Rank Requirements

This is is second in a series of posts abut the new rank requirements that take effect on January 1, 2016. Scout  | Tenderfoot | Second Class | First Class | Star | Life | Eagle (these links will be active as each installment is published ) How the... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 2 weeks ago

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