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Crazy and Unusual Superstitions of Pro Athletes

Crazy and Unusual Superstitions of Pro Athletes A lot of people are superstitious - don't walk under that ladder or break a mirror! - but few groups are as superstitious as athletes. Many athletes use magical thinking to help them perform well or... From Inside Boys' Life 2 hours ago

Tips for Running a Boy Scout Christmas Tree Lot

Oh, Christmas tree. How lovely are your branches. And how lovely, too, is your ability to raise money to fund Scouting adventures. While that last sentence lacks the lyricism of the original carol, its words are no less accurate. Many Boy Scout... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 4 hours ago

Scouting for…

Yesterday was our annual Scouting for Food drive.  Scouts from all over our Council hit the neighborhoods with enthusiasm and the knowledge that for two hours of service they will help feed many people in our community that are in need. Now, we... From The Scoutmaster Minute 22 hours ago

Mid-Year Cub Scout Program Updates

If you follow Scouting Magazine on social media, you might have heard about some updates to the Cub Scout Adventure program that were announced last week. (Look in the comments for links to the updates that you can print and paste into the Scouts'... From Bobwhite's Blather 5 hours ago

Answers to Your Questions About the Cub Scout Modifications

The BSA announced this week that some Cub Scout adventure requirements that previously were mandatory will become optional, in a move intended to give Cub Scouters more control over their den program. On Facebook, on this blog and elsewhere, Cub... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 day ago

Michigan Cub Scout Breaks Regional Record for Popcorn Sales

Mason Schlafer, a 10-year-old Cub Scout in Pack 4055 of the Michigan Crossroads Council, sold a lot of popcorn this year. So much, the council and its popcorn supplier say, that Mason broke a Central Region record. To date, the Cub Scout has... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 days ago

Horse and Cart

You can look at a good Scout Troop like a horse and cart.  The horse has to be strong and steadfast.  The horse has to be trained so as not to buck and run when it's not supposed to.  The horse works as a part of a team and each pulls it's share of... From The Scoutmaster Minute 3 days ago

Write a Funny Caption for This Photo

Write a Funny Caption For This Photo What's going on in this picture? What is that iguana doing and what is it thinking? If you can think of a funny caption for this photo, just post it in the comment form at the bottom of this page. After we... From Inside Boys' Life 3 days ago

Trail Volunteer Law

The National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act just became law! So? Well, it directs the USDA to significantly increase the role of volunteers in trail maintenance projects. That means more opportunities for scouts to step up and provide... From Scoutmaster Musings 4 days ago

The Summit Is Ready to Weather the Storm

Anyone who has visited the Summit Bechtel Reserve knows that the weather can change very quickly. West Virginia, and the Summit's, unique topography creates beautiful vistas - and rapidly evolving forecasts! Since the 2013 National Scout Jamboree,... From Summit Blog 4 days ago

What Is Journey to Excellence, and Why Should You Care?

You think you're making all the right moves for your Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts or Venturers, but do you really know? With the BSA's Journey to Excellence scorecards in hand, you can answer that question with a satisfying yes. Journey to Excellence,... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 4 days ago

Modifications to Cub Scout Program Give Den Leaders More Flexibility

The Boy Scouts of America has announced modifications to Cub Scouting that make the program more flexible for busy parents, den leaders and Cubmasters. The BSA gathered feedback from den leaders who had delivered the new Cub Scouting program for a... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 4 days ago

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Ask You Shall Receive…

Guided Discovery is the process of asking questions to achieve a learning objective.  The Senior Patrol Leader comes to you and says that Tommy Tenderfoot has a leaking tent.  You being a good Scoutmaster immediately takes action and checks out the... From The Scoutmaster Minute 5 days ago

Issue 507 – November 29, 2016

________________________________________ HOW WORDS CAN DIRECT-OR MISDIRECT-THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS The great semanticist, S.I. Hayakawa informs us that, "of all forms of symbolism, language is the most highly developed, most subtle, and most... From Ask Andy 5 days ago

Readers Name Boys' Life the Hottest Kids/Teen Magazine of 2016

The readers of  Boys' Life  magazine have spoken in a big way. BL  joined  The New Yorker , Bon Appétit and Esquire  magazines as reader picks for tops in their respective categories. The recognition for Boys' Life  came in the Hottest Kids/Teen... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 5 days ago

Useful Resources for the Critter Care Adventure

One of the elective adventures for our Bear Cub Scouts is Critter Care.  It's very similar to the Pet Care belt loop and pin that was part of the now retired Sports and Academics program. Since many families have pets, keeping a section on pet care... From Cub Scout Ideas 6 days ago

Rules and Scouting Ideals – Podcast 331

We aren't working to control the conduct of young people. We have a greater challenge; to form their character as defined in the Scout oath and law. Are the Scouting ideals in the Scout oath and law a code of conduct? Is it an ideology? Is it a... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 6 days ago

NCT Hiking Patch

Check out my North Country Trail 100 Miles patch! Any scout can receive this patch and certificate by hiking at least 100 miles on the North Country National Scenic Trail by the end of 2016. So, you've got a month remaining to get out on the trail... From Scoutmaster Musings 6 days ago

Spartan Race Coming to SBR!

We had some exciting news get announced last week!  Spartan Race  will be crowning the 2017 Spartan U.S. Championship Series winners AND first-ever age group champions here at the Summit Bechtel Reserve on August 26 and 27, 2017. NBC Sports will be... From Summit Blog 6 days ago

Inside Pokemon Sun and Moon

Inside Pokemon Sun and Moon Sun and Moon are outstanding games - Pokemon games usually are. But here's what you're in for during the first rollicking hours of Sun and Moon. The Opening's Exciting To the sound of island music mixed with traditional... From Inside Boys' Life 1 week ago

Get a Year of Boys Life for Just $9.95 on Cyber Monday 2016

This is how Boys' Life does Cyber Monday. Today only, Boys' Life magazine is offering a one-year (12-issue) subscription for just $9.95. Subscribe at this link , and use promo code Cyber16 to get the discount. Again, this deal is live for one day... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

Obsolete? Says Who!

A friend sent me the link to an article on the website of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) titled 10 Skills Our Kids Will Never Learn. It's a rundown on skills that those of the Baby Boomer generation have come to take for granted... From Bobwhite's Blather 1 week ago

Camping Night Light

Everyone I know that camps has been at least a bit scared by something going bump in the night. My scare was one night on the Arizona Trail, all alone, when I heard coyotes howling - not from one direction, but all around me. My tiny little... From Scoutmaster Musings 1 week ago

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