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Write a Funny Caption for This Video

Write a funny caption for this video! We'll print the funniest ones in the June 2015 issue of Boys' Life.   Boys' Life photography editor W. Garth Dowling shot this funny video while working on a story about Eagle Scout and sled dog racer Matt... From Inside Boys' Life 7 hours ago

Secret Codes

Having a secret code can be fun. There are several simple methods of coding communication so that only those who know the "secret" know what is being said. You can make a game out of these secret codes. Start using the code to communicate. When the... From Scouter Mom 1 day ago

Quest for Fire

There's a scene in the old 1981 movie "Quest for Fire" where the lead character was shown how to make fire by another clan. Until that moment, fire could only be found in nature or stolen from others so it was fiercely guarded and nurtured. Being... From Scoutmaster Musings 2 days ago

Issue 435 – March 3, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, While at the Philmont Training Center for a week-long session on advancement a few years ago-which overall was very good-we spent part of one day talking about getting a new Scout to First Class... From Ask Andy 4 hours ago

Webelos Program Changes

In our continuing series on changes coming this year to the Cub Scout program, this month I'll preview the Webelos changes along with some pointers on how to do some advance preparation for some of the Adventures. As always, be sure to consult the... From Bobwhite's Blather 1 day ago

Gear Tweekin'

Today we took advantage of a nice sunny day to get some gear tweekin' in.  Part of our addiction to camping gear is first recognizing that I have this addiction and second that I need to get out and play with it.  So Greg, Scott, Wade (all... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 day ago

Get to Know the Signs, Signals and Codes Merit Badge

Believe it or not, there were ways to communicate before Facebook and text messages. The brand-new Signs, Signals and Codes merit badge covers most of them. When you earn this badge, you'll study the nonverbal ways we communicate, including... From Inside Boys' Life 4 days ago

...and 3 others from Inside Boys' Life.

Flip the Bird Tag

This is an active game which is a combination of tag and keep away. In it, a players work together to keep their friends from being tagged. "Flip the Bird" is the traditional name for this game, but if you think it will cause too much of a stir,... From Scouter Mom 6 days ago

Campfire Ballads

Do you know the campfire ballads about Sam and Dan? If you are fortunate you've sat in rapt attention around a campfire, chills running up your back, a smile on your face, listening to a skilled orator recite the campfire ballads of Sam McGee... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 6 days ago

Wilderness Survival: Get Out There and Do It

When it comes to surviving in the wild, there's only so much you can learn from books and the classroom. Sometimes, you just have to get out there. That was the idea behind Nebraska Troop 114's wilderness survival weekend, which included a 4-mile... From Inside Boys' Life 6 days ago

The Value of Time

One of the most frequent excuses I hear from Scouters is that they do not have enough time. Time for family, work, sports, scouting, hobbies, church, volunteering, etc. There's just not enough time. Well folks, there is plenty of tim e.. in fact no... From The Scoutmaster Minute 6 days ago

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Nintendo, Wii U) Gameplay: 8.4 Graphics: 9.0 Sound: 8.0 Replay Value: 7.0 Overall Score: 8.2 Pros: Rainbow rope's unique, tough challenges, fun environments. Cons: Game's too short, no online multiplayer, Kirby needs... From Inside Boys' Life 1 week ago

The 2015 FOS Patch

It is that time of year. Units in the Central Minnesota Council are being visited by council representatives for the annual Friends Of Scouting (FOS) campaign. Families are being asked to contribute what they can to the council to assist in... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 week ago

Tent Buying Guide

Home is where your Tent is. The Gear Guy brings you the latest, greatest - and most affordable! - tents for backpacking and car camping. When you're out on the trail, a tent is one of your most valuable pieces of gear. It gives you shelter from the... From Inside Boys' Life 1 week ago

Extreme Races That Push Competitors to Their Limits

These extreme races go to the extreme in testing  human endurance, strength, courage and skill. They challenge competitors in punishing conditions and terrain, pushing racers to their limits - and beyond. The Race Across America A true endurance... From Inside Boys' Life 1 week ago

...and 1 other from Inside Boys' Life.

Building Resilience, 7 Cs and Scouting

An author was being interviewed on the radio in the background as I was working away at my desk. He was discussing building resilience in young people. As I listened I thought "Hey! Who is this guy? This sounds a lot like Scouting!" This got me... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 week ago

Issue 434 – February 24, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, Does a troop have to accept any boy who wants to join? (Name & Council Withheld) "Have to" is an interesting way to phrase your question, so let me ask… What's the situation that's... From Ask Andy 1 week ago

Podcast 256 – Modifying Advancement

What do you think? In this week's podcast I'll answer email questions about young Scoutmasters ,  modifying advancement requirements for Scouts with disabilities , the Alligator River game , Webelos going to Scout events, and a full-year troop... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 week ago

Called Out

From Scouter Adam 1 week ago

Q&A: Requiring Adult Involvement, Can Scouts Go Soaring?

This week, a couple questions from readers: Requiring parents to register Can a troop require that parents of Scouts register as adult members? Our troop insists that one parent of each Scout register as an assistant Scoutmaster or a troop committee... From Bobwhite's Blather 1 week ago

B.P.'s Blog – What Is 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 1 week ago

The Golden Eaglet (1918) a Silent Movie Brought Back to Life

I was attending a Girl Scout event today and brought along my copy of the GSA 100th Anniversary book in case there was some down time while the girls were in class. They were working with Engineering students at North Carolina State University and... From Scouting News 1 week ago

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