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21 Funny Summer Vacation Jokes

Celebrate the end of school and the beginning of summer with these 21 funny summer vacation jokes sent to us by Boys' Life readers. Brendan: Where do sharks go on summer vacation? Jordan: Where? Brendan: Finland! Submitted by Brendan G., Kirkland,... From Inside Boys' Life 13 hours ago

Build a Wooden Yo-Yo

What You'll Need: 3?4? thick hardwood or plywood board, large enough to cut out two 21?2? disks Safety goggles Drill 21?2? hole saw with 1?4? pilot bit Sandpaper Tongue oil 1?4? x 2? bolt with locking nut Two 1?4? washers 1?4? x 1?4? x 1?2? nylon... From Inside Boys' Life 1 day ago

Summer Camp Resources

It's a  privilege for adults to accompany Scouts to summer camp. Camp is a great place that may well be the most important week in a patrol and troop's year. While at camp I put myself and the other adults of guests and observers. We define our... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 day ago

Issue 444 – May 26, 2015

________________________________________ Hello Andy, I just read your Issue 443 (May 19th). BRAVO! That letter to you about a troop equipment trailer and insurance hit the nail on the head! We have a "troop shed" that requires no insurance of any... From Ask Andy 1 day ago

Memorial Day 2015 – Peace Scouting

On this Memorial Day  we honor the memories and continuing dedication of women and men who have served our country. We must rememebr that when meet, when we camp, when we march in parades and decorate the graves of those who served, the great debt... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 2 days ago

Scouting and Amateur Radio Meet at Dayton

Last week I attended the Dayton Hamvention®, the largest annual gathering of Amateur Radio operators in the world. Amateur, or "ham", radio and Scouting grew up almost in parallel at roughly the same time. Scouting just observed its hundredth... From Bobwhite's Blather 2 days ago

B-P's Blog – Sunday in Camp

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

Meet Imagine Dragons Lead Singer (and Eagle Scout) Dan Reynolds

Meet Imagine Dragons lead singer (and Eagle Scout) Dan Reynolds Hear audio from our interview with Dan: The spotlights go out, the crowds go home and the fog clears. It's after... From Inside Boys' Life 5 days ago

Centuries of Service

This year for the third time in the history of the Order of the Arrow a patch may be worn on the Sash.  This patch represents the Centuries of Service Award available for all Arrowmen to earn this year.  The program started in July of 2014 and will... From The Scoutmaster Minute 6 days ago

Patch Trading

One of the fun traditions of Scouting is patch trading. I have been acquiring patches now since about 1978. I would like to say that I have a ton of patches, but I really don't. You see, I did like most Scouts and Scouters do and did, I got a patch... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 week ago

CM Scrubber for Cast Iron

When you first see the CM Scrubber you'll probably say the same thing I did; "it's too expensive!" But the next time you have a crusty dutch oven to clean you'll agree that it's worth every penny. Put some water in the oven while it's still warm,... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 week ago

Can You See What Scouts See?

If your perspective of developing leadership is limited to what you believe needs to happen rather than observing what is actually happening you'll miss opportunities, Let's imagine we're sitting around a table with the patrol leader's council... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 week ago

Issue 443 – May 19, 2015

________________________________________ My previous column closed on a bullying scenario-something that seems to be in the news more and more these days. When I was a kid growing up, bullies were pretty easy to handle. You got a bunch of your... From Ask Andy 1 week ago

June Pack Meeting Plan – Go for the Gold (Perseverance)

The monthly themes based on core values will be replaced with themes based on the Scout Law starting in September. But for this summer there are still core value themes. The Cub Scout core value for the month of June is Perseverance. BSA has a Cub... From Scouter Mom 1 week ago

Scoutmaster Podcast 268 – Rank Requirements

What do the resources say? Who signs rank requirements? It's up to the unit leader to select and train those who approve advancement, that's the short answer! Listen for the longer answer and answers to email questions about troop meetings, terms... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 week ago

Mistakes for the Right Reasons

To err is human. We're all familiar with the observation that Alexander Pope made in his writings on criticism. So why do we get all bent out of shape when things go wrong? With adults it's one thing – by now, you think, they should know... From Bobwhite's Blather 1 week ago

Epic Fail Dude…

We just got home and got cleaned up from this years District Camporee.  It was a good event, not without it's ups and downs and for one Troop, disappointment. This morning we stood and watched as Troops received ribbons for placing in events and... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 week ago

B-P's Blog – Drawing

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

Issue 442 – May 16, 2015

________________________________________ To my many Scouters, Scouts, parents, professionals, and other loyal readers, sincere thanks for your patience! These past few weeks have been jam-packed with all sorts of responsibilities-family,... From Ask Andy 1 week ago

Good News Award

The Central Minnesota Council has several special awards they present each year at their recognition banquet. I received an email from Mary at the council office asking if I was planning to attend. The way she worded the email made me a little... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 week ago

How Healthy Is Your Troop?

As in the business world, Scouting is something that can and is ranked and rated.  The things that we do in Scouting, in keeping with all great organizations that have a purpose and direction, a vision, measure what they do to stay focused and on... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 weeks ago

Vitamin N

Scoutmasters are proud of their Scouts.  They welcome them as they come into the troop as a 10 or 11 year old, sometimes frightened, Webelos graduate from a Cub Scout Scout Pack and than watch them grow as they develop Scouting skills and become... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 2 weeks ago


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