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This Winter, Head to Florida and Improve Your Safety Readiness

Improve your council's safety readiness and spend a few days in the Florida Keys? Now that's a win-win. A pair of separate sessions this winter in Florida will help councils improve how they handle Wilderness First Aid instruction and Enterprise... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

Challenge Yourself With Scouting Magazine's January-February 'Where Am I?' Contest

Brr! Grab a jacket and take a look at the picture above. Read through the clues and take a guess - you could be chosen as the winner of the Where Am I? Contest , earning you a $100 gift card to  or your local Scout shop. Important :... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

The Order of the Arrow: Objections and Elections

In the last article, I gave a general overview of the Order of the Arrow – what it is, how it started and how it's organized. This time, we'll cover overcoming some of the typical objections that troops might have and how youth members are... From Bobwhite's Blather 1 week ago

Sleeping Bag Storage

In this Saturday Quick Tip video.. I show a quick and easy way to store your sleeping bag. Your sleeping bag is an essential piece of gear.  Part of the "Big 3", your sleeping bag is a piece of gear that you count on when you are in the woods... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 week ago

Mountain Hardwear Bandito Gloves

A little gear review of a nice pair of gloves. If you are like me you are looking for gear that works.  My hands typically get real hot when I am hiking, a heavy glove is too much and a real light glove is not enough.  The Mountain Hardwear Bandito... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 week ago

Next in Line: Why Succession Planning Is a Must in Every Scouting Unit

There are two types of vacancies in adult leader positions in Scouting: expected and unexpected. But even the latter type of departure - perhaps a result of injury, illness or a Scouter moving away - can be taken in stride. That is, if you've... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

Cub Scout Lets Hair Grow for Two Years, Donates It All to a Friend in Need

Sometimes a big Good Turn takes a little extra time. Just ask Tyler Boone. The 10-year-old Cub Scout from Pack 1510 of the Northeast Georgia Council let his hair grow out for two years. When it was long enough, he cut it all off to give to a... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

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50 of the Most Incredible Blue and Gold Themes

Most Cub Scout packs have a Blue and Gold banquet in February to celebrate Scouting's birthday.  It's a great evening of fun for all members of Cub Scout families. The Blue and Gold banquet does take some planning.  There are several excellent... From Cub Scout Ideas 1 week ago

Write a Funny Caption for This Photo

Write a Funny Caption For This Photo What's going on in this picture? What are those bears doing and what are they 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 1 week ago

2017 Order of the Arrow National Officers Elected

Forrest Gertin, an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor OA member from Rochester, N.Y., will serve as 2017 National Chief of the Order of the Arrow. His election was announced late last week by the Order of the Arrow, Scouting's national honor society... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 week ago

New Boy Scout Requirements Mandatory as of Jan. 1, 2017

Quick heads up for anyone still using pre-2016 Boy Scout rank requirements. As of Jan. 1, 2017, all Boy Scouts - regardless of rank - must begin using the new Boy Scout requirements I blogged about last year . You got a first look at the Boy Scout... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 weeks ago

Issue 513 â€" January 3, 2017

________________________________________ Hi Andy, Any tips for a dad going on a Philmont trek? I know my son will have no problem this summer; it's me I'm worried about! Unfortunately, so far I've taken "Be Prepared" to the extreme and I've wound... From Ask Andy 2 weeks ago

How to Build a Balance Board

How to Build a Balance Board This easy-to-build training gear will prepare you for rocky trails. WHAT YOU'LL NEED 3?4? x 2? x 2? birch plywood 2? x 4? x 12? board Tape measure Pencil 5-gallon plastic bucket Fine-toothed saw Keyhole saw or coping... From Inside Boys' Life 2 weeks ago

NSC Speaker

I've had the good fortune to learn from a lot of good men while volunteering in the Boy Scouts of America. They range from professional artists to scientists, some with a high school diploma and others with too many letters after their name to... From Scoutmaster Musings 2 weeks ago


From Inside Boys' Life 2 weeks ago

Trangia 27 Series

Happy New Year! I hope that every one is well and is gearing up for the new and exciting year that will be.  I am not a fan of resolutions.. but my 2017 Ticket is written and I am ready to work it for a successful year. To start off the year, I am... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 weeks ago

Impressive Chart of Scouting Knots From 1925

In 1925 the Columbian Rope Company published a brochure with images of impressive displays of Scouting knots to advertise their tape marked pure manilla rope. Two images feature a large knot board made by Troop 4 of Columbus Ohio. I wonder if that... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 2 weeks ago

The Order of the Arrow: What's It All About?

The Order of the Arrow is at once a prominent institution in Scouting and a mysterious one. The OA is nearly as old as Scouting itself, yet it is misunderstood by some and unknown to others. While this is partly by design, there's much about the OA... From Bobwhite's Blather 2 weeks ago

Christmas Story Time

Boy Scouts love a good story told around the campfire. I do not mind telling one, or reading one, if the opportunity presents itself. Of course, the Boy Scouts love the scarier tales as they sit in the darkness with only the reddish light of the... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 2 weeks ago

Year Round Camping Summary for 2016

Here is our year-end camp summary for 2016: 1) Jan – 2nd annual Winter backpacking on snowshoes in Little Cottonwood Canyon 2) Feb – Last minute change to Crystal Hot Springs* 3) Apr – 2nd annual April outing to White Rock near... From My Scout Stuff - A Scoutmaster's Blog 2 weeks ago

The Challenge Slope

I don't generally agree with the common statement regarding Scouting to "let them fail". I think what is meant when "fail" is used is actually "learn". Burning pancakes is not failing - it is learning the point at which they're ready to flip. Taking... From Scoutmaster Musings 2 weeks ago

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