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Scoutmaster Podcast 278 – Eagle Scout History

This encore presentation features an interview with author Mike Malone about his book about what it means to be an Eagle Scout,  Four Percent.  Mike is an award-winning author and experienced Scouter with an impressive resume of leadership.  Four... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 11 hours ago

World Jambo

The 23rd World Scout Jamboree is under way right now in Japan. You can even see live streaming videos on this page (but it's 1:00am right now). The 24th will be held in 2019 at the Summit in West Virginia. Scouts from around the world will be... From Scoutmaster Musings 11 hours ago

Make a Fake Pocket Knife for Safety Demonstrations

When discussing pocket knife safety with Cub Scouts, I found it helpful to have them demonstrate their knowledge with a fake cardboard knife before putting a real knife in their hands. We made the fake pocket knives first. Then we put some lipstick... From Scouter Mom 13 hours ago

NOAC 2015: It Starts With Us

More than fifteen thousand Arrowmen – Scouting's best – converge on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing starting today to take part in the largest Scouting event in the United States other than the National Jamboree... From Bobwhite's Blather 15 hours ago

B-P's Blog – International 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 day ago

Wolf Den Outing Plan – Call of the Wild: Campout

This Wolf den outing covers three of the seven requirements for the Call of the Wild Wolf adventure. The other requirements will be covered in a meeting about outdoor skills and a meeting about safety . Some of you might not have much... From Scouter Mom 2 days ago

Wolf Den Meeting Plan – Call of the Wild: Safety

This Wolf den meeting plan covers two of the seven requirements for the Call of the Wild Wolf adventure. The other requirements will be covered in  another meeting and a den outing. At this meeting, Wolves prepare to go camping by learning about... From Scouter Mom 3 days ago

New Life Rank Requirements

This is is sixth 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 3 days ago

Summer Camp Survey

How was your troop's week at camp this summer? Summer camp can be the most important week in a patrol and troop's year â€“ it's challenging, adventurous, and full of possibility. How well did the camp you attended this summer provide those... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 4 days ago

One Down, Two to Go?

By now, you have heard that the Boy Scouts of America has lifted its ban on employment and volunteer registration of openly gay individuals. The executive board followed the lead of BSA president Dr. Robert Gates, who in May told the national... From Bobwhite's Blather 4 days ago

Issue 448 – July 30, 2015

________________________________________ Hi Andy, I have a new "Andy's Rule" for you, that I learned the hard way: "It's easier to grow a spine than to have someone manually insert it." (Jimmy Day) Amen, Brother! ========== Hi Andy, I joined Scouts... From Ask Andy 4 days ago

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 5 days 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 6 days 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 6 days 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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

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