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Venturing age and grade guidelines--update

Posted to ScoutSigns on February 27th, 2010

More Centennial changes! Scouting.org has posted the FAQs about the new age and grade guidelines for the Venturing program. This adds a lot of information to the announcement. It was great to see so many tweets yesterday passing the word around... [more]

A New Scout

Posted to Nick's Ramblings UK on February 27th, 2010

Kind of! One of the Scout's parents kindly knitted a little jumper and necker for Rachael when she was born and last night she wore it for the first time when she visited the Beavers and Cubs! She wasn't phased by all the noise, although she did... [more]

First Impressions â€" A Scout Is… Values for a Lifetime

Posted to Scouting News on February 27th, 2010

After posting the press release about the release of "A Scout Is…" , Author Todd Shaw sent me a few signed copies of his Scouting book " A Scout Is… Values for a Lifetime " to review and give away to Scouting News readers. Unfortunately... [more]

BSA Adventure Base 100 in Tupelo, Mississippi

Posted to Scouting News on February 26th, 2010

BSA Adventure Base 100 is in Tupelo, Mississippi. Take a peek inside the exhibit and meet the Tomes brothers. For them, Scouting is for the whole family, proven by the fact that all three reached the rank of Eagle Scout at the same time! Learn how... [more]

Venturing gets younger--new age requirements

Posted to ScoutSigns on February 26th, 2010

Quick news before the weekend: Effective May 1, 2010 , the minimum age/grade requirement will be changed to 14 years of age or 13 years of age and completion of the eighth grade . So a slight change. Or is it? Will this impact your recruitment... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 19

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 26th, 2010

Today I: Distributed new Venturing age and academic eligibility requirements to our crew and council on Facebook. Posted new Venturing age and academic eligibility requirements to council's blog . Shared the council's new Eagle Scouts with the... [more]

Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills

Posted to Chairman's Chat - A Pack Committee Blog on February 26th, 2010

I'm off to the new Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills. It isn't really a new course as far as I know It's just the first time my council has offered it since it became a requirement for Webelos Leaders. This meant that council had to make a new flyer... [more]

BSA alters age and grade eligibility requirements for Venturing

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 26th, 2010

The Boy Scouts of America's National Executive Board today announced a change in the age and grade requirements for the Venturing program. Effective May 1, 2010 , the minimum age/grade requirement will be changed to 14 years of age or 13 years... [more]

Sam Houston Area Council celebrates 100th Anniversary of the BSA

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 26th, 2010

Scouts, Scouters, and supporters of the Sam Houston Area Council gathered Feb. 18 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America and look toward the next 100 years. Held to honor Scouting's century of service, the evening drew many... [more]

Compliance or Initiative

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 26th, 2010

Read this at Seth Godin's blog Compliance is simple to measure, simple to test for and simple to teach. Punish non-compliance, reward obedience and repeat. Initiative is very difficult to teach to 28 students in a quiet classroom. It's... [more]

High Adventure Training

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on February 26th, 2010

Philmont and Northern Tier require Wilderness First Aid certification in each crew. The American Red Cross has offered a course for this certification for a few years, developed by an ARC chapter in North Carolina. This spring, an entirely new,... [more]

Absolutely Gorgeous

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on February 26th, 2010

Here is a little video from our last camp out. Enjoy Have a Great Scouting Day!... [more]

Adventure Base 100, Vol. 8: Tupelo, Mississippi

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 26th, 2010

Another stop for Adventure Base 100  means another great video from the team behind this nationwide tour. This edition takes you to Tupelo, Miss., birthplace of Elvis Presley. It's also the home of the Tomes brothers, who... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 17

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 26th, 2010

Another easy day after 15 days of madness :) - ordered 23 new Scout Handbooks for the new Scouts that do not have them, also ordered 100 Quality Unit patches! - invited 2009 Eagles to the District Dinner last week - talked with new Scout Webmaster... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 18

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 25th, 2010

Today I: Finalized (almost) Cub Scout summer camp roster for the pack. Will have final couple of answers tomorrow. Finalized (almost) Boy Scout summer camp roster for the troop. Will have final couple of answers tomorrow. Wrote about last night's... [more]

Ask the Expert: Is it a violation of BSA policy to have "closed" meetings?

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 25th, 2010

Have you been searching for an answer to a Scouting-related question? Ask the Expert is here to help. Send us your question, and Cracker Barrel will seek out the answer. We received the following question from Janet Riley : Our Patrol Leaders... [more]

Blue and Gold Cubmaster Minute

Posted to ScoutSigns on February 25th, 2010

Our pack celebrated the Blue and Gold last night, keeping the same simple format we always use for B&G. Introduction Flag Ceremony Awards Potluck dinner Last night, we invited the troop and the new venture crew to attend as well, since it was... [more]

Realizing the Full impact of Scouting

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on February 25th, 2010

The other night I was invited to speak at a local Cub Scout Packs Blue and Gold Dinner. It was a fantastic event and based on the amount of little Orange and Blue hats running around.. Scouting is and will be healthy for some time. The Cubmaster... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 16

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 25th, 2010

Recap: - slow Scout day today, printed recharter to update Troopmaster records - worked on New Patrol assignments...getting 35 scouts with 3 Patrols - Promoted but did not attend Troop Swim night (too sick) Some odds and ends but that is the jist... [more]

February 2010 Cubcast (Take Flight/Cub Scout Retention)

Posted to KISMIF - Awesome Cub Scouting on February 25th, 2010

The February 2010 Cubcast from BSA National is now available. Cubcast is a monthly audio program for Cub Scouters from BSA National. (If your computer has speakers, you can probably listen by just clicking the links below.) Part 1 has ideas for den... [more]

What's In A Name?

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 24th, 2010

So I posted the other day about a 'payday' moment. During a SMC for Eagle towards the end the Life Scout looked at me and said he enjoyed talking with me. It was different from talking with the old Scoutmaster, it was more like talking... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 17

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 24th, 2010

Today I: Prepped the awards for the pack's Blue and Gold dinner tonight. My Cub Scouts are loving the new belt loops! Signed up Scouts for summer camp-- one week for Cub Scouts , one week for Boy Scouts . I love summer. [If you are looking for a... [more]

Someone Needs to Re-read His Scout Law

Posted to Nick's Ramblings UK on February 24th, 2010

I was looking at the Scout Association's website this morning and an article on the front page caught my eye. It seems that National Chairman of The Ugandan Scout Association David Bahati, who is a member of the Ugandan Parliament, is the author of... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 15

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 24th, 2010

Tuesday on my mind: - printed out a bunch of things for different Scouts and Scouters - went to the Troop meeting - helped SPL in his first meeting - talked with TC member about next week's New Parent Meeting - worked with Troop Committee Chair... [more]

Scouting magazine online

Posted to ScoutSigns on February 24th, 2010

Scouting magazine is due to your mailbox shortly. I really like the new design, and make use of many of the browser links in it (from the advertisers, too!). You don't have to wait for it to arrive in the mail though, read it online . The format is... [more]

An Hour A Week? #215a

Posted to An Hour A Week? Podcast on February 24th, 2010

#215-Blue Quality unit suggestions, new leader assimilation, better customer service through dissension, BALOO, Adventure Base 100, flag retirement and more are on tonight's show. Links: Adventure Base 100 Video- http://bit.ly/cbFGio University of... [more]

Basketball Kit

Posted to KISMIF - Awesome Cub Scouting on February 24th, 2010

BSA Supply Group will shortly have this basketball shooting craft ($3.99) available for order from scoutstuff.org . The website notes that the craft is a " working model ." Link Filed under: Crafts , CUB SCOUTS... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 16

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 23rd, 2010

Today I: Wrote three posts for Scoutsigns --two published today, one more will in the morning. Sent a long email to @ScoutingAsWeGo regarding Webelos Scout to Boy Scout crossover ceremony. Helped my SPL with questions for pending Court of Honor and... [more]

Patrol System Resources - Thanks Rob!

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 23rd, 2010

My last post on reorganizing patrols has drawn lots of useful comment - In case you don't drill down into the comments I wanted to feature three excellent references that Rob posted: The Patrol System at WOSM "The formation of the boys... [more]

Photos from Habitat for Humanity

Posted to Official ClassB Blog on February 23rd, 2010

Here are more photos from ClassB's service project with East Pasco Habitat for Humanity. Click any image for a larger view!... [more]

Safe & Legal Use of Computers & The Web

Posted to Nick's Ramblings UK on February 23rd, 2010

One of the things my Scout Group has been considering for a while is getting a computer. We've been really lucky recently as I've been able to get a couple donated to us, so there is no cost to the Group. They're not new or anywhere near top of the... [more]

Merit Badge Misteaks...Misstaks...Problems

Posted to ScoutSigns on February 23rd, 2010

A little fun from Scouting magazine--what is wrong with the merit badges on the left? The ones on the right are the current* version. So why were they changed? Answer (scroll to the bottom). *Beekeeping is not a current merit badge, this was the... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 11 to Day 15

Posted to ScoutSigns on February 23rd, 2010

100 Days of Scouting marches on. 600 Scouters can't be wrong--take a look and share your news. Or even better, start your own 100 Days project --just remember to share the link with us in the comments so we can follow your adventure! Imagine the... [more]

Reorganizing Patrols

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 23rd, 2010

I've recently taken over as SM and our troop needs to reorganize it's patrols. We have 38 scouts in 3 patrols. One has 11 or 12 scouts, all young and most of them go camping; the second has about 6 active scouts, 2 camp regularly. Patrol 3... [more]

An Hour A Week? #215

Posted to An Hour A Week? Podcast on February 23rd, 2010

#215-Blue Quality unit suggestions, new leader assimilation, better customer service through dissension, BALOO, Adventure Base 100, flag retirement and more are on tonight's show. Links: Adventure Base 100 Video-... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 14

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 23rd, 2010

It seems like only yesterday.... - today I updated TroopMaster with adult trainings - worked on our new parent meeting for next week - listened to The Scoutmaster Minute Podcast - got together a list for the SPL of all the Committee members contact... [more]

Happy Birthday Baden Powell!

Posted to A Boy Scout's Blog on February 23rd, 2010

Today we celebrate the birth of Lord Robert Baden Powell, founder of the scouting movement. Thanks to Baden Powells efforts the scouting movement still strives today. So thanks BP, for making helping to shape our youth for tomorrow and deliver the... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 15

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 22nd, 2010

Today I: Helped a Scouter get the registration fees worked out for himself and his son. Wrote the first post for my new project to help new Scouts, new Scout parents and new Scouters. [Tentative launch of 23 APR. Be an early bird and sign up new... [more]

Scoutmaster Podcast Number 5

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 22nd, 2010

Featuring; Webelos Den Leader to Scoutmaster, Hiking story, 5th in the series Instructional Methods for Scouts, Scoutmaster Minute; Founder's Day. Scoutmaster Podcast 5 Thanks for all the emails and comments! Most of you know that us... [more]

Changing "A Scoutmaster's Blog"

Posted to A Scoutmaster's Blog on February 22nd, 2010

Changes are a'coming, but they are nothing too serious. Due to Blogger making some changes soon, and not supporting ftp sites once they are made, I am changing this blog from being Blogger based to Wordpress based. Unfortunately, this means the url... [more]

City Proclamation 2010

Posted to A Scoutmaster's Blog on February 22nd, 2010

Last week the Melrose City Council passed a proclamation recognizing the one hundred year anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America and the thirty year anniversary of Boy Scout Troop 68. Five Boy Scouts, and the scoutmaster and assistant... [more]

Education in Love in Place of Fear - Founder's Day

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 22nd, 2010

February 22nd marks the birthday of Lord Robert Baden-Powell the founder of the Scout Movement and is the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) Founder's Day . . Nearly all National Scout Associations throughout the world... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 13

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 22nd, 2010

It was the last day of Troop Leader Training Weekend! - We finished strong, talking of Scout Spirit, Self Leadership and Trust! I have a great feeling about this PLC... - Got home wrote up 100 Days of Scouting: Day 12 after unpacking - made some... [more]

Mens Health Website is Featuring the BSA with a Special List

Posted to Scouting News on February 22nd, 2010

MensHealth.com has a list dedicated to the Boy Scouts in the Guy Wisdom section of its website. The Boy Scouts of America celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Since 1910, more than 83 million American boys have worn the khaki, recited the... [more]

Failure, Success, and never stop learning

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on February 22nd, 2010

This morning my Troop and I stood in a snow filled gully. The crisp mountain air and the smell of pine filled the air as our Chaplains Aide rose his hand in the Scout Sign, the signal for all to prepare for the Scouts own service. I stood patiently... [more]

Waukesha County Museum (in Wisconsin) Hosts BSA 100th Anniversary Exhibit

Posted to Scouting News on February 22nd, 2010

The Waukesha County Museum hosts its largest exhibit ever to celebrate the 100th anniversary of scouting in America for a limited engagement beginning this week. The exhibit has been developed and installed by the museum staff under the leadership... [more]

GMA Weekend on Scouting Anniversary

Posted to KISMIF - Awesome Cub Scouting on February 21st, 2010

If you didn't get to see it, the weekend edition of Good Morning America did a nice piece on the 100th anniversary of Scouting a couple of weeks ago. It's not in the clip on the website, but anchor Kate Snow also mentioned on the air (and in her... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 14

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 21st, 2010

Today I: Worked on my " A Year of Celebration " award. Sent out last minute reminder for awards to present at the Blue and Gold on Wednesday. Ate the last of my Trails End trail mix! It has been a busy weekend here--how about where you are? But... [more]

Thwarted Good Deed

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on February 21st, 2010

Driving to church with the family this morning with an uncharacteristic amount of extra time to get there. A couple blocks ahead, in the right turn lane onto the freeway from the 4-lane road we are on, there's an SUV sitting there with its emergency... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 12

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 21st, 2010

Day 12 was a full day of Scouting! It was Day 2 of Troop Leader Training Weekend. We would be he all day if I recalled each and every Scout thing we did but here are some highlights: - Talked about The 8 Methods of Scouting - Servant Leadership -... [more]

BSA Adventure Base 100 in New Orleans

Posted to Scouting News on February 21st, 2010

BSA Adventure Base 100 was in New Orleans. Take a peek inside the exhibit and meet Eagle Scout William McCorkle. William tells his inspirational story. Proud to be a Scout and mentor to his younger brother, he worked to help rebuild a community... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 13

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 20th, 2010

Today I: Spent the entire day with my wife, and we did discuss a couple of Scouting related things over dinner. [OK, a bit of a stretch, but she is really good-spirited for a Scouting widow.] Hatched a new idea . Hope to get this pulled together to... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 20th, 2010

- went to Scout Shop one last time for the week. Got leadership patches - met PLC @ 5PM and headed to Camp Belzer for TLT Weekend Its only an Hour a Week Bryan Bryan Spellman [email protected] (317) 572-7199 Sent from my Verizon Wireless... [more]

NZ AdventureJam News on Facebook

Posted to U.S. Scouting Service Project on February 20th, 2010

From facebook Subject: Registrations for AdventureJam are now OPEN! Hey - jump on to the http://www.facebook.com/l/ 1d6e5;AdventureJam.scouts.com. au website and download your application form for the New Zealand Jamboree and Tour! Remember to take... [more]

Children Get Creative at the Pinewood Derby

Posted to Scouting News on February 20th, 2010

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Story by Lance Cpl. Courtney White Cub Scouts line up along the caution tape surrounding the race track while preparing to watch their car compete against other cars for the fastest speed. Chatter fills the room as... [more]

The Scoutmaster Minute Show 50 Part 2

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute Podcast on February 20th, 2010

For some unknown reason.. I geuss I am just not that tech savy.. the show, both parts posted as I wished. Unfortunately, when I posted it the way I did iTunes did not want to play nice. So here is a repost to let iTunes catch up of Part 2 of Show... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 12

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 19th, 2010

Today I: Passed along plans to build outdoor planters for Woodworking merit badge--and they are free. Received, and will probably accept, an offer to join a BSA camp inspection team for VA and NC. Emailed the logistics for a Free Throw tournament... [more]

Gear Head Friday â€" Stoves

Posted to A Boy Scout's Blog on February 19th, 2010

So for this week's Gear Head Friday we are going to talk about stoves. Before I tell you what I think let me share with you the results of a poll I conducted using google forms to find out what others use. Scouter Jeff, @scoutjeff ,... [more]

Adventure Base 100, Vol. 7: New Orleans, Louisiana

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 19th, 2010

A great month for the City of New Orleans just got even better. After celebrating the Saints' Super Bowl win, the city got a visit from Adventure Base 100 . The video features an uplifting story about Eagle Scout William McCorkle, who... [more]

Organizing Hope: A(nother) ClassB service project

Posted to Official ClassB Blog on February 19th, 2010

ClassB Volunteers part I I have always wanted to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. The idea of making such a large difference in another person's life has always been appealing. I can remember being a little girl and seeing the commercials... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 10

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 19th, 2010

Yes this is being posted at 4am on Day 11 :) Today (yesterday) I: - went to Scout Shop and purchased a new Handbook, some PoR Patches and Trained Patches - contacted the last Troop Guide Candidate and talked to the SPL about him...chosen :) -... [more]

Around The Scouting Campfire #12

Posted to A Scoutmaster's Blog on February 19th, 2010

Scoutmaster Steve and Buttons, the radical Boy Scout, return in episode twelve of the Around The Scouting Campfire podcast. Listen in as the guys talk about how the Scouting program was discovered by William D. Boyce during a trip to London in the... [more]

Around The Scouting Campfire #12

Posted to A Scoutmaster's Blog on February 19th, 2010

S coutmaster Steve and Buttons, the radical Boy Scout, return in episode twelve of the Around The Scouting Campfire podcast. Listen in as the guys talk about how the Scouting program was discovered by William D. Boyce during a trip to London in the... [more]

Around The Scouting Campfire #12

Posted to Around The Scouting Campfire Podcast on February 19th, 2010

Scoutmaster Steve and Buttons, the radical Boy Scout, return in episode twelve of the Around The Scouting Campfire podcast. Listen in as the guys talk about how the Scouting program was discovered by William D. Boyce during a trip to London in the... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 11

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 18th, 2010

Today I: Helped the Venture Crew get their reimbursement from Krusteaz in the mail. [Continental Mills will reimburse half of the cost of your pancake mix used for fundraisers.] Discussed posting the list of newly-minted Eagle Scouts to the council... [more]

Shopkeeping

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 18th, 2010

I've used a good many analogies in an attempt to express what the simple yet subtle ideas at the heart of Scouting. My hope is that readers find an analogy that makes sense of an otherwise tricky idea. But be warned that while analogies lend... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 6 to Day 10

Posted to ScoutSigns on February 18th, 2010

100 Days of Scouting blog keeps rolling along--10% finished now! More days: Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Don't be bashful--stop over and share your love of Scouting!... [more]

Doing A Good Turn...

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 18th, 2010

One of our ASMs always likes to address the Scouts at this time of year! He says it's time to do a good turn, go our and find the local fire hydrants and dig them out. Take your shovel and lay it down with the handle touching the top, and... [more]

Adopt-a-Spot and Mulch Flyers

Posted to From the Committee Chair on February 18th, 2010

Well, we picked a great weekend . Snowed on us … not as bad as the previous weekend … just flurries this time! Before going out to deliver fliers for our annual Mulch Fundraiser, we did the Adopt-a-Spot (the road in front of our Charter... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 7

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 18th, 2010

It was just one of those days... - sent files to get printed for TLT Book for this weekend. - called SPL to remind him about Fish Fry this Friday and find out what he would be teaching at TLT and any thing he wanted to change or get rid of - took... [more]

Rock Gym Lock-In

Posted to From the Committee Chair on February 18th, 2010

had a great lock-in at the Rock Gym in Midlothian, VA. Joe shot a couple of vids with his iphone, so I'm posting them here for your perusal ... [more]

Merit Badge Corner â€" Snow Sports

Posted to A Boy Scout's Blog on February 18th, 2010

With the olympics in full swing I thought the Snow Sports merit badge was quite appropriate. Skiing and snowboarding our great winter pastimes enjoyed by many scouts and scouters. So here are the requirements: Discuss winter sports safety, and show... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 10

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 17th, 2010

African Adventures Today I: Reached a 100 Days of Scouting , and personal, milestone: 10% of the way through this project! Pretty exciting, and even more so to see the efforts others are putting in, like @bryanspellman and @scoutdude ... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 1 to Day 5

Posted to ScoutSigns on February 17th, 2010

In case you don't read the 100 Days of Scouting blog regularly, here are the links to the first 5 days: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Stop by and take the challenge!... [more]

A Complete Guide To Scouting Skills â€" A Review

Posted to Nick's Ramblings UK on February 17th, 2010

As I mentioned before, the kind people at Random House have sent me a copy of this book to review, so here goes. Although it is produced by The Scout Association and the foreword is by the Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, it's not specifically targeted at... [more]

Merit Badge Days - Good or Bad?

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 17th, 2010

This email came from a listener/reader. I answered it in Podcast number 4 as well as in this post; Hi Clarke- I really enjoy your thoughtful blogs and podcasts, and I'm interested to learn about your views on merit badge days. Your podcast item... [more]

The Scoutmaster Minute Show #50 â€" Building and Maintaining Successful Troops

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute Podcast on February 17th, 2010

In this two part show, Scoutmaster Jerry has a discussion about starting up a new Troop and what it takes to make Troops successful. Join Scoutmaster Jerry as he brings in a special guest, Brand New Scoutmaster Shawn Cleary to talk about the... [more]

A Sad Loss to Scouting

Posted to Nick's Ramblings UK on February 17th, 2010

Back on the 18th December 2007, I wrote about an Explorer Scout who had just spent a year living in a tent to raise money for a children's hospice. Unhappily, it appears this young man passed away a couple of days ago whilst walking in the hills in... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 7

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 17th, 2010

Welcome my friends to the show that never ends: - Continued working on the TLT handbook - talked with SPL about TLT and PLC meeting - edited TLT powerpoint to add some changes I've been thinking of - went to PLC Meeting, ran most of it as it is... [more]

2010 Ranks at Scoutstuff

Posted to KISMIF - Awesome Cub Scouting on February 17th, 2010

You can't order them online (they are rank badges after all), but you can now take a look at the 2010 commemorative Cub Scout rank badges at scoutstuff.org. Link Filed under: 100th Anniversary , AWARDS , CUB SCOUTS... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 9

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 17th, 2010

Today I: Provided details on our new crew for a report to our charter organization, the Knights of Columbus. Many were Scoutmasters 30 or 40 years ago, so are unfamiliar with Venturing. Especially, an all girl-crew. Attended the crew's first... [more]

Have your Scouts and Venturers join the Outdoor Nation

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 16th, 2010

As a child, Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder , saw being outdoors as necessary to his mental and physical health. "The woods were my Ritalin," he writes. "Nature calmed me, focused... [more]

Winners of the 100th Anniv Contest Announced

Posted to Scouting News on February 16th, 2010

On February 8th, Scouting News started the 100th Anniversary contest on Scouting News , and today we announce the winners! We had 44 entries to the contest during the one week period it was open. Thanks to everyone that entered! How we selected the... [more]

Patch Display

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 16th, 2010

I came across PatchDisplay.com on Facebook. It is "owned and operated in historic Chester County , Pennsylvania by individuals involved as both parents and leaders with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for over fifteen years." They construct... [more]

A game...

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on February 16th, 2010

Baden Powell called Scouting a "Game with a Purpose". The idea in that thought is that boys, young men, well heck.. even us older men, like to play games. There is something about the boy that moves him toward playing, competing, having fun. We need... [more]

An Hour A Week? #214

Posted to An Hour A Week? Podcast on February 16th, 2010

#214-I Believe In A Thing Called Love Lots of news stories and feedback on Blue & Golds, "Farve"-ing it, and Adventure Base 100 are on tap for this Valentine's Day show. And thanks to the folks who came early and stayed late to have some extra... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 6

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 16th, 2010

Home again home again jiggidy jig.... - today I put together the Agenda and Worksheet for the PLC Meeting tomorrow. This is the first for the new PLC so I set the agenda as part of the Troop Leader Training Weekend... - organized the requirements... [more]

Scouting: Leave Some Trace!

Posted to Commissioner Keith Comments on February 16th, 2010

How will you be remembered when the Bicentennial of the BSA comes around in 2110? What will the future scouts say about what we did and how we ran the scouting program? Interesting questions? I, for one, hope that the scouts of the future will... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 8

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 15th, 2010

Today I: Helped a Tiger Scout get his "dentist visit" elective signed off! Advertised the Venturing Crew's Fat Tuesday dinner again. Emailed Blue and Gold dinner reminders and contact information. ...and yes, it is snowing again! Hopefully, you... [more]

Moving Down the Paper Trail: Update!

Posted to Official ClassB Blog on February 15th, 2010

Our newly implemented recycle dumpster We here at ClassB have extended our recycling efforts once again. With a little help from GreenFiber, recycling is now easier than ever! There is now a GreenFiber recycle dumpster on ClassB premises. A lot of... [more]

BSA Indy Car at Chicago Auto Show

Posted to Scouting News on February 15th, 2010

If you are going to the Chicago Auto Show make sure you don't miss your opportunity to see the Boy Scouts of America Indy car in the Chicagoland Motor Speedway booth. This car will compete in the 2010 Indy Racing League Series including the... [more]

Scoutmaster Podcast Number 4

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 15th, 2010

Scoutmaster Podcast 4 Featuring; Merit Badge Quality, Bevis & Butthead, 4th in the series Instructional Methods for Scouts, Scoutmaster Minute; A Scout is Trustworthy. Most of you know that us blogging podcasters or podcasting... [more]

Wilderness First Aid Instructor Course Offered at All Three High Adventure Bases

Posted to Scouting News on February 15th, 2010

This spring, the three high-adventure bases, Philmont Scout Ranch, Florida Sea Base, and Northern Tier, in conjunction with the American Red Cross (ARC) and Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) will be offering the opportunity of a lifetime... [more]

Longest Pinewood Derby Track

Posted to U.S. Scouting Service Project on February 15th, 2010

Everybody who has been in Cub Scouts or had a son in Cub Scouting has probably enjoyed the wonder of racing in a Pinewood Derby. The folks in Milwaukee are taking it to new heights literally. There will be a Pinewood Derby event just before the... [more]

Scouting Video of the Week â€" February 14, 2010

Posted to A Boy Scout's Blog on February 15th, 2010

For this week's video I found a great skit that was done by Melrose Troop 68 during there annual Laughs for Lunch show. Enjoy!... [more]

Scout Sunday 2010

Posted to A Boy Scout's Blog on February 15th, 2010

This morning our troop participated in our charter organizations scout Sunday service. We had five socuts and two leaders attend which wasn't bad for it being winter vacation here. Our main role in the service was to act as readers for the call to... [more]

BSA to be Featured Category on Jeopardy - Feb 25

Posted to U.S. Scouting Service Project on February 15th, 2010

From BSA The Boy Scouts of America is proud to announce that we will be a featured category on the February 25 episode of Jeopardy!. This is a tremendous opportunity to extend our brand footprint to a nationally televised audience during our... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 6

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 15th, 2010

They call me the Working Man....that's what I am.... - updated Troopmaster for Leadership positions to reflect the elections last Tuesday - started building our Troop Leader Training book for TLT Weekend - updated Troop website, new Scout... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 7

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 14th, 2010

Today I: Helped our new crew with their first Unit Money-Earning Application, getting signatures and converting to pdf for email. Confirmed second adult for troop's backup camping trip next weekend. Provided advice on snow day policy for Eagle BOR,... [more]

2010 Advancement Aids

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on February 14th, 2010

I'm not really an advocate of pushing fast advancement on new scouts, but it's important to have opportunities for advancement available so those that participate are not held back from moving ahead. Not much worse than a scout not getting to forge... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 5

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 14th, 2010

It's one small step for man: Awoke at 5am to make it to Camp Red Wing for Wood Badge Staff meeting. Spent the day developing my Troop Guide skills and getting my assignments. I'm an Eagle (both an Eagle Scout AND a Wood Badge Eagle) and... [more]

An Interesting Book

Posted to Nick's Ramblings UK on February 13th, 2010

A few days ago I got an email from the publishers of the forthcoming book 'Scouting Skills: A Complete Guide' asking if I'd be interested in having a copy and maybe doing a review. 'Yes please!' was the reply, so it appeared in the post this... [more]

Keep Calm and Carry On

Posted to Nick's Ramblings UK on February 13th, 2010

This is a poster that was produced by the Ministry of Information in 1939 and was to have been used if Britain had been invaded by the Nazis. We weren't, so it wasn't! However a copy was rediscovered in 2000 ( read about it here ) and has since... [more]

New Troop Guide guide

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on February 13th, 2010

I've just finished updating the program guide our troop's Troop Guides use to help new scouts reach First Class. I added Leave No Trace and Water Safety, as well as an emphasis on EDGE. I also updated for the 2010 requirement changes. With a big... [more]

Adventure Base 100, Vol. 6: San Antonio, Texas

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 13th, 2010

Check out the latest video from the Adventure Base 100 folks. You'll meet Eagle Scout Anthony Trevino, who helps the men and women serving our country overseas get a little piece of home. Previous Adventure Base 100 videos: Vol. 5: Austin, Tex... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 6

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 13th, 2010

Today I: Helped our troop try to plan an alternative camping event this month for next weekend, since our council event was snowed out. Emailed our council that our Eagle Scout candidate is at college, making it difficult for him to get back for a... [more]

BSA category to be on Jeopardy

Posted to A Boy Scout's Blog on February 13th, 2010

+ The popular game show Jeopardy will have an all BSA category in play during the show on February 25. Mark your calenders and set the tivo for this. This episode will also spotlight the BSA during the first and second commercial breaks. Don't know... [more]

Milwaukee County Council Celebrates 100 Years of Scouting at Leadership Breakfast

Posted to Scouting News on February 13th, 2010

WITI-TV, MILWAUKEE – 100 years old and ready for another century of service. It's exactly what the Boy Scouts of America and the Milwaukee County Council of the Boy Scouts celebrated Friday. More from the FOX6 News team and Bob Moore. I was... [more]

Sea Base Promotional Video

Posted to Scouting News on February 13th, 2010

Some folks from the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association have lost their bearings and ended up down at Sea Base for a few days. While I'm sure all of us with snow on the ground would love to be in sunny Florida, we have the next best thing –... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 4

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 13th, 2010

And the beat goes on: - prepped for Wood Badge Staff weekend tomorrow - read Aids to Scoutmastership by LPB (34 edition I picked up at local Trade-O-Ree last week) - talked to Council about being part of the new Scout Education Center being built... [more]

BSA Adventure Base 100 in San Antonio, Texas

Posted to Scouting News on February 13th, 2010

BSA Adventure Base 100 is in San Antonio, Texas. Take a peek inside the exhibit and meet Eagle Scout Anthony Trevino. Anthony describes his Eagle Scout project which supports the military men and women being deployed from Lackland Air Force Base,... [more]

Fire-free Eagles

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on February 12th, 2010

While redoing our Troop Guide guide with the 2010 advancement requirements, I noticed the Second Class cooking requirement (3g) no longer says "over an open fire". The Second Class rank does have a requirement (3f) to build a fire, but the fire does... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 5

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 12th, 2010

Today I: Contacted my state delegate about instituting a version of " Scouting for State Parks " in Virginia. Submitted our council's Eagle Scout recommendation form for the Advancement Committee. Published Weekend Patrol Box #29 from Scoutsigns... [more]

Csatari 100th Anniversary print available now available to order online

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 12th, 2010

This excellent painting by BSA artist Joseph Csatari encapsulates the essence of the 100th Anniversary in a single image. Now is your chance to have this memorable keepsake in your home or office. It would also be a fitting addition to the site of... [more]

Weekend Patrol Box #29

Posted to ScoutSigns on February 12th, 2010

I like the new 2010 Centennial rank awards. Adding the date makes them special, and I think we'll look back on them with fondness in the future. Watch for all of them in future editions of the Scoutsigns blog. Snow has been in abundance. We've had... [more]

BSD.....ever

Posted to True North Scouting on February 12th, 2010

I just came home from our Blue and Gold dinner....that in itself rocked the house. The dinner was at our usual place, Legend's in DePere. We had the same dinner, and yes, there were service issues, but nothing was going to get me in a bad mood...ya... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 3

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 12th, 2010

Continuing the Adventure: - Worked on the roster for our October Gettysburg trip - picked up 37 new neckerchiefs for our 37 Webelos crossing over in March - talked to one Scout and offered him a Troop Guide position (the only Leadership Position in... [more]

Day 2

Posted to A Boy Scout's Blog on February 12th, 2010

Today I: Got ready for a troop meeting that I thought was tonight but is actually tomorrow began finding old troop photos to present to the church this sunday Posted via web from 100 Day's of Scouting... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 4

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 11th, 2010

Today I: Pulled together the list of participants from Scout Sunday to order their patches . Posted a new blog entry for our council . Posted a new blog entry for our BSA camp . Found a bunch of Leave No Trace materials aimed at Scouting. How did... [more]

"Jeopardy!" will feature special BSA category on Feb. 25

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 11th, 2010

Get the DVR, TiVo, or VCR ready, because you won't want to miss this. On Feb. 25, the iconic quiz show "Jeopardy!" will feature a special category all about the Boy Scouts of America. The game show of questions and answers will also... [more]

Your 100th Anniversary celebration photos

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 11th, 2010

Last week, we asked you to send us photos of your unit's 100th Anniversary celebration. And we were impressed with what we got. It's clear that the BSA Centennial spirit is alive across the country. That's certainly the case at the... [more]

100 Days of Scouting project

Posted to ScoutSigns on February 11th, 2010

100 is a powerful number. 100 years of Scouting. 100% is everything. 100 degrees is hot weather, no matter where you are. On the 100th Anniversary of Scouting, I started a new blog: 100 Days of Scouting . The purpose is to record the positive... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 2

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 11th, 2010

And so continues the celebration! Today I organized the Leadership position wants and needs for the SPL to pick his Quartermasters, Historians and Librarians. I then went to the Troop Committee meeting to give the Scoutmaster's Report. I had... [more]

MSPP #81: The Legend Of Boots Hanson

Posted to A Scoutmaster's Blog on February 11th, 2010

Boots Hanson was the first caretaker of Many Point Scout Camp. In fact, he and the other council leaders created a new style summer camp in which Boy Scouts would camp together with members of their own troop. His hard work and great love of the... [more]

Girl Scout Cookies

Posted to Chairman's Chat - A Pack Committee Blog on February 10th, 2010

My wife is fully engrossed in that American tradition called Girl Scout Cookies. I haven't seen her most of the week. Now that is partly because I haven't been home much, but neither has she. She is at booth sales and delivering cookies. If your... [more]

The Scout Led Troop...

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 10th, 2010

First off, let us stopping using Boy Led! We are making men here so let us stop labelling them as children. I have made an effort to call them 'guys' instead of boys and Scouts at ceremonies instead of "this kid" or "this boy". /rant Last night we... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 3

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 10th, 2010

Today I: Invited a young man to join our Tiger Scouts. Wrote and emailed an invitation to our various church email lists (Knights of Columbus, Scouts, homeschooling, etc.) to join our new Venture Crew's first fundraiser, a pancake dinner for Fat... [more]

Bull's-eye! BSA wins the Crosman Friend of Youth Shooting Award

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 10th, 2010

When it comes to getting boys interested in shooting sports, the BSA is on target. That was the message from the Crosman Corporation, which last month awarded its annual Friend of Youth Shooting Award to the BSA. The award recognizes "An... [more]

Why Life to Eagle Guides?

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 10th, 2010

Why would anyone need a "Life to Eagle Guide"? We already have a Scout Handbook and an Eagle Project Workbook - any Scout can understand and work their way through the trail to Eagle with these resources alone. Yet every Council and... [more]

Blogging My Trail to Eagle

Posted to A Boy Scout's Blog on February 10th, 2010

. So first off welcome to my virtual trail to eagle. You will be able to read most if not all of my trail to eagle posts here or you can view them at http://trailtoeagle.posterous.com . You can also view them on the page above called trail to... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 1

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 10th, 2010

So it starts, the next Scouting century! Day 1: Assisted the Troop in elections tonight. We elected a new SPL and 7 new Patrol Leaders. Also am working with a Life Scout putting together his Eagle Book. Remember: Volunteer for Scouting! It's... [more]

Colorado Rapids Partner with BSA in Centennial Celebration Event

Posted to Scouting News on February 10th, 2010

The Colorado Rapids and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced an enhanced partnership for 2010 today, highlighted by a special engagement on July 31 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America... [more]

Blue to Green

Posted to True North Scouting on February 10th, 2010

I just wanted to drop a quick note, not saying that I am back, but as it stands, I really don't have any reasons to stay away. Today, I am 2 days away from having a bonafide troop...officially, 6 boys will wear the colors of Troop 1363. The night... [more]

Tech Chip Award

Posted to A Boy Scout's Blog on February 10th, 2010

A couple of weeks ago the Scoutmaster's Musings blog posted about a new training they had started in there troop called the Tech Chip. The point of this training was to teach scouts how to responsibly use there electronics on outings. The program... [more]

100 Days of Scouting...

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 9th, 2010

First go here for the original website and idea: http://100daysofscouting.blogspot.com/2010/02/power-of-100.html That is an incredible undertaking and a great idea. So much so that I am going to follow along and join in the fun. So visit him and... [more]

AB100 meets the wild west in San Antone

Posted to Chairman's Chat - A Pack Committee Blog on February 9th, 2010

Life is what you make make it. That pretty much sums up my Adventure Base 100 experience. I'll talk about that portion later or not at all. AB100 was not a standalone event for the Alamo city. Yet they managed to place the AB100 in an area of the... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 2

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 9th, 2010

Today I: Wrote and mailed an Eagle Scout letter of recommendation. Go MATT! Notified BoyScoutTalk and CubScoutTalk about 100 Days of Scouting project. Updated Twitter feed so that 100 Days of Scouting will show up there as new posts appear. What... [more]

Great Website that I had to share

Posted to Scouting Maniac on February 9th, 2010

The Greater Yosemite Council of the Boy Scouts of America has put together one of the most complete jamboree websites that I have seen in a long time. You all should check it out. The various aspects of the website incorporate Twitter, Youtube, and... [more]

Time Magazine Photo Essay: The Boy Scouts of America Turns 100

Posted to Scouting News on February 9th, 2010

Time Magazine's website contains a photo essay in honor of the Boy Scouts of America's 100th Anniversary. Photos: The Boy Scouts of America Turns 100 A century after its inception, one of the largest youth organizations maintains its relevance... [more]

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 9th, 2010

Scoutmaster Podcast 1 Scoutmaster Podcast 2 Scoutmaster Podcast 3... [more]

Scouting in the News: 100th Anniversary roundup

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 9th, 2010

Whenever a major organization reaches its 100th birthday, it's a headline-making story. But when that organization is the Boy Scouts of America, we have a major news event on our hands. To help you sort through the reams of media coverage about the... [more]

The Court of Honor

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 9th, 2010

So last night to celebrate 100 years of Scouting the PLC planned our Winter Court of Honor. Since it is the 'off' season' one there are few awards to give out. But the SPL felt strongly that we should all be together on the 100th... [more]

Centennial rank advancement badges now available for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 9th, 2010

Have you ever thought to yourself, "Oh, to be young again?" The time-honored phrase must ring true now for you former Scouts with the release of special 2010 rank-advancement insignia. If you were still of Scouting age, you could proudly sew one of... [more]

The First "Swiss Army" Knife?

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 9th, 2010

The world's first 'Swiss Army knife' has been revealed - made 1,800 years before its modern counterpart. An intricately designed Roman implement, which dates back to 200AD, it is made from silver but has an iron blade. It features a... [more]

Adventure Base 100 to Roll into New Orleans

Posted to Scouting News on February 9th, 2010

Take a break from the Mardi Gras festivities and come celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. Created specifically for the 100th Anniversary, Adventure Base 100, a unique, interactive 10,000-square-foot campus, will be in New... [more]

Happy Birthday Boy Scouts! on Fox News

Posted to Scouting News on February 9th, 2010

To help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Scouting, Fox News featured a Scouting family that has a history of lifesaving good deeds! You can also read a transcript of the BSA segment on fox news... [more]

Happy Birthday BSA!

Posted to A Boy Scout's Blog on February 9th, 2010

On this day 100 years ago the Boy Scouts of America was founded. Today the bsa continues to improve the lives of young men throughout the United States. I have been involved in scouting since third grade and to say it had an effect on me would be... [more]

An Hour A Week? #213

Posted to An Hour A Week? Podcast on February 9th, 2010

#213-University of Scouting The audio from the second class I taught at the University of Scouting in January. I cover ceremonies for Packs. Tonight's show sponsored by ClassB.com Join the forum discussion on this post - (1) Posts Share and Enjoy:... [more]

100 Days of Scouting: Day 1

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 9th, 2010

Today I: Joined in the Twitter-fest of congratulations to the BSA for their birthday. Wore my uniform all day, at work and to Walmart. Trust me, I was the only Scouter in uniform at Walmart in the middle of the day! Started the 100 Days of Scouting... [more]

A time to face the Facts.

Posted to Chairman's Chat - A Pack Committee Blog on February 8th, 2010

Well it all started about 6 months ago I had to take a break from blogging and finish some things up. You know little things like Wood Badge, Finding someone to get my back, getting trained for a new position. I'm going to run out of chairman stuff... [more]

The difference between IN and OF

Posted to Chairman's Chat - A Pack Committee Blog on February 8th, 2010

Today is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America. Today I have ran across some that are incorrectly saying it is the Anniversary of the Boy Scout Movement IN America. Troop 1 in Pawhuska Oklahoma has the honor of being the... [more]

Adventure Base 100 New Orleans

Posted to Scouting Maniac on February 8th, 2010

We are now approaching the dates for the seventh stop of the 2010 Adventure Base 100 tour. This stop will be at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Hosting Council for this stop is that of the Southeast Louisiana Council. The exact... [more]

AB100 Austin, Texas Video

Posted to Scouting Maniac on February 8th, 2010

Here is the Austin, Texas Adventure Base 100 video. Hope you all enjoy it. I know that Scouting Magazine posts these videos but I am trying to get these excellent videos out to as many people as possible. So enjoy it. Yours in Scouting Service Mark... [more]

Scoutmaster Podcast Number 3

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 8th, 2010

Subscribe on iTunes Featuring; Centenary Observance, An Approach to Policy, 3rd in the series Instructional Methods for Scouts, Scoutmaster Minute; A Hot Mess Most of you know that us blogging podcasters or podcasting bloggers (your choice)... [more]

Happy Birthday Boy Scouts of America

Posted to The Trainer's Corner Blog on February 8th, 2010

Hello fellow Scouters, We live in a society that is increasingly moving indoors. Kids rarely play outside all day (unless it's some organized "play time"). And families seem be spending less time together in the outdoors, doing activities like... [more]

Happy 100th BSA!

Posted to Scouting News on February 8th, 2010

Today the Boy Scouts of America celebrates its centennial anniversary! The program that has positively affected millions of children and young adults is 100 years old! As everyone is aware the celebration started in 2009 and will continue... [more]

Happy 100th Birthday, BSA!

Posted to Official ClassB Blog on February 8th, 2010

Today the Boy Scouts of America is celebrating 100 years of leadership , service , and adventure . We're so proud to be a part of this movement as an Official Licensee of the Boy Scouts of America. The entire internet is lighting up today in honor... [more]

The Power of 100

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 8th, 2010

Today is the day. The Boy Scouts of America turns 100 years young. Millions of Scouts and Scouters each add a piece to the BSA picture. [A million is 100 X 100 X 100, by the way.] 100 is a powerful number. 100% is everything. $100 still matters... [more]

Happy 100th Birthday, Boy Scouts of America!

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 8th, 2010

One-hundred years ago today, the Boy Scouts of America was founded. It's time to celebrate the profound impact Scouting has had on our country. Here are some ways to get started: Check out Joseph Csatari's painting, shown above, which... [more]

The 2010 Scouting Displays

Posted to A Scoutmaster's Blog on February 8th, 2010

Last week I wrote about the displays I planned to place around town for Scouting Week. Three of the four were set up. I have not got around to the fourth one yet. I thought you may enjoy seeing pictures of the exhibits so here they are:... [more]

The 2010 Scouting Displays

Posted to A Scoutmaster's Blog on February 8th, 2010

Last week I wrote about the displays I planned to place around town for Scouting Week. Three of the four were set up. I have not got around to the fourth one yet. I thought you may enjoy seeing pictures of the exhibits so here they are:... [more]

Centennary of the Boy Scouts of America

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 8th, 2010

Sir Robert Baden Powell had a very simple idea: The aim of the Scout training is to improve the standard of our future citizenhood, especially in Character and Health; to replace Self with Service, to make the lads individually efficient morally... [more]

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on February 8th, 2010

100 Years!!! Today we Celebrate the Adventure!!! It is a great day to be in Scouting, no matter the program, today we celebrate the Anniversary of the greatest youth movement in the United States and we look to the Journey that will lead us on an... [more]

Happy Birthday BSA!

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 8th, 2010

Today, February 8th, 2010 is the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America! In 1910 William D Boyce brought back from England Lord Baden-Powell's Scouting For Boys. Getting together with Ernest Seton and Dan Beard (and other like minded... [more]

What Would You Do? - Using Nontraditional Communications Means

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 8th, 2010

The current question for the What Would You Do? feature in Scouting Magazine: Phone calls, snail mail, and even e-mail seem antiquated to many of our Scouts. We're exploring nontraditional communications forms such as Twitter, Facebook, and... [more]

I'm still here

Posted to A Boy Scout's Blog on February 8th, 2010

I Just wanted to let everyone know that I have not disappaered off the end of the earth nor have I quit blogging. The past week has been very busy for me with our school musical and all the work I had I just couldn't sit down and blog. So I will be... [more]

Happy 100th Birthday Boy Scouts of America and….

Posted to Nick's Ramblings UK on February 8th, 2010

Today, Monday 8th February 2010, marks the 100th birthday of the world's second largest national Scouting organisation, the BSA . So, a big Happy Birthday to the whole organisation and to its many members! I'm sure that there will be a lot to hear... [more]

Iraqi Boy Scouts Interact With American Forces

Posted to Scouting News on February 7th, 2010

U.S. Air Forces Central, Baghdad Media Outreach Team Courtesy Story Date: 02.06.2010 "On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong,... [more]

Members of Congress Call on BSA to End Its Discrimination against Gays and Lesbians

Posted to Scouting News on February 6th, 2010

On February 1, 2010, 26 Members of Congress urged the Boy Scouts of America to end its discriminatory policy of not accepting gays and lesbians in a letter sent to the Chief Scout Executive of the organization. The correspondence, initiated by U.S... [more]

Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program

Posted to U.S. Scouting Service Project on February 6th, 2010

We've had a chance to review the new 2009 edition of the BSA Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide. In addition to a number of new academics subjects and new sports included in the program, most of the other subjects and sports have had... [more]

Scout Sunday

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on February 6th, 2010

Tomorrow is Scout Sunday - the first Sunday before February 8. This is a great opportunity to recognize the 'reverent' point of scouting. Our troop is serving at the church where we've met for the past 12 years. Scouts won't have any role in the... [more]

Buckeye March 2010 Packet (Take Flight)

Posted to KISMIF - Awesome Cub Scouting on February 6th, 2010

The Simon Kenton Council Buckeye District roundtable packet for March 2010 is available. The Buckeye District assembles a great roundtable packet each month which they post to the internet. This one has games, cooking ideas, crafts, songs, skits,... [more]

Winter Time Cub Scouting

Posted to KISMIF - Awesome Cub Scouting on February 6th, 2010

Jeremy Zweiacker is a KISMIF.org guest blogger from Oklahoma. He is a Tiger Cub Den Leader, an Eagle Scout, and a long time Scouter. Winter time is a great time to do Scouting activities with your own children. Today (as I write this on January... [more]

Missouri's Lt. Governor Kinder Recognizes 100th Anniversary of the BSA

Posted to Scouting News on February 6th, 2010

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder today honored the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) by celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Scouting. "Today, I am proud to honor the Boy Scouts of America on this tremendous milestone," Lt. Governor Kinder said. "Missouri has a... [more]

BSA Adventure Base 100 in Austin

Posted to Scouting News on February 5th, 2010

BSA Adventure Base 100 is in Austin, Texas. Take a peek inside the exhibit and meet Scout Sean Gingras. Sean talks about his battle with leukemia and his later efforts to raise money on behaf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the... [more]

Adventure Base 100, Vol. 5: Austin, Texas

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 5th, 2010

After an excellent debut in California and a quick stop in Las Vegas, Adventure Base 100 has landed in the Lone Star State. The video above shows AB 100 in Austin, the capital city of Texas. Watch for Scout Sean Gingras, whose battle with leukemia... [more]

Having a BSA birthday party this weekend? Send us your photos!

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 5th, 2010

Have you heard? Monday is the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. On Feb. 8, 1910, the BSA was founded. That makes Feb. 8, 2010, the perfect time for a party. We're sure that many of you will have 100th Anniversary activities with your... [more]

BSA Drops the Ball on Centennial Program

Posted to Commissioner Keith Comments on February 5th, 2010

The Boy Scouts of America recently announced the new "Heritage Merit Badge program," which was unrolled for the Centennial celebration and National has now placed this program on hold as the announcement was made prematurely. Plans are still being... [more]

Can Scouts Use Power Tools and Ladders?

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 5th, 2010

Sir:  I've been told by my Committee Chairman Boy Scouts are not allowed to use power tools nor climb ladders. Yet, when I look into the Guide to Safe Scouting, I find nothing of the sort. Have I overlooked something?... [more]

Scouts Respond to Cry for Relief in Haiti

Posted to Scouting News on February 5th, 2010

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is rallying its troops for two separate efforts to assist families devastated by recent earthquakes in Haiti. First, the BSA is joining 160 member countries of the Switzerland-based World Organization of the Scout... [more]

Renowned American Psychologist Trains Haitian Boy Scouts to Give Mental Support to Haiti Earthquake Survivors

Posted to Scouting News on February 5th, 2010

Much has been reported about the devastation and anguish in Haiti after the tragic earthquake, but thousands of survivors are suffering emotionally without mental health professionals to help them deal with the trauma. Recognized New York clinical... [more]

Venturing Creation Day on facebook

Posted to U.S. Scouting Service Project on February 5th, 2010

"Celebrate Venturing Creation Day" on Tuesday, February 9 at 1:00am. Event: Celebrate Venturing Creation Day "Go Green - Go Venturing!" What: Rally Start Time: Tuesday, February 9 at 1:00am End Time: Tuesday, February 9 at 11:00pm Where: everywhere... [more]

Ask the Expert: Do I use the new or old rank requirements?

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 4th, 2010

It's time for another edition of Ask the Expert. Send us your questions, and Cracker Barrel will try to find the answers. Rockie Yardley of Oklahoma's Last Frontier Council wondered: What is National's official policy on the new rank... [more]

AB100 San Antonio, Texas

Posted to Scouting Maniac on February 4th, 2010

The next stop for the 2010 tour of Adventure Base 100 will be San Antonio, Texas. It starts today, February 4 and will continue until February 7. It is being hosted in conjunction with the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. The times for the event... [more]

Jamboree Communication

Posted to Scouting Maniac on February 4th, 2010

We are now at 5 months away from the 2010 National Jamboree and I have not seen anything from National except for unofficial, mixed messages from various Scouting email lists about this event. I can't believe how little information staff is getting... [more]

Planning The Displays

Posted to A Scoutmaster's Blog on February 4th, 2010

February 8, 2010, marks the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. This year is also the 30th anniversary of Melrose Boy Scout Troop 68, of which I am the scoutmaster. We usually set up displays around town during Scout week so I have some... [more]

Baloo's Bugle â€" March 2010 (Take Flight) Theme

Posted to KISMIF - Awesome Cub Scouting on February 4th, 2010

The new Baloo's Bugle is out. Baloo's Bugle is a helpful monthly unofficial newsletter with games, activities, ceremonies, puzzles, crafts, and other ideas for den and pack meetings. This one covers the March 2010 " Take Flight " theme. Also... [more]

Trust

Posted to Nick's Ramblings UK on February 4th, 2010

The first part of the UK Scout Law states that 'A Scout is to be Trusted'. This law applies to both young people and Leaders alike, no exception. SM Jerry has posed something similar recently when he talks about honesty and setting a good example... [more]

Mistakes Were Made

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 4th, 2010

Mistakes are always made. Although our aspirations and expectations are high we rarely bring a project to completion without a misstep or difficulty. With the responsibility for planning and presenting Scouting is in the hands of the youth... [more]

Centennial Badges of Rank

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on February 4th, 2010

I do not want to kick the horse to death, every blogger out there has made a comment or had an opinion on the new Centennial Badges of Rank.. so here is my take.. Short and sweet.. I thought at first that the BSA could have some up with something... [more]

FEAR & ACCOMPLISHMENT

Posted to Lone Star Scouter on February 4th, 2010

FEAR & ACCOMPLISHMENT………….. It is okay to be afraid. It is not okay to let the fear hold you back from accomplishing great and wonderful things... [more]

FEAR & ACCOMPLISHMENT

Posted to Lone Star Scouter on February 4th, 2010

FEAR & ACCOMPLISHMENT………….. It is okay to be afraid. It is not okay to let the fear hold you back from accomplishing great and wonderful things... [more]

For Y'all Down in the Bayou...

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on February 3rd, 2010

For those of you in the New Orleans area... I got this today.. thought I'd spread the word. Boy Scouts of America Adventure Base 100 to Visit New Orleans Take a break from the Mardi Gras festivities and come celebrate the 100 th anniversary of the... [more]

Before football, Colts wide receiver snagged accolades in a different uniform

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 3rd, 2010

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie already has one impressive title: Eagle Scout. On Sunday, he's looking to add "Super Bowl champion" to his résum é. The 24-year-old NFL rookie caught seven touchdowns this season for the AFC champion... [more]

The Scoutmaster Minute Show #49 Leadership

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on February 3rd, 2010

In this show we discuss Leadership and how leaders are made within the program of the Boy Scouts of America. Starting in Cub Scouts when the Scout learns the value of obedience, all the way up through adulthood, when the Scout manifests his... [more]

The Scoutmaster Minute Show #49 Leadership

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute Podcast on February 3rd, 2010

In this show we discuss Leadership and how leaders are made within the program of the Boy Scouts of America. Starting in Cub Scouts when the Scout learns the value of obedience, all the way up through adulthood, when the Scout manifests his... [more]

Record Number of Eagle Scouts Lead the Way to the Next Century of Scouting in Hudson Valley

Posted to Scouting News on February 3rd, 2010

As the Boy Scouts of America prepares to kick off its 100th anniversary, the Hudson Valley Council reports that a record number of Boy Scouts earned the Eagle award last year. The final number of Eagles for 2009 came in at 162, said Scout Executive... [more]

Some Leadership Attributes

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on February 3rd, 2010

Some of the principles that leaders need to know to be effective are: Honesty. The Leader must always be honest in everything he does. The problems with dishonesty are numerous, but when it comes to youth, they will eventually get caught up in... [more]

Historic Merit Badge Program on Hold

Posted to Scouting News on February 2nd, 2010

According to the good folks over at U.S. Scouting Service Project News Blog, the historic Merit Badge program is on hold . There had been a few rumors about the program happening, but it looked like everything was in the bag when the Scouting... [more]

Historic Merit Badge Program on HOLD

Posted to U.S. Scouting Service Project on February 2nd, 2010

WE've gottten a note from BSA that the Historic Merit Badge program for the Centennial has been delayed. Although a notice was placed in the Scouting Magazine "Cracker Barrel" blog, it was premature. The requirements we posted were DRAFTS, and have... [more]

A Scout is Thrifty...

Posted to The Scoutmaster on February 2nd, 2010

Most think of money when saying the Scout Law, but one can be thrifty with many things. I had a Scoutmaster Conference with a 2nd Class Scout this weekend and when I asked him which part of the Scout Law he needed some work on he said "Thrifty"... [more]

Old Film

Posted to Nick's Ramblings UK on February 2nd, 2010

I found this site the other day which allows people to create their own videos by using old archive ones. So I had a look and came up with some that showed local Scouts in years gone by. There are, in fact, four videos here that I have stitched... [more]

BSA Wins 2010 Crosman Friend of Youth Shooting Award for Support of Youth Shooting

Posted to Scouting News on February 2nd, 2010

For the first time in its six-year history, the 2010 Crosman Friend of Youth Shooting Award was won by an organization rather than an individual. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), celebrating its centennial this year and long known as the... [more]

Immesurable Qualities

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 2nd, 2010

A cademic testing (love it or hate it) does not measure these qualities; Civic-mindedness      Endurance Peace Compassion Enthusiasm Persistence Courage Humility Reliability Creativity Imagination Resilience... [more]

Baloo's Bugle for "Take Flight" March's Theme, February RTs is ON-LINE

Posted to U.S. Scouting Service Project on February 2nd, 2010

Get ready to soar into the wild, bue yonder (or at least your kites, will !!) when you "Take Flight." Lots of hints for "Take Flight" - games, openings, closings, ceremonies, jokes, and more Jim Jones talks about the flight of the Votager and how... [more]

BSA Recognized as Mutual of America American Humanics NonProfit Partner of the Year

Posted to Scouting News on February 2nd, 2010

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) was recognized as the Mutual of America American Humanics Nonprofit Partner of the Year at the American Humanics Management/ Leadership Institute (AHMI), on Tuesday, January 5, in Phoenix. The BSA has been actively... [more]

VIdeo of the Week

Posted to Scouting Maniac on February 1st, 2010

Here is the video for the 4th stop of the Adventure Base 100 tour. This stop was in Sacramento California. So here is the video, hope you enjoy it... [more]

Top January 2010 Posts

Posted to KISMIF - Awesome Cub Scouting on February 1st, 2010

Here are the top 10 most viewed posts for January 2010 (other than those solely about monthly theme items): 2009 New Belt Loops List New 2009 Cub Scout Belt Loops Coming Video Games Belt Loop Requirements 2009-2010 Program Helps Full Download... [more]

Centennial Rank Badges

Posted to A Boy Scout's Blog on February 1st, 2010

Last week the National Council released the designs for the 2010 centennial rank badges. The badges will have a special design that will say 2010 and the rank name around the top of the badge. These badges should be available in scout shops in the... [more]

Scoutmaster Podcast 2

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 1st, 2010

Scoutmaster Podcast 2 Featuring; 5 Things to Make the Most of Your Opportunity as a Scout Leader, Father Fred, 2nd in the series Instructional Methods for Scouts, Scoutmaster Minute; Cliff Young Most of you know that us blogging... [more]

January 2010 Scouting News Recap

Posted to Scouting News on February 1st, 2010

Here is a snapshot of January 2010 here at Scouting News. First, I'd like to thank our September Sponsor: BoyScoutStore.com Boy Scout Store is an independent website, not affilated with the BSA, Girl Scouts of the USA, or the World Scouting... [more]

An Hour A Week? #212

Posted to An Hour A Week? Podcast on February 1st, 2010

#212-Sick Again University of Scouting, Adventure Base 100, our January Pack Meeting and a couple of other items are on tap for tonight's show. Links: Brand Identity Guide- http://bit.ly/9oAAxA Scouting magazine: BSA 100th Anniversary coin gets a... [more]

Northern Tier

Posted to BSA Value of Scouting Podcast on February 1st, 2010

Not only building strength and confidence, developing leaders through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern... [more]

Baloo's Bugle for March's Theme "Take Flight," is at the Webmaster's

Posted to U.S. Scouting Service Project on February 1st, 2010

The next issue of Baloo's Bugle is at the Webmaster's. If you need a .pdf today, please write me at [email protected] Copyright - U.S. Scouting Service Project | Visit us at http://usscouts.org | News at http://usssp.blogspot.com... [more]

Interactive Robotics Station at 2010 National Jamboree

Posted to Scouting News on February 1st, 2010

The Automation Federation (AF) announced today that Rockwell Automation and Rockwell Collins will participate in the AF Technology Quest exhibit at the 2010 Boy Scout Jamboree, which will be held 26 July through 4 August 2010, at Fort A.P. Hill,... [more]

Scouting Commemorates 100th Birthday, Council Celebrates Locally

Posted to Scouting News on February 1st, 2010

One hundred years in the making, the Boy Scouts of America is commemorating Scouting and the impact it has had on countless lives nationwide. On Feb. 8, the Old North State Council of the Boy Scouts will celebrate history in the making, their... [more]

Sunday Slide

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on February 1st, 2010

End Jan 2010 Time to carve: 2 hours Finishing:1 hour With next week being Scout Sunday, I thought I would make something to wear especially for this occasion. Starting with a scrap of pine I glued the pattern on and fired up the scroll saw to cut... [more]

Take Flight!

Posted to BSA CubCast Podcast on February 1st, 2010

In part 1 of the February Cubcast, we get some super ideas for the March theme of Take Flight! Bob Freemon joined us last June with some great ideas for fall program planning, and he's back to take us up, up, and away with fun and exciting... [more]

Cub Scout Retention

Posted to BSA CubCast Podcast on February 1st, 2010

You may know how to recruit new Cub Scouts, but how to retain them, you ask? Well, we spoke to Lee Shaw, multicultural marketing specialist for the Council Solutions Group at the national office in Irving, Texas. Lee explained what it takes to make... [more]

5 Star College

Posted to Commissioner Keith Comments on January 31st, 2010

Yesterday, I received my Master's Degree in Scouting by completing my second year attending 5 Star University in Delafield, WI. 5 Star University is a one day training session that will give you additional training for scouters, (specifically... [more]

Scouting Video of the Week â€" January 31, 2010

Posted to A Boy Scout's Blog on January 31st, 2010

This week's video is part four in a four part series about the history of the Boy scout's of America made by the BSA. Enjoy!... [more]

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