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Discipline

Posted to True North Scouting on December 30th, 2011

We talk about discipline in the sense that it's a bad thing, that it's a punishment. From Wikipedia In its original sense,  discipline  is referred to systematic instruction given to disciples to train them as students in a craft or trade, or to... [more]

How Service Projects Led to Fishing on the New River

Posted to Summit Blog on December 30th, 2011

After helping the National Park Service restore some of the natural habitat in a high-traffic area on the Gauley River, Venturing Crews 32 and 44 from North Carolina were rewarded for their hard work. In this installment of Adventures in Service:... [more]

One Pot Hoppin' John Recipe

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 30th, 2011

Hoppin' John is traditionally served on New Year's Day to bring luck through the year. You can have in anytime though. This recipe works at camp or you can cook it at home on your stove. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title... [more]

Photo Friday: What's in a Landscape?

Posted to Scouting News on December 30th, 2011

Photo Friday We recognize that our audience has an interest in photography to capture special moments such as Courts of Honors, campouts, winter activities, family vacations, sport events, and other gatherings. "Photo Friday" is intended to help... [more]

Nine Ways to Be a Better Scouter in 2012

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on December 29th, 2011

Here's a New Year's resolution you'll want to keep: Be a better Scouter next year. I should point out that you're already pretty great. Like in business, a big part of being a successful Scouting volunteer is simply showing up. By being there at... [more]

Venturing Sea Scout Bronze Award Requirements

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 29th, 2011

The Venturing Sea Scout Bronze award is aimed at Crews who are focused on sailing. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and more! ]... [more]

ScoutingNews 2011 Wrap-Up

Posted to Scouting News on December 29th, 2011

Thank you for your continued support of ScoutingNews.org! This site is nothing without readers eager for more news on the Scouting movement. 2011 has been a great year, and also a year of changes for ScoutingNews, mainly in the past month. There are... [more]

Advancement Changes

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on December 28th, 2011

The more things change the more they stay the same… I am referring to the new Advancement guide of the BSA.  You can download now at the Scouting.org or here is a direct link GUIDE TO ADVANCEMENT 2011 .  In it you will find much of the same... [more]

It's the Little Things….

Posted to True North Scouting on December 28th, 2011

I am tired all the time… I can't hardly tie my shoes anymore… I get winded going up steps, even more so carrying something… I tire of my clothes not fitting good… These were all the reasons that I started to get in shape... [more]

Are Fireworks an Approved Scouting Activity?

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on December 28th, 2011

Thinking of ringing in the New Year by setting off some fireworks with your Boy Scout troop or Venturing crew? Think again. Unless you and your Scouts are watching a show conducted by a "certified or licensed fireworks control expert," these... [more]

Tree to Tree Is Growing

Posted to Summit Blog on December 28th, 2011

Project COPE (Challenging Personal Outdoor Experience) has been a favorite in Scouting at summer camps, and for troops and crews that want a little excitement when it comes to a day in the woods. However, a new form of COPE is now growing in... [more]

Snow Ski and Board Sports Belt Loop for Cub Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 28th, 2011

We have had a couple of kids in our Pack get the Snow Ski and Board Sports Belt Loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program. We tend to have ice storms here more than good snow storms, so they have to be ready when the snow comes or go to a... [more]

Words of Wisdom Wednesday: A Lesson From Outside the Classroom

Posted to Scouting News on December 28th, 2011

Words of Wisdom Wednesday The Words of Wisdom Wednesday series is composed of anecdotal segments to inspire and supplement a Scout's personal development, building core values and moral character. An anecdote on WWW is similar to a "Scoutmaster's... [more]

Time for Thanks…

Posted to True North Scouting on December 27th, 2011

Over the past couple of weeks, I have a lot to be thankful for. My wife will tell you that I am not someone who she really wants to be around, as I have seemed to be grumpy over the course of the last month or two. I will say that work has been... [more]

Enter Daily to Win Warmth

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on December 27th, 2011

Did Santa forget to put a warm jacket under your tree? Don't worry; we've got you covered. Enter today to win a Columbia Bugaboo Tech Parka-a $300 value! One lucky Scouting magazine reader will win the COLD COMFORT GIVEAWAY featuring this classic... [more]

The Pulk Project Continued

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on December 27th, 2011

I hope everyone had a great Christmas, along with spending some great time with family and friends, I did get some upgrades to my gear.  I will be shooting some reviews on the new stuff in the near future. I did take advantage of some good weather... [more]

Leadership Lessons From the Shackleton Expedition

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 27th, 2011

Earnest Shackleton set out to cross the Antarctic on foot in 1914. When his ship Endurance became trapped and subsequently destroyed Shackleton and his crew spent the next two years rescuing themselves.  Shackleton's leadership has been closely... [more]

Leave No Trace Trainer Description and Self Evaluation

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 27th, 2011

The Leave No Trace Trainer is a youth member of the troop who ensures that Leave No Trace principles are followed on all troop outings and activities. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and... [more]

Podcast Holiday

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 26th, 2011

This week the Scoutmaster Podcast takes a holiday but there's a lot of work going on behind the scenes; Next Monday we'll publish podcast number 99 . January 9th the Podcast reaches the century mark with podcast 100! I've been pleased (and... [more]

Updates From Team Summit: Pioneering

Posted to Summit Blog on December 26th, 2011

Each month, this blog features one of the program elements that will be offered at the 2013 Jamboree. Last month, we talked about the "jamboree trek" to Garden Ground Mountain, as well as some information on Order of the Arrow Indian Village. If... [more]

Why Do Scouts Leave?

Posted to Bobwhite's Blather on December 26th, 2011

Each year, when we recharter, we may find that there are a handful of Scouts who, for various reasons, don't return. Often, these are boys we haven't seen active in some time; usually they are first-year members who crossed over … Continue... [more]

Shoot the Gap Game

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 26th, 2011

This game is suggested as an interpatrol activity for one of the meeting plans in the Public Service troop program feature. This game would also work as a team building game or ice breaker, since the participants must know the names of the other... [more]

Prayer of Saint Francis (Peace Prayer)

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 25th, 2011

Merry Christmas! My favorite sentiment at Christmas is its message of peace, so today I'd like to share a prayer with you which reflects that message. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and... [more]

A Winter Tale

Posted to Ask Andy on December 25th, 2011

So here I am, sitting on a fence again.  I'm only two steps from my Arrow of Light and then I can graduate from my pack and be a Boy Scout.  I've wanted to do that ever since I was a Tiger, when my big brother Max made Eagle in Troop 5.  But he's... [more]

Merry Christmas From Jabbering to You

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on December 24th, 2011

Hello readers I have recruited a little helper to send you a message.   Hope you all have a good one TTFN Kiff ©ChrisMeadows2011 Hello Reader – Are you new... [more]

Holly Jolly Christmas

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on December 24th, 2011

The Rudolph animated classic is one of my favorite shows ever. A small band of outcasts brave the wild world, bond together, and save the day. How cool is that? Rudolph starts out as a teased, klutzy little guy but turns into a strong, confident... [more]

BSA Tiger Den Meeting Plan 10 – Making Change and Banking

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 24th, 2011

This meeting plan covers Tiger Elective 50: Banking and Tiger Elective 13: Making Change. The bulk of this meeting involves a field trip to a bank. If you can't arrange that, the program helps suggest working on some different electives related to... [more]

Merry Christmas

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on December 24th, 2011

Merry Christmas to all of you that share this blog with me.  2011 has been another great year and our Scout world has grown smaller as we have learned from one another and you have shared emails, comments, voicemail,  your thoughts with me. From my... [more]

The Importance of Service

Posted to A Scouter's Journey on December 24th, 2011

The holidays are upon us which as for many makes this a very busy time, and which also means less time to post. December is the one month of the year our troop takes a break from camping. Our Troop does an annual fundraiser selling Christmas trees... [more]

Photo Friday: Capturing Snow-Covered Hills vs. Snow-Covered Scouts

Posted to Scouting News on December 23rd, 2011

Photo Friday We recognize that our audience has an interest in photography to capture special moments such as Courts of Honors, campouts, winter activities, family vacations, sport events, and other gatherings. "Photo Friday" is intended to help... [more]

Merry Christmas

Posted to Commissioner Keith Comments on December 23rd, 2011

Once again...that time is here. The sound of sleigh bells, carols, and Santa. Too many "Happy Holidays or Seasons greetings!" and not enough "Merry Christmas-es!" So to break the norm and to risk being politically incorrect... "Merry Christmas and... [more]

The Other Side of the Coin

Posted to True North Scouting on December 23rd, 2011

From my last post, I was pretty down…my son was originally sad about the decisions that his den mates made, I was upset because he was upset. But with most things in life, time heals all wounds, and I healed pretty quickly. I got the "hang in... [more]

Happy Holidays

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 23rd, 2011

Happy holidays to all of you! Thanks for your loyalty and friendship over the past year as we continue in our quest to become better Scout leaders. Enjoy your holiday with the ones you love. I salute you! There is nothing I can give you which you... [more]

Leave No Trace Thanks You!

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on December 23rd, 2011

The end of the year for Leave No Trace, and most nonprofit organizations, is the time when we are blessed with the donations we need to continue the important work of educating people about responsible recreation. Personally, this is why I love what... [more]

Happy Holidays!

Posted to Ask Andy on December 23rd, 2011

On Christmas Day, look for a special issue and consider it my gift to you.  Thank you, every one, for your interest, inquisitiveness, helpfulness, sharp eyes when I mess up, and most of all your loyalty and inspiring Scout spirit!  Never lose sight... [more]

Feathers

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on December 23rd, 2011

There once was two young Indian braves that were best of friends.  They grew together, hunting, playing, and learning to be men in the tribe.  Over time, both of these men caught the eye of a young women in the tribe, and they both began to try to... [more]

How Can Staff Get to the 2013 Jamboree for Half-Price

Posted to Summit Blog on December 23rd, 2011

Short on cash for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree? Short on time? If you can say "yes" to either (or both) of the above questions, but you want to be on staff for the 1st-ever jamboree at the Summit, there's still a way. We've never done it... [more]

Audience Participation – The Story of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 23rd, 2011

This a story about the cold winter when Paul Bunyan found Babe the Blue Ox. A few words and names are repeated throughout the story. Your audience will be divided into groups and assigned a word or name. Whenever they hear it, they must say... [more]

Taking Christmas to Kenya

Posted to The Scout Association on December 22nd, 2011

Christmas in Africa has become a reality to 50 Scouts and their leaders from south-east... [more]

Listening and Acting Means Real Success

Posted to UK Chief Commissioner Blog on December 22nd, 2011

Listening, rather than simply hearing, is not always easy, reflects Wayne. The real goal is to act on... [more]

Homecoming

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on December 22nd, 2011

The next few weeks are a perfect time to check in with past scouts that are home for the holidays on break from college to enjoy time with family. Our troop has a special meeting early in January where they recap the year and get commitment to the... [more]

Issue 281 – December 22, 2011

Posted to Ask Andy on December 22nd, 2011

Rule No. 46 : Despots can't be cured; only overthrown. Before they hurt yet another Scout, rise in overwhelming force and throw the rascals out. Rule No. 47 (for Scouts): The probability that your Scoutmaster happens to be looking your way is... [more]

Happy Christmas

Posted to Nick's Ramblings UK on December 22nd, 2011

I'd like to wish everyone who visits my site, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I've been a bit busy with other things in my life just recently (her name is Laura and she's 8 weeks old!), but hopefully I'll be posting more again in the new... [more]

2012 IndyCar Schedule Announced

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on December 22nd, 2011

The race is on. This morning, the IZOD IndyCar series announced its 2012 race schedule, a 15-race slate that will take drivers to China, Brazil, Canada, and - of course - all across the United States. In all, 11 races are scheduled in the U.S.,... [more]

Congratulations to Ryan Wilson for Achieving Eagle Rank

Posted to Official ClassB Blog on December 22nd, 2011

Last week Ryan Wilson, 29, achieved Eagle rank . Not only did he achieve this distinguished honor, but he earned almost double the merit badges required – a total of 38. Only 5% of the scouting population reaches Eagle and only a few scouts... [more]

Connecting the Dots

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 22nd, 2011

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This... [more]

Congratulations to Ryan Wilson for Achieving Eagle Rank

Posted to Official ClassB Blog on December 22nd, 2011

Last week Ryan Wilson, 29, achieved Eagle rank . Not only did he achieve this distinguished honor, but he earned almost double the merit badges required – a total of 38. Only 5% of the scouting population reaches Eagle and only a few scouts... [more]

Finishing Up Webelos

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 22nd, 2011

In a little over a month, my youngest son and his den will cross over to Boy Scouts. I've been thinking about how much this group has changed over the years. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content,... [more]

SMMPodcast #99

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on December 21st, 2011

Welcome Back, In this show we talk about a new Charter, My Son's Eagle Award, and Christmas. The music at the end of the show is provided by the Reynolds High School Symphony and Winds Ensemble playing "What Child is this".  It is recorded live... [more]

SMMPodcast #99

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute Podcast on December 21st, 2011

Welcome Back, In this show we talk about a new Charter, My Son's Eagle Award, and Christmas. The music at the end of the show is provided by the Reynolds High School Symphony and Winds Ensemble playimg "What Child is this".  It is recorded live... [more]

What's on a Scouter's Holiday Wish List?

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on December 21st, 2011

Naughty or nice? If you're a Scouter, I'll bet you've been nice (and Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, etc.) all year. After all, the BSA wouldn't exist without the selflessness of adult volunteers like you. Surely Santa plans to reward you. But with... [more]

Happy Trails to You!

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on December 21st, 2011

Professional Development Day 2011 As we bid farewell to the year 2011, we are reflecting on the many successes of the Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program. For the past two seasons, we have had the pleasure of working with two fantastic... [more]

Finding the Good

Posted to Wayne Brock TV on December 21st, 2011

In the last episode of WBtv for the year, I'm discussing the power of looking for what's good and right in the world, and how it can open your eyes to things you otherwise might not see. How have you been blessed in your life? What things have you... [more]

BSA IndyCar Tour

Posted to Boy Scouts of America Youtube Videos on December 21st, 2011

Dale Coyne takes four scouts on a tour of the #19 Dale Coyne Racing IndyCar and... [more]

Look Back at the 2011 World Scout Jamboree

Posted to Summit Blog on December 21st, 2011

The place was London, England. The year is 1920. And more than 8,000 Scouts representing 34 countries gathered. Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, stands before them. "If it be your will, let us go forth from here fully determined that we... [more]

Use Your Ears

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 21st, 2011

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Coin Collecting Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 21st, 2011

If you know a Boy Scout with a coin collection, have him look at the requirements for the Coin Collecting merit badge. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and more! ]... [more]

Words of Wisdom Wednesday – It Couldn't Be Done

Posted to Scouting News on December 21st, 2011

Words of Wisdom Wednesday The Words of Wisdom Wednesday series is composed of anecdotal segments to inspire and supplement a Scout's personal development, building core values and moral character. An anecdote on WWW is similar to a "Scoutmaster's... [more]

Medal of Merit Recipients

Posted to Scouting News on December 20th, 2011

Scouting offers a lot to youth in today's world. The lifelong memories of a rainy campout, the experience of leading peers, and skills for every day life. At the base of it all are first aid and CPR. These skills are invaluable and tie directly to... [more]

Calling All Staff! Be a Part of History at the Summit

Posted to Scout Wire on December 20th, 2011

Do you want to be a part of something historic? Would you like to experience the most action-packed jamboree ever, at the BSA's new adventure hot spot? Or how about help thousands of Scouts and Venturers have the best week of their lives? If you... [more]

These Are the Days I Know

Posted to True North Scouting on December 20th, 2011

Some days, it's not easy to be a Scoutmaster…Today is one of those days. At last night's den meeting, the boys made their decisions…4 of 6 were going to another troop. One of them was no surprise. The boy lacks discipline into... [more]

WBtv #14 - Dec. 21, 2011, "Finding the Good"

Posted to BSA Internal Communications Youtube Videos on December 20th, 2011

In the last episode of WBtv for the year, Wayne discusses the power of looking for what's good and right in the world, as well as the necessity of counting your blessings at this time of... [more]

How to Sleep Warm When Camping

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 20th, 2011

1. Go to bed Warm Jumping jacks, push ups or something similar – just enough to warm yourself up but before you start sweating. If you getin a sleeping bag when you are cold you'll likely stay cold. 2. Fuel up If it's going to be a very cold... [more]

Cotton Swab Snowflake Craft

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 20th, 2011

You don't need a lot of fancy materials to make these and they can be put together pretty quickly, so these could be done at a pack meeting or den meeting. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content,... [more]

Finance Impact 'E-Letter': Dec. 15 Issue Now Available Online

Posted to Scout Wire on December 20th, 2011

Click to open December 15 issue The Dec. 15 issue of the Finance Impact e-Letter is now available on the Finance Impact website. As we approach year-end close, there are several areas on which you should focus in preparation for the new fiscal... [more]

Podcast 98 – Arrow of Light and Scout Badge, Mentoring Planning

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 19th, 2011

IN THIS PODCAST Scouts and planning (yet again!) and Arrow of Light requirements applied to the Scout Badge  LINKS IN THIS PODCAST Scoutmaster Podcast 40 – Interview with the authors of Working the Patrol Method Buy the book Working the... [more]

2012 Council and District Growth Plan Workbook Now Available

Posted to Scout Wire on December 19th, 2011

The Council and District Growth Plan Workbook has been updated for 2012. This resource will be helpful to local council executives as they strategize on having a successful membership campaign. The Council and District Growth Plan Workbook can be... [more]

Guest Perspective: Leave No Trace in Brazil

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on December 19th, 2011

Rodrigo Cavasini is a Leave No Trace Master Educator and a Professor at Physical Education and Sports Science Faculty of Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, in the city of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Outdoor activities... [more]

Late Night Bear Bag Visit?

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on December 19th, 2011

Have you ever been laying in your tent, about to fall asleep, and realized that you either forgot to put that chapstick in your pocket into the bear bag or you just need one more piece of chocolate before dozing off? It seems to happen to me all... [more]

A Good Turn That Spans 1,200 Miles

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on December 19th, 2011

Combine Scouting with comfort food, and what do you get? In Troop 36′s case, you get a Good Turn. Scouts and Scouters from this California unit heard about people in need 1,200 miles away and decided to help. It all started a few months ago... [more]

Premier Look - Mountain Biking at the Summit [Video]

Posted to Summit Blog on December 19th, 2011

Surprise! We have a holiday present (minus the wrapping paper). Mountain biking at the Summit. Bigger, better, faster and more fun! (Photo by Summit Blog Staff) Check out this debut video of the mountain biking experience on Adventure Mountain at... [more]

Calling All Scouters!

Posted to Bobwhite's Blather on December 19th, 2011

As a Scouter, one of the most important things you can do to improve not only your experience in Scouting but also to improve the program for the boys is training. In addition to online and classroom training courses, a … Continue reading... [more]

Attendance Expectations for Boy Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 19th, 2011

You might notice that the troop leadership position descriptions which our troop uses have attendance expectations on them Some people have asked me how we enforce these. Well, we do not. These are not demands or requirements in our troop. Instead... [more]

An Hour a Week? #277

Posted to An Hour A Week? Podcast on December 19th, 2011

Saying no, digital rechartering, Pinewood Derby activities and Tiger TV tour suggestions are in store for this episode. Tonight's show sponsored by The Boy Scout Store Join the forum discussion on this post... [more]

Take Advantage of the BSA's National Week of Giving

Posted to Scout Wire on December 19th, 2011

The BSA's National Week of Giving, a nationally coordinated effort to maximize online giving through the e-Funding website ( aplacetogive.scouting.org ) will occur during the week of Feb. 6–10. Give your council considerable leverage by utilizing... [more]

Silver Beaver Process Change Follow-Up

Posted to Scout Wire on December 18th, 2011

As previously announced, starting Jan. 1, councils will be able to process their own Silver Beaver Award forms. The order numbers and prices are shown below: Item                               Supply No.                Price... [more]

Marbles Pin for Cub Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 18th, 2011

My kids have several sets of marbles and ZM and LC still enjoy playing with them. Marbles is a great "take anywhere" game. Just grab your bag of marbles, draw some circles on the ground, and you are ready for a game. If your Cub Scout has already... [more]

Sign Up Now for the Online Career Interest Survey

Posted to Scout Wire on December 18th, 2011

School districts across the country are shifting to online and digital formats for curriculum, testing, and administering surveys. Learning for Life has partnered with the AIM Institute to create a new survey of our own to help gauge the career... [more]

New Webinar Provides Tools to Support a District's Journey to Excellence Efforts

Posted to Scout Wire on December 17th, 2011

Setting goals and monitoring progress to achieve success in Journey to Excellence are the topics of a new webinar planned for January. The webinar will share methods district executives can use to get needed information and present reports to... [more]

More Ideas for January Pack Meeting – Positive Attitude

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 17th, 2011

The core value for Cub Scouts for the month of January is Positive Attitude. According to the program helps, this means being cheerful and setting our minds to look for and find the best in all situations. [ This is a content summary only. Click on... [more]

Local Council Charter Applications and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Committees

Posted to Scout Wire on December 17th, 2011

Recently, you received a letter from the Council Operations Group regarding the 2012 Local Council Charter application. One of the new items is an inquiry into whether or not your council has an ERM committee (Health and Safety/Risk Management),... [more]

Softshells: An Essential Source of Warmth and Comfort

Posted to Scouting News on December 17th, 2011

Softshell jackets should be essential to your winter cupboard. They offer the best of both worlds combining warmth and flexibility in the midst of chilling winds. Unlike most other types of jackets, a good quality softshell jacket is... [more]

End of the Iraq Campaign

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on December 17th, 2011

The other day I shot out a tweet about the end of the Iraq Campaign.  I said that I had some thoughts on it.  I will share those, but first I thought it was worth mentioning that the war is not over.  The war, is the Global War on Terrorism.  The... [more]

Applications for 2012 General Liability Insurance Premium Credits Being Accepted

Posted to Scout Wire on December 16th, 2011

In 2011, 207 councils (70 percent) received a 10 percent general liability insurance premium credit for meeting the criteria of having an active enterprise risk management (ERM) committee (Health and Safety/Risk Management). As a result, $290,650... [more]

Picture of the Week 12/16/11

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on December 16th, 2011

Hale Reservation in Westwood, MA... [more]

More Great Deals and Gifts for Scouts

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 16th, 2011

If you still have some shopping to here's a rundown of more ideas and great deals on gifts  for Scouts and Scout leaders. (I've been doing some shopping for myself at holiday discounts; some of the best pricing all year on camping gear.) 37% off... [more]

Troop Service Project – Blood Drive Setup

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 16th, 2011

Our troop was asked to help set up for a blood drive at our church. The only hitch - it had to be set up by 7:30 AM! Getting Scouts to arrive that early can be difficult. It's not necessarily the boys who are the hold up either. Many of the parents... [more]

Notification of Your Pending Transaction

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on December 16th, 2011

View my Hike Progress... [more]

'Supply Line': December Issue Is Out!

Posted to Scout Wire on December 16th, 2011

Click to open December issue The December issue of the Supply Line newsletter has been published and is available online. In this issue, you can read more about Blastcar™, a new racing event designed exclusively for Boy Scouts featuring level,... [more]

Photo Friday – Keeping Your Camera Functional During the Winter

Posted to Scouting News on December 16th, 2011

Photo Friday The ScoutingNews Staff is delighted to introduce "Photo Friday" to our readers. We recognize that our audience has an interest in photography to capture special moments such as Courts of Honors, campouts, winter activities, family... [more]

Triplets Earn Eagle Scout

Posted to Scouting News on December 16th, 2011

Its always amazing to carry on the family tradition of earning the Eagle Rank. Its even more amazing to share that tradition with a brother. For triplets Timothy, Alex and Michael from Kansas they take the triple crown by all receiving their Eagle... [more]

Cub Scout Saves Grandfather's Life

Posted to The Scout Association on December 15th, 2011

First aid skills learned in Scouting come to the... [more]

Bigfoot's Shopping Spree

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on December 15th, 2011

Checking out the tubes for fun on the hill! Freeport, ME . While we were at LL Bean last week, we noticed some strange activity throughout the store. Bigfoot loves the warm Bean flannels! Every where we looked, crowds of people we watching as... [more]

Chili Recipes From the Scouting Magazine Team

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on December 15th, 2011

When the weather is frigid, few campfire creations hit the spot quite like chili. Add a side of cornbread-or keep it simple with corn chips-and you've got a meal that will please a large crowd. Take a page from our own recipe books-the recipes... [more]

The Buzz - December 15, 2011, "a Look Back at 2011"

Posted to BSA Internal Communications Youtube Videos on December 15th, 2011

Marianne Elden, team leader for Internal Communications, provides a recap of the BSA's accomplishments and highlights of our key initiatives for... [more]

More Tips on Rechartering

Posted to Bobwhite's Blather on December 15th, 2011

In the last post, we discussed an important step to take before you embark on the annual rechartering process for your unit. It's essential, for many reasons, to ensure that everyone that you think is a member of your unit is … Continue... [more]

More Tips on Rechartering

Posted to Bobwhite's Blather on December 15th, 2011

In the last post, we discussed an important step to take before you embark on the annual rechartering process for your unit. It's essential, for many reasons, to ensure that everyone that you think is a member of your unit is … Continue... [more]

Natural Navigation

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 15th, 2011

Read about the book  Natural Navigation at The Next Challenge blog by Tim Moss. Tim took a course with Tristan Gooley the author of Natural Navigation: On an east-west running path in the northern hemisphere, you'll find more puddles and dips on... [more]

Calling All Staff! Do You Want to Be a Part of History?

Posted to Summit Blog on December 15th, 2011

Do you want to be a part of something historic? And get to experience the most action-packed jamboree EVER, at the Boy Scouts of America's new adventure hot spot? Or how about help thousands of Scouts and Venturers have the best week of their... [more]

Christmas Picture Bingo

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 15th, 2011

Kids always enjoy playing bingo, so if you are having a den or pack Christmas party, use these Christmas picture bingo cards. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and more! ]... [more]

Scout Knife Sale

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on December 15th, 2011

The best all-around, most useful knife I have is my Victorinox Tinker with BSA emblem. I use the small blade on it for all my whittling and to carve fire pistons. I've used all the gizmos on it at some point except the wire stripper. :-) If you... [more]

When Can Scouts Drive Themselves and/or Other Scouts to Various Scouting Functions?

Posted to HalfEagle Answers on December 14th, 2011

The Guide to Safe Scouting contains a "Youth member exception: When traveling to and from an area, regional, or national Boy Scout activity or any Venturing event..." What the Guide to Safe Scouting doesn't clearly address is youth members traveling... [more]

Why It's All About Adults

Posted to UK Chief Commissioner Blog on December 14th, 2011

In response to a question on Escouts, Wayne explains the key elements to successfully recruiting adults and how HQ sees its... [more]

The Cold Won't Kill Ya ...

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on December 14th, 2011

On this hike, it was 5 degrees - see the frost all over my head? :-) I've decided 5 degrees is about as cold as I enjoy being out hiking miles. Colder and the layers of clothes make walking less enjoyable. But, down to 5 and my trail shoes,... [more]

Find the Beagle Scout

Posted to A Scoutmaster's Blog on December 14th, 2011

Last year, I thought we could have a little fun. I hung the four Hallmark Beagle Scout Snoopy ornaments I own on my Christmas tree. I took a picture of it and posted it online. Then I asked you all to see how fast you could find them. It was a fun... [more]

Words of Wisdom Wednesday – the Boy and a Bag of Nails

Posted to Scouting News on December 14th, 2011

Words of Wisdom Wednesday The ScoutingNews Staff is proud to introduce "Words of Wisdom Wednesday" (WWW) to our readers. WWW is composed of anecdotal segments to inspire and supplement a Scout's personal development, building core values and moral... [more]

Issue 280 – December 14, 2011

Posted to Ask Andy on December 14th, 2011

Rule No. 45 : The question, "Will you promise not to get mad when I tell you something?" is a guarantee that you will. Well folks, you've figured out pretty fast that I'm not in Scotland and don't need any money!  Yup, I got hit– My regular... [more]

Is "SCOUTStrong" Stronger Than Regular-Plain-Old "Strong"?

Posted to Summit Blog on December 14th, 2011

Gravity plays a huge part in the activities at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. And Sir Isaac Newton himself once said, "Gravity isn't just a good idea; It's the law." Get out and get moving to receive your SCOUTStrong patch. He also said something... [more]

The Best Backpack for Scouts

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 14th, 2011

Selecting a backpack for Scouts can be confusing; here's one that I think fits the bill. Backpacks fall in to two basic types; ones with an external frame to which the pack bag is attached and ones with the frame built into the bag (internal... [more]

Monkey Fur

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 14th, 2011

The Cabbage Palm The fronds at the trunk of the palm Where the monkey fur collects A bunch of monkey fur ready to start a fire I am sitting and watching a circle of Scouts (boys!) around a fire ring. Their fingers are black and gray from the ashes... [more]

Personal Management Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 14th, 2011

Boy Scouts can improve their financial literacy and time management skills when they earn the Personal Management merit badge. This badge is required for the rank of Eagle. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links,... [more]

A Winter Gift Idea for Your Scout's Summer Outing

Posted to Scouting News on December 14th, 2011

So your Scout is going to summer camp next year, one of the high adventure experiences that BSA has to offer, an international scout program, or just "Being Prepared" for the 2013 National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Obviously you want... [more]

Scouts Represented at COP17

Posted to Scouting News on December 13th, 2011

The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGS) have recently sent representatives to participate in the UN's COP17 Conference on Climate Policies in Durban, South Africa. With 30... [more]

JERMM's Outside

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 13th, 2011

JERMM's Outside blog has some interesting posts for campers and backpackers. Here's a couple of DIY projects: Soda Bottle Capsules The capsules are water and airtight allowing for several types of usage such as  carrying balms and lotions, solo... [more]

End of Year Buzz

Posted to BSA Internal Communications Youtube Videos on December 13th, 2011

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Donut Snowman Craft/Recipe

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 13th, 2011

Today's Winter Wonderland idea for Cub Scouts is both a craft and a snack. Make snowmen out of powdered sugar donuts, some pretzels, and a few other easy to find ingredients. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full... [more]

Troop 125 Meeting on December 12, 2011 Review

Posted to Scouting Maniac on December 13th, 2011

First before I share my thoughts on how the Troop meeting went, I need to introduce you to this unit since I have never posted a post about this unit. Troop 125 meets at and is chartered by Faith Christian Community Church located in Anchorage,... [more]

YAES

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on December 12th, 2011

Yet Another Eagle Scout - yesterday was his ceremony and I gave him this fire piston which I carved. The kit is from... [more]

Make History as a 2013 Jamboree Staff Member

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on December 12th, 2011

Let's face it. You won't be the first on Mars, the first to summit a mountain, or probably even the first in line for the next new iPhone. But serving on the inaugural jamboree staff at the Summit? Yeah, there's still time for that history-making... [more]

Podcast 97 – Interview With the National Advancement Team

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 12th, 2011

IN THIS PODCAST Interview with members of the National Advancement Team about the new Guide to Advancement and Eagle Project Workbook LINKS IN THIS PODCAST B.S.A. Advancement Resources Guide to Advancement 2011  (PDF) Eagle Project Workbook Email... [more]

Paying It Forward in a New Direction - Up

Posted to Summit Blog on December 12th, 2011

Though Scouting isn't all about tying knots, for Shawn Killian, a correctly tied knot can mean the difference between fun and accident. Killian, 24, is the Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (COPE) chairman for the South Texas Council . What... [more]

Bear Grylls Thanks Me!

Posted to Nick's Ramblings UK on December 12th, 2011

Ok, not me specifically, but all the adult volunteers who help with Scouts throughout the year. I have to say that it's a nice touch to get Bear to do videos like this. He doesn't have to do it, but it's nice to know that the work all the adult... [more]

'Twas the Campout Before Christmas

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 12th, 2011

Kim Gilbert of Pack 533 in Andover, Kansas sent me this take on 'Twas the Night Before Christmas so I could share it with you. Thanks Kim! I'm sure many of the Cub Packs out there will enjoy this. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the... [more]

An Hour a Week? #276

Posted to An Hour A Week? Podcast on December 12th, 2011

New marketing campaigns, themes making a comeback, internet Scout Patch, bullies, online training and gracefully leaving Cub Scouts are on tap for tonight's show. Links: Boy Scouts of America – Google+- http://bit.ly/rBP2RO Pack Meeting... [more]

Leadership Training for All Scout Programs

Posted to Scouting News on December 12th, 2011

The National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), previously an all male leadership training course, is now open to all Venturing youth between the ages of 13 and 17. Yes, you read correctly. NYLT is open to male and female youth. The course focuses on... [more]

Successful Partnerships

Posted to UK Chief Commissioner Blog on December 11th, 2011

Wayne's week centred around successful partnerships, whether through the latest edition of Scouting Magazine, Girl Guiding or the National Campsite... [more]

30-50% Off of My Favorite Leatherman Tools

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 11th, 2011

Around the holidays I can get great deals on solid, tested gear; here's some Leatherman tools marked down 30-50% :   Leatherman New Wave I have had a few different multi tools over the years but none of them compare to the Leatherman Wave. I read... [more]

Ice Applause and Snowball Applause

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 11th, 2011

A quick silly applause adds some fun to a Pack meeting. These two applauses go with this month's Winter Wonderland theme. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and more! ]... [more]

Do-It-Yourself Scouting Unit Websites

Posted to Scouting News on December 11th, 2011

Does your unit need a website, but you don't have a web designer Scout-Dad? Center Trail has just launched their new service to take the guess work out of building a website for your Pack, Troop, or Crew. Three separate products are offered: Cool... [more]

Conservation Awareness Takes Hold Across the Country

Posted to Scouting News on December 10th, 2011

What's better than completing a conservation project and earning one of the rarest awards known to Scouting? How does $1000 in grant money to help fund the project sound? The William T. Hornaday Award is presented to Scouts who complete certain... [more]

Hello World

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 10th, 2011

Hello world! Meet Sawyer: my new granddaughter! Born December 9, 2011  Mom, baby and dad all happy and healthy. Grandmother & grandfather pretty happy too!... [more]

BSA Wolf Den Meeting Plan 6: Know Your Home and Community

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 10th, 2011

This plan completes Wolf Achievement 4 - Know Your Home and Community, which was started in the previous meeting plan. It also includes some electives - Let's Have a Party and Sing-Along. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title... [more]

Ten Essential Gifts for Scouts and Leaders

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 9th, 2011

What do Scouts really need? To start with he should never go camping without the Ten Essentials (a list of items experts generally agree are essential to enjoying and surviving in the outdoors) to assure his health and safety. There's hundreds of... [more]

Behold, the Mark of the Z!

Posted to Summit Blog on December 9th, 2011

You might not have known it, but a lot of the stories, photos and videos you see here on this site were thought up, created and edited by Scouts and Venturers just like you. But, now, you'll know for sure. Patrol Z is a team of digital... [more]

Discoveries

Posted to Nick's Ramblings UK on December 9th, 2011

Earlier this year I bought a book about the men who died in World War 1 and who are commemorated on the War Memorial in Wolstanton . I was quite interested to learn that three of the names on the Memorial are those of our Scouts who died in WW1 and... [more]

911 Song

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 9th, 2011

This silly song is a favorite with my boys. Yes, it involves crashing into trees, ambulance rides, blood, and the word cops. But it seems to be the type of song boys enjoy singing. Don't ask me why. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the... [more]

True North Show 41

Posted to True North Scouting on December 9th, 2011

True North, Show 41 is out…only 59 more to 100! CLICK HERE... [more]

BSA Updates Knots

Posted to Scouting News on December 9th, 2011

IRVING, TEXAS – When you stop by your Scout Shop in the near future, you may notice that an adult recognition knot that you have worn is missing from the shelves. Scouting has evolved over the years, and it becomes necessary for BSA to update its... [more]

Pinewood Derby Season Kicks Off in December – 4 Million Kids Participate Annually

Posted to Scouting News on December 8th, 2011

(LANCASTER, PA) This month marks the start of a wildly anticipated annual event for boys and girls across the United States – the Pinewood Derby – a racing competition in which children create a winning car from a block of wood and plastic... [more]

Scouting Skills in the Jungle

Posted to ScoutBaseUK on December 8th, 2011

Cub Leader draws on his Scouting experience on a trek through... [more]

Scoutmaster's Bookshelf

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 8th, 2011

Here's some of the books that have helped me as a Scout leader and outdoorsman. This collection has helped me learn practical skills, history, outdoor lore, the Scouting program and provided inspiration for many years. Wildwoods Wisdom Ellsworth... [more]

MSPP #112: Roundtable Recognition

Posted to A Scoutmaster's Blog on December 8th, 2011

The monthly roundtable is a meeting for Scout leaders to learn new skills, receive information, and have fun with friends. Sometimes special presentations are made. During this month's Scenic district roundtable the district executive took a moment... [more]

Forgotten Cookies Recipe

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 8th, 2011

My kids always enjoy making these cookies. They are called forgotten cookies because you put them in a hot oven, turn it off, and then forget about them until the next morning. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full... [more]

The Pulk Project

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on December 7th, 2011

This year our troop has decided to expand our winter camping skills by making a piece of gear that will assist in a better cold weather camping experience.  We are building Pulk Sleds. A Pulk sled is a sled that is used to haul gear, tools, wood,... [more]

New-Skin Sweepstakes

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on December 7th, 2011

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of New-Skin for SocialSpark . All opinions are 100% mine. FCFY - Free Contest For You Read to the end for the bonus This Sunday, a scout that I've known since Tigers will be having his Eagle... [more]

Reflection Into the Future.

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on December 7th, 2011

We've wrapped up life as the e-tour. We'd love to thank everyone who helped to make these last seven months such a successfully fulfilling adventure. We reached out to educate and share awareness with thousands of folks in more than twenty states... [more]

Should Parents Withhold Meetings to Punish Scouts for Bad Grades or Misbehavior?

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on December 7th, 2011

"No Scouts for you until you start behaving, mister!" Come on, nobody says that, right? Wrong. Here's proof: I am a den leader in a pack, and parents use coming to Scouts as a reward. If Scouts misbehave, their punishment is they can't come to... [more]

Backyard Session in Maine

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on December 7th, 2011

Freeport, ME. Team East traveled to LL Bean's Flagship store to take part in a Leave No Trace Backyard Session. Hosted by the Maine Steering Committee, this session brought together 45 key volunteers from across the state of Maine. The energy in... [more]

Calling All Master Educators!

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on December 7th, 2011

Are you a Leave No Trace Master Educator ? We need you! As the demand for local Leave No Trace training continues to increase (yeah!), our Master Educators across the country play a crucial role in helping to provide a strong, local Leave No Trace... [more]

Scout Pack Troop Gifts

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on December 7th, 2011

Need a unique gift for a scout or for the Pack/Troop? Here's a few items I've tried out this past year that might fit the bill. Just click the name to read more about the product. Woody Dutch Oven - As I've used my aluminum Woody dutch oven this... [more]

Ask the National Advancement Committee

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 7th, 2011

I'll be interviewing three members of the National Advancement Committee this week about the Guide to Advancement   for Scoutmaster Podcast 97. Now's your chance to send me questions about the guide that you'd like to have answered. There was a... [more]

Restoring Habitat in the New River Gorge

Posted to Summit Blog on December 7th, 2011

In this series of Adventures in Service, you will meet Venture Crews 32 and 44 from North Carolina. With the excitement of the Summit Bechtel Reserve in mind, these Venturers wasted no time in getting right to work in West Virginia, with bit of... [more]

December 7th

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on December 7th, 2011

December 7th, 1941 is a day much like September 11th, 2001.  They are days in our history that live in our hearts and minds.  70 years ago today we were attacked thrusting us into war with Japan. At 12:30 PM on December 8th, 1941 President Franklin... [more]

Congratulations to the Winner of the ClassB® 4-H Community Improvement Grant!

Posted to Official ClassB Blog on December 7th, 2011

Canyon County Multi-Taskers   We want to extend our appreciation to all of the groups who applied and sent us their project ideas. Hats off to each and every one of you! We hope that you will continue with your projects and help make your... [more]

Music Belt Loop for Cub Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 7th, 2011

Cub Scouts enjoy singing, especially silly songs. The Music belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program can easily be turned into a Pack meeting or Den Meeting. If your Pack is going caroling this time of year, you can also incorporate... [more]

The Boy Scout Creed

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on December 7th, 2011

Within minutes of the last post being published I got an email asking for the contents of the "Boy Scout Creed" pictured in the post. Here is the complete text of the "Boy Scout Creed" by Ludvig S. Dale To be trustworthy in all things.  Loyal,... [more]

Inquiring Minds Want to Know…

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on December 7th, 2011

As always, the conversations that we have with our Scouts are so telling and rekindle hope that these young men are going to bring so much to our future.  Last night I told the Troop of our pending move.  I did not want to get into the weeds with... [more]

Temporary Email for Andy

Posted to Ask Andy on December 6th, 2011

Well, folks, you've figured out that I'm not in Scotland and don't need any money! Yup, I got hit-- My regular email account was hacked yesterday, and made a real mess of things, including the loss of a bunch of questions from you all! So I've... [more]

Council Ops Breakfast Club Planned for Dec. 7

Posted to Scout Wire on December 6th, 2011

The next Council Operations Breakfast Club on Dec.  7 will feature a discussion on the latest internal and external research that has an impact on how we deliver the Scouting program. The first segment will consist of a discussion with Pat Wellen... [more]

BSA High-Adventure Bases at a Glance!

Posted to Scout Wire on December 6th, 2011

Learn more about two of the BSA's high-adventure bases with these cool new infographics (click to enlarge):... [more]

Festival of Lights in Downtown Zephyrhills

Posted to Official ClassB Blog on December 6th, 2011

This year's Festival of Lights parade in downtown Zephyrhills kicked off the holiday season with some hometown family fun!  It started off at 6pm with a parade and the events kept going until 9pm with a bounce house, raffles, and local dance... [more]

Bigfoot. Challenge. December.

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on December 6th, 2011

It's December. The Bigfoot Challenge is back. December is sponsored by the wonderful Industrial Revolution . Let's check out the challenges: 1. Minimize campfire impacts! Plan a winter outing and find an alternative to a campfire, such as using a... [more]

Sleeping Gear for Camping

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 6th, 2011

Sleeping well can make or break a camping trip. As I get older it becomes even more important, and sometimes more difficult, to sleep comfortably. In 1974 the first Therm-a-Rest self-inflating foam sleeping pad was manufactured by Cascade Designs... [more]

Venturing Religious Life Bronze Award Requirements

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 6th, 2011

The Religious Life Bronze award works well for Crews who are organized as church youth groups as ours is. While none of our members have earned this recognition yet, I do present it to them as an option from time to time. [ This is a content summary... [more]

JTE Year-End Wrap-Up Reminders

Posted to Scout Wire on December 6th, 2011

The end of the year is upon us. Here a few things to keep in mind regarding the Journey to Excellence process: Councils Final scores for 2011 will be determined on Jan. 31, 2012. Finance measures will be based upon the closing transmittal for... [more]

Bob's Blog: Spreading the Word About Healthy Lifestyles

Posted to Scout Wire on December 6th, 2011

The BSA has aligned with several organizations that share a goal to promote healthier lifestyles among young people. Recently, a new initiative, Healthy Kids Out of School, was announced at the Building a Healthier Future Summit in Washington,... [more]

Chinese Educators Learn About Scouting

Posted to Scouting News on December 6th, 2011

HOUSTON, TEXAS – On December 5, 2011, the Sam Houston Area Council's International Scouting Committee shared insights about the Boy Scouts of America and its counterparts from around the world with a Chinese delegation of educators – largely... [more]

Inclusivity Comes in Many Shapes

Posted to UK Chief Commissioner Blog on December 5th, 2011

Lots of administration kept Wayne busy this week, along with visits to Gilwell and Belfast, a reminder of why our rules are so important, and a chance to ponder on what being inclusive really... [more]

Got News? Use Internal Communications Tools to Spread the Word

Posted to Scout Wire on December 5th, 2011

How do you like to receive BSA news? Do you like to read articles online using your phone, tablet, or laptop? Or, would you rather watch a video, or flip through a printed publication? What about email-do you get too much? Too little? During the... [more]

Scoutmaster Podcast 96 – Welcoming New Scouts

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 5th, 2011

IN THIS PODCAST How do you welcome new Scouts and their families into a Scout Troop KEEP IN TOUCH Contact Clarke Green Call and leave a voice mail comment or question at (484) 734-0002 Subscribe to the podcast on  iTunes Listen on your mobile... [more]

Six Lease Cars for Sale

Posted to Scout Wire on December 5th, 2011

The National Council is offering the following six vehicles for sale: 1.   2010 Ford Edge SE AWD Mileage: 81,626 approximate miles Exterior color: Ingot silver metallic Interior color: Charcoal black cloth Asking price: $19,610 Location: Marshall,... [more]

2012 Preliminary Master Educator Course Schedule

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on December 5th, 2011

A Master Educator course is typically five days in length and designed for people who are actively teaching others backcountry skills or providing recreation information to the public. As of December 2011, there are over 5000 Leave No Trace Masters... [more]

Cairns

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on December 5th, 2011

I'd like to elaborate on two points that came up in the comments of my last post - and thank you for all your thoughts. Cairns vs. Art Some people mentioned that rock cairns are useful for marking the trail so the rock stack I found should be left... [more]

Bogus Email – Andy Not in Scotland

Posted to Ask Andy on December 5th, 2011

This morning we have had a rash of emails to us via web forms and regular email asking about emails that appear to have come from one or more of these addresses: AskAndy@yahoo.com AskAndyL@yahoo.com AskAndyBSA@yahoo.com The text of the message... [more]

Top 3 Reasons to Attend the 2013 Jamboree

Posted to Summit Blog on December 5th, 2011

High adventure, your way and made simple. That is what you'll get at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Here is a better explanation, and 3 reasons why you should sign up for the jamboree: High adventure. With... [more]

Get Ready to Recharter

Posted to Bobwhite's Blather on December 5th, 2011

Each year, each and every part of the Boy Scouts of America must renew its charter, giving it authority to operate for another year. This applies to packs, troops, crews, districts, OA lodges, and even councils. The annual renewal process …... [more]

Get Ready to Recharter

Posted to Bobwhite's Blather on December 5th, 2011

Each year, each and every part of the Boy Scouts of America must renew its charter, giving it authority to operate for another year. This applies to packs, troops, crews, districts, OA lodges, and even councils. The annual renewal process …... [more]

Public Service Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 5th, 2011

The focus in this program feature is citizenship and service. Younger Boy Scouts can work on flag etiquette, flag ceremonies, and their rights and duties as US Citizens. Older Scouts could work on the Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the... [more]

Timely, Accurate Incident Reporting Is Crucial

Posted to Scout Wire on December 5th, 2011

Local councils and BSA locations such as the Supply Group and high-adventure bases have been using the online incident reporting gadget on MyBSA since 2009. As a result, Risk Management and Health and Safety have seen an increase in the overall... [more]

True North Show 40

Posted to True North Scouting on December 5th, 2011

True North, Show 40 is out…only 60 more to 100! CLICK HERE... [more]

Status Update

Posted to Scouting Maniac on December 4th, 2011

hello my name is Mark West. IAM currently a assistant scoutmaster for 3 years. Currently I am with the great Alaska Council with headquarters in Anchorage, Alaska, which is where I am currently living. I am active with 3 different units with 2 being... [more]

'Learning for Life and Exploring Today': December Issue Released

Posted to Scout Wire on December 4th, 2011

Click to open December issue The December issue of Learning for Life and Exploring Today has been published and is available at learningforlife.org . The issue's lead story focuses on the online Career Interest Survey, which will launch Jan. 1... [more]

Scouts Own

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on December 4th, 2011

"Where two or more are gathered in his name, there am I among them" (Matthew 18:20) This passage has been stuck in my mind and my heart for some time now.  You see, Church to me is less in the building as it is in the community and in the heart and... [more]

Trustworthy Tommy Song

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 4th, 2011

Trustworthy Tommy is a song to help Webelos and new Boy Scouts learn the Scout Law. Webelos need to memorize the law to earn the Arrow of Light. New Boy Scouts must memorize it for the Tenderfoot rank. Some boys who have trouble with rote... [more]

Marketing Webinars: Prepared. For Life.™

Posted to Scout Wire on December 4th, 2011

To take Scouting into the next century, the BSA adopted a new national theme and an updated unique selling proposition in 2011. The Prepared. For Life™ theme reflects the BSA's program of preparing young people for the future. It also provides a... [more]

Texting and Driving: It Can Wait

Posted to Scout Wire on December 3rd, 2011

When you take just a minute to look at the last text message on your wireless device, consider whether it would be worth causing a serious accident, possibly one that could take a life … or several lives. When you look at it this way, there's... [more]

Can't or Won't?

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on December 3rd, 2011

It's that time of the year again, when we talk about Troop budgets, recharter, and PLC meetings to execute another great year of Scouting. The other night at our Troop's committee meeting we looked deep into our budget to see where we could save... [more]

BSA Bear Den Meeting Plan 4 – Law Enforcement Is a Big Job

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 3rd, 2011

This plan covers Bear Achievement 7 – Law Enforcement Is a Big Job. I'll include some links and other ideas to help you with this meeting plan. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and more! ]... [more]

Rovers in Helsinki Create Calendar of Classics

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 3rd, 2011

. (Helsinki/SP-FS) – The Rover Scouts from the Vartiovuori Scout Group in Helsinki (Finland) have combined their knowledge of history of art, with computer editing skills and their love of Finnish nature! The result? A spectacular calendar for... [more]

'Marketing News': December Issue Now Out

Posted to Scout Wire on December 3rd, 2011

Click to open December issue The December issue of Marketing News has been published and posted to the Marketing Toolbox. Stories include the following: About the Prepared. For Life™. National Theme Make the Most of Your Council's 100th 2013... [more]

PTC Promotion Materials Headed to Local Councils

Posted to Scout Wire on December 2nd, 2011

By the end of November, your local council office should have received a package from the Philmont Training Center. Enclosed in this package, you will find materials to promote the 2012 Philmont Training Center conferences, including: 2012 PTC... [more]

Don't Text and Drive - You'll Save a Life, Get a Patch

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on December 2nd, 2011

Get out your cellphone, and look at the last text message you received. Read it aloud. Then consider whether that text message is so important that you'd risk getting into a car accident to read it. Would you put your life on the line to tap out a... [more]

Coming Soon to Scout Stores Near You

Posted to Summit Blog on December 2nd, 2011

It's a new home for the jamboree. It's a new high adventure base. It's a new century of Scouting. All of that calls for some brand new gear. You Scouts out there who were learning about the Summit at the 2010 jamboree at Fort AP Hill might remember... [more]

Two Great Deals From Campsaver

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 2nd, 2011

Here's a couple of really good deals I came across doing a little holiday shopping at Campsaver. (Free shipping for orders over $50.00.)   Mountainsmith Pinnacle Trekking Poles I love my trekking poles; a must have for hiking! I don't own this... [more]

Snowball Cookies

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 2nd, 2011

These are a family recipe. As kids we called them "snowballs" because that is what they look like – small ball shaped cookies rolled in powdered sugar. My mom always called them Russian tea cakes. Either way they are delicious. Get your Cub... [more]

The Situation

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on December 2nd, 2011

In the November eNews, we asked: What would you do? The weather is perfect, the dirt is tacky and you've driven far up into the mountains and camped get an early start on an epic bike ride with your crew. After hearing the proposed route you use... [more]

Council Letterhead and Logos Available Now

Posted to Scout Wire on December 2nd, 2011

Electronic council letterhead files and council logos in all colors and file types are now available online. To access these items, log onto MyBSA , click the Resources tab, and then click the Council Letterheads and Logos link in the middle of the... [more]

Mount Rainier Hot Spot Success

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on December 2nd, 2011

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics recently completed work at Mount Rainier National Park's Paradise Area, a 2011 Leave No Trace-designated "Hot Spot." Located in Washington, Mount Rainier National Park receives up to two-million visitors... [more]

When Great Things Come From Sad Events

Posted to UK Chief Commissioner Blog on December 1st, 2011

After a day of meetings at B–P House last Saturday, Wayne joined 200 members from King Alfred District, Oxford to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Stuart Rae... [more]

Scouts Prove They Are Digital Champions

Posted to The Scout Association on December 1st, 2011

Scouts across the UK are continuing to lead the way in Race Online... [more]

Pet for a Day

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on December 1st, 2011

Wrapping up our season as the e-tour we found that we had a bunch of photos of the animals we stayed with during our journey. Not being able to have pets of our own while fulfilling the duties of being a traveling trainer we are always delighted... [more]

Find or Host a Leave No Trace Training Opportunity

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on December 1st, 2011

With over 300 million people expected to recreate on our public lands in 2012, remember that without Leave No Trace education, additional people could mean additional impacts - resulting in potential damage to natural resources. With that in mind,... [more]

Team West at the North Face Endurance Challenge

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on December 1st, 2011

San Francisco, California - This coming weekend brings the last event for Team West in the 2011 Traveling Trainer season at The North Face Endurance Challenge . The North Face has long been a strong advocate for promoting responsible outdoor... [more]

The Buzz - December 1, 2011, "Gift Charity"

Posted to BSA Internal Communications Youtube Videos on December 1st, 2011

Bob Myers from the Finance Impact Team shares a new set of tools to help councils promote planned giving opportunities within their community and enable donors to plan their gifts more... [more]

Where Are the Scouts?

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on December 1st, 2011

We'll all have one or more of those meetings or outings every once in a while. A small percentage of Scouts show up and it's discouraging. Youth leaders are absent from their duties and it's frustrating. We can chase our tails trying to figure out... [more]

Flu Prevention

Posted to BSA Health and Safety Alerts on December 1st, 2011

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Flu Prevention

Posted to BSA Health and Safety Alerts on December 1st, 2011

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Cub Scout Theme – Winter Wonderland

Posted to Scouter Mom on December 1st, 2011

This time of year, Cub Scouts are looking forward to a winter wonderland. They have visions of snowy days with sledding and hot cocoa. And they dream of snow days. Build on this vision with a Winter Wonderland theme for your pack or den program. [... [more]

Appropriate Art?

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on December 1st, 2011

After my hike last weekend, I'm pondering something. I found this, and a few more, balancing rock formations that someone created along the trail. I think they look pretty neat and I've seen them done as art before. The quandry comes from the... [more]

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