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Winter Camp 2012

Posted to True North Scouting on January 30th, 2012

Our first campout of the new year…our focus for the month was the Winter Camping program and for the most part, we did pretty darn well with it. We met at the Lodge on Friday night and trekked to our site…no, not outside. The scouts... [more]

BSA System Outages Will Affect Online Resources

Posted to Scout Wire on January 30th, 2012

On most weekends during January through March, the availability of BSA systems will be affected as the National Council facilitates multiple council mergers, consolidations, and the creation of a new council structure in Michigan. If you are a... [more]

Welding Merit Badge Requirements, Launch Details Released

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 30th, 2012

Hot news: Welding merit badge is almost here! As I told you in November , the BSA turned to the American Welding Society to help create a new merit badge that will teach Scouts about a real-world field where demand for workers exceeds supply. The... [more]

Venturing Crews 32 and 44 Work Overtime in the New River Gorge

Posted to Summit Blog on January 30th, 2012

You've already seen Venturing Crews 32 and 44 from North Carolina help restore some of the natural habitat near the Gauley River National Recreation Area. And you've seen their fishing and whitewater adventures on the New River. But they aren't... [more]

Who's Steering the Ship?

Posted to Bobwhite's Blather on January 30th, 2012

One of the hallmarks of Scouting that sets it apart from other youth activities is its emphasis on youth leadership. Boys form their own patrols and hold elections, govern themselves within the framework of Scouting, decide and plan their own... [more]

February Cub Scout Theme – Turn Back the Clock (Resourcefulness)

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 30th, 2012

One of the supplemental plans for February will be the old Turn Back the Clock theme. This one was the program theme at least a couple of times in the past. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content,... [more]

Scoutmaster Podcast 103 – Vision, Perspective & Determination

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on January 30th, 2012

IN THIS PODCAST What's a Clinker? Scout leaders need Vision, Perspective & Determination  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... [more]

Finance Impact 'E-Letter': Begin 2012 With the Right Tools

Posted to Scout Wire on January 30th, 2012

Click to open Feb. 1 issue The Feb. 1 issue of the Finance Impact e-Letter has been published and is posted on the department's website. We are off to a great start in 2012. We want to ensure BSA local councils have the necessary tools to start the... [more]

Voice of the Scout Webinars Filling Up Fast!

Posted to Scout Wire on January 29th, 2012

The Voice of the Scout survey is set to launch in mid-March, so the Feb. 21-23 training sessions are filling up quickly. A limited number of slots are available for the morning and afternoon webinars (10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. CST). With important... [more]

Issue 288 – January 29, 2012

Posted to Ask Andy on January 29th, 2012

"TROOP-SPOTTING" Your son's soon going to receive his Arrow of Light badge and graduate from Cub Scouting into the real adventure of BOY SCOUTING!  He and his den have already visited at least one Boy Scout troop meeting and one Boy Scout outdoor... [more]

Toasted Chit Pressurized Fuel Training

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 29th, 2012

Our council has a "Toasted Chit" training for pressurized fuel use. I believe this is a local requirement, but I thought the organization of the material might be helpful to anyone doing pressurized fuel instruction. [ This is a content summary... [more]

Spread the Word to Councils About Incident Reporting Resources

Posted to Scout Wire on January 29th, 2012

In the December issue of Scout Wire , we made the request for timely and accurate incident reporting using the Online Incident Reporting System. How can you accomplish that if you don't have the necessary information from unit leadership such as... [more]

USHCC to Honor Chief Executive of Girl Scouts of the USA Anna Maria CháVez

Posted to Scouting News on January 29th, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 17, 2012) The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) today announced that Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chávez will be honored with the 2012 Chairman's Award at "A... [more]

2012 Production Schedules for 'Scout Wire,' 'the Buzz' Now Available

Posted to Scout Wire on January 28th, 2012

Are you looking for ways to share your council's story and events with the entire organization? Look no further than the Scout Wire biweekly e-newsletter and The Buzz biweekly video news program. To assist you in your planning, the 2012 production... [more]

ScoutStrong Challenge

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on January 28th, 2012

Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. I believe that from what I notice at summer camp every year. I encourage my sons to get exercise, but with the mind-bending, breath-taking, realistic virtual worlds contained in XBox and... [more]

Be a Part of the Scoutmaster Panel Discussion!

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on January 28th, 2012

Share your challenges, inquires and interests with the listeners to the Scoutmaster podcast. What would you like to hear discussed during this month's Scoutmaster panel? Would you like to be considered for inclusion in the call in session? Contact... [more]

BSA Wolf Den Meeting Plan 7: Your Living World and Tie It Right

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 28th, 2012

BSA provides den meeting plans for den leaders on the Scouting.org website. This plan covers Wolf Achievement 7 – Your Living World and Wolf Elective 17 – Tie It Right. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links,... [more]

Reach Out to Alumni With New Web Resources

Posted to Scout Wire on January 28th, 2012

The new Scouting Alumni Association was launched in November 2011 and welcomes everyone who has been positively and personally affected by the Boy Scouts of America-former Scouts, family members of Scouts, volunteers past and present, and the... [more]

Scouting Speakers Bank Closed

Posted to Scouting News on January 28th, 2012

The Speakers Bank for BSA has been a great source of great dynamic speakers. They have provided a means to promote Scouting to community organizations. As of last month though, the Bank is closing to new members. The Speakers Bank will continue to... [more]

Photo Friday: Introducing Brandon Queen

Posted to Scouting News on January 27th, 2012

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]

Eddie's Tip of the Month: New Series Will Shine Light on Workplace Etiquette

Posted to Scout Wire on January 27th, 2012

Meet Eddie. Eddie is an Eagle Scout-turned-etiquette guru. A perfect citizen living in an imperfect society, Eddie's mission is to make the world a better place by sharing his vast knowledge about manners and etiquette with employees. In our... [more]

U.K.'s Newest Scouter: Kate Middleton

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 27th, 2012

No shock that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is making headlines again. But what may surprise you is why: She just joined the global Scouting movement as a volunteer with the U.K. Scout Association . The "other"  Scouting  magazine, which... [more]

Avoiding Advancement Clinkers

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on January 27th, 2012

I heard somewhere that a Unit Commissioner read the new Guide to Advancement and said:  'Council and National expect us to set requirements for being active and if they eventually find them too strict OR too lax they will step in and start setting... [more]

Scouting for Food [Photo Gallery]

Posted to Summit Blog on January 27th, 2012

Scouting for Food , an annual service project rooted in the founding principles of Scouting, helps thousands of families in need. Initiated by the Greater St. Louis Area Council in 1985, the program now encompasses the entire nation. Each year,... [more]

Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 27th, 2012

Gooey Butter Cake is a favorite type of coffee cake here in St. Louis. This version of the recipe is even easy enough for Cub Scouts to make. It is rich, so don't cut too big of a piece for yourself! [ This is a content summary only. Click on the... [more]

Picture Thursday 26_01_12

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on January 27th, 2012

<doodle doodle doodle doodle> hmm an exploding flower <smiles> This was drawn and photographed yesterday I just did not have the time to post it Related articles Picture Thursday 19_01_12... [more]

Why Is Scout Camp Important

Posted to Scouting Maniac on January 27th, 2012

So now that its after the first of the year and the end of January is right around the corner, many units have already begun or will shortly begin planning and organizing summer camp. Personally both of the units I am working with including Troop... [more]

Two Arkansas Councils Combine to Form New Quapaw Area Council

Posted to Scout Wire on January 27th, 2012

The former Ouachita Area Council, No. 014, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, has merged with the Quapaw Area Council , No. 018, in Little Rock, Arkansas. The effective date of this merger, as recorded with the state of Arkansas, was Jan. 1, 2012. John... [more]

Queen Scout Enters Antarctic Record Books

Posted to ScoutBaseUK on January 26th, 2012

Queen Scout, Bryony Balen, is the youngest Briton to ski to the South Pole, tackling hostile conditions to reach her goal in the centenary year of Scott's... [more]

Queen's Scout Enters Antarctic Record Books

Posted to The Scout Association on January 26th, 2012

Queen's scout Bryony Balen is the youngest Briton to ski to the South Pole, tackling hostile conditions to reach her goal in the centenary year of Scott's... [more]

Scout Enters Antarctic Record Books

Posted to The Scout Association on January 26th, 2012

Scout Bryony Balen is the youngest Briton to ski to the South Pole, tackling hostile conditions to reach her goal in the centenary year of Scott's... [more]

Get Your Scouts Signed Up for NAYLE

Posted to Scout Wire on January 26th, 2012

Send your Scouts to NAYLE, the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience , and watch their leadership skills soar. Who's eligible? Boy Scouts or Venturers (male or female) who are at least 14 but not yet 21, hold a unit leadership position, and... [more]

The Buzz - January 27, 2012, "Unit Program Planning Tools"

Posted to BSA Internal Communications Youtube Videos on January 26th, 2012

An annual program plan is key to having a successful Scouting unit. Marianne Elden, Team Leader for Internal Communications, shares information on new interactive tools that make unit program planning quick and... [more]

Scouting Is Not (Just) Outing.

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on January 26th, 2012

Scouting is outing but Scouting is not just an outing club or another activity. Scouting is aimed at "preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law". We do... [more]

Sleeping Pirate Game

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 26th, 2012

This month I am featuring the Cultural Awareness Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts. The meeting plan for week two suggests playing Sleeping Pirate as a opening activity while the Scouts are gathering. This works well for this purpose since it... [more]

High-Adventure Bases by the Numbers

Posted to Scout Wire on January 26th, 2012

Looking for more information on the BSA's high-adventure bases? If so, we can help you out! Over the past few months, the Summit Blog has released infographics for all of the BSA's high-adventure bases, providing you with a number-by-number... [more]

Turn Back the Clock Program Theme for Cub Scouts

Posted to Scouting News on January 26th, 2012

The following is a Guest Article by Scouter Mom.   Scouter Mom Blogs and writes informative articles on all aspects of Scouting at  ScouterMom.com.   You might have heard that BSA is once again providing theme based Pack meeting plans for Cub Scout... [more]

Words of Wisdom Wednesday: Quote

Posted to Scouting News on January 25th, 2012

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]

The 20 Most (and Least) Earned Merit Badges of 2011

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 25th, 2012

What were the hottest merit badges last year? I've got the answer. Maybe. So first, a caveat: The friendly folks at the Supply Division tell me there's no way to determine exact numbers of merit badges earned. That info is tracked by troops - not... [more]

Partner Support at Outdoor Retailer

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on January 25th, 2012

Salt Lake City, UT. Last week Team East and Team West teamed up in Salt Lake City to take part in the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market at the Salt Palace Convention Center. This bi-annual show gathers the top companies and organizations in the... [more]

Stages of Team Development

Posted to Adventures and Accidents on January 25th, 2012

During Wood Badge, both as a participant and a staff member, I noticed that one of the more popular presentations was about the Stages of Team Development. This one really seemed to affect people I've just been going over the Introduction to... [more]

Lead by Walking Away

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on January 25th, 2012

Adult leaders often say things like; "I don't override the boys decisions at all. " "I asked them what they wanted to do." "This was their decision." What most of us fail to recognize is that many of these ‘boy led' decisions were... [more]

Updates From Team Summit: Buckskin Games

Posted to Summit Blog on January 25th, 2012

Now that 2012 is here, we only have about 18 months until we meet in West Virginia for the first-ever national Scout jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. If you have been reading my monthly blogs since October, you know that my name is Russell... [more]

The Need for Volunteers

Posted to Nick's Ramblings UK on January 25th, 2012

There was in an interesting article in one of the newspapers the other day by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. In it he said that the likes of the Occupy London movement and Fred Goodwin use their skills to become volunteers for the Scout and... [more]

Cooking Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 25th, 2012

Our Boy Scout troop is planning a campout in the spring based on the Cooking merit badge. I am a counselor for this badge, so I am working with the youth campmaster to help him plan the activities. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the... [more]

Scouting Hours

Posted to Scouting Maniac on January 24th, 2012

Starting this year I will be recording the number of hours that I spend on activities, meetings, outings, camp outs, summer camp, scout projects, event preparation, meeting preparation, and finally any other Scout related task. I do not expect any... [more]

Assumptions and Their Effect on Society

Posted to Scouting Maniac on January 24th, 2012

Scouting Thought of the day: Don't ever, ever, and never assume something about someone, the only thing you can guarantee from assumptions is that they will come back to haunt you in the end and it means that you will never know or have the ability... [more]

Improving Awareness

Posted to UK Chief Commissioner Blog on January 24th, 2012

Continuing to work through his papers for an upcoming meeting, Wayne asks how we can improve awareness of what we do and also reflects on the benefit of getting others to help us recruit... [more]

Calling All Young Inventors!

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 24th, 2012

The next big thing: Will one of your Scouts invent it? Encourage that future Ford, Fulton, or Bell to enter the Boy Scouts of America and Edison Nation Challenge, where creative thinkers could get help turning their ideas into products. Edison... [more]

Everything Back to Normal – Carry On!

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on January 24th, 2012

WordPress is a wonderful platform for blogging because it's so flexible. That flexibility sometimes causes trouble and I ran into some yesterday when I went to publish Podcast 102  . Until I got it fixed I could not update the blog properly. After... [more]

Invisible Ink Demonstration

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 24th, 2012

An invisible ink demonstration will add fun to any Cub Scout meeting. If they haven't seen this before, it will really get their attention. This would fit in with any science themed meeting or a communications themed meeting. [ This is a content... [more]

Where Worlds Meet

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on January 23rd, 2012

For those of you that have followed the blog for any given time, you know that I am a fan of sports.  I believe that sports do great things in the lives of youth and I also believe that there is room for sports, scouts, academics, and a normal life... [more]

SHOW 100

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on January 23rd, 2012

Print these glasses.. you will be needing them for the SMMPodcast SHOW 100!  IN 3D.  Listen in as I am interviewed or at least have a great discussion with Scouting Friend and District Commissioner Gary. We talk about the 1st 99 shows and the... [more]

SMMPodcast Show 100!

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute Podcast on January 23rd, 2012

Ok.. it's finally here.. Show 100! Before you download or listen to the show.. you need to go to the Blog (thescoutmasterminute.net) and get your 3 D glasses.  Print these glasses.. you will be needing them for the SMMPodcast SHOW 100!  IN 3D. ... [more]

Webelos Cross-Over

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on January 23rd, 2012

Along the Scouting trail, boys join and boys drop. Interests wax and wain. The perennial problem for units is maximizing retention and minimizing attrition so that scouts can benefit more from the program. In order to gain ground on the problem, we... [more]

For No Name-Calling Week, a Reminder That Words Can Hurt

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 23rd, 2012

Idiot! Retard! Geek! Has a Scout in your unit called another Scout one of these names-or worse? If so, did you take action? No Name-Calling Week begins today, so it's an excellent time to remind Scouts and Scouters that these "harmless" insults can... [more]

One Time Offer

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on January 23rd, 2012

<opens the card that has been sent> Ooo $50 credit at iTunes, going to spend it <your in the UK you dope> Ok jabbering readers in the US this one... [more]

Scoutmaster Podcast 102 – One Essential Element

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on January 23rd, 2012

IN THIS PODCAST One Essential Element  LINKS IN THIS PODCAST Aids to Scoutmastership 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]

Keeping the New River Looking New

Posted to Summit Blog on January 23rd, 2012

Soon, thousands of Scouts will be coming to the New River Gorge to visit the Summit for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree . And while Scouts are going to be given the opportunity to explore the gorge through all kinds of adventure activities,... [more]

Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath 2012

Posted to Bobwhite's Blather on January 23rd, 2012

The Scouting movement is unique among non-faith-based youth groups in that it recognizes and expects a belief and duty to a higher power of its members. It's part of rank achievements in Cub Scouts, one of the points of the … Continue reading... [more]

Science Pin for Cub Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 23rd, 2012

If your Cub Scout comes home all excited from what he did in science class that day, have him look at the Science pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program. Many of these requirements would also be good as the basis for a science fair... [more]

SOPA/PIPA Final

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on January 23rd, 2012

Received this email from Fight for the Future at the weekend and it seem that the SOPA/PIPA Bill was pulled, Hi everyone! A big hurrah to you!!!!! We've won for... [more]

Fortune Cookie Wisdom

Posted to Adventures and Accidents on January 22nd, 2012

From the fortune cookies at dinner the other night: "Leaders are like eagles. They don't flock, you find them one at a time." "Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things."... [more]

Merit Badge Counselor Limits

Posted to A Scoutmaster's Blog on January 22nd, 2012

The merit badge program of the Boy Scouts of America is a wonderful way to introduce boys to new hobbies, sports, crafts, and even possible careers. The awards require a Boy Scout to meet new people in the community who are the merit badge... [more]

Bring Back My Bunny to Me Song

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 22nd, 2012

This song is from the old program helps and fits in well with the Abracadabra program theme . Add some actions (shown in italics) and ham it up to get the Cub Scouts involved. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full... [more]

Rule Number 54

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on January 22nd, 2012

Rule No. 54 from Andy at Ask Andy  : The more logical and simple the Scouting procedure or policy, the more it will be ignored. This isn't simply a curmudgeonly observation – it's true. True things ought to inspire us to think for a minute or... [more]

Issue 287 – January 22, 2012

Posted to Ask Andy on January 22nd, 2012

Rule No. 54: The more logical and simple the Scouting procedure or policy, the more it will be ignored. Dear Andy, I'm a pack Committee Chair struggling with the definition of an Arrow of Light Scout visiting "a troop meeting with his den."  Our... [more]

More Pack Meeting Ideas for February – Resourcefulness

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 21st, 2012

I posted a few ideas last year, but here are some more ideas for incorporating resourcefulness into your Cub Scout program. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and more! ]... [more]

Deadline for NESA Scholarship Applications Is Jan. 31

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 20th, 2012

Know an Eagle Scout headed to college? Then read on:  Tuesday, Jan. 31, is the deadline for Eagle Scouts who are high school seniors to apply for a 2012  National Eagle Scout Association scholarship . In all, 153 scholarships, each between $1,000... [more]

"Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?" Debuts Fall 2012

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 20th, 2012

In a test of outdoors skills, who would win: Boy Scouts or adults who are out of Scouting? Though the answer seems obvious, it'll sure be fun to see those adults try. That's the promise behind the newest reality show,  Are You Tougher Than a Boy... [more]

National Outdoor Award

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on January 20th, 2012

The National Outdoor Awards program recognizes Scouts for some above-average participation in challenging outdoor activities. A combination of merit badges, rank, and activities qualify Scouts for hiking, aquatics, camping, adventure and riding... [more]

Innovation Challenge

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on January 20th, 2012

Any Boy Scouts doing the Inventing merit badge? How about Cub Scouts doing the Science, Computers, or Mathematics belt loops? Or maybe Webelos working on Engineer or Scientist activity badges? Any of these guys might be prime candidates to enter... [more]

Open for Debate: To Snack or Not to Snack at Den Meetings

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 20th, 2012

Here's a question to chew on: Should you serve snacks at den meetings? Why or why not? And if you do, what is served? I posed that question to our Facebook friends and got an array of answers. Read a few of my favorites below, and then sound off... [more]

Northern Tier, by the Numbers [Infographic]

Posted to Summit Blog on January 20th, 2012

Located in northern Minnesota and in Canada, Northern Tier is your adventure headquarters of the north. And with some of the best canoe trips and winter camping, this is one place you need to see! The best part? You get to plan your own trip when... [more]

Cub Juice Potion Recipe

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 20th, 2012

A bubbling bowl of potion will add fun to any magic themed meeting. If your Cub Scouts have never seen what happens when dry ice is placed in a bowl of punch, they will be amazed. Use this idea with the Abracadabra theme. [ This is a content summary... [more]

Photo Friday: Attacking Light With Light

Posted to Scouting News on January 20th, 2012

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]

MSPP #113: Camp Stearns Outing

Posted to A Scoutmaster's Blog on January 19th, 2012

It has become a tradition of Boy Scout Troop 68. Usually, in February or March, the Scouts pack their gear and head to Camp Stearns for a winter outing. The camp is located in central Minnesota, about an hour from town. It is owned by the Northern... [more]

Philmont Scout Ranch - Sunset (Scout Statue)

Posted to Philmont Scout Ranch Youtube Videos on January 19th, 2012

http://www.PhilmontScoutRanch.org With over 250 days of sunshine every year in New Mexico comes many fond memories of observing great sunsets at... [more]

Awards for All

Posted to UK Chief Commissioner Blog on January 19th, 2012

Wayne reflects on the adult good service awards scheme, highlights some anomalies and ponders on innovative ideas to... [more]

National Council Effectiveness

Posted to Wayne Brock TV on January 19th, 2012

In this episode, I talk about the history and results of the McKinsey and Company survey on National Council effectiveness. Your opinions are very important to us, so please use the comments feature below the video window... [more]

Eagle Scouts: Tell Your Story in a New Book

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 19th, 2012

What's the greatest story never told? Yours. Specifically, your trail to Eagle and the ways it changed your life - both during and after. Whether you earned Scouting's top honor six days or six decades ago, your tale is worth sharing. So submit it... [more]

The Most Refreshing Pinewood Derby Car Ever

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 19th, 2012

Here's a Pinewood Derby car so cool you can almost taste it. It belongs to 10-year-old Madisson Garcia, who entered her "Bottle of Coca-Cola" car at Saturday's Pack 316 Pinewood Derby in Old Bridge, N.J. Madisson competed in the "sisters" division... [more]

National Sea Scout Flagship Competition Underway

Posted to Scout Wire on January 19th, 2012

In honor of the 90th anniversary of Sea Scouts in 2002, BoatUS , the nation's largest recreational boating organization, instituted the annual Sea Scout National Flagship Award . Since then, the award has been presented to ships from Texas, Ohio,... [more]

Cell Phones, Scouts and 911

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on January 19th, 2012

I had a few concerns over 911 calls being made by Scouts. I spoke with Eric Parry, a Emergency Response Specialist with MIsson Critical Partners : We travel and camp in some reasonably remote areas. How can we know if there is 911 coverage? To... [more]

Picture Thursday 19_01_12

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on January 19th, 2012

Picture Thursday and it a Post-it Note Art doodle... [more]

Science Belt Loop for Cub Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 19th, 2012

I always enjoy seeing kids faces light up when they realize how fun hands on science can be. Letting them explore the way the world works and try to understand why something happens is always exciting. If you want to spark an interest in science in... [more]

SOPA/PIP Follow Up

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on January 19th, 2012

Incase you were asleep all day yesterday toy may have missed that a number of websites were "backed out" in protest of SOPA/PIP if your not sure what I am talking... [more]

CSE Pathfinder's Award to Focus on Attracting New Cub Scouts

Posted to Scout Wire on January 18th, 2012

In 2012, special emphasis will be placed upon building the foundation that makes councils move from "good to great." In the spirit of how Journey to Excellence was developed-using empirical evidence in the search of leading and lagging... [more]

Ghost Stitching Custom Boy Scout Patches

Posted to Stadri Emblems Scouting Blog on January 18th, 2012

"All emblems must contain a Boy Scouts of America corporate identifier: either, "BSA" without any periods, "Boy Scouts of America" or the BSA fleur-de-lis…" -From the Boy Scouts of America guidelines for Custom Patches and Emblems A common... [more]

The Situation: Responses to December Situation.

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on January 18th, 2012

Every month in the Center's eNews, we pose a difficult Leave No Trace ethical and skills based situations for readers to comment on. Below is December's situation and a few of your responses. What would you do? As you approach your favorite wildlife... [more]

Eleven People We Love

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on January 18th, 2012

Meet extraordinary member-activists who have impacted their communities with Leave No Trace. The Center has so much love to spread around that we are honoring 11 people for their 2011 contributions! Rob Stevens : Rob Stevens worked diligently to... [more]

Words of Wisdom Wednesday: Two Brothers and the Geese

Posted to Scouting News on January 18th, 2012

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]

Gettysburg: Experience the Past

Posted to Summit Blog on January 18th, 2012

Where can you go to see one of the most significant and well-known battlefields of the Civil War in person? Gettysburg, of course. Gettysburg was an unexpected battle that became the decisive victory for the North, giving them the advantage that... [more]

Mystifying Paper Osmosis Trick

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 18th, 2012

A magic trick will add some fun to your meeting. For this simple trick you will need an accomplice who is capable of not telling everyone he is helping you. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content,... [more]

All Markets Summit Planned for NAM

Posted to Scout Wire on January 18th, 2012

For the second year, Council Operations will be hosting an All Markets Strategy Summit for council staff and key volunteers who are interested in learning how to analyze, prepare, and execute a plan to work with all markets, including Hispanic,... [more]

Busy Evening

Posted to Nick's Ramblings UK on January 18th, 2012

Phew! Last night I managed to visit the Troop, complete an Incident Report Form (not a quick thing to do), complete our annual census (our numbers are up – yey!) and reply to an enquiry from a prospective new Cub's mum! So I think that's all... [more]

SOPA/PIP

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on January 18th, 2012

You may have heard people talking/blogging/twittering about SOPA - the Stop Online Piracy Act... [more]

1:32 of Respect

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on January 18th, 2012

OK… this may seem like a rant.. and it probably will be.. so if you want.. stop reading right now.  I could really care less what you all think about my opinion on this one. The other night I attended my oldest son's wrestling match at the... [more]

Voice of the Scout: Promotional Fliers for Blue and Gold Online, Plus Training Dates

Posted to Scout Wire on January 17th, 2012

With Voice of the Scout surveys scheduled to launch in March, February presents a prime opportunity to promote participation in VOS. The Blue and Gold Banquet, court of honor fliers, and other promotional materials are now available to help... [more]

Trek Poles

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on January 17th, 2012

My sons got me these Outdoor Products trek poles for Christmas and today I tried them out for the first time. I was a little clumsy. I hit my foot with the pole a few times. I kicked the pole with my foot a few times. The tips skidded on the ice a... [more]

Snowshoeing

Posted to Adventures and Accidents on January 17th, 2012

Our Venturing crew did a snowshoeing trip this weekend. It was great. In fact, I think it more closely fit the ideal for a Venturing activity than any other activity we have done. At least in regards to the planning and implementation process. Let's... [more]

Magic Words Ceremony

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 17th, 2012

This is a ceremony from an old roundtable handout. It would fit with the Abracadabra program theme for Cub Scouts or for Cub Scouts working on the Good Manners Belt Loop and Pin. Use it as a closing ceremony. [ This is a content summary only. Click... [more]

Scouting's One Essential Feature - Scoutmastercg.com

Posted to Scouting Maniac on January 17th, 2012

Scouting's One Essential Feature - Scoutmastercg.com At our council camporee in December I walked around the entire camp and saw only two troops that had identifiable patrols. Most troops were set up as one unit, with all the tents lined up and no... [more]

Scouting's One Essential Feature

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on January 17th, 2012

At our council camporee in December I walked around the entire camp and saw only two troops that had identifiable patrols. Most troops were set up as one unit, with all the tents lined up and no discernible internal division into patrols. Because... [more]

Finance Impact 'E-Letter': 2011 Guide to the Audit

Posted to Scout Wire on January 17th, 2012

Click to open the Jan. 15 issue The Jan. 15 issue of the Finance Impact e-Letter has been published and is available on the Finance Impact website. The year 2011 was an exciting one, and 2012 promises to be even more exciting with the impending... [more]

Flu Prevention

Posted to BSA Health and Safety Alerts on January 17th, 2012

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Slacklining

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Slacklining

Posted to BSA Health and Safety Alerts on January 17th, 2012

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Slacklining

Posted to BSA Health and Safety Alerts on January 17th, 2012

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Podcast 101 – Panel Discusses Conferences, JTE and Youth Leaders.

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on January 16th, 2012

IN THIS PODCAST Scoutmaster Panel Discussion - Scoutmaster Conferences Journey to Excellence Listener Question – Getting things done without overstepping youth Leadership  LINKS IN THIS PODCAST Advancement Resources Page KEEP IN TOUCH Contact... [more]

Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? Series to Debut on National Geographic Channel This Fall

Posted to Scout Wire on January 16th, 2012

More details are on the way, but here's the latest: the Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? series that has been in the works is scheduled to debut on the National Geographic Channel this coming fall. The series from Original Productions ( Deadliest... [more]

Issue 285 – Jaunary 16, 2012

Posted to Ask Andy on January 16th, 2012

Rule No. 52: • Conscience is what you do when nobody's looking. Rule No. 53: • The Scouting units that actually thank their commissioner are often the ones for whom he's done the least. ________________________________________ "SUPER 8" Every now... [more]

Stay Connected With the Scouting Alumni Association

Posted to Summit Blog on January 16th, 2012

Right now, you are having the time of your life as a Scout, and you are making memories that are going to last a lifetime. But what happens when you age out? No need to worry, because the Scouting Alumni Association is available to make sure your... [more]

Book Review: Beginning Boy Scouts

Posted to Bobwhite's Blather on January 16th, 2012

Every year, our troops usually pick up some new members as they cross over from Cub Scouting and set out on new adventures with us. At the same time, their parents, weary from several years of running everything from pack … Continue reading... [more]

Arrow of Light Centerpieces

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 16th, 2012

Janice recently wrote to me with this message: "I need your help! I've been assigned to help put together our Arrow of Light ceremony / banquet. I'm at a loss as to what to do for centerpieces. We'll have over 10 tables and we don't want to make it... [more]

BSA Teams Up With Major League Soccer

Posted to Scout Wire on January 16th, 2012

Majo r League Soccer and the BSA have teamed up to provide avenues for the league to support our youth-focused program of athleticism, character, and leadership. Beginning with the 2012 MLS season, which starts March 10, Scouts in MLS markets... [more]

DK Publishing Introduces Boy Scouts of America® Deck of Trees

Posted to Scouting News on January 16th, 2012

This pocket-sized deck of 40 + cards contains all the information needed to identify the major coniferous and broad-leaved trees, as well as cactus and yucca, in North America. Each card covers the region where the tree naturally occurs and details... [more]

2012 National Camping School Registration Is Now Open

Posted to Scout Wire on January 15th, 2012

Registration for the 2012 National Camping School sessions is now available online. The site is only available to local councils, which will ensure that applicants have been approved by the Scout executive or designee. The link below contains... [more]

Family Tree Template

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 15th, 2012

Helping Scouts look back at their family heritage fits in with this month's Turn Back the Time program theme. Scouts can download this family tree template to write in their family back to their great grandparents. [ This is a content summary only... [more]

BSA, Edison Nation to Launch $1 Mil. Challenge

Posted to Scout Wire on January 15th, 2012

The BSA has teamed with Edison Nation ® , an idea-to-shelf product developer, to create the Boy Scouts of America Innovation Challenge , where today's kids can develop tomorrow's products. Whether the invention solves a problem around the house,... [more]

Just Training

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on January 15th, 2012

How did you spend your Saturday? I had a great (but long) day doing Red Cross Training. I presented CPR/AED in the morning and then Wilderness and Remote First Aid all afternoon and evening to a great bunch of Scouters preparing for high adventurs... [more]

Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?

Posted to Scouting News on January 15th, 2012

The same guy who produces Deadliest Catch  and Ice Road Truckers , Thom Beers, has introduced a new unscripted show titled Are You Tougher than a Boy Scout?  National Geographic Channel gave Original Productions the greenlight to start shooting... [more]

'Marketing News': January Issue Touts Marketing Webinars

Posted to Scout Wire on January 14th, 2012

The January issue of Marketing News has been published and posted to the Marketing Toolbox. Stories include the following: 14th Annual National President's Awards for Marketing Excellence 2012 Marketing webinar schedule Populating and managing unit... [more]

BSA Bear Den Meeting Plan 5: Ways We Worship and Sawdust and Nails

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 14th, 2012

In this article, I'll take a look at the fifth BSA Bear den meeting plan and comment with some tips and links. This plan covers part of Bear Achievement 1 – Ways We Worship and Bear Achievement 20 – Sawdust and Nails. [ This is a content summary... [more]

Summit Blog Offers New Downloads Page

Posted to Scout Wire on January 14th, 2012

Do you want more information about the 2013 National Scout Jamboree or the Summit Bechtel Reserve? How about posters, videos, maps, brochures, fact sheets, and the most up-to-date content on both for your council's use? If you answered yes to... [more]

How Do You Practice Leave No Trace in Your Everyday Life?

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on January 13th, 2012

Cascade Locks, OR. Andy, a Leave No Trace Trainer and enthusiast, shares how he practices Leave No Trace in his everyday life. Leave No Trace can be applied not only to any non-motorized recreational experience, but can also be beneficial in the... [more]

SNOW

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on January 13th, 2012

Finally, finally, finally Snow, snow, snow Well, it's actually just a dusting but we're supposed to get more tomorrow and it's just super! When I got back from my morning hike, I just had to do this creative masterpiece in our driveway. Scout On... [more]

How to Run the Second-Largest City in West Virginia

Posted to Summit Blog on January 13th, 2012

Once the Summit Bechtel Reserve is up and running during the jamboree, it will be the second-largest city in West Virginia. Yep, that's pretty big. There were 43,434 Scouts and approximately 50,000 visitors at Fort A.P. Hill last year, so calling... [more]

Abracadabra Pack Meeting Plan Available for January Core Value – Positive Attitude

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 13th, 2012

The core value for the month of January is Positive Attitude. A January supplemental meeting plan theme called Abracadabra has recently been posted to the BSA website. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links,... [more]

Online Cub Scout Handbooks

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on January 12th, 2012

I knew Spanish versions of the Cub Scout handbooks were online, but I didn't realize English versions were available also. Browsing around scouting.org I found these huge PDF files. These are the 2008 printings, except for Wolf which is 2006. Click... [more]

Major League Soccer and the BSA: A Perfect One-Two

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 12th, 2012

Teamwork. As important in Scouting as it is in Major League Soccer. And both organizations strive to Be Prepared for the future. Not a stretch, then, to understand why Scouting and the nation's top professional soccer league announced today they're... [more]

It Ain't Ignorance

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on January 12th, 2012

It ain't ignorance that causes all the trouble in this world. It's the things people know that ain't so. Edwin Armstrong , electrical engineer and inventor of FM radio. Sometimes in Scouting  tradition and long practice usurp the way things ought... [more]

Heritages Belt Loop for Cub Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 12th, 2012

Most Cub Scouts enjoy learning about their families and where they came from, so the Heritages belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program makes a fun activity for them. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for... [more]

Reaching a Goal, Inspiring Scouts to Do the Same

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 11th, 2012

How far would you go to inspire your Scouts? One assistant Scoutmaster had a specific distance in mind: 140.6 miles. That's the distance of an Ironman triathlon - 2.4 miles swimming, 112 miles biking, and 26.2 miles running. All that effort, says... [more]

Patrol Choice Chart

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on January 11th, 2012

Patrol Choice Chart  PDF FILE I am often asked about how patrols are formed, who does the choosing and how the choices are made. Scouts do the choosing and one way for them to choose is using the chart above (open the PDF file to see the chart in... [more]

Your New High Adventure Home, the Summit Bechtel Reserve [Infograpic]

Posted to Summit Blog on January 11th, 2012

In 2013, the Boy Scouts of America's 4th high adventure base and your new jamboree home, the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, will open for business. And when it does, you should prepare for extreme adventures and a ton of fun. Until... [more]

My Lil Friend

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on January 11th, 2012

I had a friend join me on my hike yesterday. I was very surprised to see him since he's usually just a summer hiking buddy and doesn't enjoy being out at all once it frosts up. I can't recall if I've ever seen a mosquito out on the trail in January... [more]

My Story Mystery Game

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 11th, 2012

The My Story Mystery Game is a great way to get to know some "history" about a group of individuals. It makes a great icebreaker. It can also serve as an introduction to a discussion about oral history and storytelling. [ This is a content summary... [more]

Words of Wisdom Wednesday: If You Think

Posted to Scouting News on January 11th, 2012

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]

The Scoutmaster Pay Off

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on January 10th, 2012

Over the last quarter of the year last year (2011) we received a bunch of new Scouts into the Troop.  They all seemed real gung ho about joining and could not wait for the adventure to begin. We are preparing for our first winter camp out with the... [more]

November-December 2011 "Where Am I?" Winner, Mystery Location Revealed

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 10th, 2012

I can think of hundreds of reasons for you to visit the location pictured here and found on Page 46 of our November-December 2011 issue . There's the 300-foot redwoods, the massive limekilns, the cute otters diving into the sea, the banana slugs,... [more]

Adventures in Stoving

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on January 10th, 2012

Hikin' Jim is "a guy who likes being out in the outdoors who happens to like stoves." That's a bit of an understatement - Jim owns over one hundred backpacking stoves. Over one hundred! Jim maintains the Adventures in Stoving Blog  where he shares... [more]

Venturing Magazine

Posted to Adventures and Accidents on January 10th, 2012

Quite some time ago I discovered the online Venturing Magazine. The only problem was that it was never updated. Until now. The new and improved Venturing Magazine can be found at http://www.venturingmag.org/ There is also a Venturing Magazine Blog... [more]

Norman Rockwell Exhibit Opens in Texas

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 10th, 2012

What does Scouting look like? For decades, that question was best answered by Norman Rockwell. His paintings shaped the BSA's image in America for more than 60 years, and his art continues to paint a picture of Scouting's history to this day. ... [more]

Bigfoot Sighting at International Sportsmans Expo

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on January 10th, 2012

Denver, CO. The International Sportsmans Expo held at the Colorado Convention Center this past weekend brought in thousands of outdoor enthusiasts to check out the latest in fishing and hunting gear, guide and outfitter services, and had a chance... [more]

Tent Pitching Contest (Standard or Blindfolded)

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 10th, 2012

Tent pitching contests are an inter-patrol activity staple. To make it a blindfolded tent pitching contest, just add blindfolds. If you want, let one team member keep his vision, but he can only participate by giving verbal instructions to the... [more]

Making a Postive Impact in 2012

Posted to UK Chief Commissioner Blog on January 9th, 2012

This week Wayne welcomes the support of The Duchess of Cambridge to raise the profile of Scouting. He explains why Scouting is needed more than ever in our local communities and wraps up warm for some winter camping... [more]

Making a Positive Impact in 2012

Posted to UK Chief Commissioner Blog on January 9th, 2012

This week Wayne welcomes the support of The Duchess of Cambridge to raise the profile of Scouting. He explains why Scouting is needed more than ever in our local communities and wraps up warm for some winter camping... [more]

Scoutmaster Podcast 100

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on January 9th, 2012

IN THIS PODCAST Thanks to all of you listening and participating! Join me in celebrating a milestone. 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... [more]

The Buzz - January 12, 2012, "Philmont Training Center"

Posted to BSA Internal Communications Youtube Videos on January 9th, 2012

Andrea Watson from the Philmont Training Center explains how its programs and conferences can help motivate and prepare your volunteers to build greater support for... [more]

Man With Largest Collection of Eagle Scout Medals Honored

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 9th, 2012

Dr. Terry Grove got his first Eagle Scout Award medal in 1956. It wouldn't be his last. Ever since, he's been fascinated by the ever-changing design of Eagle Scout medals, patches, hat pins, and other artifacts. And now, the Central Florida Scouter... [more]

Philmont Scout Ranch Overview

Posted to Philmont Scout Ranch Youtube Videos on January 9th, 2012

Join us for Philmont's 75th anniversary this summer: http://www.PhilmontScoutRanch.org/75 Philmont Scout Ranch is a bustling center for high adventure and training. Youth and adults take advantage of the ranch's camping, training, and work programs... [more]

Book Review: The Scouting Party

Posted to Scouting News on January 9th, 2012

Red Honor Press has done it again, this Offical Book Description: Set in the Progressive Era so dominated by President Theodore Roosevelt, The Scouting Party: Pioneering and Preservation, Progressivism and Preparedness in the Making of the Boy... [more]

Leave No Trace Hot Spot Program

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on January 9th, 2012

Many of the areas where we love to spend time outdoors are impacted by recreational use, some more severely than others. The cause of the impact is not generally malicious intent to do harm to the environment; rather it is most commonly a lack of... [more]

Venturing at Its Best! [Slideshow]

Posted to Summit Blog on January 9th, 2012

Do you have a Scouting story to share?  We want to hear about your adventures and the amazing things Scouts are achieving in your area! So check out this form and let us know what you are up to. But first, check out this story! Fall Fun Rally? Why,... [more]

Helping the Committee Go

Posted to Bobwhite's Blather on January 9th, 2012

As a committee chair, what do you think your biggest challenges are? Conducting the monthly committee meetings? Keeping track of finances and advancement? Helping out at pack meetings or troop campouts? These are all challenges faced by committee... [more]

The Great Rope Escape Magic Trick

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 9th, 2012

This month I am featuring the BSA Abracadabra theme for the January Pack meeting. If you want to add some fun to your meeting, perform a simple magic trick. Cub Scouts will love it. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for... [more]

Lowes Pinewood Derby Workshops 2012

Posted to Scouting News on January 9th, 2012

Lowes and Dremel have teamed up again to offer Pinewood Derby workshops in 2012.  At these clinics experts share their tips and tricks for making good looking and fast racing derby cars. Everyone who attends an event will be given a BSA-approved... [more]

Sun Shines on Scouting's Winter Adventure

Posted to The Scout Association on January 8th, 2012

Nearly 3,000 Scouts and 850 adult volunteers made the most of the unusually mild weekend as they climbed, off-roaded and even ice skated at Gilwell Park's... [more]

Can You See Me Now?

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on January 8th, 2012

A headlamp is a great outdoors tool. It frees up both hands, lights your way or work area, and is convenient. I've got a few different ones (one I even found ontrail at Philmont) that have evolved from incandescent bulbs to LEDs, reducing the... [more]

Citizenship in the World Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 8th, 2012

The Citizenship in the World merit badge is required for Boy Scouts to earn the rank of Eagle Scout [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and more! ]... [more]

Issue 284 – January 8, 2012

Posted to Ask Andy on January 8th, 2012

________________________________________ Rule No. 50: • Beware excess enthusiasm. It often masks incompetence. Rule No. 51: • It's lonesome at the bottom, too. It's just more crowded. ________________________________________ Hi Andy, About the... [more]

Issue 285 – January 8, 2012

Posted to Ask Andy on January 8th, 2012

________________________________________ Rule No. 50: • Beware excess enthusiasm. It often masks incompetence. Rule No. 51: • It's lonesome at the bottom, too. It's just more crowded. ________________________________________ Hi Andy, About the... [more]

IAT Segments

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on January 7th, 2012

I got to hike 30 miles on the Ice Age Trail last week while visiting relatives. This was done as two separate 15-mile day hikes, one on the north-west part of the trail and the other on the south-east part. Even though this national scenic trail is... [more]

JTE Revisited

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on January 7th, 2012

As with many of us we wear multiple hats in Scouting.  First and foremost we wear the Dad (or Mom) hat, then the hat appropriate to our unit, like Scoutmaster or Committee Chair.  Then there often times is some District level hat, whether that is... [more]

BSA Webelos Den Meeting Plan 6: Citizen and Webelos Badge

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 7th, 2012

This plan continues work on the Citizen activity badge and covers Webelos badge requirement 3 (meaning of the Webelos badge), Webelos badge requirement 4 (Webelos uniform), and Webelos badge requirement 7 (Boy Scout knowledge) . [ This is a content... [more]

Ready, Set, Prepare to Race!

Posted to A Scoutmaster's Blog on January 6th, 2012

Nascar may be one of the most popular sports in the country but it may not be on a Cub Scout's radar during the next couple of months as Packs across the nation prepare for one of the biggest annual Cub Scout events: The Pinewood Derby! Hundreds of... [more]

Photo Friday: A Must Have Accessory

Posted to Scouting News on January 6th, 2012

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]

1-10-1

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on January 6th, 2012

Thin ice and cold water boating accidents result in cold water immersion – a serious danger of winter in the out doors. Dr Gordon Giesbrecht coined the phrase 1-10-1 to describe the three critical phases of cold water immersion:  1 - Cold... [more]

Did You Know LEGOs Are a Part of Scouting?

Posted to Summit Blog on January 6th, 2012

What do you get when you have thousands of LEGOs, a ton of games, a karaoke system, section officers from around the Northeast, and a weekend filled with total awesomeness? You get the Northeast Region Gathering of Leaders, of course! The 2011... [more]

Magic Wands Recipe

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 6th, 2012

If you are using the Abracadabra theme this month, try making some Magic Wands to go with them. This recipe is simple enough that you could use it at a Pack meeting. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other... [more]

Right Royal Flexible Volunteering

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on January 6th, 2012

The announcement comes as a great endorsement of Scouting's commitment to allow adults to volunteer their time on a flexible basis. The Duchess will help run a variety of activities relevant to her skills and interests. This could include running... [more]

Our Newest Volunteer

Posted to be.PREPARED on January 6th, 2012

It really is great news that the Duchess of Cambridge is making the Scout Association one the five charities she is supporting in her new role in the royal family. The Duchess will be helping out at groups close to where she lives, with Beavers and... [more]

Duchess of Cambridge Becomes Scout Volunteer

Posted to Scouting News on January 6th, 2012

Duchess of Cambridge Becomes Scout Volunteer By Nelson Block The most popular person in the UK, and one of the most recognized people in the world, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton), has just joined Scouting. The stories on US television... [more]

Girl Scouts Introduce New Cookie to Mark Its 100th Anniversary

Posted to Scouting News on January 6th, 2012

Do you like powdered sugar? Do you like lemon? Then you'll love the Girl Scout's 100th Anniversary cookie. The Savannah Smiles is a dense shortbread like cookie with a light lemon flavor, topped off with a powdered sugar dusting.Savannah Smiles... [more]

Scouts All Set for Wintercamp Mudfest

Posted to The Scout Association on January 5th, 2012

3,000 scouts from across the UK are preparing for a muddy and gusty Wintercamp at Gilwell Park Scout Activity... [more]

Resolve to Volunteer

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on January 5th, 2012

I'm thinking the Scouting program in the UK will see a sharp membership increase this year. The Duchess of Cambridge has signed on as a Scouting volunteer, helping at local cub pack events. Scouting UK is working hard to get more volunteers,... [more]

2012 the Year of the Eagle! #Scoutnation

Posted to The Scoutmaster on January 5th, 2012

2012 is the 100th Anniversary of the Eagle Scout. The Eagle Scout is an elusive creature. His achievements are the stuff of legend. He is roundly respected and ultimately expected to do the right thing. He has been known to be a little tattered... [more]

The Nessmuk Camping Gear Test

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on January 5th, 2012

First published in 1884 Camping and Woodcraft was the first widely read "how-to" book on on the subject . It's author Nessmuk   wrote  ' ' The temptation is to buy this or that bit of indispensable camp kit has been too strong and we have gone to... [more]

Cultural Diversity/Disability Awareness Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 5th, 2012

The focus of this program feature is on respecting different cultures. The big feature for the program theme is either a cultural awareness campout or a cultural fair. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links,... [more]

The Duchess of Cambridge

Posted to Nick's Ramblings UK on January 5th, 2012

The news today is that the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William's wife and future queen, is to be volunteering with Beaver Colonies and Cub Packs close to where she is living, presumably in North Wales. Now the interesting thing about this is that... [more]

Winter Camp in Full Swing

Posted to Scouting News on January 5th, 2012

Article and photos by ScoutingNewsStaff CONROE, TEXAS – With warm clothes and hand warmers stuffed in their packs, Scouts started to roll in to Camp Strake, one of Sam Houston Area Council's four council camps, at 13:00 the day after Christmas for... [more]

First Gear Project

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on January 4th, 2012

This 4x3x2 inch bag contains my latest MYOG project that weighs 1.4 ounces. My wife showed me how to use the sewing machine this weekend and I made this myself - I'm so proud! :-) Sewing is actually a lot easier than I expected. The seams aren't... [more]

Scouting Welcomes Royal Volunteer

Posted to The Scout Association on January 4th, 2012

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge has become Scouting's newest volunteer and will help at local cub packs and beaver colonies, Clarence House has... [more]

Catching Moments of Beauty

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on January 4th, 2012

As 2012 gets itself underway, the sky this morning made a point of reminding me to stop and appreciate the BEAUTY that is around us everyday... [more]

Nature Study for Scout Leaders – Winter in the Woods

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on January 4th, 2012

Winter time is not ‘down time' for nature study – there's plenty happening in the natural world. Here's questions you should be able to answer: Why does winter happen? The Earth's axis is tilted at an angle of 23.5 degrees. The varying... [more]

Taking on the New River's Rapids

Posted to Summit Blog on January 4th, 2012

In this edition of Adventures in Service: Venturing to the Summit, Crew members learned the basics of paddling, boat handling and safety from local West Virginia whitewater guides. Then, those skills were put to the test on the river's well-known... [more]

Graphic Arts Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 4th, 2012

Boy Scouts who want to make an extra nice poster to promote their Student Council candidate or club event should look at the Graphics Arts merit badge. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and... [more]

Words of Wisdom Wednesday: We Are Leaders

Posted to Scouting News on January 4th, 2012

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]

Who Does That?

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on January 3rd, 2012

What do cigarettes, guns, spray paint, knives, and rocks have in common? They account for the majority of vandalism and litter I see on the trail and at trailheads. I often wonder what person does this. Maybe I know him. Maybe he's a friend of... [more]

100 Years in 10 Minutes

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on January 3rd, 2012

Evening all I came across this thanks to Laughing Squid It is well worth taking 10 mins to watch it.     Hope you enjoy   TTFN Kiff ©ChrisMeadows2012 Hello... [more]

International Sportsmans Expo

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on January 3rd, 2012

Denver, CO. The International Sportsmans Expo will take over the Colorado Convention Center this weekend beginning on Thursday at 12pm and concluding Sunday at 5pm. With over 900 companies and organizations, there will be plenty of outdoor goods... [more]

Around the Web on New Years Day

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on January 3rd, 2012

Hello all I have seen some very interesting New Year Messages come out in the last couple of days so I thought I would share them all with you. Dan's... [more]

Solitude and Leadership

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on January 3rd, 2012

Essayist and Critic William Deresiewicz delivered a lecture to the plebe class at the United States Military Academy at West Point in October 2009 concerning  Solitude and Leadership . What follows is my condensed version of his key ideas: …... [more]

Book Review: Getting Started in Pinewood Derby

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 3rd, 2012

I recently received a copy of Getting Started in Pinewood Derby by Troy Thorne. This colorful workbook goes through all of the steps involved in building a car. My favorite thing about the book is that it is directed at Cub Scouts - who should be... [more]

Earning the 50-Miler Award in Yosemite NP

Posted to Scouting News on January 3rd, 2012

The following is a Guest Article by Mike Dubrall. Mike "Uncle Dub Zero" Blogs and writes informative articles on backpacking at 50Miler.com.  Earning the 50-Miler Award There is no place in the world like Yosemite National Park! Scouts can wander... [more]

And So It Begins….

Posted to A Scoutmaster's Blog on January 2nd, 2012

I guess you may now call me Scouter Steve, instead of Scoutmaster Steve. As the new year began I stepped down from the position I held for over thirty years. I am now a committee member. The troop treasurer, to be exact. It is a job with which I... [more]

Winter Camping Leader Tool Box

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on January 2nd, 2012

As we get into serious winter camping again for this season, we reinforce with our Youth leaders  and other adult leaders some of the principles that make for a successful outing.  In developing Youth leaders we put a lot on their shoulders and... [more]

Podcast 99 – Summer Camp Promotion, Connecting the Dots

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on January 2nd, 2012

IN THIS PODCAST Summer Camp Promotion, Connecting the Dots 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 device with Stitcher Smart... [more]

Learn How to Build a Mountain Bike Trail - the SummitCorps Way [Video]

Posted to Summit Blog on January 2nd, 2012

Ever wondered how to build the perfect mountain biking trail? Here is our answer! Months of planning, a little bit of elbow grease and a lot of dedicated workers. That is what it took to complete 12.8 miles of hiking and biking trails in West... [more]

January Cub Scout Theme – Abracadabra (Positive Attitude)

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 2nd, 2012

Rumor has it that BSA will be rolling out an Abracadabra theme for January's core value of Positive Attitude. So this month I am going to highlight some ideas to go along with that magic based program theme also. [ This is a content summary only... [more]

Issue 284 – January 2, 2012

Posted to Ask Andy on January 2nd, 2012

Rule No. 48: Want to create half-hearted Scouts?  It's easy: Just wear a half-hearted uniform. Rule No. 49: No boy can be saved from his own parents. My "Winter Tale" must have struck home for many readers… Thank you for your responses!  I've... [more]

2012 Powder Horn Courses

Posted to Scouting News on January 2nd, 2012

Course Director Roger Tipley and the Sam Houston Area Council would like to announce their Powder Horn Course for 2012. This will be a six-day course covering two weekends. May 4-6 and May 18-20. More information can be found here. Course Director... [more]

Blog Goals

Posted to Scouting Maniac on January 2nd, 2012

Here are some of the goals that I have put together about my blog and this year in regards to Boy Scouts. First, lets look at my goals for the blog: 1. Posts; For the First Six months of 2012 my goal is to create 1 to 2 posts a week. Then in the... [more]

New Years Resolution: A Different Perspective

Posted to Scouting Maniac on January 2nd, 2012

New years resolution: First question is does having and creating a New Years Resolution work?? It doesnt, so why are we all obsessed with creating them. The reason is because society expects us to do but then u must ask: Are u willing serving... [more]

Issue 283 – January 1, 2012

Posted to Ask Andy on January 1st, 2012

As we begin this New Year, here are some thoughts at random for us to consider as we continue to move Scouting forward into this millennium: Scouting Versus Sports The teams of John R. Wooden (1910-2010), head coach for UCLA basketball, won ten... [more]

Troop Loses Everything in Fire

Posted to Scouting News on January 1st, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - Parishioners and Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 60 are working side-by-side to clean up after a fire destroyed more than walls and tents. The fire started at Westport Presbyterian Church due to an accidental spark while crews... [more]

Fresh Start Scoutmaster (or Cubmaster) Minute

Posted to Scouter Mom on January 1st, 2012

The New Year is traditionally a time for beginning again. The thoughts below can be used as a Scoutmaster or Cubmaster Minute to encourage Scouts to look forward to a fresh start rather than focusing on the past. [ This is a content summary only... [more]

What Are Your Scouting New Year's Resolutions?

Posted to Bobwhite's Blather on January 1st, 2012

As the calendar clicks over another year, many of us take time to look back at where we've been in the last twelve months and look ahead to the next twelve. It's also a good time to assess what your … Continue reading →... [more]

2011 in Review

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on January 1st, 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 29,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney... [more]

All Good Things Must Come to an End

Posted to A Scoutmaster's Blog on January 1st, 2012

It is hard to believe, but in about 90 minutes (from when I write this post) I will no longer be the scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 68. At midnight I end my 30 year tenure as the adult leader of the troop in which I was a youth member. I will go to... [more]

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