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March Breakfast Club: Membership Growth

Posted to Scout Wire on February 28th, 2012

The next Council Operations Breakfast Club conference call on March 7 is titled, "What Is the National Council 2012-2013 Membership Growth Strategy?" Joining Assistant Chief Scout Executive Gary Butler will be Ray Wood, chairman of the national... [more]

Expectations

Posted to Adventures and Accidents on February 28th, 2012

My job (the way I pay for my Scouting addiction) involves improving habitat for mule deer, elk and other game species. One great way to enhance habitat for these species, at least in certain areas, is through fire. In the right place at the right... [more]

Bob's Blog: Proud Moments in Our Nation's Capital

Posted to Scout Wire on February 28th, 2012

You know, I say this every time about the Scouts who join me for our annual trip to present the BSA's Report to the Nation: They are nine of the most remarkable young people I've ever met! They represent America's greatest kids. What was unique... [more]

Fat or Fit

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on February 28th, 2012

There is a big push in the BSA, and our Country right now to get fit.  Why?  Because it makes sense.  Fitness leads to longer, happier lives.  This has been at the fore front of our Troop now for a few months as we are preparing for our first trip... [more]

Combine and WIN!

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on February 28th, 2012

Colorado Bend State Park, Texas: We've tried to get this quasi-sport to happen for us and until recently it just had not panned out. This past weekend the stars aligned and finally we can say that we bike-backpacked! Thank you Colorado Bend State... [more]

What I Really Do - AZ Trail

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on February 28th, 2012

Click the image for a larger view. Which one do you think of when you hear someone is hiking 800 miles across Arizona? Scout On... [more]

Retirement Party: Setting Up

Posted to A Scoutmaster's Blog on February 28th, 2012

Last Saturday, February 25th, was the day Boy Scout Troop 68 held a party to recognize my thirty years of service as the troop's scoutmaster. (I retired at the end of last year.) The party was held at the Melrose American legion. It began at 2:00... [more]

'What I Really Do,' a Cub Scouters Edition

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 28th, 2012

After our "What I Really Do" for Scouters hit our Facebook page earlier this month, many leaders asked for a Cub Scouters version. Well, ask and you shall receive. What do you think? Are any of these you? Be honest… And leave a comment below!... [more]

Lighting the Fire

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 28th, 2012

What follows is a collaboration between Larry Geiger and myself. Larry has a great deal of insight on why and how Scouting works; he sent me a couple of different writings and ideas and I saw some connections that resulted in the following article... [more]

Citizenship Pin for Cub Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 28th, 2012

One of the Aims of Scouting is to instill a sense of citizenship in our Scouts. Cub Scouts can learn about our government and how they can get involved in the community by earning the Citizenship pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program... [more]

Finance Impact 'E-Letter': Tax Time, ICE Grants, Fundraising, and More

Posted to Scout Wire on February 28th, 2012

Click to open March 1 issue The March 1 issue of the Finance Impact e-Letter has been published and is available on the Finance Impact website. Articles in this issue cover the following topics: 2012 tax updates 2011 IRS forms 990 and 990-EZ Movie... [more]

Eddie's Etiquette Tip of the Month: Respect Others' Workspaces

Posted to Scout Wire on February 28th, 2012

When entering your coworker's office or cubicle, it's nice to knock before starting a conversation. This simple step shows you respect their workspace and privacy. Also remember that borrowing should always come with permission from the owner, even... [more]

General Typing of Scout Camps for Cub Scouts

Posted to Scouting Maniac on February 28th, 2012

Well I guess before I get too carried away with "Why Scout Camp Is Important" posts I should probably move beyond that subject. So for Summer Camp so far we have introduced the planning process of arranging the details for Scout Camp but we really... [more]

Julia Bradbury Becomes a Scouting Ambassador

Posted to The Scout Association on February 27th, 2012

Outdoor adventurer and TV presenter, Julia Bradbury, is new Scouting... [more]

Membership Impact Unveils Updated Site, Including 'Webinars and Podcast' Section

Posted to Scout Wire on February 27th, 2012

The Membership Impact Department has updated its website to assist volunteers and executives in the area of membership. The site's resources will assist regional, area, council, and district volunteers as they become more engaged in supporting the... [more]

New Commissioner Award Honors Unit, Youth Retention

Posted to Scout Wire on February 27th, 2012

The new Commissioner Service Award of Excellence in Unit Service was developed as a nationwide effort to engage Scouting volunteers and professional Scouters to work together in focusing on unit retention. Any registered commissioner who is... [more]

I Love It When...

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on February 27th, 2012

... a plan comes together. This weekend was a flurry of progress on final plans for my AZ Trail hike. Still a lot more to do, but big progress. A Buddy: For the first few days at least, from the Mexico border to Patagonia, I'll be hiking with... [more]

Podcast 107 – Developing Youth Leaders, Father & Son Time

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 27th, 2012

IN THIS PODCAST Developing Youth leaders, Father & Son Time 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... [more]

Step 3, Putting Your Skills to the Test

Posted to Summit Blog on February 27th, 2012

Youth Leadership is a big deal, and Chris S., one of the Patrol Z Reporters understands this better than many. His 3-part blog entry will outline some of the many ways Scouts can become effective leaders: NYTL. Keep reading for the 3rd part of... [more]

"So, What Is It That You Do?"

Posted to Bobwhite's Blather on February 27th, 2012

At a recent troop meeting we were welcoming a parent of a boy new to Scouting and discussing how the troop and Boy Scouts all works, and in the process of explaining which committee member takes care of dues, or … Continue reading →... [more]

Seed Neckerchief Slide Craft

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 27th, 2012

Several years ago I attended a Cub Scout Pow Wow session on neckerchief slide crafts. They showed us a number of ways to make neckerchief slides from various materials. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links,... [more]

Sign Up Now for Voice of the Scout Webinars

Posted to Scout Wire on February 27th, 2012

There will be six webinars for the Learning Phase of Voice of the Scout in March, which will include instruction on the use of the VOS dashboard. Audience participants should include Scout executives, district executives, and VOS champions, ideally... [more]

Register Now for Fishing Camp School

Posted to Scout Wire on February 27th, 2012

Reserve your spot now for one of three national fishing conferences in 2012 designed to improve councils' 12-month fishing programs. Fishing is very popular with our Scouts as verified by a recent Boys' Life survey. It revealed that among Scouts,... [more]

Scout Hours Update 1

Posted to Scouting Maniac on February 27th, 2012

As you are hopefully aware I have taken on the task of trying to accurately record the number of hours I spend on any project, event, meeting, or activity related to Scouts. I have not posted the grand total for hours spent in January 2012. The... [more]

Why Scout Camp Is Important Part 3

Posted to Scouting Maniac on February 27th, 2012

I realize that many of you would think that I have gone overboard about the subject of "Why Scout Camp is Important" but I still have covered this topic in its entirety. Basically what I am doing is that I am trying to give you as Scout Leaders,... [more]

Find Out What's New With the 2011-2015 National Council Strategic Plan

Posted to Scout Wire on February 26th, 2012

Read more about our progress toward achieving the 26 objectives outlined in the 2011-2015 National Council Strategic Plan, as well as a few recent changes made to the plan... [more]

Second Class Rank Requirements for Boy Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 26th, 2012

Second Class is the second rank a Boy Scout can earn. He earns it after Tenderfoot. The Second Class rank requirements for Boy Scouts continue to teach the youth to the skills he needs to advance in Boy Scouting. [ This is a content summary only... [more]

You've Heard of the Area 2 Project … What's the Latest?

Posted to Scout Wire on February 26th, 2012

One of the goals of the Area 2 project is to take nine of the Michigan councils and merge them into four, all governed by an administrative entity. That administrative entity is temporarily named the Greater Michigan Council and its council number... [more]

The Friendship Knot

Posted to A Scouter's Journey on February 26th, 2012

A couple days ago I wasn't quite feeling it before a troop meeting. It wasn't scouts per say but I was having trouble getting my khaki on in a spiritual sense. My friend Shawn suggested to teach the boys something new as a way to kick my slump. We... [more]

In the Zone in 'Zona

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

From Flagstaff to Phoenix, we spent the better part of this week working with youth from school groups to the Girl Scouts! In a state with such a wealth in public lands, it was awesome to see young people so excited about the outdoors and... [more]

Concho Valley Council Gets New Name, Address

Posted to Scout Wire on February 25th, 2012

At the Feb. 11 annual meeting of the Concho Valley Council, No. 741, the executive board voted to change the council's name to the Texas Southwest Council . The council's physical address has also changed. The new address is: 104 Veterans Memorial... [more]

BSA Wolf Den Meeting Plan 8: Cooking and Eating and Start a Collection

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 25th, 2012

This Wolf Den Meeting plan covers part of Wolf Achievement 8 - Cooking and Eating and part of Wolf Achievement 6 - Start a Collection. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and more! ]... [more]

Camp Season Is Coming: Be Prepared for Communicable Diseases

Posted to Scout Wire on February 25th, 2012

The National Council has published new guidelines for councils to consult when dealing with either current or prospective members who have been exposed to a communicable disease. The online-only guidelines, No. 680-453, are an update of No. 19-453,... [more]

2nd Quilt

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on February 25th, 2012

It may be too light for my AZ hike, but I expect it to be perfect for summer backpacking on the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin. This sleeping quilt has only almost 1 inch of loft, but takes up a lot less space than my first quilt so it's tempting to... [more]

Why Scout Camp Is Important Part 2

Posted to Scouting Maniac on February 24th, 2012

So we have now covered the four major reasons that parents use when they don't want their son to go to Scout Camp. Again the most important reasons why parents don't send their Scout to camp is because of: Its too expensive. Its too much like... [more]

Getting the Whole Picture:

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on February 24th, 2012

Whole Earth Provision Company, Dallas, Texas. We always love when people get the whole picture. We visited the Dallas Whole Earth Provision Company earlier this week, and will be at both their Austin store on Lamar and main offices coming up this... [more]

The Buzz - February 24, 2012, "Report to the Nation"

Posted to BSA Internal Communications Youtube Videos on February 24th, 2012

Keith Christopher, leader of the BSA's 2011 Report to the Nation delegation, shares highlights of the delegation's recent trip to Washington D.C. and offers resources for local councils to create a Report to the... [more]

Do You Know Where the 2013 Jamboree Is?

Posted to Summit Blog on February 24th, 2012

The Summit is where? West Virginia? Is that a state? Oh, I've been to Western Virginia We've heard it all. And now, we want to set the record straight on exactly where you will be when you come to the Summit Bechtel Reserve for the 2013 National... [more]

Welding Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 24th, 2012

Today (Feb 24, 2012) is the first day Boy Scouts can start earning the new Welding merit badge. Opportunities in the welding field are endless, and Scouts earning their Welding merit badge can not only explore the fundamentals of welding, but also... [more]

Issue 292 – February 24, 2012

Posted to Ask Andy on February 24th, 2012

Issue 292 – February 24, 2012 ________________________________________ Rule No. 59: • When your good work speaks for itself, don't interrupt. ________________________________________ Dear Andy, You noted, recently, that the new EAGLE SCOUT SERVICE... [more]

The Evil Motorway Sign

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on February 24th, 2012

Mwahahahaha was the sound that was heard bouncing around the Motorway as the traffic started to back up. Continue reading →... [more]

Spiral Tower

Posted to Ropes and Poles on February 24th, 2012

Jason Raad from First Bergvliet Sea Scouts in Cape Town built this tower as his Springbok construction project. It's a spiral staircase, anchored around a central flagpole. All of the uprights are firmly bedded in the ground, set into holes made... [more]

If Only We Knew Where the Skills We Learn Could Lead Us

Posted to UK Chief Commissioner Blog on February 23rd, 2012

After a couple of days at Gilwell during the week Wayne caught up with former Scout, Phil Packer, whilst he was in Guernsey as part of his BRIT 2012 Challenge, in which he is travelling around the UK raising awareness of his... [more]

Gettin' Out the WHY in AZ!

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on February 23rd, 2012

Our week kicked off with back-to-back stellar sessions in Flagstaff and Sedona with the Northern Arizona University Trip Leaders and the Red Rock Ranger District in the Coconino National Forest. With both groups we got to really dig into the "why"... [more]

Open for Debate: Who Really Made That Pinewood Derby Car?

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

There's something fishy about Hunter's Pinewood Derby car. The paint job is a little too professional, the edges a little too perfect. While other cars wobble down the track, this thing's a rocket every time. And for some reason, when Hunter picks... [more]

Partnership in Action

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on February 23rd, 2012

Cortez, CO. A long standing partner and supporter of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, Osprey Packs, Inc. holds a Kid's Essay Contest every year. This year, Osprey is seeking great writing that highlights kid's very best adventures with... [more]

The Rules Create the Game

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 23rd, 2012

Scouting's policies and procedures are not intended to check the ardor, interest or inventiveness of Scouts but to guide their efforts towards the aims of Scouting and to keep them safe A common problem arises when we misunderstand the place of a... [more]

DIY Pack

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on February 23rd, 2012

Yes, Mom, I made it myself! With very little seam ripping and only two permanent alterations (mistakes), I've got my pack I plan to use for 2,000 miles this summer. It is a G4 pattern that I purchased online and sewed at home. I've been hiking with... [more]

Venturing Date Night, Take 2

Posted to Adventures and Accidents on February 23rd, 2012

Last Friday we had our second Venturing date night. (For my discussion of our first one, see here .) After our last date night, we had a discussion about the purposes of dating and I challenged them to do a second date and incorporate what they... [more]

Citizenship Belt Loop for Cub Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 23rd, 2012

One of the Aims of Scouting is to train youth in the responsibilities of citizenship. One way to promote citizenship in our younger scouts is to encourage them to earn the Citizenship belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program. [ This... [more]

Picture Thursday 23_02_12

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

It was taken on a recent work trip over there it was the mother monkey was grooming the younger monkey and it looks totally fed up with the whole process. I am guessing that it was a teenager monkey and was thinking (in the voice of Kevin Patterson)... [more]

Scout App Helleniechsin Now on Android

Posted to Scouting News on February 23rd, 2012

Scouts and Order of the Arrow members who want to speak the language of the Lenni Lenape (Delaware Indian) language but don't have an iPhone can now enjoy  Helleniechsin  on an Android based device. Dan with ScoutApps.net  has spent countless hours... [more]

Devils Half Acre

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on February 23rd, 2012

Here is a short video of our Troops last adventure.  We loaded up and headed to the intersection of the Historic Barlow Trail and the PCT.  From there we packed up the Pulk Sleds and hiked down to Devils Half Acre and set up camp.  Saturday Morning... [more]

SMM101 – Founders Day Podcast

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on February 22nd, 2012

Today is Founders Day. In this show we talk a bit about founders day and hear a word from the Scouting's Secretary General, Luc Panissod. We also talk about vision and why Scouting is important to me. Plus a cool song I picked up along the way... [more]

Founders Day – SMM101

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute Podcast on February 22nd, 2012

Today is Founders Day.  In this show we talk a bit about founders day and hear a word from the Scouting's Secretary General, Luc Panissod.  We also talk about vision and why Scouting is important to me.  Plus a cool song I picked up along the way... [more]

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Posted to Boy Scouts of America Youtube Videos on February 22nd, 2012

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Posted to Boy Scouts of America Youtube Videos on February 22nd, 2012

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Founder's Day

Posted to Scouting News on February 22nd, 2012

Happy Founder's Day from the ScoutingNews Staff! Founder's day is celebrated all throughout the world in remembrance to Lord Baden-Powell. Today is his birthday (born in 1857). Did anyone make him a cake? Girl Guides and Girl Scouts throughout the... [more]

Founders Day 2012

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on February 22nd, 2012

When we teach our Scouts about setting goals and accomplishing tasks, we always start with their vision.  We ask them to take the time in their mind's eye and see what the outcome is going to look like.   What do they want to see in the end... [more]

Founder's Day Celebrates Baden-Powell's Legendary Life

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 22nd, 2012

Lord Robert Baden-Powell had a habit for sounding smart. But really, what would you expect from the founder of the worldwide Scout movement, which now boasts 30 million Scouts in 161 countries? Three of my favorite quotes from the Scouting legend... [more]

Meet Patrol Z [Video]

Posted to Summit Blog on February 22nd, 2012

We are members of Patrol Z, and we're here to tell your story. We are interested in letting others know what fun, cool and exciting opportunities you are taking part in, so they can get excited about Scouting, and specifically Jamboree 2013 at the... [more]

A Retirement Party

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

The troop committee and parents have decided to host an open house to celebrate (?) my retirement as the scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 68. I have been told I need to attend this party. They even checked with me to make sure I had the date... [more]

Forestry Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 22nd, 2012

Boy Scouts who are interested in conservation and tree identification will enjoy earning the Forestry merit badge. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and more! ]... [more]

Three Reasons Your Scouts Are Not Leading

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 22nd, 2012

THE REASON They don't appear to know how to lead. WHAT'S HAPPENING Scouts are elected to leadership positions but are doing a lackluster job. They don't seem to appreciate the opportunity and are very slow to take things on. THE SOLUTION Sometimes... [more]

Scouts Do 1 Thing on Founder's Day

Posted to ScoutBaseUK on February 21st, 2012

Today Scouting celebrates the birth of our founder, Robert Baden-Powell. And now is the perfect time to reflect on the scout promise, particularly when it comes to 'helping other... [more]

Stadri Emblems Customer Review

Posted to Stadri Emblems Scouting Blog on February 21st, 2012

Adrienne, I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful job you did on the neckerchiefs . First of all, they look great – the boys that got them were very impressed at how much they look like the old ones! Second, getting a small batch to us at camp... [more]

The Outdoors

Posted to Adventures and Accidents on February 21st, 2012

I've been thinking lately that I really need to get our youth camping more. This has been a chronic problem in our ward since before I moved in. The Scouts (deacons) go camping exactly once each year--to summer camp. They should be camping monthly... [more]

Oh Canada!

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 21st, 2012

Over time I have heard from listeners and readers in Canada, (quite a few actually). I know a little bit about Canadian Scouting (Scouts Canada) but I think it's high time we all learned more don't you? So to all my Canadian Friends – Let's... [more]

Texas Trainers:

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on February 21st, 2012

Pedernales Falls and McKinney Falls State Parks, Texas. Team West of the Subaru / Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers have been adding to the faithful ranks of Trainers in the Lone Star State. Trainer Courses were held at Pedernales Falls State Park... [more]

2B2B

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on February 21st, 2012

2 B usy 2 B log This entire past week, I've been running back and forth, round and round, over and under. But, today I got to take a big breath and relax! In a nutshell, Got a loaner sewing machine Finished sewing my backpack Sewed a 2nd sleeping... [more]

Scout (and Other) Swiss Army Knives Discount Offer

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 21st, 2012

Amazon has a pretty sweet deal on Victorinox Swiss Army knives; buy $50.00 worth of Swiss army knives and get $10.00 off. Amazon's pricing is already about as good as it gets for these knives and since you don't pay shipping for purchases over... [more]

Journey to Excellence Service Projects

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 21st, 2012

The Journey to Excellence Service Project initiative encourages Scouting units to carry out meaningful service projects. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and more! ]... [more]

Washes Dishes and Rhododendron

Posted to Nick's Ramblings UK on February 21st, 2012

I spent the weekend at Barnswood Camp (that's the view from the gate at the top of the page) with our Cubs and those from Berry Hill. This is our traditional yearly camp with them, although we are a couple of months late this time! This camp I... [more]

Planting Seeds of Kindness Theme for Cub Scouts

Posted to Scouting News on February 21st, 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.   Word on the street is that BSA is getting ready to release a supplemental theme for March called... [more]

3rd 100 Days of Scouting: Day 13

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 20th, 2012

Day 13 Just wanted to share this logo for the Catholic Committee on Scouting. Today was a down day, recovering from an unpleasant stomach bug. Managed to finally get a lot of drafts finalized and posted, so I hope you are enjoying them. It has been... [more]

Troop 4247 Show on Scouting Radio

Posted to Commissioner Keith Comments on February 20th, 2012

Girl Scout Troop 4247 completed their first Internet radio show for Scouting Radio and the five girls reported on a range of topics from Juliet Gordon Lowe, girl scout badges, the history of the Girl Scout cookie sales (Including an original cookie... [more]

…and Morally Straight.

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on February 20th, 2012

What do we mean when we talk about "Morally Straight"?  How do we explain that to our Scouts when our Scouts come from many different backgrounds, family dynamics, and religious beliefs? Simply put, a Scout is clean in thought, word, and deed. We... [more]

Trails to Testimony

Posted to Adventures and Accidents on February 20th, 2012

I just finished reading Trails to Testimony by Brad Harris, and thought I would give a review. But I'm not really very good at that sort of thing, so this probably won't be quite like your usual book review. In many ways it was a difficult book for... [more]

Podcast 106 Order of the Arrow, Young Troops and Young Scouts

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 20th, 2012

IN THIS PODCAST A discussion of the Order for the Arrow and a question about working with young troops and young Scouts LINKS IN THIS PODCAST A Scouter's Golden Opportunity  the poem mentioned in the podcast KEEP IN TOUCH Contact Clarke Green Call... [more]

Outreach at Georgia Tech

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on February 20th, 2012

Atlanta, GA . Today, Team East is going back to college! That's right, we are visiting Georgia Institute of Technology- Georgia Tech- to work with the Outdoor Recreation Center (ORGT) on campus. ORGT offers numerous programs throughout the year,... [more]

Camelbak 2011 Lobo Hydration Pack

Posted to Summit Blog on February 20th, 2012

Editor's Note: This post is part of an ongoing collaboration between Patrol Z and the BSA Supply Group. For a full list of available products, visit www.scoutstuff.org . Indoors or outdoors, good weather or bad, hiking or biking; there isn't always... [more]

Ice Skating Pin for Cub Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 20th, 2012

Ice skating makes a great pack activity, especially if you have a nice rink nearby. If your pack or den is going skating this winter, your Cub Scouts might be able to complete some of the requirements for the Ice Skating Pin from the Cub Scout... [more]

Webelos Den Leaders: What's Your Most Important Job?

Posted to Bobwhite's Blather on February 20th, 2012

Look in chapter 21 of the Cub Scout Leader Book and you'll find a description of the Webelos program including an outline of the Webelos den leader's responsibilities. It's really brief: The Webelos den leader plans and carries out a year-round... [more]

3rd 100 Days of Scouting: Day 12

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 19th, 2012

Day 12 ...and then it was my turn. Everyone seems be recovering from a 24 hour stomach bug, so they can help me like I helped them. Today's Scouting will consist of reading email and trying not to share the illness outside of my home. A Scout is... [more]

Issue 291 – February 19, 2012

Posted to Ask Andy on February 19th, 2012

Rule No. 58: • If "the fine print" were your friend, it would be printed in large. ________________________________________ Hi Andy, I'm starting work on my College of Commissioner Science doctoral thesis. One idea I got from reading your column…... [more]

Astronomy Pin for Cub Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 19th, 2012

If you are planning some activities for your pack or den for this spring, consider an evening of stargazing. While you are out studying the night sky, your Cub Scouts can work on the requirements for the Astronomy Pin from the Cub Scout Academics... [more]

Subaru Master the Mountain Crested Butte

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

Great day today in Crested Butte with the Subaru Master the Mountain Event. I think there might have even been a Leave No Trace Bigfoot sighting? People tell me he was telemark skiing on the slopes today, but I wasn't fast enough to get a photo,... [more]

Wows and Pows - Week of Feb. 13th

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

Wows! It was our first week on the road and we got to see tons of epic places, awesome landscapes, and work with some cool Leave No Trace learners! One highlight was working with the S.A.F.E. Afterschool Program in Rio Rancho, NM. In what must have... [more]

BSA Bear Den Meeting 6 – More Sawdust and Nails and Games, Games, Games!

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 18th, 2012

This Bear Den Meeting plan completes Bear Achievement 20 – Sawdust and Nails and covers part of Bear Achievement 15 - Games, Games, Games. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and more! ]... [more]

Moving Up, Moving Forward

Posted to A Scouter's Journey on February 18th, 2012

Based on the events of this week I'd almost think it was "advancement week" if there was such a thing. I had Scoutmaster conferences with four Cub Scouts who will be earning their Arrow of Light at their Blue & Gold next weekend. 5 Scouts total... [more]

3rd 100 Days of Scouting: Day 11

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 18th, 2012

Day 11 Those reading these posts know that yesterday was a tough day. My fellow Scouts are to finish our great trip, while I am home tending to the sick. At 7AM, my son, the Life Scout, comes up the stairs quite unexpectedly. They should almost be... [more]

West Virginia National Guard Creates Task Force for the Summit

Posted to Scouting News on February 18th, 2012

One big thing the BSA lost when moving away from Fort A.P. Hill as their jamboree site is the support from the Army. This week the West Virginia National Guard stepped up to fill these shoes. They announced a multi-agency task for to support the... [more]

3rd 100 Days of Scouting: Day 10

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 17th, 2012

Day 10 We have waited for this weekend for a very long time. Four and a half years, to be precise. A brand new troop of three Boy Scouts, all former Lone Scouts, and two Webelos Scouts who were about to make the jump to the troop began what is... [more]

New Girl Scout Research Affirms Girls' Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Posted to Scouting News on February 17th, 2012

New York, N.Y.  - According to the Girl Scout Research Institute study  Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math ,  though a majority of today's girls have a clear interest in  STEM , they don't prioritize... [more]

I Interview the Eagle Scout on 'the Voice,' and He Hits All the Right Notes

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 17th, 2012

Phillip Arnold had just returned from the first round of The Voice in Los Angeles, where, by all accounts, he stole the show. He was adored by the celebrity judges and praised by entertainment bloggers. TV ratings showed that his audience was 16... [more]

Photo Fridays: Proper Positioning Techniques

Posted to Scouting News on February 17th, 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]

Ten Essentials of Scoutmastership

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 17th, 2012

The Ten Essentials of Scoutmastership penned by William ‘Green Bar'  Hillcourt were part of the Scoutmaster's Handbook for many years. 1. A belief in boys that will make you want to invest yourself and your time on their behalf. As Plato said... [more]

Leadership With an EDGE

Posted to Summit Blog on February 17th, 2012

Youth Leadership is a big deal, and Chris S., one of the Patrol Z Reporters understands this better than many. His 3-part blog entry will outline some of the many ways Scouts can become effective leaders: NYTL. Keep reading for the 2nd part of... [more]

Annual Participation Survey

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on February 17th, 2012

Where did 2011 take you? Did you leave no trace? We are collecting responses from people and organizations across the world to record the impact that you didn't have, because you left no trace. Your support with this survey will be used to guide the... [more]

Ding Dong Cherry Cobbler

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 17th, 2012

This recipe is a twist on the Dutch oven cobbler. My sons like making this just because of the novelty of the ding dongs in the cobbler. It is pretty easy to make. Most patrols with at least one experienced camp cooks could do this without... [more]

Pioneering Competition - Trestle Bridges

Posted to Ropes and Poles on February 17th, 2012

This newspaper clipping from the 4th of May 1973 shows single lock trestle bridges built by Scout troops in Benoni, at a competition camp at Arrowe Park . From the accompanying article: Benoni District Scouts attended a camp competition last... [more]

3rd 100 Days of Scouting: Day 8

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 16th, 2012

Day 8 Tonight is our meeting night. I have a Bear den as part of my weekly hour...followed by our troop meeting...another hour...and change each week. Before the den meeting a mom called me aside to discuss her son's behavior. He is fairly new to... [more]

3rd 100 Days of Scouting: Day 9

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 16th, 2012

Day 9 Just take your eye off of the ball for a little while, and what happens? A granny knot instead a square knot. I'm kind of exhausted after last night , and keep replaying it in my head. Scouting became a big struggle for me after the 100 Days... [more]

Scouting Supporters Reconnect

Posted to ScoutBaseUK on February 16th, 2012

Over 150 people gathered for our first ever event to bring together Scouting... [more]

'What I Really Do' for Scouters

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 16th, 2012

In case you missed it on Facebook , here's our contribution to the "What I Really Do" meme that's been popular this week. What do you think, Scouters? For another Scouting-related example, click here ... [more]

Scouts Seek to Expand Camp With Land Patent

Posted to Scouting News on February 16th, 2012

Most people would think all the land in Maryland would be accounted for. Leave it up to the Boy Scouts to find something that seems to not exist. 19 acres in Harford County is not on the tax rolls. Surrounding the 19 acres is Broad Creek Memorial... [more]

Hello From the 2012 E-Tour Team!

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on February 16th, 2012

At Great Sand Dunes National Park on our drive out of Colorado! Hello Leave No Trace fans! Welcome to the first post from your 2012 e-tour Traveling Trainers, still with that new car smell in the Subaru ! We wanted to go ahead and introduce... [more]

A Scouter's Golden Opportunity

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 16th, 2012

A Scouter's Golden Opportunity I took a piece of plastic clay And idly fashioned it one day. And as I pressed it, still It bent and yielded to my will. I came again when day was past That bit of clay was hard at last; My early impress still it bore... [more]

March Cub Scout Theme – Planting Seeds of Kindness (Compassion)

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 16th, 2012

The core value for the month of March is Compassion. I have heard through the grapevine that the first supplemental plan for this core value will be "Planting Seeds of Kindness". [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full... [more]

Picture Thursday 16_02_12

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on February 16th, 2012

Would polishing your big gun daily be a honour or a chore? I guess only the a soldier in the Gibraltar army can answer that question... [more]

Boy Scouts Hit Black Gold

Posted to Scouting News on February 16th, 2012

Every camp and council throughout the country could use an extra $10,000 a month. Camp Teetonkah in Jackson County, Michigan is providing just that. The 220-acre camp was found to have oil and the  Great Sauk Trail Council  will begin to extract it... [more]

Nation's Leaders Gather to Celebrate a Century of Eagle Scouts' Positive Impact on America

Posted to Scouting News on February 15th, 2012

New Research Finds that Eagle Scouts More Likely to Be Leaders at Work, Goal-oriented WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 15, 2012)-Since the first Eagle Scout Award was earned in 1912, more than 2 million young men have gone on to achieve the Boy Scouts of... [more]

Find Out What Girl Scouts Stored in Their Time Capsule

Posted to Scouting News on February 15th, 2012

In 1986, the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Girl Scouts of America, girls buried a time capsule at Camp Low on Rose Dhu Island, Georgia. The granite marker lay undisturbed for 25 years, not to be opened until the centennial anniversary ... [more]

Texting and Driving – It Can Wait

Posted to Scout Wire on February 15th, 2012

The BSA and AT&T want all Scouts and Scouters to think twice before they drive and text. Please help us spread the word by taking the "It Can Wait" pledge... [more]

On Stage

Posted to Nick's Ramblings UK on February 15th, 2012

Last week, the Scouts were given a guided backstage tour of the Regent Theatre in Hanley by our Assistant Scout Leader. There was no show on, so we were able to go to areas the public never see. We even went the top of the stage – 21 metres high!... [more]

BeAScout

Posted to Wayne Brock TV on February 15th, 2012

In this episode, I talk about the importance of BeAScout in our recruitment efforts and how our national marketing campaigns support it. Please use the comments feature below the video window to let me know how you use BeAScout and how we can... [more]

BSA Patrol/Troop First-Aid Kit | the Z Review

Posted to Summit Blog on February 15th, 2012

Editor's Note: This post is part of an ongoing collaboration between Patrol Z and the BSA Supply Group. For a full listing of available products, visit  www.scoutstuff.org . The BSA Patrol/Troop First-Aid Kit  from Adventure® Medical,  is a well... [more]

Looking for Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ideas? Read This

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 15th, 2012

To turn a run-of-the-mill Eagle Scout Court of Honor into something unforgettable, toss out the carbon-copy script your troop has used for years. Instead, pick up a copy of  The   Eagle Court of Honor Book    ( $14.99 at ScoutStuff.org ). Buy the... [more]

Lore of the Kybo

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 15th, 2012

Entering that  humble wooden structure so elemental to our camping memories inspires terror in some and  relief in others. The simple truth remains; eventually all must go. "Kybo" is its familiar name throughout world Scouting. A moniker that may... [more]

Nephi Was an Eagle Scout

Posted to Adventures and Accidents on February 15th, 2012

This morning I was directed to the blog of Brad Harris, author of Trails to Testimony . He describes how Nephi was an Eagle Scout. http://www.trailstotestimony.com/blog/2011/07/nephi-would-have-made-a-great-boy-scout/ This is right in-line with my... [more]

Words of Wisdom Wednesday: BP Quote

Posted to Scouting News on February 15th, 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]

National Annual Meeting

Posted to Boy Scouts of America "What's Hot" on February 15th, 2012

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Hiking Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 15th, 2012

Either the Cycling merit badge OR the Hiking merit badge OR the Swimming merit badge is required for the rank of Eagle Scout. Boy Scouts who earn more than one of these badges may count the additional badges as electives. [ This is a content summary... [more]

Canon Photography Workshop - Philmont Training Center

Posted to Philmont Scout Ranch Youtube Videos on February 14th, 2012

http://www.philmontscoutranch.org/photography.aspx In the fall of 2011 Canon and the Boy Scouts of America partnered to host the first annual Scouting photography workshop at Philmont Scout... [more]

3rd 100 Days of Scouting: Day 7

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 14th, 2012

Day 7 If this picture looks a little familiar, it is the same as yesterday's but back when the pool was still full of water, and the world was a lot more black-and-white. Not a lot of Scouting today. I cleared a lot of Scouting stuff off of my... [more]

Software Upgrade Project: What's the Latest?

Posted to Scout Wire on February 14th, 2012

The effort by the National Council to replace outdated financial, membership, and human resources software began in 2010 with the replacement of the payroll system used by local councils. In January of this year, the fiscals software used by the... [more]

Pulling Me Back In

Posted to A Scoutmaster's Blog on February 14th, 2012

Have you ever retired from an organization only to feel that they never let you go, or that they are trying to pull you back? That happened to me Monday night with the Boy Scout troop. Unfortunately, I have no one to blame but myself. I volunteered... [more]

WATCH: How Did Our Favorite Eagle Scout Singer Do on 'the Voice'?

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 14th, 2012

Pip didn't just sing last night. He "absolutely blew the roof off the place," said host Carson Daly. Phillip Arnold, known on the show as Pip, gave a powerful rendition of The Animals' "House of the Rising Sun" during last night's episode. The... [more]

How Are We Doing?

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 14th, 2012

How are we doing? Scouting is replete with different measures for success. The metrics of finance, membership, activity, advancement, training, miles hiked, feet climbed, distances paddled, roads biked, all serve to give us different perspectives... [more]

New Feature

Posted to Adventures and Accidents on February 14th, 2012

I've been meaning to do this for a while and just got around to it. I've added some labels to my posts and have links to the labels in the right hand column. I don't know if they're very good, but they might help people find things better. Hope it... [more]

A Scouting Parable

Posted to Adventures and Accidents on February 14th, 2012

This was shared by David Pack from the LDS-BSA relationships office at a Little Philmont training last Saturday. I wish I could have recorded it word-for-word because it was so good. But I can't, so you get my re-telling of it. There is one cuisine... [more]

Don't Forget

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on February 14th, 2012

Between all your meetings, exercising to stay in shape, starting on taxes, deleting spam emails, checking out youtube videos, and the millions of other things that take up your time today - don't forget. Even if you hate chocolate - don't forget... [more]

Happy Birthday BSA!

Posted to Adventures and Accidents on February 14th, 2012

On February 8, 1910 the Boy Scouts of America was officially born. We all know the story of William D. Boyce, lost in a London fog, who received help from a young man who refused a tip for his service. From that simple Good Turn, the great Scouting... [more]

Problem – Scouters Too Involved in Meetings

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 14th, 2012

The adults involved are very enthusiastic, which is great, but they tend to talk over the kids and take over the meetings. Some of the adults are keeping the kids form running the meetings successfully. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the... [more]

\'The Training Times': New Guidelines for 'Trained' Leaders

Posted to Scout Wire on February 14th, 2012

The Winter 2012 issue of The Training Times newsletter has been published and is available online. (A PDF version also is available.) In this issue, you can read about a change in the set of courses necessary for a unit-level leader to be... [more]

Posted to Ask Andy on February 14th, 2012

Issue 290 – February 14, 2012 ________________________________________ Rule No. 57: • One troop in town will constantly struggle to stay afloat; two troops in town will both succeed. ________________________________________ HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!... [more]

3rd 100 Days of Scouting: Day 6

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 13th, 2012

Day 6 Spoke with one of our Eagle Scout candidates. This almost 18 year-old was one of my original Cub Scouts that we began the pack with 8 years ago. He was a Lone Scout for 2 years while we built up enough Webelos Scouts to get a troop started... [more]

Plastic Water Bottle Ban at Grand Canyon

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

Grand Canyon, AZ. Every one of us can make a difference by making small changes to better the environment. This past week, Grand Canyon National Park passed a plan to ban the sales of individual plastic water bottles at the park. The park's plan... [more]

In Washington, Report to the Nation Delegates Hit the Ground Running

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 13th, 2012

How are the 2011 Report to the Nation delegates adjusting to the fast-paced environment of Washington, D.C.? Just fine. But what would you expect with a group of Scouts? The group's whirlwind visit to our nation's capital started Saturday with an... [more]

Team Building and Cooperation Skills

Posted to HalfEagle Answers on February 13th, 2012

I have a group of webelos that are constantly fighting and picking on each other. i need some ideas that will have them working together to build up their cooperation. the problem is that they are all so competitive and DO NOT like to lose. losing... [more]

'Finance Impact E-Letter': Feb. 15 Issue Covers Fiscals Rollout

Posted to Scout Wire on February 13th, 2012

Click to open Feb. 15 issue The Feb. 15 issue of the Finance Impact e-Letter has been published and is available on the Finance Impact site. In this issue of the e-Letter , you will find information related to the rollout plans for the new fiscal... [more]

Podcast 105 – From Scout to Scout Parent

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 13th, 2012

IN THIS PODCAST From Scout to Scout Parent, What Counts Towards Leadership? 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... [more]

Displays of Scouting 2012

Posted to A Scoutmaster's Blog on February 13th, 2012

It is that time of year again. Troop 68 has set up four displays about Boy Scouting around town. The displays were set up on Friday, February 3, in time for the 102nd anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. They will be taken down later this... [more]

Want to Fly at the Summit?

Posted to Summit Blog on February 13th, 2012

You've heard about Mayhem Mountain , and how you can catch some big air at the Summit's high-adventure basecamp for BMX and skateboarding. But just in case that isn't your style, there is another way you can fly at the 2013 jamboree. Just sign up... [more]

Walking Away Is Easy

Posted to Bobwhite's Blather on February 13th, 2012

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to decide to do the right thing. Every year we get a handful of Scouts who decide, for one reason or another, not to continue in Scouting. They decide that they'd rather play … Continue reading →... [more]

Four Facts Game

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 13th, 2012

This is an icebreaker game. It would also work well with any activity relating to personal history or storytelling. I think it could also be worked into a discussion about honesty. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for... [more]

FAQ Reinforces Strong Chartering Organization Relationship Between BSA, American Heritage Girls

Posted to Scout Wire on February 13th, 2012

The membership and training teams receive many questions about the relationship between the BSA and American Heritage Girls. To help explain how the two organizations work together, we've compiled some frequently asked questions into one document... [more]

Great Recognition for Scouting in Scotland

Posted to UK Chief Commissioner Blog on February 12th, 2012

Joining Scouts Scotland for their annual Scottish Scout Burns Supper was a great opportunity to enjoy some warm hospitality and get up to speed on why Scouting in Scotland is thriving and is now formally recognised by... [more]

\'The Commissioner': Winter 2012 Issue Now Available

Posted to Scout Wire on February 12th, 2012

Click to open Winter issue The Winter 2012 issue of The Commissioner newsletter has been published and is available online. In this issue, you can read about how the national Key 3 provides an integrated, engaged leadership model that can inspire... [more]

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 12th, 2012

Day 5 Love the jacket on this book. My wife is ill with pneumonia, and I spent the day quietly reading about Scouting trends and updating my pack and troop on odds and ends while watching over her. Recommended to our pack that we pull together a... [more]

AZT Maps

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on February 12th, 2012

One step closer to being ready for the Arizona Trail. I received a brand-new map set on CD of the entire 800+ miles of trail on Friday. The maps are 1:28,000 scale and each image prints on an 8.5x11 sheet. These maps are very detailed and should be... [more]

Scouting- a Way of Life

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on February 12th, 2012

Picked this up along the way.. it still rings true today. The Scout Oath and Law are a system of principles, and the program of Scouting is the method of making these principles work in the lives of boys.  Let your boys know that the Oath and Law... [more]

Announcements Song

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 12th, 2012

The Announcements Song will add some laughs to the dry business parts of your meetings. Sing "Announcements, announcements, announcements" followed by one of the verses and then do an announcement. Sing it again and then do another announcement. [... [more]

Learn How to Market High-Adventure Opportunities

Posted to Scout Wire on February 12th, 2012

Camp attendance numbers are a leading indicator of retention. Learn ways to drive camp and high-adventure base attendance with a campaign that highlights the adventure and excitement of Scouting at a Marketing webinar planned for Wednesday, Feb... [more]

How to Register for First-Ever Jamboree at the Summit

Posted to Scout Wire on February 11th, 2012

The need for staff at the jamboree and the steady progress underway at the Summit were hot topics at the recent BSA board and committee meetings held near the national office in Irving, Texas. To learn how to register yourself or to ask your... [more]

One Treasury, Three Funds

Posted to A Scoutmaster's Blog on February 11th, 2012

As the newest treasurer of the Boy Scout Troop 68 committee it will be my job to pay bills and keep the checkbooks balanced. Some of the responsibilities I am familiar with, but others are presenting a bit of a challenge. I hope to have it all... [more]

3rd 100 Days of Scouting: Day 4

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 11th, 2012

Day 4 Spent today doing some investing of time into our pack and troop. Sent out the list of requirements to the den leaders and den chiefs for the Den Chief Service Award . I think most of them have either earned it or are really close. Contacted... [more]

2-11-12

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on February 11th, 2012

"Listen Lord, oh listen Lord, As I whisper soft and low. Bless my Mom and Bless my Dad, For these are things that they should know. I have kept my Honor bright, The Oath and Law have been my guide. Mom and Dad this you should know, Deep in my heart... [more]

Comments

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on February 11th, 2012

Please send me an email if you have problems using the new Comments on the site. You should be able to comment on any page, not just blog posts. Scout... [more]

BSA Webelos Den Meeting Plan 7 – Citizen

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 11th, 2012

BSA provides den meeting plans for Cub Scout den leaders on the Scouting.org website. This plan completes many of the requirements for the Citizen Activity Badge. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other... [more]

Earn Date, Pamphlet Availability Announced for Welding Merit Badge

Posted to Scout Wire on February 11th, 2012

The wait is nearly over! Your Scouts can begin working on the BSA's newest merit badge-Welding-on Feb. 24. And, the new merit badge pamphlets are on their way to Scout shops as we speak. The merit badge, which was created through collaboration with... [more]

3rd 100 Days of Scouting: Day 3

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 11th, 2012

Day 3 brings fruit already. Welding merit badge announcement yesterday to our troop resulted in a merit badge counselor and two Scouts eager to get started. I have to admit, I'm surprised. Welding doesn't really appeal to me, so I have a hard time... [more]

Preaching to the Choir

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on February 11th, 2012

During this last years recharter we had an extremely disappointing turn in of the Journey to Excellence form.  As a District committee we chalked this up to a couple of things.. perhaps it was that many people were not aware of the change in... [more]

Making of the Welding Merit Badge

Posted to BSA Internal Communications Youtube Videos on February 10th, 2012

Why welding, you ask? Because that's what Scouts wanted! Plus, welding is a cool, hands-on skill that will help Scouts be Prepared. For... [more]

'Marketing News': February Issue Covers Marketing Awards, Webinars, and More

Posted to Scout Wire on February 10th, 2012

Click to open Feb. issue The February issue of Marketing News has been published and is available online. In this issue, you can read about the 14th Annual National President's Awards for Marketing Excellence, which recognize councils for their... [more]

BSA's 2011 Report to the Nation Recaps a Great Year of Scouting

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

What have Scouts been up to for the past year? Tons. But instead of merely telling you, why don't I show you? The Boy Scouts of America released its 2011 Report to the Nation today, showing the outside world what Scouts accomplished last year. A... [more]

Go Underground With Caver Bill Steele

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

Darkness. Close spaces. Underground tunnels. Most people do what they can to avoid these environments. Bill Steele seeks them out in caves around the globe. Instead of claustrophobia, "I have claustromania," laughs Steele, director of BSA's alumni... [more]

ShouldBeBack.Com

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 10th, 2012

Anyone venturing into the wilderness should leave a detailed tour plan with a reliable contact who will contact emergency services if they have not returned on schedule.  Here's a great idea – a free service called ‘ShouldBeBack.com'... [more]

Circle 10 FOS 2012

Posted to BSA Internal Communications Youtube Videos on February 10th, 2012

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How the National Park Service Prepares for Whitewater Rafting

Posted to Summit Blog on February 10th, 2012

Imagine your perfect whitewater experience. Got it? I'm guessing somewhere in that thought there are some seriously huge waves, a lot of sunshine, a raft full of your craziest friends and one cool raft guide. Sounds like a good time to us. And... [more]

Rice Crispy Treat Trees Recipe

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 10th, 2012

If you are doing something related to forestry, you can make these tree shaped snacks to go with the theme. Or make them for something related to family trees. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other... [more]

Sample the Pioneer Life at 2013 Jamboree

Posted to Scout Wire on February 10th, 2012

Are you excited for the 2013 National Jamboree and the Summit Bechtel Reserve? Good, because we are too! And to make sure the excitement continues to build, the volunteer team leader for all program activities at the 2013 jamboree, Russell Smart,... [more]

Photo Friday: Choosing the Right Camera

Posted to Scouting News on February 10th, 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]

The International Guild of Knot Tyers

Posted to Ropes and Poles on February 10th, 2012

The basis of most pioneering projects (but not all of them) is knotting, so like most Scouts, I am interested in tying knots. The International Guild of Knot Tyers was formed in 1982, and it's membership policy states: "The only qualification for... [more]

Girl Scouts Win UN Forest Heroes Award

Posted to Scouting News on February 10th, 2012

Two Michigan Girl Scouts, Madison Vorva of Plymouth and Rhiannon Tomtishen of Ann Arbor, received the first ever International Forest Heroes Award for North America. The U.N. is recognizing the two girls for their efforts to bring international... [more]

Scouting Skills Save Lives

Posted to The Scout Association on February 9th, 2012

Volunteer uses training to save an exhausted walker on a wintry... [more]

From Scouting to the Super Bowl: Eagle Scout Slackliner Shares His Story

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

Who was that slacklining at the Super Bowl? It's Andy Lewis, who got worldwide attention (and a kiss from Madonna) during halftime with his show-stealing performance on a two-inch tightrope. (See the jaw-dropping video below.) "This was not just a... [more]

The Buzz - February 9, 2012, "NAYLE"

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

Eagle Scout Aaron Parks-Young describes the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience, a week-long training course at Philmont Scout Ranch that gives Scouts an opportunity to apply the leadership skills they have acquired through... [more]

Stay Restless

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 9th, 2012

Tradition is a form of complacency and innovation is a form of restlessness. Complacency resists change: "We've always done it that way" "Nobody would like that change" "We don't get any complaints (well, one or two from people with sour grapes.)"... [more]

3rd 100 Days of Scouting: Day 2

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 9th, 2012

Day 2 of this year's 100 Days of Scouting brings news. First, it quit snowing yesterday as soon as I sent out the notices that we would cancel our meetings. I wish I could say it was the first time that had happened! We have a number of families... [more]

Picture Thursday 09_02_12

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on February 9th, 2012

I thought for this weeks Thursday image I would show you peace and tranquillity, it does not last long but when it comes it is blissful... [more]

Geocaching Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 9th, 2012

Geocaching is one of the newer merit badges offered to Boy Scouts. It was added in 2010. Geocaching is becoming more and more popular across the country, so this badge gives Scouts a way to learn about it. [ This is a content summary only. Click on... [more]

HBD, BSA

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on February 8th, 2012

Hippo Birdie two Ewes, Boy Scouts of America! Scout On... [more]

WBtv #16 - Feb. 15, 2012, "BeAScout"

Posted to BSA Internal Communications Youtube Videos on February 8th, 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... [more]

3rd 100 Days of Scouting: Day 1

Posted to 100 Days of Scouting on February 8th, 2012

Today is the anniversary of the beginning of Scouting in the United States. Each of the past two years ( 2010 and 2011 ), I've marked this day with beginning a series of 100 daily posts, each noting the large and small ways I commit to Scouting... [more]

Splitting Firewood

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 8th, 2012

Splitting wood with a retaining chain and bungee cord: This video features a wicked-good looking splitting axe by Fiskars. It looks to me like their X series splitting axes that come in 17″, 23 1/2″, 28″ and 36″ lengths. The... [more]

One Way You Can Gain Leadership Skills

Posted to Summit Blog on February 8th, 2012

Youth Leadership is a big deal, and Chris S., one of the Patrol Z Reporters understands this better than many. His 3-part blog entry will outline some of the many ways Scouts can become effective leaders: NYTL. Keep reading for the 1st part of... [more]

Happy 102nd Birthday, Boy Scouts of America!

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 8th, 2012

For 102 years old, the Boy Scouts of America sure looks good. The nation's top youth-serving organization was born on Feb. 8, 1910 - five score and two years ago today. But despite its age, the BSA remains a vibrant, relevant movement of youth and... [more]

Wildlife Management Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 8th, 2012

A major concern in this country is vanishing wildlife and wildlife habitat. Some of this loss comes from a lack of knowledge about the creatures of nature. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content,... [more]

Two Good Turns

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on February 7th, 2012

I got to do my Good Turn yesterday and today. Shared some cooking secrets with another local troop last night. They've developed a bad habit of not cooking and the scoutmaster asked for some help. After talking with them and finding out their best,... [more]

Larry Says It Well

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on February 7th, 2012

On the heels of a great JLT weekend and Troop elections, it is fitting that Clarke Green, fellow blogger and podcaster posted an article today that nailed my thoughts.  The article was written by Larry Geiger, a contributor to Clarke's blog and... [more]

I'm Back!

Posted to Commissioner Keith Comments on February 7th, 2012

I am happy to announce that I am coming back with new posts and will return to Scouting Radio for more shows now that I have finally finished the throat proceedures, although not completely 100%, and have a restored computer that actually has found... [more]

Growing Inner-City Scouting: No Myth...

Posted to UK Chief Commissioner Blog on February 7th, 2012

Wayne visits Greater London North Region to talk to them about their successes in recent... [more]

National Week of Giving Encourages Non-Scouters to Give Back

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 7th, 2012

Has Scouting affected anyone in your life? I'll bet it goes beyond just you and your family. It might be your coworker who remembers catching his first fish at Boy Scout summer camp. Or your neighbor who has seen Scouts improve her community. Or... [more]

Unqualified, Unskilled, Immature: Perfect!

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 7th, 2012

Experience, maturity and skill are not prerequisites to leadership; they are the traits produced as we practice leadership. We often get email or comments from Scoutmasters with a troop of young Scouts wondering how they can be anything like boy... [more]

Neckerchief Slide Bracelet

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 7th, 2012

Last weekend ZM's den received their Arrow of Light award and crossed over to Boy Scouts. My den gave me a gift which included a gift certificate and this bracelet which one of the moms made from Cub Scout neckerchief slides. [ This is a content... [more]

Clock Neckerchief Slide

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 7th, 2012

Cub Scouts can make this simple neckerchief on their own. Use it as a gathering activity with the Turn Back the Clock theme. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and more! ]... [more]

Nick & Kiff Discuss:- Should Girl Guiding UK & the Scout Association Merge?

Posted to Nick's Ramblings UK on February 7th, 2012

As I mentioned last time, Chris and I have had another discussion this time on the topic of "Should Girl Guiding UK & the Scout Association Merge?". This time it's on Chris's blog, Jabbering All Day Long. Have a read, here , and tell us what... [more]

Nick & Kiff Discuss:- Should Girl Guiding UK & the Scout Association Merge?

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on February 7th, 2012

I am in the NO Camp and Nick is in the YES Camp (pun intended?), The real question is who do you agree with?... [more]

Beyond Ski Trips – Winter Outings

Posted to Scouting News on February 7th, 2012

The following is a Guest Article by Mike Dubrall.  Mike "Uncle Dub Zero" Blogs and writes informative articles on backpacking and snow camping at  50Miler.com.   It may come as a surprise to Scouters in Montana and Wisconsin with their cold weather... [more]

Kick Off Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in Scout Style

Posted to The Scout Association on February 6th, 2012

Scouts mark Queen's Diamond Jubilee with special activities starting on Accession... [more]

An Eagle Scout on 'the Voice'? I'm Listening…

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 6th, 2012

Memo to NBC: You didn't need to run all those ads for The Voice during yesterday's Super Bowl. To get me to tune in, you could've just said this: An Eagle Scout is among the hopefuls. Now that we have someone to root for, my wife and I plan to... [more]

YAWRFAWE

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on February 6th, 2012

Yet Another Wilderness and Remote First Aid Week End I spent the weekend with a dozen Scouting folks covering the first aid training required for all the BSA High Adventure bases now. We had everything from lightning deaths to mosquito bites so the... [more]

Podcast 104 – Qualifications for Youth Leaders

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 6th, 2012

IN THIS PODCAST Merit Badges, Qualifications for Youth Leaders 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]

First Hot Spot for 2012 Selected

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on February 6th, 2012

Leave No Trace designates Fourmile as first 2012 Hot Spot The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics selects the Fourmile Area near Buena Vista, CO as this year's first Hot Spot, putting a check on excessive recreational impacts. February 6, 2012... [more]

Beyond Words: Infographics Show High-Adventure Bases by the Numbers

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 6th, 2012

Math was never my strong suit - that's exactly why I got into this business of words. So when I see numbers presented in an easy-to-digest format, I take notice. Case in point: These cool, new infographics that offer a glimpse into the BSA's four... [more]

Climbing in the New River Gorge

Posted to Summit Blog on February 6th, 2012

In earlier segments of this Venturing to the Summit series, we watched as members from Venturing Crews 32 and 44 from North Carolina worked and played in and around the New River Gorge. In this installment, that trend carries on as some of the... [more]

Look at Yourself!

Posted to Bobwhite's Blather on February 6th, 2012

Taking a break from answering readers' questions, a recent Ask Andy column, Troop Spotting instead gives advice to parents of Arrow of Light Scouts who are shopping for a troop. Much of the advice is stuff we know about: uniforming, youth …... [more]

Gymnastics Pin for Cub Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 6th, 2012

If you have a Cub Scout who is really into gymnastics and he has already earned the Gymnastics belt loop, he can learn more about the sport by earning the pin. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other... [more]

Issue 289 – February 6, 2012

Posted to Ask Andy on February 6th, 2012

Rule No. 55: In phone conversations with fools, say whatever will make them pause; then hang up. Dear Andy, Do the Scouts themselves need to raise whatever funds may be needed for their Eagle Scout Leadership Service Projects? (Name & Council... [more]

It Worked, or Maybe Your Just Special.

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

If you reading this then it worked, or maybe your just special. Well fingers crossed we are all back up and running, I have made the decision to move away from the magazine style blog and back to a cleaner more traditional one... [more]

How to Build a Fire Skit

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 5th, 2012

Skits can be a great way to start an instruction program. They get everyone's attention focused. This is a skit I saw at a camporee, but it would also work as an introduction to a session on fire building. [ This is a content summary only. Click on... [more]

Modeling the Expected Behavior

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on February 5th, 2012

This weekend, our Troop conducted Junior Leader Training.  Because we have so many young Scouts, we decided to do things a little different this year.  This year, wanted to ensure that the leaders clearly understood what was to be expected as a... [more]

Be Prepared: There's an App for That

Posted to A Scouter's Journey on February 4th, 2012

The topic of electronics and the outdoors can be a hot button issue for many. For years many Scout units have maintained a ‘no electronics on campouts' policy. I think that camping should be about detaching from our digital devices. That said... [more]

BSA Tiger Den Meeting 11 – The Show Must Go on and Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 4th, 2012

This is the eleventh in the series of Tiger Cub Scout den meeting plans provide by BSA. This meeting plan covers Tiger Elective 21 - The Show Must Go On and Tiger Elective 47 - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the... [more]

I Do Wonder Sometimes…..

Posted to Nick's Ramblings UK on February 3rd, 2012

Last April , the Scout Association launched the My Badges App for the iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad. This app has all the requirements for all badges, from the Beaver's right through to the Queen's Scout Award. And very useful it is too. At the time,... [more]

The System

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on February 3rd, 2012

Do you know what this is? It's plastic, less than an inch across, and weighs hardly nothing. But, without it, I'm unable to complete my current sewing project. It's a top vertical gear from my sewing machine. Actually, it's a replacement that's on... [more]

Leadership Expectations

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on February 3rd, 2012

We have heard and practice that defined leadership is simply that Leaders provide Purpose, Direction, and Motivation.  To accomplish those three things, leaders MUST clearly set and enforce expectations.  They need to be able to clearly communicate... [more]

Boy Scouts of America 2011 Report to the Nation

Posted to Boy Scouts of America Youtube Videos on February 3rd, 2012

The Boy Scouts of America's annual Report to the Nation highlights the achievements of the BSA's values-based... [more]

EveryTrail.Com

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 3rd, 2012

EveryTrail.com  is a great resource for researching and sharing outing information. EveryTrail is free and useful for a variety of trips – including road trips, sight-seeing tours, sailing trips, hiking, cycling, flying, hang gliding,... [more]

Changes Are Coming

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

Such a busy blog, need broom to clean it out... [more]

11 Jamboree Administration Jobs You Could Have at the Jamboree

Posted to Summit Blog on February 3rd, 2012

When the national jamboree kicks off at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in July 2013, the Summit will become the second-largest city in the whole state of West Virginia. And, it will take an energetic staff of thousands of volunteers to give Scouts and... [more]

Venturing Outdoor Bronze Award Requirements

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 3rd, 2012

The Venturing Outdoor Bronze Award is the first step on the way to earning the Ranger award. To earn this award, Venturers must complete four of the Ranger core requirements and two Ranger electives. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the... [more]

Six Nations Fantasy League

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

I challenge you to try and beat me... [more]

Photo Friday: Camera Types

Posted to Scouting News on February 3rd, 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 #114: A Yearly Review 1985

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

It has been over 25 years since 1985 came to an end. It was a busy year for the Boy Scouts of Melrose Troop 68. They went to winter camp at Parker Scout Reservation, attended the council's Ripley Rendezvous at Camp Ripley, held a spring pancake and... [more]

Scouting Supports Those Living With Cancer

Posted to The Scout Association on February 2nd, 2012

As we mark World Cancer Day, we recognise the supportive environment scout groups can provide to members dealing with the effects of the... [more]

What It's All About

Posted to UK Chief Commissioner Blog on February 2nd, 2012

Wayne takes time in another hectic week to pick up on some of the feedback he's had concerning recent... [more]

MYOG Quilt

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on February 2nd, 2012

Heavy zippers, squished insulation, no wriggle room - who needs it? I've finished my sleeping quilt for my first long hike. Even my wife was impressed at how nicely it turned out! From my point of view, it was very easy - so easy I'm making another... [more]

The Ultimate Ultralight Stove System?

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 2nd, 2012

Hiking Jim is obsessed (in the best possible meaning of the term) with backpacking stoves. I have never run into anyone more expert on the subject; it really is something! His blog is ‘ Adventures in Stoving'. Now Jim is kind of maybe sure... [more]

More Advancement Woes...

Posted to Adventures and Accidents on February 2nd, 2012

Our district is holding its annual merit badge pow-wow in March and I've been handing out registration forms for the last couple weeks. One boy, a Life scout, asked me if it would they would let him sign up for three required merit badges (the... [more]

Patch Be-Gone

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

I finally did it! On Wednesday, after thirty years of holding the position, and after one month of retiring from that position, I pulled the Scoutmaster patch off the left sleeve of my Boy Scout uniform. I have been wearing that patch since... [more]

First Aid Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 2nd, 2012

Knowing first aid is a basic Boy Scout skill. Even if a Boy Scout doesn't use his first aid knowledge to save a life someday, at least he will have the skills he needs to take care of common injuries. And that will help him develop independence. [... [more]

Picture Thursday 02_02_12

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on February 2nd, 2012

Yes I tweaked it a little but it is how it looked in my mind if that counts... [more]

BSA Launches E-Funding Website

Posted to Scouting News on February 2nd, 2012

Boy Scouts of America Launches New E-Funding Website, Enables Support of Scouting Online Site provides options to donate to local council programs,   support development of the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve     Irving, TEXAS (Jan... [more]

Site News - Updates, in the News and Mobile Templates

Posted to Ropes and Poles on February 2nd, 2012

Over the next few weeks I'll be posting some new content to the site. We've also had exciting news: Kontiki , the annual rafting event I have blogged about , will be hosted at Arrowe Park , the local campsite where my Scout Troop and Rover Crew... [more]

Enter Daily to Win KEEN Boots

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 1st, 2012

Are you ready to hike in the New Year? Bring your footwear up to speed with a pair of durable KEEN hiking boots. Click here to enter  the HIT THE TRAIL GIVEAWAY daily to win. As Scouters, we know you often put the needs of your Scouts before your... [more]

No Dirt for Me Please!

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

Cooking on a Boy Scout camping trip can be an interesting experience, especially with young inexperienced campers. I have seen many burned pancakes, half raw hamburgers, and overturned pots during my days as a scoutmaster. When I am eating... [more]

BSA Teams Up With Major League Soccer

Posted to Scouting News on February 1st, 2012

Relationship will support BSA's athletic, leadership, and character-driven program IRVING, Texas, and NEW YORK  (January 12, 2012)-Today, at the 2012 MLS SuperDraft in Kansas City, Major League Soccer (MLS), the top-flight professional soccer... [more]

CDTA to Cease Operations

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on February 1st, 2012

You may never hope or dream to hike the Continental Divide Trail, but this tidbit should be of interest to anyone that ventures into the wild places. On the home page of the Continental Divide Trail Alliance , they've posted notice that the... [more]

Which Freeze-Dried Meals Taste Best?

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on February 1st, 2012

Hungry after a long day of hiking, paddling, or snowshoeing with your Scouts? Three little words can save the day: "Just add water." The beauty of freeze-dried meals comes in their simplicity: Boil water, add mix, and you're done. But - speaking... [more]

Trying to Make Good or Trouble?

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on February 1st, 2012

When I served as a camp director I got some complaints about our dining hall steward's attitude towards Scouts setting or clearing the tables. Scouts rotate the responsibility of serving as a waiter at our camp. They go early to set the table,... [more]

Fitness

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on February 1st, 2012

Citizenship and Character are real easy to identify, teach, and train our Scouts, but what about this fitness thing?  We are not just talking about physical fitness.  We need to make sure and look at the emotional and mental fitness of our Scouts. ... [more]

Quantum of Fellowship

Posted to Summit Blog on February 1st, 2012

The Order of the Arrow (OA) was founded in 1915 by E. Urner Goodman and Carrol A. Edson, as a society honoring those Scouts who best exemplified the Scout Oath and Law. By 1948, over two-thirds of the Boy Scouts of America's councils had OA lodges... [more]

Turn Back the Clock Pack Meeting Plan Available for February Core Value – Resourcefulness

Posted to Scouter Mom on February 1st, 2012

The core value for the month of February is Resourcefulness. A February supplemental meeting plan theme called Turn Back the Clock has recently been posted to the BSA website. This plan assumes that your February Pack meeting will be your annual... [more]

Words of Wisdom Wednesday: The Unexpected Guest

Posted to Scouting News on February 1st, 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]

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