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Going Over the Edge!!

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on March 30th, 2012

I NEED YOUR HELP!! I do not want a penny from you for personal use.  I have never used this blog as a fundraising tool.. but the time is NOW to help Scouts and help me do something real cool. Yes.. I will benefit from this in that I get to have an... [more]

When A "New Uniform" Is Just New Casual Active Scouting-Wear…

Posted to be.PREPARED on March 30th, 2012

Sometimes I just have to wonder if journalists even read press releases properly before writing a story based on them. Just look at the headlines from reputable news sources below: The problem with these stories? They're wrong. There is no change... [more]

Leave No Trace

Posted to Adventures and Accidents on March 30th, 2012

I get to be a troop guide for Wood Badge again this year and I've been reviewing my presentations from last year. One that I needed to modify a bit was the presentation on Leave No Trace. One thing I worry about with this presentation is that it can... [more]

Read Here if You Love Shooting Sports, Activity Areas Part 3

Posted to Summit Blog on March 30th, 2012

Are shooting sports one of your favorite Scouting activities? If so, you are positively, 100 percent going to want to check out the activity area for shooting sports at the 2013 jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Why, you ask? Well, because... [more]

Bugling Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 30th, 2012

In 2010, BSA announced that it was going to discontinue the Bugling merit badge and merge it into the Music merit badge. The response to this announcement was so overwhelming that BSA reversed this decision and Bugling remains a separate badge. [... [more]

Kontiki Rafts - March 1987

Posted to Ropes and Poles on March 30th, 2012

From my home troop's ( 9th Benoni ) logbook - the troop's raft featured in a photo from The Citizen , a national newspaper, covering Gauteng (then Transvaal) Kontiki ... [more]

Be Our Guest

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on March 29th, 2012

Students sketching Lower Yosemite Falls A Leave No Trace mindset tip from the e-tour : Heading to a National Park, State Park, or National Forest? Don't just think of yourself as a visitor -- think of yourself as a host! Everyone who visits these... [more]

Day 13 - Oracle Chalet Village

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on March 29th, 2012

I walked 50480 steps on the trail today. I traveled about 21 miles today. I spent most of the day walking across a very hot, dry desert after I descended the Oracle Ridge from Summerhaven. I also had a 1m backhike for h2o first thing and 3m hike... [more]

Lights Out!

Posted to Scouting News on March 29th, 2012

Want to be able to see the stars for once within the city limits?  Want to show that you are concerned about the environment?  Well, Earth Hour 2012 will give you that opportunity to do just that. Scouts and people alike from around  the world are... [more]

Breakfast Club: Next Call April 4; Site Launched

Posted to Scout Wire on March 29th, 2012

The Council Operations Breakfast Club meeting on April 4 is titled "Cool Innovations Under Way in the BSA!" Please join host Assistant Chief Scout Executive Gary Butler once again as he features another club meeting chock-full of interesting... [more]

Learn How to Attract More Volunteers, Adult Members, and Contributions

Posted to Scout Wire on March 29th, 2012

Does your council need more volunteers, adult members, and contributions? Find out how to dive into a pool of 50 million potential prospects and find some Scouting pearls. Attend a one-day seminar provided in five locations by members of the... [more]

Day 12 - Alone

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on March 29th, 2012

I walked 53867 steps on the trail today. I traveled about 23 miles today. BIG Thank You to Janet and John for letting me rest up with them. And to John for the ride to Molino Basin CG to restart my hike. It's just me now and I have about 630 miles... [more]

Heart of the Scout Law

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 29th, 2012

The heart of the Scout Law is Helpful, Friendly, Courteous and Kind. All the points of the Law are equally important and vitally important to Scouting. These four points, however, define the basics of how Read More &#8594... [more]

Picture Thursday 29_03_12

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on March 29th, 2012

I am not sure why but gnarly trees and the shapes they make always intrest me and I do like to take photos of them. Continue reading →... [more]

BSA Methods – The Outdoors

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 29th, 2012

One of the methods for Boy Scouts is "the outdoors". Being outdoors presents Boy Scouts with challenges and adventures. Boys enjoy the independence of getting away from home and taking care of themselves. [ This is a content summary only. Click on... [more]

Weekend and Summer Camp Options for Boy Scouts(Post 3)

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 29th, 2012

For regular readers: WARNING: This is not intended to serve as a actual continuation post for this "Camping Options" series but will be related to that subject! Well now that I got that warning out of the way I just wanted to update readers on why... [more]

The Easiest Way to Cover Safe Swim Defense Part H: Post List 3

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 29th, 2012

Even though this may seem repetitive the purpose is to keep people up to date and informed about where I currently am in regards to moving through my post series that is all about SSD. Before I start rambling again as is habit heres the official... [more]

Finance Impact E-Letter: Be Prepared … for Summer Camp!

Posted to Scout Wire on March 29th, 2012

Click to open April 1 issue The April issue of the Finance Impact e-Letter has been published and is available on the Finance Impact website. Be... [more]

The Easiest Way to Cover Safe Swim Defense Part G: Personal Health Review (Part 2)

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 29th, 2012

For the first post of the "personal health review" principle in the SSD program we covered information forming a basic level introduction to the "Personal Health Review" principle and then gave examples of medical conditions that could depending on... [more]

IDG Technology Updates Now Available in Each Issue of 'Scout Wire'

Posted to Scout Wire on March 29th, 2012

In the last few months a lot has been changing in the Information Delivery Group here at the national office. We have been working on providing clearer methods of communication and keeping everyone up to date on any changes that are made to our... [more]

Scouting Recognised for Youth Participation

Posted to The Scout Association on March 28th, 2012

Projects in Cumbria, London and Hampshire are among the first recipients of a Youth On Board award to celebrate their youth participation... [more]

Developing Partnerships and Building Awareness

Posted to UK Chief Commissioner Blog on March 28th, 2012

A full 8 days on the road including Dublin, London and Edinburgh led to a rather full-on Scouting week for Wayne with a multitude of... [more]

New Clothing Range Launch for Girls

Posted to ScoutBaseUK on March 28th, 2012

We're launching new designs suitable for Muslim... [more]

Umbrella Power

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on March 28th, 2012

My umbrella is really saving the day again. It's darn hot and an incredibly steep long climb, but having my own shade is super. It looks like I might make it to Summerhaven tonite, but it's still 8 miles away - all UP! The t-bone last night has... [more]

All Markets Strategy Summit Planned for National Annual Meeting

Posted to Scout Wire on March 28th, 2012

For the second year, Council Operations will be hosting an All Markets Strategy Summit for council staff and key volunteers interested in analyzing, preparing, and executing plans to work with all markets in your community, specifically the... [more]

2012 JOTA, JOTI Dates Announced

Posted to Scout Wire on March 28th, 2012

Jamboree-on-the-Air for 2012 will be held October 20 and 21. Last year's effort saw a 600 percent increase in reported Scout participation in the U.S.; more than 3,000 Scouts were a part of exciting activities and a superb introduction to the... [more]

Words of Wisdom Wednesday: Friendly

Posted to Scouting News on March 28th, 2012

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. Continuing down the Scout Law, it is apparent why "Friendly" is memorialized... [more]

Andrew Skurka – Trekking the Wild North

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 28th, 2012

Andrew Skurka  guides us through his 4,700-mile, six-month trek around Alaska and the Yukon. Interview with Andrew Skurka on Scoutmaster Podcast 111 My review of Andrew's The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide Andrew Skurka's Website Ultimate... [more]

Model Design and Building Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 28th, 2012

Boy Scouts who enjoy building models from kits can challenge themselves further when they earn the Model Design and Building merit badge. For this badge they must build one model without starting from a kit. [ This is a content summary only. Click... [more]

It Can Be So Annoying

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on March 28th, 2012

Last week I came very close to removing the chief scout from my twitter feed and I have recently seen a couple of tweets from people who passed my point and actually binned Bear. I started this post poised to write a tarried and rant about twitter... [more]

AT&T to Award Grants for Curbing Dropout Rates

Posted to Scout Wire on March 28th, 2012

AT&T has launched a campaign to help more students graduate from high school ready for careers and college, and to ensure the country is better prepared to meet global competition. Among the most significant corporate educational initiatives in... [more]

'Giving Times': March Issue Outlines Development's 2012 Goals

Posted to Scout Wire on March 28th, 2012

Click to open March issue The March issue of the Office of Development's Giving Times newsletter has been published and is available online. In this issue, you can read more about the Office of Development's 2012 goals, as well as the following... [more]

C.O.P.E and Scouting

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on March 27th, 2012

Spending time with your Scouts on C.O.P.E courses is a wonderful experience.  Scouts are challenged to step away from what they know is comfortable.  The team building exercises and challenging tasks push Scouts to push themselves, not only for the... [more]

The Easiest Way to Cover Safe Swim Defense Part F: Post List 2

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 27th, 2012

So in order to keep up and continue updating my regular readers I am posting another list of posts that are in the "Easiest Way To Cover Safe Swim Defense" series. So without wasting any further time or another long drafted explanation heres the... [more]

The Easiest Way to Cover Safe Swim Defense Part E: Personal Health Review (Part 1)

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 27th, 2012

After covering the first foundational point of the SSD principles next up is that of "Personal Health Review" or according to the "SMALLBAD" nemonic it is known as "Medical". Many people really question why the health review or medical evaluation... [more]

Enjoying Civilization

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on March 27th, 2012

I'll be back to hiking bright and early tomorrow, keeping my eye open for other hikers to say "Howdy" to on the trail - maybe you'll cross my path? But, for one more evening, I'm really enjoying time to relax in a cool home, eating real food, and... [more]

March Situation Response

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on March 27th, 2012

The Situation You are car camping at a park and have read the regulations, which clearly state that there is no disposal of greywater on the ground. Unfortunately, there is no literature telling what you should do otherwise. What would you do? What... [more]

PHOTOS: BSA's IndyCar Makes Its 2012 Debut. And Then …

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

Let me give you the bad news first. Driver James Jakes and his No. 19 car crashed in Sunday's race after just 19 laps. So what's the good news? That St. Petersburg, Fla., event was the first of 15 races this season. So Jakes and the BSA Racing team... [more]

Ask Your LFL Teachers to Take Program Survey

Posted to Scout Wire on March 27th, 2012

We are asking councils to contact their teachers in the Learning for Life program to take the teachers' program evaluation survey . Last year's results helped us improve the development of our programs. We once again have individual program surveys... [more]

Course Aimed at Strengthening Alumni, NESA Committees

Posted to Scout Wire on March 27th, 2012

Council professional advisers, committee chairs, and committee members of alumni relations and NESA committees are invited (along with their families) to visit Philmont in the summertime and attend the Reconnecting Scouting's Alumni course June... [more]

Leave No Trace Education Near You: Where to Find the Traveling Trainers in APRIL

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on March 27th, 2012

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, as well as the Leave No Trace e-tour Team are conducting the following training events across the country in April. For more information about these or to attend, visit their calendars. We hope to see... [more]

WATCH: Eagle Scout Receives American Spirit Award

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

Remember Spencer Zimmerman, the Eagle Scout triathlete with the heart of a champion? It's impossible to forget the inspiring story of the young man who pushed, pulled, and carried his friend with cerebral palsy through a grueling three-hour... [more]

2012 Backyard Sessions

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on March 27th, 2012

In the last year, the Center has initiated a new focus of incorporating Leave No Trace education into volunteer community-service projects. In 2011, Leave No Trace educators and volunteers facilitated 23 such projects resulting in almost 8000 man... [more]

Unit College Scouter Reserve

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 27th, 2012

This announcement from the B.S.A. is nothing new but I've had questions about it recently – here's the way the college reserve works: Does your troop or team have a Scout who has turned 18 Read More &#8594... [more]

Thank You Ceremony

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 27th, 2012

I found this ceremony in some old program helps. I thought it would go well with the Cub Scouts Give Thanks supplemental program theme for April. Thank You Ceremony Let the Cub Scouts prepare eight large placards, each with a large letter painted on... [more]

Bob's Blog: Launching the Welding Merit Badge

Posted to Scout Wire on March 27th, 2012

Imagine, if you will, a "welding extravaganza." That's how the Heart of America Council recently cooked up the rollout of the BSA's Welding merit badge, with 24 Scouts becoming the first in the country to earn this award. I was in Kansas City... [more]

Trust and Confidence

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on March 27th, 2012

Man oh man, its been a while since I was on the blog posting.  Sorry about that, no excuses, just lots going on especially with all the new scouts that we have in the troop. This post I want to share a little about the last camp out.  It was... [more]

'Supply Line': Read About the Spring/Summer Catalog, Eagle Scout Anniversary Items

Posted to Scout Wire on March 27th, 2012

Click to open March issue The March issue of the Supply Line newsletter has been published and is available online. In this issue, you can read more about the recently shipped spring/summer catalog, which is packed with exciting new products that... [more]

Shelter Upgrade

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on March 26th, 2012

Kept busy today getting my hike schedule set for the next few weeks. Figuring how to minimize the food drops and stops along the way. Barring any more snow storms or other unforeseen obstacles, I should complete the trail right around May 1. Here's... [more]

Podcast 111 Interview With Andrew Skurka

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 26th, 2012

IN THIS PODCAST Interview with Ultimate Hiker Andrew Skurka LINKS IN THIS PODCAST My review of The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide Andrew Skurka's Website Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide available at Amazon KEEP IN TOUCH Contact Clarke Green Call Read More... [more]

Guide to 2011 IRS Form 990 and 990-EZ Available

Posted to Scout Wire on March 26th, 2012

At last, the Local Council Guide to the 2011 IRS Form 990 and 990-EZ has arrived!  The new guide brings together what's new for 2011, with special instructions, an illustrative checklist, and actual 990 and 990-EZ forms into one handy reference... [more]

American Welding Society to Donate 50 Student Membership to Scouts

Posted to Scout Wire on March 26th, 2012

The American Welding Society (AWS)-whose members helped write the requirements for the new Welding merit badge-is donating 50 student AWS memberships to Boy Scouts who earn their Welding badge in April. The Boy Scout/National Welding Month... [more]

Snot Rags vs. Snot Rockets

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on March 26th, 2012

Lakeland, FL. This weekend we traveled to Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve to facilitate a two day Leave No Trace Trainer Course. With the help of Michelle Thompson, Wellness Programs Manager of Florida Southern College , we hiked to a beautiful... [more]

Woodgas Camp Stove Review

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 26th, 2012

This is a self contained camp stove which burns twigs, charcoal, wood pellets, etc. It has a small battery powered fan to draw air. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and more! ]... [more]

Unit Visit Tracking System Support Available for Commissioners

Posted to Scout Wire on March 26th, 2012

Please encourage all commissioners to use the UVTS hotline if they experience any computer access issues, problems, or difficulties using UVTS. This useful support service can resolve problems much faster if they talk directly to the user/source... [more]

2013 Jamboree Will Have Events Both Old and New

Posted to Scout Wire on March 26th, 2012

Perhaps you've been thinking about signing up for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. But wait! Not sure if you're into all that high adventure, all the time? Well, have no fear-the 2013 National Scout Jamboree will indeed be packed full of fun … all... [more]

Day 9 - Back to the Start

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on March 25th, 2012

I walked 35462 steps on the trail today. I traveled about 16 miles today. Yet another change in plans - after the long haul over Mica Mtn yesterday and another hot day, we stopped at Molina Basin CG. This is also the most convenient stop for a zero... [more]

The Sounds of (Wild) Silence

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

The New York Times recently wrote an article about the field of "soundscape ecology" and how the sounds of nature can be just as important as the sights. In the piece, titled " Whisper of the Wild ," the author emphasized how the quiet of nature,... [more]

Scouts Help Save Woman on Hillside

Posted to ScoutBaseUK on March 25th, 2012

Scouts from Humberside used their outdoor skills and first aid knowledge to aid the rescue of a stranded walker who had broken her leg on the... [more]

My Group's Remembrance Site

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

Today the part of our website that pays tribute to the members of the Troop who were killed in World War 1 and World War 2 is being relaunched When it was originally set up in 2005, the site had the list of the names that are on our War Memorial in... [more]

Multicultural Markets Membership Symposium Planned for June in Chicago

Posted to Scout Wire on March 25th, 2012

The nation's demographics are changing, and understanding these new communities is going to be critical to our organization's future growth. The Multicultural Markets Membership Recruitment Team (formerly known as Scoutreach) has been specifically... [more]

The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 25th, 2012

My first backpacking trip was a hike to a trail shelter in Shenandoah National Park in the early seventies. My brother and I carried frame-less canvas backpacks with webbing shoulder straps that my dad padded with upholstery foam. I don't recall the... [more]

\'The Commissioner': Winter 2012 Issue Now Available in PDF Format

Posted to Scout Wire on March 25th, 2012

Click to open the Winter 2012 PDF After receiving numerous requests from the field, the winter 2012 issue of The Commissioner newsletter is now also available in a printable PDF version in addition to the new online format. Previous issues of the... [more]

Issue 299 – March 25, 2012

Posted to Ask Andy on March 25th, 2012

________________________________________ Rule No. 66: • Anything told to you "for your own good" isn't. ________________________________________ Dear Andy, We have a Scout whose Eagle project is re-building an animal enclosure that was destroyed... [more]

Venturing Silver Award Requirements

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 25th, 2012

The Venturing Silver Award is available to all young men and women who are Venturers. Earning the Venturing Silver Award helps the Scout develop knowledge and leadership skills. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full... [more]

Day 8 - Up and Over

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on March 25th, 2012

I walked 49644 steps on the trail today. I traveled about 20 miles today. This is the view all the way back to Mexico from Mica Mtn. A week ago, I was by the mountains way off to the left. The high point out there is Wrightson. It was amazing today... [more]

Ever Try to Cook an Avocado?

Posted to Bobwhite's Blather on March 25th, 2012

One of the things I like to do in my spare time that isn't taken up by Scouting is to cook. The Food Network has a lot of shows that I enjoy watching, and one of them is Worst Cooks … Continue reading →... [more]

Eddie's Etiquette Tip of the Month: Returning Calls and Messages

Posted to Scout Wire on March 25th, 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. As a Scouter,... [more]

BSA Wolf Den Meeting Plan 9 – Tools for Fixing and Building

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 24th, 2012

This Wolf Cub Scout den meeting plan covers Wolf Achievement 5 - Tools for Fixing and Building. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and more! ]... [more]

2012 BSA Racing Preview: When Will the BSA IndyCar Be Near You?

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

Scouters and Scouts, start your engines. Then point your compass (or GPS device) toward the nearest speedway. Yes, after a long winter, it's finally racing time once again. Over the next seven months, the IZOD IndyCar Series will visit 12 American... [more]

What's a Scout Hour?

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 23rd, 2012

I posted this ‘study' to Facebook earlier this week. The interest it created leads me to share  news of research by hard-working yet little known Scouters who staff the Large Baden Collider at Philmont Scout Ranch. Some Read More &#8594... [more]

Dutch Oven Breakfast Quiche

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 23rd, 2012

Here is an easy camp breakfast recipe for those who enjoy some eggs in the morning. I really enjoy Dutch oven recipes at camp because you can put all of your ingredients in and relax while it cooks. And relaxing and enjoying the moment is part of... [more]

Internet Safety

Posted to Nick's Ramblings UK on March 23rd, 2012

I was at an internet safety conference this week and a couple of things caught my eye with regard to Scouting and thought it would be worth sharing. Firstly is the Professionals Online Safety Helpdesk. This is for anyone who works with young... [more]

A Kitchen Sideboard

Posted to Ropes and Poles on March 23rd, 2012

From THE SCOUT annual, August 19 1948 - page 27: This novel "Kitchen Sideboard" was erected by the 37th Dumfriesshire (Methodist) Troop at their permanent camp site, but is not a permanent gadget. It can easily be made and used by any Troop, as it... [more]

Your Turn Kids!

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

Create! Play! Win! Do you have, know or teach children between the ages of 6-12? If you do, please share this contest with them! Our corporate sponsor, Clif Bar , through Clif Kid is holding their "Backyard Game of the Year". The challenge for the... [more]

Service Weekend at Bayport

Posted to From the Committee Chair on March 22nd, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvqMqRbJ-vQ... [more]

National Citizenship Service, Scouting and More

Posted to UK Chief Commissioner Blog on March 22nd, 2012

Meetings this week were more outward looking including the heads of St John, an adviser to the Government on the National Citizenship Service and finishing by joining the County Commissioners of South West England Region for their regular... [more]

How Should Boy Scouts Be Split Into Patrols? Why?

Posted to HalfEagle Answers on March 22nd, 2012

I've read about the idea of "New Scout" patrols, "Regular" patrols, and even "Venture" patrols within a troop. What's the right organizational method? What's the mechanics for choosing which Scout goes into which patrol? (Voting, PLC, SPL,... [more]

Scouts Canada Invites All Canadians to Join "Good Turn Week"

Posted to Scouting News on March 22nd, 2012

Ottawa, ON – March 21, 2012  – One "Good Turn" can make someone's day. Imagine what 100,000 "Good Turns" could do! Scouts Canada has designated April 14–22 as Good Turn Week and is calling on all Canadians to step up and join them by doing a "Good... [more]

Day 4

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on March 22nd, 2012

I walked 48492 steps on the trail today. I traveled about 22 miles today. Patagonia to Gardner Canyon thru snow around Mt. Wrightson - gorgeous day! Check out my current location on the map... [more]

Day 5 - Scarce Water

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on March 22nd, 2012

I walked 45794 steps on the trail today. I traveled about 21 miles today. First warm day in the desert. Found small pool of h2o in a creekbed - whew! Check out my current location on the map... [more]

2nd Day - Snow

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on March 22nd, 2012

I walked 34654 steps on the trail today. I traveled about 16 miles today. Met Phil from FL yesterday. Hit by a desert snow storm today. Exciting hike!... [more]

Day 3 - Canelo Hills

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on March 22nd, 2012

I walked 39987 steps on the trail today. I traveled about 16 miles today. It feels like hiking in MN so far. Another day in snow and wind. At Patagonia tonite... [more]

1st Day on AZTrail

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on March 22nd, 2012

I walked 44184 steps on the trail today. I traveled about 23 miles today. Got picked up in Tucson at 5am. Started hiking at 9am. Super windy on Miller Peak. Check out my current location on the map... [more]

Dutch Oven Bread Revisited

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 22nd, 2012

Steve Karoly writes about Dutch oven bread revisited on his blog ‘Round the Chuck Box. This isn't quick bread, no, it's slow bread  - bread that takes hours to make with kneading and rising and kneading and proofing and yeast. Read More &#8594... [more]

The Buzz - March 23, 2012, "Protecting Our Youth"

Posted to BSA Internal Communications Youtube Videos on March 22nd, 2012

As we approach Youth Protection Month, Michael Johnson, Director of Youth Protection, explains how and when to report abuse or or policy violations. Youth protection begins with... [more]

Thankfulness Zone Cub Scout Gathering Activity

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 22nd, 2012

An appropriate Cub Scout gathering activity for your den or pack will get your meeting off to a good start. This gathering activity works well with the April Cub Scout theme of Cub Scouts Give Thanks. The Cub Scouts Give Thanks theme is one of the... [more]

Picture Thursday 22_03_12

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on March 22nd, 2012

I got two badges and the offer of a pint next time I am in Kenilworth NJ, sounded like a good deal to me. Continue reading →... [more]

Pinewood: Winning by the Rules

Posted to Scouting News on March 22nd, 2012

One of the annual events in scouting and scouting-like activities around the world is the Pinewood Derby. Boys and girls build small gravity-powered racers to compete for the honor of being the fastest. This honor brings with it the temptation to... [more]

Blog Corrections

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 22nd, 2012

Ok so since I made the decision to expand on the Boy Scout Campout and Scout Summer Camp series I should probably correct some titles in order for things to make sense so there will be several different posts that need to have their title changed in... [more]

Back to Winter for the Spring Solstice

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

Quinn on skis! At a yurt! Arriving in Tahoe after their best snow of the season, the e-tour made its way to Hope Valley Outdoors for an event with some local elementary school children. Hope Valley Outdoors is a backcountry ski yurt that provides... [more]

Leave No Trace Hot Spots Update

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

Earlier this year the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics selected its first Hot Spot of the year, the Fourmile Area near Buena Vista, Colorado. Near both Denver and Colorado Springs, Fourmile is one of the most heavily used areas in central... [more]

What's in Your Campfire?

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

While most people familiar with Leave No Trace generally do not burn trash, those who are uninformed occasionally (or perhaps more often) burn trash in their campfire. While this seemingly innocent act may not cause seemingly significant immediate... [more]

Words of Wisdom Wednesday: Helpful

Posted to Scouting News on March 21st, 2012

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 animal has been made by God just as you have been. He is therefore a... [more]

Eagle Scout's Triathlon Finish Defined the Heart of a Champion

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on March 21st, 2012

Spencer Zimmerman so badly wanted his friend with cerebral palsy to finish a triathlon that in 2010, the Arizona Eagle Scout pushed, pulled, and carried his buddy through a 500-meter swim, 3.2-mile run, and 12-mile bike ride. Spencer, then 13 years... [more]

Are There Other Scouting Organizations Like the "Order of the Arrow?"

Posted to HalfEagle Answers on March 21st, 2012

Not all Boy Scouts catch on to the OA. Are there other organizations within Scouting for older Scouts to be a part of? I'm not looking for a distinct program like Venturing for them to transition into, but an organization that still fits within Boy... [more]

Middle Challenge

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on March 21st, 2012

I look really squishy in the middle, need to do something about that Continue reading →... [more]

Reflection

Posted to Adventures and Accidents on March 21st, 2012

One of the things I've been trying to do to improve our Venturing activities is to close with a reflection. This is something that was mentioned in Brad Harris' book Trails to Testimony as a way to find spiritual lessons in our activities. This... [more]

Strange, Yet Familiar Company

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 21st, 2012

photo from Suburban Journal article St. Louis's Strange Company (run by an Eagle Scout) produces Eagle Scout medals and pins. Here's an article in Suburban Journal:  Scouts' honors Share/Bookmark... [more]

Nutrition Belt Loop for Cub Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 21st, 2012

If you are looking for something related to May's Health and Fitness theme, check out the Nutrition belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program. A pack meeting with a cookout could incorporate the requirements for this belt loop. [... [more]

The Easiest Way to Cover Safe Swim Defense Part D: Qualified Supervision (Part 2)

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 20th, 2012

Ok so up to this point about the first principle which is Qualified supervision we covered a introduction to Qualified Supervision what it is and why its important to keep your awareness level high and also to continue further learning about what... [more]

Shining Lights of Scouting Carry Olympic Torch

Posted to ScoutBaseUK on March 20th, 2012

50 Olympic Torchbearers have been selected for their achievements in... [more]

The Easiest Way to Cover Safe Swim Defense Part C: Post List 1

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 20th, 2012

Ok so in order to make this safe swim defense series make sense I decided to change a few minor things about the what the titles of the post are setup. First Off I change The first chunk of the title to have parts in order to ensure that people have... [more]

Time to Finish What You Started

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

Where You Play, USA: How many times have you seen this? The obligatory dog waste bag left 'conveniently' for you to see and the proud puppy parent to forget. Most everyone we discuss this impact with agrees that it is unsightly, stinky, unsafe, and... [more]

At the District Level, How Do You Recruit New Scouts?

Posted to HalfEagle Answers on March 20th, 2012

One of our districts has an opening for membership chair and I've been considering offering to help. However, I'm a bit stuck for the method that's employed at the district level to recruit more Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. What... [more]

WATCH: Did Pip Survive the Battle Round on 'the Voice'? (Spoilers)

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

Finally, the wait is over! After more than a month since he last sang , Pip, the bow tie-wearing Eagle Scout who grew up singing at troop courts of honor, took the stage last night on NBC's The Voice . We're in the battle rounds, and the format is... [more]

A Scout's Cycling Experience

Posted to Summit Blog on March 20th, 2012

You wake up to the sound of your rain fly shaking and the voice of your patrol leader telling you to get up. Quickly, you get dressed and hop out of your tent. Soon your patrol members start cooking a delicious breakfast. Each time you leave your... [more]

Journey to Life on the Road: Seven Ways to Get Out of Work and Go Camping

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 20th, 2012

Journey to Life on the Road: Seven Ways to Get Out of Work and Go Camping : Not copying the whole thing as all rights belong to the original author but I just couldn't resist not sharing this one. So check it & if ur brave enough maybe try one... [more]

Bernoulli's Principle Demonstration

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 20th, 2012

Use this demonstration for Webelos Scientist activity badge requirement 1: Read Bernoulli's principle. Show how it works.It could also be done in conjuction with the Science Belt Loop and Pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program. [ This... [more]

What Reosurces Would You Like to See More Of?

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 20th, 2012

Here's what readers replied when asked to finish the sentence  "I'd really like to see more resources about" Many answers reflected the never-ending search for new ideas: Troop program ideas Any new ideas for troops to do other than just camping... [more]

Time to Take Action

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on March 20th, 2012

Following on from yesterdays post where I invited you all to tell me about you places to see before you die, I am now call on you all to take action. Continue reading →... [more]

No. 298 – March 20, 2012

Posted to Ask Andy on March 20th, 2012

Rule No. 65: • Anyone who must tell you he always tells the truth, is lying. ________________________________________ Dear Andy, On merit badges, I can't find anything written by the BSA about how long a Scout has to complete a merit badge once... [more]

Cub Scouts Give Thanks Theme for April

Posted to Scouting News on March 20th, 2012

CC by: Woodleywonderworks Each month, the Cub Scout program focuses on a core value. The Cub Scout April theme is  Faith . BSA has started releasing theme based pack meeting plans for each of these core values. I hear that the new April theme will... [more]

On the Trail

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on March 19th, 2012

I've been saving texts on my phone each day but t-mobile has no coverage around here so the texts are waiting. Oh well. So, here's a recap of the first three days. You can check out my progress map at AZT page since my Spot has been working pretty... [more]

New Partnership Turns Up the Heat on Energy Wastage

Posted to The Scout Association on March 19th, 2012

The Scout Association and energy company E.ON are working together to help young people understand energy use at... [more]

500th Event for Team East!

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on March 19th, 2012

Tequesta, FL. This past weekend marked a very special event for Team East. We set up our arsenal of Leave No Trace educational materials for the 500th time! The timing was just right for us because the event happened to fall on our favorite vessel... [more]

Bigfoot Was Here!

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on March 19th, 2012

Have you seen the big guy around?... [more]

Scouts v. Sports

Posted to Adventures and Accidents on March 19th, 2012

Let me begin by saying I don't necessarily have anything against sports. But as an LDS Venturing advisor, I'm beginning to dislike them. At least the high school version. Over the next month and a half, there is exactly one of our regular Wednesday... [more]

What Is the ScoutParents Program? How Is It Used?

Posted to HalfEagle Answers on March 19th, 2012

When I read the definition of what a ScoutParent is, I get excited about the program: > A ScoutParent is a parent or adult mentor of a Scout who enthusiastically participates with their Scout and also helps other volunteers to provide the best... [more]

Its Your Turn

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

Calling all reader I want you to get involve, this is a call out for all readers Continue reading →... [more]

So Where Does Camping Fit In?

Posted to Bobwhite's Blather on March 19th, 2012

Like the Scouts of nearly every troop, our boys recite the Scout Oath and Scout Law at the beginning of troop meetings. How often do they – or you – stop to ponder what those words mean? They are the … Continue reading →... [more]

Podcast 110 – the Scoutmaster and the Committee

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 19th, 2012

IN THIS PODCAST Scoutmaster panel discussion with guest Frank Maynard LINKS IN THIS PODCAST Bobwhite Blather  Frank's Blog  KEEP IN TOUCH Contact Clarke Green Call and leave a voice mail comment or question at (484) 734-0002 Subscribe to the... [more]

Mom to Mom Cub Scout Recruiting

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 19th, 2012

Mike wrote to me with this question about Cub Scout recruiting. Could a local mom-to-mom Cub Scout recruiting program get more families into Cub Scouting? [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content,... [more]

Amazon.com: Trail to Eagle: Appstore for Android

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 19th, 2012

Amazon.com: Trail to Eagle: Appstore for Android Check it out awesome App 4 Scouts + its only 99 cents well yeah it costs something but thats still a great price 4 a mobile App. Its available on android windows phone & Apple iOS heres the... [more]

App Store - Trail to Eagle

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 19th, 2012

App Store - Trail To Eagle Check it out awesome App 4 Scouts + its only 99 cents well yeah it costs something but thats still a great price 4 a mobile App. Its available on android windows phone & Apple iOS heres the Apple App Store version... [more]

Trail to Eagle

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 19th, 2012

Trail To Eagle Check it out awesome App 4 Scouts + its only 99 cents well yeah it costs something but thats still a great price 4 a mobile App. Its available on android windows phone & Apple iOS heres the windows phone version Yours in Scouting... [more]

Trail to Eagle - Android Apps on Google Play

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 19th, 2012

Trail To Eagle - Android Apps on Google Play Check it out awesome App 4 Scouts + its only 99 cents well yeah it costs something but thats still a great price 4 a mobile App. Its available on android windows phone & Apple iOS heres the android... [more]

Trail to Eagle Scout App

Posted to Scouting News on March 19th, 2012

Following the great theme of great Scout Apps hitting the market lately, another is rolling out. Trail to Eagle   is a Boy Scout reference for your smartphone available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 7.  With the Trail to Eagle a Scout can... [more]

Handrite

Posted to True North Scouting on March 18th, 2012

#Handrite#... [more]

Between a Rock and a Coffee Pot

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

Climbers in Joshua Tree On Saturday mornings in one of the premier climbing spots in the country, Park Ranger and legendary character Bernadette hosts Climbers' Coffee at Joshua Tree National Park . The e-tour had the chance to stop by this event... [more]

Scouts Gear Up for Diamond Jubilee

Posted to The Scout Association on March 18th, 2012

Scouts join Barbara Windsor at Buckingham Palace to kickstart the 60th year... [more]

The Easiest Way to Cover Safe Swim Defense: Qualified Supervision (Part 1)

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 18th, 2012

All of the following items and information come directly from the BSA Aquatics Supervision Manual, Safe Swim Defense materials, Safety Afloat Materials, the BSA Scout Handbook, and finally the BSA Fieldbook. Now that I've covered a introduction and... [more]

Picture of the Week 3/18/12

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

Santos Trailhead- Ocala, FL... [more]

This WWWeek in Scouting March 18, 2012

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 18th, 2012

News, information and comment from scouting around the WWW SCOUTMASTERCG.COM Podcast 109 – Interview with Chief scout Executive Bob Mazzuca What Resources Do You Use – Survey Report Part 1 What Resources Do You Use – Survey Report... [more]

First Class Rank Requirements for Boy Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 18th, 2012

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

New Research Affirms Lifetime Benefits of Girls' Participation in Girl Scouting

Posted to Scouting News on March 18th, 2012

New York, N.Y.  - According to a new Girl Scout Research Institute report,  Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study ,  women who were Girl Scouts as children display significantly more positive life outcomes than non-Girl Scout alumnae... [more]

BSA Bear Den Meeting Plan 7 – What's Cooking?

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 17th, 2012

BSA provides den meeting plans for den leaders. This Bear Den meeting plan focuses on Bear Achievement 9 - What's Cooking? [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and more! ]... [more]

Live Western Cape Kontiki 2012 Coverage by @SAScout

Posted to Ropes and Poles on March 17th, 2012

(c) South African Scout Association The South African Scout Association Twitter and Facebook accounts are posting live photos from Western Cape Kontiki at the moment - follow them to see what's happening, including this Nyan Cat raft built by the... [more]

Dedication to Scouting Part 2: Series Wrap-Up

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 17th, 2012

Because of the fact that this topic has gotten so far off the original topic of the conversation/post I was typing about I have decided to discontinue the series due to the above reason and because in order to continue with this series of dedication... [more]

Update to Campfire Songs Scout App

Posted to Scouting News on March 17th, 2012

Dan from ScoutApps.net  would like to announce an update for the Campfire Songs Scout app on the iOS. Dan's also the creator of  Helleniechsin  featured here last month. New in Version 1.3 20 new songs (some submitted by Megan and by Ginger... [more]

"Do Unto Others…"

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on March 17th, 2012

Bare with me as I rant on humanity. I have been around the world and seen a lot of things… some good, some bad.  Today I had a day which caused me to ask What the hell is wrong with people? Excuse me if the language is strong or the message... [more]

Photo Friday: Shutter Speed

Posted to Scouting News on March 16th, 2012

Photo Friday Photo Fridays are brought to you by Brandon Queen Photography . Shutter Speed Overview: Last week we talked about the different terms needed to understand your camera. I want to focus on shutter speed this week. Lets take a look at... [more]

Tethered Hot-Air Ballooning and the BSA

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

Ready to take your pack, troop, team, or crew to new heights? Schedule a ride in a tethered hot-air balloon. The activity, which previously wasn't approved, was officially OK'd this week by the BSA's Health and Safety team. Notice I said  tethered... [more]

What Approach Do You Use for Large-Scale Instruction in Scouting?

Posted to HalfEagle Answers on March 16th, 2012

The perennial problem of merit badge "academies" is the notion of having 30+ youth in a single room working on a merit badge like Citizenship in the Community with just one or two instructors. What strategies work in this kind of... [more]

What Resources Do You Use? – Survey Report Part 3

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 16th, 2012

When asked  what specific online resources they used when looking for information about program ideas. Respondents listed a range of specific websites: Ask Andy Questions and answers in an advice column format backpackinglight.com Great Backpacking... [more]

Ever Heard of a Sea Scout?

Posted to Summit Blog on March 16th, 2012

Have you heard of a Sea Scout? Well, just in case you haven't, Sea Scouts is part of Venturing. Its members focus on sailing, maritime skills, and of course, having fun. Cool, huh? A Little History Lesson for You Like Scouting itself, Sea Scouting... [more]

Building a Working Pack Committee

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 16th, 2012

How can a Pack transition from a model where the Cubmaster does all of the work to one where the Pack Committee shares the load? [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and more! ]... [more]

How to Find the Right Backpack

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

Backpacking Infographic from REI - Useful Continue reading →... [more]

Kontiki 2012

Posted to Ropes and Poles on March 16th, 2012

drawing by John Sweet from the Scout Annual, 1953 This weekend sees the annual Kontiki rafting competition taking place in the Western Cape . Gauteng Kontiki had been scheduled to take place this weekend too, but due to flooding of access routes at... [more]

The International Badger's Club

Posted to Ropes and Poles on March 16th, 2012

The International Badger's Club is a society for collectors of Scouting and Guiding badges. It has members around the world, and some very useful resources, including a catalogue of every uniform badge "equivalent to, or greater than, a UK district... [more]

Sly as a Fox

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

Channel Islands National Park As the e-tour continues to head west, we leave the "sky islands" of Southern Arizona for the Channel Islands off the coast of California. This epic series of islands, designated a National Park in 1980, hosts a variety... [more]

Another First for the Troop…

Posted to True North Scouting on March 16th, 2012

Tonight, we held our OA elections…the first one for our troop. It's a huge step for us, but it seems that all steps for our troop are huge. We are building a legacy, one that I hope will be there for years down the road. One step at a time,... [more]

Joining Up the Dots

Posted to UK Chief Commissioner Blog on March 15th, 2012

Speaking at the latest DC induction day at Gilwell Park Wayne took the opportunity to explain how elements of our central strategy all come... [more]

Tucson

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on March 15th, 2012

Plane ride to Tucson was fine. Dallas was all green flying in, but Tucson has roofs the color of sand and sand the color roofs. But, the 85 degrees sure feels nice! I got a great tour of Tucson, including the university and Arizona Children's... [more]

Who's Behind the Wheel of the BSA IndyCar in 2012?

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

James Jakes There's a new man wearing red, white, and blue this season. It's 24-year-old James Jakes, a former Scout from England, who takes the helm of the BSA Motorsports and Dale Coyne Racing No. 19 car for the 2012 IndyCar season. Jakes, who... [more]

Signs of Spring

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on March 15th, 2012

Kingman Wash, Arizona: The Southwest weather is well into the swing of Spring. So are the animals. The sixth Leave No Trace Principle, 'Respect Wildlife', encourages us to avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or... [more]

Two Councils Merge

Posted to Scouting News on March 15th, 2012

Two councils in Michigan and Wisconsin have voted to merge together. The Hiawathaland Council in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and the Bay-Lakes Council in Wisconsin. There will not be a new council created, instead they will keep the Bay-Lakes... [more]

What's the Best Way to Utilize Den Chiefs?

Posted to HalfEagle Answers on March 15th, 2012

I've had trouble in the past convincing fellow adult leaders to embrace the Den Chief program. Adult leaders in the Troop don't always see value in recruiting or supporting Den Chiefs and the adult leaders in the Pack either don't understand why the... [more]

WATCH: \'The Voice' Star Pip, at Age 10, Sings the National Anthem for His Boy Scout Troop

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

Long before he turned judges' chairs on  The Voice , Eagle Scout Phillip Arnold turned heads on a much smaller stage. Phillip, who goes by the stage name Pip, sharpened his singing skills at Boy Scout courts of honor as a member of Marietta,... [more]

Take a Peek at PEAK in Action

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on March 15th, 2012

Tarpon Springs, FL . Take a look at this video, shot at an elementary school in Florida earlier this week. Kate leads a lesson on leave no trace using the PEAK Program. PEAK- Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids- is an interactive, engaging... [more]

From the Stadri BSA Archives: 13th Annual Boy Scout Invitational Golf Tournament

Posted to Stadri Emblems Scouting Blog on March 15th, 2012

The Northeast Georgia Council held the 13th Annual Boy Scout Invitational Golf Tournament on April 22, 1996, at the Chattahoochee Golf Club in Gainesville, GA. The event featured a $2,500 putting contest and gift certificates and prizes for three... [more]

Picture Thursday 15_03_12

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on March 15th, 2012

Show me the way to Amaryllis Continue reading →... [more]

What Resources Do You Use? – Survey Report Part 2

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 15th, 2012

The survey asked about two distinct types of information -information related to policy and procedure and information dealing with program plans and ideas. Policy and Procedure The majority of respondents cite Scouting.org (the official Boy Scouts... [more]

Leaving on a Jet Plane...

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on March 15th, 2012

Don't know when I'll be back again, but I'm hoping it's by May 1st. They say every journey begins with a single step, but this one begins with a couple long plane rides. I fly to Tucson via Dallas today to start my 800-mile Arizona Trail hike. A... [more]

Table Tennis Belt Loop for Cub Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 15th, 2012

Cub Scouts who are interested in table tennis can earn the Table Tennis belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program. If you don't have your own table, check your local community center. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the... [more]

Open for Debate: Are Smartphones the Modern-Day Camper's Swiss Army Knife?

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

Maybe. But here's the debate: Should you allow your Scouts to bring their smartphones on camping trips? Sure, Scouters and Scouts can do it all with these powerful gadgets. A smartphone (or tablet) is a watch, an alarm clock, a digital compass, a... [more]

LFL Announces Exploring Fee Increase

Posted to Scout Wire on March 14th, 2012

At the Learning for Life Executive Board meeting in February, the board voted to increase the Exploring registration fee from $10 to $15 effective July 1. This increase will allow the continued development of new marketing materials and programs,... [more]

Boys' Life Mini-Mags to Be Shipped in April

Posted to Scout Wire on March 14th, 2012

The 2012 Boys' Life mini-mag will ship to councils around April 23, 2012. Quantities will be approximately the same as last year. There is no cost to councils for mini-mags or shipping. The Boys' Life mini-mag is a promotion tool to help... [more]

Do You Know Where the Summit Bechtel Reserve Is?

Posted to Scout Wire on March 14th, 2012

So you've been hearing all about the Summit, but do you know where it is? We'll give you a hint! It has a mean altitude of 1,500 feet, giving it the highest average altitude east of the Mississippi. The capital city is Charleston. And its motto is... [more]

What's the Best Approach to Teaching First Aid Skills?

Posted to HalfEagle Answers on March 14th, 2012

I know that the approach will incorporate the EDGE method of training, but what creative/innovative ways do you teach first aid that keeps the youth involved and interested? I've done "simulated disasters" on a small scale before but found that the... [more]

Words of Wisdom Wednesday: Loyal

Posted to Scouting News on March 14th, 2012

"Loyalty is a feature in a boy's character that inspires boundless hope." -Sir Robert Baden-Powell Last week, we introduced what it means to be trustworthy – the first point of the Scout Law. This week, we focus our attention on what it means... [more]

All Markets Strategy

Posted to Wayne Brock TV on March 14th, 2012

In this episode, I talk about the history of what we used to say and now what we mean when we say "All Markets Strategy." Please use the comments feature below the video window to let me know what you are doing to address an all markets... [more]

What Resources Do You Use? Survey Report Part 1

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 14th, 2012

Our most recent survey sought to rack how we are answering questions, finding information and improving our skills as Scout leaders. Some of these resources are online, some are offline but Scouters responding to this survey are much more dependent... [more]

Test of Three

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on March 14th, 2012

In ancient Greece (469 – 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day the great philosopher  came upon an acquaintance, who ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, I need to tell you what I just heard about one of your... [more]

Dodging for Adventure

Posted to Summit Blog on March 14th, 2012

When Troop 108 in the Revolutionary Trails Council decided to plan a trip to the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base , they knew they needed to raise some dough. So, what comes to your mind when you think of fundraising? Let me guess––can... [more]

Religious Emblems Programs

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 14th, 2012

Faith is an important part of Scouting programs and religious emblems programs for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers reinforce what is stressed in the 12th point of the Scout Law A Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in... [more]

Last Chance for VOS Dashboard Training

Posted to Scout Wire on March 14th, 2012

The key delivery system for all feedback received in the Voice of the Scout program will come to participating councils via the VOS Dashboard. Get a firm handle on how this dashboard will function this week: Morning and afternoon webinars are... [more]

Scouting and the Hispanic/Latino Family

Posted to Scout Wire on March 14th, 2012

Click to open full-size PDF... [more]

'Learning for Life and Exploring Today': New Marketing Materials Created

Posted to Scout Wire on March 14th, 2012

Click to open March issue The March issue of Learning for Life and Exploring Today has been published and is available online. Are you looking for the "wow factor" when making presentations or sales calls to a school district or community... [more]

Walk the Line? After Review, the BSA Gives Slacklining a (Qualified) OK « Bryan on Scouting

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 13th, 2012

Walk the line? After review, the BSA gives slacklining a (qualified) OK « Bryan on Scouting Heres one of the newest activities that has been approved for Scouts to do in the Troop, District, or Council settings and well this activity is known as... [more]

General Typing of Campouts and Summer Camps for Boy Scouts Weekend Camping (Part 3)

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 13th, 2012

Before we dive into long term and summer camp types we need to review the concept of the weekend outing. Weekend outings have always been a essential part of the Scouting since its creation in the United Kingdom. While there are many many many... [more]

Walk the Line? After Review, the BSA Gives Slacklining a (Qualified) OK

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

Find two trees, grab some friends, and work on your balance: Slacklining is now an approved Scouting activity - with qualifications. After a thorough review, the BSA's Health and Safety team officially OK'd the extreme sport this week for all Scout... [more]

Finance Impact 'E-Letter': Creating a Council Antifraud Policy

Posted to Scout Wire on March 13th, 2012

Click to open March 15 issue The March 15 issue of the Finance Impact e-Letter has been published and is available on the Finance Impact website. As we approach the end of the first quarter of the fiscal year, most councils are diligent in their... [more]

What Certifications Are Required for a Pack, Troop or Crew to Have an Aquatic Event?

Posted to HalfEagle Answers on March 13th, 2012

Are they different for the different levels or is it all the same... [more]

Flying Plan Updated to Allow Flights in Tethered Balloons

Posted to Scout Wire on March 13th, 2012

The BSA unauthorized activities were recently updated along with the flying plan to allow Scouts to experience flight in a tethered balloon. The flying plan can be found on the forms page of Scouting Safely, and links are included to the PDF of the... [more]

No. 297 – March 13, 2012

Posted to Ask Andy on March 13th, 2012

Rule No. 64: • The length and complexity of PowerPoint presentations are most often in inverse proportion to their value. ________________________________________ Dear Andy, I just read your column about the unit with adults "allowed" able to carry... [more]

Fat Tire Fun in Florida!

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

Ocala, FL . This weekend we had a blast at the Fat Tire Mountain Bike Festival in Ocala, FL. This weekend long festival, hosted by the Ocala Mountain Bike Association , is in its sixth year. The festival provides an opportunity for riders from all... [more]

SMMPodcast # 103 – Talking With Bob

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on March 13th, 2012

In this show I have a lengthy chat with a fellow Scoutmaster and great Friend Bob Pierce.    Join us as we talk a little bit about everything.  Jamboree, Dutch oven cooking, Troop Guides, JLT, Anuual planning, Parents and Philmont just to cover... [more]

SMM103- Talking With Bob

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute Podcast on March 13th, 2012

In this show I have a lengthy chat with a fellow Scoutmaster and great Friend Bob Pierce.    Join us as we talk a little bit about everything.  Jamboree, Dutch oven cooking, Troop Guides, JLT, Anuual planning, Parents and Philmont just to cover... [more]

Cub Scout April Theme – Cub Scouts Give Thanks (Faith)

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 13th, 2012

The Cub Scout April theme is Faith. I hear that the new supplemental April pack meeting theme will be Cub Scouts Give Thanks. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and more! ]... [more]

First CSE Pathfinder Awards of 2012 Presented

Posted to Scout Wire on March 13th, 2012

The 2012 Chief Scout Executive's Pathfinder Award is creating energy and excitement in councils across the country. Join in on the energy and recognize that your council's Cub Scout market share is a key membership driver! And the best way to... [more]

Can Packs, Troops, Teams, or Crews Participate in Political Rallies?

Posted to Scout Wire on March 13th, 2012

The Boy Scouts of America might be the most patriotic organization in the U.S. But don't take that to mean we endorse any one political party. The same applies to packs, troops, teams, and crews. Scouts and volunteers should do their duty to... [more]

Have Scouts, Parents, Leaders Offer Their Opinions

Posted to Scout Wire on March 12th, 2012

To provide the best youth program, the Research & Program Innovation Department surveys our membership from time to time to learn their opinions on various Scouting issues. Please encourage your youth members (over 14 years old), volunteers,... [more]

Podcast 109 – Interview With Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 12th, 2012

IN THIS PODCAST Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive, joins us to talk about the 100th Anniversary of the Eagle Scout Award. LINKS IN THIS PODCAST National Eagle Scout Association KEEP IN TOUCH Contact Clarke Green Call and leave a voice mail comment... [more]

Bob's Blog: Alaskan Adventures and Detroit Muslim Outreach

Posted to Scout Wire on March 12th, 2012

A Detroit Success Story-Bringing New Cultures Into the BSA I have a personal commitment to expand Scouting to every faith group we can, so imagine my pleasure in participating in the launch of a new Muslim Scouting outreach program in Detroit's... [more]

Out West With Team West

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on March 12th, 2012

Saguaro! What's the only thing better than one Traveling Trainer team? Two Traveling Trainer teams! This past week we met up with Mark & Tara from Team West for a few days and an event together in Tucson. With our powers combined, we... [more]

What Is the Official Policy Regarding Patch Trading?

Posted to HalfEagle Answers on March 12th, 2012

Where can I find a definitive set of rules regarding patch trading? Are the rules different for the Order of the Arrow versus non-OA patches? In other words, can adults at a cub scout event trade activity patches with... [more]

What Is Your Path to the Summit?

Posted to Summit Blog on March 12th, 2012

Scouts and Venturers attending the 2013 National Scout Jamboree from the South Texas Council may want to brush up on their "I spy" and alphabet-spotting skills. And for good reason, too: The 1,750-mile journey from Corpus Christi, Texas, to the... [more]

One Two Many Roles

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on March 12th, 2012

Two hours a week and all the marshmallows you can eat, who could refuse that. Continue reading →... [more]

Order in the Troop! Order in the Troop!

Posted to Bobwhite's Blather on March 12th, 2012

You've heard the sayings. Order is Heaven's first law. (Alexander Pope) Good order is the foundation of all things. (Edmund Burke) Order is power. (Henri Frederic Amiel) Henry Miller also had something to say about order: Confusion is a word …... [more]

Recognizing Eagle Palms

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 12th, 2012

A reader recently wrote to me with this question about recognizing Eagle palms: "My son is about to get his 17th Palm before he turns 18. Is there some type of ceremony to recognized this similar to the Eagle COH?" [ This is a content summary only... [more]

'Marketing News': STEM Program, NOVA Award Topics of Upcoming Webinar

Posted to Scout Wire on March 12th, 2012

Click to open March issue The March issue of the Marketing News has been published and is available online. In this issue, you can read about an upcoming webinar that will take a deep dive into the BSA's STEM program and NOVA award. Discover how to... [more]

Learning for Life Program Evaluation Teachers Survey Opens in May

Posted to Scout Wire on March 11th, 2012

We are asking councils to contact their teachers in the Learning for Life program to take the teacher's program evaluation survey at www.learningforlife.org . Last year's results helped us improve the development of our programs. We once again have... [more]

This WWWeek in Scouting March 11, 2012

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 11th, 2012

News, information and comment from scouting around the WWW SCOUTMASTERCG.COM Advancement, Parents and Pressure Podcast 108 – Scouts Canada Nature Photography Svante Freden's Reflector Oven Steeping Down and Stepping Back SCOUTING BLOGS A... [more]

Collecting Pin for Cub Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 11th, 2012

Kids collect all sorts of things - trading cards, bottle caps, rocks, cars. If your Cub Scout has a collection, he can earn the Collecting pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program. It will encourage him to organize all of those things... [more]

YPSmartz: Youth Protection Begins With You®

Posted to Scout Wire on March 11th, 2012

This is the first in a series of articles on Youth Protection called "YPSmartz." What do we mean when we say, "Youth Protection begins with you ® "? Everyone in Scouting, from the most tenured professional Scouters and adult leaders to new Cub... [more]

BSA Webelos Den Meeting Plan 8 – Artist

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 10th, 2012

BSA provides den meeting plans for den leaders on the Scouting.org website. The eighth Webelos den meeting plan focuses on the Webelos Artist Activity badge. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content,... [more]

Issue 296 – March 10, 2012

Posted to Ask Andy on March 10th, 2012

NYLT Leadership Academy Special Issue Rule No. 63: "Co-leaders" who agree to share 100% of the responsibilities will each accomplish 10%. Good morning Andy, The BSA National Leadership Development Committee has approved the national promotion of... [more]

What Are Some Fundraiser Ideas?

Posted to HalfEagle Answers on March 9th, 2012

Also, what is the best way to organize fundraisers at the troop level? Are there any guidelines from BSA National about how to do... [more]

A Team-by-Team Guide to the BSA's New Major League Soccer Alliance

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

The Major League Soccer season starts March 10, and with it comes an exciting opportunity for Scouts and Scouters nationwide. As I told you in January , MLS and the Boy Scouts of America joined forces this year. But what does that mean for your... [more]

Plan Ahead and Prepare in Mountaineering

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

Guest Blog by Linden Mallory, Senior Guide RMI Expeditions With mountaineering and climbing growing in popularity comes an added responsibility for climbers to reexamine our actions while we pursue our passion. For close to a decade the guides at... [more]

How to Find the Right Backpack

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 9th, 2012

Here's a useful info-graphic from   REI  about selecting and sizing the right backpack. (click on the image to see the full info-graphic). Share/Bookmark... [more]

The Perfect Gift | "Meet Me at the Summit" Tumbler

Posted to Summit Blog on March 9th, 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 . Looking for the perfect gift for your family or friends? Check out the "Meet... [more]

Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop for Cub Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 9th, 2012

Conservation and Scouting have always gone hand in hand. And our young Cub Scouts are fascinated by wildlife and are usually eager to learn how to participate in conservation projects. You can spark that interest with the Wildlife Conservation belt... [more]

Photo Friday: What Is This For?

Posted to Scouting News on March 9th, 2012

Photo Friday Photo Fridays are brought to you by Brandon Queen Photography . What is it and how does it all work? Overview: Now we want to learn about three important functions of a digital camera.  They are shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.  Each... [more]

KwaZulu-Natal Raft Race

Posted to Ropes and Poles on March 9th, 2012

Like Kontiki in Gauteng and the Western Cape , KwaZulu-Natal Scouts have an annual rafting competition , at the Midmar Dam (also home to the biggest annual open water swim in the world). Unlike the Kontiki events, the emphasis here is on racing,... [more]

MP Speaks Up for Scouting

Posted to The Scout Association on March 8th, 2012

Mary Glindon MP promotes community benefits of Scouting in House of Commons... [more]

All My Good Friends Call Me Wilderness

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on March 8th, 2012

The Galiuro Wilderness This past week the e-tour tromped, trekked, and tracked through the Galiuro Wilderness on our Leave No Trace Master Educator Course with NOLS (the National Outdoor Leadership School) . This ecosystem, a "sky island" in... [more]

Can Packs, Troops, Teams, or Crews Participate in Political Rallies?

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

The Boy Scouts of America might be the most patriotic organization in the U.S. But don't take that to mean we endorse any one political party. The same applies to your pack, troop, team, or crew. You and your Scouts should Do Your Duty to Country... [more]

It's National Environmental Education Week!

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on March 8th, 2012

Teach others to walk through the middle of a muddy trail, instead of around it, to avoid unnecessary erosion and trampling of vegetation along side the trial. In an age where technology seemingly tethers people to their electronic devices more and... [more]

Indy Car Tour With Dale Coyne Racing

Posted to Boy Scouts of America Youtube Videos on March 8th, 2012

Dale Coyne of Dale Coyne Racing gives four Scouts a tour of the #19 Dale Coyne Racing Boy Scouts of America Indy... [more]

What International Scouting Events Are Available to U.S. Scouts?

Posted to HalfEagle Answers on March 8th, 2012

When I was a Scout, I had the opportunity to attend the Icelandic National Jamboree as part of the American contingent to the event. How could I find opportunities like this for Scouts today? Also, what opportunities are there to travel outside the... [more]

The Buzz - March 9, 2012, "Fiscals and Fundraising Software Conversion"

Posted to BSA Internal Communications Youtube Videos on March 8th, 2012

Team leaders Gary Beus and Mark Moshier discuss the upcoming conversions to PeopleSoft fiscal management software and Blackbaud fundraising software and explain how these updates will impact... [more]

Four Degrees of Snow Camping

Posted to Scouting News on March 8th, 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. Snow camping is a popular winter activity for sturdy Boy Scouts.  Every year, thousands... [more]

Picture Thursday 08_03_12

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on March 8th, 2012

This weeks photo thursday is a photo montage build showing one weekend of building to provide a birthday girl with a play house for here 3rd birthday Continue reading →... [more]

New Tour and Activity Plan to Be Unveiled

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on March 8th, 2012

From our Friends at the BSA Internal Communications via Scout Wire: Dateline February 29, 2012 The new online tour and activity plan has been developed and will soon be ready for use. When compared to the former tour permit process, the new plan... [more]

Stepping Down and Stepping Back

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 8th, 2012

Larry Geiger has served as a Scoutmaster for two different troops so that means he has transitioned in and out of the Scoutmaster role more than most of us. I asked him to write about these transitions and offer his advice. In 1981 in Lawrence,... [more]

Camping Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 8th, 2012

The Boy Scout Roundtable Planning Guide suggests a Camping troop program feature for Boy Scouts. The focus of this program feature is on outdoor skills. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and... [more]

Andy Hits the Airwaves

Posted to Ask Andy on March 7th, 2012

Most of you know Andy through his columns here. I thought you might like to have a peek at Andy in real life. Earlier this month, Andy was the featured guess on a program of the Hunterdon County Internet Radio, sponsored by the Hunterdon County... [more]

SMMPodcast #102

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on March 7th, 2012

Join me on a hike with a new Eagle Scout Mom, and my best Friend (my Wife).  We talk about advice for new Scout parents, Parents of Scouts closing on their Eagle Award and Fitness.  It was a great hike and I am glad that I got a chance to get... [more]

SMMPodcast #102 – Teresa

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute Podcast on March 7th, 2012

Join me on a hike with my very best friend, a new Eagle Scout Mom, my wife.  We talk about advice for new Scout parents and fitness. Hope you enjoy the show.  Leave feedback or drop us an email. Have a Great Scouting Day! Join the forum discussion... [more]

Duchess of Cambridge Meets Scouts on Royal Visit

Posted to The Scout Association on March 7th, 2012

The Duchess took time to meet scouts in... [more]

Get Out and PLAY!

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on March 7th, 2012

San Antonio, Texas: This past Sunday we stumbled upon Síclovía, a truly worthwhile event. Síclovía is an offshoot of Ciclovía a program originally developed in Bogatá, Columbia. City streets are closed to car traffic in order to allow the community... [more]

'Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?' Now Casting in California

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

California Scouts and adults, practice your knots, sharpen your pocketknives - oh, and comb your hair. Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? , the new National Geographic Channel show I told you about in January , is looking for a few outstanding cast... [more]

What Are the Requirements for a Campership?

Posted to HalfEagle Answers on March 7th, 2012

Our unit has received some donated funds intended to be used as camperships for youth whose family might not be able to afford all of the fees for summer/winter camp. How should we go about determining how to disburse these funds? What requirements... [more]

Words of Wisdom Wednesday: Trustworthy

Posted to Scouting News on March 7th, 2012

"A Scout's honor is to be trusted. If he were to violate his honor by telling a lie, or by cheating, or by not doing exactly a given task, when trusted on his honor to do so, he may be directed to hand over his scout badge." -Sir Robert... [more]

Call for Volunteers!

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 7th, 2012

A podcast listener has contacted me looking for help in setting up a forum where volunteers could discuss and share their work with special needs Scouts. I know that a good many information technology professionals read the blog and listen to the... [more]

Svante Freden's Reflector Oven

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 7th, 2012

Swedish canoe enthusiast Svante Freden builds and sells folding reflector ovens based on his own design. He also generously makes DIY plans available so you can make your own – PDF Reflector Oven Plans Svante's Website Purchase a completed... [more]

The Easiest Way to Fly in the New River Gorge

Posted to Summit Blog on March 7th, 2012

In our last adventure , we saw members of Venturing Crews 32 and 44 tackling some of the world famous rock climbing in the New River Gorge, just downstream of the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. Are you ready to zip at the Summit?... [more]

Softball Pin for Cub Scouts

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 7th, 2012

It's softball season! If you know a Cub Scout who really enjoys playing softball, have him check out the Softball pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program. A softball clinic would make a fun pack meeting or activity. Plan one for May,... [more]

KONY 2012

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

I am just here to ask you to spent 27mins at watch this video. It seem like a long time but it will be worth it Continue reading →... [more]

Trusting Our Youth

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 6th, 2012

Trust its such a interesting and complex word that takes years to develop a true level of trust with another individual but can also be completely or at the very least partially lost in a matter of seconds. Its so short that you probably wouldn't... [more]

The Easiest Way to Cover Safe Swim Defense

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 6th, 2012

Ok so over the years I have learned that for many Boy Scouts concepts like safe swim defense even though the rules are great still isnt the best way to teach them. Heck which adults could rattle off without referring or peeking in their training... [more]

What Kind of Favors or Gifts Are Appropriate to Give Out at an Eagle Court of Honor?

Posted to HalfEagle Answers on March 6th, 2012

I had a unit leader contact me with this question recently. They were looking for wooden nickels with the Eagle Scout's name and COH date but also other ideas for gifts to give to each attendee at the COH that were: - inexpensive - customizable -... [more]

What Is the Age Requirement to Attend Philmont?

Posted to HalfEagle Answers on March 6th, 2012

Is it the same for all the high adventure bases or is each one... [more]

Issue 295 – March 6, 2012

Posted to Ask Andy on March 6th, 2012

Rule No. 62: • Beware what a new acquaintance tells you he's best at… This usually turns out to be his Achilles' heel. ________________________________________ Hi Andy, About that Scout who was kicked out of his troop for mouthing off… Our troop... [more]

The Best Man in the Ward

Posted to Adventures and Accidents on March 6th, 2012

I finished reading Trails to Testimony by Brad Harris a little while ago, and I keep thinking about it. One thing that struck me was the need to have the Scoutmaster be the best man in the ward. This actually came from a talk in General Conference... [more]

Youth Leadership

Posted to Adventures and Accidents on March 6th, 2012

There is an excellent article in Venturing Magazine about youth leadership, specifically as it relates to Venturing, but Boy Scout and Varsity Scout leaders may find it useful, too. The "Let the Youth Do It" Dilemma "It is not realistic, nor is it... [more]

Room to Grow: Bringing Scouting to the Hispanic Community

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

You can't ignore the numbers. According to the 2010 Census, 16.3 percent of U.S. citizens are of Hispanic or Latino origin. In the BSA, the proportion is much lower. Hispanic youth account for just 6.8 percent of all members. I see that discrepancy... [more]

Are Trampolines an Approved Activity?

Posted to HalfEagle Answers on March 6th, 2012

Trampolines have been banned from most schools and athletics due to their high injury and severity rates. After being closed for decades there are now commercial trampoline facilities popping up all over and many of them are targeting scouts and... [more]

New Boo – Penny Cup

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

A clever way to raise money or a really stupid idea you tell me Continue reading →... [more]

Nature Photography at the PhotoNaturalist

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 6th, 2012

The PhotoNaturlist blog  by Steve and Vic Berardi has some excellent, clear advice that will enhance your skill as a photographer. We all admire truly good images of nature but few of us know how to make them. It's not as difficult as you may... [more]

Assistant Patrol Leader Description and Self Evaluation

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 6th, 2012

The Assistant Patrol Leader is a youth member of a Boy Scout troop who is appointed by the Patrol Leader and leads the patrol in his absence. The position of Assistant Patrol Leader does not qualify for the leadership requirements for advancement... [more]

Dedication to Scouting Part 1: Dedication vs. Active Participation

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 5th, 2012

So really what does "Im dedicated to Scouting" mean? Well when you actual look at dedication to any organization dedication is hard to give a specific definition to when each person in reality has their own standard of what they expect of... [more]

Thank You for Helping

Posted to A Scouter's Journey on March 5th, 2012

This month marks my one year anniversary as a volunteer for ShelterBox. It certainly doesn't feel that long. As with Scouting, through ShelterBox I have met an amazing group of volunteers. A few I have had the pleasure of meeting in person, and many... [more]

All Markets Strategy

Posted to BSA Internal Communications Youtube Videos on March 5th, 2012

In this episode, I talk about the history of what we used to say and now what we mean when we say "All Markets Strategy." Please use the comments feature below the video window to let me know what you are doing to address an all markets... [more]

Next on 'the Voice': An Eagle Scout Prepares for Battle « Bryan on Scouting

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 5th, 2012

Next on 'The Voice': An Eagle Scout prepares for battle « Bryan on Scouting Check it out!!!!!!! A Eagle Scout has made it to the final audition round of the voice. I hope he gets into the competition but even if he doesn't hes still done a awesome... [more]

Next on 'the Voice': An Eagle Scout Prepares for Battle

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on March 5th, 2012

Good thing a Scout is Brave. Phillip Arnold will need all the courage he can get. The Eagle Scout singer, who goes by the stage name "Pip," is entering the battle round on NBC's hit reality singing show,  The Voice . Three weeks have passed since... [more]

Podcast 108 – Scouts Canada

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 5th, 2012

IN THIS PODCAST A discussion with volunteer Scouters with Scouts Canada Harry Shnider, Dean Post and Tom Breuer. LINKS IN THIS PODCAST KEEP IN TOUCH Contact Clarke Green Call and leave a voice mail comment or question at (484) 734-0002 Subscribe to... [more]

Trail Journal

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on March 5th, 2012

I hiked 4 miles to Gander Mountain to pick up three 1-liter platypus water bags. They weight about 5 ounces all together and take up very little space when rolled up. I'll have them as extra storage in case water is more scarce than I imagine and... [more]

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Now Seeking Submissions for Our Facebook Cover

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on March 5th, 2012

Make your great Scouting photos more than just pretty wallpaper for your computer or tablet. Our Facebook Cover Image Search can show them off to nearly 15,000 of your fellow Scouters. Selected photos will spend a week as the cover image on our new... [more]

1 Extra Degree

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on March 5th, 2012

I always talk with the Scouts about Good not being good enough. There are many examples of how good will only get you good.. and on the other hand.. there are great examples of how doing your absolute best will get you Best results. Being an Eagle... [more]

Abolish "Death by Meeting"!

Posted to Bobwhite's Blather on March 5th, 2012

A while back I posted a series of articles on making your committee meetings more effective. These were aimed at the committee chair or meeting facilitator to help improve the meeting experience for everyone concerned. Harvard Business Review had a... [more]

Must-Know Facts About High Adventure at the Summit

Posted to Summit Blog on March 5th, 2012

Are you excited about the Summit? Because, you know, it's not that far away! My name is Russell Smart, and I am the volunteer team leader for all program activities at the jamboree. Each month, we share information about another part of our... [more]

Protecting the Barrier Islands

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on March 5th, 2012

Ocean Springs, MS . Last week we spent a few days exploring the Mississippi Gulf Coast along the Gulf Islands National Seashore . The nation's longest National Seashore, Gulf Islands spans from Mississippi to Florida and is home to a wide variety... [more]

Encouraging a New Boy Scout

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 5th, 2012

What steps can a parent take in encouraging a new Boy Scout who has just joined a troop with little or no previous Scouting experience? [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and more! ]... [more]

Retirement Party: The Program

Posted to A Scoutmaster's Blog on March 5th, 2012

I had been curious for a couple of weeks what the committee had planned for the retirement party. They had been very quiet whenever I was nearby. A great example of this was at the February committee meeting. I make the agenda so I listed the party... [more]

Rock Climbing/Winter Use Tags

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on March 5th, 2012

New Rock Climbing and Winter Use Reference Cards now available The Leave No Trace Center has released its newest skills and ethics pieces now available in our online store . The 3" x 5" reference cards, one specifically for those who are rock... [more]

Issue 294 – March 4, 2012

Posted to Ask Andy on March 4th, 2012

Special NAYLE Edition Rule No. 61: When called upon to speak to any group or audience, resist the urge to describe the thoughts that ran through your head before you figured out what you were actually going to say.  The three most important... [more]

Primary Focus of 2012: Summer Camp

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 4th, 2012

Just as a reminder the focus of 2012 is going to be on anything that relates to Summer Camp. So just as a reminder I wanted to put together a list so far of all the posts I have created that relate to Summer Camp(Just a FYI some of these posts were... [more]

General Typing of Campouts and Summer Camps for Boy Scouts Introduction(Part 2)

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 4th, 2012

Well after spending some serious time thinking about the best way to proceed with how to show the various types of outings I have decided that my original estimate is probably going to be a fair amount lower than I originally thought. So to clear up... [more]

Moving Forward

Posted to UK Chief Commissioner Blog on March 4th, 2012

Sometimes you look back at your diary and wonder how you managed to cram so much in. A combination of things last week meant that it was just one of those... [more]

Scout Hours Update 2

Posted to Scouting Maniac on March 4th, 2012

Well so continuing my regular updates about the number of hours I spent on Scout related activities, projects, events, or anything else related to Scouting, I now have the total number of hours spent on Scouts for the month of February 2012. The... [more]

The Troop Meeting Place

Posted to A Scoutmaster's Blog on March 4th, 2012

I was a twenty-three year old scoutmaster when I attended a week of training at the Philmont Training Center in 1984. One evening, the staff brought out a reel to reel movie projector and we watched a movie from Disney titled Follow Me Boys . I... [more]

Advancement, Parents and Pressure

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 4th, 2012

I recevied this question recently via the website contact form. The email address given did not work so I am publishing the question and answer here. -Clarke I'm a assistant scoutmaster and was recently contacted by a dad of a scout that after one... [more]

Venturing Gold Award Requirements

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 4th, 2012

The Venturing Gold Award was developed to recognize the significant accomplishment in a Scout's life in a broad spectrum of activities. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full links, other content, and more! ]... [more]

Cryptomania!

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

In the Red Rock Ranger District in Sedona , the Forest Service is doing some great outreach to spread the word on Leave No Trace related issues. At many of the trailheads in the Forest there, they have this great informative sign about cryptobiotic... [more]

BSA Tiger Den Meeting Plan 12 – Go See It: Transportation

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 3rd, 2012

This is the twelfth in the series of Tiger Cub Scout den meeting plans provided by BSA. This Tiger Cub Scout den meeting plan focuses on Tiger Cub Scout elective 41 - Transportation [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for... [more]

Week of Scouting

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on March 2nd, 2012

Attended Eagle ceremony on Sunday. Attended troop meeting on Monday. Gave out ScoutStuff.org gift card and ClassB.com coupon on Wednesday. Helped out at district roundtable on Thursday. Completed a First Aid merit badge with a scout on Friday... [more]

What Resources Do You Use?

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 2nd, 2012

What Resources Do You Use? How do you find answers, information and hone your skills as a Scout leader? I have differentiated between two basic types of information; questions of policy and procedure (rules and regulations) and program related... [more]

We ALL Live Downstream.

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on March 2nd, 2012

Everywhere, USA: We recently saw a great bumper sticker. "We ALL live downstream". We often teach how we have lost our connection to the natural world. This disconnect allows us to separate our actions from their consequences. Or worse yet, to not... [more]

5 Adventures You Can Do at the Summit That Don't Require a Helmet

Posted to Summit Blog on March 2nd, 2012

What's the best thing about being a Scout? How about the adventures? Well, just so you know, there WILL be plenty of your favorite Scout adventures at the 2013 jamboree. Here's what I mean: Of course, there's no lack of adventure with whitewater... [more]

Sunflower Seed Trail Mix

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 2nd, 2012

Trail mix recipes are abundant. Basically, anything which holds up well in a ziploc bag can be used. Sunflower seed enthusiasts will enjoy this Sunflower Seed Trail Mix recipe. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the article title for full... [more]

A Boy Scouts Act

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

So tell me what hidden authority would you like to find in POR, or what Authority would you enforce in uniform that you would be happy to serve one month in prison and be fined £10 Continue reading →... [more]

Pioneered Scout Exhibition Stand

Posted to Ropes and Poles on March 2nd, 2012

Copyright Gavin Penkin This exhibition stand at the annual Hobby-X expo at the Coca-Cola dome in Johannesburg was built by a team of Scouts and Rovers to promote Scouting in the province of Gauteng . More about the stand from Gavin Penkin, the... [more]

Association of Top Achiever Scouts (ATAS)

Posted to Ropes and Poles on March 2nd, 2012

The Association of Top Achiever Scouts is an international association for those who have achieved the 'Top' award in their system, whether it's Queen's Scout, Eagle Scout, Springbok Scout, Fuji Scout, Tiger Scout etc . The badge, shown here, is... [more]

Are You Prepared to Get Your Hands Dirty for Scout Community Week?

Posted to ScoutBaseUK on March 1st, 2012

Scouts and B&Q team up for hospital makeover community... [more]

Education in Motion: Where to Find the Traveling Trainers in MARCH

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on March 1st, 2012

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, as well as the Leave No Trace e-tour Team are conducting the following training events across the country in March. For more information about these or to attend, visit their calendars. We hope to see... [more]

Issue 293 – March 1, 2012

Posted to Ask Andy on March 1st, 2012

Issue 293 – March 1, 2012 ________________________________________ Rule No. 60: • The extent of "politics" in any organization is inversely proportional to its ability to show results. ________________________________________ MARLINSPIKE SKILLS A... [more]

Enter Daily to Win a JetBoil ZIP (and More!)

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

We've all been there: Huddled next to a clunky backpacking stove waiting for water to boil after a long day on foot. Is that a bubble? Wait, is it boiling yet? Stomachs groan in anticipation of dinner. No more. One lucky winner of Scouting... [more]

MSPP #115: Scoutmaster Retirement, the Presentations

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

You have been reading about it in the blog. Now you can watch it happen. This post to the Melrose Scout Productions Podcast features the first of four videos taken from the troop's retirement party for Scoutmaster Steve who stepped down after 30... [more]

Jedi Scoutmaster

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on March 1st, 2012

We are all working towards the troop where Scout leaders are not leading, up front, talking much ( if at all). Our aim is that , the vast majority of the time, Scouts are leading Scouts and we are far in the background. I am not advocating that... [more]

Leave No Trace and Wilderness Medicine

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on March 1st, 2012

It's late in the day and it's been raining since breakfast. Your group is moving along the trail but at a much slower pace than you had hoped for, and the chances of making the intended campsite are not looking good. You try to motivate your group... [more]

The Howard School Inspires

Posted to Leave No Trace Blog on March 1st, 2012

Kate teaches the students about Respecting Wildlife Atlanta, GA. Last week we visited The Howard School in Atlanta, GA. This fascinating school believes in treating each student as an individual, maximizing on independent learning and individual... [more]

Ziploc Bag vs Pencil Experiment

Posted to Scouter Mom on March 1st, 2012

This simple experiment to demonstrate the scientific method is always a hit with the scouts. The results are not usually what they expect. Use this to fulfill requirement 2 for the Cub Scouts Academics and Sports Program Science Belt Loop. [ This is... [more]

Picture Thursday 01_03_12

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on March 1st, 2012

Well it is St Davids Day. Continue reading →... [more]

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