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BSA Mountain Bike Program Development Training Courses

Posted to Summit Blog on January 25th, 2017

Spring is in the air! Oh wait...it's still winter -_- But our BSA Mountain Bike Program Development Training Course will be offered this Spring! 5-15-17 to 5-19-17 If your council offers any sort of mountain bike program, or is even looking to add... [more]

How to Celebrate Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath

Posted to Cub Scout Ideas on January 20th, 2017

Find out ways to celebrate Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath, the special days for the Boy Scouts of America to honor Scouts and Scouters. The post How to Celebrate Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath appeared first on Cub Scout Ideas ... [more]

Webelos Fitness Chart for Stronger Faster Higher

Posted to Cub Scout Ideas on January 11th, 2017

Your Webelos can use this handy chart to keep track of his progress while he's working on the Stronger Faster Higher required adventure. The post Webelos Fitness Chart for Stronger Faster Higher appeared first on Cub Scout Ideas ... [more]

KNOTS for January - Winter CampingWinter Camping

Posted to U.S. Scouting Service Project on January 11th, 2017

Winter Camping January 2017 Cafe Press Items Keywords: Diesslin, knots scout cartoon, polar bear, winter, camping, noise, sleeping Copyright - U.S. Scouting Service Project | Visit us at http://usscouts.org | News at http://usssp.blogspot.com... [more]

Self Portrait and 5 Random Facts

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on January 10th, 2017

30 day blog Challenge day one and it a self portrait and 5 random facts about Kiff. The post Self Portrait and 5 Random Facts appeared first on Jabbering All Day Long ... [more]

Get Your Free Cub Scout Cootie Catcher Template

Posted to Cub Scout Ideas on January 9th, 2017

Do your Cub Scouts like cootie catchers? Use them to help the boys learn. Click here to grab your FREE Cub Scout cootie catcher template to create your own! The post Get Your Free Cub Scout Cootie Catcher Template appeared first on Cub Scout Ideas... [more]

The Order of the Arrow: Objections and Elections

Posted to Bobwhite's Blather on January 9th, 2017

In the last article, I gave a general overview of the Order of the Arrow – what it is, how it started and how it's organized. This time, we'll cover overcoming some of the typical objections that troops might have and how youth members are... [more]

Sleeping Bag Storage

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on January 9th, 2017

In this Saturday Quick Tip video.. I show a quick and easy way to store your sleeping bag. Your sleeping bag is an essential piece of gear. Part of the "Big 3", your sleeping bag is a piece of gear that you count on when you are in the woods... [more]

Mountain Hardwear Bandito Gloves

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on January 8th, 2017

A little gear review of a nice pair of gloves. If you are like me you are looking for gear that works. My hands typically get real hot when I am hiking, a heavy glove is too much and a real light glove is not enough. The Mountain Hardwear Bandito... [more]

This Winter, Head to Florida and Improve Your Safety Readiness

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 6th, 2017

Improve your council's safety readiness and spend a few days in the Florida Keys? Now that's a win-win. A pair of separate sessions this winter in Florida will help councils improve how they handle Wilderness First Aid instruction and Enterprise... [more]

Challenge Yourself With Scouting Magazine's January-February 'Where Am I?' Contest

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 6th, 2017

Brr! Grab a jacket and take a look at the picture above. Read through the clues and take a guess - you could be chosen as the winner of the Where Am I? Contest , earning you a $100 gift card to Scoutstuff.org or your local Scout shop. Important :... [more]

Next in Line: Why Succession Planning Is a Must in Every Scouting Unit

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 6th, 2017

There are two types of vacancies in adult leader positions in Scouting: expected and unexpected. But even the latter type of departure - perhaps a result of injury, illness or a Scouter moving away - can be taken in stride. That is, if you've... [more]

Cub Scout Lets Hair Grow for Two Years, Donates It All to a Friend in Need

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 5th, 2017

Sometimes a big Good Turn takes a little extra time. Just ask Tyler Boone. The 10-year-old Cub Scout from Pack 1510 of the Northeast Georgia Council let his hair grow out for two years. When it was long enough, he cut it all off to give to a... [more]

10 Tremendous Scouting Resolutions for the New Year

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 5th, 2017

Eat healthier, get more exercise and read more. We hear about the same old resolutions New Year after New Year. So I asked Scouting magazine readers for their BSA-focused resolutions for the new year. Here are 10 of my favorites. 1. Recruit more... [more]

Thumbs Up: Vote BL as Your Favorite Magazine Cover of 2016

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 5th, 2017

Vote for Boys' Life magazine's September 2016 cover in the American Society of Magazine Editors' Best Cover Contest. The eye-catching cover spotlights the Exploring program, which introduces young men and young women to a variety of career fields... [more]

Eagle Scouts Remake Photo Taken 10 Years Earlier as Cub Scouts

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 5th, 2017

In 2007, six Wolf Scouts from Indiana sat at a cafeteria table and took a photo together. In 2017, those same six Scouts - now all Eagles - gathered at the same table to remake that photo - silly poses and expressions included. The group formed as... [more]

50 of the Most Incredible Blue and Gold Themes

Posted to Cub Scout Ideas on January 5th, 2017

Most Cub Scout packs have a Blue and Gold banquet in February to celebrate Scouting's birthday. It's a great evening of fun for all members of Cub Scout families. The Blue and Gold banquet does take some planning. There are several excellent... [more]

Write a Funny Caption for This Photo

Posted to Inside Boys' Life on January 4th, 2017

Write a Funny Caption For This Photo What's going on in this picture? What are those bears doing and what are they thinking? If you can think of a funny caption for this photo, just post it in the comment form at the bottom of this page. After we... [more]

2017 Order of the Arrow National Officers Elected

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 4th, 2017

Forrest Gertin, an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor OA member from Rochester, N.Y., will serve as 2017 National Chief of the Order of the Arrow. His election was announced late last week by the Order of the Arrow, Scouting's national honor society... [more]

An Aardvark's Favorite Pizza Topping

Posted to Inside Boys' Life on January 4th, 2017

An aardvark's favorite pizza topping Nick: What is an aardvark's favorite pizza topping? Mick: What? Nick: Ant-chovies. View On WordPress... [more]

New Boy Scout Requirements Mandatory as of Jan. 1, 2017

Posted to Bryan on Scouting Magazine on January 3rd, 2017

Quick heads up for anyone still using pre-2016 Boy Scout rank requirements. As of Jan. 1, 2017, all Boy Scouts - regardless of rank - must begin using the new Boy Scout requirements I blogged about last year . You got a first look at the Boy Scout... [more]

Issue 513 â€" January 3, 2017

Posted to Ask Andy on January 3rd, 2017

________________________________________ Hi Andy, Any tips for a dad going on a Philmont trek? I know my son will have no problem this summer; it's me I'm worried about! Unfortunately, so far I've taken "Be Prepared" to the extreme and I've wound... [more]

How to Build a Balance Board

Posted to Inside Boys' Life on January 3rd, 2017

How to Build a Balance Board This easy-to-build training gear will prepare you for rocky trails. WHAT YOU'LL NEED 3?4? x 2? x 2? birch plywood 2? x 4? x 12? board Tape measure Pencil 5-gallon plastic bucket Fine-toothed saw Keyhole saw or coping... [more]

NSC Speaker

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on January 3rd, 2017

I've had the good fortune to learn from a lot of good men while volunteering in the Boy Scouts of America. They range from professional artists to scientists, some with a high school diploma and others with too many letters after their name to... [more]

"Physics"

Posted to Inside Boys' Life on January 3rd, 2017

A book never written: "Physics" by Cy Ince. View On WordPress... [more]

Trangia 27 Series

Posted to The Scoutmaster Minute on January 3rd, 2017

Happy New Year! I hope that every one is well and is gearing up for the new and exciting year that will be. I am not a fan of resolutions.. but my 2017 Ticket is written and I am ready to work it for a successful year. To start off the year, I am... [more]

Impressive Chart of Scouting Knots From 1925

Posted to Scoutmaster Clarke Green on January 2nd, 2017

In 1925 the Columbian Rope Company published a brochure with images of impressive displays of Scouting knots to advertise their tape marked pure manilla rope. Two images feature a large knot board made by Troop 4 of Columbus Ohio. I wonder if that... [more]

The Order of the Arrow: What's It All About?

Posted to Bobwhite's Blather on January 2nd, 2017

The Order of the Arrow is at once a prominent institution in Scouting and a mysterious one. The OA is nearly as old as Scouting itself, yet it is misunderstood by some and unknown to others. While this is partly by design, there's much about the OA... [more]

Christmas Story Time

Posted to A Scoutmaster's Blog on December 31st, 2016

Boy Scouts love a good story told around the campfire. I do not mind telling one, or reading one, if the opportunity presents itself. Of course, the Boy Scouts love the scarier tales as they sit in the darkness with only the reddish light of the... [more]

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